The NCAA has delivered the University of Miami its notice of allegations regarding the massive impermissible benefits scandal involving convicted Ponzi schemer Nevin Shapiro, but a resolution to the investigation could still be months away.
The NCAA has told individuals involved in the Miami investigation that their cases may not be heard until July — so any penalties that are forthcoming might not arrive until next fall, at least.
In addition to the current UM administration, former UM basketball coach Frank Haith and former football assistants Clint Hurtt and Aubrey Hill received notices of allegations from the NCAA this week.
On Wednesday, Missouri released documents that the NCAA sent Haith as part of the notice of allegations against Miami, where he coached from 2004 through 2011. Two key dates jump out in the NCAA's planning: May 20, when responses by those named in the allegations are due, and an undetermined period in July — when the governing body for college athletics is planning to convene its Committee on Infractions.
That is, "unless all parties ... agree to a shortened response time," the NCAA said.
UM President Donna Shalala will try to compress the NCAA's timeline. She is expected to talk to the infractions committee during their meeting later this week — she'll be on the phone and it's not expected to be "a formal hearing for Miami at this point," said a person who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the information was not to be publicly released.
Miami is facing the charge that it had a "lack of institutional control" — one of the worst things the NCAA can levy against a member school. The charge revolves around how the school allegedly failed to monitor the conduct of Shapiro, a convicted Ponzi scheme architect who provided cash, gifts and other items to players, coaches and recruits.
Shalala's stance is that Miami has already suffered enough through self-imposed sanctions. She declined to comment further on Wednesday.
Miami withheld its football program from bowl consideration in 2011 and 2012, and declined a berth in the ACC Championship Game last season. It would have been the school's first appearance in the ACCCG since joining the conference almost a decade ago.
The NCAA has proceeded at a glacial pace since the investigation into Shapiro's claims began in 2011. The notices of allegations sent out this week may have given UM partisans hope that the investigation may be finally coming to an end, but all indications are that the process is far from over.