Timeline: UM's Nevin Shapiro Scandal

A step-by-step recap of the impermissible benefits scandal that rocked the U.

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August 15, 2011: InsidetheU.com reports that the NCAA has begun an investigation into allegations that Nevin Shapiro (above left), who had donated over $150,000 to UM over the preceding decade, had provided impermissible benefits to student athletes before being convicted of running a $930 million ponzi scheme.
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August 16, 2011: Yahoo! Sports publishes a massive story reporting Shapiro's impermissible benefits in riveting detail, linking scores of UM football and basketball players from the preceding decade to Shapiro. The earlier report of an investigation by the NCAA now has legs, and UM finds itself as the top news story for all the wrong reasons.
August 24, 2011: Sports Illustrated calls on UM President Donna Shalala (above) to suspend its football program for one year. Shalala would later say that the investigation is "quite painful for me," vowing to do "everything possible to find the truth, learn from any mistakes and take measures to prevent any such behavior from happening again."
August 30, 2011: The NCAA suspends eight current football players, for durations ranging from one to six games, for accepting impermissable benefits from Shapiro. QB Jacory Harris (above), WR Travis Benjamin, TE Dyron Dye, DLs Marcus Forston, Olivier Vernon, and Adewale Ojomo, LB Sean Spence, and S Ray Ray Armstrong were suspended. All had to pay back benefits. Four others were not suspended, but were ordered to pay back benefits of less than $100.
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September 6, 2011: With eight players suspended, Miami loses Al Golden's first game with UM against Maryland.
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September 21, 2011: Luther Campbell (above) speaks about Shapiro, who was nicknamed "Little Luke" for his role as a benefactor to Miami football players. "When you claim that you're 'Little Luke' and you're a Ponzi schemer and the reason why you claim you're 'Little Luke' [is] you're saying I did something illegal...I have a real serious problem with that," Campbell said to NBC 6.
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November 26, 2011: UM announces it has extended football coach Al Golden's (above) contract through 2020. Golden was hired after the 2010 season and had not coached his first game at UM until after the Shapiro allegations became public.
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December 2011: UM agrees to repay $83,000 in money received from Shapiro.
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January 16, 2012: UM sends a letter to athletic boosters outlining new rules. The letter reads, "Effective immediately, boosters are no longer permitted to entertain student-athletes with an occasional meal and boosters are prohibited from hosting current University of Miami student-athletes in their homes or other locations."
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May 2012: UM issues new guidelines regarding student-athlete contact with agents, effectively barring student athletes, their parents, or representatives from contacting "anyone who serves as an agent, runner, financial planner, sports marketing representative, sports public relations firm, brand manager, and employees of any of those described."
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July 2012: NCAA investigators spend several days in Miami as part of the continued inquiry into the Hurricanes' athletic compliance practices.
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July 19, 2012: Ray Ray Armstrong, who was suspended for four games in 2011 for his role in the Shapiro scandal, is dismissed from the team, reportedly for repeated violations of team rules.
November 12, 2012: Referring to the Shapiro scandal, Golden tells the media, "It's been TMZ since I've been here. It's been tough on the coaches. It's been tough on me, personally. There's not one minute I go to bed that I don't think I'm fighting that with the team. I'm looking forward to the day where we're focused on our opponents and getting our players better and not talking about all that."
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November 19, 2012: UM announces that it will forego a bowl invitation for the second straight season, a move intended to mitigate NCAA penalties. The move also prevents UM from playing FSU in the ACC Championship Game a few weeks later.
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November 21, 2012: The Miami Herald reports that the NCAA sent a letter to lawyers of former players named in the investigation, warning the that if they do not speak with investigators, the NCAA "will consider the non-response as your client's admission of involvement in NCAA violations."
January 23, 2013: NCAA President Mark Emmert (above) announces an issue of "improper conduct" has been found in the NCAA's investigation. Emmert said he has commissioned an external review of the enforcement program that he expected will two weeks, after which point the NCAA will deliver its notice of allegations to UM.
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February 18, 2013: The NCAA releases a report detailing its missteps in the UM investigation. "Certain investigative tactics used in portions of the University of Miami case failed our membership," Emmert said in a news conference after releasing the report.
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February 19, 2013: The NCAA delivers its notice of allegations to UM. In a statement responding to the notice, Shalala says the school takes responsibility "for those NCAA violations that are based on fact," but noted that certain allegations in the notice "remain unsubstantiated."
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June 13-14, 2013: The NCAA's Committee on Infractions holds its hearing on the UM case. The school and President Shalala had filed a motion to dismiss the case entirely, but it was rejected by the NCAA. "Prolonging the conclusion of this case would further irreparably harm the University," read the motion. The hearings lasted two days, and the NCAA told UM officials it hoped to reach a final ruling on the case before the start of football season in late August.
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October 22, 2013: Weeks after the football season deadline passed, the NCAA finally issued its ruling in the case. Stating UM "lacked institutional control when it did not monitor the activities of a major booster," the NCAA docked the school nine football scholarships and three basketball scholarship over the next three years, but declined to impose any further postseason bans than those already self-imposed by UM.
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As part of the sanctions, former UM basketball coach Frank Haith (above - now the coach at Missouri) was suspended for five games. Other former UM assistants were given two-year show cause orders. The UM football program also faces reduced ticket privileges for football recruits on official visits for the next two years, and any sports staff found sending an impermissible text message to recruits will be fined $100 per message.
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The announcement of sanctions effectively ends the Shapiro affair. UM announces it accepts the sanctions and drops any plans to appeal. Years after the scandal broke, Miami did not receive the "death penalty" as initially feared, and lost a total of 12 scholarships across two sports as well as two bowl appearances and a berth in the ACC Championship Game (football) as a result.
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