Let’s face it: Miami is toast, at least for a while. There’s going to be a cloud hanging over the program for a few years. That goes for the coaches and administrators named in the Yahoo! story, too.
But that’s not the big issue here. Matt Hinton nails that one:
It’s also a test of the NCAA’s mettle: Just how far is it willing to go to continue to enforce the facade of “amateurism”? In the most extreme, unabashed affront to its most fundamental premise — hell, to its very existence — in 25 years, where does it draw the line?
I don’t know the answer, and I doubt anyone will for a long time. The NCAA process is well underway, and it’s response is going to be the usual long, protracted exercise in bureaucratic tooth-pulling, spanning many months and many bureaucratic steps and probably an appeal or two in the name of giving Miami its due process. At no point in that span will I write that Miami is going to get the death penalty, or that it should get the death penalty. Frankly, I don’t have an opinion.
But if the death penalty is in the bylaws, it must be on the table here. Practically speaking, if this isn’t a death penalty case, then the death penalty no longer exists.
Ignorance of goings-on isn’t likely to fly as a defense here. Especially with pictures like this surfacing.
She looks so damned pleased there, doesn’t she?
It’s Mark Emmert’s worst nightmare.