Side note: Al Golden wasn't told about the investigation and he is angry about it. The media has called UM out on it . But as we've seen with investigations, the coach was probably not supposed to be told. This type of scenario, though, on an extremely much smaller scale was exactly what Dan Radakovich was trying to avoid when he went to Paul Johnson and made him aware of the NCAA investigation at Georgia Tech.
If $312 in apparel resulted in a $100,000 fine for Georgia Tech which turned into losing 1/3 of the Athletic Association's operating profits. How much should the University of Miami get fined? The numbers are staggering and we'll never know the right number, but we can add up the football bounties.
Total bounties in football games add up to $20,650 , including one $1,000 payout to Antrel Rolle for keeping Calvin Johnson at bay in 2004. In a perfect world the NCAA would look at their books and take $20,650 / $312 = 66.18 Georgia Tech-esque penalties * $100,000 = $6,618,000 in fines and penalties. NCAA, I expect nothing less from you than to serve the Hurricanes in the same way you served Georgia Tech.
Miami Is Dead
History says we should know better and not trust the NCAA to be "fair" and hand out punishment based on precedent. We've looked out and have seen the NCAA hit the little schools hard and let the big schools go for what many would believe the financial clout that those bigger schools bring to the organization. CBS Sports' Greg Doyel echoes these thoughts:
But the NCAA won't [hand down the Death Penalty]. Just you watch -- it won't happen. And when it doesn't happen, this is why:
The NCAA knows the entire structure of college sports is teetering on the edge of the abyss. One wrong move -- Texas A&M to the SEC ... or the death penalty to a football powerhouse -- could push the whole thing off the cliff. And when it goes, it won't be just the Big 12 and the ACC that go down. The NCAA will go down with it.
Yes but he forgets that Miami is not the program it once was or wants you to think it is. A proper death to a team in an average conference may have less affect than one thinks. Regardless, Miami football was dying already and this monstrosity has only pushed it further to the brink. Any NCAA penalty remotely close to fitting will damage the program for years.