Editor's note: New coaches inherit a blank slate and often, an empty house. But new coaches who take positions at schools rocked by scandal face special challenges. Here's a look at how Miami is rebounding from that situation.
Summer in Coral Gables is hot enough without the NCAA turning up the heat on Miami, but that is what happened in August 2011. A Yahoo! Sports report revealed rogue booster Nevin Shapiro, now in prison for conducting a $930-million Ponzi scheme, gave Hurricanes football and men’s basketball players improper benefits for nearly a decade.
Miami finally received a notice of allegations in February, and in October the NCAA levied sanctions against the program. After more than two years of investigation, the Hurricanes’ NCAA-imposed penalties were limited. The athletic department was placed on probation, and the football team will lose a total of nine scholarships over the next three years.