The NCAA has suspended eight Miami Hurricanes for up to six games for their involvement in off-field violations that were previously uncovered by Yahoo! Sports. In addition to missing playing time, each player must repay the amount of money received through impermissible benefits. The enforcement investigation in to the University of Miami is ongoing.
Oliver Vernon receiving over $1,200 in benefits including meals, transportation, access to Shapiro’s game suite, drinks and charges at nightclubs and more from former booster Nevin Shapiro during the recruitment process. Vernon will sit for six games.
Aravious Armstrong received about $788 in benefits from Shapiro during his recruitment. He will sit for four games.
Dyron Dye received about $738 including five nights of lodging from institutional staff during an unofficial visit, transportation, meals and entertainment at a gentleman’s club. Dye will sit for four games.
Marcus Forston received $400 in benefits from Shapiro and athletic personnel including athletic equipment, meals, nightclub charges and entertainment at a gentleman’s club while enrolled at Miami. Sean Spence received $275 in benefits including meals, transportation, and gentleman’s club charges while enrolled. Adewale Ojomo received $240 in benefits including meals and entertainment while enrolled. Travis Benjamin received $150 in benefits including meals and entertainment. Jacory Harris received $140 in benefits including meals, entertainment, transportation and nightclub cover charges while enrolled. All five players will sit for one game according to the NCAA’s release.
“The student-athletes involved have acknowledged receiving improper benefits and will now be responsible for restitution and, in some cases, the student-athletes will also serve game suspensions,” said UM Director of Athletics Shawn Eichorst in a formal response to the NCAA. “They understand that their actions demand consequences.”
Brandon McGee, JoJo Nicholas, Micanor Regis and Vaughn Telemaque have been cleared to play by the NCAA but must repay an amount under $100 in order to play as early as week one, Monday night at the University of Maryland.
“From regular reviews of our rules to the presidential retreat earlier this month, our members have continually stressed that involvement of third parties during recruitment will not be tolerated, and there must be accountability for inappropriate behavior,” said Kevin Lennon, NCAA vice president of academic and membership affairs.
Head coach Al Golden added to the suspension news by confirming that wide receiver Aldarius Johnson has been suspended indefinitely for a violation of team rules.
Senior Marcus Robinson has been cleared of any NCAA violations and will not face any penalties.
Miami’s updated depth chart reflects the suspension and roster changes heading in to the first week of the season. Stephen Morris (sophomore) will get the start at quarterback in place of Harris.
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