Is da _ back?
If by back you are thinking about the 80's, 90's, and even 2000's Canes, then yes, they look like they might indeed be back.
From 1986 to 1994, given total access to the football team, rapper Luther Campbell along with several former players
allegedly instituted a bounty payout for big hits and for injuring opposing players, as well as for scoring touchdowns. The NCAA verified these charges and found that the head football coach and associate director of athletics for compliance and internal operations were aware of the payments.
Also in 1994, former University of Miami academic advisor Tony Russell pled guilty to helping 57 football players and more than 23 other scholarship athletes in falsifying applications for Pell Grants. From 1989 to 1992, Russell helped players receive more than $220,000 of grants, which federal officials later called "perhaps the largest centralized fraud ... ever committed" against the Pell Grant program. As a result of the scandal, Alexander Wolff wrote a Sports Illustrated cover story suggesting Miami should temporarily shutter the football program and that athletic director Paul Dee should be fired.
In 1995, the NCAA announced that the University of Miami had also provided or allowed "more than $412,000 of excessive aid" to student-athletes between 1990 and 1994, failed to implement its drug testing program, and lost institutional control over the football program. That December the NCAA announced that Miami's multiple infractions would result in severe sanctions, including a one-year ban from postseason play and a 31-scholarship reduction from 1996 to 1999.
As far as the failure to implement it's drug testing program charge, the NCAA investigation found that the football program intentionally hid positive drug tests of several key Hurricane players leading up to the January Orange Bowl. Later in 1995, the NCAA found Miami guilty of eight different categories of rules violations.
I would be remiss if I didn't bring up the Nevin Shapiro scandal that ran amuck, unchallenged, from 2002 to 2010 where he provided thousands of impermissible benefits to at least 72 University of Miami athletes. The findings of this investigation resulted in the just announced NCAA wrist slap.
Let's not forget that in 2006 Miami football players were involved in two on-field full out brawls. One was with LSU in the Peach Bowl, and the other during the regular season with FIU, in which their safety used his helmet as a weapon.
Then yesterday, former UM player, racist, and anti-Semitic radio host Dan Sileo, sent out this little gem.
Miami-area sports radio host Dan Sileo sent out a shocking message to the Twittersphere, posting a picture of Florida State defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan holding up the "U" symbol and stating he would pay $1,000 to any Miami "PLAYER to TAKES THIS KID OUT [sic]."
Sileo, a former Miami defensive lineman in the 1980s, declared the bounty on his show’s personal Twitter account on Sunday morning. Sileo is part of the 640 Sports lineup on Miami’s AM station.
If anyone is surprised by these comments from Sileo, you really shouldn't be. After all, this is the same racist/sexist scUMbag that was fired from his last two previous radio stations gigs for among other things,
calling three African American players "monkeys"...and...a bizarre, offensive Twitter attack on Erin Andrews that included a remark about her stalker being the best thing that could happen to her career. [and "love Erin either naked or in a porn..not at a sports desk"]. It really shows what kind of a person he is (hint: not a good one).
What is really surprising is that the University of Miami has not yet revoked Sileo's press credentials and banned him from their campus. After all, aren't they on probation for a couple of more years, and is this the kind of "person" they want associated with their program. Maybe someone should send someone (NCAA?) an email expressing concern about a rogue Cane booster/media member/former player offering bounties for injuring an opposing players. Maybe the NCAA will find it amusing.
Today, from what I was told, Sileo was not on the air. Hopefully he was fired, but I won't hold my breath.
So is da u back to their old ways with the eye gouging and bounties for injuries? It does certainly seem that way, but the balls in your court UM athletic department. Do the right thing.