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University of Miami Booster Scandal: Key Dates

Jan. 24, 2013

Matt Porter

Dec. 12, 2010 -- Miami hires football coach Al Golden, signing him to a five-year contract.

April 4, 2011 -- UM men's basketball coach Frank Haith leaves for Missouri.

Aug. 16, 2011 -- Yahoo! publishes a report alleging dozens of current and former UM athletes took hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash, meals, gifts and other services from booster Nevin Shapiro, a convicted Ponzi schemer. Ten current or former football and basketball coaches or staffers were implicated, along with 65 football players, one basketball player and seven athletes from other schools.

Aug. 17, 2011 -- Golden says if UM knew about the brewing scandal, it had a "responsibility" to tell him before hiring him. Rumors swirl about UM receiving the NCAA "death penalty," but the NCAA tells the New York Times discussion of that has been limited.

Aug. 25, 2011 -- Miami declares 13 athletes ineligible.

Aug. 30, 2011 -- UM suspends 12 football players for receiving impermissible benefits. Olivier Vernon (six games), Ray Ray Armstrong and Dyron Dye (four apiece) were hit hardest. Jacory Harris, Sean Spence, Marcus Forston and Adewale Ojomo sat one game and made restitution payments. Four other players -- Brandon McGee, JoJo Nicholas, Micanor Regis, Vaughn Telemaque -- repaid small amounts and did not miss any games. Marcus Robinson was cleared of wrongdoing.

Sept. 20, 2011 -- Longtime UM supporter Luther Campbell, the rapper known as Uncle Luke, sues Shapiro for defamation and damages in excess of $15,000.

Nov. 25, 2011 -- Miami extends Golden's contract until Feb. 1, 2020.

July 20, 2012 -- Yahoo! reported members of Golden's coaching staff used equipment manager Sean "Pee Wee" Allen -- a onetime right-hand man of Shapiro -- to circumvent rules in recruiting Miami-area players.

Nov. 20, 2011 -- UM self-imposes a postseason ban on its football team, attempting to lessen the impact of upcoming NCAA sanction. The team finishes 6-6.

Oct. 4, 2012 -- Athletic director Shawn Eichorst resigns and takes the same job at Nebraska. Blake James becomes interim AD.

Nov. 19, 2012 -- UM self-imposes a second consecutive postseason ban, removing itself from the ACC title game and a possible berth in the Orange Bowl. Miami finishes 7-5.

Nov. 14-18, 2012 -- The NCAA sends letters to former Miami players informing them that they must talk to the NCAA or the NCAA will believe they are guilty of Shapiro's claims. The NCAA has no subpoena power.

Jan. 21, 2013 -- The NCAA will charge ex-UM basketball coach Frank Haith, who left for Missouri in April 2011, with unethical conduct and failure to promote an atmosphere of compliance, CBSSports.com reports.

Jan. 22, 2013 -- CBSSports.com reported Clint Hurtt and Aubrey Hill, assistants under former UM coach Randy Shannon, will be charged with unethical conduct. Hurtt is at Louisville; Hill resigned from Florida in August 2012, citing personal issues.

Jan. 23, 2013 -- The NCAA says it found "a very severe issue of improper conduct" committed by its enforcement arm during its UM investigation, and will not deliver sanctions against the university until an external review is completed.



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