August 23, 2011 | 12:36pm
Some former University of Miami athletes and recruits implicated by superscum Nevin Shapiro have somehow stayed on the rosters at their new schools. Yet the eligibility of players currently on the Miami team is still up in the air.
Why? It's likely because the NCAA has cut deals with the players to keep their eligibility as long as they give investigators information.
Let's think about that system: Players who are possibly guilty get the chance to avoid penalties so the NCAA can impose sanctions on a program where the vast majority of current (and future) staffers, coaches, and athletes played no role in the Nevin Shapiro scandal.
Among the students implicated by Shapiro who have been declared eligible are former Canes Robert Marve (now at Purdue) and Arthur Brown (now at Kansas).
Kansas State running back Bryce Brown, Central Florida quarterback Jeffrey Godfrey, Florida offensive lineman Matt Patchan, Georgia tight end Orson Charles, and Florida receiver Andre Debose were all also implicated by Shapiro while being recruited by the Canes but ended up going elsewhere. None of those players has had his eligibility officially questioned.
According to CBSSports.com, the NCAA has authorized the use of "limited immunity."
"The enforcement staff has been given, by the membership, a pretty important investigative tool," Julie Roe Lach, NCAA vice president of enforcement, told CBSSports.com
. "[It's used] when we think that's really our only shot of getting that information."
Meanwhile, according to UM President Donna Shalala, 15 current student athletes at Miami are under investigation. The NCAA has made no statement yet about their eligibility.
So let's get this straight: If you commit an NCAA rules infraction, you're able to walk away clean as long as you are no longer affiliated with the program in question? And the NCAA has so far mentioned nothing about the coaches involved in the scandal who have since gone on to higher-profile jobs. Meanwhile, the new, innocent coach and athletics director and hundreds of current and future innocent athletes at UM will get to deal with the punishment. Yeah, seems fair.
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