Miami Hurricanes Football: Hammer Dropped on Penn State; Is Miami Next?

Stephen UrbaniakCorrespondent IJuly 25, 2012

July 23, 2012; Greensboro, NC, USA; Head coach Al Golden of the Miami Hurricanes football team talks to reporters during the ACC media day at the Grandover Resort in Greensboro NC. Mandatory Credit: Sam Sharpe-US PRESSWIRE

We are about three days removed from the landmark NCAA ruling and punishment against Penn State's football program in the wake of the egregious and very sickening scandal that rocked the university to its very core, all perpetrated by a man named Jerry Sandusky.

Penn State didn't get the so-called "death penalty," but they are probably wishing that they had gotten it.

The sanctions from the NCAA included five years of probation, a four-year bowl ban, a reduction of 40 scholarships and a fine of $60 million that the NCAA ordered to be paid into an "endowment" for detection, prevention and treatment for sexual abuse victims. 

The students, teachers and members of the community are vowing to push onward and leave this mess in the rearview mirror.  That may be easier said then done.

Amid all of the talk about Penn State, a new report came out that Miami broke recruiting rules by using an "off-the-books recruiter" by the name of Sean "Pee-Wee" Allen, who, according to the Yahoo! Sports report, was an associate of Nevin Shapiro who used illegal recruiting methods to lure recruits such as Elston Lane and and Devonta Freeman.

This is after Miami had dealt with all of the fallout from the Nevin Shapiro bankruptcy case and had repaid more than $83,000 that was received "directly and indirectly" from the now-imprisoned Shapiro.  Coach Golden has defended his and his staff's record of integrity, and he has steadfastly said that he will defend himself when the "time comes."

These new allegations can't be good for Golden and the Hurricanes.  Everyone has a dim view of Miami now as it is. The words "Thug U" and "sUck" come to mind for some, a mocking view of all of Miami's problems in the past. 

No one knows when or exactly how Miami will be punished.  The inquiries of the NCAA are still ongoing, and no one really knows how long it will be. 

Miami's detractors are calling for the 'Canes to get nailed by the NCAA, since Miami has had a history of "breaking the rules" and skirting what the NCAA stands for. 

People need to get some sense of reality.  Every school that's under the NCAA's umbrella breaks the rules at some point, so pointing the finger in the direction of Coral Gables, FL isn't really a fair assessment of what the college football landscape is now.  Just ask Penn State.