For the last couple of years head coach Al Golden has had to convince high school players that the current state of the Miami Hurricane football program was heading in the right direction, regardless of looming NCAA sanctions.
Take that in for a moment.
You are a prized high school recruit and your goal is to win games and improve enough to play on Sundays. If you were to pick Miami, your chance of making it to a BCS bowl game was slim because of those possible sanctions.
So of course, that would deter you from choosing Miami.
That all changed on Wednesday when the NCAA president, Mark Emmert, dropped a bombshell stating “a very severe issue of improper conduct” was committed by former members of its own enforcement program.
Emmert would go on to say that the investigation on Miami has been put on hold. Via Boston.com:
We cannot have the NCAA bringing forward an allegation that's predicted on information that was collected by processes none of us could stand for," Emmert said. We're going to move it as fast as possible, but we have to get this right.
What all this means is that Miami will have to wait even longer for a resolution, but is it such a bad thing? I actually see this in favor of the Hurricanes, especially this recruiting season.
The news will no doubt help the current recruits who are "on-the-fence" with Miami because they should now know that the future sanctions could be minimal—if not already taken care of with two years of self-imposed bowl bans.
The timing could have come a little sooner, but it is better than the NCAA cheating its way to a resolution.
The only question remains regarding the 2013 recruiting class is if Golden decides to recruit a full class or keep it small due to possible future losses of scholarships.
If I were the head coach, I would risk future scholarships to add a better class this season. Miami doesn't have an extremely strong class as it is, but if they were to add a few more big names it would bring this class into the top 15 in the country.