Being a Miami Hurricanes fan is hard at times and not just because the team has not had the best of luck in the win column over the past couple of years. The hardest part about being a Canes fan for me has been what seems like the never-ending wait for the NCAA to complete their ongoing investigation for past trouble and levy whatever penalties they see fit. With an investigation that has gone on for the better part of two seasons now, I know something is coming, but I just don't know what.
Now, as if the torturous wait was not enough, the NCAA has just announced they will be dropping the hammer harder than they ever have before on teams that break the rules going forward. No big deal for the Canes though, right? Think again, the Hurricanes could in fact be affected by this.
Because all of the mess that the Canes are being investigated for happened in the past the team will likely be safe from these new and harsher rules, but there is a catch. These rules are already said to be in full force, and this is inclusive of teams still under investigation that have not had a decision made by August 1, 2013.
As it is, the Hurricanes have already stated that they do not expect to have their penalties hit until after National Signing Day, which is February 6. However, that doesn't mean the investigation will be over that soon. So, the NCAA needs to hurry and wrap this thing up so the Canes can take their lumps, only in a smaller dose.
Fly in the Ointment
One problem that might crop its ugly head up and delay the NCAA rulings even further is allegations that came out in July saying that head coach Al Golden and his staff broke NCAA rules. If this pushes an already long-winded investigation even further, then the deadline of August 1 may come and go making the penalties for the Canes even worse when they do finally hit. This one piece to a confusing puzzle could be a really big fly in the ointment.
Hoping for the Best
Because I have been a fan of the Miami Hurricanes football program since I could barely walk I want what's best for the team. While I know any penalties that come down from the NCAA will hurt the team and make for some tough seasons ahead, I am hopeful that the NCAA can figure out what penalties should be levied before the August deadline hits. After all, I'd rather see a year or two of mediocrity from The U versus seeing the kind of penalties that could potentially make them a nonentity in college football for many years to come.
Jimmy Collins has been a loyal fan of "The U" since he was a child attending games at the original Orange Bowl. Still a resident of South Florida, he attends numerous Miami Hurricanes games each season and enjoys writing about NCAA Football and the Miami Hurricanes in particular.
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