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Could University of Miami Face ‘Death Penalty’ Over Booster Scandal?

The scandal involving University of Miami athletes who reportedly accepted gifts from boosters continues to unfold, with possible sanctions on the horizon. It’s quite possibly the “most egregious, widespread and long-lasting disregard for NCAA rules and regulations ever.”

NCAA president Mark Emmert is floating the idea — though he didn’t speak directly about Miami — of imposing the so-called ‘death penalty’ on the most blatant offenders. The death penalty means a school cannot compete in a specific sport for at least one year. Southern Methodist University became the first college football program to get the death penalty when it served a two-year ban during the 1980s. Miami could become the second.

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University of Miami Booster Says He Provided Perks to 72 Athletes Over the Past Eight Years

A booster for the University of Miami told Yahoo! Sports that he provided cash and benefits to dozens of the school’s athletes over the past decade.

Nevin Shapiro, who’s serving a 20-year sentence for his role in a Ponzi scheme, said that some of the school’s coaches knew about the under-the-table gifts. The gifts included cash, prostitutes, entertainment costs, jewelry, and even, in one case, an abortion for a stripper whom a player impregnated.

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Penn State Coach Joe Paterno Hospitalized After Getting Run Over in Practice

Legendary Penn State football coach Joe Paterno was injured during a Nittany Lions practice Sunday, when junior wide receiver Devon Smith inadvertently slammed into him as the 84-year-old was taking notes with his head down.

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College Football Bowl Schedule Released, National Championship Set for Jan. 9

A champion will be crowned January 9.

College football’s bowl schedule for next season has come out, with the BCS national championship slated for January 9 in New Orleans.

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