With the official University of Miami sanctions now set in place, which include losses of nine scholarships over the three-year span, many still wondered whether or not the school would ultimately appeal the decision. Throughout this whole process, they have fought tooth-and-nail with the collegiate governing body, so why stop now?
Well, they’ve decided against fighting any longer and will accept the punishment, which really is all for the best in the end.
Not long after the announcement was made a few hours ago, the school issued a press release in which some key individuals made statements in regards to basically acknowledging that the entire ordeal is essentially finished.
From Board of Trustees Chair Leonard Abess:
“The University of Miami moves forward today stronger and rededicated to the high ideals that have always sustained it. I am proud of our leadership and staff, who conducted themselves throughout this process with integrity, forthrightness, and in the spirit of full cooperation.”
University president Donna Shalala:
“I am grateful to our coaches, staff and student-athletes for their dedication to the University and to intercollegiate athletics. I also want to thank Atlantic Coast Conference Commissioner John Swofford for his steadfast support.
“Finally, I want to apologize to the Hurricane family, as we have asked for your patience, faith and support during a difficult time. Thank you for standing with us.”
Athletic Director James Blake:
“Our honest and committed efforts to address these allegations have made us stronger. We have already taken many proactive steps to ameliorate any concerns, and we will continue to improve in all areas. Now it is time we look ahead and work diligently to support our student-athletes.”