The Miami football program is squarely in the middle of the NCAA's crosshairs, and with the investigation ongoing, it appears as many as 12 players could be declared ineligible before Miami opens its season on September 6th.
As the Miami Herald reported Thursday, the school is expected to rule a 12 players ineligible within the week, a group that includes the Hurricanes' starting quarterback, Jacory Harris. The action from Miami is said to be a way of preempting NCAA action in the hopes that the NCAA could reinstate the suspended players in time for Miami's season opener, Septemeber 6th at Maryland.
As a source told the Herald, “If those players aren’t first declared ineligible, then reinstated, before they participate and they’re found to have violated rules, the school will be in much deeper trouble,” the source said.
Indeed, more than anything else, the news is a sign that Miami's not willing to risk incurring stiffer penalties, and on a basic level, the self-imposed suspensions would be a pretty clear concession that a number of current Miami players broke one or more NCAA rules. The only question, then, would be whether the NCAA shows athletes like Harris any mercy.