When it comes to the NCAA, the Miami Hurricanes could still be in some hot water. On Friday, new allegations surfaced in a report from Yahoo! Sports' Charles Robinson that implicate head coach Al Golden and special teams coordinator Michael Barrow for having direct knowledge of improper involvement between an associate of Nevin Shapiro, Sean "Pee Wee" Allen, and Miami recruits, which include four players on the current roster.
But as the Hurricanes look to move beyond last August's Yahoo! report focusing on Shapiro, the next questions remains: how will the latest impact the program moving forward? From Manny Navarro of the Miami Herald:
Although Golden responded Friday by saying he stands by his record of compliance and any inferences or suggestions that his conduct was anything but ethical are simply false, the new allegations and ongoing investigation - now in its 16th month according to the NCAA - could cast an even darker cloud over the program and its continued rebuilding efforts.
"I guess if you want to look at the bright side, they're only going to sign 13 to 15 kids in this next class anyway," Charles Fishbein of Elite Scouting Services said of Miami.
"But [the new allegations] aren't going to help them nationally. The reality is they're going to have to just stay local probably and land the top kids who want to go there."