The nearly 2-year-old NCAA investigation into Miami's compliance practices may be nearing an end.
Two people with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press on Saturday that the NCAA is scheduling meetings to discuss specific allegations with individuals who are believed to have committed violations found during the inquiry. Some meetings will take place Monday, said the people, who spoke on condition of anonymity because neither the NCAA nor Miami authorized them to reveal the developments publicly.
The reviewing of specific findings is a sign that the investigation phase is ending, meaning Miami may finally receive its notice of allegations letter in the coming days. Typically, schools review at least one draft of the notice before it formally arrives.
Earlier this month, Miami coach Al Golden told the AP that he did not expect the university to be surprised by the NCAA's findings.
"We just want to receive the notice," Golden said. "The day we do that is the day we take a big step forward. I don't think there's any question that will be a release. And the good thing there is we don't anticipate any shock or any surprise."
Miami's receipt of the notice of allegations is simply the end of one phase of the process.
Up next would be the sanctions phase, when the actual penalties against the Hurricanes would be handed down. Typically, schools and individuals named in the notice of allegations have 90 days to file a response to the NCAA's findings, all of which would be reviewed by the committee on infractions -- which operates separately from the NCAA's investigative arm.
If the notice of allegations is, in fact, looming, that means Miami may find out its punishment by perhaps May or June...
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