UM students express relief over NCAA sanctions

UM loses scholarships, avoids bowl ban

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CORAL GABLES, Fla. - University of Miami students expressed their relief that the NCAA's investigation into the Nevin Shapiro scandal has presumably drawn to a close.

"For most everybody that's a student right now, this has been hanging over our entire college career," said student body president Bhumi Patel.

Miami's football team will lose a total of nine scholarships and the men's basketball team will lose three as part of the penalties the school was handed Tuesday by the NCAA.

"The people that were involved know that what they did was wrong and I think that they've been punished enough," said Jamie Gillespie. "I don't think it's fair to take away money from potential players that had nothing to do with the Shapiro scandal."

"It was painful in the sense that we felt cut short as fans and I know the players felt cut short as players because it wasn't really their fault," said Andrew Wyatt, president of Cat 5, a spirit programming board.

The scandal broke when juniors began attending the university.

"During orientation my freshmen year, I came to campus and there were news reporters everywhere and everything going on -- this all was unfolding -- so that was my first impression of the football team and school," said junior Lisa Cameron.

"When you arrive on campus, you're excited to get the whole college atmosphere when it comes to football and things like that, and then as soon as we get here, the team's penalized with that," added Jeremey White.

Read: Timeline of the investigation

For the first time since 2010, the football team will be permitted to appear in a postseason game.

"Everyone didn't think we should get a bowl ban so everyone's obviously relieved, especially since the team is doing really good this year," said White.

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