Guys: “deals” are cut at most schools, even your beloved school and mine. If you don’t believe it, just keep your head in the sand for another 10 years or so. The question is how big and how pervasive is it?
If no one comes out and admits to getting money, there is almost no way to “prove” much of anything without a “sting” type of scenario.
Parents get to “borrow” a Hummer for four years, “find” things in mailboxes, etc all the time. Now, there are limits to what most schools/alums will do (unless you’re an Ole Mi$$ alum) so as not to be too obvious but it does go on at most, if not all, major programs. They are called “bagman” and every coach deals with it.
I don’t like it but it is reality. It doesn’t happen to every player and every instance; it also takes different forms. Sometimes it is being assured of playing time, sometimes it is playing a certain position, starting as a freshmen, etc.
As for Miami, look at what many of the SEC schools do every year, look at what UNC did for a long time (and the idiots at the NCAA didn’t even find most of it, a report for the News & Observer did); look at OSU. Why should Miami pay a much bigger price? I despise the Canes but they are no worse than many who aren’t impacted that severely for their transgressions.