In Miami’s recruitment of the Cavinder twins, who built a huge TikTok following as basketball players at Fresno State and then hit the portal.
First sign that it’s not completely the Wild West. Level II violation by the Miami women’s coach in connecting the twins with booster John Ruiz – the same booster who is shelling out all kinds of money to all kinds of Miami athletes through his company, LifeWallet. One year probation for the women’s program and a fine. Kind of a slap on the wrist, which the Committee on Infractions recognizes and included this:
“the panel was troubled by the limited nature and severity of institutional penalties agreed upon by Miami and the enforcement staff, namely, the absence of a disassociation of the involved booster.”
As of January 1, the NCAA is operating under the assumption that if it receives credible information of a violation involving NIL, it will assume that the violation took place unless it can be proven otherwise.
Of course, if Miami disassociated Ruiz, it would have no NIL program at all and a whole bunch of people would hit the portal at the next opportunity.