With less than a week away from their season opener against the University of Maryland, most of south Florida and the University of Miami’s fans across the nation can breathe a little easier, for now. The NCAA has finally issued their penalties against the “U” in regards to the 12 current players that were involved in receiving cash and illegal benefits from ponzi-schemer and former Miami booster, Nevin Shapiro. Shapiro tried to single-handily bring down the university as he named 72 former and current Miami players who he illegally provided benefits for. Shapiro is serving 20 years in a federal prison in Atlanta where he states that he is writing a book that will tell “everything” that he did for the “U.” “Once the players turned pro, they turned their back on me. It made me feel like a used friend,” Shapiro stated this was the reason why he blew the lid on the university’s illegal behavior. For now though Hurricane fans can enjoy the season as starters Jacory Harris, Marcus Fortson, Sean Spence, and Travis Benjamin will have to sit out only one game. The NCAA did however hand out stiffer penalties against stud starters Ray-Ray Armstrong, who is one of the top safeties in the nation, and TE Dyron Dye which many scouts have stated could have a bright career in the NFL. Both players have to sit out 4 games each, while Defensive End Oliver Vernon must sit out 6 games. Vernon is regarded as Miami’s best pass-rusher who also posses NFL ability. The Miami football team though are proceeding with business as usual in hopes that the tropical storm brewing over the university takes a turn for the better as the NCAA investigation is far from over. Miami has been down this road before as in 1995 Sports Illustrated writer, Alexander Wolff, wrote an article as to “Why the University of Miami should drop Football.” In 1995 the Hurricanes were put on probation as the players were receiving illegal benefits such as falsifying a pell grant applications. As for today new head coach Al Golden has a bit more clarity as he may start six freshman on defense for the team’s Labor Day match-up against the Terps of Maryland. Back-up quarterback Stephen Morris is also starting, by default, for the suspended Jacory Harris as well. As long as he turns around and hands the ball off to stud runningback Lamar Miller all should be well on the offensive side of the ball. The freshman on defense will have to grow up really quick, as the bright lights at Byrd Stadium turn on Monday night for the nationally televised Labor Day match up.