So, the sanctions came down from on high, and lo things were… not that bad. Miami‘s basketball program is losing a single scholarship for the next three years as part of the NCAA’s sanctions at the end of a protracted investigation. Still, if you want to be a part of an embattled and now-penitent sports team and are a Miami student, the time has never been better.
The defending ACC champions are holding tryouts today and honestly, they could use some help. While Rion Brown remains, the cast that took the ACC by storm last season is gone. Reggie Johnson, Kenny Kadji and Julian Gamble, the three-headed center that anchored the conference’s best defense, have all left, leaving only scraps in the middle. If you are a tall student who can be persuaded to touch a basketball, today just might be your day. In fact, the time has never been better to be a walk-on at Miami. The scholarship penalty and the lack of talent at every position (other than the wings) means that Miami needs walk-ons more than ever as well as needing more walk-ons than ever. Will non-scholarship players see important minutes during the season? Let’s not get crazy. Still, you’ll never know unless you show up to tryouts — 5:00 PM at the UM Fieldhouse. Good luck.