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University of Miami

University of Miami
City: Coral Gables, Florida
Type: Private
Sports: baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, rowing, soccer, swimming and diving, tennis, track and field, volleyball[1]
Colors: green, white, orange
Mascot: Hurricanes
Expense/yr: $41,220[2]
Endowment: $720 million[3]

The University of Miami (Miami, UM, or often referred to as "The U") main campus is located in Coral Gables, Florida. It also has a medical campus in Miami, and the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science in Virginia Key. It is the second largest employer in Miami-Dade county. The current president of the University of Miami is Julio Frenk, served as the Minister of Health of Mexico from 2000 to 2006.[4] From 2001 to 2015, the president was Donna E. Shalala, who severed in the Clinton Administration as Secretary of Health and Human Services from 1993 to 2001.

The University of Miami is frequently confused with Miami University which is located in Ohio.

The main campus has hosted the Presidential Debates in 2004. It has also hosted conferences of the Clinton Global Initiative in 2010[5] UM also hosted three campaign rallies for President Obama during the 2012 Presidential Election.[6]

Until the 1960s, the school was racially segregated for only white students.

Football team

The school has had a long and embarrassing history with its football team. In 1935, a group of Miami football supporters tried to hire Red Grange as coach. However, the move was vetoed by President Bowman Foster Ashe, in part because of the $7,500 salary that Grange had requested,[7] and there have been tensions with alumni over the management of the team ever since.

In the middle of the 1954 football season, the NCAA imposed two one-year penalties against Miami for providing transportation and tryouts to prospective players.[8] As a result, Gustafson's 1954 squad was ineligible to play in a bowl game. Following the season, Gustafson decided to step down as head coach.

At the end of the 1978 football season (his second as head coach) Lou Saban resigned in the wake of a controversy concerning football players throwing an orthodox Jewish employee of the campus Jewish ministry into Lake Osceola, a lake on the campus.[9]

Through the 1990 football season, UM had played football games against the University of Notre Dame for 27 years; the rivalry featured two vastly different programs which earned the nickname "Catholics vs. Convicts". In 1990, the UM team lost to Notre Dame 29–20, and Notre Dame had decided to discontinue the series,[10] feeling the intensity of the games had reached an unhealthy level.[11] The rivalry has been partially restarted since Notre Dame is a partial member of the Atlantic Coast Conference (though an independent in football) whereas Miami is a full member.

In 1994, Tony Russell, a former UM academic advisor, pleaded guilty to helping more than 80 student athletes, 57 of whom were football players, falsify Pell Grant applications in exchange for kickbacks from the players themselves. The scandal dated all the way back to 1989 and secured more than $220,000 in federal grant money. Federal officials later said that Russell had engineered "perhaps the largest centralized fraud ... ever committed" in the history of the Pell Grant program.[12][13]

On June 21, 1996, Miami football players broke into the apartment of the captain of Miami's track team and struck him repeatedly. In response, Head Coach Butch Davis suspended three key players for the coming 1996 season. Davis also suspended two other players who were involved in separate violent incidents.[14]

The 2005 football season also fell in controversy when it was reported several Miami football players had recorded a rap song in 2004 that contained lewd sexual references.[15][16] Following the negative national publicity, the University issued a statement condemning the lyrics.[17] However, the program maintains a relationship with Luther Campbell, lead singer of the rap group 2 Live Crew, which is known for its vulgarity.

The 2006 season included an on-field brawl with the Florida International football team and the shooting death of UM defensive tackle Bryan Pata.

During spring break 2011, a UM football player was charged with resisting arrest with violence and battery on a Coconut Grove police officer.[18]

In March 2011, the NCAA began an investigation of the UM football team. In August 2011, alumnus Nevin Shapiro told Yahoo Sports that he provided dozens of athletes and recruits with so-called “extra benefits” including cash, meals, strip club access and yacht rides (and reportedly paid for a player's pregnant girlfriend to have an abortion) over an eight-year span starting in 2002. While the investigation is pending, UM declined to participate in 2011 and 2012 post season football games.[19]

Despite these setbacks, UM tries to focus a great deal of its public reputation on its football team.


  2. Tuition and Fees 2012-13 (PDF). Retrieved on December 29, 2012.
  3. 2011 NACUBO-Commonfund Study of Endowments. Retrieved on December 29, 2012.
  4. About President Julio Frenk. Retrieved on October 10, 2016.
  5. President Clinton to Host Third Clinton Global Initiative University Meeting at UM. Retrieved on December 29, 2012.
  6. "President Obama Swings Through South Florida", CBS Miami, October 11, 2012. Retrieved on December 29, 2012. 
  7. University of Miami Legacy Images. Retrieved on December 29, 2012.
  8. Hickman, Herman. "Drive at Miami: Coach Andy Gustafson has the system and the men", Sports Illustrated, 1955-04-11. Retrieved on December 29, 2012. 
  9. Feldman, Bruce (2004). Cane Mutiny: How the Miami Hurricanes Overturned the Football Establishment. New York: New American Library, 17–18. ISBN 0-451-21297-5. Retrieved on December 29, 2012. 
  10. "Great and Passionate Rivalry Will End Saturday With Miami–Notre Dame Game", Los Angeles Times, 1990-10-18. Retrieved on 2009-10-15. 
  11. Feldman, Bruce (2004). Cane Mutiny: How the Miami Hurricanes Overturned the Football Establishment. New York: New American Library. ISBN 0-451-21297-5. Retrieved on December 29, 2012. 
  12. "Why the University of Miami should drop football",, 1995-06-12. Retrieved on 2006-11-11. 
  13. Feldman, Bruce (2004). Cane Mutiny: How the Miami Hurricanes Overturned the Football Establishment. New York: New American Library, 131–33, 144, 156–57, 166. ISBN 0-451-21297-5. Retrieved on December 29, 2012. 
  14. Nack, William. "Though Love: Coach Butch Davis aims to save Miami football no matter how many players he has to suspend", Sports Illustrated, August 19, 1996. Retrieved on December 29, 2012. 
  15. Retrieved December 29, 2012.
  16. Panthers, Bears Draft 7th Floor Crew Members – NFL FanHouse. Retrieved on December 29, 2012.
  17. "Nothing Shocking About 'Crew'", 2005-11-18. Retrieved on December 29, 2012. 
  19. Reynolds, Tim. "Miami self-imposes 2nd straight bowl ban", November 19, 2012. Retrieved on December 29, 2012. 

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