Miami's hearing in front of the NCAA begins today, as university officials flew to Indianapolis to defend the school against NCAA allegations of "lack of institutional control." ACC commissioner John Swofford and university president Donna Shalala also made the trip, according to the Associated Press, along with coach Al Golden, former football assistant coach Clint Hurtt and former basketball coach Frank Haith.
"We have to get to the next step of the process in the NCAA case," Miami athletic director Blake James told ESPN.com's Andrea Adelson. "We’re not being truthful if we don’t look at it and say that’s had an impact on our program, and honestly a negative impact on our program. We have suffered significantly over the last few years because of that case being out there. Obviously, we respect the process and we’re looking forward to getting to the next step of the process, and ultimately we’re looking forward to this being behind us because that’s one of the significant challenges we’ve had."
The Miami Herald reported that UM officials "began the day by meeting in a private room for roughly 15 minutes around 7:30 a.m. They then headed upstairs where the hearing began."
While this is obviously an important step in what has dragged on for almost three years, the NCAA still isn't expected to make a decision on the case until at least six weeks after the hearing.