Shalala don’t play:

I believe that the young men we have recruited for our football team are young men of great character, but they did a very bad thing…. It’s time for me to say publicly that I believe in them, that I believe that they did something awful, but that I want them to continue at the University of Miami. And it’s time for me to say to the community and to those that have been sending me e-mails that this university will be firm and punish people that do bad things.

But we will not throw any student under the bus for instant restoration of our image or our reputation. I will not hang them in a public square. I will not eliminate their participation at the university. I will not take away their scholarships…

It’s time for the feeding frenzy to stop. These young men made a stupid, terrible, horrible mistake and they are being punished. They are students, and we are an educational institution and we will act like an educational institution, not like a PR machine trying to spin and restore an image that we worked so hard to put in place.

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