Miami football coach Al Golden walks through his team's practice session Thursday. "Hopefully we'll find out pretty quickly here in the near future if there are any penalties or suspensions, and we'll adjust accordingly," Golden said. (Photo: AP Photo/J Pat Carter)
After conducting its own investigation, Miami has decided to declare eight of its football players ineligible, including three-year starting quarterback Jacory Harris, writes the Associated Press.
The players have been probed because of their alleged dealings with imprisoned former booster Nevin Shapiro, who claims to have provided Miami Hurricanes student athletes with money, gifts and other benefits not permissible by the NCAA.
Now Miami is waiting to see what the NCAA has to say before determining if any of the eight players will be allowed to return this season or ever.
“We’ve done our part,” first-year Miami coach Al Golden said Friday. “We’re waiting.”
According to the AP, the NCAA is planning to get back to Miami early next week to let the school know about the eligibility of some of its top players. They could be forced to miss games or perhaps the season, depending on the degree of infractions they committed. The Hurricanes are left in limbo in the meantime as they prepare to meet Maryland in the season opener Sept. 5.
“They’re eligible to practice,” Golden said Friday. “We have filed paperwork to the NCAA as of late last night, which is part of the normal process.… The only entity that can reinstate them is the NCAA.”
(Photo: AP Photo/J Pat Carter)