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Report: Miami rules eight players ineligible

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It’s not quite a dozen players like it was thought to be earlier today, but Miami has rep0rtedly taken action when it comes to the eligibility of current athletes who have been connected to allegations of impermissible gifts given by former UM booster Nevin Shapiro.

A source with knowledge of the investigation has told The Miami Herald that eight Hurricane players, including quarterback Jacory Harris, have been ruled ineligible by Miami. All eight are believed to be on the football team and allegedly took gifts from Shapiro over $100 in value. A player who receives benefits lower than that amount is usually asked to pay it back in the form of a donation to a charity in exchange for immediate eligibility.

Outside of Harris, it’s not yet known publicly who the other ineligible players are at this point.

But, if those eight players are ineligible like it is reported, the school will ask the NCAA to reinstate them by investigating each on a case-by-case basis. If UM were to play the athletes and the NCAA were to find out later that they were ineligible at the time, the program could face severe penalties.

If everything goes smoothly in those investigations  — and, again, this is just a report that they’re ineligible — the players could be back by the Sept. 5 season-opening game against Maryland.

How the NCAA would rule in each individual case, though, is separate from their investigation into the UM program as a whole.

UPDATED 10:55 p.m. ET: the Associated Press has added that eight players, including Harris, are currently ineligible for allegedly receiving gifts from Shapiro. .


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12 Responses to “Report: Miami rules eight players ineligible”
  1. paulbrownsrevenge says: Aug 25, 2011 8:51 PM


  2. paulbrownsrevenge says: Aug 25, 2011 8:53 PM

    Who is going to match those INT totals? Stephen Morris is a better QB anyways. This is actually bad news for the opponents of Miami.

  3. 13pep says: Aug 25, 2011 9:09 PM


    bet you have been waiting your entire pathetic life to use that. Feel cool now??

    paulbrownsrevenge says: Aug 25, 2011 8:51 PM


  4. paulbrownsrevenge says: Aug 25, 2011 9:29 PM

    Thumbs do the talking turd.

  5. thefiesty1 says: Aug 25, 2011 10:40 PM

    Just suspend them all and take your lumps now. It can only get worse if they don’t do it now.

  6. florida727 says: Aug 25, 2011 11:26 PM

    Suspending 8 players. Reminds my of that old lawyer joke: what do you call a lawyer at the bottom of the ocean? A good start.

    This can’t end well for Miami, unfortunately. My question is: why does Shalala still have a job?

  7. ihateannouncers says: Aug 26, 2011 2:22 AM

    This can’t end well for Miami, unfortunately. My question is: why does Shalala still have a job?

    She definately should be taking more heat in the media. She is a career politician and they are very adept at damage control. She will attempt to smoothly walk over everybody else involved to get out of the way of the bus. Lets hope the journalistic shark feeding frenzy doesn’t let her spin her way out of the tank. I know, too many metaphors…

  8. blakeowen13 says: Aug 26, 2011 8:23 AM

    I am by far a “U” fan. But this whole situation is not good for college football. I can’t believe shalala has thrown golden to the wolves. He has been dealing with the media and he had nothing to do with any of it. Shalala had her hands in the cookie jar too. She should be axed

  9. cosmoman11 says: Aug 26, 2011 9:17 AM

    In a related story the NFL just announced a supplemental supplemental draft. However, anyone drafted will be suspended for the first 2 years.

  10. fouldwimmerlaik says: Aug 26, 2011 10:13 AM

    A team of convicts and other thugs. Who couldn’t have seen this happening eventually? It will be fun to watch the U go down in flames and the football “students” take their gang-banging ways back to the hood.

  11. 13pep says: Aug 26, 2011 11:11 AM


    thugs, convicts?? They are thugs because they went in the VIP section at a club? Check the police files of all the schools and tell me how many Canes players have been arrested compared to other programs and tell me who are the convicts. So sitting VIP is I guess more of a crime than let’s say threatening to kill your ex, stomping on some guys head, stealing, robbery.

  12. fouldwimmerlaik says: Aug 26, 2011 11:37 AM

    Yo, yo, yo. Back to the hood wit y’all. Gang-banging U goin’ down, yo, yo.

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