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“He was a nice guy,” Thomas said. “I’ve got nothing bad to say about him.”

Former Hurricanes in the NFL were reluctant to discuss the case. Said Devin Hester when approached at a Chicago Bears practice: “If this is about the Miami thing, I ain’t got nothing.”

Tennessee Titans rookie Colin McCarthy, who played at Miami, wore an orange Hurricanes’ T-shirt when reporters talked to him after practice Tuesday night. He responded “no comment” to four questions.

Shapiro began making his allegations about a year ago. Golden joined the Hurricanes in December after Randy Shannon was fired. Eichorst was hired as athletic director in April to replace Hocutt.

Golden said when he interviewed for the job, Miami officials did not tell him about Shapiro’s allegations.

“If they knew this was percolating, I believe they did have a responsibility to tell me,” Golden said. “I believe they have a responsibility to tell Shawn. But look, I’m happy here. My wife is happy here. We have great kids on this team.”

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AP Sports Writers Michael Marot, Tim Reynolds, Eric Olson, Teresa M. Walker, Cliff Brunt and RB Fallstrom contributed to this story.

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