- Associated Press - Thursday, August 18, 2011

CORAL GABLES, FLA. (AP) - Miami football coach Al Golden says his team is recovering from the shock of scandalous allegations hitting the program and sparking talk from the NCAA for “fundamental change” in college sports.

Most of the Hurricanes were practicing Thursday. Quarterback Jacory Harris was not in pads, but serving instead as a student coach for the morning session. Harris was one of the players implicated in the Yahoo Sports story alleging illicit conduct by former booster Nevin Shapiro.

A school spokesman says Harris will be in pads for afternoon practice.

Another player alleged to have accepted benefits from Shapiro is JoJo Nicholas. He was not at practice because of a family matter.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP’s earlier story is below.

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) _ The latest scandalous allegations in college football _ this time at the University of Miami _ have renewed talk by the NCAA of the need for “fundamental change” in athletics.

And Hurricanes officials say they’re eager to resolve the case.

Former booster Nevin Shapiro, now serving 20 years in federal prison for his role in a Ponzi scheme, claims he provided Miami players with prostitutes, cars and other gifts over the past decade.

“If the assertions are true, the alleged conduct at the University of Miami is an illustration of the need for serious and fundamental change in many critical aspects of college sports,” NCAA president Mark Emmert said in a statement.

In the past 18 months, football teams at Southern California, Ohio State, Auburn, Oregon, Michigan, North Carolina, Georgia Tech and LSU have been investigated or sanctioned by the NCAA.

Last week, Emmert led a group of university presidents _ including Miami’s Donna Shalala _ in drafting an outline for change in college sports.

Shalala said she was upset, disheartened and saddened by Shapiro’s allegations.

“We will vigorously pursue the truth, wherever that path may lead, and I have insisted upon complete, honest and transparent cooperation with the NCAA from our staff and students,” Shalala said in a statement.

Most cases are resolved in six to seven months, but more complex investigations take longer, an NCAA official said.

Shapiro began making his allegations about a year ago. He told Yahoo Sports that 72 football players and other athletes at Miami received improper benefits from him in the past decade.

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