Miami football trying to move forward amid scandal

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“It was a rogue booster and someone who was determined to go around the system,” Hocutt said.

The Hurricanes are trying to get back to business-as-usual, but it’s a difficult task given the uncertainty around this season, the eligibility of a dozen players named in the Yahoo Sports report, and the potential repercussions the team may face once the NCAA investigation is completed.

Two of the current players implicated in the Shapiro scandal _ quarterback Jacory Harris and defensive back JoJo Nicholas _ were not in uniform Thursday morning, for reasons that school officials said didn’t involve the investigation. Harris was on the field in shorts and a T-shirt, whistle dangling from his neck, serving as a player coach for the morning. Golden has used several players in that role in recent days.

Nicholas was tending to a family matter and was excused. Harris was in uniform for the afternoon practice, which was closed to reporters.

“These are not times for pity and reflection,” Eichorst said. “All of my efforts and energy are committed to ensuring the integrity of the NCAA investigation, demanding the full cooperation of our employees and student-athletes and providing unwavering support to our more than 400 plus student-athletes and more than 150 coaches and staff.”

Shapiro is in the process of being transferred from federal custody in Atlanta and could end up in prison in South Florida, though his attorney said she’s still unaware where exactly he’s going and when he’ll get there. As part of his sentence, Shapiro has been ordered to pay nearly $83 million in restitution, and he plans to write a book to help raise those funds.

“We thought once this got out, inevitably, there would be someone interested in writing the book,” Perez said. “That’s how he hopes to make the victims whole.”

Miami joined a growing list of schools with major football programs to be investigated by the NCAA for rule-breaking in the last 18 months. Others include Southern California, Ohio State, Auburn, Oregon, Michigan, North Carolina, Georgia Tech and LSU.

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.

More than a dozen former Miami players interviewed by the AP this week have either denied involvement or declined comment.

“The community, the coaches, the student-athletes and the University have my unconditional support as we move towards a better day,” Eichorst wrote. “And there will be a better day.”

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AP Sports Writer Betsy Blaney contributed to this report.

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