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Will Miami case lead to ‘fundamental change’?
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.
“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 was sentenced to prison in June for masterminding a $930 million Ponzi scheme, plus ordered to pay more than $82 million in restitution to investors. NCAA investigators were on the Miami campus this week and have interviewed Shalala and athletic director Shawn Eichorst.
Golden’s entire team practiced Wednesday, even though the claims by Shapiro involve several current players. Golden said it was too soon to take disciplinary action. His team opens the season Sept. 5 against Maryland.
Yahoo Sports published its story Tuesday, saying it spent 100 hours interviewing Shapiro over the span of 11 months and audited thousands of pages of financial and business records to examine his claims, some involving events nearly a decade ago. The NCAA’s four-year statute of limitations doesn’t apply when there is a pattern of willful violations that continues into the past four years.
A person familiar with the situation said much of Shapiro’s access to Hurricane programs in recent years was approved by Hocutt. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because of the ongoing investigation.
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