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“I am concerned,” Rolle said this week. “I am concerned because this is bringing unnecessary drama to the program that doesn’t need to be. I am a Miami guy at heart and I always will be a Miami guy at heart. I just want these players to have the same fortunate career as I had and other people had. But right now there is a lot of drama going on and it’s all caused by one guy, one angry guy.”

The current Hurricanes listed in the story include quarterback Jacory Harris, safeties Vaughn Telemaque and Ray Ray Armstrong, receivers Travis Benjamin and Aldarius Johnson, defensive linemen Marcus Forston, Olivier Vernon, Marcus Robinson and Adewale Ojomo, tight end Dyron Dye, defensive back JoJo Nicholas and linebacker Sean Spence _ many of whom are expected to play key roles for the team in 2011.

“That’s something I don’t speak on,” James said. “I just worry about football and let Coach and the NCAA handle that.”

All Miami players remain eligible to practice, though some are limited by injury.

Horn said players were not fretting about the possibility that some of those 12 implicated players might be deemed ineligible by the university for at least part of the season.

“The way we’ve been taught from the very beginning is that the depth chart’s in sand,” Horn said. “So we don’t even know who’s going to start the first game. All we can do is come out here and play as hard as we can.”

Added James: “We’ve got tunnel vision.”

Some around the program wonder if the distractions simply will be too much for the Hurricanes, in their first year under Golden and coming off a disappointing 7-6 season. Or it could bring the team closer.

“It’s going to be us-against-the-world,” Horn said. “That’s all we can focus on. The only thing that matters is the people that are inside that Hecht (the facility housing the Hurricanes’ football complex). All the people that matter are the people on this football field playing every day. Those are my brothers and we’re going to stick together.”

Miami joined a growing list of schools with major football programs to be investigated by the NCAA for rule-breaking in the past 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.

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.


AP Sports Writer Michael Marot and Associated Press Writer Paul Weber contributed to this report.


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