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A number of former Miami players have spoken out in recent days about Shapiro, and Carolina Panthers tight end Greg Olsen added his name to the chorus of those offering a similar refrain: “Consider the source,” Olsen said.

“It’s obviously unfortunate,” Olsen added. “Miami means a lot to all of us who went there. It’s pretty well-documented the kind of family that we have there and the tight-knit group that we all are. To see your fellows that you really care about go through something like this and the allegations that have been proposed are hard. But at the same point, we have to remember where all this is coming from, a convicted felon who’s made his bed by being a liar.”

Late Friday, the chairman of the university’s board of trustees released a letter saying it’s “especially important that the alleged misconduct not overshadow our current leadership and institutional values.”

Leonard Abess’ letter also served as a strong vote of confidence for Shalala, who told the student newspaper, The Miami Hurricane, that she has no intention to leave the school anytime soon.

“Without a doubt these allegations are troubling and demand a thorough and honest evaluation of Hurricane Athletics,” Abess wrote. “President Shalala has taken a strong position, insisting on full cooperation with the ongoing NCAA investigation. The process will be long, and in the ensuing months the Board of Trustees and the university administration will provide both leadership and unwavering support for our great institution.”

Shapiro is serving a 20-year prison sentence. He has also been ordered to pay more than $82 million to bilked investors. His claims pushed Miami onto the 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.