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Being declared ineligible now doesn’t necessarily mean a player would miss any time this season. Golden said he wasn’t allowed to discuss specifics about the players who have been declared ineligible.

“It’s an ongoing investigation,” Golden said. “I’m not allowed to comment on that. Again, we’ve been most respectful to the process here from the NCAA and been extremely cooperative, so I’m not going to deviate from that path right now.”

Besides Harris, Spence and Benjamin, the other football players named by Shapiro for an article published by Yahoo Sports on Aug. 16 are Vaughn Telemaque, Ray Ray Armstrong, Aldarius Johnson, Marcus Forston, Olivier Vernon, Marcus Robinson, Adewale Ojomo, Dyron Dye and JoJo Nicholas.

During the portion of practice open for viewing Friday, 10 of the 12 players implicated by Shapiro were on the field. Dye and Nicholas were not seen.

The reason for Dye’s absence was unknown. Nicholas is dealing with the recent death of his child, born prematurely.

Shapiro is a convicted Ponzi scheme architect serving a 20-year prison sentence for bilking $930 million from investors. He was a Miami booster for much of the past decade and says he provided dozens of Hurricanes, and some recruits who went elsewhere, with extra benefits such as cash, gifts, cars and even prostitutes at times from 2002 through 2010.

Golden has said several times since the story broke that 90 percent of his team, and his coaching staff, are not implicated in the scandal — which makes it possible to think solely about the challenge of getting ready for Maryland.

“I think anybody who is in flux would have some concerns,” Golden said. “But we’ve been trying to keep them on task, and they’ve been doing a good job of that.”

Figueroa said he has no doubt that Miami will be able to concentrate in the days ahead on the game plan for Maryland.

“We’re just worrying about this ‘U’, worrying about what our goals are and just focusing on that first game,” Figueroa said. “We’re definitely going to be ready.”