Friday, August 26, 2011

Speaking of Hurricanes: QB Harris Among 12 Seeking NCAA Reinstatement

AP – Miami quarterback Jacory Harris is one of twelve Miami Hurricanes who has been declared ineligible after a university investigation found that the players likely committed NCAA violations by associating with booster Nevin Shapiro, said a person with knowledge of the process.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Thursday because no one is authorized to discuss the ongoing investigations by the university and the NCAA. 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.

Simply being declared ineligible now doesn’t necessarily mean a player would miss any time this season.
Under NCAA rules, when a school finds violations have occurred, the athlete typically is declared ineligible so the NCAA may begin a reinstatement process. The NCAA will also decide if that player needs to miss any games.

And the clock is running: Miami opens at Maryland on Sept. 5.

“The school must declare the student-athlete ineligible and then can seek reinstatement,” NCAA spokesperson Stacey Osburn said.

Earlier Thursday, Miami coach Al Golden suggested that the depth chart might not be announced until Tuesday. All of the players implicated by Shapiro in a story published by Yahoo Sports were practicing Thursday, and have been on the field throughout the process.

The complete list via the blog Dr. Saturday (click on a player's name for specifics of their involvement): Safety Ray-Ray Armstrong, wide receiver Travis Benjamin, defensive end Dyron Dye, defensive tackle Marcus Fortson, quarterback Jacory Harris (right), wide receiver Aldarius Johnson, cornerback JoJo Nicolas, defensive end Adewale Ojomo, linebacker Sean Spence (top), safety Vaughn Telemaque and defensive end Olivier Vernon.

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