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Shalala: 15 Hurricane players investigated

Aug. 22, 2011 at 7:45 PM
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MIAMI, Aug. 22 (UPI) -- Fifteen Miami Hurricanes student-athletes are under investigation by the NCAA, University of Miami President Donna Shalala said Monday.

"The Miami compliance staff, in a joint effort with the NCAA, is now beginning the process of reviewing the eligibility of 15 current student athletes," Shalala said in a video statement. "With the season fast approaching, I know our players, coaches and fans are eager to know the result. The process however, must be deliberate and thorough to ensure its integrity."

The NCAA investigation was initiated after a jailed former booster, Nevin Shapiro, alleged he had provided improper benefits to Hurricanes football and basketball players.

Shalala indicated in the statement the university has hired outside attorneys with expertise in NCAA cases to help as the school and the NCAA conduct a joint investigation.

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