Miami officials attend NCAA hearing on violations

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Posted at 11:56 AM, Jun 13, 2013
and last updated 2013-06-13 11:56:00-04

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — University of Miami officials defended the school against NCAA allegations of "lack of institutional control" on Thursday, after nearly three years of dealing with the fallout from a booster who provided improper benefits to athletes.

University President Donna Shalala and Atlantic Coast Conference Commissioner John Swafford arrived for the hearing at a hotel in downtown Indianapolis on Thursday morning.

Current football coach Al Golden, former football assistant coach Clint Hurtt and former basketball coach Frank Haith also arrived for the hearing. Hurtt currently works at Louisville and Haith at Missouri.

The NCAA alleges booster Neal Shapiro provided $170,000 in benefits to players, recruits, coaches and others between 2002-2010. Shapiro is serving 20 years in prison for his role in a $930 million Ponzi scheme.

The NCAA said the benefits went to 72 then-players, three recruits and 12 "friends and family members."

Miami has already enacted self-imposed penalties, sitting out two bowl games and the 2012 ACC championship game.

The case has included an admission the NCAA botched the investigation, a shake-up in the NCAA enforcement division and a denial of a request to dismiss the case.