Report: 12 ‘Canes may be ineligible

The University of Miami was expected to declare ineligible 12 football players who are subject to an investigation by the NCAA over the booster scandal, the Miami Herald reported Thursday.

Miami was yet to declare any players ineligible by Wednesday afternoon, the paper reported, but was likely to take action "within the next week" in the hope of forcing a ruling on their reinstatement from the NCAA and potentially increase their chances of playing in Sept. 5’s season opener at Maryland.

The school would otherwise face the risk of heavy penalties that would be issued should the implicated players take to the field and later be found to have violated NCAA rules.

"If those players aren’t first declared ineligible, then reinstated, before they participate and they’re found to have violated rules, the school will be in much deeper trouble," a source told the Herald.

UM president Donna Shalala confirmed Monday the NCAA was reviewing the eligibility of 15 current student-athletes following a series of bombshell allegations by a former booster.

The announcement came a week after the release of a report detailing how former Miami booster Nevin Shapiro allegedly provided millions of dollars’ worth of illegal benefits to at least 72 former and current Miami athletes between 2002 and 2010.

Shapiro, currently incarcerated for his role in a $930 million Ponzi scheme, told Yahoo! Sports benefits for Miami players included cash, prostitutes, entertainment, trips, jewelry, bounties for on-field play and even an abortion on one occasion.

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