Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Kiffin chimes in on Miami case
By Pedro Moura
Asked after USC's Wednesday's morning practice if he had a quick, one- or two-word reaction to this week's Yahoo! Sports investigation of the Miami Hurricanes football program, Trojans coach Lane Kiffin responded with a brisk jab at the NCAA and those involved.
"It would take me a lot more than one or two words," he said, before finishing his session with the media and departing the practice field.
The investigation has alleged 72 Miami football players received extra benefits from convicted Ponzi schemer Nevin Shapiro between the years 2002 and 2010. The Hurricanes' athletic director during most of that time was Paul Dee, a lawyer and longtime Miami staffer who chaired the Committee of Infractions while investigating USC's NCAA case last year.
The Trojans, of course, received a two-year bowl ban and a loss of 30 scholarships over a three-year period in relation to alleged extra benefits received by former running back Reggie Bush and basketball player O.J. Mayo.