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|Miami starting QB Jacory Harris will again be relegated to the sidelines as he was one of eight Hurricanes players suspended and ordered to make repayment by the NCAA.|
“The NCAA said Vernon must sit six games and repay more than $1,200 because as a recruit he accepted things such as access to Shapiro's suite at a Miami home game, drinks and cover charges at two different nightclubs. Shapiro, who told Yahoo! Sports for a story published Aug. 16 that he provided benefits to 72 Miami players and recruits over an eight-year span, has even said that he made a $1,000 donation to Vernon's high school booster club. Armstrong must repay $788, the believed worth of his extra benefits, while Dye will pay back $738. "The student-athletes involved have acknowledged receiving improper benefits and will now be responsible for restitution," Eichorst said. Forston, the NCAA said, received more than $400 in things such as "athletic equipment, meals, nightclub cover charges and entertainment at a gentleman's club." Spence received about $275 in benefits, Ojomo $240, Benjamin more than $150 and Harris more than $140. Brandon McGee, JoJo Nicholas, Vaughn Telemaque and Micanor Regis all must pay less than $100 for taking various impermissible benefits. Regis was not one of the players Shapiro said accepted benefits. The sanctions of those four players were announced by the university, which is operating a joint investigation with the NCAA. "I'm glad that chapter is closed," Golden said. "I'm proud of our guys. I think they were, from every report I've gotten, were honest and forthright. And now we get ready for the University of Maryland." ESPN.com senior college basketball writer Andy Katz and The Assoicated Press contributed to this report.
The student-athletes involved have acknowledged receiving improper benefits and will now be responsible for restitution.” -- Shawn Eichorst, Miami athletic director