Reports say UM players ineligible
CORAL GABLES - Miami's internal investigation has determined that eight football players, including quarterback Jacory Harris, are believed to have committed NCAA violations by associating with booster Nevin Shapiro and have been declared ineligible, The Associated Press reported. The report did not divulge how many current players have been linked to Shapiro, a convicted Ponzi scheme architect who is serving a 20-year prison sentence for bilking $930 million from investors. Being declared ineligible now does not necessarily mean a player would miss any time this season. The Miami Herald first reported the decision to declare the players ineligible. Under NCAA rules, when a school finds violations have occurred, the athlete typically is declared ineligible and the NCAA begins a reinstatement process.The NCAA will also decide if that player needs to miss any games. And the clock is running: Miami opens the season at Maryland on Sept. 5. Earlier Thursday, Miami coach Al Golden suggested that the depth chart may not be announced until Tuesday. All of the players implicated by Shapiro in a story published by Yahoo Sports were practicing Thursday and have been on the field throughout the process. "We'll make sure we practice enough guys because we really don't know what the future brings," Golden said. "Hopefully we'll find out pretty quickly here in the near future if there are any penalties or suspensions, and we'll adjust accordingly." Golden said he has a plan for which personnel to use against the Terrapins. And another plan, just in case. And, well, another plan, in case things change some more."All of the above," Golden said. Defensive lineman and former Alonso High standout Anthony Chickillo, who is expected to get playing time right away, said the scandal is not taking away from the excitement of his first collegiate season. "I've waited my whole life to come here," said Chickillo, a third-generation Hurricane . "I'm happy with the team. … It's everything I ever wanted and everything I ever expected." LSU: Two employees of the bar where LSU quarterback Jordan Jefferson and three teammates are accused of injuring four people in a parking lot brawl say one of the victims "threw the first punch." Shady's Bar general manager John Peak and door manager Jordan Neldare told The Associated Press versions of the fight that differ from a police report. The report includes a statement from alleged victim Andrew Lowery, who says he was punched and kicked repeatedly by LSU players after coming to the aid of a man pulled from a pickup truck. Another witness says she saw Jefferson kick Lowery in the face. The school also said receiver Russell Shepard has been suspended for the opener against Oregon on Sept. 3 and is expected to miss a number of games. LSU said Shepard violated NCAA rules by discussing an NCAA inquiry with a teammate. LSU has not said what the inquiry entailed. TEXAS A&M: The university formally notified the Big 12 that it is considering leaving the conference and wants to know how to do it if it comes to that. Less than a week after expressing interest in joining the SEC, university president R. Bowen Loftin's letter said it should not be considered notice that the Aggies have decided to leave the Big 12.