University of Miami starting center Reggie Johnson has been ruled ineligible by the NCAA after his family was found to have accepted what the university called "impermissible travel benefits." Johnson denied knowledge of the benefits, but he will still have to sit out Sunday night's game against the Florida State Seminoles, according to Tim Reynolds of the Associated Press in Miami.
Breaking now: Miami C Reggie Johnson ineligible, university asks NCAA for speedy resolution. Will not play vs. FSU tonight.— Tim Reynolds (@ByTimReynolds) February 26, 2012
Johnson's absence could be a major blow for the Hurricanes. He leads the team with 6.9 rebounds per game in addition to 10.6 points. At 16-10 overall, Miami sits on the very edge of the NCAA Tournament bubble. They were the first team out according to SB Nation's latest projections. A win over No. 15 Florida State would be a major boost to their resume.
In case you were wondering: No, Nevin Shapiro is not involved with this particular investigation. Nonetheless, Miami has to be growing weary with the unwanted attention surrounding its athletic department.
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