Miami Football Has Declared Players Ineligible, Coach Al Golden Confirms

There has been some confusion regarding exactly how many football players Miami will declare ineligible, though Hurricanes head coach Al Golden has confirmed the school has officially declared players ineligible. The official count, according to the Associated Press, is eight from the team's football squad.

Golden confirmed "a number" of his Hurricanes players have been declared ineligible, according to the Associated Press's Tim Reynolds, due to their connections with the Nevin Shapiro scandal. The AP doesn't name names for all of the players ruled ineligible, but starting quarterback Jacory Harris is expected to be among them.

The act of declaring the players ineligible doesn't necessarily mean that any of the players will be forced to miss Miami's first game, scheduled for Sept. 5 at Maryland. Under NCAA rules, when a school finds violations have occurred, the athlete is declared ineligible so the NCAA may begin a reinstatement process -- a process Golden says the Hurricanes began on Thursday evening.

The next step is that the NCAA will now review each player case and decide whether or not to reinstate them along with how many games any ineligible players must sit out, but there isn't an exact timetable for the process.

For more on Shapiro's claims and the NCAA investigation into Miami football, stay with this StoryStream. To check in with Miami fans, head over to The 7th Floor.

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