Miami Hurricanes Football Scandal 'Painful," Says Donna Shalala

Miami president Donna Shalala called the Nevin Shapiro scandal "quite painful" in an open letter published Sunday in the Miami Herald. Shalala pledged the university's full cooperation with the ongoing NCAA investigation, promising that Miami "will move on stronger and be better prepared for the future."

"Here's my commitment: I will do, and we will do, everything possible to find the truth, learn from any mistakes and take measures to prevent any such behavior from happening again."

Shalala's letter comes following the news that up to 13 players have been declared ineligible by the athletic department, including quarterback Jacory Harris. So far, 65 current or former players have been implicated in the scandal, receiving a number of extra benefits from Shapiro including cash, cars and women.

The letter was Shalala's third official statement on the matter. She has yet to open herself up to questioning, however.

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