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8 UM Players Must Sit Out Game

CORAL GABLES, FL (AP) The NCAA ruled Tuesday that eight Miami players must sit out games and repay benefits in order to play for the Hurricanes again.

Starting quarterback Jacory Harris and four other players must sit out one game and make repayment.

Olivier Vernon will miss six games and repay $1,200. Ray Ray Armstrong and Dyron Dye will sit out four games. Marcus Forston, Sean Spence, Adewale Ojomo and Travis Benjamin will sit out one game.

"They understand that their actions demand consequences," Miami athletic director Shawn Eichorst said.

The suspensions are largely the result of allegations made by former booster Nevin Shapiro to Yahoo Sports for a story published Aug. 16. Shapiro, a convicted Ponzi scheme architect, said he entertained players at his $6 million home, took them to dinners and handed out cash prizes at bowling tournaments.

He also said he took players to strip clubs, drove them around in his Mercedes and added that he gave a former Miami athletic department employee more than $2,000 to entertain a group on a recruiting visit.

Armstrong was ordered to repay $788, while Dye must pay $738. The NCAA said that Vernon, Armstrong and Dye "received substantial benefits as prospective student-athletes from Shapiro and athletics personnel to entice them to enroll at the university, which are considered some of the most serious recruiting violations."

Forston, the NCAA said, received more than $400 in things like "athletic equipment, meals, nightclub cover charges and entertainment at a gentleman's club." Spence received approximately $275 in benefits, Ojomo $240, Benjamin more than $150 and Harris more than $140.

The NCAA said another five Miami players got benefits while enrolled at Miami.

Brandon McGee, JoJo Nicholas, Micanor Regis and Vaughn Telemaque all must pay less than $100 for various impermissible benefits and will not miss any game time. Marcus Robinson was cleared of all NCAA violations and will not face any penalties.

Separately, Miami coach Al Golden said senior wide receiver Aldarius Johnson - who was also implicated by Shapiro, but not named in Tuesday's NCAA statement - has been suspended indefinitely for a violation of team rules.

The NCAA's investigation into Miami's enforcement practices is continuing.

In the Yahoo Sports story, Shapiro said he made a $1,000 donation to the booster club at Vernon's high school, even providing a canceled check as proof. Many of the allegations against other players, such as Harris, were more vague. Shapiro said Harris played in a pool tournament with about $500 at stake, accepted food, drinks and entertainment at his home and enjoyed drinks and nightclub access with him more than once.

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