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Antonya English

WRs coach/recruiting coordinator Aubrey Hill resigns

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Florida Gators wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator Aubrey Hill, who was named in the Nevin Shapiro report, has resigned for personal reasons, according to head coach Will Muschamp.

The resignation comes on the day Florida reports for fall camp, and leaves the Gators without a recruiting coordinator and an assistant coach. Offensive coordinator Brent Pease and graduate assistant Bush Hamdan will coach the Gators' receivers, Muschamp said.

Hill's resignation comes two weeks after a Yahoo! Sports story that directly implicates him in illegal recruiting at Miami. Hill was the Hurricanes' wide receivers coach/recruiting coordinator from 2008-10 and remained on new head coach Al Golden's staff for a brief time after Golden was hired in December 2010.

Hill and several members of Golden's staff are alleged to have circumvented NCAA rules in recruiting by using an equipment manager, Sean Allen, who was once a close associate of Shapiro'd, to recruit Miami-area players.

Yahoo! Sports reported that according to Allen's federal testimony in Shapiro's bankruptcy case, Allen's recruiting violations occurred with Hill's assistance and knowledge. Golden has denied the allegations.

Shapiro, a former Miami booster, told Yahoo! Sports in August 2011 that he provided impermissible benefits to 72 Hurricanes football players and other athletes from 2002 to 2010. Shapiro, who is serving a 20-year prison sentence for masterminding a $930 million Ponzi scheme, said he gave money, cars, yacht trips, jewelry, televisions and other gifts to players. He said he paid for nightclub outings, sex parties, restaurant meals and an abortion for a woman impregnated by a player not named by Yahoo.

Shapiro said at least six coaches and as many as 10 athletic department employees were aware of the illicit activity. The coaches Shapiro named have since left UM.

Shapiro said Hill, Miami's receivers coach and recruiting coordinator from 2008 to 2010, knew of or had direct participation in NCAA rule violations. However, Florida chose to keep Hill on staff.

UF athletics spokesman Steve McClain told the the St. Petersburg Times (now Tampa Bay Times) at the time, "Coach Hill indicated he was very comfortable with and very confident in how he conducted himself while at the University of Miami."

Read Yahoo! Sports' investigative report here.

[Last modified: Friday, August 3, 2012 11:48am]

    

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