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Ex-Canes could be immune

CORAL GABLES — CBSSports.com reported Monday that some players implicated in the Miami booster scandal, including former Plant High and current Purdue quarterback Robert Marve, might have been granted "limited immunity" by the NCAA so they could keep their eligibility.

It's a little-known way, according to the NCAA manual, that investigators can get information from a player "when such an individual otherwise might be declared ineligible for intercollegiate competition."

Marve, who transferred from Miami in 2009, was alleged by former UM booster Nevin Shapiro, in jail for a Ponzi scheme, to have accepted numerous impermissible benefits from him.

But the day after the Yahoo Sports report that broke the scandal last week, Purdue issued a statement saying Marve was cleared by the NCAA and had no eligibility issues.

Another transfer from Miami, Kansas State's Arthur Brown, as well as several players recruited by UM who were all implicated by Shapiro, were also announced as eligible by their current schools.

NCAA vice president of enforcement, Julie Roe Lach, hinted at immunity, telling CBSSports.com, "The enforcement staff has been given, by the membership, a pretty important investigative tool."

Monday night, Marve's father, Eugene said he knew "nothing" about immunity. "I haven't heard anything about it," he told the South Florida-Sun Sentinel.

NOTRE DAME NAMES QB: Dayne Crist was named Notre Dame's starting quarterback. The Irish, No. 16 in the preseason AP poll, open Sept. 3 at home against USF.

ALABAMA DEATH: A cab driver in Fernandina Beach was charged with manslaughter for allegedly providing the drugs that resulted in the death of Alabama offensive lineman Aaron Douglas. Police said Rodney Young Odum was arrested. Douglas died May 12 as a result of multiple drugs found in his system.

BAYLOR: Former Oregon running back Lache Seastrunk is transferring to the Big 12 school.

MISSISSIPPI: Junior quarterback Randall Mackey was charged with disorderly conduct after a fight at a downtown Oxford bar early Tuesday. Coach Houston Nutt said Mackey was suspended for at least a game and that sophomore Barry Brunetti will start the opener Sept. 3 against BYU.

RICHMOND: Coach Latrell Scott resigned hours after he was charged with driving while intoxicated, school officials said. Scott had been preparing for his second season.

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Miami senior forward-center Julian Gamble tore his left ACL and will likely miss the entire season. He started 13 games in 2010-11 and averaged 3.8 points and 4.0 rebounds.

Ex-Canes could be immune 08/24/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, August 24, 2011 12:08am]
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