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Miami QB apologizes for his role in scandal

CORAL GABLES — Miami quarterback Jacory Harris apologized Friday to the school and its fans for his role in a benefits scandal.

It was the first time Harris spoke about the NCAA investigation since he was suspended one game for taking gifts from former booster Nevin Shapiro.

"I apologize to the university, President (Donna) Shalala, starting with her first for … everything that she had to go through," said Harris, who will start the Sept. 17 game against Ohio State. "Then all the fans, I want to apologize for something that happened our freshman year. We were all young, but that's still no excuse for what happened.

"And I apologize to this team for … putting them through things they had to go through."

Four others — Sean Spence, Marcus Forston, Adewale Ojomo and Travis Benjamin — also were suspended for one game for taking benefits from Shapiro. Olivier Vernon will miss six games and Ray Ray Armstrong and Dyron Dye four.

Harris declined to comment when asked if he believed the NCAA process was fair. The senior also offered no details on what happened in his interactions with Shapiro, whom he did not mention by name. He did say it was not difficult to remain quiet.

"It was something that was determining my future, so I wouldn't want to say anything that was going to hurt me," Harris said.

"But it was hard going through the things knowing that a ruling can change the outcome of my future."

Fresno State: As many as 25 players have been implicated in a welfare fraud investigation involving a third-party filing for false benefits. The school declined to name the players or say if they have been punished, saying it didn't want to interfere with the investigation of the Fresno County District Attorney's Office.

LSU: Affidavits from search warrants show suspended quarterback Jordan Jefferson and linebacker Josh Johns told police they were at the scene but not part of a bar fight that led to their arrests on battery charges. The two have not commented since the fight. Jefferson's lawyers said the affidavits further back their assertion that there isn't enough evidence to support the charges. Police said they won't comment until the investigation ends.

Ohio State: Starting tailback Jordan Hall, starting cornerback Travis Howard and backup safety Corey Brown won't play today against Toledo. They were suspended indefinitely shortly before the opener for taking $200 at a charity event.

South Carolina: Freshman receiver Damiere Byrd was suspended for four games by the NCAA for receiving $2,700 in impermissible benefits from a mentoring organization. It's the same organization from which Florida defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd received benefits, leading to a two-game suspension.

Big 12: Texas A&M said Baylor has sold 830 tickets from its allotment of 3,850 for the Oct. 15 game in College Station, which is about 100 miles from the Bears' campus in Waco. Texas A&M wants to leave the Big 12 for the SEC, but Baylor and other league schools have threatened to sue. Baylor spokesman Nick Joos said plenty of Bears fans will be at the game: "Many of our fans have indicated that they acquired tickets from third-party sources since the seat locations available are superior to the back corner end zone location provided to visiting teams at Kyle Field."

FIU 24, Louisville 17: T.Y. Hilton caught two touchdowns, 74 and 83 yards to lift the visiting Panthers (2-0). FIU entered 0-21 against teams from the ACC, Big East, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12 and SEC.

Women's soccer: Florida State held off Florida 3-2 in front of 4,671 in Gainesville. The Seminoles (6-1), ranked No. 5 in the coaches' poll, saw the No. 9 Gators (4-2) tie the score twice before Tiffany McCarty scored the winner in the 72nd minute.

Miami QB apologizes for his role in scandal 09/10/11 [Last modified: Saturday, September 10, 2011 1:28am]

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