Shalala says 15 Miami athletes being investigated

August 22, 2011 - 4:10 PM

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — Miami President Donna Shalala says university compliance officers are looking into the eligibility of 15 Hurricanes players who have been implicated by claims that a former booster provided extra benefits to them.

In a video message released Monday, Shalala says the university "will move through the process thoroughly." Five months ago, NCAA officials began investigating claims that convicted Ponzi scheme architect Nevin Shapiro provided dozens of athletes with cars, money, gifts and even prostitutes over an eight-year period.

Shalala says Miami has retained attorneys who specialize in NCAA investigations to assist with the process.