ACC issues statement on UM investigation

Published On: Feb 21 2013 11:14:33 AM EST

CORAL GABLES, Fla. -

The Atlantic Coast Conference issued a statement regarding the NCAA's investigation into the University of Miami's athletic department.

Commissioner John Swofford issued a statement Thursday, saying: "We are supportive of Miami's continued efforts to work with the NCAA on bringing resolution to this case. Miami's cooperation throughout this process should be commended and they have self-imposed significant sanctions. They've been forthright and diligent in their efforts to fully cooperate with the NCAA and it's time for this case to be brought to closure."

The notice of allegations was delivered to Miami on Tuesday, and the university is facing the charge that it had a "lack of institutional control" — one of the worst things the NCAA can levy against a member school. The charge revolves around how the school allegedly failed to monitor conduct of Nevin Shapiro, a rogue booster and convicted felon who provided cash, gifts and other items to players on the football and men's basketball teams.

University President Donna Shalala said Tuesday night that the Hurricanes have suffered enough already through self-imposed sanctions.

A source told the Associated Press assistant coaches Clint Hurtt, Aubrey Hill and Jorge Fernandez provided false or misleading information during the probe.

The university has 90 days to respond to the Notice of Allegations before a hearing before the NCAA's infractions committee.

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