Report: Miami expects full exoneration after turning over records to FBI investigation
Jim Larranaga's lawyer says "Coach L has done absolutely nothing wrong"
A little over a week since the FBI handed down charges to 10 individuals in and around college basketball, including four assistant coaches, Miami – a school believed to have been referenced in the documents but not charged – is reportedly expecting to be fully exonerated.
According to the Miami Herald, head coach Jim Larranaga's attorney, Stuart Grossman, says they've been going over phone records and other documents with school counsel and are expecting to be absolved in the matter.
"Coach L has done absolutely nothing wrong, and neither have his assistants," Grossman told the Herald. "Never was he approached about a payment. He never spoke to any recruit or Adidas representative about a payment. If someone used his name, it was done in vain.
"Coach L has no idea what this matter is about, other than what he read in the complaint, and he believes none of his assistants were involved in any wrongdoing whatsoever. We hope for a swift conclusion in this matter, but dealing with the government takes time."
Miami was not specifically named in the FBI's 100-page findings, but it did describe evidence of a few wire-tapped calls between defendants named in the case about a proposed $150,000 payment to a Miami basketball recruit, which references an unnamed coach at "University-7", which is believed to be Miami.
Following the publication of the FBI's findings, Miami president Julio Frenk acknowledged the men's basketball program was subject to an ongoing FBI investigation.
"We have confirmed with the U.S. Attorney's Office that, at this time, it is investigating a potential tie to one member of our coaching staff and a student recruit," Frenk said, pledging full cooperation with both the U.S. Department of Justice and the NCAA.
Oklahoma State is the only school to have parted ways with its assistant named in the FBI's findings; Arizona, USC and Auburn have all either suspended or placed their assistants on administrative leave. Louisville head coach Rick Pitino is also on administrative leave after he allegedly assisted in helping funnel $100,000 to the family of McDonald's All-American Brian Bowen, a current UL enrollee.
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