Miami Hurricanes football team practices amid allegations Nevin Shapiro gave players gifts

Players weren't permitted to speak with the media

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) -- The Miami Hurricanes' entire team is on the practice field as allegations mount regarding a former booster and convicted Ponzi schemer who claimed he treated players with nightclub outings, sex parties, cars and other gifts.

Nevin Shapiro told Yahoo! Sports he provided extra benefits to 72 football players and other athletes at Miami from 2002 to 2010. His claims involve several current players, but coach Al Golden said it was too soon to take disciplinary action.

The Hurricanes, who practiced Wednesday morning, open their season Sept. 5 against Maryland.

Players weren't permitted to speak with the media. Golden said he's eager to obtain answers quickly, in part so his players don't repeat past mistakes.

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