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Miami quietly helping athletes who leave early

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CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) -- University of Miami President Donna Shalala would prefer Hurricane athletes get their degrees before leaving school, taking advantage of the scholarships they've been afforded.

And she knows that won't always be the case, of course.

So very quietly, and for several years now, Miami has offered the next best thing.

Lifetime scholarships, as some call it, are a hot topic around the NCAA right now, with a handful of schools and conferences in recent months saying they would encourage athletes who left early a chance to return and finish their degrees.

For most schools, it's a new concept. At Miami, it's been an option for nearly a decade.

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