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NCAA concludes Miami-infraction hearings

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After more than 16 hours over two days, the NCAA's hearings to determine whether the University of Miami committed major infractions involving former booster Nevin Shapiro ended Friday in Indianapolis.

Now Miami will have to wait for the Committee on Infractions to release its findings, which is usually six to eight weeks after a hearing.

Shapiro, who is serving a 20-year sentence for his role in a $930 million Ponzi scheme, is accused of providing benefits to players and recruits from 2002 to 2010 when he became a fixture around the Hurricanes football program.

Improper benefits include cash, memorabilia, strip-club outings, yacht rides and prostitutes, according to FOX Sports.

"I know everybody's glad to get it to this point," Atlantic Coast Conference commissioner John Swofford told FOX. "Everybody will also be glad when it's fully culminated and hopefully that will be sooner rather than later. Certainly the hope would be prior to the beginning of another football season. It's been an extraordinary long investigation."

The NCAA began its investigation in 2011. The NCAA has admitted it botched parts of the probe after allegations of intimidation of witnesses and improper use of subpoena power surfaced.

Meanwhile, the Hurricanes levied self-imposed penalties on themselves. They have missed two bowl games and what would have been an appearance in last season's Atlantic Coast Conference championship game.

The football team has decreased the number of scholarships, too.

"I think it is (a relief) for everybody involved," Swofford said. "I've said before, I think the sheer length of the investigation has been a penalty in itself."
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