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Miami basketball news: Jim Larranaga trying to get ahead of allegations

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The Miami Hurricanes, as well as head coach Jim Larranaga, were not mentioned by name in the FBI report that sent shock waves through the college basketball community, but social media sleuths have decided both are part of the unnamed entities described in the affidavit.

Jim Larranaga’s attorney, however, wants everyone to hold their collective horses.

“We are reviewing the allegations but I assure you they do not apply to our much loved Coach L,” Stuart Grossman told the Palm Beach Post in an email. “I just can’t comment further. It’s so difficult to respond to shrouded allegations.”

During the FBI’s presser on Tuesday, some harsh words were sent to all of college basketball:

“We have your playbook,” New York FBI Assistant Director in Charge William Sweeney said Tuesday at a news conference. “Our investigation is ongoing, and we are conducting additional interviews as we speak.”

The report fits Miami’s profile as a “private research institution located in Florida” with “approximately 16,000 students and over 2,600 faculty members.” That institution, referenced as University-7 in the report, is accused of being the beneficiary of a plan to use $150,000 to “assist one or more coaches at University-7 in securing” a commitment from a “top high school basketball player expected to graduate in 2018,” according to documents.

It is obviously worth noting that, as it should be with all legal matters, these are only allegations at this point. We need to keep the entire “innocent until proven guilty” mantra in the back of our heads. We all think we know what happened, but this isn’t a great subject to end up getting wrong.