NCAA suspends eight Miami players

It could have been a lot worse for Miami.

The eight Hurricanes who were part of the NCAA investigation into the Nevin Shapiro case were given their sentences Tuesday, and the penalties weren't too severe.

Jacory HarrisICONMiami QB Jacory Harris will not play against Maryland on Monday night.

At least as it pertains to the 2011 season.

Olivier Vernon was suspended six games; Ray-Ray Armstrong and Dyron Dye were given four-game suspensions; and Jacory Harris, Travis Benjamin, Adewale Ojomo, Marcus Forston and Sean Ryan Spence will each sit out the season opener Monday night against Maryland.

CLICK HERE for the official release from the NCAA.

In addition, Miami has suspended senior receiver Aldarius Johnson indefinitely for a violation of team rules.

If the 'Canes want to appeal any of the NCAA decisions, those players would remain ineligible until the conclusion of that process, so it doesn't seem that head coach Al Golden and Co. would pursue that action because it could delay their return.

Overall, not too stiff of a penalty for Miami as Golden gets set for his first season on the sideline with the 'Canes.

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