SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Former Miami coach Larry Coker said Wednesday that NCAA investigators haven't contacted him amid allegations that players on his Hurricanes teams were treated to sex parties, cars and lavish gifts from a booster who is now in prison.
Coker, who was at Miami from 2001 to 2006, is now at Texas-San Antonio in his first coaching job since the Hurricanes fired him. Former booster Nevin Shapiro told Yahoo Sports he provided extra benefits to 72 football players and other athletes at Miami from 2002 to 2010.
The NCAA said Wednesday it has spent five months investigating Shapiro, who is serving 20 years in prison for running a $930 million Ponzi scheme.
In a statement released by UTSA, Coker said he hasn't been contacted by the NCAA or Miami, and was not aware of details of the investigation.
"Compliance issues have always been of utmost importance to me throughout my career," Coker said. "Since I have not been contacted by either the NCAA or Miami, it would be inappropriate for me to discuss any alleged rules violations at another university."
The statement continues with a lengthy rundown of steps UTSA takes to ensure compliance within its new football program, and ends with Coker saying he will make no other public statements about the Miami investigation.
Coker was fired at Miami after a final 7-6 season that was marred by an infamous sideline-clearing brawl and off-field troubles. After trying to find another job for two years, UTSA hired Coker in 2009 to lead its fledging football program.
The Roadrunners play their first game in school history next month.