01/18 14:39 CST Miami coach says idled Hernandez was 'duped' by AAU coach
Miami coach says idled Hernandez was 'duped' by AAU coach
By STEVEN WINE
AP Sports Writer
CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) --- Miami Hurricanes coach Jim Larranaga says junior
forward Dewan Hernandez deserves to be declared eligible by the NCAA because he
unwittingly became entangled in a college basketball corruption case when he
was duped by an AAU coach.
Larranaga spoke at length about Hernandez's status for the first time Friday as
the school awaited an NCAA ruling. Hernandez has sat out the first 17 games of
the season awaiting a determination on his eligibility, which could come before
Miami's game Saturday against No. 13 North Carolina.
Hernandez was among more than a dozen players listed in a business plan to pay
prospective NBA players. Larranaga blamed Hernandez's involvement on his former
AAU coach, Jordan Fair, who was fired as an assistant at Louisville after the
scandal broke in 2017.
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