Originally posted on Fox Sports Florida  |  Last updated 2/7/13
While the University of Miami awaits results from an NCAA investigation into its football and basketball programs, attention has turned to the Hurricanes storied baseball program and its possible ties to performance-enhancing drugs. The New York Times reported Wednesday that Major League Baseball investigators were focusing on Miamis baseball program, which they suspect is a nexus of PED use. The news cant be considered a shock following last weeks report that a Miami anti-aging clinic was source for PEDs. The weekly Miami New Times said the clinics billing and medical records included the names of New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez, Washington Nationals pitcher Gio Gonzalez both former Canes and UM baseballs strength and conditioning coach Jimmy Goins. Earlier this week, Yahoo Sports reported the name of Milwaukee Brewers outfielder and former UM star Ryan Braun also was found on papers from the clinic. Miami boasts one of the countrys most successful baseball programs, winning four national championships since 1982. The Hurricanes have qualified for the NCAA Tournament a record 40 consecutive seasons. MLB officials reportedly had been focused on the schools ties to the clinic and steroid distribution since last summer. The clinic, Biogenesis, was located in an office building in Coral Gables, a short walk across U.S. 1 from Alex Rodriguez Park and the university. Rodriguez, a three-time American League Most Valuable Player, previously has admitted having used steroids from 2001-03. The university named its baseball stadium after Rodriguez after he donated 3.9 million to renovate the field. Braun this week acknowledged a business relationship with the clinics founder, Anthony Bosch, saying he consulted with Bosch to strengthen Brauns appeal of a 2011 positive test result for performance-enhancing drugs. Gonzalez has denied using performance-enhancing drugs and has never been suspended for testing positive for the substances. Other players being connected to the clinic include former UM and current San Diego Padres catcher Yasmani Grundal; New York Yankees catcher Francisco Cervelli; and former Hurricanes star pitcher Cesar Carrillo. Grandal was suspended for 50 games by MLB in November for using testosterone. As for Goins, the school released a statement saying it was aware of media reports regarding one of our employees, and an intensive review is under way. The university would not confirm reports Goins had been fired or suspended in the wake of the allegations.
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