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Georgia's Charles cleared in Miami investigation

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - Georgia says tight end Orson Charles has been cleared by the NCAA after being linked to a former Miami booster who told Yahoo! Sports he provided impermissible benefits to dozens of Hurricane football players and other athletes.

A statement released Wednesday by Georgia's athletic department says Charles is eligible to play this season and the Bulldogs are not affected by the allegations at Miami.

"The University of Georgia is aware of the article mentioning Orson Charles and has been in communication with the NCAA," the statement read. "There are no issues with UGA or eligibility issues with Orson Charles. UGA will have no further comment regarding this matter."

Yahoo! Sports says Charles was among the players improperly brought to Nevin Shapiro while still in high school so the booster could try to persuade him to attend Miami. Charles wound up signing with the Bulldogs and is going into his junior season.

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