U of Miami in Midst of Doping Scandal
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The baseball program at the University of Miami is currently under investigation by Major League Baseball as a potential "nexus" of performance enhancing drugs, the New York Times reports. Three players and at least five other people with ties to the university have been cited in documents from a nearby anti-aging clinic that is currently suspect in providing illicit drugs to players. Baseball officials confirmed they have been looking into the university's ties to the clinic since last summer. According to documents under investigation, the strength and conditioning coach for Miami’s baseball team, Jimmy Goins, received banned substances from the clinic and several players received drugs from a clinic director. Last year, clinic director Anthony Bosch wrote in an entry that he has sold human growth hormone and testosterone to Goins, an accusation that he has since denied. The university said in a statement that they are “aware of media reports regarding one of our employees, and an intensive review is under way;” they have declined further comment. Washington Nationals star pitcher Gio Gonzalez has referred to Goins on Twitter as his "off-season strength coach," but he has since claimed to work with Goins for weight loss and denied using any performance-enhancing drugs. The University of Miami has had one of the nation’s most successful baseball programs, winning four national championships since 1982, qualifying for the NCAA championships for 40 consecutive seasons and producing over 100 pro players.