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After a report connected him to the Biogenesis scandal, Jimmy Goins was fired by the University of Miami.
After a lengthy investigation, Goins was cleared Monday by Miami, where Goins was employed for nine years as a strength and conditioning coach for the Hurricanes baseball and track and field teams. UM said it found no evidence he was supplying its athletes with performance-enhancing drugs.
His lawyer believes UM fired Goins for no reason.
"Miami jumped the gun and was looking for a scapegoat for all the allegations that were coming out," said his attorney, Gordon Fenderson of Jacksonville-based Fenderson & Hampton. "Jimmy was the perfect person at the time. When it came time to back up their actions, they never had anything to show for it.
"They didn't have anything to show at the time they fired him. They have been doing an investigation for a year and a half, and didn't come up with anything to show for it."
In January 2013, the Miami New Times reported it had obtained records of PED purchases from Biogenesis, a Coral Gables clinic. Included in the records were the names of South Florida-bred major league baseball stars Alex Rodriguez of the New York Yankees, Ryan Braun (Milwaukee Brewers) and Gio Gonzalez (Washington Nationals) and ex-Hurricanes standouts Cesar Carrillo (Detroit Tigers) and Yasmani Grandal (San Diego Padres).
A total of 14 players were suspended, including Rodriguez, a three-time MVP, who was suspended for the entire 2014 season. Former Hurricane Braun, also a former MVP, was suspended the final 65 games of last season.
Goins' name also appeared in the records. In the New Times story, Biogenesis owner Anthony Bosch notes he charged him $400 a month for Anavar, testosterone, a Winstrol/B-12 mix, and also sold him HGH.
Because of Goins' position at UM and the former Hurricanes concurrently named, speculation followed that Goins may have brought PEDs to UM. He was later suspended and fired.
In a statement obtained by the Associated Press on Monday, UM said it conducted a "comprehensive review" of Goins and the baseball program that included more than 50 interviews. It determined the allegations of a UM link to Biogenesis beyond Goins were "unsubstantiated."
The school said last year it tested all then-current baseball players, and all were clean.
Miami athletic director Blake James said the school does not discuss personnel matters, saying UM does "make decisions we feel are necessary for the institution."
Since his termination last year, Goins, 40, has been unable to find work in college athletics. Fenderson said his team has explored legal recourse but found little, since UM is a private institution.
Fenderson said Goins, who was never charged "legally, civilly or administratively (by UM)," is "actively searching" for a position.
"As you can imagine, it's hard to get hired even if someone falsely tarnishes your reputation like that," he said.
UM's statement, Fenderson said, "will help him in the sense that it's better than nothing. But really, Miami has done so much damage to his reputation that I don't know if it's a legitimate form of help.
"They're trying to right the wrongs by saying 'We didn't find anything,' but that doesn't do Jimmy a whole lot of good. They have the same information now as they had then, which is nothing involving Jimmy Goins."