Just after 4:30 this afternoon, Texas Tech Athletics released the following statement from Athletic Director Kirby Hocutt:

In response to an Associated Press report filed earlier this afternoon by Steve Wine, Texas Tech Director of Athletics Kirby Hocutt offers the following statement:

“There are membership levels within the Hurricane Club at the University of Miami. While I was athletics director, the benefits and experiences Mr. Shapiro received were consistent with those provided to others at his membership level. I never personally approved any special access for Mr. Shapiro to university athletics events or programs.”

Hocutt's statement is in response to this AP story, filed earlier today. Hocutt served as Miami's athletic director for three years, before coming to Texas Tech in March of this year.

Also, here's a link to the original Yahoo! Sports story released yesterday