The “U” in Serious Trouble … University of Miami Hurricanes Accused of Giving Gifts to Football Players by former Miami Booster Nevin Shapiro … Will NCAA Give the Death Penalty?



If true, this explosive accusation would make the Miami Hurricanes of the 80′s and 90′s blush. Looks like the U has an albatross around their neck, oh wait, that’s just IBES.

Former Miami Hurricane booster, who is now serving jail time, has blown the whistle on the “U”. The incidents are said to have taken place with Miami football players and other athletes from 2002 through 2010. As reported at Yahoo Sports, this is a must read and a damning expose. Who would have ever thought that the Canes of the 1980′s could have ever been outdone?

A University of Miami booster, incarcerated for his role in a $930 million Ponzi scheme, has told Yahoo! Sports he provided thousands of impermissible benefits to at least 72 athletes from 2002 through 2010.

In 100 hours of jailhouse interviews during Yahoo! Sports’ 11-month investigation, Hurricanes booster Nevin Shapiro described a sustained, eight-year run of rampant NCAA rule-breaking, some of it with the knowledge or direct participation of at least seven coaches from the Miami football and basketball programs. At a cost that Shapiro estimates in the millions of dollars, he said his benefits to athletes included but were not limited to cash, prostitutes, entertainment in his multimillion-dollar homes and yacht, paid trips to high-end restaurants and nightclubs, jewelry, bounties for on-field play (including bounties for injuring opposing players), travel and, on one occasion, an abortion.

So what does this mean for the future of The U, formerly known as “thug life” in the 1980′s and early 90′s? Could the NCAA give the U the “death penalty”, similar to that of the Pony Express and SMU in the late 80′s. After the most recent actions against Ohio State for their breaking of the NCAA rules, this one would make that pale in comparison. Selling jerseys vs. trips on yachts, getting tattos vs. receiving prostitutes. YIKES …  the NCAA and The U has a major headache on their hands.

More at ESPN and a list of the gifts that where given and names named.

Shapiro said he gave money, cars, yacht trips, jewelry, televisions and other gifts to a list of players including Vince Wilfork, Jon Beason, Antrel Rolle, Devin Hester, Willis McGahee and the late Sean Taylor. Shapiro also claimed he paid for nightclub outings, sex parties, restaurant meals and in one case, an abortion for a woman impregnated by a player. One former Miami player, running back Tyrone Moss, told Yahoo! Sports he accepted $1,000 from Shapiro around the time he was entering college.

Posted August 17, 2011 by
NCAA, Scandal, Sports, WTF | 4 comments

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    4 Responses to “The “U” in Serious Trouble … University of Miami Hurricanes Accused of Giving Gifts to Football Players by former Miami Booster Nevin Shapiro … Will NCAA Give the Death Penalty?”

    1. A Texas Grandfather on August 17th, 2011 12:41 pm

      If this investigation finds that the jailhouse interviews are truthful, then the NCAA has no choice except to shut down the program and fine all the coaches that allowed this to happen.

      College sports is supposed to be free of outside perks and influence. Otherwise, why not declare college teams to be professional sports organizations and forget the NCAA.

    2. Moi on August 17th, 2011 1:10 pm

      Ahhh…shades of the movie Jonnie Be Good.

    3. southernsue on August 18th, 2011 6:12 am

      i thought America was broke?

      when sports players of any stripe, professional or unprofessional still make obscene money, then i will believe the US is broke.

      also, hollyweird can still pay their untalented people gobs of money, ashton’s double decker 2 million dollar rv,

      we in middle earth are the ones that obama is at war with, everybody else sails.

      stop sending your kids to these costly colleges and stop filling up hollyweird pockets with your hard earned dollars.

    4. bmax on August 21st, 2011 3:44 pm

      What else in new in Dade county corruption runs ramped in everything in that town why should the hurricane football program be any different.Its not like its the first time.This BS goes on all over collage football particularly the top 25 teams were an education takes a back seat and i mean way back.There BIG money in collage football for a lot of people connected with it.The reason these kids are there and the only reason there there is they can play football nothing else matters as long as the money train keeps rolling along.Three quarters of these kid learn nothing on an academic scale nor do they learn how to survive in modern day society if they don’t make it to the professional level.We see this in the news all the time.Yet some how they all graduated from collage what a joke that is.The NCAA is a joke and needs to grow some balls and give the death penalty to this program and if it starts a domino effect and half of all the collage in the country go on probation than that’s fine with me there plenty collage football program’s to take there place.Nobody gonna miss a half dozen games every sat?At this point in time Collage football is corrupt and is a disgrace and a complete contradiction to what the nations collages should stand for.(Education character and fair play)

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