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New book to allege major Miami violations; NCAA on standby

Far enough removed from the roaring eighties and nineties to make it seem like they were nothing but strangely entertaining visitors from a distant planet, the Miami Hurricanes have done a remarkable job over the past few years reshaping their off-field image, even as they have yet to come even remotely close to duplicating the on-field success of the halcyon days of the football program.

For all of the flak Randy Shannon has taken for his won-loss record, his police record and the way his players conduct themselves both on and off the field have been a stark contrast to Jimmy Johnson‘s ‘Canes.  Now, after all of the polishing done to the brand by Shannon and company, it appears someone with both a connection to the program and a sordid past is looking to tarnish what’s been gradually built over the years.

Former UM booster and convicted criminal Nevin Shapiro, the Miami Herald writes, is writing a book about the UM football program in which he alleges former Canes players committed major NCAA violations.

Shapiro spoke to the Herald from a jail in New Jersey, where he is awaiting sentencing next month on a $900 million Ponzi scheme that reportedly left upwards of 60 victims with losses totaling $80 million.  While Shapiro refused to go into the violations contained in the first draft of a book titled The Real U: 2001 to 2010: Inside the Eye of the Hurricane, he did identify players such as Jon Beason, Devin Hester, Antrel Rolle, Randy Phillips, Robert Marve and Kyle Wright as former ‘Canes he was close with.

Additionally, Shapiro claimed he was close with with Clint Hurtt, Miami’s former recruiting coordinator and assistant coach who left for a job at Louisville this offseason.

Shapiro has been lauded by as recently as five months ago for a $150,000 contribution he made for the university.  Now, the businessman is looking to tear down something he was once a part of, due in part to what seems like hurt feelings brought on by players blowing him off once they left The U for the NFL.

“This will be a tell-all book from a fan and booster perspective,” said Shapiro, who did not attend UM. But why write a book that will hurt UM?

“I want to make the average fan aware of what really exists under that uniform,” he said. “They might be great players, but they’re certainly not great people. I’m speaking of no less than 100 former players.” 

Shapiro, 41, is angry because “once the players became pros, they turned their back on me. It made me feel like a used friend.” He was motivated by “heartbreak and disappointment on behalf of the university, which I considered to be an extended part of my family.”

The NCAA is aware that allegations are forthcoming from Shapiro, but will not decide whether an investigation will be launched until they get their hands on the specific claims Shapiro will make.  “When reasonably reliable information has been obtained indicating intentional violations may have occurred, the enforcement staff will undertake a review of the information in order to determine the credibility,” NCAA spokesperson Stacey Osburn said when asked if they would act on the claims of a person serving time.

Shapiro hopes to have his book published by December.  Until then, it appears a shadow will be looming over a football program that, according to some, are on the verge of bursting back onto the national title chase scene this season.

Way to cast a pall, Shapiro.  Nice going.

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30 Responses to “New book to allege major Miami violations; NCAA on standby”
  1. hnirobert says: Aug 29, 2010 8:17 AM

    Is there a statute of limitations that the NCAA has on bringing sanctions on violations? If we’re talking about stuff that happened during Jimmy’s years at UM, we’re talking 20 years ago.

  2. GeneraI Muck says: Aug 29, 2010 8:44 AM

    This clown is in jail…right were he belongs! Nothing a lying criminal says is worth the prison toilet paper he rights it on!!

  3. A Football Fanatic says: Aug 29, 2010 8:52 AM

    He said that the infractions were as far back as Johnson but if you look at the players involved they are as soon as Shannon’s players. Marve was there only two years ago.

  4. Hooker McTitties says: Aug 29, 2010 8:59 AM

    So we’re supposed to believe a guy that is going to spend the rest of his life in jail???? Ok…
    P.S. Marve and Wright weren’t good enough to get offered money

  5. Bradenton Buc says: Aug 29, 2010 9:24 AM

    His book is about Miami 2001 – 2010, some things never change. Now if they could only sell out a game???

  6. Terry says: Aug 29, 2010 9:40 AM

    Typical “jock sniffer”. There’s nothing quite like a “jock-sniffer scorned”!

  7. SoFlaTrojan says: Aug 29, 2010 10:19 AM

    The NCAA’s accusations against USC were all based on the word of a convicted felon and known gang member. Dont put anything past the NCAA.
    Would I love to see some accusations against Paul Dee.

  8. keabu says: Aug 29, 2010 10:46 AM

    just because he’s in jail doesn’t mean his information is unreliable.
    If “stars” would act like and treat others like normal people, we wouldn’t have these problems.
    Too many prima donna showoffs in pro sports.

  9. Slim Charles says: Aug 29, 2010 11:17 AM

    Wow, I always make jokes about creepy, closeted gay boosters but this dude kind of writes the jokes for me.

  10. tk1966 says: Aug 29, 2010 1:51 PM

    SoFlaTrojan says: August 29, 2010 10:19 AM ET
    The NCAA’s accusations against USC were all based on the word of a convicted felon and known gang member.
    It only took ’til the 7th post before someone used this as a forum to cry about the injustice (sarcasm) done to USC
    Sad, just very, very sad.

  11. edgy1957 says: Aug 29, 2010 2:00 PM

    This is something that has been going on forever and the only reason why that many people aren’t aware of it is that these guys will hide it UNTIL they get feel that they’ve been wronged (or as in the case of Reggie Bush’s potential agent, screwed). If more of these guys started opening their mouths and telling their story, they would take college football down because it’s more than Miami and USC.

  12. FredLynn says: Aug 29, 2010 2:42 PM

    Loose lips sink big ships. That is a long list of players. As they say, where there’s smoke there’s fire. The guy has a building named after him.
    What’s sad about this, is the fact that UM was on its way up and that would have been GREAT for college football.
    What’s funny is UM fans calling for the NCAA to bring the hammer down on SC and gloating about Henderson’s move to the Canes. How much do you bet, SH ends up at the University of Minnesota.

  13. 01032003NCG says: Aug 29, 2010 3:12 PM

    “Hooker McTitties says: So we’re supposed to believe a guy that is going to spend the rest of his life in jail???? Ok…
    P.S. Marve and Wright weren’t good enough to get offered money”
    Why do you think he would turn on the university that he donated so much too? Just for the hell of it? It makes more sense that the players he paid off forgot and ignored him after they went on to the NFL. All the more reason to blow the whistle on UM. Take away the payoff money and you take away his reasoning. So for that reason alone I do believe him and better yet the NCAA will too.
    By the way, maybe it upset him that he did screw up so much by giving money to no talents like Marve and Wright. Just illustrates the fact that boosters are no gauge of football talent.

  14. blitz4848 says: Aug 29, 2010 3:41 PM

    FredLynn says:
    August 29, 2010 2:42 PM ET
    How much do you bet, SH ends up at the University of Minnesota.
    Thought he wanted to play big time college ball?

  15. captainjim says: Aug 29, 2010 3:57 PM

    The NCAA does not care if the guy is a convicted criminal, several of the witnesses in the Alabama case were felons and one even had a rape charge dismissed to testify against the so called Booster. The Booster dies while the case is on appeal so he is found innocent because the case was on appeal. For all their work to get one booster, the Feds let two college coaches have immunity that testified for them, that committed the same exact crime the booster was alleged to commit. The Feds also gave immunity to both of the High school coaches despite the fact neither one would take a polygraph test which is normally a requirement for Federal witnesses. One of the High school coaches even had a rape charge dismissed all to get the one Booster that this same HS coach says he asked to give him money to get the kid to go to Alabama. Their was no money trail from the Booster to the HS coaches nor phone records. The NCAA still used all this as evidence to punish Alabama with no verification and did not even wait for the trial. The let off Tennessee and Arkansas who both had coaches pay the HS coaches and testify to it. They nailed Alabama because they suspected a booster might have done the same exact thing. We are not talking minor money either the UT coach offered 50 thousand or so was the Tennessee coaches testimony and the Arkansas offer was close to a 100 thousand according to the Arkansas assistant coaches own testimony. The NCAA did not charge Arkansas nor Tennessee with any violations despite evidence from both they did commit violations at least as serious as what they went after Alabama for. They only wanted to nail Alabama. The NCAA will nail you or let you go depending on what they want to do and that is all you need to know. Hopefully they will quit taking a felons word especially if they can not pass a polygraph test. Did Alabama commit some violations yes and even allowed secret witness testimony but they were not told that Phillip Fulmer was one of the secret witnesses like he would be unbiased.

  16. captainjim says: Aug 29, 2010 4:00 PM

    I hope Henderson stays at Miami he might be bad luck…just kidding. I have a feeling this guy is just like a jilted lover and he had his feelings hurt. I bet he has no evidence to back his story up. That does not mean the NCAA will not use it but hopefully they will not unless he can back it up they should not even bother to investigate it.

  17. atxcane says: Aug 29, 2010 4:45 PM

    Guy was a Grade A schmuck…bought his way into the clubhouse by donating tons of $ to Miami. Ponzi scheme is the perfect word for this fraudster. He’d swindle investors, then splurge on a Miami Beach mansion, cars, boats, private suites at Canes games, special ‘booster’ events, etc…then use the lavish lifestyle to sucker more investors…People thought he was a successful businessman b/c he hung with the right crowds, had all the toys, got primo access to events and everything. Word is he started getting butthurt when Shannon came in and pushed him to the periphery. Then the federal case came against him and the house of cards fell apart. I wouldn’t be surprised if he got buddy-buddy with players and everything…but I’d be very surprised if the allegations end up being substantial.

  18. Kgdonna says: Aug 29, 2010 4:51 PM

    If this book gets published you can bet that he has proff of what he’s accusing them of. I doubt a publisher would allow gossip without proff to be printed. As for the “he’s a criminal, he has no credibility”, so does every person that testifies against an organized crime figure or drug lord. This is not going to end well for the Canes if any of the accusations are proved.

  19. Hooker McTitties says: Aug 29, 2010 4:51 PM

    01032003NCG – To be honest I don’t know much about the guy but when I see a story about a guy in jail trying to sell a book, something tells me he may be adding some fictional stuff to increase the sales. Any person that doesn’t believe this is going on all over the country is crazy. And it is hard for me to believe that crappy Miami teams(post their last title) would have players that are getting paid. I love the Canes but I didn’t see much on the field the past few years that I would say they are worth paying. Now Reggie Bush is a different story. He was good and probably deserved to get paid but not take a house for his parents. Sad part about this story is this Ponzi schemer probably ruined lives and retirements and all people care about is his stories about paying some college kids to attend a school and play football/sports. And if turns out to be true and this guys sells a bunch of books, you don’t think others around the country won’t step forward to do the same??? I’d put money that Alabama, Florida, USC, and FSU would be some of the first schools to fall. It’s the big white elephant in the room causing all these conference calls.

  20. ShaKey says: Aug 29, 2010 5:04 PM

    edgy1957 says:
    …If more of these guys started opening their mouths and telling their story, they would take college football down because it’s more than Miami and USC.
    Include SMU and the SWCC all-stars in there too. Somebody got a hardon and drove it up thier backside. It is my firm belief that we will see this all happen again to the “New” SWCC aka Big 12. Baylor’s feelings are going to get hurt very soon.
    All about return on investment.

  21. brdcstr says: Aug 30, 2010 1:32 AM

    Miami always wanted to be known as USC East. If Shapiro has receipts to back up his claims, the Canes will get their wish.
    Meanwhile, the athletic director at Miami from 2001 to 2008 was Paul Dee, who currently sits in judgment of other programs, while acting as the chair of the Committee on Infractions for the NCAA.

  22. Geetee52 says: Aug 30, 2010 3:39 AM

    Whether Miami has done anything wrong or not, this kind of thing is going to continue until the Universities start to sue some of these guys in civil court for the monetary damages that result from NCAA penalties. It should not be hard to prove loss of revenue from a bowl game if the team is not allowed to play IN a bowl game. I suspect it would not take very many successful suits against the likes of ‘boosters’ involved…or a Devin Hester….or Reggie Bush…or Pete Carroll…or agent(s) to get some of these violators to stop putting the schools at risk. Is there a lawyer in the house that may be able to comment on the viability or potential success/failure of that type of approach?

  23. blitz4848 says: Aug 30, 2010 9:31 AM

    Paul Dee says he was the AD from 01-08 and he self investigated and gives Miami a clean slate. The investigation will be narrowed to 2000 and 2009-10 and the yrs 01-08 are not eligible to be reinvestigated. Paul Dee is Mr. Clean!!!!!

  24. FredLynn says: Aug 30, 2010 3:59 PM

    It’s funny that anyone mentions Carroll in the same conversation…one player (that we know about) went rogue during his tenure…Bush. That’s not even in the same league as a well-funded booster handing out payola to numerous players…
    Where there’s smoke there’s fire and Mr. Dee (big jowls) will be exposed….

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