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Updated: Al Golden responds to Yahoo! Sports report

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Updated 9:58 p.m. ET: In response to Robinson’s story, Al Golden has released the following statement:

“I have been a college football coach for more than 18 years and I am proud of–and I stand by–my record of compliance over that span. As my colleagues and players on all of my teams can attest, I believe strongly in doing things the right way with the best of intentions. The inferences and suggestions in the Yahoo! Sports story that my conduct was anything but ethical are simply false.  I, like all of us at UM, have cooperated fully with the joint NCAA-UM inquiry and will continue to do so, so that our program and our University can move forward.

“Because the process is on-going, I am unable to address any specifics or answer questions on the matter.”

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In a shorter but nevertheless astounding investigation, Robinson goes for The U’s jugular by reporting that members of coach Al Golden‘s staff actively used a man by the name of Sean “Pee Wee” Allen, a former equipment manager described as a “onetime right-hand man of convicted Ponzi schemer Nevin Shapiro”, to secretly violate NCAA recruiting rules from December, 2010 (shortly after Golden was hired), to summer, 2011.

Below is a piece of the report, which you can read in its entirety HERE:

The latest issues involving Allen are twofold – his having provided improper benefits to players dating back to early in his career at Miami; and his continued improper contact with Miami recruits, which allegedly lasted through his final days working for the Hurricanes in the summer of 2011.

One former Hurricanes staffer told Yahoo! Sports that Allen was used specifically by members of Golden’s staff as an “off-the-books” recruiter. As part of those duties, the staffer said Allen kept tabs on Miami-area kids, including making calls about their recruitment, and on some occasions, supplying improper transportation to and from campus that aided Miami in its efforts to gain a commitment from some prospects.

NCAA rules stipulate that anyone who improperly “assisted in providing benefits to enrolled student-athletes or their families” triggers the association’s booster clause under bylaw 13.02.14. Allen said in federal testimony in connection with Shapiro’s bankruptcy case that he provided improper benefits to players as far back as the mid-2000s. The NCAA’s rules also state that equipment managers such as Allen cannot engage in recruiting calls or assist in off-campus recruiting unless they are designated and counted as an assistant coach under Bylaw 11.7.

What’s more is that Golden reportedly knew about Allen’s improper contact with area recruits, which included Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater and Florida State running back Devonta Freeman. In fact, Robinson’s newest report points out that Allen was aided by former assistant Aubrey Hill, and current assistant coach Micheal Barrow.

Allen left Miami in August of last year after being named in Robinson’s original report on Miami. He has since been a focal point for the NCAA.

That same month, Golden told reporters he was only recently made aware of the NCAA’s interest in the program. He signed an extension with the school last November.

Shapiro, a former UM booster, was the cornerstone of Robinson’s report in 2011. Shapiro claimed he provided millions of dollars in impermissible benefits to Hurricane athletes. As of earlier this month, the NCAA was still visiting Miami to check up on compliance practices. 

ACC media days begin on Sunday too. I would bet a large portion of my savings — which, thankfully, isn’t much — that Golden will be asked about Robinson’s report.

Double or nothing: he says something to the degree of “no comment.”

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24 Responses to “Updated: Al Golden responds to Yahoo! Sports report”
  1. psuwhiteout says: Jul 20, 2012 7:08 PM

    Way to go Charles Robinson, release some info that the NCAA is already aware of and has known about since their investigation started. Had to wait until right before the season started like last year right. Why do you think this Allen guy was given his walking papers, once Miami found out about the violations he was gone.

  2. dannythebisforbeast says: Jul 20, 2012 7:19 PM

    What a conspiracy golden hired in 2011. This guy came and went in 2011. I’m sure he was unoficially hired way before Golden was there.

  3. dalucks says: Jul 20, 2012 7:21 PM

    This proves Al Golden is a hypocrite with all his big talk about running a program the right way, does he mean the right way like Penn State where he is from. He is as bad as Joe Pa at covering up infractions.

  4. 305fan says: Jul 20, 2012 7:48 PM

    This guy was off the program before Al Golden found out about the alligations against the University. This will be a non issue for the current staff.

  5. dannythebisforbeast says: Jul 20, 2012 7:52 PM

    Dalucks think or should I say inform yourself before you spout off. Makes you looks stupid

  6. thraiderskin says: Jul 20, 2012 8:35 PM

    bye bye “U”…

  7. thefiesty1 says: Jul 20, 2012 8:50 PM

    Death penalty for the U and Penn State. Both are tainted and have no future.

  8. dannythebisforbeast says: Jul 20, 2012 9:19 PM

    Stupidity knows no bounds

  9. jerseyshoregiant says: Jul 20, 2012 9:48 PM

    I played pop warner and a year of high school with AL!

  10. 35longmiles says: Jul 20, 2012 9:51 PM

    Suffer ….MORE…thugs

  11. norcalcane6 says: Jul 20, 2012 9:59 PM

    Isn’t anyone a little suspicious of why this hack from Michigan State is making his whole career at Yahoo Sports (cough) out of trashing the Miami program?

    What is his agenda, besides hate? I’d wager to say it’s straight up racism.

  12. YouMadCauseImStylingOnYou says: Jul 20, 2012 10:06 PM

    If any credible reported tried to use the “evidence” Charles Robinson did they’d be hung out to dry.

    This guy makes some crazy allegations with just a phone record.

    Honestly, how can you prove any of it?

  13. 1trojanlove says: Jul 20, 2012 11:11 PM

    As a USC fan, it will be interesting to see what penalties and or sanctions the “U” will face.

  14. kozbee says: Jul 21, 2012 12:34 AM

    Did they ever take down the Barbwire that surrounds Miami.

  15. blitz4848 says: Jul 21, 2012 6:08 AM

    It appears Miami is doing a fine job of “trashing”
    their own program—Charles Robinson is only the messenger…..is it the “shoot the messenger”
    syndrome all over again?

  16. chachooga says: Jul 21, 2012 6:38 AM

    I will call the messenger a freakin wuss. Go after the SEC dude, quite trying to ruin UM who for the last decade have not been good at football and have had a stand up program.

    If the NCAA world wants us to burn up and coming coach Al Golden because an equipment manager gave rides to recruits and “kept tabs” on local recruits…wow.

    If there was not Scumbag Liar Shapiro story this would be a secondary violation….but since Yahoo ran its uncorroborated unethical “news” story last year…this story is headlines.

    I don’t mind shooting the dirtbag messenger Blitz.

    Do you know Boise State has far worse violations? do you know that? And they actually happened. No Headlines. Funny.

  17. chachooga says: Jul 21, 2012 6:46 AM

    The hate of UM knows no bounds.

    Did I really just read a comparison to the child rape that happened at PSU in the football locker room?

    Wow. There should be limits to hating UM fellas. Just sayin’.

  18. sabatimus says: Jul 21, 2012 9:42 AM

    Decent point chachooga: I don’t really know how anyone can make the PSU comparison with a straight face.

    But U does have a LONG history of violations, so if there’s “hating” going on, it’s probably justified…it’s just not necessary or appropriate to compare this to PSU (which, by the way, does indeed deserve the death penalty. Badly.)

  19. deadeye says: Jul 21, 2012 10:05 AM

    I thought they deserved the DP when the story first broke. But does the NCAA have the guts to hand out 2 DPs in one year?

  20. latchbeam says: Jul 21, 2012 10:21 AM

    Miami doesn’t care… no matter what the scandal, they only get a slap on the wrist. Similar to Auburn…

  21. edweird0 says: Jul 21, 2012 6:53 PM

    @deadeye good thing your uneducated self doesn’t make decisions like that.

  22. edweird0 says: Jul 21, 2012 6:55 PM

    @kozbee did they ever bring education to the boondocks where you live, you prejudice prick

  23. freemantowilliams says: Jul 22, 2012 1:27 PM

    Now if someone could finally bust Clemson for something the acc will undoubtedly be won by my noles.

  24. trojansrule says: Jul 22, 2012 9:32 PM

    Of course the sanctions will be “staggering”, their not in the SEC……… (those guys get a slap on the wrist, a pat on the back and a free trip to the championship every year…..)

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