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AP: NCAA says Shapiro gave athletes about $170k


When Yahoo! SportsCharles Robinson dropped a damning report two years ago of allegations of excessive impermissible benefits provided to Miami athletes by former booster Nevin Shapiro, the dollar amount was said to range in the “millions of dollars.”

Per the Associated Press, the amount the NCAA has cited in its Notice of Allegations is slightly less than that. Tim Reynolds, who has been on top of this story, writes that “Shapiro was responsible for providing about $170,000 in impermissible benefits to Hurricanes athletes, recruits, coaches and others between 2002 and 2010.”

The AP report states that at least $90,000 was spent to convince Vince Wilfork and Antrel Rolle to sign with a sports agency Shapiro was connected to, and $56,000 was spent on meals, entertainment, clothing, jewelry, travel and the like. The values, reportedly said by the NCAA to be approximate, were spent on 72 former players, three recruits and 12 “family and friends” members. The NOA also reportedly alleges that Shapiro provided impermissible supplemental compensation to at least three former Miami assistant coaches.

Miami has not released its NOA and likely won’t. Rather, UM president Donna Shalala wrote a scathing response to the NOA indicating Miami plans to fight any further punishment outside of two postseason bans it has already self-imposed as a result of the two-year investigation by the NCAA. Those bans included an appearance in the ACC championship game this past season.

The NCAA’s Committee on Infractions plans to hear Miami’s response in June.

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29 Responses to “AP: NCAA says Shapiro gave athletes about $170k”
  1. 1trojanlove says: Feb 27, 2013 5:47 PM

    That does not sound good…

  2. MasMacho says: Feb 27, 2013 6:15 PM

    Per capita that isn’t a huge amount… hundreds of dollars for 72 players, and 45k ea. for 2 players. Or you could say it is about 20k / year, which does seem like quite a bit relative to the student experience.

    I suspect the amount doesn’t matter as much as whether the NCAA feels that the university knew of the benefits & didn’t act. Remember Jim Tressel was vilified for not revealing his knowledge of free tattoos.

  3. thegamecocker says: Feb 27, 2013 6:15 PM

    Donna Shalala can cry and bitch and moan all she wants! Her renegade programs deserves the death penalty just to straighten themselves out. The first thing is for this empty suit President Shalalala to leave Miami. It was under her watch and she needs to lose her job. Since they took down Joe Paterno’s statue, ANY symbol honoring Paul Dee should also be removed as this happened under that hypocrites’ watch as well! And people have the audacity to attack the SEC!!! Are you kidding meee!!!!! This was a classic “pay for pay” situation and it is not the first time Miami and their thug program has been caught….Time to teach these renegades a real lesson. South Miami makes Las Vegas and UNLV look like Disney World…..

  4. gotampabay52 says: Feb 27, 2013 6:33 PM

    game cocker give your self a hand job and shout your mouth South Carolina has done stuff no program is perfect but will agree Prez must go was under her watch

  5. thegamecocker says: Feb 27, 2013 6:48 PM


    You’re a disgusting pig…but I expect that from you since you have difficulty string cohesive sentences together. At least one side of your brain is fuctional as you agree Madame Shalalala must go! She goes, then I will cease my call for the death penalty. Until then, the loudmouth bitch will face the maximum under her watch and I will be the first to support it. Now, why don’t you head back to your basement dwelling and continue “JACKIN’ JIMMY”!!! YA PUNK!!!

  6. mik303 says: Feb 27, 2013 7:21 PM

    The University didn’t create an underground, coordinated player compensation scheme. A booster paid off and bribed athletes. He wasn’t just any booster, he’s a ponzi scheming convicted criminal that has little credibility after 95% of what he bragged about to Yahoo wasn’t even in the Notice of Allegations. (Abortions, prostitution, millions of dollars in payoffs)

    Time and punishment has been served at UM. More heads will be rolling out of the front door of the NCAA before this case is closed this summer. Shalala isn’t getting fired. Golden is recruiting. Miami will be back in the BCS very soon. Live with it.

  7. thegamecocker says: Feb 27, 2013 7:27 PM


    Abortions, prostitution, millions in payoffs didn’t happen? You are one naive person. They found what was on the surface. I think John Q. Public believes there was MUCH that was not confirmed but indeed did happen!!! Your President deserves to be relieved of her duties as the LEADER of the University of Miami. She obviously CHOSE not to look what was going on and that is no excuse. She’s got a big-mouth and loves to ridicule people. She doesn’t make the rules for athletics. The NCAA does and Miami violated them BIG TIME and deserves the death penalty as much as SMU did! This is not their first “rodeo”. Now YOU live with it!

  8. canetic says: Feb 27, 2013 7:34 PM

    Ha ha, Miami is untouchable. Punishment already admitted to and served. Case closed. Let’s go Canes!

  9. mogogo1 says: Feb 27, 2013 7:36 PM

    I’ve never liked Miami…but I also have a tough time believing anything the NCAA says concerning this matter. Shapiro gave out $170K, yet the NCAA was so desperate for proof they had no choice but to pay to have people deposed during Shapiro’s bankruptcy? That just doesn’t add up.

    Bottom line is I bet there was plenty wrong going on concerning Shapiro. But the NCAA is the equivalent of the dirty band of cops who get found out in the middle of a trial. Sure, the defendant might still be guilty, but he’s going to walk when it comes out all the cops involved are unreliable.

  10. HotHotHeat says: Feb 27, 2013 7:44 PM

    That is less than Cam got…..

  11. thegamecocker says: Feb 27, 2013 7:51 PM


    Nah! Miami is dirty and it is lead by an unscrupulous politician. Miami is not walking. They have served some time but there is more time needed to be served. At a minimum, they deserve every bit as much as Penn State got.

  12. necr0philia says: Feb 27, 2013 8:17 PM

    Gamecocker what is your problem with the U? You sound so mad about something that has ZERO affect on you as an individual. I read your stuff all the time and you seem to have a lot of hate inside you. Take a Xanax and chill out man. Even if Miami got the death penalty IT HAS NO AFFECT ON YOU!! You would start crying about anotherso called problem like school, girlfriend, pet, mom, dad, bills,etc,etc. Get over yourself you are and always will be a silly little sad troll.
    And remember when you comment on me make sure it’s factual as I did to you!!

  13. thegamecocker says: Feb 27, 2013 8:43 PM


    LOL!! I loathe Donna Shalalala….you may have a different opinion of her than me, and I respect that. But I have never liked her when she was in the Clinton Administration and I sure as hell don’t care for her now. She would sooner throw someone under the bus than take the full responsibility. This happened under her watch and she deserves what she gets. If she doesn’t leave, then I will continue to call for the death penalty for U. of Miami. If she is relieved of her position, I am fine with that and the punishment already served by Miami. I never liked many of the scholar-athletes that Miami recruited with 90% emphasis on the athlete and very little on the “Student”. BTW, your grammar is not good at all. Your last sentence could have been phrased differently to make more sense…..what does “when you comment on me” mean? Do you mean when I reply to your post? But son, you do make me chuckle. Have a pleasant evening.

  14. necr0philia says: Feb 27, 2013 8:52 PM

    Gamecocker If what you said makes you fell better, by all means knock yourself out. Sometimes it’s best to see ones self through the eyes of others. Oh yeah thanks for the grammar correction, I haven’t had one of those since college in 1999. I wish you the best with your stress issues and YOU REALLY SHOULD HAVE A XANAX.

  15. tscarlato says: Feb 27, 2013 8:58 PM

    I’m surprised the NCAA is claiming Shapiro gave money to 95 people (72 athletes, 12 family and friends, and 3 recruits). That’s a hell of a lot of folks. If they had evidence on even half of them then why did they go so far as to spend tens of thousands of dollars and call their entire investigation into question. If they could have proved even a third of their claim it would have been enough to hammer Miami and eliminate any need for that extraordinarily shady step with Shapiros lawyer.

    It’s not adding up for the NCAA here.

  16. thegamecocker says: Feb 27, 2013 9:00 PM


    I’m really laughing now because you spelled “feel” incorrectly in your first sentence. But I digress: thank-you for your concern about my “stress issues”. I will admit that I get carried away at times, but I mean no harm or offense to you or your Miami brethren. Honestly, I love words and keep a small dictionary by my side as I punch thoughts into the computer. But leadership at Miami needs to be closely examined and changed. I need to relax and watch some TV now. Have a nice evening.

  17. tscarlato says: Feb 27, 2013 9:05 PM


    Shalala has turned Miami into a top 50 academic university. That didn’t seem possible a few years ago. Miami has one of the highest graduation rates among athletes in the nation.

    You’ll notice that the football team has kind of sucked during her tenure. That’s because she’s putting the student back in student athlete and they can’t recruit the guys they recruited before.

    She’s been bad for athletics (though they’re doing well right now) and great for the rest of the school. I’m pretty sure Mark Emmert at the NCAA has far less job security than Donna Shalala right now.

  18. amosalanzostagg says: Feb 27, 2013 9:47 PM

    I guess Miami football is “mostly dead”

  19. chachooga says: Feb 27, 2013 9:55 PM


    Finally I see your angle. As a UM fan, I could care less if Shalala goes. Her partner Janet Reno brings out more loathing in me, but she is pretty annoying too.

    But dude quit repeating the yahoo sports tabloid piece as if it is Gospel. It is a joke.

    As Benny k pointed out 170k is slightly less than 1 million Robinson reported hahaha….this is a joke, and Miami has self imposed more than enough for this one rouge booster, who only scammed the U in his free time, full time he was scamming smart people out of 900 million dollars….so he is in jail for 20 years.

    Charles Robinson violated so many journalistic standards in his tabloid hit piece by going all in with Shapiro, who interviewed in jail with full knowledge of his vendetta.

    This will hopefully be over soon.

  20. badintent says: Feb 27, 2013 11:23 PM

    You’re 100 %. All you need to know folks is that Donna is the only one in King Cracker Clinton’s adminstration that he had to boot out the door for her scam crap. She and Reno were dogs but had different fleas. Reno killed 50 children at Waco. Donna just worked the backroom good old boys. Can you imagine if Jimmy Johnson and Donna had be at the U of Basketweaving at the same time. ? The FBI and ATF would have been working OT.Shapiro was a con man , same as Bernake.Hope you boys are in cash when the fake $$ dam breaks.Sucker MC

  21. soflosportsfan says: Feb 28, 2013 12:05 AM

    thegamecocker says: Feb 27, 2013 7:27 PM


    “Abortions, prostitution, millions in payoffs didn’t happen? You are one naive person. They found what was on the surface. I think John Q. Public believes there was MUCH that was not confirmed but indeed did happen!!!”

    First off, how often do you rub one off the the thought The U getting hammered because you seem to have a big hard on over this matter? Secondly, aren’t you being a little hypocritical being from the SEC? Everyone knows SEC stars live the life because of the so-called “old money” that can’t be traced. Even my friends from florida, Alabama, LSU, ect. admit their players get paid. So before you go talking about being naive, look in the mirror my friend. You can blame Cam Cam for shedding light on this issue. It was his paycheck that showed the world that in the SEC it’s ok to get paid. A 1 week investigation and he’s cleared and not a peep more by Emmert since, out-of sight-out-of-mind.

  22. mik303 says: Feb 28, 2013 1:45 AM

    Gamecocker misquoted me. I didn’t say that “Abortions, prostitution, millions in payoffs didn’t happen?” I said this “95% of what he bragged about to Yahoo wasn’t even in the Notice of Allegations. (Abortions, prostitution, millions of dollars in payoffs)” – See Post Above –

    Which means that those things that were reported, were not in the official NOA, which means that they could not be corroborated. In the United States of America, we have the right to “due process.” So whether it’s a true story, a great story or a lie, it doesn’t matter, because it’s not a part of the NOA in this case. I wasn’t there, you weren’t there, it’s completely irrelevant.

    Also, Gamecocker, since you’re attacking people for grammar and sentence structure on a blog site, perhaps you can explain what “Pay for Pay” is. I think you were trying to say “Pay for Play” which is another false accusation against Shalala. I don’t love the woman, but at least you can accuse her of the correct infraction. The U is not accused of creating a “pay for play” scheme organized by the administration. Is Shalala ultimately responsible for not realizing that Shapiro was breaking every rule in the book, yes. But the sum of the NOA that was officially sent to the U, DOES NOT equal the Death Penalty. Scholarship reductions and bowl bans are what the NCAA will deliver for Miami’s infractions. And unlike Ohio State, UNC, USC and some others recently, Miami didn’t wait for the NCAA penalties to come down. Miami started suspending players, and self-banned bowl games. Now we find out that the integrity of the entire investigation is tainted? No death penalty. Not even close. That negative recruiting tactic sounds great, but it’s not working any more. Miami is back.

  23. nutpack says: Feb 28, 2013 5:05 AM

    All the haters are quick to call for the death of the Canes. Lets remember that the NCAA not only paid Shapiro’s lawyer to dig up the dirt they couldn’t find, they paid Shapiro with money and a cell phone for his testimony. I’m pretty sure any crook in the world would say whatever you want him to say for money.

  24. loadofwashmother says: Feb 28, 2013 8:39 AM

    Miami has a football team ? Who knew it, last time we heard about them they only had or barely had 10,000 fans (something like that) In the stand
    Oh well
    Usc is better than that

  25. bartalaber says: Feb 28, 2013 9:08 AM

    @Gamecocker….get a life dude….you act as if South Carolina is the shining university on the hill, which it is not….Stephen Garcia ring a bell? How about the hotel that was giving free rooms?

    Dude, funky stuff goes on everywhere. The whole reason the light is always so bright on Miami is because of the success that they had in the 80’s. Some of the antics, which many enjoyed, were not well received by the older, stuffy NCAA types. The backflips, the George Jefferson, Thrill Hill and his six guns.

    They also whined when Miami beat ND down in Gerry Faust’s last game. They also whined when Miami put the beatdown on a lot of the older “storied” programs because they were not supposed to.

    Miami comes back, the NCAA slaps them down. Miami starts to come back again, the NCAA tries to slap them down again.

  26. thegamecocker says: Feb 28, 2013 9:27 AM

    @tscarlato says:
    Shalala has turned Miami into a top 50 academic university.
    In the spirit of fairness, Miami has become a first-rate academic institution. One for the “Wicked-Witch” of South Miami.

    We agree then, that Shalala is a major problem? Her knee-jerk reaction to the NCAA’s internal issue will ultimately cost Miami in the form of more sanctions IMO.

    It’s “Play-for-pay”….OK, I made a typo. My bad. I admit it…I made a mistake. So because your friends “admit to you” that players at their respective schools are paid with old-time, non-traceable funds, you believe them? There’s a bridge in Brooklyn that’s for sale….

    On these threads, I was one of many who said Cam Newton should be ineligible…and it had nothing to do with how Auburn beat South Carolina twice in their “tainted” (IMO) National Championship season. Shortly after, the NCAA changed the rule that if a parent/guardian, etc. “shopped” their son/daughter, the athlete would be automatically ineligible. The horse was out of the barn but at least they fixed the rule.

    Finally, if you haven’t gotten by now that my major gripe with Miami is their leadership, than I have either not properly communicated that or you have failed to recognize my point. Now, I must be off to work but I look forward to scribing with you gentlemen later this evening. The Gamecocker

  27. cbass59 says: Feb 28, 2013 12:18 PM

    $170k? Reggie Bush and Cam Newton are unimpressed.

  28. fahmundamahbalsaq says: Mar 1, 2013 6:53 AM

    What about all the hookers Shapiro bought the players?? I’m really interested in hearing about thegamecocker’s sister.

  29. thegamecocker says: Mar 1, 2013 8:20 AM

    LOL…if I actually thought you yokels could actually accept “PLAYING THE DOZEN” as this poster has done, I would reply back in kind. But I’m afraid some of you might not interpret the humor in such banter. I find it funny as hell myself! My Sister was a grade school teacher for 30 years; my Mom, a banker; my Wife a business owner……

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