Tuesday, August 16, 2011

The Hurricanes might have just been blown...

...off the college football map.

The University of Miami hasn't been deeply involved in the college football national championship picture in a few years. And based on what one "booster" of the school is suggesting, it might not again for a long time.

The booster says he gave more than 70 Miami athletes various benefits that run afoul of the NCAA.

Yahoo! Sports broke the story, which it says developed from a near year-long series of interviews with Nevin Shapiro, who is now in prison after orchestrating a near $1-billion Ponzi scheme.
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.
Charles Robinson wrote the aforementioned story, and he has added that every athlete linked to the scandal will be identified by Yahoo! Sports in the next few hours.

If the details of Shapiro's claims are validated by the NCAA, then one can expect the Hurricanes' financially potent football and men's basketball programs will be in serious trouble.While the NCAA might never hand down the so-called "death penalty" again, it will put quite the hammer down.

The recent scandals surrounding USC and Ohio State could be seen as small potatoes, so to speak, once the investigation about the Hurricanes is concluded.

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