Report: Nevin Shapiro to make new gambling allegations

By Chip Patterson | College Football/Basketball Writer

Nevin Shapiro will reportedly make new gambling-related claims in a SI report. (USATSI)
Nevin Shapiro will reportedly make new gambling-related claims in a SI report. (USATSI)

Convicted Ponzi schemer Nevin Shapiro, currently serving a 20-year sentence for his role in running a $930 million Ponzi scheme, is reportedly coming after Miami with new allegations.

According to the Miami Herald, Sports Illustrated is in the final stages of writing an expose about the NCAA and its investigation of Miami's athletics program. That expose will reportedly include a not-previously-published allegation from Nevin Shapiro.

Shapiro told SI that he used inside information obtained from UM coaches to gamble on Hurricanes football games, according to the sources.

Shapiro alleged that coaches shared with him information --- such as whether a particular injured player would be available to play --- in at least two games, including in 2005 and a 2007 game against North Carolina, which UM lost, 33-27.

Shapiro's gambling problem has been documented in his bankruptcy case -- Shapiro has said he lost $9 million gambling on sports and Adam Meyer, a high-profile South Florida sports handicapper, agreed to return $900,000 in payments from Shapiro to a bankruptcy court trustee seeking to repay Shapiro's investment victims.

According to the report, the NCAA previously investigated gambling claims from Shapiro but was unable to find enough evidence to be included in Miami's Notice of Allegations.

Miami is scheduled to appear before the NCAA's Committee on Infractions Thursday through Saturday in Indianapolis. University president Donna Shalala will be at the hearing, along with five former Miami coaches -- former football assistants Clint Hurtt and Aubrey Hill, former head basketball coach Frank Haith and basketball assistants Jorge Fernandez and Jake Morton -- and other UM representatives.

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