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AP: Kirby Hocutt approved Shapiro's access

Posted on: August 17, 2011 2:30 pm
Edited on: August 17, 2011 2:37 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli

As the news of the latest allegations against the Miami football program and its relationship with booster Nevin Shapiro continues to spread, so does the story's reach. The actions of Shapiro and Miami do not just affect the Miami athletic department, but schools around the country as well.

One of those schools may be Texas Tech. In an AP report on Wednesday afternoon, a source claims that former Miami athletic director and current Texas Tech athletic director Kirby Hocutt approved Nevin Shapiro's access to the Miami program.
A person familiar with the situation said much of Shapiro's access to Hurricane programs in recent years was approved by former athletic director Kirby Hocutt, who has since left the school for Texas Tech. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because of the ongoing joint investigation between the university and the NCAA.

Hocutt, the person said, allowed Shapiro on the sideline before football games at times during the 2008 season, plus invited him to select gatherings reserved for the athletic department's biggest donors.

"That's what Kirby did," the person said. "His No. 1 job was to raise money and this Nevin Shapiro guy was one of the few people Kirby could get to write checks."

Shapiro had been on the Miami sideline before games an unknown number of times before Hocutt's arrival as athletic director in 2008.

Hocutt has declined comment on the Miami investigation.
Hocutt resigned as Miami's athletic director to take the job in Lubbock in February.

Obviously, if the allegations are true, this does not reflect well on Hocutt and could affect his job at Texas Tech. Meaning that Texas Tech could join Kansas State as Big 12 schools feeling the ramifications of Miami's misdeeds.

Since: Aug 30, 2007
Posted on: August 18, 2011 2:10 am

AP: Kirby Hocutt approved Shapiro's access

There's nothing to stop for in Lubbock and it's too dangerous to stop in Miami. Why would you go there U vs. Thug U. Take your pick.

Since: Jun 10, 2010
Posted on: August 17, 2011 11:30 pm

AP: Kirby Hocutt approved Shapiro's access

I wondered why anyone would leave Miami for Lubbock (no offense).

Apparently, Kirby was one step ahead of the posse.

Since: Oct 12, 2010
Posted on: August 17, 2011 10:04 pm

AP: Kirby Hocutt approved Shapiro's access

No wonder Paul Dee insisted that USC stop allowing celebrities on its sidelines during games and neighborhood kids to come to SC practices.  He knew that Miami allowed people who were bribing players and taking the kids to strip joints.  How can the NCAA allow any rulings by DEE as COI Chairman to stand?  All the NCAA has to do is the right thing.  No revamping.  Maybe Donna Shalala should loser her job too.

Since: Jul 15, 2011
Posted on: August 17, 2011 6:55 pm

AP: Kirby Hocutt approved Shapiro's access

Agree.  All ADs know, or should know, and should be held accountable.  That's why they get hundreds of thousands of dollars per year, and their subordinate coaches get millions per year.  It's just not good enough anymore to say "I didn't know."  You MUST either know, or should have known.  Get off your fat rearends and go look for problems before they become problems - that's your job.  Nobody wants to hear your stupid AD speechs, AD opinions, or AD predictions.  ADs are NOTHING, they're WORTHLESS, and should only be paid (and rewarded) for running honest programs, just like they expect from their Compliance staff.

Since: Dec 1, 2007
Posted on: August 17, 2011 6:08 pm

AP: Kirby Hocutt approved Shapiro's access

He must've got a huge bump in pay to leave Miami for Lubbock.  I have been to both places and Miami is a much nicer place to be unless you like dust storms and taking puddle jumper flights to the middle of nowhere.

Since: Jun 22, 2009
Posted on: August 17, 2011 5:57 pm

AP: Kirby Hocutt approved Shapiro's access

As a Missouri fan, it doesn't sit well with me that our AD's lackluster choice to replace Mike Anderson as basketball coach was Frank Haith, who allegedly knew and endorsed what was going on when he was the head basketball coach at Miami.  That said, this article about Miami's former AD seems very premature.  So he let a booster attend athletic functions and come down now and then on the field.  Big deal.  As the article alludes to, part of his job as AD is to RAISE MONEY for the athletic programs.  It's still plausible that he granted these favors to the booster in hopes of raising money for the program, without knowledge that the booster was paying players under the table.  This article reminds me somewhat of the scene from The Holy Grail where the boys are thinking through the reasoning why the accused female must be a witch.  Pretty much same thing here.  Hocutt was the AD, he let the booster onto the field, therefore he must have known the booster was paying players.  Mr. Fornelli, do a little investigative work and then get back to us.  Until then, resist the urge to potentially slander this guy.

Since: Sep 11, 2008
Posted on: August 17, 2011 5:27 pm

AP: Kirby Hocutt approved Shapiro's access

Agreed. The AD's don't babysit boosters, Shapiro knew that what he was doing was wrong. The only question will be did the AD's office know or should they have known what Shapiro was up to? Ultimately the players have a responsibility to the school and each other. If you have 70+ players engaged with Shapiro then you have an epidemic. The U is going to get the stiffest penalty the NCAA has EVER leveled and trust me on this one - Al Golden is already looking for a way to get out of his contract. He feels betrayed already by Shalala.

Since: Nov 29, 2008
Posted on: August 17, 2011 4:46 pm

AP: Kirby Hocutt approved Shapiro's access

Allowing a booster on the sideline has nothing to do with any of the thousand allegations that are out there. I'm not saying "oh no! he's a liar!" I'm saying letting a booster on the sideline is not in any way the same as "Approving his access" to the players.

This headline is misleading,. In order to get traffic you want people to think the problem is worse than it is? It'd be one thing if Holcutt was driving the players to his house....

We already know he "lead them out of the tunnel, twice." He needs to be at field level to do it. It's not evidence of condonining what happened, or ponzi schemes, or whatever. 

Since: Oct 31, 2009
Posted on: August 17, 2011 4:42 pm

AP: Kirby Hocutt approved Shapiro's access

When the booster owns a sports agency and contracts players into the NFL.

Since: Dec 10, 2007
Posted on: August 17, 2011 4:16 pm

AP: Kirby Hocutt approved Shapiro's access

Spin it anyway you want, all the U fans were on the "Destroy OSU boat" the last few months, now the shoes on the other foot. I guess the 1000's of pictures they talked about in the Yahoo story were all photo shopped. People who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones!!

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