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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 17, 2011
Posted on: August 17, 2011 3:38 pm

AP: Kirby Hocutt approved Shapiro's access

Since when is it a problem to allow a booster onto the sideline?  Remember this guy was a con man who bilked people like Barry Alavarez out of millions just like Madoff.  How was Kirby supposed to know he was running a ponzi scheme?  It is sickening listening to everyone so ready to condem people before all of the facts are aired.  yahoo did a lot of irresponsible reporting by pulishing this guys story and throwing a lot of bs around without really substantiating any of the accusations for all of the names they threw out.  You will see that Yahoo did not really do due diligence on this story, this man was a con artist and now is trying to take down a University and a lot of people with his dying breath.

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