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Nevin Shapiro tried to land Houston Nutt in 2006

Posted on: August 22, 2011 4:52 am

Posted by Adam Jacobi

Former Miami head coach Randy Shannon isn't listed in the exhaustive Yahoo! Sports report* on Nevin Shapiro's extensive expose on impermissble player benefits, unlike the numerous assistants and contemporaries of his. That's not by accident; Shannon is by-the-book to a fault, and it's ironically that disdain for shenanigans that led to the Miami fanbase abandoning the 'Canes by the droves in the weeks preceding Shannon's firing after the 2010 season.

Imagine then, if you will, an alternate reality where instead of straight-laced Shannon running the Miami program, the head coach is current Arkansas coach Houston Nutt. Heads are now exploding nationwide. And according to the Orlando Sentinel, it came closer to happening than you would expect:

As the Sentinel reported late Sunday, Nevin Shapiro was personally involved in trying to recruit Nutt to coach the Hurricanes -- and his contact with the coach preceded several discussions between Nutt and university brass:

According to Nutt’s cell phone records obtained by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette through the Freedom of Information Act, Nutt spoke with Shapiro, in addition to UM assistant AD Tony Hernandez.

According to records, Nutt called Shapiro at 10:17 a.m. on Dec. 7, 2006 and the call lasted 30 minutes. Nutt then hung up and called his agent, Jimmy Sexton, before contacting Shapiro again that same day. Nutt also called Hernandez four times in a span of four hours that day.

That alternate reality almost came true! The theoretical NCAA violations are almost certainly even worse, aren't they? That's not an attack specifically on Nutt, who was head coach of Ole Miss at the time of the report, but Shannon brought a deep and abiding respect for the University of Miami and the rules it (ostensibly) operates under, and Insert Any Big-Name Coach With No Miami Ties Here almost certainly wouldn't bring that same approach. Get that same coach from the SEC, and the rules are going to get bent beyond recognition, like so many flat sheets of paper turned into origami swans.

Still, it's worth noting that Shapiro's influence did not get Nutt the Miami job. Not only that, Miami hired the most anti-Shapiro coach fathomable, and Shapiro was so angry at the Hurricanes' new adherence to the rules that he tried to pick a fight with Miami's director of compliance during a bowl game. If anything saves the program during the impending NCAA bloodshed, it's the fact that in the middle of Shapiro's influence on the program, it ignored Shapiro's contact with an in-demand coach that flirted with multiple BCS programs before eventually landing at Arkansas, where Nutt has since led the program to a BCS bowl game.

So imagining Houston Nutt as the Miami coach post-Larry Coker is nothing more than a thought exercise, because absent some evidence that not even Yahoo! could conjure up -- and lord knows they tried -- there's nothing the NCAA can point to that would suggest the Miami administrators valued anything about Shapiro or Nutt over what Shannon and his compliance-centric approach offered the program. That's small comfort for a football program trying to distance itself from the excesses of Shapiro and his well-documented interaction with the team, but it's also a fact that just might save the Hurricanes' program from the death penalty.

*For the record, Shapiro's lawyer, Maria Elena Perez, said in a phone interview that she believed Shannon had direct knowledge of Shapiro's dealings, but even her statement was phrased in a way that it wasn't entirely credible; it seems much more likely that Perez misremembered the facts than that Yahoo!'s 11-month investigation missed or omitted evidence that Shannon was directly involved, doesn't it? 


Since: Jan 3, 2007
Posted on: August 23, 2011 4:08 pm

Nevin Shapiro tried to land Houston Nutt in 2006

Wow.  What a poorly edited piece of crap this blog posting is.   I enjoyed reading it just to have a good laugh!  The previous posters have already covered it's many failings.

Since: Dec 7, 2009
Posted on: August 23, 2011 1:49 pm

Nevin Shapiro tried to land Houston Nutt in 2006

What a disgusting testament to the incompetence and lack of any profesionalism whatsoever, that CBS would allow this kind of unedited tripe out onto it's website. Unbelievable that your writers really would make it so crystal clear how little they know, but pretend like they do, about SEC football. If you don't know who our coaches are , and who they have been for years and years, don't go on and on about them and their teams in your articles, which are supposed to be expert analysis.

Truly disgusting, I'm looking for new sources right now...

Since: Aug 23, 2011
Posted on: August 23, 2011 1:49 pm

Nevin Shapiro tried to land Houston Nutt in 2006

Can't anyone be bothered to edit this atrocity? Good lord. It has all the factual credibility of a Jayson Blair autobiography.

I wish I could make shit up and get paid for it.

Since: Feb 27, 2010
Posted on: August 23, 2011 8:20 am

Nevin Shapiro tried to land Houston Nutt in 2006

This blog post was listed under the heading "Experts" out on the college football front page.

Two things:

Hahaha, etc. 
Said "expert" would be more at home at /br
This is why Yahoo Sports is kicking everyones bogeetus

Since: Nov 30, 2008
Posted on: August 22, 2011 5:09 pm

Nevin Shapiro tried to land Houston Nutt in 2006

I don't understand what the story is here.  First of all, forget about the obviously ridculous errors about where Houston Nutt coaches and where he used to coach.  It's insane that this moron writing the story makes the mistake several times in the article.  But despite those errors, what is the story?  He pushed for Houston Nutt - so what?  At the time, there were several BCS teams looking towards Nutt.  He was a good coach and in demand at the time.  And Miami turned him down.  So again, what's the story, you moron??

Since: Aug 11, 2008
Posted on: August 22, 2011 10:35 am

Nevin Shapiro tried to land Houston Nutt in 2006

How bad do you have to be to write an article like this and mix up Houston Nutt with Bobby Petrino? Right now I am sure there are some Ole Miss fans that wish Houston Nutt was at Arkansas but we are gald he is gone

Since: Jul 17, 2008
Posted on: August 22, 2011 9:26 am

Nevin Shapiro tried to land Houston Nutt in 2006

This guy is still alive?

Since: Jan 3, 2010
Posted on: August 22, 2011 8:56 am

Nevin Shapiro tried to land Houston Nutt in 2006

Ouch. Yeah Arkansas, Ole Miss, one of those Southern schools ...
Can't believe a reporter made such a huge factual error. Lost all credibility.

Since: Aug 22, 2011
Posted on: August 22, 2011 8:42 am

Nevin Shapiro tried to land Houston Nutt in 2006

Adam, seriously?  Houston Nutt is the current coach of Ole Miss, not Arkansas.  Bobby Petrino is the current coach at Arkansas that led them to the BCS Bowl Game.  Wow, just wow. from someone reporting on "Eye on College Football".

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