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Shapiro threatens Miami, ex-players from prison

Posted on: February 12, 2012 10:19 pm
Edited on: February 13, 2012 5:53 am
Posted by Chip Patterson

Former Miami booster Nevin Shapiro, currently serving a 20-year sentence for a Ponzi scheme, has managed to stay in the headlines regarding the ongoing NCAA investigation into the Miami football and basketball programs. Shapiro has stayed in contact with numerous media organizations, including the Miami Herald, through email since in his incarceration. On Sunday, the Herald posted some of Shapiro's more aggressive claims from behind bars.

“The public is going to hate me worse in the next coming months,” Shapiro, serving a 20-year sentence for a Ponzi scheme, wrote in numerous e-mails over the past few months. “It’s going to be severe and catastrophic. My feelings are getting inflamed and I’m going to pop off pretty soon with regards to them and the NCAA. I’m coming for them both [UM and former players] and I’m going to be successful.

“I’m taking that program down to Chinatown and the former players and links to that program. Why? Because the U.S. government lined up 47 former players to testify against me in open court if I went to trial. That in itself is motivation to shove it up their collective [butts].”

The Hurricanes have not received a notice of allegations from the NCAA, but chose to self-impose a bowl ban after their 6-6 finish in 2011 in response to the ongoing investigation.

One Miami official told the Herald he expects "one more bowl ban, maybe two at most," with additional scholarship penalties.

Shapiro has been out for revenge against Miami and the former players, feeling betrayed when they did not come to his aid during the legal troubles associated with the Ponzi scheme. Columnist Barry Jackson describes Shapiro as "a man determined to destroy the UM football program." The former booster believes that much more will come to the surface -- beyond what was alleged in the Yahoo! Sports investigation -- and Miami will get "the death penalty or damn close to it."

As the alleged details of Shaprio's involvement with the Miami football program have surfaced, one consistent theme has been his desire for attention. One Miami official told the Miami Herald that they expect if Shapiro were under oath, the school could "punch holes in much of what he says."

Despite the ongoing investigation, head coach Al Golden was able to sign 33 players to the 2012 recruiting class. The Hurricanes finished with the No. 7 class in the CBS Sports National Signing Day Top 25. For more on the Hurricanes' recruiting class, check out Bryan Fischer's ACC Signing Day Grades at the Eye On Recruiting.

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Since: Feb 5, 2007
Posted on: February 14, 2012 9:10 am

Shapiro threatens Miami, ex-players from prison

9 were Early Enrolles that go to the 2011 class.  So realistically he signed 24.  Miami did no impose a ban on scholarship reductions.  They took the imposed bowl ban as well as imposing suspensions on all the players that were named in the report prior to the NCAA speaking with them to protect themselves.

Since: Apr 22, 2009
Posted on: February 14, 2012 7:11 am

Shapiro threatens Miami, ex-players from prison

Maimi is a LITTLE university that can go away and NOONE (except the crime figures) will miss it.  This school is a bright and shining example of what is wrong with the NCAA.  I cannot wait until Shaprio starts naming names because as soon as a name is released the kid should be suspended, I do  not want to hear about innocent until proven guilty (NCAA is not a COURT).  The total sum of benefit to The Ohio State players was about $14,000.00 and that is using the NCAA's estimated cost for the trinkets and they still allowed and even ORDERED that the tat 5 play in sugar Bowl, agreed with the suspension for the first 5 games ( 10 in one case), just go away MEimi.

Since: Dec 3, 2009
Posted on: February 13, 2012 11:59 pm

Shapiro threatens Miami, ex-players from prison

To all the haters calling for the Death Penalty - not going to happen.  Most of the facts that Shapiro and the Yahoo Sports writer who was stupid enough to even take the story have already been proved false.  It's quite convenient that this writer who has no accounting credibility was able to sift through thousands of unorganized documents and able to depict what exactly was going on.  When earlier, an entire legal accounting firm couldn't process through all of the garbage because they couldn't determine what was a pleasure or business expense.  He likely provided benefits, there's no doubting that, but to what degree is the question.  The fact that a large portion of you state that just because he's a ponzi schemer doesn't mean it's not true sound asinine to put it politely.  The ,man had a motive and his plan backfired, he robbed from so many and ruined lives.  Yet the real trash seems to come on these boards who cheer for this clown.

Since: Aug 28, 2006
Posted on: February 13, 2012 10:08 pm

I thought the NCAA enacted a 28 man signing limit

head coach Al Golden was able to sign 33 players to the 2012 recruiting class.

Somebody help me out here.  How is he able to sign this many with a new limite in place?

Since: Feb 13, 2012
Posted on: February 13, 2012 8:15 pm

Shapiro threatens Miami, ex-players from prison

Shapiro lied for a living.  He did it well enough to scam people out of 930 million dollars.  Some of his stories about Miami were true but I would bet a lot of them have some fibs woven into them.

USC intentional snubbed the NCAA and were not very cooperative with their investigation.  That is why they received the penalty they did.  Had they just played along, their penalty would not have been as harsh.  Ohio St initially tried to play that card but eventually started cooperating and it helped in the NCAA's final decision.  Even though the NCAA is a joke it doesn't pay to go against them.  All major programs have some form of infractions if you dig deep enough so don't act like your program is clean.  Just be glad that USC wasn't really phased by the sanctions and stand as the preseason #1 in several polls.

Since: Sep 13, 2010
Posted on: February 13, 2012 7:50 pm

Shapiro threatens Miami, ex-players from prison

right on! USC got royally screwed while everyone else gets away with far worse. Just look at Ohio St. What a joke. I hope he takes down the NCAA and the Miami program. So much in Miami has been swept under the rug and its about time for some Spring cleaning.

Since: Feb 13, 2012
Posted on: February 13, 2012 7:33 pm

Shapiro threatens Miami, ex-players from prison

Yeah who would ever believe the word of a convicted felon, say for example Lloyd Lake, who had a personal vendetta against, say for example Heisman Trophy winner Reggie Bush, when it came to taking a house for his family?????

Just because a guy is a felon, doesn't necessarily mean that he's a liar. I say let this guy hammer away. Hopefully he takes down Miami, that hypocritical bastard Paul Humpty Dump Dee, and the entire NCAA.

What happened to USC was about as unfair as any backwoods kangaroo court justice ever witnessed. I'm feed up with everyone saying SC cheated when others have committed ridiculously worse offenses and been given hand slaps. Ohio State, Clemson, Miami, Oregon, hell the entire SEC. Just because you're the darlings of ESPN doesn't mean you're on the up and up.

Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: February 13, 2012 7:22 pm

Shapiro threatens Miami, ex-players from prison

The NCAA has not taken action, because UM has decided to discipline its own players, which I agree is the right thing to do.

Not quite, Don Rey.  The NCAA has not taken action because its investigation has not run its course.  This will take a long time, as snails move like cheetahs compared to the NCAA.  Miami has disciplined itself, and is to be commended for being pro-active with the bowl ban.  I thought my Buckeyes should have done the same, but Gene Smith expected the NCAA to follow precedent.  As a result, OSU will have a much stronger team serving a bowl ban next year than they would have this past season.  One thing we have learned from the scandal at Ohio St is the NCAA is no longer following past precedents when it comes to sanctions.  For that reason, Miami fans should be expecting the NCAA to come down with some very tough addtional sanctions.  OSU followed protocol and received additional sanctions.  I suspect Miami will be treated similarly, and receive stepped-up punishment as well.  I'm not knocking Miami or its fans.  I'm just prepared for an excruciatingly long investigation followed by additional stiff sanctions.  Good luck with that!

Since: Jul 8, 2008
Posted on: February 13, 2012 7:15 pm

What ?!?Something unethical with collge sports ??

Gasp,i don`t believe it ! lol One of the biggest busnisess in the world,USA college sports,and you think it`s CLEAN ? What color`s the sky in your world ? He may or may not be right,but speaking of betting,if i had to bet.....

Since: May 31, 2007
Posted on: February 13, 2012 7:03 pm

Shapiro threatens Miami, ex-players from prison

I find it hard to imagine that a convicted felon with an obvious personal bias and vendetta against the program would be taken too terribly seriously under the circumstances.  I think the NCAA will trust to the results of their own investigation, and take what Shapiro has to say with a grain of salt.  They really don't want to hand out a death penalty to a major school anyway.  Just look what BCS-level schools have gotten away with in the past 5 years or so.  Did Ohio State get the axe?  Notre Dame?  Penn State?  Oregon?  Of course not.

In fact, if the NCAA ever decides to get serious, and start debilitating programs as punishment, I would wager it won't start with Football.  That's the cash cow.  No... they'll send out a warning, and then make sure that their first few major victims are other sports.  Maybe Basketball programs if they want high visibility without touching football.  They'll play it that way to give football programs time to clean up their acts before they feel the need to start dropping bombs in that arena.  And again, that's if they get around to doing it at all.  Thus far, the 'death penalty' is more of an empty threat than anything.

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