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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: Mar 3, 2009
Posted on: February 13, 2012 3:57 pm

Shapiro threatens Miami, ex-players from prison

beautiful, isn't even football season and the canes have the headlines!!!!! take em all down shapiro, matter of fact  take all football down!!!!

Since: Jan 29, 2007
Posted on: February 13, 2012 3:49 pm

Shapiro threatens Miami, ex-players from prison

Is anyone really going to be surprised if he comes forth with damaging evidence of wrongdoings?? There's probably a lot of people sweating pretty hard right now.

Since: Feb 22, 2011
Posted on: February 13, 2012 3:02 pm

Shapiro threatens Miami, ex-players from prison

So, what sanctions have the NCAA imposed? OH, that's right, none yet......still nothing to his claims....YET. I'm sure there will be some bad stuff, but not any worse than what was going on at Florida in the mid 90s...

Since: Aug 11, 2009
Posted on: February 13, 2012 2:54 pm

Shapiro threatens Miami, ex-players from prison

I am unclear from this report as to what sort of backup Shapiro expected from the Miami players. When the news was disclosed they were muzzled and could not state anything that could be construed as any form of defense for him.  Surely he and his lawyers must know that.  So what exactly does he expect them to say or do?  Perhaps someone from Miami who has gotten local news coverage may have greater insight into this and may share the informoation.

As for UM, let us all hope that it will at long last insure that its students are sheltered from underworld types who seek to exploit them for their personal profit.  The school should get back into the business of teaching and molding young peole into good citizens.  Hopefully, this will be the end of the past troubles  and beginning of its renewal and success.

Since: Mar 18, 2009
Posted on: February 13, 2012 2:11 pm

Shapiro threatens Miami, ex-players from prison

NCAA is the laughing stock of every organization ever formed.  They are in fact a microcosom of what is wrong with our political system, and our truth seeking media (NOT) is complicit in all of it. 

Since: Aug 29, 2008
Posted on: February 13, 2012 2:00 pm

Shapiro threatens Miami, ex-players from prison

Why unless you are just a hater of all sorts would you want something like that to happen?  UM has put more stars in the NFL than any other program.  South Florida is not the greatest place in the world and the kids know that.  At least let a vast majority of inner city kids who have a dream of playing for the greatest NCAA Football program ever continue to have that dream.  It is sad when people ask for the Death Penalty, there is a lot of teams that would back the idea of an independent college football organization and the NCAA knows that.  After completely ruining SMU they learned that one.  Miami will come back better than ever, you can believe that.  The Randy Shannon era is the worst era by the way.  Al Golden understands what needs to be done and he will get it done, I really think so.  He includes the Alumni in team meetings and training(which by the way if you didn't hear me the greatest Alum of them all) and players plus recruits are loving the impact.  Please somebody let Shapiro into General Population and let's just see what happens.  Pretty soon someone will muzzle that rat.  Good luck to anybody that thinks that their team does not have the same thing going on with their boosters.  The U!

Since: Jun 3, 2007
Posted on: February 13, 2012 1:22 pm

Shapiro threatens Miami, ex-players from prison

Charlietuna... "sour grapes and baseless?" I guess that's why the program put self-imposed sanctions on the football program and suspended several players before the NCAA hands their ow njudgment down. Sounds and looks like trying to soften the blow before the hammer is swung.....

Since: Mar 16, 2011
Posted on: February 13, 2012 1:13 pm

Shapiro threatens Miami, ex-players from prison

Did little, shrimpy, white, wouldn't have had anything without ponzi scheme money Shapiro really think all these former, selfish, black UM football players would really want to have anything to do with him after graduation, and after they thoroughly used him for every immoral, illegal infraction ever known to a college football player?  You thought you was part of the bro-hood for life huh man?  Now that's funny!  And I'm white!

Since: May 14, 2007
Posted on: February 13, 2012 12:56 pm
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Since: Oct 25, 2006
Posted on: February 13, 2012 12:45 pm

Shapiro threatens Miami, ex-players from prison

I want to see this case adjudicated as quickly as possible so the Death Penalty can begin.  SHUT  IT  DOWN...a minimum of three years.  Miami is, and always has been (except for the Randy Shannon era), a disgrace to the NCAA and the city of Miami.

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