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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: May 17, 2008
Posted on: February 13, 2012 9:40 am

Shapiro threatens Miami, ex-players from prison

This may already have been covered, but how can the "U" sign 33 recruits, while self imposig a reduction in scholarships?  Are they offering scholarships based on the Academic accomplishments of the recruits?  Some additional reporting would be great?

Since: Nov 19, 2006
Posted on: February 13, 2012 9:15 am

Shapiro threatens Miami, ex-players from prison

This is really a done deal.  Miami has already admitted guilt and self imposed a bowl ban on themselves.  Their timing was good, because they had a lousy team last year to begin with.  They are not much better this year.  Miami obviously wants to put this behind them.  A few self imposed scholarship losses should do the trick.  The NCAA is easier on teams who self imposed their own penalties.  Even teams like Ohio State, who ran a very dirty program, got off easier than USC because Ohio State self imposed some penalties.

Since: Jul 9, 2010
Posted on: February 13, 2012 9:12 am

Shapiro threatens Miami, ex-players from prison

Shapiro is a basket case now, and out to do any further harm he can aganist Miami's Football Program.  The NCAA needs to finish it's case aganist Miami with what information it already has.  This guy Shapiro will run his mouth for years if he thinks anyone will listen, and he can stay in the limelight. The best thing to happen in this saga is to ignoir any further comments from Shapiro.  I don't have a dog in this fight, but this guy will keep running his tongue for years, if sports fans listen to him.

Since: Dec 11, 2006
Posted on: February 13, 2012 8:47 am

Shapiro threatens Miami, ex-players from prison

A couple of things here:

A) I hate Miami (FSU fan) so I've got no axe to grind here.

B) Nobody cares what Mr Shapiro has to say seeing how he is a convicted-lying/cheating scumbag!

C) Can someone find a few "Huge Cane Fans" or ex-Canes in the pen (shouldn't be that hard) to keep Nevin company? I think that's a crowd that would welcome a chance to properly thank him for all he's done/continues to do for the Canes. Perhaps then he'll change his tune or at least SHUT THE HELL UP.

Save it for the book when you get sprung 20 years from now. Until then...just shut up!

Since: Dec 1, 2008
Posted on: February 13, 2012 8:42 am

Shapiro threatens Miami, ex-players from prison

arinze121, I used to agree with you that students should not be paid, but when I see schools and a conference coming together to pay $20million just so that team can leave the conference, it tells me there is too much money going around.  I would rather see it go to the players than the greedy people running the sport.

Since: Jan 13, 2007
Posted on: February 13, 2012 8:23 am

Shapiro threatens Miami, ex-players from prison

and the Buckeyes seem like choir boys in comparisonLaughing

Since: Mar 19, 2008
Posted on: February 13, 2012 7:54 am

Shapiro threatens Miami, ex-players from prison

Here's hoping that buy opening a couple of CASES of worms in the Miami program that the truth comes out and Miami is literally shut down because of it.  Here's also hoping that because of the Miami shutdown other schools who have obviously cheated at the highest levels are also "found out" and shut down ... all leading to the elimination of the NCAA and the BCS.

It's high time this country got back to colleges educating instead of being another professional sports organization and it's high time colleges stopped giving scholarships to ignorant kids who can hardly speak English and who somehow slide through school (at least partially) with "basket weaving" classes, just because they can run and jump.

Since: Nov 24, 2009
Posted on: February 13, 2012 7:46 am

Shapiro threatens Miami, ex-players from prison

So,let me get this straight......Shapiro is in JAIL and he gets to use e-mail? That is rediculous, although not surprsing. Take it away and more importantly shut up. The NCAA cannot get things rightmost of the time anyway, so no need to add more to their already full plate.

Since: Sep 8, 2009
Posted on: February 13, 2012 7:29 am

Shapiro threatens Miami, ex-players from prison

I think the focus should be from the headline itself, he threatens from PRISON lol Uh Dude you are in prison for lying and cheating people out of money yet we are suppose to take your accusations to heart? Only people that love you are the Cane Haters, I'm a Cane and all you make me do is laugh, loudly!!!

Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: February 13, 2012 7:26 am

It only takes one...

If he had been doing this in Columbus, he would already have had death threats in an attempt to scare him into silence.  People at THE Ohio State University should be very concerned seeing this, because it is a great example that it only takes one angry scapegoat to testify to the NCAA and bring down the entire program.  

Corrupt programs like THE Ohio State University, USC, Bammer, Auburn, Tennessee, and Oregon should be very, very scared right now.  Then again, they never really get punishment that affects them for more than a season or two, even if they cheat for ten or twenty years, so maybe they have no reason for concern.  
It will be quite interesting to see how the NCAA handles this.  If the new, "tougher punishments" start now, what will Miami receive?  If Miami does become the "poster child" for the "newer, tougher NCAA Enforcement Committee," will the NCAA revisit the punishments for programs whose violations occured during the same time period as those at Miami?

Or will they just nuke Miami's program into the stone age (metaphorically, of course) while letting everyone else off and brag about how "tough" and "fair" they are now?

As the old Chinese proverb/curse goes, "may you live in interesting times." 

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