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Miami about to be taken down by a rat. Fair?

Posted on: August 31, 2010 11:32 am
 

Isn't it odd how it's not an NCAA investigation until somebody gets screwed?

The old adage goes: It's not cheating unless you get caught. And sometimes the NCAA doesn't catch you, it seems, until the cheaters get cheated. Nevin Shapiro is serving time in federal prison for allegedly running a $900 million Ponzi scheme. He was once a Miami booster who apparently was more than good friends with more than a few Hurricane players. Shapiro told the Miami Herald this week that he'll write a tell-all book detailing Miami wrongdoing since 2001.

His motivation? Paying back some of the victims, reportedly around 60 who lost upwards of $80 million. Shapiro won't earn a dime from the book. His other motivation, he says, is payback for former players who ignored him.  

"Once the players become pros, they turned their back on me," Shapiro told the Herald. "It made me feel like a used friend."

As long as everyone was kissing Shapiro's ass, then, everything was OK. The point is, these cases don't develop sometimes until low-life reprobates blow the whistle. Lloyd Lake, who had served time for a probation violation, rolled over on Reggie Bush after Bush failed to repay $300,000 that Lake had spent on him. All Bush had to do was repay Lake, who essentially wanted to become Bush's agent, and everything was cool.

The same thing seems to be going on at North Carolina, Alabama and South Carolina. The rumor going around is that a reputable agent (or agents) alerted the NCAA and/or media about low-life agents and marketers who blatantly staged that ostentatious player party in South Beach. Had the rogue agents kept things on the down low, maybe those three 
schools aren't wondering who is going to be able to play on Saturday.

You might wonder why the NCAA listens to these guys. The association isn't held to a legal standard. It doesn't have to use due process. It cannot issue subpoenas compelling witnesses to testify. You have to wonder, though, what credibility a source like Shapiro has. Consider this recent headline: "Felon Who Stole $900 Million To Rat Out "The U".

Because of those investigative restrictions, the NCAA also has to meet a lower standard (its own) for a conviction. Remember, this is technically a non-profit organization that has been given these powers by its members. Police use "rats" like Shapiro all the time. Prisoners testify in open court. But it's up to a jury to decide on the evidence. The NCAA infractions committee is judge and jury. USC thought it was going to skate on the Bush case because it was unaware 
of the wrongdoing.

The NCAA decided that USC was guilty because it was unaware of the wrongdoing.

But it remains amazing how none of it would have happened if someone had gotten paid off or, in Shapiro's case, someone's feelings weren't hurt.

Comments

Since: Nov 29, 2008
Posted on: September 1, 2010 5:43 pm
 

Miami about to be taken down by a rat. Fair?

I think you are talking about a LOT more parity(equality, as in amount, status, or character) not parody( a humorous or satirical imitation of a serious piece of literature or writing). North Carolina and South Carolina have players caught up in this party in South Beach,as well.I can't believe that you would include these teams in ANY power model.



Since: Oct 9, 2006
Posted on: September 1, 2010 3:11 pm
 

Miami about to be taken down by a rat. Fair?

Not proven, you gotta be kidding.  It WAS proven that the USC Running backs Coach was aware of the Reggie Bush incident.  And as an USC official, he sank the school.  And if you actually believe Pete Carroll was not aware you are just blind.  Carroll kept that same coach on staff despite numerous drug convictions (pain killers). Wow, being a moron should be a criminal act. That would make you a felon.

Nothing was proven about McNair knowing about Reggie's being a scumbag. The NCAA (Fat Jabba Paul Dee that scumbag) alleged it. McNair will win his appeal - have you read it? The NCAA went against their own bylaws in their findings.

As for painkillers - that was a diferent coach, you imbecile.

Next?




Since: Jun 22, 2009
Posted on: September 1, 2010 9:59 am
 

Miami about to be taken down by a rat. Fair?

This is a lot like Jose Canseco.  But importantly, just because the guy slinging mud is a dirtbag doesn't mean he's not credible.  If we learned anything from Jose, it was that Jose was the one guy who was credible throughout this disclosure process, rat or not.  The same holds true for these agents.  If I didn't know better, it sounds like Dodd is a Miami alum that is bitter about his school getting thrown under the bus.  I don't feel sorry for USC, Alabama, or Miami.  And it certainly doesn't bother me that a criminal who stole money from people's life savings now has to make financial restitution for that crime.  If that means he writes a tell all book to pay these people back, it doesn't bother me in the least provided that what he brings to light is true, and I suspect it will be.



Since: May 24, 2007
Posted on: September 1, 2010 9:57 am
 

Miami about to be taken down by a rat. Fair?

Not proven, you gotta be kidding.  It WAS proven that the USC Running backs Coach was aware of the Reggie Bush incident.  And as an USC official, he sank the school.  And if you actually believe Pete Carroll was not aware you are just blind.  Carroll kept that same coach on staff despite numerous drug convictions (pain killers). 



Since: Jun 30, 2009
Posted on: September 1, 2010 8:16 am
 

Miami about to be taken down by a rat. Fair?

I agree I hope we have an injury free win for tOSU in the shoe.  Good luck to all.
When it comes to Clarett, people try to use to compare OSU with others but when
it was found out what he was doing he was kicked off the team.  There was no waiting
on what the NCAA will do he was gone.  He was the started and it did not matter, you
break the rules you are gone. You cannot police every player 24 hrs a day but you can
take care of the problem once it comes to light.  The problem with others schools is they
try to sweep these issues under the rug all for the all mighty "W".  And sometimes it
comes back to haunt you, like with USC and now possibly Miami.



Since: Dec 21, 2006
Posted on: September 1, 2010 4:07 am
 

Miami about to be taken down by a rat. Fair?

wow..tell us something we didnt know.



Since: Jun 2, 2009
Posted on: September 1, 2010 12:48 am
 

Miami about to be taken down by a rat. Fair?

Just a friendly reminder to Miami fans....   On 9-11, Ohio State is going to curb-stomp your dirty program right out of the top 25.  Here's hoping your back-up QB will be ready for action after Nathan Williams tags Jacoby, ala Nate Allen did Willis.

You pretty much summed up what type of human being you are with this post, by hoping a very polite and talented young man like Jacory Harris gets a devastating knee injury. I'm all for smack talk but wishing injuries to opposing players is sickening. To all the good Buckeye fans out there.. here's to a great injury free game that I hope is as exciting as the last time our teams met.



Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: August 31, 2010 10:09 pm
 

Miami about to be taken down by a rat. Fair?

PhotoGator, you are the second rational fan of your school that I have seen on here.  For this I commend you.

Then again, you probably know exactly how UM fans feel right now since you just went through it w/Pouncey and the allegations that were not proven, but everybody was stomping on gator tail when the story came out.

Again, I have no idea whether what this clown is about to say is true, untrue, fabricated, imagined, real or contrived.  If he has documents, then its a problem.  If he is talking out his rear, then we'll all have a good laugh.

The poster above who mentioned that Shannon keeps boosters away is accurate.  It is entirely possible Shannon  cut him off and he got upset.  There was also a story on the radio today that as the fraud was collapsing, he approached former UM players that are now in the NFL and asked for money and the players, after consulting w/their financial advisors--and being fully aware of the Fred Taylor/Tank Black debacle, among other recent scams--said no, so the scheme collapsed and he's now upset.   Either way, the fraudster felon has nothing to lose at this point if he throws UM, its players, former players, coaches, etc. under the bus, so just remember the cource when you see what come out.



Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: August 31, 2010 9:53 pm
 

Miami about to be taken down by a rat. Fair?

Dirty program?  What a jacknut.

You won a natl. c-ship w/an ineligible player, just like USC.  It should be taken away.

Your sweater vest moron of a head coach got a Div. I-AA team put on probation.  No, he's not dirty.

You needed a dirty play to take Miami's best player out, then needed a gift from the refs to seal, er steal it.

You then proceeded to get your head stomped in the next times you pretended to be a contender.

Your LB got suspended for trying to take Jim Sorgi's dinner out of his stomach, or maybe his eyes out of their sockets.  He should have been put in jail.

375 reported violations?  Most of the BCS schools?  Not surprising.

I have no idea what a convicted felon, fraudster, attention starved, bitter because former UM players wouldn't bail him out of his Ponzi scheme when it was collapsing, wannabe friends with athletes (see his alleged friendship w/Shaq and how he invited Dwayne Wade on his yacht), idiot criminal lowlife dirtbag is about to contrive, or what he will say that is the truth.  Maybe UM players took money, and maybe they got improper benefits.  Maybe this guy is just full of it.  I guess time will tell.  But for anybody from that place where, as they say in Michigan, you go south till you smell it, then east till you step in it, to say anything about a dirty program is so completely asinine it makes me laugh uncontrollably.  Thanks for the chuckle. 



Since: Sep 8, 2009
Posted on: August 31, 2010 9:02 pm
 

Miami about to be taken down by a rat. Fair?

You wrote, "All that matters is if what he says is true or not. That will be judged by what he says and what proof, if any he has."

These are the words of a reasonable man who would NOT be hired by the NCAA.   They don't care about "truth" or "proof"...they find a target and fill in the evidence as necessary - change testimony, discard contradictory evidence, whatever's necessary. 


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