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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.


Since: Jul 16, 2008
Posted on: August 31, 2010 5:08 pm

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

Dodd:  One of the main things you fail to point out in your article is how Shapiro says he has the utmost respect for Donna Shalala (The U's president) and Paul Dee.  Funny that he never mentions any of the coaches: Coker and/or Shannon.  Shannon shunned this criminal from having any contact with the program which probably ticked him off big time.  He was not able to schmooze as he was in the past when Shannon took over the mess Coker left.  He had been having his butt kissed by everyone because of his donations to The U with ponzi scheme money.  Now in federal prison, he is not receiving the attention he had in the past, so this is his best shot to try to be in the media again in life.  A regular Bernie Madoff that starves for attention. 

"It made me feel like a used friend."

Boo freaking hoo Shapiro. 

Since: Aug 31, 2006
Posted on: August 31, 2010 4:56 pm

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

Funny how an OSU fan can make a comment like this. What's even funnier is how a newspaper in Columbus, Ohio reported in 2009 about how "Since 2000, Ohio State has reported to the NCAA more than 375 violations -- the most of any of the 69 Football Bowl Subdivision schools that provided documents to The Dispatch through public-records requests."

Point is, every school in every conference has issues. Whether they're minor or major every school is looking to toe the line in some way for recruits or players.

Since: Jul 21, 2010
Posted on: August 31, 2010 4:29 pm

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.

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: August 31, 2010 4:23 pm

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

And wasn't Paul Dee the Athletic Director for the Miami Hurricanes from 1993-2008?  And isn't he also on the Chairman for the COI that dropped the hammer on USC?  Thats' so weird.  Huh.

Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: August 31, 2010 4:11 pm

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

How quickly we forget ,Maurice Clarret ring any bells.I know I know he paid for the luxery car and the 30,000 $ worth of stereo equipment.

Parody and parity aside, it is funny how time has turned a used Chevy Monte Carlo into a luxury car and nearly quadrupled the value of the stereo equipment.  It appears that inflation is alive and well.  The truth is the difference between Clarett and Reggie Bush is more than a matter of scale.  Clarett's benefactors had absolutely no ties to OSU, nor did they hang out with the team at games & practices.  To take it a step further, OSU gives the players a list of "Approved" Car Dealers, who have all signed documents stating that they understand that the rules prohibit any special deals for players.  Clarett arranged his "extended" test drive period by intentionally finding a used car dealer that was not on the approved list.  This proved to the NCAA that OSU had made an effort to be compliant and "foster a culture of compliance".  This is why USC got kneecapped whereas OSU was not.  Clarett is the only one to truly get hurt in the process.  That is, if you consider losing Clarett's talent for the 2003 season.  The sad fact is there was a huge dropoff in talent between Clarett and his replacement, which cost OSU dearly in both losses in 2003.

See you Canes on 9-11.

Since: Jul 12, 2007
Posted on: August 31, 2010 3:55 pm

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


Rhett Bomar @ OU.

Since: Jun 2, 2009
Posted on: August 31, 2010 3:19 pm

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

Just give us minor league football already so we don't have to deal with this nonsense.

This happens everywhere, even squeaky clean Penn St.  Just pay the players already, still give the schools cuts, but let's get off our high horse about who cheats, who doesn't, who cheats the fairest, etc.

Since: Nov 26, 2006
Posted on: August 31, 2010 3:17 pm

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

Sleep with the Devil and you are likely to get that spiked tail stuck up your a$$.

Since: Apr 18, 2008
Posted on: August 31, 2010 3:03 pm

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

First, these guys don't get contacted by agents out of high school, they get contacted in college, before going to the pros, with the thought they will be going pro soon.  These conferences have been proving for a while now how much better they are and fans like you (from the Big 10 especially) just have nothing to do but make ridiculous statements like this.  Absurd.  How many years in a row does the SEC have to beat OSU before Big 10 fans just admit it!

Second, if you were a HS football player (which I highly doubt), would you rather play at USC or Penn State?  LSU or Wake Forest?  Texas or Notre Dame?  The factors that are more in play than getting paid are weather, college atmosphere (News Flash: HS kids like girls and parties), and winning.  Now that the SEC, Big12, and PAC 10 have been dominating the college landscape for a while, where would you take your chances to win?

Third, the reason teams are good is two-fold.  It is (1) can you keep your local talent and (2) can you attract talent from other parts of the country.  If you are Iowa, the answer to #1 is 'yes'.  The answer to #2 is 'no'.  They cannot get a top tier talent from Southern California to go to Iowa.  Does that make them bad, absolutely not.  It makes them not as good as a Florida that can keep their local talent, and steal a LOT of players that they want from Iowa.  Not to mention that the best athletes in high school football right now are coming from California, Texas, Florida etc.  That is a FACT. 

Fourth, you are absolutely clueless. Proof:

You say "Funny, how you never hear about any allegations with a West Virginia, UConn, Rutgers, Ohio St, Iowa, etc."

Regarding West Virginia, I think you need to pay closer attention:
Updated: August 5, 2010, 7:26 PM ET
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The NCAA has accused West Virginia's football program of five major and one secondary rules violations from 2005 to 2009, including under former coach Rich Rodriguez.

Regarding the other schools:
You are comparing Ferrari's to Toyotas.  UConn has had a D1 school for a short period of time.  Rutgers has only been a respectable program since Schiano took over. It doesn't even make sense to compare them to a University of Texas. 

The only program you can compare to is OSU.  I hardly think they are without any violations.

In case you are curious, the real issue here is that these "dirty" agents find the players that are going to be NFL pros and take advantage of them.  Granted, these kids need to know better, but that is hard to do when you have $300k dangling in front of your face.  Bottom line is, there are more top tier players at the USC type schools rather than Rutgers or UCONN - that doesn't mean they don't have good players, just not as many.  It's a fact.  Who do you think has more pressure of agents coming to their players, Florida or Iowa?  They could throw a big house or boat party in Iowa, but they would get a hell of a lot more pro-bound players to commit to them down south.  That is what this is about. 

Get a clue.  

Also, you should know that this article is about agents paying players, not schools recruiting players by paying them.

Since: Sep 4, 2008
Posted on: August 31, 2010 2:42 pm

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

They're either guilty or not.  Why does it matter who tells us?  Don't 90% of Federal prosecutions happen based upon someone turning "state's" evidence?  Do those not count?

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