Posted By Chip Patterson
With NCAA violations being all the rage these days, it is not surprising as we have begun to see more "insiders" coming forward with information and allegations about their relationships with big name football programs. The most recent of which is coming from Nevin Shapiro, a man who was an "ardent, intense supporter" of Miami Hurricanes football...until his arrest earlier this year for running a $900 million Ponzi scheme.
Shapiro has written a first draft of The Real U: 2001 To 2010. Inside The Eye of the Hurricane from his new home in a New Jersey jail and is currently searching for a publisher. Word from his attorney is that the tell-all book will detail "major NCAA violations" committed by former players.
Shapiro has said he was close with Jon Beason, Devin Hester, Antrel Rolle, Randy Phillips, Robert Marve, Kyle Wright and others when they played at UM, plus former UM assistant coach/recruiting coordinator Clint Hurtt, now at Louisville.
"This will be a tell-all book from a fan and booster perspective,'' said Shapiro, who did not attend UM. But why write a book that will hurt UM?
"I want to make the average fan aware of what really exists under that uniform,'' he said. "They might be great players, but they're certainly not great people. I'm speaking of no less than 100 former players.'
Shapiro, 41, is angry because "once the players became pros, they turned their back on me. It made me feel like a used friend.'' He was motivated by heartbreak and disappointment on behalf of the university, which I considered to be an extended part of my family.''
The plan, according to the story in the Herald, is to use the profits from the book to pay back investors in the alleged Ponzi scheme. Shapiro will not be allowed to keep any earnings for himself, though with an estimated $80 million left to shell out, it doesn't sound like the book will be busting him into the black anytime soon.
Of course the book may never see the light of day, and if so the credibility will be more than questionable. Hard for fans, much less the NCAA, to take the word of an alleged felon who is writing from jail in hopes to pay off his debts. However, Shapiro's one-time role in the Miami program appears to be prominent enough to make his story interesting.
The University of Miami reports that Shapiro contributed $150,000 to the athletic program, had his own suite at games, and has a student lounge named in his honor. He was known by many players as "Little Luke," a tribute to former Miami gift-giver Luther Campbell. So while his shadiness is undoubted, his view from inside the program may reveal details which show little difference between this decade's Miami and the well-documented days of "The U."