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NCAA investigation update: Nevin Shapiro rants from prison; UM optimistic

SUNDAY BUZZ COLUMN

 

As he sits behind a computer in a New Orleans prison, the rage still boils inside Nevin Shapiro.

The angry e-mails this winter paint the picture of a man determined to destroy the UM football program. But UM remains optimistic he won’t be nearly as successful as he claims he will be.

“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].”

Nobody at UM believes Shapiro when he claims “UM is getting the death penalty or damn close to it.” The NCAA isn’t commenting on its investigation, which began last March, but here’s what people are saying, including UM administrators and Board of Trustee members:

### The NCAA has not told UM what punishment to expect, but there’s cautious optimism. UM’s understanding is the NCAA will dismiss any of Shapiro’s claims that it cannot corroborate and is highly skeptical about some of his allegations. Many of them have not been corroborated.

One top UM official said if Shapiro were under oath, UM could punch holes in much of what he says. UM expects to hear from the NCAA by early summer.

### One UM official said he expects “one more bowl ban, maybe two at most” plus undetermined scholarship losses. But that’s speculative, because UM hasn’t been told anything on either issue. Some are hopeful of escaping further bowl bans after last year’s self-imposed one.

### Al Golden said: “We think the worst is behind us. The [current] coaches and 95 percent of the players weren’t here when that thing went on. There’s a shift by the NCAA to go after the perpetrators and that’s not us.”

### Surprisingly, the NCAA hasn’t contacted many former players implicated by Shapiro. Samuel Shields said his son Sam, whom Shapiro claimed he gave a television, was never called by the NCAA and said Shapiro’s allegation is false.

The school believes none of the former Canes, excluding those still attending college elsewhere, are talking to the NCAA. The NCAA called several college players who aren’t at UM; some gave information that could hurt UM but others, such as ex-Cane Storm Johnson did not. Johnson, now at UCF, told the NCAA he had no contact with Shapiro, his father said. (Remember, only current college players, current coaches and current college employees are required to speak to the NCAA; all others are not.)

### Former UM basketball coaches Frank Haith, Jake Morton and Jorge Fernandez denied wrongdoing to NCAA investigators and claimed no knowledge of Morton’s alleged payoff intended for DeQuan Jones’ family, according to friends. The NCAA hasn’t corroborated the Jones allegation. "DeQuan Jones didn't do anything wrong, but that won't stop the proof of the cash payouts to Morton, with Haith's knowledge," Shapiro e-mailed. The NCAA apparently has no such proof, as of this time.

### Former assistant football coach Joe Pannunzio, now at Alabama, said he would do nothing to implicate UM, according to a friend, though one active player told the NCAA that Pannunzio was to blame for taking him to Shapiro. More problematic is Louisville assistant Clint Hurtt, who was implicated by several players for providing lodging during recruiting trips.... Also still problematic, among other things: Shapiro's co-ownership in a sports agency that signed Vince Wilfork and Jon Beason and recruited lots of others. But his partner, Michael Huyghue, has disputed Shapiro's claims and denied NCAA violations. 

### The owner of one prominent local business where Shapiro allegedly took players said he did not return the NCAA’s call. Fashion Clothiers owner Shelly Bloom said the NCAA hasn’t called him, notable because Yahoo! claiming Bloom confirmed that Shapiro spent thousands of dollars on suits and clothing for Devin Hester, Tavares Gooden and Willis McGahee. Bloom disputed that Yahoo portrayal, saying he didn’t know for whom Shapiro bought the clothing.

### Shapiro said “114 is the true number” of players he has implicated “and that’s what the NCAA is working off” – not the 72 mentioned by Yahoo! But aside from the eight who were disciplined last year, allegations against many will be difficult or impossible to prove.

### Shapiro spoke of claims that have not “been brought to light yet” and that “the NCAA is aware and involved.” If there are such claims, UM people we spoke with aren’t aware of them.

### After a December agreement ensured that no current or former UM players will be asked to testify in front of the bankruptcy trustee, Shapiro said the former players “are going to have to tell the truth, but it’s not going to be [to] a trustee.” He has suggested UM players will be required to speak to the government.

But Michael Ward, who’s in charge of Newark’s FBI division (which investigated Shapiro's Ponzi scheme), said Shapiro’s allegations “against the players would not rise to the level of a federal crime. There is no FBI investigation of Shapiro’s allegations.”

Overall, Shapiro sounds like a desperate man, willing to say anything to exact revenge and still furious that "once the [ex-UM] players turned pro, they turned their back on me.'' Incredibly, he says of himself, "I'm more of a victim than a Ponzi schemer and assailant." The federal government doesn't see it that way.

A member of the Federal Department of Justice said Shapiro, 42, must serve at least 85 percent of his sentence, equal to 17 years, for orchestrating the $930 million Ponzi scheme. He pled guilty, in September 2010, to one count of securities fraud and one count of money laudering. 

CHATTER

### Carl Peterson’s friends say even though he and Stephen Ross discussed an executive position with the Dolphins, Ross would not give Peterson a title that would put him over CEO Mike Dee and GM Jeff Ireland because of faith in both. That eliminated any chance of it happening.

### One prominent NFL agent predicts the Dolphins and Redskins are the most likely to make the highest bids for Peyton Manning (health provided), but NBC’s Peter King expects Redskins executive Bruce Allen will tell owner Dan Snyder, “I’m not going to screw up my salary cap unless his physical comes back perfect.” Said King: Dolphins owner “Stephen Ross is most likely to give him whatever he wants, including the keys to his house.” Besides the Dolphins, Redskins, Cardinals and Jets, keep an eye on Seattle, which has a lot of cap space.

###  Though much was made of Larry Bird’s comments that he would take Kobe Bryant over LeBron James “if you want to win and win and win,” Bird also predicted James “is going to win multiple championships and will go down as one of the top three, four, five players to ever play. He’s so good, I think people nitpick and expect so much of the kid. We should just enjoy him instead of pounding him.”

### The consensus on Marlins target Yoenis Cespedes is scouts love his speed, power, and arm and range defensively. The only concern we’ve heard is whether he’ll be more than a .260 or .270 type hitter. “I would have concerns about him being an above average bat at the big-league level,” one AL scout said. “He looks like he gets everything out in front of the plate. When you don’t see the ball longer and let it travel a little deeper, you are generally using one side of the field. He might hit for power, but if he doesn’t control the zone very well, he will have trouble hitting for average.”

Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen told a Chicago radio station last week that Cespedes is "pretty impressive" but "there are a lot of question marks out there. How is he going to handle major league pitching? We don't know... Whoever signs him is gambling.'' The Marlins remain cautiously optimistic about signing him; Cespedes' agent has spoken to other teams, but the outfielder reportedly has met only with the Marlins so far.

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gatorsam

The greater question and the thing that could sink Miami is not who took what it is if the NCAA had any balls they would question the administration and ask why this piece of garbage wasn't better vetted and how this person was allowed to become a booster during a time when Miami football and baseball was already on probabtion. The fact that these violations were committed when two Miami programs were already on probabtion is the reason that severe sanctions should be levied at this time and why this is different than USC and Ohio State.

rboud

Hey Danny Boy Cane, get your facts straight. In the unlikely event UM loses 13 scholarships in a given year, that means they could still sign 12 players. You subtract 13 from 25. Your "sources" do not have the answers at this point in the investigation. Sure, UM could lose a good amount of scholarships, but 40 over 3 years is most unlikely. The NCAA will come down hard on Hurt and any other coaches involved. UM will be punished, but not as severely as you state.

canedude1

does "short man syndrome" ring a bell..

rboud

Shapiro is a bit delusional. Even if former and current players took gifts from him, does he really think the FBI gives a rats butt. He thinks that makes the players lawbreakers, which is all the FBI cares about. It's absurd trying to make these players out to be really bad people because they took gifts, money, etc. It's against NCAA rules, not societal laws. They may have used poor judgment, but that doesn't make them thugs or criminals. We know who the thug and criminal is.

dannyboycane13

SHAPIRO lived in JERSEY and has ALOT of RELATIVES there. MY SOURCES are GREAT because that's where I LIVE. 6-6 will be THE BEST RECORD of GOLDEN'S CAREER at MIAMI. We signed more players this year than FANS AT CANE HOME GAMES! NCAA will put a STOP to that also.

GOLDEN has had a losing record 3/5 years that he's been a head COACH.

SHANNON has had a losing record 1/4.

SHANNON > GOLDEN

WE are in for some DARK DAYS, CANES! My SOURCES are telling me that SHAPIRO is LEGIT. He really IS.

CanesFanForLife

DannyBoyCane....wow, you have "sources" giving you exact information about a decision not due until this summer and still currently under investigation. We are very privileged that you have decided to share this fully corroborated information with us via an Internet board. That pretty much seals it. It must be true. Is your name Danny Shapiro by any chance? You sure seem to have a lot in common with Nevin...delusional, attention-starved, hyperdramatic, and patently false. All wonderful traits to have. Good luck to you.

rboud

Danny Boy Cane,

What you fail to comprehend is the fact that Shapiro's worst allegations are levied against former players who are not speaking to the NCAA. None of those allegations will be substantiated. The things that were alleged four years prior to the investigation and going forward are what will be investigated. Allegations made throughout this period don't come close to those made against former players. That is why Shapiro is furious. That and the fact he's a sociopath.

dannyboycane13

@ rboud

NCAA scholarship reductions has NOTHING to do with the 25 signing limit per year, BUT EVERYTHING TO DO with the 85 scholarship players a team can have on per year.

-13 = 72 scholarship players.

13 seniors = ZERO PLAYERS ADDED TO THE TEAM NEXT YEAR!

My SOURCES are good. You'll see. YOU really will.

UGoCanes2

DANNYBOYCANE13

UNPLUG

MY SOURCES TELL ME YOU DON'T KNOW
BEANS ABOUT THE CANES.

NO MATTER WHAT CITY TOWN VILLAGE OR STATE.

LEARN TO ADD AND SUBTRACT....

THANNNNNNNNNNNK YOUUUU VERYYYYYYYYYYYY MUCHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

Max

I don't know how people can be atheist when there's a ghost commenting right before us. There's clearly an afterlife for victims of SARS and bear attacks, math skills notwithstanding.

dannyboycane13

MIAMI insiders are already saying a 1-2 year bowl ban, so SHAPIRO'S STORY HAS SOME LEGS. So MY SOURCES are LEGIT! They really are.

MIAMI insiders are also being VERY conservative with their estimation, though. MY JERSEY SOURCES are saying that the NCAA investigation WON'T BE OVER until 2013!

THIS is BAD NEWS. Especially with 13 player scholarship REDUCTION ( from 85 not 25)

We WON'T have ANY DEPTH for at LEAST FIVE YEARS!


http://twitter.com/dannyboycane13?_twitter_noscript=1

canefan_in_ak

ok people and dbc... listen up for once... here is some facts that i picked up just from reading the story on yahoo... mr. shortbag claims...yes claims to have paid for an abortion for a player...dismissed.. paid for parties at his house, and boat... not a yacht as yahoo claims... dismissed... paying for hookers..really? dismissed.. and from the cnbc... appearently he was caught up wanting to be someone and used others peoples money to get it.. liar, cheat, scum bag, spent money to buy his way in to the u.. and how could have anyone at the u know what he was up to? he stole millions..yes millions of dollars from people once again a first class con man so how would of anyone know..oh wait i remember coach shannon telling his players to stay away from him..remember shannon didnt like him to begin with..so for all the rhetorical jargon spare me.. know one knows what is going to happen...even you danny douche boy..so please spare me. yes some stupid stuff happened... lets see here all the huge claims by shapiro for those players suspended this year was really not that big...hhhmmm all the other players who were in school and coaches that were at um were cleared...hhhhmmmm so yeah im sure another bowl ban or two is in the works and some scholly losses but nothing to major and if im wrong...well oh man not a big deal..usc came out ok...so everyone just hold on and wait and see... just a few more months and we'll know whats in stock.. thanks for listening im out!

Max

Wow, DBC's ghost, just wow. First of all, you have no sources. If you actually did, you'd be able to actually give us actual points of the ruling, i.e. what specific charges were deemed as credible or erroneous. Secondly, if you had legitimate sources, they'd obviously have told you to not post any information on the topic to the public (what you're doing now), especially under the same name as your canes recruiting forum ID. Thirdly, your claim that "Miami insiders are saying 1-2 year...So MY SOURCES are LEGIT" is just a laugh, dude. I mean are you serious or just trolling. We've self imposed a one year bowl ban already. Is your source the television, or just every single American sports website? It's like me saying that my sources (Japanese people from Jersey) told me about Pearl Harbor. Obviously you've all read textbooks indicating Pearl Harbor was attacked, therefore, don't doubt my Japanese sources. You realize that 13 off from 85 schollies is way better than 13 off from 25 (the recruiting "limit") because if we could only sign 12, no matter how many graduate, transfer or whatever, we'd be stuck at 12 recruits, pushing us likely below the 72 mark you claim. Is it was 72, we could grey shirt, prep, etc.
The fact of the matter is that nobody really knows about what the penalty will be. If they do have an idea based on NCAA discussion, that info isn't trickling down to some ghost. I think Golden was telling the truth (at least to the best information he had received) when he said the worst was behind us. Finally, I could all but guarantee you that Coach Cross Arms would not have been able to pull in a top 10 class, after years of mediocrity, with this negative recruiters looping the NCAA investigation in recruits' ears.

sidcane

I think Golden is right . USC and OSU lied to cover up lies and look how well they came out. All we have to do is make a large donation to the worlds biggest ponzi schemers(NCAA)and all will be fine. DBC sounds like a ignorant fool.Are your sourses from Jersey shore? You sound like an even bigger moron than Any person on that show.Jersey ... thats funny.Even if we do loose scholorships , which i assume we will lose a few, We can get rid of dead weight and free some scholorships up each year.

dannyboycane13

lol @ Max

How do YOU KNOW that GOLDEN is telling the truth, based on the information that he has, when HE SAID THAT HE DIDN'T EVEN KNOW ABOUT SHAPIRO when he was hired?

Of course everything is fine, but in the meantime WE ARE suspending players, self imposing bowl bans and anticipating MORE BASED ON LIES?

SOMEONE is HIDING INFO. Don't be so naive.

MY JERSEY SOURCES are LEGIT!

UGoCanes2

DANNYBOY GETYOUR EYES OUT OF YOUR A** and READ canefan_in_ak and MAX.

THEY are legit..

YOU ARE NOT

My SOURCES TOLD ME SO AND THEY ARE LEGIT::::::::::I REPEAT THEY ARE LEGIT NOT YOU.
lol you must be ONE of NEVIN's inside GUYS>>>>>>>

sidcane

I just got some legit sources that said ufelons are going4-8next season. They are from Hong Kong. That makes them more legit than MC Hammer.

canefan_in_ak

you probably think -ak- is arkansas to...hahaha

canefan_in_ak

wtf it didnt post my last comment...

dannyboycane13

LOL at these CANES FANS with their HEADS IN THE SAND! Our program is really hurting right now, so ALL OF US has to accept REALITY. For example-

Bowl record since 2007:

Florida Atlantic 2-0
MIAMI 0-3

I don't NEED ANY INSIDE SOURCES to tell me which team is GOING IN THE WRONG DIRECTION. It will be 2015 until we're even eligible for another bowl according to MY SOURCES. That will make 8 years without a bowl WIN!!!

#We.Are.In.Big.TROUBLE

http://twitter.com/dannyboycane13?_twitter_noscript=1

Steve B

Whats amazing is the fluff piece the Herald did on what a thorough Reporter Charles Robinson was and even trying to assist his claims of veracity.
Lets face it Mr Robinson did what any good reporter would never do. Used unnamed sources handed out by a convicted Con Artist without DIRECTLY establishing the facts He used sensationalism to try to gain notoriety for himself at the expense of the reputations of innocent young men.
The lawyers will have a field day with Mr Robinson before its over He is what journalism has become -a bunch of attention seeking hacks who lack a clear vision of morality or the truth. No wonder the Gallup poll ranks them at 17 percent approval.

carlb

let him blab all he wants. the more he talks the more he looks like a clown with a grudge. by the way i hope he bought soap on a rope. alot of contact in those shower rooms. i am optimistic we wont get any major penalties because this guy is unbelievable and he his mad because he sleeps on a cot instead of a king bed with air pockets and has to take showers with other guys. does have a cell mate. lol

all about the u

Barry just lost his best source at the U in Nevin as they were good buddies. That is a fact even though Barry will probably delete this again. Barry you were the first to give any credence to Nevin with your blurb about his upcoming book a year before the yahoo story broke. The U is as ashamed of having a benedict arnold alum like yourself as much as we were your coworker lebetard who did the same thing. how you 2 guys sleep at night knowing you did that to your university is amazing.

gatorsam

Still amazes me that Golden can claim he knew nothing about Shapiro when Barry Jackson wrote articles about this the summer before Shannon's last season. At a minimum Golden should fire his agent for being uninformed and incompetent, however if this is not the case than Golden is lying about not knowing about the Shapiro situation?

Norman Levin

This has gotten out of hand. Our former coaches did a poor job of supervision. Shapiro took advantage of allot of kids who broke rules they should have known were wrong. We deserve to get penalized for our inadequate supervision and player violations and move on so current players don't pay the price for past violations. We have done a good job of cleaning house, getting good new staff in and kids who have not done any wrong.
The U should have to pay significant monetary fines to the NCAA. We should miss another bowl appearance but not so many that current players are harmed. We should be denied money from ACC pool money for a number of years. This harms the school but not the current players.
We could be alowed to play in bowl games but denied the money except for travel money.
The focus should be placed on probation to make sure that our compliance procedures are superior.
Players who had violations already served penalties.
The violations were not significant amounts of funds.
Keep the focus on the school, not current and future players.
There are no fans or alumni other than Shapiro who are involved. The fans and alumni support the University in multiple ways. The football program keeps fans and alumni from all over the United States involved and supportive.

The U provides superior education, superior public service and superior community development activities. The football program supports other athletes in other male and female sports in obtaining education.

The positives of the U need to be viewed in the context of the violation investigation primarily caused by an individual with no morals, self motivation, and a willingness to take advantage of his own greed and narcicism.

The penalties should be focused on the institutional wrongs and not penalize, kids, fans and alumni who support a wonderful university.

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