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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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canentally

Congrats on being a nut for life.
We will take our medicine if the NCAA would just give it to us. I for one would welcome it. Then I will not have to hear about Shapiro anymore. He will just rot away in jail.

11SNAKES

HEY NEVY, YOU ARE THE SCUM OF THE WORLD. YOU ARE LIKE THE LITTLE BOY WHO NEVER GETS PICKED AND DECIDES TO TAKE HIS BALL AND GO HOME. AS FOR ME, WHO WOULD BELIEVE A SCAMMER LIKE YOU. YOU MAY THINK YOU ARE TAKING THE CANES TO "CHINATOWN" BUT WERE YOU ARE HEADED IS JUST A LITTLE MORE SOUTH. SAY HELLO TO YOUR UNCLE SATAN FOR ME LOTS OF LOVE, NOW DIE

CANEScheat

Cheaters up in Miami.. Ur old news. Everyone already
Knows what happens with recruits in south beach. You aint got CLASS canes..
Get a life and enjoy being outta the top 25... Punks!!!

David Shaprio

Nevin Shapiro a 42 year old female that scammed people out of money. Lost the war in the court room and is about to lose this war. He wants to seem powerful but in all honesty he's nothing but a coward. Enjoy you nice long 20 years! Remember karma got you once and it will get you once again for trying to destroy kids life.

11SNAKES

dannybaoycane, you are a fu--ing idiot. if anyone believes you know more than the coaches at the U, they are just as f--k up as you. with that said please go back to your trailor in gainesville

dannyboycane13

LOOK!

My reputation is second to none. Here's some of my work:

http://twitter.com/BradEdwards_BCS

http://search.espn.go.com/brad-edwards/

Thekatman

@UGoCanes2: I have proof that the NCAA COI can do anything they want and without any merit or proof. Without going into all the details about the USC NCAA mandated schollie penalties, 2 year bowl ban and 4 year probabtion. It is fact that the NCAA COI found USC "not guilty" of anything regardin gthe Reggie Bush issue. They, and I mean that fat lardass of an AD at Miami named Paul Dee, specifically rewrote their assessment of the USC investigation, at the last minute, and decided to upgrade all penalties. They based their entire case on the word of 2 ex cons, who were trying to create a sports marketing agency and wanted to use Reggie Bush and their anchor athlete to bring in others. Reggies step father and his mother made the deal with Llyod Lake and Michael Michaels, the 2 ex cons, for the free rent of a modest suburban home in San Diego, and yes Reggie took about $30,000 in benefits from them, but most of that money was after he declared for the NFL, while in school for the Spring Semester in 2006.

What happened at Miami is proven, factual, previously investigated and documented. If any Miami fan, alumni or past/curretn athelte at the school thinks the hammer isn't going to come down hard on their athletic program, they're dreaming... unless they can get Paul Dee to chair the COI. Then that's your way out; otherwise, can you say additional lost schollies, bowl bans, FTM and coaching restirctions. Heck, Miami has a very corrupt university president and she was coimplicit in the Shapiro days at Miami.
Good luck.
And as we say in SoCal..... Fight On!

dannyboycane13

I have to admit that we are the most delusional fan base ever.

- We criticize Jimbo Fisher for going 10-4 his first season, but we give Golden a contract extension for going 6-6.
- We FIRE Shannon for going 7-6, but we give Golden a contract extension.
- We criticize the ACC, but we lose to the worst two teams in the league. Maryland 2-10 and Boston College 4-8.
- We criticize VT, but they've played in the ACC championship 5 times and Miami ZERO.
- We think of FAU as being inferior, but they're 2-0 in bowls since 2007 and we're 0-3.
- We love being known as bad azzes, but we hate the THUG-U label.
- We love our academic reputation, but we can't structure a coherent sentence on football message boards and most of us never attended Miami.
- We try to act like gangsters, but we hate Shapiro for acting like one.


WE.DON'T HAVE.A.CLUE

NOT ONE I-O-T-A.


bob_bba70

Another bowl game and 3 years of reduced scholarships is what I expect. There is enough meat on the bones of this pig that the U won't skate. Now I just want to have it over. I hope it will be by this summer. The NCAA has a bad track record in dragging this stuff out.

dannyboycane13

With all of that being said, what's wrong with the UUUUU?


IT'S YOU!

 career descriptions

very useful stuff updated. Thanks for this.

ncaaBaJoke

(Ohio State) has a few players sell their own stuff and the NCAA kicks them in the nuts!
(Auburn)!! The NCAA doesn't have a rule about parents of players selling their sons for hundreds of thousands, and AU gets no penalty for the Cam Newton extortion !
The NCAA takes liberal political correctness to an absurd low by trying to force universities to give up their native American symbols (Seminoles)
The U loses total control of it's program, this dung ball Shapiro is Daddy $$Bucks for the entire team for years and . . . Likely a pat on the wrist.
We anxiously await their response.
Let's here it for institutional liberalism.
Three jeers for the mighty NCAA!!

Cane by Choice

Who are these idiots who post the drivel about subjects they know so little about?...i honestly don't understand them, how lonely are they?...How disjointed from reality can one be?...Get a freakin life Dannyboycane, or are you really Nevin Shapiro pretending to be someone your not, AGAIN!

dannyboycane13

@ Cane by Choice


Drivel about subjects that I know nothing of?

I am the:

C in Cortez Kennedy....the
A in Antrel Rolle.....the
N in Nevin Shapiro.....the
E in Edgerrin James

I am CANE.
YOU are Abel.
You've already lost this BATTLE!

Canes Continue to Roll

My comments erased again...haha....Nevin....like I said the last two times.....The Cane Nation is LAUGHING at you....you little girl.....you liar....you fool....you wannabe. You will never be able to step foot in this town again after you get out....hahahahahahahahahahaha...

Canes Continue to Roll

dannyboycane13....who are you really? Don't have the guts to really say who you are? Afraid? Don't be shy....come out of the closet....is it you Nevin? You little bi*ch....weasal....child....have you takin a likeing to men yet? Before your sentence is over I'm sure you will smoke a sausage or two....yum!!

Canes Continue to Roll

Read the other day that USC was ranked #1 in a pre-season top 25 poll. As a Cane fan I have the UTMOST respect for USC and what they went through. I will be rooting for them to win the BCS NC next year like you will not imagine. As Canes fans we should all do the same for them.....esp....after what Paul Dee did.....uncool.

Canes Continue to Roll

Canes top ten class....hope these kids pan out....Golden and Co doing a GREAT job on the recruiting front....haters beware....

DannyBoyNole

@ Canes Continue to Roll

LMAO at that recruiting class. The only reason why you're sniffing the top 10 is because you signed 33 players and an overrated Tracey Howard.....yep, overrated!

Howard refused to be timed at any combines because he's knows that he's slow. That reported 4.4 40 yard dash is laughable. Here's what the #1 CB ( Scout and 247) runs by comparison. Ronald Darby is his name, son. FSU got this cheetah's commitment, boy.

100 meter:

Howard--- 11.2
Darby------10.3

40 yd.

Darby 4.31
Howard 4.8

Howard is afraid to tackle and he's slow.

One more thing. Chane your name from-
Canes Continue to Roll to Canes Dis-Continued after the NCAA gets a hold of you, son.


hrcane71

Hey DBC, know why New Yorkers are always depressed? Because the light at the end of the tunnel is Jersey!

VC619

Cross exam? NCAA didn't even let USC cross exam Lloyd Lake who was a convicted felon and the ONLY witness in the case against USC. What makes the UM think they'll be able to cross exam Shapiro? Much of crap.

Larry

Can anyone believe this jerk? He trys to extort money from former players to pay his legal expenses. They tell the twerp to take a hike and he starts making up stories that Yahoo gobbled down. Even the NCAA has said he does not have anything other than heresay for evidence. He is a hollow and bitter con man who got caught. Suck it up Nevin and take it like a man.

Canes Continue To Roll

dannyboynole.....the only thing worse then my Canes stinking up the joint last year was the EMBARRASMENT FSWho caused the ACC by CHOKING their entire season last year.....especially after your "great recruiting" class last year and "lofty expectations" by the experts, espn, etc. Your best ammo is "Tracy Howard".....??? Hahahahahaha. Hope you enjoyed the win you "squeaked" out on us last year.

DannyBoyNole

@ Canes Dis-Continued Roll

In it's bowl WIN against Notre Dame, that FSU #1 ranked class, had 7 true freshmen on offense.

OL- Matius
OL- Hart
OL- Jackson
OL- Barron
RB- Freeman
TE- O'Leary
WR- Greene

Not bad for a bunch of true freshman. Especially since Notre Dame completely curb-stomped your junior and senior dominated team the previous year. LMAO! A bunch of true freshman had to show Miami how it's done, son. Those true freshman had to show Miami how to win a bowl, boy.

Go ahead hold on to that 4 point moral victory LOSS!

The old Canes used to be pissed when they 'only' beat teams by 40.

" Oh look at me. But we only loss by foouuurrrrr."

Get that crap out here, boy! You should be ashamed.

Buckeyes rule

This'll be just another little slap on the wrist for the dirtiest program in NCAA history! They never get anything BUT slaps on the wrist all the while this kind of stuff goes on CONSTANTLY
I say Death Penalty II!
Take football away from The (Hood) U!
They've shown their disdain for any kind of rule,
So take all football away from that school.
You still bein' run by that sawed off little troll?
I HOPE TO NEVER SEE 'TH U' PLAY IN ANOTHER BOWL!
WORD!

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