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More Nevin Shapiro claims and denials; Canes, Dolphins, Marlins tidbits; Heat signing

WEDNESDAY BUZZ COLUMN

One reason the UM investigation has stretched 18 months is the NCAA continues to try to corroborate Nevin Shapiro’s allegations against 114 players, at least six coaches and others. Now, several people are disputing additional claims that Shapiro has made to the NCAA. The claims are not new but had not previously come to light. Among them:

### Shapiro, serving a 20-year sentence for running a Ponzi scheme, told the NCAA that then-UM coach Frank Haith asked Shapiro, who had contacts in the Miami Beach police department, to intervene when Jack McClinton was charged with DUI in Miami Beach before his senior season. Shapiro maintains he intervened on Haith’s behalf.

But McClinton’s attorney on the case, Dan Lurvey, said he had no interaction with Shapiro and never met him. He said the DUI charge was dropped “and I’m certain Nevin Shapiro was not involved” in achieving that.

### Shapiro alleged unspecified improprieties involving UM’s recruitment of basketball star John Wall, who played one year at Kentucky before turning pro. Shapiro claimed he met with UM coaches and Wall’s mentor and former AAU coach, Brian Clifton, at Shapiro’s home.

Clifton told us then-UM assistant coach Jake Morton introduced him to Shapiro during a visit to Miami – before Wall took his official visit to UM - and that Clifton and Morton went to Shapiro’s home. But Clifton said Shapiro “was not involved in John’s recruitment nor did he ever meet John.”

Clifton said UM was in the running for Wall, the nation’s top recruit in 2009, partly because of  Clifton’s relationship with Morton – “Jake is a close friend” – and because “it’s not tough to sell South Beach to an 18-year-old. [But] John wanted to play for [Kentucky coach] John Calipari.”

Asked if UM committed any violations in recruiting Wall, Clifton said, “As far as I’m concerned, absolutely not.”

Asked if the NCAA has contacted him about UM’s recruitment of Wall, Clifton said, “I don’t know. Not sure. If they asked us a question, it wasn’t a major investigation.”

Clifton said, “We were supposed to be on the take and looking for money. John’s recruiting process was about as clean as anyone has ever been recruited. We didn’t talk to Miami or Kentucky about getting anything for John.”

Clifton said Morton “introduced me to Nevin because he happened to be around. It was a chance encounter on South Beach. Nevin name-dropped. He was portrayed as a mover and shaker, a guy with a lot of money with some influential friends.”

Clifton said he went inside Shapiro’s home with Morton – “we gained access to the house, saw the view from the balcony,” – but doesn’t remember if Shapiro was there. 

“Nevin doesn’t feel like people came to his aid, and he’s trying to hurt guys who didn’t help him,” Clifton said.

Haith, now at Missouri, declined to comment on Shapiro’s claims about the McClinton case or Wall.

### Shapiro, who is not doing media interviews, alleged to the NCAA that two other UM boosters committed violations involving players. Shapiro alleged minor violations by Miami Beach attorney Matthew Krieger, who said he has done nothing wrong and that the NCAA has not contacted him.

The NCAA has poked around on this, but a close associate of Shapiro claimed no knowledge of wrongdoings by Krieger. The identity of the other booster is unknown.

"I would never buy anything for athletes,” Krieger said. “I was very aware of the rules. On a small number of occasions, I would be with Nevin. We ran in similar circles of friends.”

UM declined to comment on these allegations because the investigation is ongoing.

Make no mistake: The NCAA is very cognizant of Shapiro’s motives to damage UM and won’t punish UM for allegations that it has not corroborated. Some obviously have been, but some clearly have not been. And the investigation drags on, still many months from UM receiving its punishment.      

CHATTER

### UM’s Al Golden said tackle Seantrel Henderson is not there yet but “knocking on the door” to beating out Malcolm Bunche or Ereck Flowers for a starting job… With UM having only one sack in two games (from Anthony Chickillo) and Chickillo facing frequent double-teams, Golden on Tuesday implored Eddie Johnson, Kelvin Cain and Gabe Terry to provide more pass-rush.

### UM people believe Saturday’s Kansas State game never should have been played and won’t schedule those types of games again (non-conference road games against Top 25-caliber, NON-marquee teams that aren’t played in UM recruiting areas).  Miami will gladly play a Florida and Nebraska and Notre Dame - which are on future schedules - because they are marquee games that would be nationally televised in an attractive time slot, as Notre Dame-UM is this season (7:30 p.m. Oct. 6, NBC). But UM doesn't want two particularly difficult non-conference games in the same season going forward. 

Bottom line: UM has no use playing a noon game on FX in Manhattan, Kansas, which is of no benefit to them in any way.  

### Yahoo! reported the Heat is signing 6-6 guard Garrett Temple to a non-guaranteed contract. He will be an underdog in competition with Terrel Harris for, likely, one roster spot. Undrafted out of LSU in 2009, Temple averaged 3.8 points and shot 37.9 percent in 51 NBA games for four teams over two seasons. He spent last season in Italy...

Also Tuesday, the Heat auditioned 7-foot center Hassan Whiteside, who was drafted 33rd by Sacramento in 2011 after leading the NCAA in blocked shots as a senior at Marshall. He appeared in 19 games for the Kings the past two seasons, averaging 1.6 points and 2.2 rebounds in just 6.1 minutes per game.

### No surprise: Of the 17 passes thrown against a Dolphins defensive back Sunday, 11 had bad results for Miami (reception or defensive pass interference), with Richard Marshall victimized five out of seven times. And Miami’s shaky defensive back depth wasn’t even exposed because the Texans used very few three-receiver sets, which meant Miami didn’t use fourth corner R.J. Stanford or fourth safety Troy Nolan on defense and gave only five defensive snaps to Nolan Carroll and eight to Jimmy Wilson, who were beaten for 24- and 30-yard gains by Andre Johnson on the only balls thrown at them….

The Dolphins are thrilled how Koa Misi (11 tackles Sunday) has responded to his new linebacker position, which he says allows him to freelance more and use his sideline-to-sideline speed. "He didn't do everything perfect, but Koa Misi came to play and it showed in everything he did," defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle said. "He played with great tenacity, flew around the field." 

### The Marlins will renew efforts this winter to trade Heath Bell, aware they probably will need to eat some of the $18 million he is still owed through 2014. They’re fed up with his performance and what they perceive as excuse-making.

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Jeff

we could always play the weaklings FSU plays

freddie mac

Just wait until New England torches this secondary.

Marlinman

Heath Bell is pathetic. He needs to leave.

Eddie

Nevin needs a hobby. Oh yeah, he's in jail

JohnF

we could always play the weaklings FSU playsPosted by: Jeff | 09/11/2012 at 10:37
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Yeah, because famu & bethune cookman are such powerhouses. K State sucked when UM scheduled them.

duke johnson

Look Up rap artist R.O.B "Nevin Snitch Shapiro" on youtube.

Cane4Life

Great info. Barry. I can see that Hank Goldberg was just jealous for all those years when he used to criticize you.

Joe

First.....yes Bell is an excuse maker who is a crappy pitcher who talks too much for being so crappy a player.Second....Shapiro has done damage to the U but nothing close like he thought he would....it will be shown.....in due time.Canes players still need to wake up and play.Coaches need to shut up and coach.The Heat s new Whiteside may have some upside.A 7 footer who can block shots???????Now that s Riles kind of guy.Finally....just can t get over the terrible play of this current batch of Hurricanes.9 years since they finished as a Top 10 team.Wow.It s hard to be patient after 9 years of seeing mediocrity.......Oh yeah.....lastly.....The Dolphins.......we are used to seeing them lose so nothing new there.

Penguin

Two thoughts ---

(1) It might be best for Mr. Clifton to not say that he "gained access to the house." It sounds as though he burglarized it.

(2) Perhaps part of Shapiro's revenge is to sling a lot of mud in the knowledge that it will take the NCAA that much longer to determine what's true, keeping a cloud over UM in the consequential meantime.

green

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x6tRzhWAJZg&feature=youtu.be

The ACC accepts Notre Dame as newest member.
– ACC Digital Network

OH HAPPY DAY

green

CANESRULE BYTES LAUNCHES Says:
July 12th, 2012 at 10:56 am
Green: didn’t the Irish have that deal with the Big East. Either all in or they are on their own. They can’t be independent in all sports, so they either stick with what’s left of the Big East or join the big boyz in the ACC.

http://espn.go.com/college-sports/story/_/id/8369070/notre-dame-sports-football-hockey-acc

notre dame’s drawing power adds value to our gate receipts, bowl prospects & OB tie-in all the while devaluing the big yeast …
makes nyc’s inclusion in the ACC tournament rotation a virtual certainty…
no consensus on #16 …
runtgers? ucant? louis ville?
FEH
my nominee may surprise U: texas longhorn steakhouse
swing for the fences …
or as frank the tank might say: f_ck you pay me
16 members unwieldly anyway …
plus, ESPN agrees a bump in take home pay to $20M+ per school per year is warranted …
and dedicates a subscription-based channel which I’ve been pining for …
expanding without expanding …

KISS THE BLARNEY STONE

green

http://www.hurricanesports.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=28700&ATCLID=205684126

The University of Miami is thrilled with the addition of the University of Notre Dame to the Atlantic Coast Conference. Notre Dame is internationally recognized for its academics and athletics and its core beliefs and mission are in line with ACC member institutions. The news today further solidifies the ACC as one of the nation’s premier conferences and Miami looks forward to welcoming the Irish to the league.
– Shawn Eichorst, University of Miami Director of Athletics

BIENVENIDO A MIAMI

green

The conference presidents agreed — AGREED — to raise the exit fee to $50M, meaning either some school president held Clemson and FSU at gunpoint and made them sign, OR FSU and Clemson willingly agreed.

So much for this Big XII talk. Dead now. So is the Big East — I feel sorry for Louisville.
– ecuacc4ever

SOLIDARITY FOREVER

green

ESPN just got some competition, and the ACC just got them a new TV dance partner — NBC. More importantly, NBC just received an upgrade in their sports inventory.
– ecuacc4ever

CROSS PROMOTION

green

http://twitter.com/CanesBaseball/status/245891039964053505

Why do you need another partial? Outside of Football, there’s no real reason to need an even number of teams. It actually evens things out for baseball, since Syracuse doesn’t field a team.
– ej6687

GRAND SALAMI

green

http://www.fox28.com/story/19522939/press-release-from-notre-dame-on-joining-acc

As part of the partnership with the ACC, Notre Dame has agreed to annually play five ACC opponents in football and each conference member at least once every three years.
– ND press release

SPREAD THE WEALTH

green

http://www.theacc.com/live/accdn.html

Watch #ACCND Notre Dame to the ACC Press Conference Live Right now.
– theACC

EYEWITNESS NEWS

gatorsam

Wall considered Miami? LOL

rboud

When is the NCAA going to say enough is enough with Shapiro? How long are they going to chase after Shapiro's non-stop allegations. Most teams should feel very fortunate one of their own boosters doesn't have a vendetta against his or her own school because no school is squeaky clean when it comes to boosters.

R

Wall considered Miami? LOL

Posted by: gatorsam | 09/12/2012 at 02:50 PM

Who doesn't know this? Go back to beating your wife.

LakeWorthCane

I'm sure that if this guy Shapiro told everything he knows, and it could be proved, half the state of Florida would be sharing a cell with him. He's one slimy dude, and he seems to have endless energy to interact with people and get them involved in whatever he's doing.

UGoCane

Shapiro is not only slimy but prickly as hell..

This dude likes to see his name out front in any publicity..does not matter..he likes his name in lights.
This is where it gets interesting..the only lights he will see until he is old and shriveled are the lights of his cell, and the thousands of lights in his head that will never go away of people he scammed..
I hope he never enjoys a full nights sleep.

Scum like that should have the cell door pulled over him and never allowed to see the light of day.
What a waste.
The 'Canes will be fine, but what a looser to be even mentioned in the same breath as the 'Canes.
Go 'Canes Always

bob_bba70

Great comment on the K State game. I actually thought the same thing. I wonder when it was scheduled to begin with, 4 or 5 years ago K State was no big deal then. But the comments about the overall benefit was right on. That said If Miami doesn't get their act together they won't have much to say when they kick off they won't be considered a marquee team either.

Lanceanne2

What has our program come to- we are now afraid of a very low ranked Kansas state team- GROSS

But I do believe golden is definitely the guy to take us back to being talked about on tv and to national dominance

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