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A behind-the-scenes look at NCAA interview of former Cane; Fins, Heat, Marlins chatter

WEDNESDAY BUZZ COLUMN

Faced with arm-twisting, at least three former Hurricanes football players recently spoke to the NCAA, which has been threatening ex-UM players in an attempt to pursuade them to be interviewed.

So what was that experience like?

For at least one of them, irritating and tiresome.

An attorney who was on the conference call when his client was interviewed by the NCAA gave us a detailed account of the 20-minute conversation. The former NFL player played at UM several years ago.

“The interview was a joke, basically a fishing expedition,” said the attorney, who asked that his name and client not be identified. “They kept asking the same questions over and over. Did you know Nevin Shapiro or [his former agent partner] Michael Huyghue? He said no.

“Then they asked, ‘Did you go to any clubs with Nevin? Did you see Nevin on the sideline during games? Who was he with? Did you receive benefits from agents?’ They couldn’t cite any specific incident, so they asked very general questions.

“After 20 minutes, [the former player] said, ‘Bro, you keep asking the same questions over and over. I don’t know anything.’ He talked to the NCAA only because he was adamant about clearing his name.”

On that call were UM outside council Mike Glazier and three NCAA officials, including assistant director of enforcement Molly Richman, who threatened numerous Hurricanes players in a November letter that stated the NCAA would believe Shapiro’s allegations against them if they did not agree to be interviewed. That letter, which I obtained, was printed on this blog last month.

Another former UM player admitted to the NCAA that he was on Shapiro’s boat but nothing else. Several players told the NCAA, through attorneys, that they will not speak.

Meanwhile, two attorneys said UM has warned players, by telephone, that they are at risk of being "disassociated" from UM if they do not cooperate with the investigation.

All UM would say to The Herald about the matter is that (unlike the NCAA), UM has not mailed letters to players. In other words, any disassociation comments made by UM have been made in phone calls to former players.

The NCAA's 2010 sanctions against USC required the Trojans to disassociate themselves from Reggie Bush. Last year, Ohio State disassociated Terrelle Pryor from the university for five years after he refused to cooperate with the NCAA investigation.

Disassociation means cutting off all ties with a player. The player would no longer be allowed on campus, couldn't receive complementary tickets to games or be on the sidelines, and couldn't receive recognition or acknowledgement of any kind from the school.

An attorney representing former UM players said one former Cane, trying to get back to the NFL, spoke to the NCAA because he wants to continue using UM’s training facilities and feared being disassociated if he didn't.

CHATTER

### Several ’72 Dolphins in town for the reunion this past weekend - including Paul Warfield – said they simply cannot say with certainty that Miami is headed in the right direction. Regarding Jeff Ireland, Manny Fernandez said: “Even a blind hawk finds an acorn once in a while.”

### The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reported over the weekend that the Packers, this offseason, either will trade or release stretch-the-field tight end Jermichael Finley, who obviously would be an upgrade for the Dolphins. Finley, 25, thrived in Mike McCarthy's and Joe Philbin's offense last season, with 767 receiving yards and eight touchdowns.  

But despite the Philbin/Finley connection, keep this in mind: Neither the Dolphins nor any team likely will trade for Finley and pay him the $7 million he's due in 2013 if they know he's going to be released. And considering Philbin likes conformists, he assuredly is aware of the fact that Finley has had a habit of saying things he shouldn't, as the Journal-Sentinel noted in the piece.

The newspaper also cited his penchant for drops (most among tight ends over the past year-and-a-half), erratic blocking ("embarrassing" at times, one scout said) and his diminished production (48 catches, 525 yards this season).

### Heat guard Mario Chalmers admitted before Tuesday’s game that it has been “tough” sitting behind Norris Cole during numerous fourth quarters recently, but he hasn’t complained. “As long as we’re winning,…” he said.

Chalmers has a better shooting percentage and assist-to-turnover ratio than Cole. But “Norris is a bit quicker than Rio,” Chris Bosh said. And “Norris is our best on-the-ball defender,” Shane Battier said.

Chalmers acknowledged he must “play better defense on the ball” and watch more tape to learn players' tendencies. Still, this is notable: With Chalmers playing with the Big Three and Ray Allen (those four typically finish close games), Miami entered Tuesday plus-20 in 31 minutes. But with Cole playing with the Big Three and Allen, Miami has been outscored by 17 in 25 minutes.

### Erik Spoelstra said Tuesday that Miami’s seldom-used players justifiably “could all have their agent call me and say, ‘What the heck is going on? How come our guy isn’t having an opportunity?' I would simply list the credentials of the players playing in front of them.’”

Spoelstra made a point to praise center Josh Harrellson’s play in practice and his improved conditioning, but it likely will take an injury for him, Dexter Pittman or James Jones to get any meaningful playing time.

I'm curious to see Harrellson because of his ability to stretch the defense, because his offensive skills fit well with Miami's spread-the-floor approach and because he put up good numbers on the several occasions the Knicks played him 30-plus minutes last season. But Joel Anthony's defense has been an invaluable asset on the second unit.

### LeBron James (13 for 25) and Dwyane Wade (9 for 15) have shot well in the last five minutes of games with a margin of five points or fewer, but nobody has been better in those clutch situations than Bosh: 7 for 8 from the field (his only miss on a three-pointer) and 10 for 10 from the line.

### The Heat on Tuesday became the first team to be outrebounded by at least 28 boards IN A WIN since 1994.

### CBS' Bruce Feldman reported Tuesday night that Texas defensive coordinator Manny Diaz -- son of the former Miami mayor -- removed himself from consideration for the FIU head coaching job after reportedly interviewing Monday.

### The Marlins have spoken to the Angels about cheap outfielders Mark Trumbo (.268, 32, 95) and Peter Bourjos (.220, 3, 19), though they prefer a better hitter than Bourjos, who did hit .271 with 12 homers and 43 RBI in 2011. The Angels would want a lot in return to consider trading Trumbo.  

 

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boe

Great work Barry on this NCAA stuff. The NCAA is a joke just like the marlins ownership

Montreal_Cane

Three former Hurricanes football players recently spoke to the NCAA...

When was that exactly Barry? And if it was recent like you said can we presume that the final report on allegations is far from being done so that we won't hear from the NCAA before NSD???

Thanks for the info.

Brian

Great reporting on the Canes lately Barry, how about covering them all the time. Also the NCAA is a joke and if I were the ex-players I would tell them I know nothing the NCAA is not a court of law.

Mike

So this former player when out on Shapiro's boat. What else did the NCAA ask? Was he fishing, did he catch anything? Maybe they kept some undersized snapper. How much longer is the NCAA going to extend this so-called investigation?

Andrew

Can u imagine that after all this time they are still trying to find out if guys went fishing with a guy who stole money from grandma

Eddie

The witch-hunt has no end. Hey I possibly was at a game where Nevin was too. Am I being banned from campus now? What about Sebastian? How are they going to interrogate him?

TheSergeantMajor

Fantastic update Barry. I wonder when UM will finally say enough is enough with the NCAA and take them to court for this witch hunt?

As I understand it, UM's been a model of cooperation yet the NCAA feels the need to concoct damaging evidence out of thin air.

As for any notion of refusing former players to associate with UM, screw that potential ruling. Take the NCAA to court UM! Grow a pair of balls please.

SunnyDee

Sounds like the NCAA has very little evidence other than that of a convicted felon. The NCAA is currently being sued by Todd McNair for defamation stemming from USC's NCAA investigation. The judge in that case stated that the NCAA acted maliciously in its investigation and the case is proceeding. The NCAA has to realize that it must be very careful not to go overboard with its investigation and rulings. The have likely already crossed the line with their investigation.

AnonymousCane

The Q&A was definitely a fishing expedition, this investigation is getting ridiculous. And also is beginning to make the so called investigative report by the original yahoo himself, Charles Robinson look like the sorry ass reporting job it was!

Swampbilly

You may recall a few years ago when the Gators brought in Charlie Pell from SandMountain Ala. Caught up in big bonus bribes TheGators coach got in over his head. The NCAA gave the Gators a slap on the wrist, infuriating the Gators, the NCAA would do this to them after all the bribe money they shelled out. Threatening to sue the NCAA and drop out of the SEC. That apparently put both on notice so the Gators continue to break rules with not a mention of wrong doing. I guess TheU does not pay NCAA bonuses as TheGators and other SEC Schools do.

corpus

Absolutely superb UM coverage by a man who truly knows the U.THIS, is journalism. Doesnt have to be skewed in favor of UM, but also doesnt have to be a negative ninnie type of report. Thanks Barry Jackson.

And by the way- this also sheds light on the shadiness of the NCAA. The undecmocrtaic way they do things... The hypocrisy.

I venture to guess that "former" player trying to get back to the NFL:

Graig coop?
Phil Buchanon?


Jo jo

The NCAA stands by a CONVICTED FELON who probably even bilked some of their own relatives.Such hypocrisy and envy/jealousy of the Miami Program.They will never stop the U from getting back.Mark my words folks.Likely...after NSD.......which is what they want....(to delay Miami from getting any recruiting advantage THIS season)...the NCAA will finally come out with their findings/sanctions.THEY are merely waiting out the recruiting season/NSD to attempt to damage Miami s recruiting with the uncertainty of potential penalties.After Miami.....who will they hunt down next???????I ll bet it won t be Duke or Notre Dame.Wanna bet??????????????

billb

The use of this Gator lawyer in the investigation is an unbelievable conflict of interest. Just the fact that the NCAA is doing this shows they have no interest in a fair and impartial examination of this Shapiro mess. After all, who has the most to gain from us losing scholarships and recruits?

FIRE PETE GARCIA

Barry,

The scandal brewing at FIU is right up your alley...

John305

And outsiders think Miami Hurricane fans are unduly paranoid vis a vis the NCAA? C'monnnn,man.....

MikeS

Miami should get off easy since they already served 2 plus ears now. Control can be a bad thing, from people like the ncaa

MikeS

sorry, years.

green

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=knCrtqPfy7s&list=UUt_bQWpCLU4080yFUVUriAA&index=6

@CanesHoops are for real. Top 25 worthy. Only loss came to Florida Gulf Coast -- without Durand Scott.
-- @GoodmanCBS

who investigates the miami herald for bribery ...
how else do U explain splashing f-i-u-don't-matter on the front page day after day ...
(swimming, men's & women's basketball as if anyone gives 2 sh_ts)
front & center ...
the paper tells us they matter most ...
when they matter least ...
U see ...
these undeserving cockroahes have done nothing to deserve disproportionate coverage besides ebomb the rag's brain trust & pick a fight with the scoolyard bully ...
something's rotten at 1 herald plaza ...

BIGGER FISH TO FRY

green

http://twitter.com/ChrisFreet/status/281433332443648000/photo/1

Lockers are installed in new football locker room inside the #SchwartzCenter #BuildingChampions
-- Chris Freet

DRESSED TO KILL

green

http://www.caneinsider.com/football-talk/53583-beast-takes-you-tour-schwartz-center-working-version.html

"The Beast Takes You on a Tour of the Schwartz Center (Working Version)"

WORKING CLASS HERO

green

http://twitter.com/ChrisFreet/status/281426850834698240/photo/1

looks like a new video board at the BUC! #BuildingChampions
-- Jesse Marks

DIRECTOR'S CUT

sickandtired

Manny Fernandez is my favorite fomer Fin.

green

http://www.sbnation.com/2012/12/11/3754632/college-football-tv-ratings-2012-alabama-notre-dame

Apparently ESPN is pressuring ND to play 6 ACC games a year with Pitt and BC playing ND every year and ND will rotate between 4 ACC Schools a year.
-- ClairtonPanther

LITTLE BY LITTLE

green

http://insider.espn.go.com/blog/ncfrecruiting/west/post?id=6902

Beau Sandland, the No. 12 overall recruit in the ESPN Junior College 100, signed with Miami on Wednesday, choosing the Hurricanes over Arizona State and Nebraska.
-- ESPN.com

READY MADE

UGoCane

Barry you are bringing it..
Great job.

3 month ago I said the the NCAA did NOT have a lot to work with, so in closing their files they needed anything they could find to bolster their Cases. Suddenly the "letter" goes out with threat and innuendo written all over it.

We just need at this point to have the NCAA do their thing and just get on with it..
This indecision and time of not knowing is worse than any sanctins they could impose.

I truly believe that this is PART of the punishmnet because they KNOW how this looks and feels to the people who love the 'U'.
Enough Already.

Thanks Barry unbiased and straight up..
Good job.
Go 'Canes Always

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