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1) Wednesday news item: Power forward Donnavan Kirk, who once played for UM but left for DePaul, says he is returning to UM for one final season of eligibility (this season). He said today he picked UM over Colorado State.

2) FOR POSTSCRIPTS ON GAME 3 OF THE NBA FINALS, AND EVERYTHING LEBRON JAMES HAD TO SAY AFTERWARD, PLEASE READ THE LAST POST.

WEDNESDAY BUZZ COLUMN (updated at 11 a.m. Wednesday after first paragraph with news from SI's UM story)

 

Tidbits heading into UM’s hearing in front of the NCAA’s infractions committee this week:

### A high-ranking UM source involved in the case said the school will be surprised if it’s socked with another bowl ban but is fully braced for the potential of scholarship reductions in football and basketball.

It’s widely believed UM would accept modest scholarship reductions but probably would appeal a bowl ban. But UM president Donna Shalala hasn’t discussed that strategy with her people, so that’s not definite.

### UPDATE: Here is what Sports Illustrated posted on their web site in advance of the release of its full article on UM and the NCAA later today. It talks about the NCAA's mishandling of the Miami case and Shapiro's gambling allegations:

“People are questioning the need and effectiveness of an enforcement staff in general,” says former NCAA enforcement rep Abigail Grantstein, “to the point that I wonder if the membership will say we don’t want it.” “The time is ripe to cheat,” adds an ex-enforcement staffer. “There’s no policing going on.”

Shapiro, whose initial allegations that he supplied improper benefits to more than 100 Miami football and basketball players between 2002 and ‘10  came to light and was mostly corroborated in an August 2011 Yahoo! Sports report, now claims that he used inside information from Hurricanes players, coaches and athletic department staffers to win bets on 23 Miami football games between 2003 and ’09. Shapiro supplied SI with financial statements and bank records from 2005 to ’08 that show dozens of five- and six-figure sums moving from Shapiro’s entities to Adam Meyer’s during the college football season. Meyer is the operator of a handicapping website AdamWins.com. Meyer’s lawyer, Joel Hirschhorn, told SI that Meyer would place bets for Shapiro when his client was in Las Vegas.

An example of Shapiro’s new claims: He told SI that several days before favored Miami lost 19-16 to N.C. State on Nov. 3, 2007, he learned from a coach that quarterback Kyle Wright would be benched due to a bad knee and ankle. Shapiro said he got his bet in before the benching became public, and the line moved from 13 points to 11. Records show that six days after the game, nine wires moved $1.18 million from one Shapiro business to another. Shapiro claims it was all money from the N.C. State game.

### Though UM previously sent a strongly-worded letter to the NCAA reiterating that it reserves the right to sue, several UM officials say Shalala is reluctant and will consider it only if UM is punished far beyond expectations.

### Though NCAA president Mark Emmert wants the case to be resolved sooner rather than later, UM has not been told whether the decision will be expedited and isn’t counting on that.

Sanctions typically are announced no sooner than six weeks after a hearing, and the North Carolina case took four months. Football coach Al Golden said he wants finality before camp opens in early August, but odds are against that.

### Shalala will lead UM’s contingent at the hearings, accompanied by legal counsel, senior UM officials and coaches Golden and Jim Larranaga -- neither of whom are accused of any violations. The former UM coaches who are there to defend themselves against charges – Clint Hurtt, Aubrey Hill, Frank Haith, Jorge Fernandez and Jake Morton – can sit in only during the hearings directly involving them.

Procedural issues will be heard Thursday; UM and at least four of the coaches again will ask for the case to be dismissed, which UM doesn’t expect to happen.

### All of the football allegations will be addressed in a marathon Friday session, and basketball charges will be dealt with Saturday. “If this were in a regular court, it would be thrown out,” one UM official said, requesting anonymity. “How [the enforcement staff] handled this was disgraceful.”

### UM announced Monday that it will not comment publicly to reporters before, during or after the hearings, which will be held in a downtown Indianapolis hotel.

### The allegations against UM are voluminous, but UM’s optimism that it won’t be pounded are rooted in a few factors. Here are five: 1) UM already has self-imposed two bowl bans and 10 player suspensions and believes that will greatly help its case. 2) UM privately is hopeful the enforcement committee will be receptive to its contention that convicted Ponzi schemer Nevin Shapiro lacks credibility, a position strengthened when The Herald learned recently that he lied under oath in an unrelated matter.….

3) Twenty of the charges were uncorroborated by anyone besides Shapiro – including the biggest one (a $50,000 payment to Vince Wilfork). At least two others were corroborated only by his former girlfriend, who has a felony conviction on her record.

UM believes it has a decent chance of not being penalized for at least some of those and other charges, especially because “the enforcement staff acknowledged it discredited the testimony of former student athletes to accept the word of a convicted felon.”

4) UM hopes it can convince the eight people hearing the case to put far less weight (as in: little or none) on photos of Shapiro with athletes than the enforcement staff did, asserting they prove nothing.

5) An involved UM official believes there’s some sentiment on the infractions committee (which hears the case) to not simply shrug off the numerous examples of dubious conduct by the enforcement staff in investigating the case (using Shapiro’s lawyer to get depositions, writing a note on Shapiro’s behalf to his sentencing judge, etc.).

### One source on the UM/coaches side said he is concerned, however, that generally there isn’t enough arm’s length between the infractions committee and enforcement staff, and that they have socialized at times in the past, including going to baseball games.

### A quick synopsis of the charges, as the Associated Press has reported: The NCAA claims Shapiro provided $170,000 in impermissible benefits to athletes, recruits, coaches and others from 2002 to 2010, and more than half of that total ($90,000) was used to get Wilfork and Antrel Rolle to sign with his sports agency.

Forty-eight players received VIP access and beverage service from Shapiro at Miami nightclubs; 38 were entertained at Shapiro’s home; 18 received invites to bowling alley events and seven dined with Shapiro at Benihana.

### The NCAA did not include the salacious allegations in the Yahoo! story that Shapiro paid for prostitutes or an abortion for one player.

Among some of the more colorful accusations: Shapiro paid for Devin Hester’s $3000 engagement ring; purchased a $700 television (Shapiro said it was for Andrew Williams and Sam Shields); bought Heat tickets for Williams, Andrew Johnson and others; bought a used washer/dryer set for Wilfork; and directed his girlfriend to give no-show jobs for a couple months to Tavares Gooden and Bryan Pata, who was shot and killed in 2006.

### In response to the lack of institutional control charge, UM will tell the committee that it hired an investigator (Wayne Black) to check into Shapiro about a decade ago, and he found nothing; and also that no UM athletic department official had prior knowledge of his violations.

UM told the NCAA: “Charging the university with lack of institutional control, because two administrators who had no day-to-day athletic responsibilities or expertise in the area allegedly had knowledge of Shapiro’s sports company, is unreasonable and illogical.”

### The NCAA proposed scholarship reductions during settlement talks with UM in February, but before UM could make a counter offer, NCAA general counsel Donald Remy called UM and the ex-coaches and said talks were off, suggesting that the enforcement committee didn’t support it. UM also was led to believe Emmert didn’t have support from the two boards that he reports to.

### The NCAA’s shoddy work extends to simple things, too, such as calling DeMarcus Van Dyke by the wrong name in the Notice of Allegations (Marcus) and referring to Reggie Johnson “Reggie Mitchell” in emails to UM.

CHATTER

UM baseball player/quarterback David Thompson will undergo arthroscopic surgery for the second time on his right (non-throwing) shoulder on Wednesday. And though his father Ed said David hasn’t decided whether to play only baseball, he said: “This doesn’t bode well for football. There is a point where you have to become realistic. He knows how far behind he is in football.

“It’s a discouraging setback. We’ll know more after the surgery. We’re hoping it’s a 6-to-8 week recovery.” Thompson had surgery on the shoulder last June but has had occasional pain in recent months.

### The Dolphins remain open to upgrading over Jorvorskie Lane at fullback, and two moves Tuesday provided more indication of that. First, Miami booked a Wednesday visit with three-time Pro Bowl fullback Vonta Leach, who was cut by the Ravens this week.

Miami also claimed fullback Evan Rodriguez off waivers from Chicago Tuesday. Rodriguez angered the Bears with two offseason arrests: one on Miami in March for disorderly intoxication (charges dropped) and May for 2012 and speeding. A fourth-round pick from Temple in 2012, he played in 12 games for Chicago last year and caught four passes for 21 yards.

### No mystery around the Dolphins’ running back job: Lamar Miller said he has been with the first team all offseason, with Daniel Thomas running No. 2.

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Tidbits heading into UM’s hearing in front of the NCAA’s infractions committee this week:

### A high-ranking UM source involved in the case said the school will be surprised if it’s socked with another bowl ban but is fully braced for the potential of scholarship reductions in football and basketball.

It’s widely believed UM would accept modest scholarship reductions but probably would appeal a bowl ban. But UM president Donna Shalala hasn’t discussed that strategy with her people, so that’s not definite.

### Though UM previously sent a strongly-worded letter to the NCAA reiterating that it reserves the right to sue, several UM officials say Shalala is reluctant and will consider it only if UM is punished far beyond expectations.

### Though NCAA president Mark Emmert wants the case to be resolved sooner rather than later, UM has not been told whether the decision will be expedited and isn’t counting on that.

Sanctions typically are announced no sooner than six weeks after a hearing, and the North Carolina case took four months. Football coach Al Golden said he wants finality before camp opens in early August, but odds are against that.

### Shalala will lead UM’s contingent at the hearings, accompanied by legal counsel, senior UM officials and coaches Golden and Jim Larranaga -- neither of whom are accused of any violations. The former UM coaches who are there to defend themselves against charges – Clint Hurtt, Aubrey Hill, Frank Haith, Jorge Fernandez and Jake Morton – can sit in only during the hearings directly involving them.

Procedural issues will be heard Thursday; UM and at least four of the coaches again will ask for the case to be dismissed, which UM doesn’t expect to happen.

### All of the football allegations will be addressed in a marathon Friday session, and basketball charges will be dealt with Saturday. “If this were in a regular court, it would be thrown out,” one UM official said, requesting anonymity. “How [the enforcement staff] handled this was disgraceful.”

### UM announced Monday that it will not comment publicly to reporters before, during or after the hearings, which will be held in a downtown Indianapolis hotel.

### The allegations against UM are voluminous, but UM’s optimism that it won’t be pounded are rooted in a few factors. Here are five: 1) UM already has self-imposed two bowl bans and 10 player suspensions and believes that will greatly help its case. 2) UM privately is hopeful the enforcement committee will be receptive to its contention that convicted Ponzi schemer Nevin Shapiro lacks credibility, a position strengthened when The Herald learned recently that he lied under oath in an unrelated matter.….

3) Twenty of the charges were uncorroborated by anyone besides Shapiro – including the biggest one (a $50,000 payment to Vince Wilfork). At least two others were corroborated only by his former girlfriend, who has a felony conviction on her record.

UM believes it has a decent chance of not being penalized for at least some of those and other charges, especially because “the enforcement staff acknowledged it discredited the testimony of former student athletes to accept the word of a convicted felon.”

4) UM hopes it can convince the eight people hearing the case to put far less weight (as in: little or none) on photos of Shapiro with athletes than the enforcement staff did, asserting they prove nothing.

5) An involved UM official believes there’s some sentiment on the infractions committee (which hears the case) to not simply shrug off the numerous examples of dubious conduct by the enforcement staff in investigating the case (using Shapiro’s lawyer to get depositions, writing a note on Shapiro’s behalf to his sentencing judge, etc.).

### One source on the UM/coaches side said he is concerned, however, that generally there isn’t enough arm’s length between the infractions committee and enforcement staff, and that they have socialized at times in the past, including going to baseball games.

### A quick synopsis of the charges, as the Associated Press has reported: The NCAA claims Shapiro provided $170,000 in impermissible benefits to athletes, recruits, coaches and others from 2002 to 2010, and more than half of that total ($90,000) was used to get Wilfork and Antrel Rolle to sign with his sports agency.

Forty-eight players received VIP access and beverage service from Shapiro at Miami nightclubs; 38 were entertained at Shapiro’s home; 18 received invites to bowling alley events and seven dined with Shapiro at Benihana.

### The NCAA did not include the salacious allegations in the Yahoo! story that Shapiro paid for prostitutes or an abortion for one player.

Among some of the more colorful accusations: Shapiro paid for Devin Hester’s $3000 engagement ring; purchased a $700 television (Shapiro said it was for Andrew Williams and Sam Shields); bought Heat tickets for Williams, Andrew Johnson and others; bought a used washer/dryer set for Wilfork; and directed his girlfriend to give no-show jobs for a couple months to Tavares Gooden and Bryan Pata, who was shot and killed in 2006.

### In response to the lack of institutional control charge, UM will tell the committee that it hired an investigator (Wayne Black) to check into Shapiro about a decade ago, and he found nothing; and also that no UM athletic department official had prior knowledge of his violations.

UM told the NCAA: “Charging the university with lack of institutional control, because two administrators who had no day-to-day athletic responsibilities or expertise in the area allegedly had knowledge of Shapiro’s sports company, is unreasonable and illogical.”

### The NCAA proposed scholarship reductions during settlement talks with UM in February, but before UM could make a counter offer, NCAA general counsel Donald Remy called UM and the ex-coaches and said talks were off, suggesting that the enforcement committee didn’t support it. UM also was led to believe Emmert didn’t have support from the two boards that he reports to.

### The NCAA’s shoddy work extends to simple things, too, such as calling DeMarcus Van Dyke by the wrong name in the Notice of Allegations (Marcus) and referring to Reggie Johnson “Reggie Mitchell” in emails to UM.

CHATTER

UM baseball player/quarterback David Thompson

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hey, atleast []_[] got a baseball player that can't play Quarterback

SOLDY

damn Arty, they can't get out of their own way ...

Sports Illustrated

I come out a week from today ...

[]_[] no comprende q[]_[]e ?

yeah n[]_[]ffin to see here

Among some of the more colorful accusations: Shapiro paid for Devin Hester’s $3000 engagement ring; purchased a $700 television (Shapiro said it was for Andrew Williams and Sam Shields); bought Heat tickets for Williams, Andrew Johnson and others; bought a used washer/dryer set for Wilfork; and directed his girlfriend to give no-show jobs for a couple months to Tavares Gooden and Bryan Pata, who was shot and killed in 2006.

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DAMN 2002 Was a GOOT Year !

9>5>2

All hearsay.

All uncorroborated allegations made by a convicted thief who has previously lied under oath

Shapiro you are a cheap a55 petty lttle eunuch. You tried to buy hookers and people becasue your little pen-is couldnt allow you to get them the right way. You are a has been, a nobody a wannabe a failure. You and your con father are bad DNA gone worse. I hope you rot in jail but when you do get out at the age of 60 plus, dont set foot round here bc some of us will still recognize your dwarf elmo a55 in spite of the wrinkles, and some of us will still hold a vendetta against you. Just sayin

9>5>2

Really? Gator puke says whar abot David Thompson?

So sez the gator whose #2, #3 and 4 quarterback is named Trey Burton

9>5>2

By the way, Barry- YOu are an awesome sports reporter/ writer.

THIS is what UM readers want to see. Not the garbage in the other blog and Manny Navarros boring twitter feeds. THIS is journalism.

The Heat turns it on and off at will but that bothers me. How do you follow a greeat, energetic performance in game 2 with this lame garbage?

Lebron. Imsorry, bro, you will never be Michael Jordan. MJ would have taken over last nights game and posted 45-50 in unfriendly territory. Granted youhave ZERO support, but there comes a time where youhave to literally take over a game and you have not

TheSergeantMajor

Forgot to add the ACC championship game in addition to two bowls Barry.

Thanks for the update.

green

http://collegebasketballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/06/12/report-depauls-donnavan-kirk-headed-back-to-miami/

Miami has picked up DePaul transfer Donnavan Kirk, per source. Big man can play his final year ASAP.
-- Jeff Goodman ‏@GoodmanESPN

ONE LAST HURRAH

green

https://twitter.com/ChrisYandle/status/344588146303963136/photo/1

Fun to see #Canes players interacting with kids and sharing their love of U and football at #DeserveVictory events.
-- @ChrisYandle

NEXT WAVE

green

Multiple sources inside the UM Ath dept confirm there will b a post season awards push 4 SteMo & Duke..One source even mentioned the H word
-- BrianTheBeastLondon ‏@MiamiRadioBeast

HOT DIGGITY DOG

green

http://espn.go.com/college-football/story/_/id/9364692/smaller-conferences-look-add-bowl-games-sources

At least 19 bowls in 2014 will feature only Power 5 (ACC, B1G, B12, P12, SEC) league teams
-- Brett McMurphy

SEGREGATION NOW, SEGREGATION FOREVER

green

For those wanting FIU coverage, due to low APR FIU will be ineligible for the NCAA tournament and its conference tournament next year. Petino got out just in time.

Posted by: Sunny Dee | 06/11/2013 at 05:00 PM

http://www.theacc.com/genrel/061113aaa.html

Top FBS APRs: Nwern 996, Boise 993, Duke 989, Clem & Wis 985, GT 983, BC, Mizzou & OhioSt 982, Rice 979, Bama, Rutgers, Stan 978, Miami 977

Bottom FBS APRs: NM St 916, UTEP 917, Idaho 919, Troy 921, UL & Tenn 924, OkSt 926, IowaSt 928, Tulsa 929, FIU 930, BYU 931
-- Brett McMurphy

ALL THE NEWS THAT'S FIT TO PRINT

Reality Bites

Disagree that LBJ has zero support. The support is there, they have just been taking too many games off and most are in a shooting slump like Battier, Allen, Wade and Bosch, others are on and off like Chalmers.
Heat can still win it if they bring it on. They need to win this next game though.

Regarding UM, too many wrongdoings over a long period of time and too many people involved. Say what you will about the NCAA but UM did the deed, no doubt, and they will pay for it.

green

http://www.locatetv.com/listings/espnu

Today on ESPNU

7 PM - 9 PM The U Documentary
9PM - 11PM Miami Spring Game
-- hasena75

BLOCKBUSTER

bobbyd12

About to be buried. You have to be the most ignorant poster on this site. No doubt a Gayturd lover. Very soon your ignorance will come to light and like a cockroach you are, you will hide in your darkness when nothing happens from the NCAA. Get lost loser and move up to Gainsville where you belong.

omaximus

It doesn't bode well for UM that Shalala is 'leading UM' at the hearing. She its good at fund raising but has damaged and mismanaged the football program from the time she became president. So many of the current struggles of the football team are directly or indirectly caused by her mismanagement.

Maybe if she would have listened to randy shannon instead of letting her greed get the best of her we wouldn't be in this situation in the first place.

This would only happen in the fairy tale world of academia. The president who was duped into letting a ponzi schemer have full reign to damage her institution still has a job and in fact is the best person to lead the cleanup efforts? In any real company with any accountability she would be out of a job and subject to a thorough investigation.

green

In any real company with any accountability she would be out of a job

Posted by: omaximus | 06/12/2013 at 11:46 AM

http://www6.miami.edu/momentum2/leadership_shalala.html

During Donna Shalala’s tenure, UM has solidified its position among top U.S. research universities. Momentum: The Campaign for the University of Miami, one of the first billion-dollar capital campaigns completed in the United States, raised $1.4 billion in private support for the University’s endowment, academic and research programs, and facilities.
-- miami.edu

University of Miami announced that Momentum2: The Breakthrough Campaign for the University of Miami has hit the $1 billion mark, putting the University on the fast track to reach the campaign’s fundraising goal of $1.6 billion in 2016.
-- miami.edu

PRESIDENT FOR LIFE

green

In any real company with any accountability she would be out of a job

Posted by: omaximus | 06/12/2013 at 11:46 AM

http://www6.miami.edu/momentum2/

The University of Miami’s first Momentum fundraising campaign was a record-smashing success — amassing $1.4 billion in donations at a time when no Florida school had ever before topped the billion-dollar mark. At a black-tie event attended by hundreds of donors, trustees, top UM administrators and their guests, UM President Donna Shalala officially announced Momentum2, a follow-up fundraising drive that aims to secure $1.6 billion in donations by 2016. “This vision is grand, it’s fearless, and it’s comprehensive,’’ Shalala told the gathering.
-- Miami Herald

MADAM PRESIDENT

Reality Bites

Little green pea can you say reading comprehension? Omaximus praised Shalala for her fundraising and you post about Shalala fundraising. Do you not get it?
Or is fundraising the most important part of being a University president. She is good at fundraising, we all have seen the infamous picture of her and Nevin and that big fat check, that is such a classic.
She will take cash from any olde felon and ask questions later. Want a student lounge named after you? No problem.
How about a baseball field? Bring on the cash. PED scandal? What is that? We can always change the names later.

Maria

Barry, Where do you find the time to keep up with all these teams? You really do an amazing job. Thank you for all your hard work.

How embarrassing

I'm guessing you've never stepped foot on a college campus before Reality Bites because that's one of the most clueless posts I've ever read.

"Is fundraising the most important job of a university president"?

Yes, of course it is. For every university in the country.

And Shapiro handed her a "big fat check"? How clueless are you? Shalala's raised $3,000,000,000 in the past two fundraising campaigns, that's three billion. With a B.

Shapiro got jealous at some other booster's bowling event and jumped up and handed her a check for $50,000.

Shalala wipes her ass with $50,000, that's 0.0016% of what's she's raised in the last two campaigns.

Keepin it real always

As a realist....it certainly seems as if the NCAA/Shapiro fest will produce a much more favorable outcome for them than the hapless U of M.Still......the NCAA holds all the cards and that fact has not changed.It may change in the future but Miami will pay a price for their misdeeds.....absolutely.They can only hope they provided at least some damage control with their actions of discipline.

Marios

It's a shame that Barry Jackson's awesome blog has become hijacked polluted by moronic comments(probably teenagers).
I believe in open forum but obviously not all of us are ready to have our unqualified opinions aired. It's annoying, childish, and a shame for Barry to have to put up with it.
Too bad.

Normal Sane Blogger

Couldn't agree more, Marios. Bravo.

I read Barry's stuff, then I go to other sites to see if he missed anything (very rare). This is good stuff. Too bad we have to deal with pathetic losers spreading their chum across this blog. Of course, if they weren't here, they'd probably spend their time filling envelopes with powder...

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