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Figueroa leads at left tackle; Futch backing up Spence; more news & notes from UM media day

CORAL GABLES -- University of Miami coach Al Golden said Friday that the team's depth chart would probably be released to the media next Tuesday -- after the Hurricanes exchange it with Maryland.

But based on some conversations with players and coaches at UM's media day Saturday here are a few tidbits of news in the fight for position battles that we learned:

Joel Figueroa > Sixth-year senior Joel Figueroa (6-6, 315) appears to have either won or be in the lead for for the starting left tackle job. Freshman Malcolm Bunche (6-7, 328) was expected to win the job coming into camp with sophomore All-American Seantrel Henderson out with a back injury.

But Figueroa, who has 15 starts in his career (13 at guard), has apparently been very impressive according to teammates. Junior Brandon Washington, who was moved to right tackle after Henderson's injury, said he's seen a different level of play from Figueroa, who has lost nearly 15 pounds since having surgery.

"I see this guy down the field full speed every play," Washington said. "Then he comes back to the huddle every play 'Oh man, oh man.' I'm like 'Fig, calm down. You got a missing disc in your lower back bro. You made your block, fine, but don't sprint down the field.' I told him, 'Dog you got other reps to do.' 
"The way he's competing for the starting job, I've never seen him perform like that the whole time I've been here."

Figueroa started two games last season -- Ohio State and Pittsburgh -- at right tackle and clearly looked overmatched and slow. But not now according to teammates.

"The coaches believe in him," Washington said. "Last season early in the season he didn't have too many good games at right tackle. I know they saw that film. For them to come back and say you're going to be our blind side tackle, that's a lot of expectations. But he's showing fight every practice."

The other starting jobs on UM's offensive line that appear to have be won

- At left guard senior Harland Gunn (6-2, 310) is ahead of redshirt sophomore Jared Wheeler (6-5, 315)
- At center senior Tyler Horn (6-4, 305) is ahead of redshirt freshman Shane McDermott (6-4, 290)
- At right guard Brandon Linder (6-6, 310) is ahead of redshirt freshman Jonathan Feliciano
- Redshirt sophomore Jermaine Johnson is running behind Washington at right tackle. Junior Ben Jones (6-5, 310) is rotating at both tackle spots as a reserve.

Jordan Futch > With defensive captain and leader Sean Spence's future in question (he needs to be reinstated by the NCAA), we learned Saturday senior Jordan Futch will be the man who first steps in and tries to fill his shoes.

Futch, beaten out by sophomore Jimmy Gaines in the middle linebacker competition, has been moved to the weakside spot behind Spence. Futch (6-3, 235) said he and Gaines (6-3, 220) would call the plays at linebacker if Spence is out.

"He's doing a great job," Spence said of Futch. "He's already been physical, but he's picking up the mental part of the game. He's doing a better job being vocal, making a lot of plays out there."

Gaines is currently being backed up by true freshman Gionni Paul (6-0, 230) and Kelvin Cain (6-3, 230) at middle linebacker. Senior Ramon Buchanan (6-1, 222) will be the starter on the strong side. His backups are junior C.J. Holton (6-1, 230) and true freshman Eddie Johnson (6-1, 230). Freshman Denzel Perryman (6-0, 217) was wearing a protective boot on his right foot this week in practice. He's currently behind Futch at weakside linebacker.

A FEW MORE TIDBITS...

> Spence on his mental approach on the season with the NCAA investigation that is ongoing at UM: "Same way that I've been preparing. Nothing has changed. I'm still going out and practicing hard, helping guys out, giving it all I got.

"When I'm on the football field I'm at peace. That's where I find my peace of mind."

> Washington on what it's been like facing true freshman defensive end Anthony Chickillo (6-4, 248) in camp: "When he first got in, I was kind of like 'Why did you put a true freshman up against me? I'm a junior. I thought that was a slap in the face. But after the first two practices, that kid brung it. 

"He's physical. He knew what he was doing. He knew the playbook like the back of his hand. He ain't no freshman."

Washington said he tries to make Chickillo believe that he isn't a freshman. 

"He's my locker mate -- I'm number 72 and he's 71. So he asks me questions all the time and I say 'Chick, stop being a freshman,'" Washington said. "I told him that because of his play on the field. He ain't no freshman. I remember they told me the same when I was a freshman. I didn't even get to do some of the things that freshmen did. He shouldn't either."

> Washington on the chemistry he's built with Brandon Linder on the right side of UM's offensive line: "No doubt in my mind I can trust him. I know I can go into that fourth quarter dead tired, unfocused and I can ask him what the call was and he'll tell me. Because he's done it in practice."

> Sophomore quarterback Stephen Morris on what he likes about new offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch's offense: "[The] ability to do whatever you want. Coaches give you a play and you have to maximize that play. You have to know the offense inside and out and just make sure you understand all the checks and reads."

> Defensive tackle Marcus Forston made a funny Saturday when he saw a reporter trip and stumble over some stairs (the reporter was OK). "First tackle by the turf monster," Forston shouted.

As one of the 12 players cited in the Yahoo! article for receiving impermissible gifts from former booster Nevin Shapiro, one might imagine it would be easy for Forston to get down. But he said that hasn't happened yet.

"When you have teammates like we have, 105 players with 105 different personalities there's never a down day in the locker room. It's always fun," Forston said. "Guys telling jokes, guys with great spirits, positive spirits. That's all you can have if you want to have a great team. That's what you need in a locker room.

"We had a good practice today man. Coach Golden said that was one of the best practices we've had since he's been here. I feel like me as a leader, I have to bring energy every day. I got guys looking at me, [can't have them saying] 'Marcus is having a down day.' There's a lot of young guys on that defensive line. Even if I'm having a bad day, I can't show it."

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Posted by: ltcdolphin

I saw the letter, that woman is crazy.

The thing that bothers me the most is that she won't do a live press conference. There's no reason for Al Golden to answer questions on the scandal, it has nothing to do with him.

Is she hiding under her desk or something?

Meanwhile, Golden and players get their name dragged through the mud. As far as I can tell Jacory Harris went to a couple of clubs for free.

If the players are going to get punished, what does Shalala get? Jacory was 10 yrs. old when this whole thing started. He's the one who takes the fall?

Wind and rain are god's wrath for not paying attention to him.

ltc's mantra.

This gator day will be a slap in the face to Miami by SunLife stadium owners and officials. Don't they get it? If Shalala knows what's good for her, she should lobby against it!~

The turds can celebrate all they want with 4th stringer tebow there yonder in traylerville, but not here. What an insult. Of course, I understand it may be out of UM's hands, but goes to show the poor leadership in thei University

A few yrs back a Miami recruit was chastised during Fri Night Lights for wearing a mimai hat and throwing a U sign. God forbid Miami players celebrated in the swamp the 5 national championships we have over their 3! They'd be lynched by the gainsevil;e chapter of the Kay kay kay

Piggy. You are a piece of work. Act like you know something yet all you have is your under active mind.

Canesjunkie. Look for who paid for his pretty pink suit at the heisman.

Piggy=I guess. If raising 23 foster children, run a successful business, and serve her country is bad, I wish I could be as bad as her.

Like the idea of the Miami Dolphins honoring a rival of the team that plays in their stadium Saturdays?

Let the Dolphins know.


(305) 943-8000

I know god doesn't exist and even if he did, rain and wind would be such a mundane way to get the message across.

Only ignorant bible-thumpers believe that nonsense.

Seems multiple screen names same person has a insecurity complex. I'm bad like Baughman

ltc, stop hiding behind Bachman's foster care and "running a business" as the pretext behind your real reason: she is a bible thumper.

How many foster care guardians have molested children? Do the Barahona's mean anything to you? She is a foster care mother. Kudos. Does not show she is good or bad.

Runs her own business? Gee. What a trooper. Welcome to America.

Her husband runs some ignorance-based "Pray the Gay Away" ministry. That tells me more about her than all the foster care and single-business woman talk ever could.

God wanted Nevin Shapiro to give the $ and boat rides and lap dances to the Cane players.

God wanted Jordan Jefferson to kick that guy in the face.

See how this works. Bible-thumping ignoramuses.

I'd rather have Bachmans genuineness and character than your hollow thoughts. Sp if your a foster parent you are a child molestor, way to enstein.

Dolphins are a JOKE and now with the UF CELEBRATION!!! UUHHH Classless... I'll be rooting against them from now on!!! and not going to their games anymore...

Genuinely ignorant. Hollow? Accepting everything she says at face value with absolutely no critical thought is the definition of hollow thought. Do you even realize what your write.

Like a bible-thumper, you make a generalized statement, then when it is refuted, you go to the opposite extreme as if you have made a point. No, being a foster care parent does not necessarily make you a child molestor, or a great person, or anything in between.

You marched that out there as if it was a badge indicative of her greatness when there are many more things about her that argue otherwise. You would see it if you would bother to put the bible down long enough to, you know, use your mind and think. But then again, make sure to pray the gay away.

Ignorant 'thumpers.

Bachman has more class in her little finger than you in a lifetime. But since this is a football blog let's say hire Bachman as president of the U


Fire SHALALALALALA NOW!!!!

ltc, do you know Bachman? How do you know she has "class?" Because she boasts about the sky fairy ad nauseum? Because she claims Hurricane Irene and the recent earthquake on the east coast is god "sending a message?"

How do you define class? Bachman isn't qualified to be President of any PTA much less a university or this country.

But she has "class?" Don't know how you know but, true to your bible-thumping ethic, you just throw it out there with no evidence of your own.

FIRE THE HOBBIT!!!!

If the canes sold out their home games, the Gator thing wouldn't happen. Chances are with penalties, attendance will be worse which in turn hurts the bottom line. Dolphins are trying to recoup that loss from one of their two tenants that don't make money because lord knows the Marlins don't sell out.

She does have class and I have met her but then you will go off on another immature rant. We can't use the word class with you since you are missing the c and l of that word.
This is starting to go down the hearld troll line to up site hits. So go for it troll. And while your at it back up what you said she said about irene with some facts.

Down with hearld trolls on this site

Fire shalalalalalala NOW.

or, Reality, maybe the owner, Ross, is a complete buffoon who likes to surround this plaything franchise with B-list celebrities, horrible music, South-Beach wanna-be nightclubs in a football stadium in Miami Gardens, orange carpets and art-in-public-places.

In the other NFL cities where the stadiums are used only for football such that there is no other source of revenue, do the owners bring in dancing bears, clowns and other circus acts?

yep, ltc, when someone disagrees with you it is an immature rant. Or, I have pointed out where you are wrong at every juncture and you are incapable of countering. Doesn't matter. You are a bible-thumper and have to live with that burden.

As far as Irene, here is Bachman's quotation from her stop in Sarasota, FL yesterday:

“I don’t know how much God has to do to get the attention of the politicians. We’ve had an earthquake, we’ve had a hurricane. He said, ‘Are you going to start listening to me here?’ Listen to the American people because the American people are roaring right now. They know government is on a morbid obesity diet and we’ve got to rein in the spending.”

Even posting that makes me want to puke. But, wait......She has "class." Yep, sure sounds like someone who should be president. You shook her hand for 3.2 seconds and are in a position to say she has class.

Or, could it be, that you share the same fundamentalist outlook on the sky fairy and your "class" statement is mere pretext?

God wanted those 32 people to die in Irene. Right, ltc? And if we still don't listen, he is going to send more storms and earthquakes.

Worked in the 11th Century. Doesn't work now.

You keep showing you class without the c and l.
Don't suppose you have something football to add to a football blog.

Fire shalalalala Now

I will not go to the Dolphin game now!!

very witty, ltc. Class without the c and l. So funny. How long did it take you to come up with that. I see you have not refuted one point I made so I they stand.

BTW, firing Shalala? What about second chances? What about forgiveness? Your position is not very god-like. You should be more like your idol, Bachman. Then again, she is a phony so you are alike.

And I agree. This is a football blog. You are the one who came in here spouting off about god and the devil and all other sorts of nonsense so follow your own advice.

Not true just like your incorrect rant about bachman. Seems you slop around too much at huffington post garbage can.
You have still not talked any football hearld troll.
Fire shalalalala now. She had 50,000 chances to say no and find out.

GATORS Owned "Ur" Stadium vs Oklahoma ... Will again against Denver ... And Come 2013, U'll wish U shared FIU's West Habana band box...

U were, are, and will continue to be Gator owned for years to come U Dopes.

Itcdolphin,
You are generating some serious political controversy. I personally respect Bachmann, even if her religious views do not suit me. However, the rage some display toward conservative women is astounding!

But, let's try this: Increase government spending so we can't pay fo it, promote class warfare (black vs. white, rich vs. poor), read from a teleprompter when addressing a KINDERGARTEN class of children, make people dependednt on government and eschew the idea of personal responsibility. And, oh, hit the golf course whenever possible. And, who taught the President to throw like a girl, anyway?

Maybe the football season will make some of us feel better! All leaders need to be held accountable. Period.

ltc, god wants Shalala to stay on. Therefore, it is correct for her to stay on.

See how easy it is to justify anything when you claim a celestial warrant? That is the danger when one bases everything they do on the mythical god. Gives you carte blanche.

BTW, you may want to read a book on building an argument. You don't prove a point by saying "not true" then proceeding to characterize the other side's argument as a rant. Poor showing.

Honestly, if you were any dumber I would thing you graduated from UFelony.

itc, enough with the Shalala nonsense, she's been bad for UM football but in every other respect she's the best president UM has ever had. There's 0% chance the board of directors would ever, ever, ever fire her. She'll move on when she wants to.

So what name are you under now whateverypurhandle is. You really need a mirror, Yu rant about no god yet you use god when it's convenient to you. So what is it is there a god or is there not. Must be time for your medicine.

Fire shalalalala now

Eucodemus. I can give you 50,000 reasons why she is bad. Look at her history at wisconsin. Nuff said

Fire shalalala now

ltc, not very intelligent, are we? Nuance and irony are lost on you.

Bachmann says god wants Shalala to stay. That is good enough for you, isn't it? And, what exactly happened at Wisconsin? I'd be interested to read what you know.

For the love of money, UF steal from they injured brothers & Sisters

I'd take just 1 or 2.

FOX SPORTS

SCRUTINIZING the MIAMI SCANDAL

By: Jason Whitlock

Shapiro, the Ponzi-schemer who ratted out The U, has more in common with Crystal Mangum than the former major league slugger.

Mangum, if you remember, is the prostitute/stripper who felt disrespected by Duke lacrosse players and concocted a story about rape to exact revenge. A witness corroborated part of Mangum’s story — the racial taunts — and that bit of supporting corroboration, along with racial stereotypes, were enough to make a segment of the media and a prosecutor crucify Duke, lacrosse players and Southern white men.

I never trusted Crystal Mangum. Her story smelled. Given a choice between believing a revenge-minded prostitute or drunken college students, I needed strong evidence to lean toward the hooker.

I feel the same way today about Nevin Shapiro. He’s a natural-born liar. Deceit is his currency. An objective, mature, nuanced examination of Shapiro’s allegations and the framing of Yahoo! Sports reporter Charles Robinson’s story expose Shapiro’s fraudulence and why the Yahoo! story should not be trusted as delivered.

I know that assertion is tough for some of my peers in the media to digest. The rest of this column might be even more difficult for Robinson’s cheerleaders to digest.

But Robinson is in the news. He’s asked us to trust his reporting and his anonymous sources. He needs to be examined as Selena Roberts was when she wrote an irresponsible book about Alex Rodriquez, as I was when I wrote a series of columns questioning black people during the Don Imus-Rutgers basketball controversy.

This column is the price of journalistic fame.

I don’t like or trust Nevin Shapiro and his tactics. To some degree, he used those tactics to hoodwink Yahoo! into swallowing far too much of his story about The U.

The same pictures, receipts and friendships Shapiro used to exact revenge against the Miami players and coaches he felt disrespected by are likely the same or similar to the tools he used to bilk retirees out of millions of dollars.

I’m sure Shapiro’s Ponzi investments looked just as credible as Yahoo!’s “Pulitzer-worthy” story, which Yahoo! is hailing as “one of the biggest scandals in college sports history.”

Generally speaking, Ponzi schemes don’t start out as Ponzi schemes. They’re initially based in truth, a sincere effort to generate profit, and only become fraudulent as the originator gets equally greedy and desperate to deliver the promised returns. The greed and the desperation breed a lack of sophistication that eventually gets the con man busted.

That’s how Charles Robinson’s story reads to me — a journalism Ponzi scheme born in truth (Shapiro committed NCAA violations) and told in the most sensational, unfair and exaggerated way possible to produce a return that justifies 11 months of work.
Mission accomplished.

On the day Robinson’s story ran, Yahoo! columnist Dan Wetzel wrote that Shapiro’s allegations should create “devastating consequences” for Miami football. “Around the Horn” clowns analogized Miami’s violations with SMU’s Pony Expre$$ and clamored for The U to receive the Death Penalty. In Missouri, sportswriters and broadcasters immediately began speculating that Missouri should fire just-hired basketball coach Frank Haith, who, Shapiro alleged, knew of a $10,000 payment to a Miami hoops recruit.

The Yahoo! story was written to generate carnage the same way James O’Keefe’s ACORN video was produced to destroy that organization.

Prostitutes! Abortion!

Shapiro is a poisonous tree. You can’t trust his fruit.

You can’t disguise his poison with stats — 11 months, 100 hours of jailhouse interviews, 21 human sources, including nine former Miami football players, 1,000 pictures, 20,000 financial documents, 5,000 pages of cellphone records, a $1.6 million yacht, $80,000 in receipts at nightclubs, 72 players with possible NCAA violations and nearly 100 interviews.

The stats reveal Robinson’s desperation. For nearly a year, he turned over his life to a congenital liar, and there was no way he was walking away with a simple story: A Miami con man fooled most of Florida, including the Miami athletic department, and took Miami athletes to expensive dinners, popular South Beach nightspots, gave them access to the private parties he threw for himself, friends and professional athletes and steered Vince Wilfork to a sports agency.

That’s a good story. But it doesn’t make you the toast of American sports journalism. It doesn’t make you the most popular man on the talk-show circuit.

Prostitutes, abortion and a head basketball coach expressing gratitude for a $10,000 cash payment to a recruit justify 11 months of work. Prostitutes, abortion and $10,000 provoke the lazy and the clueless to call for the destruction of a football program known for providing refuge, comfort and a platform to black athletes who specialize in making a mockery of sportsmanship and humility.

Check my record. I have never liked The U. The “swagger” has always offended me. I recognized 25 years ago the “swagger” would make The U vulnerable to the kind of unfair attack it is experiencing today.

I’m not a homer for The U. I wasn’t a homer for Duke lacrosse. I don’t like media narratives that rely on the public giving in to its biases.
There are several large holes in the Yahoo!/Shapiro story and one gaping hole. I’ll start with the biggest because it connects to the others.
One word is missing from the Yahoo! story: Drugs.

You can’t tell this story accurately, honestly or credibly without addressing the drug issue. Drugs would raise legitimate questions about the nature of Shapiro’s relationships with the handful of anonymous sources backing (and/or refuting) Shapiro’s claims. Drugs would tell us a lot about Nevin Shapiro.

But the Yahoo! story would leave you to believe Shapiro operated in America’s Cocaine Capital, allegedly arranged strippers and hookers for seemingly half of The U, spent his nights in VIP areas at nightclubs and strip clubs partying with 20-somethings, and no one smoked a joint, snorted coke, popped X, swallowed OxyContin or even took Advil.

But Shapiro came clean, cleansed his soul? He’s transparent and trustworthy?

Shapiro called himself “Lil Luke,” after Luther Campbell, the Miami rapper and infamous U supporter. Really?

Shapiro reportedly has a violent temper, and, as his world collapsed, he allegedly was prone to making threatening phone calls to the people he felt owed him money or favors. His sentencing judge ordered Shapiro to seek counseling for domestic violence and drugs. He was told to avoid gambling.

One of Yahoo!’s sources — an ex-girlfriend of Shapiro’s — requested anonymity because she said she was afraid of reprisals from Miami football players.

“Why didn’t Yahoo! ask if she’s afraid of Shapiro and that’s why she’s backing his story?” asked Tom Anderson, a Miami native who works for a conservative-leaning watchdog organization that polices government corruption. “The judge ordered him to get counseling for domestic violence for a reason.”

Anderson, who works for the National Legal and Policy Center, has been researching the players in the Miami scandal since the Yahoo! story broke. Anderson discovered the financial ties between Shapiro and former Miami assistant coach Joe Pannunzio. Anderson regularly works with major media outlets on political corruption stories. He did much of the research that got representative Charlie Rangel in trouble. Anderson thinks very little of Robinson’s reporting ethics in this instance.

“(Shapiro) is a convicted felon and a proven liar. Using a guy like that as your key witness, the standard, the bar, has to be set so high that anything less than documented solid proof has to be set aside," Anderson said. “If I put in a complaint to a government agency that I’m relying on a convicted liar and the people corroborating his story are mostly anonymous, they would laugh in our face. If I was to take this to The New York Times or even the New York Post, they would laugh me out of the room. What he put in that story wouldn’t fly. No way. Not ever.”

Nevin Shapiro is Jose Canseco and Lil Luke! Really?

Shapiro employed an armed security detail. He had access to the best hookers in Miami. He loved to gamble on sports. He dropped large wads of cash at South Beach nightclubs. He made it rain at King of Diamonds and Tootsie’s.

Hookers, gambling, an armed security detail, a violent temper, a love of the nightlife and lots of cash paint the picture of a connected man, a man with ties to the underworld.

To me, Nevin Shapiro sounds more like Lil Nino Brown than Lil Luke.

Peanut butter and jelly have nothing on hookers, partying, cash and drugs. They’re birds of a feather.

Maybe Shapiro told Robinson he never used drugs or allowed them at his parties. Maybe Robinson thought allegations of drug use would be too sensational and hard to verify? More sensational than abortion? Harder to verify than the pregnancy of a hooker? Maybe Shapiro and Robinson agreed a discussion of drugs would make federal prosecutors ask Shapiro additional questions.

Shapiro did get Yahoo! to print that he never used any of the prostitutes he provided for Miami players. (I’m going to employ Robinson to write my biography. I hung out at McDonald’s and never tasted a Big Mac. I swear!)

My point is, Shapiro has a clear agenda. He wants to destroy The U, build a brand strong enough to support a book or movie deal and subtly threaten Miami players, coaches and administrators that he has even more dirt. My point is, Yahoo! has an agenda, too. In order to get the proper bounce from Shapiro’s snitching, it needed prostitutes and abortions and a reporter naive enough not to wonder why no one is getting high in Shapiro’s tale. Shapiro has a vested $take in being the guy who brought down The U.

A con man’s greatest ploy is to bait an unsuspecting victim into doing something illegal or illicit and later using that knowledge to leverage the victim into additional acts. Give Tyrone Moss $1,000 as soon as he steps on campus. Supply player “X” and a stripper with booze, weed, coke and a hotel room. Now you own that player.

We don’t know the depth of Shapiro’s connections to anyone in America’s Cocaine Capital. When he was free and living the good life, Shapiro didn’t appear to use his leverage. Incarcerated, facing 20 years of fed time, buried in debt and desperately seeking a book/movie deal, Shapiro seems to be demonstrating he’s ready to use his leverage.

Would you be surprised to learn the poisonous tree has leverage over the people corroborating his story?

Would you be surprised to learn he is attempting to financially extort some of the people he’s targeting with allegations?

I wouldn’t.

That’s not written to dispute the fact Shapiro committed clear NCAA violations. He did.

It’s written to dispute the headline-grabbing aspects of the story, the stuff printed to make ESPN and radio talk hosts take notice in a big way. Printing the abortion allegation is a journalistic crime. Robinson has zero credible proof other than the word of a congenital liar.

In one of his numerous followup interviews, Robinson said he published the abortion story because it was consistent with the way other sources said they had sex with hookers and it demonstrated Shapiro’s lack of boundaries.

No. It demonstrated Robinson’s lack of journalistic boundaries. An unknown hooker tells Shapiro she’s pregnant by a Miami football player. How does Shapiro, Robinson or the hooker know which client that day, week or month got her pregnant?

Abortion! Prostitutes! Out-of-control Mandingo athletes! The death penalty!

Frank Haith might lose his job because a congenital liar claims he paid a recruit $10,000 with Haith’s knowledge. Really?

There’s no proof. There’s just the word of the poisonous tree. This is how you win a Pulitzer? That’s all you need to torch the career of a basketball coach? As long as “most” of the Yahoo! story is true, it’s OK if Frank Haith is collateral damage? Have we really sunk that low?

A Miami fan dissected Yahoo!’s allegations point by point, exposed how flimsy most of the allegations are and rightfully concluded Robinson used suspect corroboration just so he could claim his investigation implicated 72 players. The same fan website published research into the $2 million Ponzi-scheme connection between Shapiro and Pannunzio, the one allegedly dirty Miami assistant (now Alabama assistant) Shapiro refused to talk about. Some in the media want to dismiss the website because it’s operated by a Miami fan. The fan has an agenda.

And Yahoo! doesn’t? Charles Robinson doesn’t?

Hello. The renegade booster was already in prison. He took 20 long ago.

The Miami Herald is being ridiculed for not giving Shapiro the platform Yahoo! provided the poisonous tree. The Herald should be ridiculed for failing to put Shapiro’s allegations in proper context and writing a celebratory puff piece on Robinson’s sensationalized, unfair story.

Let me make this clear: No one is denying Shapiro committed NCAA violations. That’s what overzealous boosters do. It’s just that boosters in Tuscaloosa don’t have restaurants like Prime 112 to take players to, so it’s difficult for an Alabama booster to run up the kind of jaw-dropping tab Shapiro did along South Beach. The strip clubs in Iowa City don’t stock the kind of high-end talent you’ll find in Miami. And there’s no place to dock a yacht in Muncie.

Given Shapiro’s level of deceit, how can you trust the motives of anyone who talked in this story? Everyone has been bathed in Shapiro’s cesspool. We don’t remotely understand his true ties to anyone involved in this sordid story. Given his debt and penchant for gambling, I’m surprised there are no allegations or suspicion of point-shaving.

Transcripts of interviews with federal investigators do not legitimize Yahoo!’s story. And neither will the sure-to-come NCAA sanctions.

With its offer of limited immunity — “tell us what we want to hear or we’ll take your eligibility” — it’s not difficult for the NCAA to get scared players to take a “plea agreement.” Yahoo! has created a big enough media circus to provoke NCAA suits into handing Miami “devastating consequences.”

As far as we know from the Yahoo! story, the overwhelming majority of Miami players did little to nothing wrong. But they will suffer the “devastating consequences.” The adults, including the Yahoo! reporters and editors, will skate unscathed or financially benefit.

You want to slow boosters from skirting the NCAA’s hypocritical and unethical shamateur rules? Significantly reduce the amount of money the Miami athletic department can accept for its football program for the next four years. That’s the proper penalty. That would motivate oversight.

And I say that believing Miami, its players, coaches and administrators — for the most part — were victims of a skilled, aggressive con man. Shapiro fooled everybody. One day he’ll place a picture of himself with Robinson and Wetzel alongside the pics of Eric Holder, Shaquille O’Neal, Dwyane Wade, Donna Shalala and all the rest.

It wouldn’t surprise me if Robinson was holding the Pulitzer Prize.

Wow, that's good stuff. And I'm no Whitlock fan.

ITC, Mrs Pig is a troll.

And a moron.
Pig, I'd not hang around anyone named Damian if I were you.

right back where U started again ...


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it's 2011 , why are U so sUprised ?

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they be still enelig ...


Damn Arty, too easy

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please tell Us Cane fan ... please, please


Ur thru til 2014

Ooooh, yeah, IMAWriter. Why Damian? Because the devil is going to get me? You religious kook. I don't fear the devil primarily because he doesn't exist.

I fear more the freaks who believe god is talking to them. They are capable if anything and can justify it by kicking responsibility up to the sky fairy.

Putney Swope,
Thanks for posting Jason Whitlock's article. It's about time that someone challenged the ethics and conclusions of Charles Robinson! And, Yahoo for sensationalizing and publishing his "journalistic" output.

The readiness with which so many embraced ALL the allegations about UM show the amount of hatred that is out there. And that includes many prominent media types.

Again, are we to believe a psychopath, for whom lying is a way of life?

Having a partee on the cane's home field....luvvv'it.

What a sad, sad excuse for a college football program.

Hey, ltc, Bachmann recommends a book that says slavery did not create hatred between the races but instead fostered mutual respect.

How is that for class? A bigoted bible-thumper but, wow, based in a 3.2 second handshake she sure has class.

The Gators can use my credit card to travel to Sun Life. Just leave your AK-47's at home! And not sure if Urban can bring his bag of crazy pills in. Who are we kidding, quitter prob won't even show.

It's not our home field, so I'm not upset. We play our games there, but Sun Life isn't home.

Our anger should be directed towards Miami officials and Donna Shalala who managed to turn the renovation of the OB into a stadium for the Marlins.

What in hell is Washington talking about ?? Tellin' Fig to slow down, Talking about being dog tired and UNFOCUSED in the fourth quarter? Thinking Chick would be a push over cause he was a freshman....maybe # 72 better refocus. It's called desire, determination, hustle....it's called THE U. Play ball

Posted on the Palm Beach Post Canes blog, this is the best indictment on Charles Robinson and Yahoo! sports. First, I thought they were patsies, now I see they were willing accomplices to Shapiro's depravity and deceit. Will the NCAA join in being duped?


Putney Swope Says:
August 29th, 2011 at 10:37 pm

FOX SPORTS

SCRUTINIZING the MIAMI SCANDAL

By: Jason Whitlock

Shapiro, the Ponzi-schemer who ratted out The U, has more in common with Crystal Mangum than the former major league slugger.

Mangum, if you remember, is the prostitute/stripper who felt disrespected by Duke lacrosse players and concocted a story about rape to exact revenge. A witness corroborated part of Mangum’s story — the racial taunts — and that bit of supporting corroboration, along with racial stereotypes, were enough to make a segment of the media and a prosecutor crucify Duke, lacrosse players and Southern white men.

I never trusted Crystal Mangum. Her story smelled. Given a choice between believing a revenge-minded prostitute or drunken college students, I needed strong evidence to lean toward the hooker.

I feel the same way today about Nevin Shapiro. He’s a natural-born liar. Deceit is his currency. An objective, mature, nuanced examination of Shapiro’s allegations and the framing of Yahoo! Sports reporter Charles Robinson’s story expose Shapiro’s fraudulence and why the Yahoo! story should not be trusted as delivered.

I know that assertion is tough for some of my peers in the media to digest. The rest of this column might be even more difficult for Robinson’s cheerleaders to digest.

But Robinson is in the news. He’s asked us to trust his reporting and his anonymous sources. He needs to be examined as Selena Roberts was when she wrote an irresponsible book about Alex Rodriquez, as I was when I wrote a series of columns questioning black people during the Don Imus-Rutgers basketball controversy.

This column is the price of journalistic fame.

I don’t like or trust Nevin Shapiro and his tactics. To some degree, he used those tactics to hoodwink Yahoo! into swallowing far too much of his story about The U.

The same pictures, receipts and friendships Shapiro used to exact revenge against the Miami players and coaches he felt disrespected by are likely the same or similar to the tools he used to bilk retirees out of millions of dollars.

I’m sure Shapiro’s Ponzi investments looked just as credible as Yahoo!’s “Pulitzer-worthy” story, which Yahoo! is hailing as “one of the biggest scandals in college sports history.”

Generally speaking, Ponzi schemes don’t start out as Ponzi schemes. They’re initially based in truth, a sincere effort to generate profit, and only become fraudulent as the originator gets equally greedy and desperate to deliver the promised returns. The greed and the desperation breed a lack of sophistication that eventually gets the con man busted.

That’s how Charles Robinson’s story reads to me — a journalism Ponzi scheme born in truth (Shapiro committed NCAA violations) and told in the most sensational, unfair and exaggerated way possible to produce a return that justifies 11 months of work.
Mission accomplished.

On the day Robinson’s story ran, Yahoo! columnist Dan Wetzel wrote that Shapiro’s allegations should create “devastating consequences” for Miami football. “Around the Horn” clowns analogized Miami’s violations with SMU’s Pony Expre$$ and clamored for The U to receive the Death Penalty. In Missouri, sportswriters and broadcasters immediately began speculating that Missouri should fire just-hired basketball coach Frank Haith, who, Shapiro alleged, knew of a $10,000 payment to a Miami hoops recruit.

The Yahoo! story was written to generate carnage the same way James O’Keefe’s ACORN video was produced to destroy that organization.

Prostitutes! Abortion!

Shapiro is a poisonous tree. You can’t trust his fruit.

You can’t disguise his poison with stats — 11 months, 100 hours of jailhouse interviews, 21 human sources, including nine former Miami football players, 1,000 pictures, 20,000 financial documents, 5,000 pages of cellphone records, a $1.6 million yacht, $80,000 in receipts at nightclubs, 72 players with possible NCAA violations and nearly 100 interviews.

The stats reveal Robinson’s desperation. For nearly a year, he turned over his life to a congenital liar, and there was no way he was walking away with a simple story: A Miami con man fooled most of Florida, including the Miami athletic department, and took Miami athletes to expensive dinners, popular South Beach nightspots, gave them access to the private parties he threw for himself, friends and professional athletes and steered Vince Wilfork to a sports agency.

That’s a good story. But it doesn’t make you the toast of American sports journalism. It doesn’t make you the most popular man on the talk-show circuit.

Prostitutes, abortion and a head basketball coach expressing gratitude for a $10,000 cash payment to a recruit justify 11 months of work. Prostitutes, abortion and $10,000 provoke the lazy and the clueless to call for the destruction of a football program known for providing refuge, comfort and a platform to black athletes who specialize in making a mockery of sportsmanship and humility.

Check my record. I have never liked The U. The “swagger” has always offended me. I recognized 25 years ago the “swagger” would make The U vulnerable to the kind of unfair attack it is experiencing today.

I’m not a homer for The U. I wasn’t a homer for Duke lacrosse. I don’t like media narratives that rely on the public giving in to its biases.
There are several large holes in the Yahoo!/Shapiro story and one gaping hole. I’ll start with the biggest because it connects to the others.
One word is missing from the Yahoo! story: Drugs.

You can’t tell this story accurately, honestly or credibly without addressing the drug issue. Drugs would raise legitimate questions about the nature of Shapiro’s relationships with the handful of anonymous sources backing (and/or refuting) Shapiro’s claims. Drugs would tell us a lot about Nevin Shapiro.

But the Yahoo! story would leave you to believe Shapiro operated in America’s Cocaine Capital, allegedly arranged strippers and hookers for seemingly half of The U, spent his nights in VIP areas at nightclubs and strip clubs partying with 20-somethings, and no one smoked a joint, snorted coke, popped X, swallowed OxyContin or even took Advil.

But Shapiro came clean, cleansed his soul? He’s transparent and trustworthy?

Shapiro called himself “Lil Luke,” after Luther Campbell, the Miami rapper and infamous U supporter. Really?

Shapiro reportedly has a violent temper, and, as his world collapsed, he allegedly was prone to making threatening phone calls to the people he felt owed him money or favors. His sentencing judge ordered Shapiro to seek counseling for domestic violence and drugs. He was told to avoid gambling.

One of Yahoo!’s sources — an ex-girlfriend of Shapiro’s — requested anonymity because she said she was afraid of reprisals from Miami football players.

“Why didn’t Yahoo! ask if she’s afraid of Shapiro and that’s why she’s backing his story?” asked Tom Anderson, a Miami native who works for a conservative-leaning watchdog organization that polices government corruption. “The judge ordered him to get counseling for domestic violence for a reason.”

Anderson, who works for the National Legal and Policy Center, has been researching the players in the Miami scandal since the Yahoo! story broke. Anderson discovered the financial ties between Shapiro and former Miami assistant coach Joe Pannunzio. Anderson regularly works with major media outlets on political corruption stories. He did much of the research that got representative Charlie Rangel in trouble. Anderson thinks very little of Robinson’s reporting ethics in this instance.

“(Shapiro) is a convicted felon and a proven liar. Using a guy like that as your key witness, the standard, the bar, has to be set so high that anything less than documented solid proof has to be set aside,” Anderson said. “If I put in a complaint to a government agency that I’m relying on a convicted liar and the people corroborating his story are mostly anonymous, they would laugh in our face. If I was to take this to The New York Times or even the New York Post, they would laugh me out of the room. What he put in that story wouldn’t fly. No way. Not ever.”

Nevin Shapiro is Jose Canseco and Lil Luke! Really?

Shapiro employed an armed security detail. He had access to the best hookers in Miami. He loved to gamble on sports. He dropped large wads of cash at South Beach nightclubs. He made it rain at King of Diamonds and Tootsie’s.

Hookers, gambling, an armed security detail, a violent temper, a love of the nightlife and lots of cash paint the picture of a connected man, a man with ties to the underworld.

To me, Nevin Shapiro sounds more like Lil Nino Brown than Lil Luke.

Peanut butter and jelly have nothing on hookers, partying, cash and drugs. They’re birds of a feather.

Maybe Shapiro told Robinson he never used drugs or allowed them at his parties. Maybe Robinson thought allegations of drug use would be too sensational and hard to verify? More sensational than abortion? Harder to verify than the pregnancy of a hooker? Maybe Shapiro and Robinson agreed a discussion of drugs would make federal prosecutors ask Shapiro additional questions.

Shapiro did get Yahoo! to print that he never used any of the prostitutes he provided for Miami players. (I’m going to employ Robinson to write my biography. I hung out at McDonald’s and never tasted a Big Mac. I swear!)

My point is, Shapiro has a clear agenda. He wants to destroy The U, build a brand strong enough to support a book or movie deal and subtly threaten Miami players, coaches and administrators that he has even more dirt. My point is, Yahoo! has an agenda, too. In order to get the proper bounce from Shapiro’s snitching, it needed prostitutes and abortions and a reporter naive enough not to wonder why no one is getting high in Shapiro’s tale. Shapiro has a vested $take in being the guy who brought down The U.

A con man’s greatest ploy is to bait an unsuspecting victim into doing something illegal or illicit and later using that knowledge to leverage the victim into additional acts. Give Tyrone Moss $1,000 as soon as he steps on campus. Supply player “X” and a stripper with booze, weed, coke and a hotel room. Now you own that player.

We don’t know the depth of Shapiro’s connections to anyone in America’s Cocaine Capital. When he was free and living the good life, Shapiro didn’t appear to use his leverage. Incarcerated, facing 20 years of fed time, buried in debt and desperately seeking a book/movie deal, Shapiro seems to be demonstrating he’s ready to use his leverage.

Would you be surprised to learn the poisonous tree has leverage over the people corroborating his story?

Would you be surprised to learn he is attempting to financially extort some of the people he’s targeting with allegations?

I wouldn’t.

That’s not written to dispute the fact Shapiro committed clear NCAA violations. He did.

It’s written to dispute the headline-grabbing aspects of the story, the stuff printed to make ESPN and radio talk hosts take notice in a big way. Printing the abortion allegation is a journalistic crime. Robinson has zero credible proof other than the word of a congenital liar.

In one of his numerous followup interviews, Robinson said he published the abortion story because it was consistent with the way other sources said they had sex with hookers and it demonstrated Shapiro’s lack of boundaries.

No. It demonstrated Robinson’s lack of journalistic boundaries. An unknown hooker tells Shapiro she’s pregnant by a Miami football player. How does Shapiro, Robinson or the hooker know which client that day, week or month got her pregnant?

Abortion! Prostitutes! Out-of-control Mandingo athletes! The death penalty!

Frank Haith might lose his job because a congenital liar claims he paid a recruit $10,000 with Haith’s knowledge. Really?

There’s no proof. There’s just the word of the poisonous tree. This is how you win a Pulitzer? That’s all you need to torch the career of a basketball coach? As long as “most” of the Yahoo! story is true, it’s OK if Frank Haith is collateral damage? Have we really sunk that low?

A Miami fan dissected Yahoo!’s allegations point by point, exposed how flimsy most of the allegations are and rightfully concluded Robinson used suspect corroboration just so he could claim his investigation implicated 72 players. The same fan website published research into the $2 million Ponzi-scheme connection between Shapiro and Pannunzio, the one allegedly dirty Miami assistant (now Alabama assistant) Shapiro refused to talk about. Some in the media want to dismiss the website because it’s operated by a Miami fan. The fan has an agenda.

And Yahoo! doesn’t? Charles Robinson doesn’t?

Hello. The renegade booster was already in prison. He took 20 long ago.

The Miami Herald is being ridiculed for not giving Shapiro the platform Yahoo! provided the poisonous tree. The Herald should be ridiculed for failing to put Shapiro’s allegations in proper context and writing a celebratory puff piece on Robinson’s sensationalized, unfair story.

Let me make this clear: No one is denying Shapiro committed NCAA violations. That’s what overzealous boosters do. It’s just that boosters in Tuscaloosa don’t have restaurants like Prime 112 to take players to, so it’s difficult for an Alabama booster to run up the kind of jaw-dropping tab Shapiro did along South Beach. The strip clubs in Iowa City don’t stock the kind of high-end talent you’ll find in Miami. And there’s no place to dock a yacht in Muncie.

Given Shapiro’s level of deceit, how can you trust the motives of anyone who talked in this story? Everyone has been bathed in Shapiro’s cesspool. We don’t remotely understand his true ties to anyone involved in this sordid story. Given his debt and penchant for gambling, I’m surprised there are no allegations or suspicion of point-shaving.

Transcripts of interviews with federal investigators do not legitimize Yahoo!’s story. And neither will the sure-to-come NCAA sanctions.

With its offer of limited immunity — “tell us what we want to hear or we’ll take your eligibility” — it’s not difficult for the NCAA to get scared players to take a “plea agreement.” Yahoo! has created a big enough media circus to provoke NCAA suits into handing Miami “devastating consequences.”

As far as we know from the Yahoo! story, the overwhelming majority of Miami players did little to nothing wrong. But they will suffer the “devastating consequences.” The adults, including the Yahoo! reporters and editors, will skate unscathed or financially benefit.

You want to slow boosters from skirting the NCAA’s hypocritical and unethical shamateur rules? Significantly reduce the amount of money the Miami athletic department can accept for its football program for the next four years. That’s the proper penalty. That would motivate oversight.

And I say that believing Miami, its players, coaches and administrators — for the most part — were victims of a skilled, aggressive con man. Shapiro fooled everybody. One day he’ll place a picture of himself with Robinson and Wetzel alongside the pics of Eric Holder, Shaquille O’Neal, Dwyane Wade, Donna Shalala and all the rest.

It wouldn’t surprise me if Robinson was holding the Pulitzer Prize.
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Just a bunch of NOISE !!!

As this thing from yahoo maybe be over or certainly reduced in size and effect

Well, the subpoenas from counsel of fleeced investors are no joke. Trust me, attorneys ain't wasting their time unless there is a whole lot of money involved..

or, Rut-Roh, it takes an attorney 12 seconds to change the name and address and then print 72 subpoenas plus the cost of mailing to see what is out there.

Not that you know what you are talking about or jumping to any conclusions there, Einstein.

they don't get paid by the subpoena, they get paid by the hour (and on collection). Look for this to drag out a very long time.

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