Nevin Shapiro Just Screwed University of Miami Football: Join Us in the Seven Stages of Grief

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Convicted Ponzi schemer Nevin Shapiro may have just killed the University of Miami football program. (And men's basketball program, but, really, who cares about that?) Yahoo! Sports reporter Charles Robinson just published a report detailing Shapiro's involvement in paying and providing impermissible benefits to players.

The report is 11 months in the making and includes more than 100 hours of jailhouse interviews with Shapiro (which he may have allegedly been paid for), and some of the allegations are corroborated by former players, other witnesses, and financial statements. Among the litany of wrongdoings: Shapiro paid for prostitutes for players, gave them access to his yacht (sometimes for hooker parties), and provided money and jewelry. The corruption involved 72 players over most of the last decade, and even some coaches (though neither Larry Coker or Randy Shannon is said to be involved).

It's too much to aggregate. Read it for yourself. Then join us as we go through the seven stages of grief, because holy shit folks, this is the kind of stuff that could warrant major NCAA sanctions. The kind of sanctions that could doom a once storied but now struggling program to another lost decade of irrelevance.

Shock
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Denial
Come on, Shapiro is a convicted Ponzi schemer. He may have gotten paid for the Yahoo! interview. He's a criminal mastermind well versed in pulling off schemes, manipulating financial records, and calling attention to himself. Did you read our cover story on him last year? He's exactly the kind of guy who could fool a journalist into believing these allegations.

How could this even happen under the nun-like Donna Shalala and her disciplined lackey Randy Shannon? Let's also remember for part of the time this all went on, former athletic director Paul Dee sat on the NCAA infractions committee. Given all of that and the program's previous history of running afoul of the NCAA, don't you think they'd be extra careful not to get involved in this kind of rampant bullshit? It's almost unimaginable that this took place.

Anger
It's one thing to get caught in a scandal while you're playing well. It's another thing to play crappy, but still be the spitting image of NCAA compliance. It's a totally fucking inexcusable thing to play like shit and still break NCAA rules like there's no tomorrow.

Is it just a coincidence that Shapiro's alleged involvement in funding this kind of shit happened in 2002? That was pretty much the last year the team was good. Ever since then we've seen promising talent come in and disappoint. And no wonder. Doesn't it make sense that access to things like hookers, cash, nightclubs and yachts would diminish someone's will to win? Would that not be something of a distraction? Wouldn't it undermine much of the discipline coaches are trying to implement on the field?

Fuck Shapiro, and fuck every single one of these players involved.

Read more in our December 2010 feature, "Nevin Shapiro: Miami's Caligula."

Guilt
Then again, as fans of college football, we are complacent in a system in which lots of people make millions and millions of dollars while the players on the field make absolutely nothing.

An anonymous player says in the story, "[Tyrone Moss] had a kid while he was in college, a little Tyrone Jr. He comes in poor as (expletive) from Pompano and he's got a little kid to feed. I could barely feed myself. I can't imagine having to feed a kid, too. Of course he's going to take it when someone offers him $1,000."

It's a flawed, unfair system, and yet we as fans are guilty for not demanding or accepting changes.

Pain and Sorrow
This will set in as soon as we see one of our friends who happen to be a Seminole or a Gator fans. Oh, it will be painful. How we taunted them over the years as their players got arrested, and ours remained clean. Of course they weren't committing petty crimes. They were too busy throwing it in hookers on yachts.

Release And Resolution
Ain't shit nobody can do about it now, assuming this is all true. Plus, none of the allegations will force the team to vacate any of those national championships. The years affected were pitiful anyway.

Besides, UM still has baseball! They're unaffected by all of this! Yes, the pure, untainted, angelic, multiple championship-winning University of Miami Baseball team! We'll always have you, our sweet, sweet princes of student athlete virtue.

Return To the Willingness To Love
Sack up. Next season is still around the corner. Nothing has been proven completely yet. It could be months, more than a year even, until the NCAA releases a ruling. Under most situations, a death penalty comes only after a program has been found guilty of other major infractions in the past five years. So, that's unlikely.

It's just football. It's cool. It's cool. Go Canes! OK, sorry if that felt forced. We're not there quite yet.

Related: Nevin Shapiro, Miami's Caligula

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Hurricanestlee12
Hurricanestlee12

NEVIN SHAPIRO SHOULD BE GETTING PORKED BY BIG BUB RIGHT ABOUT NOW, THIS IS PROBABLY WHY HE IS SO ANGRY

Gotrings
Gotrings

Now we know why Miami football hasn't lived up to the hype. Pay the players to lose and gamble on those games. No wonder he could afford to pay the players.

SheliaJoy
SheliaJoy

I loved this article.  This is exactly how I feel.Go Caines! There I said it and I fell a little better.

Matador
Matador

ESPN game of the week....McNeese State vs University of Phoenix!!!

Cane for Ever
Cane for Ever

I'm going straight to number seven...I'm getting my tickets ASAP and will get fucked up and enjoy every home game!!!! 

954BOLD
954BOLD

IT's always a WHITE GUY. I hope the players learn from this shit and stay away from slick talking WHITE GUYS.

Sebastian the Ibis
Sebastian the Ibis

Nevin Shapiro didn't F the U, the NCAA did.   It's absolute BS your not supposed to take a student-athlete out for drinks, or to a club or on your yacht.   If I'm out drinking with students, I pick up the check. If I had a boat I'd invite them out gratis too.  When I was a student hundreds of people probably bought me a drink at one point or another, even at school organized events.  I've also gone fishing (on Columbus day) for free while student, driven a Ferrari and banged like screen door in a hurricane and never paid a cent. 

The NCAA is such bunch of money grubbing ba$tards that they shame students for accepting what most students get for free so that the NCAA can suck every last dollar out of the students' hard work.

Gregatron
Gregatron

Yeah. I agree. I mean if I want to pay for a player to have sex with a stripper, and then pay for her abortion, there's nothing wrong with that. Stupid NCAA. 

Neil's ghost
Neil's ghost

Ot vey! Nevin the Nebish Shapiro will be the reason Hurricoons get the death penalty. Priceless.

Hypocrite Luke
Hypocrite Luke

Nevin is a snitch!  Nevin is going to get it in jail!  Too funny.  The U allowed this guy to corrupt.  They cashed his checks and contributions.  They turned their heads when they knew what he was up to.  And this is little Nevin's fault?  It's not too late to get FIU season tix.  Go Golden Panthers!

JMDaniels
JMDaniels

The MNT, Miami Herald and every other local news op were beaten, crushed on this story by a search engine.

But you were probably tied up working on better stories.

Guest
Guest

A search engine? Yahoo sports breaks almost all scandals in sports. It's basically their job.

Msol
Msol

That's because sports is irrelevant and there are much more important things going on. 

kk99
kk99

this guy shapiro is the worst kinda guy to get his hooks into you, he has nothing to lose and a lot of documentation to back up his claims. it's always a disgruntled guy who screws you, once he felt abandoned upon his ponzi scheme arrest it was all over.

the u could get very near the death penalty for this. shapiro has diarrhea of the mouth and he is snitching for snitching's sake. huge problem, this is the worse kinda trouble with the worse kinda guy, absolutely nothing to lose. some friend of miami u in that prison needs to take care of business before this guy totally destroys the progam.

Lateapex911
Lateapex911

Wow, so knock the guy off to kill any remaining secrets?? This college football thing is sick. "Fans" like you think "this is all ok, lets make the best of it and limit the damage"?Pffft. Face it. You, the program teh coaches the university and the NCAA are corrupt. heck, most of Miami knew what was going on and everyone looked the other way.Sad.

Wallace Milam
Wallace Milam

These amazing replies helped more than anything else to understand the outlook of the Miami boosters.  You have been caught.  You are guilty, the University, the boosters, Bobblehead Shalala, everyone.  It is not only Shapiro and the jocks.  And now, instead of saying, "We need to clean this mess up," here are people suggesting that you just hire someone to knock off Shapiro in prison and all will be well.  All will not be well in Miami. The Kool Aid has been drunk, Lil Luther has the documents and good attorneys.The Death Penalty hangs over The U.  Then, later, the obvious homsexual implications of the Shapiro relationships will begin to trickle out.  Welcome to soujth Florida, Coach Golden, now let's deflate the footballs and tell those recruits that the dressing room, the weight room (to say nothing of the yachts, mansions, strip clubs, and brothels are going to be off limits.  Better still, see if the Cubans would like to buy the place.

Juanjcorderolaw
Juanjcorderolaw

Nevin is admitting to a ton of crimes on the record if true he should be charged for every single one at t state level to be served after his federal prison sentence

themiddlepath
themiddlepath

Shapiro is never getting out of prison.

That's what makes these guys so dangerous, nothing to lose.

Nice one
Nice one

You don't want a clean program. A clean program wins nothing.

HappyNowUncleLuke
HappyNowUncleLuke

They are completely F'ed. The one positive is maybe this will clean UM up for good.

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