Kirby Hocutt: The UM Scandal's Real Villain

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Luther Campbell, the man whose booty-shaking madness made the U.S. Supreme Court stand up for free speech, gets as nasty as he wants to be for Miami New Times. This week, Luke wonders when the NCAA will drop the hammer on former University of Miami athletic director Kirby Hocutt.

Now that the NCAA has doled out punishment to eight University of Miami football players in the Nevin Shapiro scandal, college investigators need to focus their energy on Kirby Hocutt, the Texas Tech athletic director who bailed on the Hurricanes.

Though he has denied involvement with the Ponzi schemer, Hocutt is the guy who gave Shapiro carte blanche to access the football and basketball programs.

Then-UM football coach Randy Shannon was trying to muscle out Shapiro, but Hocutt was rolling out the red carpet. He should have known better. Hocutt played football for Kansas State University in the '90s and got his first collegiate job in 1999 as associate athletic director at the University of Oklahoma. He left in 2005 to become the athletic director at Ohio University, and Miami hired him three years later to replace Paul Dee.

Hocutt was tasked with pleasing big-money donors such as Shapiro, who calls the athletic director his best pal. Shapiro even tried to persuade Hocutt to let him buy out Shannon's contract. And don't think for a minute Hocutt had nothing to do with naming the athletic lounge after Shapiro. The only way millionaire boosters got access to the university was when Hocutt allowed it.

So how can the NCAA punish the kids and not discipline the guy who essentially allowed Shapiro to operate with impunity?

Don't believe Hocutt's denials. He knew how far Shapiro's corruption reached into the UM athletic department. If anyone showed a lack of institutional control, it was Hocutt.

It's certainly convenient for him to say he left the U this past February so he could go back home to Texas, but Hocutt knew Shapiro wouldn't stay quiet.

So he skipped out of town in the middle of the night like a triflin' husband tiptoeing out of his mistress's apartment.

Meanwhile, the University of Miami remains under investigation. Though the football program likely won't face the death penalty, the university will almost certainly lose out on scholarships and bowl appearances. Hocutt should not go unscathed in Nevingate. He must be held accountable.

The NCAA should suspend him too.

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Darnce
Darnce

Wow, what a racist diatribe.   I'm ashamed for reading this.   I promise not to be back.

Cyndi151
Cyndi151

My daughter was at Miami from 04 -07  this guy was in the clubs and always with the football team.. It happened  on Dee's watch also!

Alk
Alk

Luke.. C'mon, Man! The real issue here is the neglect that president Shalala has had with UM athletics for 10 years. It's time for a change at the presidency level.

Support the new facebook page: Shalala Must Go!http://www.facebook.com/?sfrm=...

Michael Douglas
Michael Douglas

Very valid points by Luke! It seems like they took the "poor little black boys" and "rescued" them and the two were pimping them all along.  Sad situation.  Hopefully NFL pros and former collegiate players who are living a moral life will start mentoring boys who look like them to help be surrogate fathers to them instead of the "Santa Clause"Ho"-cutt & Shapiro.I'm just saying.

MWD Business
MWD Business

Very valid points! It seems like they took the "poor little black boys" and "rescued" them and the two were pimping them all along.  Sad situation.  Hopefully NFL pros and former collegiate players who are living a moral life will start mentoring boys who look like them to help be surrogate fathers to them instead of the "Santa Clause"Ho"-cutt & Shapiro.I'm just saying.

LukeIsRacist
LukeIsRacist

Nigga please!This started under Doughnuts DeeType your comment here.

Bubba The Wise
Bubba The Wise

Hey Luke,

Weren't you involved in this type of activity back in the day?

seep
seep

OK but if they punish Hocutt they will probably also severely punish the football program.  

I think the NCAA has already doled out sufficient punishment.  Go Canes!

Facts are your Friend
Facts are your Friend

He came to UM in 2008.  This scandal was in full brew in 2002-2004.  How did he start this mess?  

Randy Shannon was there the WHOLE time. But he is black, so lets not blame him. 

Notwerk
Notwerk

I wasn't a fan of Shannon, but it's pretty well known that he disliked Shapiro, warned players to stay away from him, and raised red flags about him. Shannon had been around those infamous UM teams that got in trouble, and he knew trouble when he saw it.

It's true that this mess started before Hocutt, but it certainly continued while he was there. It seems absurd that he would be allowed to continue working unscathed under the NCAA umbrella when he was involved in this mess. If the players -- who don't earn a dime for their work on the field -- can be punished for what happened, why not a grown man who collects a paycheck under the auspices of the same sanctioning body? Doesn't seem fair.

Ojjohnson008
Ojjohnson008

Lets just ignore all the reports that say Randy Shannon was one of the few University officials that raised flags about this guy! Being Black has nothing to do with anything...this is about green.

Common Sense
Common Sense

Did Shalala inform Hocutt what was going on before she hired him, or did she trap him? I doubt anyone could figure out the power politics of UM in just 24 months. Thinking Hocutt was instantly an inside man is wishful thinking. Miami has had decades of shady behavior. Looking to blame the last guy in and out the door is a very weak strategy.

Zxsevenjoe
Zxsevenjoe

Absolutely!!!but nothings gonna happen look at Pete Carroll of USC fame.

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