Nevin Shapiro Scandal Nabs a Gator: Florida Wide Receivers Coach Aubrey Hill Resigns
Today, University of Florida wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator Aubrey Hill resigned. He formerly held the same job at Miami and was implicated in Yahoo! Sport's report on the Shapiro scandal.
"Florida spokesman just confirmed that recruiting coordinator Aubrey Hill is resigning in the wake of the Shapiro mess at Miami," tweeted Sports Illustrated's Pete Thamel.
It's obviously not good when your recruiting coordinator is implicated in one of the largest recruiting scandals in recent memory.
Hill, a Miami native who played football at UF, became the wide receivers coach at UM in 2008, and recruiting coordinator in 2010. He was originally retained by Al Golden, but announced in late 2010 that he'd be returning to Florida to join their coaching staff in the same capacity.
According to the Yahoo! Sports report, Hill was present while Shapiro was making impermissible contact with three recruits.
"Aubrey Hill came to my house -- he was the receivers coach -- he came to my house with Clint Hurtt," Shapiro told Yahoo!. "They were recruiting three players from Sanford, [Fla.] Seminole County. I think in Orlando. [The players were] Andre Debose, Dyron Dye and Ray-Ray Armstrong. I walked those kids through my closet, and there was a very specific recruiting pitch that I gave after showing these kids the UM jerseys I had, which was about 50 of them. He was part of that, and that was my encounter with Aubrey Hill."
Though, it's not entirely clear if Hill is resigning because of his role with the 'Canes, but that seems to be the read-between-the-line explanation.
"Aubrey informed me he was resigning for personal reasons that have nothing to do with the University of Florida,'' Coach Muschamp said in a statement . "Aubrey didn't want to be a distraction to our team and our football program and he thought it was best for him to move on. I appreciate Aubrey's efforts and wish him the best of luck moving forward. He will always remain a Gator.''
The irony of NCAA sanctions is that while the program and coaches and players not involved in the scandal will face the penalty of sanctions, more often than not coaches and staffers can get off scot-free if they simply jump ship to another program.
Former head basketball coach Frank Haith, for example, was implicated in the scandal. Now he's the head coach at Missouri and won the AP's coach of the year award. Former Miami staffers Joe Pannunzio and Jeff Stoutland, both implicated, are now gainfully employed at Alabama.
Only time will tell if those coaches, and others, will hold on to their jobs if they're implicated in the official NCAA findings. The fact that implicated coaches know that they can skirt rules and find gainful employment elsewhere ensures that college football will never truly be a clean sport.
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