Miscellany

Wonder if Al Golden is Worried About the Ponzi Scheme King Chirping to the NCAA

According to a Inside the U, the NCAA is going to be poking around the University of Miami’s campus today, looking into allegations about the always-dangerous, “violations regarding impermissible benefits.”

The allegations center around former Miami booster Nevin Shapiro, a guy who was once referred to as, “the Caligula of South Florida’s Ponzi Empire.” According to Inside the U:

Shapiro, who contributed $150,000 to the UM athletic program, pled guilty in June for running a $930 million Ponzi scheme and was given a 20-year sentence. He stated in April 2010 that he plans on writing a “tell-all book” about his involvement with former UM players.

His involvement with UM dates back to 2001 during the Larry Coker and Randy Shannon-coached teams.

Al Golden, the new Miami coach, is already trying to put a rough offseason behind him, and now a potential scandal falls into his lap. Wonderful. Shapiro’s attorney has confirmed the NCAA’s visit, and the Miami Herald says Shapiro can back up his allegations:

Shapiro, during interviews with The Miami Herald in 2010, mentioned Devin Hester, Randy Phillips, Jon Beason, Antrel Rolle and Kyle Wright among former players he had close relationships with. He also spoke of being close with Clint Hurtt, UM’s former recruiting coordinator who left after the 2009 season to take a job at Louisville. Shapiro has said he took players to dinner and bought them gifts.

… Perez, asked Monday if Shapiro has evidence to support his allegations, said, “Absolutely. He has different photos, phone records, credit card statements and bills.”

It’s going to be a long month in Coral Gables.

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