Based on phone records, testimony in the Nevin Shapiro trial and information relayed by a former Miami athletic department employee, Charles Robinson is reporting Miami used equipment manager Sean “Pee Wee” Allen as a third-party recruiter, whose contact and benefits provided may be NCAA violations.
Allen, who had ties to Nevin Shapiro, worked for Miami from Golden’s hiring through August 2011 when he was let go after being linked with the Shapiro scandal. His phone records indicate contact with multiple Miami recruits in the 2011 and 2012 classes. Al Golden had direct knowledge of his activities
A brief sampling from the report.
On the evening of Jan. 22, 2011, the former Hurricanes staffer alleged that Allen arranged for Hurricanes defensive end Olivier Vernon and visiting recruit Anthony Chickillo to gain entrance to BT’s Gentlemen’s Club in Coral Gables. The former Hurricanes staffer said Allen paid for Chickillo’s drinks and entertainment at the strip club. Allen’s phone records show that between 6:49 p.m. and 11:10 p.m. that night, he traded 12 phone calls with Vernon and two with defensive tackle Marcus Forston – the two players who were hosting Chickillo on his official visit that weekend.
College football is a sport where Trent Richardson, unemployed at that point with two kids, gets pulled over in a $50,000 car and we make a collective decision to ignore it. We are not deluded enough to feign outrage about third-party recruiting. These are students, athletes and assets worth potentially millions of dollars to the athletic departments involved. It is long past time for rules enforceable and commensurate with the sports they govern.
What we will say is this bodes well neither for Golden and his future employment nor Miami’s ongoing NCAA investigation.
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