A school is linked to a sordid booster is one thing. If said booster is a felon for running Ponzi schemes has an axe to grind, then look the hell out.
Nevin Shapiro, a former Miami booster who is serving a 20-year prison sentence for masterminding a $930 million Ponzi scheme, has told Yahoo! Sports he provided benefits to Miami’s football players and other athletes between 2002 and 2010. Shapiro said he gave money, cars, yacht trips, jewelry, televisions and other gifts to former football players that includes Devin Hester, Jonathan Vilma, and Kellen Winslow Jr.
So why is Shapiro now coming forward with the information? Because he is pissed that not one of those players came to his aid while he is in prison.
If more adults realize that this is what happens when they pay young people to hang out with them – those young people will USE THEM. Hell, I’d use the hell of out that dork if he paid me to hang out with him.
But I digress…
If ANY of what Shapiro alleges is true, then we could be talking about punishment SMU-style (there’s an old school reference for you). Not good for the University of Miami football program. As if the Atlantic Coast Conference needs a member’s football program to go belly up for a while right?
This is going to end badly for “The U”. If and when Miami football gets hammered, it will not bode well for the ACC. It’ll be also bad for college football.
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Athletic Directors have a point. How are they supposed to monitor what students do on their own time when they’re off campus? Mandatory GPS in their cars? Ankle bracelets? Now, this situation is so far reaching that it’s hard to imagine that no one in the department knew anything, but, still.
Punishing the kids who are currently enrolled for the “sins” of previous students makes no sense. Then again, we’re talking about the NCAA.
I agree. The NCAA is so ass-backwards in doling out its punishments. Here’s an idea: why not fine and/or fire the administrators involved in such scandals? Punishing the current crop of college kids is stupid and unfair…