It isn’t a few autographed helmets or plasma screen TV’s and Escalades that will bring down the University of Miami’s athletic program, it’s cash, travel, bonuses for injuring opposing players and prostitutes collectively valuated in the low seven figure range that will do The U in.
While incarcerated for his role in a modest $930 million Ponzi scheme, Miami Hurricane booster Nevin Shapiro admitted to Yahoo! Sports that he had provided thousands of impermissible benefits to 72 Miami athletes from 2002 to 2010.
Yahoo! Sports reports:
“In 100 hours of jailhouse interviews during Yahoo! Sportsâ€™ 11-month investigation, Hurricanes booster Nevin Shapiro described a sustained, eight-year run of rampant NCAA rule-breaking, some of it with the knowledge or direct participation of at least seven coaches from the Miami football and basketball programs. At a cost that Shapiro estimates in the millions of dollars, he said his benefits to athletes included but were not limited to cash, prostitutes, entertainment in his multimillion-dollar homes and yacht, paid trips to high-end restaurants and nightclubs, jewelry, bounties for on-field play (including bounties for injuring opposing players), travel and, on one occasion, an abortion.”
Because you’re better served reading their investigation in entirety, and because this kind of investigative journalism is frequently lost in most of today’s “news“, head to Yahoo! sports here for an extensive but excellent read.
**UPDATE: Paul Dee was the athletic director at ‘The U’ during the supposed booster infractions. This is the same man who headed the NCAA committee that investigated and sanctioned USC for not having enough control over their athletic programs. Full report from SI Here.