NCAA Claims Nevin Shapiro Gave Miami Roughly $170,000 in Impermissible Benefits
The NCAA has reportedly levied more charges against the University of Miami regarding its involvement with former booster Nevin Shapiro.
The Associated Press’ Tim Reynolds reported the following:
The NCAA is alleging that former Miami booster Nevin Shapiro was responsible for providing about $170,000 in impermissible benefits to Hurricanes athletes, recruits, coaches and others between 2002 and 2010.
Shapiro allegedly spent more than half that amount — at least $90,000 — in an effort to get NFL players Vince Wilfork and Antrel Rolle to sign with a sports agency he was involved with, said the person, who spoke to The Associated Press Wednesday on condition of anonymity because neither Miami nor the NCAA has publicly released the allegations.
Wilfork is currently with the New England Patriots and Rolle is a member of the New York Giants, and both play instrumental roles in their respective teams' defenses.
According to Shapiro’s jailhouse interviews with Yahoo! Sports’ Charles Robinson, he stated that the benefits he provided to Miami athletic programs were "in the millions of dollars." This puts the figure in the NCAA’s allegations significantly lower than Shapiro’s initial estimate.
Reynolds notes that benefits were also provided to cover "meals, entertainment, clothing, jewelry, travel, lodging and cash" and the recipients included “72 then-players, three recruits and 12 "friends and family members." He also reports that “the NCAA's Committee on Infractions wants to hear the case in June.”
The latest news involving the NCAA’s charges continues an ongoing saga involving indiscretion on the part of Shapiro and Miami.
Robinson’s report prompted an investigation, which was subsequently derailed after NCAA employees gathered “improperly obtained information," as The New York Times' Steve Eder reported. But the governing body carried on and eventually charged three former Miami assistant coaches with violating "principles of ethical conduct," according to ESPN.com.
The university has already imposed sanctions on itself, but with the allegations growing increasingly more serious, it is becoming less likely that these will be the only punishments levied upon Miami.
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