Miami Hurricanes Football Scandal: How Many Current Players Will Suffer?

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Miami Hurricanes Football Scandal: How Many Current Players Will Suffer?
Nevin Shapiro (right) and former Hurricane Kellen Winslow Jr. Photo credit: Yahoo! Sports/Nevin Shapiro

The history books will read that on August 16, 2011, Hurricane Nevin came ashore in Coral Gables, Fla. and tore apart the University of Miami's once-proud football program, leaving it in shreds.

And that college football was never the same because of it.

But unlike most hurricanes, Nevin had a few precursors, much like a number of small earthquakes which would signify that a big earthquake is on the way.

In the last 18 months, the NCAA has investigated eight major college football programs for violations that now seem minute.

Auburn, Georgia Tech, LSU, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio State, Oregon and Southern California were all investigated for breaking rules that ranged from improper phone calls to a recruit, to practicing too much, to paying a player, to trading memorabilia for tattoos.

These were all violations that seemed disturbing enough at the time. Violations that would make a rival school's supporter wag a finger in disapproval while at the same time snickering in delight because a foe got caught cheating.

But what the Miami Hurricanes are accused of is totally different.

Hurricane Nevin is a Category 5 atrocity.

In a published report by Yahoo! Sports, former Miami booster Nevin Shapiro alleges that he provided 72 Miami players with impermissible benefits over a period of eight years that ended in 2010 only because he was arrested and imprisoned for a $900 million Ponzi scheme.

The benefits that Shapiro named in the Yahoo! Sports' report were "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."

Following is a list of the current Miami football players who are at the greatest risk of being swept out to sea because of Nevin. Players that are likely to face severe punishment when the NCAA finishes their investigation into the alleged infractions.

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