Miami Football Scandal 2011: Tyrone Moss Recants, but Changes Nothing for Canes

Erik UnderwoodCorrespondent IIIAugust 22, 2011

Former Hurricane running back Tyrone Moss is denying reports that he admitted involvement with booster Nevin Shapiro
Former Hurricane running back Tyrone Moss is denying reports that he admitted involvement with booster Nevin Shapiro

Tyrone Moss denied reports that he ever accepted money from former Miami booster Nevin Shapiro on Sunday.

"I wanted to clear the air and let everyone know I've never received $1,000 from Nevin Shapiro. Nor have I ever been on his boat or anything like that," Moss told Miami's Channel 10. "Someone has taken my name and tried to destroy my name."

Moss is referencing the report that he admitted to Yahoo! Sports that he had been involved with Shapiro upon his entry into the football program.  When Yahoo! was asked to comment on Moss recanting his statements, they stood by their story.

"Moss' comments came in a taped, on-the-record interview," said managing editor Gerry Ahern.

At the time of the report, Moss was the only player to come out publicly as a guilty party in the matter.  Several other Hurricanes have chosen to remain anonymous when confirming the Shapiro allegations.

But what does Tyrone Moss recanting his comments really mean for the U?




The NCAA is not going to look at one player reneging on his admission as a reason to take the Hurricane punishments lightly.  Some may try to use Moss’ most recent comments as evidence that the Shapiro story is nothing but a farce.

Moss appears to simply be backing his alma mater in a show of loyalty to the university.  I’m sure that we’ll see several players make the same kind of statements Moss did, or just decline to comment at all on the investigation.

"I went to school there and had four great years there. I would never bash Miami in any type of way or talk negative about Miami," Moss said. "Basically, [Shapiro] wants attention. That's all."

While Moss’ loyalty is admirable, the Miami scandal could blow the doors off the world of college football and potentially warrant the ultimate punishment for the Canes, the “Death Penalty.”

It’s only been handed down once in the long history of college football, ruining the SMU football program for two decades starting in 1987.

The NCAA is investigating the University of Miami as we speak, and despite Tyrone Moss denying his admission, still consider him a person of interest among the 72 players alleged to be involved. 

The jury is out on how much assistance will come from former Hurricanes to uncover more of the scandal, but I for one expect most of them to take a similar route to Moss and try to distance themselves from Shapiro.