Why the University of Miami’s Football Program Is in Hot Water

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Back in 1995, Sports Illustrated published an damning article on the University of Miami’s football team. Going back to the 1980s, Hurricane players had a reputation for breaking the law, cheating in school, and ignoring NCAA rules. The school’s athletic leadership failed to curb the team’s rogue image.

The memorable cover line read: “Why The University of Miami Should Drop Football.” It’s time to fire up the presses again on that one.

According to a Yahoo! Sports investigation that’s breathtaking in its scope and incriminating in its results, Nevin Shapiro, a former Miami booster serving a 20-year prison sentence for his role in a $930 million Ponzi scheme, provided impermissible benefits to 72 of the university’s football players, including NFL players Vince Wilfork, Devin Hester, and Kellen Winslow Jr., and other athletes between 2002 and 2010. That’s right, 72 athletes.

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And we’re not talking about meal money here. “At a cost that Shapiro estimates in the millions of dollars,” the report says, “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.”

To absorb all the salacious and stunning details, the story is well-worth a long read. Click on the individual pages that outline the allegations against each player, and audio of Shapiro’s interviews. It’s multi-media, investigative journalism at its finest.

The visual evidence is particularly embarrassing for the University. In one photo, three shirtless University of Miami players, including Winslow Jr., are seen hanging out on Shapiro’s yacht. This image will immediately come to symbolize 21st-century college athletics cheating, much like the infamous UNLV “hot-tub” photo did for the prior one.

In another photo, University president, and former Bill Clinton cabinet member, Donna Shalala is seen at a bowling alley, admiring a $50,000 check from Ponzi-schemer Shapiro, which he donated to the University’s basketball program. How did Shalala, who has boasted about her ability to police Miami’s program, or the school’s athletic leadership not realize what was going on?

“When Shapiro made his allegations nearly a year ago, he and his attorneys refused to provide any facts to the university,” a Miami official told Yahoo!. “We notified the NCAA enforcement officials of these allegations. We are fully cooperating with the NCAA and are conducting a joint investigation. We take these matters very seriously.”

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Normally, after investigations like these, there’s reason to defend the players against the hypocrisy of the NCAA’s rules. Reggie Bush took some money from an agent? Why shouldn’t he, given all the money his touchdowns were generating for the coaches and university suits? Ohio State players sold memorabilia for some cash? Well, if the players don’t get a cut of the Ohio State football stuff sold in the book store, why shouldn’t they reap their rewards from the tattoo-parlor owner who paid them?

But these Miami allegations, if they hold up, are too decadent to absolve the players. They involve regular trips to strip clubs, bounties for injuring opposing players, and prostitution. Yahoo! Sports investigative reporter Charles Robinson has an impressive track record: he broke the Bush story and helped break the news that Ohio State coach Jim Tressel had lied about his knowledge of his players’ violations (Tressel was eventually fired).

There don’t seem to be any good guys in this tale. And Miami football may never recover.

For the full investigation, head to Yahoo! Sports.

27 comments
JHRP
JHRP

Not much can be done unless a drastic reduction of dependance of carbon, oil and gas burning. A difficult decision for all gobernments but absolutely necessary.

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

Curiously if the ice cap is growing as the deniers would have us believe, why are nations racing to claim as much Artic territory as possible to be able to exploit the resources it contains?


http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/19/science/earth/arctic-resources-exposed-by-warming-set-off-competition.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0


NUUK, Greenland — With Arctic ice melting at record pace, the world’s superpowers are increasingly jockeying for political influence and economic position in outposts like this one, previously regarded as barren wastelands.

Multimedia Slide Show A Changing Greenland Map Related

At stake are the Arctic’s abundant supplies of oil, gas and minerals that are, thanks to climate change, becoming newly accessible along with increasingly navigable polar shipping shortcuts. This year, China has become a far more aggressive player in this frigid field, experts say, provoking alarm among Western powers.

While the United States, Russia and several nations of the European Union have Arctic territory, China has none, and as a result, has been deploying its wealth and diplomatic clout to secure toeholds in the region.

dood777
dood777

The climate has changed cyclically for eons. No one would deny that. What is utter bunk is the lie of anthropomorphic climate change that demonizes carbon dioxide which is vital for life on earth and abundant crops. Somewhere along the line, this stopped being taught in our public fool system and many people will believe anything told to them without actually checking facts. When you follow the money this becomes crystal clear but unfortunately, those who still believe this Agenda 21/SD 21/UN/ICLEI lie are unwittingly supporting the full takeover of this country.


The elite who support this lie themselves produce horrendous “carbon footprints”. They live lavishly, jet everywhere, have numerous enormous homes that are using energy that small towns would envy. At the same time, they piously demand that the rest of us should conserve, scale back, go without, and the like. Something stinks highly here and it’s about time people wake up and begin to sift through the lies and help us take this country back and begin to rebuild.

jaymksn
jaymksn

I remain skeptical regarding these government reports on climate change and I especially don't believe anything Obama has to say about it.

alco933
alco933

Record Ice Caps, debate over.

jjmstick
jjmstick

absolute nonsense.

What is the solution?

Pay a global climate Tax to the IMF ?

Screw you !!!

Libs are so convinced of this crap they 

actually want to pay a new tax !!! ?


These stats are ridiculous false data.

The planet has cooled the past 15 years,

and thats why they had to change the term to

"Climate Change" because "Global Warming" has been debunked.


BTW :

Tell Al Gore Polar bears CAN swim.


JenniferReynoldsCabigas
JenniferReynoldsCabigas

A glaring omission:  the environmental impact of industrial farm animal production, including the unsustainable usage of water for feed production, animal production and slaughterhouses, the contaminated soil and water, and the contaminated air.    Since this report predicts the demise of the industrial model of farm animal production, I am surprised there is no recommendation to move toward sustainable eating, including emancipating ourselves from the need for our Americanized version of bigger and better meat consumption.


ARTRaveler
ARTRaveler

@mantisdragon91  Actually they are heavily into coal and are fighting to stop any regulation on coal-fired power plants which are among the oldest and most polluting ones around.  I notice that they don't live downwind from one of their mercury spewing monsters--that's for the little people.

dood777
dood777

@mantisdragon91   99.9% of us don't do massive dumping of toxic chemicals into the environment. BUT by making us the guilty parties for using carbon, it takes the spotlight off the real polluters. Our elite overlords, who seem to be so alarmist about global warming, are much less alarmist when it comes to other environmental causes, if they even get mentioned at all:


Massive deforestation, polluting of water with pharmaceuticals, fluoride in your drinking water, overfishing, vaccines tainted with mercury, mercury in those compact fluorescent light bulbs. chemtrails, ammonia run-off from big agra, Genetically Modified food, plastic water bottles that are overflowing landfills, BPA, depletion of resources, fossil fuel dependency etc. These are factually occurring phenomena....

Yet it all collectively takes a back seat to global warming (now "climate change" because it's a catch-all phrase that can be applied to anything, and not enough were buying into the GW thing because they don't see it happening around them).

**IF** ...very big IF....there is some kind of global warming going on...I don't blame US - the "little people" who have been pushing for alternative fuels for decades...... I don't blame us "useless eaters", as they like to call us, for exhaling CO2 (which plants need to grow)... I place the blame squarely on the ones who profit from our fossil-fuel dependency...This is yet another one of their scams to make US pay more. This is the solution we're being sold.THEY are not going to pay. WE are going to be forced to pay a tax that goes to THEM. THEY are not going to be forced to change their lifestyles, THEY will still fly their gas-guzzling jets and live in their massive energy-sucking homes......YOU are going to have your heat cut off, etc....

*IF* our imperial masters were so concerned about "going green", then why no talk about industrial hemp? They made a plant - a gift from God - that has a lot of uses, ILLEGAL..........
The global warming/climate change scam is just another money-making ponzi scheme brought to you by the same ELITE that are behind the phony war on terror, central banking, etc.......I don't know how to explain it better than that...

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

@jaymksn 

 Sure who to believe 97% plus of the climate scientists worldwide or Fox New.

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

@alco933 Record Ice caps where? Funny thing about debate, most debate usually involved providing documentation to support your claims.

dood777
dood777

@jjmstick  you go my man...notice these paid comment trolls immediately resort to attacking you personally because they can't debate the truth of your statements. Disinformation tactic at its finest.

gopvictory
gopvictory

@jjmstick Good job! Their hockey stick is just a flat stick now, somehow it all changed in the last past year.

bclark1553
bclark1553

@jjmstick People like yourself were probably direct descendants of the previous members of the Flat Earth Society, and inbreeding among yourselves hasn't made you any smarter!. It's simply amazing that you would still come out and say somehing so stupid. I'm going to take a stab in the dark and guess you are a Republican Conservative? Curious, did you finish High School?

ARTRaveler
ARTRaveler

@JenniferReynoldsCabigas  The right-wingers keep pushing fro super large families, the population will be self-limited due to the fact that food prodduction will eb out-stripped by mouths.  Deserts in the Midwest due to drought won't grown much food and that area is America's bread basket.

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

@dood777 @mantisdragon91As long as you mention hemp care to guess which party is pushing to make it illegal and which party is fighting tooth and nail against it? And the ELITE behind the war on terror and central banking are people like the Koch brothers. I can assure you you they aren't spending their billions to prove climate change is a fact, just the opposite.

ARTRaveler
ARTRaveler

@dood777 @jjmstick  There was no truth to his statement at all as you could see if you could read the facts above.  Facts have a liberal bias but the data above is sourced and not just FAUX garbage off the wall (as most of that channel is).  

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

@gopvictory @jjmstick 

GOP Victory= America's Failure

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

@dood777 The who? Feel free to post any and all documentation to support your claims. While you are at it, please explain what is the exact benefit for them from having us do more to combat climate change.

dood777
dood777

@mantisdragon91 @dood777  Koch bros are chump change compared to Rockefellers/Rothschilds and are just media whipping boys like Soros for the right. The real puppet masters are never in the news.

MrObvious
MrObvious

@alco933  

Oh lol, that was a long list of irrelevant nonsense. 92 million out of work? Statistically even you must realize that's absurd. Even the so called record unemployment - I think we hit that bottom during the great depressing and that was about 30 percent at the most of the WORKING population.


Unemployment rate[edit]

As of November 2013[update], the U.S. unemployment rate was 7.0 percent (U3 Rate).[115]

As of February 2014[update], the U6 unemployment rate is 14.9 percent.[116] The U6 unemployment rate counts not only people without work seeking full-time employment (the more familiar U-3 rate), but also counts "marginally attached workers and those working part-time for economic reasons." Note that some of these part-time workers counted as employed by U-3 could be working as little as an hour a week. And the "marginally attached workers" include those who have gotten discouraged and stopped looking, but still want to work. The age considered for this calculation is 16 years and over.[117]

That's from the census. Even if we add 4-5% percentage points to that to inflate the numbers for 'safety' it won't touch 92 million. If it was 92 million (and we're 315million now) we'd see homeless people in the streets, all the time. Plus it doesn't make sense with your food stamp nonsense either. You generally see more people on foodstamps than there are unemployed and that is because the working poor and many others that fall under the cap gets food stamps. So if this are so bad that 92 million are unemployed the people collecting foodstamps would be crazy amount more.

Look, I don't care if you pull stuff out of your arse - but at least use real data.


mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

@alco933 Remind us again why are all those people out of work?Who was in power when our economy crashed? And if you want to cry about Benghazi explain to us about 9/11? Or the lies that got us into Iraq?

alco933
alco933

@mantisdragon91  DEM Victory = 92 million out of work 45 million on food stamps, record unemployment, IRS|Gun Running|Benghazi|AP Phone Tap|GSA scandals, people losing healthcare, people losing doctors, higher healthcare premiums, lower quality healthcare, higher gas prices, higher electricity prices, higher food prices, 


I would gladly welcome back a Bush Presidency in light of this current debacle a la Jimmy Carter.