If you’ve been hiding from the Internet (or getting your sports information from ESPN), you probably haven’t heard about the enormous atomic bomb that was dropped on the University of Miami last night. Nevin Shapiro, a former University of Miami booster (who is imprisoned for his role in a 930 million dollar Ponzi scheme) has spent the last 11 months carefully planning the inevitable death of the Miami football program with Charles Robinson and Yahoo! Sports. The details of the scandal, as lush and bloated as the arrogance of the program itself, rival (if not surpass) the rampant string of infractions and violations SMU committed in the 80’s.As a booster for Miami from 2002-2010, Shapiro showered players (72 (!) of them) and coaches with illegal benefits. At first glance, there appears to be four major bylaws violated during this stretch. Bylaw 11 (impermissible compensation to coaches), bylaw 12 (compromised amateurism of college student athletes), bylaw 13 (improper recruiting activity), and bylaw 16 (extra benefits to athletes).It’s honestly a challenge to wrap my arms around the enormity of the allegations, but here’s my best shot to summarize them:
Part of me wanted to do the thing where I list the violations, then include one that was completely made up so you could try and guess which one wasn’t true. The list above eliminates that as a possibility. If you want to go deeper into this sea of infractions, Yahoo! has put together the entire list of players and coaches that Shapiro provided improper benefits to in a nice, neat little pile for you in the article that I linked to above. Each individual page profiles the player or coach like a infraction/violation baseball card.Oh, and an entertaining side note -- when you check out Kellen Winslow baseball card, you can read about how he wrecked one of Shapiro’s jet ski’s into another boat. That’s probably the most believable thing in this whole article, amiright?Anyway, goodbye Miami -- it was nice knowing you. Follow David on Twitter @davidreg412
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