Yahoo Investigation Into Miami Reveals Impermissible Benefits Back to 2002

University of Miami booster and ponzi schemer (to the tune of $930 million!) Nevin Shapiro told Yahoo! Sports over the course of an 11-month investigation about how he provided impermissible benefits to Miami players (at least 72 of them) from 2002-2010. As you might remember, the Hurricanes were in the Big East from 1991-2004 before they left for the ACC for the 2004 season.

At a cost that Shapiro estimates in the millions of dollars, 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.

Also, some of these NCAA violations occurred with "knowledge or direct participation of at least seven coaches from the Miami football and basketball programs." If everything had occurred in one sport it would have been bad enough, but once you get into multiple sports, that's where the NCAA can slap you with lack of institutional control.

And if you have the time, you can look into each of the allegations of player involvement. And yes, current Miami players are on the list such as starting quarterback Jacory Harris and safety Ray-Ray Armstrong.

Current Louisville assistant football coach Clint Hurtt is on the list of coaches allegedly involved.

You should really read the whole article, but here is something specific from Miami's time in the Big East:

Yahoo! Sports was able to identify a handful of Mercury Hotel charges on the debit card from his Wachovia statements. One charge in particular took place for rooms reserved on Sunday, Sept. 29, 2002 and settled on Monday, Sept. 30. The charges, which totaled $1,215.77, took place on Miami’s off week between a 38-6 win over Boston College and a 48-14 win against Connecticut.

Assuming partying like that after a win over Boston College is an NCAA violation (definitely), that begins to put Miami's Big East accomplishments under scrutiny. The allegations of providing prostitutes for players at parties in 2002 and 2003 is, well, not helping the situation. The Hurricanes went back to the BCS National Championship (although they lost) in 2002 after an undefeated season. Miami also won the Big East in 2003. All of that could likely wiped out now.

As far as the basketball side goes, I didn't see anything pre-dating 2007 in the story.

In any event, I guess this report means we should hold off on writing any Classic Big East posts on Miami.

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