August 23, 2011 |
The probe into Miami athletics is growing, with the university looking into the eligibility of 15 athletes who may have accepted improper benefits from a rogue booster. Miami president Donna Shalala did not reveal any names of the players under investigation as she released a video statement yesterday. The booster, convicted Ponzi scheme architect Nevin Shapiro , told Yahoo Sports for an article published last week that 12 current football players and one men's basketball player got money, gifts and other items from him. "We cannot let the actions of some define the many," Shalala said.
August 17, 2011 |
WONDER IF football coach Al Golden knew what he was getting into when he left Temple for Miami. Yesterday, Golden said some Miami players may have accepted favors from longtime booster Nevin Shapiro, who was convicted in June of orchestrating a $900 million Ponzi scheme. Golden was hired in December to replace Randy Shannon, after coaching the Owls for five seasons. NCAA officials showed up on campus Monday to investigate Shapiro's claim that he provided improper benefits to players.
March 7, 2013 |
THE NCAA has lifted a recent ban against New Jersey schools being allowed to host tournament games or championships sanctioned by college sports' governing body. The NCAA informed its member schools of the decision in a memo after U.S. District Judge Michael Shipp in Trenton issued a permanent injunction barring New Jersey from offering sports betting in the state. Gov. Chris Christie signed a sports-wagering law last year, but the NCAA and four major sports leagues challenged it. Carol Blazejowski, the associate vice president for university advancement at Montclair State University, said she had received the NCAA memo.
February 19, 2013 |
THE NCAA's home-grown scandal is hitting hard at headquarters. President Mark Emmert announced Monday that Julie Roe Lach, the vice president of enforcement, is leaving and will soon be replaced by private attorney Jonathan Duncan after her role in the botched investigation at the University of Miami. He even suggested the NCAA's board of directors and executive committee could hold him accountable for the mess, and it's not over yet. After releasing a 55-page report detailing how the NCAA violated its own practices and policies by paying the attorney for convicted Ponzi-schemer Nevin Shapiro thousands of dollars to help with the Miami case, Emmert spent more than an hour doing damage control on the latest black eye to hit the organization.
February 20, 2013 |
THE NCAA is accusing Miami of a "lack of institutional control" in the long-awaited notice of allegations against the Hurricanes, a source with knowledge of the situation told the Associated Press. The letter was delivered to Miami on Tuesday, said the person, who spoke on condition of anonymity because neither the NCAA nor the Hurricanes had authorized any public comment at the time. "We deeply regret any violations, but we have suffered enough," Miami president Donna Shalala said in a statement Tuesday night.
February 22, 2013
The opening round of the Match Play Championship in Marana, Ariz., lasted only 31/2 hours Wednesday until it was suspended by a winter storm that covered Dove Mountain with nearly two inches of snow. Sergio Garcia , in the leadoff match, had just holed a 10-foot par putt to win the 15th hole and go 2 up over Thongchai Jaidee when play was suspended. CYCLING: Lance Armstrong won't do a tell-all interview under oath with the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency to reveal everything he knows about the use of performance-enhancing drugs in cycling.
January 24, 2013
The NCAA said Wednesday its enforcement staff had botched a high-profile investigation of the University of Miami by improperly conducting at least two depositions while working with an attorney for disgraced booster Nevin Shapiro . Miami has been under investigation since the convicted Ponzi scheme mastermind said he had provided improper benefits to Hurricanes recruits. The NCAA does not have subpoena power. At least one of the people deposed by attorney Maria Elena Perez as part of Shapiro's bankruptcy case appeared under subpoena.
August 16, 2011 |
NCAA investigators visited the University of Miami campus Monday looking into claims that more than a dozen former or current football players received gifts and services from convicted Ponzi schemer Nevin Shapiro, his attorney said. Shapiro has told the NCAA he provided players with the use of a yacht and other favors, said his attorney, Maria Elena Perez. Shapiro and Perez have been talking with the NCAA about the matter for a couple of months and provided documentation, she said.
August 18, 2011 |
CORAL GABLES, Fla. - With investigators five months into checking allegations that a Ponzi scheme artist spent freely on University of Miami athletes, the NCAA president said Wednesday that if the claims are confirmed, they show the need for "fundamental change" in college sports. Former Hurricanes booster Nevin Shapiro, now serving 20 years in federal prison, claims he provided players with cash, prostitutes, cars, and other gifts from 2002 to 2010. Shapiro told Yahoo Sports that 72 football players and other athletes at Miami received improper benefits from him in the last decade.
January 24, 2013 |
THE NCAA has found what it calls "a very severe issue of improper conduct" committed by former members of its own enforcement program during the Miami investigation, and will not deliver the long-awaited notice of allegations against the Hurricanes until an external review is completed. NCAA president Mark Emmert announced the findings Wednesday. The sports governing body said former enforcement staff members worked with the criminal defense attorney for former Miami booster and convicted Ponzi scheme architect Nevin Shapiro "to improperly obtain information . . . through a bankruptcy proceeding that did not involve the NCAA.