Report: Miami Hurricanes players took gifts, money

Miami HeraldAugust 17, 2011 

On a day in which at least two NCAA investigators conducted interviews at the University of Miami regarding relationships between football players and former booster Nevin Shapiro, Hurricanes football coach Al Golden said he knew “zero, absolutely nothing’’ about Shapiro and his sordid history until Monday’s media firestorm.

And that was before the bombshell dropped Tuesday night.

An 11-month investigation by Yahoo! Sports alleged that Shapiro “provided thousands of impermissible benefits to at least 72 athletes from 2002 through 2010,” that included cash, prostitutes, entertainment in his multimillion-dollar homes and yacht, paid trips to expensive restaurants and nightclubs, jewelry, bounties for on-field play, travel and, on one occasion, an abortion.”

Included in the Yahoo! report as allegedly violating NCAA rules because of convicted felon Shapiro’s interaction: current prominent football players Jacory Harris, Marcus Forston, Dyron Dye, Travis Benjamin, Ray-Ray Armstrong, Adewale Ojomo, Olivier Vernon, Vaughn Telemaque, Sean Spence, Marcus Robinson, JoJo Nicolas and Aldarius Johnson.

Also alleged to have violated NCAA rules: current UM basketball player DeQuan Jones, as well as former assistant football coaches Clint Hurtt, Jeff Stoutland and Aubrey Hill; and former head basketball coach Frank Haith and his assistants Jake Morton and Jorge Fernandez.

According to Yahoo!, Haith denied Shapiro’s claims through a University of Missouri spokesman.

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