University of Miami Under Investigation for Illegal Student Benefits

August 18, 2011

A five-month-old investigation of possible rules violations could have been committed by the University of Miami athletic department.

Mark Emmert, healing National Collegiate Athletic Association President confirmed the probe after Yahoo Sports said Miami booster Nevin Shapiro, stuff who’s imprisoned for his role in a $930 million Ponzi Scheme, cheap sale provided thousands of impermissible benefits to at least 72 athletes from 2002 through 2010.

“If the assertions are true, the alleged conduct at the University of Miami is an illustration of the need for serious and fundamental change in many critical aspects of college sports,” Emmert said on the NCAA’s website. “This pertains especially to the involvement of boosters and agents with student-athletes.”

Emmert said the NCAA has been looking into the matter at Miami for five months.

“The serious threats to the integrity of college sports are one of the key reasons why I called together more than 50 presidents and chancellors last week to drive substantive changes to Division I intercollegiate athletics,” Emmert said.

Shapiro described an eight-year run of NCAA rules violations, some involving participation and knowledge of Miami football and basketball coaches, during 100 hours of jailhouse interviews. In addition to cash, Shapiro also suggested that the benefits he gave athletes included prostitutes, jewelry, travel, paid trips to nightclubs and restaurants, entertainment in his home and yacht and bounties for on-field performance.