Remer: “Alright dude, listen to me carefully. Do you think Shaq got rich playing in Orlando?”
Coop: “No, he got rich playing in college, everybody knows that.”
We had a guys night out a few weeks back and my buddy Eli told me to check out the ESPN 30 for 30 about SMU. It was called Pony Express and told the story about how Southern Methodist University was paying players and how they had their players basically on a payroll. It was captivating TV. Here’s the trailer.
I bring this up because SMU was given the “death penalty”. The “death penalty” is when the NCAA suspends a program for at least one year. It’s very rare and SMU is the only major football program to be given the harsh penalty.
But if you’ve been watching the news at all in the last week, that may change.
Enter the University of Miami. Yahoo! Sports writer Charles Robinson had an amazing story come out last weekend where it was exposed that Miami players were on a payroll among other things.
A jailed Ponzi schemer named Nevin Shapiro has been paying players for an eight year stretch from 2002-2010. The Yahoo! article indicates 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.
It also indicates that current Patriot and former Hurricane Vince Wilfork was paid $50,000 in a lump sum. He also allowed Wilfork to stay on his yacht and gave him a pair of $50,000 Escalades, one for him and one for his then fiancee.
Vince has indicated that he doesn’t want to be a distraction to the Pats but something like this certainly isn’t going anywhere. Wilfork is pictured multiple times in the article in various photos with Shapiro and of course the NCAA has started their investigation.
I would love nothing more than to see the Hurricanes get the death penalty. The program clearly is corrupt but it’s produced some of the biggest thugs in the NFL. I would love nothing more than to see all of “The U” thugs be taken down a peg as their program gets a smackdown from the NCAA.
Stay tuned. This is going to certainly be a story to follow over the next several weeks and months.