Shapiro Desperately Clinging To UM Claims
MIAMI (CBSMiami) – It’s been several months since the world last heard from former University of Miami booster Nevin Shapiro, but that doesn’t mean the disgraced and imprisoned Shapiro isn’t through with the school.
Shapiro has apparently been sending e-mails that continue to paint himself as the man who will bring down the University of Miami’s football program and make him the most hated man in the history of UM athletics.
“The public is going to hate me worse in the next coming months,” Shapiro wrote, according to the Herald. “It’s going to be severe and catastrophic. My feelings are getting inflamed and I’m going to pop off pretty soon with regards to them and the NCAA. I’m coming for them both and I’m going to be successful.”
It’s the same claim to fame that Shapiro, who sought to buy access to the university and its athletes, has been peddling since the story and scandal first broke in a Yahoo! Sports investigation.
“I’m taking that program down to Chinatown and the former players and links to that program. Why?” Shapiro wrote, according to the Herald. “Because the U.S. government lined up 47 former players to testify against me in open court if I went to trial. That in itself is motivation to shove it up their collective [butts.]”
But, with each more outlandish claim or statement, and the NCAA continuing its investigation; Shapiro’s hopes of getting UM the NCAA ‘death penalty’ seem more and more remote. It’s also casting doubt on the overall legitimacy of his claims.
According to the Herald, the Hurricanes are cautiously optimistic the NCAA may not come down quite as hard as initially expected when the claims of paying players and prospects first were broadcast.
A Canes official told the Herald that a year or two bowl ban is likely, with possible scholarship losses on top of that. But, it’s still very early in the NCAA process and so far, UM hasn’t been told anything about the overall process.
The NCAA is expected to release some of its findings as early as this summer. However, as was the case with the USC-Reggie Bush scandal, it can take several years for the NCAA to make rulings, which could drag the Shapiro scandal out for several years.