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Posted by on July 22nd, 2012 in blog, CFF Features, Jeff Siverhus | No Comments



So, apparently Al Golden’s staff picked up right where Nevin Shapiro left off.

The following are exerpts from a Yahoo Sports exclusive story.



Less than one week after the University of Miami hired Al Golden as coach, members of Golden’s coaching staff began using Sean “Pee Wee” Allen – a then-equipment manager and onetime right-hand man of convicted Ponzi schemer Nevin Shapiro – to circumvent NCAA rules in the recruiting of multiple Miami-area players, Yahoo! Sports has learned.

Golden, hired by Miami in mid-December 2010, had direct knowledge of Allen’s improper involvement with Miami recruits, according to a former Hurricanes athletic department staffer and federal testimony given by Allen in Shapiro’s bankruptcy case. Additionally, multiple sources interviewed by NCAA investigators have told Yahoo! Sports that Allen has become a focal point in the association’s probe into Miami athletics. The sources said investigators focused on Allen’s role in providing impermissible benefits to Hurricanes players, as well as his contact with Miami recruits.

Al Golden’s response was this.

“I have been a college football coach for more than 18 years and I am proud of — and I stand by — my record of compliance over that span,” Golden said in a statement. “As my colleagues and players on all of my teams can attest, I believe strongly in doing things the right way with the best of intentions.

“The inferences and suggestions in the Yahoo! Sports story that my conduct was anything but ethical are simply false. I, like all of us at UM, have cooperated fully with the joint NCAA-UM inquiry and will continue to do so, so that our program and our university can move forward. Because the process is on-going, I am unable to address any specifics or answer questions on the matter.”

None the less, it certainly appears there is a smoking gun on several different incidents. We will see if the NCAA for once has some stones in dealing with blatant violations. Or, are they more concerned with PR moves such as the Penn State case.

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