Earlier this week Yahoo Sports broke the news that convicted Ponzi Schemer and University of Miami booster Nevin Shapiro provided 72 current and former Miami football players, plus other student athletes with improper benefits. These improper benefits included money, cars, vacations, nightclub parties, and sex parties.
Of the current Miami football players implicated by Shapiro, starting QB Jacory Harris and leading tackler Ray Ray Armstrong are the biggest names. Current NFL players listed in the report include: Devin Hester, Andre Johnson, Willis McGahee, Kellen Winslow Jr., Vince Wilfork, Antrel Rolle, D.J. Williams, Jonathan Vilma, William Joseph, Jon Beason, Tavares Gooden, Sam Shields, and the late Sean Taylor.
These revelations have rocked the college football community, but should it really come as a surprise? College students are usually broke and will take what’s handed to them. Furthermore, the “U” as Miami students and alumni like the call it, isn’t the most innocent University. Not only are tv rights at stake, but the football program as a whole is running the risk of facing the death penalty.