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The NCAA has delivered a new and disturbing ultimatum to numerous former University of Miami football players: Either talk to us or we’ll believe Nevin Shapiro’s claims against you.
The NCAA last week mailed a letter to former players that allegedly committed NCAA violations by accepting gifts from Shapiro, including dinners, prostitutes, trips to nightclubs, cash and other perks. Shapiro told the NCAA that 114 players committed violations; Yahoo previously identified 72 of them.
Only players who were playing college football at the time the investigation was launched are required to speak to the NCAA. Thirteen current or former UM football players did so in 2011. So the players who were sent the letter last week are no longer playing college football; some are in the NFL.
Here’s how the letter to one player attorney reads:
"The purpose of this letter is to apprise you that the NCAA enforcement staff is requesting to schedule an interview with your clients regarding their knowledge of or involvement in possible NCAA violations concerning the University of Miami, Florida, football program.
"Interviewing your clients is important in order for the enforcement staff to conduct a thorough investigation, and both the staff and the institution request you and your clients’ cooperation in this matter. However, at this time, all attempts to schedule and execute interviews with have been unsuccessful. As a result, this letter serves as a formal and final request by the NCAA enforcement staff for interviews with to be completed by Nov. 23, 2012.
“If we do not hear back from you or your clients by that time, the staff will consider the non-response as your client’s admission of involvement in NCAA violations. You may contact me at in order to arrange this interview. Your assistance in this matter is appreciated.”
Assistant Director of Enforcement
WEDNESDAY BUZZ COLUMN The NCAA has delivered a new and disturbing ultimatum to numerous former University of Miami football players: Either talk to us or we’ll believe Nevin Shapiro’s claims against you. The NCAA last week mailed a letter to former players that allegedly committed NCAA violations by accepting gifts...
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LOL. and errrbody gon smellit
Unfortunately, because it involves Miami, im glad theyre saying that, If that letter involved us in any way shape or form, I wouldn't be happy. Wish they used this on Cam and his obviously paid off father.
The NCAA is sharpening their claws. Lack of subpoena power has made it nearly impossible to investigate. While at the same time schools hire law firms to use the very system the NCAA cannot.
Some schools will have to reassess their attitude toward the NCAA.
about time the ncaa did something like this. former players and coaches hiding behind the fact that the ncaa can't subpoena them is ridiculous. if they didn't do anything wrong, there is no reason for them not to talk to the ncaa. hopefully this will speed up the process as well.
Well if the players do not want to talk who is the NCAA to believe. It makes you look like you did something wrong when you wont talk about it. The NCAA wants the players to tell them their side and if they are not going to the the NCAA should go off the info they have, even if the guy is a felon. Looks like to me the NCAA is getting tired of people hiding from them because they can not subpoena. If they hammer Miami I am sure this wont go to court because the parties involved will then have to get up on the stand and tell all and the courts can not overturn the ruling by the NCAA.
Ok. Let's say the former players meet with the NCAA. What if the players deny everything or play the Cam Newton card? What if they say the felon is lying? What does the NCAA do then with their limited power? If the NCAA has already made its mind up, they might assume guilt anyway despite the meetings, similar to the way they were treating Shabazz Muhammad.
Not defending Miami as I don't care but trying to view this as if it happened at UA. I would hate if a felon said he provided benefits to one of our former players and got this sort of threat.
the ncaa has more than just the word of shapiro on what went down.
Exactly, Shapiro went over bank record with Yahoo.
Might be a little late, but maybe they can also send one of these letters to Maurice Clarett.
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