Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Today's T.A.H. Question: Who Do You Believe?

There is so much noise out there in the world, it’s getting harder and harder to edit out the crap and focus on what’s real.

For example, media outlets bored to tears and desperate to fill pages and hours and hours with something, became obsessed last week with the idea that Florida State and Clemson were moving to the SEC.  Such a move would be illogical for the Tigers, and though more likely for FSU which has only been in the ACC for twenty years, a longshot none the less for the Noles.

Both universities have denied any interest in moving, and it’s not yet clear if Texas A&M will jump from the Big 12 to the SEC and the Aggies are the ones that started the whole big media mess in the first place.

Now, there are legit reports that the Suits From Indianapolis (Formerly Kansas) are investigating Miami.  The investigation is a result of a punk South Florida ponzi scam artist named Nevin Shapiro.  Shapiro, sitting in jail for bilking investors out of millions like some kind of little league Bernie Madoff,  was described by the Miami New Times as “a hard-partying, tasteless, status-obsessed gambler with a lust for harems of girlfriends, famous friends, and luxury yachts.”

Sound credible so far?

So while he’s cooling his heels in the joint in New Jersey,  Shapiro, a rabid UM fan, is writing a book – “The Real U: 2001 to 2010. Inside the Eye of the Hurricane” – which will supposedly bring his once-beloved athletic program to its knees with information on more than 100 athletes who broke NCAA rules (allegedly). 

For what it’s worth to UNC scandal fans, Butch Davis left Miami in 2000.  Larry Coker coached the Canes from 2001 to 2006 followed by Randy Shannon.

Now, it’s not a reach to believe that a wanna-be thug scam artist who was obsessed with Miami sports made yachts and other gifts available to UM players.  In fact, we would label that file “likely.”  But at some point, perhaps the NCAA might consider the concept of “entrapment.”

We will keep you posted on both of these items as they move forward.

To read about this creep Shapiro…and he is a creep, click here to read the Miami New Times’ article from last December titled:  Nevin Shapiro: Miami's Caligula.

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