MIAMI — Two people close to the NCAA case involving former University of Miami booster Nevin Shapiro told The Miami Herald on Saturday that they, and others as well, were told to be available near their phones today to discuss allegations against them in the case.
“The beginning of the end” of the long ordeal, as one person put it, is about to unfold at Miami.
Another source would only say, “It’s imminent,” regarding Miami receiving its notice of allegations.
This March will mark two years since the NCAA launched its investigation into Shapiro’s relationship with the school and more than 100 former athletes – most of them football players – to whom he said he provided thousands of impermissible benefits from 2002-10.
Several former football and basketball assistants were also implicated by Shapiro, now serving a 20-year prison sentence for a $930 million Ponzi scheme.
Shapiro said that among the impermissible benefits he provided were cash, prostitutes, entertainment in his multimillion-dollar homes and yacht, paid trips to expensive restaurants and nightclubs, jewelry, bounties for on-field play and travel to athletes – all first documented in a Yahoo! Sports report in August 2011.
Shapiro submitted to the NCAA a list of 114 Miami players, including stars such as Vince Wilfork, Kellen Winslow, Jon Vilma, Willis McGahee, Devin Hester – and dozens more.
The complete notice of allegations will go to the university, and individuals who are alleged with committing NCAA violations will receive their own notices pertaining to their specific allegations.
Miami, being a private school, is not required to make public the NCAA’s findings.
Once it receives the allegations, Miami will have up to 90 days to respond in writing. Extensions are sometimes provided.
VIRGINIA: Larry Lewis is the new special teams and running backs coach.
Head coach Mike London says Lewis “has probably been coaching special teams for as long as anyone in college football.”
Lewis replaces Jeff Banks, who joined the staff Jan. 1 and left nine days later.
OKLAHOMA STATE: Joe Bob Clements has been hired as the defensive line coach, leaving Kansas State to join a Big 12 rival.
Coach Mike Gundy announced the hiring, filling an opening created when defensive coordinator Bill Young was fired this week. Young’s responsibilities also included coaching the defensive line.
KENTUCKY: Coach Mark Stoops said the upcoming $110 million renovations to Commonwealth Stadium, which were announced Thursday, reinforced, to him, the school’s commitment to its football program that has struggled in recent years.
The renovations will include upgrades to the Nutter Training Center, a multipurpose recruiting room, 16 to 20 private suites, about 2,000 new club seats and new media facilities.