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Hester, Wilfork among players named in Miami mess

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The Miami Hurricanes football program appears to be in serious trouble after a Yahoo! Sports investigation revealing a booster’s role in a wide variety of NCAA violations. Unsurprisingly, several of the allegations involve current NFL players.

Yahoo’s Charles Robinson has uncovered an enormous amount of alleged impropriety on the part of Nevin Shapiro, who was once a wealthy Miami donor with close ties to the football program and is now serving 20 years in prison for securities fraud and money laundering. Among the allegations regarding current NFL players:

Bears return man Devin Hester allegedly got rims for his SUV, $3,000 for an engagement ring, various cash bonuses for long kick returns and NBA playoff tickets.

Broncos linebacker D.J. Williams allegedly got cash gifts, a $250 payout for a sack and a trip to Miami for his mom.

Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma allegedly got cash, drinks and meals, plus $2,250 in bounties for various hits on Florida State quarterback Chris Rix, including one hit that drew a personal foul penalty.

Patriots defensive tackle Vince Wilfork allegedly got a $50,000 lump sum payment during his junior season and was also allegedly given cash bonuses for things like sacks and fumble recoveries.

I have a hard time feeling any outrage about Wilfork taking money. Wilfork’s parents both died (his mom of complications from diabetes, his dad of a stroke) during his Miami career, and if he needed money and took what was offered to him, I’m not going to begrudge him that.

And that gets to the real problem in college football: As Yahoo’s Dan Wetzel writes, the allegedly amateur system of college athletics prevents players from earning money honestly and makes them more likely to turn to crooks like Shapiro when they need something. The entire college football system is corrupt. Miami is just the latest school to get caught up in that corruption.

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  1. apooster says: Aug 16, 2011 7:22 PM

    College Football & Washington… two things run by money.

  2. frankrizzo51 says: Aug 16, 2011 7:22 PM

    OH. WHAT. A. SURPRISE.

  3. nmunderdog says: Aug 16, 2011 7:25 PM

    As soon as it is realized that this kind of stuff happens at ALL major football programs, the sooner they can come up with a solution.

  4. mrbigass says: Aug 16, 2011 7:26 PM

    These schools are raking in millions on the backs of “student athletes”.

    A&M wants to bolt to the SEC because their feeling got hurt when UT got a kazillion dollars for there own TeeVee network. Now they want more money. Go figure.

    The NCAA is a joke and everyone knows it.

  5. cured76 says: Aug 16, 2011 7:26 PM

    This is an outrage! The NCAA should suspend all these players for 5 games…next year. And they should be very angry with Miami and write a strongly worded letter, letting Miami know how angry they are.

  6. satanphoenix says: Aug 16, 2011 7:26 PM

    Brian Bosworth go it right with the t-shirt he wore while suspended for the Orange Bowl

    National

    Communists

    Against

    Athletes

  7. Marv says: Aug 16, 2011 7:26 PM

    The NCAA system sucks sooo bad! Stop blamig it on the players, they’re playing, taking the risks and get NOTHING!

  8. phillyfan4ever says: Aug 16, 2011 7:28 PM

    Thats the U for you

  9. bozosforall says: Aug 16, 2011 7:28 PM

    A current Patriot caught cheating? No surprise there. No wonder Bill loves him so much.

  10. nikkodawg says: Aug 16, 2011 7:31 PM

    Hard to blame any of them. I would probably take the money too.

    After all the school is making a fortune off of the players and don’t have to pay the $120 million in player salaries that the NFL does.

  11. beauregard says: Aug 16, 2011 7:31 PM

    I’m calling BS on giving Wilfork a pass because he’d had some hard times. A lot of people manage to deal with hard times with out knowingly taking 50 large of dirty money.
    He’s as guilty as the rest.

  12. akhhorus says: Aug 16, 2011 7:31 PM

    Shapiro also paid for orgies at posh miami hotels for players. But I guess that, flashy rims for an SUV etc etc just show the inequities of the system lmao.

    Blaming the system for this is asinine. Especially when the players in questions aren’t getting money for important bills(which is less of sin imo). I don’t why Wilfolk’s parents dying when he was young justifies 50,000 dollars in a single year–especially when Wilfolk hired Shapiro when he turned pro(and presumably paid the money back).

  13. nepatriots128154 says: Aug 16, 2011 7:34 PM

    Don’t blame the players, blame the system. If I was in their shoes you bet I would be taking those NBA tickets.

  14. tecmobowl34 says: Aug 16, 2011 7:34 PM

    I have a hard time feeling outrage about any athlete taking money. Not when EVERY major college football program you’ve ever heard the name of engages in the exact same thing.

    I went to a Big 10 school (and it wasn’t Ohio St. or Michigan) and you heard about it every day. It was obvious when you saw players riding in new cars. Please, don’t whiz in my face and tell me I’m being waterboarded

  15. anonymouslyanonymouscommentor says: Aug 16, 2011 7:34 PM

    You have to love what Yahoo is doing. Take them down one by one. Is there any other way?

  16. crunchyclam says: Aug 16, 2011 7:34 PM

    Has the NCAA ever made a coherent argument as to why college players cannot profit off their names and images? Forgot about colleges paying them, why can’t players sell themselves in advertisements and the like? Who does it hurt if the next Tim Tebow or whoever appears on billboards or local ads? I think the NCAA isn’t really angered about these players accepting money and gifts, they’re just pissed they didn’t get their cut.

  17. typicalnflfan says: Aug 16, 2011 7:35 PM

    I feel pretty bad for Wilfork. I had no idea he lost both his parents in college. I don’t blame him for accepting the money either.

  18. frankrizzo51 says: Aug 16, 2011 7:36 PM

    Cured76: Funny stuff.

  19. vbe2 says: Aug 16, 2011 7:37 PM

    I have a hard time feeling any outrage about Wilfork taking money. Wilfork’s parents both died (his mom of complications from diabetes, his dad of a stroke) during his Miami career, and if he needed money and took what was offered to him, I’m not going to begrudge him that.
    =================================

    You have a hard time feeling outrage at someone violating NCAA Rules? Their personal situation doesn’t give them a pass. Does it allow him to murder or rape? Does it allow him to have someone else take his classes and exams?

    We don’t want your little moral judgments. Just re-post other peoples news and let us make our own judgments.

  20. rayguyreturns says: Aug 16, 2011 7:41 PM

    It must be Bush’s fault.

  21. FinFan68 says: Aug 16, 2011 7:41 PM

    Blame the system…and the players. Dirty is dirty regardless of the rationale or conjured excuse.

  22. wicky888 says: Aug 16, 2011 7:43 PM

    Yeah the NCAA is mad that they didnt get cash car and hookers

  23. ednacrabapple says: Aug 16, 2011 7:45 PM

    Wilfork win!

  24. chris1019 says: Aug 16, 2011 7:49 PM

    People saying that the students get nothing in return is absurd. Most of the players end up getting degrees for no cost or at a decent discount. A small percentage of the players use it to be drafted by NFL teams to make large amounts of money that most of us will never have the luxury of having in our bank accounts.
    Everyone understands that without a college with a football program, there is no NCAA football? These schools started the programs, put up the facilities, organized to form divisions, provide bowls, scholarships, etc etc… They have every right to get a return on their investment.
    Just because some slime ball coach allows some rich slime ball business owner to pay off his staff and players so they can all live it up does not excuse the guilt of those who partake, regardless of their age.
    The schools make plenty of money off of brilliant students who pump up their engineering or business programs and I don’t hear anyone griping about how these students don’t see a dime.
    Gimme a break, the blame is on the players and the coaches, the individuals involved. It’s not the “system’s” fault. It’s the fault of the morally bankrupt individuals who choose themselves over what they are supposed to be representing, their schools and the game.

  25. jpb12 says: Aug 16, 2011 7:51 PM

    Goes back to Michael Irvin

  26. ninerfan94954 says: Aug 16, 2011 7:53 PM

    Been following college football since 1956…nothing has changed…they should decide what to pay these kids and any school that does more is subject to a meaningful death penalty. Also, if a player decides to get his college degree later in life, that scholarship should be good for a lifetime. Too much money is made on these kids back’s and then they are thrown away like yesterday’s paper. The NFL should throw some money in the pot, pretty nice farm system they’ve got going.

  27. davikes says: Aug 16, 2011 7:55 PM

    And it’s been happening forever. I remember back in 81 or 82, I was at the University of MN. A week or so before Thanksgiving, I was talking to one of the starting RB’s who lived in the same dorm I did. He was telling me that he wasn’t going home for Thanksgiving because he couldn’t afford it. Saw him a few days later and he was pretty excited because someone had given him an airline ticket. And I can’t really blame him for taking it.

  28. jazzytrav says: Aug 16, 2011 7:56 PM

    vbe2:
    You have a hard time feeling outrage at someone violating NCAA Rules? Their personal situation doesn’t give them a pass. Does it allow him to murder or rape?
    __________________________

    Yeah, because murder/rape and accepting cash to play a football game are clearly alike in so many ways. Have you heard the expression “apples and oranges?” You just compared an apple to a sweatshirt.

  29. scudbot says: Aug 16, 2011 7:58 PM

    God knows that players need rims. NCAA ought to provide them.

  30. theblowtorchreview says: Aug 16, 2011 8:02 PM

    It’s the “U”

    Standard Operating Procedure (until you get caught!)

  31. steelerhypocrite says: Aug 16, 2011 8:02 PM

    Miami paying players? No way, can’t be.

    I have a simple solution – detach athletics from the college. Think about it, what does Football have to do with a student’s education? Nothing…except for one thing – REVENUE.

    Make althletics a seperate entity…players can choose to be paid by the college in cash or paid by a college education (and follow all NCAA rules/regulations).

    A majority of the players will still take the education – since a majority of them have no chance at a career in the NFL.

  32. hobartbaker says: Aug 16, 2011 8:03 PM

    Now the NFL has cut rookie money in half. That is really going to make college players want to keep their noses clean. If it was bad in the past, it will be doubly so in the future.

  33. june20102002 says: Aug 16, 2011 8:04 PM

    Listen, my wife got laid off, but did I go sell drugs or rob banks to make sure my kids kept their home, had food on the table and decent clothes, NO!!!

    Because we go through rough times doesn’t mean we revert to acts of illegality!!! Wilfork parents passed, sad, but he was on FULL SCHOLARSHIP from thi institution!!!!

    To condone bad behavior is craziness, especially when in so many way it seemed this guys were involved in some form of gambling which benefited someone.

    Ridiculous to say the least.

  34. hobartbaker says: Aug 16, 2011 8:05 PM

    I bet most of the people on here trashing Terrelle Pryor are fans of teams those guys play for. Or fans of current NFL players from other corrupt college programs.

    “He may be a cheat, but he’s our cheat.”.

  35. cowboysfan18 says: Aug 16, 2011 8:06 PM

    Please don’t me misguided on the REAL reasons scholarships are given out. It may cost the university X dollars for the scholarship but do you think they would EVER give those out it they wouldn’t be grossly compensated in return? I think not. I’m just sayin’.

  36. dfwbillsfan14221 says: Aug 16, 2011 8:06 PM

    Don’t hate the player. Hate the game.
    I mean seriously, you’re 19/20 yrs old and people are standing in a line to give you stuff. You aren’t going to take it? Yeah right.
    I ate Mac & Cheese for 3 wks in college. Someone offered me something for my athelitics I’m takin it!

  37. rgwhodey says: Aug 16, 2011 8:08 PM

    Miami is just the latest program to get caught up in it? Really? Does the “U” ring a bell they were and always have been corrupt..

    Jus sayin’

  38. petehemlock says: Aug 16, 2011 8:09 PM

    And I still don’t know how Sonny Crocket could afford a Ferrari on a cop’s salary.

  39. texline1 says: Aug 16, 2011 8:09 PM

    I am tired of hearing how student athletes get nothing. Most are given a free education, something most other people only dream of. What they choose to do with that education is entirely up to them, but don’t try to tell me they don’t get anything for playing football in college. They also get a place to live, meals, and living expenses, again, something most can only dream of. Apparently that isn’t enough for those pampered man-children. I don’t care how much money the NCAA or the Universities make from the game, if they pay them to play, they are professional football players, just as if I get paid to unclog drains, I am a professional plumber, and if you get paid to build houses, you are a professional Carpenter.

  40. chicagoraven says: Aug 16, 2011 8:10 PM

    “Patriots defensive tackle Vince Wilfork allegedly got a $50,000 lump sum payment during his junior season…”

    Which he promptly spent on Pizza and Oatmeal Creme Pies..

  41. uflreader says: Aug 16, 2011 8:10 PM

    It should be noted that his business partner at the sports agency was Michael Huyghue. No wonder he is stiffing people who work for the ufl and not paying them.

  42. justlce2000 says: Aug 16, 2011 8:14 PM

    And Jim Tressell lost his job over some tattoos. This system sucks.

  43. Bearfan54 says: Aug 16, 2011 8:18 PM

    Whatever you do, don’t let school get in the way of your education.

  44. phinfan says: Aug 16, 2011 8:19 PM

    Someone please investigate Channing Crowder. I’d like to see his mouth in a courtroom.

  45. ampats says: Aug 16, 2011 8:20 PM

    Look at the outrage in these comments.

    Question is: How many posters would not accept any gifts if you were a “student athlete”tickets, meals,other perks?

    vbe2,

    neither do we. Rape, murder as compared to accepting gifts? Are you serious ?

    Child please

  46. ace613 says: Aug 16, 2011 8:21 PM

    I think the real story here is the Yahoo Sports Investigation…Seriously????

  47. dbellina says: Aug 16, 2011 8:28 PM

    Student loan debt just surpassed credit card debt in this country. These schools give so much money to their college programs and head coaches it’s obscene. It ends up just costing all of us more money through our raised tuition. Even worse, our quality of education isn’t increasing with the raised prices. No wonder the US economy is going to s***!

  48. realfootballfan says: Aug 16, 2011 8:28 PM

    Another jilted loser who was dishing out money to players so that he could seem like a big shot at the time. It goes on, will continue to go on,

    and really who cares because these guys have people waving wads of cash in their face when they’re broke, while universities are reaping Billions of dollars on their backs.

    And pleas spare me the “they got a free education” speech. You can take that education and shove it you know where. If either of my sons were athletes on that level, I’d just tell them to make sure nobody sees you when you take it and keep your mouth shut.

    If the NCAA were so concerned about this problem, they’d stop selling the rights to view their games to the tunes of billions, stop selling athletic gear in the kids’ likenesses, and would truly make the whole system amateur sports. If nobody was paying big money to televise it, nobody would be throwing around money at these kids because these kinds of vampires would have no incentive to since the sport wouldn’t be high profile.

    Furthermore, if it’s so outrageous, why wouldn’t you just abolish the whole system to begin with. it’s absurd to say that those kids are there for an education, but they’re on the road half the time during their season, train 24/7 rather than going to class, and are treated much different than the general student body. If that’s the case, just set up a lower level football system to develop players, what does practice squad players make? I’m sure the NFL could cover those expenses.

    However, the NCAA would never do that because a lot of people are sitting around in money piles as a result of this “amateur” sport.

  49. schemefactory says: Aug 16, 2011 8:29 PM

    because your parents die, you can be a scumbag? what if i’m a scumbag, but i have both parents? that episode of southpark where they get the ninja weapons by crying about their dead parents is a great episode, but don’t give in to your emotions, dude. a cheater is a cheater, and more power to ‘em!

  50. billionsvsmillions says: Aug 16, 2011 8:29 PM

    At that time of their life, they were al broke hood rats taking gym classes all day in college and getting straight A’s doing pushups. Of course they would take the money, none of them smart enough to say no or dumb enough not to. Catch 22 there.

  51. timegambit says: Aug 16, 2011 8:30 PM

    Why do I get the feeling that Bryant McKinnie’s name and about $2500 worth of free fast food wrappers will be uncovered before this is over?

    Miami U: The integrity factory.

  52. bhester1906 says: Aug 16, 2011 8:30 PM

    Now the NCAA is gonna spend weeks going through this for what?? Obviously players need money somehow. Fix these damn rules NCAA. You exploit them for money but its not right when they use their talents t o get money somehow? C’mon son…

  53. apac6586 says: Aug 16, 2011 8:31 PM

    I’m still standing by the fact that the reason the players call it the “U” is because that’s all most of those players can spell.

  54. doe22us says: Aug 16, 2011 8:31 PM

    Have been reading Yahoo’s report for the past hour compelling reading.. a classic line was when Shapiro said one dumb player would have kept a baby he impregnated a stripper.. now that was funny.. Shapiro said he paid for the abortion.

  55. macjacmccoy says: Aug 16, 2011 8:32 PM

    Well at least theirs one school in the NCAA where low lifes arent tolerated PSU. You can say all you want about guys like Maybin not panning out but when it comes to class Penn State is number 1. I believe they are 1 of if not the only BCS programs that hasnt had a major NCAA violation in the last 30 years. When players on the Lions do things looked down on by the team like the drinking thing a few years ago they are cut or severely suspended. The program never makes excuses for them and never sweeps it under the rug.

    If a Lion’s player went out and got a DUI like that Irish player you can bet he wouldnt be suiting up anytime soon. And Joe Pa would never say it was just a DUI.

  56. deenice810 says: Aug 16, 2011 8:33 PM

    College football accepting cash and gifts. I’ve never heard of such a thing, this has got to be the first time this has happened right. This is what happens when you’re in the third week of training camp and there’s nothing to report.

  57. vikingdoode says: Aug 16, 2011 8:34 PM

    If people think like Marv and these college players are getting nothing then I guess getting an education is nothing. The athletes that are usually targeted who are naturally gifted but so poor. players are getting paid but they have to apply something rather than be coddled just because you can playa sport. what is the going rate for a undergrad diploma at Miami U?

    Im thinking the athletes who are given an opportunity to better themselves outside the sport at the schools expense….buck up and wipe the tear off. now the kid who walks on and has to pay his own way…should be able to work and make money after hours.

  58. romoscollarbone says: Aug 16, 2011 8:34 PM

    I did research last week for a story involving Pryor, and OSU made something crazy like 130 million off their football program last year. Sure these guys get a free “education” and room/board, but they also at this point play a game as violent as the NFL. The big problem is Division 1 athletes aren’t allowed to work a normal job during the season, because the NCAA has a position that a booster could just give them a silly job and pay them $100 an hour or whatever. It’s all garbage. Just give the kids 1500-2000 a month and become crazy strict and it would put a stop to a lot of this nonsense.

    I know they do get a fairly sizeable stipend but it’s not enough. These kids are kidssss, get girls pregnant, need $ etc. Also they need their rims and bling. I was at Rutgers the same time as Ray Rice and he had a black Charger on rims and white Range Rover. How could he possibly pay the insurance, on those legally purchased cars without a job?

  59. chris1019 says: Aug 16, 2011 8:36 PM

    @ steelerhypocrite

    Congratulations, you’ve just created another professional football league…

  60. bozosforall says: Aug 16, 2011 8:36 PM

    nepatriots128154 says:
    Aug 16, 2011 7:34 PM
    Don’t blame the players, blame the system. If I was in their shoes you bet I would be taking those NBA tickets.

    __
    No surprise there. Find me a Pats fan that doesn’t condone cheating.

  61. fu7ur3pr00f says: Aug 16, 2011 8:36 PM

    The most fascinating thing about the article that everyone keeps missing, is the fact that this booster took every single player to Benihana.

    I mean come on, of all the restaurants in Miami, and this dude can only come up with Benihana?!?! Every…single…time…

    You’re trying to impress me to sign with your sports agency, and you woo me by taking my ass to the McDonald’s of Japanese Habachi restaurants?!

    Someone should have introduced this guy to Yelp.

  62. dolphin80 says: Aug 16, 2011 8:37 PM

    All you moron’s ripping the U by saying, “that’s the U for you, I’ve got news for you….Miami isnt’ the only college sports program where this is happening. It’s happening EVERYWHERE. Something needs to be done to give these players an additional stipend in addition to the free education. A substantial insurance policy in case of injury would be a great start. These schools are literally making a KILLING on the blood, sweat, and tears of these young men.

    Now Miami is going to get penalized for this crap, when there was absolutely no way of stopping it.

    The NCAA is ridiculous.

  63. lionsfaninthe505 says: Aug 16, 2011 8:38 PM

    “Auburn…you’re on the clock” – Yahoo

  64. bigperm33 says: Aug 16, 2011 8:39 PM

    I have no problem with any of the players taking anything. When I was 18 (and even now), if someone offered me money and gifts, I’d take it. If the NCAA really wants to do anything about this sort of incidents, it must focus its attention on the coaches, the schools, and the people paying the money. You want schools, ADs and school presidents to care – massive fines for violations at their schools. You want coaches to care – massive fines and possible firings for infractions during their tenure.

  65. dennis2488 says: Aug 16, 2011 8:43 PM

    who cares?? the NCAA is corrupt, we get it. the ncaa needs to stop punishing fans and players for their broken system.

  66. melonnhead says: Aug 16, 2011 8:44 PM

    The NCAA system sucks sooo bad! Stop blamig it on the players, they’re playing, taking the risks and get NOTHING!

    ————————————————————-

    Except tens of thousands of dollars worth of higher education. If they’re smart enough to take advantage of it anyway.

  67. asublimeday says: Aug 16, 2011 8:47 PM

    Good idea for the boosters to provide bounties. If I had the loot, I’d pay Hester bonuses for kr td’s any day

  68. thomasreilly says: Aug 16, 2011 8:51 PM

    It is difficult to blame the players. Few players are in it for the college degree (at least not the players who are paid by the boosters). They play for free for a couple of years, jeopardizing their future with every snap of the ball. They are all essentially free agents. The players are not penalized, just the school using their talents without payment.

    It is a bad system, and it really has no place in a university system. Make every university play by Ivy league rules. Create a minor league system for football and basketball and baseball, but make part of the players payment enrollment in a local college- teach to handle money and skills for life after sport.

  69. cubano76 says: Aug 16, 2011 8:53 PM

    Seriously, who cares. I wish someone would investigate the NCAA. Rat bastards!

  70. buccaboo says: Aug 16, 2011 8:55 PM

    When I was in High School, I had a job where many of the University of Michigan players worked. They got money the old fashioned way. They earned it throughout the summer

  71. cbass59 says: Aug 16, 2011 8:56 PM

    This is it for the U. This will get the “lack of institutional controls” charge. And since it’s a repeat violation. The NCAA will finally set an example.

    The U and SMU…

  72. kappy32 says: Aug 16, 2011 8:58 PM

    With all these other storied programs being linked, I was wondering when the hammer would fall on “The U.”. Miami has long portrayed themselves as anti-authority & anti-establishment. It doesn’t surprise me one bit about this & I’m sure more names will fall in the coming days. Nevertheless, I love watching the U play every Saturday.

  73. tomosbornesretirementcostjoepaatitle says: Aug 16, 2011 8:59 PM

    For all of you blaring the “schools make so much money off these poor players” trumpet, you need to understand where that money goes. So much of it is used to fund the vast number of other sports at these major universities. These schools make alot less profit than you think because much of it is allotted for other sports.

    And these players are getting room, board, and a very expensive educational opportunity (which few choose to take advantage of, their problem, not mine) for free. There are a boatload of smart students who cannot afford college that would give anything for the opportunity that these players get.

    How can a small country like England support close to 100 professional teams in soccer, at varying levels of competitiveness, yet our country can only support 32(+4) professional football teams?

  74. pencepost says: Aug 16, 2011 9:01 PM

    Paying college athletes modest stipends won’t solve the problem. Even if they’re getting $1200/mo or whatever, they’re still going to be tempted with $10,000 gifts. There will always be someone willing to pay them more than they’re able to earn, and there will always be cheating when the risk is low and the reward is huge.

    And the question everyone needs to ask is this: if student athletes get paid, who’s paying for it? Higher state taxes going to universities? Higher ticket prices? Higher tuition for students who are actually already paying for it?

  75. scomibord says: Aug 16, 2011 9:10 PM

    you know the worst part, how these athletes that go into broadcasting after their playing careers are over and mutilate the english language; their college edjumaksions at work

  76. valman61 says: Aug 16, 2011 9:12 PM

    Schemefactory:

    There’s nothing quite like deferring to a south park episode to establish your compass. Maybe batman could fix our justice system and family guy could solve our housing crisis.

  77. greenbaysucks says: Aug 16, 2011 9:15 PM

    Please change the article title to “Duh”

  78. bleedblue18 says: Aug 16, 2011 9:20 PM

    The NCAA system sucks sooo bad! Stop blamig it on the players, they’re playing, taking the risks and get NOTHING!

    ———————————————————————–

    Nothing, yeah right!!! Lets take for example a football or Basketball player a Notre Dame. A full year tuition is $39,500, room and board is $11,000. Food for the year lets say is another $8,000. Books another $1,000.

    You say nothing, lol, a incoming Freshman player is actually getting $61,000 a year in food, boarding, books and education for playing a game. And if they actually go to class and use this time to learn and get a good degree they can use it to make a ton more money the rest of their lives.

  79. spawn201 says: Aug 16, 2011 9:24 PM

    These kids are getting nothing???? They are getting free education to play a game. I am gonna be paying for my student loans for the rest of my life.

  80. mlmeier says: Aug 16, 2011 9:31 PM

    Dear NCAA:

    I’ve grown rather weary of your paradoxical stance on “student athletes.” You see, you’ve continued to rationalize your own greed as a near-billion-dollar “non-profit” organization while chastising the attempts of your slaves- I’m sorry, I meant athletes- to make some money on the side under the pretext that their compensation is the opportunity to attend your university as a student without the cost of tuition. But here’s the problem:

    – Students have the time outside of their classes to find a part-time job if they so choose; student athletes do not.
    – Students can accept gifts and benefits from those who chose to provide them with such without scrutiny or penalty; student athletes cannot.
    – Students offer the possibility of bringing money into the school in the future, when they have successful careers and donate as alumni; student athletes (particularly in football and basketball) make you obscene amounts of profit throughout their time at your school without seeing a dime of it themselves, but many of those athletes who do not succeed professionally with their sport do not have successful careers in other fields because they were too busy with their college sport making you money to take on a legitimate major for themselves, and thus are relatively worthless to you outside of their role as QB, RB, WR, etc.

    So you see, old white men who condescendingly wag your finger at those who attempt to make a profit when you have left them no other legitimate means of doing so, perhaps you should turn that withered old finger back upon yourself, and consider the two options that remain: (1) Acknowledge that student athletes are NOT normal students, and pay them for all the work they do for you on a weekly basis; or (2) plead ignorance as more and more instances of corruption arise, and allow your organization to become an even grander stage for mockery than it has already become.

    Sincerely,
    Pissed Off.

  81. deconjonesbitchslap says: Aug 16, 2011 9:34 PM

    GOODBYE NCAA RESPECT! goodbye espn football analysts! you’re all corrupt pieces of garbage!

  82. brewdogg says: Aug 16, 2011 9:38 PM

    Here’s the solution for you. Listen up and listen good….

    If anybody outside of the sport in question at the university in question (in other words, the players, coaches, and AD) reports these kinds of misdeeds, and it is confirmed, the university must serve a complete 10 year suspension from that sport. That’s 10 years without that team. All players on that team are forbidden from playing for any other NCAA university, but if they choose to, they can remain in college, on full scholarship, until the sport is reinstated, where they can resume their eligibility. All coaches on that team are given 10 year bans from coaching for any NCAA school, and 20 year bans if they coach at any other level above HS.

    And here’s where the easy enforcement comes from. If a player, coach, or AD reports the infraction, only the offending player is punished. No school sanctions, no team suspensions, nothing of the kind. Let them police themselves, or lose a billion dollars of revenue. Who knows better if someone is getting a little extra than the guys he spends every waking moment working with? And who has the most to lose if someone else outs him? Pretty easy…..

    Because, let’s face it. why does this go on? Players talk to potential recruits. They tell them that the boosters take care of them. The recruits don’t get any specifics, but when you hear the rumors, it impacts your decision. When a recruit gets driven around campus by an upperclassman in a brand new vehicle, and he tells him that he just got it a year ago, they put 2 and 2 together. The only way to stop it is to make it a punishable offense for those closest to the team to look the other way.

  83. bender4700 says: Aug 16, 2011 9:50 PM

    Too bad the people involved the most in the corruption are not going to be punished. Except for Shapiro.

  84. lordstanleystan says: Aug 16, 2011 10:03 PM

    Yeah… Wish I got free clothes, food, tutors, and an $80k/yr education to just play a game and not take money for 4 years. Wake up these guys are saving anywhere from $20k to $80k a year on tuition alone. That’s higher than the poverty rate in America. Who is really the victim here? If you don’t want to be part of that, it’s your choice not to pursue that avenue in life. Stop pitying kids that make the wrong decisions and realize they are the problem not the reason to change the system.

  85. drgreenstreak says: Aug 16, 2011 10:10 PM

    OK, let’s give Wilfork a pass. But hey, maybe the other guys had sob stories too. It’s excusable for the right reason, isn’t it?

  86. axespray says: Aug 16, 2011 10:10 PM

    Packers are evil and immoral!

  87. sergeanthulka says: Aug 16, 2011 10:11 PM

    Well, at least they were not trading jerseys and other earned items for tats. That would be unforgiveable.

    Lets just give them a pat on the bottom and tell them not to do it again.

    Because we all kow that only certain college football programs bend the rules.

    It could never happen to yours.

    Ever….

  88. citiciti says: Aug 16, 2011 10:19 PM

    Tell me it isn’t so.The NCAA is all about the students.What a bunch of a——s

  89. bearfan51 says: Aug 16, 2011 10:27 PM

    Good man Hester! Get that money whenever and wherever you can! That college made MILLIONS off you. You deserve some of that cash! Nothing wrong with private citizens giving an athlete a lil scrilla!

    I took 5 grand when I was in college playing football…and… I would do it again!

  90. neilpountney says: Aug 16, 2011 10:29 PM

    It never ceases to amaze me how all bent out of shape people get about college athletes taking money that they should not be taking and doing things they should not be doing.

    BUT each and everyday in Washington politicians are doing the same thing except it is illegal, corrupt and affects everyone and what do we hear about it ….NOTHING!!!!

    What do people do about it …NOTHING

    How much of it get investigated by the free press… NOTHING!!!

    Please, who cares, tell me something important, instead of beating up a college athlete take down a Senator or two!

  91. supashug says: Aug 16, 2011 10:30 PM

    so if you are having a tough time its ok to cheat

    hmmm I guess when I was playing D1 I should have cheated when my family members died

    what a joke of a statement

  92. smellmyface says: Aug 16, 2011 10:34 PM

    Why do people feel bad for the players? They dont have to go to college and get everything for free. yeah that a 50 grand a year education that you people claim they get nothing. If they dont like making money for “the man” they can go to Canada and play a few years and then go to the NFL.

  93. philtration says: Aug 16, 2011 10:35 PM

    rayguyreturns says: Aug 16, 2011 7:41 PM

    It must be Bush’s fault.
    ====================================

    No… everyone knows that Bush never got involved with any Hurricanes.

  94. steelcity09 says: Aug 16, 2011 10:45 PM

    Every college athlete should refuse to participate in NCAA sanctioned events, then see what happens!!!

    The NCAA will kiss the athletes asses to get their cash cow back.

  95. brewdogg says: Aug 16, 2011 10:53 PM

    philtration says:
    Aug 16, 2011 10:35 PM
    rayguyreturns says: Aug 16, 2011 7:41 PM

    It must be Bush’s fault.
    ====================================

    No… everyone knows that Bush never got involved with any Hurricanes.
    —————————————–

    And the zing rings like thunder!!!

    Nicely done.

  96. polishkingski says: Aug 16, 2011 10:56 PM

    @steelerhypocrite….that is a great idea i had never thought of as a solution. let the kid decide to take the education or the cash for what the education is worth. i still think shannagins would go on but still a great idea.

  97. thomasreilly says: Aug 16, 2011 10:57 PM

    The hypocrisy lies in the fact that most of the big time athletes have no intention of graduating. The universities know this, and they accept players who are not students. The whole thing is a sham, and everyone knows it. As a player, the risk is blowing out your knee on every play. If you do, they rescind your scholarship and the big money never comes. Why NOT take the money as a player? It breaks the school rules, but the school and the player are using each other anyway. The player does not really mind if the school ends up on probation (Reggie Bush). That is the difference in today’s world. USC is Miami’s model- Bush makes millions, Carroll makes millions, the school makes millions.

    Who looses?

  98. emil4423 says: Aug 16, 2011 11:43 PM

    iv’h always thought nfl should pay players by td int ect

  99. realfootballfan says: Aug 16, 2011 11:46 PM

    @tomosbornesretirementcostjoepaatitle,

    And that’s who’s problem. Nobody told those kids to play rugby or soccer or whatever other program isn’t high profile.

    The reason these leeches seek out these players is because they’re celebrities. How did they get to be celebrities? That’s right, because their colleges, conferences, and the NCAA have come up with this brilliant scheme to sell this “amateur” product just like the NFL sells it’s TV rights to the various networks without the drawback of paying any of these players a dime in the meantime.

    Instead, they provide a $30,000 scholarship (and that’s on the high end for a public institution), then vilify any of these kids if they get any financial benefit while at their member institutions.

    In addition, the NFL is complicit in the whole plan because they neither have a minor league system to allow these kids to bypass this path nor allow them to enter their league until they’re 3 years removed from high school.

    It’s quite a nice racket they’ve all got going on if you ask me. The NFL gets a free farm system with no risk on their part whatsoever, and the colleges make billions, sell short sighted fans the absurd notion that they need to spend all of this revenue (btw generated solely because they’ve sold the TV rights to see these particular kids perform) on tennis, soccer, and women’s programs, while everybody from college presidents to coaches get PAID.

  100. rickycubane says: Aug 16, 2011 11:51 PM

    this sucks for Al Golden head coach of Miami.. he had nothing to do with these players or the booster… and now he is going to be punished for coming to MIAMI to restore character and a winning record…

    he doesnt deserve that.. he turned a hideous temple program around after being the D co-ordinator at Penn State under Paterno and he has busted his ass to become a big time football coach..

    the NCAA knows that this stuff happens.. punish the boosters and the agents not the kids and not coaches who ovbiously had nothing to do with it because they were coaching another team 1200 miles away..

    Al Golden is not Jim Tressel.. he is a victim in this case

  101. keeponhating says: Aug 17, 2011 12:08 AM

    i guess a full ride scholarship to play a GAME isn’t pay?

  102. spawn201 says: Aug 17, 2011 1:12 AM

    Its difficult to blame the players. At what point does personal accountability to come in to play? The whole reason this corruption exists. Is because these players are accepting these gifts.

  103. ihatestupidpeople says: Aug 17, 2011 1:14 AM

    bozosforall says:

    A current Patriot caught cheating? No surprise there. No wonder Bill loves him so much.
    _____________________________
    Wow, the bozo jet’s fans whine about the foot fetish jokes getting old yet we continue to hear about “cheating,” which the coach that brought it all about admitted he and everyone else did it…

  104. piemasteruk says: Aug 17, 2011 2:13 AM

    I wish people would stop trying to take the moral highground and/or pretend this is a problem with easy solutions.

    First off, it’s not easy for a school to clamp down on illegal gifts. You can tell your athletes that they are not allowed to accept gift and payments, hammering it in real hard, and you can do everything in your power to stop boosters having access to students, but in reality if a booster wants to get a gift to an athlete then he will find a way to do it and there is very little you can do to stop it. Of course, I’m not saying that *all* NCAA programs do their best to stop it, just that they wouldn’t realistically be able to prevent it even if they did. What are you going to do, not allow your students off campus? Put bugs on them to record all their conversations? Hack into their bank accounts to see what’s coming in and going out? Even if you do that they’ll still find a way.

    Secondly regarding the students, *of course* they’re going to take the money. A four digit sum, let alone a five digit one, is a huge amount of money for a college student. Remember most of these athletes are never going to make any money from the sport. For every Vince Wilfork out there who has a long career and make millions, there are several players who won’t make it in the NFL and several more that won’t even get drafted. And as for this ‘free education worth $80,000 per year or whatever, that’s a fallacy. A good college education is only worth something if you have the aptitude to make the most of it. You can’t just struggle your way through high school and then walk onto a college campus, ‘pay attention in class’ and suddenly become an expert in biochemistry. The reason most college football players take super-easy classes isn’t because they don’t care about education and want an easy life (although I’m sure that’s a factor in many cases), it’s because they just can’t cope with harder classes, especially while working hard on football. Years later employers are going to recognise their ‘college education’ for what it is, a meaningless piece of paper they were awarded whilst playing football.

  105. vomitingliberals says: Aug 17, 2011 2:35 AM

    Only a fool would say that college athletes deserve to be paid. There will always be individuals willing to pay more to them than the school is paying. Most people these days have no morals or very little at best, and even paid college athletes will continue to take bribes and cash for bounties. Plus, many of these kids feel entitled to get all they can because of their talent and also because those who “raise” them are often just as lost in our morally corrupt culture as they are.

    Besides, most of these kids are getting an education + room & board which is often in the $40-80K range to begin with! If they actually work hard to get their degree while their on free scholarship, they will have the potential to earn that much more in the future.

    So NO WAY should be be paying the players in addition to all they get for free above. However, on the other side of the coin, while the schools should NOT pay them, in a capitalist society, they should be free to market themselves out of uniform to the highest commercial bidder if they so choose.

  106. ryanw411 says: Aug 17, 2011 2:43 AM

    Jesus Christ some people are stupid. There is nothing illegal about student athletes taking money, it is a violation of NCAA rules and nothing more. Based on some of the comments here you would think they were guilty of rape and murder.

    It isn’t “dirty” money, dirty money refers to something earned by crime. It isn’t cheating on the student’s part that is on the program, unless you think having money magically makes you a better player. It doesn’t make them a scumbag to take money for something they put countless hours into and risk their health over.

    Some people really need to get over themselves and stop being such judgmental harpies and/or get a clue. As neilpountney so rightly put it try paying attention to politicians and other government officials who take bribes and favors or steal/intentionally misuse public funds on a regular basis. Something that is actually illegal and worth derision and outrage, not some teenagers who have never made any real money and violate the rules of an amateur sport.

    When the NCAA and colleges stop selling merchandise, TV rights, bowl game sponsorships and all the other means they use to grub every penny possible you might have a point. Making some kid out to be the bad guy or scumbag for taking peanuts is petty and myopic.

    The NCAA is one of the most hypocritical jokes of an organization out there. Everyone from the NCAA down to the coaches are making large sums of money so don’t make the players the whipping boy. If anyone feels that strongly they should boycott the sport because it starts from the top down.

  107. weneedlinemen42 says: Aug 17, 2011 6:14 AM

    For everyone trumpeting the value of a college education, have you heard players being interviewed? What sort of percentage do you think sound like the beneficiaries of a university education? Could it be that those $80,000 dollar educations confer absolutely no benefit at all to large number of student-athletes who are at university solely because they’re really good athletes. Everyone having ignored the fact that they’re not good enough students to actually use a university education.

    It’s like buying starving Africans a combine harvester. It would be really useful, if they had enough petrol to run it, and the spares to maintain it, and the crops to harvest with it, but they don’t. So it would just be hunk of expensive metal.

    Seriously, doesn’t the fact that nearly everyone in a professional football league has been to college strike anyone as odd. Statistically, does anyone think it is reasonable to assume that all the best football players in the country are also going to academically capable of earning a degree.

    I work in the computer industry. Half the programmers I know didn’t go to college, primarily because the vocational training and professional qualifications are far more relevant to the industry’s requirements than those available in universities. Does anyone think it is reasonable that football players have to go through the pretence of studying at university for at least 3-years so they can pursue a career in the NFL?

    Claims that they can “go to Canada” or join another professional league kind of miss just how much of closed shop the NFL is. How many players make in to the NFL from the CFL? How many make it in from the Arena leagues or semi-pro leagues? Not many. Anyone who has a genuine shot of playing in the NFL effectively has to play college ball for 3-years and the NCAA forces them to do that in exchange for something that at least some of them cannot possibly use.

  108. bowlhounds says: Aug 17, 2011 7:48 AM

    bozosforall says:
    Aug 16, 2011 7:28 PM
    A current Patriot caught cheating? No surprise there. No wonder Bill loves him so much.

    bozosforall says:
    Aug 16, 2011 8:36 PM
    nepatriots128154 says:
    Aug 16, 2011 7:34 PM
    Don’t blame the players, blame the system. If I was in their shoes you bet I would be taking those NBA tickets.

    __
    No surprise there. Find me a Pats fan that doesn’t condone cheating.

    I agree that there is no surprise here BOZO( the clown) is mumbling again. The therapist must have left the back door open again. Its sad to think that in this losers world of confusion he probably thinks BB is on the list of boosters therefore its his fault. What a loser, get a life.

  109. jimyritz says: Aug 17, 2011 8:05 AM

    I love the people who come off as the morality police—they get the free education and should just say, no….How many posters would not have been at least tempted????

    I bet each player would say it was a mistake but at the time your 18, you play big time football and you are invincible–who’s going to find out?

    If you’re dirt poor and have nothing and making tons of money for your college, so you take it…

    I’m not saying its right but to single out Miami is just ridiculous…It’s happening at all of the other big time schools and not just in football…

  110. dabruinz says: Aug 17, 2011 8:49 AM

    To the People slamming on Wilfork for the 50K and saying that his parents situation doesn’t make a difference, you need a dose of reality. You sit there an tout that Wilfork was “on a full scholarship” as if that would, some how, pay for the funerals.

    Seriously, people, how is a kid in college who isn’t allowed to WORK supposed to pay for TWO funerals, let alone ONE?

    Now, I do understand the idea that these players do get something out of it. That they get an education. The problem is that, in today’s world, that education doesn’t get you much and it sure doesn’t guarantee you getting a job.

    The NCAA has been a joke for a long time. And there are plenty of examples (including Bode Miller) where the NCAA has screwed over players. Hell, they tried to screw over Michael Oher.

    What the NCAA needs to do is modify its rules. It needs to allow boosters to donate money to the school without penalizing the school or the players it benefits. But it needs to be tracked. Put limitations on how much one person can donate. Offer up help (such as helping players’ parents get life insurance to ensure that their son/daughter isn’t unfairly burdeoned in the event of a tragic death).

    It needs to provide actual monthly stipends to players and make the players account for the money. The NCAA should be arming these kids with the skills to understand contract basics and other skills necessary to survive should they be lucky enough to make it to the NFL. And those skills can be used elsewhere.

  111. ijahru says: Aug 17, 2011 8:54 AM

    These kids didn’t commit a crime, they broke NCAA rules. Yes they are wrong for breaking the rules but please don’t try to call them criminals. I don’t blame Wilfork one bit for breaking the rules to help take care of hisfamily after their parents died.

  112. cdsaints says: Aug 17, 2011 9:57 AM

    John Vilma = Paid Hitman……awesome!

    I think G-Dub would approve

  113. readysethike says: Aug 17, 2011 10:56 AM

    this is no different then what Pryor was doing…however some people on this site were so outraged by it. i don’t get it

  114. feartheelf19 says: Aug 17, 2011 11:03 AM

    How could you not expect this? Why do you think that school was a hot bed of NFL players for as long as it was. I mean the documentary by ESPN called “The U” that pretty much summed it up. Those guys were livin the dream in college. They were coming from the hood, and livin it up at “The U” of course they were getting paid.

  115. hatesycophants says: Aug 17, 2011 12:29 PM

    @Vbe2,

    You make an excellent point… for the most part. I don’t begrudge any of the players taking cash. I do, however, have a problem with Smiff’s “situational morality.” So, your parents die and you get to violate the rules? Yeah, the rule sucks, but your personal situation certainly shouldn’t supersede it. Either change the rules (my position) or implement a hardship clause.

  116. bozosforall says: Aug 17, 2011 4:51 PM

    ihatestupidpeople says:
    Aug 17, 2011 1:14 AM
    bozosforall says:

    A current Patriot caught cheating? No surprise there. No wonder Bill loves him so much.
    _____________________________
    Wow, the bozo jet’s fans whine about the foot fetish jokes getting old yet we continue to hear about “cheating,” which the coach that brought it all about admitted he and everyone else did it…

    __
    Yet no other team got fined. Keep on whining, loser Pats fan.

  117. bozosforall says: Aug 17, 2011 4:53 PM

    bowlhounds says:
    Aug 17, 2011 7:48 AM
    bozosforall says:
    Aug 16, 2011 7:28 PM
    A current Patriot caught cheating? No surprise there. No wonder Bill loves him so much.

    bozosforall says:
    Aug 16, 2011 8:36 PM
    nepatriots128154 says:
    Aug 16, 2011 7:34 PM
    Don’t blame the players, blame the system. If I was in their shoes you bet I would be taking those NBA tickets.

    __
    No surprise there. Find me a Pats fan that doesn’t condone cheating.

    I agree that there is no surprise here BOZO( the clown) is mumbling again. The therapist must have left the back door open again. Its sad to think that in this losers world of confusion he probably thinks BB is on the list of boosters therefore its his fault. What a loser, get a life.

    __
    No surprise that a Pats fan can’t handle the truth. The stain of Spygate will never fade away. Neither will the incessant whining about that fact from loser Pats fans.

  118. bozosforall says: Aug 17, 2011 4:58 PM

    rickycubane says:
    Aug 16, 2011 11:51 PM
    this sucks for Al Golden head coach of Miami.. he had nothing to do with these players or the booster… and now he is going to be punished for coming to MIAMI to restore character and a winning record…

    he doesnt deserve that.. he turned a hideous temple program around after being the D co-ordinator at Penn State under Paterno and he has busted his ass to become a big time football coach..

    the NCAA knows that this stuff happens.. punish the boosters and the agents not the kids and not coaches who ovbiously had nothing to do with it because they were coaching another team 1200 miles away..

    Al Golden is not Jim Tressel.. he is a victim in this case

    __
    He should have never taken the job. Miami shouldn’t be allowed to launder their program with the level of coach that Al Golden is. Golden also shouldn’t have thought that the program was going to get away unscathed for their past transgressions.

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