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Andre Johnson, Eric Winston talk about Miami allegations

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Andre Johnson was hardly mentioned in Yahoo Sports’ excellent reporting about the University of Miami football program. The Texans receiver was only mentioned for having bought drinks in the VIP section of a club.

It’s no surprise that Johnson isn’t happy with booster Nevin Shapiro for going public with the story, but Johnson didn’t deny knowing Shapiro Wednesday when asked.

It is what it is, man,” Johnson told John McClain of the Houston Chronicle. “I really don’t have much to say about it. The guy’s in trouble, and he’s trying to take everybody down with him. I’m really not worried about it.”

Johnson didn’t want to get into details about the subject.

“I wasn’t in the clubs too much when I was in college, so I don’t know about that,” Johnson said. “You kind of get upset about it, but at the same time, you can’t control what anybody says. He knows and I know what really happened. It’s over. It’s done with. The NCAA is handling it, and we’ll just move on.”

Eric Winston, another product of the “U,” spoke about the issue to Lance Zierlein of TheSidelineView.com.

“I don’t really know [Shapiro]. I know the name a little bit. I couldn’t pick him out of the lineup,” Winston said. “I think it’s unfortunate when a guy gets around kids and a program and intends to do harm to it.”

Boosters are a massive problem throughout college football and there is no easy solution to get rid of them. It’s one reason why we’re happy to cover the pros.

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  1. bensstinkyfingers says: Aug 17, 2011 1:04 PM

    That’s exactly why the whole Ohio State Terrell Pryor debacle and Tressel firing was a joke. This stuff has been going on for decades in every major college program. It’s just a matter of who gets caught and who doesn’t . The NCAA needs revamped.

  2. giorgiom3 says: Aug 17, 2011 1:10 PM

    All of this violation garbage, which happens at every single school in the country in some way, shape or form, would go away if college players were paid. Each school profits millions and millions of dollars for their teams and basically use these kids, who come from dirt poor areas, so they can sit on a fat check.

  3. pigskinswag says: Aug 17, 2011 1:13 PM

    It’s no longer a matter of who is cheating and breaking rules, only a matter of who is clever enough to get away with it.

  4. bullcharger says: Aug 17, 2011 1:14 PM

    “Boosters are a massive problem throughout college football and there is no easy solution to get rid of them. It’s one reason why we’re happy to cover the pros.”

    ———————————-

    They exist because of opportunity. The big schools generate 30-60 mil in profit. The players are entitled to zero although they are who people come to see. That’s a bad combiniation.

    There’s a reason Pro Athletes went from being paid virtually nothing to being the some of the richest folks in America. The demand for the sport got so big that they had to get their share.

    That’s what has happened in NCAA football and basketball. The players need to be allowed to make money. Hold the bulk of the money until they graduate… that’s ok. But they deserve the money. It ‘s way too unfair right now. The elite college players are risking millions of dollars just stepping on the college field. They should be able to be paid what the market says they are worth just like any other person in America (including olympic athletes).

  5. thetooloftools says: Aug 17, 2011 1:15 PM

    Jim Tressel LIED to the NCAA. He had to go. He died by his own hand. “I didn’t know what to do” turned into “you lied and you knew you were lying when you did it”. These two issues are not even remotely related.

  6. Davo says: Aug 17, 2011 1:20 PM

    The NCAA isn’t going to change until all of the players come out and detail exactly what gifts/money they received during their playing time in College.

    And what’s at stake? Anything? So these pro’s took money/gifts in college. So what? They should all come out and show what a mockery the system is.

  7. hokies34 says: Aug 17, 2011 1:22 PM

    Andre Johnson = classy guy

  8. dude317 says: Aug 17, 2011 1:22 PM

    Good for Johnson in at least admitting he knows the guy.

    The “U” has been dirty for years. Get rid of the illegal activity (e.g., the prostitutes) and just pay the college players already.

  9. 3octaveFart says: Aug 17, 2011 1:47 PM

    hokies34 says: Aug 17, 2011 1:22 PM

    “Andre Johnson = classy guy”

    I already liked him anyway, just for the beatdown he gave Cortland Finnegan.

  10. groundpounder95 says: Aug 17, 2011 1:54 PM

    @Davo…..really??? are u leading all ncaa investigations. only an idiot like u would separate stuff like this. everybody that is good gets paid in ncaa. i know that first hand. so in your closed mind u believe what you say. SMH

  11. dfwbillsfan14221 says: Aug 17, 2011 1:55 PM

    Instead of paying NCAA atheletes, why not just allow them to endorse products, do commercials, etc.
    Then they’d have the ability to make good money and not be tempted by low-life boosters and hangers-on.
    This would also solve the problem of having to pay ALL NCAA atheletes, since only a handful of players are really household names (the top 10% of the best NCAA football and basketball basically) and by the way, there are actually STUDENT atheletes that are attending for the education, without the hope of a pro sports career.

  12. granadafan says: Aug 17, 2011 1:56 PM

    Notice how they don’t deny the allegations or profess innocence? The NCAA re-wrote the rule book in the 90s specifically because of Miami (and Oklahoma). Now, they haven’t learned their lesson.

  13. arzcardinals says: Aug 17, 2011 1:57 PM

    The only way try get a piece of the pie is to form a union or go on strike right before their first game (all major colleges).

    Colleges are making a ton of cash and will never let a penny slip out of their fingers. Look at the rediculous rise in tuition costs. They are nit hiring better professors or ever giving the professors they have raises…nope. It’s sick that it costs roughly 40k to send your child to any 4 year university.

    While they are on strike hold out for a playoff system too. The bowl games as is isn’t a fair shake.

  14. m2karateman says: Aug 17, 2011 2:07 PM

    So the answer is to start paying football players in college? I don’t think so. Why? Well, when does it stop? Should we start paying high schoolers? Elementary school kids?
    The money generated from the televised sports pays for the non-televised sports such as lacrosse, swimming, etc. Those kids deserve a shot at getting a scholarship as well as the football, basketball and hockey players. Paying football players will evolve into players who would have gone to other sports now wanting to just play football exclusively. And if the basketball program isn’t paying as much as the football program, then basketball players quit to play football. It creates many more problems than it solves.
    Remember these football players are getting a free education (most of them). So, in essence, they ARE getting paid. Given the cost of a college education, they are getting paid better than most. These kids aren’t just looking for a meal here and there, they are looking to live the high life, going to clubs, eating expensive meals, getting jewelry, etc. It’s not like these guys aren’t getting treated well and being used as indentured servants. They are playing ball in return for a college education.
    The schools and the NCAA need to take steps to protect these players from boosters and agents alike. How? I don’t have the answer. But paying them isn’t it either.

  15. sftitan says: Aug 17, 2011 2:23 PM

    In my opinion college athletes shouldn’t get paid. They come for an education and usually get everything comp’d because they play sports. BUT, I do think they should be allowed to accept perks. If someone wants to give them stuff for free, then they should be allowed to take it. Don’t see how that harms anyone.

  16. andrewfbrowne says: Aug 17, 2011 2:31 PM

    This year alone, Ohio State, Boise State, Oregon, Georgia Tech, USC, Auburn (Cam Newton issues) and now the U. It is a vitual whos who of college football and both teams in the National Championship had issues around them.

    This is almost as bad as cycling. the payoff is clearly outweighing the punishment.

    Punishing the kids by not offering scholarhsips is not a sufficient enough punishment.

  17. brewdogg says: Aug 17, 2011 2:33 PM

    3octaveFart says:
    Aug 17, 2011 1:47 PM
    hokies34 says: Aug 17, 2011 1:22 PM

    “Andre Johnson = classy guy”

    I already liked him anyway, just for the beatdown he gave Cortland Finnegan.
    ————————————-

    Is there really anyone who doesn’t like Andre Johnson? It goes a long way towards dispelling the “diva WR” complex nurtured by Irving, Keyshawn, TO, Chad Johnson, etc when the two best WRs in the game today (imo) are Andre and Calvin Johnson, both unassuming, class individuals. Here’s to hoping that the young guys are paying attention and this becomes the norm.

  18. busch1724 says: Aug 17, 2011 2:39 PM

    They shouldn’t get paid, they get a free education which in some of those schools accounts for at least 25,000 a year.

    With that said, the way to stop this booster nonsense is to charge buys like Shipiro with a felony. The laws must be in place for situations like this to not occur. I don’t care who you are, if a booster is offering a you a couple grand…you take it. We all have a price, but the tempatation shouldn’t be there in the first place.

  19. surface31 says: Aug 17, 2011 2:45 PM

    I played football for a very highly ranked program. I did not accept money, I STRANGELY accepted the education that was given to me for free. I matured and I worked hard to not only start for my team, become a leader on the field, but also to earn good grades for the job I have now. I have a very good job and I’m proud of myself. In college nearly everything is free for the student athlete, yet some guys think they are God’s gift and need a “lil’ extra”. Why? What happens when they get hurt and blow out their knee? Do they still deserve the cash? In that case, let’s get them to sign a contract so they can be protected. What happens when they lose their spot to a younger and better player?

    Oh, what happened to their FREE education that my brother has to work 40 hours a week for because he’s not an athlete and just wants to study hard and get a good job?

    School’s deserve the money and so do the coaches. Athletes don’t. It’s a protected environment for athletes because if they had the money they will blow all their money on rims and jewelry and want more. If they don’t get it, they’ll transfer. You really trust a kid with $1,000. Have we learned nothing from Terrell Pryor? Yeah, they make more money that I can comprehend but I’m not complaining when I have a free degree because I was the only one capitalized on the opportunity. Players don’t need money. They need mentors.

  20. Justin says: Aug 17, 2011 3:05 PM

    I read on CFT that Illinois made $7 or $8 Million from their share of the contract with the Big Ten network. Lets assume it cost $50,000 a year to go to Illinois. They made enough to cover scholarships for the whole team for 2 years. This doesn’t even include ticket sales and payouts for bowl appearances and all that stuff. Then they act like they are doing the kids favors by giving them free education. I say the NCAA is a big a crook as this Nevin Shapiro guy.

    Side note: The BCS sucks and is a broken system

  21. capslockkey says: Aug 17, 2011 3:20 PM

    “All of this violation garbage, which happens at every single school in the country in some way, shape or form, would go away if college players were paid.”

    No it wouldn’t. You think some self-entitled college kid is going to turn down a free car from some booster just because he gets a regular paycheck from the school?

  22. gregjennings85 says: Aug 17, 2011 3:20 PM

    I’m SURE the SEC is completely cash-handouts-free.

    Uh huh…

  23. uclabruininstlouis says: Aug 17, 2011 3:24 PM

    @sftitan The problem is that someone might say, “My perk is bigger than their perk, so come to my school or sign with my group.” Another issue is that, if the schools are punished now, after the fact, kids are being punished for what someone else did. I realize that the schools should pay and pay dearly but maybe the present young men could immediately transfer elsewhere. FWIW.

  24. dg0122 says: Aug 17, 2011 3:35 PM

    Winston- here’s a tip for picking Shapiro out of the pics that have surfaced- he’s the short, white, unathletic looking guy

  25. axespray says: Aug 17, 2011 4:00 PM

    you stay classy andre …

    that’s why you’re no.2 to percy harvin…
    go vikes…

    ka-durrh!?

  26. realfootballfan says: Aug 17, 2011 4:25 PM

    @m2karateman,

    No, the answer is to stop the NCAA, the conferences, and individual schools from negotiating billion dollar TV rights contracts to televise football and basketball.

    There’s a reason that no one is trying to cozy up to the captain of the swimming or women’s basketball team.

    You know why? Because those players haven’t been made celebrities by a system that makes them instant celebrities all due to the greed of college presidents, coaches, and the NCAA in general who’ve come up with this terrific racket of selling the TV rights to those sports in exchange for that $30,000 scholarship that’s somehow supposed to compensate for that discrepancy on the proverbial sliding scale.

    Until that happens, it’s just lip service from alot of people who are more concerned with their 6 and 7 figure salaries to truly do anything about it.

    If you simply make these games regional shows like high school games instead of the lead in on Sportscenter, no “boosters” will be trying to cozy up to them so that they appear like a big shot to people around them because no one will care if you’re hanging out with some football or basketball player that no one knows.

    In addition, the NFL and NBA (with their recent rule that players need 2 years out of high school) are complicit in this nonsense because it lessens their burden of identifying and developing talent.

    If you think the draft is a crap shoot, imagine the NFL trying to scour the country and develop 18 year old kids to be NFL players. You saw the wreck the NBA was for eyars with high schoolers dominating their league and most developing 5 or 6 years into their careers.

    MLB doesn’t get much right, but they nailed this one with their minor league system and thus don’t have this nonsense surrounding their sport on the lower levels.

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