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Huyghue denies wrongdoing with Miami athletes

Jeff Jagodzinski, Michael Huyghue AP

The latest mess involving the University of Miami has ensnared plenty of names, including the Commissioner of the struggling UFL.

Michael Huyghue, who was an agent before he took his current job, allegedly funneled cash and benefits to Miami players in order to entice them to hire AxcessSports Management.  Huyghue denies the allegation.

“[Shapiro] invested in the company unsolicited in 2001, he had no other role,” Huyghue told the Florida Times-Union, via SportsBusiness Daily.  “You can call any of the other people at Axcess.  We had quarterly meetings.  I think he came to one meeting in seven years.  I’m not sure what the motivation is [in implicating Huyghue].  I certainly didn’t pay players.

“It’s ridiculous.  There’s no substance to it.”

The Yahoo! Sports report blowing the lid off the Miami program quotes an unnamed former Hurricane who said that he received benefits from Huyghue.

“The lunacy of it is supposedly [Shapiro] was funneling all this money through the company,” Huyghue told the Times-Union.  “We only had three [Miami] players in seven years.  One of them, Jon Beason, originally signed with another agent.  I never recruited him.  He and his mother came to me after he thought the negotiations with Carolina went badly.  Jamaal Green was only a fourth-round pick.  The other player, Wilfork, now I recruited him, but I didn’t pay him a dime.  We developed a good relationship.  I was the best man at his wedding.”

Like Wilfork, Huyghue has no obligation to cooperate with the investigation, via for example producing documents or other materials that possibly would contain evidence supporting or refuting his contention.  Absent some legal proceeding in which Huyghue would be compelled to testify and/or provide information, Huyghue has no duty to say or do anything.

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9 Responses to “Huyghue denies wrongdoing with Miami athletes”
  1. jw731 says: Aug 18, 2011 9:57 AM

    The fact is……The U, thru alumni or boosters,agents etc….. like many other colleges, paid their players a hell of alot more money than they would ever make in the UFL…If you don’t believe that, your a complete moron…….

  2. agelardi says: Aug 18, 2011 9:58 AM

    Wondering if Duane “The Rock” Johnson was involved in this latest U. of Miami scandal?

  3. uflreader says: Aug 18, 2011 10:26 AM

    so he can afford to pay college kids but not his employees at the ufl.

  4. mackie66 says: Aug 18, 2011 10:36 AM

    Follow the rules, follow the rules, follow the rules, follow the rules, follow the rules,,the sky is falling, the sky is falling, the sky is falling, the sky is falling. What law was broken? No one was robbed, killed, raped, tortured, mutalated, hacked to death. So what exactly happened that was so terrible?
    All this bruhahaha on the statement of one kid?
    MOST of these kids are from very humble beginnings, and have never seen a hundred dollar bill before. Some of you, if you havent been there, should just remain quite, or just shut the F$#@ up.

  5. kscogg says: Aug 18, 2011 11:48 AM

    mackie66 says:
    Aug 18, 2011 10:36 AM
    Follow the rules, follow the rules, follow the rules, follow the rules, follow the rules,,the sky is falling, the sky is falling, the sky is falling, the sky is falling. What law was broken? No one was robbed, killed, raped, tortured, mutalated, hacked to death. So what exactly happened that was so terrible?
    All this bruhahaha on the statement of one kid?
    MOST of these kids are from very humble beginnings, and have never seen a hundred dollar bill before. Some of you, if you havent been there, should just remain quite, or just shut the F$#@ up.

    _____

    you, sir, are an idiot. USC, Ohio State, SMU, and many others are prolly asking the same question. You can’t pay players and if you think its not wrong then you truly are clueless.

  6. lawyermalloy says: Aug 18, 2011 11:53 AM

    I the “nod and wink” world of agents, it’s widely known that agents pay the players in advance of signing them to representation agreements; unfortunately the NFLPA can do and won’t do anything about it!

  7. hobartbaker says: Aug 18, 2011 1:08 PM

    If Huyghue wanted us to believe he was honest he should not have let his picture be posted.

  8. darthhitman says: Aug 18, 2011 1:13 PM

    agelardi says: Aug 18, 2011 9:58 AM

    Wondering if Duane “The Rock” Johnson was involved in this latest U. of Miami scandal?

    ______________________________________

    Doubtful, considering A. Rock went to the CFL and secondly the one play he is best known for is his hit on Charlie Ward…when did he play at FSU again? Think it was prior to 2002

  9. Mr. Wright 212 says: Aug 18, 2011 1:18 PM

    Is The U. gonna get the death penalty you think?

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