Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Outside Help and Boosters
According to Yahoo! Sports, booster Nevin Shapiro provided almost 930 million dollars that he acquired from a Ponzi scheme to over 72 athletes. Most of those players are now in the NFL and about 12 players are still at the university are in big trouble and are not allowed to play football this year. Documents from Miami show a booster who broke NCAA rules while simultaneously making tens of thousands of dollars in annual contributions to Miami’s athletic program. All while incurring massive bills aligning himself socially with a stable of Miami players. Shapiro stated that he became a booster in '01 and started giving gifts to players in '02. He was doing this with money he pretty much was stealing from people who were giving him 'loans' or 'donations'. ESPN gathered coaches, former players and staff of college programs together to discuss a "blueprint for change" for college football. The biggest topic they talked about was getting rid of third party contributors such as boosters and outside help. Eliminating those would in theory get rid of the scandals and rumors traveling all throughout college football programs. In essence, getting rid of outside help and these illegal boosters would help clean up college programs. Colleges won't have to worry about getting in trouble, losing scholarships, championships, awards, or coaches having to quit their jobs to stay out of trouble. Everyone could focus on the actual gameplay of football instead of the illegal allegations that come up every now and then due illegal benefits from outside help.