The most recent story from Yahoo! Sports super sleuth reporter Charles Robinson point to more recruiting violations at the University of Miami. This time the allegations happened during the Al Golden regime. Here’s CBSSports.com with more:
The most damning detail of the new allegations is not the what, which is hardly shocking business, but the who. Specifically, one face that should look familiar to anyone who read the staggering, self-incriminating account of ex-’Cane booster turned convicted Ponzi schemer Nevin Shapiro last summer: Former equipment manager Sean “Pee Wee” Allen, who Robinson says has become “a focal point” in the NCAA’s investigation into Shapiro. (There is also a cameo in the latest report by another alleged Shapiro conspirator, ex-wide receivers Aubrey Hill.) Allen directly involved in the tidal wave of alleged violations facilitated by Shapiro’s illicit bank account in the mid-to-late 2000s, survived the transition from former coach Randy Shannon’s administration to Golden’s in the winter of 2010-11, and was almost immediately tapped by the new sheriff in town to keep lines of communication open with Shannon’s most coveted recruits, even if it meant continuing to color outside the lines.
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Before I go any further, for fill disclosure I am a Miami Hurricane apologist since I graduated from the school. Also if you frequent this site you would know that I have an incredible disdain for the NCAA’s rules. I also despise how the media covers NCAA infractions, which brings me to my next point. It would have been really nice for someone with the investigative reporting skills of Charles Robinson covering the events at Penn State through the years.
Charles Robinson is proving to be the best in the business when it comes to uncovering the scandals in college football. That said the importance of what he is really uncovering amounts to ambulance chasing in scale to what went down in State College. Miami’s indiscretions amounted to talks about the death penalty a summer ago, while a serial pedefile still roamed the Penn State athletic facilities.
It shows where the media’s priorities are. It’s much more sexy to talk about strip clubs, yacht rides and Ponzi schemers than it is about a man who destroyed the innocence of young children. Not to say story lines like the ones that come out of Miami shouldn’t be reported, but the amount of resource used to break these stories is terribly misguided.
Imagine, hypothetically speaking if as much time was spent on uncovering the Miami scandal was placed on Jerry Sandusky ten years ago instead. How many children would have been saved? It’s strange how the new Miami allegations come out shortly after we find out that Joe Paterno covered up for Sandusky for all those years. Not to sound cynical, but Yahoo! Sports wasn’t exactly out in front of that story.
There comes a time where we need to have faith in our fourth estate. Yahoo! Sports and Charles Robinson have done some terrific work when it comes to the art of uncovering a story. It would have been nice to see the substance and subject behind their findings have little more meaning than silly arbitrary NCAA violations.