Well why the hell not, right? A few days before Miami's scheduled COI meeting, in which they would finally, after more than 3 years, find out their punishment(s) stemming from the Shapiro scandal, Shapiro himself has decided that he had more stories to tell.
This time, however, it's Sports Illustrated who has chosen (POORLY) to run the story, which is awfully funny considering this is part of their magazine's history. There is no doubt that the timing of this release is highly suspect, and whether or not it will affect the current investigation, or be ruled non-important, remains to be seen. Of course, knowing the NCAA, they may just choose to start a whole new investigation with this stuff.
So what, you may ask, could Shapiro possibly have on Miami that he either has not released, or the NCAA has not investigated (poorly or not)? Well, according to the Miami Herald:
Shapiro told SI that he used inside information obtained from UM coaches to gamble on Hurricanes football games, according to the sources.
Shapiro alleged that coaches shared with him information --- such as whether a particular injured player would be available to play --- in at least two games, including in 2005 and a 2007 game against North Carolina, which UM lost, 33-27.
According to a third source, the NCAA previously investigated Shapiro's gambling claims but found no concrete evidence and did not make any allegations regarding gambling in UM's Notice Of Allegations.
That frustrated Shapiro, who believed the NCAA did not adequately investigate his claims involving the matter.
Awwww....did 'ums get upset at the big dumb NC Dubwul A?
Look. If the NCAA has already looked into Shapiro's gambling claims, and found nothing, and has that on record as part of their investigation, then I personally find it hard to think that the NCAA or the COI will worry too much about it. There is ALWAYS that disclaimer, though, that this is Mark Emmert's NCAA, and they do whatever they want, however they want, and most of the time it is brain meltingly stupid, so who knows.
I am sure that whatever coaches are named, if any, have either been interviewed, or would absolutely love the chance to clear their names. This whole thing reeks of SI wanting a story, Shapiro feeling insignificant, and yet another weird, time-wasting wrinkle in this whole mess.
Of course, we will keep you updated in this post about what is released, when it is released, so stay tuned.