Booster in Miami scandal studied at USF for 4 years
Nevin Shapiro, the Miami booster who admitted to Yahoo! Sports a wide variety of alleged NCAA violations in a story published Tuesday, spent four years as a USF student from 1986-90, the university confirmed Wednesday.
Shapiro, 42, was a student at USF from summer 1986 to the fall of 1990, though the criminology major left school without earning a degree, USF spokesperson Lara Wade said after checking with the university registrar.
Shapiro, currently serving a 20-year federal prison sentence for his involvement in a $930 million Ponzi scheme, attended USF before the Bulls launched their football program in 1997. He detailed "thousands of impermissible benefits" to Miami football and basketball players in a Yahoo! investigative story.
USF coach Skip Holtz said Wednesday he was not aware that Shapiro had attended USF, but said the story gives other schools a chance to remind athletes to be careful in the people they associate with during their college careers.
"It's definitely a great teaching opportunity for us," Holtz said by phone as the team returned from 12 days of training camp in Vero Beach. "As coaches, we talk all the time about mistakes that maybe other college athletes have made at other schools and how we can learn from them. If we can eliminate some future issues because of mistakes people have already made, those are huge opportunities to learn from. That's something we're definitely talking about."