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Antonya English

Two Florida players, one coach alleged to have ties with rogue Miami Hurricanes booster

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Former Miami Hurricanes booster Nevin Shapiro has reportedly told Yahoo! Sports that his eight-year reign of NCAA recruiting violations included contact with current Gators Andre Debose and Matt Patchan, as well as former Miami Hurricanes assistant and current Florida recruiting coordinator Aubrey Hill.

Shapiro told Yahoo! Sports reporter Charles Robinson that he provided millions of dollars in benefits to student athletes including cash, prostitutes, entertainment in his multimillion-dollar homes and yacht, paid trips to high-end restaurants and nightclubs, jewelry, bounties for on-field play (including bounties for injuring opposing players), travel and on one occasion, an abortion. Shapiro claims that some of the activities were done with the knowledge or direct participation of at least seven coaches from the Miami football and basketball programs - including Hill, who is Miami's former recruiting coordinator. He also said he provided thousands of impermissible benefits to at least 72 athletes from 2002 through 2010.

Patchan, whose father was a star player at Miami, was heavily recruited by the school before he chose to attend Florida. He, nor his father, could be reached for comment Tuesday night.

Hill, who is in his first season with the Gators, was Miami's recruiting coordinator and wide receivers coach from 2008-10.

"While we declined comment for Yahoo's request, Coach Hill indicated he was very comfortable with, and very confident in, how he conducted himself while at the University of Miami,'' Florida Associate Athletics Director for Communications Steve McClain said in a statement Tuesday night.

Shapiro is currently in jail for his part in a $930 million Ponzi scheme. 

[Last modified: Tuesday, August 16, 2011 11:09pm]

    

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