Yahoo! Sports has released its latest investigation into the University of Miami football program, and, like last time, there's a spotlight on a former Hillsborough County player.
According to the report, Hurricanes head coach Al Golden began using Sean "Pee Wee" Allen, then an equipment manager and onetime right-hand man of convicted Ponzi schemer Nevin Shapiro, to work around NCAA recruiting rules less than a week after he took the head coaching job in December 2010 (Allen left the program during the summer of 2011). One of those players was Alonso DL Anthony Chickillo.
• On the evening of Jan. 22, 2011, the former Hurricanes staffer alleged that Allen arranged for Hurricanes defensive end Olivier Vernon and visiting recruit Anthony Chickillo to gain entrance to BT's Gentlemen's Club in Coral Gables. The former Hurricanes staffer said Allen paid for Chickillo's drinks and entertainment at the strip club. Allen's phone records show that between 6:49 p.m. and 11:10 p.m. that night, he traded 12 phone calls with Vernon and two with defensive tackle Marcus Forston – the two players who were hosting Chickillo on his official visit that weekend.
Having previously de-committed from the Hurricanes, Chickillo reversed course and ultimately became Al Golden's highest-ranked recruit of the 2011 class. On Jan. 23, Chickillo told Y! Sports' Rivals.com of his visit, "On a scale of 1 to 10 it was a 12. I'm 200 percent committed to Miami. The recruiting process is over for me."
Chickillo, who started the last nine games of the season for the Hurricanes, tied for the team lead with five sacks and finished third in ACC Defensive Rookie of the Year Award voting, is not the first Tampa Bay area player to be mentioned in conjunction with Miami's improper benefits scandal—former Plant QB Robert Marve, TE Orson Charles and Plant head coach Robert Weiner were all mentioned in the initial August report.