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AUDIO: Shapiro attorney says Shannon, Coker knew

Posted on: August 17, 2011 3:03 pm
Edited on: August 17, 2011 3:39 pm
 
Posted by Adam Jacobi

One of the names most conspicuously absent from the Nevin Shapiro report produced by Yahoo! Sports on Tuesday was that of former Miami head coach Randy Shannon, whose career fell entirely within the timeframe of Shapiro's allegations. It made sense, on some level; Shannon's always been something of a "by the rules, at all costs" type of coach, and his discipline and integrity are generally thought of as above reproach. He's one of the good guys, as the story goes.

Slight problem: Nevin Shapiro's attorney Maria Elena Perez has other ideas about Shannon's role in the scandal. To that end, Perez was on "Armando and the Amigo," a radio program with Armando Salguero (Miami Herald columnist), Chris Perkins (CBSSports.com Dolphins RapidReporter), and Larry Milian (longtime Miami-area radio personality) on 640-AM WMEN in Miami-Fort Lauderdale.

For those unable or unwilling to listen to Ms. Perez's statement, here's what she told Salguero, Perkins, and Milian:

Perez: "Well, I wouldn't say that [Miami president] Donna Shalala knew that there was NCAA violations going on. She obviously knew that Nevin was a benefactor, someone that was giving money to the school, because there's a picture of her receiving a check at an event at Lucky Strike on the beach, it's photographed on the Yahoo! Sports article. So I don't think that she knew that there were NCAA violations, but I know that the coaches knew. And I know that--
Host: "Which coaches?"
Perez: "--the organization knew, and that's why they let him lead them out of the tunnel on a couple of occasions!"
Host: "Randy Shannon knew?" 
Perez: "Excuse me?"
Host: "Randy Shannon knew?"
Perez: "I believe, based on what my client has indicated, that Randy Shannon did know."
Host: "Larry Coker knew?"
Perez: "Um... I believe, based my client's representations, that Larry Coker did know."
Host: "And obviously, in the story, Frank Haith--"
Perez: "That is correct."
Host: "Frank Haith knew."
Perez: "That is correct."

One hopes for Shannon's sake that Perez's recollection of Shapiro's statements is incorrect, and given that we're talking about 100 hours of jailhouse testimony to Yahoo! Sports alone, that's not out of the realm of possibility. If she's right though, and if Shapiro is accurate that Shannon, Coker, and Haith all knew about the illegal activity, then Miami is in a world of NCAA trouble.

Comments

Since: Dec 1, 2008
Posted on: August 24, 2011 4:25 am
 

AUDIO: Shapiro attorney says Shannon, Coker knew

First of all make sure Perez is in the country legally. Second make sure she wasn't a pole dancer while working her way through law school. Third, why does an innocent Jewish businessman want an Hispanic lawyer who doesn't appear to know anything for sure.



Since: Aug 8, 2009
Posted on: August 23, 2011 11:14 pm
 

AUDIO: Shapiro attorney says Shannon, Coker knew

You can't spell scum without UM!



Since: Aug 8, 2009
Posted on: August 23, 2011 11:14 pm
 

AUDIO: Shapiro attorney says Shannon, Coker knew

You can't spell scum without UM!



Since: Sep 8, 2006
Posted on: August 23, 2011 2:40 pm
 

AUDIO: Shapiro attorney says Shannon, Coker knew

"I believe, based on what my client has indicated..."
"Um... I believe, based my client's representations..."
"Indicated."  "representations."  Sounds like some serious hard facts there.  More single-source reporting.  And the single source is the accuser.  Good job.  I hope these "allegations" I guess you could call them turn out to be more Shapiro spewing.  

He's already said he's bitter and wants to bring the UM football program down.  I guess it wasn't happening fast enough for him so he sent his lawyer out to spread more "information." 



Since: Oct 27, 2010
Posted on: August 23, 2011 2:40 pm
 

AUDIO: Shapiro attorney says Shannon, Coker knew

Game, set, match for me in regards to college football. Between $1,000 dollar handshakes, cutting players like an NFL team (greyshirts), etc etc...college football is FAR from an even playing field. It's run like a business while trying in vain to sell it as an amateur sport. I'll stick to the NFL, college football is ruined for me.


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