Miami Football: Al Golden Latest Victim of Past Mistakes

Add Miami to the long list of schools being investigated by the NCAA, and Al Golden must pay the price for something former Hurricanes did. 

Nevin Shapiro, a former booster and now a convicted felon, allegedly gave gifts and services to at least a dozen or more past Miami players. 

Shapiro was sentenced to a 20-year prison term for running a $930 million Ponzi scheme back in June. He admitted he defrauded more than 50 investors for millions and millions of dollars.

According to the Miami Herald, the NCAA has obtained documents with photos that show Shapiro hosting players at his house, as well as phone and credit card records that may indicate Miami players received improper benefits from him.

Al Golden acknowledged today that some players may have made mistakes, and that the team must move forward. Per ESPN:

We have great kids on this team to the extent that they may have made a mistake. OK, that's fine. But that's also part of growing up. What we have to teach them now is if something did occur, let's be honest and move forward. 

You have to feel for Golden, who begins his first season as the Hurricanes coach in 2011. If the NCAA find the Hurricanes committed violations then Golden is the one that suffers. He told reporters that he doesn't know much about the situation, but will be looking into it. 

It's hard for me to stand up here and defend something that occurred three, four, five, six years ago, Golden said. I don't know the extent of it. We're going to look at it. We're disappointed, but we're not discouraged. 

Miami has a decent team, but they have a daunting schedule that will lead to a sub-par season. 

The situation could only get worse for Golden and the Hurricanes, because if the NCAA brings the hammer down, then recruiting becomes much harder. 

Nobody knows what the outcome will be for Miami, but it doesn't look good right now. Golden is the latest victim in NCAA scandals, and the road head looks gloomy for he and the Hurricanes. 

-Eric Bowman