CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) -- The NCAA says it has been investigating the relationship between a convicted Ponzi scheme artist and the University of Miami for five months, and the allegations -- if true -- show the need for "serious and fundamental change" in college sports.
Former booster Nevin Shapiro is serving 20 years in federal prison. He claims he treated players with sex parties, nightclub outings, cars and other gifts. Shapiro told Yahoo! Sports he provided improper benefits to 72 football players and other athletes at Miami from 2002 to 2010.
NCAA president Mark Emmert says in a statement that "If the assertions are true, the alleged conduct at the University of Miami is an illustration of the need for serious and fundamental change in many critical aspects of college sports."
The Hurricanes' entire football team took the practice field today, even though Shapiro's claims involve several current players. Coach Al Golden says it's too soon to take disciplinary action.