John Adams: Miami probe too late for UT

I guess Tennessee can cross Kirby Hocutt off its list of candidates for the athletic director job.

Hocutt is currently the Texas Tech athletic director but is better known after this week for his fund-raising efforts as the University of Miami AD. One of his fund providers was booster/felon Nevin Shapiro, who just knocked "The U" topsy-turvy with more alleged NCAA violations than you could uncover in a busy year for the entire SEC.

But that's not why I'm putting UT in the same column with Miami. Nor is it because of Bryce Brown, who has generated more headlines per yards gained rushing than any other UT player since Brian Darden. Brown committed to Miami, signed with UT, transferred to Kansas State, and somewhere along the way supposedly found himself on Shapiro's tab, which is longer than I-95.

While reading Yahoo! Sports' account of Shapiro's financial devotion to Hurricane sports, I concluded that UT's problem with the NCAA was nothing more than bad timing.

If the proper authorities had sniffed out Shapiro's Ponzi scheme about four years earlier, he would have gone to prison sooner and gone vindictive on his once-beloved Hurricanes sooner as well. Consumed by the Hurricane watch, the NCAA would have never had time to take a magnifying glass to the recruit's picture at former UT basketball coach Bruce Pearl's house.

In fact, the NCAA wouldn't even have had the manpower to follow up on the rumor that Reggie Bush's parents might have been living beyond their means while he was leading Southern California to a couple of national championships.

My advice to would-be cheaters: Now is the time. If you've got a booster with deep pockets and an obsession for consorting with college athletes, give him a big thumbs-up and get out of the way.

The NCAA has been on Miami's crooked trail for five months already, and the investigative report by Yahoo! Sports has fostered enough allegations to keep it busy for another five years. There's no time for anybody else.

For example, note the stories about athletes at other schools who supposedly crossed paths with Shapiro in the recruiting process. Never mind the allegations. Everybody is apparently good to go.

Florida released a statement saying players Matt Patchan and Andre Debose, who were linked to Shapiro in the Yahoo! Sports story, had no eligibility issues, according to the NCAA. Georgia released a similar statement in regard to Orson Charles, who also came up in Shapiro's confession to the NCAA. Since when has the NCAA been so quick to determine the eligibility of student-athletes?

Answer: Since Shapiro gave it all those Miami leads to follow.

Shapiro could be out on good behavior by the time the NCAA finishes with Miami. Tennessee might even have an AD by then.

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BarackyTop writes:

JOAN CRONAN FOR AD

Kelly8 writes:

in response to BarackyTop:

JOAN CRONAN FOR AD

Moron,

Joan Cronan is retiring. She has said that. She's going to stay around until we find a permanent AD, and then retire. Again, she has said that. She's not a candidate, and that's by HER choice. She would probably be an excellent AD, but SHE DOESN'T WANT IT. Although I'm sure you'll cry sexism when we hire a male, just like (as your screen name indicates) anyone who didn't vote for Obama is a racist.

In the words of Jim Calhoun, "get some facts".

TheOpinion writes:

.....Cool?

Orange_Scooter writes:

in response to Kelly8:

Moron,

Joan Cronan is retiring. She has said that. She's going to stay around until we find a permanent AD, and then retire. Again, she has said that. She's not a candidate, and that's by HER choice. She would probably be an excellent AD, but SHE DOESN'T WANT IT. Although I'm sure you'll cry sexism when we hire a male, just like (as your screen name indicates) anyone who didn't vote for Obama is a racist.

In the words of Jim Calhoun, "get some facts".

Bob Euker for AD!

TheOpinion writes:

in response to Kelly8:

Moron,

Joan Cronan is retiring. She has said that. She's going to stay around until we find a permanent AD, and then retire. Again, she has said that. She's not a candidate, and that's by HER choice. She would probably be an excellent AD, but SHE DOESN'T WANT IT. Although I'm sure you'll cry sexism when we hire a male, just like (as your screen name indicates) anyone who didn't vote for Obama is a racist.

In the words of Jim Calhoun, "get some facts".

Good god almighty calm down. No need to call people morons. All the previous poster was saying is that he liked Joan as the AD. Getting on message boards and calling people morons backfire quick.

Would you say that to his face if you two were in public and he said "joan cronan for AD"?

And why bring politics and Obama into it? It's just a screen name little buddy.

Couchdummy writes:

How could all of this Shapiro improper involvement slip the Miami press for so many years? Perhaps from fear of reprisal by the U asministration? The AD and administration during that period must have been asleep at the wheel, or did they turn their head for the sake of university contributions?

Huttdawg100 writes:

The NCAA should do regular compliance audits. Right now, the NCAA has to wait until someone turns a team in for violations, but they need to be more proactive. Once a quarter, the NCAA should randomly select a number of schools to proactively probe and look for any infractions/ violations. That way, compliance officers that might normally turn a blind eye to infractions will have to stay on his/ her toes for fear of failing the compliance audit. It's like random drug testing in football or baseball: players don't know who'll get tested or when it will happen, but if they get caught once, they automatically go on probation. If they get caught twice, they get the hammer. Make the check payable to me...

SevenT writes:

Fulmer should be AD

cloudodust writes:

The U of Miami can thank Donna Shalala for her grand oversight. With her background in cheese, sleaze and looking the other way, is this really a shocker..?

vut56#231073 writes:

Hmmmm. I have given this article a lot of thought (about fifteen seconeds) and have a difficult time deciding if it has any merit..or is just total sarcastic nonsense. It is a serious subject approached with bantamweight insight. BCS sports seem a slimepit; the NCAA seems like Barney and Gomer, on the loose but packing a lot of heat. Sports fans would be well served by some serious thought regarding how we (college athletics) get out of this situation.
JA gives us more Pogo than Doonsbury.

TheStupidPolice writes:

We are all stupider for having read that drivel. Yet another lazy and moronic piece from John Adams.

CrankE writes:

Perhaps by then Knoxville will be rid of John Adams too. Faster please! FIRE JOHN ADAMS!

As for Miami, you can blame the NCAA. Had they delivered the death penalty that Alabama deserved in 2002, then there might not be any problems at Miami or anywhere else for that matter.

The NCAA feels guilty about being too hard on SMU, guilty for not being harder on others since SMU, yet fearful about being too hard on the next violator. David Berst passing out, overwhelmed at delivering the death penalty to SMU in 1987 epitomizes the weak-kneed nature of the NCAA for me. The NCAA don't respect themselves enough to do the right thing. As a result, they don't earn the respect of the member institutions and many of them don't do the right thing.

Unexpectedly!

go_vols_go writes:

in response to TheOpinion:

Good god almighty calm down. No need to call people morons. All the previous poster was saying is that he liked Joan as the AD. Getting on message boards and calling people morons backfire quick.

Would you say that to his face if you two were in public and he said "joan cronan for AD"?

And why bring politics and Obama into it? It's just a screen name little buddy.

Agreed. I come to sports sites to get away from politics and the talking heads. Don't bring that garbage in here...... Anyway, GBO!

arkyvol writes:

other than have a brother who was on scholarship to miami, what was bryce brown's connection with that mess. adams ought to at least provide some facts with his teasers.

CrankE writes:

Oh by the way, KNS, where is that story about LSU players getting in a barfight? I mean if you're all into reporting every detail about UT's opponents, why not this? No room on the webpage for Adams' alma mater?

http://rivals.yahoo.com/ncaa/football...

TommyJack writes:

in response to SevenT:

Fulmer should be AD

Speaking of morons....

alfrizzle097 writes:

in response to arkyvol:

other than have a brother who was on scholarship to miami, what was bryce brown's connection with that mess. adams ought to at least provide some facts with his teasers.

It has been pretty well confirmed that the Browns received at least minor benefits from Shepiro (dinner, hotel room) by admission of Brown's "spiritual advisor." If that is it, then it is the sort of thing the NCAA would normally say "oh well, pay it back in the next 60 days by giving to charity."

I am still suspicious of the way Brown flipped from Miami to UT after having some pretty negative comments about Kiffin's staff. I told my dad when that happened that it would bite the vols on the back side later. So far nothing that would show Brown to be on the take has come out, but I'm gonna wait it out.

tdforvols writes:

in response to CrankE:

Oh by the way, KNS, where is that story about LSU players getting in a barfight? I mean if you're all into reporting every detail about UT's opponents, why not this? No room on the webpage for Adams' alma mater?

http://rivals.yahoo.com/ncaa/football...

Players getting in a bar brawl brings up bad memories around here......At least our team seems to be behaving better than most others as of late.

alfrizzle097 writes:

in response to tdforvols:

Players getting in a bar brawl brings up bad memories around here......At least our team seems to be behaving better than most others as of late.

Careful. No sooner than out of the mouth...

ncvol17 writes:

Shapiro was a party animal. He would have bought drinks at the Last Lap or the Tap room for all. Memories.....

Witch_Doctors writes:

in response to alfrizzle097:

Careful. No sooner than out of the mouth...

Witch Doctor say it cool, Witch Doctor started early this year spreading good juju around. (Lol)
Bones never lie.

Witch_Doctors writes:

in response to CrippledCoon:

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Witch Doctor think it rigged. Witch Doctor called ADDept to nominate you and they hung up on me!
Bones never lie.

Witch_Doctors writes:

in response to CrippledCoon:

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Witch Doctor legend in own mind at ETSU...Witch Doctor say for some reason in hindsight the women have gotten prettier, the escapades have gotten bolder and they unpaid student loans have gotten larger(kidding theyre paid..)
Bones never lie.

Witch_Doctors writes:

in response to C:

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Witch Doctor say jock sniffer too nice of a word. Witch Doctor say this crook operated outside the U and will now crash them into a wall out of bitterness for his own failed life. Witch Doctor say if proven the AD dept. had no knowledge then punish the players involved. Witch Doctor say it would be impossible to police every person that comes into contact that operates from the "outside". Witch Doctor say Arthur Brown must be the dumbest man on earth as hes gonna make sure NOBODY in the NFL will want this kinda baggage.
Bones never lie.

roloyo writes:

Obama for AD. He'll be unemployed in a few months anyway........hopefully.

HtownVol writes:

Hey at least recruiting is moving forward as well as we all hoped for.

http://insider.espn.go.com/ncf/recrui...

tovolny writes:

I am considering this "news" item from Adams as a comedy attempt that didn't work. Does anyone see where (or how) this item is "news worthy" or how a UT fan would enjoy what was written? Adams just keeps relighting anything associated with negativity surrounding UT. Some bad things happened, we faced up to them, we are preparing ourselves for the punishments forthcoming, and we are licking our wounds from the punishments already wielded. Adams and his "na na na a na ni" is goimg over the top of resonable. I miss the days when newspaper reporters would take the time to establish facts, define their audience, and strive for the truth. I guess it is just hard for a Hatfield to write anythng positive about the McCoys. I AM READY TO MOVE ON TO THE NEXT CHAPTER...good or bad.

murrayvol writes:

in response to Kelly8:

Moron,

Joan Cronan is retiring. She has said that. She's going to stay around until we find a permanent AD, and then retire. Again, she has said that. She's not a candidate, and that's by HER choice. She would probably be an excellent AD, but SHE DOESN'T WANT IT. Although I'm sure you'll cry sexism when we hire a male, just like (as your screen name indicates) anyone who didn't vote for Obama is a racist.

In the words of Jim Calhoun, "get some facts".

good grief man. get some sleep.

murrayvol writes:

in response to SevenT:

Fulmer should be AD

Phil's doin' fine right where he is.

murrayvol writes:

Somewhere Auburn fans are screaming "Yahoo".

BigOrangeSlim writes:

in response to SevenT:

Fulmer should be AD

God NOOOOOOOOO! I would soon have Hamilton back!

SevenT writes:

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Theo writes:

in response to Kelly8:

Moron,

Joan Cronan is retiring. She has said that. She's going to stay around until we find a permanent AD, and then retire. Again, she has said that. She's not a candidate, and that's by HER choice. She would probably be an excellent AD, but SHE DOESN'T WANT IT. Although I'm sure you'll cry sexism when we hire a male, just like (as your screen name indicates) anyone who didn't vote for Obama is a racist.

In the words of Jim Calhoun, "get some facts".

Speaking of moron. Look in the mirror. Not everyone who voted for President Obama is female or thinks folks who voted for McCain are racist and I doubt anyone will cry sexism if a male is hired as AD. What is your freakin' problem.

roloyo writes:

in response to TennVolFan:

(This comment was removed by the site staff.)

Of course there's a vacation package, just not quite as nice as the vacation he's been on for the last 3 years. And naturally, he can blame Hamilton, there's a trickle down effect at his current job.

GONAVY writes:

in response to ncvol17:

Shapiro was a party animal. He would have bought drinks at the Last Lap or the Tap room for all. Memories.....

Or Dan and Gracies...more memories!

tovolny writes:

in response to CrankE:

Oh by the way, KNS, where is that story about LSU players getting in a barfight? I mean if you're all into reporting every detail about UT's opponents, why not this? No room on the webpage for Adams' alma mater?

http://rivals.yahoo.com/ncaa/football...

SSSSHHHHHHHIIIIIIIII...

Egnaro_Lavan writes:

Coach Dooley is doing such a good that in a couple of years he will be ahead of General Neyland. We should name Coach Dooley athletic director and he can do both jobs easily

hueypilot writes:

in response to cloudodust:

The U of Miami can thank Donna Shalala for her grand oversight. With her background in cheese, sleaze and looking the other way, is this really a shocker..?

Looks like Donna will now have the time for that long leisurely cross-country trip in the Winnebago with her pal Janet Reno. Lots of time on her hands in the very near future.

KevDVol writes:

in response to BigOrangeSlim:

God NOOOOOOOOO! I would soon have Hamilton back!

I don't think Phil is the best fit but do not disrespect him by comparing him to the man who fired and replaced him with a jobless scam artist. Fulmer (.750 career)has a NCAA Championship to his credit. History and time will not be as kind to Hamilton.

Egnaro_Lavan writes:

I still think we should give the AD's job to Coach Dooley who has proven to be UT's best Coach ever.

Vol43 writes:

in response to Egnaro_Lavan:

I still think we should give the AD's job to Coach Dooley who has proven to be UT's best Coach ever.

I think even coach would say that's a little premature.

vols2#227315 writes:

Hire Fulmer or you stand to loose a lot more fan base.

Vol43 writes:

in response to vols2#227315:

Hire Fulmer or you stand to loose a lot more fan base.

Fulmer. Was that the same guy who ran the football program into the ground like a 747? Just wondered.

Vol43 writes:

in response to Vol43:

Fulmer. Was that the same guy who ran the football program into the ground like a 747? Just wondered.

Well 43 if you're talking about Coach Phillip Fulmer, the best UT football coach to ever run through the "T", then yes.

Vol43 writes:

I don't know about that 43. You may want to think long and hard about that possibility. I'm sorry that he was unceremoniously kicked to the curb, but he was awarded $6,000,000 for pain and suffering. Do you have any idea how many Krispy Kremes that would buy?

Vol43 writes:

in response to Vol43:

I don't know about that 43. You may want to think long and hard about that possibility. I'm sorry that he was unceremoniously kicked to the curb, but he was awarded $6,000,000 for pain and suffering. Do you have any idea how many Krispy Kremes that would buy?

Enough with the dougnut jokes 43, the fact remains that Vickie has already spent the 6 mil and Phil needs a job and UT has a vacancy.

BigOrangeSmoker writes:

in response to CrankE:

Perhaps by then Knoxville will be rid of John Adams too. Faster please! FIRE JOHN ADAMS!

As for Miami, you can blame the NCAA. Had they delivered the death penalty that Alabama deserved in 2002, then there might not be any problems at Miami or anywhere else for that matter.

The NCAA feels guilty about being too hard on SMU, guilty for not being harder on others since SMU, yet fearful about being too hard on the next violator. David Berst passing out, overwhelmed at delivering the death penalty to SMU in 1987 epitomizes the weak-kneed nature of the NCAA for me. The NCAA don't respect themselves enough to do the right thing. As a result, they don't earn the respect of the member institutions and many of them don't do the right thing.

Unexpectedly!

I agree with ya 100% adams dont know nuttin about reporting,please please KNS fire this nut case

martinvol34 writes:

in response to Kelly8:

Moron,

Joan Cronan is retiring. She has said that. She's going to stay around until we find a permanent AD, and then retire. Again, she has said that. She's not a candidate, and that's by HER choice. She would probably be an excellent AD, but SHE DOESN'T WANT IT. Although I'm sure you'll cry sexism when we hire a male, just like (as your screen name indicates) anyone who didn't vote for Obama is a racist.

In the words of Jim Calhoun, "get some facts".

Pretty much the fact that you went there says it for you. Racist. LOL.

Zippy_Longstocking writes:

in response to CantStandSaban:

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Whoaaaaa...don't forget UCONN just got nailed by the NCAA. It is being reported that he's being removed due, in part, to the perceived lack of support and resources he put into compliance. Not really what UT needs right now.

VolinVirginia writes:

in response to SevenT:

Fulmer should be AD

OMg, here we go again....

Fulmer is a horrible choice for AD. There's no rush here - let's take the time and choose carefully. We need a real Athletic Director to help us navigate through the current environment at UT.

It's time to turn the page, SevenT.

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