Nevin Shapiro Going a Bit Mad in Prison: "I'm Taking That Program Down to Chinatown"

Apparently all that time behind bars is getting to convicted Ponzi schemer and allegation-throwing former booster Nevin Shapiro, because the Miami Herald got a hold of several bonkers emails the would-be-destroyer of Hurricanes football is typing up in prison. They do little to detract from Shapiro's portrayal as a bitter, vindictive man whose fragile sense of self-worth was tied up in friendships with college football players. Shapiro claims he'll do anything to take the University of Miami program down. Meanwhile, the program doesn't seem that concerned.

Here are the excerpts of Shapiro's emails apparently sent to "friends" that were released by Barry Jackson in his column yesterday.

"The public is going to hate me worse in the next coming months ...It's going to be severe and catastrophic. My feelings are getting inflamed and I'm going to pop off pretty soon with regards to them and the NCAA. I'm coming for them both [UM and former players] and I'm going to be successful."

"I'm taking that program down to Chinatown and the former players and links to that program. Why? Because the U.S. government lined up 47 former players to testify against me in open court if I went to trial. That in itself is motivation to shove it up their collective [butts]."

"UM is getting the death penalty or damn close to it."

"114 is the true number [of players he's implicated] and that's what the NCAA is working off"

"Once the [ex-UM] players turned pro, they turned their back on me.''

"I'm more of a victim than a Ponzi schemer and assailant."

Jackson reports that increasingly people within the UM football program are no longer fearing the death penalty. Very few of Shapiro's accusations will be able to be proven to the NCAA's satisfaction, and very few former players are talking.

Though, UM hasn't gotten much from the NCAA, one unnamed officials tells Jackson that the school is preparing for one or two more seasons with a bowl ban, and an undetermined number of lost scholarships.

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Kyle Munzenrieder