Mizzou Monday: More drama added to NCAA investigation into Miami
MAY 27, 2013 3:14p ET
Following the backlash from this investigation's flaws, a fascinating report on the organization's president and the speculation (reasonable or not) that bubbled up when Frank Haith's bank account was breached, NCAA haters got some more ammunition this weekend.
The Miami Herald reported Sunday that Nevin Shapiro, the convicted Miami booster and Ponzi schemer whose allegations provided the cornerstone of the NCAA's case, lied under oath in December 2008.
Shapiro admitted he committed perjury by lying on the witness stand during the trial of a man who is now serving 18 years in prison for his role in a $132 million check-cashing scheme. Specifically, Shapiro lied about his line of work. He told the judge he operated a grocery brokerage business, which was really a front for Shapiro's Ponzi scheme.
This has no effect on the NCAA's investigation into Miami. But, it is another blow to the credibility of Shapiro, along with the NCAA.
If you're itching for the return of college hoops, there's one Mizzou player you should start tracking now. When Frank Haith sat down with FOX Sports Midwest in April, he was very excited about Jordan Clarkson, the former Tulsa guard who will debut for the Tigers this season. That hasn't changed, according to what Haith told the Columbia Tribune recently.
"He's a stud," Haith said. "He's a stud. He's good. He's really good. I don't want to put so much pressure on him, but I talk about him like I talked about Jabari (Brown). I think Jabari answered the bell, too. I think Jabari, shoot, he'll be one of the leading scorers returning in the SEC. I remember telling you guys how good I think Jabari is, and he was really just a freshman. I think Jordan is equally as good."
Clarkson averaged 16.5 points, 3.9 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game at Tulsa in 2011-12. Due to NCAA transfer rules, he sat out last season at Mizzou. He will eligible for two seasons with the Tigers.
A TRUE TIGER
The Missouri softball team lost unexpectedly to Washington in a two-game series at the NCAA Super Regional this weekend. That ended the Tigers' season and pulled a true Mizzou man off the field.
Phil Bradley wrapped up his fourth year as the Tigers' volunteer assistant coach, just another season logged in the collection of Bradley's contributions to Mizzou sports.
Bradley, a 1981 graduate of Mizzou, played both football and baseball as a Tiger before a career in the MLB. He hit .457 in 1981, and helped lead the Tigers to the Big Eight conference title in 1980. He also quarterbacked Mizzou to three bowls between 1977-1980, earning Big Eight Offensive Player of the Year three times.
Now, he helps the softball team, especially its hitters and outfielders.
Who has done more for Mizzou athletics than this guy?
DEFINING GOOD ENOUGH
According to coacheshotseat.com, Mizzou football coach Gary Pinkel is No. 13 on the list of college football coaches in jeopardy of losing their jobs.
Ranking things like that is a crapshoot, but there's something that can be drawn from 61-year-old's name being high on the list. After a subpar debut season in the SEC (5-7, 2-6 in conference), the pressure is on for Pinkel. There's no question about that. A better question is this: What does Pinkel have to do to take the pressure off?
An overall finish better than. 500, which will usually guarantee a bowl game, is likely the lowest standard Pinkel's team will be expected to produce.
But can the Tigers go .500 or better in the SEC? With a quarterback that should be healthy and a more favorable schedule (Mizzou dodges Alabama and gets Florida, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas A&M at home), going even in the toughest league in the land would certainly move Pinkel down the coacheshotseat.com list, right?
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