One of the problems with college football is big-time boosters such as Nevin Shapiro who give thousands of dollars to a school so they can hang out with athletes much younger than they are.
Hey, guys, look how cool I am. I'm hanging out with a 19-year-old. It's almost like having a friend.
Shapiro allegedly gave gifts and favors, money and women and time on the yacht, to Miami Hurricane football players present and past.
Why would any adult do this? What do they get out of it? Aren't they embarrased?
Hey, ma, I slipped some football players a few grand and they acknowledged me in public. I finally made it, ma. Aren't you proud?
Those of us who rip the players for accepting favors forget what it was like to be in school. I didn't have money; most of my friends didn't. But unlike the athletes, we could work. Working meant giving up most weekend nights to move copy -- this was before computers -- at the local newspaper.
If a rich guy had flung cash at me, I assume I would have taken it. If I were an athlete, and all my friends were getting a boost, I assume I would have, too.
Many boosters undoubtedly mean well. They kick in their money and expect nothing more in return than a good seat, a great parking spot and a casual relationship with the coaching staff.
But twisted folks require more. They see the special little sophomore on the field and get excited about the prospect of getting together with him.
Hey, guys, today is the best day of my life. The special little sophomore called me by name in public.
Shapiro is doing time for a Ponzi scheme. Wonder how many of those players are calling him now?