Miami Investigation

Allegations: Joe Pannunzio

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Nevin Shapiro declined to answer questions about Joe Pannunzio. However, two sources have told Yahoo! Sports the assistant had a close relationship with Shapiro and facilitated the booster having improper contact with recruits. Among the allegations:

• Pannunzio was the assistant coach whom Shapiro refused to name when describing to Yahoo! Sports how an impermissible visit was set up at the booster’s $6 million Miami Beach mansion with top offensive line recruit Matt Patchan.

• According to two sources, Pannunzio called Shapiro and arranged to have Patchan and his family – including the player’s mother, father and brother – brought to the booster’s home in the summer of 2007. Shapiro told Yahoo! Sports that this visit was attended by multiple Miami players, including Robert Marve, A.J. Trump, Derrick Morse and Jason Fox. The booster also said that two coaches were in attendance but would name only one: offensive line coach Jeff Stoutland.

• According to the sources, Pannunzio was on hand while the booster gave Patchan and his family a tour of his home and made a recruiting pitch for the Hurricanes.

Corroborating accounts

• Three sources present at Patchan’s alleged visit to Shapiro’s home confirmed the presence of the recruit and his family, as well as Pannunzio, Stoutland and multiple Miami players.

Documents

Nevin Shapiro’s cell phone providers condensed his calling records from 2002 to 2008 and deleted the booster’s text messaging records prior to 2009. Despite a significant portion of his records being expunged, Yahoo! Sports was able to identify 422 calls or texts between Shapiro and Joe Pannunzio from 2006 to the booster’s incarceration in April 2010. This is a page showing communication between the booster and a phone number linked to Pannunzio. PDF file

Response

Could not be reached for comment through the University of Alabama.

Charles Robinson is the senior investigative reporter for Yahoo! Sports. Follow him on Twitter. Send Charles a question or comment for potential use in a future column or webcast.
Updated Tuesday, Aug 16, 2011

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