Making the morning rounds.
• So we meet again. NCAA investigators are reportedly on Miami's campus today to inquire about the various activities of Nevin Shapiro, aka "Miami's Caligula," a former 'Cane booster who was sentenced to 20 years in prison in June for allegedly swindling $930 million from investors in a massive Ponzi scheme. Shapiro — known around the program as "Little Luke," after legendary 'Cane sugar daddy Luther Campbell — had a suite at Miami home games and a player lounge named in his honor, but told the Miami Herald last year he wrote a tell-all book in prison, "The Real U: 2001 to 2010. Inside the Eye of the Hurricane," because players "turned their back" on him and treated him "like a used friend" after going pro.
At the time, Shapiro planned to use proceeds from the book to help pay back $80 million he owes to jilted investors — if he could find anyone to publish it. His relationship with the program reportedly began in 2001, when Larry Coker was promoted to replace NFL-bound head coach Butch Davis, and according to Shapiro involved "no less than 100 former players." "Larry Coker was blissfully ignorant (to Shapiro)," an anonymous source told InsidetheU.com, "and Randy Shannon hated that guy and didn't want anything to do with him." [South Florida Sun-Sentinel, InsidetheU.com]
• The eyes of Texas still can't see our programming. While all eyes in the Big 12 will be on College Station this afternoon, Texas has another sticky situation on the horizon: Less than two weeks before the scheduled launch of the Longhorn Network on Aug. 26, the network has yet to be added by a single cable, satellite or telecom carrier operating in the state. An ESPN spokesman said the network is still "in active discussions" with carriers — most notably Time Warner, the largest cable operator in the state, which coincidentally remains the lone holdout against carrying the NFL Network — but these sorts of negotiations are routinely pushed to the eleventh hour. [Dallas Morning News, Kansas City Star]
• Take it where you can get it. Michigan's woebegone kicking game may be handed over in full to a true freshman, Matt Wile, who is already gaining a foothold as a placekicker, punter and kickoff man. Coach Brady Hoke — who knew Wile, a San Diego native, as head coach at San Diego State — said he'd "be very comfortable" with Wile in all three roles. "This is a big stage, and there's a mental part of it going out there and getting on Main Street in front of 110,000, and you've got to see where a guy is at," Hoke said Sunday at Michigan's media day. "But he's very consistent. He's one of those guys who knows his technique and fundamentals and can do a good job of coaching himself. He's taken all three phases on right now to some degree."
After last year, most Wolverine fans would be comfortable with that scenario, too: Returnees Seth Broekhuizen and Brendan Gibbons combined to hit just 4 of 14 field goal attempts, easily the worst rate in the country. [Detroit News, Detroit Free Press]
• Ailing Orange. Syracuse offensive lineman Sean Hickey will miss the entire season with a torn ACL, adding another casualty to the list of more than 20 players who sat out the second practice on Saturday with various injuries. In the last week alone, the Orange have lost at least three players to concussions, another to a broken jaw and another to a hamstring injury, forcing them to take some extreme measures to fill the gaps. [Syracuse Post-Standard, Troy Nunes Is an Absolute Magician]
• Happy trails. Rice safety Travis Bradshaw — a three-year starter who came in for second-team All-Conference USA honors as a junior — is giving up football due to an undisclosed injury. "It has been an accumulation of years playing this game," coach David Bailiff told the Houston Chronicle. "He has a long and prosperous future ahead of him and the risks are not worth it." Bradshaw is scheduled to graduate in December with a degree in chemical engineering, and was spotted at a weekend scrimmage in street clothes and a neck brace. [Houston Chronicle, Associated Press]
Quickly… The South Bend Tribune provides the most detailed account of a frightening seven-hour standoff involving former Michigan player / Notre Dame defensive coordinator Corwin Brown at his home. … The New York Times goes deep with Gordon Gee. … Ron Zook has a new boss at Illinois. … Virginia Tech loses a defensive tackle to a knee injury. … Colorado State loses three players to suspension and two more to academics. … Bo Pelini's nephew, a walk-on, is in the mix for playing time on Nebraska's offensive line. … Houston's sports dietician explains how she categorizes foods as "Go!" "Slow" and "Whoa." … A Texas fan decodes "tortious interference" as it relates to Texas A&M's efforts to join the SEC. … Boise State's defense takes the offense behind the woodshed. … Chris Fowler has been rockin' since before you were born, punk. … And will anyone survive the current state of anarchy in the NCAA?