It was not a good afternoon for you film buffs who attach historical significance -- or meaning -- to those riveting Donna Shalala videos of late.
The Miami president lately has been greeting every new shred of Miami sleaze with her version of fireside chats from her office. Nice touch. Where exactly is that bunker she is speaking from?
Doesn't matter. Shizzle's about to get real. The NCAA suspended eight Miami players Tuesday for varying amounts of time (one to six games) in the scandal's latest chapter. But the most significant thing to come out of that announcement was a name in the first paragraph.
The NCAA felt no reluctance naming the sleazy central figure of the Yahoo Sports report. Usually in these cases, the NCAA uses phrases such as "a person representing the university's athletic interests" or "third party" or something like that. It doesn't want to be sued in case the person they name is, you know, innocent.
On Tuesday, the NCAA just come out and said it: Nevin Shapiro offered it. These players took it. We've got this thing nailed.
It may wait months or even years for the final verdict but it's clear the NCAA is well on its way to discovering everything Yahoo reported.
The lengths that the NCAA went to get the information may be debated. Former Hurricanes Arthur Brown (now at Kansas State) and Robert Marve (now at Purdue) were allowed to keep their eligibility. That basically confirms my story regarding limited immunity.
It was another not-good day for Dr. Shalala's program. Earlier in the day a bankruptcy lawyer made noise about subpoenaing all 72 players in the report. Seems like those victims of Shapiro's Ponzi scheme have the audacity to want their money back.
How long is it going to take the IRS to weigh in on this?
There are two levels of pressure here: At Miami where there has to be a lingering anxiety over whether Shalala will have a program to rebuild when the NCAA gets done with it. The other is at Maryland. The on-field pressure now shifts to Randy Edsall and Maryland. They get the downgraded Hurricanes Labor Day night.
If they don't beat Miami in its current crippled state it may never happen.
The only winners for now figure to be the guys selling bootleg T-shirts near Byrd Stadium: (Prosti)'Tutes vs. Turtles, anyone?