If the initial reports about the NCAA investigation into the University of Miami over claims made by former booster Nevin Shapiro were the warning shot across UM's bow, then the Yahoo! Sports report by Charles Robinson that just went live is the neutron bomb that blew everything wide open.
From prison, where he is serving time for his role in a $930 million Ponzi scheme, Shapiro outlined the many, many violations that took place between himself and athletes on the Miami football and basketball teams between 2002 and 2010.
72 Miami athletes have been named in the claims and Yahoo! will be naming all of them shortly.
The violations that Shapiro has discussed are varied. There are the predictable (money, strip clubs, yacht trips) and then there are the slightly less predictable:
Shapiro named 39 Miami players or prospective recruits who he says received prostitution paid for by the booster. Due to the sensitivity of the claims, Yahoo! Sports has chosen not to reveal the names of the players Shapiro claims were involved. However, two players confirmed the booster paid for sexual favors for themselves and others during their careers with the Hurricanes.
One former offensive starter for the Hurricanes confirmed to Yahoo! Sports that he had sex with a prostitute paid for by Shapiro and confirmed that other teammates did as well.
When one escort became pregnant, Shapiro reportedly paid for her abortion without consulting with the player who got her pregnant.
Shapiro also allegedly bought Devin Hester his engagement ring, so it wasn't all just about the paid sex either.
Go read the full report and meet back here later to discuss in much greater details.