Miami Coach Joe Pannunzio Introduced Player To Nevin Shapiro, According To Report

Former Miami Hurricanes tight ends and special teams coach Joe Pannunzio was named in Charles Robinson's initial report as one who "facilitated [Nevin Shapiro] having improper contact with recruits." According to various sources, Pannunzio was on hand on multiple occasions while Shapiro met with players.

Now the Alabama Crimson Tide's director of football operations, Pannunzio has again been accused of setting up Shapiro with incoming football players. According to the Miami Herald, the father of a player who was mentioned in Robinson's report said:

"How did my son even meet this creep? He would never have met Shapiro without Pannunzio," said the father, who requested anonymity because the NCAA has asked the players not to reveal what they said. "To have one of the coaches deliver him up to this guy, it's incredible."

Little by little, the first wave of reporting is being verified and supplemented by others.

For more on the Canes, head to Miami Hurricanes blog The 7th Floor.

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