In the Yahoo interview, Nevin Shapiro said he met Stoutland a few times.
“One time in particular he was at my house in the recruitment of Matt Patchan, a player from Seffner, Florida, I believe,” Shapiro said in a jailhouse interview. “Matt Patchan came to my house with his father and his mom and his uncle, who played at the University of Miami. I think it was his uncle. Coach Stoutland was just part of the recruiting visit. After that, we spoke maybe three or four times, or whenever I would see him at team functions.”
Update 10:01 p.m.: The University of Alabama released a statement this evening on the matter:
“The University of Alabama is aware of the story, but we will have no further comment.”
A story published this afternoon Yahoo! Sports detailing alleged gross misconduct at the University of Miami names two current members of the Alabama football staff.
Offensive line coach Jeff Stoutland and director of football operations Joe Pannunzio were among the former Miami assistants named by former booster Nevin Shapiro in the investigative piece found here. The NCAA is also conducting an investigation into the wide-reaching allegations of major violations.
Both Stoutland and Pannunzio were hired by Alabama since the end of the last football season.
Stoutland and Pannunzio were accused of directing recruits to Shapiro’s home or yacht for recruiting pitches. All had direct knowledge of the rule breaking, said Shapiro who is jailed for his involvement in multi-million dollar Ponzi scheme.
When asked if the school had any comment on the matter, an Alabama spokesman replied by email with a one-word answer. “No.”
Read more about the situation in tomorrow’s printed editions.
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