Tuesday, August 16, 2011 Updated: August 17, 2:44 PM ET
Bama coaches tied to ex-Miami booster
ESPN.com news services
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Two first-year Alabama assistants have been accused by a former Miami booster of steering recruits to him in a story published by Yahoo! Sports.
Yahoo! quoted Nevin Shapiro on Tuesday as saying Jeff Stoutland was among coaches who brought prospects to his home or luxury suite for recruiting pitches. The story also said Joe Pannunzio was involved, citing unnamed sources.
Stoutland is the Crimson Tide's offensive line coach after holding that position at Miami from 2007-10. Pannunzio is director of football operations. He spent the previous five years as the Hurricanes' tight ends coach/special teams coordinator.
An Alabama spokesman declined comment.
Yahoo! Sports reported Tuesday the allegations involving impermissible benefits from Shapiro, who is serving a 20-year prison sentence masterminding a $930 million Ponzi scheme.
In related news, Georgia tight end Orson Charles is also being linked by Yahoo! Sports to the former Miami booster.
The report says Charles was among the players improperly brought to Shapiro while still in high school so the booster could try to persuade him to attend Miami. Charles wound up signing with
Pannunzio set up the meeting between Charles and Shapiro, according
to the report.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.