August 18, 2011 by staff
Fernandez was one of six coaches from Miami in football or basketball men convicted Ponzi scheme implied by brain Nevin Shapiro. On Tuesday, Yahoo Sports a detailed list of what appear to be salacious major NCAA rules violations, based on an 11-month investigation that began with jail interviews with Shapiro.
Shapiro, sentenced to 20 years in prison for fraud and money laundering, said the benefits provided inadmissible at least 72 athletes in Miami between 2002 and 2010. The benefits included cash allegedly, prostitutes, junkets to fancy restaurants, entertainment on his yacht, jewelry, and rewards for playing in the field.
Fernandez worked at Miami coach Frank Haith 2003-10. He is accused of having direct knowledge or participation in violations rules, along with Haith, Jake Morton assistant football and three assistants.
MU sports officials are monitoring the situation but did not comment on the status of Fernandez.
A statement issued Wednesday, said: “Marshall University is aware of the investigation by the NCAA understand that this is not directly related to the conduct of the basketball program at Marshall University Athletic Department or.
“Marshall will provide any assistance or information from the NCAA required as part of this research.”
Shapiro said that Fernandez and Morton attended a tour of Miami Beach Ultra Lounge Dolce in October 2008 when the reinforcements had several football players in the VIP section. Yahoo Sports was corroborating photos, including one with Fernandez, Shapiro and football star Robert Marve.
Fernandez is also accused of having violated a NCAA rule AAU coach Moe Hicks leading to his house, and Hicks was on hand when entertaining in the VIP section at the Dolce Ultra. Hicks have joined the staff of St. John as director of basketball operations.
Haith is currently head coach at Missouri, while Morton, himself an alumnus of Miami, joined the Western Kentucky staff.
Fernandez joined the technical staff Herrion Tom Marshall in early June. Has been named a top-25 recruiter by Rivals.com, and has strong ties to Florida and New York.
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