The University of Miami has fired Hurricanes longtime equipment manager Bobby Revilla.
Chris Freet, UM’s associate athletic director for communications and marketing, told The Miami Herald on Monday that he couldn’t specifically “speak on personnel issues,” but did say Revilla had violated university policy.
Freet also said, when asked, that Revilla’s dismissal “is not NCAA related.”
Former UM equipment staffer Sean “Pee Wee” Allen testified in the deposition taken in the Nevin Shapiro bankruptcy case that Revilla asked Allen to write a letter to former UM booster Shapiro in September 2009 to smooth out their differences for fear of Shapiro’s retribution against UM.
Shapiro is the former UM booster who is now in prison and around whom a lengthy NCAA investigation into his relationship with the Hurricanes program is expected to end soon – if it hasn’t already.
Revilla was with the UM equipment staff for 26 years as a full-time employee, and made 25 bowl trips in his 30 years with the program. He had worked with UM football since 1982, when he joined the staff as a student manager while attending UM. He was part of all five UM football national championships, and was named head football equipment manager by Butch Davis before the 1998 season.
Freet said that Ralph Nogueras has been named the interim head equipment manager.