Miami's Dye: I felt 'intimidated' during original NCAA testimony

Current Miami football player Dyron Dye will be interviewed by the NCAA for the third time Tuesday after a recently filed affidavit refutes some of his previous testimony in the Miami case.

Citing "intimidating tactics" used by since-retired NCAA investigator Rich Johanningmeier, Dye basically recanted key points of 2011 interviews with the NCAA in the affidavit. The news was previously reported by the Miami Herald and Associated Press. An NCAA interview of this nature coming less than three weeks before an infractions committee hearing is not considered that unusual. Miami received its notice of allegations in February.

Dye's affidavit supports former Miami assistant coach Aubrey Hill, who has been charged with unethical conduct by the NCAA. By changing his testimony, Dye seemingly puts himself in line for an ethical violation charge himself. The AP reported Monday the NCAA sought another interview because of "bylaw 10.1 [unethical conduct] concerns" regarding Dye.

When asked which version of Dye's story should be believed, his attorney said, "the affidavit."

"As of right now, until this interview takes place there's nothing for me to say pending the investigation," said South Florida-based attorney Darren Heitner. "My client stands behind the affidavit that he signed. We'll see what kind of actions the NCAA takes at the conclusion of interview."

Dye concludes at the end of the affidavit "the NCAA has twisted my testimony."

Dye was one of eight Miami players suspended by the NCAA student-athlete reinstatement staffbefore the 2011 season. He and others were required also to repay varying amounts after accepting impermissible benefits.

Dye's suspension was based primarily on information he gave the NCAA on Aug. 16, 2011. In the recent affidavit obtained by CBSSports.com, Dye contends, "I could not recall many of the specific details regarding the issues" Johanningmeier had asked about. Dye said he felt "intimidated" by Johanningmeier "if I did not comply with him."

"I felt compelled to testify in a manner that would be consistent with the manner in which Mr. Johanningmeier was directing me in order to keep my eligibility," Dye said. He added that, "I have learned that Mr. Johanningmeier has employed similar intimidating tactics during interviews with other student-athletes ... "

Players are compelled to cooperate with, and tell the truth to, NCAA investigators.

Dye said he did not stay at Hill's house during an unofficial visit to Miami and did not accept meals. Dye also said he was not provided transportation by Hill during the unofficial visit.

Miami has been charged with a lack of institutional control in the more than 2-year-old case that stemmed from improper benefits allegedly given by former Miami booster Nevin Shapiro. Dye is a rising redshirt senior defensive lineman from Sanford, Fla., who has played in 24 career games.

Through a spokesman, the NCAA said it cannot comment on current, pending or potential investigations.


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