Defensive lineman Dyron Dye, the lone Miami player still with unresolved NCAA issues, will not be part of the Hurricanes this season, the university told CBSSports.com on Monday afternoon.
The school has concluded that Dye's situation is “too much of a distraction” according to a source close to the situation. Dye and his attorney had been awaiting clarification from the NCAA on the player's eligibility status. Dye interviewed with NCAA investigators three times regarding the still-unresolved Nevin Shapiro case.
According to a statement given to CBSSports.com on Monday: “The University of Miami has informed football player Dyron Dye that he will no longer be a member of the Miami football program. Given the totality of the circumstances and unresolved issues regarding the NCAA investigation, the University has decided to move ahead.”
In May, Dye filed an affidavit that refuted some of his earlier testimony to the NCAA. The affidavit supported former Miami assistant coach Aubrey Hill who has been charged with unethical conduct by the NCAA. At issue is whether, by changing his testimony, to the NCAA Dye violated NCAA Bylaw 10.1 that deals with unethical conduct.
That point seems moot now that the school will not be welcoming Dye for his redshirt senior season. His college career, at least at Miami, is essentially over. Dye, who is considering graduate school, will continue to receive financial aid from the school throughout the academic year, the source said. It should be noted this is not an NCAA decision, but may have been prompted by lack of resolution in Dye's case.
“This is Miami's decision,” the source added.
Dye was waiting Monday to be cleared after rehabbing from an Achilles' tendon injury. In June, Dye filed an incident report with the Coral Gables police department saying “intimidating tactics” had been used by since-retired NCAA investigator Rich Johanningmeier. The complaint was referred to the state attorney's office which took no action according to a source.
In the affidavit, Dye basically recanted key points of 2011 interviews with the NCAA. He was one of eight Miami players suspended by the school before the 2011 season. The players were then reinstated after paying restitution. According to the Miami Herald, Dye repaid $738 in benefits received from Shapiro.
Miami continues to await additional sanctions, if any, in the 2 ½-year old case.