Tag:Miami suspensions
Posted on: December 14, 2011 11:09 am
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Miami S Armstrong skipping NFL Draft, will return

Posted by Chip Patterson

With no postseason in their future and a roster full of NFL-caliber talent, many of the notable early declarations for the 2012 NFL Draft have come from Miami. But after wide receiver Tommy Streeter, defensive lineman Marcus Forston, and running back Lamar Miller all made their intentions known, one highly touted prospect has decided to return for one more year in Coral Gables.

CBSSports.com's Brian London reports that junior safety Ray-Ray Armstrong will return for his senior season, electing not to join his fellow underclassmen in the NFL Draft. CBSSports.com currently has Armstrong ranked as the No. 2 strong safety in the 2012 draft class, just behind Alabama's Mark Barron.

Armstrong was suspended from the first four games of the 2011 season as a result of impermissible benefits received from former Miami booster Nevin Shapiro. He was also forced to repay the nearly $800 in benefits he allegedly received from Shapiro and others during his recruiting. But after five productive games of getting back into the rotation on defense, Armstrong was shelved once again after putting his eligibility in jeopardy with a female friend. This friend happened to be president of PR Group, and tweets about their dinner at Prime 112 had the NCAA interested in determining if violations were committed.

The highly-touted safety was suspended for Miami's 23-19 loss to Florida State, but then cleared after the pair proved no wrongdoing at the dinner. Armstrong finished the season with only seven games of action, registering 34 tackles, one forced fumble and an interception.

Armstrong's decision is not particularly surprising, especially considering his limited chances to promote himself to NFL scouts. The frequent run-in's with eligibility concerns may also throw red flags to NFL organizations, so it would benefit the junior to return with goals of a complete season to showcase his talent. Armstrong has shown great potential in what little time he has spent on the field for the Hurricanes, but could arguably improve his stock significantly with another season at "The U." 

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Posted on: October 19, 2011 4:55 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2011 5:25 pm
 

Miami DL Micanor Regis suspended for cheap shot

Posted by Chip Patterson

Miami is getting defensive end Olivier Vernon back for this week's showdown with Georgia Tech, the junior having served his six-game suspension for violations associated with former booster Nevin Shapiro. But the defensive line will be one short, with senior Micanor Regis suspended for one game for a violation of team rules. CBSSports.com's Brian London reports Regis' suspension is a result of a dirty play in the victory over North Carolina last week.

"Micanor's actions in the North Carolina game will not be tolerated," head coach Al Golden explained. "Quite honestly, I'm embarrassed."

Regis has apologized for his actions, which were not penalized by the officials in the game. In the days following the loss, several images and clips of the play have surfaced on the internet. After being brought to the ground, Tar Heels wide receiver Dwight Jones appears to catch a right hand from Regis in the groin.

Here is the a clip of the cheap shot, .gif via @InsideCarolina



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Posted on: September 7, 2011 12:56 pm
Edited on: September 7, 2011 1:02 pm
 

Miami names Jacory Harris starting QB

Posted by Chip Patterson

Miami head coach Al Golden has named senior Jacory Harris the starting quarterback for the Hurricanes' next game against Ohio State on Sept. 17.

Harris missed the Hurricanes' opener against Maryland while serving a one game suspension for accepted approximately $140 in impermissible benefits from former booster Nevin Shapiro. Sophomore Stephen Morris was named the starter, and completed 19 of 28 passes for 195 with no touchdowns and two interceptions. Following the game, Golden announced that he would re-open the ongoing competition between Morris and Harris for the starting job, one that had lasted since spring practice.

Near the end of fall camp, Golden (along with many UM players) said that the two signal-callers were in a "dead heat." Both quarterbacks received praise for their performance, and their combined scrimmage numbers (individual stats not released by the school) were impressive. But due to the NCAA suspensions, Golden never got a chance to name a starting quarterback from the competition. With Harris in the number one spot on the latest Miami depth chart, it would seem as though the senior would have been the starter against Maryland if he wasn't serving that suspension.

But Harris isn't the only Miami player who will be anxious to get on the field for the first time against Ohio State. Wide receiver Travis Benjamin will be back in his starting spot, and Adwele Ojomo and Marcus Forston should have an immediate impact on a defensive line that looked gassed by the second half against Maryland. All-conference linebacker Sean Spence will be back in the starting lineup, and his impact in the back seven should be felt immediately.

The best thing the Hurricanes have going for them heading into this big-time matchup against the Buckeyes is the extra time to prepare. I imagine that the leadership of these upperclassmen will play a big role in the team's focus on knocking off OSU at home in primetime.
Posted on: September 1, 2011 2:16 pm
Edited on: September 1, 2011 2:20 pm
 

Armstong's father calls out Louisville assistant

Posted by Chip Patterson

While current student-athletes involved in the NCAA's investigation into Miami's football program (both current Hurricanes and former/prospective players) have received their punishments or clearance, there are active coaches and administrators named in the Yahoo investigative report continuing their careers away from Coral Gables.

One of the names appearing frequently in the claims of former booster Nevin Shapiro is current Louisvillerecruiting coordinator Clint Hurtt, who was at Miami during many of the violations associated with current Hurricanes. Safety Ray-Ray Armstrong and tight end Dyron Dye received four-game suspensions for an array of benefits they received as recruits, including "five nights of impermissible lodging from institutional staff." Armstrong's father, Albert, expressed his displeasure to the Miami Herald, and wants to know when Hurtt will face his punishment.

"I mean as far as what I'm hearing now, what Shapiro supposedly gave them was less than $100," Armstrong explained to the paper. "That means they received less than what they needed [to get suspended]. What I heard Ray-Ray got punished for was staying with Clint Hurtt. How that supposed to be a violation when these coaches exposed these kids to this stuff?

"I just don't like that all these kids have to suffer and we haven't heard anything about the coaches yet. My kid got a four-game suspension for what? He didn't do anything wrong if he was with the coach who was recruiting him."

While the detailing of what exactly was received by Armstrong, Dye, and defensive end Olivier Vernon (three players identified by the NCAA as receiving benefits as prospective student-athletes) is arguable, Armstrong's does have a point in asking for Hurtt's punishment. The NCAA report did not identify what staff member provided lodging, but the monetary value of that lodging is likely what led to the figures of $788 and $738 for Dye and Armstrong.

If Hurtt was the staff member providing the lodging, than the current Louisville assistant will likely be hearing from the NCAA as this investigation is ongoing and far from completed. The enforcement staff doesn't exactly work rapidly, and the current Hurricanes at least have a definite answer on their status for the upcoming season. But it makes sense that those players sitting out for four games would be frustrated to see the coach who put them in that situation going about his business as if nothing happened.

Posted on: August 31, 2011 2:52 pm
Edited on: August 31, 2011 2:53 pm
 

Maryland suspends two players for team rules

Posted by Chip Patterson

When Maryland released their depth chart for Monday's season opener against Miami there were a few surprises, most notably the absence of sophomore running back D.J. Adams. Head coach Randy Edsall addressed Adams' current situation during the weekly ACC teleconference on Wednesday, clarifying that Adams had been suspended for the first game of the season.

Adams, along with offensive lineman Cody Blue were suspended for a violation of team rules. Edsall elaborated that the two suspensions were linked to one incident, and after serving the one-game punishment all parties involved will move forward. As a redshirt freshman, Adams led the Terps with 11 rushing touchdowns in 2010. He was mostly used as a short yardage back, providing the exclamation points after long drives. For example, Adams only picked up 35 yards rushing in Maryland's bowl game victory over East Carolina but he punched in four touchdowns.

Senior Davin Meggett is expected to carry most of the load at running back this season, and many around the program believe he is poised for a big year. He has been one of the faces of the program in the offseason, appearing alongside Edsall at many of the Maryland-sponsored social events. Still, having Adams as that reliable second back will be key if the Terps plan on continuing the momentum from last year's 9-win season.

Maryland kicks off against Miami, who will be missing eight suspended players themselves, at 8:00 p.m. on Monday.
Posted on: August 30, 2011 7:17 pm
 

Morris among new starters after Cane suspensions

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

Simultaneous to the NCAA ruling on the eight Miami players now suspended for the Hurricanes' Monday opener against Maryland, the program also released its first depth chart of the 2011 season. With the suspended players absent from the depth chart, here's a rundown of who will be starting for the 'Canes against the Terps:

Stephen Morris, quarterback. With Jacory Harris unavailable, the 6'2" sophomore unsurprisingly gets the nod over Spencer Whipple. Morris appeared in six games a year ago and started four, with the typical ups-and-downs of freshman quarterbacks; he led the Hurricanes to victories over Maryland and Georgia Tech late in the year but only completed 54 percent of his passes and tossed more interceptions (nine) than touchdown passes (seven).

Allen Hurns, wide receiver. A true sophomore, Hurns saw action in nine games in 2010 -- mostly on special teams -- before suffering an injury. He did not record a reception. But he'll get the start against the Terps anyway after the suspensions of Aldarius Johnson and Travis Benjamin.

Darius Smith, defensive tackle. Potential All-American Marcus Forston is out, so in steps the 6'2", 360-pound JUC transfer tackle from Lackawanna (Pa.) College. (No doubt he'll be a favorite of fans of The Office.) Smith was originally recruited to Temple by head coach Al Golden before failing to qualify academically.

Andrew Smith, defensive end. Smith started seven games as a sophomore but came off the bench as a junior. With both Olivier Vernon and Adewale Ojomo suspended, though, Smith is set to get the call against Maryland. Even as a substitute, Smith tied for fourth on the team with three sacks in 2010.

James Gaines, linebacker. All-ACC 'backer Sean Spence is among those sitting the single game against Maryland, so sophomore Gaines, a native of Canisuius, N.Y., will get the call. Gaines appeared in six games as a true freshman and made one assisted tackle.

Michael Williams, cornerback. The suspended Ray Ray Armstrong was a safety, but Jojo Nicolas's move back to that position to fill that hole opened one up for Williams, a senior who sat out last seaso nafter transferring from Wake Forest. Williams started four games for the Demon Deacons in 2009.

Miami has not named a starter at tight end, the position of the suspended Dyron Dye.

 
 
 
 
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