Last player linked to Shapiro off Miami roster
Monday, August 19, 2013
CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — Dyron Dye will no longer be part of the Miami football program, a decision Monday that ends the Hurricane career for the last member of the program with any real ties to the Nevin Shapiro scandal.
The university made the announcement Monday, the same day Dye was hoping to receive clearance from doctors to resume playing. He injured his Achilles’ and needed surgery after Miami’s spring practice season, and it was never clear if he would be physically able to play at any point this year anyway.
That point is moot now, and Dye’s days as a Hurricane are over.
“The University of Miami has informed football player Dyron Dye that he will no longer be a member of the Miami football program,” the school said in a statement. “Given the totality of the circumstances and unresolved issues regarding the NCAA investigation, the University has decided to move ahead.”
The decision on Dye comes with Miami still waiting for the Committee on Infractions — the group that heard the Hurricanes’ case against the allegations made by the NCAA — to issue its decision on any possible additional sanctions the school may face. That decision could come at any time, especially since Miami urged the NCAA to act before this year’s football season opens on Aug. 30.
“The team decided that it doesn’t want Dyron to be a member because they determined he would be too much of a distraction,” said Darren Heitner, Dye’s attorney. “The one nice thing is that it won’t affect his aid. But as far as his future playing for the University of Miami, that door’s closed.”
Dye met with investigators three times during the NCAA’s probe of the Hurricanes, most recently in May when college sports’ governing body had questions why the player said certain things during one interview with them and changed his story in a statement he gave on behalf of Aubrey Hill, a former Miami assistant coach. Hill is among the former Miami staffers who faced charges in the notice of allegations brought against the school in February.
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