Reporting Brendan Darr
“Eight Miami (Fla.) football student-athletes must miss competition and repay benefits as a condition of becoming eligible to play again, according to a decision Tuesday by the NCAA student-athlete reinstatement staff. The student-athletes received varying levels of recruiting inducements and extra benefits from university booster Nevin Shapiro and athletics personnel, according to the facts of the case.”
QB Jacory Harris, WR Travis Benjamin, LB Sean Spence, DL Marcus Forston and Adewale Ojomo were all suspended 1 game and forced to repay benefits ranging from $140-400. S Ray-Ray Armstrong and TE Dyron Dye were suspended 4 games each and must repay the $788 and $738 respectively. Finally, DL Oliver Vernon was suspended 6 games and must repay more than $1,200 in impermissible benefits.
While Armstrong, Dye and Vernon had accepted significantly higher amounts of benefits, they also did so while being recruited by the University of Miami, while the other five received benefits while already enrolled. These are much more significant violations.
The eight players represent 7 starters and 1 reserve in the post-spring depth chart. Obviously, since this scandal came about Coach Al Golden has assumed the 8 wouldn’t be reinstated and hasn’t put out a new depth chart. The loss of Jacory Harris and Travis Benjamin will be huge on offense. While Miami also loses three of their starting four defensive lineman, and two All-American candidates in Spence and Armstrong. Dye was a standout defensive lineman in high school, but converted to Tight End this year.
The losses will obviously help the Terrapins when they open the season against the Hurricanes on Labor Day, Monday September 5th at 8 PM on ESPN.
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