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NAIA declares former Miami Hurricanes safety Ray-Ray Armstrong ineligible

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Former Miami safety Ray-Ray Armstrong’s college football career could be over.

Armstrong, who had been practicing with the NAIA’s Faulkner University in Montgomery, Ala., was declared ineligible Tuesday by the NAIA Eligibility Center.

According to a news release from Faulkner, “the NAIA Official Policy Handbook, Article V, Section E, No. 5 states, ‘Any student who has completed eligibility or who has been permanently banned in a given sport at any four-year institution, either NAIA-affiliated or other, shall have no eligibility remaining in that sport within the NAIA. Such a student cannot regain eligibility in that sport at an NAIA institution.’”

The release indicated that UM responded to a request by Faulkner to try to remedy the situation. “The Miami compliance office did seek to have Armstrong’s eligibility reinstated by the NCAA but was told by the association it didn’t have ‘standing’ with him since he was no longer a student-athlete at the institution.”

Said Faulkner athletic director and football coach Brent Barker in the release: “We’re disappointed in the ruling, obviously. … I most of all hate it for him, because he has fit in so well on our campus with our student body and has really been a leader in our locker room with a lot of our younger players.”

Also in the release: Armstrong was “just one class shy of earning a degree in sports management” and “was declared ineligible by Miami in July … with the compliance office stating that he had been dishonest during an internal investigation.”

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