UM coach Al Golden was asked Wednesday about freshman safety Kiy Hester, a former four-star DePaul Catholic High School player who recently returned to Wayne, New Jersey, to tend to a family matter that involves an illness.
“Is Kiy Hester still here? Is he part of the program?’’
Said Golden: “Kiy Hester is working through a personal problem. It’s a personal family deal. When we have resolution there, I’ll release that.”
Golden was then asked if there’s a chance Hester will leave UM.
“He’s got a personal issue,’’ the coach said. “In deference to him and his family, and respect that, and that’s it. I can’t say it enough. I know you guys have to chase down rumors. I don’t like to deal in the rumor world. When it’s official one way or the other, we’ll make an announcement or go from there.”
As for defensive end Al-Quadin Muhammad, who did not play Monday, he was in uniform at practice Wednesday.
Golden has not elaborated on the talk about Muhammad possibly being suspended for Louisville, and beyond. The coach was asked Tuesday evening if a report that said Muhammad did not play “because of a conduct issue that needs to be resolved” was accurate.