University of Miami defensive tackle Luther Robinson apologized for his father’s profanity-laced rant on local radio.
Hurricanes coach Al Golden opened the door for recently departed defensive tackle Kelvin Cain to return.
Linebacker Gionni Paul had been suspended for the Florida State game.
And just days before Virginia Tech (4-4, 2-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) comes to Sun Life Stadium to face UM (4-4, 3-2) in a nationally televised, Thursday-night game, Golden announced that junior running back Eduardo Clements sustained a season-ending injury.
The Hurricanes reopened practice access to reporters Saturday morning, and there was plenty of news to make up for the week following their loss to FSU.
Robinson, a redshirt junior who was recruited by Shannon, said he was genuinely happy with his current role as a co-backup to starter Olsen Pierre, and that he was putting all his efforts into beating Virginia Tech. His father, Luther Sr., called WQAM host Joe Rose early in the week and said Golden was “a liar” and what he had to say on the radio every Monday was “a bunch of crap,” not to mention the dad’s expletive.
The father complained that coaches were favoring the recently recruited players over Shannon’s.
“I just want to first start off by apologizing for what he said,” Robinson said. “He was just looking out for me and not really looking out for the team. … I talked to him. I told him that he was wrong for doing it and that we need to cut that out and get to business. He’s just excitable. He’s one of those dads.”
Robinson said his father “apologized to the coaching staff. He called them up and said he got caught in the moment.”
Robinson, who stayed home for the Kansas State game after a previous altercation involving himself, his dad and UM coaches, said “there’s no rebellion” among older players. He said players know where they stand.
“You perform [well] and you play,” he said.
“There is no Randy Shannon vs. Coach Golden. I heard that too. That’s not true. … This is the closest we’ve ever been, because when I first came in we didn’t hang around the young guys. Now we’re hanging with the young guys and bringing them along.”
Golden said Robinson was averaging 33 plays a game, called it a fair amount and said if he continues to improve “he’ll warrant more plays.
“The guys know the type of coach I am. Everybody gets a fair shot in practice, everybody earns their reps in practice and how they perform in the game determines if they finish the game or have a chance to start.”
As for Cain, Golden said the defensive end “stepped away for a period of time” for “personal reasons and we’re trying to work through it right now.”
Is there a chance Cain could return?
“Sure,” Golden said. “There’s a chance. Sure.”
• Golden did not give a reason for Paul’s suspension, but said he has been back all week and will suit up for Virginia Tech.
• Clements, whose injury was undisclosed, was in street clothes at practice Saturday, helping to coach his teammates. “Oh, man. It’s sad,” Golden said. “Hopefully, it looks like he’ll have a full recovery. I feel really badly for Eduardo. He’s a heart-and-soul kid. Tremendous family, tremendous young man. We’ll miss his toughness and leadership.”
Clements, who has not yet redshirted, posted Saturday on Twitter: “With My Support System, Trust Me I Will Come Back Strong!”
Golden said Dallas Crawford, who has been playing the role of scout-team quarterback, will now be the No. 3 running back behind Mike James and Duke Johnson.