University of Miami fifth-year senior Dyron Dye — the lone Hurricanes player still connected to Miami’s NCAA case — was dismissed from the football team Monday.
“The University of Miami has informed football player Dyron Dye that he will no longer be a member of the Miami football program,” UM said in a prepared written statement. “Given the totality of the circumstances and unresolved issues regarding the NCAA investigation, the University has decided to move ahead.”
Dye’s attorney, Darren Heitner of Wolfe Law Miami, said he was the one who informed Dye of the news.
“He had to find out from me,” Heitner said. “They didn’t even tell him.
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“The action they took today basically ties our hands. It was a shock. He was not expecting that. All of us had the idea he would be ruled ineligible, but we didn’t think the university that spent so much time recruiting him, the university he provided his services for and played any position for, that he dedicated his collegiate career to, would basically say, ‘No thanks. We don’t want you anymore.’ ”
UM is still paying for Dye to attend school this year toward his master’s degree. He already graduated and has his bachelor’s degree, and thus could transfer to another school to play his final season without sitting out — that is, if he’s eligible.
Dye was previously suspended for four games in 2011 and had to repay $738 in benefits given to him by former booster Nevin Shapiro during the recruiting process.
The NCAA interviewed Dye three times because it believed an affidavit signed by Dye that supported former UM receivers coach Aubrey Hill — now the head coach at Miami Carol City High — contradicted statements in at least one of his previous interviews.
Dye and Heitner wanted a ruling or clarification from the NCAA on his eligibility, and the governing body of college athletics never gave it to them. Miami apparently found it too risky to keep him on the roster.
Miami is still awaiting its sanctions from the NCAA in the Shapiro case. They were expected to come before the season, which kicks off Aug. 30.
Dye had been recovering from surgery to repair his Achilles’ tendon, and told Heitner he passed a physical Monday morning and was awaiting clearance from UM to practice and play.
The 6-5, 261-pound Dye, from Sanford, played in all 12 games last season, with eight starts at tight end. He was switched to defensive end in the spring.
Last season he caught four passes for 48 yards, which ended up being the only four catches of his career.