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Miami Hurricanes DE Al-Quadin Muhammad suspended for season

Al-Quadin Muhammad is seen during media day at the University of Miami on Friday, Aug. 15, 2014.
Al-Quadin Muhammad is seen during media day at the University of Miami on Friday, Aug. 15, 2014. MIAMI HERALD STAFF

University of Miami defensive end Al-Quadin Muhammad will not be allowed to play football or attend classes this season for the Hurricanes and is no longer enrolled at the school, a UM spokesperson said Friday.

Muhammad, who was suspended for 2014 because of a past altercation with a former student, will be permitted to return to UM next semester, if he chooses. However, it is not known if he will instead transfer to another school.

“Al-Quadin Muhammad is not currently enrolled for the fall semester and will not be participating in athletics,” UM spokesperson Margot Winick said.

Muhammad is being punished for a confrontation with a roommate that left the roommate with a broken nose, according to two sources with direct knowledge of the situation. The incident happened several months ago, and the former roommate has since graduated.

The UM football staff isn’t happy with this decision, according to two sources.

The decision was made by the UM administration, not the athletic department.

Muhammad told UM that he hit the roommate in self-defense, according to a UM athletic department employee, who said there were conflicting statements when witnesses were interviewed.

UM coach Al Golden held Muhammad out of the first two games this season.

“He’s sorely missed,” Golden said Tuesday. “He’s a great kid. He’s one of our leaders. He’s a competitor. So, again, it’s a difficult situation and we’re all just letting it run the proper course or proper channels if you will.”

On Wednesday, Golden added that he would not play Muhammad until there was a resolution of the situation.

Muhammad, 6-4 and 242 pounds, was a four-star prospect coming out of Don Bosco High in New Jersey, rated the nation's No. 3 weakside linebacker prospect. As a freshman, he played in all 13 games and had eight tackles and two sacks.

On Thursday night, Muhammad posted on Instagram a montage of photos that included a portrait of him in his Miami uniform with his head down, and a photo of what appears to be a restaurant, with another photo of a plate of food. Under the photos are these words: “DREAMS DON’T WORK UNLESS YOU DO DONT CHEAT YA SELF TREAT YA SELF PUT THE BLINDS UP ON THEM HATTERS.”

If Muhammad chooses to return to UM, he would have three seasons of NCAA eligibility remaining. The 2014 season would count as a redshirt year.

He’s the second four-star prospect UM has lost this week (with Muhammad, at least for a semester). Safety Kiy Hester transferred to Rutgers because of a family medical issue.

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