UM and UF football fans at Camping World Stadium
University of Miami cornerback DJ Ivey has been suspended for the Hurricanes’ season opener against the Florida Gators for a violation of team rules.
Although University of Miami football coach Manny Diaz said twice this week that he expected all his players to travel to Orlando for the Camping World Kickoff, UM announced Saturday evening that Ivey did not make the trip.
“DJ Ivey will not play tonight — he did not travel,’’ a UM spokesperson said in a text message to the Miami Herald. “Violation of team rules.’’
Ivey is a 6-1, 195-pound sophomore who was listed as a co-starter in UM’s depth chart released this past week.
Former Hurricanes punter Brian Monroe, now an analyst for WQAM, first posted the news Saturday afternoon on Twitter.
“Unfortunate news that the canes defense will not be at full strength tonight,’’ Monroe tweeted. Dj Ivey is out. Next man up. #canes.’’
“We expect to have everyone there on Saturday,” Diaz first said Monday, when asked if he foresees “anyone not traveling to Orlando for the game based on rules violation.”
Diaz indicated the same Wednesday.
Ivey, who was a three/four-star prospect when he played at South Dade High School, saw mostly special-teams action last season in 11 games.
With Ivey suspended, sophomore Al Blades Jr., is on track to make his first start with veteran Trajan Bandy.
The only other scholarship cornerbacks for this game are true freshmen Te’Cory Couch out of Chaminade-Madonna and Christian Williams of Daphne, Alabama.
Former UM redshirt freshman cornerback Nigel Bethel announced Aug. 16 that he was transferring.