The Miami Herald learned Saturday that University of Miami star receiver Stacy Coley is part of the school’s investigation into players who might have used cars from a South Beach luxury car rental agency in exchange for future promises, according to a source with direct knowledge.
Coley has been unavailable for reporters to interview since preseason camp began on Aug. 4.
As the Herald previously reported, starting defensive end Al-Quadin Muhammad and starting strong-side linebacker Jermaine Grace also are being investigated by UM for using cars from South Beach Exotic Rentals.
Linebacker Juwon Young was suspended indefinitely earlier this summer after not being forthcoming with UM officials about the matter, sources said. Young was eventually removed from the roster and will not return.
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UM, not the NCAA, is handling the investigation. The school has declined to say if any of the players will be suspended. Some are expecting the players to get short suspensions, but it remains unclear if that will happen. Grace, Muhammad and Coley all have been practicing during this camp.
UM is still in the process of determining what, if any, discipline will be doled out.
The Hurricanes open the season at home against FAMU on Sept. 3.
A source said recently that none of the investigated players have been declared ineligible by Miami.
Coley, without question, is one of the major talents on the Hurricanes’ offense. The program was given a major boost when Coley opted to return for his senior season instead of entering the NFL Draft after his junior year in 2015.
The 6-1, 195-pound wideout from Pompano Beach played in 11 games last season. He had 47 catches for 689 yards and four touchdowns. Despite being hindered at times with injuries, he has 1,464 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns in his career.
In his freshman season, Coley was the only FBS player in the nation to record a touchdown via rushing, receiving, punt return and kick return.
UM coach Mark Richt said recently that Coley has had a very good camp. In Wednesday night’s scrimmage, Coley had five catches for 125 yards and two touchdowns.
“He has been practicing very well,’’ Richt said of Coley on Wednesday night. “He’s in better shape than he was in the spring, and he’s had very little issues with injury. He did a great job of preparing for camp and the season.’’
Wide receiver is a position that already was sorely in need of depth. Before freshman Dionte Mullins arrived for his first practice Friday, there were only six scholarship receivers on the Hurricanes, including Coley.
▪ UM is off Sunday before starting academic classes Monday and beginning its preparation for the opener by having its first-team players practice against the scout team.