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UM’s Jermaine Grace retains attorney who got DeQuan Jones reinstated in Nevin Shapiro case

Linebacker Jermaine Grace was dismissed from the UM football team over his alleged involvement with a luxury-car rental company. He retained new counsel Tuesday to help him sort out his options.
Linebacker Jermaine Grace was dismissed from the UM football team over his alleged involvement with a luxury-car rental company. He retained new counsel Tuesday to help him sort out his options. adiaz@miamiherald.com

Former University of Miami linebacker Jermaine Grace, who was dismissed from the team Saturday because the school said he violated NCAA rules, retained new counsel Tuesday to help him sort out his options in hopes of rectifying a situation that got him removed from the football program.

Grace, a senior, was implicated along with teammate Al-Quadin Muhammad, who also was dismissed from the team, for their alleged involvement with a luxury-car rental company.

Grace’s new lawyer: Jason Setchen, the trial attorney who represented former UM basketball player DeQuan Jones in 2011 in the NCAA case involving former booster Nevin Shapiro

Jones was accused of taking money and was suspended for the entire season. But Setchen appealed on Jones’ behalf and successfully got Jones back on the court to play almost the entire season. 

Setchen has a segment of his practice dedicated to student-athlete advocacy.

“I’m helping Jermaine evaluate all his options,” Setchen, who practices in Coconut Grove, told the Miami Herald. 

Grace was formerly represented by attorney Steven L. Washington.

Washington told the Miami Herald over the weekend that Grace would not be appealing UM’s decision.

As for Jones, he went on to graduate from UM and signed with the Orlando Magic as an undrafted free agent. In 2012-13, Jones started 17 games and played in 63 for the Magic. 

He’s now playing professionally in Japan, Setchen said.

THIS AND THAT

▪ Hurricanes coach Mark Richt had his first pregame news conference Tuesday to advance the home opener against FAMU at 6 p.m. Saturday.

“Excited about this week obviously,” Richt said. “Finally game week. I’m looking forward to getting one under our belt.”

Richt said he took his players to Hard Rock Stadium on Sunday so they could look at the renovated stadium as a team.

“I wanted to get over the shock and awe of it,” Richt said, “because it is a very beautiful place and a little different from what the players are used to.”

▪ Richt expounded on what redshirt sophomore Malik Rosier did to win the backup quarterback job.

“Malik, at this point, has begun to figure me out,” the coach said, “and do it the way I ask to do it every single snap. Show me that you know what to do. Show me that you know how to get us in the right place. Show me that you know the right progression, and you can hit your target, and you can make good decisions when something blows up in front of you, that you don’t just throw the ball up for grabs.

“He has really improved quite a bit in that area. He has some good athleticism.”

Richt said redshirt freshman Evan Shirreffs, who had an injury on his throwing hand during preseason camp, is battling for the No. 3 spot with Vincent Testaverde.

▪ Starting quarterback Brad Kaaya, when asked what his mission is for the season: “The plan is to win every single game,” Kaaya said. “And the plan is of course to win the Coastal and win the ACC championship. Here at Miami we aren’t going to shortsight ourselves of our goals, so that’s the plan for me and the plan for my teammates as well.”

▪ Receiver Braxton Berrios on if there’s a ceiling for the offense: “I don’t think there is one. If we do the right things, if we execute. We’ve looked really good out here, and we’ve looked good especially in the past week and a half.”

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