With his college eligibility in question, University of Miami defensive end Dyron Dye has brought his issues with the NCAA to the Coral Gables Police Department.
Dye and his attorney, Darren Heitner, on Friday filed an incident report in which Dye alleges being “coerced” by former NCAA investigator Rich Johanningmeier to provide answers that would aid the NCAA’s attempts to confirm incriminating information in its investigation of the UM athletic department and convicted Ponzi schemer Nevin Shapiro.
A spokesperson for the Coral Gables Police Department said Monday he was unable to immediately say whether the department would investigate the matter.
According to the incident report, which was obtained by The Miami Herald, Heitner said Dye met with Johanningmeier — who is now retired — in August 2011 and then met with him a second time, later that day, at the NCAA’s request.
In the report, Heitner said that “prior to the start of the second interview, Mr. Johanningmeier coerced Mr. Dye into providing favorable answers for his investigation.”
Dye, according to Heitner, “did not recall specifics of what Mr. Johanningmeier was asking. Mr. Dye stated that he felt intimidated by Mr. Johanningmeier.”
Heitner said Johanningmeier “threatened Mr. Dye’s football eligibility if he did not cooperate during the interview.”
The NCAA met with Dye for a third time last week to try to resolve inconsistencies between what he said in his second interview with the NCAA in 2011 and what he said in an affidavit that Dye wrote on behalf of Carol City High and former UM assistant coach Aubrey Hill, who has been charged with unethical conduct by the NCAA.
The NCAA could decide to accuse Dye of an unethical conduct violation, which could result in him being suspended or ruled ineligible.
The NCAA has not told Dye or his attorneys (Heitner and Richard Wolfe) when it will make a decision.
According to sources, Dye and former UM players Olivier Vernon, Eric Moncur, Randy Phillips and Jacory Harris signed affidavits on behalf of Hill. Like Dye and Harris, Vernon objected to the NCAA’s interview tactics.
“The NCAA treated us like criminals,” Vernon told The Herald last week.
Dye denied the NCAA’s allegations against Hill — including that he stayed at Hill’s home — and also said “to my the best of my knowledge,” Hill “did not arrange for Shapiro to pay for bowling, beverages and meals at Lucky Strike on Miami Beach.”
Johanningmeier and the NCAA previously were sued for defamation by two former Alabama coaches; a $30 million judgment for one coach was tossed by a court on technical grounds.
And he is also targeted in an ongoing lawsuit by former Mississippi State coach Jackie Sherrill, a suit in which Johanningmeier is accused of knowingly making false claims and using information from a biased Mississippi booster.