The Work: Fallout from AQM & Grace

The Work: Fallout from AQM & Grace

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**The Hurricanes received brutal news yesterday when Al-quadin Muhammad and Jermaine Grace were permanently dismissed from the program. The loss of Grace is especially devastating considering Miami’s lack of experience at linebacker. This was the final chapter of a troubled Miami career for Muhammad, who also missed an entire season after an altercation with his roommate. A few things to note in the fallout…

1) Make no doubt about it that both Grace and Muhammad made punishable mistakes by NCAA rules, but this was an example of compliance going out of their way protect the school from becoming implicated while still on probation. Miami used outside counsel with no ties to the players or school who suggested that the administration take the action of removing the two players from the program. If Miami was not still on probation until October 21st, there’s speculation that we might have just seen these guys ruled ineligible, suspended a few games, and forced to pay back the improper benefits – but there was no chance that the school wanted to get themselves in more hot water with the NCAA. My question continues to be why did it take so long for this to get figured out? Coaches did not know the verdict until late Thursday. It’s hard to know how aggressive the investigation was from the start, but I don’t understand how something the school has known about for months is not resolved until a week before the season.

2) Stacy Coley, who was also being investigated for his involvement in the luxury car rental situation, will remain with the program according to multiple sources. A suspension is still a possibility, but his ties were apparently not as strong as the other two. Quite frankly, Coley would have been the most severe loss of the three because there is nobody on the offensive side of the ball who can replicate what he brings.

3) What does this mean on the field? As it stood, Miami was already planning to use a nickel-base defense this season against spread heavy teams – the coaches had alluded to it a few times during fall camp. This means that the Canes will probably be running out two linebacker sets for a majority of the snaps in some games and that should help just a bit, although depth at linebacker is still not ideal. The emergence of Adrian Colbert on the outside will allow Corn Elder to get a lot of snaps at slot corner. Sheldrick Redwine fits the bill as the other boundary corner. Miami also loves to use JaQuan Johnson in the nickel, and he could wind up being one of the most crucial players on the defense this season.

4) The freshmen linebackers will all be relied upon. Shaq Quarterman and Mike Pinckney are ready to be impact players as long as they are healthy. Zach McCloud really came on late in camp. Jamie Gordinier will also be on the field a lot and Charles Perry may be asked to play a larger role than we had anticipated.

5) Muhammad is a loss from a talent standpoint and you never want to lose guys with the pass rush potential that he has – but AQM had yet to truly show what he had. To his defense, he was much better served with this scheme and coaching, but it’s not like Miami is losing a sure fire top-3 round draft pick. Chad Thomas, Demetrius Jackson, Trent Harris, and Joseph Jackson is a uniquely talented group, and the talent inside is crucial as well.
 

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Will Darrion Owens be able to help out?
 
I thought Richt said last week that "Owens isn't quite there yet" w/regard to his injury. Keep your fingers crossed.
 
Definitely took too long and was way worse than we initially thought it would be.
 
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So a current players are paying for the sins of their predecessors. I'm not a compliance expert but wouldnt a multi game suspension along with repayment have been enough to satisfy the NCAA? Dismissal seems like overkill.
 
No excuse for this to drag out this long, them for the hammer to drop a week before the season.


This school and compliance should be ashamed of themselves for dragging a**.

If you're going to kick them out do it in spring, let Miami have months to prepare without them, let them find another school.

Who was the outside consultant group , the South Florida Seminole booster club?

It's bad enough we have a Florida gator and Pittsburgh Panther running the compliance department.

This entire situation is a gigantic cluster that would have NEVER happened at ANY other school America!
 
Those guys (Muhammad and Grace) failed their brothers...no excuse for this! It's borderline disrespectful as well. They no longer exist to me. And just like the guy in my avatar, Richt needs to focus solely on the dudes that want to be here.
 
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This should have been taken care of much sooner. That's my gripe. The punishments may have been overkill but that's the chance you take.
 
Compliance over did it & waited too long to deliver their decision.
They should've only been suspended for 4 games and ordered to pay back whatever they owed, unless it was an insurmountable amount.

If the staff believed these guys wouldn't have been kicked off the team, then compliance dropped the ball in not keeping them in the loop.
We could've brought in a Grad Transfer LB for insurance if we knew Grace was going to be gone for good.
 
Not only do we have to fight off other school for recruits we must fight off our on administration. Our administration has a tendency to throw kids under the bus with anything related to football.

I feel as if the school overreacted. All players are eligible to play for others schools with no penalty so why were they kicked out of school?
 
I'm really nervous about coley. We lose him we're in big trouble.


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Not only do we have to fight off other school for recruits we must fight off our on administration. Our administration has a tendency to throw kids under the bus with anything related to football.

I feel as if the school overreacted. All players are eligible to play for others schools with no penalty so why were they kicked out of school?

We had players allegely take benefits from Shapiro who transferred to other schools and never lost eligibility.
Players like Arthur Brown and maybe Marve.
 
5) Muhammad is a loss from a talent standpoint and you never want to lose guys with the pass rush potential that he has – but AQM had yet to truly show what he had. To his defense, he was much better served with this scheme and coaching, but it’s not like Miami is losing a sure fire top-3 round draft pick.

Honestly, AQM played with too long a stride, which effected His COD (Change Of Direction). That kid missed more sacks on the QB because He over-ran the QB than I care to count.

However, He had a lightning 1st step, something that you can't teach.
 
See also......all the other threads on the subject.

Not much new.

The lack of confirmation that Coley's case is closed remains bothersome.
 
If you are at the center of this mess and you and your cohorts (allegely) lie during the process, it could affect
the length of the investigation.
 
While I'm perpetually annoyed at UM's constant use of "outside" entities for decision making, the delay in action has to also be heavily attributed to at minimum the 3 dismissed players more than likely lying about the true details here or being too late in coming clean. We can gripe about the overreaction all we want but these kids clearly put themselves in a situation where a reaction was required and they damn well knew the environment in which the reaction would be levied. A new staff with a somewhat new administration within a program already under scrutiny equals a situation where you're possibly going to be made an example of. I hope they at least got some ass from pretending to be ballers with the rental bling.
 
The school threw AQM and Grace under the bus like the bunch of fake back stabbing pos that they and most of this fan base included are....

And I think it was pretty obvious that AQM was going to be a top 3 round draft pick. That's a huge loss to the dline, we were deep bc he was on the team.
 
Not only do we have to fight off other school for recruits we must fight off our on administration. Our administration has a tendency to throw kids under the bus with anything related to football.

I feel as if the school overreacted. All players are eligible to play for others schools with no penalty so why were they kicked out of school?

Where did you read they were eligible to play anywhere?

Even without the impermissible benefits issue transfer rules mandate they would need to sit out a season if they transferred to a D1 school. The NCAA would likely need to address their eligibility. The players would be suspended, with a penalty and restitution. Exotic luxury cars are not cheap to rent. Restitution could be thousands of dollars.
 
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