As if the week couldn't get worse for the University of Miami football team, now a player is sitting behind bars on charges of domestic battery and has been suspended indefinitely from the team.
Defensive Lineman Michael Wyche, a former University of Southern California recruit with a tragic history, was booked at 4:50 a.m. this morning into the Turner Gilford Knight Correctional Center on charges of battery related to domestic violence. Incidentally, today is also Wyche's 23rd birthday.
The 6' 4", 345-pound linebacker is being held on $1,500 bail, which, as of press time, he has still not posted.
The school has responded by suspending Wyche indefinitely from the football team.
Wyche is a senior who came to Miami as a junior college transfer. He has not contributed significantly to the team in his two seasons. Wyche has played in just four games this season, the last against Cincinnati on October 1, according to his profile on the UM athletics site.
Wyche had originally committed to USC in 2013 but reversed course to Miami after the team fired former coach Lane Kiffin.
At the time of his USC commitment, Sports on Earth chronicled Wyche's life story. While in ninth grade in a violence-rattled neighborhood Chesapeake, Virginia, Wyche was robbed at gunpoint on a public street. A bullet blasted inches past his head, but Wyche was able to escape on foot unscathed. A week later Wyche found his attacker and shot him three times.
Wyche was never actually caught for the crime and told the reporter that he and the other teen eventually made peace at a party just three weeks later.
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"The police around there, they don't care about all these gangsters," he told the site. "[They say,] 'Let them kill each other, and we'll clean up their bodies.' You've got people that kill each other every day and get away with it."
Wyche, however, was picked up by an officer for possessing a gun, but, according to Wyche anyway, the officer let him go because he knew he had a chance to make something of himself through football.
Wyche's arrest is the latest in a hectic week for his now former program. The team experienced their worst lost in history on Saturday to Clemson, and head coach Al Golden was fired a day later.