Dyron Dye was dismissed from the University of Miami football team on Monday, ending the collegiate career of the last of 38 Miami players and recruits who had alleged received the improper benefit of partying at the home of Ponzi-scheming booster Nevin Shapiro. Dye, who suffered an Achilles injury that required surgery after Miami's spring practice, was hoping to be cleared by doctors Monday, but before that decision came down he was dismissed.
UM is still waiting for the NCAA's ruling in its case over Shapiro's allegations, though -- and with the home opener just a week and a half a way, many are hoping it comes soon.
UM had apparently became annoyed with the distraction caused by Dyes tie to Shapiro's case, and felt it was best for the program to move on.
"The University of Miami has informed football player Dyron Dye that he will no longer be a member of the Miami football program," the school said in a statement. "Given the totality of the circumstances and unresolved issues regarding the NCAA investigation, the University has decided to move ahead."
But Dye's attorney, Darren Heitner, blasted the school for dismissing of his client,.
"The team decided that it doesn't want Dyron to be a member because they determined he would be too much of a distraction," attorney Darren Heitner tells the Miami Herald. "The one nice thing is that it won't affect his aid. But as far as his future playing for the University of Miami, that door's closed."
Dye was originally recruited as a defensive lineman, before switching to tight end. His goal before being injured this season was a return to the defensive line, an area the Hurricanes have lacked depth the past few seasons. He caught four passes for 48 yards and appeared in 24 games with the Hurricanes.
The NCAA Committee of Infractions, which usually rules within six to eight weeks on a penalty, is nine weeks into its UM case. UM officials hope to hear back from the committee by August 30, when the season kicks off at Sun Life against FAU.
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