Posted: 10:13 am Friday, August 16th, 2013
By Matt Porter
Much like the University of Miami itself, the last current Hurricanes player connected to the Nevin Shapiro case is waiting for the NCAA to say something.
The lawyer for Dyron Dye, Darren Heitner of Wolfe Law Miami, said Dye told him he is healthy and wants the NCAA to rule on his eligibility so he can rejoin Miami’s football team.
The Miami Herald first reported comments from Heitner on Dye, a redshirt senior tight end who has been rehabbing a ruptured Achilles’ tendon since March. Dye told Heitner he will see a doctor Monday to see if he is able to resume practicing.
But Dye is uncertain if he is eligible to do so.
He was first interviewed by the NCAA in Aug. 2011 during its investigation into impermissible benefits provided by former UM coaches, its athletic department and ex-booster Nevin Shapiro. The Herald reported the NCAA interviewed Dye three separate times because it believed an affidavit signed by Dye that supports former Hurricanes wide receivers coach Aubrey Hill contradicted statements he made in prior interviews.
The NCAA could find Dye guilty of unethical conduct and deem him ineligible.
In June, Dye filed an incident report with Coral Gables police in which he said he was “coerced” by a former NCAA investigator to back up statements alleging UM and Shapiro’s wrongdoing.
Heitner said since Dye was last interviewed by the NCAA this past spring, neither he nor his client have heard anything.
“I have received absolutely no indication as to when or how the NCAA will rule on Dyron’s eligibility,” Heitner wrote in an email to the Post. “Dyron remains committed to the University of Miami football team and is eager to provide his services in his redshirt senior season. He is feeling great physically and is thrilled with the rapidness that he has been able to recover from his injury.”
In 2011, Dye was suspended for four games and had to repay $738 in impermissible benefits given to him during his recruitment. The benefits included five nights of lodging from UM staff during unofficial visits, transportation, multiple meals, and adult entertainment at a nightclub.
Seven other players — Olivier Vernon, Aravious Armstrong, Marcus Forston, Sean Spence, Adewale Ojomo, Travis Benjamin and Jacory Harris — were suspended for at least a game in connection with the case. All those players have graduated. Vernon, whose $1,200 repayment and six-game suspension was the harshest of the penalties, now plays for the Dolphins.
On Aug. 10, Hurricanes coach Al Golden said Dye is rehabbing, but did not elaborate on his status.
“I don’t have any updates, other than for us, he’s still on the injured list,” Golden said, adding that he doesn’t count against the 105-player roster limit.
On Friday, UM Athletic Director Blake James said on 560 WQAM radio he has “no idea” when sanctions will be handed down, or what those sanctions will be.