Wednesday the University of Miami Hurricanes announced through a release from the communications department that they have dismissed senior DB Ray-Ray Armstrong from the football team. Earlier this month, Armstrong was named to the 2012 Bednarik watch list.
Armstrong may choose to stay at the university and continue his studies as a scholarship student, or if he chooses to transfer, the school will grant him a full release.
Last season, Armstrong was suspended the first four games of the 2011 campaign for taking gifts from former Miami booster, Nevin Shapiro, while being recruited. Armstrong was also suspended for the Florida State Seminoles matchup after tweeting he was having dinner with an employee of Double Coverage PR Group, a company that works with pro athletes.
In the seven games Armstrong played last season, he recorded 34 tackles (20 solo), one interception, and recovered a fumble. When several teammates left Miami for the NFL Draft, Armstrong stayed behind for his senior season.
In June rumors circulated that Armstrong was suspended for his interaction with a booster via twitter. At this time, it is unclear if that is the reason behind his dismissal from the football team.
Miami has been under an NCAA investigation for over a year stemming from Shapiro’s allegations that he had given gifts and services to dozens of Hurricane players and recruits over the years while making annual contributions to Miami’s athletic department.