Ray-Ray Armstrong Heading To The NAIA

By Tyler Brett

Former University of Miami Hurricane Ray-Ray Armstrong has dropped his legal action against the school and decided to enroll at the NAIA‘s Faulkner University in Montgomery, Alabama. The talented safety had been kicked off the team July 18 for connections with Nevin Shapiro, whose booster activities have the U under investigation by the NCAA. Armstrong, though his attorney, had threatened to seek an injunction against Miami to force his way back onto the team, but has decided instead to drop his case and instead enroll at Faulkner to play his senior season.

That isn’t to say that Armstrong has accepted the school’s decision as being the right one. His attorneys continued their stance that the University had overstepped their authority and “significantly infringed upon Mr. Armstrong’s due process rights,” and they hold firm in their belief that they would have won their case had it gone to court. However, with the safety deciding just to play elsewhere, the lawsuit has been dropped and Miami will not face any legal action from Armstrong’s representatives.

However, Ray-Ray Armstrong is not in the clear just yet. One reason for Armstrong’s decision to attend an NAIA school rather than an NCAA FCS school is reportedly because he would reportedly fail to be academically eligible to transfer to another NCAA school. While he has already arrived in Alabama and enrolled at Faulkner, the football team has held off on including him on their official roster because of a delay in receiving his transcripts in the admissions office.

Armstrong was no stranger to off-field controversy during his time as a Cane. Armstrong attended a dinner with his girlfriend, who works for a public relations firm whose dinner payment was called into question. Another time, Armstrong went to a South Florida hotel with his girlfriend and then lied about being there before “remembering” that he had in fact been there, but that his girlfriend had paid for the room. In at least two instances, Armstrong got himself into trouble using social media, bringing questions from the school. At one point, Armstrong also received a sports jersey that was also called into question. The school, which is currently still under investigation for its connection to illegal benefits provided by a booster by the NCAA, decided the player was not worth the risk of further sanctions and cut him loose.

When, or if, he becomes academically eligible, Armstrong will wear number 8 for Faulkner, a private Christian university affiliated with the Church of Christ. He will be an immediate starter on the team as the far-and-away most talented player on the roster. How this will affect Armstrong’s draft stock next spring, however, remains to be seen.

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