Eddie Johnson was one of the Miami Hurricane’s rising stars. A freshman All-American linebacker, Johnson was off to a great start, notching 59 tackles and leading the team with 7.5 tackles for a loss last season. It is just the way you want to see a young player blossom.
Now, Johnson’s career as a ‘Cane may be over.
It began with Johnson being suspended for the last two games of the 2012 season for violating team rules. The exact infractions were not disclosed, but tardiness and lack of responsibility were thought to have been a major factor in the decision.
Matters worsened last month, when coach Al Golden announced that Johnson had been suspended “indefinitely” for an accumulation of similar actions. When pressed, Golden said he was “hopeful” about Johnson returning for the 2013 season.
Last week, it was noticed that Johnson was no longer enrolled in college. His name had been removed from the roster, and he has not participated in any of the team’s spring practices.
Golden had little to say on the subject during a meeting with the press on Tuesday, basically saying that Johnson was no longer a student and therefore, not his problem. It was a very candid statement from a coach who appears to have had enough with a player who cannot grow up.
It is a shame to see a player of Johnson’s ability refuse to get it together. As of yet, there has been no indication that his suspension was substance related — so is it just a maturity issue? If so, Johnson is taking his opportunity for granted.
Johnson may find his way onto another NCAAF team at some point, but it is beginning to look like his time at the U is over. Whether Johnson gets it together and takes advantage of his situation, or whether he becomes just another wasted talent remains to be seen. Either way, Miami Hurricanes Football will go on, with or without him.