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Al Golden Takes Tough, Necessary Stance in Dismissing Gabe Terry from Miami Hurricanes

Steve Mitchell – USA TODAY Sports

The college football career of Gabe Terry looks like it may be over before it ever got a chance to really get started, at least with the Miami Hurricanes. The sophomore linebacker was arrested for felony marijuana charges on Friday, April 19 and by the very next Thursday, head coach Al Golden confirmed that Terry was no longer a part of the Miami program. While unfortunate for Terry, the swift and stern decision handed down by Golden and the University of Miami was the best course of action for the program.

It isn’t like Terry had a perfect record before this felony arrest. Before signing with Miami, Terry spent three years at Boys Town High School in Nebraska. The linebacker admitted to reporters last season that he was “a little out of control,” as a young teenager but insisted that he had matured since then. That history likely put Terry on thin ice with Golden and getting arrested with more than 20 grams of marijuana along with charges of resisting arrest were the final straw.

The Canes didn’t really much of a choice, though. Golden is working not only to build a winner on the field, but he’s also been tasked with repairing the image of a program that represents a proud academic university. On top of that, the seemingly endless NCAA investigation into the football program leaves little wiggle room for them to tolerate too many extracurricular activities from their players. Investigators seems to be searching by any means necessary to uncover a lack of institutional control which forces Golden to clamp down even harder on his team.

Terry leaves Miami after appearing in just seven games during his freshman season in 2012, primarily playing on special teams. He finished the year with five tackles and won the ACC special teams player of the week award on November 5 after blocking a punt against the Virginia Tech Hokies. The young man has undeniable talent, his decision making leaves much to be desired. Hopefully, this will serve as a wake-up call to Terry and he will clean up his act and catch on somewhere to continue his football dreams.

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