Undoubtedly, 2013 holds a lot of potential as it pertains to the Miami Hurricanes football program. With possible Heisman Trophy candidates in QB Stephen Morris and RB Duke Johnson, as well as a solid defensive unit in place, the ‘Canes are off sanctions and ready to chase some brass this season.
However, as optimistic as the views may be, there is still that eight-hundred pound gorilla hanging around in the room, or what is more commonly known as the ongoing investigation of the program by the NCAA. That gorilla has reared his ugly head yet again.
According to a report issued to the Associated Press, the NCAA have requested a second interview with currently-injured Hurricanes defensive end, Dyron Dye. The senior’s 2013 season has been in jeopardy since suffering an early-spring Achilles injury that ultimately required surgery.
However, his issues now could possibly stem way beyond playing time on the field.
According to the reports, the NCAA feels that Dye may have provided some discrepancies in an affidavit he had penned for them backing former Miami assistant coach, Aubrey Hill. Several other players also provided their assessments, although Dye is the only one that has been requested to meet with the NCAA for a second time.
Investigators are expected to meet with Dye as early as next week. That time-frame would seem plausible considering that the NCAA Committee on Infractions are scheduled to hear the Miami Hurricanes case less than three weeks from now.
As high as the optimism is for a successful upcoming season, this dark cloud that is what has become of this Nevin Shapiro situation seems to never want to disappear. It’s been a constant battle for head coach Al Golden, his staff, and his players the last few years dealing with this circus.
And once again, as the Hurricanes seemed to be heading into summer with hopes held high following a successful spring, they’ve once again been brought to the realization that their haunting past still exists.