The eligibility of junior linebacker Juwon Young is in serious doubt as the school continues to investigate whether he or other athletes committed NCAA violations.
In a press release, UM Athletics Director Blake James announced Friday that Young had been “suspended indefinitely for a violation of department rules.”
Multiple sources within the program told the Post that Young, who was expected to play a role on UM’s defense this fall, is likely to be removed from the team permanently.
His suspension stems in part from him not being forthcoming with UM’s compliance department.
The matter, which was first reported by the Miami Herald, involves Young’s use of a luxury rental from a local agency. It’s unclear if Young paid for the vehicle or if he intends to.
UM is also investigating whether defensive end Al-Quadin Muhammad committed a similar violation. The Herald reported that at least two more football players were under school investigation. The school has only announced the suspension of Young.
Several program sources said Muhammad is expected to play this fall, though he may be disciplined at some point.
UM is on a three-year NCAA probation which ends in October and is related to the misdeeds of former booster Nevin Shapiro. The situation with Young and Muhammad is an internal matter and does not involve the NCAA. UM has been looking into the matter since at least January, speaking with several athletes and sources outside school.
If UM finds any violations were committed, it would report to the NCAA the violations and corrective actions it has taken.
A source said UM previously investigated the potential involvement of a men’s basketball player, but the player is no longer of interest. UM coach Jim Larranaga strongly denied any of his players were involved in the situation.
Young, who played in four games as a freshman in 2014, became UM’s starting middle linebacker because of a midseason injury to senior Raphael Kirby. He finished with 57 tackles (three for loss), one interception and one forced fumble in 10 games.
Under new defensive coordinator Manny Diaz this spring, he played weak-side linebacker as true freshman Shaq Quarterman shined at middle linebacker.
Muhammad was suspended for all of 2014 for punching a fellow student at the Hurricanes’ spring game, and sat the first game of 2015 for an undisclosed violation of team rules.
A redshirt junior, he is expected to play a major role for Miami this fall. He led the Hurricanes in sacks (5.0) and tackles for loss (8.5) last season despite starting seven of 12 games.