The University of Miami defense – already a question mark heading into coach Mark Richt’s first season – was dealt a major blow Saturday when the school announced that defensive end Al-Quadin Muhammad and linebacker Jermaine Grace have been permanent suspended from the program.
School released a statement that said:
“The University of Miami announced today that red-shirt junior Al-Quadin Muhammad and senior Jermaine Grace have been permanently dismissed from the Hurricanes football program for violating NCAA rules. The University will, however, continue their financial aid through graduation. The decision was made in consultation with outside counsel and after discussions with the NCAA enforcement staff. As no staff members or boosters were involved in the violations, the program will not be subject to sanctions and, at this time, the University deems this matter closed.”
The players were under investigation for allegedly receiving improper benefits in connection with a luxury rental car company.
Grace, a senior, led UM in tackles last year with 79 while Muhammad, a junior, led the team in tackles for loss (8.5) and sacks (5). Both were projected starters.