Dismissed Miami Hurricanes LB Jermaine Grace retains new attorney

Jermaine Grace (Matt Porter)

Jermaine Grace (Matt Porter)

Jermaine Grace‘s former attorney, Steven L. Washington, told The Post on Monday that Grace was weighing his options and did not know what his next move would be.

Apparently, it is switching lawyers.

The former Hurricanes starting linebacker has retained new counsel as he looks to sort out the situation that got him dismissed from the program. Grace is now represented by Jason Setchen, as the Miami Herald reported and he later confirmed on Twitter.

Setchen is the attorney who helped UM basketball player DeQuan Jones get back on the court in 2011. Jones was banned from playing his senior season after he was implicated in the Nevin Shapiro scandal. His family hired Setchen, who requested an internal appellate hearing at UM. One day before the hearing, UM rules Jones eligible to play.

Grace and defensive end Al-Quadin Muhammad, both starters, were booted from the team on Saturday after Miami determined they committed NCAA violations in dealing with a South Beach luxury car rental agency.

Setchen did not return a message Tuesday evening. In his Herald interview, he did not say whether Grace would appeal. “I’m helping Jermaine evaluate all his options,” he said.

The appeal route worked for Jones. In total, he missed the first 10 games of the 2011-12 season and wound up playing in 23. Undrafted, he signed a free agent contract with the Orlando Magic and played 63 games in 2012-13, with 17 starts. He now plays for the Chiba Jets of the Japanese NBL.


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