Dismissed LB Jermaine Grace may be trying to return to Miami Hurricanes

Jermaine Grace apparently hopes he hasn’t taken his last Canes Walk — or played in his last game as a Hurricane.

Grace, a starting linebacker who was dismissed from the program last Saturday, posted a picture on his Instagram account Thursday with a message that sounds like he is trying to return to the team.

Jermaine Grace's Instagram post. (Instagram)
Jermaine Grace’s Instagram post. (Instagram)

That message:

“#tbt canes walk, I would not be missing a lot of these this year, I’ll be back really soon God has a [plan] for me and it’s to finish my last season as a cane. He has the last say so #comingbackstrongasever #nevergiveup #canewalk #keepgodfirst #stillblessed”

Grace then included emojis for prayer hands, a raised fist, ‘100,’ ‘two hands in the air’ (which Miami fans use to signify ‘the U’), an angel and a tornado. He also added a favorite expression: “Ya man!!”

The photo is of Grace taking part in Miami’s home-game tradition of walking from the bus to the stadium in front of the fans.

Grace was entering his second season as a starting linebacker when he was dismissed from the team, along with starting defensive end Al-Quadin Muhammad, after Miami determined they committed NCAA violations as the school investigated their dealings with a South Beach luxury rental car agency. The school, in a press release, deemed the matter closed.

After the decision, Grace retained a new attorneyJason Setchen. In 2011, Setchen helped former UM basketball player DeQuan Jones plead his case after UM ruled him ineligible amid the Nevin Shapiro scandal. After missing 10 games, Jones returned and played 23 games in his senior season.

Setchen did not return a phone call from The Post.

Some analysis of what’s happening here:

A UM source said the school, which investigated Grace, Muhammad and several other players in an investigation that spanned from January to August, would not have dismissed Grace and Muhammad (and linebacker Juwon Young) if the information they found was not credible.

Grace’s case is different than Jones’. For one, Grace was dismissed from the program entirely, while Jones was allowed to practice. Also, Miami was two years from receiving NCAA sanctions when Jones was suspended, and is currently less than two months from ending a three-year NCAA probation. Grace’s former attorney, Steven L. Washington, stated that UM’s treatment of Grace was overly harsh because UM wanted to stay on the NCAA’s good side.

Also interesting: WINZ-940 AM’s Andy Slater did some digging into the owner of the luxury car rental agency in question, South Beach Exotic Rentals, and found connections between its owner, Juan Caballero, Washington and an NFL agent. The Miami Herald’s Barry Jackson backed up Slater’s reporting with a tweet deeming it “all true.”

At the very least, Grace’s public comment and his choice of representation makes it seem he isn’t ready to give up on playing for Miami.



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