Sunday, December 10, 2017
Colleges

Miami cuts ties with DL Dye

CORAL GABLES — Dyron Dye will no longer be part of the Miami football program, a decision Monday that ends the Hurricane career for the last member of the program with any real ties to the Nevin Shapiro scandal.

The university made the announcement on the day the senior defensive lineman had hoped to get clearance from doctors to play. He injured his Achilles and needed surgery after spring.

The decision came with the program waiting for the Committee on Infractions — which heard UM's case against NCAA allegations — to issue its decision on possible additional sanctions. Miami urged the NCAA to act before its season opens Aug. 30.

Dye, one of 38 players alleged to have gotten improper benefits from Shapiro, met with investigators three times during the NCAA's probe of the Hurricanes.

"The one nice thing is that it won't affect his aid," said Darren Heitner, Dye's attorney. "But as far as his future playing for … Miami, that door's closed."

Associated Press

FSU: Another WR down

TALLAHASSEE — Florida State junior WR Rashad Greene, an All-ACC pick, is day-to-day after injuring his finger during practice, coach Jimbo Fisher said.

If Greene misses any time, he would join TEs Kevin Haplea and Jeremy Kerr and WR Greg Dent, Willie Haulstead and Jarred "Scooter" Haggins in being sidelined. Haplea, Kerr and Haggins have season-ending injuries. Dent is indefinitely suspended after a June arrest. Haulstead was declared academically ineligible.

"Don't need nobody (injured)," Fisher said. "But that's part of camp."

Orlando Sentinel, Times wires

USF: Fullbacks back

TAMPA — The fullback is making a comeback for USF, and coach Willie Taggart said his backs are getting used to running with a blocker in front of them as two freshmen fight for the spot.

"I think our guys have adjusted very well, and we're starting to see a lot more success with our offense and the run game and doing what we're trying to build as an identity for our offense," Taggart said. "(Northeast High's) Auggie Sanchez did a great job (in Vero Beach) at fullback, (Kennard) Swanson's done a great job at fullback."

Both have good size for freshmen — Sanchez is 6 feet 2, 233 pounds, and Swanson is 6-0, 245.

THIS AND THAT: Freshman defensive backs continue to make a showing — CB Lamar Robbins wasn't working with the No. 2 defense in Monday's morning workout, but CB Johnny Ward and S Nate Godwin were. … When quarterbacks took snaps at the start of drills, senior Bobby Eveld again was working with starting C Austin Reiter and sophomore QB Matt Floyd was with C Kofi Amichia.

Greg Auman, Times staff writer

UF: Jones still iffy

GAINESVILLE — Florida RB Matt Jones hasn't been cleared to play, and the Gators are preparing as if they won't have the former Armwood High star for the opener, Aug. 31 vs. Toledo. Jones has missed preseason camp after a serious viral infection in early August. He was scheduled to meet with doctors on Monday, but there is still no set timetable for his return.

"All I know is he's progressing very well," coach Will Muschamp said. "He feels good, he's doing more and more every day from a workout standpoint. We're playing it by ear. He's got his weight back up, he's about up to 223; when this happened he was 226."

OL Jon Halapio of St. Petersburg Catholic will be reexamined Friday to check the status of his partly torn pectoral muscle.

POSITION SECURED: QB Tyler Murphy is the top backup to Jeff Driskel. "Tyler Murphy is a guy we feel like we can win with and he's done a good job with some of the things we've asked him to do," Muschamp said.

Antonya English, Times staff writer

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