The embarrassing 39-point loss at the hands of Kansas State was bad enough for Miami.
What’d be even worse? Losing a starter to a season-ending injury during the Manhattan debacle.
Unfortunately, that’s exactly where the Hurricanes find themselves Sunday, with head coach Al Golden confirming that linebacker Ramon Buchanan will not play another down in 2012 due to injury. Buchanan injured his right knee after getting rolled up on in a pile.
The injury serves as the latest health setback for the fifth-year senior.
After starting 10 games in 2010, Buchanan started the first four games of the 2011 season before going down with a year-ending ACL tear in the same knee he injured this past weekend. Granted a medical hardship waiver by the NCAA that allowed him to play this season, Buchanan started the first two games before suffering back-to-back season-ending injuries.
The silver lining for Buchanan and The U is that the player, if he so desires, could petition the NCAA for a sixth season of eligibility. Based on the fact that Buchanan played in just two games, it would appear such a waiver would be a slam-dunk.
Golden talked around the issue of a sixth year when asked by the local media.
“That’s something we’re looking into. But I’d hate to comment without knowing,” Golden said of petitioning the NCAA for another season. “I’m terribly upset for the young man. He’s put in a lot into it. So that’s tough.”