Yes, the headline is very real and it’s extremely spectacular.
When last we heard from Dyron Dye, the in-limbo Miami defensive lineman was scheduled to meet for a third time with the NCAA in connection to its investigation into the football program. In essence, the NCAA was concerned that a signed affidavit submitted by Dye contradicted earlier statements made by Dye.
The NCAA could find Dye guilty of unethical conduct, which could lead to his being declared ineligible and prematurely end his collegiate playing career.
Dye, though, is not going down without a heavy-hitting fight.
According to the Miami Herald, Dye and his attorney, Darren Heitner, filed an incident report with the Coral Gables police department in which it’s accused that an NCAA investigator had “coerced” Dye into making statements that benefited The Association’s case against the Hurricanes. That investigator, Rich Johanningmeier, has since “retired.”
From the paper’s report:
In the report, Heitner said that “prior to the start of the second interview, Mr. Johanningmeier coerced Mr. Dye into providing favorable answers for his investigation.”
Dye, according to Heitner’s statement in the incident report, “did not recall specifics of what Mr. Johanningmeier was asking. Mr. Dye stated that he felt intimidated by Mr. Johanningmeier. Mr. Heitner stated that Mr. Johanningmeier threatened Mr. Dye’s football eligibility if he did not cooperate during the interview.”
The Coral Gables police department has not affirmed that they will investigate Dye’s claims, and UM will not comment on the development. Suffice to say, the NCAA has no comment on the charges leveled against them as well.
Dye was suspended for the four games of the 2011 season in connection to his involvement in the Shapiro scandal. It was shown by the NCAA in August of that year that Dye received from Shapiro and “UM athletics personnel” $738 in impermissible benefits during a recruitment that led to the player signing on as part of the Hurricanes’ 2009 recruiting class. Those benefits included five nights of impermissible lodging from institutional staff during their unofficial visits — an allegation directly tied to Hill — transportation, multiple meals and entertainment at a gentleman’s club.
With the suspension served and monetary restitution made, Dye returned to play in six games in what was his redshirt sophomore season after making the switch from the defensive line to tight end. He then played 12 games at that position in 2012.
Dye moved back to the line following the 2012 season. He suffered an Achilles injury during the first scrimmage this past spring and is out indefinitely, leaving his status for the 2013 season up in the air even prior to this latest attempt by the NCAA to save some type of face in what’s gone well beyond a FUBAR situation.