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Miami’s Dyron Dye files police report, claims NCAA coerced him

Dyron Dye

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.

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11 Responses to “Miami’s Dyron Dye files police report, claims NCAA coerced him”
  1. canetic says: Jun 3, 2013 6:50 PM

    Unlike most schools, the U is not accepting what the NCAA’s bullying. They are actually fighting back. They may not win, but they are giving a blueprint for schools in the future to follow. Viva la revolution!

  2. oalege says: Jun 3, 2013 7:07 PM

    Here’s an idea for Miami, STAY OUT OF TROUBLE,

  3. rponciano says: Jun 3, 2013 7:42 PM

    All Rich Johanningmeier needed to do was ask his buddy(Tom Hosty) the managing Director of enforcement how to write a report. No coercement needed when you know how to lie and fabricate! Silly Rich….get it right next time.

  4. soflosportsfan says: Jun 3, 2013 7:43 PM

    oalege says: Jun 3, 2013 7:07 PM

    Here’s an idea for Miami, STAY OUT OF TROUBLE,
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    This isn’t about getting into trouble. This is about abusing power for too long. The NCAA is a bully and every school, with the exception of the SEC, is the little kids being picked on. Except, one little kid punched the bully in the face and now the bully doesn’t know how to react.

  5. Romulus says: Jun 3, 2013 8:02 PM

    @ soflosportsfan and canetic—you say that about your own school but when auburn was getting basked about what happened with miss st,[they were found to be innocent of all allegations] or ohio st and jim tressel… you were probably standing on your pulpit preaching for the ncaa to hammer the mighty SEC. get real. Miami will burn, some miami official put this kid up to it.

  6. necr0philia says: Jun 3, 2013 8:10 PM

    I really can’t wait for this to be over! NCAA will regret how it has handled this situation and Miami will soon be the blueprint for all colleges to use when the almighty NCAA tries to punish whom ever for whatever!!

  7. soflosportsfan says: Jun 4, 2013 3:04 AM

    Romulus says: Jun 3, 2013 8:02 PM

    @ soflosportsfan and canetic—you say that about your own school but when auburn was getting basked about what happened with miss st,[they were found to be innocent of all allegations] or ohio st and jim tressel… you were probably standing on your pulpit preaching for the ncaa to hammer the mighty SEC. get real. Miami will burn, some miami official put this kid up to it
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    First, When you have fans of the SEC sit there and admit their players get paid with “old money” and then the NCAA investigates a serious matter before throwing out the investigation as innocent in a 1 week investigation when the whole country new papa newton pimped his son. Now the NCAA wants desperately to hammer Miami on allegation of a felon pathological liar who’s claims have mostly been proven to be false.

  8. canetic says: Jun 4, 2013 7:28 AM

    As a Miami fan I could care less about Auburn and Miss St. I don’t even know if Miami has ever played either team. And as a Miami fan I do not like Ohio St. so I hope everything bad that can happen to a football team happens to them. I believe that’s called a rivalry.

  9. thegamecocker says: Jun 4, 2013 8:13 AM

    @canetic

    LOL! The “U” is demonstrating exactly what NOT to do if they want to minimize the punnishment.

  10. noaxetogrind says: Jun 4, 2013 12:09 PM

    @sofla & canetic, please don’t confuse a bungled and poorly done investigation that on legal technecalities may result in Miami walking, with innocence. If you truly believe that then you are in the small minority of people who also think OJ is innocent. I like most on here, don’t know exactly what Miami is guilty of but clearly there was for a long period of time a pervasive culture of inappropriate benefits existed. Some things are not in dispute by anybody including the U, such as football coaches (Aubrey Hill and Clint Hurt being with recruits off campus at a posh boosters mansion on the water). They should have known better and probably did. Hell, Florida fired Aubrey Hill the minute the allegations came out and Aubrey has not said a word because he knew they had grounds. Lastly, I am no defneder of the SEC but do you realize how adolescent you look dragging them into this discussion. They have nothing to do with the Miami case and to the impartial observer it is clearly a case of envy. 7 National Championships in a row speak for themselves on the field. Miami has not won even a conference championship since they joined the ACC.

  11. thegamecocker says: Jun 5, 2013 3:46 PM

    @sofla & canetic

    The SEC has 7 NC in a row and we are primed for more. That is why you hate us….jealousy. And with your 90%+ graduation rate, tell me this: did Ray Lewis graduate? How about Michael Irvin? Melvin Bratton? Alonzo Highsmith? Bubba McDowell? Brian Blades?, et al….

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