Miami Hurricanes

CHAPEL HILL, NC - NOVEMBER 14:  T.J. Logan #8 of the North Carolina Tar Heels dives into the end zone for a touchdown as Juwon Young #51 of the Miami Hurricanes defends during their game at Kenan Stadium on November 14, 2015 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. North Carolina won 59-21.  (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
Getty Images

Miami suspends LB Juwon Young amidst luxury vehicle questions

4 Comments

Earlier in the day, reports coming out of South Florida indicated that Juwon Young‘s time as a member of the Miami Hurricanes could be coming to an end.  While it’s not at that point yet, there has been one confirmed development on that front.

Early Friday afternoon, UM announced that Young has been indefinitely suspended from the football program.  The only stated reason was the vague “violation of department rules.”

According to a report, the suspension seemingly stems from the university’s investigation into a potential NCAA violation.  From the Miami Herald:

Multiple people inside the UM football program do not expect Young to be on the team this season. One source cautioned that he’s in limbo and it’s still possible he could return but he’s not in a good position.

The matter, according to a source, involved Young gaining use of a luxury vehicle from a car agency. It’s unclear if Young paid for the vehicle or if he intends to.

As for additional specifics for the suspension itself?

The Herald‘s report went on to note that star defensive end Al-Quadin Muhammad is being investigated for his involvement with the same agency; as of now, Muhammad remains an active member of the program.

As UM’s NCAA probation doesn’t end for another four months, the university is looking to get as far ahead of this situation as possible.

Young appeared in 14 games the past two seasons, including 10 in 2015.

Muhammad, a redshirt junior, played in 12 games in 2015, leading the team in both tackles for loss (8.5) and sacks (five).  He underwent a minor surgical procedure in late April to repair an issue in one of his knees.

Looking for ‘more stable program,’ Teko Powell to transfer from Illinois

CHAMPAIGN, IL - NOVEMBER 16: Carlos Hyde #34 of the Ohio State Buckeyes drags tacklers Houston Bates #55 and Teko Powell #93 of the Illinois Fighting Illini at Memorial Stadium on November 16, 2013 in Champaign, Illinois. Ohio State defeated Illinois 60-35.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
Getty Images
Leave a comment

Citing significant coaching turnover during his time in Champaign, Teko Powell has decided to start over on another campus elsewhere.

In a conversation with the Champaign News-Gazette, the defensive lineman (pictured, No. 93) confirmed that he has decided to transfer from Lovie Smith‘s Illinois football program. According to Powell, upheaval on the coaching front triggered his decision to move on from the Illini.

“I had four different head coaches that either recruited me or coached me,” Powell told the News-Gazette. “I’m looking for a more stable program with the last two years of eligibility that I’ll have.”

Powell, as a grad transfer, will be permitted to begin using that remaining eligibility immediately if another FBS program is his landing spot. Per Powell, he’s already received interest from, among others, Kentucky and Miami (Fla.).

After appearing in seven games as a true freshman, Powell played in 10 games as a sophomore in 2013, starting six of those contests. He started the first three games of the following season before he was sidelined with a season-ending foot injury. Thanks to another foot injury sustained during summer camp, he also missed the entire 2015 season.

Those injuries led to Powell being granted fifth and sixth seasons from the NCAA.

Pair of transferring ‘Bama DBs could be headed for the Sunshine State

NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 01:  Maurice Smith #21 of the Alabama Crimson Tide celebrates a stop in the first half against the Ohio State Buckeyes during the All State Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
Getty Images
5 Comments

On the move from Alabama, a pair of former (maybe, in one case) Tide defensive backs could remain in the South to continue their collegiate playing careers.

Earlier this week, al.com reported that senior Maurice Smith (pictured, No. 21) has decided to leave ‘Bama and move on as a graduate transfer. In a subsequent interview with SBNation.com, Smith said he is “highly considering” a transfer to Miami. From the State of the U website:

According to our conversation, Smith loved the outlook of Coach Richt, and already has a relationship with Diaz, from his days at Texas. He felt that Miami was on the “come up”.

However, in a statement attributed to the Smith family, a return to Tuscaloosa is not out of the question. “[Smith] has chosen to entertain options for his senior season of college football… [having] positioned him[self] with the option to either complete his college football career at Alabama, or exercise his graduate-transfer option to play his true Senior season at another institution.”

Oregon, Oregon State and Wisconsin have also reportedly been in play for the defensive back.

One of Smith’s former Tide teammates, Shawn Burgess-Becker, had announced earlier this month his decision to transfer from the school. According to a report from al.com, there’s a “98-percent” chance Burgess-Becker transfers to UCF. The same source added that “[o]ne of the only things that could lead to Burgess-Becker going somewhere other than Central Florida is a scholarship offer from Miami.”

A final, public decision from the rising sophomore is expected to come no later than Friday.

A four-star member of the Tide’s 2015 recruiting class, Burgess-Becker was rated by 247Sports.com as the No. 10 athlete in the country; the No. 24 player at any position in the state of Florida; and the No. 166 prospect overall on that recruiting website’s composite board.

As a true freshman, Burgess-Becker played in 13 games, mainly on special teams. He was credited with three tackles.

Also a four-star recruit, albeit in the Class of 2013, Smith was rated as the No. 9 corner in the country and the No. 84 prospect overall. All told, Smith played in 41 games for the Tide. He started a pair of those contests.

Smith will be eligible to play immediately as a graduate transfer. Burgess-Baker will be forced to sit out the 2016 season, then have three seasons of eligibility remaining beginning in 2017.

Miami defender reportedly leaving Coral Gables

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - NOVEMBER 01:  The Miami Hurricanes huddle during a game against the North Carolina Tar Heels at Sun Life Stadium on November 1, 2014 in Miami Gardens, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
Getty Images
3 Comments

Miami (Fla.) announced Tuesday sophomore James King is no longer part of the Hurricanes football team.

The Palm Beat Post reported he was kicked off the team “for off-the-field conduct.”

King was a three-star recruit from Miami Booker T. Washington High School in the the 2015 class.

He played some special teams early last season but did not record a stat.

Per The Post, he moved to safety during spring practice.

Miami transfer TE Jerome Washington signs with Rutgers

PISCATAWAY, NJ - SEPTEMBER 21: The mascot of the Rutgers Scarlet Knights leads the team onto the field before their game against the Arkansas Razorbacks at High Point Solutions Stadium on September 21, 2013 in Piscataway, New Jersey. (Photo by Rich Schultz /Getty Images)
Getty Images
2 Comments

In mid-April, former Miami tight end Jerome Washington confirmed that Rutgers will be his likely transfer destination.  Three weeks later, Washington stated that his official signing would come “in the next week or two.”

A month later, Washington is officially a Scarlet Knight.

Speaking to nj.com, Washington confirmed that he has indeed signed all of the necessary paperwork and and will report to his new football at the end of this month.  Washington will have to sit out the 2016 season, but would then have two years of eligibility remaining beginning in 2017.

“It feels good,” the tight end told the paper about finally completing the process. “I’m definitely excited to get started and get to work and see what lies ahead of me. I have to sit out the 2016 season. And from what I’ve seen from players that have transferred and have to sit out, you mostly are on like scout team.

“So hopefully my role this year is just to get to work and get better everyday, whether that be on scout team or whatever they ask me to do, and just push whoever I’m going against to play at their best. And I hope they do the same for me.”

Washington, a rising sophomore, appeared in nine games in 2015 for the Hurricanes but did not record a statistic. He arrived at The U by way of Mercer County Community College.

In February, Washington announced that he would be transferring from Miami and continuing his playing career elsewhere.