Miami takes the field this afternoon for its annual spring game, and the Hurricanes will do so without a player who’ll be expected to be a key piece of their 2015 offensive puzzle.
Shortly before the game kicked off, Miami announced that Joseph Yearby has been suspended for the spring finale. According to the team, it was for a violation of unspecified team rules.
According to Susan Miller Degnan of the Miami Herald, the suspension involves allegedly breaking curfew so that the running back could be in attendance at a life-altering event:
I was told by my source, but not by UM, that Yearby was suspended for breaking curfew last night.
I was told he was there for the birth of his baby, but I did not have that confirmed and I don’t know when the baby was born.
It seems incomprehensible that Yearby would be suspended for attending the birth of his child, but we’ll just have to await Al Golden‘s postgame talk with the media and see if he offers any further explanation to the report.
Last season as a true freshman, Yearby was second on the team with 509 yards rushing. He also added eight catches for 118 yards and a touchdown coming out of the backfield.
With Duke Johnson‘s early departure for the NFL, Yearby will get the opportunity to be the bell cow for the Hurricanes’ ground game.
UPDATED 2:52 p.m. ET: And now a little bit more of the rest of the real story.
Yearby did indeed become a new father recently… over the winter. Becoming a new parent, however, had nothing to do with the suspension; instead; it was breaking curfew last night that sidelined the back.