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Juan Caballero, the owner for South Beach Exotic Rentals, said that the company never offered improper use of vehicles to dismissed Miami redshirt junior DE Al-Quadin Muhammad and senior LB Jermaine Grace.

In a statement provided to the Miami Herald, Caballero not only denied improperly offering the pair of Hurricanes vehicles, he actually provides details as to each player in this situation. He told the Herald that Muhammad's cousin rented the vehicle that Muhammad was spotted in after a game last season, "as [the cousin has] for many years." As for Grace, Caballero said that his uncle rented him a vehicle. Both players were dismissed over the weekend due to perceived violations of NCAA regulations regarding improper benefits. Caballero said that "there has never been a single incident where a player has received preferential treatment or anything of value for free."
Aug 29 - 1:25 PM

Due to academic issues, Miami freshman WR Dionte Mullins has yet to gain admission to the university.

"[Mullins is] still working. He's not out of it," said HC Mark Richt. He also indicated that he expects the 5-foot-11, 179-pounder to be with the team this year, though. Mullins might be nearing the light at the end of the academic tunnel. That would be a nice beat for the Hurricanes, as he ranked as ESPN 300's No. 92 overall prospect for the 2016 cycle.
Aug 27 - 7:52 PM

Miami senior WR Stacy Coley's status with the university remains uncertain due to his potential involvement with a luxury car rental service.

A pair of key Hurricane defenders in Al-Quadin Muhammad and Jermaine Grace were dismissed from the program on Saturday due to this luxury car scandal. Coley was reportedly being investigated for his potential role in the situation as of August 20, but at least for the time, he remains with the university. In the same breath, though, Coley has not yet been cleared to play in the season-opener against Florida A&M next weekend. If the university moves against him in the form of a dismissal, that would be a painful blow for a Miami offense that is working to rebuild its skill-position talent.
Aug 27 - 3:25 PM

Miami dismissed redshirt junior DE Al-Quadin Muhammad and senior LB Jermaine Grace.

The dismissals stemmed from an investigation into the use of luxury cars from a rental company. In a statement, HC Mark Richt said, "The decision [to dismiss Muhammad and Grace] was made in consultation with outside counsel and after discussions with the NCAA enforcement staff." The only true positive here is that Miami will not be facing sanctions over the situation. Muhammad and Grace are both legitimate losses, as Muhammad produced 54 tackles (8.5 for loss), five sacks and a forced fumble last season while Grace led the team with 79 tackles.
Aug 27 - 1:42 PM

Pro Football Focus only sees Miami junior QB Brad Kaaya as the No. 5 draft-eligible quarterback.

Pro Football Focus' Steve Palazzolo placed Kaaya -- seen by some as a top-five overall candidate -- behind Luke Falk and Baker Mayfield. "He works through progressions quickly and he’s not afraid of making tight-window throws which are often followed by impressive ball placement," Palazzolo wrote. The analyst has questions about Kaaya's arm strength. "As impressive as some of his throws are, he’ll come back with others that miss by a mile," Palazzolo wrote. "If we can see an uptick in arm strength, and better throw for throw consistency, Kaaya will start to look like the first round prospect many have projected for him."
Aug 25 - 7:02 PM

LSU redshirt freshman transfer T George Brown has enrolled at Miami.

Brown will sit out the 2016 season. The tackle's father seemed to hint that Brown's transfer was due to playing time. He will have three more years of eligibility remaining, starting in 2017.
Source: Scout
Aug 25 - 11:04 AM

The Palm Beach Post's Matt Porter reports that Miami redshirt sophomore DT Gerald Willis has been issued a one-game suspension due to a violation of team rules.

Porter wasn't privy to what, exactly, pushed Willis into HC Mark Richt's doghouse. The 6-foot-2, 280-pounder initially joined the Hurricanes as a transfer from Florida prior to last season. He ranked as ESPN 300's No. 42 overall prospect for the 2014 cycle. Miami opens the 2016 season against Florida A&M, so they should be able to survive the absence of the talented defensive lineman.
Aug 23 - 1:41 PM

LSU redshirt freshman T George Brown plans to transfer.

"He felt better to go with another staff and go play somewhere else," Brown's father said. The move is likely playing time related, as Brown was listed as the second or third string tackle. No schools were mentioned in the announcement.
Aug 23 - 10:58 AM

ESPN's Todd McShay noted that Miami junior QB Brad Kaaya "can really excel in a precision/timing-based offense."

McShay ranks Kaaya as his No. 2 draft-eligible quarterback, just behind Clemson's Deshaun Watson. "Decisive with his full-field reads," the analyst writes, "Kaaya showed very good accuracy on short-to-intermediate throws and consistently made good pre-snap decisions [last season]." A year ago, the 6-foot-4, 209-pounder threw for 3,238 yards (61.2% completions) with a 16/5 TD/INT ratio. His yardage total and completion-percentage both showed slight bumps from his 2014 freshman campaign, but his TD/INT ratio took a noticeable step back from the 26/12 mark he posted two years ago. With more stability on the coaching front this season (sorry, Al Golden), 2016 should serve as a key developmental year for the gunslinger's NFL prospects.
Aug 21 - 12:57 PM

The Miami Herald's Barry Jackson reports that Miami is investigating senior WR Stacy Coley's potential role in a scandal involving luxury vehicles.

Per Jackson, Miami is investigating whether Coley was one of the players "who might have used cars from a South Beach luxury car rental agency, in exchange for future promises." In addition to Coley, the Hurricanes are also looking into the potential involvement of Al Quadin Muhammad and Jermaine Grace, here. The NCAA has yet to stick their grubby little hands into this pot. Juwon Young has already been indefinitely suspended in relation to Miami's probe. In-game suspensions for Coley and company are still possible depending on how the investigation plays out.
Aug 20 - 5:25 PM

Miami junior RB Trayone Gray suffered a serious knee injury and will miss the entire 2016 season.

Gray was low on the Hurricanes loaded backfield depth chart, but we know how much Mark Richt likes to use his running backs. Mark Walton and Joseph Yearby appear to be the top two options at the position heading into the season. Over two seasons, Gray rushed for 169 yards and three touchdowns on 29 carries.
Aug 17 - 8:23 AM

Miami junior QB Brad Kaaya completed 16-of-19 passes for 258 yards, a touchdown and an interception in the team's first August scrimmage.

The interception went for a pick-six, but according to HC Mark Richt, Kaaya "did exactly what I asked him to do" on the play in question, adding "that's on me." A reminder that it is August for everybody, not just the players. Richt noted that Kaaya has been "very, very solid" through the early portion of camp. While the 6-foot-4, 209-pounder has drawn his fair share of draft buzz, Pro Football Focus' Steve Palazzolo believes he needs to improve his overall consistency if he is to warrant a first-round selection in 2017 (should he declare at the end of his junior campaign).
Aug 10 - 1:44 PM

Miami received a verbal commitment from four-star 2017 CB Trajan Bandy.

"The coaches at Miami are all genuine," Bandy said. "It’s been real with them since day one. They broke it down for me and told me that they really need help. They told me I was a priority." The 5-foot-10, 178-pounder might only just be committing to the Hurricanes, but he admitted that he has known "for a while" that Miami could well end up his landing spot. Bandy ranks as Rivals' No. 118 prospect for the 2017 cycle.
Source: Rivals
Aug 9 - 3:53 PM

Miami HC Mark Richt noted that freshman WR Ahmmon Richards has been taking on a heavier workload in practice than freshman WR Sam Bruce.

Richt relayed that because Richards has been on-campus for more time than Bruce, he is naturally a step ahead of his fellow frosh. While Richards might have an inside edge in terms of learning the playbook and the like, Richt sees both young men as intriguing options at receiver. "I think they've got talent," he said. "They’ve got some great physical speed. Their ball skills, they’re still learning, but they caught the ball well today." Stacy Coley and Braxton Berrios are already holding down starting jobs, leaving Bruce and Richards to battle it out as potential deep threats for QB Brad Kaaya.
Aug 8 - 3:00 PM

Freshman four-star WR Ahmmon Richards is already seeing "a lot" of work with Miami's first team offense.

The Hurricanes are looking for a second outside receiver in three receiver sets. Stacy Coley is one, and Braxton Berrios likely sticks to the slot. "He’s doing a really good job knowing what to do," Richt said of Richards. We know Brad Kaaya is one of the nation's best passers, and it is only a positive that Richards is seeing this much playing time early in his career.
Aug 8 - 11:44 AM


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