MIAMI GARDENS, FL - NOVEMBER 25: Miami Hurricanes head coach Al Golden looks on during a game against the Boston College Eagles at Sun Life Stadium on November 25, 2011 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
So, Ray-Ray Armstrong and his attorney Matt Morgan are saying that they plan to file an injunction asking a judge to reinstate him at the University of Miami, and to the football team in particular. As we explained already today, the logic behind their argument is blatantly weak. No judge is going to invalidate the notion of "team rules."
But what if Armstrong, his family and his attorney have no intention of actually filing an injunction? What if they know they have no legal ground to stand on? What if, instead, they're merely trying to leverage Armstrong back onto the team?
Ray-Ray's attorney is asking a judge to put Armstrong back on the Miami football team if until the NCAA rules that he committed an NCAA violation. If, as Armstrong's attorney claims, Miami offered up Armstrong as a proverbial sacrificial lamb, they did so to stay in the NCAA's good graces. They also did so for publicity purposes, to show that Al Golden and his regime are serious about NCAA rules enforcement, and that they won't tolerate anyone even dancing around the edges of breaking an NCAA rule. Miami doesn't need the perception that its players are still openly flaunting the NCAA rulebook.
Armstrong's family and Armstrong's attorney are implicitly offering UM the following deal: put Ray-Ray back on the team, and we'll let this all be swept under the rug. If not, we'll take you to court, and air out our dirty laundry (and maybe more). I don't think Al Golden and the Miami football program are going to blink, but the Armstrongs may think it's worth a shot.