'The University of Miami has informed football player Dyron Dye that he will no longer be a member of the Miami football program,'' a statement from Miami said. ''Given the totality of the circumstances and unresolved issues regarding the NCAA investigation, the University has decided to move ahead.''
"The team decided that it doesn't want Dyron to be a member because they determined he would be too much of a distraction," said Darren Heitner, Dye's attorney. "The one nice thing is that it won't affect his aid. But as far as his future playing for the University of Miami, that door's closed."
Our take: We certainly wish the young man well. It is sad that the repercussions of the Shapiro scandal continue to affect the roster. Dye's exact role in the story remains unclear. Dye met with NCAA investigators 3x since the Shapiro scandal broke and there were questions about the consistencies of his responses. The NCAA also alleged that Dye received nightclub access, a strip-club trip, bowling trips and meals, all provided by Shapiro during the recruiting process. Certainly going forward, breaking ties with the team was the best for all parties involved.
From a football standpoint, however, Dye never did find his footing. Dye had injured his right Achilles' tendon in spring practice and his readiness for the season was in doubt. He spent the majority of his career switching between offense and defense, finishing with 4 catches for 48 yards as a TE. Dye never did live up to his promise as the pass rushing DE that UM recruited him to be.