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Jermaine Grace retains new counsel, may appeal dismissal
This is the biggest piece of news from yesterday. As the headline says, according to a report by the Miami Herald, LB Jermaine Grace, dismissed from the Miami Hurricanes Football Team in the wake of the internal investigation about his usage of exotic rental cars (Al-Quadin Muhammad was dismissed for this same reason) has retained new counsel, and is evaluating his options.
This ostensibly means he’s evaluating whether or not to appeal the decision that dismissed him just days before the Canes’ season opener against FAMU. And, as noted in the above tweet, the lawyer that Grace has retained is one with experience in this arena. Attorney Jason Stechen represented former UM basketball player De’Quan Jones in his appeal to be reinstated following a season-long ban enacted after the Nevin Shapiro investigation. Stechen won that appeal, and Jones played nearly the entirety of his senior season.
In Grace’s absence, Miami may start all 3 freshmen LBs from the 2016 recruiting class; all 3 are currently listed as the sole or co-starter at their respective positions. Those players — Zach McCloud, Mike Pinckney, and Shaq Quarterman — have a wealth of talent, and are playing in a defense that is familiar to them, but they lack game experience, and could have some on-field growing pains as a result of that.
While it’s too early to tell if Grace will appeal his suspension, it seems as though he’s hired just the right person to help with that appeal, should he decide to move forward with it. And, on a related note, the owner of the exotic car rental agency said that family members of the players paid for their rentals. So, there’s that.
DE Trent Harris joins the growing list of injured players
As if losing the aforementioned Muhammad and Grace to dismissal (and Juwon Young too, but he didn’t even make it to fall camp) wasn’t bad enough, Trayone Gray and Lawrence Cager have been lost for the season due to torn ACLs. That last part, the list of players who will miss time with injury, grew on Tuesday afternoon when Matt Porter of the Palm Beach Post reported that Trent Harris had sustained a broken hand in practice.
Harris, who is now listed as a starter at DE following the dismissal of Al-Quadin Muhammad, will reportedly see a hand specialist on Wednesday. If he were unable to play against FAMU, Demetrius Jackson or freshman Joseph Jackson (no relation) may start at VIPER in Harris’ absence.
Hopefully this injury doesn’t keep Harris out of the lineup for too long
and doesn’t diminish his effectiveness upon his return.
Uniform news: BLACK CLEATS ARE BACK!!!!
Well, you read the headline
This recent makeover of the Miami Hurricanes is exactly what they needed, says our Daniel Tummeley
Miss Mark Richt’s presser pre-FAMU? Good thing we have the transcript for you right here
Need to check out the new, IMPROVED ACC power rankings? Look no further, friend.
There’s (finally) a depth chart for the Canes’ season opener
Need a guide to the games on Thursday and Friday? Our resident odds master John Pickens has you covered.
D.J. Williams and Vince Wilfork had beef as freshmen back in 2000? Say whaaat?! (premium article; subscription required)
Former Hurricane D.J. Williams Recalls Story About Vince Wilfork https://t.co/bv72pNyPwU— InsideTheU.com (@InsideTheU) August 30, 2016
And, lastly, bettors in Vegas seem to be pretty enthusiastic about Brad Kaaya’s 2016 production
Bovada sportsbook says @CanesFootball QB Brad Kaaya going "over" 20.5 TD passes is the most heavily played prop bet in college fb right now.— Greg Cote (@gregcote) August 30, 2016
That’s it for today guys. Be great out there.