Hey guys. Time to start your day with another installment of Canes News and Notes. Let’s get to it
Al-Quadin Muhammad finds a new home
According to a late-night report by Peter Ariz of CanesInSight.com, dismissed DE Al-Quadin Muhammad has found a new home.
Some late breaking news. Former Miami Hurricanes defensive end Al-quadin Muhammad is headed to Hampton University - https://t.co/G67u70hR77— Peter Ariz (@PeterAriz) September 8, 2016
Muhammad, once a U.S. Army All-American and high 4-star recruit coming out of Don Bosco Prep in 2013, is moving to Hampton University. A storied Historically Black College (HBCU), Hampton’s football team was a 6-5 outfit in 2015, and opened 2016 with a 54-21 loss to Old Dominion.
As for his playing status, Muhammad has yet to be ruled ineligible by the NCAA. And, per the above report, Muhammas is hopeful he’ll be able to play right away for Hampton in 2016.
Regardless of his playing status moving forward, this ends another star-crossed Miami career for a talented player. Muhammad has all the talent in the world, but has been unable to translate that potential into production. Between missing the 2014 season after an altercation with a former roomate, to various social media incidents, to the Car Rental saga that led to his dismissal, Muhammad has a long string of stories at Miami, each one more questionable than the last.
While sad that he won’t be able to do it at Miami — through his own actions, to be sure — I hope Al-Quadin Muhammad is able to put it all together at Hampton. I’m pulling for him, and regardless of the fact that he’s no longer on the UM team, I’m hopeful that he’ll get his act together sooner rather than later.
Seantrel Henderson Facing Suspension by the NFL
Happy news today, right? Former UM OL Seantrel Henderson of the Buffalo Bills has reportedly been suspended for 4 games for violation of the NFL’s substance abuse policy.
Bills' OT Seantrel Henderson is facing a four-game suspension for violating substance abuse policy, per NFL source. Under appeal.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 7, 2016
Bills' OT Seantrel Henderson's pending substance-abuse suspension is related to a treatment he received for his Crohn's disease.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 7, 2016
As you can see in the above tweet, Henderson has been battling Crohn’s Disease. This disease is a gastrointestinal disorder and can be severely debilitating. Earlier this offseason, Henderson had more than 2.5 feet of his intestines removed in an effort to combat the disease. Matt Porter of the Palm Beach Post wrote this very good story about Henderson’s battle with Crohn’s Disease.
Moving back to Henderson’s current suspension (one that he’s fighting, by the way), the latest report is that he tested positive for Marijuana he was prescribed to combat the symptoms of his Crohn’s Disease.
Seantrel Henderson was suspended for 4 games for reportedly using marijuana to treat Crohn’s disease: https://t.co/aucC2G2hY1— SB Nation (@SBNation) September 8, 2016
From the above linked SBNation piece: “Medicinal marijuana is a common treatment for the inflammation that comes with Crohn’s as an alternative to corticosteroids. The tricky nature of Henderson’s appeal is that he used a banned substance to treat a challenge that other players don’t have to face, and he did it with an alternative to steroids.”
If you remember, Henderson was suspended 3 times in his time at The U, each instance directly related to Marijuana. Henderson told NFL teams as much during the vetting process prior to the 2015 NFL Draft. I think that it’s readily apparent that this instance is decidedly different than those.
While I’m sure he’s happy that his battle with Crohn’s is going well at this time, Henderson’s case is an interesting and unique one in terms of his potential NFL suspension, and the foundation of his appeal. We’ll see where this goes in the coming days.
Some good stuff in case you missed it yesterday:
Want another highlight video of Miami’s awesome rushing day vs FAMU? Of course you did. ACCDN has just the thing for you
#TheU has never had a shortage of good running backs— ACC Digital Network (@theACCDN) September 7, 2016
What does FAU like to do on defense and how can Miami attack it? The latest installment of Clinic Talk has the answers you’re searching for.
Mark Richt joined the ACC Coaches Teleconference. Here’s a nice recap of what he said.
The Sunshine State 7, week 2. Here’s how we think the Football Teams from Florida schools stack up after their season openers.
Which Recruit Commitment videos are the best? Blain Bradley breaks it all down for you in this new Recruiting Radar.
Speaking of recruits, you should check out this piece that Peter Ariz put together on CanesInSight highlighting some of the best plays of the early season by 2017 commits. Really good stuff.
Film Room Video: Check out the best of Miami 2017 recruits' senior seasons https://t.co/IfgdHZAcwM #Canes @Canesinsight— Peter Ariz (@PeterAriz) September 7, 2016
Jerry joined our SBNation brothers over at Underdog Dynasty for a little Q&A action ahead of the FAU game. Check it out.
Speaking of the FAU game, here are some stats and trends for you to know, courtesy of Canes Football
Take a look at some before Saturday's matchup between the Owls and the Canes #BeatFAU pic.twitter.com/I1fIEcTySg— Canes Football (@CanesFootball) September 7, 2016
And, lastly, if you’re looking ahead to next week’s game at Appalachian State (you know we’re going there, right?), here’s a betting-line/spread tidbit from Andy Slater of WINZ
Canes will open -6.5 at Appalachian St. if both teams win as expected this weekend, Wynn sportsbook director tells me.— Andy Slater (@AndySlater) September 7, 2016
I know we’re focused on FAU for now, but just keep that above tweet in your mind for the future.
That’s it for today’s roundup. Be sure you check back later for all the great stuff we have coming for you later on in the day.