The Miami football program made the surprising move to dismiss leading tackler Jermaine Grace and team sack leader Al-Quadin Muhammad from the program after a university investigation revealed the players violated NCAA rules with their use of luxury cars.
However, one man is coming to their defense.
In a statement to the Miami Herald, Juan Caballero, the owner for South Beach Exotic Rentals which was linked to Grace and Muhammad, said he fully cooperated with the university and that he believes the players did nothing wrong.
“[Senior Associate Athletics Director for Compliance] Craig Anderson is the compliance officer who continuously would call and even show up to our place of business asking about information to help him make his case, that these kids were doing something wrong. If we had such information, it would have been provided. However, there has never been a single incident where a player has received preferential treatment or anything of value for free.”
Caballero added it was Grace’s uncle and Muhammed’s cousin that rented vehicles at full price and that Miami players would regularly visit his store for test drives.
You can read the full statement here.
This is certainly an interesting development in the story, but unfortunately, the ‘Canes have already made their decision and are now looking towards this weekend’s season opener.
Miami opens its 2016 campaign on Saturday, Sept. 3 against Florida A&M.