« Jeff Ireland speaks out; Sunday Heat update; Canes, Marlins; Twist to Duper arrest | Main | Notes, quotes, postscripts from Heat's Game 7 win; UM player reports NCAA to police »

Another NCAA twist: UM player goes to Coral Gables police to report NCAA

With his college eligibility now in question, University of Miami defensive end Dyron Dye has brought his issues with the NCAA to the Coral Gables Police Department.

Dye and his attorney, Darren Heitner, on Friday filed an incident report in which Dye alleges being “coerced” by former NCAA investigator Rich Johanningmeier to provide answers that would aid the NCAA’s attempts to confirm incriminating information in its investigation of the UM athletic department.

A spokesperson for the Coral Gables police department said Monday he was unable to immediately say whether the department would investigate the matter.

According to the incident report, which was obtained by The Miami Herald through a public records request, Heitner said Dye met with Johanningmeier – who is now retired – in August 2011 and then met with him a second time, later that day, at the NCAA’s request.

In the report, Heitner said that “prior to the start of the second interview, Mr. Johanningmeier coerced Mr. Dye into providing favorable answers for his investigation.”

Dye, according to Heitner's statement in the incident report, “did not recall specifics of what Mr. Johanningmeier was asking. Mr. Dye stated that he felt intimidated by Mr. Johanningmeier. Mr. Heitner stated that Mr. Johanningmeier threatened Mr. Dye’s football eligibility if he did not cooperate during the interview.”

The NCAA met with Dye for a third time last week to try to resolve inconsistencies between what he said in his second interview with the NCAA in 2011, and what he said in an affidavit that Dye wrote on behalf of Carol City High and former UM assistant coach Aubrey Hill, who has been charged with unethical conduct by the NCAA.

The NCAA could decide to accuse Dye of an unethical conduct violation, which could result in him being suspended or ruled ineligible. The NCAA has not told Dye or his attorneys when it will make a decision.

Dye's attorneys, Heitner and Richard Wolfe, declined to comment about the filing of the incident report.

According to sources, Dye and former UM players Olivier Vernon, Eric Moncur, Randy Phillips and Jacory Harris signed affidavits on behalf of Hill.

Like Dye and Harris, Vernon objected to the NCAA’s interview tactics.

“The NCAA treated us like criminals,” Vernon told The Herald last week.

"When [Johanningmeier] asked the question, he made it seem like he wanted you to answer it as to where you did something wrong," Vernon said. "He flipped it on us… Sometimes you blurt out something that you were pressured into saying. He pressured us a lot more.”

In his affidavit for Hill, Dye said Johanningmeier "continually threatened me if I did [not] comply with him.. I felt intimidated by Mr. Johanningmeier and I was also concerned regarding the possibility of losing my scholarship and athletic eligibility....

"I felt compelled to testify in a manner that would be consistent with the manner in which Mr. Johanningmeier was directing me in order to keep my eligibility…. I feel it is unfair the NCAA has twisted my testimony to use it negatively against coach Hill.”

He added that “I have learned that Mr. Johanningmeier has employed similar intimidating tactics during interviews with student-athletes.”

Harris echoed those sentiments.

Dye said contrary to claims in UM's Notice of Allegations, he did not stay at Hill's home, was not provided meals by Hill including joining him for a meal at Grazie Italian Cuisine; did not get transportation from him "halfway between Orlando and Miami during an unofficial visit."

He also said "to my the best of my knowledge," Hill "did not arrange for Shapiro to pay for bowling, beverages and meals at Lucky Strikes on Miami Beach --- another charge against UM and Hill in the Notice of Allegations.

Johanningmeier, who retired in May 2012, and the NCAA previously were sued for defamation by two former Alabama coaches; a $30 million judgment for one coach was tossed by a court on technical grounds.

And he is also targeted in an ongoing lawsuit by former Mississippi State coach Jackie Sherrill, a suit in which Johanningmeier is accused of knowingly making false claims and using information from a biased Mississippi booster.

(Thanks to my esteemed Herald colleague, Jay Weaver, for his assistance on this story.)

We'll have a Heat post later.

Comments

Feed You can follow this conversation by subscribing to the comment feed for this post.

Miami Penguin

A college education includes more than book learning; we are supposed to absorb life lessons, too.

What is the NCAA teaching student athletes? Nothing particularly good.

Billreef

Funny how all the rats are aquirming now that thye are xcaught in the trap.

Edumacated

@Billreef

At elast i Kan Tipe.... you mush be from the Northern part of FL, hard to type while blowing goats, eh?. UFelon shouldn't throw stones when they themselves live in glass houses. Go troll on another blog and keep hating that Barry gives us the best intel of any writer while UFelony produces more inmates for our prison system.

CB

This looks like little more than a pathetic stunt.

As to the other cases, you mentioned, if by "technical grounds" you mean that the judge threw out the verdict and called it "obviously the result of bias, prejudice and emotions," then sure, it was thrown out on technical grounds. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/11/15/AR2005111501324_pf.html

And perhaps it would serve to note that another judgment in the same matter was thrown out because a judge said it was not supported by evidence. http://blog.al.com/spotnews/2008/04/judge_overturns_verdict_agains.html

It might also have been helpful to note that, according to a Google search, Sherrill's case was filed in 2004. Nearly nine years he's been chasing and hasn't been able to land anything. Trying to tar this guy with other lawsuits people have filed when they got caught is probably not going to save Miami.

NCAA

Booo Hooo says the Convict.

crybaby

Poor boobsie...did he hurt your feelings :(

EddieOvertown

This NCCAA is like the IRA and the Chicago thug politics the executive branch of our government has engaged in.

Tony

The NCAA is a corrupt, frudelant, phony, bloated organization that needs to be torned down immediately. God knows the harm they have caused to many programs over the years running amuck and unaccountable for their actions.

UMcanes

BILLREEF: Don't you have an immediate family member to go impregnate?

UFelony trailor park trash parasite.

You must be a UFelony grad, based on your typing ability....bet you have one big green tooth in the middle of your ugly mouth, too.

You backwoods, Deliverance-type, banjo playing, skid-marks-on-your-underwear skank burger!

joe blow

typical dumb as a box of rocks UM negro.
99.9% of black people in jail claim they are innocent!
"man from NCAA be intimiting me" says dumb negro from UM".
my momma smoke crack and my daddy be shot in drive by shootin.
I be go to Carol City and get a ghetto edumactin then hope to play ball for da U!
sorry suckers!
you will LOSE TO UF AND FSU AGAIN!

Quis

@Joe Blow Now was that really called for? You made every prejudice/stereotypical comment you can possibly make just to say that UM will lose to FSU & UF. SMH it's not really a fair or funny

Quis

I know there's a lot of bold people in the world but i wonder if people would say the things that they say if there names and faces where posted along with comments.

GoodForHim

There is a method to the madness..

Florida Statute 836.05. Threat; extortion.

Whoever, either verbally or by a written or printed communication, maliciously threatens to accuse another of any crime or offense, or by such communication maliciously threatens an injury to the person, property or reputation of another, or maliciously threatens to expose another to disgrace, or to expose any secret affecting another, or to impute any deformity or lack of chastity to another, with intent thereby to extort money or any pecuniary advantage whatsoever, or with intent to compel the person so threatened, or any other person, to do any act or refrain from doing any act against his or her will, shall be guilty of a felony of the second degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082, s. 775.083, or s. 775.084.

Might not go anywhere but somebody needs to stand up against the corrupt ncaa.

Reality Bites

Corrupt NCAA, blah, blah, blah
Threat, extortion, blah, blah, blah
Same old same old
The criminal crying fowl
The CG police should arrest Dye for wasting their time and taxpayer money by filing this absurd police complaint
Big cry baby, did you already complain to your mommy?
The NCAA man is intimidating
He's so scary
it's not fair
These cane criminals need to be put in their place, punishment needs to be handed down once and for all so at least they will stop all the whining and crying. it is pretty pathetic.

al

@ joe blow,,, be a man,,stop typing about negros,,and go up to one in Carol City and speak this way to him,,,to his face,,, I dare you do that!!! You will be on the First 48 Hours....you know this dont you joe blow...this is why you hide behind your computer with these racist remarks!!!

HeHateMe

How is Dye a criminal again? Please explain the logic. Where did he break the law? I think you need to look at the Gators roster to find some. Not here.
But, back to your point; why is Dye a criminal? I'd like to know what law was broken.
I'll wait.

Reality Bites

HeHateMe you misunderstand. My reference to "cane criminals" in my previous post is directed at the University as a whole who allowed Shapiro to run amok unimpeded.
I did say Dye should be arrested for filing a frivolous police report and wasting public resources. But I did not call him a criminal.
None of the players should be held responsible since the coaches and administrators allowed Shapiro free will to roam and spread his slime. The coaches and administrators are the ones to blame. Hence the charge of lack of institutional control.

Reality Bites

BTW there are no criminals on the Gator roster either. Don't be such a petty homer and badmouth other kids just because you thought somebody insulted yours.

TK SWANN

HEY JOE BLOW YOU HAVE A RIGHT TO SAY HOW YOU FEEL!! SO DO I ! F YOU! IF THE GATORS WIN THEN FINE! YOU ARE STILL A RACIST! IF THEY LOSE YOU ARE STILL A RACIST! SO DO US A FAVOR! STFU! GO CANES! GO HEAT! GO DOLPHINS!


HeHateMe

Reality - yeah, you never badmouth our team. Right. I'll defend my team and alma mater the way I should. Thank you.
Did you not say "The criminal crying fowl?" Or am I supposed to try to comprehend your nonsense? And, I believe they would be crying foul, right?
You tell me. Forget Shapiro. You seem to try and link him to us in a round-about way. Eventhough this story is related to Dye, Gables Police and the NCAA. Dye should not be arrested as ANYONE has the right to file a police report.
And, YES, there are criminals on the gator roster. Who's the homer?

green

http://www.newsobserver.com/2013/06/04/2937404/decock-heels-rally-rally-and-rally.html

Not football related, but worth the read anyway -- how North Carolina won a wild NCAA tournament game against FAU.
-- Andrea Adelson

NEIGHBOR FOR NEIGHBOR

green

Herald does cover the Yankees and all NY pro sport teams as well

Posted by: Reality Bites | 06/03/2013 at 04:06 PM

DISTORTED REALITY

green

Aside from the fact there are more Noles and Gator fans combined in Miami than cane fans

Posted by: Reality Bites | 06/03/2013 at 04:06 PM

DISTORTED REALITY

green

I'm not here to "provoke"

Posted by: Reality Bites | 06/03/2013 at 04:06 PM

DISTORTED REALITY

1 2 »

The comments to this entry are closed.