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Rios suspended indefinitely, Spence honored

BANKUNITED CENTER -- The University of Miami has suspended backup point guard Eddie Rios indefinitely for a violation of team rules according a statement released by the school. The announcement was made an hour before Tuesday night's primetime showdown with Ohio State.

Eddie_riosRios, a 6-1 sophomore from Miami High, started UM's first four games this season in place of an injured Lance Hurdle. But he returned to the bench Saturday in Miami's 79-65 win over Stetson. He played 11 minutes against the Hatters, finishing with six points. Rios had started the season with high expectations, telling reporters before the start of the season this was going to be a great year for him. It started like it. He scored a career-high 17 points in the opener against Florida Southern. But his minutes began to dwindle when Hurdle returned as a backup on the team's trip to the Paradise Jam.

Rios came to Miami with plenty of fanfare. He won a state title as a sophomore and was considered one of the nation's top prospects. He committed to Miami as a junior.

I had received a bogus email earlier in the afternoon, a story that quoted coach Frank Haith talking about a suspension. When I called UM, they said the article was bogus. Haith is supposed to address the issue after the game.

> Not all the news out of The U is bad tonight. Freshman Sean Spence was awarded the ACC's Defensive Rookie of The Year. Even though Spence failed to even earn honorable mention when the ACC released its all-conference team on Monday, Spence earned one of the highest honors of the year.

Sean_spenceSpence finished third on the team during the regular season with 62 total tackles and led all Miami linebackers with 7.5 tackles for loss. He started eight of the 12 games he played in. Spence returned his first career interception for a touchdown against Florida State and forced a fumble in the final minutes of regulation at Virginia which helped the Hurricanes to an overtime win. He posted a career-high 10 tackles against Florida State and had five or more tackles in eight games.

“I really wasn’t expecting it, but it’s a tremendous honor to win the award,” Spence said in a statement released by the school. “Coach [Randy] Shannon and coach [Micheal] Barrow gave me an opportunity to get on the field, and all the hard work paid off.”

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Not good news...

GO CANES BEAT OSU!!!

MANNY...U blogging the game LIVE?

Gotta love those lawless renegade thug Canes. Different sport, same lack of respect. Shut it down.

Beat the Schmuckeyes!

Congrats Sean. Love the way you play and we look forward to seeing you dominate for the next few years.

I think it is a great honor for Spence and the team. I know we went 7-5 but honestly that is exactly the record most of us knew they were going to earn going in to the season. Players like this are hard to find and I am glad we were able to land him and that entire class last year. Whatever bowl we go to it will be another showcase of our young talent. Teams are taking notice of the canes again. The tradition is still alive and Coach Randy will make us all proud again.

I am just thankful we are in a position to go to a bowl we have several prospects here on the west coast, If they go to San Fran to play in The Emerald City bowl alot of players will get a chance to see us play live and in color.

Congrads Sean you deserve it boy

Sean Spence is a beast....beast!!! He's also a pretty articulate guy and my fab Cane player.

Sean Spence Congratulations Son! I have been watching you play since your junior year and I am glad you came to the "U".

McClinton what an incredibly stupid thing to do, this is how you display your leadership and everything you have learned under Coach Haith on National Television. I know your emotions got the best of you, but that was just plain ol' stupid!

Congratulations spence that's big man the scary part is this is guy is going to better

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