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UM Hurricanes DE Muhammad suspended for season -- no longer enrolled

University of Miami defensive end Al-Quadin Muhammad is no longer enrolled at Miami, as he has been suspended for the season and will not be allowed to play football  or attend classes for the fall semester of 2014, a UM spokesperson said Friday afternoon.

UM will allow him to return to school next semester, if he chooses, but it is not yet known if Muhammad will do that or transfer to another school.

     “Al-Quadin Muhammad is not currently enrolled for the fall semester and will not be participating in athletics,’’ UM spokesperson Margot Winick said.

 Muhammad is being punished for a confrontation with a roommate that left the roommate with a broken nose, according to two sources with direct knowledge of the situation. The incident happened several months ago, and the former roommate has since graduated.

The UM football staff isn't happy with this decision, according to two sources. 

 The decision was made by the UM administration, not the athletic department. 

Muhammad told UM that he hit the roommate in self-defense, according to a UM athletic department employee, who said there were conflicting statements when witnesses were interviewed.

UM coach Al Golden held Muhammad out of UM's first two games.

"He's sorely missed,'' Golden said Tuesday. "He's a great kid. He's one of our leaders. He's a competitor. So, again, it's a difficult situation and we're all just letting it run the proper course or proper channels if you will.''

  On Wednesday, Golden added that he would not play Muhammad until there was a resolution of the situation.

Muhammad, 6-4 and 242 pounds, was a four-star prospect coming out of Don Bosco High in New Jersey, rated the nation's No. 3 weakside linebacker prospect. He played in all 13 games and had eight tackles and two sacks as a freshman.

If Muhammad chooses to return to UM, he would have three seasons of NCAAA eligibility remaining. The 2014 season would count as a redshirt year. 

He's the second four-star prospect UM has lost this week (with Muhammad, at least for a semester). Safety Kiy Hester transferred to Rutgers because of a family medical issue.

 

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