Rush end Al-Quadin Muhammad, a 6-3, 256-pound redshirt sophomore, is suspended for the opening game against Bethune-Cookman, a source told me late Thursday night. Peter Ariz reported his suspension first.
Muhammad is expected to play in the second game, at FAU.
I do not know what Quan did. I can only imagine.
On Wednesday, coach Al Golden was asked if UM had anyone suspended to start the season.
"We do not right now,'' he said. "If there are any suspensions we'll tell you like we do every game. You will be notified in pregame if there's anything... That's our protocol.
"Right now we expect to have everybody.''
I think Al must have been crossing his fingers behind his back.
Curiously, we saw Muhammad in a scout-team jersey last week at the beginning of practice, before he sprinted back into the locker room and came wearing his usual No. 8.
Anyway, Muhammad, who repeated several times when we asked him questions last week, that he just wants to win the Coastal, win the Coastal, win the Coastal, maybe doesn't want to win it as much as he thought.
Quan, by the way, was suspended all last football season -- suspended by the University, actually, and couldn't take classes after getting into a fight after the 2014 spring game. I have no idea whose fault that was, but I did see the police report from another incident last year, and it wasn't pretty.
Muhammad's stats at UM, all in 2013: 13 games, no starts, seven unassisted tackles, one assisted tackle, two tackles-for-loss.
Stay tuned. And see you Saturday.
SUSAN MILLER DEGNAN