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Former Hurricanes WR Michael Irvin won’t face sexual assault charges

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Former Miami Hurricanes WR Michael Irvin received word that he won’t have to face sexual assault charges. This has to do with an allegation that improprieties took place at a March 22nd encounter at a hotel in Ft. Lauderdale.

A report was filed that a 27 year old woman accused Irvin of drugging her at the W Hotel and sexually assaulted her. A charge that Irvin vehemently denied. According to Irvin’s lawyer Ken Padowitz, the prosecutors are dropping the charges because of lack of evidence.

Here’s what his lawyer had to say:

“Michael is extremely happy that the truth has come out and it shows the full investigation supports what he’s been saying all along…He’s innocent, justice has been done and the case is closed.”

The news is not only good for Irvin, who won’t have to face a court room, it’s also great for the entire University of Miami program, considering Irvin is a huge ambassador for the team. His son Michael Irvin II is currently on the team where he plays tight end.

Irvin spoke with the Miami Herald this weekend, where Miami held their annual Paradise Camp, where 200 top football players across the country show up to be coached by former Hurricane greats.

Here’s what Irvin said on Saturday about the camp:

“These young guys, all of us together, each guy lined up –Vince Wilfork, Jonathan Vilma, Jon Beason, all those guys – [and these recruits] heard of those guys. They know. Being in that room, you could see their eyes. You could see their eyes light up, you know, at what they have an opportunity to be part of.

Just being here, I love it. Just being here, I think it is important. Somebody said something in the room today, ‘You talk about all these other places. You go and dominate those places [but] you’re not going to eat up there. …This is Miami. You come be a part of something. You dominate here, you joking? You own Miami? We ain’t talking about owning no Tupaloo [Tuscaloosa] somewhere. This is Miami. There is no greater place to own. When you turn in and do it here, you dominate here, you own the world.”

Having Irving being cleared of charges is certainly a good thing for Miami. Mark Richt has done a much better job that his predecessors of incorporating the former players with the current program. Irvin who has never relented from pushing Miami athletics, certainly seems far more engaged than in recent years. It’s good to see Richt creating a clear mechanism to get the old guys back connected to the program. It was something Al Golden wasn’t particularly good with. When it comes to recruiting, it helps out tremendously.

 

 

Born in the Nation’s Capital, Washington D.C., Ari Russell watched the rise of the 1980’s Miami Hurricanes and knew that he had to be part of the “U” someday. After graduating from Coral Gables, Ari rose through the ranks of the former XM Satellite Radio and then Sirius/XM as college football executive producer. He later spent 2 seasons as the publisher of the website “Beyond U Sports” focusing on major college football/basketball. Ari brings a great perspective on everything Miami, including the Dolphins to F.F.I.

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Former Canes coach Golden apparently ready for trial against school

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Former Miami Hurricanes head coach Al Golden is apparently about to have his day in court, while trying to recoup what he says is multi-millions of dollars that the University still owes him from firing him 5 years ago.

Miami Herald writer and columnist Barry Jackson had more on Monday evening that there apparently will not be a settlement by the school with the man that coached them for parts of five seasons in the 2010s.

Golden is seeking in excess of $3 million for what he says is compensation per his contract that he was owed when Miami terminated him in October of 2015 after a humiliating 58 – 0 lost to Clemson. The University says that Golden has been paid what the contract required.

As Jackson reported, there have already been depositions on both sides, including with Miami athletic director Blake James. And both James and Golden will be testifying in the civil suit about what went wrong and how it has not been rectified for almost three years, since the dispute started.

Golden came to Miami after having turned around the Temple football program, but only went 32 – 25 in his four plus seasons. He contends in a chain of emails that were obtained by the media recently, that the University mislead him about the Nevin Shapiro payment scandal and the punishments that Miami was going to receive for scholarship losses and a bowl ban.

He further contends that he asked for tough opponents like Wisconsin and Michigan State to be pushed back on the Canes schedule early in his tenure, while they were in the middle of the sanctions. However, that  James would not relent, thereby, making it much tougher for Miami to compete and win.

The University has had no comment on the possible suit going to trial. Golden’s lawyer told the media recently that they are anxious to have their day in front of a judge and jury.

Golden has been a position coach in the NFL with the Detroit Lions the last two years. Meanwhile, Miami is still trying to find their footing with coach Manny Diaz coming off a dismal 6-7 season where they lost their last three games. That included a humiliating 14-0 shutout loss to Louisiana Tech in the Independence Bowl.

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Hurricanes name College Hall of Famer Ed Reed Chief of Staff

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The Miami Hurricanes are hoping to reestablish their winning ways, and coach Manny Diaz is starting 2020 by reaching back to a prominent member of their recent past to help them.

Diaz and the school announced Thursday afternoon that former All-American, National Champion and College and NFL Hall of Fame safety, Ed Reed, will be coming aboard as a newly-created “Chief of Staff” position for Hurricanes football:

As the school’s release said, Reed “will be responsible in advisory role of all aspects of the football program including strategic planning, quality control, operations, player evaluation and player Development among other duties.

Diaz said in the statement,

“We are thrilled to welcome Ed back to Coral Gables,” Diaz said. “He is not only one of the most decorated players in Miami football history but also a devoted Cane who cares deeply about this program. All of our players, coaches and staff will be fortunate to tap into his experience, knowledge and passion on a regular basis.”  

This hire comes on the heels of Miami apparently botching the hiring in a similar role of former star RB  from the 80’s Alonzo Highsmith earlier this month. Highsmith negotiated with Diaz and AD Blake James about looking to come back to Coral Gables after having been in a similar role with the Cleveland Browns in the NFL this past year. Alas, they could not agree. Highsmith has since been fired after the Browns fired GM John Dorsey and shook up their front office.

As for the “Chief of Staff” position, numerous college programs, including Clemson Alabama and Georgia have a similar positions to aid and assist the head coach with the day-to-day administration of program.

You cannot find a more decorated Cane willing to help, as Reed was arguably the best safety in college football in the 2000s. Miami posted a 23 – 1 record over his final two seasons (’00-’01) and he was part of the 2001 BCS Championship team that finished 11-1 and destroyed Nebraska in the Rose Bowl.

Reed with a consensus First-team All-American in 2000 and 2001 and set the Hurricanes record for interceptions with 21 before leaving Coral Gables.

Reed was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2018 for his accomplishments.

Reed was later a first-round pick of the Baltimore Ravens in 2002, playing at 11 sasons with them before playing his final year with the Texans and the Jets. He is a former NFL Defensive Player of the Year and was an All-Pro six times. Reed was just inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame year ago.

Read was not quoted in the release by the Hurricanes on Thursday afternoon.

However, he did participate earlier during Super Bowl week in Miami with former Hurricanes legendary coach Jimmy Johnson in a special program from Fox Sports with other famous Hurricane alumni like Michael Irvin.

The program called “The ReUnion” dealt with Miami trying to regain the winning ways and dominance of the 80s and 90s.

Miami stumbled to a 6-6 finish and then was embarrassed to end Diaz’s first season with a 14-0 shutout loss to Louisiana Tech in the Independence Bowl.

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