Ray-Ray Armstrong, Dismissed By Miami, Drops Plans For Legal Action
Former Hurricanes defensive back Ray-Ray Armstrong reportedly has dropped his plans to seek a legal injunction forcing Miami to take him back. Instead, he will play for Faulkner College (Ala.), an NAIA school.
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Armstrong was dismissed from the team on July 18, which came weeks after speculation that Armstrong would be suspended. Miami's coaching staff was unhappy with the fact that Armstrong discussed "interaction with a booster via Twitter," and eventually opted to dismiss Armstrong from the team.
As recently as last week, Armstrong was considering legal action against the University of Miami that would have allowed him to continue playing with the Hurricanes.
Instead, Armstrong has decided to drop any legal action against Miami, and will play the 2012 season for Faulkner University, located in Alabama. Since Faulkner University is an NAIA school, Armstrong will be eligible to play immediately. Per Schad, Armstrong was told he would be ineligible at an NCAA school.
Former Miami safety Ray-Ray Armstrong is going to ask a Florida court to reinstate him to the Miami Hurricanes. If the case goes far enough, it could strike a blow against the NCAA's patronizing policies against athletes.
Dismissed Miami safety Ray-Ray Armstrong is planning on filing an injunction that would allow him to keep playing for the team, the Miami Herald reported Tuesday night. Armstrong's lawyer points out he was kicked off the team after a handful of incidents but "without the NCAA telling them to" and alleges Miami is using the player "as a sacrificial lamb" to the NCAA.
Miami, you'll recall, is about to get flagellated by the NCAA for the Nevin Shapiro adventure. Armstrong was one of the players named in that investigation early on, so cutting him loose for infractions that may not all have been directly related could be viewed as a burnt offering to the NCAA, if you're of a certain mind.
This logic is also extremely weak. Morgan is attempting to invalidate the notion of "team rules," which seems rather ridiculous on its face. The argument is that the only "rules" that actually exist are those explicitly set forth by the NCAA. Does the NCAA have a rule stating that players must run wind sprints if ordered by coaches? Does the NCAA have a rule stating that players must show up to film sessions? Does the NCAA have explicit rules regarding curfew? Should Maryland players sue so they can wear their hats backwards in the presence of Randy Edsall? You can see how ridiculous this all is.
Of course, there's another set of questions that must be asked. Let's say, for whatever reason, a judge agrees with Morgan's argument and reinstates Ray-Ray. Who then defines Ray-Ray's role on the team? Per Schad, Armstrong wants to use the injunction to begin practicing again with Miami. Who then defines "practice?" (Yes, we talkin' bout practice.) Do Morgan and Armstrong's family think that Al Golden would just install Ray-Ray back into the two-deep? What if Golden decided that what Ray-Ray should be doing at practice is playing catch with the fourth-string quarterback? Is Morgan going to file an injunction stating that Ray-Ray must practice on the first team defense?
Miami football has dismissed perhaps its most recognizable remaining player, safety Ray-Ray Armstrong, the school announced Wednesday morning. This comes on the heels of rumors that he and tackle Seantrel Henderson were to be suspended.
Just days ago, he was named to the Bednarik Award watch list, which goes to the nation's top defensive back after the season. Last year he finished third among Miami's returning defensive backs in tackles, picking off four passes in the last two seasons.
Converted quarterback A.J. Highsmith was listed as next behind Armstrong on the post-spring depth chart.
The exit continues another rough offseason for the Canes, which sort of began when multiple players were suspended last offseason due to the Nevin Shapiro ordeal. A mass exodus of NFL Draft early declarations and now this, and Miami's depth is becoming a bigger concern by the news item.