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Miami has dismissed its top returning pass rusher and leading tackler from 2016 for a violation of NCAA rules, the school announced on Saturday.

Defensive end Al-Quadin Muhammad and linebacker Jermaine Grace will no longer be a part of the Hurricanes’ football program after allegedly receiving impermissible benefits from a rental car agency in South Florida.

“The University of Miami announced today that red-shirt junior Al-Quadin Muhammad and senior Jermaine Grace have been permanently dismissed from the Hurricanes football program for violating NCAA rules,” the statement reads.

“The University will, however, continue their financial aid through graduation. The decision was made in consultation with outside counsel and after discussions with the NCAA enforcement staff. As no staff members or boosters were involved in the violations, the program will not be subject to sanctions and, at this time, the University deems this matter closed.”

Muhammad and Grace were originally under investigation by the university in June while the investigation began. Star offensive playmaker Stacy Coley is also being investigated for his involvement.

Muhammad led the team in tackles for loss (8.5) and sacks (5.0) in 2015 as a redshirt sophomore. Grace recorded 79 tackles in 2015 and was expected to anchor a thin linebacking corps.


Source: CBS Sports / Miami dismisses two returning defensive starters from team after investigation