When the Miami Hurricanes visit Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium on September 1, they will do so without two linebackers who were expected to contribute in the 2014 season. Alex Figueroa and JaWand Blue were dismissed from the team on Tuesday after being arrested on sexual battery charges involving a 17-year-old girl.
According to Andrea Adelson of ESPN.com, Figueroa was the favorite to get the starting strongside linebacker job this season. Last year, he started two games and finished with 17 tackles. Blue was expected to be the second-string middle linebacker, backing up Denzel Perryman, who is the best player on the ‘Canes defense.
Athletic director Blake James:
“Earlier today, I permanently dismissed JaWand Blue and Alexander Figueroa from the UM football team. The University has also suspended the students from school and barred them from all campus facilities while the University conducts an internal investigation and continues to cooperate with local law enforcement. Any allegation of a sexual assault is extremely serious, and the University will not tolerate conduct that threatens the sanctity and safety of our students and our campus. We hold all of our students – especially student athletes – to the highest standards of moral conduct. The University is committed to maintaining a safe campus environment for all.”