Mess in Miami: Report sheds light on UM football's issues with party culture, lax drug policy
When Manny Diaz succeeded Mark Richt at Miami, he declared his program would be “The New Miami.” A report from The Miami Herald shows that not much has changed from the culture recalled in the famous “30 for 30: The U” documentaries, as the Hurricanes are having issues with a “party culture,” a lax drug test policy and supposed-to-be-leaders displaying immaturity.
Herald reporter Barry Jackson notes that sources relayed that “a few players seem more concerned with partying than focusing on football.” Jackson’s article notes that multiple players reportedly broke curfew to go out the night before UM’s game against crosstown rival FIU. The Canes fell to FIU, a Conference USA program, 30-24 on Nov. 23.
The report states that players took advantage of the fact that a player’s first failed drug test did not result in a suspension:
Under UM’s current drug policy, the penalty for a first offense on a failed drug test is 10 hours of community service. The punishment for a second offense is players are withheld from 10 percent of their season’s competition (one game for football) and a third suspension requires missing 30 percent of the season’s games (three or four for football).
As far as on the field, perhaps most concerning is what sources told Jackson about QB Jarren Williams:
And the other issue is that a few players felt players could get away with some things without being punished, such as Jarren Williams not showing up for a practice and then playing (off the bench) the following Saturday. One player said there were multiple missteps with Williams regarding maturity.
Jackson’s report suggests that Diaz will be more of a disciplinarian, potentially implementing a “three-strike” policy, in 2020 and that the Canes will move forward with Williams, N’Kosi Perry, Tate Martell and newcomer Tyler Van Dyke at quarterback if they cannot land a grad transfer.