A report from The Miami Herald’s Barry Jackson published on Sunday detailed significant issues within Miami's culture. Immaturity issues included players supposedly being more focused on partying than playing, with some breaking curfew before the 14-0 bowl loss to Louisiana Tech.
Jackson’s report says players took advantage of Miami’s drug policy, which does not call for suspensions for first violations.
Freshman quarterback Jarren Williams was one of the players accused of immaturity. He was said to have even skipped a practice. Williams’ immaturity is reportedly one of the reasons why a transfer may be welcomed. The University released the following statement.
“The University of Miami has one of the strongest institutional drug testing policies in all of college athletics,” the UM athletic department told The Miami Herald in response to an inquiry last week. “Testing is outsourced to, and conducted entirely by, an independent entity that has no other affiliation with Miami Athletics.
“Any football student-athletes who violated the institutional drug policy this past season were penalized in accordance with the institutional policy. Any University of Miami coach has the authority to strengthen the drug testing policy for his or her respective sport.”
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).