In what can only be a head scratcher if the rumors are true, Ray-Ray Armstrong and Seantrel Henderson are going to be suspended at best and released from the Miami Hurricanes team at worst. As a huge fan of the Miami Hurricanes I have done my best to ignore the rumors that are floating around, but it seems more comes out by the day and the rumors simply won't die.
According to a report by the Miami Herald, which cited InsidetheU.com, both Armstrong and Henderson are facing possible dismissal from the team for separate infractions. For Armstrong, he supposedly had interaction with a booster via Twitter, which is a definite no-no for the Hurricanes as their new policy on such action clearly spells out. Henderson's infraction was supposedly that he was a day late to the start of his classes.
Both Ray-Ray Armstrong and Seantrel Henderson have checkered pasts with the Canes. Armstrong was suspended for the first four games of last season for his involvement in taking money and benefits from former Canes booster Nevin Shapiro. He was also suspended for a game last season after Tweeting about a dinner he was having with the president of a PR company that works with professional athletes. If the rumors are true about another rogue Tweet then he obviously didn't learn his lesson about using Twitter wisely.
Henderson found trouble with head coach Al Golden in the spring. In fact, he was suspended for the first weekend of spring practice and cannot afford to get back on the bad side of Golden and the rest of the Canes coaching staff.
Trouble for the Team
As a Canes fan I am worried about these possible suspensions for more than one reason. First and foremost, Armstrong and Henderson are good players. So, the Hurricanes losing two of their best players would obviously be a speed bump in their road to a successful 2012 season.
However, what is also concerning me as a fan is how this would affect the rest of the Hurricanes players, especially in the case of Armstrong. In my opinion, he has the opportunity this season to be one of the leaders on defense and possibly for the entire team. But, part of being an effective leader is leading on and off the field.
This is really the last thing the Miami Hurricanes need. Already facing the wrath of the NCAA all Canes players need to be focused and driven. That can only happen when the leaders on the team lead in a positive manner. Although only time will tell, all rumors are now pointing to a possibly disastrous scenario for the Miami Hurricanes.
Jimmy Collins has been a loyal fan of "The U" since he was a child attending games at the original Orange Bowl. Still a resident of South Florida, he attends numerous Miami Hurricanes games each season and enjoys writing about NCAA Football and the Miami Hurricanes in particular.
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