By Zac Ellis
The ongoing saga involving the NCAA’s case against Miami has taken another bizarre twist: Dyron Dye, a Miami football player, told Coral Gables police that an NCAA official attempted to influence him into implicating the Hurricanes’ athletic department as part of the governing body’s investigation into the school, the Miami Herald reports.
Defensive end Dye and his attorney filed an incident report Friday in which Dye alleged that former NCAA investigator Rich Johanningmeier “coerced” him into providing answers that would aid the NCAA’s case against the Hurricanes. The report stated that the incident occurred in the second of two interviews between Dye and Johanningmeier in August 2011.
According to the police report, obtained by the Herald through an open records request, Dye’s attorney Darren Heitner said that “prior to the start of the second interview, Mr. Johanningmeier coerced Mr. Dye into providing favorable answers for his investigation.”
Dye could not recall specifics of the conversation but did report that he felt “intimidated” and said his football eligibility felt “threatened” by Johanningmeier.