Miami defensive end Dyron Dye went to local police because of the NCAA's investigation of the school. (Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)
A University of Miami football player went to the Coral Gables, Fla. police department last week to report that the NCAA tried to coerce him in incriminating the school's athletic department after the NCAA began looking into the school for possible violations, reports the Miami Herald.
Hurricane defensive end Dyron Dye and his attorney Darren Heitner filed an incident report on Friday in which Dye says he was being “coerced” by former NCAA investigator Rich Johanningmeier to provide answers that would aid the NCAA’s attempts to confirm incriminating information in its investigation of the UM athletic department.
Dye has met with the NCAA three times in order to resolve inconsistencies between what he said in his second interview with the NCAA two years ago, and what he said in an affidavit that Dye wrote on behalf of Carol City High and former UM assistant coach Aubrey Hill, who has been charged with unethical conduct by the NCAA.
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According to the incident report, which was obtained by The Miami Herald through a public records request, Heitner said Dye met with Johanningmeier – who is now retired – in August 2011 and then met with him a second time, later that day, at the NCAA’s request.
In the report, Heitner said that “prior to the start of the second interview, Mr. Johanningmeier coerced Mr. Dye into providing favorable answers for his investigation.”