Miami’s Dewan Hernandez ruled ineligible

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Dewan Hernandez season will continue on as it has for the last two months – as a spectator.

The Miami junior lost his appeal to the NCAA and has been declared ineligible in the latest fallout from the federal investigation into college basketball.

“I disagree with the determination made by the NCAA,” Hernandez’ attorney, Jason Setchen, told the Miami Herald. “In my opinion, they have implied facts and drawn conclusions without sufficient support in the record to justify such conclusions. It is very unfair to Dewan. I am discouraged by the decision. I genuinely believed they’d treat him fairly and reinstate him. Unfortunately, that is not the case.

“Coach [Jim] Larranaga and his staff were very supportive throughout the process. I am grateful that they stood by Dewan.”

Hernandez was mentioned in an email by would-be agent Christian Dawkins, who along with two others was found guilty in a pay-for-play scheme trial, that surfaced as part of the federal investigation.

The 6-foot-11 Miami native had a breakthrough season last year as a sophomore, averaging 11.4 points and 6.7 rebounds per game while shooting 57.6 percent from the floor. Miami has held him out of all competition this year as the NCAA adjudicated his situation.

Miami is 8-4 on the season with three-straight wins after experiencing all four of their losses in succession. The news on Hernandez broke just hours before the ‘Canes’ tipoff with No. 18 NC State.