Things are getting worse before they get better at the University of Miami.
Following a 6-7 season that ended with a 14-0 loss to Louisiana Tech in the Independence Bowl, a disgruntled upperclassmen went to the press to vent his frustrations about the lack of maturity in the locker room, specifically singling out one familiar name, Jarren Williams.
In a report from the Miami Herald, sources confirmed the sentiment shared by an anonymous player — the Miami quarterback is one of many players who care more about partying than football. The evidence could be seen on the field. Williams and a group of players went out partying and missed curfew the night before the Hurricanes lost 30-24 to FIU.
Even though Williams missed curfew, Manny Diaz still let him start against the Panthers. Williams completed 19-of-36 passes for 249 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions. Diaz sent a message to the rest of the team by allowing Williams to play even after he broke rules. It wasn’t the only time that happened.
And the other issue is that a few players felt players could get away with some things without being punished, such as Jarren Williams not showing up for a practice and then playing (off the bench) the following Saturday. One player said there were multiple missteps with Williams regarding maturity.
Williams’ decision-making off the field is about as bad as his decision-making on the field. The player questioned his football IQ and his mental fortitude. All of those reasons are why Diaz is searching the transfer portal for a new quarterback.
You may question the motives of someone who went to the press to anonymously take shots at the quarterback. One thing you cannot deny any longer — Kentucky dodged two bullets when Williams ultimately chose to attend Miami.