UM: Thomas Finnie Leaves Football Team

After being arrested for laptop theft in December, Finnie has parted ways with the UM football program

By David Hill
|  Monday, Jan 7, 2013  |  Updated 7:14 AM EDT
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Thomas Finnie has officially left the Miami Hurricanes football program. The cornerback turned himself into police in December for his role in a laptop theft, and will play football elsewhere in 2013.

Finnie appeared in all twelve games in 2012, his sophomore season, starting six. He recorded 30 tackles, 3 pass breakups and 1 fumble recovery. He lost his starting job to junior Ladarius Gunter midway through the season.

According to the Miami Herald, Finnie has a bond hearing set for January 10. According to a Coral Gables arrest affidavit, Finnie entered a dorm room Tuesday, December 4 and took an Apple computer while the victim and a roommate were present. He was suspended indefinitely by the team after turning himself into police on December 11. Finnie was also charged with marijuana possession over the summer.

Additionally, linebacker Gionni Paul has also left the team. He was the team's third leading tackler in 2012 with 61, 3.5 of which resulted in a loss of yardage. He also broke up two passes and forced a fumble. UM has not commented on Paul's situation, though Paul confirmed his departure on his Facebook page Friday.

The Canes did get some good news over the weekend. After the U.S. Army All-American game on Saturday, defensive end prospect Al-Quadin Muhammad from Don Bosco (New Jersey) Prep announced a commitment to attend UM in the fall. Recruiting service Rivals.com rates him the 97 th prospect in the class of 2013.

"They showed a lot of support, they were hungry," Muhammad said Saturday. "I went to the University of Miami and I visited. They came to see me and they showed a lot of commitment." He chose the Canes over Rutgers, Notre Dame, and Alabama.

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