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Georgia Tech Vs. Miami: Oliver Vernon Back From Suspension For Canes

The Hurricanes star missed six weeks due to his involvement with disgraced booster Nevin Shapiro.

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Miami defensive end Oliver Vernon is returning for the Hurricanes game against Georgia Tech after a six-week suspension. He missed the first six games for accepting improper benefits from former Miami booster Nevin Shapiro, which were revealed in a controversial Yahoo! story over the summer.

Coming into the season, Vernon, a 6'4 265 junior, was expected to a key contributor for first-year coach Al Golden. As a sophomore, he was one of the Hurricanes defensive standouts, getting six sacks and 10.5 tackles for loss.

Miami has struggled to a 3-3 start to the season, partially the result of the chaos surrounding the program in the wake of Shapiro's allegations and partially the result of a tough non-conference schedule that featured only one non-BCS team (Bethune-Cookman).

They will be at full strength for the first time this year against Georgia Tech, as Vernon is the last player returning from suspension this season.

For more information on Miami, check out the SBNation blog The 7th Floor, and for the latest on Georgia Tech, check out the SBNation blog From The Rumble Seat.

Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.