Ray-Ray Armstrong University of Miami football player dismissed from team

CORAL GABLES -- The controversial career of Ray-Ray Armstrong is officially over at the University of Miami.

The school announced the star safety's dismissal from the Hurricane football program in a news release Wednesday morning. The statement said Armstrong had the option to remain at the university under scholarship or transfer with a full release of his scholarship.

Armstrong's tenure at Miami included big expectations and a few suspensions. He missed the first four games of the 2011 season as a result of dealings with rouge booster Nevin Shapiro. A separate suspension took Armstrong out of last year's game at Florida State for another violation.

The disciplinary actions dampened preseason hype following a big 2010 season. Armstrong made 66 tackles and had three interceptions as a sophomore, but started just one game in 2011. He collected 34 tackles and an interception in his lone start against Duke.

That didn't dampen expectations for this season. Armstrong was named to the Bednarik Award watch list on July 9, but the school never issued a news release to announce his inclusion.

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