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Miami player says race not factor

Quarterback backtracks on accusations

April 30, 2003

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— Miami Hurricanes quarterback Derrick Crudup Jr. backpedaled Tuesday from his allegation that race played a role in the decision to give a teammate the starting job.

Crudup, who is black, his father, coach Larry Coker and quarterbacks coach Dan Werner issued a joint statement indicating they resolved the matter in a meeting Monday.

"We are all in agreement that race was not an issue in deciding the quarterback competition," the statement said. "The Crudups regret that coach Werner was unfairly labeled. Derrick Jr. does not believe coach Werner is a racially biased person, nor does anyone else involved in this situation. ...

"Sometimes when there are issues that are raised, it can make each of us more sensitive to individual differences, and that can be a positive."

The statement said Crudup plans to remain at Miami. He lost out to Brock Berlin in their battle this spring to succeed Ken Dorsey at quarterback. Both Crudup and Berlin will be redshirt juniors next season.

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