Posted: 6:33 pm Friday, May 23rd, 2014
By Anthony Chiang
Louisville football signee Sharieff Rhaheed-Muhammad did not expect to hear the news that he would not be playing for the Cardinals.
The University of Louisville will terminate the former Fort Pierce Central linebacker’s national letter of intent.
“We were just shocked,” Fort Pierce Central coach Josh Shaffer said. “We did not expect it at all. As far as we knew, he was geared to get started for college football.”
Rhaheed-Muhammad’s status with Louisville was unknown after he was arrested on Feb. 24 on a felony charge of lewd and lascivious behavior involving a victim between the ages of 12 to 16. It was later decided that he would be charged as a juvenile rather than as an adult.
“Sharieff Rhaheed-Muhammad will not attend the University of Louisville,” Louisville said in a statement. “At this time, we believe this is the right decision in the best interest of the University and the athletic department. “
The three-star linebacker was sentenced to complete 50 hours of community service and was put on probation until he turns 19 on May 20, 2015. The judge did give him permission to transfer his probation out of state.
Now, Rhaheed-Muhammad will need to look for a new spot to play college football.
“We’re going to see if anything is available or if anybody has any late money or scholarships available,” Shaffer said. “Maybe, he could go to a prep school or a junior college.”
About the Author
Anthony Chiang began his writing career in Gainesville at the University of Florida’s student-run newspaper. At The Independent Florida Alligator, he covered the school’s golf, volleyball, baseball, and football teams. The Miami native has also written for the Sun Sentinel and MLB.com, following the Tampa Bay Rays.