University of Miami redshirt freshman quarterback N’Kosi Perry has been reprimanded for posting a video on social media that shows him in a car with wads of money on his lap.
The video, posted Thursday and then circulated on Facebook, was removed from social media.
Coach Mark Richt said Monday afternoon during his weekly news conference that the issue “has been addressed’’ internally and that Perry is eligible to play Friday night at Boston College.
“I saw that,’’ Richt said of the video, stressing that it was inappropriate. “It’s been addressed. It was not very mature, obviously.
“He didn’t break any laws. He didn’t break any NCAA rules. He’s in good standing, but the image is not good. He’s just got to be more mature and more wise in what he does, so I didn’t like it.
“He knows that it’s not a very wise thing to do. Like I said, it’s been addressed. No rules have been broken.”
Richt was asked if he had looked into where the money came from to make sure there were no NCAA violations.
“We covered our bases,” Richt replied.
Added the coach: “It’s a learning experience. College is a learning experience. Guys are human. Guys make mistakes.
“I think if everybody was really honest with themselves and kind of looked back at the time when you were that age, if everybody knew everything you did, there’d probably be some embarrassing moments. But the quarterback position, I expect more. We’re going to demand more.”
Richt also said that players are “constantly’’ reminded about the do’s and don’ts of social media.
Thousands of comments were posted on social media platforms and message boards regarding the Perry video, which was identified with the word “Ocala’’ on it. Another male who is not believed to be a player was shown with Perry in the video. Players were given off Thursday, Friday and Saturday, as the Canes did not play this past weekend. Perry is from Ocala.
Perry already was suspended for the first game of the 2018 season against LSU for violating team rules.
Fellow redshirt freshman quarterback Cade Weldon is now in the midst of a four-game suspension for violating team rules. Weldon has served two of his four games and still must sit out this Friday night’s Boston College road game and the Nov. 3 Duke game at Hard Rock Stadium.
Richt announced last Wednesday that redshirt senior Malik Rosier, who began the season as the starter, will start at Boston College. The coach also said Perry would play in the game.
When asked Monday about a possible quarterback rotation and if Perry would still play should Rosier be doing well, Richt wasn’t as definitive.
“Am I saying 100 percent he’s going to get in the game? No,’’ Richt said. “But the plan would be for our second-team quarterback to get in the game. And any time that I’ve been coaching, if I’ve got a second-team guy that’s ready enough to get in the game — and is only going to get better with game reps — I want to get that guy in the game if I don’t think he’s going to hurt the team in some way, shape or form.
“I think Kosi has come far enough to at least earn the right to get into the game as the No. 2 right now. Whether or not situation’s right and all that, like I said, we’ll manage all that when it comes.”
Perry’s numbers this season: 50 of 89 for 666 yards and 11 touchdowns, with five interceptions in six games. He has started two games and played most of another against FIU.
Rosier’s numbers: 50 of 96 for 781 yards and five touchdowns, with three interceptions. Rosier also has run for six touchdowns.
The third UM quarterback option is freshman Jarren Williams, a highly regarded former prospect out of Lawrenceville, Georgia. Williams played sparingly against Savannah State, completing one of his three passes for 17 yards. He also ran for a touchdown.
“He’s learning. He’s getting there,’’ Richt said Monday about Williams. “Every time we play a new team, they might add a little wrinkle to their coverage or their blitz or a twist that you’ve never seen before. There’s always something new that you’re putting into your memory bank and he is getting reps. He’s probably getting more reps as a [No.] 3 than I’ve given to a No. 3 quarterback, but I want to see his development — and he is getting better.”