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Report: Miami, Dewan Hernandez hire attorney in eligibility battle

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MIAMI, FL - NOVEMBER 12: Dewan Huell #20 of the Miami Hurricanes reacts to a play during the second half against the Miami Hurricanes at The Watsco Center on November 12, 2017 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Eric Espada/Getty Images)

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Dewan Hernandez has retained the services of attorney Jason Setchen in an effort to expedite the process of getting cleared by the NCAA, according to a report from the Miami Herald.

Setchen is a long-time advocate for student-athletes, and represented Dequan Jones in a similar matter involving the NCAA in 2011. Jones eventually was cleared.

Hernandez, who was known as Dewan Huell before changing his last name this offseason, was held out of competition due to the potential that he has received improper benefits. Hernandez was one of 19 players that was listed in an email that was sent by Christian Dawkins, a defendant in the first trial stemming from the FBI’s investigation into college basketball.

“We don’t know anything,” Miami head coach Jim Larranaga said. “I don’t think there is a timetable. I don’t think the NCAA works that way.”

“You just wait until you hear back from them.”