Kevin Olsen was given one chance. Then another. And another.
But eventually, there were no more chances left, exhausted by a trail of high-profile mistakes at a school that could no longer overlook them despite a history of doing exactly that.
In a Miami locker room that once had 60 of its athletes implicated for working with the university to falsify scholarships, the backup quarterback with curly blonde locks and a well-known last name did enough to warrant his dismissal.
In the spring, Olsen was considered as the potential starter for the Canes. On Tuesday, the school announced that the redshirt freshman was no longer enrolled.
But football is the least of his worries now.
Olsen was a four-star prospect from the Class of 2013 and was considered one of the nation’s top pro-style signal-callers coming out of Wayne Hills High School in New Jersey.
His resume was a mixed stat line: 39 of 77 passes completed, for 448 yards, five touchdowns, five interceptions, and 90 yards rushing, also with a touchdown. If those statistics seem strange, that’s because they all came in the only game he played in his senior season of high school, when he returned for a second-round playoff loss.
Perhaps the most-impressive line for Olsen was his genetic one. His brother was former Hurricane and current Carolina Panthers tight end Greg Olsen. His father, Chris, coached both of them in high school, and won the state sectional championships eight times in 10 years, through 2011.
The younger Olsen was talented and experienced enough for Miami to pick him up, despite his shortened senior season. They stashed him for a year, redshirting him in order to preserve his eligibility while Stephen Morris finished his final season as the Hurricanes four-year starter.
They had to have seen potential. The promise was enough to wait and see.
However, Olsen showed early on that his career would be tumultuous.
In May of 2013, shortly before his inaugural year at Miami, Olsen was charged with leaving the scene of an accident in his hometown. The failure to report an incident was followed by him being suspended for last year’s Russell Athletic Bowl, after he was found to have violated team rules.
He was expected to vie for the starting job this summer, competing with flame-out transfer Jake Heaps and inexperienced true freshmen Brad Kaaya and Malik Rosier.
Then he was suspended for the first two games for what was reported to be another violation of team standards. Then Kaaya won the starting job, solidifying Olsen’s place as an also-ran benchwarmer.
Then Monday happened, and Olsen was charged with driving under the influence and using a stolen driver’s license, and he was suspended from the football team again, and now he is no longer at the college.
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