Canes to reinstate RB Mark Walton

By: Andy Slater

Hurricanes running back Mark Walton is set to be reinstated by the University of Miami, I've learned through multiple sources.

The school is expected to release a statement regarding Walton's reinstatement sometime in the near future.

The university suspended Walton indefinitely following his DUI arrest on April 23. Sources tell me that since then, the Miami athletic department has learned more information regarding his DUI case and another alleged incident involving Walton --- which I also reported on April 23 --- and decided to reinstate him.

(Update 5/24) When asking a team source on Tuesday morning if Walton has already been reinstated and has returned to doing activities, I was told "yes, he is back." The school has yet to issue a statement about his reinstatement, which was expected. (Important to note: In 2011, Miami reinstated Ray-Ray Armstrong but still said he could be suspended for an upcoming game)

After personally reviewing many details from both incidents and speaking to multiple sources, I started to raise questions if it was possible that Walton was setup.

Several days later, I was told Walton's side of the story by his attorney and was given exclusive access to an alleged text message exchange between Walton and his accuser from the separate incident.

Walton was arraigned on May 19 in Miami-Dade court and entered a plea of not guilty. He was not present at the hearing.

Police also charged Walton with driving with a suspended license, knowingly.

(Update 5/24) Walton's attorneys filed official documents on Tuesday night demanding a speedy trial for the charges he currently faces.

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