First, let me reiterate what the parking and traffic gods have to say about the next couple of days at Camp Mitch:
No entry into Lots 6 and 7 after 10 p.m. tonight. You better have your car out of there by Friday, noon or you'll be getting the bad kind of hookup -- the kind from trucks driven by people not nearly as witty as Lizard Lick Towing and almost as ugly as the South Beach Tow group.
And don't have your whip in Lot 24 at noon Friday, either. The Cuban Memorial parking lot (no, that's not a nickname for Hialeah at 5 p.m.) will be closed at noon Friday, too. Get your wheels out of Lot 9 by 7 p.m. Friday.
At 2 p.m. Saturday, 17th Street from the Performing Arts Center to the baseball stadium will be closed as will Campus Drive from Southwest 11th Street to Southwest 14th Street. It'll be open to local traffic before the parade and reopen to all traffic after the parade.
I asked freshman running back Silas Spearman III about his high school academics. I'd heard it was the reason he wasn't more heavily recruited despite a stellar senior year at Loxahatchee Seminole Ridge. I'd also heard from a couple of folks that it definitely won't be an issue at FIU.
“Freshman year, I was at William T. (Dwyer High School), academics wasn’t pushed that hard by my coaches. It’s always pushed at home” – Spearman smiled like a teenager a year or two beyond the moment he understood what mom and dad were talking about -– “but it’s different coming from coaches, telling you, 'you need to do this, you need to do that.'
"When I transferred to Seminole Ridge, Coach (Matt) Dickman, he wasn’t so much as 'I want you to play. I need you to play.' He was 'you need to get it in the classroom, then you bang it out here.' He pushed acadmeics first. He was like a mentor, like a second father. He really helped me with being accountable and being mature about what I need to handle.”