If I'm a University of Miami football recruit's mom or dad, I like this very much...

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This is great stuff. 

Love that Miami gets award with two high-profile, phenomenal academic institutions. 

Kudos to Al Golden and Randy Shannon, as well as the UM staff (not just coaches) that surrounded them. 

Above is A.J. Highsmith, who was a true freshman in the 2009 class and is now a pro personnel scout with the San Francisco 49ers. He's the son of UM great Alonzo Highsmith, and they're both smart dudes. I took the photo last week at the Duke game. 

Here's the release the Hurricanes distributed:

The University of Miami football program will receive the American Football Coaches Association’s 2016 Academic Achievement Award at the Honors Luncheon on Jan. 9 at the 2017 AFCA Convention in Nashville.

The Hurricanes shared the AFCA academic achievement award with Northwestern and Stanford. Miami, Northwestern and Stanford received the award after members from its freshman football student-athlete class of 2009 recorded a 100 percent graduation rate.

“I celebrate this award with our great University and the 15 young men that achieved it,” said Associate Athletics Director for Academic Services David Wyman. “This award is a testament to their leadership, excellence and dedication toward completing their educational journey.”

Miami will receive the AFCA Academic Achievement Award for the second time in program history. The Hurricanes’ first AFCA Academic Achievement Award came in 2009.

This year’s award marks the ninth time the NCAA’s Graduation Success Rate (GSR) formula has been used to select the winner. From 1981 to 2007, the award was presented based on a formula used by the College Football Association and AFCA.

Since 2008, the criteria for the AFCA’s Academic Achievement Award is based on the highest NCAA GSR, at least 15 students in the GSR Cohort, and a Federal Graduation Rate of 75 percent or better.

The Academic Achievement Award was established by the College Football Association in 1981. The award recognized the CFA-member Football Bowl Subdivision institution with the highest graduation rate among members of its football team. When the CFA disbanded in 1997, the AFCA stepped in to present the award and conduct a graduation rate survey that encompassed all members of the FBS.  

The GSR is based on a six-year graduation window for student-athletes which is a change from the five-year window used by the CFA and AFCA. The GSR was developed by the NCAA as part of its academic reform initiative to more accurately assess the academic suc­cess of student-athletes. The GSR holds institutions accountable for transfer students, unlike the federal graduation rate. The GSR also accounts for midyear enrollees.

SUSAN MILLER DEGNAN 

December 06, 2016

Double scoop of UM hoops today...

By Michelle Kaufman
mkaufman@MiamiHerald.com
 
Hurricane basketball fans get a double-header today with a morning women's game and an evening men's game. Here are the details...
 
No. 14 UM women vs. Loyola Chicago
When: Tuesday, 11 a.m.
Where: Watsco Center
Records: UM (7-1), Loyola Chicago (0-7)
Scouting Report: A crowd of 4,100 schoolchildren will attend the game for Elementary School Day. The Hurricanes have won seven games in a row, including a 66-56 win over Old Dominion on Sunday. Jessica Thomas scored 21 points, and Keyona Hayes added 18.
 
UM men vs. South Carolina State
When: Tuesday, 7 p.m.
Where: Watsco Center
Records: UM (6-2), SC State (2-5)
Radio: 1360KAT-AM
Scouting report: The Hurricanes are coming off back-to-back wins over Rutgers (73-61) and Wofford (74-57). The last time these two teams played, in 2009, Miami made 15 three-pointers in a 91-54 victory. South Carolina State's JJ Richardson scored 25 points in his last outing.
 
 

December 04, 2016

Mark Richt on WVA, recruiting rules, early NFL Draft guys, Canes' sched, ending bowl drought...

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Mark Richt's Russell Athletic Bowl teleconference highlights:

He seems very pleased to be facing West Virginia, and I don't blame him. A victory over a strong 10-2 team that is ranked 14th in the AP poll would firmly put UM in the final rankings. 

It's a really good matchup, and I'm looking forward to covering it.

Some Richt comments from our interview:

*** On voting his Hurricanes No. 20 in the final Coaches' Poll: "I think we're a quality team that deserves to be ranked. That ranking will probably be proven right or wrong I guess after this bowl game.''

*** On WVA: "I'm very excited about this opportunity to play in Orlando and to play in the Russell Athletic Bowl. I haven't talked to any of the players. I talked to a couple of the coaches, because we've been doing a little bit of recruiting today. I know everybody is loving this opportunity. We're playing a great football team in West Virginia, a team that just got 10 victories this season. Coach [Dana Holgerson] has done a great job there. Orlando itself is a great town and a great place to have a bowl, because the players usually have a lot of fun things to do. The coaches' wives and kids have a ball too. The coaches tend to work hard in bowls, and don't do a whole lot of the fun stuff, but it'll be a great challenge and a lot of fun for us."

*** On recruiting rules: "We're not allowed to have contact with [prospective] student-athletes during the bowl practices. I think they can be at your bowl practice, but you can't have contact with them. There may be some guys at those practices...we cannot make tickets available to the bowl game either. If they do end up at the game, it'll be somehow other than us providing that opportunity. I hope a lot of them come and watch the game, if nothing else because we're in the state and we're having success. I think that will be good enough.

"Even if they make it to a practice, I think, as far as I can remember, we've never been able to have any contact with them at this time of year. It's usually a dead period. You can't have that kind of contact. But if they can come and watch, that's what we've done in years past."

***On whether he's had conversations with current players deciding on declaring early for the NFL Draft: "We've begun the dialogue. It's a process. It's not a one-time, sit-down conversation. It's more trying to get a feel of where they are and also have them understand the process I've always gone through as head coach - to just let them know that my goal is to help them get as much good, critical information that they can get from the NFL clubs... It's kind of a business decision, but it also becomes an emotional decision too because there are still a lot of things to play for - a possible championship in the future, national awards and the opportunity to get your degree...those are some of the things they'll be weighing when trying to decide what's best for them."

***On UM's schedule this week in terms of working out or practicing:

"They've been lifting, running. The coaches have been recruiting this past week and this week will be more of the same, just making sure we finish strong academically - all the focus is on that. There will be times when they'll be able to slip out and get a workout in. We won't start practicing until our final exams are over. We're debating whether or not to have one this weekend coming up during official visits. We may have a very short, sweet practice Saturday. We haven't finalized that yet. But if we don't, the first one, I believe, will be the next Thursday."

 ***On how important it is to end the UM bowl drought (last bowl victory was 2006 against Nevada): "It's very important. Our guys know that. Obviously every guy in the room, whether they've been there one year or three or four years, they haven't had the victory at the end of the year. I know they're all hungry for it. I know I am, too. Obviously, West Virginia will be also.''

   SUSAN MILLER DEGNAN

November 29, 2016

Hurricanes to face the Aggies home in Miami and "Home of the 12th Man''

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Personally, I love these non-conference matchups against Power 5 teams. Not sure how you all feel.

Our Barry Jackson broke the Texas A&M vs. Miami future matchups earlier this month, but the release the University of Miami just sent out is below the beginning of my game story from the last time Miami played at home against Texas A&M, in the Orange Bowl, on Thursday, Sept. 20, 2007:

BY SUSAN MILLER DEGNAN

 sdegnan@MiamiHerald.com

The Hurricanes had a collective out-of-body experience Thursday night.

Their fans are probably still floating.

In a performance not seen around these parts for a long, long time, a fierce University of Miami defense finally found its other half -- the offense -- on national television in a rocking Orange Bowl.

Quarterback Kyle Wright completed 21 of 26 passes for 275 yards and two touchdowns and Sam Shields added 117 yards on six catches to lead UM to a 34-17 victory against No. 20 Texas A&M.

"I'm pleased with the victory, " said UM coach Randy Shannon, who was nonetheless upset his third-team defense gave up the final 10 points of the fourth quarter. "[But] it's not all about Kyle Wright. I'm trying to get you guys to understand. It's not Kyle Wright. It's this football team. You take all the receivers -- you take Sam away, you take Lance [Leggett] away, you take all those guys, would it be about Kyle? Understand, this is a team. Kyle did a good job. He gave us the best opportunity to win.

"But let's talk about what the offensive line did tonight, the pass protection, running the football. Let's talk about Sam Shields. Lance Leggett came up with another big play. Darnell Jenkins made some plays. The tight ends caught the ball. It's not all about Kyle, and I'm not going to put it on Kyle."

It was the Hurricanes' second victory against a ranked team in nine attempts since a victory at Virginia Tech in November 2005.

Oklahoma, Maryland, Virginia Tech, Georgia Tech, Louisville, Florida State and Louisiana State left the Canes dazed and damaged.

But on Thursday, the Aggies became UM's first unexpected victim since 18th-ranked Boston College in the 2006 regular-season finale. This game, however, was far better for the Hurricanes, who eclipsed 30 points for just the third time in their past 20 games -- and held the nation's sixth-ranked rushing offense to 98 yards.

******************************* Below is the UM release just sent out...

CORAL GABLES, Fla. – The University of Miami and Texas A&M University announced a home-and home-series for the 2022 and 2023 seasons on Tuesday.

The first matchup of the two-game series will begin on Sept. 17, 2022 when Miami heads to College Station, Texas. The Aggies will return to Miami on Sept. 9, 2023.

“These games will provide a tremendous opportunity for our student-athletes, coaches and fans to compete at home against a top program and to experience a fantastic gameday environment in College Station,” said Deputy Director of Athletics Jennifer Strawley. “I am thrilled that we were able to finalize a series against an outstanding program like Texas A&M.”

The Hurricanes and Aggies have played one another just three times. The two teams took part in a home and home series back in 2007 and 2008. The Hurricanes captured victories in both of those contests, winning 34-17 in 2007 and 41-23 in 2008.

The first game was held in 1944 in Miami with Texas A&M defeating the Hurricanes.

Miami’s matchup with Texas A&M adds to an already impressive list of future opponents, which include games against Notre Dame (2017), LSU (2018), Florida (2019) and Michigan State (2020 and 2021).

November 26, 2016

Game Day: Hurricanes meet Duke in regular-season finale at Hard Rock Stadium -- and reasons to go

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The final regular-season game of the season is upon us, and it's another beautiful day in MIami. Some reasons to attend today's 3:30 p.m. UM (7-4, 4-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) vs. Duke (4-7, 1-6) finale at Hard Rock Stadium:

*** It's Senior Day, and the Hurricanes will honor 18 student-athletes who have persevered despite some ugly times -- a coaching change that followed UM's worst loss in history (58-0 to Clemson last season) and three years of probation that ended Oct. 21.

    The seniors, both scholarship and walk-ons, to be honored today: Gage Batten, Kevin Carroll, Jamal Carter, Wyatt Chickillo, Adrian Colbert, Stacy Coley, Standish Dobard, Corn Elder, Frank Gabriel, Alex Gall, Danny Isidora, Rayshawn Jenkins, Hunter Knighton, Malcolm Lewis, Austin Pfenninger, Justin Vogel, Michael Welch and Marquez Williams.

*** To honor a team that did not quit this season, despite a horrible October with four consecutive losses. Miami has now won three straight and is going for its fourth. If the Canes win today (a louder stadium would help), it would be the first time since 2002 that a UM team has ended the regular season with four consecutive victories. Do that and a nicer bowl awaits.

*** To honor a coaching staff that has done wonders in 2016, grooming an exceptionally young team -- particularly on defense -- to likely contend for bigger and better things in the future.

*** To possibly be watching some talented underclassmen at home for the last time. It's no secret that junior quarterback Brad Kaaya and redshirt sophomore tight end David Njoku are contemplating entering the NFL Draft. Some believe that junior defensive end Chad Thomas also might enter the draft.

*** To possibly witness Kaaya pass for at least 276 yards today, which would move him past Ken Dorsey for first all-time on the Miami career passing yards list. What a feat that would be.

*** To celebrate the closure of the long, nightmarish Fidel Castro saga with so many loyal Cuban-American Hurricanes fans.

SUSAN MILLER DEGNAN

November 21, 2016

University of Miami Coach Mark Richt: 'Let's send our seniors out in style this Saturday!'

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Unlike his predecessor, University of Miami football coach Mark Richt (above, right, with assistant athletic director for communications Tom Symonds) is gung-ho when it comes to rallying the fans for what he believes is a good cause.

And one of those causes is Miami's final regular-season game Saturday against Duke at Hard Rock Stadium.

Kickoff is at 3:30 p.m. on ESPN2.

"Calling all CANES!!'' Richt posted Monday afternoon on Twitter. "Let's send our seniors out in style this Saturday at Hard Rock Stadium! Kickoff 3:30! Be early for the SRs!! UFamily!"

 Earlier in the day, Richt told WQAM on his weekly radio show that he knows "the fans are going to honor our players and especially our seniors'' Saturday. "We've already played two Senior Day games,'' he said, "one against Virginia and one against NC State and we won both of those. So we've got to win one more of those games and send our guys off the right way.

  "It's bigger than you think.''

 Calling all CANES!! Let's send our seniors out in style this Saturday at Hard Rock Stadium! Kickoff 3:30! Be early for the SRs!! UFamily!

After three consecutive wins, the Canes are 7-4 overall and 4-3 in the ACC's Coastal Division. Duke is 4-7 and 1-6.

SUSAN MILLER DEGNAN

November 16, 2016

Freshman safety Cedrick Wright suspended by Miami Hurricanes

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University of Miami freshman reserve safety Cedrick Wright has been suspended for the North Carolina State game, Miami reported Wednesday afternoon in a written statement.

The school did not specify why he was suspended, though a source said he has "not been a model citizen" this season.

Wright, a 5-9, 180-pound former three- and four-star recruit from Homestead and Miami Gulliver Prep, played mostly on special teams this season. He has participated in nine games, including last week at Virginia, and has six tackles.

 Wright is friends with former UM receiver Sam Bruce, who was dismissed from the team last month. Wright and freshman tight end Jovani Haskins were with Bruce in a parked car near campus when Bruce was charged with marijuana possession. Bruce was the only one charged. 

SUSAN MILLER DEGNAN

November 15, 2016

UM hoops may land 5-star recruit

By Michelle Kaufman

mkaufman@MiamiHerald.com

The University of Miami basketball team could land 5-star guard Lonnie Walker on Wednesday, the final day of the Fall early signing period.

Walker, a 6-5 guard from Reading (Pa), has narrowed his choices to UM, Arizona, Villanova, Syracuse, and Kentucky. And word is he is leaning toward Miami and Arizona.

Walker is rated a Top 20 player in the Class of 2017 by several recruiting sites. Stay tuned.

Miami's Kc McDermott still at first-team left tackle at Tuesday practice, with Trevor Darling present

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The Miami offensive line did a great job against Virginia last Saturday, with Kc McDermott -- the former left guard who shifted to left tackle to take over for the injured Trevor Darling -- still at left tackle during Tuesday's practice for North Carolina State (5-5, 2-4 Atlantic Coast Conference).

Thus, sophomore Tyler Gauthier stayed at left guard Tuesday, Alex Gall (he got his first start at center at Virginia) was still at center because usual starter Nick Linder had shoulder surgery and is out for the rest of the season and Danny Isidora (right guard) and Tyree St. Louis (right tackle) were at their usual positions.

Darling, who has a knee injury, practiced with the second team.

We don't know how healed Darling is, but either McDermott is still at left tackle because Darling isn't totally healed or he's there because coach Mark Richt liked the new lineup.

Either way, this will be a stout defensive line the Hurricanes (6-5, 3-3) are about to face on the road. The Wolfpack is ranked 23rd nationally in team sacks, 27th in tackles for loss and 20th in total defense (allowing 344.4 yards per game).

The Pack also is ranked fourth in rushing defense, allowing only 99.4 rushing yards a game.

This week will be a tall task for any O-line lineup.

We'll talk to Richt in a bit at his weekly press conference.

SUSAN MILLER DEGNAN

 

 

November 12, 2016

Game Day: Miami at Virginia, where UM coach Mark Richt likely could have been

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 CHARLOTTESVILLE, VIRGINIA --  Game Day, on a beautiful, crisp day in Charlottesville, where temperatures will be in the mid-50s at kickoff and dip into the low 30s at night (when we're still working in an outdoor press box. Brrrr).

   The Canes were favored by 10 1/2 points, a lot for a road game at a place where they've lost their past three games dating to 2010.

    Before he was hired at Miami, Mark Richt was courted by Virginia a couple of times during his coaching career, including this past year after Mike London was let go -- and obviously before Bronco Mendenhall was hired by the Cavaliers.

   Here's an exchange Richt had with a reporter on the Atlantic Coast Conference teleconference this week:

   Reporter: "Sorry to bring this up again, but seems like you've been mentioned with Virginia a number of times over the years..." 

   Richt: "Well, it was funny. After I left Georgia, within about 24 hours, there was a lot of contact by a lot of people, universities, just to at least gauge some kind of interest in me and see if I had interest in them.

"I was actually going to take some trips to visit some places other than Miami. When I got down to it, I had a heart-to-heart with my wife. We basically said, this Miami opportunity, being my alma mater, being a team that has a chance to do great things, you knew it wasn't going to be open next year. So, I said, 'I'm going to start there, and if I like what I hear, then we'll jump on it.'

"As it turned out, we really liked what was happening. That's why we just ended up kind of exclusively talking to Miami once that thing happened. There were some thought about other schools. Virginia, you know, I actually interviewed for that job 15 or 16 years ago. Just a beautiful place, a beautiful school. If Miami wasn't there, it would have been interesting to us as well.''

          Richt's  interview for the Virginia head coaching job came just before he got the offer from Georgia. “Me and my wife, we were very impressed,’’ he said of UVA. “I can’t say for sure what would have happened,’’ he noted, referring to if Georgia not come calling. “My brain doesn’t remember for sure if I was even offered the opportunity.’’

   Last year, after Richt was fired from Georgia, rumors circulated that he was seen eating lunch in Charlottesville.

   “No,’’ he said. “Must have been somebody else who doesn’t look very good eating lunch, that day.’’

  SUSAN MILLER DEGNAN

November 10, 2016

Miami center Nick Linder out for season after surgery. New: Courtel Jenkins won't travel to Virginia.

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The Hurricanes (5-4, 2-3 ACC) released their injury report Thursday for the Miami at Virginia (2-7, 1-4) football game at 2 p.m. Saturday in Charlottesville, and it's bad news.

Center Nick Linder is out for the season after surgery for a shoulder injury. Senior Alex Gall will get his first start at center Saturday.

Left tackle Trevor Darling, whom coach Mark Richt said yesterday would play Saturday, is suddenly "doubtful'' with a "lower-extremity'' injury. But Darling is expected to travel to Charlottesville. 

Defensive end Demetrius Jackson, who sustained a left-knee injury at North Carolina and has missed the past three games, is expected to play Saturday. But he is not expected to start, leaving Chad Thomas and Trent Harris as the starters.

"I think the guys love and respect him, but I think they feel that way about most of their teammates,'' Richt said of Jackson after practice Wednesday. "It's always good to have a guy back and just add more energy to the group, add more depth to the group. It's thin right now.''

Also new: The Miami Herald learned Thursday evening that defensive tackle Courtel Jenkins will not travel to the game, though the reason was not revealed. Jenkins, who has played in seven games, has 3.5 tackles for loss and eight total tackles.   

Here is the injury report:

Doubtful

LT Trevor Darling – Lower Extremity

Out

CB Adrian Colbert – Upper Extremity

Out for Season

C Nick Linder – Upper Extremity

SUSAN MILLER DEGNAN

November 08, 2016

Miami Hurricanes' Tuesday morning practice report: who's missing? Who's back?

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Just finished our 15 minutes of viewing from Tuesday Miami Hurricane practice.

*** The good news for UM football: Defensive end Demetrius Jackson, who injured his left knee against North Carolina on Oct. 15 and has missed the Virginia Tech, Notre Dame and Pittsburgh games, was back practicing with his position group.

Even missing those games, Jackson has 5.5 tackles for loss, two sacks, three pass breakups, and a quarterback hurry. He has 22 tackles.

*** The bad news: Center Nick Linder (shoulder) was not at practice. We expected his absence in light of coach Mark Richt telling us Saturday after the Pitt game that Linder, who has started 27 consecutive games, was hurting a lot. Senior Alex Gall did an admirable job at center in the second half against Pitt.

*** Receiver Stacy Coley was out there today, which is also good news, knowing that his left knee began hurting him again during the Pittsburgh game.

*** Richt's press conference is at noon today.

SUSAN MILLER DEGNAN

November 04, 2016

UM men's hoops sold out again

By Michelle Kaufman

mkaufman@Miamiherald.com

For the second year in a row, the University of Miami men's basketball team is sold out. If you were planning to go buy tickets, you're too late.

According to a release:

For two straight years, fans have bought over 5,500 season tickets, more than doubling the total number of season tickets sold in Larrañaga’s first season in Coral Gables. When Coach L began his reign in Miami, fans bought 2,251 season tickets for the 2011-12 campaign. After a record-breaking season on the court in 2012-13, season tickets peaked at 3,674 for 2013-14, prior to this year’s 5,750 mark.

Season Tickets Sold per Year

2016-17: 5,750

2015-16: 5,500 

2014-15: 3,427 

2013-14: 3,674 

2012-13: 2,372 

2011-12: 2,251

Miami 12th stop on ACC Football Tailgate Tour Saturday at Hard Rock Stadium

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Former Hurricanes defensive tackle Russell Maryland, a two-time national champ at Miami, member of the College Football Hall of Fame and No. 1 overall pick by the Dallas Cowboys in the 1991 NFL Draft, will be at Hard Rock Stadium to greet fans at the ACC Football Tailgate Tour festivities Saturday.

Festivities, including interactive games, begin at 8:30 a.m. at Fan Zone in the South Plaza of Hard Rock before the 12:30 p.m. UM kickoff with Pittsburgh.

A 53-foot tractor trailer will showcase ACC football videos and other football-related items as well as product information about tour sponsor Lumber Liquidators.

SUSAN MILLER DEGNAN

 

November 03, 2016

Injury report for Miami Hurricanes vs. Pitt: three UM players ruled "Out.''

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Per Miami, three players on Thursday were ruled out for Saturday's 12:30 game against Pittsburgh, at Hard Rock Stadium:

*** Cornerback Adrian Colbert, who was listed with an "upper extremity'' injury, which we reported early in the week, per Herald correspondent Peter Ariz. The injury was to his arm and Colbert had been scheduled for surgery. 

*** Defensive end Demetrius Jackson (knee), who sustained his injury against North Carolina.

*** Defensive end Scott Patchan (knee), who got hurt at FSU and has been out since.

*** Starting cornerback Corn Elder, who hurt his thumb at Notre Dame, was not on the injury report and is expected to play.

SUSAN MILLER DEGNAN

 

November 02, 2016

UM hoops: Canes vs. Barry tonight, Exhibition game

Hoops season officially begins tonight!

Here's a quick primer for the game:

Wednesday: UM men vs. Barry

When/where: Exhibition game, 7 p.m. at Watsco Center on UM campus.

Records (last season): UM 27-8 (NCAA Sweet 16), Barry 26-7 (Division II Elite 8).

Scouting report: The Hurricanes’ top returning players are Davon Reed (11.1 ppg), Kamari Murphy (6 rpg), point guard Jaquan Newton, forward Anthony Lawrence and center Ebuka Izundu. Fans will get their first look at highly rated freshmen Dewan Huell, Bruce Brown, Dejan “DJ” Vasiljevic and Rodney Miller. Also, San Jose St. transfer Rashad Muhammad makes his debut. Barry is led by 6-5 senior forward Adrian Gonzalez (Hialeah Gardens High), and Iceland guard Elvar Fredriksson, who led the nation last season with 8.1 assists per game.


Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/college/article111929702.html#storylink=cpy

 

November 01, 2016

UM women ranked No. 14 in preseason AP poll

By Michelle Kaufman

mkaufman@MiamiHerald.com

The University of Miami women's basketball team begins the 2016-17 season with high expectations after being ranked No. 14 in the preseason Associated Press poll, released Tuesday. The Canes are tied with reigning NCAA runner-up Syracuse.

Five ACC schools are in the top 15, including top-ranked Notre Dame, and UM will play seven games against Top-20 opponents.

The Hurricanes were 24-9 (10-6 ACC) last season and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the fifth time in six years. Ten players are back from that team, plus four new players.

The Hurricanes open the season Nov. 11 at the Kentucky Classic in Lexington, Ky., facing No. 19 Kentucky.

Quick hits from Miami football coach Mark Richt's Tuesday presser heading into Pitt

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Short takes from Miami coach Mark Richt's Tuesday press conference heading into the Pittsburgh game at 12:30 p.m. Saturday at Hard Rock Stadium:

(also, as an aside, Quarterback Brad Kaaya said after practice today that he rotates his throwing shoulder during games to stay warm and when asked about the state of his throwing arm re injury, he said "I can't really disclose any of that information.'' Thus, he didn't say whether his shoulder is fine health-wise, or not.)

Here's Richt, who didn't talk very long at all:

 *** "It probably starts with [Pitt's] offensive line.'' Says they're really big, physical guys.

*** "On defense, Price, I think everyone knows who he is." Lots of sacks. "Game wrecker.''

*** "LBs.. pluggers that will knock the heck out of you.''

*** "By design, by numbers, they're not going to give you an advantage to run the ball. The advantage is always going to be to stop the run.''

 *** Does Brad trust his O-line? "In general, QBs have to trust. Everytime the ball is snapped, if it's a pass, they need to focus on their reads...''

*** What can Brad do to buy more time in the pocket? "the big thing is we have to have a good scheme for him to be progressing through...'' Says he has to focus on what's happening down field...

***As a former QB, Mark, can you learn a better sense of the pocket? How long should it take to get the ball out? "There's quick game that the ball gets out pretty quick 2 1/2, 3 seconds. If you're holding the ball longer than 4, you're asking for it.'' 

  More to come later.

SUSAN MILLER DEGNAN

 

Miami football practice for Pitt: 2 top cornerbacks missing Tuesday

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We just viewed 7 minutes of stretching and 15 minutes of practice.

Bad news for Canes fans.

Missing were top senior cornerbacks Corn Elder and Adrian Colbert.

Also missing: defensive end Demetrius Jackson, who already has been out with an injured knee. 

Former tight end Standish Dobard was practicing at defensive end again. I would love to see him get a shot to play Saturday.

Elder had his thumb X-rayed during the game, per 560 WQAM radio in its game broadcast. But WQAM also later reported that the X-rays were negative.

As for Colbert, who had an outstanding game at Notre Dame (two pass breakups, tackle for loss and six total tackles), Miami Herald contributor Peter Ariz, of CanesInSight, reported Monday that Colbert injured his forearm against Notre Dame and will have "a procedure'' sometime this week.

SUSAN MILLER DEGNAN

 

 

 

October 29, 2016

Five questions/answers about Notre Dame to help prepare you for the Miami game

 

 

October 28, 2016

Check out Notre Dame great's pregame speech posted by the Irish. Probably too mellow for Miami.

 So, this is kind of cool. I really enjoyed watching it. 

Somehow, though, I don't imagine it's the kind of pregame speech (or day before game speech) that a former Miami Hurricane would give.

 Irish Legend.