I've been a little under the weather with a sore throat since returning home from Orlando on Sunday. So, I apologize for not posting in awhile. But let's get to the latest news updates.
- As expected, the Hurricanes basketball team has cracked the Top 25 in both polls. Hats off to Frank Haith and company, who are now. No. 22 in both the AP and USA Today/ESPN Coach's poll. It's more than deserved. Normally, I'd be listed as questionable for tonight's game against Stetson at 9 p.m. But I'm bringing my tired, sick self to the BankUnited Center anyway. The better question: How many Canes fans will be there tonight? Hopefully, more than usual.
- By the way, Jack McClinton was selected as the ACC's Player of The Week following his gutsy 29-point performance last week in lifting UM to the impressive road win at Mississippi State. He was picked as the conference's player of the week once last year too.
- Just spoke to Herald High School Andre Fernandez who went out to Northwestern this afternoon to speak with quarterback recruit Jacory Harris, who was injured in Saturday's Class 6A state championship victory against Orlando Boone. Andre tells me Harris was wearing a cast on his left knee and told him he suffered an ACL and MCL strain. Harris told Andre to tell Robert Marve: "Don't worry, I'll be there ready to go and battle with you." Harris is expected to be out of commission for six weeks. After the six weeks are up, he plans to rehab and be ready for the start of spring practice.
- Highly-touted Kansas linebacker Arthur Brown, who has considered UM throughout this recruiting process, will announce his college decision later this afternoon. North Carolina, USC, LSU and Florida are the other finalists. Canes coaches have been optimistic in their chances for a while. Rivals.com will have the announcement live at 4:30 p.m.
- In other recruiting news, as expected kicker Jake Wieclaw and JUCO fullback Pat Hill committed to UM over the weekend. I'll try to get my own audio interviews with these guys as the week progresses.
- Last but not least, I wanted to give a shout out to the Canespace.com crew who made its way out to Orlando this past weekend for the state high school championships. I spent the first half of the Class 4A state championship game chatting away with a diehard Canes fan from Tampa then smiled for the Canespace cameras after the 6A game. For those of you who don't know about Canespace yet, it's a great place for diehards who want to talk about everything related to The U.
- Check back later tonight for updates when I'm at the game.