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Relief in sight?

Jimmorris_2University of Miami coach Jim Morris, a College World Series veteran, described the two days between the team's departure from Coral Gables to Game 1 in Omaha as overwhelming. And this is coming from a guy taking UM to the CWS for the 11th time in 15 seasons.

"It's almost a relief when you get to play the first game because that first couple of days is full of meetings and interviews and everything else," Morris said. "After that it calms down for the players a little. It's much, much, much more attention given to them than any other time of the year. That 48 hours you're bombarded."

The Hurricanes departed Coral Gables Thursday at 9 a.m. for a charter flight to Omaha.

Morris said the team had quite a to-do list before Saturday's CWS opener against eighth-seeded Georgia at 7 p.m (ESPN).

-Visiting Boys Town, the home to more than 550 at-risk kids and teens

-BBQs

-Practice (which he said would be an hour but wind up lasting three because of interviews with ESPN and getting their headshots taken)

The Hurricanes are starting ace Chris Hernandez, but Morris said he could end up changing the order of his rotation after that based on matchups.

"You've got to win one game at a time and the more you win, the more days you have off and the more your pitchers are rested," he said. "You may pitch guys a different way to win those games."

Colleague Andre Fernandez will be in Omaha covering the CWS, so check back Saturday for updates.

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Hey Manny, does the job you doon recruiting and what Barry Jackson report compliment each other or are you two competing for the same info with the same sources? He has really good stuff, but only sporadically, while you do what you do and are damn good at it.

Good stuff on the football and baseball front.

Forget it, I just noticed Sara posted this entry. Sorry about that.

players held a 30-minute autograph session on the stadium concourse. UM had the longest line of any team. It had to be at least 1,000 people waiting, and I'm being generous here. ... Things were moving so slow that a CWS representative told fans they could only get one item signed
-- shandel richardson (6/13)

HEY MANNY,
IS IT ME, OR DOES IT SEEM THAT THIS UM TEAM IS MORE PUBLICIZED THAN THE LAST TEAM TO WIN THE CWS?

AND HOW WOULD YOU COMPARE THIS TEAM TO THE LAST TEAM THAT WON IT ALL?

HEY MANNY,
IS IT ME, OR DOES IT SEEM THAT THIS UM TEAM IS MORE PUBLICIZED THAN THE LAST TEAM TO WIN THE CWS?

AND HOW WOULD YOU COMPARE THIS TEAM TO THE LAST TEAM THAT WON IT ALL?

Manny, I know you don't cover baseball with the same depth as baseball but is south fla a hotbed of baseball players in the same way as football?

I meant "same depth as football."

Sarah,

Any rumblings in Omaha from 'Canes, 'Noles, media, or others about a potential UM-FSU meeting on that side of the bracket, with brush back pitches, hard slides, home plate/dugout staredowns, and handshake snubs?

Those punks still owe us a handshake. I say we take care of Georgia, root for Stanford to lose, and put them to sleep with a 10-0 piece of perfection. Let Mike Martin or whaterver the hell his name is squirm his way out of that press conference.

Even when we get spanked by the Dawgs, we still have reason to celebrate, word on the news ticker is that the Canes have just gotten an offer to play a nationally-televised game next season against a major basketball powerhouse on the road.

Now that’s funny!!!

Only at Duhhhhhhh U is this actually considered news.

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