University 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
-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.