Want to know what University of Miami players are saying about their next opponent? For the past three years, I've uploaded audio clips from every time I've been out at a Canes practice or game -- from inside the locker room (when we had access) -- and outside of it.
Check out everything players were talking about this week at our UM audio page. I know our new website design hasn't made it easier to find it. But I try and post the link every time I upload something new. Feel free to bookmark it. I think its one of the coolest things we have on MiamiHerald.com. It's not often you get to hear everything asked and said by players because most of it gets edited down for time (in TV and radio) or space (in written stories). Here you get everything from when I turned my audio recorder on to when I shut it off.
Among the best conversations from Monday...
> Defensive tackle Marcus Forston shares with us how defensive coordinator Bill Young brought entire room of players to laughter when he shared his new favorite song, Young Jeezy's Put It On For My City. Forston goes on talk about how UM plans to shut down Georgia Tech's triple option attack and how he and Marcus Robinson became close friends at the U.S. Army All-American game last year.
> Defensive tackle Josh Holmes, who has starred since coming back from injury, shares his own stories about Young and more.
> Quarterbacks Robert Marve and Jacory Harris, meanwhile, talks about Georgia Tech's defensive schemes and how they plan to prepare for it.
> Left tackle Jason Fox fills us on the condition of his injured right ankle including what he can do, how he's feeling with the pain and how much he thinks he can play this week.
> ESPN.com updated their Bowl Projections Monday and the Canes have climbed the charts since Bruce Feldman and Mark Schlabach's last entry. Feldman has Miami headed to the Orange Bowl to play Cincinnati. Schlabach has UM facing Notre Dame in the Gator Bowl. If you had your choice, including a shot at Notre Dame, would you prefer for the Canes to be in Jacksonville instead of Miami on Jan. 1? That video link might sway you to pick the Irish.
> Today, I'll be out at the BankUnited Center to speak with Frank Haith about his team's impending trip to the Virgin Islands to compete in the Paradise Jam. The Hurricanes won their season open 96-60 on Saturday night. I'll be following them this week while Susan Miller Degnan and Brian Costa follow the football team to Atlanta. Tuesday's chat, by the way, has been moved up to 1 p.m. so that I can make that press conference at 2:30 p.m.
> Haith's team could get some great news Wednesday. Published reports by Scout.com say highly-touted New York city guard Durand Scott is expected to announce his college choice and Scout.com writes the Canes are in the lead. Stay tuned for an update. I've contacted Scott's AAU coaches and am expecting to hear back from them soon.
> Miami's baseball program appears to have suffered some really bad luck. Canesport.com reported late Monday night left-hander Eric Erickson has gone down with a season-ending injury, leaving Chris Hernandez as the team's only returning starting pitcher.