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Mother of RB Mike James dies in car accident

Sad news trickled out of the University of Miami this afternoon when it was learned that the mother of sophomore running back Mike James died in a fatal car accident Monday morning.

UM canceled all afternoon activities after learning of the tragedy. James’ sister and nephew were also involved in the car accident and are currently hospitalized. James, who is from Haines City, Fla., left the Coral Gables campus Monday afternoon to attend to his family.

“He is a member of our family,” interim head coach Jeff Stoutland said in a statement released by the school. “He grieves and we grieve. He hurts and we hurt. We are all here to support Mike and his family in any way possible.”

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to Mike and his family,” UM athletic director Kirby Hocutt said. “Family is the foundation of our football program, and today the entire Hurricane family is grieving with Mike."

For those of you who would like to send Mike your thoughts and prayers here is a link to UM's Facebook page.


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No words can explain the pain you are going thru at this moment Mike...Just know that your mother is in a better place and she will always be there with you, she'll be always looking up on you....Stay strong, seek the lord, and make her be proud of you...
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family Mike James...my sincere condolences to you and your family... I'll be praying for you and your love ones....I wish I knew you to help you in anyway I can...GOD BLESS YOU!!!!

So sorry to hear this tragic news. Mike, you will be lifted up in prayer by me and my family and we’ll be praying for the full recovery of your sister and nephew. May the Lord comfort you in such a difficult and painful time. As others have mentioned, certainly puts the relative unimportance of football in perspective.

Manny, thanks for your thoughtful and respectful reporting.

God Speed Mike, God Speed.

Mike, our sincerest condolences go out to you and your Family. We pray for your Sister and Nephew. May God provide you Peace of Mind and Clarity during these next few weeks. There is no Love other than God's Love, like the Love of a Mother. We hope you find and provide that Love to your Sister who needs you now. God bless Mike and RIP Mrs James.

My prayers are with you and yours

God bless you Mike and my prayers are with you.

My heart goes out to you Mike James. No greater love has a mother for her son or a son for his mother. That is a special bond that can never be broken no matter what. Your other family,"The U", will always be there for you in these tough times now and for ever. God bless you and your family.

may our heats go out to all in mike's family that they make thru the holidays with ours prayers with his family thru out these times god bless all of you go canes

Mr. James,
I’ve seen how you are such a team player (playing out of position last year) and how hard you play when your number was called this year. This speaks volumes to the young man that your parents raised. The back bone of every family is the mother and I can tell by your smile, attitude and work ethic that she has done an excellent job. My condolences go out to you during this time of grief for you and your family. I hope for a swift recovery for your sister and nephew. During this period, lean upon your family, your teammates and coaches. Also, lean upon your old coach. He has had to deal with tragedy throughout his life and he will surely be able and willing to assist you in dealing with your loss. All the best.

God Bless the James family and our prayers our with you as one "THE U CANES FAMILY"

I can't imagine the pain your going through. I definitely wants to send my deepest condolences to you and your family. I will keep you and your family in prayer and I look forward to seeing you show that big smile on the field again soon.

That is a real shame.

Far too young, and the guy that killed her didn't even get a scratch.

My condolences to the family.

My thought and prayers go out to Mike and his family.

Everything else seems irrevelant at this time.
whether it is Coach Shannon or Coach Golden, 7 wins or ten wins, Bowl game or no Bowl Game.

This is just a game, so take a step back and see what is truly important in life.

just cruel ... Bless the James Family
truce til next year . promise

Posted by: All Gators | December 21, 2010 at 03:18 AM

I doubt it. You joke about Bryan Pata's murder, you will take a shot at this, too. You have no limits.

But until you stab at us unprovoked again, truce accepted.

Mr. Mike James, my condolences and prayers r with you. God is in control.

Very sorry for your loss Mike. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Peace be with you always

All the Best for you and your family in this trying time Mike !!!

To the James family. My condolences. Once a "Cane", always a "Cane". Peace.

mike sorry for the loss you are in our prayers

This post saddens me a lot because it's not only you who experienced this thing but almost all the people also experienced this kind of situation as well. Well anyways, last year was the worst year for me because I've gone into two different accidents. First was when me and my husband had gone into a car accident, great thing none of us got harmed except for a damaged car. And then my next accident was when I've had some personal injury and great thing that I'm still alive although I got a lot of injuries.

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I'm so sad to hear this news. Car accidents in America continues rising because of some reckless drivers. So even those who are careful in driving, and follow road rules are not safe from car accidents. Test for getting driver's license must be improved to avoid reckless driving. My dad bought my car at Edmonton. Dodge Caravan is our first choice because we love the safety features of this car. My dad told me to get a driving lesson because he wants to make sure that I understand traffic and road rules.

Oh, Mike James the running back! I watched him in one of Miami's games.. He is so unfortunate to figure in that. He has the potential to be the next NFL star. I'm sure her mom will guide her in spirit for the rest of his life.

as well as the injuries to your sister and nephew

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