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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.