Whether Russell Maryland does or doesn't ring the NASDAQ stock market's opening bell Tuesday morning at 9:30 a.m., all indications point to him being one of 14 former players about to be named to the College Football Hall of Fame later Tuesday morning.
Also nominated in the coaching category: Canes icon Jimmy Johnson.
At about noon today, UM coach Al Golden tweeted: "Exciting news on a Miami alum just hit my inbox. Formal announcement is coming tomorrow. Any guesses on the good news?"
The National Football Foundation on March 7 announced the names of 79 players and nine coaches from the Football Bowl Subdivision who were nominated for induction -- Maryland and Johnson among them.
I remember two years ago when former UM quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Gino Torretta had the honor of ringing that bell. Pretty cool. The other UM players in the College Football Hall of Fame are running back Don Bosseler, defensive end Ted Hendricks and safety Bennie Blades. Former UM coaches Jack Harding and Andy Gustafson are also in the Hall.
Russell Maryland won the Outland Trophy in 1990, when he had 96 tackles and 10.5 sacks. He was a consensus All-American and finished his career with 279 tackles, 25 tackles for loss and 20.5 sacks before being drafted first overall by Jimmy Johnson's Dallas Cowboys in the 1991 draft.
JJ had a 52-9 record in five seasons (1984-88) with the Hurricanes. He led UM to its second national title in 1987.
I know JJ went to Arkansas, but I have this feeling Al Golden would still consider him a UM "alum'' -- at least an honorary alum. It would be fitting if both JJ and Russell got into the Hall, but still great if one of them makes it.
HURRICANES BASEBALL NOTE
After winning the opener at Virginia, UM lost the last two games of this past weekend's series. They lost each game by one run, 3-2 on Saturday and 5-4 on Sunday. Turns out that the lone win and close losses actually helped UM (although slightly) in the ranking. Can you imagine if they would have not let that last game get away from them?
In the polls that just came out, Miami is ranked 16th by Baseball America (FIU jumped into the polls at No. 24 in Baseball America).
The Canes are ranked 22nd (up one spot from last week) in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches' poll; and 15th in Collegiate Baseball (up one spot from last week).
Miami (32-18) meets FAU (30-20) at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Alex Rodriguez Park.
This will be UM's final nonconference game. The Canes play Duke in a three-game series beginning Thursday, then get set for the ACC Tourney.
SUSAN MILLER DEGNAN