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UM Canes baseball coach Jim Morris will NOT coach in NCAA regional opener

MIami Hurricanes baseball coach Jim Morris will NOT coach in UM's NCAA Louisville regional opener against Oklahoma State.

That's the latest news out of Louisville, where UM assistant coach Gino DiMare just spoke to reporters at a news conference -- relayed to me from Miami Herald correspondent Tom Whitus.

Morris, who was admitted to the Duke University Hospital in Durham, N.C., before last Saturday's ACC tournament game, is expected to remain in the hospital tonight. Like I wrote last night, he still wants to leave the hospital to travel to Louisville for the double-elimination regional, but that would depend on whether his lungs are clear enough, obviously, to be released.

"He's trying to get out of there,'' DiMare just said during the news conference.

Left-handed sophomore Chris Diaz (6-5, 1.75 ERA) will start the first game against Oklahoma State at 2 p.m. Friday. However, DiMare wouldn't reveal the options for Game 2 -- depending on whether UM wins or loses the opener.

DiMare said he plans on talking to Morris by phone today. 

The Hurricanes are 36-23 -- 27-10 at home, 8-11 away and 1-2 neutral.

The Cowboys are 39-17 overall, 24-7 at home, 9-6 away and 6-4 neutral.

The other game Friday features No. 1 seed Louisville (46-12) vs. No. 4 seed Bowling Green (24-29) at 6 p.m.

This is a double-elimination tournament.

All the Louisville Regional games can be seen on ESPN3.