The University of Miami announced that UM baseball coach Jim Morris, 63, who has pneumonia and has been in the hospital since last Saturday, will miss the NCAA Louisville Regional.
Morris had hoped to leave Duke University Hospital sometime today to join the team in Louisville for the Saturday game, but subsequent tests necessitated that he still needed time to recuperate.
Assistant Gino DiMare, Miami’s recruiting coordinator and hitting coach, will, as planned, take over the head-coaching responsibilities until Morris gets better.
Before last Saturday in the ACC Tournament, UM hitting coach and recruiting coordinator DiMare, 43, had only served as the head guy, he said, when Morris “has gotten thrown out. And he doesn’t get thrown out often.’’
The Canes defeated Clemson 7-0 last Saturday with Morris at the hospital, where he was taken by ambulance before the game.
“I’ve got to be honest. It felt different than my normal routine,’’ DiMare said of his temporary role. “It’s fun. I enjoyed it.
“Your mind is thinking totally. But my mind is thinking like that always anyway. I’ll continue to do the same things. I’m positioning the outfielders [and] I’m going to continue to talk to the hitters like I always do… and make adjustments.’’
DiMare said he's close with Morris, and feels no pressure or awkwardness in temporarily taking over. He said Morris' health is obviously most important.
“I’ve never had pneumonia,’’ DiMare said. “But it is quite serious. They’ve got to clear his lungs first. He’s had some fluid in there that they drained. They want to make sure his chest is clear…’’
SUSAN MILLER DEGNAN