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June 28, 2013

Canes land commitment from little known Booker T. Washington defensive end with plenty of athleticism

The Miami Hurricanes' summer recruiting run continued Friday when the program picked up its 19th pledge for the Class of 2014 in little known Miami Booker T. Washington defensive end Demetrius Jackson.

The 6-5, 230-pound senior played varsity football for the first time this spring and was known more for what he did on the basketball court, earning All-Dade Second Team honors this past season.

"People may not know much about him right now, but they will," Tornadoes offensive coordinator Tim "Ice" Harris Jr. said. "He's a freak talent who played plenty of football growing up. He just turned his focus to basketball in high school. But he knows his best way to a scholarship is football. A lot of schools who saw him this spring were impressed."

Jackson had a sack, forced fumble and fumble recovery as well as a few batted balls at the line of scrimmage in the spring game for the defending Class 4A state champions. He has offers from Arkansas and FIU and had committed to the Razorbacks last week, but the school didn't accept his oral commitment because he hadn't visited the campus yet.

"He's going to be like a rush end/outside linebacker in 3-4 look," Harris Jr. said. "He can rush the quarterback. You look at him at [four-star recruit] Chad Thomas they compliment each other well. Demetrius probably has him in speed, movements. That's going to work out well."

Harris Jr. said Jackson is already a full college qualifier and has a 3.0 GPA and scored 21 on the ACT. Harris Jr. said Jackson is the cousin of former Booker T. defensive ends Joseph Jackson (South Florida) and Jonathan Jackson (FIU).

GILBERT COULD BE HEADED TO UM

Although it's not a 100 percent done deal according to sources at UM, reports are UM will also be adding former Wisconsin senior defensive end David Gilbert to its roster, just a couple months after the former Oakland Park Northeast High standout said he was ending his career with the Badgers due to foot injuries.

BadgerBlitz.com was the first to report the news Thursday night. Gilbert reportedly graduated in May would be eligible to play for the Hurricanes as a post-graduate.

Gilbert started 13 games last season, rolling up 42 tackles, 9.5 for loss, four sacks and three forced fumbles and earned honorable mention on the All-Big Ten Team.

Gilbert broke his right foot twice in 2011 and missed spring practice this past April to undergo more surgery on the same foot, repairing ligament damage this time.

As a senior at Northeast, Gilbert was an All-State First Team selection, racking up 57 tackles, nine sacks and eight tackles for loss in 2007.

> Canesport.com reported Friday that 2013 signee Ryheem Lockley is headed to Fork Union Military Academy, but says he will remain committed to UM and expects to arrive in Coral Gables in the spring. UM's sports information staff told The Miami Herald the only Summer II session arrivals were the five players reported earlier this week.

> Former Canes forward Kenny Kadji and guard Durand Scott signed as undrafted free agents with the Cavs and Spurs, respectively.

June 26, 2013

Canes latest commitment -- QB Malik Rosier -- is another quarterback who can swing the bat

Another day, another commitment.

On a day UM confirmed former quarterback David Thompson was giving up football to concentrate on baseball, the Hurricanes netted their 17th commitment in the Class of 2014 from another quarterback who can swing the bat, too.

Alabama Faith Academy's Malik Rosier, also a catcher who hit .400 on his high school baseball team, committed to Miami late Tuesday night, a decision the 6-2, 205-pound told the Press-Register he reached after sat down and talked it out with his mom.

Rated a three-star recruit according to 247Sports.com, Rosier had other offers that included Southern Mississippi, Northern Illinois, Western Kentucky, Arkansas State, Louisiana-Lafayette and Furman. He camped at Miami back on June 2nd according to published reports and will visit Coral Gables again this coming weekend.

Despite his football team finishing 3-7 in 2012, he completed 169 of 305 pass attempts for 2,238 yards and 20 touchdowns and also ran for 1,002 yards and 12 touchdowns on 153 carries.

Rosier was a running back on the junior varsity team as an eighth-grader according to the Press-Register. As a freshman, he started at free safety for the varsity before moving to quarterback in a Wing-T system as a sophomore.

His coach Rusty Mason told the Press-Register in March he's been pleasantly surprised with Rosier's quick adjustment from a Wing-T to the Tony Franklin-style offense the Rams ran last season.

"He played way above any expectations I could have had for him," Mason said. "He just continued to get better. From Week 1 to Week 10, it was like night and day. We knew what he was physically - he looks great. But you never know mentally how a kid is going to react.

"When you roll him out, he's as good as I've ever had and maybe as good as I've ever seen in terms getting his shoulders square and hitting a receiver on the run. We'll put more on him this year, more checks. A lot of our stuff is run-pass switches, and he'll have a chance to do more of that."

June 25, 2013

Five more 2013 summer arrivals for Canes; 15 in, five still out

Three-fourths of the Hurricanes' 2013 signing class are officially enrolled in classes according to UM.

Tuesday's newest arrivals for the start of Summer Session II were receiver Stacy Coley, running back/receiver Corn Elder, fullback Gus Edwards, quarterback Kevin Olsen and linebacker Walter Tucker.

They joined joined 10 others in the 2013 recruiting class who previously enrolled including four in January and six others beginning in May.

UM is still waiting for five others in the signing class to enroll. They are: defensive end Alquadin Muhammad, receiver Derrick Griffin, athlete Ryheem Lockley, linebacker Devante Bond, and defensive end Ufomba Kamalu.

Northwestern DB Ryan Mayes becomes sixth 2014 commitment to Canes in 72 hour span

After spending the weekend tweeting up a storm, UM recruiting coordinator Brennan Carroll looked like he was going to give his "WelcomeToTheU" bat signal a rest Monday.

Not quite. 

About 15 minutes before midnight, Carroll sent out the signal, alerting legions of Hurricanes fans they've netted yet another commitment to the Class of 2014 in Miami Northwestern defensive back Ryan Mayes.

Like many of the latest players to pledge their allegiance to Carroll, coach Al Golden and the orange and green, Mayes (6-2, 185) isn't a kid who is surrounded by a lot of hype or lofty rankings by recruiting experts. But he's a player UM coaches got a chance to see in person during Golden's football camp over the weekend and liked enough to offer them a scholarship.

"They're looking at him as a corner," said Miami Northwestern coach Stephen Field, a former UM grad assistant who now has two seniors committed to the Hurricanes. "Ryan's not a kid who was being recruited by everybody yet, but he did have solid offers from Rutgers, Syracuse, Western Kentucky and FAU. He's a tall, physical kid who has been working hard with our coaches everyday since he got here. He went down to the Miami camp and showed the coaches there what he's learned. To me you can't really evaluate kids just on what Rivals or some website says. There's no better recruiting tool than what you see with your own eyes. Ryan is going to be another solid D-1 defensive back."

Northwestern defensive backs coach Ronard Whitehead sent four starters to D-1 schools last season including star Artie Burns to Miami, De'Andre Coley to Arkansas, Aaron Brown to Cincinnati and Leverick Jackson to Western Kentucky.

Mayes didn't play for Northwestern last season, but was a key contributor at Dr. Krop High in Miami. He played on both sides of the ball for the Lightning, catching eight passes for 246 yards and four touchdowns on offense. He also had two interceptions and a 70-yard punt return for a touchdown against South Dade.

"Mayes was at Krop last year and really caught my eye," said recruiting analyst Charles Fishbein of Elite Scouting Services. "He's actually one of the few who played well in the playoff game against Columbus. He's a long, athletic kid. To me, it's kind of like a similar situation to Ereck Flowers who nobody knew when he was at Krop. He ended up with a bunch of BCS offers after he went to Norland and played on the state championship team."

Of the Hurricanes' 17 commitments in the Class of 2014, Fishbein said the best under-the-radar recruits is probably Carol City quarterback/receiver Trayone Gray.

"Carol City kids are kind of underrated and always seem to play above their ranking when they get to college," Fishbein said. "He's another one of those tough kids who can play multiple positions.

"[Dillard defensive back Dennis Turner] I saw in the spring game. He looked good at receiver, but he's probably better at safety. He hasn't played a ton of football, but is one of those kids who has size and speed. He went to [Golden's] camp and ran a 4.4.

"[Orange Park Oakleaf defensive back Darrion Owens] is a very talented kid. I saw him for the first time as a 10th grader. Big, long kid. He's probably going to grow into a linebacker. They're all good players. They're not taking many duds right now."

> UM announced Monday night a total of 2,072 campers visited Coral Gables during Golden's five camp sessions, including approximately 1,000 athletes during the final sessions June 22 and 23.

June 23, 2013

Carol City ATH Trayone Gray becomes latest 2014 Canes commitment

Hurricanes coach Al Golden and his assistants weren't using fishing nets at his summer football camp this weekend. It just seemed that way.

Golden reeled in six commitments over the weekend including two more on Sunday in Miami Carol City receiver/quarterback Trayone Gray (6-1, 185), a Class of 2014 talent, and Royal Palm Beach linebacker Charles Perry (6-2, 190), a 2015 talent. 

Neither player is ranked by Rivals.com or any other recruiting service, but continued the weekend theme of the Hurricanes offering players they like a lot after seeing them up close in person.

Gray, who quarterbacked his team to the Miami Dolphins 7-on-7 title earlier this month (he beat Miami Jackson's Quinton Flowers head-to-head in the final), was the backup to All-Dade First Team quarterback Akeem Jones last season at Carol City. He had 14 catches for 222 yards and one touchdown last season and ran the ball 25 times for 92 yards with 2 TDs.

"I know the background on Miami, seen a few players, like what I see there," Gray said Sunday night. "When I went to the camp there today I just felt comfortable."

Gray said he grew up liking the Hurricanes and until Sunday hadn't received an offer he was really happy with. "I'm not finished with recruiting, but it is a high possibility I'll be a Hurricane," Gray said.

Gray said his other top schools are Alabama, Clemson, West Virginia and Louisville, but adds "I don't have any offers from those."

The other player who reportedly committed Sunday according to Canesport.com was Perry.

An All-Area Honorable Mention according to the Palm Beach Post last season, Perry ran 41 times for 131 yards and 1 TD and caught 2 passes for 28 yards as a running back. Canesport reported Perry had hamstring problems that limited him early last season, but he finished strong with over 30 tackles combined in his last two games along with two sacks.

UM netted four non-binding oral commitments during Saturday's portion of Golden's camp. The more highly-touted are Miami Northwestern defensive end/linebacker Mike Smith and Orange Park Oakleaf (Fla.) defensive back Darrion Owens, both considered three-stars by Rivals.com. Fort Lauderdale Dillard DB Dennis Turner and Norcross (Ga.) tight end Christopher Herndon are both are rated by Rivals.com as two-star recruits.

UM now has 16 non-binding oral commitments as part of its 2014 Signing Class. A year ago at this time the Hurricanes had four.

June 22, 2013

UM lands '14 commitment from Miami Northwestern sack master Mike Smith

UM netted one of the nation's top pass rushers and arguably the best defensive player in its own backyard in the Class of 2014 Saturday morning when Miami Northwestern High defensive end Mike Smith committed to the program.

Smith, 6-3, 210 pounds according to his high school coach, made the commitment while attending another session of the Al Golden Summer Camp on Saturday.

Last season, Smith produced 73 tackles and finished second in Miami-Dade County with 18 sacks.

"He's a great character kid," Northwestern High coach Stephen Field said. "Defensive coordinator Luther Campbell has done a really good job making him aggressive. He's the type of kid you want leading your team."

Smith played exclusively as a defensive end last season, but is being recruited to UM as both a linebacker and defensive end. Field said he will play both linebacker and defensive end as a high school senior.

Florida State, Georgia and Tennessee were all finalists for Smith, who told Field before heading to UM's camp Saturday he was ready to end his recruiting process and commit to the Hurricanes.

"He's a good one," Field said. "He's got a 3.0 GPA, already qualified. He runs a 4.6, 4.7, benches well over 300 pounds. He made his decision, told me he wanted to do it and was ready."

A consensus three-star recruit, Smith is ranked the 21st best defensive end in the country according to Rivals.com; 32nd by 247Sports.com and 71st by ESPN.com.

UM struggled producing sacks last season, ranking 113th out of 120 FBS programs with 13 sacks.

June 21, 2013

Olsen's court date switched; Canes add former Homestead High d-lineman to 2013 class

Incoming freshman quarterback Kevin Olsen, issued three summons for leaving the scene of an accident, failure to report an accident and careless driving on May 25th in his hometown of Wayne, N.J., has had his court date moved both on the calendar and on the map.

Olsen was supposed to go before a judge in Wayne Municipal Court Thursday,  but according to a court administrator Olsen's hearing has been changed to Haledon Municipal Court on July 1 at 4:30 p.m. after both Wayne judges recused themselves.

The police report, obtained by The Miami Herald last month, cited a witness, whose name was redacted from the report, saying that he saw Olsen’s black Jeep backing away from a tree that he hit with the vehicle. The witness said the driver exited his vehicle, surveyed the damage, got back in and hit another car parked on the road while leaving the scene — narrowly missing the witness.

“At this point the driver exited the car again and walked away from the scene,” according to the report. The report cited that the witness said the driver’s “face appeared to be bloodied” and that he “appeared to be under the influence of ‘something.’"

UM's sports information department said Olsen is expected to begin classes at UM next week. Coach Al Golden told WQAM's Joe Rose last month he's confident the situation will not impact Olsen's future.

DEROSIER WILL ARRIVE IN THE FALL

Julio Derosier, a former three-star defensive end out of Homestead High who played for College of the Sequoias in California last season and is expected to be a part of UM's incoming 2013 recruiting class, said by phone Friday he will not finish summer classes until July 31st and thus won't arrive in Coral Gables until the fall.

Derosier (6-6, 265 pounds) doesn't have a lot of football experience according to his former high school coach Bobby McCray, but has a lot of upside.

Derosier had 15 tackles for loss in five games in 2012, but missed part of the season with a foot injury. He missed all of his senior year at Homestead High with the same foot injury according to McCray and then sat out his freshman year in college. McCray said Derosier had just one college offer coming out of high school -- from Gardner-Webb.

"I went down to Coral Gables last week when he came down for his visit and saw him again," McCray said. "He's just a big kid with a motor that does whatever it takes to get better. He's going to help Miami."

Derosier, who is currently living in Texas with his brother and taking college courses there, said his focus right now is getting his undergraduate work out of the way so when he gets to UM he can focus just on his major. He will be classified at UM as a redshirt sophomore.

"I just want to take care of business so when the season starts I don't have all this pressure on me with those undergrad classes," he said. "But I'm also still working hard on my body. I'm preparing it for the next level."

UM's sports information staff said Derosier has signed a financial aid agreement/scholarship to attend the school.

June 18, 2013

Dye, lawyer still waiting to hear back from NCAA

The criminal complaint filed by Hurricanes football player Dyron Dye against former NCAA investigator Rich Johanningmeier will not lead to charges being filed.

Spokesman Ed Griffith of the state attorney's office told The Miami Herald last week there was no evidence that a crime had been committed even though Dye said Johanningmeier "coerced him into providing favorable answers for [the NCAA's] investigation."

Darren Heitner, Dye's attorney, said he and his client are waiting with much anticipation to see what the NCAA plans to do with the 6-5, 261-pound's eligibility. He interviewed with the NCAA for a third time last month. 

"Right now there is no indication his eligibility is at risk," Heitner said. "That said, during his third interview they mentioned there was a potential 10.1 [unethical conduct] violation. We haven't heard from the NCAA since the conclusion of the third interview. We hope that if there is any negative consequence they make it public knowledge quickly."

June 17, 2013

Reports: UM hoops to add Texas guard Sheldon McClellan

According to a couple of published reports the Miami Hurricanes basketball program has another talented guard transferring in from the Big 12 conference.

Texas' Sheldon McClellan, a 6-4 slasher who averaged 13.5 points a game for the Longhorns last season, told UM coaches late Sunday night he's headed to Coral Gables, choosing the Canes over LSU and Oregon.

Former Cane guard Shane Larkin, expected to be drafted in the NBA's first round next week, had a hand in McClennan ending up at Miami according to Canesport.com.

"Shane was the first person I called when I found out I was transferring," McCellan told Canesport. "I talked to Shane and he told me what type of guy Coach [Jim Larranaga] is and how he coaches. I like his style of coaching."

McClellan, who will have to sit out next season per NCAA transfer rules but will have two years of eligibility left, joins Kansas State transfer Angel Rodriguez as new arrivals. UM is still waiting to hear if Rodriguez will be eligible to play next season.

June 14, 2013

NCAA infractions hearing ends for UM, former coaches, assistants; decision day next

INDIANAPOLIS -- After nearly three years of being chased around by Nevin Shapiro's web of allegations, there's only one more lap to go for the University of Miami's football and men's basketball programs.

Al GoldenFriday afternoon at 4:30 p.m., the doors to the second-floor conference room in the back of the Westin Hotel -- hosting the NCAA's infraction committee hearings with UM -- swung open and football coach Al Golden was the first person out the door.

Are you guys done?

"Yes," Golden fired back as he raced toward the exits with a face of determination and luggage in hand.

Full Speed Ahead!

Well, not exactly. One lap remains after 16 1/2 hours of intense hearings: the decision on penalties from the eight-person panel headed by Conference USA commissioner Britton Banowsky, which will take at least six weeks or longer to be announced.

CBS Sports.com college football analyst Dennis Dodd, who arrived into town Friday, covered the USC hearings back in February 2010. He said those lasted three days. Should we make anything out of the fact these proceedings for UM went by faster?

Nobody really knows. The good news, though, is that this will all be in Miami's rear-view-mirror soon.

"I don't think there's any exact time frame that the committee has [to reach a decision], but we certainly hope we would be done prior to the beginning of the football season," said Atlantic Coast Conference Commissioner John Swofford, who attended both days of the hearings in support of Miami and was the only person to speak.

"It's been an extraordinarily long investigation. I've said it before: I think the sheer length of the investigation has been a penalty in itself."

A source said Friday it was not a pleasant experience for the parties on trial.

Another source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, described it as “a very humbling experience."

"It was an intense process that covered a lot of material," said the source. "It didn't include any surprises, just all of the same stuff we've talked about for months and months and months."

Despite admitted mistakes by the NCAA enforcement staff that led to 20 percent of the case being tossed out by an external review committee (nearly all of those were football charges pertaining to Kyle Wright and former assistant equipment manager Sean Pee "Wee" Allen according to a source), the infractions committee went hard on the other 80 percent of the case.

Because of the amount of leaks involved in the case and high volume of news reports that have come out about it, a source said everyone allowed into the hearings not only had to wear a special blue wrist band to get through the doors but also had to sign an agreement they wouldn’t discuss the case or face severe consequences.

UM hasn't and probably won't come until an announcement of penalties is made by the NCAA. If they are over the top or worse than Miami expects, I've been told Miami will likely appeal the decision.

Florida Bar contacts NCAA regarding Shapiro's lawyer's tactics during UM case

INDIANAPOLIS -- The Florida Bar's Grievance Committee has contacted the NCAA in regards to Nevin Shapiro's attorney Maria Elena Perez and the subpoena power she abused to help college sports' governing body interview key witnesses during its 23-month investigation into the University of Miami, a source has confirmed.

The Grievance Committee is trying to determine whether there is enough evidence to move forward against Perez and if she should be disciplined, the source said. 

The complaint was first filed back in January and the entire process -- from Bar investigation, Grievance Committee investigation, and finding, filing of formal complaint and disciplined ordered -- can take up to a year.

Perez was paid $19,000 for her services by the NCAA in what was ruled to be an improper relationship according to an external review committee hired by the NCAA back in January. The committee decided to toss out about 20 percent of the enforcement staff's case against Miami and other parties involved because the information was improperly obtained by Perez and the NCAA enforcement staff.

If probable cause is found by the Grievance Committee, a formal complaint could be filed against Perez in state supreme court.

Day 2 of UM, NCAA infractions committee hearings underway; focus on Hurtt, Hill, football

INDIANAPOLIS -- They're back behind closed doors this morning.

The University of Miami's contingent -- led by President Donna Shalala -- was back in a second floor conference room at the Westin Hotel at approximately 8 a.m. Friday to continue the hearings into the allegations brought forth by former booster and now jailed ponzi-schemer Nevin Shapiro.

With Missouri basketball coach Frank Haith having checked out of the hotel Thursday evening it is strongly believed the focus of discussions have switched to football today. Haith's former basketball assistants Jake Morton and Jorge Fernandez also haven't been spotted in the hotel today. 

Former football assistants Clint Hurtt and Aubrey Hill, however, are in the conference room. I've been told by a source the infractions committee is trying to clear out the individual allegations first before shifting its focus to UM and issues like lack of institutional control, etc.

From what a source told me, it hasn't been a pleasant experience for the parties involved. Despite the mistakes the NCAA enforcement staff made and the 20 percent of the case that was tossed out, the infractions committee is going hard at the other 80 percent of the case that wasn't deemed tainted.

By the way, if you're wondering how these hearings work here is a quick explanation from the NCAA:

> Documents with all pertinent information from the 23-month investigation conducted by the NCAA enforcement staff are prepared and submitted to the Committee on Infractions (8-person panel) and everyone else involved in the case (UM, Haith, Hurtt, Hill, etc.).

> The hearing is run by the chair of the committee, currently Conference-USA Commissioner Britton Banowsky.

> Similar to a court proceeding, all involved parties, including UM and the enforcement staff (made up of three enforcement staff members) give opening statements. Both the enforcement staff and the institution and other involved parties make presentations on each individual allegation. Infractions committee members ask questions. After all allegations are discussed, each party offers closing statements.

> The committee’s main job is to reach the correct decision, so the hearing takes as much or as little time as necessary. The committee wants to be sure that when the hearing is complete, everyone in the room has had the opportunity to say everything they need to say.

> The committee deliberates in private to determine its findings and what penalties should be assessed. The committee’s report, prepared with the assistance of NCAA staff separate from enforcement, is released eight to 12 weeks after a hearing.

June 13, 2013

VIDEO: Watch UM President Donna Shalala throw up The U with her hands during NCAA hearing

INDIANAPOLIS -- I'm not sure exactly why she decided to do it, but Donna Shalala showed some Hurricanes swag Thursday afternoon.

The University of Miami's President flashed The U for the cameras on her way out of the NCAA hearing with the Committee on Infractions during an afternoon break. Does that mean good news is in store for the Canes? Maybe.

Watch Shalala and others -- UM AD Blake James, Missouri basketball coach Frank Haith, former UM assistants Jake Morton and Jorge Fernandez and Louisville defensive line coach Clint Hurtt -- here for the hearings as they stroll through the hallway. 

They're all here in Indy for NCAA hearings -- UM, Haith, Hurtt and the rest of the crew

INDIANAPOLIS -- As the unofficial attendance taker here I can tell you everyone is present for breakfast on the day of the NCAA hearings with the infractions committee regarding allegations made by former booster Nevin Shapiro and the University of Miami.

UM President Donna Shalala heads upstairs before hearings with the NCAAWell, everyone but Nevin. He's still in jail. But the main parties involved are all here.

University of Miami president Donna Shalala -- accompanied by her legal counsel -- made their way upstairs here at an undisclosed downtown hotel near the NCAA headquarters around 8 a.m. for breakfast after meeting with all her staffers in a private room.

Hurricanes football coach Al Golden, not among those alleged to have broken rules but here because he's supporting his program, gave a fist pump as he left the breakfast area for a moment.

Current UM basketball coach Jim Larranaga, athletic director Blake James and Atlantic Coast Conference Commissioner John Swofford were all among those who were in UM's private meeting room before breakfast.

Missouri coach Frank Haith, charged with a failure to promote an atmosphere of compliance during his time at UM, was among the handful of former coaches who also made their way up to the breakfast room.

Louisville assistant Clint Hurtt, facing allegations of receiving and providing impermissible benefits and the dreaded 10.1 rule of unethical conduct for providing false and misleading information during the investigation, was one of the last people to enter the breakfast area.

Also spotted: new Carol City football coach Aubrey Hill, former Western Kentucky assistant Jake Morton and former UM basketball assistant Jorge Fernandez.

The doors to the breakfast room closed at 8:30 a.m.

UM has said it will not comment publicly before, during or after the hearings over the next three days. 

The NCAA isn't expected to render a decision for at least six weeks or more.

HERE ARE SOME MORE PHOTOS FROM THIS MORNING

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> UM basketball coach Jim Larranaga and deputy athletic director Tony Hernandez leave the meeting room where President Donna Shalala met with her staff and lawyers before entering the hearings.

 

 

Photo-4> UM athletic director Blake James (right) walks with Atlantic Coast Conference commissioner John Swofford toward UM's private meeting room around 7:30 a.m. before the hearings with the NCAA.

 

 

 

Photo-6> UM football coach Al Golden (middle) takes the escalators upstairs to breakfast before the hearing with the NCAA. Senior associate AD Jen Strawley walks in front of Golden.

June 12, 2013

UM set to meet with NCAA infractions committee Thursday morning

INDIANAPOLIS -- There aren't many direct flights from Miami to Indianapolis so naturally odds were pretty good I was going to bump into University of Miami representatives on their way up to meet with the NCAA infractions committee Wednesday morning.

UM coach Al Golden works on his laptop on his flight up to IndyAnd that's exactly what happened.

UM President Donna Shalala, football coach Al Golden, basketball coach Jim Larranaga, athletic director Blake James and several top-end UM staffers along with UM's general counsel boarded a small flight -- along with me and about 10 other people -- bound for the city where the NCAA is headquartered. Coach Golden, Larranaga and James were nice enough to say hello to me before and after the flight -- including when we all went to grab a cab at the same time. But that's probably all I'm going to get from them over the next three days.

UM has said it will not comment before, during or after its hearings with the infraction committee.

Thursday morning -- somewhere here at the downtown hotel I'll keep secret -- UM and several former assistant coaches will get together with the committee on infractions and NCAA investigators inside of a meeting room. I'd love to be a fly inside the room to hear it all, but instead I'll be sitting outside, keeping my fingers crossed to learn something from the hearings. 

As our Barry Jackson wrote today in his Sports Buzz, procedural issues will be heard Thursday and UM and at least four of the coaches again will ask for the case to be dismissed, which UM doesn’t expect to happen.

All of the football allegations will be addressed in a marathon Friday session, and basketball charges will be dealt with Saturday.

I will be here, hoping some bit of news trickles out of those doors. Who knows maybe Shalala will come out of the meetings doing a touchdown dance and this will all be over.

Odds are, though, we won't hear much. Plus, sanctions won't be announced until six weeks or later. So, unless the case gets dismissed -- which would be huge news -- the news will be light.

Follow me on Twitter for photos and quick updates as they come.

June 04, 2013

Report: Incoming UM quarterback Kevin Olsen charged in one-car crash

BY SUSAN MILLER DEGNAN, sdegnan@MiamiHerald.com

Kevin OlsenThe University of Miami’s quarterback of the future, Wayne Hills, N.J., High School senior and soon-to-be graduate Kevin Olsen, was charged with “leaving the scene of an accident after he smashed his car into a vehicle in his hometown of Wayne” on May 25, according to court records reported Monday by The Wayne Patch local newspaper. 

Olsen “was additionally charged with failure to report an accident and careless driving” after the incident was witnessed by a bystander who said the quarterback “crashed his car into a tree and drove away,” according to the Wayne Patch. 

After checking out the damage, the report said, Olsen hit another car “parked on the road” in the neighborhood while leaving the scene. 

According to the paper, the police report said Olsen’s face appeared to have blood on it and that he “appeared to be under the influence of something.” 

He is reportedly scheduled to appear in Wayne Municipal Court on June 20. 

Olsen’s older brother Greg was a tight end for the Hurricanes and now plays for the Carolina Panthers in the NFL. Kevin Olsen is scheduled to report to UM to begin his collegiate career this summer.

The university said Tuesday it was unaware of Olsen's legal situation. "We are still trying to gather information about what happened," said Chris Yandle, UM's director of communications for athletics.

Photo credit: AP Photo/Tampa Bay Times, Lara Cerri