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July 22, 2013

Corn Elder alert: UM's newest football-hoops prep star could end up bouncing from FB to hoops before end of FB season

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Two-sport star Corn Elder, Mr. Tennessee Football as a running back, will play cornerback, kick returner and punt returner with the Canes, UM football coach Al Golden told us today at the ACC Football Kickoff. A two-time hoops state champion for Ensworth High in Nashville, there’s a good chance the freshman could bounce over to Jim Larranaga’s UM basketball team for practice before this football season ends – especially if he redshirts.

    Elder is enrolled and on campus and has been working out with the football players.

    “Absolutely,’’ Golden said of the possibility of Elder leaving football for basketball early should he redshirt. “Jim and I have a good relationship on that. The first week [Elder] was there we wanted to indoctrinate him to football and get him used to the schedule. The second week we took two or three days and got him acclimated to basketball. I wanted to make sure that he went through that orientation, if you will, how they lift, how they practice, their locker room, their video setup – all that, so he’s not doing it after our season in January.

   “So, certainly if he’s not part of that, we’ll be able to expose him to basketball a lot sooner.’’

   Golden said Larranaga “did not’’ ask him to redshirt Elder. “I know Jim is excited about the young man. He watched him practice this summer and he’s excited about him as a basketball player, which is great to hear.’’

   Regarding football, Golden described Elder as "very talented. Quick feet. Good lateral mobility. He's very smart. I'm not saying he won't be a slot receiver at some point, but he certainly looks very comfortable at corner, and given his speed and quickness...''

   SUSAN MILLER DEGNAN

Former Hurricane Ryan Braun becomes first player tied to Biogenesis to be suspended by MLB

Former University of Miami Hurricane Ryan Braun, who won the National League MVP award in 2011 and defended himself vehemently when accused of using performance enhancing drugs, was suspended without pay for the remainder of the season by Major League Baseball Monday after shifting course and acknowledging he broke baseball's rules regarding its joint drug prevention and treatment program.

“As I have acknowledged in the past, I am not perfect," Braun said in a statement released by MLB. "I realize now that I have made some mistakes. I am willing to accept the consequences of those actions. This situation has taken a toll on me and my entire family, and it is has been a distraction to my teammates and the Brewers organization.

"I am very grateful for the support I have received from players, ownership and the fans in Milwaukee and around the country. Finally, I wish to apologize to anyone I may have disappointed – all of the baseball fans especially those in Milwaukee, the great Brewers organization, and my teammates. I am glad to have this matter behind me once and for all, and I cannot wait to get back to the game I love.”

Braun, 29, is the first player linked to Biogenesis -- Tony Bosch's Coral Gables-based anti-aging clinic that allegedly supplied PEDs to roughly 20  baseball players -- to be suspended by baseball.

Last week at the All-Star Game in New York, union executive director Michael Weiner said he expected MLB — which has built its case on phone records, receipts and other information provided by Bosch - to present its findings to the players association “within the next month” and for disciplinary action and appeals to likely remain unresolved until the winter.

But Braun, who successfully appealed a 50-game suspension from baseball last season after a positive test for testosterone, apparently sped the process up after he met with MLB investigators recently and decided to admit he broke rules. He will miss the Brewers final 65 games this season. Milwaukee just swept the Marlins over the weekend.

“We commend Ryan Braun for taking responsibility for his past actions,” said Rob Manfred, Executive Vice President, Economics and League Affairs for Major League Baseball. “We all agree that it is in the best interests of the game to resolve this matter. When Ryan returns, we look forward to him making positive contributions to Major League Baseball, both on and off the field."

UM baseball coach Jim Morris, reached by phone after learning of the news, declined comment. 

Hurricanes picked by media to win the ACC Coastal Division -- then lose to Clemson in the ACC Championship game

So much for compliments.

The Miami Hurricanes were selected by media members at the ACC Football kickoff to win the Coastal Division, but lose in the league title game to expected Atlantic Division champ Clemson.

 Clemson also had the preseason pick for ACC Player of the Year -- in a landslide. Tigers quarterback Tajh Boyd got 105 votes, with Hurricanes running back Duke Johnson earning 4 votes as the runner-up.

The preseason prediction garnered 102 first-place votes for Clemson --which leads all ACC teams with 14 conference titles -- in Atlantic Division balloting. Defending ACC champion Florida State placed second with 18 first-place votes.

  Clemson was named on 95 ballots to win the ACC title, with FSU getting 15 championship votes and Georgia Tech, Miami and UNC each getting 3.

  Miami was chosen by 65 voters as the expected Coastal winner, while Virginia Tech got 27 first-place votes and North Carolina, 22.

  Predicted order of finish:

Atlantic Division

1. Clemson (102 first-place votes and 815 total points)

2. FSU (18 and 731)

3. NC State (490)

4. Wake Forest (392)

5. Maryland (373)

6. Syracuse (320)

7. Boston College (211)

Coastal Division

1. Miami (65 first-place votes and 736 points)

2. Virginia Tech (27 and 654)

3. North Carolina (22 and 649)

4. Georgia Tech (6 and 522)

5. Pitt (313)

6. Virginia (230)

7. Duke (228)

 

  SUSAN MILLER DEGNAN

 


News from UM Canes coach Al Golden: highlights from my one-on-one interview at ACC Football Kickoff

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Just finished speaking with UM coach Al Golden in a solo interview at the Grandover Resort. He's here for the ACC Football Kickoff.

Some quick hits before he speaks in the late afternoon to the masses:

* He said he has no idea exactly when the NCAA penalties will be announced or are coming. He did not want to comment on the hearing. I asked him to "fill in the blank. If the NCAA penalizes UM another bowl game, I will....''

Golden's answer: "That's a great question. I will refrain from answering that as I have the last two years. I don't want to come this far with the investigation and then start commenting on something. We've shown a lot of restraint and discipline throught the whole process and I don't want to screw that up now.''

* Golden said he has not decided whether freshman quarterback Kevin Olsen, already on campus and working out with his teammates, will redshirt. "We'll see,'' he said. "They all deserve an opportunity to prove themseslves. I'm not into predicting someone's status in the future. It sets a bad precedent. We're then telling someone not to compete, which is contradictory to what we're trying to do in our culture.''

 * He said no one has been punished or suspended for the beginning of the season.

 

* Golden expects newcomer defensive linemen Ufomba Kamalu and Al-Quadin Muhammad -- "we call him Quan,'' Golden said -- to arrive in time for the first day of fall camp on Aug. 3.

* He also expects DL Julio Derosier, a jr-college transfer, to arrive on time.

* The verdict is still out on RB Eduardo Clements, who had neck surgery and missed spring. "He's seeing the doctor this week. He's been working out with the team. We're all praying it's a clean bill of health.''

* DL Dyron Dye (Achilles' tendon surgery) is not ready to practice.

* TE Clive Walford is recuperating from an injury, as is S Deon Bush.

* OL Sunny Odogwu had minor surgery and will be OK.

* DL Kelvin Cain and WR Rashawn Scott, who have been in and out of the dog house under Golden, are "doing really well,'' Golden said. "Kelvin is stronger and heavier and is closing in on 250 pounds.''

* Two-sport star Corn Elder, Mr. Tennessee as a RB, is playing cornerback, kick returner and punt returner with the Canes.

* Ray Lewis III is now a cornerback.

SUSAN MILLER DEGNAN