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September 25, 2013

Canes great Edgerrin James named "ACC Legend'' & Tulsa Shock G & former Cane All-American Riquna Williams named '13 WNBA Sixth Woman of the Year

Congratulations to two former UM standouts. Below are the releases sent by UM:

Edgerrin James Named to 2013 ACC Football Legends Class

Class will be honored at 2013 Dr Pepper ACC Championship in Charlotte

 CORAL GABLES, Fla. – Former Miami Hurricanes running back Edgerrin James is one of 15 standouts named to the 2013 ACC Football Legends Class, the conference announced Wednesday. James will be recognized at Miami’s Nov. 23 home finale vs. Virginia.

 The Legends Class will be honored during this year’s Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship Game weekend. They will be honored Dec. 6 at the ACC Night of Legends sponsored by the Belk Bowl and during ceremonies at Charlotte’s Bank of America Stadium for the 9th Annual ACC Football Championship, with will be nationally televised Dec. 7 at either 7:45 p.m. ET (ESPN) or 8 p.m. ET (ABC). Tickets for the Night of Legends are $85 each and are available here.

 James joins a prominent list that includes four members of the College Football Hall of Fame and two members of the ACC 50th Anniversary Team. The 2013 class includes: Boston College RB Mike Cloud, Clemson S Terry Kinard, Duke HB/E Wes Chesson, Florida State G Jamie Dukes, Georgia Tech TB Robert Lavette, Maryland QB Boomer Esiason, North Carolina FB Ken Willard, NC State twins Dave (QB) and Don (WR) Buckley, Pittsburgh head coach Johnny Majors, Syracuse HB Floyd Little, Virginia DE Tom Scott, Virginia Tech WR Andre Davis and Wake Forest QB Jay Venuto.

 The group of 15 former gridiron standouts from current ACC schools includes a former ACC Football Player of the Year; 10 former All-Americas, including six first-team All-America honorees; and 12 players who combined for 97 years in the NFL. Twelve of the Legends were drafted into the NFL, including six first- or second-round draft choices.

 In all, the collection of players combined for two national championships, five ACC Championships and one Super Bowl title.

 An explosive runner who averaged 6.2 yards per carry throughout his career, James is one of the most successful running backs in Miami history. Though he played just three seasons in college, James totaled 2,960 yards and still has the top two single-game rushing days in school history. He ran for a school-record 299 yards against UCLA in 1998 and for 271 yards against Boston College in 1997.  He is the only running back in school history to post multiple 1,000-yard seasons and helped the Canes compiled a 23-12 mark, while earning two bowl berths.

 The fourth overall selection in the 1999 NFL Draft by Indianapolis, he played 11 seasons in the NFL, including his first seven with the Colts. He was named to the NFL Pro Bowl four teams. He was named the 1999 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year by the AP and claimed the NFL rushing title in each of his first two seasons in the league. After leaving Indianapolis, he played three seasons with Arizona, leading the Cardinals to Super Bowl XLIII. He completed his professional career with Seattle in 2009, accumulating 12,246 career rushing yards and 80 touchdowns. He was named to the NFL All-Decade Team for the 2000s. Originally from Immokalee, Fla., James now resides in Miami.

ALL-TIME MIAMI HURRICANES ACC LEGENDS

NAME, POS                                       INDUCTION YEAR 

George Mira, QB                              2005

Gino Torretta, QB                             2006

Jim Kelly, QB                                     2007

Russell Maryland, DT                       2008

Vinny Testaverde, QB                      2009

Cortez Kennedy, DT                         2010

Jim Otto, C                                         2011

Ted Hendricks, DE                            2012

Edgerrin James, RB                          2013

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Riquna Williams Named WNBA Sixth Woman of the Year
Tulsa Shock guard and former Hurricanes All-American Riquna Williams was named the 2013 WNBA Sixth Woman of the Year

NEW YORK -- Tulsa Shock guard and former Miami Hurricanes All-American Riquna Williams was named the 2013 WNBA Sixth Woman of the Year, the WNBA announced Tuesday. Williams received 17 votes from a national panel of 39 sportswriters and broadcasters to earn the award.

“We are once again so proud of Riquna and her accomplishments this season,” Miami head coach Katie Meier said. “She has always been a ‘game-changer’ at every level, and it is a testament to her work ethic that she continues to be one in the WNBA.”

The second-year guard averaged 15.6 points in 27 games for Tulsa in 2013, including 21 games off the bench. Williams also averaged 2.4 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.0 steals, and burst onto the scene with a record-setting 51-point performance against San Antonio in early September.

The Pahokee, Fla., native shot 17-for-28 from the field in a 98-65 win over the Silver Stars, including eight 3-point baskets, to set a single-game WNBA scoring record.  The 51-point effort surpassed the previous mark of 47 set by Phoenix's Diana Taurasi in 2006 and Seattle's Lauren Jackson in 2007, earning her a career-first Western Conference Player of the Week Award.

Williams was selected in the second round (17th overall) of the 2012 WNBA Draft, becoming the fourth player in Miami Hurricanes history to be drafted. She finished her inaugural WNBA campaign ranked third among rookies in both assists (2.1) and steals (1.55), and fourth in scoring (10.5) en route to 2012 All-Rookie honors.

In recognition of her selection as Sixth Woman of the Year, Williams will receive $5,000 and a specially-designed trophy from Tiffany & Co.

Kirk Herbstreit just now on radio about NCAA: "Good or bad, just get Miami some answers.''

ESPN College GameDay analyst Kirk Herbstreit, speaking to Joe Rose on 560 WQAM, was adamant about the frustration those connected to the University of Miami must feel regarding the NCAA situation that still has not been resolved after two-and-a-half years.

Herbstreit said the first thing he thought of was Miami when he heard the news yesterday about the NCAA gradually returning football scholarships to Penn State in relation to the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal.

"Miami was the first thing I thought about yesterday when I heard that news,'' Herbstreit said. "They have not only penalized Penn State, but circled back and reduced that penalty before we get anything on Miami. The only thing I can think of is because the NCAA fumbled the ball on the entire investigation with Miami and publicly admitted that, I've got to believe they've got to go all the way back and start basically from scratch in certain aspects of the investigation.

"I don't have anything to do with the NCAA; I never talk to anybody from the NCAA, so I don't have any idea. I wish I had some answers of, 'Hey, by November we're going to find out, but I don't know anything. I'm as frustrated by it. All I can do is just applaud the effort from the university, what they're doing, the direction that they're heading with Al Golden.

I don't know if people outside of the Miami Hurricane community really appreciate the challenges that Al Golden and his staff face week in and week out -- not just during the season but more importantly in the offseason when you're recruiting, when you're trying to recruit to unknown. The direction of your program, the penalties you may have to deal with and you're sitting here trying to talk a 17- or 18-year-old to come and play for you while Florida State and Florida and others, they don't have to worry about that.

"It's a shame, it really is. I just hope there are some answers. Good or bad, just get Miami some answers so they can move past this and move into another chapter of their program.''

SUSAN MILLER DEGNAN