This wasn't a good day for anyone involved with the Miami Hurricanes -- and for anyone with a heart.
First, the news about former UM safety JoJo Nicolas getting into a horrific car accident on the MacArthur Causeway.
Then, the news about current UM offensive lineman Hunter Knighton being sent to the hospital after a workout at UM. Last I heard he was not conscious, but that was several hours ago.
UM sent out a release that certainly seems hopeful for Hunter. I don't have any more details on Hunter, other than what I wrote in the story. Most of us don't know him because he didn't play this season after shoulder surgery. He will be a redshirt freshman.
Athletics Department Statement on Redshirt Freshman Hunter Knighton:
"Our thoughts and prayers are with Hunter Knighton and his family at this time, though we are encouraged by the prognosis. We look forward to his return to normal activities as soon as his health permits.
"Out of respect for the privacy of those involved, UM will have no further comment at this time."
As for JoJo, police had said, in so many words, that it didn't look promising.
I always liked JoJo when he played safety at UM. He was quiet and understated, but very thoughtful and polite and a nice person. We all felt horrible when his baby son, who was born four months prematurely, passed away as an infant. He was very gracious in talking to us about it, and how his heart ached.
If anyone out there believes in the power of prayer, it wouldn't hurt to start doing it now.
SUSAN MILLER DEGNAN