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UM Canes football program opening curtain to spring practice -- fans invited to attend all but 3 sessions

It has been a long time, but the University of Miami has decided to open 12 of 15 spring football sessions to the public. 

The three closed sessions to everyone, including media: Friday, March 28 practice and the first two scrimmages on Saturday, March 29 and Friday, April 4.

Miami opens spring drills this Saturday, March 1, at 9 a.m. at Greentree Field.

The bowl practices were open to the public, too. Nice touch. 

Will you be coming to any practices? Fun to bring the kids, even if you don't stay the whole time.

Here's the UM release:

Twelve of the Miami Hurricanes’ spring football practices will be open to the public. Miami’s March 28 practice and its first two scrimmages (March 29, April) will be closed to the public. Miami opens spring drills Sat., March 1 with a 9 a.m. practice at Greentree.

 A new twist to this year’s spring practice schedule: coaches from the University of Miami, FIU, FAU and the Miami Dolphins have joined forces to host the first annual South Florida Football Festival for high school and youth coaches March 28-29 on the UM campus. Two-day registration is $50 and Saturday registration is $20. Don Soldinger will be the keynote speaker Friday night as he talks about his “Attitude of a Champion”.

 The South Florida Football Festival will also include “Fundamental Friday”, a 90-minute demonstration to assist high school and youth coaches and players learn the latest fundamentals and techniques from the 2014 Miami Hurricanes coaches and players.

 

2014 MIAMI HURRICANES SPRING FOOTBALL DATES

Saturday, March 1                   Practice 1 (9 a.m.)

Sunday, March 2                      Practice 2 (9 a.m.)

Tuesday, March 4                    Practice 3 (9 a.m.)

Thursday, March 6                   Practice 4 (9 a.m.)

Tuesday, March 18                  Practice 5 (9 a.m.)

Thursday, March 20                 Practice 6 (9 a.m.)

Saturday, March 22                 Practice 7 (9 a.m.)

Tuesday, March 25                  Practice 8 (9 a.m.)

Friday, March 28                      Practice 9 (6 p.m.), Cobb Stadium – Closed to the public

Saturday, March 29                 Scrimmage 1 (12 p.m.), Greentree – Closed to the public

Tuesday, April 1                        Practice 11 (9 a.m.)

Friday, April 4                            Scrimmage 2 (6 p.m.), Greentree – Closed to the public

Tuesday, April 8                        Practice 13 (9 a.m.)

Thursday, April 10                    Practice 14 (9 a.m.)

Saturday, April 12                     Spring Game (6 p.m.), Sun Life Stadium

 
The University of Miami has launched the $7 million Football Victory Fund to address the most important needs of the football program. There are a variety of ways to contribute to the Football Victory Fund as well as to Hurricanes Athletics.  For more information on how you can donate and details of the pending projects, please call the Hurricane Club at 305-284-6699 or visit umvictoryfund.com
 
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FIRST ANNUAL SOUTH FLORIDA FOOTBALL FESTIVAL SCHEDULE
Friday, March 28
8:00-9:30 a.m.                      Registration (Student Activities Center)
9:30 a.m.                                Welcome & Staff Introductions
9:45-10:45 a.m.                    Offense with James Coley
9:45-10:45 a.m.                    Defense with Mark D’Onofrio
11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.        Chalk Talks by Position
12:15-1:30 p.m.                    Lunch (Student Activities Center)
1:45-3:00 p.m.                      Special Teams with Al Golden: Essentials of the Return Game
3:15-4:30 p.m.                      Offense with Dan Shula, FAU WR Coach
3:15-4:30 p.m.                      Defense with Corey Bell, FAU DB Coach
4:45-6:00 p.m.                      Dinner (Student Activities Center)
6:15-7:45 p.m.                      “Fundamental Friday” at Cobb Stadium
8:15-9:15 p.m.                      Keynote Speaker – Don Soldinger “Attitude of a Champion”
9:15 p.m.                                Coaches Social
 
Saturday, March 29
7:00-8:30 a.m.                      Registration (Student Activities Center)
8:45-10:00 a.m.                    Offense with Steve Shankweiler, FIU Offensive Coordinator
8:45-10:00 a.m.                    Defense with Josh Conklin, FIU Defensive Coordinator
10:15-11:30 a.m.                  Special Teams with Darren Rizzi, Miami Dolphins
11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m.        Lunch
12:00-2:00 p.m.                  Miami Hurricanes scrimmage

SUSAN MILLER DEGNAN

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