Here's a quick preview of what could be in store next Wednesday, National Signing Day.
> NOTE: I wore the old Cubs jersey in honor of the late great Ernie Banks.
The Miami Hurricanes football team had its roster updated Thursday, with 11 new scholarship players, two walk-ons -- and two deletions.
The deletions: scholarship cornerback Larry Hope, who would have been a redshirt freshman in 2014; and walk-on quarterback Garrison Lassiter, the former minor-league baseball player with the New York Yankees organization who gave up baseball to come to college and give football a try.
A UM spokesman said he had no additional information on Hope and Lassiter. Hope played in two games last season and had three tackles. Lassiter never played.
Here are the new 11 (and their jersey numbers), taking summer classes and getting ready for fall ball:
No. 7: S Marques Gayot of Lake Worth Park Vista Community High.
No. 9: DE Chad Thomas of Miami Booker T. Washington.
No. 12: QB Malik Rosier of Mobile, Ala., Faith Academy.
No. 15: QB Brad Kaaya of West Hills, Calif., Chaminade-Madonna.
No. 22: DB Kiy Hester of Wayne, N.J., DePaul Catholic.
No. 57: DE Mike Smith of Miami Northwestern.
No. 68: OL Nick Linder of Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas.
No. 82: WR Tyre Brady of Homestead South Dade.
No. 92: DL Courtel Jenkins of Wayne, N.J., DePaul Catholic.
No. 95: DL Anthony Moten of Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas.
No. 44: DE Demetrius Jackson of Miami Booker T. Washington.
Here are the walk-ons:
No. 16: P Justin Vogel by way of UF and before that, Tampa Berkeley Prep.
No. 24: K Michael Badgley of Summit, N.J. High.
No. 43: FB Tyler Odems of Manassas, Va., by way of Dean JC (I'm told he didn't play) & Osbourn Park High.
Practice expected to begin Aug. 5th.
SUSAN MILLER DEGNAN
After a bad start, the No. 1 seed Hurricanes will meet No. 5 Clemson at 7 p.m. Thursday in the 2014 ACC baseball tournament. The game will be broadcast on the ACC's Regional Sports Networks with an ESPN3 simulcast.
The Hurricanes, winners of 27 of their past 30 games until Wednesday, became just the second top seed in the past 29 Atlantic Coast Conference baseball tournaments to lose their opening tournament game.
Georgia Tech made a late comeback to defeat the Canes 6-3.
The Hurricanes (40-16) took early leads of 1-0 and 3-1. Georgia Tech (34-24) scored two runs in the seventh, two in the eighth and one more in the ninth.
Andy Suarez allowed nine hits and three earned runs in 6.1 innings, and also had an error that got things started for the Yellow Jackets.
Reliever Chris Hammond took the loss in 1.2 innings, giving up two earned runs on three hits. He's now 5-1.
"We've been hot lately," said UM outfielder Dale Carey, who went 3 for 4 with a home run and two stolen bases. "Just because we dropped one today doesn’t mean we can’t start another streak. That’s what we're planning on doing."
The good news for Canes fans is that UM swept Clemson April 25-27 in South Carolina. Those scores, in order, were 5-2, 3-2 and 10-2. UM's usual rotation during those weekend starts: Chris Diaz, Andy Suarez and Bryan Radziewski. ACC Co-Pitcher of the year Diaz (9-0, 2.32 ERA) is slated to start today.
This is a round-robin format, with the winner of Pool A (UM, No. 4 Duke, No. 5 Clemson and Georgia Tech remains) playing the winner of Pool B (No. 2 seed FSU, No. 3 Virginia, No. 6 Maryland and No. 7 North Carolina) at 1 p.m. Sunday for the championship.
In other games, FSU beat UNC 7-1; and Clemson beat Duke 5-3.
On Thursday, Maryland was scheduled to play Virginia at 11 and Duke was set to play Georgia Tech at 3 p.m., before Miami's matchup.
Miami has off Friday, before resuming Saturday at 11 a.m. against Duke.
SUSAN MILLER DEGNAN