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August 27, 2014

Another "Welcome to the U:" Kaaya 4-star OT teammate commits

The Brad Kaaya pipeline is paying dividend for the Miami Hurricanes.

West Hills (Calif.) Chaminade four-star offensive tackle Bar Milo – class of 2015 – committed to the University of Miami on Wednesday night.

Kaaya, the true freshman starting quarterback for the Hurricanes, recently graduated from Chaminade.

Milo, 6-6 and 300 pounds, told Rivals.com on Monday that “regardless of where I commit I promised my parents I’d keep my recruitment open and not be fully committed. But where I commit, that’s where I plan on going. I’d just stay open.’’ Milo added that “he’s taking into consideration’’ that his parents don’t want him to go too far from home.

His other finalists were Washington, Nebraska and ArizonaState.

Milo attended ‘U’ Day on an unofficial visit Aug 10. He watched the Canes practice and told 247Sports.com that Kaaya was “fantastic. He only says good things about Miami – how fantastic he’s been treated and how it’s a family atmosphere. He thinks it would be a great fit for me.’’

Milo is ranked the 32nd best offensive tackle by Rivals and the 26th in 247Sports’ composite rankings.

He is the seventh offensive lineman to commit for 2015, a class that now has 23 commits, according to 247Sports. On Tuesday, Under-Armour All-American kicker Andrew Galitz decommitted from Miami and committed to Baylor.

“I have officially decommited from the University of Miami,’’ he posted on Twitter. “I would like to thank the coaching staff for recruiting me.’’

If he follows through and signs with UM, Milo would be the third Hurricane out of West Hills Chaminade. Kicker Matt Goudis also went there.    

SUSAN MILLER DEGNAN

Hot off the press: ACC announces '15 men's hoops schedule

ACC Announces 2015 Men's Hoops Schedule

 

CORAL GABLES, Fla. – The University of Miami opens it 2015 Atlantic Coast Conference schedule against reigning league champion Virginia on Jan. 3 in Coral Gables, ACC Commissioner John Swofford announced today.

 

In the 2014-15 campaign, Miami will host three Atlantic Coast Conference opponents that finished in the Top 25 in 2014, including preseason No. 7 North Carolina (Feb. 28), league newcomer No. 10 Louisville (Feb. 3) and No. 12 Virginia (Jan. 3). The Canes will travel to preseason No. 2 Duke (Jan. 13) and No. 21 Pittsburgh (March 4).

 

“The ACC in my mind is the best basketball conference in the country. Every night you are playing against a Top 20 or Top 10 team in the country,” said Larrañaga. “Whether you are at home or on the road, you had better be at your best, or you will be defeated.”

 

Miami will play eight games on the ESPN body of networks (ESPN, ESPN2 & ESPNU), one game on CBS, three on the ACC Network and six will be aired on the ACC’s regional sports network (RSN), which consists Fox Sports South, Fox Sports Carolinas, Fox Sports Florida, Sun Sports, Fox Sports Indiana, Fox Sports Midwest, Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic, NESN, YES Network, MSG Network and ROOT Sports.

 

“We have such a demanding non-conference schedule because of the number of games we are going to play in such a short period of time. We are going to find out right away how well prepared we are for the ACC,” added Larrañaga. “This is going to be a very challenging team with nine new players. They are going to be asked to bond and play well together very very quickly. That’s why the trip to Spain was so important to us.”

 

The Canes start the conference season with two at home and two on the road, as UM hosts Virginia Jan. 3 on ESPN 2 and Boston College (Jan. 10), then hits the road for a pair of ESPN or ESPN2 televised matchups against Duke (Jan. 13) and Notre Dame (Jan. 17). Following a home outing against NC State on Jan. 22, Miami travels to Syracuse, N.Y. to face the Orange on Jan. 24, a game that will be on ESPN or ESPN2. Miami wraps up the month with a home matchup with Georgia Tech on Jan. 28.

 

The Canes play nine games in February, five of which are at the BankUnited Center. UM opens the second month at Florida State on Feb. 1, then is in Coral Gables Feb. 3 and Feb. 8 to face Louisville and Clemson, respectively. Miami’s next three of four games are on the road as the Canes go to Wake Forest (Feb. 11) and Boston College (Feb. 15), are home for Virginia Tech (Feb. 18), then travel to Louisville Feb. 21, for an ESPN or ESPN2 game. The Canes conclude the home portion of the schedule with home matchups against Florida State (Feb. 25) and North Carolina (Feb. 28).

 

Miami’s two games in March are on the road, as the Canes play at Pittsburgh (March 4) and at Virginia Tech (March 7).

 

The ACC Tournament will be held at the Greensboro (N.C.) Coliseum March 10-14.

 

In 2015-16, Miami will play home and away against Virginia, Florida State, Notre Dame and Virginia Tech and will host Duke, Louisville, Syracuse, Pittsburgh and Wake Forest. UM will play on the road against North Carolina, NC State, Clemson, Georgia Tech and Boston College that season.

 

The 2014-15 season will be the first year of a 12-year schedule rotation during which teams that are not partners play five years at home only, five years on the road only, and two years both home and road. The past two conference schedules were “one-offs” due to an increase from 16 to 18 conference games and conference expansion, respectively.

 

This season will mark the third in which each ACC team will play an 18-game conference schedule. With Louisville joining the ACC on July 1, nine of the conference’s 15 teams will enter next season having made postseason appearances in 2013-14, including seven teams that took part in NCAA Tournament play this past year.

 

The ACC’s collective non-losing streak in the NCAA Tournament reached 27 years in 2013-14, by far the longest stretch in the nation. The ACC has had at least one team ranked among the Top 10 of the final Associated Press poll for 54 consecutive years.

 

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Date

Opponent

Location

TV

Time

Nov. 6

Eckerd College (exhibition)

Coral Gables, Fla.

TBA

TBA

Nov. 14

Howard

Coral Gables, Fla.

TBA

TBA

Nov. 17

at Florida

Gainesville, Fla.

ESPNU

7 p.m.

ESPN Charleston Classic (Charleston, S.C.)

Nov. 20

Drexel

Charleston, S.C.

ESPNU

3 p.m.

Nov. 21

Akron/Southern Cal

Charleston, S.C.

TBA

TBA

Nov. 23

Penn State/South Carolina/Cornell/Charlotte

Charleston, S.C.

TBA

TBA

Nov. 25

at Charlotte

Charlotte, N.C.

TBA

TBA

Nov. 28

South Alabama

Coral Gables, Fla.

TBA

TBA

Dec. 2

Illinois

Coral Gables, Fla.

ESPN2/U

9 p.m.

Dec. 6

UW-Green Bay

Coral Gables, Fla.

TBA

TBA

Dec. 8

Savannah State

Coral Gables, Fla.

TBA

TBA

Dec. 19

Eastern Kentucky

Coral Gables, Fla.

TBA

TBA

Dec. 22

vs. Providence  (at Barclays Center, N.Y.)

Barclay’s Center

TBA

TBA

Dec. 30

College of Charleston

Coral Gables, Fla.

TBA

TBA

Jan. 3

Virginia

Coral Gables, Fla.

ESPN2

2/4:30 p.m.

Jan. 10

Boston College

Coral Gables, Fla.

RSN

4 p.m.

Jan. 13

at Duke

Durham, N.C.

ESPNU

9 p.m.

Jan. 17

at Notre Dame

Notre Dame, Ind.

ESPN/2

2 p.m.

Jan. 22

NC State

Coral Gables, Fla.

ACCN

8 p.m.

Jan. 24

at Syracuse

Syracuse, N.Y.

ESPN/2

4 p.m.

Jan. 28

Georgia Tech

Coral Gables, Fla.

RSN

9 p.m.

Feb. 1

at Florida State

Tallahassee, Fla.

ESPNU

12:30 p.m.

Feb. 3

Louisville

Coral Gables, Fla.

ACCN

8 p.m.

Feb. 8

Clemson

Coral Gables, Fla.

ESPNU

6:30 p.m.

Feb. 11

at Wake Forest

Winston-Salem, N.C.

RSN

7 p.m.

Feb. 15

at Boston College

Chestnut Hill, Mass.

ESPNU

6:30 p.m.

Feb. 18

Virginia Tech

Coral Gables, Fla.

RSN

7 p.m.

Feb. 21

at Louisville

Louisville, K.Y.

ESPN/2

2 p.m.

Feb. 25

Florida State

Coral Gables, Fla.

RSN

9 p.m.

Feb. 28

North Carolina

Coral Gables, Fla.

CBS

2 p.m.

March 4

at Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh, Pa.

RSN

8 p.m.

March 7

at Virginia Tech

Blacksburg, Va.

RSN

Noon

ACC Tournament, Greensboro (N.C.) Coliseum

March 10

First Round

 

 

 

March 11

Second Round

 

 

 

March 12

Quarterfinals

 

 

 

March 13

Semifinals

 

 

 

March 14

Finals

 

 

 

 

 

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Al Golden just spoke on ACC Coaches' Teleconference. Here he is...

You guys have two prime-time games in first 20 games of season. In recruiting how much do you still talk about Miami being a national brand and obviously somebody that is still attracted to networks?

GOLDEN:  “From our recruiting realm, young people understand that and the high school communities around the countries understand that. That’s one of the reasons that we can still attract nationally, but yet at the same time make sure we’re paying close attention regionally and locally for sure. In terms of our guys on the team, they’re just focused on this week and worrying about Louisville. The rest of it will take care of itself.’’

 How is Duke Johnson doing? Is he ready for Louisville?

 GOLDEN: “Duke has been doing good. He’s had a great recovery. There are no signs of fatigue or anything. He’s much stronger. He’s retained his quickness, he’s posted his fastest 40 since he’s been here back in July. Duke is ready to go.”

 NOTE: Golden also talked about Brad Kaaya being the starter and all the veterans he has around him.

 Al, a couple of your players have told the media down there they felt disrespected by the way Louisville played the second half of the game, maybe thinking they ran up the score. Do you find any sense of extra motivation from players given what happened at the bowl game?

 GOLDEN: “No, not at all. Louisville played really well. They had an exceptional team. They only lost a couple times in two years. That was a great team [that] played really well. But no, in terms of our program and their program, this is a different team for both and clearly we have to take care of our business, not worry about anybody else’s.”

 When Golden was asked about what it was about Kaaya’s play since beginning of August that made him decide to go with him as his quarterback, he said, “His completion percentage was excellent. He did a great job at the line of scrimmage. That’s probably where we got the most confidence from him, just his overall depth and understanding of what we were trying to get done and his ability to get us in the right play at the line of scrimmage. Without that, it would be hard to name him the starter. But he certainly demonstrated to us all training camp that it certainly wasn’t going to big for him and we’re excited for him.’’

 From what you’ve seen of Petrino offenses in the past on film, what is it about that Petrino system that makes them traditionally so prolific with him as the coach?

 GOLDEN: “He does a great job, no question about it, with multiple formations and tempo, high completion percentage and probably what goes under the radar the ability to run the football in addition – a two headed monster if you will. Those are things we have to adjust to and be prepared for going into this game.’’

 The defense this year has looked really good this year in camp, despite having a few younger players. What are your expectations of the defense and how good can the unit be this year?

 GOLDEN:  “That’s the challenge we have to answer. We can talk about it all we want, but at the end of the day there’s a great challenge. I thought they improved in the spring, I thought they started to play together a lot more. I thought there was more harmony. I think our tackling was better. At the end of the day, it’s going to be about going out there and proving it and what better opportunity [than] to go against a prolific offense that Louisville has.’’

 Any plan for which players on the right side of the offensive line will start and what rotation will be used?

 GOLDEN: “Danny Isidora, a young man who played for us [at right guard] last year, he’s been the starter since spring there. That hasn’t changed. And then Taylor Gadbois, Kc McDermott, Trevor Darling, all of those guys have seen action at right tackle and we’ll let that play out this week to see who the starter is.’’

 SUSAN MILLER DEGNAN