Miami Hurricanes baseball Fan Fest, Alumni Game set for Saturday


Hurricanes baseball is almost here, and Saturday is the day to bring your family and friends to the ballpark to meet the Canes on what is forecast to be a gorgeous day.

The University of Miami will host its annual Fan Fest and Alumni Game at Alex Rodriguez Park's Mark Light Field beginning at 4 p.m. The stadium is at the intersection of San Amaro Drive and Ponce de Leon Boulevard in Coral Gables.

The event, free to the public, starts with an hour-long autograph session. Temperatures are expected to hover around 75 degrees under sunny skies.

Among the other activities are locker room tours (during the autograph session), running the bases, a "Dress Like a Cane'' station, photos with the Miami Maniac and a face-tattoo station.

Hurricanes baseball alumni will take batting practice before being introduced at 5:30 p.m. The alumni will then face the 2016 Canes at 6 p.m. in an exhibition game.

 "I'm excited about seeing some of the past players,'' said UM coach Jim Morris, whose Canes (50-17 in 2015 with their first berth in the College World Series since 2008) open the season at home at 7 p.m. next Friday -- Feb. 19 -- against Rutgers. "This is always a fun day for everyone.'' 

Representatives from the Miami ticket office will be available for fans to select their seats for season-ticket packages.

Season tickets begin at $99, with family plans (two adults, three youth) for the 35-game home schedule available for $199.

Call 305-284-2263 for more information.


September 07, 2012

Confirmed: UM Canes DT Luther Robinson will not travel to Kansas State -- not good for a position that was already in need of help

Way up in the sky en route to Manhattan, Kansas for Saturday's noon game at No. 21 Kansas State.

Ah, airplane Internet connection -- the marvels of modern technology.

The not so uplifting news: reported this morning that defensive tackle Luther Robinson will not be traveling to Kansas State, and I just got it confirmed by a UM official who did not want to be identified. Suffice it to say that the UM official is well informed.

The UM official said Robinson "wasn't out there all week, so I don't believe he'll be traveling. He's currently on the team, but his status is unclear.''

I have a feeling Robinson's future with the team is shaky, but don't know what the resolution will be.

CaneSport reported that "apparently, his dad went off on the coaches this week because he thought Robinson should have played more in Boston. ...Apparently, Luther got caught up in it and actually refused to practice at least one day this week. Details beyond that are still sketchy.''

From what I've been told, this is pretty accuurate.

If you recall, coaches wanted Robinson to switch to the offensive line in the offseason, but he emphatically did not want to do that. Then he got into great shape, Coach Al Golden said, and became part of the rotation at D-tackle.

Robinson forced a fumble in UM's opener at Boston College.

On the newest depth chart released Monday morning (two days after Boston College game), Robinson, a 6-3, 288-pound redshirt junior, is listed as a co-backup (along with redshirt freshman Corey King) behind starter Olsen Pierre.

Golden told us Corey King would travel to Kansas State, but he didn't say anything about Robinson.