Larry Scott on Stacy Coley, recruiting, UNC and being a father figure -- and info for Georgia Tech game
Before we get to Larry Scott, UM fans probably won’t love this news, but the final home game against Georgia Tech has been set for 12:30 p.m. Nov. 21 at Sun Life Stadium, as announced this afternoon by the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Does a breakfast tailgate interest you at all?
How about breakfast with some Mimosas?
The game will be televised by the ACC Network, which means it will be televised by a local TV network. We don’t know which one yet.
***Congratulations to Larry Scott, who is 2-0 as the Hurricanes’ interim head coach. I enjoy what he has to say, but am really interested in what product he’ll put out there Saturday at Chapel Hill against a formidable Tar Heels team.
The Tar Heels just took the Duke team UM barely beat and demolished it. It is ranked among the Top-15 nationally in passing efficiency, scoring offense, passing yards allowed, team passing efficiency defense and third-down conversion percentage.
UNC, however, is 113th in the nation in rushing defense and 119th in punting.
Scott made his weekly audio visit Monday morning to 560 WQAM for an interview with host Joe Rose.
Here are some of the things he talked about with Rose:
***On wide receiver Stacy Coley, who had his second 100-plus-yard game with seven catches for 132 yards and a touchdown against Virginia: “…[He’s] just continuing to mature and grow up and understand that once work ethic, once preparation meets talent, that’s when you reach your full potential and become the player you should be. It starts at the beg of the week – ‘What are the details, what are the finer points that I need to make sure that I’m on top of on a daily basis to be the player I need to be on game day?’ Finally with him that switch is starting to turn on. He’s preparing, he’s watching film, he’s taking care of his body. He’s doing all the little things right on and off the field, and that’s allowing his talent and his preparation to come together at one time. We’re seeing some of the benefits of that. We just have to keep him going in the same direction.”
***On recruiting at this point of the season: “Right now you have to proceed as business as usual. You want to hold on to the guys that we feel are good enough to be in our program as people and as players. It’s part of your job and that hasn’t changed. The University of Miami has a great product to offer young people, so right now that’s what you go out and sell – the opportunity to go out and get a great education and the opportunity to play for one of the most tradition-rich programs in the country. You sell it with passion and you sell it with everything you have in you and continue to build the program. That’s what we do everyday. That’s our job.”
Note that Sunday night, Columbus three-star senior defensive end Josh Uche went on Twitter to announce his decommitment from the Hurricanes’ 2016 recruiting class
“With the recent coaching change at the University of Miami and the uncertainty of the future, I would like to de-commit at this time,’’ Uche tweeted. “I would like to explore other options and when a new head coach at Miami is named, my family and I will reevaluate the situation.’’
***On being a father figure and counselor of sorts the past two weeks in the aftermath of turmoil: “As a coach, when you get into this business, if you’re in it for the right reason, you wear all of those hats constantly around the clock all the time. You have to embrace that part of what we do and love that part. Ultimately, at the end of the day, it’s about developing these young people holistically all across the board in every aspect of their lives… to help them understand that far before you get to the field, if you’re right in your heart and right in your mind and you’re doing all the right things and you understand that life is going to throw you curve balls, it’s how you respond to it all is what makes you go out and play the game the way you should play the game… Because [then] you don’t carry those things with you on the field if you’re doing it right off the field.
“The biggest piece to it is making sure you have these young people’s hearts and you’ll get what you want from them on the field.’’
SUSAN MILLER DEGNAN