December 13, 2015

Miami Hurricanes have team awards ceremony Sunday night -- and here are the winners...

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Just in from the University of Miami:

The Hurricanes had their annual awards ceremony on Sunday night at the Maurice Gusman Concert Hall located inside the Frost School of Music.

Former Miami offensive lineman and current analyst on the Hurricane Sports Radio Network, Don Bailey, served as the awards show’s emcee. The show opened with the top 10 plays of the 2015 season:

2015 Miami Hurricanes Top 10 Plays

10. Kicker Michael Badgley ties a school record with a 57-yard field goal vs. Georgia Tech.

9. Safety Jamal Carter forces a fumble following a big hit during the Hurricanes’ trip to FAU.

8. Cornerback Artie Burns hauls in an interception near the endzone against Nebraska.

7. Wide receiver Rashawn Scott drags in his foot for a first half score at Pittsburgh to give Miami a 17-0 lead.

6. Cornerback Corn Elder’s interception and kicker Michael Badgley’s game-winning kick in overtime hand Miami a thrilling 36-33 win.

5. Wide receiver Stacy Coley gives Miami a 24-23 lead at Florida State following a diving grab in the endzone.

4. Running back Mark Walton breaks three tackles en route to an a second half touchdown in the rain against Georgia Tech.

3. Defensive lineman Ufomba Kamalu strips the ball then races to the endzone against Georgia Tech.

2. Wide receiver Rashawn Scott hauls in an incredible 58-yard touchdown reception against Florida State.

1. Miami cornerback Corn Elder’s 75-yard touchdown run over Duke hands the Hurricanes one of the most memorable victories in school history.

 

 And the award winners...

Hard Hitter Award

Deon Bush

  

Kelly UTough Award (New award)

Artie Burns

  

The Mariutto Family

Braxton Berrios

Scholar Athlete Award

 

  

Community Service Man of the Year Award

Dallas Crawford

    

Strength Training Athlete of the Year

Herb Waters

(excellence in off season conditioning)

   

Albert Bentley Most Valuable

Gage Batten

Walk-On Award

   

Nick Chickillo Most Improved Player

Ufomba Kamalu

(co-most improved player)

Rashawn Scott

  

Walt Kichefski Hurricane Award

Calvin Heurtelou

(Commitment, Consistency, Work Ethic)

   

U of Miami Sports Hall of Fame

Herb Waters

Unsung Hero Award

 

  

Training Room

Hunter Knighton

Comback Player of the Year

   

Hurricane Media "Good Guy" Award

Tracy Howard

  

Captain's Awards

Brad Kaaya

 

Raphael Kirby

 

Dallas Crawford

    

Plumer Award for (Team Vote)

Herb Waters

Leadership, Motivation & Spirit

 

  

Melching Leadership Award (Team Vote)

Raphael Kirby

  

U Respect Award

Earl Moore

  

Scout Team Player of the Year - Offense

Collin Alford

  

Scout Team Player of the Year - Defense

Gerald Willis

    

Newcomer of the Year Award

Mark Walton

  

Defensive Most Valuable Player

Ufomba Kamalu

  

Offensive Most Valuable Player

Joe Yearby

  

Special Teams MVP

Mike Badgley

  

Jack Harding Team Most Valuable Player

Brad Kaaya

 At the end of the night, interim head coach Larry Scott thanked the senior class and all 19 seniors were presented with their framed jersey.

The Hurricanes closed the regular season by winning four of their last five games and finished with an 8-4 overall record and a 5-3 mark in the ACC. Miami will take on Washington State in the 2015 Hyundai Sun on Saturday, December 26. Kickoff is set for 2 p.m.

December 12, 2015

Hurricanes backup QB/baseball OF Malik Rosier says he will not play baseball this season to concentrate on football

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   Hurricanes redshirt freshman backup quarterback Malik Rosier said Saturday that he will not play baseball this season to stay with football, improve his game and get to know new football coach Mark Richt, who is expected to call the offensive plays and work closely with the quarterbacks.

  Though a two-sport athlete, Rosier attends UM on a football scholarship.

   “I haven’t talked to Coach Richt,’’ said Rosier, who will be a third-year sophomore next football season and would have been a sophomore outfielder in baseball this season. “I talked to [baseball] coach [Jim] Morris and he’s understanding.’’

    Rosier played in seven games this season as Brad Kaaya's backup, completing 29 of 57 passes for two touchdowns, with three interceptions. But the high point of his season -- that might be an understatement -- was his lone start at Duke, when Kaaya had a concussion and couldn't play. In that game Rosier completed  20 of 29 passes for 272 yards and two touchdowns, with one interception, as UM had the eight-lateral touchdown kickoff-return as time expired to give the Canes the 30-27 win on Halloween.

   In baseball last year, Rosier played sparingly. He played in 14 games and batted .294 with three runs scored and three RBI. He hit his first career home run against Rutgers, a solo shot on Feb. 15.

    Rosier said that because it’s Richt’s first season, and “especially if we get a new quarterbacks coach, I want to be here to show him what I have to offer. So for me, I think this year I’m going to take off.

   “...Maybe next year after I have a full year with the new offense – if it changes – then I’ll be able to go back to baseball.

   “...In case we get a new offensive coordinator and the offense changes, I want to be here to dedicate myself to football and make sure I understand the offense. …I’m going to definitely talk to [Richt] after the bowl game and see what he has planned, then maybe next year go back into baseball.’’

   What is Rosier’s impression of Richt?

   “He’s a very straightforward guy and I really like that. He’s Southern. I can feel that Southern hospitality. I remember just hearing him talk. I [wouldn’t] say it was a warm feeling, but very comforting, like the voice was very soothing.

  “One thing he says [is] he doesn’t yell. He said he’s not a very loud guy, he’s not a very aggressive guy. But he is very demanding and he [is respectful], so that’s huge to me.”

   Rosier said his fellow baseball players have been very understanding.

   “I’ve talked to most of the guys over there,’’ Rosier said. “I’ve talked to the coaches. They’re rooting for me, they said. ‘Listen, we understand. We wish you the best.’ [They said] if I ever want to come back and play and hit, that I’m very welcome to. They’ll be rooting for me.”

   Rosier said he’ll be a big baseball fan this season.

   “I’ll definitely go to most of their games,’’ he said. “I’ll probably be up top doing homework while I’m watching them play. I’m definitely going to support them.’’

   Note: Richt was not on Greentree for the beginning of practice, but showed up later with recruits, interim coach Larry Scott said...Safety Jamal Carter wore a red, no-contact jersey in practice.

   SUSAN MILLER DEGNAN

Day Two of Hurricanes bowl practice is rowdy, feisty and fun -- and a classic Canes coach visits

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   Day Two of University of Miami’s bowl practice was even more rowdy than what I saw on Day One – at least the first 15 minutes of it.

   On a beautiful, but warm (80 degrees and sunny) Saturday in Coral Gables, the Hurricanes were whooping it up from the second they ran onto Greentree Field and began engaging in one-on-one battles as their teammates surrounded them and screamed encouragement.

    Offense went against defense, or offense went against offense.

    Among the participants:

    ***Safety Rayshawn Jenkins got the better of receiver Tyre Brady (suspended the past two games).

    ***Running  back Trayone “Choc’’ Gray held his own against linebacker Jermaine Grace.

    ***Receiver Malcolm Lewis was extremely aggressive against cornerback Robert Knowles.

    ***Offensive tackle Tyree St. Louis took it to defensive lineman Jelani Hamilton, as one teammate repeatedly shouted, ‘Have some f’ing fight!’ – seemingly to Hamilton.  

   ***And St. Louis vs. guard Tyler Gauthier were neck-and-neck until Gauthier finally got some leverage.

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   One of my all-time Canes' faves watched practice Saturday: former Hurricanes running backs coach Don Soldinger.

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   Soldinger was a big supporter of Butch Davis getting the UM coaching job, but he is all the way in on new coach Mark Richt.

   "Great hire,'' Soldinger said. "How can you be upset? The guy has got to be in the top-10, the upper-echelon of college coaches. I mean, he’s done it wherever he has been. He’s been around great programs and he’s from the U – he’s from the University of Miami.

  "Even though he hasn’t been involved that much because he’s been at other places, it’s still home when you come back. I saw him last night at the UM Sports Hall of Fame Christmas party. He was pulling out and I saw him and congratulated him. I thought Butch would have been good, too. But it’s like, hey, one or the other. He’ll do a great job."

*** Coach Richt was not here for the beginning of practice today.

 SUSAN MILLER DEGNAN

December 11, 2015

Big recruiting day for Miami football, coach makes first practice appearance & Canes CB says he awaits word from NFL Draft Advisory Board

 

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A really big recruit – physically and talent-wise – was on campus Friday morning with a really important coach.

Mark Richt not only made his first appearance at a University of Miami football practice, he brought with him the No. 1 tight end recruit in the nation: 5-star, 6-4, 235-pound Isaac Nauta of Bradenton IMG Academy (although we didn’t realize it was Nauta until afterward). According to rivals.com, Nauta is the 18th best football player, regardless of position, in the nation.

ESPN.com has Nauta as the 10th best player in the nation – regardless of position.

According to rivals, Nauta’s schools of high interest, in alphabetical order, are

Alabama, Georgia, Michigan, Mississippi and Oklahoma State.

Nauta apparently is a big fan of Richt’s, and according to 247Sports, is originally from Buford, Ga. The recruiting website said Nauta’s visit was unofficial, as he has taken his five official visits already.

This, from 247Sports.com: “Georgia was believed to be the leader for Nauta before the firing of Richt. Michigan is also considered to be a serious contender. Nauta has already taken his five official visits to Georgia, Alabama, Michigan, Oklahoma State and Ole Miss. He plans to release his final three on December 20th and will commit at the Army All-American Game.

Nauta finished his senior season with 13 receptions for 230 yards and two touchdowns. He also totaled 18 tackles, five tackles for loss, one sack and one forced fumble on offense. He ranks as the No. 9 overall prospect in the country according to 274Sports.com.’’

Imagine if UM landed this young man, who has not yet committed to any school. He previously pledged to FSU before changing his mind.

Richt did not speak after practice.

***UM receiver Stacy Coley said after practice that he hasn’t made a decision about whether to turn pro after this, his junior season. “I’m not really focused on that right now,’’ Coley said. “I’m just focused on getting past the bowl game and I’ll make my decision after that.’’

***UM junior cornerback Corn Elder, however, said he is awaiting word from the NFL Draft Advisory Board on its assessment of his talent. This year the advisory board will only project if a player might go in the first or second round. Otherwise the player is advised to return to school.

***The UM players making official visits Friday are four-star quarterback Jack Allison of Palmetto (Florida) High; four-star linebacker Zach McCloud of Lantana Santaluces High; four-star defensive end Patrick Bethel of Vero Beach High; three-star linebacker Michael Pinckney of Jacksonille Raines; and four-star linebacker Shaquille Quarterman of Oakleaf High.

SUSAN MILLER DEGNAN

 

Highlight of first bowl practice for Miami Hurricanes: Here comes the coach -- Richt makes appearance.

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The Hurricanes had their first practice Friday for the Hyundai Sun Bowl.

And the coaches (actually, make that Art Kehoe in particular) were fiery as hell.

And that was before new coach Mark Richt made his appearance about an hour into practice.

Richt, dressed in all black, was accompanying a recruit onto Greentree Field.

We couldn't get photos of the recruit, per NCAA rules and at Miami's request, but did get the big guy.

The only player I saw in a red, no-contact jersey was safety Ryan Mayes.

The Canes leave for El Paso, Texas, on Monday, Dec. 21, for the bowl game against Washington State.

UM last practiced before the final regular-season game at Pittsburgh. 

Note: There is no 15-practice limit rule for bowl practices, as there is for spring practice. However, the usual NCAA restrictions apply. 

SUSAN MILLER DEGNAN

 

December 09, 2015

Here's your full list of All-ACC honorees, including Players of the Year, etc.

The University of Miami didn’t have any players on the All-ACC first team, as selected by the 14 Atlantic Coast Conference head coaches.

   Nine Hurricanes were chosen for the All-ACC second team, third team or as honorable mentions.

   Second-team offense: wide receiver Stacy Coley.

   Third-team offense: quarterback Brad Kaaya, wide receiver Rashawn Scott, running back Joe Yearby, kicker Michael Badgley.

   Honorable mention offense: offensive lineman Danny Isidora.

   Second-team defense: cornerback Artie Burns.

   Third-team defense: safety Deon Bush.

    Honorable mention defense: punter Justin Vogel.

  (Here’s a full list of the teams, with total votes/points in parentheses)

 Coach of the Year

Dabo Swinney, Clemson (11)

Larry Fedora, North Carolina (3)

 

Player of the Year

Deshaun Watson, QB, So., Clemson (10)

Dalvin Cook, QB, So., Florida State (2)

Marquise Williams, QB, Sr., North Carolina (2)

 

Offensive Player of the Year

Deshaun Watson, QB, So., Clemson (11)

Marquise Williams, QB, Sr., North Carolina (2)

Dalvin Cook, RB, So., Florida State (1)

 

Defensive Player of the Year

Jeremy Cash, S, Sr.-R, Duke (6)

Shaq Lawson, DE, Jr.-R, Clemson (5)

Jalen Ramsey, CB, Jr., Florida State, (1)

Ejuan Price, DE, Sr.-R, Pitt (1)

Luther Maddy, DT, Sr.-R, Virginia Tech (1)

 

Rookie of the Year

Jordan Whitehead, S, Pitt (5) -Tie

Qadree Ollison, RB, Pitt (5) -Tie

Mitch Hyatt, T, Clemson (2)

Christian Wilkins, DT, Clemson (1)

Eric Dungey, QB, Syracuse (1)

 

Offensive Rookie of the Year

Qadree Ollison, RB, Pitt (8)

Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville (2)

Mitch Hyatt, T, Clemson (2)

Eric Dungey, QB, Syracuse (1)

Travon McMillian, RB, Virginia Tech (1)

 

Defensive Rookie of the Year

Jordan Whitehead, S, Pitt (9)

Christian Wilkins, DT, Clemson (3)

Derwin James, S, Florida State (1)

Brant Mitchell, LB, Georgia Tech (1)

 

First Team Offense

WR  Tyler Boyd, Jr., Pitt (39)

WR  Artavis Scott, So., Clemson (34) 

WR  Isaiah Ford, So., Virginia Tech (26)

TE    Jordan Leggett, Jr., Clemson (22) 

T      Roderick Johnson, So., Florida State (33) 

T      Adam Bisnowaty, Jr.-R, Pitt (30) 

G      Landon Turner, Sr., North Carolina (36) 

G      Eric Mac Lain, Sr.-R, Clemson (30) 

C       Matt Skura, Sr.-R, Duke (35) 

QB   Deshaun Watson, So., Clemson (37) 

RB    Dalvin Cook, So., Florida State (38)

RB    Wayne Gallman, So.-R, Clemson (30) 

K      Roberto Aguayo, Jr.-R, Florida State (32)

Sp.    Ryan Switzer, Jr., North Carolina (29)

  

Second Team Offense

WR  Stacey Coley, Jr., Miami (20)

WR  Kermit Whitfield, Jr., Florida State (20)  

WR  Canaan Severin, Sr., Virginia (17) 

TE(tie) Jaylen Samuels, So., NC State ( 15)

TE(tie) Bucky Hodges, So.-R, Virginia Tech (15)

T      Jon Heck, Jr.-R, North Carolina (19)

T      Joe Thuney, Sr.-R, NC State (19) 

G      Dorian Johnson, Jr., Pitt (19) 

G      Caleb Peterson, Jr.-R, North Carolina (17) 

C       Jay Guillermo, Jr.-R, Clemson (14) 

QB   Marquise Williams, Sr., North Carolina (23) 

RB    Elijah Hood, So., North Carolina (29)

RB    Qadree Ollison, Fr.-R, Pitt (20) 

K      Ross Martin, Sr., Duke (14)

Sp.    DeVon Edwards, Jr.-R, Duke (23)

 

Third Team Offense

WR  Ryan Switzer, Jr., North Carolina (15) 

WR  Rashawn Scott, Sr.-R, Miami (13)

WR  Mack Hollins, Jr.-R, North Carolina ( 13) 

TE    J.P. Holtz, Sr., Pitt (11) 

T      Joe Gore, Sr.-R, Clemson (14)

T      Mitch Hyatt, Fr., Clemson (14) 

G      Ross Burbank, Sr.-R, Virginia (11) 

G      Tyrone Crowder, So.-R, Clemson (10) 

C       Lucas Crowley, Jr., North Carolina (13) 

QB   Brad Kaaya, So., Miami (13) 

RB    Taquan Mizzell, Jr., Virginia (14) 

RB    Joe Yearby, So., Miami (13)

K(tie) Greg Huegel, Fr.-R, Clemson (10)

K(tie) Michael Badgley, So., Miami (10)

K(tie) Nick Weiler, Jr., North Carolina (10)

Sp.    Kermit Whitfield, Jr., Florida State (13) 

 

Honorable Mention: Offense (7 or more points):

QB--Jacoby Brissett, Sr.-R, NC State (8). RB--Matt Dayes, Jr., NC State (12); Travon McMillian, Fr.-R, Virginia Tech (7); WR--James Quick, Jr., Louisville (11); Travis Rudolph, So., Florida State (10); Quinshad Davis, Sr. ,North Carolina (10). TE--Cam Serigne, So.-R, Wake Forest (10). T-Danny Isadora, Jr., Miami (8); Lucas Patrick, Sr.-R, Duke (7); Kareem Are, Jr.-R, Florida State (7). C--Freddie Burden, Jr.-R, Georgia Tech (7).  SP--Brisly Estime, Jr., Syracuse (12).

 

First Team Defense

DE  Shaq Lawson, Jr.-R, Clemson (35) 

DE  Ejuan Price, Sr.-R, Pitt (25) 

DT  Connor Wujciak, Sr., Boston College (28) 

DT  Nile Lawrence-Stample, Sr.-R, Florida State (27) 

LB   Steven Daniels, Sr., Boston College ( 28)  

LB   Brandon Chubb, Sr.-R, Wake Forest (24)

LB   Ben Boulware, Jr., Clemson (24)

CB   Jalen Ramsey, Jr., Florida State (36) 

CB   Mackensie Alexander, So.-R, Clemson (29)

S      Jeremy Cash, Sr.-R, Duke (36) 

S      Jayron Kearse, Jr., Clemson (28)

P       Alex Kinal, Sr.-R, Wake Forest (19)

 

Second Team Defense

DE  Mike Rose, Sr.-R, NC State (16)

DE  Sheldon Rankins, Sr., Louisville (14)

DT  Luther Maddy, Sr.-R, Virginia Tech (26)

DT  Carlos Watkins, Jr.-R, Clemson (17)

LB   Keith Kelsey, Jr., Louisville (20) 

LB   Micah Kiser, So.-R, Virginia (19) 

LB(tie) Dwayne Norman, Sr., Duke (17)

LB(tie) Reggie Northrup, Sr., Florida State (17)

CB   Artie Burns, Jr., Miami (26) 

CB   Des Lawrence, Jr., North Carolina (11)

S      Quin Blanding, So., Virginia (21)

S      Justin Simmons, Sr., Boston College ( 16)               

P       Riley Dixon, Sr., Syracuse (17)

 

Third Team Defense

DE  Dadi Nicolas, Sr.-R, Virginia Tech (13)

DE  DeMarcus Walker, Jr., Florida State (13) 

DT  Adam Gotsis, Sr., Georgia Tech (15) 

DT  Darryl Render, Sr., Pitt (13) 

LB   Matt Milano, Jr., Boston College (13)

LB   James Burgess, Sr., Louisville (11) 

LB(tie) Shakeel Rashad, Sr., North Carolina (9)

LB(tie) Nicholas Grigsby, Sr.-R, Pitt (9)

LB(tie) Jeff Schoettmer, Sr.-R, North Carolina (9)

LB(tie) B.J. Goodson, Sr.-R, Clemson (9)

CB    Cordrea Tankersley, Jr., Clemson (10) 

CB   Trumaine Washington, So., Louisville (8) 

S      Jordan Whitehead, Fr., Pitt (11)

S (tie) Deon Bush, Sr., Miami (10)

S(tie) Josh Harvey-Clemons, Jr.-R, Louisville (10)

P       Will Monday, Sr.-R, Duke (14)

 

Honorable Mention: Defense:  (7 or more points)

DE--Mehdi Addesmad, Sr.-R, Boston College (8); Harold Landry, So., Boston College (8); DT--DeAngelo Brown, Jr., Louisville (9); David Dean, Sr.-R, Virginia (8); Corey Marshall, Sr.-R (7). LB--Trevon Young, Jr., Louisville (7); Devonte Fields, Jr., Louisville (7). CB--Shaq Wiggins, So.-R, Louisville (7); Brad Watson, Jr., Wake Forest (7); M.J. Stewart, So., North Carolina (7).  S--DeVon Edwards, Jr.-R, Duke (8). P--Nicholas Conte, Jr.-R, Virginia (13); Justin Vogel, Jr., Miami (8).

 

Remember the all-black "Dark Ops" jerseys and helmets from Adidas during Homecoming? Great aftermath...

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Love this story, because the VA is such a great cause to benefit:

Per the Hurricanes, Miami quarterback Brad Kaaya, receiver Herb Waters and defensive end Ufomba Kamalu presented a ceremonial check for $52,000 to the Miami VA Healthcare System on Tuesday night, "capping the Hurricanes' Military Appreciation Day uniform auction."

Fans bid in individual auctions of the special Adidas jerseys and helmets worn during UM's 27-21 victory that day over Virginia.

Proceeds of the auction benefit the Miami VA Fisher House, a "home away from home" for families of veterans and military members receiving care at the Bruce W. Carter VA Medical Center. Family members are lodged in the Fisher House free of charge while their loved one is hospitalized.

"The support we have gotten from the University of Miami has been humbling,'' said Shane Suzuki, Marine Corps Veteran and Miami VA Healthcare System spokesperson, per a UM release. "On behalf of South Florida Veterans and their families, we thank everyone who participated in making this amazing donation possible.''

The check was presented during the UM men's hoops game (nice win) at the BankUnited Center.

SUSAN MILLER DEGNAN

 

 

December 07, 2015

Mark Richt on offensive and defensive coordinators, money for assistants, draft-eligible underclassmen, UM facilities & his recruits...

 New UM coach Mark Richt  spoke WQAM sports radio host Joe Rose this morning. Here is basically everything you'll want to know that they discussed:

***On how involved in this offense Richt will be -- I know you love coaching quarterbacks, have you decided on play-calling?

 “I’m going to get more involved than I have in the last few years, and more than likely I’m going to be very hands on in those areas that you mentioned. But more than likely we’ll hire someone who will be the coordinator and maybe not necessarily the play-caller but the coordinator… just getting reports together, organizing an awful lot of things and taking care of the media at times and taking care of the offensive team as a whole at times.”

 SMD note on offensive coordinator: That’s how it was for current offensive coordinator James Coley when he worked for Jimbo Fisher at Florida State – Jimbo called plays on game day and James organized the weekly offensive game plan. Not sure if Richt would give his offensive coordinator or co-coordinator as much planning responsibility as Jimbo might have.

 I asked James Coley on Friday at Richt’s introduction if he wanted to stay on the UM staff and here’s what James Coley told me: “We’ll see. I want to sit down and talk to him. I look forward to sitting down and talking to him and seeing what his plans are. I think the world of him and he’s going to be extremely successful. I’ve just got to see when I talk to him.”

 

***On Richt being a 4-3 proponent (He is a 4-3 guy) and the type of defensive coordinator he wants: “I think it’s more important that I hire the right man than the scheme. I’ve had defensive coordinators that are 4-3 but they have a lot of 3-4 elements to it in certains downs and distances and certain offensive formations and I’ve had guys based in a 3-4 that play a lot of 4-3 when it comes to nickel defense and things of that nature... The key is to get the right coach, especially as much time as I’ll spend offensively. I’m not going to be micromanaging this guy on defense…’’

 ***On his former Georgia recruits: “Everybody deserves to go where they want to go and they deserve to go with who they want to go with. If a young man is just bent on wanting to be coached by me and be under my authority and that kind of thing, I’m not going to keep a guy from doing that. I’m not running around trying to snag everybody, but if in the mean time if you have a relationship with a certain kid and he wants to come with me rather than go to a certain place, we’ll work that out.’’

***On draft-eligible underclassmen such as Stacy Coley and how much of a priority it is: “I’ve got meetings with those guys early this week.”

SMD note on receiver Stacy Coley: I asked UM quarterback Brad Kaaya if he thought Richt being coach would convince some draft-eligible players to stay for another season. Here’s what Kaaya told me: “Yeah. At the end of the day it’s their decision. We’ll see. But having Coach Richt around, the only thing that is going to happen is it can benefit their stock at the end of the day. Either way they’re going to be benefited, their futures will be benefited from having him around for a year, for all those guys that are draft-eligible. We’ll see. It’s their decision, but I think being in a pro-style system that he runs can definitely bode well for Stacy Coley. He’s coached A.J. Green and a lot of good players. If anything, his stock or his draft status will only rise from being in his [Richt’s] system.”

***On if there’s a pretty good feel for a few assistant coaches/staff members he’d like to have at UM: “Yeah, there are. Some of it are some things I might know but the timing is not right. But the main thing is it’s not a race to win as far as speed, it’s a race to win as far as right. You might have some ideas going into some things.. but you might have some names pop in.”

***On three consistent complaints from the outside: facilities not as good as other places, stadium too far from campus, money not good enough for assistant coaches: “There’s no perfect place, no perfect school, no perfect facility, no perfect coach…Now if you envision what it should like you should be working toward that. When it comes to facilities you just can’t snap your finger and all of a sudden a building arises out of the ground.. you have to prioritize what’s most important, give it to the powers that be.. and then start raising the funds.. and take care of business little by little…You got grass, you got footballs, you’ve got equipment, you’ve got coaches and players, you’ve got some video.. I mean, you can coach.”

 ***On the importance of paying his assistants enough money: “It is because you know what it takes to get the right kind of people and keep them…Sometimes it’s not a matter of money, but sometimes what you make in a salary is a sign of respect as well. It is an important part of it.”

 ***On the current players and is he has looked at roster and seen what he believes are priority positions for recruiting: “I haven’t watched enough film to really see every single player… We had a big pow-wow Saturday morning and sat down and talked about every single player from a football standpoint, from an academic standpoint, from a social point of view, how are they doing in the strength room, how are they doing in athletic training – I was able to at least assess where we’re at…You’ve got to have so many players at each position across the board.’’

***You’ve got coaches on staff coaching and yet you’re not going to keep them all. On how strange that is: “You’ve just got to be open and honest on everything. You can only hire nine and I think everybody understands that…It’s a long cycle. Careers are long. It’s always good to network. It’s always good to get to know more people. I think everybody understands it’s part of the business… I think everybody is going to land in a good spot. It’s just that there’s a little bit of anxiety of knowing what’s going to happen next. You can’t blame anybody for feeling that.’’

SUSAN MILLER DEGNAN 

 

December 06, 2015

The Miami Hurricanes set to play Washington State in the Sun Bowl in El Paso, Texas, on Dec. 26

The Canes are going to El Paso.

The Hurricanes will spend Christmas in the desert at the Hyundai Sun Bowl in El Paso, Texas, to play Washington State/Utah at 2 p.m. Dec. 26.

The game will be televised on CBS.

“They're pretty hot,’’ Sun Bowl executive director Bernie Olivas told The Miami Herald, regarding the Canes. “They have an excellent brand, they bring a rich history, they’re popular in El Paso and they’re big on TV.’’

   The Washington State Cougars (8-4, 6-3 Pac-12), who have never played Miami, are coached by Mike Leach. They had their best finish since the 2003 season, when the Cougars went 10-3. Behind redshirt sophomore quarterback Luke Falk, the Cougars have the No. 1 passing offense in the nation, averaging 397 passing yards per game. They are 22nd nationally in total offense and 91st in total defense. They have wins against Rutgers, Wyoming, Oregon, Oregon State, Arizona, Arizona State, UCLA and Colorado. They lost to Portland State, California, Stanford and Washington.

 Miami (8-4), will be coached by Larry Scott, who was named interim coach after Al Golden was fired in late October, and who has led the Hurricanes to four victories in the past five games.

Newly hired Canes coach Mark Richt said Friday that he wanted to attend whichever bowl Miami was assigned.

The Canes last played at the Sun Bowl on Dec. 31, 2010, with offensive line coach Jeff Stoutland the interim coach for the bowl after Randy Shannon was fired at the end of the regular season. Up in a stadium box that day watching his new team: Golden.

UM lost 33-17 in that Sun Bowl to Notre Dame.

The Sun Bowl, an artificial turf stadium, seats 50,426 and sits in a city on the banks of the Rio Grande River and is a short walk from the Mexican border. It is the second oldest bowl, and in a city that loves the Hurricanes.

SUSAN MILLER DEGNAN

December 04, 2015

Voices behind the scenes of a new day for Hurricanes football: Mark Richt, Blake James and Jon Vilma

How laid back is new Hurricanes coach Mark Richt?

See for yourself.

He spent about 10 minutes with local Miami Hurricanes beat writers discussing what Friday was like for him from the moment he woke up, what his goals in recruiting are, why he took the job and more.

So how did athletic director Blake James land his new head coach? He explained it after the press conference Friday.

Now that Richt has been chosen how do the players and former players feel about the future of the program? Jonathan Vilma, who was part of the search committee, explains how they decided on Richt and what the expectations are from the alumni at UM.

December 03, 2015

In Mark Richt, Canes have something they've never had when hiring a football coach -- a proven winner

(That's how Hurricanes players feel about Mark Richt and probably Hurricanes beat writers now that the coaching search appears to be over)

Go back and look at the history on your own if you want to.

Either way, I'm going to provide a quick lesson.

Mark Richt, assuming there are no hiccups in the final contract negotiations with Miami, is something the Hurricanes have never had before when its hired a football coach. It's called a proven winner.

Although most people up Athens, Ga. might disagree with that sentiment because Richt, 55, never won a national title as a head coach, he's about as close as you can get to a guarantee when it comes to finding someone to lead your program out of irrelevance. 

Richt's 145-51 record ranks seventh among all active head coaches in wins. Only Virginia Tech's Frank Beamer (237), Alabama's Nick Saban (193), Missouri's Gary Pinkel (191), Oklahoma's Bob Stoops (179), Cincinnati's Tommy Tuberville (155) and Ohio State's Urban Meyer (153) have more. Beamer and Pinkel are retiring after this season. 

Richt's career .7398 winning percentage, by the way, ranks 41st all-time. Only Meyer (.855), Washington's Chris Petersen (.815), Stoops (.7991), Saban (.7618), TCU's Gary Patterson (.7513) rank better among active coaches with at least 10 years of experience. Richt, by the way, is right behind Bobby Bowden's .7402 win percentage.

The point is Miami has never landed a coach with such a sterling resume.

The Hurricanes have always opted to go the cheap route and find a coach who was looking to prove themselves on the job.

That worked in the 1980s and 1990s with Howard Schnellenberger (he spent one-plus years as the head coach of the Colts 4-13), Jimmy Johnson (29-25-3 at Oklahoma State), Dennis Erickson (18-16-1 at Wyoming and Washington State) and Butch Davis (no head coaching experience when Miami hired him). But that was before college football really started to make money. 

That same, cheap approach really hasn't worked out since for Miami.

Larry Coker (no head coaching experience), Randy Shannon (no head coaching experience) and Al Golden (27-34 at Temple) were all inexpensive, we're-going-to-throw-our-hands-up-in-the-air-and-just-believe-our talent-will-carry-us-hires by Miami's administration.

Go back and look.

Want to know who landed new head coaching jobs in 2001 when Miami decided to turn things over to their offensive coordinator? Meyer at Bowling Green (they went from 2-9 to 8-3 in his first season), Gary Patterson at TCU, Les Miles at Oklahoma State, Pete Carroll at USC, Jim Tressel at Ohio State, Gary Pinkel at Missouri and some guy named Richt at Georgia. 

A year after Florida hired Meyer from Utah to a seven-year, $14 million deal in 2005, the Hurricanes fired Coker and signed Shannon to a four-year, $4 million deal. Who else was hired then? Jim Harbaugh at Stanford, Mark Dantonio at Michigan State and Brian Kelly at Cincinnati. 

In Dec. 2009, FSU hired Jimbo Fisher to take over for Bobby Bowden at $9 million over five years. A year later, when Shannon was fired, Miami spent less than $2 million to bring in a guy from Temple and then restructured his contract a year leater and extended him through 2019 because he was blindsided by the school's NCAA mess. In 2010, David Shaw took over at Stanford and Dana Holgorsen was named head coach at West Virginia.

Money doesn't always solve problems. But it doesn't hurt.

Richt, who was making roughly $4.1 million a season at Georgia before being fired Sunday, is expected to be paid at least $4 million a year by UM. And its almost safe to assume he would not agree to get to this point in the negotiations if he didn't believe the school would have enough money to pay for quality assistant coaches too.

Say what you want about Richt's record against Florida (5-10), his average record against ranked teams (39-36), but do you really want to go back and look at what Golden did against ranked teams and UM's rivals? I didn't think so.

What's happened between Miami and Georgia since Richt went from being Florida State's offensive coordinator under Bowden where he coached two Heisman winners in Charlie Ward (1993) and Chris Weinke (1999) to coaching the Bulldogs are two vastly different roads. 

Yes, UM won a national title under Coker in 2001. But the Canes have been on a downward trend ever since.

** Georgia has had 79 players drafted since 2002 including 12 first round picks. UM during that same time had 81 players drafted including 23 first round picks. Georgia went 145-51 including 9-5 in bowl games. Miami went 124-64 including 4-7 in bowl games.

** UM has been ranked once in the final Top 25 poll since 2006 (19th in 2009). Georgia has been ranked in the final AP poll six times since 2006 including as high as 2nd in 2007 and 5th in 2012.

** Georgia by the way under Richt was ranked in the Top 10 of the AP poll at one point or another in 11 of his 15 seasons. Miami has been ranked in the Top 10 twice in the last 10 years.

** The Bulldogs' recruiting classes since 2002 were ranked no worse than 15th every season by Rivals.com and were in the top 10 a total of 11 times. The Hurricanes have had just two top 10 ranked classes by Rivals since 2006 (2008 and 2012). 

You can say, well, Georgia is always loaded with talent. Of course Richt should have won. 

In the 15 seasons before Richt arrived, the Bulldogs only had two double-digit win seasons. That happened nine times under Richt in his tenure and could again if he ends up coaching Georgia in the bowl game.

The Hurricanes haven't had a double-digit win season since 2003. 

Now, Miami appears to have a coach who churns them out consistently.

That will get you in the Top 25.

That will make Miami relevant again.

That makes Miami a winner today.

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By the way, he's a look at local recruits who have signed with Georgia since 2002:

2016
CB Malek Young, Coconut Creek, 3-star (commitment)

2015
ATH Shaq Wilson, Coral Gables, 3-star
LB Juwan Taylor, Hallandale, 3-star
DB DeAndre Baker, Northwestern, 3-star

2014
RB Sony Michel, American Heritage, 5-star
WR Isaiah McKenzie, American Heritage, 4-star
WR Gilbert Johnson, American Heritage, 3-star

2012
K Marshall Morgan, American Heritage, 3-star

2011
LB Kent Turene, Boyd Anderson, 3-star

2009
WR Rantavious Wooten, Glades Central, 4-star

2008
K Blair Walsh, Cardinal Gibbons, 3-star
DE Jeremy Longo, Cardinal Gibbons, 3-star

2006
DE Geno Atkins, St. Thomas Aquinas, 4-star
OL Kevin Perez, Killian, 3-star

2005
DT Jeff Owens, Plantation, 4-star
WR Mike Moore, North Broward Prep, 4-star
DB Donovan Baldwin, American Heritage, 3-star

2003
OL James Lee, Glades Central, 3-star

2002
OL Max Jean-Gilles, North Miami Beach, 4-star

December 01, 2015

Ever changing world of coaching searches & what's happening

We'll just have to keep waiting.

In the world of coaching searches, today's stories are old by the time they hit your doorstep (that is, for the old-timers who still read the actual paper).

So, here's the story I wrote that is in today's paper: Click here.

And here's the story written this morning by Dawg Nation: Click here.

Butch is the one we know for sure wants this job, and wants it badly, which I think is a good thing.

Also, I know that Greg Schiano flew in to Miami on Saturday night and interviewed some time afterward.

NJ.com had this in an updated story yesterday: "The former Scarlet Knights coach who abruptly left the program in 2012 to take over as head coach of the NFL's Tampa Bay Buccaneers is considered one of three favorite choices for the Rutgers job, along with former Miami coach Al Golden and current Western Michigan coach P.J. Fleck,according to NJ Advance Media reports."

This is from a NJ.com story posted today: 

"The top candidates for the opening appear to be former Rutgers coach Greg Schiano, former Miami coach Al Golden, Western Michigan coach P.J. Fleck and Alabama offensive line coach Mario Cristobal. There's a lot of moving pieces involved because those coaches have also been linked to other vacancies.

Hobbs said he wants to make a hire as quickly as possible, so perhaps Tuesday will bring more clarity to Rutgers' coaching search."

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This was from NorthJersey.com story last night: 

"There’s a good chance that whoever is the next Rutgers football coach won’t need an orientation period.

That’s because three of the leading candidates have been on past RU staffs, and a fourth, former Miami and Temple coach Al Golden, is a Jersey Shore native who has recruited throughout the state.

Greg Schiano is the most recognizable candidate to Rutgers fans. The Wyckoff native, 49, was 68-67 as the Scarlet Knights head coach, including a 56-33 record in his last seven seasons. He left for the NFL in 2012, but lasted only two seasons (11-21) as Tampa Bay’s coach. He’s been a TV analyst the last two years, but friends say he’s itching to return to coaching."

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I'm sure you all noticed the names Al Golden and Mario Cristobal. Remember, Cristobal is still coaching now at Alabama, which has an enormous game to play Saturday. 

Schiano coached at Rutgers from 2001 through 2011, compiling a 68-67 overall record and 28-48 record in the Big East Conference. 

He had an 11-21 record in the NFL as the Tampa Bay coach in 2012 and 2013.

At UM he was Butch's defensive coordinator in 1999 (9-4) and 2000 (11-1). 

In 2000, his defense allowed 15.5 points a game (fifth in nation) and was 34th nationally in total defense, allowing 333.5 points a game. His rush defense was 26th nationally, allowing 112.8 rushing yards a game. Safety Ed Reed (oh, what a gem) was third nationally with eight picks.

As for Mark Richt, if for some reason he doesn't really consider Miami the right fit, I don't think it's because of the Hurricanes football program. Miami has a lot of talent, and Brad Kaaya is any coach's dream, but especially for an offensive mind like Richt. As recently as yesterday Richt indicated he covets coaching quarterbacks and calling plays -- and longs to return to that scenario. I think it would be because maybe this isn't the place he'd like to live and settle down for now. And if it's true, that's OK. He's a decent man and straight-shooter. Maybe he will take some time off. Or maybe he goes to South Carolina. (Some say he doesn't want to return to the SEC, and who can blame him?)

As the coaching carousel turns...

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November 30, 2015

Badgley is ACC Specialist of Week; Canes earn ACC honors

Badgley ACC Specialist of Week

     Sophomore kicker Michael Badgley was named ACC Specialist of the Week after kicking five field goals Saturday in Miami’s 29-24 win at Pittsburgh. Badgley connected on field goals of 33, 48, 23, 45 and 29 yards, and made his two extra points to account for 17 of UM’s points. He finished the regular season with a school-record 25 field goals.

 ACSMA All-ACC

    Six Hurricanes were selected to the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association’s 2015 All-ACC team, but none made the first team.

   The honorees: cornerback Artie Burns (second team), receiver Stacy Coley (third team), quarterback Brad Kaaya (third team), kicker Badgley (honorable mention), tailback Joe Yearby (honorable mention) and safety Deon Bush (honorable mention).

  SUSAN MILLER DEGNAN

November 29, 2015

Butch talk getting louder, but we'll just have to wait a bit longer...

So, the Butch talk is getting louder -- and more coaching vacancies are out there, as former UM quarterback Mark Richt was fired today from Georgia. LSU came to its senses (more likely was shamed into it) and kept Les Miles. Richt reportedly is coaching Georgia in its bowl game. Don't know yet about him in regard to Miami.

It's hard to keep up with all the vacancies, but they'll no doubt be filled pretty quickly.

 Now up to 15: Georgia, Maryland, Memphis, Miami, Mizzou, North Texas, Rutgers, South Carolina, Syracuse, Toledo, Tulane, UCF, ULM, USC, UVA


This is what I wrote yesterday and updated this morning:

BUTCH DAVIS WATCH

Also Saturday, ex-UM coach Butch Davis — an expected candidate for UM’s coaching vacancy and seemingly the people’s choice — did not make his usual appearance for ESPN as a college football analyst.

His absence fueled rampant speculation on social media that he might be interviewing with James for the Miami position, especially when ESPN’s Robert Smith tweeted, “I’m solo in studio today on ESPN2, no Butch Davis. Hmmmmn’’

Davis and his agent Jimmy Sexton declined to comment Saturday on whether Davis had interviewed.  

When asked if Davis was interviewing for the job Saturday or Sunday, James said Sunday in a text message that he was "not discussing the search."

SUSAN MILLER DEGNAN
 

 

 

November 28, 2015

Larry Scott discusses what's next for the Canes and himself on Saturday

AUDIO OF LARRY SCOTT'S TELECONFERENCE

University of Miami interim football coach Larry Scott fielded questions Saturday morning following the team's final regular season game and 29-24 win at Pittsburgh on Friday.

Here's what was discussed: 

** On Brad Kaaya's play since returning from the concussion in the loss to Clemson... "He came back and stepped right back in the saddle, did a great job with the game plan. He did a great job trusting the receivers -- all of them. He hasn't just been locked in on one guy either. He's done a great job putting the ball where it needed to be put, spread it around. He's come back really strong."

** On Joe Yearby getting close to 100 rushing yards on Friday and why he hasn't hit the 100-yard mark in a game since the loss at Cincinnati... "Joe's pretty close to reaching the 1,000-yard mark, which would be awesome for us as a team. The offensive line has been young, had some injuries. To still get him close to 1,000 yards is a feat for us all."

** Assuming UM goes in another direction with coach, how will Scott handle the next few weeks? "We're going to move forward with the recruiting calendar and do our job. Right now we're in a position to continue moving the program forward. It starts with recruiting, with a contact period that starts tomorrow. We're going to continue to move forward and sell the brand and what the University of Miami has to offer."

** What have the last 24 hours been like for Scott personally... "It's actually been fun, rewarding to watch the kids respond the way they've responded. They've been resilient, they've stayed together, they've kept working and kept feeding off what we were giving them. It was good to see them push through it and have the finish at the end of the year we talked about having and working so hard to do it. It's pretty emotional for me."

** What is the talent-level on this team for next year? It seems like this team can play with anybody.. "There's definitely talent on this team, and there's guys that are some really good players. One of the things we keep stressing to them is once your effort meets your talent level on the field it makes you a pretty formidable opponent. There is some talent on this team, some really good young players that are returning. And we're going to continue to recruit and build the talent level across the board from top to bottom."

** On if there is some personal pride about what he and the staff have done over the last five games... "We've been talking to the kids about having pride and what we're doing. Around the room there was a really high pride factor about what we were able to accomplish and that we were able to accomplish it all together. It wasn't perfect. But it was a fun ride. As coaches we needed to be out front, be the leaders and they followed."

** On what Scott says he tells recruiting commitments... "Even if things weren't in the circumstances they are in, what you always put out deep in front of the recruiting process is what is tangible. It's academically, athletically and socially what the University of Miami has to offer. That's tangible. The rest of it is intangibles."

** On what the players schedule is going to be moving forward... "Their schedule is going to give them a few days of being students, spending time with their families. We put them on a plane and took them away for Thanksgiving. So we're going to give them a couple days to catch up with their families, let their bodies heal. So we'll focus on academics as we get closer to exam time. Really it's the other side of what they do. Being an 18, 19-year-old and enjoying friends and family and being students. That's what the schedule will be for a couple days before we get into the bowl schedule, lifting and running and those type of things."

** On if there is a date in mind as far as when the team will get back together... "No. We've got a couple different [bowl] scenarios out. Once we get a little closer we'll lay that schedule out."

** On if he's had a conversation yet with athletic Blake James about keeping the job... "I have not and really because of what the focus was, it was just on the kids and moving the kids forward and getting them well prepared to each week. It's just been really a narrow focus by us. I have not [spoken with Blake James about being interviewed for the job]. Those are the things I'm not in control of. We'll kind of just take it day-by-day as far as those things unfolding."

** This is the time of year kids are thinking of leaving early. How is Scott handling that? "That's definitely something we're looking into and looking at with some of our kids, just preparing them and making sure they understand and are armed with all the information through this process. They have a team of people on this side that always make sure they represent them and their families in their best interest. It's an educational process you have to walk them through and help them deal with. When you have those situations come up that's always going to be a topic of conversation at some point."

** Have any underclassmen approached Scott yet about leaving... "No. But we've had communication with guys that those opportunities may present themselves. But I haven't been approached by any player per say."

** If Scott is retained is he looking for a head coaching job at another school? "It's one of those funny things you have to take it day-by-day and kind of explore whatever options present themselves and then look at it. I'm always going to make any decision I make with my families best interest at heart. I don't know how this thing is going to unfold. That's the uncertainty you're faced with. Those things will kind of take care of themselves as they unfold."

** Generally speaking do Scott feel pretty good about the opportunities the rest of the staff will have to find a job? "Every guy that went down this process were pros about it. When we first started out this thing we were asked to reevaluate and look back and reflect on why you got into coaching. They're all pros and really good football coaches. We all know the nature of the business, how it works."

November 27, 2015

Another suspension for Miami Hurricanes at Pittsburgh today...

Tyrebrady

  PITTSBURGH –  …but it’s one of the two players that were suspended last Saturday for the Georgia Tech game at Sun Life Stadium.

     Sophomore wide receiver Tyre Brady was suspended for the third time this season – this suspension likely connected to last week’s suspension for violating an undisclosed team rule.

     Last week, junior tight end Standish Dobard also was suspended for the Georgia Tech game. But he was back Friday for the Pitt game.

  Brady’s first suspension was announced just before this season’s opener against Bethune-Cookman.

  Brady has nine catches for 112 yards and a touchdown.

  Dobard has eight catches for 90 yards and a touchdown.

  SUSAN MILLER DEGNAN

 

Gameday blog: Miami Hurricanes at Pittsburgh Panthers

Live Blog Miami Hurricanes at Pittsburgh Panthers: Nov. 27, 2015
 

November 24, 2015

Some more info on UM's underclassmen contemplating draft...

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Artie Burns, Corn Elder, Stacy Coley and Al-Quadin Muhammad (pictured above on right, next to linebacker Juwon Young) are the four Miami Hurricane underclassmen contemplating turning pro. Click here for story in today's Miami Herald.

Cornerbacks Artie and Corn and receiver Stacy all talked to us yesterday. 

Outside linebacker Al-Quadin Muhammad declined to discuss the subject after UM's win over Georgia Tech on Saturday.

So, last night I checked NFLDraftScout.com, used by CBSSports.com. As I said in my story none of the four Canes are listed among 41 underclassmen listed by NFLDraftScout.com.

As for individual rankings by position, the site had  Burns rated 19th among junior cornerbacks in the draft class of 2017 (following the 2016 season),  Elder ranked 38th, Coley ranked 14th among wide receivers in that class and Muhammad ranked 18th among projected defensive ends in the 2018 draft class (Unless something bad happens, no way he'll last until 2018 draft).

Not sure how accurate those rankings are, but I do know that Burns is considered the most NFL-ready. And goodness knows you can understand if he declares for the 2016 NFL Draft, considering the recent death of his mom and that he's father to a 1-year-old boy and has two younger brothers still in school.

With Brad Kaaya as quarterback, I think Coley should definitely stay another season and keep improving and increasing his draft stock.He could have huge numbers next season. I most strongly think Muhammad should stay, because he could go from anything but a sure thing to a really dominant player next season (as well as proving he's mature enough not to make bad decisions outside of football). Corn has so much talent, but I feel his stock will increase also. He's just not physically imposing, although he is a phenomenal athlete. Another strong season would help him.

Here's some of what defensive coordinator Mark D'Onofrio said yesterday about Muhammad: 

"Think about some of the great players that have come through here and then count how many starts they had before they left. He’s got seven starts. Who doesn’t need more than seven starts? You need to have in the 30s if you want to be a really truly great player that leaves here with accolades and is able to be in high regard at the next level I think you need to do it for quite a while. He’s done a good job. He’s had a good year and he’s continuing to improve. But I think he understands he’s got quite a ways to go.

"Every part of his game he knows he needs to improve on. He’s a hard worker. He invests hard every week. He studies tape. He does the things that he has to do to go play well. He’s been pretty consistent with that since he had an opportunity to start. To me that’s it. At the end of the day there’s only one way to continue to improve, that’s work hard on the field and study the game off the field. There’s no shortcut."

 That said, the risk of injury is always present. But UM does a good job of taking care of these kids physically, and risk always is present when you play football.

I wish them all the right decision, whatever that may be. This Canes team could be really good if they all return next season, but I'm thinking at least two leave. We'll see.

SUSAN MILLER DEGNAN

 

November 23, 2015

A little bit of Larry Scott at weekly presser Monday before Pitt

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***Larry Scott on his football practice today: "The guys came out and had a lot of energy.. They attacked the day. They did it with a lot of spirit and a lot of energy. Love where we're at right now."

"Excited about... finishing the season the right way."

*** On Ejuan Price, DE of Pittsburgh and ACC Defensive Lineman of the Wee
k, had five sacks last week: "He's a guy you better be aware of. You better know where he is. I watched the film. He makes a lot of plays defensively, gets after the quarterback. You better know where he is and make sure you've got some plays to neutralize him.''

How will Larry Scott and his players celebrate Thanksgiving? "Together in a hotel getting ready to play Pittsburgh." Scott said those are the times you want to play football, when families are gathered together around the TV watching the games.

*** Larry Scott said WR Rashawn Scott "had a good day today. He's ready to rock 'n roll.''

*** S Rayshawn Jenkins (in yellow, limited jersey) is just sore... S Jamal Carter (also in yellow)  "same thing. He was in all the things. Didn't miss a drill.''

*** What's Larry Scott thankful for? "I'm thankful for the opportunity to still be here.. and for "family" of course. "Through it all we're still very fortunate to do what we do at such a great institution.

***Scott said he loves basketball (UM is ranked 15th by the AP, its highest November ranking ever) and can't wait to get out there to watch some games. His son keeps bugging him about it.

SUSAN MILLER DEGNAN