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Sep, 28 : Richt says defensive end Scott Patchan could make UM debut soon

For the Hurricanes defense, it’s been a rough start to the season on the injury front.

Corner Adrian Colbert, linebacker Darrion Owens, defensive end Scott Patchan and defensive tackles Anthony Moten and Courtel Jenkins have all missed time through Miami’s first three games while recovering from…

Richt says defensive end Scott Patchan could make UM debut soon

The Miami Herald

Sep, 28 : Miami Hurricanes diver named an NCAA finalist for 2016 Woman of the Year


Just in from the NCAA. Kudos to Kara McCormack:

Finalists named for 2016 Woman of the Year Award

September 27, 2016 2:00 pm

Nine former college athletes have been selected as finalists for the 2016 NCAA Woman of the Year Award and will be honored at an awards dinner Oct. 16 in Indianapolis.

The 2016 Woman of the Year will be named at that event.

Three women from each NCAA division were selected. Their college careers are highlighted by outstanding achievements in academics, athletics, community service and leadership.

The finalists were chosen from 30 Woman of the Year honorees who will be recognized during the event. This group of 30 includes 10 honorees from each NCAA division and represents a range of sports.  Schools nominated 517 college athletes for the 2016 award.


Kara McCormack

School: University of Miami (Florida)

Conference: Atlantic Coast Conference

Sport: Women’s swimming and diving

Major: Mathematics

Hometown: Austin, Texas

Excerpt from personal statement: “Although my diving career is over, I am now taking a new plunge into another opportunity: research in the medical field. My next step is a Ph.D., followed by teaching and continued advocacy for young women to follow their passions. I therefore thank my collegiate career for making me the woman I am today, and for allowing me to continue to spread this strength to others around the world.”

Kara McCormack embraced her platform as a student-athlete as a way to lead others on her campus, in her community and on a global scale. The University of Miami (Florida) swimming and diving team captain served on the Atlantic Coast Conference Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. She also volunteered as a pen pal with children at a local elementary school, taking advantage of the opportunity to encourage young girls to pursue interests in math and science. In addition, she went on a trip to rural Vietnam as part of the Coach for College program, where she taught ninth-grade physics and encouraged kids to persevere and attend college.

McCormack made the dean’s list every semester and graduated with a nearly perfect grade-point average in mathematics. She earned three nods as a member of the all-Atlantic Coast Conference Academic Team and received the ACC postgraduate scholarship in 2016. She was inducted into multiple honor societies on campus, and in 2016, was inducted in to the Iron Arrow Honor Society, which is the highest honor for a Miami student who exemplifies love of alma mater, character, leadership, scholarship, and humility. McCormack is now in the process of pursuing her doctorate in mathematics.

In 2013, McCormack was named the ACC Diver of the Year after winning the conference championship on the diving platform. The three-time College Swimming Coaches Association of America All-American qualified for the NCAA championships in 2016 in the 1-meter and 3-meter diving events. She also competed at the Olympics trials for USA Swimming in 2012.

The other nominees:

Margaret Guo

School: Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Conference: New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference

Sport: Women’s swimming and diving

Majors: Electrical engineering and computer science; biological engineering

Hometown: San Diego

Christina Hillman

School: Iowa State University

Conference: Big 12 Conference

Sport: Women’s track and field

Majors: Child, adult and family services; psychology

Hometown: Dover, Delaware

Bri Leeper

School: West Texas A&M University

Conference: Lone Star Conference

Sport: Women’s track and field

Major: Broadcasting and electronic media

Hometown: Amarillo, Texas

Maurissa Lester

School: Limestone College

Conference: Conference Carolinas

Sport: Women’s basketball

Major: Professional biology/pre-dentistry, with a minor in chemistry

Hometown: Marietta, Georgia

Elayna Siebert

School: Carson-Newman University

Conference: South Atlantic Conference

Sport: Softball

Major: Accounting

Hometown: Knoxville, Tennessee

Haley Townsend

School: Kenyon College

Conference: North Coast Athletic Conference

Sport: Women’s swimming and diving

Major: International studies, with a concentration in Islamic civilization and cultures, and a minor in Arabic

Hometown: Greenwood, Indiana

Cameasha Turner

School: University of Texas at El Paso

Conference: Conference USA

Sport: Women’s basketball

Major: Criminal justice

Hometown: Dallas

Amy Viti

School: Misericordia University

Conference: Middle Atlantic Conference

Sports: Women’s cross country, track and field

Major: Speech language pathology

Hometown: Sugar Notch, Pennsylvania


Miami Hurricanes diver named an NCAA finalist for 2016 Woman of the Year

The Sun Sentinal

Sep, 27 : Meier, Shockey, Braun and Cohen headline UM's 2017 Sports Hall of Fame inductees

Hurricanes women’s basketball coach Katie Meier would be the first to say she still has plenty of work to continue doing at Miami.

But now she’ll be doing it with the distinction of being a Hall of Famer. 

Meier, who has led the Hurricanes to seven straight postseason berths and six NCAA Tournament…

Meier, Shockey, Braun and Cohen headline UM's 2017 Sports Hall of Fame inductees

The Miami Herald

Sep, 24 : Miami football finally unveils plans for $34 million "Carol Soffer Football Indoor Practice Facility"


FONTAINEBLEAU Miami Beach (a nice place to be on a Friday night!) — After months of anticipation, the University of Miami finally unveiled plans for its yet-to-be-built “Carol Soffer Football Indoor Practice Facility,” to be named in honor of the mother of lead donor and billionaire Jeffrey Soffer.

Soffer is a South Florida real estate developer and philanthropist who contributed $14 million of the $34 million that will be needed to begin construction — of which $24 million has already been raised.

Have to give kudos to UM athletic director Blake James, who pulled off the unlikely Mark Richt hiring and has been a real plus for the Hurricanes in pretty much every area. 

I know Carol Soffer from years ago, and she is a terrific woman. She has been a UM donor for athletics for more than 20 years. Really liked her sons I met tonight. Jeffrey Soffer seems like a super nice person. Hey, he gave up his money because his mother said UM athletics was the right way to go, and he publicly told her he loved her. As a mom (or son), you’ve got to like that.

Jeffrey said right away that he has never been to a UM football game but will make sure to attend his first game this season.

That first game, I’m pretty sure, will be Florida State.

Included in Miami’s release on Friday: 

“The 81,800-square-foot facility will feature two field-turf fields – one 80 yards long and an additional 40-yard field directly connecting to the Squillante Strength and Conditioning Center. The facility will be located on the current football practice grounds, and will feature interconnectivity to the Hecht Athletic Center and the Schwartz Center for Athletic Excellence. 

 The project includes a 20,000-square-foot football operations center with a mezzanine level that will house all of the football coaches’ office space with views overlooking the indoor fields.  The football center will also feature six position meeting rooms, a head coach’s suite, three coaches’ conference rooms, a first-class football recruiting suite complete with lounges and meeting rooms, as well as a state-of-the-art video center.” 

UM is aiming for the facility to be completed by the summer of 2018.

Coach Mark Richt has pledged $1 million of his own money to help fund the facility, which greatly impressed his players when they learned of his generosity. 

 As I said in a blog earlier this week, the Richt era continues to soar. The No. 15 Canes (3-0) are off this weekend but next play at noon Oct. 1 at Georgia Tech (3-1), to be nationally televised by either ABC, ESPN or ESPN2.

It’s not a coincidence that Richt’s arrival in Coral Gables has already catapulted the football program to a happy place it hasn’t been in years.  It’s amazing how one man and what appears to be an excellent coaching staff can make a difference.

Richt said tonight that Brad Kaaya’s knee injury that he sustained during the Appalachian State game was a bone bruise and was healing day by day. He said the open week was helpful because it obviously has given it more time to heal.

Kaaya was great, as usual. First-class young man, so unassuming and forthright.

It is awesome to actually get out and see the Hurricane Club members and meet the Soffer family,” Kaaya told reporters. “In years past, people talked about the Board of Trustees, our alumni, our boosters. It all just sounds like up there somewhere in some castle, some secret meeting room.

  “It’s nice to actually meet them and know they have our back and are giving their full support to us. It’s huge for me to see this. It’s a great day.’’

   Here’s my full, final-edition story that is now online and includes cool videos, photos, reaction and all the news: .

  Have a great weekend everyone.


Miami football finally unveils plans for $34 million "Carol Soffer Football Indoor Practice Facility"

The Sun Sentinal

Sep, 23 : Richt says Kaaya, Colbert among injured 'Canes using bye to heal

The Hurricanes have a bye this week, but that doesn’t mean Mark Richt has taken it easy.

The Miami coach gave his players some time off early in the week, but preparations have already begun for Georgia Tech and on Thursday, Richt continued what has become part of his new routine – visiting with…

Richt says Kaaya, Colbert among injured 'Canes using bye to heal

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Sep, 21 : The pressure of playing QB at 'Quarterback U?' Mark Richt, Brad Kaaya know it well

Not long after his team walked off the field at Appalachian State on Saturday, Brad Kaaya was all smiles.

That’s to be expected after a 45-10 win, but during his typical post-game chat with reporters, the Miami quarterback was relaxed, cracking jokes and touching on a number of topics from his…

The pressure of playing QB at 'Quarterback U?' Mark Richt, Brad Kaaya know it well

The Miami Herald

Sep, 21 : Dewan Huell will not be suspended for last week's arrest

By Michelle Kaufman

Here’s an update on last week’s arrest of UM star freshman Dewan Huell. Turns out he will not be suspended. Coach L explains why here.

Dewan Huell will not be suspended for last week's arrest

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Sep, 20 : Miami, Adidas go retro for 'Canes new uniforms

For the third straight year, the Hurricanes football team will have a new look.

While some of their previous new uniforms have had flashier, more modern elements, this collection is intended to invoke memories of uniforms past, prompting Adidas to dub it the “Legend of the U.”

The uniforms, which…

Miami, Adidas go retro for 'Canes new uniforms

The Sun Sentinal

Sep, 19 : UM's Richt says he's not concerned about QB Brad Kaaya's knee

A day after Brad Kaaya hurt his knee in Miami’s win over Appalachian State, Hurricanes coach Mark Richt wouldn’t specify whether the quarterback underwent any kind of imaging test on the injury, but said multiple times he wasn’t worried about his quarterback’s health.

Kaaya, who was hurt while…

UM's Richt says he's not concerned about QB Brad Kaaya's knee

The Miami Herald

Sep, 18 : Statement game? Some Hurricanes fans likely think otherwise, but you bet it is.


BOONE, N.C. — The Miami Hurricanes are the first Power 5 team in history to come into Kidd Brewer Stadium.

And what a reception they’ll get.

I’m imagining this could be the loudest 35,000 or so fans that I’ve ever heard — and I’ve been to a lot of college football games.

ESPN thinks it intriguing enough to choose as its noon game. Las Vegas thinks it’ll be close enough to make the 25th-ranked team in the nation — that’s 2-0 Miami — only a 4-point favorite as of Friday.

The Mountaineers, famous for being giant slayers since bringing down fifth-ranked Michigan at the Big House to begin the 2007 season, are known for their fearlessness. They’re the little team that could, and the little team that will, hope those who love underdogs and have a major distaste for the green and orange. 

Hey, they almost and in my opinion should have beaten No. 9 Tennessee in Knoxville in the season-opener. So, they’re more than thinking, ‘Why not Miami?’

Maybe it’s just the mediocrity that I’ve gotten used to the past 10 years or so, but so many times when the Hurricanes could have made a statement that they were turning the corner, they didn’t. They haven’t won a bowl game since the 2006 season, which frankly, feels like an eternity. They usually fall in these hyped games.

So, whether or not Appalachian State is in the Sun Belt, whether or not the Mountaineers talk a lot bigger than they play, you better believe most of the country is waiting  for the Hurricanes to fall Saturday. And that’s why UM needs to make a statement to itself, if no one else, that this Mark Richt era is humming right along after Game No. 3 — en route to a week off before the Canes travel to Atlanta to face the triple option attack of ACC Coastal Division foe Georgia Tech. That will be no easy task, especially for three true freshman linebackers.

I know that a win is a win is a win. But UM should have a lot better athletes than Appalachian State, and the victory should be decisive and clean.

I don’t even know where to begin should the Mountaineers pull off the upset. We might have to all shut down our Twitter accounts.

For now, here are my keys to victory for the Hurricanes:

***Take the home crowd out of the game, the sooner the better. Thus, come out blazing and don’t let up.

***Somehow manage to communicate amid the deafening noise. This might be a major challenge for the youngest Canes, though there are veterans on the offensive line, and as coach Mark Richt said Wednesday, “The noise affects one guy the most — that’s the quarterback. Does he have the poise to handle the noise? Does he have the poise to handle all the nonverbal communication? Does he have the poise to handle it when [fans] go ballistic the first time something good happens for their team? That’s the biggest key of playing on the road, in my opinion. Brad has been through it. I’m not worried one bit about how Brad is going to react to anything that might come up.”

*** Stop Marcus Cox. This 5-10, 205-pound senior from Dacula, Ga., has run for three consecutive 1,000-yard seasons and has eclipsed the 100-yard mark 24 times in his last 33 games.

***Pressure quarterback Taylor Lamb. This 6-2, 200-pound junior from Calhoun, Ga., has led the Mountaineers to an 18-7 record and threw for 2,387 yards and 31 touchdowns, with nine interceptions last season. He ran for another 436 yards and five touchdowns.

*** Run, Mark, Run. Run, Joe, Run. Run, Gus, Run. The Canes are sixth nationally in rushing offense, averaging 326 yards over two games. The Mountaineers, who lost in overtime at then-No. 9 Tennessee and defeated Old Dominion 31-7 last week, are 69th in rushing defense, having allowed an average of 142 rushing yards each game.  

*** No interceptions for Brad Kaaya. He had two last week against FAU, which converted only one of them for three eventual points. It would likely be more costly Saturday.


Statement game? Some Hurricanes fans likely think otherwise, but you bet it is.

The Sun Sentinal

Sep, 16 : Hurricanes DC Manny Diaz, unfiltered: 'The Miami Hurricanes have not shown anything different'

As the Hurricanes prepare for their first road game of the season, defensive coordinator Manny Diaz has plenty of reasons to be proud of the players on his side of the ball.

Through two games, Miami is the national leader in run defense (34.5 yards per game), is tied with Pittsburgh as the national…

Hurricanes DC Manny Diaz, unfiltered: 'The Miami Hurricanes have not shown anything different'

The Sun Sentinal

Sep, 15 : AD Blake James says he's open to Miami hosting ACC championship events

With the Atlantic Coast Conference announcing Wednesday it would be moving its neutral-site championship events out of North Carolina because of the state’s passage of the controversial House Bill 2, could South Florida emerge as a potential host for some of those events?

Miami athletic director…

AD Blake James says he's open to Miami hosting ACC championship events