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The Miami Herald

Oct, 27 : Canes get feisty in practice and Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly talks Miami's sacks allowed


The Hurricanes’ practice “went well” Wednesday, UM coach Mark Richt said, with the Canes infusing some feistiness into the session.

 Formerly injured (and likely still sore) starting defensive end Chad Thomas, starting cornerback Sheldrick Redwine, starting safety Rayshawn Jenkins and defensive tackle Gerald Willis practiced again, Richt confirmed, though he declined to comment about their progress.

   “It got a little feisty out there,’’ Richt said. “Guys wanted to get after each other a little bit today, which was healthy.’’

   *** Regarding the Miami running backs and perhaps using Gus Edwards and Travis Homer more, Richt said the Hurricanes “have the right backs in there’’ in Mark Walton and Joe Yearby.

   “I’m not saying Gus won’t get any work, because he has practiced well this week. So he might get some playing time. But I don’t think there’s an issue with the runners. We just have to create more space and block better downfield.’’

   ***Richt said the Canes worked on third downs and red-zone play Wednesday – “third and medium, third and long, third and short; high red zone, low red zone, that was the main focus.’’


Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly addressed the media on the weekly ACC coaches’ teleconference Wednesday.

When asked what stuck out to him about some of Miami’s struggles in watching the tape over the last few weeks, Kelly noted the “new system of offense’’ and how the Hurricanes “are doing some things differently there. I don’t think there’s any one thing particularly…’’ he said. …I don’t think there’s anything glaring. When you look at them you don’t look at it and say, ‘Wow, there’s a hole here or a hole there.’

A couple minutes later Kelly was reminded that last Thursday the Hurricanes gave up eight sacks and that his team had six sacks all season, and he was asked what that equation could mean in the game.

“Well, it means that we’re probably not going to get eight sacks if you go with the numbers. That’s for certain,’’ Kelly said, laughing. “I think Virginia Tech is a very difficult defensive scheme. You’ve got some inexperienced players. They’ve got some young talented players that are growing. Virginia tech can be an avalanche situation where [if] you get one, you can get a number of them. They play a lot of man coverage and if you don’t get rid of the football, some of those sacks can be not just on the offensive line, they could be on receivers, they can be on the quarterback

   “[Virginia Tech defensive coordinator] Bud Foster does a great job of doing that against everybody. So I wouldn’t look at Miami in particular. He’s been doing that for 30 years to everybody.”


Canes get feisty in practice and Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly talks Miami's sacks allowed


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The Sun Sentinal

Oct, 26 : Miami basketball team gets commitment from four-star forward Deng Gak

Hurricanes basketball coach Jim Larrañaga has said with his program coming off NCAA probation, he’s seeing a difference on the recruiting trail.

And Tuesday morning, he picked up yet another coveted prospect.

Four-star power forward Deng Gak verbally committed to Miami, choosing the Hurricanes…

Miami basketball team gets commitment from four-star forward Deng Gak

The Miami Herald

Oct, 26 : Major players return to Miami football practice before Notre Dame


Miami Hurricanes coach Mark Richt said yesterday on 560 WQAM that some injured players would be returning this week as the Canes prepare for Notre Dame on Saturday. 

Just got done with our 15 minutes of practice viewing (and five or so minutes of stretch) and there IS good news for Hurricanes fans. Important disclaimer, however, is that we only watch non-contact, position drill period of practice before the contact and intense stuff begins.

That said, it is nothing but encouraging for this program that the following players were practicing during our viewing:

*** Safety Rayshawn Jenkins — Almost unbelievably, he was out there playing safety in position drills. Jenkins injured his lower right leg (ankle?) in the third quarter of the Virginia Tech game, and he was in really bad pain. I never thought we’d see him back. Remember, we have no idea how much he practiced or if he’ll play. But to see him out there…

***Defensive end Chad Thomas — His right hand is still in a club, but Chad was doing everything the D-linemen were doing. Chad didn’t travel to Blacksburg. This is huge for UM if he plays.

***Cornerback Sheldrick RedwineRedwine was a late scratch for the Virginia Tech game when Miami reported the day of the game that he didn’t travel to Blacksburg. Redwine was hurt trying to attempt a 50-yard pass play in the second half against North Carolina. He limped off the field. He practiced a bit last week but had to leave practice early one day last week because of the injury, I was told. We still don’t know exactly what has been ailing him.

Two players that for the most part weren’t with the others during our media viewing, but  but were dressed in practice uniforms and working out a bit on the sideline with the training staff: 

*** Defensive tackle Gerald Willis — Willis (left knee in brace) was with his position group before walking to the sideline. Willis hasn’t played the last two games.

*** Starting defensive end Demetrius Jackson — His left knee was in a black elasticized brace and he was lightly jogging up and down an area of Greentree. 

Not at practice today:

*** DE Scott Patchan, who was hurt at FSU in the first playing time of his college career after overcoming two ACL tears.

Mark Richt has his weekly press conference at noon today. I doubt he’ll tell us much, but I’ll be back afterward.

Here’s my injury-related story that is in today’s Miami Herald:  










Major players return to Miami football practice before Notre Dame

The Miami Herald

Oct, 25 : McClellan makes Wizards' roster; Larranaga, former teammates thrilled

By Michelle Kaufman

University of Miami men’s basketball coach Jim Larranaga beamed with pride Monday as he reacted to the news that former Hurricane Sheldon McClellan, who went undrafted, made the Washington Wizards’ 15-man roster over the weekend.

McClellan, 23, helped his chances by scoring 20 points in 32 minutes in a double-overtime win against the Philadelphia 76ers last week. He also had four assists, three rebounds and a steal.

“One of the happiest moments of 2016 was to get a text from Tommy Sheppard (Sr. Vice President of the Wizards), and it said, `You have a wall with your NBA players listed and you can now include one more – Sheldon McClellan will be a Washington Wizard this year.’” Larranaga said. “I’m so happy for him. Deeply deserving of that acknowledgement of his ability to play basketball. He’s such a wonderful kid. I texted him, his mother, his agent.

“He has all the attributes they look for in the NBA. I think he is on his way to a long NBA career.”

McClellan posted on Twitter: “Blessed!!! Dream come true was made tonight!!! Excited for my first year and the team.”

UM seniors Davon Reed and Kamari Murphy, who played with McClellan last season on the Sweet 16 team, were thrilled with the news.

“I’m extremely happy for him,” Reed said. “That’s the end goal at the end of the day, and to have somebody you played with be there. That’s where we all want to be…It’s good for the younger guys to see a former player in the NBA and people have heard about his work ethic, what it takes and that will definitely inspires some of our players.”

Murphy added: “It’s good to have somebody that close to us in that environment to give us feedback on what to expect, things we need to do to get to that level.”



McClellan makes Wizards' roster; Larranaga, former teammates thrilled

The Sun Sentinal

Oct, 22 : Takeaways from Miami's 37-16 loss to Virginia Tech

The Hurricanes are mired in as nightmarish a stretch as they could have imagined.

After winning four straight to start the season and climbing to No. 10 in the AP Top 25, Miami has lost three straight conference games in the span of 12 days, the latest setback coming Thursday in a 37-16 loss to…

Takeaways from Miami's 37-16 loss to Virginia Tech

The Sun Sentinal

Oct, 21 : At midseason, the lessons have come hard and fast for Miami's freshmen linebackers

For Shaq Quarterman, the lessons of college football have come quickly.

Quarterman and his fellow freshmen linebackers Zach McCloud and Mike Pinckney have, in their six games at Miami, experienced the ups and downs some veterans won’t experience in a single season.

A little more than nine months…

At midseason, the lessons have come hard and fast for Miami's freshmen linebackers

The Miami Herald

Oct, 21 : Miami football confirms more injuries, more players out for Virginia Tech


The University of Miami confirmed Thursday that starting defensive end Chad Thomas did not make the trip to Blacksburg, Virginia, and will miss the 7 p.m. game against Virginia Tech with an “upper extremity’’ injury.

UM had listed Thomas as “questionable’’ on its injury report released Tuesday evening.

And yet another starter who didn’t make the trip and won’t play Thursday: sophomore cornerback Sheldrick Redwine. Redwine, who was listed as starting the past five games, was hobbled and limping after a long pass play last Saturday against North Carolina and never returned. But he was not listed on Tuesday’s injury report.

Also out for Virginia Tech is the other starting defensive end, Demetrius Jackson, with a knee injury. His absence already was on UM’s injury report.

The original report also has defensive tackle Gerald Willis (knee) out, and defensive end Scott Patchan (knee) out for Thursday.

UM will start freshman Joe Jackson and junior veteran Trent Harris at the end spots, with graduate transfer Adrian Colbert expected to make his second start at cornerback.

The Canes’ strength this season has been its defense, despite losing several other players to injuries, some of which required surgeries. Colbert, for instance, already has had knee surgery during the season.

Miami is 4-2 and 1-2 in the Atlantic Coast Conference, and needs to win Thursday night to keep its hope alive in the Coastal Division.

The Hokies are 4-2 and 2-1 and are also coming off a loss, and in need of a Coastal Division victory.



Miami football confirms more injuries, more players out for Virginia Tech

The Sun Sentinal

Oct, 20 : UM defensive coordinator Manny Diaz: 'We're taking this program somewhere'

There’s no doubt things are as tough for the Hurricanes as they’ve been all season.

Miami has lost two straight. Its offense is struggling to produce and its defense, which was decimated by dismissals, a suspension and injuries to start the season, healed – only to have stars get hurt again.


UM defensive coordinator Manny Diaz: 'We're taking this program somewhere'

The Sun Sentinal

Oct, 19 : Former UM receiver, St. Thomas standout Sam Bruce arrested

A little over a week after he was dismissed from Miami’s program, former Hurricanes receiver and St. Thomas Aquinas standout Sam Bruce has found himself in trouble again.

A source confirmed to the Sun Sentinel a report by CBS4 that Bruce was been arrested for marijuana possession in South Miami…

Former UM receiver, St. Thomas standout Sam Bruce arrested

The Miami Herald

Oct, 19 : Rainy day blues for Miami Hurricanes football


Green and orange?

Try rainy day blues, or here’s another cliche: When it rains it pours.

Waiting for practice (in the rain to end). I missed stretching and our 15 minutes of viewing sitting on the 826 South Parking lot.. I mean the Palmetto… for about an hour.

But here’s what I learned from reporters Christy Cabrera Chirinos and Matt Shodell.

It’s not pretty, people. Missing from practice today were defensive tackle Gerald Willis and starting defensive ends Chad Thomas (already has a broken hand before he was injured again against UNC) and Demetrius Jackson (knee).

It seems like, perhaps (we’ll hopefully find out more later or on the injury report tomorrow), that they will not be playing at Virginia Tech on Thursday night.

So, who’s left?

There’s freshman Joe Jackson and freshman Pat Bethel and junior Trent Harris at end. And (surprise!) tight end Stan Dobard apparently worked with the defensive ends today. Ouch!

UM is a 5 or 6-point underdog for this game, and I can certainly understand why.

I’ll be back later.












Rainy day blues for Miami Hurricanes football

The Sun Sentinal

Oct, 17 : Takeaways from Miami's 20-13 loss to North Carolina

For the second straight week, the Hurricanes are waking up on a Sunday morning after a tough loss.

This time around, they have even less time to dwell on it with a short week ahead and another key Coastal Division game looming Thursday night at Virginia Tech.

Before turning their focus to the Hokies,…

Takeaways from Miami's 20-13 loss to North Carolina

The Miami Herald

Oct, 16 : Miami Hurricanes need a victory against North Carolina. Some Keys to ensuring one.


No. 16 Miami (4-1, 1-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) faces North Carolina (4-2, 2-1) at 3:30 p.m. Saturday in dire need of a victory  to keep its hopes of winning the Coastal Division realistic. One loss in the conference can often at least get you into a tiebreaker, and Miami’s loss was to FSU, which is in the Atlantic Division. That means the Hurricanes still have a shot at winning out in the Coastal.

Only two teams in the Coastal have not lost to an ACC opponent: Virginia Tech (4-1, 2-0), which meets the Canes on Thursday night in Blacksburg, and Virginia (2-3, 1-0), which meets Miami on Nov. 12 in Charlottesville.

The Canes told us this week they have short-term memories (I don’t actually believe it, do you?) after losing to Florida State last week. But I don’t. I remember last year’s 59-21 drubbing in Chapel Hill.

Some keys to winning Saturday:

*** 1. 2. and 3: Protect Brad.

Kaaya, UM’s quarterback, got hit several times in the past couple weeks, and according to coach Mark Richt, injured his shoulder on the opening play of the FSU game, when he was violently thrown to the ground because no one blocked Seminoles’ linebacker Jacob Pugh. We really don’t know the extent of Kaaya’s injury, and how much his head might have been hurt as well, as he got rammed into the jaw and lost part of his molar when FSU was penalized for intentional grounding. He also hit his head hard on that first play. I doubt Kaaya is 100 percent right now, and really, we don’t even know if he will play this entire game. With right offensive tackle Sunny Odogwu out for the season after surgery on his badly injured lower left leg, expect the Tar Heels to come after him. It’s time for the Canes to put on their big-boy pants and do some big-boy blocking.

4. Pressure quarterback Mitch Trubisky.

   Trubisky is good. He spreads it out and throws, throws, throws in a hurry-up offense. He completes 70.2-percent of his passes, sixth best completion percentage in the nation.  Until last week’s two picks in horrendous weather, Trubisky had not thrown an interception this season. The Canes will be missing talented defensive tackle Gerald Willis. Starting end Chad Thomas, with a tremendous season to date, broke his right hand against FSU and will have his hand heavily wrapped in “a club.” The Canes, No. 1 nationally in tackles for loss and No. 8 in sacks, somehow have to compensate and keep the pressure coming. 

5. Sustain drives (run more).

   Give the defense time to breathe by keeping the offense on the field a bit longer. UM’s average time of possession is 24:14 in a 60-minute game, 13th of 14 teams in the ACC. UNC is 14th, averaging 22:47. One team will keep the ball more Saturday. Pretty sure Mark Richt will be hoping his tailbacks take some of the pressure off Kaaya.

6. No turnovers.

  Kaaya cannot afford to throw picks Saturday. With his health in question, he needs a clean game, as do his running backs and receivers.

7. Limit the penalties

Miami had 10 for 110 yards last week against the Noles. (Last year at UNC, the Canes had 12 for 103 — nine of them in the first half.) Note: If Mark Walton is running with the ball, don’t get caught holding. 








Miami Hurricanes need a victory against North Carolina. Some Keys to ensuring one.