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2/25/15: Miami has opened up their spring practice already - the 12th time they have done so as members of the ACC. They, and Virginia Tech, were expected to make the conference one of the best in college football back in 2003, but the Canes have never even reached the ACC Championship Game. While the program has struggled through NCAA violations and poor play, they may be on the verge of turning things around. Miami leads the entire nation in oral commits for 2016, with 18 high schoolers already pledging their non-binding allegiance. No other school has more than nine at this point.
2/18/15: In its heyday, the Miami Hurricanes boasted a ferocious defense that could shut down even the best offensive opponents. Those days have been gone for quite some time now, but that does not mean that the Hurricanes are happy with their recent results. Miami hired Randy Melvin as their new defensive line coach last week. He had been at nearby Florida International University in the same capacity, though has coached at Rutgers, Temple, Purdue and Wyoming in the past. The job opened up rather unexpectedly when Jethro Franklin bolted the Hurricanes for the Oakland Raiders of the NFL.
2/11/15: Even before the 2015 National Signing Day had come, Miami fans were upset with head coach Al Golden and his staff for not getting a strong enough class and losing some big name recruits to rival programs. The Hurricanes finished with the 26th ranked class according to Rivals, and that ranked fourth in the ACC behind Florida State (3), Clemson (4) and Virginia Tech (24). They are also upset that running back Jordan Scarlett flipped to Florida after having been committed to Miami for a long time. Just to add another wrinkle, D-Line coach Jethro Franklin left the program for a job with the Oakland Raiders.
2/4/15: A lot of Hurricane fans are frustrated with the state of the program and lack of progress last season. Many are calling for head coach Al Golden's job at this point, particularly since the Canes finished 6-7 last season. However, former Hurricane legend Michael Irvin is defending Golden, citing the fact that Golden was put in a terrible situation with NCAA violations and has kept the program going - and that he has earned the right to keep coaching. Miami should improve next season, but now all eyes are on recruiting. At the end of January, Miami had the 22nd ranked recruiting class, well ahead of the Florida Gators who ranked 101st.
1/28/15: Things may be looking up in Miami. As a relatively small, private college, Miami does not have the resources of in-state rivals Florida State or Florida. However, they are doing pretty well on the donations front as of late as former running back Ken Hunt donated $1.5 million to the school, which was the largest donation at the time. The former Hurricane and current Arizona Cardinal Calais Campbell topped it with at $1.6 million donation. Over $106 million has been raised so far, which should help get the Hurricanes back on the top of the heap.
1/21/15: It came as a bit of a surprise last year when freshman Brad Kaaya won the quarterback battle and was named the starter. He was up against more experienced guys and was a bit of a longshot. But Kaaya won the job and played pretty well in his first college season and even won the ACC Rookie of the Year Award. Now, he is firmly entrenched as the starting quarterback. He has also taken on a new role. He has become a big part of Miami's recruiting efforts. He has been meeting with visiting recruits and giving off a positive impression. That is good news for the Hurricanes, who are trying to rebuild their program and topple Florida State.
1/14/15: The Miami Hurricanes found their quarterback of the future in freshman Brad Kaaya last season, which should set them up nicely for at least the next couple of years. But that is not stopping some potential competition. Houston quarterback John O'Korn announced he was leaving the Cougars' program and looks to be one of the rare cases where a player transfers up to a higher level. The Hurricanes are reportedly on O'Korn's short list of potential destinations. But, as mentioned earlier, Kaaya is entrenched as the QB in Miami, so maybe he should look at different options. 1/7/15: Miami is still rebuilding a fractured program and one that ended the 2014 regular season with a nasty losing streak. But they did have a chance at redemption and to finish above .500 if they could squeeze out a win in the Independence Bowl against South Carolina. The Hurricanes were in the game until the end, but the Gamecocks scored the winning touchdown with just over four minutes remaining to seal the game. Duke Johnson racked up 132 yards in his final game and will leave the program as the all-time leader in rushing yards, which is pretty impressive considering the running backs that the Hurricanes have had in the past.
12/3/14: Miami just has not been the same team since they blew a second half lead to Florida State a few weeks ago. They lost to Virginia two weeks ago and fell in their final game of the regular season to an underwhelming Pittsburgh team. This third consecutive loss dropped the Hurricanes to 6-6 on the season and may call into question Al Golden continuing on as head coach. The Hurricanes certainly have a lot of young talent that is still developing, but it has to be disappointing for Canes fans to see the team seem to give up on the season, but they should be better and more mature next season.
11/19/14: Miami joined the ranks of Louisville, Notre Dame, Clemson and North Carolina State by being the latest team to take a big lead to halftime against the Florida State Seminoles, only to watch FSU roar back and steal a late win. Miami led 16-0 early in the second quarter and 23-10 at the half. But they could not move the ball in the second half, while Jameis Winston had his way to give the Noles a 30-26 victory. The loss, along with Georgia Tech's win, ensures that the Hurricanes will not win the Coastal Division, so they will have to wait another year to get revenge on Florida State. Miami is on the road at Virginia this Saturday.
11/12/14: The Miami Hurricanes have been playing much better football of late. While they may not be considered by the experts as a top 20 team, they are developing into a dangerous squad. Florida State is the next team on the schedule and this could be the upset that everyone is waiting for. The Seminoles have been escaping teams all season, including both Louisville and Notre Dame. The Canes have the Noles at home. A win would surely bolster the program and knock FSU out of the playoff picture. There is also the chance that both teams could win their respective divisions and end up playing again in the ACC Championship Game.
11/5/14: It has taken a little while for the Miami Hurricanes to figure out who they are, but now it is apparent that they are playing old-fashioned fundamental football with a strong running attack and solid defense. It was on display last Saturday as the Canes routed North Carolina 47-20. Miami totaled 295 rushing yards and three touchdowns on the ground, while limiting the Tarheels to a total of six net rushing yards on the day. This is a nice head of steam for the Hurricanes (6-3) who are off this weekend then host No. 2 Florida State.
10/29/14: The Miami Hurricanes moved a step closer to bowl eligibility last Thursday when they overwhelmed the host Virginia Tech Hokies 30-6. Ten years ago, this was a premier matchup, but both programs have fallen on hard times over the past few years. Miami may have found an identity in this game. While they only completed 7-16 passes for 92 yards, running backs Duke Johnson and Gus Edwards combined for 362 rushing yards and three touchdowns. If they can continue to that, then they may enjoy a late season surge. The Canes are back home this Saturday to host North Carolina.
10/22/14: The Miami football program is still trying to find their identity, not just this season, but for the next several. The Hurricanes had a bye last weekend, giving them time to evaluate their 4-3 overall and 1-2 conference records. Miami has a good deal of young talent on their roster, but they still need time to develop. They have played tough in the games they lost, which is an encouraging sign for the future. They do not have much more time for reflection, though, as they head to Virginia Tech for a nationally televised primetime game on Thursday.
10/15/14: Sometimes you just need a big rout to get everything back on track. That is the hope for Miami as the Hurricanes pounded the Cincinnati Bearcats 55-34 at home last Saturday. Running back Duke Johnson achieved a pretty impressive feat. He became Miami's career leader in all-purpose yards. Considering that the U was home to players like Frank Gore, Michael Irvin and Willie McGahee, that is all the more impressive. As a team, Miami put up 621 yards of offense on the day. The Hurricanes are now 4-3 on the season and have a bye this weekend.
10/8/14: Miami will learn from these types of games. The Hurricanes are still a young and developing program - one that will eventually learn how to play with the lead whether at home or on the road. Miami stormed to a 14-7 first quarter lead and were tied at the half. But they could only muster three more points against Georgia Tech, while the Yellow Jackets posted two more second half touchdowns. Duke Johnson ran for 100 yards and a score, but that was the extent of the running game, while Georgia Tech put up over 300 yards on the ground. Miami is back at home on Saturday to host the Cincinnati Bearcats.
10/1/14: Miami needed a victory against reigning ACC Coastal Division champion Duke last Saturday and they got one. After being beaten down by Louisville to open the season and losing a close game to a ranked Nebraska team on the road, the Hurricanes were in danger of losing the season. But they showed poise and courage in taking control against the Blue Devils from the outset and maintaining that attitude throughout the game. Freshman Brett Kaaya continues to develop. He threw for 223 yards and two touchdowns on the day - which seems to bode well for the future. Miami has another road game this Saturday when they head north to Atlanta to take on Georgia Tech.
9/24/14: Miami is still looking for their first major win of the season and had a chance to do so against #24 ranked Nebraska. While this was not the 1984 Orange Bowl, it was still a compelling matchup against two traditional powerhouses. But this was the Big 10's week all around, and Nebraska pulled away from the Hurricanes in the second half to win 41-31. The Canes did manage a big 359 yards in the air and three touchdowns from freshman QB Brad Kaaya. Running back Duke Johnson added 93 and a score on the ground. Miami is now 2-2 and returns home to host Duke on Saturday.
9/17/14: OK then, all the practice games are finished up. Miami, to date, lost to a good Louisville team on the road. They then trounced Florida A&M and Arkansas State. So the preseason is over and time to get into the meat of the schedule. That starts this Saturday, on the road, against a surprisingly frisky Nebraska team. Granted, this is not Miami-Nebraska from the late 80's or early 90', but they are two storied programs, so all eyes should be on this game. If Miami comes out with a win, it will go a long way to legitimizing their shot at a playoff birth later in the season.
8/28/14: The Coastal Division in the ACC is not a glamorous as the Atlantic Division, which features both Florida State and Clemson. But there are some traditional powerhouses in the Coastal, including former Big East rivals Miami and Virginia Tech. The Hurricanes are picked by many to finish second in the Coastal Division, behind North Carolina. But the Hurricanes do have running back Duke Johnson, who is one of the premier backs in all of college football. Miami faces early challenges by traveling to Louisville and Nebraska, but could be a surprise team in the ACC this season.
8/21/14: It is coming down to the wire for the Miami Hurricanes QB battle. In one corner is Kansas transfer, senior Jake Heaps. In the other corner is freshman Brad Kaaya. Heaps should be the favorite with his experience, but nothing is set in stone yet. Both were listed as the starting quarterback on the first depth chart. In typical coach fashion, Al Golden said the depth chart is irrelevant. Lost in the mix is Kevin Olsen, who will be suspended for the first game of the season. Miami's first game is on Labor Day at Louisville.
8/14/14: The Miami Hurricanes suspended quarterback Kevin Olsen for the season opener at Louisville. Olsen has been competing with Kansas transfer Jake Heaps for the starter job. The suspension would seem to guarantee that Olsen will not win the starters position, but head coach Al Golden claims that is not the case. If nothing else, it is very likely that Heaps will get the nod against Louisville. If he plays well enough (and maybe even if he does not), the job may Heap's for the rest of the season. Miami has a tough schedule this season, but should be strong enough to be able to win their division and get into the ACC Championship Game.
8/7/14: QB Jake Heaps transferred from Kansas to Miami in the offseason and he says he is not there to be a backup. The Hurricanes have not announced a starting QB yet, but Heaps has to hold the lead in the competition. Especially after QB Kevin Olsen was suspended for at least the first game for a failed drug test. Olsen was also suspended for the Miami's bowl game last season for undisclosed reasons. This actually may be a blessing in disguise as Heaps is ready to play and can provide a quality player in a time when the team needs leadership.
7/31/14: Time for a nice story on the Miami Hurricanes. It was widely reported last week that the Hurricanes' mascot, Sebastian the Ibis, walked a bride down the isle. Traditionally a role for the father of the bride, it was given to Sebastian as the bride's father had passed away. Sebastian wore a Hurricanes' jersey with the late father's nickname on the back. While many brides may not want a team mascot as their chaperone on their big day, it was a very nice way for the UM grad to honor her father. And while it has nothing to do with football, it is a great story and the bride was very happy.
7/24/14: The Hurricanes thought they had suffered a devastating injury during spring practices when projected starting QB Ryan Williams suffered a torn ACL. That was in April. Losing the fifth year senior sent the team scrambling for a viable alternative. But things may be looking up in Coral Gables. Williams is having an 'Adrian Peterson-like' recovery from the injury. In fact, there are actually rumors that he could play in the season opener. That would be a four month recovery for an injury that generally takes eight to 12 months. Maybe that is too optimistic, but it is good to hear that he could play this season.
7/171/14: The Hurricanes have worked hard over the past few years to remove the image that many people have of the program - that is, a program that gets into a lot of off-field situations that turn into arrests and injuries. So it does not help that two of their players were arrested last week for a serious crime. But rather than focus on the negative, the Hurricanes are trying to focus on the upcoming season. They have the talent to win their division, but they have a pretty tough schedule that includes Louisville, Nebraska, Georgia Tech, and of course, arch rival Florida State.
7/10/14: The new college football playoff format will start this coming season and one of the early outcomes of the new format is that it encourages teams to play big name opponents from different conferences. The reasoning is that these games draw voters' attentions to the program, improves the strength of schedule and a loss does not necessarily keep them out of the playoff race. Miami and LSU are working together now to schedule a neutral site game in 2018. Early reports indicate that the game may be in Arlington at AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys.
7/3/14: The Miami Hurricanes have had some of the better college QBs throughout the years including Jim Kelly, Vinny Testaverdi and even Ken Dorsey. But that tradition has not continued for the past decade. Steven Morris was supposed to fix all of that, but he ended up being average on average teams. The Hurricanes now have Jake Heaps, formerly of Kansas and BYU. Heaps claims that the Miami offense is similar to the one he ran at BYU so he believes he can step in immediately. The Hurricanes lost Ryan Williams to an ACL injury in the spring, so this may be their saving grace and get them to the ACC Championship Game.
6/26/14: The U may get their next talented but trouble recruit soon, and at quarterback no less. Jayru Campbell has decommitted from Michigan State and is weighing offers from both Miami and LSU. Campbell is a highly talented player from Detroit but has had several run-ins with the law. He was sentenced last month to 60 days in jail for misdemeanor aggravated assault. That will put him in jail for the beginning of his senior high school year. Miami is no stranger to troubled kids, but perhaps the lessons they have learned over the years will help Campbell get his life in order, should he end up in Coral Gables.
6/19/14: In a tale of two programs in the same state, Florida State has sold out their season tickets while the University of Miami is trying to get fans to buy smaller game packages. The smaller packages would be for two games rather than all six home dates. The school has had trouble filling the stadium since 1) moving to Sun Life Stadium from the old Orange Bowl, and 2) they began struggling as a program a few years ago. Miami actually has an interesting home schedule with teams like Duke, Cincinnati, Florida State and Pittsburgh coming in for games this fall.
6/12/14: It was reported that Miami could have played a game against the Alabama Crimson Tide in 2015, as Alabama had an open date on their schedule and needed to find an opponent. That date went to Southern Mississippi (of Brett Favre fame). But there still may be a chance that the Hurricanes play the Crimson Tide, or LSU. The school is apparently in discussions with both SEC schools for games in 2017 or 2018. In both cases, it looks like it would be a neutral site game to start the season. If it is against Alabama, then in Atlanta. If it is against LSU, then in Arlington, Texas.
6/6/14: This may go down as what might have been. There was a chance that Miami could have played Alabama in the regular season in 2015. Alabama had a hole to fill in their schedule since the SEC decided to stay at an eight game conference schedule instead of going to nine games. Miami is a team on the rise and that could have been a great clash in a year and a half. Unfortunately, that game will never be played. It looks like Alabama got Southern Mississippi to agree to the game, which will probably be just another blowout of a lesser opponent instead of a memorable meeting for both sides. The good news is that Miami is considering a game with either Alabama or LSU for 2017.
5/29/14: It now seems possible that Miami and Florida may renew their rivalry sometime in the future. Miami AD Blake James confirmed that UF AD Jeremy Foley 'was receptive' to the idea, though UF would want it at a neutral site. That would likely mean in Orlando (which is renovating the Citrus Bowl) or Tampa. Both of those are closer to Gainesville than Miami, but there are plenty of Hurricanes fans in each. The teams have met 55 times since 1938 with Miami holding a 29-26 advantage. UF won in 2008, and that was their first win in the series since 1985. Of course, Miami fans maintain former head coach Steve Spurrier would not play Miami for years.
5/22/14: The Coastal Division in the ACC has been the lesser of the two divisions for a few years now. While the Atlantic has powerhouses like Clemson and the National Champion Florida State Seminoles, Duke was the Coastal champ last season and got destroyed in the ACC Championship Game. Miami has work to do to get back in the national spotlight, but looks headed in the right direction. Four star QB recruit Dwayne Lawson committed to Miami for 2015, and landing a big time recruit like that early may influence others to join him in Southeast Florida.
5/15/14: The Miami Hurricanes have been an NFL factory for the past three decades or so, giving the league stars such as Warren Sapp, Ray Lewis, Reggie Wayne, and Andre Johnson. In fact, the school had 47 players drafted from 2002 - 2007. However, poor player development and a stiff NCAA penalty in recent years have reduced those ranks, and that was most clear in the 2014 NFL draft when the first Cane to be drafted was punter Pat O'Donnell, and that was on the last day of the draft. On the other hand, it could also be argued that Miami is past the worst, and they can start generating more pro talent in the near future.
5/8/14: The 2014 season has yet to snap a down, but there are already forecasts on who the next Heisman Trophy winner will be. Jameis Winston of Florida State is the reigning champ. He may well win another and be the only player to repeat along with Archie Griffin (Ohio State). At the same time, it is a new season and that means that it is open to the field. That also means that Miami's Duke Johnson should be in the running. Johnson is among the best running backs in all of college football. His season ended early last year due to injury, but if he can come back - and if the Hurricanes can play well - then he is certainly worthy of consideration.
5/1/14: This is kind of hard to believe, but the Miami Hurricanes football team has not won 10 games in a season since 2003. They finished with nine wins last season, but could not make it to double digits. They wee blown out in the Russell Athletic Bowl, 36-9, by Teddy Bridgewater and the Louisville Cardinals. The Hurricanes play in the Coastal Division of the ACC, which is to their benefit as they continue to rebuild. Assuming they can find a good quarterback, the Hurricanes have to be considered among the favorites for the division, and could take the ACC title.
4/24/14: Some good news, not just for the Miami Hurricanes football program, but for offensive lineman Hunter Knighton. Knighton collapsed during a workout session in February due to overheating while suffering from the flu. He had a 109 degree body temperature at the time. He suffered through symptoms including brain swelling, seizures, and kidney and liver failure. Fortunately and thankfully, he survived and is now recovering. Knighton plans on continuing his football dream. He redshirted last season and, if he can get back to health, may make the 2014 season. It is good to see he is back up and around again, and hopefully can continue his football career.
4/17/14: With the rise of Florida State over the past few seasons, the Miami Hurricanes know they have a lot of work to do to catch up with their long-time, in-state rivals. That starts with the quarterback position, but there is not much good news on that front. Ryan Williams is expected to be the new starter for the Canes, however that is far from a certainty as the team confirmed he tore his ACL in a spring scrimmage. Considering the season starts in about five months, it is highly unlikely that he could return in time. That puts Kevin Olsen front and center to lead Miami into next season.
4/10/14: One of the myths surrounding the unionization efforts of Northwestern University football players is that, should the effort be successful, then all college football players could form a union. That is not so. This particular case would only affect players at private schools like Northwestern, Stanford, Notre Dame and Miami. State schools could use it as precedent, but would have to gain their rights separately. So the U and the players are keeping their eyes on the Northwestern case, and may try to unionize themselves if the case is successful. That is probably a few years off, but certainly could happen.
4/3/14: Wide receiver Keyshawn Johnson was one of the best college football players of his time. So much so that the New York Jets took him in the first round in the mid 1990's to be their feature receiver. Keyshawn was a decent pro, but did not have the career or longevity that many had hoped for. Now his son, Keyshawn Jr. is among the most sought-after recruits in the county. The Hurricanes have offered him a scholarship, joining the ranks of USC, Ohio State, and Florida State as programs that are interested in the 6'1 wide receiver.
3/27/14: The list of Miami Hurricane alums is very deep in the NFL. That is true both on offense and defense, but defense has to be a big focus this season. Miami if finally finished with their NCAA punishment from the Nevin Schapiro scandal and is trying to rebuild the program. They need to be stout on the defensive side of the ball, especially since they have to play teams like reigning National Champion Florida State (with reigning Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston) and Clemson. The defense looks like it is coming into its own through spring practices and should be a contender in the ACC next season.
3/20/14: The Hurricanes are dealing with a very real scare as offensive lineman Hunter Knighton was rushed to the hospital last month. The good news is that Knighton has been released from the hospital and the prognosis is positive. There is no word on what caused the medical attention and the family has requested privacy. Knighton is slated to be a redshirt freshman in 2014. There is no update on when he may return to practice and playing, but we should all hope he makes a full recovery and can play again in the very near future.
3/13/14: One of the more notable storylines coming out of the first week of spring practice for the Miami Hurricanes is the move Dallas Crawford made. Last season, he was a back-up running back (as a sophomore). He filled in for an injured Duke Johnson and led the Canes back from a 10 point deficit to a win over North Carolina. Now he is playing safety on the defense - the position for which he was originally recruited. The move has boosted morale on the team and shows that Crawford is a leader with a team-first mentality. Of course he may go back on offense, considering Johnson is still recovering from his fractured ankle injury.
3/6/14: Former UM defensive lineman and NFL hall of famer Warren Sapp has spent some time recently openly criticizing Hurricanes' defensive coordinator Mark D'Onofrio. Sapp is not alone in his thinking. Fellow former players Eric Winston and Duane Starks have been outspoken as well. They have a point in that there is a good deal of talent on the defensive side of the ball, but ranked in the bottom half in FBS rankings in major defensive stats such as scoring defense, run defense, and third down defense. D'Onofrio, for his part, brushed off the criticism and claimed he did not now about it.
2/27/14: Miami may have another NCAA rules violation on their hands to deal with in the near future. The school self-reported a potential minor violation last week. Apparently, an assistant coach observed a voluntary workout by players. Coaches and assistants are not permitted to observe or orchestrate offseason workouts. This would be a secondary violation, which would likely be overlooked by schools in good standing. However, considering Miami's checkered past, especially that they are just coming off of major violations, the NCAA could rightfully move to impose additional sanctions, even though this is a very minor violation.
2/20/14: The Hurricanes will not send as many players to the NFL as they have in past seasons - particularly those seasons when they were national championship winners or at least contenders (cynics may say that it is hard to keep buying championship players every year). But they do have a few interesting prospects. Only five Canes will be at the Combine: QB Stephen Morris, WR Allen Hurns, offensive linemen Seantrel Henderson and Brandon Linder, and punter Pat O'Donnell. Miami has not supplied a first round pick since 2008 with Kenny Phillips. And there is not much chance they will get one this year as well.
2/13/14: In past years, it was not unusual to see ten or more players going from the U to the NFL. Those were in the glory days, and the school always seemed to have someone else queued up in line to take their place (especially at running back: Edgerin James, Clinton Portis, Willis McGahee, and so forth). This year, five Canes have been invited to the Combine. Others may be drafted or sign on as undrafted free agents. But things could get back to normal in the next few years. The Hurricanes had a very good recruiting class, and should figure to challenge Florida State in the next few years, which also helps the ACC as a whole.
2/6/14: This will be a big year at The U. Miami has weathered the storm of sanctions and looks to be on good footing going forward. The school should have a pretty good recruiting class, with one publication rating them 11th overall (FSU is 5th and UF is 7th in that ranking). Most of the time, championships are won through recruiting, and it helps that some of the best prospects in both the state of Florida and the United States want to get down to Miami and rebuild the program. That would be good for both college football and the ACC, who expected Miami to be a regular championship contender when
1/30/14: The Hurricanes are hoping that former QB Steven Morris will impress NFL teams as he prepares for the NFL draft in May. He was not as prolific as he would have like to have been in the Senior Bowl, but there is still the combine and pro days to boost his draft stock. It can never be underestimated how important the NFL pedigree is for college teams when they recruit. Who ever will be the next Canes' QB will not have Malcolm Bunche to help protect him. Bunche announced last week that he is taking his talents from South Beach to Southern California and will play for UCLA next season (as a graduate transfer).
1/23/14: Miami, traditionally, has never seemed to be too concerned about playing by the rules. Indeed, they have been sanctioned by the NCAA on multiple occasions. In fact, the Hurricanes are still on NCAA probation from the Nevin Schapiro episodes. However, the Canes may be turning over a new leaf. They asked former rap star Luther Campbell (founder of 2 Live Crew and major Hurricanes booster) to leave the facility when a recruit asked for a photo with him. Unbelievably, a photo would have been a violation of NCAA rules, which the NCAA, presumably, understands the reason for.
1/16/14: Don't worry Miami, he is not going anywhere. The reports said that Miami head coach Al Golden was offered the head coaching job at Penn State. That would have brought him back to a place he is well familiar with. However, Golden turned down the job and is staying at Miami. That is probably a better choice. Miami has not been relevant in a decade, but has a lot of national championships in the past 30 years. They are also in the middle of one of the best recruiting hotbeds in the county. The key for Golden and the Hurricanes now is to keep that talent in South Florida, instead of letting it go to FSU and UCF.
1/9/13: For a while, it looked like the Hurricanes were going to lose head coach Al Golden to Penn State. Golden seemed to be a natural fit. He came up through Penn State and has guided a program through sanctions and rebuilding. Golden was reportedly offered the head coaching position, but is staying at Miami. Miami may be the better choice. For one thing, they have been far more relevant in the past three decades than Penn State. They are also in the middle of the most fertile recruiting grounds, they play in a weak division in a semi-weak conference, and they are past their sanctions and scholarship restrictions. By staying at Miami, Golden has the chance to finally build the program.
1/2/14: Not too long ago, the Hurricanes were ranked seventh in the nation and were considered an outside candidate for the National Championship. That was until Florida State rolled over them and knocked their star running back (Storm Johnson) out for the season. The Canes ended up in the underrated Russell Athletic Bowl in Orlando against the Louisville Cardinals. The Cardinals are led by QB Teddy Bridgewater - largely considered the best NFL prospect in NCAA. Miami had no answer for Bridgewater and the Cardinals, and were routed 36-9. Incidently, Louisville joins the ACC next season and there could be a rematch as early as week one.
12/26/13: Miami is in Orlando and finishing their preparations to take on the Louisville Cardinals in the Russell Athletic Bowl on Saturday, January 28th. The Russell Athletic Bowl is one of the underrated bowl games that consistently gets good matchups and name brand teams. Last year featured Virginia Tech and Rutgers, and the year prior had Notre Dame against Florida State. The Hurricanes will likely be without wide receiver Herb Waters, who has missed the last three practices with an undisclosed injury. Waters is third on the team receiving yards and touchdowns. Fortunately, the Canes have some depth at the position with the return of Phillip Dorsett.
12/19/13: While all the speculation for Mack Brown's successor at the University of Texas has centered around Nick Saban (Alabama) and Jimbo Fisher (Florida State) and Art Briles (Baylor), the Longhorns may be wise to take a look at Hurricanes head coach Al Golden. Golden was honored last week with the Lombardi Coaching Award for Excellence in Coaching. Golden came into the program in the middle of the Schapiro scandal and has Miami going in the right direction. The Hurricanes will play the Louisville Cardinals in the Russell Athletic Bowl on December 28th in sunny Orlando, Florida.
12/12/13: Miami's season ended the previous week and they were all but locked into their position in the bowls, but they did have to wait out Saturday and Sunday to see where the chips would fall. The Hurricanes are headed to the Russell Athletic Bowl in Orlando, Florida to play against the Louisville Cardinals. The close proximity Miami should encourage a decent turnout for the game, which will pit the Canes against one of the top quarterbacks in the country in Teddy Bridgewater. Good news for Miami - the field was replaced with artificial turf grass after the playing area turned to slop following terrible weather a few years ago.
12/5/13: Miami went into last Saturday's game against Pitt needing a few things to happen to make the ACC Championship Game. The needed to beat Pitt and for Duke to lose to North Carolina. Miami held up their end of the bargain in a 41-31 victory. QB Steven Morris threw for just under 300 yards and three touchdowns while Stacy Coley caught two TD passes and scored another with a 73 yard end-around. However, Duke won their game, thereby ending the Hurricanes' regular season. Miami finished 9-3 (5-3 in ACC), and may find themselves in the Russell Athletic Bowl in Orlando.
11/28/13: After losing three games in a row and dropping from #7 in the country to unranked, the Hurricanes finally earned a victory. It seems like a long time ago when the Canes were undefeated. Then they were manhandled by Florida State and they have not been the same. They hosted Virginia last week in front of an estimated 100 fans. Miami was able to dominate Virginia, who only has two wins on the season and none in conference. Miami has an outside chance at the Coastal Division title which would put them into the ACC Championship Game, but more than likely, Duke or Virginia Tech will get the crown.
11/21/13: The Hurricanes' once promising season has come crashing down in the past three weeks. Since being obliterated by FSU and losing their best offensive weapon in running back Duke Johnson, the Canes have not won. The latest loss, a 48-30 beatdown by unranked Duke, pretty much eliminates them from playing FSU in a rematch in the ACC Championship Game. Quite frankly, the team has seemed uninspired since losing to the Noles and will have to dig in to find a quality bowl game this season. The good news is that Johnson should be back next year and the Canes should be much improved with a year of experience.
11/14/13: Miami was run out of Tallahassee during the second half of the Canes-Noles game and has not recovered. Miami was dominated by Virginia Tech at home in a 42-24 rout. Luckily for the Hurricanes not many people saw the beating as the stadium was about half empty. The loss eliminated the Cane's clear path to the ACC Championship Game against Florida State and a chance at redemption. Now Miami is in a confusing battle with Duke, Virginia Tech, and Georgia Tech for the Coastal Division title. That puzzle will get a bit clearer as the Hurricanes head to play Duke this Saturday.
11/7/13: The #7 Hurricanes traveled to Tallahassee to face fellow ACC unbeaten #3 Florida State last Saturday. The Canes were a 22 point underdog, but were looking for a statement win to bolster their position. They kept it close in the first half, trailing 21-14 at halftime, but were overwhelmed in the second half and fell 41-14. QB Steven Morris was 16-28, 198 yards, 2 TDs and 2 INT. The bigger loss is that star running back Duke Johnson broke his ankle in the second half and is out for the season. Miami is still a good football team and should win the ACC Coastal Division - setting up a rematch in the ACC Championship in about a month.
10/31/13: The Hurricanes almost got tripped up last Saturday against Wake Forest. Almost. Duke Johnson scored the winning touchdown with less than a minute remaining for the win. Miami may have been looking ahead to Florida State this weekend. The Seminoles are ranked third and the Hurricanes enter with the #7 ranking. Both are undefeated. This looks like the old days when the Canes and Noles were perennial contenders and the matchup went a long way in determining the national champion. It should be a great game in Tallahassee, and a must-see event for college football fans.
10/24/13: The ACC is enjoying a bit of resurgence in football this season - or more appropriately - the ACC is finally putting out more than one or two quality teams in football this season. Miami is the favorite in the Coastal Division and took their undefeated record to North Carolina in a primetime Thursday game. They trailed the entire game but were able to score a late touchdown to save themselves, and the ACC. The win keeps them in line for an ACC Championship Game birth. The Canes, now ranked 7th in the AP Poll, host Wake Forest this weekend before heading to Tallahassee to face the mighty Florida State Seminoles.
10/17/13: The Hurricanes got a nice victory a couple weeks ago against Georgia Tech to take control of second place in the ACC Coastal Division. Virginia Tech leads the division with a 3-0 conference record. Miami is just now coming into the heart of their Conference schedule, with ACC opponents for the rest of the regular season. Next up is a primetime game at North Carolina, followed by the annual game against Florida State. Miami is ranked 13th in the AP poll and 14th by the coaches. With Georgia and Oklahoma losing over the past weekend, there is a good chance Miami will move up without playing a down.
10/10/13: Miami stayed undefeated on the season by knocking off ACC rival Georgia Tech last Saturday. The Hurricanes were able to break away from the Yellow Jackets and build up a sizable lead. That forced Georgia Tech to throw. Georgia Tech does not throw the ball well. The Hurricanes defense was able to pick up a few interceptions and pad their stats with their effort. The final score: Miami 45, Georgia Tech: 30. The Hurricanes have a bye week this Saturday, as does rival Florida State. Miami is back in action on Thursday, October 17 with a nationally televised night game at North Carolina.
10/3/13: The Miami Hurricanes are off to a strong start, and that is good for the ACC who is desperately trying to gain credibility. The Canes victory over Florida was their signature moment thus far this year, but it always helps to beat other instate teams. This time, the Hurricanes overwhelmed South Florida 49-21. Miami is 4-0 on the season so far but has not played an ACC game yet. That changes on Saturday. Miami hosts Georgia Tech at 3:30pm. Miami is ranked 14th in both the AP and USA Today polls. A win against the Yellow Jackets may bump them up to the top ten.
9/26/13: The Hurricanes got their biggest win in several years when they defeated Florida a few weeks ago, and the team hopes that signals that they are back. They ran up the score like the good old days over the weekend when they overwhelmed FCS school Savannah State 77-7. The sheer score was impressive, but this is not a game that should ever be played. Miami sits at 3-0 right now and has another warm-up game this weekend. The Hurricanes travel to Tampa to play South Florida. USF was a pretty good team a few years ago but has fallen on hard times. The Canes begin their conference schedule on October 5 when they host Georgia Tech.
9/19/13: After pulling of the upset over one-time rival Florida, the Hurricanes earned a bye week. Miami was outplayed and outgained (almost 2-1), but won the game due to turnovers and opportunistic scoring. It was the second time this season an ACC team beat an SEC team, perhaps putting a chink in the SEC armor. The Hurricanes play Savannah State on the 21st, followed by the University of South Florida. USF lost their opener against McNeese State, an FCS team, so the Canes should be 4-0 when they start conference play against Georgia Tech on October 5th.
9/12/13: The Miami Hurricanes, clad in orange from head to toe, scored their biggest victory in almost a decade last Saturday. The Canes hosted the highly ranked Florida Gators, who are also a long-time rival. The Gators were heavily favored, and in fact, controlled the game: UF out-gained UM almost 2-1 and dominated the time of possession. However, UF continued to commit costly turnovers (especially in the red zone). The Canes took advantage of the gifts and came away with the 21-16 upset - which is another big win for the ACC over the SEC. Miami is now ranked 15th. They have a bit of a breather as they host Savannah State this weekend.
9/4/13: The University of Miami football team has much higher expectations this year than in the past few. The Hurricanes actually won the ACC Coastal Division last season (with a 7-6 record), but opted out of the ACC Championship Game against Florida State in an attempt to reduce their pending NCAA sanctions. The Hurricanes took care of business on opening weekend, overpowering Florida Atlantic 34-6. The road gets tougher from here, though. The Hurricanes will host long-time in-state rival Florida next weekend, in what is sure to be a good test for this good offense and developing defense.
2/21/13: The University of Miami finally received their notice of allegations from the NCAA, which charges the school of having a "lack of institutional control" because former booster Nevin Shapiro was not monitored and claims to have provided impermissible benefits to many prospects and players. Shapiro is now in prison for running a Ponzi scheme which cheated people out of close to $1 billion. The Lack of Institutional Control tag is among the harshest charges that the NCAA has, and could mean major sanctions for the school. Miami has already forfeited two bowl games and an ACC Championship Game, and feels they should not be punished anymore.
11/29/12: The University of Miami self-imposed a bowl ban for the second straight year, meaning that the season is over for the Hurricanes. The bowl ban is an attempt to receive lesser sanctions in the future, whenever the NCAA decides to rule on the recruiting scandal from a few year ago. From another perspective, the bowl ban this year is not severe at all. The Hurricanes won their final two games against South Florida and Duke to finish 7-5, which would have earned a trip to a mid or low level bowl. Miami does not want to make the same mistake Ohio State did by putting a mediocre team in a bowl one year, and missing out on a more more prominent bowl the following season.
11/22/12: The University of Miami has removed themselves from bowl eligibility for the second consecutive year. The Hurricanes could have had a chance to play in the ACC Championship Game against Florida State, and possibly go to the Orange Bowl, but have decided to self-impose the bowl ban in hopes of leniency when the NCAA doles out punishment for a recruiting scandal from a few years ago. The Canes are only 6-5, and 4-2 in ACC play, but the weak Coastal Division was still in play. Instead, Georgia Tech will play FSU for the Orange Bowl birth.
11/15/12: The U is certainly in a rebuilding year, and it is going about as well as planned for Al Golden's team. While the Hurricanes are only 5-5 overall and 4-3 in ACC play, they actually lead the ACC Coastal Division. Miami is tied in record with Georgia Tech, but won the head-to-head match-up. They play University of South Florida this weekend, and a win will make them bowl-eligible. But the regular season finale against Duke may decide if they go to the ACC Championship Game. That means it is entirely possible that a 7-6 Miami team could possibly be the ACC representative in the Orange Bowl in January.
The Miami Hurricanes play Division I college football for the University of Miami, commonly referred to as 'The U', in the Atlantic Coast Conference. The Hurricanes play their home games at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, FL. They are coached by Al Golden, who took over the program in 2011. The Miami Hurricanes' main rivals include the Florida Gators, the Florida State Seminoles, the Virginia Tech Hokies and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.
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The Miami Hurricanes have one of the most storied and successful college football programs in the nation. The U began its football program in 1926 with just a freshman team. The team defeated Rollins College, 7-0 and went on to finish 8-0 in its first season. From those humble beginnings, the Hurricanes went on to win four national titles. The Hurricanes' most recent one came in 2001 when they finished 12-0 and won the Rose Bowl under coach Larry Coker. Miami also has won nine conference titles; all of the titles came while the Hurricanes played in the Big East; they won the Big East in 2003, their last year in the conference. Miami has sent a number of players to the National Football League. The school set a NFL Draft record when it at least one alum selected in the first round for 14 consecutive drafts from 1995 to 1998. Jim Kelly, Clinton Portis, Frank Gore, Michael Irvin and Ray Lewis are just a few of the NFL standouts who went to The U.
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Sun Life Stadium has been the Miami Hurricanes' home since 2008. It is also home to the NFL's Miami Dolphins and Major League Baseball's Florida Marlins. It is also the site of the Orange Bowl. The 75,192-seat arena is located in Miami Gardens, FL.
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