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Not a coach, not a quarterback, Lawrence Cager hoping to be an impact wide receiver

Not a coach, not a quarterback, Lawrence Cager hoping to be an impact wide receiver

Lawrence Cager, shown here during a UM park visit in South Miami on July 19, 2017, (Matt Porter/The Palm Beach Post) When Miami was recruiting him to join its 2015 class, Lawrence Cager put on a floppy bucket hat — an item commonly worn by those baking in the sun at football practices — and called himself as “Coach Cager.” Part of the joke was...
Four Miami Hurricanes make 2017 preseason All-ACC football team

Four Miami Hurricanes make 2017 preseason All-ACC football team

Miami’s Mark Walton addresses the media during the 2017 ACC Football Kickoff media event in Charlotte, N.C., July 14, 2017. (Photo by Sara D. Davis, the ACC.com) [ Camp Previews:  QB ] [ Miami D embracing that old-school attitude ] [ Walton running strong and off the...
Miami Hurricanes football: When will UM find its next game-changing quarterback?

Miami Hurricanes football: When will UM find its next game-changing quarterback?

The Hurricanes are back on Greentree on Aug. 1. Let’s go position-by-position and tell you what we know, what we don’t know, and what we want to learn this month.  Miami Hurricanes Camp Preview 2017: QB Starting off with the most important topic of them all: who’s going to be the quarterback? If your team has a good one, you probably have a good team. Miami definitely...
Miami Hurricanes football to play Temple Owls in future series

Miami Hurricanes football to play Temple Owls in future series

Sean Taylor plows through Temple quarterback Mike McGann in the teams’ 2002 meeting. (Getty Images) [ Old-school Hurricanes like 2017 defense’s attitude ] [ Richt names more coaches for Paradise Camp ] Miami gets a little taste of the Big East every year when it faces Pittsburgh and Virginia Tech, who compete...
Shaq Quarterman, Miami Hurricanes defense entering 2017 with ‘old-school mindset’

Shaq Quarterman, Miami Hurricanes defense entering 2017 with ‘old-school mindset’

Shaq Quarterman listens to a question at the ACC Kickoff. (Sara D. Davis/theACC.com) It is written and spoken about regularly, the passing down of fraternal knowledge from Miami stars of the past to the budding ones of the present. This weekend at Paradise Camp, the old guard will again be front-and-center, sharing what they’ve learned at the highest levels of the game...
Recruiting: Mark Richt names first guest coaches for Paradise Camp 2017

Recruiting: Mark Richt names first guest coaches for Paradise Camp 2017

(Twitter/UM) Mark Richt, apparently, does not plan to mess with success. The second edition of his Paradise Camp will look a lot like the first, with former Hurricanes stars serving as guest coaches to dozens of the nation’s top high school recruits. Monday, he named four guest coaches: former UM linebackers  Jonathan Vilma, Jon Beason and ...
Jim Larranaga: Lonnie Walker ‘sensational’ before injury, expects him back for season

Jim Larranaga: Lonnie Walker ‘sensational’ before injury, expects him back for season

Jim Larranaga (Getty Images) Jim Larranaga said injured five-star freshman  Lonnie Walker had surgery last Friday and expects him back for Miami’s opener in November. Walker’s torn meniscus, he said, came on the last possession of UM’s workout last Tuesday. “He’s doing amazingly well this quickly after surgery,” Larranaga said...
Miami Hurricanes football picked to win ACC Coastal

Miami Hurricanes football picked to win ACC Coastal

Shaq Quarterman and Mark Walton at the ACC Kickoff. (Matt Porter/The Palm Beach Post) Reporters at the ACC Kickoff clearly believed in the Hurricanes. Miami was picked to finish atop the Coastal Division, ahead of defending Coastal champ Virginia Tech and Georgia Tech. UM garnered 103 first-place votes, of a possible 167, to the Hokies’ 40. Credentialed media cast votes at last week&rsquo...

Mark Walton will be key if Miami Hurricanes football finally win the ACC Coastal in 2017

  CHARLOTTE, N.C. —   Mark Walton has a sense — several senses, actually — that this could be the year Miami finally lives up to the billing. “I can smell it,” said Walton, the Hurricanes’ junior running back. “I see guys and hear guys that want to be great.” They had a taste of success last year, going 9-4 and...
Miami’s Mark Richt on embracing ‘swag,’ Hurricanes position switches

Miami’s Mark Richt on embracing ‘swag,’ Hurricanes position switches

Mark Richt speaks during a press conference at the ACC Kickoff. (Getty Images) CHARLOTTE, N.C. — If Miami gets the chance to return back here in December, players won’t be showing up in fatigues. The program, under  Mark Richt, does want to embrace its storied, controversial, trash-talking past. They won’t be saying a lot, but they want to back up ...
Mark Richt has really, really strong opinions about sandwiches

Mark Richt has really, really strong opinions about sandwiches

[ Richt comments on DT situation without Willis ] [ Matt Porter’s preseason All-ACC ballot, predicted order of finish ] [ Fun facts and figures from the 2017 Canes football media guide ] CHARLOTTE, N.C. — There’s hard football news coming out of the ACC Kickoff...
Mark Richt confident about Miami Hurricanes DTs, even without Gerald Willis

Mark Richt confident about Miami Hurricanes DTs, even without Gerald Willis

Hurricanes defensive lineman Gerald Willis during a 2015 interview (instagram.com/mattyports) [ Matt Porter’s preseason All-ACC ballot, predicted order of finish ] [ Fun facts and figures from the 2017 Canes football media guide ] [ Miami DT Willis will not play in 2017 ] CHARLOTTE...
Jimbo Fisher: ACC, not SEC, college football’s premier conference

Jimbo Fisher: ACC, not SEC, college football’s premier conference

Just five years ago, the Atlantic Coast Conference was perceived as the fourth- or fifth-best among the Power 5 leagues. Two national titles, two Heisman Trophy-winning quarterbacks and an influx of top-notch coaches throughout the league have allowed the ACC to now argue that the league is right up there with the SEC — and perhaps ahead of that conference. *Jimbo: From coal miner’s son...
Gerald Willis taking leave of absence from Miami Hurricanes football

Gerald Willis taking leave of absence from Miami Hurricanes football

In this image from a UM-produced video, Gerald Willis beats Hayden Mahoney in a one-on-one drill. UM announced Thursday that defensive lineman  Gerald Willis will be taking a leave of absence from the football program and will not compete during the 2017 season. “Gerald remains part of the Miami family and may take part in designated team activities,” coach Mark Richt...
Miami Hurricanes football adding black and green jerseys for 2017

Miami Hurricanes football adding black and green jerseys for 2017

Mark Richt addresses a crowd of about 500 onlookers at Miami’s Sept. 2016 uniform unveiling. (Matt Porter) [ The 2017 guide to watching Hurricanes football ] This fall, the Hurricanes will add a twist to their old-school look. Green and black alternate jerseys, which  Mark Richt  previously said were “a...
How many games will the Miami Hurricanes win in 2017?

How many games will the Miami Hurricanes win in 2017?

Mark Walton takes a selfie with his teammates after last year’s win in the Russell Athletic Bowl. (Getty Images) [ A guide to watching Miami football, 2017 ] One betting outlet thinks the Hurricanes are a nine-win team. Taking an early glance at the schedule, it seems reasonable to take the over. Miami’s over-under of nine...
Cornerback Terrance Henley leaving Miami Hurricanes

Cornerback Terrance Henley leaving Miami Hurricanes

A general view of a helmet at Miami practice at Greentree Fields, Aug. 2016. (Miami Herald) [ Miami commits drew heaps of praise at The Opening ] Reserve cornerback Terrance Henley, who played special teams last year as a sophomore, has left the team. UM announced Henley’s departure Wednesday. “I talked to Terrance and he felt like he...
Basketball: Miami Hurricanes’ 2017 recruiting class enrolls for summer

Basketball: Miami Hurricanes’ 2017 recruiting class enrolls for summer

In this photo posted by UM assistant coach Adam Fisher, Mount St. Mary’s transfer Miles Wilson (left) poses with (left to right) assistant coaches Jamal Brunt and Fisher, incoming freshmen Chris Lykes and Lonnie Walker, coach Jim Larranaga and incoming freshman Deng Gak. (Twitter.com/Coach_Afish) [ Recruiting: OL Campbell commits for...
Four of five remaining 2017 Miami Hurricanes freshmen report to campus

Four of five remaining 2017 Miami Hurricanes freshmen report to campus

D.J. Johnson (247Sports) [ Miami commits make highlight-reel plays at The Opening ] [ Position switch for upperclassman LB Mike Smith ] The Hurricanes’ signing class is nearly complete. UM confirmed Monday that four of the five incoming freshmen yet to enroll had done so. Defensive end  Deonte &ldquo...
Miami Hurricanes may have found a new fullback in Mike Smith

Miami Hurricanes may have found a new fullback in Mike Smith

Mike Smith (right) carries the ball after intercepting a pass last season against Appalachian State. (Getty Images) [ Vote: Which UM true freshman will have the biggest impact? ] [ Is 2018 the year it all comes together for Miami? ] [ The 2017 Opening, a.k.a. Canes National Recruiting Camp ...
Dave George: How to spend football season on road … and in doghouse

Dave George: How to spend football season on road … and in doghouse

With unlimited funds and unlimited time, wouldn’t it be fun to attend as many games involving Florida’s college football teams as possible this fall? Something to think about on a lazy summer day, with a preferred list of 2017 games to follow. Don’t think about it too long, however. My guess is that merely committing to watch each and every one of these games on the man cave&rsquo...
At The Opening 2017, no program will be represented like the Miami Hurricanes

At The Opening 2017, no program will be represented like the Miami Hurricanes

Mark Pope, considered one of the best wide receivers in the 2018 class, is bound for Miami. (247Sports) [ Vote: Which true freshman will have the biggest impact in 2017? ] [ Is 2018 the year it all comes together for Miami? ] At recruiting showcases, players meet their elite-level peers. At one with the national reach...
Poll: Which Miami Hurricanes true freshman will have the biggest impact in 2017?

Poll: Which Miami Hurricanes true freshman will have the biggest impact in 2017?

A look at Miami players warming up on Tuesday before the 2016 Appalachian State game. (Matt Porter) As they did last year, first-year players will have some sort of say in the 2017 Hurricanes’ fortunes. N’Kosi Perry has a chance to be the starting quarterback.  Navaughn Donaldson is in line for a starting job up front.  Jeff Thomas,  ...
Miami Hurricanes’ Shaq Quarterman, Mark Walton to attend 2017 ACC Kickoff

Miami Hurricanes’ Shaq Quarterman, Mark Walton to attend 2017 ACC Kickoff

Two of last year’s standouts, Shaq Quarterman (left) and Mark Walton, will represent the Hurricanes at the league’s media days. (Getty Images photos) The start of the football season must be close because we are now in “media days countdown mode.” In a mere 16 days from Tuesday, coaches and two players from each ACC school will travel to Charlotte for the league&rsquo...
Big Ten-ACC Challenge basketball: Miami Hurricanes to play Minnesota on Nov. 29

Big Ten-ACC Challenge basketball: Miami Hurricanes to play Minnesota on Nov. 29

Bruce Brown drives toward the UNC basket. (Getty Images) Miami’s Big Ten-ACC Challenge game at Minnesota will be on Nov. 29, the two conferences announced Monday. All games will appear on ESPN’s networks. Times and specific TV information will be announced later. This game, likely a top-25 matchup, will be the Hurricanes’ first visit to 90-year-old Williams Arena in Minneapolis,...
Miami Hurricanes basketball: Bruce Brown, Lonnie Walker projected high in 2018 NBA Draft

Miami Hurricanes basketball: Bruce Brown, Lonnie Walker projected high in 2018 NBA Draft

Bruce Brown celebrates with fans after the Hurricanes’ win over 10th-ranked Duke last year. (Miami Herald) Sure, the NBA Draft ended less than 24 hours ago. But it’s never too early to look ahead, and in doing so, the Hurricanes like what they see. NBC Sports’ instant 2018 draft projection includes two players expected to star for Miami this season: sophomore guard ...
2017 NBA Draft: Miami Hurricanes’ Kamari Murphy signs with Brooklyn Nets

2017 NBA Draft: Miami Hurricanes’ Kamari Murphy signs with Brooklyn Nets

Kamari Murphy played tough defense during his time at Miami. (Getty Images) Both of Miami’s departing seniors will have a shot to make an NBA roster. The morning after  Davon Reed was drafted 32nd overall by the Phoenix Suns, his former Hurricanes teammate  Kamari Murphy signed a summer-league deal with his hometown Brooklyn Nets. Murphy...
Miami Hurricanes football 2017 depth analysis: Five strongest position groups

Miami Hurricanes football 2017 depth analysis: Five strongest position groups

Demetrius Jackson (left), Chad Thomas and Miami’s defensive ends had a lot of quarterbacks on the run in 2016. (Getty Images) Summer is for taking a big-picture view of the team (and for taking time off, but you’re not here to hear about that). In this two-part series, let’s rank Miami’s depth by position group. You already got the bad...
2017 NBA Draft: Davon Reed taken 32nd overall by Phoenix Suns

2017 NBA Draft: Davon Reed taken 32nd overall by Phoenix Suns

Davon Reed became Miami’s first NBA draft pick since 2014. (Getty Images) For the first time in three seasons, an NBA team drafted a Hurricane. The Suns chose Davon Reed , the versatile, tough-defending wing who was a four-year standout for UM, in the second round with the 32nd overall pick. That was higher than many projected him. ESPN’s Chad Ford...
Miami Hurricanes football 2017 depth analysis: Five most worrisome areas

Miami Hurricanes football 2017 depth analysis: Five most worrisome areas

Outgoing tight end David Njoku believes Chris Herndon (above) could be just as special as he was, but Miami needs him to stay healthy. (Allen Eyestone/The Palm Beach Post) Summer is for taking a big-picture view of the team (and for taking time off, but you’re not here to hear about that). In this two-part series, we’re ranking Miami’s depth...
2017 NBA Draft: Final projections for Davon Reed, Miami Hurricanes G

2017 NBA Draft: Final projections for Davon Reed, Miami Hurricanes G

Davon Reed’s defense is a selling point for NBA teams. (Getty Images) Will former Hurricanes shooting guard Davon Reed hear his name called Thursday? That’s up for debate. One veteran NBA scout told The Post that Reed is draftable as a ready-to-play prospect who shoots 3s and plays good defense, but may not have the upside to warrant a selection Thursday,...

Baseball: Miami Hurricanes lose outfielder Carl Chester, pitcher Jesse Lepore, four HS prospects to MLB

Park Vista High standout James Marinan will not have a college career, and the college careers of two prominent Hurricanes are over. According to MLB.com’s Jim Callis, the Los Angeles Dodgers offered Marinan more than double the league-suggested signing bonus. He accepted. UM also lost two juniors to the pros. Outfielder Carl Chester, drafted in the 12th round by Tampa Bay, and ...
Which Miami Hurricanes offensive lineman would you use for a trick play?

Which Miami Hurricanes offensive lineman would you use for a trick play?

Kc McDermott (52) and Tyler Gauthier (74) during Miami’s game against Pittsburgh in 2016. (Allen Eyestone/The Palm Beach Post) [Richt downplaying hype, but says Canes could be ‘very good’] [CanesFest moving to Hard Rock Stadium this year] It’s June and fall practices are still a month and a half away, so here’s a less-than-important question to consider: If Miami was going...
Basketball recruiting: Miami Hurricanes land transfer G Miles Wilson

Basketball recruiting: Miami Hurricanes land transfer G Miles Wilson

Jim Larranaga was likely in a dancing mood Thursday.(ACCDN) [Miami at Minnesota in Big Ten-ACC Challenge] [UM’s non-conference schedule is out] The Hurricanes added a big piece for 2018-19 on Thursday, securing a commitment from transfer guard Miles Wilson, a source told The Post.
2017 MLB Draft: Miami Hurricanes likely to lose top high school prospects

2017 MLB Draft: Miami Hurricanes likely to lose top high school prospects

The draft won’t create too many holes in Miami’s lineup. (Twitter.com/CanesBaseball) A bit of good news and bad news for UM baseball, which is sitting out the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1972: Its current roster likely won’t be decimated by the MLB Draft, but as usual, several Hurricanes signees could be drafted high, turn pro and never make it to campus.
Miami baseball misses postseason for first time in 45 years; Florida State to host regional

Miami baseball misses postseason for first time in 45 years; Florida State to host regional

Florida State's streak of regional appearances is now the nation's longest, coming at the expense of the University of Miami.  The Hurricanes (31-27) are staying home after 44 straight trips to the NCAA postseason. Miami won its pool at the ACC tournament, but the late push was not enough, and the NCAA Selection Committee said the Hurricanes were the first team out as resumes were debated. ...
Hurricanes legend, football Hall of Famer Cortez Kennedy dead at 48

Hurricanes legend, football Hall of Famer Cortez Kennedy dead at 48

Former University of Miami All-American and a member of the 1989 national championship team Cortez Kennedy, also a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, died Tuesday at the age of 48, according to the Orlando Police Department. No cause of death has been given. Orlando police confirmed to ESPN that “they are investigating Kennedy’s death,” but also said “there is nothing...
Loud, lovable lineman Sunny Odogwu to leave Miami Hurricanes

Loud, lovable lineman Sunny Odogwu to leave Miami Hurricanes

Offensive tackle Sunny Odogwu signs an autograph before Miami’s 2016 spring game. (Matt Porter/The Palm Beach Post) [Miami ranked in Athlon Sports preseason] [N’Kosi Perry among newcomers on campus] [Mark Richt interview: Spring | Expectations | QB talk | Final thought] One of the largest Hurricanes players — and personalities — in recent seasons...
Hurricanes in good hands with Richt, Larranaga and James

Hurricanes in good hands with Richt, Larranaga and James

Mark Richt had several options once his tenure at Georgia ended in late November 2015, including not coaching at all. He used the word “thankful” to describe the decision he made. When he agreed to coach Miami, he “had a certain idea of how things would go, or at least there was a vision of what I thought could happen,” he said. “I think we’re well on our way to...

A seaside sit-down with Mark Richt: Defense and final thoughts

AMELIA ISLAND — Before the ACC held its spring meetings at the Ritz-Carlton in Amelia Island, we caught up with Mark Richt for about 20 minutes. We recorded some of it on video. In the last of a four-part series, Richt shares his expectations for his (potentially very good) defense and overall team growth. Click here for part I, in which Richt reviews the spring and salutes his outgoing...

A seaside sit-down with Mark Richt: answering QB questions; offensive changes for 2017?

AMELIA ISLAND — Before the ACC held its spring meetings at the Ritz-Carlton in Amelia Island, we caught up with Mark Richt for about 20 minutes. We recorded some of it on video. In the third part, Richt discusses how Miami’s offense could be different in 2017, and shares his expectation for incoming freshman quarterback N’Kosi Perry. Click here for part I, in which...
Mark Richt: NCAA ‘close to a prospect’ rule a ‘big mistake’

Mark Richt: NCAA ‘close to a prospect’ rule a ‘big mistake’

Mark Richt during Miami’s final spring scrimmage of 2017 at Boca Raton High. (Allen Eyestone/The Palm Beach Post) [A sit-down with Richt: Part I: Spring | Part II: Expectations | Parts III and IV coming this week] [ACC coaches anxious about early signing day | Grad transfer RB eluding Richt] AMELIA ISLAND — Unless you closely follow high school football in...
Miami’s Mark Richt cautiously optimistic about signing day change

Miami’s Mark Richt cautiously optimistic about signing day change

The apparent goal of an early signing period, in the best intentions of college football’s administrators, was to make it easier on recruits. Those with a firm college decision would lock up a spot early, and go back to enjoying the last moments of their time as high school students. For some, it appears the pressure may have shifted. Speaking at the ACC’s spring meetings in Amelia Island...

A seaside sit-down with Mark Richt: Reviewing spring 2017 successes

AMELIA ISLAND — Before the ACC held its spring meetings at the Ritz-Carlton in Amelia Island, we caught up with Mark Richt for about 20 minutes. We recorded some of it on video. Here’s the first part of our interview, reflecting on how different spring drills were from last year’s, and his appreciation of his outgoing senior class.  
Florida State, Miami facing some major issues coming out of spring practice

Florida State, Miami facing some major issues coming out of spring practice

Florida State redshirt sophomore quarterback Deondre Francois was sacked 34 times last season. The fact it’s unclear how — or if — the Seminoles will get that number down is their greatest concern coming out of spring, according to ESPN. “The Seminoles are in good shape at quarterback with Deondre Francois, but can they protect him?” David M. Hale asked. “He...
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