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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...
Now you can plan your Notre Dame-Miami travel through 2037

Now you can plan your Notre Dame-Miami travel through 2037

Ahmmon Richards could be at or near the end of his NFL career by 2037. (Getty Images) Just in case anyone needed it, the ACC released a few future dates — 20 years in the future — for its football partnership with Notre Dame.
Sunshine State teams impress during spring college football practices

Sunshine State teams impress during spring college football practices

Dalvin Cook might have fallen to the second round of the 2017 NFL Draft, but he consistently provided Florida State with first-round production over his three seasons in Tallahassee. Now that he’s off to the Minnesota Vikings, will the Seminoles’ ground game collapse in his absence? As Lee Corso would say, not so fast my friend. At least, that’s how the folks over at ESPN see...
Recruiting: Thomas Burns decommits from Miami Hurricanes

Recruiting: Thomas Burns decommits from Miami Hurricanes

Thomas Burns (247Sports) Cornerback Thomas Burns, a senior-to-be at Miami Northwestern and the brother of former Hurricanes first-round pick Artie Burns, said in a tweet he is backing off his longstanding pledge to Miami.
Big things happen for state players in second round

Big things happen for state players in second round

The NFL Draft is a time for players to wear custom-cut suits, sparkling shoes and more gold than Scrooge McDuck had in his vault. Quincy Wilson made a fashion statement of a different kind. At his draft party in Fort Lauderdale, the former Florida cornerback donned a ringer t-shirt with a character familiar to iPhone users — the poop emoji — over the word “happens.” [Expletive]...
Miami star tight end David Njoku goes to Browns in first round

Miami star tight end David Njoku goes to Browns in first round

Two years after Duke Johnson, the Hurricanes’ all-time leading rusher, was drafted by the Browns, the NFL’s reigning worst overall franchise grabbed another Miami player Thursday night. David Njoku, UM’s tight end with the chiseled frame and breakaway speed, heard his name called in the first round (29th overall). He will join Johnson, a third-round pick in 2015, and undrafted cornerback...
Miami Hurricanes WR Darrell Langham (6-4, 220) ‘a bully’ picking on smaller DBs

Miami Hurricanes WR Darrell Langham (6-4, 220) ‘a bully’ picking on smaller DBs

Darrell Langham struggles for extra yardage during Miami’s 2016 spring game. NCAA puts brakes on some Boca High welcoming plans for Richt [Recruiting: Top TE Jordan commits to Canes] Follow Hal Habib on Twitter BOCA RATON — Darrell Langham has spent three seasons at the University of Miami, catching many games on the sidelines but not catching a single pass.
Hurricanes’ defensive chemistry on display in spring

Hurricanes’ defensive chemistry on display in spring

Shaq Quarterman smiled like someone who just had a good meal. “Very enticing,” he said, all but licking his chops. “Very, very exciting.” Miami’s hard-hitting sophomore middle linebacker and his defensive compadres savored last Saturday’s scrimmage, because they were permitted to resume a pastime they very much enjoyed last year: sacking quarterbacks. Typically...
Quarterback candidate injured in Miami scrimmage

Quarterback candidate injured in Miami scrimmage

There is a reason Mark Richt didn’t go into detail about quarterback Jack Allison’s performance in his chat with reporters after Saturday’s Hurricanes scrimmage. Allison, a source informed The Post, injured his throwing shoulder when he took a sack on a broken play. The scrimmage was closed to the media. The source said Allison, who was seen wearing a sling as he departed UM&rsquo...
2017 NFL Draft: TE David Njoku merits hard look from Miami Dolphins

2017 NFL Draft: TE David Njoku merits hard look from Miami Dolphins

When David Njoku left high school, he never pictured himself developing into an NFL tight end. Now people can’t imagine him doing anything else. He looks back on his arrival at the University of Miami in 2014 and sees a scrawny receiver compared to the impeccable physique he has now. Njoku packed on 26 pounds to put himself at 6-foot-4, 246 pounds—with 6 percent body fat—and now...
Hurricanes basketball notes: Lonnie Walker, Chris Lykes honored; Chris Caputo interviews

Hurricanes basketball notes: Lonnie Walker, Chris Lykes honored; Chris Caputo interviews

Chris Caputo (second from left) has been by Jim Larranaga’s side for 15 seasons. (Getty Images) A couple notes from the Canes hoops side of things … Five-star signee Lonnie Walker — arguably the most heralded basketball recruit Miami has ever had, at least in this millennium — is making an impression among a star-studded group at the McDonald’s All-American Game...
Reason for optimism concerning Miami Hurricanes’ offensive line; another Navaughn Donaldson tale

Reason for optimism concerning Miami Hurricanes’ offensive line; another Navaughn Donaldson tale

Hurricanes offensive line coach Stacey Searels is looking forward to a steadier season. (Matt Porter/The Palm Beach Post) [Richt encouraged by cornerbacks] [A few spring surprises in WR corps] Of the 16 offensive linemen who will be on scholarship this fall, position coach Stacy Searels estimated he “might have nine or 10” he’d feel comfortable putting in a game.
Questions and projections for Miami Hurricanes 2017 Pro Day participants

Questions and projections for Miami Hurricanes 2017 Pro Day participants

Brad Kaaya (left) and David Njoku tried to impress scouts at the 2017 NFL Scouting Combine. (Getty Images) [Canes begin sorting out post-Kaaya QB situation] Everyone’s got something to prove at Pro Days, the series of showcases that take place at campuses nationwide between the NFL Scouting Combine and the NFL Draft.
Recruiting: Akeem Dent decommits from Miami Hurricanes

Recruiting: Akeem Dent decommits from Miami Hurricanes

Pahokee High cornerback Akeem Dent (11) reacts to a big hit in the fourth quarter during Pahokee’s win over Baker in the FHSAA Class 1A state football championship at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida on December 8, 2016.
As Brad Kaaya looks on, Miami Hurricanes begin sorting out QB race

As Brad Kaaya looks on, Miami Hurricanes begin sorting out QB race

Will Jack Allison (right) impress Mark Richt this spring? (247Sports) CORAL GABLES — Even though coaches insist it’s an open competition with no early leader, there could be no question who was the best quarterback on the University of Miami practice field Saturday.
We didn’t catch that: Miami Hurricanes’ Ahmmon Richards says freshman year just ‘OK’?

We didn’t catch that: Miami Hurricanes’ Ahmmon Richards says freshman year just ‘OK’?

Ahmmon Richards, shown here making a reception against Virginia, is the top freshman receiver in Miami history. (Getty Images) There are words to describe Ahmmon Richards’ freshman season at the University of Miami. Record-setting, for example. Eye-catching. Promising. Then there’s the way Richards himself describes his opening act. “OK.” OK? Yes, OK is the way Richards painted...
Dionte Mullins, Sheldrick Redwine could help Miami Hurricanes, coordinators say

Dionte Mullins, Sheldrick Redwine could help Miami Hurricanes, coordinators say

Manny Diaz directs linebackers at an Aug. 2016 Hurricanes practice. (Miami Herald) [Bright future for big Navaughn Donaldson] [Video podcast: recapping Day 1 of spring practice] Notes from today’s interviews with offensive coordinator and Thomas Brown and defensive coordinator Manny Diaz: * Brown praised starting running back Mark Walton, who recently lost his mother.
Dionte Mullins, DeeJay Dallas make early impressions at Miami Hurricanes spring practice

Dionte Mullins, DeeJay Dallas make early impressions at Miami Hurricanes spring practice

Dionte Mulllns, shown during his first UM practice last fall. (Matt Porter/The Palm Beach Post) Post)[Position notes from Day 1, video of QBs, OL] [Watch: RBs at work during first spring practice] CORAL GABLES — As the Hurricanes search for playmakers in the passing game behind Ahmmon Richards, a former All-American recruit turned heads on the first day of spring practice.
Basketball: Projecting the potential 2017-18 Miami Hurricanes lineup

Basketball: Projecting the potential 2017-18 Miami Hurricanes lineup

Bruce Brown (center) will try to lead the Hurricanes back to the NCAA Tournament as a sophomore. (Getty Images) The Hurricanes were disappointed to lose the way they did, but they believe that getting to the NCAA Tournament in the first place was an achievement for a young team.
Expect Hurricanes to bounce back quickly after disappointing NCAA loss

Expect Hurricanes to bounce back quickly after disappointing NCAA loss

The air was delicate, like a hospital waiting room. Those who spoke, did so in hushed tones. Any loss hurts, one that ends a season much more so, but for it all to happen that way made stares long and eyelids hang heavy. As bad as Friday’s 78-58 loss to Michigan State was, it wasn’t hard to find hope in the Hurricanes’ locker room. For them, there was little reason to leave the BOK...
After quick start, Hurricanes fall apart, are bounced from NCAAs

After quick start, Hurricanes fall apart, are bounced from NCAAs

The most succinct description of what happened in Tulsa on Friday night came from Michigan State coach Tom Izzo. “They took it to us,” he said. “And after that first seven or eight minutes, we played some of the best basketball we’ve played not only this year but in a couple of years.” That was more than enough to put Miami on the mat. The Hurricanes had a rollicking...
Miami Hurricanes present, future bright under Jim Larranaga

Miami Hurricanes present, future bright under Jim Larranaga

Together, the first weekend of March Madness and the celebration of St. Patrick’s Day create one delicious cocktail. So let us raise a toast: Miami keeps coming back to this party, and no one is surprised anymore. Jim Larranaga has made the Hurricanes relevant, regardless of a win or loss in Friday’s late-night date with Michigan State. They are here, and it can be the expectation annually...
Miami’s Larranaga doesn’t know what to expect with young team in tourney

Miami’s Larranaga doesn’t know what to expect with young team in tourney

Ask Jim Larranaga if he thought he would be here, preparing for a first-round game in the NCAA Tournament, and he’ll respond in a typically Larranagan way: with a story that illustrates his feelings. “In 2012, I went into a board of trustees meeting and told the board of trustees to get behind the team if they wanted to see the best basketball team in school history,” he said, recalling...
After leaving Miami Hurricanes, Manu Lecomte finds happiness at Baylor

After leaving Miami Hurricanes, Manu Lecomte finds happiness at Baylor

Manu Lecomte poses for a photo in the hallway of the BOK Center in Tulsa. (Matt Porter) TULSA, Oklahoma — Several larger teammates, some wearing highlighter-colored practice jerseys, are engaging in dunk contest for the delight of the oohing-and-aahing crowd of 500.
Improving, not NBA Draft, on the mind of Miami Hurricanes freshman Bruce Brown

Improving, not NBA Draft, on the mind of Miami Hurricanes freshman Bruce Brown

Bruce Brown is focused on improving as a player, not his NBA future. (Getty Images) [Insider’s look at Michigan State | Porter’s Final Four picks] [Setting the table for Canes-Sparty | Miami dancing again, gets 8-seed] [PHOTO GALLERY: Game-by-game look at the NCAA Tournament] CORAL GABLES — So many games in the NCAA Tournament are won by talented, aggressive guards who take over...
Hurricanes hope to live up to ACC standards in NCAA Tourney

Hurricanes hope to live up to ACC standards in NCAA Tourney

Miami is happy to be in the NCAA Tournament any year, especially this one. “This was a special year for me and the staff and the players,” coach Jim Larranaga told reporters Tuesday morning, before the eighth-seeded Hurricanes flew to Tulsa, Okla., for Friday’s first-round game against ninth-seeded Michigan State. “(We went) into the season with six very inexperienced players...
2017 NCAA Tournament: Roundtable Q&A with Michigan State beat writers

2017 NCAA Tournament: Roundtable Q&A with Michigan State beat writers

Michigan State is deeper than freshman star Miles Bridges, but he’s quite a special talent. (Getty Images) [Larranaga, Canes disrespected by comments] [Nuggets about the Miami-Michigan State matchup] Here at Canes Watch we haven’t seen too many minutes of Michigan State basketball this season.
Florida State has best chance among state schools to make Sweet 16

Florida State has best chance among state schools to make Sweet 16

Florida State has the best chance of our state’s four tourney teams to make the Sweet 16 round, which is befitting a No. 3 seed. Miami gets a raw draw with NCAA tournament blue bloods Michigan State and Kansas as immediate roadblocks on the opening weekend. Florida can breathe a sigh of relief because Vanderbilt, the one team the Gators can’t handle, is being sent way out west to Salt...
2017 NCAA Tournament: Miami Hurricanes open with Michigan State in Tulsa

2017 NCAA Tournament: Miami Hurricanes open with Michigan State in Tulsa

Davon Reed (5) and the Hurricanes are in the NCAA Tournament for the third time in five seasons. (Getty Images) [Bilas on UM’s Sweet 16 potential] [Ranking the eight opening weekend sites] [Canes hope to move on after ACC Tournament setback] CORAL GABLES — Young roster.
No Miami Hurricanes spring game because Hard Rock ‘not accessible’

No Miami Hurricanes spring game because Hard Rock ‘not accessible’

Hard Rock Stadium before Miami-North Carolina. (Matt Porter) Tom Garfinkel, president and CEO of the Dolphins, said Friday that it was his organization that informed the University of Miami it could not hold its spring game at Hard Rock Stadium because of the final phase of renovations.

2017 ACC Tournament: Jim Larranaga, Kamari Murphy, Davon Reed talk Miami’s win over Syracuse

Kamari Murphy had a big game against Syracuse in his Brooklyn homecoming. (Getty Images) Extended thoughts from Jim Larranaga and seniors Kamari Murphy and Davon Reed after the Hurricanes opened the ACC Tournament with a win over Syracuse in Brooklyn: [Related: Five takeaways from Miami 62, Syracuse 57] LARRANAGA: “That was a great college game.
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