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...
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.
Miami’s defensive line did a lot of celebrating during the Russell Athletic Bowl. (Getty Images) [Questions and projections for UM Pro Day participants] [Canes begin sorting out post-Kaaya QB situation] Defensive coordinator Manny Diaz returns nearly every contributor from his front seven, and the group has all the makings of one of the nation’s best.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
Mark Richt talks to reporters on the first day of Miami spring practice, 2017. (Matt Porter/The Palm Beach Post) [Position notes from Day 1, video of QBs, OL] [Watch: RBs at work during first spring practice] [Mullins, Dallas impress as playmakers] CORAL GABLES — Mark Richt watched his quarterbacks perform Tuesday, during the first day of 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.
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.
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...
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...
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...
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...
Kamari Murphy (Getty Images) TULSA, Oklahoma — No Hurricane has appeared in more NCAA Tournaments than fifth-year senior forward Kamari Murphy, who made the dance twice at Oklahoma State before transferring to Miami.
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.
Jaquan Johnson’s playmaking instincts are a valuable part of Miami’s secondary. (Getty Images) Eighth in a series of position-by-position looks at the Hurricanes heading into spring practice, which begins March 21.
Brad Kaaya on the set of Gruden’s QB Camp. (ESPN) ESPN’s Jon Gruden‘s annual “QB Camp” series brings the top quarterbacks in the NFL Draft to the network for a film session and some of Gruden’s trademark weirdness.
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...
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...
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 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...
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.
Outgoing tight end David Njoku believes Chris Herndon (above) could be just as special as he was. (Getty Images) Fourth in a series of position-by-position looks at the Hurricanes heading into spring practice, which begins March 21.
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.
Ahmmon Richards was Miami’s top receiver as a true freshman. (Allen Eyestone/The Palm Beach Post) Third in a series of position-by-position looks at the Hurricanes heading into spring practice, which begins March 21.
Chris Lykes gets high up in this image from a video his team posted online. [Related: Ranking Miami’s potential NCAA Tournament destinations] Make no mistake: Chris Lykes is small, but he can get skyward.
Mark Walton was outstanding as a sophomore, but he can’t do it alone. (Getty Images) Second in a series of position-by-position looks at the Hurricanes heading into spring practice, which begins March 21.
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.
Ahmmon Richards is Miami’s top scholarship receiver. (Getty Images) We’ll get more into the position battles later this week and next week, in advance of the Hurricanes’ first practice of the spring on March 21.
Brad Kaaya (left) and David Njoku tried to impress scouts at the 2017 NFL Scouting Combine. (Getty Images) [Rosier sets UM QB powerlifting record] [UM spring practice schedule is out] Count Florida International coach Butch Davis, who visited the NFL Scouting Combine as an NFL assistant and head coach following his pair of stints at Miami, among those who believe it’s a little puffed up.
Bruce Brown has performed at his best against big-name opponents. (Miami Herald) The best of Bruce Brown — 30 points against UNC, 25 against Duke, 17 against FSU, an early-season triple-double — has given rise to casual talk about his potential longevity as a Hurricane.
Florida State won close games and routs. There were plenty of road struggles in the 2016-17 season, but the Seminoles polished off an undefeated home season. Sophomore wing Dwayne Bacon scored 23 points and senior forward Jarquez Smith added 11 points and five rebounds as FSU wrapped up an 18-0 record at the Donald L. Tucker Center with a 66-57 victory over Miami on Saturday afternoon. Senior guard...
Kevin Beard is moving on up. (Getty Images) [Miami has the No. 1 recruiting class in the nation] One in an occasional series that aims to keep track of former Miami Hurricanes players and personalities.
Taking the short drive from Coral Gables, the Miami Hurricanes sent a massive statement and ended a four-game losing streak with a 5-2 win over the Florida Atlantic Owls on Wednesday night. Miami, which hadn’t won since Feb. 18, scored first with a third-inning home run by center fielder Carl Chester. Hitting in the two spot despite a .182 average entering play, Chester crushed a 1-1 pitch from...
Who will emerge as starters for the Hurricanes this fall? (Miami Herald) Miami ranks among the most experienced teams in the nation according to Phil Steele’s annual count of returning starters, which he released this week.
Bruce Brown celebrates with fans after the Hurricanes’ win over 10th-ranked Duke. (Miami Herald) Last week’s pair of upsets over ranked teams — both sparked by Bruce Brown — led to Monday honors for the Hurricanes and their standout newcomer.
Former Miami players training for the NFL pose during a workout in Miami on Feb. 23, 2017. Left to right: David Njoku, Stacy Coley, Corn Elder, Justin Vogel, Tracy Howard (now with the Cleveland Browns), Stan Dobard and Jamal Carter.
It’s becoming common, sure. But does it ever get old? No way. Miami scored another upset win over Duke on Saturday, by a 55-50 score. Students stormed the court and jumped around afterward. Bruce Brown and Jim Larranaga were interviewed on CBS. Mike Krzyzewski was talking about better times ahead. Meanwhile, for Hurricanes basketball, these are the good old days. This team, picked to finish...
Bruce Brown and the Hurricanes are trying to rise above the NCAA tournament bubble. (Miami Herald) [Progress for Canes in win over Clemson] Last year at this time, we were not asking how, but how high.
Camron Davis poses with Miami coach Mark Richt. (Twitter) [Looking at Miami’s top 2018 targets] [Beason kicks in $250K for indoor facility] [Richt: ‘May take a minute’ to find next QB] A great 57th birthday for Mark Richt got even better Saturday evening.
Randy Russell poses with UM safeties coach Ephraim Banda before committing to the Hurricanes. (Twitter) [Beason kicks in $250K for indoor facility] [Richt: ‘May take a minute’ to find next QB] Mark Richt celebrated his 57th birthday on Saturday by hosting dozens of underclassman recruits at an on-campus event.
Mark Richt leads a practice in Aug. 2016. (Miami Herald) [Sweaty games, sleepless nights for Larranaga] If you think Malik Rosier has a leg up on the Hurricanes’ quarterback race by virtue of his game experience, think again.
Manny Diaz directs linebackers at an Aug. 2016 Hurricanes practice. (Miami Herald) Manny Diaz is one of the best interviews in South Florida sports — perhaps rivaled only by Miami Heat President Pat Riley in his ability to string together illustrative sentences, according to longtime local observers.
Mark Pope, considered one of the best wide receivers in the 2018 class, is high on Miami. (247Sports) Even in the hours before signing day, coaches thinking about recruits who are two, three, even four years away from college.
Brad Kaaya warms up for the Russell Athletic Bowl. (Getty Images) [UM AD talks IPF, Edwards, facilities, spring game] [Recruiting: DT Silvera commits to Miami] [Njoku to NFL combine; more Canes to follow?