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Get all the latest blog entries about the University of Miami Hurricanes from Shandel Richardson of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

Last Build Date: Sat, 21 Jan 2017 03:12:51 -0500

Copyright: ©2017 Sun Sentinel

Ahead of key ACC matchup, 'Canes prep for Duke -- and the Cameron Crazies

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 17:05:00 PST

Under Jim Larrañaga, the Hurricanes have had their share of success against Duke, one of college basketball's powerhouse programs and an Atlantic Coast Conference blue blood. Since Larrañaga's arrival in Coral Gables ahead of the 2011-12 season, Miami's men's basketball team has posted a 4-2 record...(image)

Running back Gus Edwards transferring from UM

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 10:06:00 PST

Entering this past season, running back was set to be a position of strength for the Miami Hurricanes, with a stable of talented backs providing depth and experience.

Things will look a little different this year. 

Gus Edwards, a redshirt junior, is transferring from Miami, the school announced...


Recruiting Q&A: Meet 'Canes DL commit Jon Ford

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 08:05:00 PST

Like many defensive recruits – and Hurricanes fans in general – Jon Ford was curious.

When Mark Richt took over and hired Manny Diaz as his defensive coordinator, the expectation was that the Hurricanes would run a more aggressive scheme than they had in years past.

And while at Hard Rock Stadium...


Recruiting Q&A: Meet 'Canes CB commit Trajan Bandy

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 09:04:00 PST

Like most high school football players from South Florida, Trajan Bandy has an appreciation for what Miami’s football program has accomplished. And he’s eager to try and help the Hurricanes get back to being the powerhouse program they were when one of his favorite players – Sean Taylor – was there.


UM hoops signee Lonnie Walker named a McDonald's All-American

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 07:39:00 PST

For the second straight year, a member of the Hurricanes' signing class has earned McDonald's All-American honors.

Lonnie Walker, who signed with Miami in November, was named a McDonald's All-American late Sunday night. With his inclusion on the roster, he is set to become the second straight --...


Home is where the points are? UM's Motley shines when facing teams from her home state of Virginia

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 10:17:00 PST

After handing Virginia Tech its first loss of the season, the 14th-ranked Hurricanes women's basketball team is preparing for yet another showdown with another ranked opponent.

This time, Miami (14-3, 3-2 ACC) is set to face No. 9 Louisiville in Kentucky on Sunday afternoon, but it'd be hard to...


Recruiting Q&A: Meet 'Canes QB commit Cade Weldon, son of ex-FSU star QB Casey Weldon

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 09:11:00 PST

There were times Monday night when Cade Weldon let his mind wander just a little bit.

Sitting in Raymond James Stadium as Clemson clinched a national title with its thrilling 35-31 comeback win over defending champion Alabama, Weldon imagined himself on that stage.

He wondered what it’d be like...


Hurricanes finish season ranked 20th in final AP Top 25 poll

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 10:07:00 PST

They started the season with four consecutive wins and became a top-10 team. But a bumpy October knocked the Hurricanes out of the AP Top 25.

They'll finish the season back in the Top 25.

Miami, which closed the year with five consecutive wins -- including a 31-14 victory over then 16th-ranked...


Recruiting Q&A: Meet 'Canes S commit Amari Carter

Mon, 9 Jan 2017 12:01:00 PST

Amari Carter may have worn orange and blue and called himself a Gator during his high school football career at Palm Beach Gardens, but his heart was never really too far from Coral Gables.

“It’s a big deal for me because around here, most of the people are Hurricanes,” the three-star safety said...


Recruiting Q&A: Meet 'Canes OL commit Corey Gaynor

Fri, 6 Jan 2017 13:59:00 PST

Corey Gaynor didn’t need much time to think about it after the offer came through.

When the Hurricanes told the Douglas offensive lineman they wanted him, he jumped right in.

“Miami was a school that I always wanted to play for as a kid,” Gaynor said. “I’ve got the opportunity to play for them...


'Canes, Richt in much different place than they were a year ago

Thu, 5 Jan 2017 08:30:00 PST

Last January, the Hurricanes were coming off their sixth straight bowl loss. Newly-hired coach Mark Richt was scrambling to fill a recruiting class. And while there was plenty of hope from fans, players, and beyond about Miami's future, few knew what to expect from the struggling Hurricanes.



'Canes RB Joe Yearby makes it official: he's entering the NFL draft

Tue, 3 Jan 2017 11:18:00 PST

Joe Yearby hinted in November his Hurricanes career was drawing to a close. On Tuesday, the running back made it official.

Yearby, a junior, announced in a statement released by Miami that he was bypassing his senior year and entering the NFL draft. The announcement came a little more than five...


'Canes quarterback Brad Kaaya leaving Miami, declaring for NFL draft

Mon, 2 Jan 2017 18:28:00 PST

As the Miami Hurricanes continue trying to move their football program forward after their first bowl win in a decade, they’ll have to take the next steps without the leading passer in UM history.

As many around the Hurricanes have expected for several weeks, junior quarterback Brad Kaaya is bypassing...


UM announces gift, fundraising campaign ahead of Russell Athletic Bowl

Wed, 28 Dec 2016 14:05:00 PST

Already once this football season, the Hurricanes have announced a major gift to the program. Ahead of the final game of the year, Miami has announced another -- that comes with a slight twist.

During a pre-game tailgate ahead of the Hurricanes' appearance in the Russell Athletic Bowl on Wednesday,...


A little pre-game chippiness? UM's Richt, WVU's Holgorsen don't mind ... much

Tue, 27 Dec 2016 16:21:00 PST

Miami and West Virginia haven't played each other in more than a decade, but there's no doubt some players from both teams don't quite seem to care for each other.

During a joint charity event on Monday ahead of their Russell Athletic Bowl showdown, a handful of players from both schools exchanged...


Stacy Coley latest 'Cane to accept postseason game invite

Mon, 26 Dec 2016 14:25:00 PST

Hurricanes receiver Stacy Coley will get one more chance to show off his skills while representing Miami.

Coley, a former Northeast High standout, became the latest Miami player to accept an invitation to play in a postseason showcase game, joining the roster for the East-West Shrine Game, set...


UM announces seven players suspended for Russell Athletic Bowl

Sat, 24 Dec 2016 11:28:00 PST

As the Hurricanes took the field in Orlando for their first on-site practice ahead of Wednesday’s Russell Athletic Bowl showdown with West Virginia, Miami announced that seven players did not make the trip north after “failing to meet the standards of expectations set by the program.”

Most of the...


For 'Canes, time to balance bowl fun with prepping for West Virginia

Fri, 23 Dec 2016 11:06:00 PST

For two weeks, they’ve practiced on their field. They’ve trained in their weight room. Team meetings have been in familiar surroundings and after exams were wrapped up, the focus has been entirely on preparing for their appearance in next week’s Russell Athletic Bowl.

But Friday, the Hurricanes...


Miami OC Thomas Brown says perception of 'Canes as 'thugs and criminals' is 'idiotic'

Wed, 21 Dec 2016 14:39:00 PST

Almost as soon as he got the job, people tried to talk him out of it – or at least tell Thomas Brown little good would likely come of the work he’d do with Mark Richt at Miami.

More than once, the Hurricanes offensive coordinator was told about the problems he’d encounter at Miami because, well,...


For UM's Coley, Elder no regrets after coming back for senior years

Tue, 20 Dec 2016 04:49:00 PST

As the Hurricanes continue preparing for their Dec. 28th Russell Athletic Bowl showdown against Notre Dame, several players – including quarterback Brad Kaaya and tight end David Njoku – are weighing whether to return to Miami for their senior years or declare for the NFL Draft.

About a year ago,...


Walton, Kaaya, Elder and Vogel earn top honors at 'Canes awards program

Tue, 13 Dec 2016 19:01:00 PST

The Hurricanes are set to start practicing for their Russell Athletic Bowl matchup against West Virginia later this week, but before focusing on the postseason, Miami celebrated the regular season that was.

And as expected, some familiar names brought home the biggest honors at the team’s 2016...


UM gets commitment from three-star safety/receiver Derrick Smith

Tue, 13 Dec 2016 11:37:00 PST

Since the Hurricanes wrapped up the regular season with a 41-20 win over Duke on Nov. 26, Miami's coaches have spent plenty of time focusing on their recruiting efforts.

The Hurricanes have hosted several top-notch prospects on campus for official visits while coachese have visited other recruits...


Richt hoping 'Canes appearance in Russell Athletic Bowl pays dividends in recruiting

Thu, 8 Dec 2016 14:47:00 PST

Since the regular season ended a little more than two weeks ago, Hurricanes coach Mark Richt and his staff have put a huge emphasis on recruiting, crisscrossing the country to visit with players that have already committed to the program, while making their pitches to others still weighing their...


Elder, Badgley head list of 'Canes on coaches, AP All-ACC teams

Thu, 8 Dec 2016 10:34:00 PST

Post-season honors continue rolling in for several Hurricanes, including cornerback Corn Elder and Michael Badgley, who each earned first-team All-ACC honors this week from two groups.

Elder, a senior who had 69 tackles this season, was the lone Hurricane to earn first-team all-conference honors...


UM's Elder, Isidora, and Jenkins earn Senior Bowl invites

Mon, 5 Dec 2016 16:04:00 PST

Three of the Hurricanes top seniors will be playing in one of the top senior showcase games once they've played their final game at Miami.

Cornerback Corn Elder, offensive lineman Danny Isidora and safety Rayshawn Jenkins each earned invitations to the 2017 Senior Bowl, set for Jan. 28 in Mobile....