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By Steven Lassan, 1 month 1 week ago
Miami has a huge Coastal Division showdown against Virginia Tech on Saturday night, and the Hurricanes unveiled a new alternate uniform for the showdown:
Here's a closeup of the new helmet. pic.twitter.com/eMuCchcNHN— Miami Hurricanes (@hurricanesports) November 9, 2013
By Steven Lassan, 1 month 2 weeks ago
Miami running back Duke Johnson was a key centerpiece of the offense against Florida State, rushing for 97 yards on 23 attempts. But the sophomore back suffered an ankle injury late in the game and is expected to miss the rest of the regular season.
Johnson is clearly one of the ACC’s top running backs and was on pace to shatter last year’s total of 947 yards. Prior to Saturday’s game at Florida State, the sophomore rushed for 823 yards and six touchdowns on 122 attempts.
With Johnson out, Miami will turn to backup Dallas Crawford and Gus Edwards. Crawford had 291 yards before the matchup against the Seminoles.
Crawford and Edwards are a capable duo, but there’s a clear drop off in talent without Johnson lining up in the backfield.
Miami provided no update on Johnson’s status for next week, but media reports indicated the sophomore is done for the year:
Source close to situation tells Miami Herald that #UM RB Duke Johnson has broken his ankle and is out for the season. Surgery next week.— Susan Miller Degnan (@smillerdegnan) November 3, 2013
Apparently Duke Johnson broke his ankle on that third-quarter run and is out for the season. Awful news.— Corey Clark/TDO.com (@Corey_Clark) November 3, 2013
First it was Clive Walford. And now it’s Stacy Coley. Miami’s receivers provided plenty of highlight-reel plays against Wake Forest.
Coley’s catch was a huge play in terms of momentum for the Hurricanes, which survived an upset bid of Wake Forest to win 24-21.
Miami tight end Clive Walford made a nifty one-handed grab in the first half of Saturday’s game against Wake Forest.
With the Hurricanes trailing 14-3, Walford grabbed a pass by quarterback Stephen Morris for a big gain, which helped Miami move into scoring position.
By David Fox, 1 month 3 weeks ago
Two big developments off the field have us talking NCAA and BCS, but we quickly get back to the games at hand during Week 9.
• Four years since Miami began its internal investigation and two years since Yahoo’s story on Nevin Shapiro, the Hurricanes finally had their day with the NCAA. Braden Gall and David Fox discuss if the punishment was what they expected and what happens forward.
• Florida State moved ahead of Oregon for the first BCS rankings, but who really deserves a championship spot if both are undefeated? And why was Ohio State the big loser in all of this (and why the Buckeyes may still be a big winner).
• The Pac-12 vs. SEC debate for top conference gets a run. One host unequivocally says the Pac-12 is better this year while another is an SEC holdout.
• Missouri’s rise continues to surprise, but the Tigers could all but wrap up the SEC East this week.
The podcast can be found on athlonsports.com, iTunes and our podcast RSS feed.
After an investigation that spanned over two years, Miami has finally learned its fate from the NCAA in the Nevin Shapiro scandal.
The Division I Committee on Infractions found the university lacked institutional control by failing to monitor a major booster. The report from the NCAA indicates most of the violations occurred over a 10-year period, involving 30 student-athletes.
The Hurricanes won’t have to serve another bowl ban, but the football program will lose three scholarships in each of the next three seasons. The loss of three scholarships during that span isn’t a huge deal, especially since Miami is playing just under 80 players in 2013.
Miami also self-imposed a reduction in contact days in the 2012-13 period by 20 percent, reduced fall evaluations from 42 to 36 and cut paid official visits by 20 percent.
Avoiding a bowl ban in 2013 is significant, especially since Miami ranks No. 7 in the first release of the BCS standings. The Hurricanes are considered the favorite to win the Coastal Division, with a showdown against Virginia Tech looming in early November.
The NCAA decision is also huge for the Hurricanes’ current recruiting class. Miami ranks No. 5 in 247Sports, and there’s plenty of momentum building for this program after the 6-0 start to the season. A significant loss of scholarships or postseason ban could have forced recruits to look at other schools.
Former Miami assistant coaches Clint Hurtt and Aubrey Hill received two-year show cause penalties. Hill is not coaching on the collegiate level in 2013, but Hurtt is Louisville’s defensive line coach and recruiting coordinator. Hurtt ranked as the No. 2 recruiter in the American Athletic Conference by 247Sports last season.
While Miami avoided any additional sanctions, it’s important to note this program did not escape the Nevin Shapiro scandal completely free. The Hurricanes served a two-year bowl ban from 2011-12 and could have played in the ACC Championship last season if they were eligible for the postseason. Losing out on the exposure of the postseason, as well as the money from bowl games was a huge blow to the program.
Miami has recruited two top-15 recruiting classes in the last two years, but considering the uncertainty surrounding this program, it may have played an impact on the Hurricanes’ recruiting efforts.
The NCAA decision is also huge for Miami coach Al Golden. Had the Hurricanes suffered huge scholarship reductions and another postseason ban, it’s possible Golden would have left for another job this offseason. Instead, the New Jersey native should be around in Coral Gables to continue his rebuilding project in 2014.
Miami is not expected to appeal the NCAA’s decision, which closes the book on the two-year investigation into the program.
Miami failed to monitor activities of a major booster, resulting in a decade of violations: http://t.co/cHVrIEuIR0— NCAA (@NCAA) October 22, 2013
The significant self-imposed penalties by Miami were acknowledged & accepted. See the additional penalties here: http://t.co/UouPK5VDIJ— NCAA (@NCAA) October 22, 2013
By Stephen Schindler, 2 months 3 weeks ago
The great start to the 2013 season continues for the Miami Hurricanes. During Miami's 77-7 win against Savannah State, the Hurricane faithful showed they can be just off their creative side by parodying Ylvis's "The Fox", which has become the internet's newest viral music video. The song was tweaked to include references to each of the ACC teams' mascots, as well as, Miami's Sebastian the Ibis.
By Steven Lassan, 3 months 2 weeks ago
It’s the first week of the college football season, so coaches and players are bound to have some rust.
However, FAU committed a silly blunder against Miami on Friday night, which is simply the result of not paying attention to the down marker or scoreboard.
With the Owls trying to score late in the fourth quarter, quarterback Jaquez Johnson was tackled around the 26-yard line with 19 seconds left to play on third down. And instead of trying to get one more play, FAU forgets its fourth down and proceeds to spike the ball. The best part? Watching FAU coach Carl Pelini give the spike symbol to his quarterback.
By Steven Lassan, 5 months 2 days ago
The ACC has only two top-25 teams in Athlon’s projected final 125 rankings, but the conference should make a run at having 10 teams make a postseason appearance.
It’s not the biggest indicator when predicting success, but returning starters are an interesting trend to look at before the season starts.
And it’s interesting to note that four teams in the Coastal Division have 13 returning starters, while Georgia Tech – the division’s ACC title representative last year – has a conference-best 16 starters back for 2013.
Team Offense Defense Overall Atlantic Division Boston College 7 8 15 Clemson 6 7 13 Florida State 6 4 10 Maryland 5 4 9 NC State 4 4 8 Syracuse 6 6 12 Wake Forest 7 8 15 Coastal Division Duke 6 5 11 Georgia Tech 8 8 16 Miami 8 4 12 North Carolina 6 7 13 Pittsburgh 5 8 13 Virginia 6 7 13 Virginia Tech 4 9 13College Football, News, ACC, Boston College Eagles, Clemson Tigers, Duke Blue Devils, Florida State Seminoles, Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, Maryland Terrapins, Miami Hurricanes, NC State Wolfpack, North Carolina Tar Heels, Pittsburgh Panthers, Syracuse Orange, Virginia Cavaliers, Virginia Tech Hokies, Wake Forest Demon Deacons