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May 4, 2011

UM Football Player Turns Himself In to Police

Filed under: sports, college — magdebar @ 5:53 pm
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According to CBS4 in Miami, UM defensive lineman Jeffrey Brown turned himself in to Coral Gables police just hours ago. Brown, a redshirt freshman, will potentially face charges of rape stemming from an incident that police say happened in a University dorm. According to the following report, Brown helped a severely intoxicated UM student back into her dorm room and later returned and sexually assaulted her.

Brown is currently suspended indefinitely. The University released a statement saying they are aware of the “serious charges” and cannot comment further right now.

We clearly don’t know what happened that night. And I’m not about to brand a kid when we don’t know all the facts yet. But this is obviously not something Al Golden and his staff want to deal with. And knowing him, I’m sure he won’t tolerate it. A charge like this is not about image anymore…If convicted, Brown should face proper justice and not be allowed to see the field as a University of Miami student-athlete.

April 29, 2011

NFL Draft

Filed under: NFL football,UM sports — Dana Hatic @ 6:34 pm

Everyone ready for round two?

No surprise, Cam Newton was snatched up in the first round, along with other standout players and a total of four quarterbacks in the first 12 drafts.

Now about halfway through round 2, the Hurricanes have their first drafted player, with offensive guard Orlando Franklin going to the Denver Broncos.

Who will go next? Miami has 12 players left, including kicker Matt Bosher, wide receiver Leonard Hankerson, and inside linebacker Colin McCarthy, who recorded 106 tackles in the 2010 season.

April 26, 2011

Janoris Jenkins Released

Filed under: sports, college — eadeutsch @ 6:25 pm
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Jenkins at The Swamp last November

University of Florida’s Janoris Jenkins, a senior cornerback for the SEC powerhouse,was released from the Gators’ football team today.

Coach Will Muschamp was put in an unenviable position of choosing between releasing Jenkins or keeping him on the team roster after Jenkins was charged for the second time in three months with a misdemeanor for marijuana possession.  Jenkins is an All-SEC defensive player and his absence will hurt the team, but this is something that Jenkins did to himself.

Hopefully Janoris Jenkins will learn from these mistakes and realize that he not only puts the Gators at risk this season, but has now put his character into question, which may cost him in the future.

April 21, 2011

JIM LARRANAGA TO THE U?

Filed under: sports, college,UM sports — michaelperchick @ 5:43 pm

George Mason’s Jim Larranaga- who gained nationwide attention for his pregame speeches during their magical run to the Final Four in 2005- is considered a serious candidate for the Miami men’s basketball job.

Larranaga is 61, and has been at George Mason since 1997.  This year, he led the Patriots, of the CAA, to a 25-5 record, an eight-seed in the NCAA tournament, and a first-round win over Big East powerhouse Villanova.

In his career, Larranaga is 470-334.  Before coaching at George Mason, Larranaga coached at Bowling Green for eleven seasons, and at American International, a D-2 school, for two years.

Personally, I think this would be a great signing.  My top choice is still Frank Martin, but Larranaga is a fiery guy, who knows how to get the most out of his players.  He’s incredibly experienced, and flat out knows how to win basketball games.  I’d be very happy with the hire.

Canes Reportedly Looking at Larranaga

Filed under: sports, college — eadeutsch @ 1:10 pm
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Gary Parrish of CBS Sports reported that the University of Miami, under new leadership of Shawn Eichorst, is in discussions with Jim Larranaga, the head coach of George Mason’s basketball team.

Larranaga in 2006

He has been at the helm of George Mason for fourteen seasons, making the final four in 2006 and advancing to the second round in March’s NCAA Tournament.

Larranaga does not exactly bring youth to the program–he is 61–but he has done more in the postseason at George Mason than anyone has ever been able to do at Miami.

Larranaga would likely come with a cheap price tag.  He makes $525,000 a year at George Mason, and could expect a higher starting salary at Miami.

April 20, 2011

UM Tennis Update

Filed under: sports, college — magdebar @ 7:54 pm
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Both UM tennis teams lost their last matches of the season this past weekend. The men dropped their last two on the road to UNC and Duke, both by scores of 5-2. The women also lost to Duke at home on Friday 5-2. 

The women (17-5, 9-2 ACC) were playing for the top spot in the ACC Friday. Going into the match, they were tied with Duke atop the conference. The loss pushed them down to second place with UNC. (North Carolina holds the better overall record of 20-5 and won the heads up match-up between the two schools on March 9th, 4-3).

Despite the losses, both UM squads earned first round byes in this weekend’s ACC Tournament. The women, a No. 3 seed, will face the winner of Clemson/Virginia Tech on Friday. The men, a No. 4 seed, will face the winner of BC/Georgia Tech.

And finally…Congratulations to Bianca Eichkorn. The nationally ranked No. 6 senior from Germany finished her final regular season with a 6-2, 6-3 win over No. 38 Nadine Fahoum. That win marked her 131st as a Hurricane — tying the career singles record set by former UM All-American Laura Vallverdu. Eichkorn is 31-6 this year in singles play and a perfect 11-0 in ACC singles. Her singles records over the past four years currently sit at 131-28 and 38-3, ACC. That’s an 82% and 93% win percentage for those of you keeping track at home.

April 17, 2011

Nick Saban Statue

Filed under: sports, college — michaelperchick @ 4:41 pm

Before Alabama’s Spring Game, a 9-foot bronze statue of Alabama head football coach Nick Saban was unveiled.  Really Alabama?  Saban is entering only his fifth year at the school, and it wasn’t so long ago that he was the hated head coach at their rival LSU.  Yes he won Alabama a national championship a couple years ago, but is that really deserving of a statue already?

On top of that, Saban is still coaching, and probably will coaching Alabama for many more years.  Why wouldn’t the school wait to see Saban continue his reign at the school?  What happens if he’s found guilt of recruiting violations (I’m not saying he will be I’m just posing a simple “what if”)?  How’s that statue going to look then?

April 16, 2011

Canes hold 2011 Spring Game

By DAVID FURONES 

The University of Miami football players received their final opportunity to compete and impress in the 2011 Spring Game on a cloudy, yet humid, Saturday afternoon in Fort Lauderdale’s Lockhart Stadium. 

The Green team defeated the Orange team 30-17 in the intra-squad scrimmage, but the final score was not what the Miami faithful took away from the game. 

For fans, it was a chance to grasp a lasting impression they will carry into the fall after an offseason that completely remodeled the coaching staff following the forgettable 2010 season. 

Several position battles, highlighted by the duel for the starting quarterback position between senior Jacory Harris and sophomore Stephen Morris, were proven to be highly contested Saturday. 

“I’m just going to keep working,” Harris says, “It’s like anything else in life. You have to compete for everything.” 

“It makes you go hard, makes you work hard in the weight room,” says Morris, “competition only brings good.” 

Offensively, Miami was most effective in the running game, particularly Lamar Miller. Miller utilized his 10 carries to total 166 yards and three touchdowns. In the passing game, Jedd Fisch drew up plenty of check down passes to get his quarterbacks comfortable and mixed in the occasional deep ball.

 The two quarterbacks, who were down wide receivers LaRon Byrd, Aldarius Johnson and Travis Benjamin, compiled decent completion percentages, but reminiscent of last season, did turn the ball over. 

Harris went 18 of 30 for 149 yards, no touchdowns and two interceptions while Morris completed 14 of his 22 passes, threw a touchdown pass to Kendal Thompkins and also tossed two picks. 

“I thought the quarterbacks struggled,” says first year graduate student and Hurricane fan Brad Kenin. “They didn’t display good pocket presence.” 

Head coach Al Golden attributed the turnovers of the quarterbacks, who defenders were not allowed to make contact with, to the solid play of the defense. He did not name a starter for the fall.

 “That’s too far in advance. I just want to see them compete,” says Golden. “We’ll let them compete for the next 140 days and see who’s going to start.” 

“I think the coaching staff’s going to make a decision best for the team,” says former Cane quarterback Ken Dorsey, “and you can’t really lose with any of these guys.” 

The team’s defensive ends were strong while Sean Spence and Ray Ray Armstrong highlighted the day’s action behind them. Spence had an interception return for a touchdown that resulted in a bench clearing celebration at the field goal post that he deemed similar to that in the Florida-Georgia game in 2007. 

Reggie Wayne chats it up with fans after Saturdays Spring Game while Tapout gets free product placement.

 

Questions still remain on what the Canes will do at cornerback after losing seniors Demarcus Van Dyke and Ryan Hill and junior Brandon Harris, who decided to forego his senior year to enter the NFL draft. 

“You can’t replace those guys,” says Spence, “but I think guys are doing a great job of stepping up, taking ownership and playing their role.” 

Over a hundred football alumni filed onto the sidelines to watch their alma mater’s scrimmage. 

“It’s a special group,” says Golden, “that’s a family.” 

Thirty-three members of the 2001 Hurricanes, who brought Miami its fifth national championship in football, were honored at halftime. 

“It kind of makes me feel old,” says former Cane great and all-pro Minnesota Vikings left tackle Bryant McKinnie. 

The next game Cane fans can look forward to will kick-off the regular season in a Labor Day showdown in Maryland that will be aired on ESPN.

“We just have to beat up on each other during the offseason and make each other better,” says Lamar Miller.

April 15, 2011

Sighting of the Day

Filed under: NFL football,UM sports — eadeutsch @ 3:09 pm
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Jimmy Johnson was at the University of Miami Sports Hall of Fame on Friday afternoon, watching “The U” documentary along with a handful of former players, Hall of Fame staff, and athletic staff alumni.

Johnson and others are in Coral Gables this weekend for the Spring Game that will take place on Saturday at Lockhart Stadium.

It was very strange to watch real life Jimmy Johnson watching on-screen Jimmy Johnson–who in turn, on screen, was talking about re-watching old clips of…Jimmy Johnson.

It was like being pulled into the matrix.  Except the blue pill was Jimmy Johnson’s eerily perfect hair.

April 12, 2011

Eichorst named Miami’s next Director of Athletics

Filed under: sports, college,UM sports — davidfurones @ 11:09 am

The University of Miami announced who it hired today for the position of Athletic Director. It’s Shawn Eichorst, who was formerly Deputy Athletic Director at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His responsibilities under UW Director of Athletics Barry Alvarez consisted of serving as the Department’s COO, overseeing daily operations, legal affairs, trademark and licensing and merchandising.

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