“University of Miami junior Dewan Hernandez will be withheld from competition as the university and the NCAA review his eligibility,” the Hurricanes said in a statement released less than a half an hour before tipoff Friday ahead of their season opener against Lehigh.
“If I ever write a book or whatever, there will be a chapter on the best leadership I ever witnessed in my coaching career,” Meier said. “I never ever have seen better leadership in my life. I was stunned by it. I was emotional every time I saw them doing it… It was the rock for why we overachieved last year.”
The Miami Hurricanes battled adversity right from the kickoff. Duke’s Deon Jackson bolted down the sideline for a 75-yard rushing touchdown on the first play from scrimmage to put the Blue Devils up 7-0. And then the sky opened up, painting brush strokes of brown mud patches across the field, diverting the Hurricanes from what…
“Sometimes kids just want to do what everybody else is doing,’’ Richt said. “There’s a bunch of kids that are acting like they’ve got a bunch of money on Snapchat and there may be 20,000 kids doing it, but they don’t play quarterback at Miami. They’ve just got to understand that it’s different for them because people know who they are.”
But that doesn’t mean change should be avoided. The Hurricanes offense could use a facelift.
“All these guys, they’re not my sons, but in a lot of ways they’re like my sons,” Richt said. “We like to treat our players the way we would treat our own sons, our own children. As a staff, one of our big philosophies is that. So, when anything happens with your own child you grieve for him. It’s not easy to swallow for anybody.”
“When it comes down to it, you can throw the rankings out because it’s a huge rivalry game and it’s going to be the best game on all week no matter what the rankings are. Florida State will play harder than ever knowing they have the chance to take down a ranked opponent and rival.”
Mark Richt knew who would start under center for Miami’s Atlantic Coast Conference opener against North Carolina. But the Hurricanes’ faithful found out when N’Kosi Perry ran onto the field for Miami’s first drive, which was met with a roar of cheers. However, it was the Hurricanes’ defense — which entered the game ranked second…
“It’s not like Malik has done anything wrong by any means,” Richt said. “He’s done a lot of great things for us. What’s happening is Cade and N’Kosi are growing up…Somewhere along the line, I gotta, you know, like a bird kicks the [baby] out of the nest and makes him fly, it’s about that time.”
“Stop booing Malik,” running back Deejay Dallas said. “I don’t like that. That’s not something that our fans should be about. Yeah, it’s OK to be angry. It’s OK to be upset. But Malik came out today and he played with an edge and he played like the starter should.”
The Hurricanes faithful held their breath. Miami’s preseason All-American safety Jaquan Johnson limped off the field toward the sideline. UM’s three-touchdown advantage was trimmed to just seven points with Johnson laboring a right hamstring injury. But the Hurricanes found their hero. Quarterback Malik Rosier — who received a loud monsoon of boos from Miami fans…