Quarterback Stephen Morris told members of the press on Friday that he is 100% and has been given full medical clearance to play. Morris had surgery on his back 3 months ago and was forced to sit out all of the Hurricanes’ spring sessions.
Miami has been connected to FSU and Clemson as a team that may jump over to the Big 12. RedRaiderSports.com is reporting that TCU Athletic Director Chris Del Conte said Wednesday morning that the conference has “schools like FSU, Clemson and Miami trying to get in,” A UM spokesperson would not comment on the situation but head coach Al Golden said “If you’re telling me that that’s right from the AD, that he’s saying that, that’s interesting. But I don’t give it much credence.” Golden added about being an ACC member, “We’re excited, I can’t speak for any other school, but we have to do our part. We came in as one of the national powers and we haven’t done our part. So let’s just worry about that.”
Former Hurricane QB Jacory Harris has been cut by the Philadelphia Eagles. Before signing with Philly a couple of weeks ago he had worked out with the Miami Dolphins. He currently remains a free agent.
Former Miami tight end Greg Olsen’s brother has committed to the Hurricanes. Kevin Olsen, one of the nations top high school quarterbacks, gave the program an oral commitment. According to Rivals.com Olsen is the 7th ranked quarterback in the country. He was also being recruited by South Carolina, Wisconsin and Auburn.
Miami has announced the kickoff times for four games. Opening day, when they visit Boston College on September 1st, the game will begin at 3:30pm and be televised on ABC. The September 15th home game vs Bethune-Cookman will have a 12 noon kickoff time. Saturday October 6th the Canes will travel to Soldier Field in Chicago to face Notre Dame. That game kicks off at 7:30pm and will be televised on NBC. The Thursday night game in Miami on November 1st against rival Virginia Tech will have a 7:30pm kickoff and will be televised on ESPN.
Running back Mike James is preparing to be the number one back this fall. Although the coaching staff has not yet named starters for positions, he is anticipating a heavy workload this fall, his final season as a Hurricane. James had 275 yards on the ground in 2011 with 7 touchdowns and also had 9 catches for 80 yards and a score.
Former head coach Randy Shannon is suing the university for money he says he is owed. Shannon claims an employment agreement, a guarantee agreement and a bonus for the teams 2010 Sun Bowl appearance were either not paid or pro rated. Shannon was fired in November of 2010 with a record of 28-22. When he was hired he promised to turn the program around and had a lot of high hopes for his system and players. But the team did not return to national prominence as he had hoped.
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