Here are your news and notes for Thursday
Miami Athletics announce partnership with EON Sports VR to create CANES VR
This is super cool. Always at the vanguard for both technology and program partnerships and development, Miami Athletics announced on Wednesday that they’ve partnered with EON Sports VR, the world’s leading company in sports-related VR technology and training, to create Canes VR, an exclusive channel for Miami Hurricanes Virtual Reality content.
Miami Hurricanes partner with EON Sports VR to create #CANESVR #VirtualReality #Canes #TheU https://t.co/201oRB0dEV pic.twitter.com/uyvWGW7cAM— StateOfTheU.com (@TheStateOfTheU) September 21, 2016
In a week where reports already stated that the Jersey unveiling (Monday) and IPF announcement (Friday) were on the books, the VR partnership came out of thin air. But, props to AD Blake James for securing this partnership, and continuing to push Miami to places where no other program has gone.
Canes VR will allow Canes fans to have a unique first-person view of games, practices, and other videos that are cultivated specifically for this service. Want to see what Brad Kaaya sees out of the shotgun? Want to see what Shaq Quarterman sees before an A-gap blitz? Want to see how CMR works on ball handling and play fakes (maybe)? Then this is the thing for you.
This is super cool, you guys. And The U is the only place that has it.
Miami Athletics: always on the cutting edge.
What might have been: A retrospective
Miami has had a bunch of really talented players come through the program recently who, for whatever reason, didn’t live up to their potential. Contributor David Perez ranked his top 5 guys who should have been stars at The U
The top 5 players that could have been stars at Miami https://t.co/S5JwAVcPn1— StateOfTheU.com (@TheStateOfTheU) September 21, 2016
This is a good list, but one that will maybe put you in your feelings So much wasted potential and talent that, for whatever reason, didn’t produce on the field at Miami.
I have my personal top guy on this list (DERRICK GRIFFIN) and so does Perez (a former linebacker). I’m sure each of you have your guy who you think should have been “THE GUY” here, too. Check out this piece and see if you and David are in agreement.
The Mark Richt Show
Just passing this along, but here’s this week’s installment of The Mark Richt Show. If you want to watch it live, tune in to Fox Sports FL at 4:30pm every Wednesday.
More praise for the Miami Hurricanes
Yesterday, I wrote about how National Media outlets were all talking about the Canes. Today, I have another one for you.
1. Louisville— Zach Barnett (@zach_barnett) September 21, 2016
3. Your team?
College football's 10 most impressive starts https://t.co/L8AseEBc4g
FootballScoop.com has Miami as the 2nd most impressive team in America through 3 games. We’ve been over the numbers and performances here already, so you know that that makes a lot of sense. And, for the record, Miami is 2nd behind Louisville on this article, thanks to the Lamar Jackson Death Machine.
Thursday of a bye week, and people all over the Country still can’t stop talking about the Canes.
Man, this is fun.
Miami, Hard Rock Stadium, and Street Art
I am an artistic person by nature and profession. But, this isn’t about my kind of art (music), this is about visual arts.
The New York Times has a great article looking at the art and artists that will make the renovated Hard Rock Stadium come alive.
Renovated @MiamiDolphins stadium will have more street art than video screens https://t.co/pojaqLIcC8 pic.twitter.com/xX1kHFLTbG— New York Times Arts (@nytimesarts) September 21, 2016
Miami has always been known for its vibrant art scene. From the iconic art deco art and architecture of Miami Beach, to the loud colors that make the South Florida landscape unique, to things like the old Bacardi Building on Biscayne Blvd to the Miami Marlins Homerun Sculpture, there’s plenty of art around you at every moment in Miami.
Now, at Hard Rock Stadium, there will be art all around you as well. Not only has the stadium had upgrades to the concessions area (2015) and seating/canopy/video screens (2016), but the bare walls will now be adorned with a variety of street art as well.
This is a little detail, but the details make the difference in life. I think this is going to be cool, and I can’t wait to get back to HRS on October 8th and look around to see which of the new street art paintings I can find.
App State dealing with the fallout from the 45-10 beatdown Miami laid on them
You might think this is petty of me, but I DON’T CARE.
Bret Stretlow of the Winston-Salem Journal wrote about how AppSt is looking to curtail big plays in their game this week.
Big plays a point of emphasis as #AppState prepares for Akron: https://t.co/XbnF246oNg pic.twitter.com/vf2GtVcFsm— Bret Strelow (@bretstrelow) September 22, 2016
What, giving up an 80 yard TD run on the first play from scrimmage, and a 55 yard TD pass, and 2 60+ yard pass plays, and several other 20+ yard chunk plays isn’t a defensive performance that App State wants to maintain? Weird.
And they said they’d beat us with speed. Hahahahahahaha. Suckers.
Torretta Foundation Tailgate for the FSU game
Former Miami Hurricanes QB and 1992 Heisman Trophy Winner Gino Torretta will be hosting a tailgate for the FSU game. The proceeds from tickets to the tailgate, hosted by the Torretta foundation, will go to help fund research for ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease.
Oct 8th(UMvsFSU),The Torretta Foundation tailgate benefitting ALS.Get your tickets:https://t.co/LvogRNYg6P pic.twitter.com/AtI3eh5Uqh— Gino Torretta (@GinoTorretta) September 21, 2016
You can get tickets at this link (from the tweet), or you can go to torrettafoundation.com for more information.
Taking a quick look around the rest of the interwebs for Canes stuff...
Just a look at some updated odds to win the ACC Coastal, per ESPN’s FPI
Current FPI odds to win the Coastal:— Andrea Adelson (@aadelsonESPN) September 21, 2016
Virginia Tech 19.9%
GT 3.8 %
Duke 0.2 %
UVa <0.1 %
John Pickens’ The Pick is here a day early to talk about the week in CFB.
David Njoku and Rayshawn Jenkins earned praise for their Week 3 games at App State from Pro Football Focus
Scott Salomon’s Letters to CMR is back, and he’s off to a hot start.
Jerry wrote about the emergence of Chad Thomas, who has the look of a 1st round pick at DE through 3 games.
Need something to do during this Bye Week? Blain Bradley has your guide, whether you live in South Florida, or elsewhere.
According to our SBN brothers over at Troy Nunes is an Absolute Magician, the leading candidates for the ACC Championship Football Game are Orlando, Washington, D.C., and campus sites.
Leading candidates for ACC Championship Game: Orlando, Washington, campus sites https://t.co/yXsvIxaOcL pic.twitter.com/iFWVrsM293— NunesMagician.com (@NunesMagician) September 21, 2016
Is the ACC Coastal better than the SEC East? Maybe
The ACC Atlantic's getting some well-earned shine, but the Coastal's good too. Maybe better than the SEC East. https://t.co/c0prnDv4nP— Connor Tapp (@MeetMeAtTapps) September 21, 2016
What’s that? You want to see Brad Kaaya’s passing chart through 3 weeks? Say no more, fam.
Brad Kaaya passing chart through Week 3 pic.twitter.com/bKGrE9RINi— CFB Film Room (@CFBFilmRoom) September 19, 2016
Speaking of Brad Kaaya....
The more I watch #Miami QB Brad Kaaya, the more similarities I see to #Rams QB Jared Goff...— NFL Draft Insider (@NFLDraftInsider) September 16, 2016
Goff was the #1 pick in last Spring’s NFL Draft, so that comparison is pretty good, especially coming from an NFL Draft Insider. More on that in the future, tho.
The ACC Digital Network is still mesmerized by one of Mark Walton’s TD runs from the FAU game
We're still trying to figure out how Mark Walton scored this incredible touchdown pic.twitter.com/oKO89efr3k— ACC Digital Network (@theACCDN) September 22, 2016
If you missed yesterday’s news (1,200+ words. A LOT OF STUFF), then get caught up here:
Miami Hurricanes News and Notes: National Media noticing #Canes; Band-gate & more #TheU https://t.co/eScvwwDODK pic.twitter.com/mc8EsrUoeg— StateOfTheU.com (@TheStateOfTheU) September 21, 2016
That’s it for today. Have a great almost-Friday, Canes!!!