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Miami Hurricanes News and Notes: Mark Richt’s definition of “swag”; DJ Johnson gets All-American jersey

Your daily digest of Miami Hurricanes News for September 28th

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Let’s get to the news.

Mark Richt’s fiery App State pre-game speech defines “swag”

We all know that Mark Richt is the Canes coach. And, he’s rejuvenated and FIRED UP. But, we got to see that passion first hand when the video of CMR’s pre-game speech before the App State game was released. It’s included in Episode 2 of The U, a video series put out by Miami Athletics.

In the video “Nameless and Faceless” you can see the Canes progress through the first 3 games of the 2016 season with cut scenes and interviews with players and coaches. On top of that, you can see CMR challenge his team before the App State game (that starts at the 9:00 mark of the video below) in no uncertain terms.

“Everybody talks about Miami having “swag”. When I took this job, all they wanted to talk about [was], ‘Is Miami getting the swag back?’ I said, ‘You know what? Swag ain’t dancing to me. Swag ain’t saying, ‘I got a first down.’ Swag ain’t swaying before a kickoff and they run back to the 45-yard line.

“Swag is whipping the man on the other side of you. That’s what swag is. Swag is, when the game’s over, we win the game. That’s what swag is. I don’t care what the boys did in the past. The reason why it was swag is because they won. Not because they had some kind of antic.

“You understand what I’m saying?”


Here’s the video:

Man, I know it’s only 3 games and 1 11-minute video, but I LOVE this staff, and this team. This is the Miami Hurricanes that I came to love. We’re not back yet, but this sure looks like how the Miami Hurricanes should look, play, and act.

DJ Johnson, UnderArmour All-American

If you’ve followed my recruit game recaps, you’ll know that 4-star DE DJ Johnson’s HS team has struggled this year. But, in spite of that, the 6’5” 240lb Johnson has been a force to be reckoned with, amassing 38 tackles, 17 tackles for loss, 3 sacks, and even 2 catches for 30 yards on offense.

Johnson is one of the premier DE prospects in the 2017 recruiting class. And, as evidence of his production and potential, DJ Johnson received his UnderAmour All-American jersey on Tuesday afternoon.

The caption from that first photo shows high goals for Johnson, to be sure, but he has the physical attributes and skills to make them a real. You can see behind the scenes of Johnson’s AA Jersey Presentation in this video:

DJ Johnson will travel to Orlando, FL in late December for UA Game practice. The UnderArmour All-American game will be televised nationally on ESPN on January 1, 2017 at 1pm Eastern.

Congratulations, DJ! This is only the beginning.

ACC Championship Game moves to Orlando

Recently, the ACC moved all Championship events out of North Carolina due to HB2, a bill that limits freedoms to the LGBTQ community. You can read more about that here.

After saying the Championship events wouldn’t be in North Carolina before, ACC officials began looking for replacement locations. And, per reports, the ACC Championship Football game will be moving to the presumed frontrunning location: Orlando’s Camping World Stadium.

While the official announcement is still forthcoming, the ACC has issued a statement about refunds for those individuals who purchased tickets to the ACCCG when it would be hosted in Charlotte, NC.

The location has changed, but the goal for Miami is the same: win the Coastal and make it to the ACC Championship game.

Quick Hitters

I’m just here so I don’t get fined.

One of many people who makes videos on twitter, ThatCaneZo dropped another masterpiece yesterday. Check it out (WARNING: LANGUAGE NSFW)

Christy Cabrera-Chirinos of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel has a pack of notes from Tuesday.

Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald does, too.

Matt Porter of the Palm Beach Post does, three.

Porter also has this article where he spoke to former Canes about this year’s hot start.

Ken Sugiura of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution offers a GT centric look at this week’s game.

Mike Grunewald takes a look at the October gauntlet that awaits the Canes.

Ricky Paolillo gave us another week of ACC Power Rankings

I took some recruiting questions and gave my answers

Daniel Tummeley looks at Mark Richt’s utter dominance against Georgia Tech in his coaching career.

Jerry gave us CMR’s comments from his Tuesday media availability pre-Georgia Tech

And, in case you missed yesterday’s news and notes, you can click the link below

That’s it for today.

Be great out there.