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Hurricanes News and Notes: Orange Bowl Prep, McIntosh & Norton Remain Undecided, College All-Star Invites

Get caught up as Miami looks to finish the 2017 season off on a winning note.

Capital One Orange Bowl - Clemson v Oklahoma Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

We’re a week away from the Hurricanes making their final trip to Hard Rock Stadium for the 2017 season. The ’Canes go head-to-head against a Wisconsin Badger football program that lost just a single game all season, in the 2017 Capital One Orange Bowl. This week both teams began to practice ahead of the December 29th tilt. Here are some notes from earlier in the week.

Declarations of State

#Crootin Season Continues

With the inaugural early signing period in the books, Miami now looks to close out what should be a stellar 2018 recruiting class. State of the U’s Cam Underwood goes into detail regarding Miami’s remaining scholarships , positions of need, and individual targets to know before Wednesday, February 7th, 2018.

Tic-Tac- X and O’s

State of the U’s Justin Dottavio details plays and personnel from both Miami and Wisconsin’s offense before the Orange Bowl next week. The Hurricanes would be wise to heed the Dottavio’s advice when they get to the goal-line.

’Canes look to Shine Bright Like a Diamond

Hurricanes basketball continues to dominate early in the season, racing out of the blocks to the tune of 10 game win streak. SOTU’s Ky-Shon Hepburn previewed Miami’s first round matchup against host school Hawaii in the Diamond Head Classic this weekend. If you didn’t catch the game that’s all well and good given that tip off took place at 1AM EDT against Hawaii. Check out the recap on later today on the site.

All I want for Christmas is a Quarterback

A Miami fans’ greatest wish for next off-season is for better play at the game’s most important position. If you have not read the article outlining the contenders for the coveted battle by Derek Acosta, you should remedy that ASAP. Susan Miller Degnan of the Miami Herald highlights how the January arrival of QB Jarren Williams should spice up the competition.

Donaldson Staying Put

With KC McDermott and Trevor Darling graduating, there was speculation that there a could be a couple Hurricanes that need to shuffle in the spring. Offensive Coordinator Thomas Brown shot down rumors that guard Navaughn Donaldson would be making the move to tackle next season. In a quote obtained by Barry Jackson from the Miami Herald, Brown emphasized this point.

“I would say right now with where he is weight wise he's definitely going to be a guard down the road,” Brown said.

In an interview from earlier in the week, Brown discussed how the improvement of QB N’Kosi Perry, the motivation to win an 11th game this season, along with what challenges he expects from the Badgers next week.

One More Season for McIntosh and Norton?

Both defensive tackles RJ McIntosh and Kendrick Norton remain undecided on their future. The two juniors, who are roommates, are eligible for the 2018 NFL Draft. It has been reported that one or both could decide to stay at UM for their senior year. The pair have until January 15 to inform draft officials of their decision.

Coach’s Corner

A busy man this week, after having to deal with the early signing period, being on the recruiting trail and then returning to prep his team for a bowl game, it has proven to be a hectic week for head coach Mark Richt. CMR took time after practice to address the concern of draft declarations, rumors surrounding defections among the coaching staff and

There is still no word on whether wide receiver coach Ron Dugans will stay or leave after the season. Dugans, who is a FSU alum, has given no indications of future plans. As addressed by CMR in the first video above, Richt has not been informed by anyone on staff of any defections.

Badgley going to Mobile

K Michael Badgley is the latest Hurricane to accept an invite to the Reese’s Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama on January, 27, 2018. Badgley will join fellow ’Canes WR Braxton Berrios and TE Chris Herndon (who will not be doing on-field activities) at this prestigious college all-star event.

The Shrine of KC McDermott

After putting together a stellar regular season, senior tackle KC McDermott has accepted an invitation to the East-West Shrine Game in St. Petersburg, Florida.


After some sleuthing from Reddit’s CFB forum, it was discovered that Florida State should not be bowl eligible this season based on a situation dealing with their game against Delaware State. However, the Seminoles will still take part in the Independence Bowl on Wednesday against Southern Miss.