What a week. Manny Diaz has moved on to be the head coach of the Temple Owls. Of course, once a Cane, always a Cane and we here at SOTU wish him the best going forward. But with that unfortunate piece of news confirmed, there’s a lot of moving and shaking going on at the football program. We give you all that and a little more with this Saturday’s news and notes.
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Miami Hurricanes promote Ephraim Banda and Jonathan Patke to Co-DCs, Jess Simpson to Associate Head Coach. #Canes #TheU https://t.co/jyghGv63yt pic.twitter.com/pVTth30gBB— StateOfTheU.com (@TheStateOfTheU) December 14, 2018
Big moves for the Canes’ football staff. Manny Diaz out, Banda and Patke taking huge leaps forward to be Co-DCs. Jess Simpson is now the associate head coach. Still a lot to be figured out, like who will call defensive plays and if Miami will get a new offensive playcaller, but it’s starting to take shape.
Miami Hurricanes All-American DT Gerald Willis III to skip Pinstripe Bowl. A tough choice, I’m sure, but the right move, IMO. #Canes #TheU https://t.co/tIUX34eMef pic.twitter.com/Cy2P3yBQPx— StateOfTheU.com (@TheStateOfTheU) December 14, 2018
Gerald Willis III will not be playing in the Pinstripe Bowl. He can’t be faulted though; Willis isn’t 100% healthy and is looking to secure a top 50 selection, if not higher, in the NFL draft. He doesn’t need a bowl game to prove he can ball.
Wisconsin was a pre-season top-five team by many major outlets. What went wrong in 2018 for the Badgers? https://t.co/QxuAu6ZWgG— StateOfTheU.com (@TheStateOfTheU) December 14, 2018
Breaking down the Wisconsin’s Badgers disappointing 2018 season and how two teams who met in a New Years 6 bowl could fall so far one year later.
Jhavonte Dean has surpassed expectations this season after tying the team lead in INTs. Can he continue his solid play in the Pinstripe Bowl? https://t.co/cbkC4J5719 pic.twitter.com/egXkCN5DiW— StateOfTheU.com (@TheStateOfTheU) December 14, 2018
Jhavonte Dean had a pretty solid 2018 campaign. Can he keep that up against a run-heavy Wisconsin squad?
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Yesterday, 41 children took part in a holiday shopping spree at allCanes.— Miami Hurricanes (@MiamiHurricanes) December 14, 2018
With the help of some Hurricanes, those kids had quite the evening. pic.twitter.com/c1AxuWBpIg
It’s the holiday season and with the help of some Canes, these kids got to enjoy some snacks and go on a shopping spree.
.@Carter_Fame knows having continuity is important to the squad’s success. pic.twitter.com/PJ2WmfHluh— Canes Football (@CanesFootball) December 15, 2018
Amari Carter has some thoughts on Coach Banda getting the bump up with Manny Diaz gone.
I left a legacy here that I’ll always be thankful for, Cane Gang Forever #9Out pic.twitter.com/xD0unVly4l— Gerald Willis III (@gw3_9) December 14, 2018
Gerald Willis left a legacy here and he wants you all to know that. #FirstRoundCanes
What Miami Hurricanes recruits are saying about Manny Diaz’s departure for Temple Owls. https://t.co/GuGA38MgPS pic.twitter.com/2qvwyk50Pk— Miami Herald Sports (@HeraldSports) December 14, 2018
Here’s what some of Miami’s recruits are saying now that Manny Diaz is no longer the DC.
Over at the Miami Herald, they’re reporting on Miami’s replacement(s) for Manny Diaz, Gerald Willis not playing in the bowl game and break down Miami’s newest OL commit Zion Nelson.
That’s it for today Canes Fam - remember...