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Miami Hurricanes News and Notes: A New Turnover Chain, Is Manny Diaz a Coach in Waiting?

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It’s the Friday before the Advocare Classic. Here’s the latest from Coral Gables.

Florida Atlantic v Miami

Good morning Hurricanes fans! The countdown to start of the University of Miami’s football season is now just a mere two days away from kickoff. This will be the final news and notes before the Advocare Kickoff Classic taking place Sunday at 7:30pm EDT at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

We’re Talking About Practice

Because the Hurricanes play on a Sunday as opposed to Saturday this week, the team is scheduled to have their final practice today. Mark Richt indicated that the Friday practice will be more of a walk through, putting the finishing touches on the game plan. Miami will travel to Texas on Saturday. Hope you’re ready LSU!

New Turnover Chain?!?!

On Wednesday, defensive coordinator Manny Diaz revealed that the 2018 Turnover Chain will differ from its 2017 version.

Manny in Demand

Also on Wednesday, Bruce Feldman of The Athletic went in-depth covering 40 coaches on the rise entering the 2018 college football season. DC Manny Diaz was ranked fifth on the list.

According to Feldman:

The Miami native has been Mark Richt’s best hire. Diaz, 44, is one of the brightest people working in college football. Diaz, one of the godfathers of the ’Canes Turnover Chain, has a great feel for what makes his guys tick and understands how to motivate people. Last season, he led a group that topped the country in sacks, was third in tackles for loss and ninth in yards per play. In 2015, the year before he arrived, UM ranked No. 64, No. 95 and No. 86 in those categories. His defense should be nasty again in the front seven and figures to be one of the country’s best overall this fall. The hunch here is that 58-year-old Richt won’t coach into his mid-60s and Diaz is lined up to be his successor, or he could be in line for pretty good Power 5 jobs before then.

Miami Media Buzz

Miami Herald reporter Barry Jackson discusses how close UM is to being considered an elite program.

Anthony Chiang of the Palm Beach Post gets a candid with DT Gerald Willis III before he squares off with a familiar foe.

The Sun Sentinel reporter Christy Cabrera Chirinos gives insight into the maturation of Miami’s starting linebacker trio.

Susan Miller Degnan of the Miami Herald gets inside the head of starting kicker Bubba Baxa.

Vernon Carey Jr. Schedules Official Visit to Miami

The five-star center from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, has scheduled his official visit to UM for October 25th. Canes fans will surely remember his father, offensive guard Vernon Carey, who was a member of the football team from 1999 to 2003.

Non-Revenue Roundup

UM’s Womens Volleyball will be back in action tonight as the head to Puerto Rico for the Puerto Rico Volleyball Invitational. The team will play two games in two days at Coliseo Ruben Zayas Montanez in Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico. The first game will be tonight against Towson University (1-2). On Saturday the team will host Missouri in the final game of the weekend.

Miami’s Cross Country team will be taking part in the FAU Invitational today.

The Women’s Soccer team hope to improve on their 3-2 record Sunday evening when they host UCF at Cobb Stadium at 6PM EDT. You can stream this game on ACC Network Extra.

Go Canes And Have A Great Day!