“Ever since they worked together at Texas and Louisiana Tech, Manny Diaz and Blake Baker spoke of the ultimate end game:
Diaz getting a head coaching job and Baker joining him. That became reality this week, with Baker named UM’s new defensive coordinator — a position he held at Louisiana Tech the past four years.”
“Kaiir Elam waited to make a final decision after he took his official visit with the Miami Hurricanes just before the early signing period. The four-star cornerback from Benjamin spent the first weekend of December in Coral Gables, then decided he’d wait until the new year to take his last four official visits and sign his National Letter of Intent in February.
Now he has a new Miami to learn about. Coach Mark Richt announced his shocking retirement later in the month and the Hurricanes quickly moved to hire Manny Diaz as coach.”
“Without Dewan Hernandez, Miami (8-6, 0-2) has had trouble closing out games. The NCAA denied the star center’s appeal Thursday and ruled the junior ineligible for the remainder of the season.
The suspension has gutted an already thin roster, leaving the Hurricanes to play four players more than 30 minutes per game this season. Last year, the Hurricanes only had two players average more than 30 minutes per game.”
“Hurts will play somewhere next year as a graduate transfer and the first place to look might be his thoughts as a high school recruit. When Hurts was recruited from high school, he grew up just outside Houston. The first offer he received was from the University of Houston, where Applewhite was the offensive coordinator-turned-head coach. He also took an unofficial visit there. Hurts’ father is a high school coach there, too, so knows all of Applewhite.”
“Now that this news has come back and seems to be (pretty) official, I decided to take a closer look at Applewhite’s offense in 2018 with Houston. We all know that he produced a top-10 offense this past year, but I looked more at what specifically worked and how the Canes desperately need these kind of results, because as we all know, Manny Diaz’s defense at Miami is rock solid, and offense is what’s lacking at the U.”
“14. Miami Hurricanes 8-6 (0-2)
Last Week: L vs NC State 82-87, L @ Louisville 73-90; Next Week: @ FSU 1/9, vs WF 1/12
Best Player So Far: Chris Lykes - The Canes dynamo is doing his best to pick up the slack for all the Canes attrition, improving his scoring output to 17.5 ppg up from 9.6 last season. The Canes are off to a rough start the season, but it’s not due to Lykes effort.”