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Miami Hurricanes News and Notes: #MSDStrong, Opening Day for Canes Baseball

The Canes return to the diamond this evening to help you kickoff the weekend.

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Good Morning Canes Familia,

For some of you, yesterday was a pivotal day in the romance department. For the rest of us, there’s great savings to be had on heart-shaped chocolate today. One thing that we can all agree on, is our love for The U. With UM Football a month away from spring practices, the doldrums of the offseason have begun to sink in. However, with UM Women’s Basketball poised for a run in the tourney come March and baseball getting under way, there are still plenty of headlines to digest. So lets dig in.

#MSDStrong

Thursday marked a year since the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. There were 17 deaths, with 17 people injured as a result of the massacre.

Showing solidarity, the Hurricanes familia reached out to show their support in observation of the tragic event.

Over 1,000 schools in Florida observed a moment of silence at 10:17am on Thursday to commemorate the 17 students and staff members killed in the rampage.

Opening Day for Canes Baseball

The Gino DiMare era begins tonight!

After holding their alumni game last weekend, the time has finally come for the Hurricanes to return to the diamond. The 2019 season gets underway tonight as Miami hosts Rutgers at Alex Rodriguez Park and Mark Light Field at 7pm EDT. It will be the first of a three-game series between the programs.


Declarations of State

In our Canes That We Love series, Gabriel Urratia gives his thanks for UM head coach Manny Diaz.

It’s official, the ACC will add two more conference games to its annual schedule beginning in the 2019-20 season. State of the U’s Austin Pert breaks down the impact of this ruling on Canes basketball moving forward.

Continuing in the Canes We Love series, Justin Dottavio highlights the admiration around Hurricanes mascot Sebastian The Ibis.

It’s been a tough season for Hurricanes Men’s Basketball. NYCanesGuy discusses how some fortunate — and lack thereof — bounces have impacted Miami’s season to date.


Strike-r While the Iron is Hot

Andrew Ivins, 247 Sports

In 2018, Coral Gables defensive back Gilbert Frierson spent most of his time working as a cornerback for the Hurricanes. According to the Hurricanes’ official site, the 6’1, 192 pound local product played in two games, picking up a tackle against Savannah State and breaking up a pass against FIU. Those numbers could be on the rise in 2019.

Frierson announced on Twitter that he will be making the move to Striker on Canes defense this upcoming season. Striker, a hybrid between safety and linebacker paid off well for Canes in 2018. Frierson’s addition provides more competition behind starter Romeo Finley. Entering spring, expect the battle for number two on the depth chart between Frierson and junior Derrick Smith to heat up.

Canes Hosting a 2020 Prospect

After securing numerous commitments during their junior days, the Hurricanes hope to make more favorable impressions with some official visits this weekend.

The Canes will host Miami Norland offensive tackle Issiah Walker Jr this weekend. Currently a South Carolina commit, Walker is considered a four-star prospect by 247 Sports Composite.

Have a Great Day and Go Canes!