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Miami Hurricanes News and Notes: Jaelan Phillips Commits to The U, Baseball Travels to Gainesville

That plus the Canes look to bring back some gold hardware in the ACC Championship Meets.

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Good Morning Canes Familia,

Just like that we’re almost through the month of February. Meaning we’re just a few weeks out from spring practices for UM Football. In the meantime, UM baseball has yet to taste defeat. Both Women’s and Men’s basketball continue to crash the boards with a few weeks remaining in their ACC schedule. So as winter trickles to an end, there’s plenty to look forward to from the Canes in the near future.

Jaelan Phillips Commits to Miami

The transfer portal continues to be the gift that keeps on giving to the University of Miami. Late Thursday evening, after some subtle hints throughout Canes social media, news broke that former UCLA OLB/DE Jaelan Phillips has decided to join the Hurricanes. “The New Miami” adds a talented sophomore pass rusher to an embarrassment of riches at defensive end. Phillips joins fellow former Bruin teammate DT Chigozie Nnoruka and former VT DE Trevon Hill as transfer additions in recent months.

There’s conflicting reports as to whether or not Jaelan Phillips sees the field in 2019 for the Hurricanes.

Edward Aschoff of ESPN reported that Philips has immediate eligibility because “his four-game 2018 season will count as a redshirt year, per NCAA rules.”

According to Chip Patterson of CBS Sports, Phillips can apply for a medical waiver that would grant him immediate eligibility at Miami. The Redlands, California native played in four games last season for UCLA before suffering a concussion that forced him to miss the rest of the 2018 season.

SOTU’s Cam Underwood broke down what the addition of 2017’s number one overall recruit means for UM moving forward.

Reported Promotions for UM Staffers

According to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald, the University of Miami have offered David Cooney the position of director of recruiting. Cooney is currently Miami’s offensive quality control coach. The Hurricanes recently fired Matt Doherty after National Signing Day earlier this month.

Former Miami CB DeMarcus Van Dyke is reported to be elevated to the title of assistant in the recruiting department.

#FreeTate Decision Coming Soon?!?

Steve Clarkson’s 14th Annual Quarterback Retreat Photo by Meg Oliphant/Getty Images

Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald, also dropped news from a UM administrator regarding the hardship waiver for former Ohio State QB Tate Martell. The sources described Martell’s odds of being ruled eligible for UM’s 2019 season as a toss up. It’s believed that a decision on Martell’s eligibility for the upcoming season should arrive before the Hurricanes begin spring practice on March 19.

The same source also indicates that Auburn RB transfer Asa Martin is less likely to receive a hardship waiver from the NCAA for the upcoming season.

Declarations of State

State of the U’s Justin Dottavio wrote a piece highlighting a head coach’s importance as a key to establishing a winning culture in college football.

NYCanesGuy details how the hire of OC Dan Enos provides much needed competency for the Canes offense.

Canes hit the Diamond Against the Gators

After defeating FAU 11-4 on Wednesday, Hurricanes baseball hits the road for the first time in the 2019 season. Miami will pay a visit to Gainesville, Florida to take on the Florida Gators (3-2) in a three-game series. Junior RHP Evan McKendry will take the hill for the Canes tonight. First pitch is set for 6:30pm EDT.

Non-Revenue Sports

Hurricanes Men’s Tennis will be hitting the rackets today when they host Georgia Tech at the Neil Schiff Tennis Center at 2pm EDT today.

Today will be day two for UM’s Track and Field Team at the 2019 ACC Indoor Track and Field Championships.

Congratulations to Michelle Atherley on winning the ACC Women’s Pentathlon on Thursday.

Miami’s Swimming and Diving Team will be taking part in their own championship matches when they compete in day four of the ACC Swimming and Diving Championships.

Have a Great Day and Go Canes!