“The NBA Summer League is more than just a reason for basketball fans to hang out in Vegas in July. It’s also an opportunity for young, inexperienced players and borderline NBA talent to make enough of an impression on coaches and scouts across the league to give them a shot on an actual NBA roster. For 1st round draft picks, making an NBA roster seems like just a formality, but many take a little longer than expected to complete the jump from the college ranks to the NBA. Former Canes freshman phenom Lonnie Walker IV fell into that category.”
“While there were many storylines for the Canes this offseason, I believe that the single most important storyline will be the decision of the Linebacker core to return for their Senior season. With the “Three Amigos” bypassing the NFL draft and returning for a final ride, the defensive unit got its biggest injection of experience, toughness, and leadership back. The Linebacker position is a staple in Manny’s defense and will likely continue to be featured under new DC Blake Baker.”
“The Canes defense was spectacular in this contest, holding the Gators to 3.6 yards per carry and a 49% completion percentage with two interceptions. The Canes offense, however, was not nearly as successful, with only 277 total yards and 2 turnovers of their own. The difference in the game came from special teams, where the Canes stifled any hope of good field position for the Gators while also scoring 2 touchdowns, the first of which came when Florida attempted a field goal from Miami’s 22 yard line to break the scoreless tie”
“The Hurricanes already have some pieces in place to put together an offensive line class that could go toe-to-toe with any haul they’ve brought onto campus in recent history.
The class features Jalen Rivers, the 151st ranked player in the country according to the 247 Composite ratings, Antonio Smith, a guard from Vanguard High School in Ocala, and Chris Washington, a 6’7 tackle out of Nashville that fits the mold of the type of athletic offensive lineman coach Butch Barry wants to bring in.”
“If you’ve been paying attention, you know that I was, and really till am, obsessed with EA’s NCAA Football franchise. I’ve written about the series multiple times on SOTU, covering what if it came back for 2020 and the 2018 impact players (here and here, respectively). Hell, I’ve even written a piece about Bill Walsh College Football (here), NCAA Football’s predecessor.”
“After an opening week loss to FSU to start off the 2005 season, the Hurricanes schedule didn’t get any easier, as #13 Miami traveled to Clemson, to take on the 20th-ranked Tigers.
The game was a classic, as regulation, as well as two overtimes wasn’t enough for the two teams.
In the third-overtime, Miami QB Kyle Wright and the offense took the field once again.”
“For much of Miami’s time in the ACC, the Virginia Cavaliers have not been viewed as a threat to the Canes conference title aspirations. 2018 should not have been an exception, as the Canes were coming off of their first Coastal division title and a 10-win season, and UVA was following up a 6-7 season with a brand new QB and a less-than-ideal recruiting class. Heading into 2018, coach Bronco Mendenhall stated that he believed only a third of his roster were “ACC-caliber”, which is not a ringing endorsement coming from a team’s own coach. Once the football started, however, both the Canes and Coach Mendenhall realized they needed to take the Cavaliers more seriously. UVA outperformed Miami, Virginia Tech, Florida State and Duke, finishing 8-5 while capping off their season with a 28-0 drubbing of South Carolina in the Belk Bowl.”