They say its easier to visualize when you see all the pieces together. Well, when you put all the EXCELLENT news Miami has received over the past week and change, the picture is Picasso-esque. Whether unfortunate or not, Miami has made a habit of winning the offseason, all while feeding the hype machine.
CONSIDER ME OFFICIALLY HYPED THEN.
The news of the past week gives the Miami faithful tangible excitement and hope for the now, the not too far future and well past that.
Florida Becomes The First State To Legalize Name, Image, Likeness Compensation
Today I was proud to sign SB 646: Intercollegiate Athlete Compensation and Rights, which authorizes certain intercollegiate athletes to earn compensation for the use of their names, images or likenesses and was joined by @LtGovNunez @debbie_mayfield @ChipLaMarca & @kionnemcghee. pic.twitter.com/uSBPmScQvs— Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) June 12, 2020
The most impactful piece of sports news for the Hurricanes came just yesterday. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis officially signed into law, SB 646: The Intercollegiate Athlete Compensation and Rights Act. This action gives student-athletes the right to be compensated for the use of their name, likeness and images. THIS IS MAJOR. As the FIRST state to do it (California and Colorado rulings don’t go into effect until Jan. 1, 2023), Florida will give athletes this right as of July 1, 2021.
The Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Palm Beach area is the 7th largest in the nation and a massive market driving location. They would be second only to USC in attractiveness pertaining to this new law, while being two years ahead of Southern California. Athletes will see Miami as a major player going forward to market their brand while being at a major D-1 school.
This may also help KEEP rising juniors from jumping to the draft earlier with the introduction of this compensation.
MAKE THE CRIB GREAT AGAIN BABY!
Miami’s Powerful Show Of Social Awareness
Thanks @julio_frenk & @CanesAllAccess for allowing our student-athletes to stage a protest tonight. We learned that 8:46 is a long time to be on a knee. We learned there is an evil in action & an evil in inaction. And we learned the Canes are just getting started. ✊ ✊ ✊ ✊ ✊ pic.twitter.com/jRTJT27eI3— Manny Diaz (@Coach_MannyDiaz) June 3, 2020
The most IMPORTANT happening was the show of support and leadership by the University. President Julio Frenk, Coach Diaz, Meier, Larranaga the staffs and athletes put the present and future of our country at the forefront, taking a knee in the Indoor Practice Facility for 8 minutes and 46 second to stand for justice, equality and Tangible Change.
Yes, Sports is a getaway, but positions of great media exposure must be used responsibly, and Miami did just that.
This is just one example of the movement in Coral Gables during this time in America, and an ongoing display of the Hurricanes’ Heart. Whether its Community Service, graduation rates, social awareness or the way they take care of returning athletes, Miami will always lead the pack and do things the right way.
Love my University.
Jarrid Williams - Welcome To The U!
Ready for the next chapter #Gocanes pic.twitter.com/1CHb9dASIG— Jarrid (@Jwill62_) June 8, 2020
Back to football. In a big, HUGE, 6’7 with cat-like reflexes kind of way!
After weeks of journalistic takes, hotter twitter takes and forum watching, Jarrid Williams Finally made the RIGHT decision to join former Cougar D’Eriq King as a Miami Hurricane.
The move solidifies what was the most vulnerable spot for Miami last year at Left Tackle. While Williams has played on both ends of the line at Houston, his footwork, reflexes and athleticism are purely made for the blind side of our Heisman Hopeful.
The underrated affect of his commitment is the offensive line domino effect. Players like Zion Nelson and Issiah Walker can redshirt and prepare for 2021. Our next best tackle, whether it be John Campbell, D.J. Scaife or another Cane, will now strengthen the right side. The interior line no longer has to support a true freshmen at the most important spot on the line. Lastly, with Williams addition, the entire line should be composed of seasoned veterans that should excel with Garin Justice’s leadership.
Romello Brinson - Welcome To The U! Part Duex
Welcome To The U, Romello Brinson https://t.co/IpcrvWtRuZ pic.twitter.com/xB1qavp5mF— StateOfTheU.com (@TheStateOfTheU) June 14, 2020
Back like he never left!
Romello Brinson brings Miami its first, high profile, Top 20 player from South Florida, at Wide Receiver, since Ahmmon Richards in 2016. The 6’2 aggressive wide out brings a big play ability to the wide receiver room and allows Miami to finally start stacking chips in Coach Likens Room. Though Brinson, in theory, shouldn’t have to be called on in 2021 to start, he has the pedigree, the ability and dog to do just that. Hopefully this begins a trend for Miami in the coming years.
Jacolby George - Welcome To The U! A Trilogy!
Committed pic.twitter.com/QsRZrj5DKZ— Jacolby George (@Jaco1byg) June 3, 2020
George, another former decommit who has fallen back in love with the Hurricanes, is a multi-faceted receiver that can succeed from many points on the field with a diverse skill set. His ability to find open space serves him in the slot. His ability to make contested catches and make the difficult look easy serve him on the outside. His ability to get release will fit perfectly in this quick hitting offense.
George and Brinson, along with the LARGE majority of the 2020 class thus far, placate quite a few of Cam’s Recruiting Rules:
Rule 3 - Recruit Locally first, then Nationally
Rule 8 - Recruit to your strengths
The returning duo is a sign Miami wants the local talent, and they are set on the right ones for what they want to do.
A QB Recruit Re-emerges
If you missed it last night, get going again right now. #GarciaToTheU Was Trending due to OVERWHELMING love coming from Canes fans post Brinson commitment.
What was once smoke is now fire, as Jake Garcia, he of 2019 offseason lore, has re-entered the Canes atmosphere as a strong candidate to flip from USC to the Hurricanes. The Number Four Ranked QB and 33rd ranked player nationally is again flirting with the Hurricanes. Following a visit from Coach Rhett Lashlee early in the year and most recently a second QB, Miller Moss, joining USCs class, Garcia is starting to check his options. Miami leads that pack. As seen above, Garcia is a fan of what the Canes are doing and who will be in the class. Will Garcia join them?
Multiple Canes Selected in Augmented MLB Draft
Slade Cecconi Drafted 33rd Overall by the Arizona Diamondbacks
Chris McMahon Drafted 46th overall by the Colorado Rockies
Freddy Zamora Drafted 53rd Overall by the Milwaukee Brewers
Within 20 picks of each other, three of the best Canes from what was to be a promising Drive to Omaha were selected in the now completed MLB Draft.
Good luck in the league Gents!
Player Begin Return to Campus with a Six Week Camp on Deck
Last but not least:
FOOTBALL IS BACK!
Players began reporting last week to start seeing trainers. This weekend will begin voluntary practices lead by the players. On top of that, the NCAA has approved a summer schedule for returning athletes that will offer teams a Six week preseason in order to prepare for the season.
September 5th can NOT get here any sooner!
ITS GREAT! TO BE! A MIAMI HURRICANE!!!