In this feature article we are going to look past the guys who played a closed scrimmage on Saturday morning with the pointy balls and focus on other sports with actual games being played that count.
But just so you get your fix, here's a very quick summary: During the scrimmage the players were "flying around"; Back-up QB A.J. Highsmith looked good throwing three TDs. All four of the running backs looked good in the limited action. Coach Shannon said he was upset over missed tackles and dropped passes (where have we heard that before?).
Now, whether you prefer big orange bouncing balls, small white hard balls or medium sized yellow fury balls it really did not matter if you were a Hurricanes fan this past weekend. Your University of Miami men's basketball, baseball and tennis teams all had forgettable weekends while playing against their in State rivals.
The UM basketball team lost at home to FSU 61-60 on Saturday at noon. While the loss was hard to take for Hurricane fans, especially considering the fact that Miami had several chances to win the game in the last minute even though they trailed the entire game, it wasn't unexpected.
After a fast early season start against weak competition that saw UM perched at 16-1, the Hurricanes have faded down the stretch against ACC competition (18-12, 4-12 ACC) under Head Coach Frank Haith. At the same time FSU has steadily improved as the season wore on (22-8, 10-6 ACC) under Leonard Hamilton and are now third in the ACC at the end of the regular season and have some momentum going into the ACC tourney.
The Hurricanes will have to rebuild next year around budding super star Durand Scott after losing three seniors and two starters (Collins and Dews) to graduation. Faith in Haith will once again be tested during the upcoming and all important high school basketball recruiting season. We wish him and the Hurricanes good luck and good hunting.
The UM baseball team lost two out of three games series also at home to the hated Florida Gators. Miami came into the series against the 5th ranked Gators with a 6-1 record and a #10 ranking. Miami dropped the opening game Friday night 7-1 before evening the series at 1-1 with a big Saturday night win byt he score of 9-6. However the Hurricanes lost the rubber match 4-2 on Sunday to drop to 7-3 on the young season.
Head Coach Jim Morris will have to get his boys headed in the right direction once again as they travel up the road to Orlando to face UCF on Tuesday. Several Central Florida Canespacers will be on hand to cheer the 'Canes hardballers on to victory. Join us, won't U?
To make matters even worse the most important match-up of the weekend also saw FSU hand the Hurricanes another loss. Yes, the UM men's tennis team lost their match to the 19th ranked Seminoles at Neil Schiff Tennis Center in Coral Gables. This loss cuts at the very core of every Miami fan.
Basketball? Yeah, tough loss to the 'Noles. Baseball? We hate to lose to the Gators in ANY sport.
But Tennis? Now that is unacceptable and where we draw the line. That completely ruined our weekend.