Jim Morris, the long-time baseball coach of your Miami Hurricanes, has been the subject of much debate and even some (and in our opinion unwarranted) harsh criticism over the past several years.
Yet, he just recently reached the major milestone of 900 wins as a Head Coach.
Yes, it is true that over the last three to five years the Hurricane hard-ballers performance in terms of both offensive production and defensive execution seems to have slipped from the incredibly lofty perch on which UM baseball rested for many, many years.
However, with wins in 19 of 20 games, including a weekend sweep at Clemson, coach Morris is feeling a lot better about his team's chances of being among the teams in Omaha this year.
"I wish it was tournament time today, the way we're playing," Morris said Monday. The Atlantic Coast Conference-leading Hurricanes (32-13, 19-5) have used pitching, defense and timely hitting to crack the top 10 in this week's major polls.
Miami's starting rotation of junior left-handers Chris Diaz (7-0), Andrew Suarez (4-2) and Bryan Radziewski (4-2) have combined to allow just 25 earned runs in their last 15 starts. Freshman setup man Cooper Hammond (5-0) has a 2.01 ERA and freshman closer Bryan Garcia is second in the ACC with 13 saves.
The pitchers and defense have combined for a 2.25 ERA and .984 fielding percentage the past 20 games compared with 3.97 and .964 the first 25.
Freshman catcher Zack Collins is batting .408 and driven in or scored 41 of Miami's 120 runs the last 20 games. Collins, at .306, and fellow freshman Willie Abreu, at .302, are the team's top two hitters.
"When we were 13-12, people were wondering what went wrong," Morris said. "I told people our young guys are going to be good, just wait."
Miami has played in the NCAA tournament 42 straight years but hasn't made it past regionals since 2010. The Hurricanes' five-year CWS drought is their longest since they first made it to Omaha in 1974.
"We've been there 23 times, 11 times since I've been coaching," said Morris, who's in his 21st season at Miami. "It's expected for us to be there. If you don't get there, then your fans aren't happy, and neither am I."
Morris, the winner of two National Championships at Miami, deserves the benefit of the doubt from all Hurricane fans, some of who at times and seemingly more now than ever, want to question his continued presence in the dugout at The U.
And if you need to be convinced of that, then reaching a mear 900 wins should just about do it, now don’t U think?