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Former Canes and Georgia coach Richt had heart attack

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Scary news confirmed by former Hurricanes and Georgia coach Mark Richt on Monday that he had suffered a heart attack, but is now better.

Richt made the announcement via social media around lunchtime Monday:

As he referenced, Richt just worked the latest weekend of games and news as a studio analyst for the ACC Network in Charlotte. It’s a role that he has had since the launch of the network earlier this season.

Richt was the coach in Coral Gables from 2015 until last season, when the Canes faltered and the pressure turned up on him to either resign or be removed. Richt eventually announced his retirement from coaching in December after Miami’s humiliating 35-3 blowout loss to Wisconsin in the Pinstripe Bowl.

He finished with a 26-13 record with “The U” having won the Coastal Division, and had the Canes ascend to #3 in the College Football Playoff rankings late in 2017, but being blown out by Clemson in the ACC Title game a couple of weeks later. Miami later lost decisively to Wisconsin in the Orange Bowl that year, and calls for his ouster began then, to intensify.

Upon the news that he was leaving, Miami moved quickly to hire Richt’s former defensive coordinator Manny Diaz, who had recently taken the Temple job.

Diaz is off to a rocky start himself, with a 3 – 4 record and having dropped his third ACC game Saturday losing 28-21 in overtime to Georgia Tech.

Richt was a very successful coach at the University of Georgia going 145-51 over 15 seasons with only one losing year. Similar to what eventually happened at Miami, Georgia fans and alumni became increasingly frustrated that Richt never won the SEC title outright, much less played for national championship.

Richt was also previously was the longtime offensive assistant and eventually offensive coordinator for Bobby Bowden at Florida State including their national championship 1993 and 99 seasons.

As Richt mentioned, he hopes to be back on the ACC Network airwaves this Saturday.

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Former Bucs- Hurricanes TE Winslow pleads guilty Monday

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With his retrial on felony rape charges about to begin Monday in San Diego, former Hurricanes All American and NFL TE (including with the Buccaners) Kellen Winslow II accepted a guilty plea deal from San Diego prosecutors on two more of the charges against him.

Winslow was in court Monday afternoon, as prosecutors and his defense team told the judge that he agreed to plea, if the six other remaining serous charges against him would be dropped and he could avoid a longer sentence.

TMZ had the details from the San Diego court Monday evening:

Winslow had been previously convicted in June on four counts of rape and other sexual misconduct charges involving multiple women. The jury deadlocked on the eight remaining charges that were brought against him and a mistrial on those was declared. However, prosecutors exercised their right to retry the 38 year old Winslow on those remaining counts.

The guilty pleas Monday involve sexual battery on a 54 year old unidentified woman, who claims Winslow raped her in his Jeep in 2018.

The other count involved a 2003 accusation that Winslow had raped a then 17 year old San Diego High School student at a home during the summer, while he was a prominent 19 year old player at the University of Miami.

Winslow is a former All American tight end from the Miami Hurricanes from 2001-03 and played 9 seasons in the NFL, including three with the Buccaneers from 2009-11. He was the sixth overall pick by the Browns in the 2004 draft and is the son of former Chargers great and Hall of Fame inductee, Kellen Winslow.

After his rookie season Winslow suffered a horrific knee and leg injuries in a motorcycle accident in a Cleveland suburb mall parking lot. He was unable to play in the 2005 season, because of the injuries.

Winslow played three more seasons for the Browns before being traded in the 2009 offseason to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. In exchange for a second and fifth round picks, the Bucs acquired Winslow and gave him, at that time, the largest contract for a tight end in NFL history with $36 million over six seasons.

In his first season in Tampa Bay he set the Bucs single season tight end receiving record with 77 catches and 884 yards. He led the team in receptions again in 2010, as the Bucs finished 10-6 and missed the playoffs on a tiebreaker. In his final Buccaneers season of 2011 Winslow finished with 75 receptions in a dismal 4-12 year.

Winslow had been facing life in prison, if convicted on all 12 counts. However, it is believed with the plea deal and the total now being six convictions/guilty pleas, that his sentence will be somewhere between 12 and 18 years on the charges.

Winslow will be sentenced in February.

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Canes take rivalry game with shutdown of FSU

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This long-standing rivalry provided an opportunity for two teams evenly matched teams to bring home a win to salvage a below-average season. It would provide a good momentum shift for the Canes or the Noles to head into the final few weeks of the 2019 season with.

FSU/Miami is always a hard fought matchup regardless of the state of each program but today, Miami wanted it far more in a 27-10 win.

As we wrote earlier today, the Noles and Hurricanes have both been bad for stretches of 2019. Inconsistency has killed both teams and would play a huge part of this game.  The winner will be whoever has the most consistent offense.

And that’s exactly what it came down to.

In the first half, Florida State was not only playing against the Canes but also against themselves. They had 8 penalties for a total of 60 yards, which halted any attempted of offensive momentum for the Seminoles.

The defense, who in recent weeks have been much improved, wasn’t bad overall. However, they gave up a couple of big passing plays that resulted in touchdowns for Miami. If you have to place the blame on one side, it was the offense, or lack thereof.

The real issue for Florida State remains the offensive line. They allowed 9 sacks on Alex Hornibrook and James Blackman and didn’t create any holes for Cam Akers to produce on offense. OC Kendal Briles attempted to call creative plays with Akers running the wildcat to set up their single TD drive.

It was Briles’ effort to compensate for the lack of protection on the line, however, it wasn’t enough to produce more than one solid drive down the field.

The most glaring difference between the two programs today was that Canes QB Jarren Williams had time to throw down the field, while Hornibrook didn’t.

Florida State went into the game as a very mediocre football program with a opportunity to garner an important victory at home, but remains a poorly coached, mediocre program with a long way to go to get back to relevancy.

Credit to Miami, who’s now won three straight in the FSU series. They came into the game with the same record and similar issues to the Noles, who left with a hard earned win.

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