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Hurricanes had winning weekend with “Paradise Camp”

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The appropriately named “Paradise Camp,” brought exactly that, paradise, for University of Miami Hurricanes recruiting. This past weekend, new Head Coach Manny Diaz hosted the fourth year of one of the most successful recruiting weekends in college football. Paradise Weekend was introduced to the Canes’ football program back in 2016 by former head coach Mark Richt.

Recruits and their families were invited to Coral Gables for the weekend to visit the campus and learn all about what Miami could offer in their four years playing college football. Players would train with some of the best coaches, and current/former NFL players to come out of the Miami program.

And, Diaz began the weekend by welcoming the recruits to what he called “the best camp there is in the United States.”

And, here are some of Miami’s biggest wins from the weekend:

The sheer number of recruits- in total, 86- attenting Paradise Camp was impressive. Among the group were 4 five-star recruits, 19 four-star recruits, 32 three-star recruits with the rest having not been graded, yet.

So far, the Canes have landed 4 commits from the weekend alone for both the 2020 and 2021 classes.

For the class of 2020, the first commit of the weekend was Miami Columbus three-star defensive end, Elijah Roberts. Roberts has been wavering on his verbal commitment over the past few weeks with several others.

Second, was Nashville Overton 3 star offensive tackle, Chris Washington, who told 247Sports and InsideTheU that he gave a verbal pledge to Diaz, picking the Miami over Ole Miss, Indiana, Wake Forest and Cincinnati.

Washington is the 3rd lineman and 18th overall commit for Class of 2020, which now ranks No. 8 on the 247Sports’ Composite Team Rankings.

Among the rest of the 2020 class is five star running back Don Chaney, four-star Oakleaf offensive tackle Jalen Rivers, Miami Northwestern wide receiver Marcus Fleming, McDougle Technical Institute defensive end Samuel Anaele, Suffield (Conn.) Academy quarterback Tyler Van Dyke, Hollywood Chaminade-Madonna Prep defensive lineman Willie Moise and South Dade cornerback Jaiden Francois.

The 2021 class had two new commits as well. Fort Lauderdale Plantation wide receiver Jacolby George and Saint Petersburg Lakewood linebacker Cortez Mckenzie. Again, according to 247Sports, Miami now has 10 commits for the 2021 class and that is ranked No.1 by them.

The Canes also hosted two “Official Visits,” who couldn’t actually participate in the camp, but got to experience “the U” nonetheless. Keshawn Lawrence, a four-star safety, who is also considering LSU, South Carolina, Ole Miss and Tennessee.

The second was Alabama commit, Dazalin Worsham, who is a four-star wide receiver from Trussville, Alabama. Worsham hasn’t given any indication whether he’s wavering on his commitment to the Tide, but he did tweet this photo a few days before camp:

I’m sure a flip would be “the cherry on top” of an already very successful recruiting weekend for Miami.

Abbey is a native Floridan who grew up a fan of all Tampa Bay sports teams. She’s recently graduated from Florida State University with a degree in Media Communication Studies. In her time at FSU, she was an In-Game Host for the Basketball and Baseball teams, and reported for Seminole Sports Magazine, producing feature stories that appeared on Fox Sports Sun. She’s excited to share her perspective on all of Florida’s Football teams, especially the Seminoles.

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Former Canes coach Golden apparently ready for trial against school

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Former Miami Hurricanes head coach Al Golden is apparently about to have his day in court, while trying to recoup what he says is multi-millions of dollars that the University still owes him from firing him 5 years ago.

Miami Herald writer and columnist Barry Jackson had more on Monday evening that there apparently will not be a settlement by the school with the man that coached them for parts of five seasons in the 2010s.

Golden is seeking in excess of $3 million for what he says is compensation per his contract that he was owed when Miami terminated him in October of 2015 after a humiliating 58 – 0 lost to Clemson. The University says that Golden has been paid what the contract required.

As Jackson reported, there have already been depositions on both sides, including with Miami athletic director Blake James. And both James and Golden will be testifying in the civil suit about what went wrong and how it has not been rectified for almost three years, since the dispute started.

Golden came to Miami after having turned around the Temple football program, but only went 32 – 25 in his four plus seasons. He contends in a chain of emails that were obtained by the media recently, that the University mislead him about the Nevin Shapiro payment scandal and the punishments that Miami was going to receive for scholarship losses and a bowl ban.

He further contends that he asked for tough opponents like Wisconsin and Michigan State to be pushed back on the Canes schedule early in his tenure, while they were in the middle of the sanctions. However, that  James would not relent, thereby, making it much tougher for Miami to compete and win.

The University has had no comment on the possible suit going to trial. Golden’s lawyer told the media recently that they are anxious to have their day in front of a judge and jury.

Golden has been a position coach in the NFL with the Detroit Lions the last two years. Meanwhile, Miami is still trying to find their footing with coach Manny Diaz coming off a dismal 6-7 season where they lost their last three games. That included a humiliating 14-0 shutout loss to Louisiana Tech in the Independence Bowl.

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Hurricanes name College Hall of Famer Ed Reed Chief of Staff

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The Miami Hurricanes are hoping to reestablish their winning ways, and coach Manny Diaz is starting 2020 by reaching back to a prominent member of their recent past to help them.

Diaz and the school announced Thursday afternoon that former All-American, National Champion and College and NFL Hall of Fame safety, Ed Reed, will be coming aboard as a newly-created “Chief of Staff” position for Hurricanes football:

As the school’s release said, Reed “will be responsible in advisory role of all aspects of the football program including strategic planning, quality control, operations, player evaluation and player Development among other duties.

Diaz said in the statement,

“We are thrilled to welcome Ed back to Coral Gables,” Diaz said. “He is not only one of the most decorated players in Miami football history but also a devoted Cane who cares deeply about this program. All of our players, coaches and staff will be fortunate to tap into his experience, knowledge and passion on a regular basis.”  

This hire comes on the heels of Miami apparently botching the hiring in a similar role of former star RB  from the 80’s Alonzo Highsmith earlier this month. Highsmith negotiated with Diaz and AD Blake James about looking to come back to Coral Gables after having been in a similar role with the Cleveland Browns in the NFL this past year. Alas, they could not agree. Highsmith has since been fired after the Browns fired GM John Dorsey and shook up their front office.

As for the “Chief of Staff” position, numerous college programs, including Clemson Alabama and Georgia have a similar positions to aid and assist the head coach with the day-to-day administration of program.

You cannot find a more decorated Cane willing to help, as Reed was arguably the best safety in college football in the 2000s. Miami posted a 23 – 1 record over his final two seasons (’00-’01) and he was part of the 2001 BCS Championship team that finished 11-1 and destroyed Nebraska in the Rose Bowl.

Reed with a consensus First-team All-American in 2000 and 2001 and set the Hurricanes record for interceptions with 21 before leaving Coral Gables.

Reed was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2018 for his accomplishments.

Reed was later a first-round pick of the Baltimore Ravens in 2002, playing at 11 sasons with them before playing his final year with the Texans and the Jets. He is a former NFL Defensive Player of the Year and was an All-Pro six times. Reed was just inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame year ago.

Read was not quoted in the release by the Hurricanes on Thursday afternoon.

However, he did participate earlier during Super Bowl week in Miami with former Hurricanes legendary coach Jimmy Johnson in a special program from Fox Sports with other famous Hurricane alumni like Michael Irvin.

The program called “The ReUnion” dealt with Miami trying to regain the winning ways and dominance of the 80s and 90s.

Miami stumbled to a 6-6 finish and then was embarrassed to end Diaz’s first season with a 14-0 shutout loss to Louisiana Tech in the Independence Bowl.

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