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Richt Deserves Time

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Ari Russell



What is it like to be mediocre at something? Ask the fans of Miami Hurricane football during the Randy Shannon and Al Golden eras. It’s been like a bizarro world in Coral Gables with the last two generations of coaches. Miami is supposed to be dominant, oppressive even to their adversaries. Instead they never were able to get over the hump. Always looking sloppy in must win games. The Canes have never won their division, let alone an ACC title, since joining the league.

Again, this is not how it’s supposed to be, and something Cane fans have clearly grown tired being relegated to that reality.

In comes Mark Richt, an alum, head coach in the SEC for a decade and a half. The bar automatically is raised. Richt’s resume speaks for itself: Two SEC Championships, Six SEC East division championships, Two time SEC Coach of the Year.

On paper, Miami has never had a more qualified coach. Look, the man clearly has some chops, and if it weren’t for Nick Saban destroying the SEC the past eight years, Richt would probably still be in Athens right now. But if my Aunt had….oh nevermind, you get the point. Mark Richt has the whistle right now for the Hurricanes and that’s all that matters.

Will Miami get back to making some noise nationally again? This year, probably not, but Richt will get them moving in the right direction that’s for sure. Oh yeah it doesn’t hurt having an elite stud QB in Brad Kaaya taking the snaps. Kaaya almost single-handedly saved Golden’s job for a stretch last year.

Thankfully Hurricane fans, that didn’t happen.

And now the school has a guy in Richt who can legitimately make Miami fans excited again, and finally get it right.

Born in the Nation’s Capital, Washington D.C., Ari Russell watched the rise of the 1980’s Miami Hurricanes and knew that he had to be part of the “U” someday. After graduating from Coral Gables, Ari rose through the ranks of the former XM Satellite Radio and then Sirius/XM as college football executive producer. He later spent 2 seasons as the publisher of the website “Beyond U Sports” focusing on major college football/basketball. Ari brings a great perspective on everything Miami, including the Dolphins to F.F.I.

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Ray Lewis-from Kathleen High School to the Canes to the NFL to Canton

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Saturday night Ray Lewis, a former star at Kathleen High School in Lakeland, who later became a fear middle linebacker for the Miami Hurricanes, and then one of the great middle linebackers of all time for the Baltimore Ravens, was immortalized at the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Lewis’ took his place alongside the greats of the game along with the likes of Randy Moss, Brian Urlacher, Jerry Kramer and Brian Dawkins in the 2018 class on Saturday night.

His nearly 35 minute induction time was more of rousing emotional sermon of thanks than an actual speech.

After achieving All-American High School honors playing for Kathleen in the early 1990’s, Lewis chose to head south to Coral Gables to play his college football. He was a college All American his final year (1995) with the Hurricanes and recorded the second most tackles in Miami football history. This included a game against West Virginia where he recorded 15 of them.

Lewis was the 26th pick overall in the first round by the Ravens in 1996, his career from then on, was nothing short as spectacular.

He played in 17 season all for the Ravens where he retired in 2012. He’s a 13 time Pro Bowler and seven time first team All-Pro, and three times second team All-Pro. He’s a two time Defensive Player of the Year, won two Super Bowls, retiring after winning the second one in 2013. And, he was a Super Bowl MVP in 2001.

Lewis finished his career with an incredible 2,061 tackles (think about that one), 41.5 sacks, 67 pass deflections, 31 INTs, 17 forced fumbles and 3 TDs.

Lewis’ election and induction is not without controversy, as he was charged along with others in double homicide on a cold night Superbowl week in Atlanta in 2000. Lewis was later acquitted on all charges and resumed his career. Amazingly, a year later he was holding the Lomabardi Trophy with his teammates in Tampa.’s Robert Klemko addressed the story this weekend, the controversy, and his encounter with Lewis questioning him about the situation and his feelings on it back in that 2013 Superbowl season.

Obviously, that feature illustrates the NFL’s and the Ravens’ desire to have Lewis’ legal troubles be left in past. Yet, it will always be part of his story.

Back to the field, when talking about Ray Lewis, there’s not doubt that he’s certainly one of the best defensive players ever to play in the NFL. You can argue he’s the most dominant MLB in the last 25 years.

Lewis joins, Ted Hendricks, Michael Irvin, Jim Kelly, Cortez Kennedy, Jim Otto and Warren Sapp as former Miami players to be elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

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Former Canes star RB Tyrone Moss passed away Thursday

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Sad news to wake up to on a Friday morning, as former Miami Hurricanes and South Florida high school legend Tyrone Moss has died of heart failure at 33 years of age.

Moss, who still holds several Broward County high school rushing records, played for the Canes from 2003-06.

The Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel had the latest on the shocking news overnight:

Moss rushed for over 7,000 yards at Pompano Beach Ely High School and led them to the 2002 state championship.

Playing for Larry Coker’s Hurricanes, Moss ran for 511 yards as a true freshman in Miami’s final year of Big East play in 2003.

Moving to the ACC, Moss’ best season was his junior year, 2005, where he ran for 701 yards and 12 touchdowns in Miami’s first eight games. This included back to back 100 yard rushing games to open the season against Florida State and Clemson. He later ran for 195 yards and three touchdowns in a win over North Carolina that year.

Moss suffered a knee injury the follow week in Miami’s upset at unbeaten Virginia Tech and did not play the remainder of the 2005 season.

Moss ran for just 285 yards and three TD’s in eight games his final season, 2006 and went undrafted by the NFL in 2007.

Our colleague, Chris Fischer of NBC6 in Miami had more on Moss’ death:

The University reacted to the news of Moss’ passing later on Friday morning:

And several of his teammates began to react Friday to the news of Moss’ sudden passing:

And one of the largest Canes, ever, also sent condolences:

His high school coach at Pompano Beach Ely, Steve Davis told the Sun-Sentinel,

“It’s a total shock. He was, by far, the best player I’ve ever coached at the high school level. You had defenses and everybody that we played, all 11 guys knew he was going to get the ball. He’d still have 250 yards…. He was just incredible. He was a great football player, but he was a greater human.”

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Canes picked by media to face Clemson in ACC Title Game

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The ACC media has spoken on Monday, and while not surprisingly they have Clemson four-peating as conference champion, they did give respect to the Miami Hurricanes.

The Canes were selected overwhelming to repeat and win the Atlantic Division of the conference.

Miami received most of the Atlantic first place votes (122) followed by Virginia Tech (16) and Georgia Tech (8). 2017 was a tremendous turnaround season in Coral Gables, as second year coach Mark Richt led them to a 10-0 start and the berth in the ACC Championship Game-their first in program history.

Unfortunately there season ended badly, after an upset loss to lowly Pitt,  Miami was blown out by Clemson and then later beaten soundly on their home field in the Orange Bowl by Big Ten runner-up, Wisconsin.

Speaking of Clemson on the Coastal Division side, the Tigers took home 145 of the possible 148 first place votes. Florida State did have a single first place vote in the balloting conducted last week.

The Noles last won the ACC Championship in 2014, when QB Jameis Winston completed a perfect regular season and title game with a win over Georgia Tech.

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