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Wait is Over: Hurricanes Officially Land D’Eriq King

After much anticipation, quarterback D’Eriq King is officially a Miami Hurricane.

The Miami Hurricanes have addressed a major issue at quarterback, as D’Eriq King will enroll this week.

Timing was crucial as he had to enroll by Tuesday in order to participate in Spring practice.

 

New offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee has found someone that fits his up-tempo spread offense perfectly.

King sat out all but four games last year after choosing to redshirt to save his last year of eligibility.

In 2018 while with the Houston Cougars, King set the AAC total touchdown mark with 50 scores (36 passing 14 rushing).

Those 36 passing touchdowns came against just six interceptions, and King put up those numbers despite missing nearly three games with a knee injury.

 

His 2018 totals were astounding – 219-of-345 passing (63.5%) for 2982 yards, He added 111 carries for 674 yards (6.1 YPC) on the ground.

King’s dual-threat capabilities will be utilized heavily in Lashlee’s offense.

Miami has once again utilized the transfer portal to their advantage, having also signed kicker Jose Borregales from FIU.

Rumors of King’s arrival swirled after his two day visit to Coral Gables this past weekend but uncertainty still loomed as nothing was made official until Monday.

The Hurricanes have addressed major needs at quarterback and kicker, along with perceived upgrades on the coaching staff.

Manny Diaz has started to right the ship of public perception somewhat, first with the Lashlee hire and now with finding a new dynamic signal caller.

Expectations are once again high after a disastrous ending to the past season.

It will be interesting to see how all of these new additions mesh in what may no longer be perceived as a rebuilding year.

That sure happened fast.

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Photo credit Tony Capobianco.

Miami Hurricanes: Receivers coach Taylor Stubblefield bolts to Penn State

The Miami Hurricanes receivers coach is off to Happy Valley.

A Miami Hurricanes coach is headed to the Big Ten. Wide receivers coach Taylor Stubblefield is headed to Penn State to serve the same position.

Stubblefield played football for a number of years, beginning at Purdue in 2001. A consensus All-American in 2004, he began his professional career in 2005. He signed as an undrafted free agent with the Carolina Panthers in April of that year.

After bouncing around for a couple of teams throughout the 2000’s, he began his coaching career. He came to Miami in January 2019, following two years coaching the same position at the Air Force Academy.

Taking stock of the Miami Hurricanes receiver room

Miami’s receiving group was led by K.J. Osborn and Brevin Jordan statistically. Osborn recorded 50 catches for 547 yards and five touchdowns to lead the team. He averaged 10.9 yards per reception. Jordan caught 35 passes for 495 yards and two touchdowns. Averaging 14.1 yards per reception, he was able to give Miami production out of the tight end position.

Jeff Thomas was also a big producer for the offense in 2019. He was second on the team in touchdowns with four. Catching 20 passes for 335 yards, Thomas averaged 16.8 yards per reception. Nevertheless, there were concerns that the Miami wide receivers did not develop enough in the 2019 season.

Stubblefield also did some work off the field in recruiting. He was able to get four-star wide receiver Romello Brinson to commit to the program. A four-star recruit, Brinson had promise for Miami. However, he decommitted from the program on November 24.

The coaching turnover for the Miami Hurricanes continues, and this is just yet another move and change for the program in what has been a very busy offseason. Now, it will be interesting to see who fills the vacancy left by Stubblefield’s departure. One has to wonder if they will find a coach before spring ball begins, and whether it will be an in-house hire or from somewhere else.

Miami Hurricanes: D’Eriq King set to visit Coral Gables this weekend

The Miami Hurricanes will have a big-time visitor this weekend. Former Houston quarterback D’Eriq King will take a two-day tour at the University of Miami, beginning Friday.

King would be eligible to play right away and that would be great news for Miami. He is just one of three quarterbacks with 35 passing touchdowns and 13 rushing touchdowns in a season.

As noted in a report from Andrew Ivins, a recruiting guru who is a regular contributor to the 5 Rings Canes podcast on the Five Reasons Sports Network, the quarterback has been talking with Miami offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee.

King is exactly what the Miami Hurricanes need

This would be a much-needed upgrade for the Miami Hurricanes. Poor quarterback play has plagued them throughout the last couple of seasons. King would have a chance to add stability to the program for at least two seasons. He has two seasons of eligibility remaining.  Perhaps even more exciting, he would be eligible to play right away.

Miami is going to have to compete with other big-time schools for King. LSU, Oregon, Arkansas, and Ole Miss have also been on his radar. The Hurricanes certainly have their work cut out for them when it comes to battling with other teams for King.

This would be a huge get for Miami just in terms of production. The Hurricanes ranked 99th in the country in 2019 with 22.3 points scored per game. They also ranked 103rd in the country with 348.3 yards per game. With 7.2 yards per pass attempt, that ranked 73rd in the country.

King would provide an instant splash to the Miami offense and would electrify a passing game that is struggling at the moment. Not only that, it would be the first big development for Lashlee since joining the staff. It would certainly provide a jolt into the Miami quarterback room, and would make the ACC a lot more interesting come the fall.

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Miami Hurricanes won’t bring in Alonzo Highsmith for role

This is a missed opportunity for the Miami Hurricanes.

Any thoughts about Alonzo Highsmith returning to the Miami Hurricanes football program have been put to bed. According to a tweet from Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald, the door is closed for a Highsmith-Miami reunion.

Highsmith is currently the director of player personnel with the Cleveland Browns. As Jackson also notes, the University of Miami did not have any interest in hiring him, or anyone for a GM-type of role. The GM-type of role was proposed by a key trustee. Highsmith did talk to Diaz and athletic director Blake James about the potential role. The conversation never left its initial stages.

A stellar career for the Miami Hurricanes

Highsmith played four seasons at the University of Miami from 1983-1986. In total, he carried the ball 387 times for 1,873 yards and 18 touchdowns. His best season came in his sophomore year. He played in 12 games, carrying the ball 146 times for 906 yards and nine touchdowns. As he progressed later into his Miami career, he also became a very adept receiving back. He averaged 13.6 yards per reception in 1985 and 13.9 yards per reception in 1986. He was an extremely talented all-around back.

It’s interesting that an offer was never made. Highsmith could have helped the program. He was definitely a key part of the Miami past. Being a director of player personnel, he could offer a lens that others in the organization probably couldn’t. The fact that talks couldn’t even get off the ground is rather interesting and a little disappointing.

As Miami enters the 2020 season, changes may still need to be made. It will be interesting to see what the program does to make those changes. However, they certainly missed the mark with this one. Hopefully, they can find somebody who will be able to add value and a helpful eye into the program.

Miami Hurricanes running back Lorenzo Lingard enters transfer portal

Lingard is no longer a member of the Miami Hurricanes.

A former member of the Miami Hurricanes has entered the transfer portal. According to a report from Matt Zenitz of Alabama.com, running back Lorenzo Lingard has entered the portal.

Lingard certainly had promise as a recruit. He was ranked the 25th overall player in the 2018 class, and the second overall running back per the 247Sports Composite Rankings. He was also the sixth ranked overall player from the state of Florida. The running back committed to Miami on February 9, 2017.

He never really became a star out of Miami’s backfield. He carried the ball 17 times for 136 yards and two touchdowns in 2018. A 64-yard dash was his longest of the season. He did have a great game for the Hurricanes on against Savannah State. In that game, he carried the ball four times for 82 yards and two touchdowns. Appearing in only three games on the season, his final contribution would be against Florida International. Rushing the ball 10 times for 50 yards, a 17-yard rush would be his longest of the game.

Running back depth strong for Miami Hurricanes

Currently, the Miami Hurricanes have four running backs on their roster. They have also managed to get  some impact commitments 2020. Don Cheney Jr. headlines the 2020 class as a four-star recruit. He is the fifth overall running back and the sixth overall running back in the state of Florida per the 247Sports Composite rankings. Jaylan Knighton also figures to be a big part of the class. He is ranked the 10th overall running back in his class, and the 19th overall player in the state of Florida per the 247Sports Composite Rankings.

Although the position is relatively young, the Hurricanes do have talent at their disposal. The departure of Lorenzo Lingard should not hurt them much, if at all. It will be interesting to see which of the other players steps up. I think Cheney and Knighton will play big roles in the backfield in the coming years.

Hurricanes Find Rock Bottom After Independence Bowl

The Miami Hurricanes established a new rock bottom after an embarrassment in the Independence Bowl.

Nine punts.

Nine completions from their starting quarterback.

These are some of the numbers that defy logic from the Hurricanes performance in the Independence Bowl Thursday.

Somehow, Miami was a favorite going into the game.

That optimism was quickly thwarted by an offense that simply did not want to be there.

Coached by a man who wasn’t expected to be much longer.

There was not a significant change in plans.

The departure of Enos was a welcome inevitability, but it is a drop of water in an ocean of bad decisions.

A Game to Forget

Miami had their share of forgettable (unforgettable?) games this year.

Georgia Tech.

FIU.

Duke.

Louisiana Tech.

All with a common theme.

On paper the Hurricanes could be perceived as playing down to the competition.

In the real world, between the lines, they were simply outclassed.

Louisiana Tech did not play a great game either, thanks in part to an inspired Miami defense.

Shaq Quarterman left it all on the field over four seasons and did not take this one off either.

 

Meanwhile for some of his teammates, it was pretty obvious that the offense checked out after the news about Enos leaked.

That leak in itself is also a problem, the timing of which reeks of internal discord.

Which in turn seeped into the product on the field in Shriveport.

Miami managed 227 yards of total offense while being kept off the scoreboard.

Those results against a Louisiana Tech defense that surrendered over three touchdowns per game this season.

Pick a quarterback, any quarterback, and the results were the same.

 

Cue the Benny Hill music.

The three-headed monster of Martell, Jarren Williams, and N’Kosi Perry completed less than half their passes (15/34).

Both Williams and Perry gave the ball away, while Martell played just one series and completed his only attempt.

The indecision regarding who should be under center this entire year was a glaring indictment on the coaching staff.

Running on Fumes

A quarterback’s best friend is a solid running game.

Miami’s QB group has no friends, not even an acquaintance in the backfield.

Without DeeJay Dallas there was no rushing attack for the Hurricanes.

Cam Harris (12 carries, 31 yards, 2.6YPC) could not get anything going, Miami loses the battle up front too much which throws the whole thing into shambles.

Harris filled in admirably at times for Dallas, he was simply a part of an offense lacking identity or cohesion in any phase.

On the day the Hurricanes would manage just 74 meaningless yards on the ground.

The Hurricanes lack of any running game throughout the season (122nd nationally) exposed the deficiencies at quarterback.

To be fair, no signal caller was granted reprieve from pressure by their offensive line.

Louisiana Tech had four more sacks against a front five who allowed 51 on the season, 127th in the nation.

Down and distance killed a dysfunctional offense with a methodical cadence, the script never changed.

The 2019 Walk-Ons Independence Bowl was simply a culminating effort, an unnecessary curtain call for an apathetic tragedy of a season.

 

A regression of this magnitude unfolding in the final month of the season is cause for much speculation.

Is Manny Diaz the right coach for a rebuild that he was not intended to steward?

What other organizational changes are in store?

You could call a game with the stature and allure of the Independence Bowl meaningless.

Yet that designation would only apply to the illusion of the current Miami Hurricanes football team.

There is no standard any more in Coral Gables.

Blake James has continually accepted mediocrity over his tenure, what will be the cause for change now?

 

Supporters of the Hurricanes program need to reset expectations.

In his first season as CEO, Diaz could not have expected this much turmoil.

Much of which he manifested himself.

From the yachts-  to the very wishful it turns out – 7-5 tackling dummies, Diaz spoke of culture and a return to a bygone age of dominance.

Turnover Chains and touchdown rings were tools of engineered swag deployment lacking substance.

A futile attempt in recreating an era so cherished by those who were a part of it.

“The New Miami” was just a recycled attempt to be the old Miami.

The good Miami.

All this pomp and circumstance created to capture the essence of days gone by.

Yet those days were defined by one element.

Winning.

A glaring failure to adapt, particularly on the offensive side of the ball, put the entire team in disarray.

That must be fixed immediately with an offensive system that puts skill position players in position to succeed.

Nothing less can be accepted.

Lack of preparation defined the 2019 Miami Hurricanes.

Diaz must prepare for career altering decisions in order to survive another year.

There is light at the end of the tunnel, such as another solid recruiting class.

The running back group in particular is loaded with talent – the ground game can rebound with an improved scheme and offensive line.

Hopefully it is not impacted by this year’s performance.

In a mediocre ACC Coastal a quick turnaround is possible.

Until next season however, fans need to be prepared for the inevitable fallout of a lost 2019 campaign.

Miami Hurricanes: Offensive coordinator Dan Enos to part ways with program

The Miami Hurricanes will be in the market for an offensive coordinator in 2020.

As the Miami Hurricanes take on the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs in the Independence bowl, news has come forth that Miami may have a new offensive coordinator come next season. According to a tweet from Tim Reynolds  of the Associated Press, offensive coordinator Dan Enos will part ways with the team following the game.

The offensive numbers hadn’t exactly been spectacular for Miami in the regular season. The Hurricanes struggled moving the ball at times. Miami  ranked 41st in the country in passing yards with 257.2 per game. They rushing attack ranked  120th in the country with 121.8 rushing yards per contest. They scored 27.8 points per game offensively. For comparisons sake, the defense allowed 20.8 points per contest.

To say that the offense hasn’t looked great over the past couple of weeks would be an understatement. At the time of publishing, Miami was scoreless in the Independence Bowl , trailing the Bulldogs by a 7-0 margin. The departure of Enos may give the Hurricanes an opportunity to find a fresh voice offensively. It will be intriguing to see who the new offensive coordinator will be in 2020.

 Dan Enos had success prior to Miami Hurricanes

This was Enos’ first season with the Hurricanes, as he joined Manny Diaz’s staff following the 2018 campaign. Prior to this, he served as the quarterbacks coach for Alabama. While there, he coached Tua Tagovailoa. Tagovailoa was extremely successful in 2018, throwing for 3,966 yards, 43 touchdowns, and only six interceptions. Starting all 15 games, he had a completion percentage of 69%.

Unfortunately, that success could never seem to translate this season. There was a ton of inconsistency and many peaks and valleys throughout the course of the season. A fresh voice may be able to help the Miami Hurricanes’ offense find an identity and give them a better chance to compete in what is a crowded Atlantic Coast Conference.

Hurricanes Won’t Lose Independence Bowl…Right?

The Hurricanes should win the Independence Bowl, right?

You would hope that the Miami Hurricanes would have learned their lesson.

After another long layoff they will close out a disappointing 2019 campaign December 26th, in the Walk-On’s Independence Bowl.

The Hurricanes (6-6) will face the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs (9-3) from Conference USA, where they finished with a 6-3 mark.

Louisiana Tech has never beaten the Hurricanes in four previous matchups, could this Miami team be their first conquest?

 

We’ve Been Here Before

Miami has one prior trip to the Independence Bowl in 2014 under Al Golden. That team finished 6-6 during the regular season and entered the game on a three game losing streak.

Sound familiar?

Granted, this current Miami losing streak is only two games but those two should count for more.

The Hurricanes would lose the 2014 game to South Carolina 24-21 despite being the favorite.

This time around the Hurricanes are again the favorite and cannot afford another slow start which has doomed them repeatedly.

Miami was outscored 72-20 in their six losses, five of which were by single digits.

Diaz Must Have Team Prepared

The Hurricanes were dreadful after bye weeks, losing all three of their games after extended hiatus.

Including the FIU debacle.

Lack of preparation defined their season, and they will once again have to gain focus or the results will be similar.

Louisiana Tech averaged 34 points per game this season and should not be taken lightly.

The Bulldogs have an excellent quarterback in J’Mar Smith who threw for 2814 yards with 17 touchdowns against just four interceptions.

Smith shares the wealth as Louisiana Tech has three receivers with at least 500 receiving yards this season.

 

They are succeptable to the pass rush as they allowed 26 sacks (76th in NCAA) and only average 3.8 yards per carry on the ground.

Gregory Rousseau should be primed for a big day, along with Miami’s top-20 run defense.

 

Louisiana Tech has an opportunistic defense which had 15 interceptions, whoever starts at quarterback for Miami must make the easy plays.

The Hurricanes are not good enough to overcome a turnover deficit, we have seen that movie before.

Cam Harris should be a focal point of the running game against a Bulldogs defense that surrenders over 142 rushing yards per game.

Dan Enos has one more opportunity this season to prove he should get another year.

While Manny Diaz has to ensure his team comes out firing on all cylinders and does not overlook Louisiana Tech.

If Miami somehow manages to have another FIU-type performance and lose, the offseason in Coral Gables will be a rocky one.

The Independence Bowl can be seen on ESPN December 26th at 4PMEST.

 

 

2019 Miami Hurricanes Football: Season of Missed Opportunities

To put it mildly, the 2019 Miami Hurricanes football team endured a tumultuous campaign.

Week after week a different uncertainty loomed.

Who will be quarterback?

Do we have a kicker?

Why does Dan Enos constantly throw to the short side of the field?

How can we beat Virginia but lose to FIU?

 

Many repetitive questions went unanswered and the doubt piled on.

The Hurricanes finished the regular season with a 6-6 record.

A perfectly balanced mediocrity sandwich, with some hints of flavor but mostly stale.

So how did we get here?

And where do we go?

Bookends Tell the Story

The 2019 season ended as it started, with a two game losing streak.

In his first season as Head Coach, Manny Diaz could never quite turn the corner and build momentum.

A 24-20 loss to Florida to open the year lent false hope of being competitive with the upper tier in college football.

Yet also showed how far Miami had to go as the offensive line allowed ten sacks and looked completely overmatched.

Miami would follow that close game with an embarrassing effort at North Carolina, the first of many ACC tragedies that played out this year.

Bubba Baxa missed short, crucial kicks in both games which would haunt the Hurricanes.

 

Jarren Williams was one of the few bright spots for the offense early as they struggled under offensive coordinator Dan Enos, whose system did not exactly mesh well early on.

Williams opened the year with seven touchdowns and no interceptions in his first four games before the wheels came off.

Miami would cruise to a no-contest win against Bethune Cookman for their first victory of the year, followed by a closer than it should be escape against Central Michigan.

ACC Hunt a Wild Goose Chase

Sitting at 2-2 and with the heart of the ACC slate on the horizon, the season still had plenty of promise and potential.

Which would evaporate like perspiration in the South Florida sun.

Williams was pulled from the Virginia Tech game even though none of his passes hit the ground.

Only problem was out of his seven attempts, his guys caught four while Virginia Tech intercepted three.

N’Kosi Perry would lead a near epic comeback which fell just short as Miami fell 42-35 in front of a shook Miami Gardens crowd.

Perry would tie a career high with four touchdowns and set a career mark with 422 yards through the air.

That game exemplified the struggles of the Hurricanes early in games. Virginia Tech jumped out to a 21 point lead in the first quarter which made Miami one dimensional.

Miami would only gain 94 yards on the ground and turned the ball over five times, themes which would continue as the year rolled on.

Somehow the Hurricanes would rally at home with Perry at the helm the next week, beating the eventual ACC Coastal champs Virginia 17-9.

The Hurricanes defense had an uneven year but the emergence of defensive end Gregory Rousseau is the main story.

Rousseau was mysteriously absent from the starting group early in the year but quickly became undeniable, finishing with 14 sacks and ACC Rookie of the Year honors.

 

While the defense was finding footing the offense was once again stagnant in a shocking 28-21 home loss against Georgia Tech.

Special teams would again prove fatal as Miami would have a chip shot field goal blocked which would have won the game late.

The Yellow Jackets would also score on a fake punt and a fumble recovery, proving the Hurricanes could be creative when giving games away to lesser opponents.

Return of Williams Stops the Bleeding

After the Georgia Tech game Miami sat at 1-3 in ACC play before they would finally go on to find some sustained success, winning three straight.

A 16-12 thriller at Pitt would mark the return of Williams to the starting quarterback job and the best stretch of football during the season.

Winning at Florida State is never easy, no matter the records. Miami put forth a suffocating effort on defense and cruised to their most convincing win to that point 27-10 and were riding high when they returned home to face Louisville.

Against the Cardinals, the Hurricanes would put up their most complete performance of the season in a 52-27 dismantling. Williams would set a school record with six touchdowns and the Hurricanes had a season high three-game winning streak heading into a seemingly easy victory the following week.

Butch Davis and FIU Ruin the Hurricanes

Miami had managed to turn their season around and reached bowl eligibility at 6-4, with games against FIU and Duke to close out the regular season.

Like previous underdogs, FIU stole the thunder early and had the Hurricanes on the ropes from jump street.

Butch Davis was twisting the knife and his defense engaged in some gamesmanship to slow down Williams and the offense.

 

On the site of the old Orange Bowl, Marlins Park, the ghosts of the past haunted the Hurricanes once again.

The last time Miami played in the Orange Bowl they were shutout by Virginia 48-0.

This could have been worse.

A game like this has little plausible explanation, other than a severe lack of preparation and composure.

There was no rebounding from the FIU game as Miami would lay one more egg to close out the year, a 27-17 humbling experience at Duke.

Williams and Perry would share the misery in that one as Miami finished the regular season as it began.

Few Bright Spots on Offense

The bad far outweighed the good for the 2019 Miami Hurricanes, but there were several players that emerged and made real contributions.

Before being injured for the season against FIU, running back DeeJay Dallas was having a solid season despite a severe lack of carries.

Dallas finished with a team high 693 rushing yards and eight touchdowns. In his relief Cam Harris stepped in and played very well, finishing with 545 yards and five touchdowns.

Tight end Brevin Jordan led the Hurricanes with 495 receiving yards, while senior receiver KJ Osborn led the team with his 45 receptions and five touchdowns, he was also second on the team with 491 receiving yards.

The Buffalo transfer was a key addition and an excellent leader with his tough play. Miami spread the wealth through the air as 11 players caught at least one touchdown pass.

Wil Mallory came on late and led the team in receiving yards in each of the last two games, unfortunately his impact was limited for most of the season prior.

Numbers Tell the Story

A major downfall for the Miami offense was their lack of success on third down. The Hurricanes finished dead last in the FBS, converting just 26.4% of their attempts on the money down.

Part of that could be the poor offensive line play, or the shuffling of quarterbacks. Williams led the team in passing yards in the first four games and the final four, while Perry was on top during the middle third.

Neither could take a firm grasp on the job despite intermittent stretches of excellent play.

Miami was 120th in FBS converting red zone opportunities and left points on the field almost every week.

Only three teams gave up more sacks than Miami’s 47, the offense was unable to find rhythm or sustain any type of continuity for long.

All but one of their losses was by single digits, this season was defined by missed opportunities.

The Hurricanes were outscored 72-20 in the first quarter of those losses, showing they simply did not come out ready time and time again.

Although they had lapses, the defense was by far the best group on the team. Miami allowed a respectable 197.9 passing yards per game (22nd FBS) and an even better ranking against the rush, finishing 16th allowing just 109.7 yards per game.

Unfortunately as the season wore on the lack of offensive success took a toll, Miami could not run the football with any consistency and finished 120th in FBS with just 121.8 yards rushing per game.

Combine that with a lack of third down conversions and the defense simply could not hold. The Hurricanes scored 17 or fewer points four times, yet managed to win three of those games thanks in large part to the defense.

So, now What?

After all is said and done, the Hurricanes still have a bowl game to play.

 

Miami will face Louisiana Tech in the Independence Bowl on Dec. 26th, in Shreveport Louisiana naturally.

No matter the result, the Hurricanes will finish off a disappointing 2019 season searching for answers.

Dan Enos is undoubtedly on the hot seat, his offense simply did not put the skill players in position to succeed.

The offensive line will need to be upgraded and who knows who will be under center in the spring.

Manny Diaz must take a look inward and make some tough decisions in both his coaching staff and roster.

Another highly ranked recruiting class is likely, but the development and deployment of those players will be key.

Diaz must quickly seize control of a program in purgatory, or another lackluster season will follow.

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Another Tough Weekend for Most Miami Sports Fans

Many Miami sports fans approach games with cautious optimism, which often turns to utter hopelessness in a blink.

“Ok, UM has a cake walk against FIU. That should be an easy W let’s get it”.

Wrong.

 

“The Panthers have won five of six and the offense is rolling, they’ll keep it going in Carolina”.

Wrong again.

 

We knew the Heat would have a tough one in Philadelphia on the second night of a back-to-back, but a better performance was still expected.

No matter the actual weekly outcome for the Dolphins you can’t win.

If the Dolphins win, their draft position in April suffers.

If the Dolphins lose, you are summarily reminded how far away they truly are.

The biggest disappointment of the weekend by far belongs to the Miami Hurricanes who fell to Butch Davis and the FIU Panthers 30-24 Saturday.

Perhaps it should be overshadowed by the triumph of Davis and his feisty Panthers who clearly wanted the game more.

 

FIU came out focused and prepared, while the Hurricanes started with their far too common lethargy.

Which quickly turned into a comical attempt at motivating your team that is losing handily to a three touchdown underdog.

 

It was truly a massive setback for a Hurricanes program that was seeming to turn the corner.

 

For the Miami Heat, their loss at Philadelphia is not overly concerning.

What is a bit disconcerting is that the 76ers starting five outscored Miami’s 90-32.

The starting group for the Heat had a plus/minus as follows:

Leonard (-26)

Butler (-31)

Robinson (-26)

Adebayo (-26)

Nunn (-16)

The Heat put themselves out of contention early before finally putting up a fight in the final quarter when the outcome was no longer in doubt.

Philadelphia had four players in double figures led by none other than Josh Richardson with 32 points. Miami’s typically stellar 3-point defense was off, the 76ers hit 14-of-29 (48.3%) from deep.

Fortunately for the Heat this type of game shouldn’t linger long, some home cooking when they host the lowly Hornets Monday should get them right.

The Florida Panthers have been a great story early in the season with exciting, high scoring games being a regular event.

Coming off of three straight wins in which they scored a total of 14 goals, the Cardiac Cats had one of their worst offensive games of the year in a 4-2 loss at Carolina Saturday.

The 23 shots on goal for the Panthers was their second lowest total of the season.

Ironically their season high of 50 was also against Carolina, a 6-2 loss in October.

The goal scoring slump would continue Sunday despite a 45-26 shot advantage for the Panthers in a 5-2 home loss to Buffalo.

Florida has scored two or fewer goals in seven games this season, all losses.

With shaky goaltending again this season, the Panthers’ offense has to carry the burden most nights.

Next, and perhaps least surprising, the Miami Dolphins went into Cleveland and dropped to 2-9 on the season by a final score of 41-24.

The Browns jumped all over the Miami secondary and took a 28-0 lead before the Dolphins responded.

Miami would shrink the deficit to 28-17 before Cleveland would pull away in the fourth quarter.

Jarvis Landry (10 catches, 148 yards, 2 TD) had some extra venom for his former team.

 

Not surprisingly, Baker Mayfield (24/41, 327 yards, 3 TD, INT) picked apart a depleted Dolphins’ secondary most of the way.

The Dolphins will host the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday.

To put a bow on this misery package, the Miami Hurricanes men’s basketball team was bounced from the Charleston Classic Sunday 80-55 against UConn.

The Hurricanes reached the third-place consolation game after losing to Florida 78-58 Friday, meaning Miami was outscored by 45 points in the back-to-back losses.

And with that, another roller coaster weekend for Miami sports fans is in the books.

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