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Miami AD Blake James speaks about program

Miami athletic director Blake James addressed the media Friday outside the new Schwartz Center for Athletic Excellence, home to all the Hurricanes.

He spoke of the program’s “core values: excellence, integrity, family, passion and respect’’ and said that “at the end of the day we want to win national championships…’’

He pointed to the modern, well-appointed Schwartz Center and said, “This gives us a pop. This gives us that ‘wow!’ factor.”

James said his future hopes at UM include a “lit practice field for football” and an “indoor practice facility.”

James also talked about UM’s NCAA case that still hasn’t been resolved, and said he hopes it will be by the start of the football season.

“I can see the light at the end of the tunnel,” he said. “I’m just not sure how close that light is.”


Though the newest depth chart released Friday has Olsen Pierre ahead of Anthony Chickillo at defensive end, Pierre played tackle during practice.

Chickillo wore the first-team black jersey Friday.

The offensive line chart has Jon Feliciano ahead of Malcolm Bunche at left guard. Bunche, who wore a non-contact red jersey Thursday, practiced Friday and seemed fine.

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