July yielding to August means football season is rolling in fast, so let’s quickly summarize prospects for Miami’s three biggest teams, the Dolphins, UM and FIU.
DOLPHINS: What we have mostly learned so far in coach Joe Philbin’s second training camp is that center Mike “Free Hernandez” Pouncey has questionable taste in friends — and hats. What we have not yet learned is whether Ryan Tannehill will make the leap to stardom and lift his team from its recent mediocrity. Hopes seem high, but with Dolfans, that’s always relatively speaking.
HURRICANES: The good news is coach Al Golden in his third season appears to have a very strong team capable of winning the Atlantic Coast Conference, playing in a sizable bowl and returning UM closer to the once-accustomed perch of national prominence. The bad news is the dastardly NCAA still looms in the spoil-sport role it plays so well.
FIU: Tough times for first-year coach Ron Turner as the Panthers transition to Conference USA. The dismissal of top running back Kedrick Rhodes, arrested for “discharging a firearm” on campus, accentuated a betting over/under of three wins. Embarrassment took a different turn when several players disrobed at a public beach (Crandon Park), begetting a public apology from Turner.
Sadly, it remains a truism for FIU in the deep local football shadow of the Dolphins and Canes:
If your success on the field isn’t gaining you any attention, well, shooting a gun and public nudity remain reliable fallback options.Michael Grandinetti Jeffrey Loria Derrick Rose LeBron James