PITTSBURGH Larry Scott took over as the University of Miami’s interim football coach Oct. 25, the same day Al Golden was fired and a day after UM’s 58-0 home loss to Clemson.
Since then, he has gone 4-1, UM’s only loss a 59-21 rout by now-No. 11 North Carolina (10-1).
After UM’s 29-24 victory at Pitt, UM athletic director Blake James was asked about the job Scott has done since taking over.
“I think Larry has done an incredible job when you look at the situation he inherited,” James said. “And then the first week we had a few more curveballs and to go into Durham and get that victory [at Duke] was a real credit to him and being able to connect with the guys and connect with the staff. You saw it play out the rest of the regular season.
“… The reality is he stepped in and has really done a great job of getting the guys to buy into his vision and his direction for the program. What I’ve seen over the last five weeks is guys out there competing and having fun, and that’s what you want for any of our students in any of our programs.”
When asked if Scott will be considered for the head-coaching vacancy, James said, “I’m not going to talk about the head-coaching search.’’
Scott told the Miami Herald’s Barry Jackson on Tuesday that he had not yet been approached by UM to interview for the job but that he was interested in doing so.
James would neither give a time frame for the hire nor talk any specifics.
UM’s bowl game, to be announced Dec. 6, will probably be one of the following: the Pinstripe in New York City (ACC vs. Big Ten) on Dec. 26; Sun in El Paso, Texas (ACC vs. Pac-12) on Dec. 26; Belk in Charlotte, North Carolina, (ACC vs. SEC) on Dec. 30; and either the TaxSlayer in Jacksonville (ACC vs. SEC) on Jan. 2 or Music City in Nashville (ACC vs. SEC) on Dec. 30.
The Hurricanes’ administration likes the Pinstripe, as a sizable alumni base is situated in the Northeast. The players favor it because New York City sounds pretty exciting.
GETS HIS KICKS
UM kicker Michael Badgley continued his stellar season by hitting five field goals and setting the Hurricanes’ single-season record for field goals with 25.
Badgley kicked three field goals in the first half from 33, 48 and 23 yards out. His 23-yarder came as time expired in the first half. He also hit from 45 and 29 yards out.
The sophomore, has made all 12 of his career field-goal attempts from 40 to 49 yards.
Junior Artie Burns made his Atlantic Coast Conference-leading sixth interception of the season on Nate Peterman’s first pass of the game, then returned it 19 yards.
Burns is believed to be the Hurricanes’ most NFL Draft-ready underclassman and said earlier in the week that he would make his decision after the bowl game.
PLENTY OF FLAGS
The Hurricanes entered the game as the most penalized team in the nation, and continued their errant ways against Pitt, drawing seven flags for 64 yards for a season total of 989 yards on 112 penalties.
This UM team is now third all-time in penalty yards and fifth in amount of penalties.
In 2002, the season UM went to the Fiesta Bowl and lost in double-overtime to Ohio State, the Canes were penalized 124 times for 1,055 yards — their worst season penalty-wise.
THIS AND THAT
▪ Sophomore wide receiver Tyre Brady was suspended Friday for the third time this season — this suspension likely connected to last week’s suspension for violating an undisclosed team rule.
▪ Senior defensive lineman Calvin Heurtelou tallied a career-high four solo tackles in the first half.
▪ Redshirt sophomore linebacker Al-Quadin Muhammad posted his team-leading fifth sack of the season in the first quarter. Aso registering sacks were sophomore cornerback Corn Elder and senior Tyriq McCord.