A six-pack of Hurricanes notes on a Monday night:
• At least one UM player has grown weary of some Canes fans questioning the margin of Miami’s narrow victories.
“Some of y'all fans don't know what y'all want,” defensive end Demetrius Jackson tweeted. “First it was AG [Al Golden]. Now y'all complain about close games. Be grateful and enjoy this show.”
• UM fans should be braced for the probability that UM will be ranked behind a bunch of one-loss teams when the first college football rankings are unveiled on Tuesday night. But UM officials won’t be feeling angst because they consider these rankings to be largely irrelevant.
When I asked UM athletic director Blake James about this tonight at a preseason basketball press conference, James there is “isn’t a chance” that UM would not be invited to the four-team playoff if the Hurricanes win their remaining four regular season games and win the ACC title game.
“You look at the level of competition in the ACC, the success of programs in our league, if we were fortunate enough to be able to go [through] the league championship without losing, I have full confidence as the champions of the ACC, we would be part of the four-team playoff,” James said.
Logically, there is one possible scenario where UM could be invited with one loss: if it wins three of its last four, loses narrowly to Notre Dame and wins the ACC championship game. But even in that scenario, UM wouldn’t be assured of an invitation because there could be several other one-loss teams in the mix who would make a case to be invited to the playoff, including - potentially - Notre Dame, among others.
• Arkansas State, which begrudingly allowed UM to cancel its September game because of Hurricane Irma, has told UM it would to reschedule the game in the future. James said UM will consider that after the season. UM did not consider scheduling the game for the first Saturday in December in the event it did not make the ACC championship game.
• A UM official said the Hurricanes are particularly concerned about junior Kendrick Norton going pro because he seems more inclined than his friend and roommate Richard McIntosh Jr.
If one goes pro, the other likely would, too. At this point, it’s considered 50/50 whether the two junior defensive tackles turn pro. UM badly wants both back.
• Here are the UM players on pace to redshirt: quarterbacks N’Kosi Perry and Cade Weldon, injury-plagued running back Robert Burns, receiver Evidence Njoku (injured), offensive linemen Kai-Leon Herbert, Zach Dykstra and Zalon’tae Hillery and linebacker Waymon Steed (coming off a high school knee injury).
• We’ll have a lot from UM basketball media day in the next two weeks, and Michelle Kaufman will have a post, but here are a couple nuggets:
Though many expect ballyhooed UM freshman Lonnie Walker to turn pro after this season, Walker said he has given no thout to being a one-and-done and insists it’s not even in the back of his mind. Walker looks great after July knee surgery - he was reportedly impressive in a scrimmage over the weekend - and is expected to play in the opener, coming off the bench. During his rehab from the knee injury, Cavaliers star Kyrie Irving told him he’s an exciting player and is eager for him to get back healthy. Irving was among NBA players who played pickup games with Canes players on campus this summer...
Sophomore guard Bruce Brown declined to discuss the possibility of him turning pro after this season. Did he consider turning pro after last season?
“I talked about it a little bit,” he told me tonight. “My family kept asking me about it but I didn’t think I was ready at all. My AAU coach worked with NBA guys, and they said I could get drafted in the first or second round, but I didn’t think I was ready. Defensive wise, I needed to be more grounded. I was too energetic. And offensively, shooting off the dribble, mid-range shots, floaters, layups.”
Here’s my post with lots of Marlins nuggets,including who the team plans to try to trade. Here’s my Monday post with the thoughts of Dolphins executive Mike Tannenbaum, who sounds a lot different than his coach.... Twitter: @flasportsbuzz