A six-pack of Hurricanes notes on a Thursday:
▪ Though UM wasn’t called for a single penalty against Toledo, there’s one thing that happened in the game — and apparently others — that is irking Mark Richt from an officiating standpoint.
“I know I sound like a big baby sometimes,” Richt told WQAM’s Hurricane Hotline this week, “but it’s incredible what officials allow defensive backs to do – snatching and grabbing and pulling and pass interference. If that happens, we have to be more physical running the routes. It’s making me crazy….
“We thought there was a lot more holding and pass interference [against Toledo] but that’s part of the game.”
▪ Though UM values Malik Rosier’s mobility and ability to run, Richt is concerned he might fumble. “He swings it a little bit more than I like him to,” Richt told WQAM. “If a guy is coming at him from behind, he can get it knocked out.”
Rosier was 6 for 10 for 167 yards on balls thrown more than 10 yards in the air against Toledo....
Offensive coordinator Thomas Brown spoke on WQAM’s Joe Rose Show on Thursday about how much N’Kosi Perry has improved. But UM still won’t officially name him the backup.
▪ Richt and defensive coordinator Manny Diaz love the job that new defensive line coach Jess Simpson is doing with his group. Simpson, made available to reporters this week, said end Jon Garvin “is a rising star” and said of freshman tackle Nesta Silvera: “I’ve seen a guy who’s hungry, knows he has a lot to learn, has a great attitude about it. If you look at his progression through camp you can see him starting to climb, do things better ever day.”
▪ Dolphins and former UM running back Frank Gore told me UM hasn’t made a scholarship offer to his son Frank Jr., a 5-8 junior running back at Miami Killian. But Gore said he’s OK with his son going elsewhere to school if that ends up happening.
Gore said his son has drawn interest from Kentucky, FAU, Tennessee, Central Florida, Tennessee-Chatanooga and Memphis.
▪ Though Richt this week praised FIU coach Butch Davis as a “great coach and great person” in advance of Saturday’s UM-FIU game, this isn’t much of a relationship one way or the other there.
When I asked Davis about Richt in August 2016 — nine months after Davis was bypassed for the UM coaching job — Davis said: “I have no familiarity with him. I never coached against him. If you ask him, I’m sure he would say his record stands for itself.”
Of being passed over for the UM job, Davis told me at that time: “I would have loved the opportunity. I have a lot of affinity for them; it was a very memorable place for me. We [helped] rebuild the program and gave it back its character and integrity and put them in position to play for three national titles. It didn’t work out. The things I had accomplished weren’t what they were looking for.”
From what Davis told me, Davis told UM in his interview that if he had gotten the job, he believes he would “have won a national championship in four years” because “we were not going to lose 31 scholarships in four years” as he did (no fault of his) during his tenure at UM.
▪ Quick stuff: Richt told WQAM that UM’s $34 million practice bubble has added a “U that lights up in the middle and background palm trees on the wall.” He said it’s built to withstand a Category 5 hurricane….
Diaz said Gerald Willis “is as good as anybody we’ve had here for sure.”… Diaz, asked if he’s the father of the turnover chain: “I don’t know if it’d be fair to say ‘the father,’ It’s a ‘joint custody,’ maybe, is better. The new chain is obviously outstanding. We couldn’t have asked for it to be more — slap me for using the word bling, but it’s fantastic. I mean, it’s just fantastic. The way the Ibis shines and pops is really remarkable. So when our players saw it, it’s hard to outdo 1.0 but I think 2.0 did it.”