Greg Cote

Hot button: New eras begin for UM, Dolphins

1. HURRICANES

UM, Richt open vs. FAMU: After FIU fell 34-13 to Indiana, Hurricanes hosted Florida A&M on Saturday to begin Mark Richt era. FAMU is FCS and was 1-10 last year. Either UM won easily, or Richt just enjoyed the shortest honeymoon in sports history.

2. DOLPHINS

Seven days ’til season opener at Seattle: Miami’s new-ish stadium looks great, and team’s roster has pared to a final 53. But all that matters now is “at Seattle” next Sunday to open NFL season. A 2-2 preseason didn’t tell us much about Fins, but we’re about to find out fast.

3. MARLINS

Playoff hopes socked by awful August: Lousy August that ended with five consecutive L’s left Miami scrambling in NL wild-card race as six-game homestand starts Monday. No margin of error left. Fish need to be as good in September as they were bad last month.

4. COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Title picture gets early test: The four top-ranked teams — Alabama, Clemson, Oklahoma, FSU — couldn’t coast in Week 1 as Tide and Sooners faced ranked foes and Tigers visited Auburn. Now Noles on Monday face No. 11 Ole Miss. Ready? Better be!

5. HEAT

Bosh mystery continues as camp nears: Chris Bosh said on social media, “Yes, I’m hooping.” But after two years disrupted by blood clots he’s hoping to be hooping. Club remains noncommital as Sept. 27 start of training camp bears in. C’mon, Heat. Tick tock. Decision, please!

  Comments