‘Canes announce one suspension, more may be in the offing


Suddenly and abruptly, there’s a boatload of news coming out of Miami Wednesday evening, and unfortunately for the football program none of it’s of the good variety.

In a press release issued by the school a short time ago, Miami announced that they have “become aware of the serious charges made against a student athlete, and he has been suspended indefinitely from the football program.  In accordance with its procedures, the University cannot comment further at this time.”

That was the extent of the release, and the the school would not divulge the player’s name or the specifics of the charges the player’s facing.

Additionally, InsideTheU.com reported earlier today that four players have been suspended for at least the regular-season opener thanks to two separate incidents late last month.  One incident on April 27 involved running back Storm Johnson, linebacker Travis Williams and cornerback Keion Payne, while the other occurred April 29 and involved offensive lineman Jermaine Barton.  No details were given, although the police were apparently involved in the former incident.

The Sun Sentinel reports that the four suspensions reported today do not appear to be related to the suspension revealed in Miami’s press release.

If the website’s report is correct, however, that would mean at least 8 Miami Hurricanes will be suspended for at least the opener; in March, it was reported that six Hurricanes would be suspended for the ’11 opener, including offensive lineman Seantrel Henderson, linebacker Kelvin Cain, defensive lineman Dyron Dye and defensive back Devont’a Davis.  Johnson and Payne had also been mentioned in the initial report on suspensions two months ago, and could face more than a one-game suspension for repeatedly being a repeat offender.

Shortly after that March report surfaced, head coach Al Golden would neither confirm nor deny its veracity.

We suspect the same sounds of silence will be forthcoming from the South Florida school regarding this latest report of suspensions as well.

UPDATED 6:42 p.m. ET: According to NBC Miami.com, the player whose suspension was announced today by Miami is redshirt freshman defensive tackle Jeffrey Brown.  The website reports that Brown surrendered to police Wednesday and was charged with sexual battery.

It’s alleged by police that Brown raped an unnamed female on campus April 30 while she was drunk and sleeping.

“As the victim was sleeping, [Brown] pulled off the victim’s blanket and got on top of her,” the arrest report stated. “He then removed the victim’s underwear.”

The woman told Brown to stop, but he continued and had sex with her against her will, she told police.

When questioned by police, Brown denied the allegations, but when presented with evidence, he changed his story and admitted to having sex with the woman, police said.

Reports: Bob Diaco finalizes deal with Oklahoma

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It appears Lincoln Riley has all but officially gotten his man.

Earlier this month, reports surfaced that Bob Diaco was expected to take a job on Riley’s Oklahoma football staff. Friday, Pete Thamel of SI.com tweeted that Diaco has finalized a deal to join the football program. ESPN.com‘s Adam Rittenberg subsequently confirmed the initial report.

With all 10 of Riley’s on-field assistant slots filled, Diaco will serve as a defensive analyst for the Sooners.

Diaco spent the 2017 season as the defensive coordinator at Nebraska, let go after that one year following the firing of head coach Mike Riley.  Prior to that brief stint in Lincoln, he was the head coach at UConn for three seasons before being fired after going 11-26 during his time with the Huskies.

Prior to that, he was the coordinator at Notre Dame for four seasons from 2010-13.

Florida’s athletics facilities upgrade scheduled to be completed in 2021

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Dan Mullen is just breaking in his new office chair, but it will be a few more years until the new head coach to truly be able to get comfortable in his new digs. The University of Florida is scheduled to begin a complete overhaul of the athletics facilities in Gainesville this summer. When it is complete, a brand new state-of-the-art football training facility will be among the highlights of the $130 million project.

The new football facility is planned to occupy a space currently used by Florida’s baseball stadium. WOrk on the football facility will have to wait until the baseball program can move into its new stadium that is part of the renovation plans at Florida.

“With the change in facility locations for both baseball and football, we will now adjust the sequencing for these projects,” Florida AD Scott Stricklin said in a press release, according to Gridiron Now. “Baseball will need to be built first, which will allow us to repurpose the current baseball site and put the stand-alone football complex in that space.”

The new football training facility will take up a good chunk of the renovation costs with an estimated price tag of $65 million for a 130,000 square foot structure. Florida won’t have to wait until 2021 to use the facility, however, as the Gators should be expected to be able to start using the new complex as early as 2019 while the construction and renovation continues.

Michigan high school coach shuts doors to EMU football following shutting down of athletic programs

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Eastern Michigan University made some tough decisions this week when it cut four athletic programs. Although cutting football was not deemed to be an option by AD Scott Wetherbee, the decision is already having some ramifications for the football program moving forward as one high school in the state of Michigan says the Eagles are no longer welcome on their premises.

Noel Dean, who coaches both the football and wrestling programs at Lowell High School, stated in a public letter addressed to EMU head coach Chris Creighton that he will no longer welcome Creighton or anyone else associated with EMU to his high school for recruiting purposes if the university goes through with cutting the wrestling program. Dean also issues a warning to Creighton in the letter, suggesting it may not be long before the university takes another hard look at the value of the football program.

“I can’t stand by and not take a stand against what is happening at EMU with the wrestling program,” Dean wrote in his letter, which was shared by Michigan Grappler. “Wrestling contributes too much to the fabric of our schools systems in Michigan (a guy from South Dakota might not get it), but if I stick to the facts on this. wrestling is only a bone to keep people happy FOR NOW. They are coming for you next.

“If this goes through, you and your staff will not be allowed in any one of our buildings.”

That is most certainly a hard line in the sand putting EMU on notice. If one school in the state of Michigan decides to close its doors to EMU and this message spreads throughout the high school coaching community in the state of Michigan, EMU would be in some serious trouble.

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Ed Warinner goes from $250K Michigan analyst to $525K U-M line coach

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Ed Warinner‘s bank account might want to consider sending Jim McElwain a thank-you note.

In January of this year, Warinner left Minnesota to take a job as a senior offensive analyst at Michigan. However, a month later, McElwain was added as U-M’s wide receivers coach; in an unsurprising twist to that move, offensive coordinator and offensive line coach Tim Drevno officially stepped down from his twin posts eight days after McElwain’s hiring and ultimately ended up back at USC.

McElwain, as had been widely expected before he was officially added to Jim Harbaugh‘s coaching staff, took over Drevno’s coordinating duties. Warinner, meanwhile, was officially named as Drevno’s replacement as line coach earlier this month.

According to mlive.com, Warinner has signed a two-year contract that will pay him $525,000 in 2018 and $550,000 in 2019. His scheduled salary for his role as an analyst with the football program? A “measly” $250,000.

Warinner spent the 2017 season as the offensive line coach and running-game coordinator at Minnesota. Prior to that, He was the line coach at Ohio State from 2012-16. In 2015, he added the title of co-offensive coordinator.