Pandemic postponements have put the college football season on hold for several universities around the country, but in Miami hope is not lost that there will be a fall football season.
Expectations from head coach of the Hurricanes, Manny Diaz, is that UM will kick off their season as scheduled September 10 vs UAB.
Today on the Hoch and Crowder show, Diaz was asked by Hoch if he believed in his heart of hearts that Miami will play at Hard Rock Stadium in less than a month. “Yeah, I do,” responded Diaz.
Diaz’s optimism may come as a shock to some after the Big Ten and Pac-12 conferences, among almost every lower-level conference, announced in the past weeks they will cancel the fall college football season.
The second-year head coach conveyed the importance of his team's understanding that they control their situation.
“What they believe is that if they continue to do the right things, be smart not only when they’re in the building or at practice but when they’re not in the building, If we keep our numbers where they’ve been then we will have the opportunity to play a football season,” Miami's coach said.
The Miami Hurricanes are a week into this season's training camp and University of Miami President, Dr. Julio Frenk, told CNBC on Tuesday things have been trending well.
"In the last two tests, we have had exactly zero positive cases,” referring to student athletes currently on campus.
Listen to Manny Diaz tell Hoch and Crowder why he believes UM will start their season as scheduled and detail a study UM conducted which he says shows players are in less “close contact” than most think.
Coach Diaz also discussed recruiting with Hoch and Crowder and explained how he has found continued success recruiting during the pandemic.
Diaz’s Canes currently hold the No. 9 overall recruiting class for 2021 according to 247 Sports and he mentions Zoom and his staff’s efforts as the main reason why.
“When we were shut down with the pandemic during lockdown, there was a lot of opportunities for Zoom and some things like that,” Diaz said. “We just had to adjust, and I just give the credit to the staff. You got a great personal staff, the offensive coaches, defensive coaches. I think our recruiting prowess as a staff has definitely upgraded.
"Our recruiting staff has done a phenomenal job and some of these people, I can't get into specific names, but some of these people you’re speaking of, again, one of the cool things about having some continuity here is that these are some relationships that have been formed since these kids were in ninth grade. So we’ve known these kids and these families for a long time.”
Listen to the entire Manny Diaz interview with Hoch and Crowder below: