Miami Hurricanes guard Chris Lykes decides to turn pro
CORAL GABLES, Fla. – Dynamic 5-foot-7 Miami Hurricanes guard Chris Lykes has decided to turn pro after a senior season limited to two games because of an ankle injury. Lykes’ size makes him a long shot for the NBA, and he might play in Europe next season. Miami coach Jim Larranaga says senior forward Elijah Olaniyi also will not return. He hopes to turn pro but will also enter the transfer portal. Senior forward Sam Waardenburg plans to return for a sixth season after missing all of 2020-21 because of a shoulder injury.
Tar Heels sorry for breaching COVID-19 protocols
(AP Photo/Kathy Kmonicek, File)North Carolina players apologized Tuesday for not following school and athletic department COVID-19 guidelines during a celebratory gathering after a win at rival Duke. “Our intention was to celebrate privately within our group,” the players and managers said in a statement released by the school. “But they realize they did make a mistake, for which they are paying a very significant price,” Williams said. The Tar Heels (12-6, 7-4 ACC), who have won seven of nine, are scheduled to visit ninth-ranked Virginia on Saturday. “We have worked too hard for eight months doing the right things to make those kinds of mistakes at this point in the season,” the players and managers said.
University of Miami president joins group of student athletes and their coaches for silent protest
CORAL GABLES, Fla. Protests have been held across the county and here in South Florida following the death of George Floyd. Tuesday night, on the University of Miami campus, student athletes were joined by their coaches and even school president Dr. Julio Frenk for a silent protest. Protestors went down on one knee for eight minutes and 46 seconds. Tuesdays demonstration was held inside the football teams new indoor practice facility that opened in 2018. Among those attending the protest were football head coach Manny Diaz, mens basketball head coach Jim Larranaga and womens basketball head coach Katie Meier.
Hurricanes headed to Italy for summer tour
Miami head coach Jim Larranaga and his Hurricanes are headed to Italy to play three games in 10 days. CORAL GABLES, Fla. - The Miami Hurricanes are headed to Europe. The Hurricanes are set to play one game in each of their three stops in Rome, Florence and Como. "We are thrilled to have the opportunity to take our program on this incredible trip abroad," head coach Jim Larranaga said. They'll conclude their European tour with a game against LCC International University on Aug. 17 in Como.
Hurricanes headed to Brooklyn in December for tip-off with Temple
CORAL GABLES, Fla. - Miami's basketball team is Brooklyn-bound. The Hurricanes will play Temple on Dec. 17 in the inaugural Basketball Hall of Fame Invitational at the Barclays Center, home of the NBA's Brooklyn Nets. "This is a great opportunity for Hurricanes' fans to get an early look at our 2019-20 team against a quality opponent in a world-class facility. The Hurricanes defeated the Owls 60-57 the last time they met in the 2015 National Invitational Tournament semifinals. Temple was 23-10 last season, falling to Belmont in the First Four of the NCAA tournament.
Hurricanes crack top 10
CORAL GABLES, Fla. – Jim Larranaga and the Miami Hurricanes are in the top 10. The Hurricanes were ranked No. 8 in the Associated Press poll Monday. Miami is ranked 9th in the coaches poll. Miami beat Florida State over the weekend to up its record to 13-1 and 2-0 in the Atlantic Coast Conference.