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From the Desk of Dan Radakovich

From the Desk of Dan Radakovich

Dear Canes Community,

It’s an exciting time of the year for Miami Athletics as our winter sports are pushing towards postseason play and many of our spring sports have kicked off their campaigns. In all we have nine teams in action so there are plenty of opportunities to cheer on the Canes!

Football Schedule Released

Our 2024 football schedule has been released and it features plenty of exciting home matchups, in-state intrigue, and trips to places the Canes haven’t seen in a long time.

We kick off the season on August 31 at Florida, our first meeting with the Gators since 2019 and our first trip to Gainesville since 2008. We return home to host Florida A&M (September 7) and Ball State (September 14) before hitting the road again across the state to face USF in Tampa on September 21.

The Canes open ACC play at Hard Rock Stadium on Friday, September 27 against Virginia Tech. We then travel across the country to face California on October 5, our first trip to Berkeley since 1990. After our first bye week, we play at Louisville on October 19 before returning home to face Florida State (October 26) and Duke (November 2) in back-to-back weeks.

After a road game at Georgia Tech on November 9 we have another week off before our home finale on November 23 against Wake Forest. The Canes wrap up the regular season on November 30 at Syracuse, our first visit there since 2002.

The future looks bright as Mario Cristobal enters his third season. We have many young contributors returning on offense and defense, and the Canes finished third in the 247 Sports recruiting rankings for 2024 — the first time we have posted consecutive Top 10 recruiting classes since 2002-03.

It promises to be an exciting season and season tickets are available now. Call 1-800-GO-CANES or click here so you don’t miss any of the action!

Basketball Postseason Push

Jim Larrañaga’s squad rallied to defeat Virginia Tech 82-74 Saturday at Watsco Center and secure a series sweep of the Hokies. The Canes are now 15-7 overall and 6-5 in ACC play with another crucial conference test tonight at Virginia, which has won six straight games. Tipoff is 7 p.m. on ESPN. Tune in to cheer on the Canes!

Katie Meier’s women’s team is 14-7 overall and 4-6 in the ACC after falling to Florida State Sunday in Tallahassee. The Canes return home to face Clemson Thursday at 6 p.m. Let’s pack Watsco! Single-game tickets are on sale for both men’s and women’s basketball. Call 1-800-GO-CANES or click here to reserve your seats today!

See You at The Light

Our baseball team will host its annual Alumni Game Saturday night at 6 p.m. The Canes will open their first campaign under head coach J.D. Arteaga on February 16 against NJIT, the first of 16 straight home games to start the season.

Season tickets are on sale now. Call 1-800-GO-CANES or click here to secure your seats and we will see you at The Light throughout the spring!

Olympic Sports Update

Our track and field squad is off to a strong start in its indoor season. Edgar Campre won the heptathlon at the DeLoss Dodds Invitational hosted by Kansas State this past weekend, posting a school record 5,778 points, besting Aaron Moser’s 22-year-old mark. Gabriella Grissom (women’s 800m), Sincere Rhea (men’s 60m hurdles) and Kennedy Brace (women’s 400m) also won their respective events.

Our women’s tennis rallied to defeat No. 9 Texas A&M 4-3 last week. Alexa Noel defeated the nation’s top-ranked player Mary Stoiana in three sets at No. 1 singles. Our men’s tennis team is off to a 5-1 start and hosts USF Thursday at the Neil Schiff Tennis Center.

Our golf team enters the final round of the UCF Challenge in Orlando in second place behind North Carolina after firing a round of eight-under par Sunday. Sara Byrne sits at four-under and tied for eighth place on the individual leaderboard. Good luck to the Canes in the final round!

New Home for Rowing

Our rowing team moved into its new training facility last week, a converted sanctuary at the corner of Red Road and Levante Avenue. It is a beautiful facility that features an ergometer workout room, training room and a student-athlete lounge. Several rowing alumni – both men and women – attended last week’s open house and we are thrilled that our rowers have a place to call home. Thank you to everyone from our athletics and campus facilities departments who helped make it happen!

All-ACC Academic Honors

The All-ACC Academic teams for fall sports were announced last week and 49 Canes earned recognition.

Cross Country: Lexine Arambulo, Bianca Bonato, Daphnee Lavassas, Emma Maurel, Madeline Scheier, Brin Strouse, Natalie Varela, Austen Cannon, Michael Castillo, Cormac O’Brien, David Stager, Matthew Thomas, Alec Torricella, Nico Valentine

Football: Raul Aguirre, Ajay Allen, Rueben Bain, Damari Brown, Mark Fletcher, Will Hutchinson, Nathaniel Joseph, Dylan Joyce, Francis Mauigoa, Francisco Mauigoa, Marcellius Pulliam, Michael Redding III, Jalen Rivers

Soccer: Gianna Angelillo, Melissa Dagenais, Julia Edwards, Jordan Felton, Caroline Hood, Claire Llewellyn, Tusca Mahmoudpour, Emilie McCartney, Lauren Meeks, Katerina Molina, Sonia Neighbors, Maya Rogers, Hallie Salas, Taylor Shell, Reese Wheeler

Volleyball: Abby Casiano, Janice Leao, Milana Moisio, Cianna Tejada, Savannah Vach, Alanys Viera, Peyman Yardimci

Academic requirements for selection to the All-ACC Academic Team are a 3.0-grade point average for the previous semester and a 3.0 cumulative average during one’s academic career. In addition, student-athletes must have competed in at least 50 percent of their team’s contests on the season. Congratulations to all our All-ACC Academic honorees!

Canes Connection

Canes Connection – our Official NIL Collective – continues to develop partnerships to benefit student-athletes with the goal of helping Miami build the most successful NIL program in college athletics.

Canes Connection also helps Canes fans, alumni, and corporate partners support student-athletes, and as a benefit of their support, Canes Connection members receive exclusive access to a wide variety of benefits including direct interaction and engagement with Hurricanes student-athletes. There are six membership plans to choose from. Click here to learn more about Canes Connection.

Our Canes Community remains stronger than ever thanks to your generosity. Go Canes!

– Dan Radakovich