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Behind the U, the official podcast of Miami Athletics, features entertaining and engaging interviews with Hurricanes past and present, giving listeners exclusive insight into what makes The U one of the most storied and fascinating programs in college athletics.

Episode 42: Jose “Keno” Gandara | September 21, 2021
Josh Darrow checks in with UM volleyball coach Keno Gandara, who talks about growing up in Puerto Rico as a baseball and volleyball standout, his collegiate playing days at UC-Santa Barbara, his professional career overseas, his decision to get into coaching, why he coveted the Miami job and how his team has jumped out to a 9-1 start this season.

Episode 41: Don Soldinger | September 14, 2021
Josh Darrow catches up with former Canes assistant coach and legendary Miami high school coach Don Soldinger, who talks about getting hired by Howard Schnellenberger, working for Jimmy Johnson, Butch Davis and Larry Coker, the most memorable UM running back performances on his watch and what the Canes and Miami mean to him.

Episode 40: Lou Hedley | September 7, 2021
Josh Darrow checks in with Canes punter Lou Hedley, who talks about growing up in a small Australian fishing town, his love of Australian rules football, how he transitioned to the American version of the sport, how he arrived at UM, what sparked last season’s net punting record and (of course) his famous collection of tattoos.

Episode 39: Todd Blackledge | August 31, 2021

Josh Darrow catches up with ESPN college football analyst Todd Blackledge, who discusses playing Miami when he was the quarterback at Penn State, his thoughts on conference realignment, what he likes about D’Eriq King and how the Canes match up against Alabama in the season opener, which he will call as a member of ABC’s crew.

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Episode 38: Rob Likens | August 24, 2021

Josh Darrow chats with Canes wide receivers coach Rob Likens, who details how football helped mold him and guide his career path, how he came to embrace an up tempo offense, his experience as an offensive coordinator, how he ended up at Miami and what he loves about his wide receiver room in Coral Gables.

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Episode 37: Canes Vault NFT Marketplace | August 17, 2021

In conjunction with the launch of CanesVault – Miami’s new non-fungible token marketplace — Josh Darrow talks NFTs with Brian Burns and Jon Parise from GigLabs, who detail the history of NFTs, the philosophy and technology behind it and how they helped Miami build CanesVault, the unique marketplace that celebrates the rich history of UM Athletics.

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Episode 36: Durand Scott | August 10, 2021

Josh Darrow talks to Canes basketball great Durand Scott, who looks back at his high school playing days in the Big Apple, his decision to come to Miami, the Canes’ magical run to the 2013 ACC title, his professional career overseas and the non-profit he’s launched to help other players.

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Episode 35: Michelle Atherley | August 3, 2021

Josh Darrow catches up with Canes track and field legend Michelle Atherley, who details her journey to Miami, how she came to embrace the multi events, the NCAA and ACC titles she captured, her recent run at the Olympic Trials and her continued activism on the social justice front at UM.

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Episode 34: Garin Justice | July 27, 2021

In the second of a two-part episode, Josh Darrow continues his conversation with Canes offensive line coach Garin Justice, who discusses his stint as a young Division II head coach, what he learned as an offensive coordinator at UNLV, how he arrived in Coral Gables and what he loves most about coaching offensive linemen.

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Episode 33: Garin Justice | July 20, 2021

In the first of a two-part episode, Josh Darrow catches up with Canes offensive line coach Garin Justice, who recounts his days as a three-sport standout in West Virginia, his ascension to team captain in college, his decision to make coaching a career and his versatile karaoke skills, which a surprise guest verifies.

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Episode 32: Canes Jai-Alai | July 13, 2021

Josh Darrow hosts a roundtable with former Canes student-athletes who are now playing professional jai-alai in Miami. They discuss the initial outreach to UM alumni, how their athletic backgrounds helped them transition to a brand new game and what they envision going forward for the sport they now proudly call their own.

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Episode 31: Gaby Sanchez | July 6, 2021

Josh Darrow talks to Canes baseball great, seven-year MLB veteran and current ACC Network analyst Gaby Sanchez, who discusses growing up in Miami, his two trips to Omaha with the Canes, breaking into the big leagues with his hometown Marlins and how baseball shaped his life on the diamond and beyond.

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Episode 30: John Routh | June 29, 2021

Josh Darrow chats with UM Sports Hall of Fame Executive Director John Routh, who details the history of the Hall of Fame but also reminisces about his longtime stints as Miami’s beloved mascots Sebastian the Ibis and Miami Maniac, which include helicopters, steers, parades, wedding receptions, ski jumping and being “detained” on an opponent’s field in 1989.

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Episode 29: Jon Beason | June 22, 2021

Josh Darrow catches up with nine-year NFL veteran and three-time Pro Bowler Jon Beason, who talks about his high school days in South Florida, his transition from fullback to linebacker, his coaching mentors, his memories of Sean Taylor, the unparalleled linebacker tradition at Miami and what it takes to achieve greatness.

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Episode 28: Estela Perez-Somarriba | June 15, 2021

As a run up to Miami’s seventh annual Celebration of Women’s Athletics presented by adidas, Josh Darrow talks to Estela Perez-Somarriba, whose decorated tennis career includes the 2019 NCAA singles champion title, five All-America honors, the most wins in UM history, two degrees and a 3.9 GPA. Josh also visits with Deputy AD Jennifer Strawley on the history and importance of the CWA.

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Episode 27: Larry Coker | June 8, 2021

Josh Darrow visits with 2001 national championship head coach Larry Coker, who reflects on his path to coaching, his arrival in Coral Gables, assuming the reins as head coach, the Canes’ incredible championship run and the controversial finish that denied UM back-to-back titles.

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Episode 26: Clinton Portis | June 1, 2021

Josh Darrow checks in with 2001 national champion and nine-year NFL veteran Clinton Portis, who talks about moving from Mississippi to Florida, his recruitment to UM, his running back battles with fellow Canes greats, what fueled the national title run and his pro career in Denver and Washington.

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Episode 25: Leon Searcy | May 25, 2021

Josh Darrow catches up with All-American offensive tackle and first-round draft pick Leon Searcy, who talks about his late start to high school football, playing for both Jimmy Johnson and Dennis Erickson, being a member of three national championship teams and how The U prepared him for an 11-year career in the NFL.

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Episode 24: Dennis Erickson | May 18, 2021

Josh Darrow visits with two-time national championship coach and College Football Hall of Famer Dennis Erickson, who looks back on his arrival at Miami, his revolutionary offensive schemes, some of the Canes greats he recruited and coached, and his memories of the 1991 national champions as their 30th anniversary approaches this fall.

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Episode 23: Gino Torretta | May 11, 2021

Josh Darrow checks in with Heisman Trophy winner and national champion Gino Torretta, who reflects on his recruitment to Miami from northern California, taking over the starting quarterback role, the 1991 national title, his memories of Hurricane Andrew and his award-winning senior campaign.

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Episode 22: Tamara James | May 4, 2021

Josh Darrow catches up with Canes basketball legend and current Mayor of Dania Beach Tamara James, who discusses her decision to come to UM, her record-setting career as a Cane, how her pro career led her overseas and how her basketball background has helped her navigate her new role as a public servant.

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Episode 21: Jack McClinton | April 27, 2021

Josh Darrow visits with two-time All-ACC guard Jack McClinton, who talks about growing up in the hoops hotbed of Baltimore, his journey to Miami, the Hurricanes’ 2008 NCAA Tournament run and his fashion-focused business career after basketball.

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Episode 20: Santana Moss | April 20, 2021

Josh Darrow joins All-America wide receiver and 14-year NFL veteran Santana Moss for a candid, emotional and uplifting conversation about growing up in Miami, his journey to UM, playing two sports for the Hurricanes, the football program’s rise back to national prominence and his remarkable pro career.

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Episode 19: Steve Walsh | April 13, 2021

Josh Darrow checks in with legendary Canes quarterback Steve Walsh, who talks about getting recruited by Jimmy Johnson, learning the ropes from Heisman winner Vinny Testaverde, helping UM capture the 1987 national championship, the controversial loss to Notre Dame the following year and his current job as a CFL coach.

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Episode 18: Danny Valencia | April 6, 2021

Josh Darrow catches up with Canes baseball alum and nine-year Major League Baseball veteran Danny Valencia, who talks about his time at UM, his experience with seven MLB clubs and his upcoming trip to the Summer Olympics in Tokyo with Team Israel.

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Episode 17: Amy Audibert | March 30, 2021

Canes basketball alumna Amy Audibert talks with Josh Darrow about playing for two UM head coaches, her decision to pursue a broadcasting career in upstate New York and her native Canada, and her historic Toronto Raptors broadcast last week as part of the NBA’s first all-female television broadcast crew.

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Episode 16: Ishmael Aristide | March 23, 2021

New outside linebackers coach Ishmael Aristide talks with Josh Darrow about his decision to pivot from a corporate career to college coaching, his experience with three SEC schools, his recruiting philosophy and his deep family ties to the city he now calls home again.

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Episode 15: David Cooney | March 16, 2021

Josh Darrow catches up with UM Director of Recruiting David Cooney, who discusses his rise through the South Florida high school coaching ranks, his decision to jump to college coaching, his transition to the recruiting department and how the Canes are approaching their recruiting efforts for the upcoming class.

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Episode 14: David Feeley | March 9, 2021

Josh Darrow checks in with UM football’s strength and conditioning director David Feeley, who details his training philosophy, his rise in the college ranks, the challenges his staff faced during the pandemic and how the Canes are gearing up for the start of spring ball.

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Episode 13: Jess Simpson | March 2, 2021

Jess Simpson talks with Josh Darrow about his return to Coral Gables as assistant head coach/defensive line, how working in the NFL helped him grow as a coach, his legendary high school coaching career in Georgia, and what excites him personally and professionally about coming back to The U.

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Episode 12: Bruce Brown | February 23, 2021

Joe Zagacki checks in with Brooklyn Nets point guard Bruce Brown, who talks about his two seasons at The U, how Jim Larrañaga and the staff helped him hone his game, his NBA development and what it’s like to suit up with the likes of Kevin Durant, James Harden and Kyrie Irving on a Nets squad contending for a title.

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Episode 11: UM Athletics Trailblazers | February 16, 2021

Josh Darrow sits down with the winners of the first UM Athletics Trailblazer Award. Hurricanes legends and pioneers Will Allen, Ray Bellamy and Kim Sands discuss their journey to Miami, the challenges they faced, the lasting legacies they have created and their memories of fellow honoree Dr. Henry King Stanford.

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Episode 10: Yonder Alonso | February 9, 2021

As baseball season approaches Josh Darrow checks in with Hurricanes great Yonder Alonso, who discusses his family’s emigration from Cuba, his decision to go to UM, the Canes’ stacked 2008 squad and his 10-year Major League Baseball career.

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Episode 9: DeMarcus Van Dyke | February 2, 2021

New cornerbacks coach DeMarcus Van Dyke talks with Josh Darrow about growing up a Canes fans in Miami, his playing days at The U and his new coaching role on Manny Diaz’s staff — all while securing some surprise guests to crash the episode.

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Episode 8: Travaris Robinson | January 26, 2021

New defensive backs coach Travaris Robinson talks with Josh Darrow about his Miami roots, his climb up the college coaching ladder, his decision to join Manny Diaz’s staff, and what excites him about UM’s program going forward.

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Episode 7: Mark Richt | January 19, 2021

Former UM quarterback and head coach Mark Richt chats with Josh Darrow about his playing days under Howard Schnellenberger, his rise up the college coaching ranks, his return to The U in 2016 and his new career as an ACC Network college football analyst.

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Episode 6: Dan Morgan | January 12, 2021

Legendary Canes linebacker and current Bills Director of Player Personnel Dan Morgan catches up with Josh Darrow on his historic career at UM, Buffalo’s current playoff run, and getting the call this week for the College Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2021.

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Episode 5: Brock Berlin | January 5, 2021

Josh Darrow talks with Brock Berlin about his record-setting high school career in Louisiana, transferring to The U and earning the starting quarterback job, the historic 2003 comeback against Florida, and his undefeated record against the Canes’ Sunshine State rivals.

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Episode 4: Chris Fallica | December 29, 2020

Josh Darrow talks with ESPN’s Chris Fallica about his days as a UM undergraduate working in the athletic department, his expanding role on College GameDay, and how Lee Corso coined his nickname “The Bear.”

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Episode 3: Manny Diaz | December 22, 2020

Fresh off National Signing Day, Josh Darrow breaks down Miami’s 2021 signing class with Manny Diaz as the head coach discusses how this class evolved and how the newest Hurricanes will impact the roster going forward.

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Episode 2: Rhett Lashlee | December 15, 2020

Miami offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee chats with Josh Darrow about the roots of his up-tempo offensive philosophy, how his coaching journey eventually landed him in Coral Gables and how he and his wife draw up the playbook to raise two sets of twins.

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Episode 1: Jimmy Johnson | December 9, 2020

In the first episode host, Josh Darrow chats with former Canes head coach and College and Pro Football Hall of Famer Jimmy Johnson on his time in Coral Gables, his road to Canton, and his love of South Florida.

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