MIAMI (CBSMiami / AP) – One team will win bad competition status, and the other team will fall deeper into misery.
With an interim coach on one side and a professional coach on the other, Virginia Tech will visit Miami on Saturday for a much-anticipated team game this season. They have identical profiles; 5-5 overall, 3-3 in the Atlantic Coast Conference, is not far from the level desired for both programs.
JC Price, who played for Virginia Tech and was an all-American there in 1995 – when the Hokies lost 0-2, then beat Miami to start running towards a 10-2 finish – will be coaching temporary member after Justin Fuente was told he wouldn’t return in 2022 and then decided not to end 2021.
Price is Virginia Tech’s defensive line co-coach and defensive recruiting coordinator.
He is married to a former Virginia Tech women’s basketball player and a member of the school’s Sports Hall of Fame, former Jenny Root.
“We think he’s the right man for that position,” said sporting director Whit Babcock.
“This is his school.”
The price still faces an uncertain future.
So did Miami coach Manny Diaz, after one of his hires, Blake James, was fired from his position as athletic director on Monday.
Diaz is aged 19-15 in his three seasons and the number of calls for his dismissal continues to grow, especially after last week’s final second loss to rivals Florida State. .
The last six, all ACC games, are unlike any in Miami history: all decided by four points or less, and all with the Hurricanes allowing at least 30 points.
Hurricanes were 3-3 in those games, with a total score of 200-200.
Diaz said he is feeling the pressure, but not more than usual.
Diaz, who has his first three years, said: “I almost finished six years at the University of Miami and I never felt like I had to go to a game where it wasn’t a game we didn’t have to. win. defensive coordinator.
“What is needed to win a football match is what is needed. And that’s it. Once you check in and you wear The U, it’s a must. ”
Hurricane WR Charleston Rambo has 954 yards of reception this season, putting the Oklahoma transfer on the brink of the 1,000-yard fifth season in Miami history.
He’s also in the number 208 against Allen Hurns’ school record of 1,162 in 2013.
Rambo has also had 64 catches so far this year, eight times less than the school’s 72 set up by Leonard Hankerson in 2010.
Virginia Tech this season is 5-2 when scoring first, 0-3 when the opponent scores.
Miami is 4-0 this season and 13-2 under Diaz when scoring his first, but 1-5 when opponents score their first this season and 6-13 in Diaz’s three seasons.
Last year was an exception: Virginia Tech scored the first on the lead 14-3, but Miami won 25-24.
There were seven players who scored in last season’s Miami-Virginia Tech game, but most won’t count on Saturday’s stats.
Jalen Holston had two quick touches for Virginia Tech against Miami last season.
But he hasn’t been touched in any of the Hokies’ last four, despite appearing in all 10 games this season.
Aside from Holston, everyone else who scored in last year’s game has moved, graduated or got injured.
Here’s the odd one: Virginia Tech dropped exactly 17 points in three straight games.
There have been a number of teams with such streaks – 17 points allowed in three consecutive games – before, including Miami in 1993.
But no major college team has ever dropped exactly like that in four consecutive games.
Miami leads the all-time 23-15 streak, but the last 21 encounters are nearing an end.
The hurricane is 11-10 since the beginning of the 2000 season against Virginia Tech.
Composite scores of those 21 games: Virginia Tech 526, Miami 522.
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