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WQAM Headlines: Urban Meyer Placed On Administrative Leave, Hurricanes Open Fall Camp This Weekend

Alex Donno
August 02, 2018 - 12:55 pm

In one corner, the college football world is getting rocked by a (potential) scandal. In the other, our currently-scandal-free Miami Hurricanes are ready to suit up and get going. Here are this week's WQAM Headlines. 

Urban Meyer placed on paid administrative leave by Ohio State. How much did Meyer know about alleged domestic violence by a former assistant coach? Is this a cover-up, or just a misunderstanding? The university is investigating claims by Courtney Smith that several Ohio State coaches, including Meyer, knew about her claims that her ex-husband, former OSU receivers coach Zach Smith, abused her. "All the coaches wives knew," Smith said to reporter Brett McMurphy. She believes Meyer was aware, and yet Urban denied this at Big 10 Media Days in January. If a cover-up is discovered during this ongoing investigation, Meyer's job could be in jeopardy. 

The Miami Hurricanes will hit the practice field this Saturday, August 4th, for the start of fall camp. It's been a long offseason for Mark Richt's team, who won 10 games in 2017 for the first time since Larry Coker's Canes did it in 2003. Malik Rosier has already been named the starting quarterback for Week 1 (Sep. 2nd against LSU) but all eyes will be on the fifth year senior to see if he can improve his accuracy and decision making. Last year, Rosier completed just 54 percent of his passes while throwing 14 interceptions. He made plenty of clutch throws and runs, but can take a huge step forward if he can jump into the 60 percent completions range. 

Miami's defensive tackle position will be intriguing to watch after they lost both of 2017's starters early to the draft. Gerald Willis is a fifth year senior with the skillset to shine, if he can stay disciplined and focused. Nesta Silvera, a true freshman, will likely see plenty playing time. At defensive end, true freshman Greg Rousseau was unblockable in spring football and could turn some heads in 2018. 

According to coach Richt, the indoor practice facility will be ready in a matter of weeks to house some practice sessions (in the case of lightning in the area.) As of last weekend, the turf was being laid down inside the building. In case you were wondering, the facility is in fact graded to withstand a category five hurricane. 

Xavien Howard is ascending at Dolphins training camp. During Thursday's practice, the third year cornerback recorded two or three interceptions (one of them might have been ruled incomplete, but it was an amazing play nonetheless). Howard seemingly has one of the two boundary CB spots locked up, and could have a breakout year for the Phins. His stock is rising.