Hurricanes' season already at crossroads
Most of us around here will be watching the series finale tonight between the Rays and Yankees (Sun Sports, 7 p.m.), but over on ESPN at 7:30, Miami visits Pitt in a game the Hurricanes must win if they hope to hang around the national championship picture. Miami is coming off a 36-24 loss to No. 2 Ohio State in a game that was nowhere near as close as the score would indicate. The Hurricanes returned a punt and a kickoff for touchdowns in that game and Ohio State took a knee inside the Miami 10 in final two minutes. That game easily could've been a 30-point Hurricanes' loss. Quarterback Jacory Harris was awful at Columbus, throwing four picks and doing nothing to disprove that he wilts on the road. Now tonight comes another road game for Harris as he and his teammates travel to Pitt, which is 1-1 with the loss coming in overtime at Utah in the season-opener. Pitt is a mess. Its star running back, Dion Lewis, is struggling and defensive end Greg Romeus is out with a bad back. Ultimately, it's games like these that will play a role in determining coach Randy Shannon's future. I'm still not convinced Shannon is the best game-day football coach in the world, but he certainly deserves credit for changing the Hurricanes' reputation off the field for the better. (Nothing like 7 a.m. practices to keep guys out of trouble.) But in Coral Gables, wins and losses usually are the measurement for success and Shannon needs a W tonight. And he'll get it. Prediction: Hurricanes win 31-21.