Miami loses another key player to injury

Miami Hurricanes Ahmmon Richards (82) dives for a second quarter touchdown as Pittsburgh Panthers' Avonte Maddox (14) fails to defend at Heinz Field Friday, Nov. 24, 2017 in Pittsburgh, Pa. (Charles Trainor Jr./Miami Herald/TNS)  1216805
Miami Hurricanes Ahmmon Richards (82) dives for a second quarter touchdown as Pittsburgh Panthers' Avonte Maddox (14) fails to defend at Heinz Field Friday, Nov. 24, 2017 in Pittsburgh, Pa. (Charles Trainor Jr./Miami Herald/TNS) 1216805
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Miami receiver Ahmmon Richards has a meniscus injury in his left knee, the Hurricanes’ second major player to be lost for the season in the past week.

Five days after senior tight end Christopher Herndon sustained a knee injury on Friday at Pittsburgh, Richards injured his knee Wednesday morning during practice. He is scheduled for surgery this week.

Richards has been limited to only eight games during his injury-plagued sophomore season. He has 24 catches for 439 yards and three touchdowns.

But the 6-foot-1, 190-pound Wellington native flashed plenty of potential last season in setting a Miami freshman record with 934 receiving yards and earning third-team All-ACC honors.

The No. 7 Hurricanes play No. 1 Clemson in Saturday’s ACC title game in Charlotte, N.C., with a berth in the College Football Playoff at stake.

ACC HONORS: Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson was named the ACC’s player of the year for a second straight season. North Carolina State defensive end Bradley Chubb was named defensive player of the year.

Vols’ search goes on, and on, and …

It was another day of confusion and rumors for Tennessee’s vacancy, but one thing remained: The Vols are still looking for a coach.

A day after Mike Gundy said no and chose to stay at Oklahoma State, multiple reports surfaced that Tennessee athletic director John Currie had turned his attention to Purdue coach Jeff Brohm, who briefly played quarterback for the Tampa Bay Bucs in 1998. The two reportedly had discussions about the job, but no deal was reached. Now the Vols seemingly have moved on again.

Up next, according to multiple reports, North Carolina State’s Dave Doeren. He reportedly was in the running for the Mississippi vacancy, but interim Matt Luke was promoted to head coach.

COACHING MOVES: Mississippi State made it official, hiring Penn State offensive coordinator Joe Moorhead as its new head coach. Moorhead, 44, replaces Dan Mullen, who left after nine seasons to take the job at Florida. … Washington’s co-offensive coordinator Jonathan Smith, 38, has been hired to be Oregon State’s new head coach. … Former NFL coach and current ESPN analyst Herm Edwards, 63, who hasn’t coached since 2008, will interview for the vacant Arizona State job and is expected to accept it pending approval from ASU president Dr. Michael Crow, according to 247Sports.com.

Basketball: Blue Devils hold off Hoosiers

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — No. 1 Duke pulled away late for a 91-81 win over Indiana in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. The Blue Devils (9-0) led 78-77 with 4:11 left before going on a 13-4 run to close out IU (4-3). … Jalen Brunson had 17 points to lead five players in double figures as No. 4 Villanova (7-0) ripped Penn 90-62. The game was played at Jake Nevin Field House, a bandbox gym on Villanova’s campus that seats 2,220. … Luke Maye scored 27 as No. 13 North Carolina beat visiting Michigan 86-71 in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge.

COACH OUT: East Carolina coach Jeff Lebo stepped down amid a 2-4 start. Lebo is a former North Carolina guard who had a 116-122 record at ECU and was in his eighth season.

WOMEN: Arike Ogunbowale scored 20 of her 32 in the first half as No. 3 Notre Dame (7-0) rolled to an 83-63 road win over No. 22 Michigan. … Shakayla Thomas scored 17 of her 31 in the fourth as No. 13 FSU beat host Iowa 94-93 in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge.

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