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Miami baseball missing hospitalized Morris

The Miami baseball team boarded a flight Wednesday bound for its NCAA region tournament without Jim Morris, its 20-year coach who remained at Duke University Hospital as he recovers from pneumonia.

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Morris was admitted Saturday before Miami's win over Clemson in its ACC tournament finale.

Assistant Gino DiMare is filling in for Morris.

"He's a ball of energy," senior outfielder Chantz Mack said of DiMare. "He's a perfectionist and everyone loves him."

A university spokesman said there's no word if Morris will rejoin the team for its Friday opener against Oklahoma State in Louisville.

Mack said players have been texting well wishes to Morris and he's offering encouragement. "It's definitely strange because he's always around — he's the head guy," Mack said.

Tampa Baseball: The Spartans play at 3 today against Grand Valley State needing one win for a spot in Saturday's 7 p.m. Division II national championship game in Cary, N.C. Grand Valley State eliminated Franklin Pierce 10-3 Wednesday. If Tampa loses today, the teams play again Friday for a spot in the title game.

Paterno lawsuit: The estate of late Penn State football coach Joe Paterno and several university trustees and former players plan to sue the NCAA over the landmark sanctions against the university for the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal. The Paterno family's attorney, Wick Sollers, said on Costas Tonight that aired Wednesday that former coaches and faculty members are part of the suit. Sollers said NCAA president Mark Emmert and Oregon State president Edward Ray — who was chair of the NCAA's executive committee — are also named.

FSU lands big recruit: Tallahassee Godby four-star outside linebacker Jacob Pugh committed to Florida State's 2014 class, picking the Seminoles over Florida and Alabama. He cited a familiarity with FSU and its family atmosphere. Pugh, 6 feet 4, 221 pounds, is FSU's 11th overall commitment for 2014.

More Football: A cause of death was not determined after an autopsy on Cullen Finnerty, 30, who starred as a Division II quarterback at Grand Valley State. His body was discovered Tuesday in woods in western Michigan, 65 miles north of Grand Rapids. He disappeared Sunday while fishing, leaving behind a wife and two young children. … Georgia suspended projected starting safety Josh Harvey-Clemons for the opener at Clemson, citing an undisclosed violation of team rules. … Kansas defensive lineman Chris Martin was charged with aggravated robbery, conspiracy to commit aggravated robbery and kidnapping. He spent the 2010 season at Florida, never playing because of transfer rules then leaving after various off-field incidents.

Men's golf: UCF is ninth, Florida State is tied for 13th and Florida is 26th out of 30 teams after two rounds of the NCAA Championships in Milton, Ga. UCF shot 6-under 274 and is at 1-over 561, FSU (277) is at 564, and UF (283) is at 574. Georgia Tech (558) leads Cal by a stroke. Today's round ends stroke play; the top eight teams advance to match play. UCF's Greg Eason shot 4-under 66 and is tied for second at 6-under 134, one back of Arizona State's Jon Rahm, in the individual competition.

Basketball: Trustees signed off on a $200,000 annual raise and extension through April 2018 for Illinois coach John Groce. His salary is $1.2 million a year. … Cliff Meely, who played for Colorado from 1968-71 and averaged 24.3 points, still a school record, died at age 65. He suffered complications from a blood infection.

Miami baseball missing hospitalized Morris 05/29/13 [Last modified: Thursday, May 30, 2013 12:46am]
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