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Jim Larrañaga recaps Miami’s last-second win at Virginia Tech.

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Miami football should benefit from lift of 25 scholarship class limit

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Nov 20, 2021; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Nov 20, 2021; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

The Miami football program should benefit from the announcement by the NCAA earlier this week that the scholarship limit of 25 per class will be lifted for the next two recruiting cycles. Miami signed 14 freshmen and 11 transfers for the 2022 season. Mario Cristobal and his staff can potentially stack their 2023 class.

The Miami football program could have exceeded the 25-man class in 2022. College football programs that lose seven or more transfers can sign up to 32 players. Programs are allowed one scholarship per transfer lost up to 32 total players in the class. Miami has lost 16 transfers since the beginning of the 2021 season.

Five players are committed to Miami in the Class of 2023. Miami will lose players to the transfer portal in the next year. As one of the most attractive destinations in college football, Miami should continue to be busy in the transfer portal every year. Miami has been able to improve the roster by adding transfers.

The hiring of Mario Cristobal as head coach should vault Miami from signing an averaging recruiting class in the teens in recent years to perennially top 10 classes. Cristobal signed an average class of 10.5 nationally at Oregon. Rivals.Com recruiting analyst Nick Harris expects Miami to benefit from more scholarships.

DI football annual signing and initial counter limits removed for next two academic years by DI Council. All Council actions are not final until today’s meeting ends. pic.twitter.com/M0OjNKGNWA

— Inside the NCAA (@InsidetheNCAA) May 18, 2022

“The question I have is how this will benefit top programs such as Miami and USC that are also handling first-year staffs and can also load up in the 2023 recruiting class.

Expect a flurry of camp offers to go out across the country this summer, and if you’re a recruit in the 2023 class debating whether to go to camps or not, then this rule is made for you to succeed.”

Miami should start receiving more commits to the 2023 class once players compete in the camps this summer. Cristobal inherited a class that ranked in the seventies when he was hired in December. The 2022 Miami class has an overall ranking of 13th nationally. The Miami transfer class ranks ninth.

With Cristobal at Miami and Lincoln Riley in his first offseason at USC, recruiting could shift in Southern California and South Florida. California, Florida, Georgia and Texas are the four biggest recruiting areas in college football. If Miami can return so being the primary program to recruit South Florida they will improve quickly.

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The Canes honored four seniors before facing Notre Dame at The Light.

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No. 9 Miami Blanked by No. 14 Notre Dame

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CORAL GABLES, Fla. — For the first time all season, No. 9 Miami was held scoreless, falling to No. 14 Notre Dame, 5-0, in front of a sold-out crowd Friday night at Alex Rodriguez Park at Mark Light Field.

“Notre Dame is a good team with a very good pitching staff,” Miami head coach Gino DiMare said. “The guy who started today was frustrating because he’s a guy who we seemed to get a lot of 3-2 counts, which was great in favor of us, especially early in the game, we just couldn’t capitalize. We had some taxing at-bats, we got his pitch count up a little bit there, but he’s kind of an odd guy. The ball was all over the place, good breaking ball—curveball, slider—and mixed his pitches. We had a chance there at the end, but we have to turn the page.” 

Despite the Hurricanes (38-16, 19-10 ACC) trailing the Fighting Irish (33-12, 16-10 ACC) by five in the final frame, Miami didn’t go down quietly.

The Hurricanes loaded the bases and put the tying tally in the on-deck circle, but Notre Dame right-hander Alex Rao got the final out to even the series.

The Irish smacked three home runs, bookending a two-run blast in the fifth inning with solo shots in the second and eighth, respectively.

Notre Dame right-hander Austin Temple (4-1) picked up the victory, tossing six innings of one-hit baseball.

Meanwhile, Miami starter Karson Ligon (6-5) was tagged with the loss, allowing three runs over five frames.

“I thought he threw well, just a few pitches here and there that I’m sure he wished he had back,” DiMare said. “I’d like to see him right out of the gate, be sharp and on point. He probably threw a little bit too much to his arm side.”

Prior to Friday’s contest, Miami hosted its Senior Day ceremony, honoring right-handed pitchers Anthony Arguelles and Jordan Dubberly, and left-handed hurlers JP Gates and Matt Raudelunas.

The Hurricanes wrap up their 2022 regular season slate with a rubber game against the Irish Saturday.

“Winning a series would be a big confidence booster, especially against a team like Notre Dame that’s highly ranked,” DiMare said. “It can only benefit us winning this series in so many ways. We’re still in a very good place. We have an opportunity to win the series and put ourselves in a very good position going into the ACC Tournament.”

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