It has been almost a week since the COVID-19 outbreak brought college athletics to a screeching halt. The NCAA canceled the NCAA Tournament and all spring sports Thursday, effectively ending this academic year for the Miami Hurricanes sports teams.
Miami’s top-five baseball team won’t get to make a run at the College World Series. The Hurricanes won’t get to keep working in their new-look offense with spring football practices. Miami’s men’s basketball team won’t get to play in whatever third-tier tournament it was maybe thinking of playing in.
The Eye on the U podcast is back after a brief coronavirus-induced hiatus to break down what has happened in the last few days since the sports world stopped. David Wilson and Susan Miller Degnan, the Miami Herald’s Hurricanes beat writer, talk about what they have been doing with all their free time and what Miami has maybe been doing with its.
We start things off with some football talk, as we put a final bow on the Hurricanes’ abbreviated spring slate and reveal the one benefit Miami might get out of the coronavirus shutdown of college football. Four days earlier this month on the practice fields in South Florida might be the four most important days of the year for the Hurricanes. Degnan explains why.
Later, we dive into the potential long-term implications of the virus and how it might affect things moving into the 2020 season and beyond. Is it possible the start of next season could be delayed because of the pandemic.
Finally, we wrap up by talking about what the virus means for the winter and spring sports in Coral Gables. The men’s and women’s basketball teams’ seasons were over, but the baseball team missed a golden opportunity when the season came to an abrupt end Thursday.