Lightning wrecks Miami Hurricanes preseason scrimmage — again

Miami practices under stormy skies during a spring 2015 workout. (Matt Porter)

Miami practices under stormy skies during a spring 2015 workout. (Matt Porter)


Miami’s indoor practice facility can’t come soon enough.

For the second time this preseason, Miami was unable to scrimmage on time because of lightning delays. Wednesday’s scrimmage, the third of camp, never got going and after an hour delay, was called off for good at 10:15 a.m.

The Hurricanes will try to scrimmage again Thursday morning, a team spokesperson said.

They were prepared to run their first-string offense and defense against a scout team mimicking Florida A&M, which Miami will face in 10 days. Several position battles were to be sorted out.

Last week’s scrimmage was delayed from morning until dusk because of lightning. This time, players couldn’t wait all day — they had to go to classes, which began Monday.

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Mark Richt, who was scheduled to address the media after the scrimmage, will no longer do so according to a UM spokesperson. Had he spoke, he might have reiterated his comments from last week.

“We had to wait all day for it,” he said.

That’s not all he’s waiting for.

Miami, located in one of the stormiest climates in the U.S., is one of a handful of major college programs that does not have an indoor practice facility. Since arriving at Miami on Dec. 4, Richt has campaigned for one publicly and privately (and did so at his last school, Georgia). Miami Athletics Director Blake James has said UM expects to announce a lead donor for the project in the coming weeks and, ideally, open a facility in 2018.

Looks like Bryant McKinnie and Vernon Carey (seen in the image below wearing orange) didn’t get to see much of anything on Wednesday:

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