MIAMI GARDENS, FL – NOVEMBER 23: The Miami Hurricanes take the field during a game against the Virginia Cavaliers at Sun Life Stadium on November 23, 2013 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)It appears the Miami Hurricanes won’t just be losing important members of their coaching staff this winter. With one more game left this season, the ACC powerhouse will be without a vital part of its offense in the future.Jarren Williams barely saw the field this year, as the dual-threat quarterback was still learning Mark Richt’s system. Now, the freshman will look for another college to call home.Steve Wiltfong of 247Sports is reporting that Williams will transfer from Miami later this month. The four-star recruit is expected to be in the NCAA Transfer Portal by Dec. 21.Breaking: Sources tell me that former 4-star QB Jarren Williams will transfer from Miami https://t.co/5ydxseHSRU— Steve Wiltfong (@SWiltfong247) December 19, 2018This would force Williams to miss the entire 2019 season due to NCAA rules, barring a waiver.Miami couldn’t find consistent production from the quarterback position, as the staff constantly flipped between Malik Rosier and N’Kosi Perry. Considering that Williams never saw his opportunity on the gridiron with the Hurricanes, he could be in pursuit of greener pastures.The Hurricanes already lost several incoming recruits over the past few weeks, and this latest news won’t make life any easier for the storied program.Stay tuned.
In a region where less than 10 per cent of the population has a university degree, Brock’s Youth University is helping reverse this trend with the Neighbourhood Access Initiative.The research-based initiative is designed to support community development and increase the number of youth from priority neighbourhoods who go on to attend university or college.The program received more than $65,000 from the Niagara Prosperity Initiative for two years of support. It is being co-ordinated in partnership with District School Board of Niagara and the Niagara Catholic District School Board.“Research tells us one of the biggest factors influencing a student’s decision to pursue higher education is whether or not they know someone who has gone on to university or college,” said Kate Cassidy, director, Youth University. “It also tells us they are making these decisions at a young age.”The program, led by Brock student volunteers, will follow youth from Grade 6 to high school. It involves mentoring, tutoring and after-school programming, as well as hands-on activities to identify and connect student interests with future careers, civic engagement and educational pathways.Participating students and their parents will also have the opportunity to visit Brock and learn more about every aspect of planning for post-secondary education.“This is a long-term commitment to help students from priority neighbourhoods in our region find their way in post-secondary education,” said Cassidy. “Along the way we hope to foster a passion for lifelong learning with these students that will help to develop their self-esteem, relationship and communication skills, critical thinking abilities and a sense of belonging.”The Neighbourhood Access Initiative builds upon a pilot program that took place at Fort Erie Public Elementary School last year. The Prosperity Initiative funds will be allocated to support the programming underway in Fort Erie, and a new program in Niagara Falls.“We hope this initiative brings attention to the issue of equitable access to post-secondary education in Niagara,” Cassidy said. “And an awareness of helping everyone in the communities across our region reach their greatest potential.”