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Heat update; UM changes schedule approach; Dolphins, Marlins chatter

PLEASE SEE THE LAST TWO POSTS FOR HEAT UPDATES ON THE EVE OF GAME 6

 

FRIDAY BUZZ COLUMN

The UM football and basketball programs have made and acted on significant and justified philosophical changes in non-conference scheduling.

The UM football coaches did not agree with playing as grueling a non-ACC slate as it did in 2012 (Notre Dame, Kansas State, USF, plus overmatched Bethune Cookman), and here’s the new preferred approach: one marquee game, two games in which Miami will typically be favored, and one versus a lower-division school.

For the 2014 season, UM will play at Nebraska and home against Florida A&M and is working to finalize home games against Southern Mississippi and Arkansas State, both part of a home-and-home series. Also booked:

For 2015: Nebraska, at FAU… 2016: at Notre Dame, FAU, and Florida A&M… 2017: Notre Dame… 2018 and 2019: home-and-home with Rutgers… Also, UM will play a home-and-home with Toledo between 2015 and ’18… 2020 and 2021: home-and-home with Michigan State. Many games will be added, with advanced talks progressing on a home-and-home with Penn State.

Meanwhile, UF athletic director Jeremy Foley indicated at the SEC meetings this week that any future UM-UF games beyond their Sept. 7 meeting in Miami is “really unlikely,… not high on the agenda.”

This coming season, UM plays host to FAU, UF and Savannah State and visits USF.

Conversely, UM hoops wisely has gone the other direction under this staff, booking a non-conference schedule that was ranked fourth-toughest last season and will be difficult again this winter, with home games against four teams well above .500 last season (LaSalle, Loyola of Maryland, Central Florida and Norfolk State) and road games at College of Charleston, Nebraska and three undetermined games in a loaded Anaheim Thanksgiving tournament featuring Marquette, San Diego State, Arizona State, among others.

"There’s a lot of evidence that if you don’t challenge yourself in non-conference and are around .500 in a BCS league, they don’t [invite] you” to the NCAA Tournament,” UM assistant coach Eric Konkol said.

CHATTER

Recovered from back surgery, Richard Marshall remains the Dolphins’ first team cornerback, opposite Brent Grimes. But his position looms as one of camp’s best battles, with challenges expected from Dimitri Patterson and potentially rookies Jamar Taylor (out until training camp/sports hernia) and Will Davis, who has impressed with several deflections and a pick.

“I wouldn’t say I’m 100 percent yet, but it feels good running around pain free,” said Marshall, who had ruptured disks in his back. “I was in so much pain [last season] I wasn’t eating. I couldn’t walk. I lost 30 pounds…. Starting is the least of my concerns. My concern is getting my feet back under me.”

The Dolphins hope Marshall, who regained the 30 pounds he lost, is the player that allowed a 64.9 quarterback rating and two touchdowns in his coverage area in 16 games (nine starts) for Arizona in 2011, not the one that allowed a 101 rating and two scores in four games (all starts) in 2012.

### The Dolphins are using receiver Brandon Gibson mostly in the slot (in Davone Bess’ old role), even though a Rams source said he is a better player lining up outside. Gibson said it’s not an issue because “I can run any route. I can separate. [And] I can get open.”

### A week after saying on air that Miami does not deserve an NBA team, Pacers radio announcer Mark Boyle hasn’t changed his mind.

Late in Game 2, Boyle said: “These losers are leaving. They’re flocking to the exits with their team down three. This city not only does not deserve this team, they don’t deserve any team.”

Boyle, addressing the comments for the final time, told WQAM’s Adam Kuperstein and Channing Crowder on Wednesday: “I stand behind the general sentiment. My feelings about the fan base were accurately depicted. I regret using the term losers.”

Memo to Boyle: The Heat has sold out 149 consecutive games (regular season and playoffs) and 76 playoff games in a row.

### Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon predicted Thursday the Marlins’ Jose Fernandez “could be the top pitcher in baseball in two or three years.”… Though shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria (.187) and catcher Rob Brantly (.228) have hit well below expectations and Brantly has had defensive miscues, manager Mike Redmond said Thursday “keeping them here [as opposed to sending them to the minors] is the best approach. I feel good about those guys and believe in them.”

### UM baseball has made two slight adjustments to try to boost a program that hasn’t made the College World Series since 2008.

UM is recruiting a few less players who are very likely to go pro because “it doesn’t do us any good if they sign and don’t show up on campus,” assistant coach Gino DiMare said. Also, UM is now recruiting more nationally --- it has commitments from the top players in Colorado (a hitter) and Illinois (a pitcher). “We probably focused too much on this area,” DiMare said.   

### Again, please see the post below this one for plenty of tidbits from the Heat's Game 5 win.

 

   

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[]_[] Stink... Time to Do[]_[]che...

UM changes schedule approach...

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[]_[] already play in the worst Football Conference in the Country and now []_[] pad []_[] sorry schedule with more FAMU's, Bethunes, Savannah States and S.Fla. plus now home and aways with the likes of S. Miss and Arky St. ? That's SECOND Tier Football. []_[] put the []_[] in P-[]_[]...


p[]_[]h... p[]_[]h... p[]_[]h... p[]_[][]_[][]_[][]_[][]_[][]_[]sssssssies !!!

[]_[] Stink... Time to Do[]_[]che... Twice, Then Wipe []_[]r Stink Holes []_[] Call Mo[]_[]ffs With Toliet Paper...

and here’s the new preferred approach: one marquee game, two games in which Miami will typically be favored, and one versus a lower-division school.


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ie- Golden Temple mentality... []_[]r Strength of Schedule rank should be right around that Sieve that []_[] call an 'efense... []_[] play only 3 Ranked teams this year and 8 of your 12 opponents had a losing record last year... So Al wants to lighten the load so []_[] d[]_[]mb and blind silly Cane Cl[]_[]cks will be all pumped with 8-4 records with terrible SOS's, no Conference, but we were close, Championships and more mid-December Bowl games... BUT []_[] Co[]_[]lda, Wo[]_[]lda and Sho[]_[]lda been 10-2 !!! GOLDEN'S B[]_[]ilding sumting BIG !!! But it looks and smells like Mt. Trashmore.

Yo Mama

[]-[] Loser. So according to what u infer your AD is afraid to schedule a team that only schedules sorry teams. LMAO Great logic loser

When's The Temple Reunion Game Gonna Be ?

CORRECTION :

[]_[] Play TWO TEAMS, []_[]r In-State BIG Brothers, that are Ranked this Season... []_[] play THREE TEAMS with an above .500 Record giving []_[] NINE Games on []_[]r schedule are against Teams with NON-WINNING Records from last season. NINE !!! y[]_[]p, time to lighten up that brutal ACC Schedule, Mr. "Anytime, Any Place" in denial del[]_[]sions Cane Cl[]_[]cks...

LADY CANES TENNIS !!!

andy

thank god battier hardly played he cant make ashot too undersized for west too slow for george
shane your a smart guy please remain on the bench for the good of the team we dont need 2 slow old men on the court that cant hit shots
stay on the bench shane and cheer for lbj

9>5>2

BArry-When does Dyron Dye meet with the NCAA? Any word on that?

I agree with the schedule change at least for the short term. Miami recruiting has taken a major hit:

2010- Randy Shannon didnt recruit squat before he was fired so Golden had to come in last second to salvage a top 20 recruiting rank for 2011
2012- still not great. Lost out on a lot of great depth
2013.- better.

Three recruiting cycles with the NCAA playing games to s-cr-ew the U Um cant be playing a schedule like they did in 2012. Id care what SEC inbreds say, when you play in the SEC players and coaches are familiar with their style of play, crowds, etc. PLayers are no longer intimidated by venues such as LSU at night when they play there evry other year. Try going to a place like Ohio State when youhave never been there. Try going to Chicago for a (gag, choke, laugh) "neutral" game against Notre Dame. Try going to Manhattan Kansas. That was a brutal schedule. Would probably have been better THIS year. But most teams have a period of rebuilding and last year was still a rebuilding year for UM. Second year coaches Golden, Donofrio etc had a very tough job in front of them.

I agree with this- unlike what the gator dweeb says above, this is EXACTLY what SEC teams do.

Reality Bites

Barry Jackson you are usually on point but today you sound like a blind cane delusional homer you say: "made and acted on significant and justified philosophical changes in non-conference scheduling."
Justified? How can you justify weakening an already weak schedule? How can you justify only scheduling one or two top 20 teams per year?

Then you go on with:

"The UM football coaches did not agree with playing as grueling a non-ACC slate as it did in 2012 (Notre Dame, Kansas State, USF, plus overmatched Bethune Cookman), and here’s the new preferred approach: one marquee game, two games in which Miami will typically be favored, and one versus a lower-division school."
USF and Bethune qualify as a "grueling" slate?
The new preferred approach is to play just two top teams in 2013 and just 4 teams with an overall winning record. That is pathetic.
You sound like the moron 9>5>2 who tries to justify UM cowardice by saying " this is exactly what SEC teams do", which is a lie perpetuated by blind cane homers.
You wimps already play in the super weak ACC, you need good OOC teams just to even up your SOS.

Just say it like it is, you are a mediocre team, that can't compete in a weak conference, you are tired of losing and want to schedule only pansies to give you a chance at a good record. Admit what is obvious to all non homers.
Barry you should tell it like it is.

Barry Jackson

9,5,2: Dye met with the NCAA Tuesday, which we reported. (Please see a blog from earlier this week.) He is awaiting word on his eligibility.

Reality Bites: If UM is ever good enough to win a national championship game, it cannot be playing three very difficult non-conference games, because you foil your chances of winning a title. That's why the approach is justified.

AnonymousCane

Haters keep on hatin, you will soon be run over by the resurgence of UM football,counting the days and it starts 9/7/2013!

Yeah and that powerhouse U Felony or soon to be re-named Alachua County Detention Center U, "The Inmates," refuses to schedule the U so they can play a powderpuff and never leave the state of Florida for a game so get off the weed and go clean the detention center urinals!

Reality Bites

I hear you Barry, however the fact is that UM played just 2 "very difficult non conference games" last season, not 3. And this season plays just one difficult non conference game. On top of that they only play one difficult conference game. The road to the NC is not to play pansies and one or two good teams, not since the BCS came along, not in the past 7 years and not in the new playoff era.
The UM way of cowardice does not work, you may get to the playoffs where you will soon be exposed and pasted. Look at ND last year.
For all those cane homers that harp about undefeated seasons, if you only play one good team it is easy to go undefeated and then a one loss team will paste you in the playoffs. Just like the past 7 years.

Gary

Barry,
Mark Boyle must be an idiot. According to NBA attendance stats between 06' & 13 the highest the Pacers have finished in home attendance is 24th.
Here are the last few years.
'13- 25th '08- 30th (last again)
'12- 29th '07- 28th
'11- 30th (last)
'10- 27th
'09- 28th
They were bad a couple of those years but not last year or this year. Maybe he should read a little or maybe INDIANA shouldnt have a team in the NBA, at least based on the lack of support!

Miami Penguin

We may not be losers, but we also do not have the grace or sense of sportsmanship that the OKC fans have. Anyone remember how all of them stayed, cheering their team, after OKC lost the series? We would have been long gone, looking for our cars . . .

Bobbyd12

I see our 2 resident UM haters came out from their basement to show their ignorance once again. Just like the Heat Haters, you have nothing better to do but spout nonsense about one of the greatest football programs ever. Enjoy your self loathing and hatred while Goldon and UM become Champions again.

rboud

Well, there you have it. UM has finally admitted how lazy a recruiter Morris has been for the last several years. Morris offered so many players who were never going to end up in college because it was easy to do with UM's great reputation. How could UM ever abandon national recruiting with its widely accepted reputation and brand. I have nothing against DiMare, but UM needs to go outside the family to resurrect its Program. N. Carolina's assistant head coach and its pitching coach (can't remember the name) would be a great choice. Many would covet the UM job and he may be one of those who do.

no longer exist sadly.

Sad again in Game 5 to see LeBron now playing as the BIG ONE.The Big 3 NO LONGER EXIST.Bosh and Wade have been reduced to LESS than role players.Bosh still plays VERY WEAK and lacks toughness against tough teams....as always.Barkley seems right about Wade now...and Father Time catching up with HIM.I didn t want to believe it but THIS series has proved that to be true on Wade.Demoralizing seeing now that James and the Miami Heat look alot like the Cleveland Caviliers.Can t blame LeBron if he leaves as he now has little team help and the Big 4 has been relinquished into just 1.The Heat is beginning to show chinks in their armour.Thankfully they BEGAN doubling up on Hibbert and increased their defensive ferocity to save them last night.

Bobbyd12

What was the Heat winning streak?? How many games in a row?? When was the last time Heat lost back to back games?? To say Wade and Bosh are finished is a ridiculous statement. Wade has been gimpy all year on that knee. It is obvious surgery is probably in the books in the future. As far as Bosh goes, he was just a hero a few games ago and now he is a goat?? Everyone in the AAA last night saw Bosh tweak his ankle from the opening tip. It is hard to get in a rhythm with a tweaked ankle. No doubt, this is LeBron's team but to say Wade and Bosh are finished and LeBron should leave. Totally ridiculous

TK SWANN

JUST AS I PREDICTED AGAIN THE HEAT DETERMINED THE OUTCOME OF THAT VICTORY. IT WAS NO DOUBT THEY WOULD WIN BUT HOW MUCH WAS DETERMINED WHEN THEY FINALLY DECIDED TO PLAY FEROCIOUS DEFENSE AND LET LEBRON LEAD. GAME 6 INDIANA WILL FIGHT LIKE CRAZY BUT AS LONG AS THE HEAT KEEP IT CLOSE WITH A CHANCE TO WIN LATE IN THE 4TH QT THE PACERS WILL FOLD. THE ONE THING HAPPEN LAST NIGHT THAT NO ONE REALLY NOTICED IS HOW THE PACERS DID NOT GET THE BENEFIT OF THE FREE THROW LINE TO HELP THEM AS THEY HAVE HAD THE ENTIRE SERIES. THE LED TO ONE GOOD BURST BY THE HEAT AND THE PACERS WERE DONE. TO PUT THEM AWAY ALL SPO HAS TO DO IS MATCH THE PACERS IN THE PAINT AND PRESSURE THE GUARDS INTO TURNOVERS AND DOUBLE HIBBERT . BOSH ACTUALLY PLAYS WEST BETTER THAN HE PLAYS
HIBBERT. FINALLY IN GAME 6 THE HERO WILL BE "SHANE BATTIER" HEAT CLOSE OUT PACERS BY 7.

Finsfan69

Look at the Hurricanes padding their schedule. There used to be a time when we took on everyone and anyone that wanted to play. What a lost cause this school is. Going down the toilet quick.
Coaching staff and school administrators are running scared.

Lt. Lois Einhorn

Not that you're not blatantly a Gators troll with a half assed fake name but Al Golden is doing what every other school in the nation does: one real OOC game, two cupcake OOC games, and the conference schedule.

That's the formula from here on out, UF this year, Nebraska in 2014 and 2015, Notre Dame in 2016.

Gary

It's that moron Miami Penguin. Go to OKC then. Who cares what they do. People pay plenty for these seats . They can come and go as they please. I notice the penguin doesnt say where he is froom . They never do (the critics)

U R DUM DUMS!!

Turds play Toledo and Georgia Southern this year...they should keep their mouth shut. They actually play Georgia Southen the 11 game of season....haha...a practice game at the end of season.....THAT ACTUALLY HILARIOUS...HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHA.....

CarolinaCane

I really don't understand how Florida fans can comment on anything having to do with the U. Pretty much all Sec teams schedule weak ass ooc games with the exception of a few, and then hang there hats on the success of Alabama and LSU and boast how they are in the toughest conference. I am not saying the ACC is the strongest conference by a long shot, but the disrespect the ACC gets is a shame. Week in and week out the teams in the ACC battle each other and don't just lean on ONE national power like the Tide. If I remember correctly it was Clemson who beat your beloved Tigers this past bowl season... Ouch and that is your second best team in your conference. But I thought you guys say Vandy could run the table in the ACC?? Gayturdz, you got some luck on your side when your #1 fan ESPN got you a noon time slot against the Canes instead of a prime time showdown, but rest assured AG will not let that affect us. Be ready to play because despite how long the NCAA is trying to keep us down, we will come out this year with a chip on our shoulder. So keep struggling with your FCS teams you play and run away from the U, but then stalk all the Canes blogs to tell us how weak "our" schedule is. WHATEVER! Go Canes!!

Jeff

To the people who complain about Miami's strength of schedule: Alabama's 2012 schedule included Western Kentucky, W 35-0, Florida Atlantic, W 40-7, and Western Carolina, W 49-0. Enough said.

Chris

Nice to see the Cane haters taking time out of their sleep schedule to comment on our future schedule. Still relevant? I think so. Still more titles than any other school over the last 30 YEARS(5). Hate on haters.....hate on. :o)

mike

the Canes are only doing what every other team in there position would do to grow there program.
the problem is that all the other downners here are just scared because they know when we start beating everyone again we will be given the respect that we deserve as a major university in college football and get our shot at the prize

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