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Camp Shannon set to begin

Things are about to get awfully different at Greentree Practice Field now that Commander Randy Shannon is at the helm. Spring football, set to begin Tuesday, is going to look and sound a lot more old-school. At least that's the way Commander Shannon made it sound Monday when he met with the media to lay down the foundation for the first spring practices at UM under his ruling fist.

Among my favorite Shannon quotes:
1. "We don't have a quarterback situation." Followed by, "they will not be made available to the media until after the spring."
Randyshannon_12. "We do not have any individuals. We do not have a starting lineup. We have to find a nucleus of 11 guys that can play offense, defense and special teams. We're going to find the best guys offensively and defensively so we can establish a team mentality more than individuals. We're going to keep the pressure on everybody."
3. "Sometimes individualization can destroy a team. I've seen that happen a lot of times when you focus on one thing the big picture is forgotten about. The big picture is we have to build a team that can win games at the University of Miami.
4. "The biggest point between winning and losing is competition."
5. "The more you mingle with guys the more you'll lay it on the line for guys you don't know. The biggest thing we've done and are changing is getting everybody to know each other and making sure they understand that everybody works hard. Now when it's time to lay it on the line I can't let you down, you can't let me down."

If you didn't know what kind of coach Randy Shannon was going to be, maybe now you have inkling. Shannon, a former Canes linebacker himself, grew up in era at UM where competition brought out the best in everybody and when coaches sounded like they were reading from a manual. So, Monday, by declaring no positions belong to anybody and said things like 'there is no I in team', he's opened the door to this team being a whole lot better and likely a lot cornier when it speaks.

I'm sure every Canes fan will be more than happy to start hearing some good old Jamestd_2fashioned cliches in exchange for a better record and a better team atmosphere. As a writer, I can't say I'll be happy to put boring quotes in stories. But I am looking forward to seeing better football. And I've got a feeling this UM team won't be down for long. Unlike the previous regime, where coach Larry Coker never wanted Kyle Wright to feel like he wasn't going to be the starter by always telling the media "Kyle is the starter," everyone at The U will get to feel uncomfortable with Commander Shannon. And that's a good thing. Competition is what brought out the beast UM once was. And the folks Shannon has surrounded himself with, guys like linebacker Micheal Barrow and others, are cut from the same mold. If you're an old-school UM cat who enjoys the old-school UM way, this leadership group is going to make your toes tingle.

But if you're a talented recruit who has grown up in the me-me-me world today, there could be problems when old school and new school clash. I suspect that will be the case with a least a few of the guys on this roster. That's certainly something that's going to be interesting to watch develop as Shannon rules this team. Over the next few months, I expect several kids who might have been starters or contributors to bolt or find themselves riding the bench because they aren't necessarily down with the new ideas (two, Rashaun Jones and Rhyan Anderson already have). I know what you're thinking: What's wrong with getting rid of guys who don't want to work hard or follow the new rules every time? Nothing, I'm an old school guy myself. I like the attitude of get with the program or get going.

The problem is today's youth -- at least not everyone -- is not like that. And I'm afraid if Randy comes on too strong, The U might eventually end up losing some talented kids who probably aren't bad, but just need some extra guidance. I'm not saying Randy isn't capable of change. He could end up changing his hard stance on certain rules. But so far he's carried himself as a no-nonsense guy who doesn't seem like someone willing to give chances. And with today's kids, I'm not sure that's going to fly. All successful coaches have had to adapt a little.

Which brings me to my question of the day for the blog: From what you've seen and heard of Randy Shannon thus far, do you feel this program will be better or worse? How do you feel about his stance on opening up every position for competition? And which players or position do you want to the most improvement out of by the end of the spring?

Holler back.

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Nothing I've seen from Shannon leads me to believe that he's going to have any problem motivating star athletes. It's not like he's been fielding bad defenses for years, or good but overachieving defenses. He's been finding, recruiting and motivating very good athletes for years.

You're reading too much into the public face that Shannon is putting forth to the media. I think he knows exactly what he's doing.

I've been a Canes fan for a long time (probably longer than some of the guys on this team have been on earth). Ive seen Miami go from a high octane offense that teams dreaded playing (like it was in the 80's and early 90's) to an average offense and no-nonsense defense that put the offense in position to score. Shannon was/is responsible for those defenses and i'm glad he's at the helm. I like what i'm seeing/hearing from him so far. My only concern so far is of course the Q.B. situation (we don't have a good one) and his pick for O.C. in Patrick Nix. He was an "average" Q.B. at Auburn and only has one year experience as an O.C. at Georgia Tech who was also "average" and has never been a high powered offense (even WITH reggie ball and calvin johnson). How will he fare in Miami? Hopefully fantastic! But my gut tells me different... "you don't give a kid that just got his drivers license the keys to a Ferrari..."

Randy Shanon, is exactly what university of miami need. i grew up in the inner city without a father. Those kids will draw toward him. kids that have fathers in thier lives will appreciate him. you never be a father unless you become a son first. Miami has a lot of indivituals on the team, and hopefully before they graduate Randy will make them sons. that will grow into men.

I grew up in South Florida and I went to high school with Derrick Crudup Sr. and his girlfriend- now wife Sheila ,at the time, so before Derrick Jr. was conceived I was a Cane.My 9 month old son's name is Sebastian M. Warthen.So my point is- I am old school when it comes down to Miami, going back to OLD ways it's just fine with me, because I love my CANES and like the rest of the Cane fans I want to see a winning attitude which I'm hoping Coach Shannon can bring out of the young men he commands to be a team and not just a Commander that no one wants to play for. Having said that I wish Shannon all the best and GOOD Luck with a new season around the corner. Go Canes....

Having grown up in Miami and now living in Philly, I watched a coach by the name of John Channey be pretty darn successful taking talented inner city kids and molding them into men while winning a lot of games. Shannon is starting to remind me a lot of Channey and that is a very, very good thing.

Its one thing to have this media image that your this hard case and its my way or the highway. Randy knows his players and I know for a fact his defensive players knows him. Once the offensive players come around and get a feeling for the ins and outs of his coaching and leadership style, things will start clicking. I'm keeping an eye on how this team finishes this season. If they end the season with a four or five game winning streak, watch out, something special may be building.

I think that kids want dicipline and know Shannon will prepare them for the next level, been there and done that. Shannon does give second chances but it will be earned and not handed out just to win. If we lose recruits due to him making competition a priority or his hard nose discipline they don't need to be Canes. From past Hurricanes players look at the numbers that were drafted high when this team was all about competition. Heck, I remember when players were afraid that if they got hurt they would lose their position becasue the replacement would come in and not miss a beat. Thank you UM for hiring Randy I am betting my dog, Fefe, that we beat Oklahoma in Norman.

take it from carolina basketball, if the coach is intense enough, he will get through to the players. Roy Williams came in and had to tame Rashad McCants, the most hardheaded player and mccants stayed along for a championship and played roys way, the coach can stay firm and if his track record is good enough players will respect it. Also, Shannon wont recruit players that he knows aren't willing to work hard

This is exactly what the U needs. You need a guy that demands hard work. He will succeed as a coach because his players will be in the best shape and respect him as a coach and a man. He will let the ones weed themselves out that don't belong. The quarterback is the key. If the quarterback plays well it will transform the offense into what we as fans demand wins

I believe that Randy knows exactly what he is doing....all blue chips players want and thrive off of competition...the problem with The U was that they began to give away scholarships, now they have to earn it, knowing once they come in they have a chance to earn a spot....Look at some of the other prestigious programs (USC, OSU, Oklahoma) all of these teams are good when there is competition on the squad...and yes the Canes WILL Beat Oklahoma in Norman, and I will be present!!!!!!!!!!

every athlete worth anything wants and needs to be challenged so any of these student athletes that arent willing to compete everyday will find there spot on the bench. attitude is everything in sports and last years team didnt know how to compete to win, they only tried not to lose.

I've been a Canes fan for a long time (probably longer than some of the guys on this team have been on earth). Ive seen Miami go from a high octane offense that teams dreaded playing (like it was in the 80's and early 90's) to an average offense and no-nonsense defense that put the offense in position to score. Shannon was/is responsible for those defenses and i'm glad he's at the helm. I like what i'm seeing/hearing from him so far. My only concern so far is of course the Q.B. situation (we don't have a good one) and his pick for O.C. in Patrick Nix. He was an "average" Q.B. at Auburn and only has one year experience as an O.C. at Georgia Tech who was also "average" and has never been a high powered offense (even WITH reggie ball and calvin johnson). How will he fare in Miami? Hopefully fantastic! But my gut tells me different... "you don't give a kid that just got his drivers license the keys to a Ferrari..."

"ken" seems to be an unsophisticated robot, whose only program is to screw with the heads of 'Canes fans.

Whether or not anyone likes Randy Shannon's persona or coaching style, this area is all about winning. If the 'U' starts to put together a good nucleus of ballplayers that make plays and give their heart out their, the winning will take care of itself. Winning cures all. Even if there was a conflict or an issue of how Randy is in the face of every athlete, no one in SFLA will care as long as the W's keep coming. That's just the honest truth from a die hard Canes fan since 1982.

Enough of the touchy-feely crap about coming on too strong. Where's Willy Williams these days?
Part of being Old School means you don't relax the tried & true standards. People in general and young athletes in particular need boundaries. Shannon is setting them and seems prepared to back them up. From what I read so far, he'll relate to players when it needed and kick their butt or off the team if they choose to stray of course. Good! Let's play Football.

ken i understand your worries about nix however reggie ball, although tallented, never lived up to his potential and when he wasnt sparatic..(wright-sih may i say) he had C. Johnson making catches in trip. coverage. plus i didnt see much of a run game. (maybe im wrong bout run game just never saw it) point is he was given 1 player and some stand ins that were told not to really mess up and not get in the way give him several workhorse players and lets realy see what he can doo

ken i understand your worries about nix however reggie ball, although tallented, never lived up to his potential and when he wasnt sparatic..(wright-sih may i say) he had C. Johnson making catches in trip. coverage. plus i didnt see much of a run game. (maybe im wrong bout run game just never saw it) point is he was given 1 player and some stand ins that were told not to really mess up and not get in the way give him several workhorse players and lets realy see what he can doo

ken i understand your worries about nix however reggie ball, although tallented, never lived up to his potential and when he wasnt sparatic..(wright-sih may i say) he had C. Johnson making catches in trip. coverage. plus i didnt see much of a run game. (maybe im wrong bout run game just never saw it) point is he was given 1 player and some stand ins that were told not to really mess up and not get in the way give him several workhorse players and lets realy see what he can doo

RE-HIRE ART KEHOE !! HE STILL GOT SCREWED
BY THE UNIVERSITY AS A SCAPEGOAT AFTER
23 YEARS OF DEDICATED SERVICE.

RS is more sophisticated than he seems to let on. That hard core flavor he wants you to see has a whole lifetime of football and personal experience behind it. He has a bevy of young football coaches who has the fire in their belly -- playing hard beats sophiscated half hearted plays any day.

Good Job with the blog this time. Keep on truckin...

Bring the ol' skool ways... That's what made the "U" the "U"


IT'S ALL ABOUT THE "U" BABY!

CJ you seem like you have a lot of insight and i appreciate your thoughts..TOP CANE i 100% agree with you, Art Kehoe did get screwed. You don't fire a legend. He is the only coach in the world that was a part of ALL of our National titles. He helped build the dynasty. Hopefully RS being that he is a CANE and a defensive mastermind will bring us back to the days of old and start a new dynasty....

In celebration of the first day of Spring practice, I ran my warning flags all weekend. You may be saying... Whats so big about that? I live in northern Wisconsin!! 4 degrees and 53 inches of snow on the ground. Even in this Frozen Tundra, it's great to be a Miami Hurricane!!! Meet me in Norman for a good ol' fashioned Butt kickin'

I have bought into Coach Shannons's Philosophy! I think he was the best and most logical choice for the U. The no depth chart rule is awsome simply because you are going have players really laying it out on the line.

The position i want to see really blossom is the QB position, I feel everyone should get a chance I would'nt mind seeing the Kid from Westminster get a chance. Or maybe even Marve!

I am ready to see Allen Bailey Lay some people down in the middle. Ready to see baby James take over a game.


To be honest I want to see Kayne bring his flashy old school style back to the U. Oh yeah DVD & wiggins are going to be All Americans.

Kenny Phillips is going to have to step up and be the leader Ed Reed & Shawn Taylor was at the U.

the list goes on but I am really ready to see Graig Cooper, I heard he is a fast monster on the field.

No one sees the Canes coming, so that means there is going to be a shocking outcome to this upcoming season. Anybody thinking they can run UM out of any stadium BETTER BE READY FOR CATEGORY 5 STORM. C.A.N.E.S FOREVER!

weed out the cancer types and give me character guys any day. i think Coach Shannon is definitely the type of guy who will give chances..but just like everything else..that has to be earned. i expect to see plenty of positive character on the Shannon led teams of the future as he gets more recruiting classes under his belt and brings in his type of player.

WHAT!!! Man the last thing this team needs is a bunch of divas. This is the problem with the program exactly. It is why a change was needed. Too many players with great potential not working hard enough....and having opportunities handed to them. Well, I don't know if you call it old school but I call it smart school. It's obvious and clear as day that the very thing that makes Miami a top national program was the character and winning attitude of players. Miami really wasn't a team that lived off top 5 recruiting classes anyway. Heck, remember the last championship won at the U? There were a couple of classes that didn't crack the top 25. Arguably the best team ever. Remember all the draft picks? Butch used that same philosophy that Jimmy Johnson made a staple at Miami. This theory that RS has to adjust in order to kiss the azzez of prima donnas is a very ridiculous notion. Let FSU do that garbage. This is the U.

Been a canes fan since 63 I have seen so many changes but none has me as excited as this yr. 2007 should be one for the books. I have seen great coaches turn bad, and bad coaches become local hero's. Give the new reign of command respect and watch it grow.
My only fear is that no one really remembers the lean years. Everyone wants a winner. and 10 wins a season is a must... I do not beleieve this. In this era of college ball too many teams are equal in tallent. Let's jsut get to a bowl game. If we win the ACC that's great. If we get the oppertunity to play for the National Championship all the better. I'd love more than anything just to watch a bunch of kids to play with alot of heart. Never give up, never surrender. Play 60 minutes a game. Win or loose I'll be right there cheering on the team I love the best. Thanks for the sound board.

wayne i say great post cant say it better than that... if the lose i wouldnt mind if i know that they are giving it their all. i want to see tears rolling down kids faces so i know that that 1 lost hurt them more than anything. thats true passion. i want to see kids hustle and outwork the "better" players that didnt want to come to the U. i think we are started on the right direction.... now all we need is a city that wont give away our staidum to keep a baseball team in a football town.

tHIS IS FOOTBALL---IS SHANNON TO TOUGH?? COME ON. IF THEY CANT TAKE IT GO PLAY INTRAMURALS. RIDE THEM HARDER--AND HE WILL--RIDING HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH ADAPTING------AND THE ME ME KIDS ARENT UM RECRUITS FROM HERE ON OUT-------WE ARE BACK

2 all hurricane haters:

if the canes are such pathetic losers then

why the hell cant u stop thinking about us and stay the hell off our websites! Hate is fused by jealousy and envy, and since the canes dont envy anybody canes fans dont have time to hate on or log on other teams websites and trash them for reassurance.And since we have more titles than the gaytors and simplenoles combined,we'd only be lying if we said we understand your pain of having to play catchup.Gaytors and simplenoles remember;no matter how high you get u will still be looking up 2 tha CANES!

No part of the past Hurricane squads played more like a solid unit than Randy Shannon's defense. And how to satsfy the egos of today's five star recruits? Coach Shannon knows that cream rises to the top to satisfy and identify individuality when the "collective" Canes are kicking ass.

Shannon was the answer all along! He learned from the master motivator,Jimmy Johnson,won big as a player and is an awesome recruiter."Competition" is the key word.Let's all be patient,he will have us on top soon.
As far as seeing improvement,I would like to see our offensive line really improve. It all starts up front. Stoutland has a task at hand.
Also would like to know more about several of the new coaches like Tommy Robinson and that new defensive back coach. Manny, maybe you can interview some of these guys and give us a few articles on them.

RS is a Norland Viking, who took that same focus to the Canes as a player, an assistant coach and now the head coach. He was liked and respected, then and still is now. Competition is always good as long as the leadership is honest and gives everyone and equal opportunity to be a starter and that's what will bring the cream of the crop back to the "U." Cuz ya'llknow: "It's All About The "U" baby!

PS: Randy, Harvey J. sez "Do the Vikes Proud!"

I live in Virginia & have been a Canes fan forever. New school vs. Old school can make it. Give it a chance. We;ll be o.k.

P.S. I'v always hated Va. Tech.

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