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Shannon Speaks

Since it rarely happens during the offseason, I figured I'd share exactly what coach Randy Shannon shared with the media during Thursday's ACC teleconference. The highlights: he says Josh Holmes was the biggest surprise of the spring; he said UM plans to only play with three running backs; he says Javarris James isn't seriously injured and he talks about how UM would handle a crisis situation. If you want to hear it with your own ears, visit www.theacc.com. They usually link up the audio in the afternoon and you probably will be able to tune in then.

ShannonShannon's Opening statement: Right now, our team did a great job this spring. Guys flew around, executed, what  we was trying to do as far as our team mentality, working hard and trying to change the culture of the mentality that we always compete and fight on everything we do as far as individual drills to walkthroughs to scrimmages to everything. And we're really excited about developing some of our young players, coming along and challenge the older players and having a competition at every position.

Q: Coach I was wondering what your initial impressions of the offense was from spring practice and what do you think held back the offense the last couple of years from being some of those great Miami offenses? Was it a matter of execution, talent, or what?

A: I really don't worry about what happened in the past and that's why I tell the players that's what we have to focus on, the future. Because you cannot change what happens in the past. Three seconds went past you, you cannot change it. Things we did in the spring football: As far as the offensive line. They did a lot of execution, different formations, different plays and we did not have what we call any illegal formations or false starts with the things we practice and that was the thing guys were getting better in their mindset, getting stronger for what we want to accomplish.

Q: What about the skill position players on offense? How did they look?
A: They did a nice job. You know, not to single out anybody. But I think the running backs did a nice job with the addition of Cooper. I think its becoming a lot of competition now cause the guys know we're probably only going to travel maybe three guys and the next two guys are probably going to have to play special teams. They won't be able to travel. Receivers kind of stepped up a little bit. Lance Leggett started the early part of spring doing a great job, had an injury, then Sam Shields had to step up. And he came out with great plays in scrimmages and situations. He showed us that he can do it. And we're real excited about our skill positions. We're going to add on some guys hopefully as freshman that'll help us out and do some great things for us.

Q: Obviously the shooting at Virginia Tech this week is not a football issue and really not what happened at Miami this past fall. What is your process for getting in touch with your players that they know there is trouble around? Can you contact them all at a moments notice?
A: Yes. We have a log in our football office, that's in every coaches office and our football office, our football relations office and all the secretaries. We have a phone list of every player and have their email address, and their text messages, we have all those numbers and their parents numbers. When something when we have to contact all the players, team meeting, crisis, anything, it's something we can all split up and get it done in a matter of two minutes.

Q: You think in some fashion reach a pretty high percentage of your team in two minutes?
A: Yes. Because we have nine assistant coaches, myself its 10. With the football relations department, we have four or five. We have three secretaries. So, we split it up amongst each other. And we go.

Q: Has that always been something in effect or is that something you've worked on in the last?
A: We've worked on it. Because you never know. We may need to call a team meeting, class scheduling or change of scheduling you may have. We've always been able to do it. Guys respond and they come up.

Q: The NCAA Management Council is proposing to ban text messaging during recruiting. Since it has been en vogue and a pretty big part of the process, I'm wondering can you put the toothpaste back in the tube?
A: Oh, It's not that hard. Recruiting really comes down to, that last part of recruiting, which is January when you go out and develop relationships with kids face to face, you know home visits and meeting with the parents as far as what you have to present from your school to their kid. That's what it all comes down to. Text messages, you keep track of a kid, if you can tell them to call you. But those are difficult things. There are some downfalls to it, there are some up sides to it. It's what the NCAA feels is best and you have to abide by it no matter what, which you may think its all a part of being in the NCAA.

Q: Javarris James finished spring game gimpy. Can you give us any update on his situation?
A: Oh, he's back running now. He had a mild sprain and he's doing well and flying around. No surgery is needed. And he's excited about the summer because we got competition there and he wants to get back involved in it. But just like any injury you need to take your time. But we expect him to be fully recovered come the first day of practice in August.

Josh_holmesQ: Any position player or group that may have surprised you a little bit during spring practice? A guy who did better than you expected?
A: You know who kind of surprised me and this is probably singling out one player, is probably Josh Holmes, the redshirt freshman defensive tackle. He did a phenomenal job of picking up what we needed to get done this spring. And he was aggressive and powerful, knocking offensive lineman back and making plays. We're kind of enthused about the way he's performed. And now we got to maintain it and make sure he can perform.

Q: Why do you think these college players and a lot of pros feel like they need to be carrying guns?
A: I don't know. That's... a lot of them feel they need protection I guess. But I really don't know why they feel that way. I know the players on this team don't feel that way anymore and they're doing all the right things right now to be model citizens and do the right things.

Q: What does that say that you had to take the unique step of banning guns? What has society come to?
A: It's just like anything I guess. Things that happen in life that you cannot control. You just have to try do your best as a coach and as as person and educate the players what may happen when you have those things around you. One thing we've been doing a pretty good job as a staff and as a university and we'll keep reinforcing to educate the kids.

Q: How important do you think it is for UM to maintain someone being selected first in the draft? What does that say for UM and it is important to maintain that, continue it?
A: It's great because its for the school because it sets standards high and the bar high. The things that make me more proud are guys that go in the first round and also graduate. Those are the things that are very important and make it special. To have somebody go in the first round that'll be another step. Even though we've had a down year, we still had guys go in the first round, which will be great.

Q: As far as Greg Olsen, Jon Beason, can you talk a little bit about Greg and what makes him special and why he's supposed to go so high?
A: I don't know about the NFL, when they're going to draft him. There's rumors all the time that he may go first round, he may end up going second. I think Greg is unique guy that they can make him have matchup problems with linebackers because he can catch the ball and he runs very good routes and the way he can use his 6-4, 6-5 body and blocking and doing a lot of good things. As far as Jon Beason, he plays the game old-fashioned, he plays the game hard. He's a physical type player and he brings a lot of excitement to the game. If those guys see those things in him, then he'll fit those NFL teams and they'll draft those two guys.


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Can't wait for season to start...

Good Job Manny...

Keep the info comin..

Can't wait for Oklahoma and Texas A&M to see where the team really stands and to hopefully open some eyes on that College Game Day crew that seems to disrespect us every year.

Has anyone heard anything about James Bryant transferring? Where is he transferring to and why?

Good post, except for the slanted questions regarding gun control. The topic is too complex to debate in this forum, but keep in mind that 32 people were killed at Va Tech because no one had a weapon to defend themselves with. Many potential mass killings have been averted when a citizen, licensed to carry a concealed weapon, used the weapon in a defensive manner.

A: I don't know. That's... a lot of them feel they need protection I guess. But I really don't know why they feel that way. I know the players on this team don't feel that way anymore and they're doing all the right things right now to be model citizens and do the right things.

You "don't know why they feel they need protection" and now they don't feel that way anymore?" After Bryan Pata and the Va. Tech massacre? Are you kidding me? This is beyond belief, like protecting yourself is somehow bad or stupid. I'm not suggesting the players carry guns, although I wouldn't discourage it either, if they've taken the C.C. course and are responsible individuals.

Also, being able to protect oneself with a gun infers from coaches comments they wouldn't be model citizens or be able to do the right things. Sorry coach but this is the kind of wrongheaded thinking that has become pervasive and is turning society into an appeasing mass of quivering protoplasm. It's bad enough that liberal professors are turning students into non-thinking leftist zombies. For tough football coaches to be encouraging the same is just pitiful. But then what can one expect with a former Clinton lefty sitting in the Presidents chair.

On another matter, looking foward to this years team. Hope we're not getting fed more of the same B.S. we were for the last 3 years. Have strong doubts about Wright and Kirby. Hopefully Nix is a second coming of the Miracle Worker. Maybe Marve will be the answer. I'll reserve my opinion til after the Marshall game.
Class of 61

Heck yeah Dave and zbobby. I think a return to the wild wild west is just what this country needs. Every citizen with a six-shooter and a flask of whiskey! When I think of civilization that's exactly the image I conjure up.

You know what, I forgot to update my image for the 21st Century. We don't need to carry handguns, we need rocket propelled grenades! RPGS for every man, woman, and child!!! Look at how well that model is working in the Congo and Somalia.

Those guys are right, the best way to prevent violence is for everyone to carry a gun or maybe two (just in case your toddler takes one). As a matter of fact, your probably in danger if you don't have a gun. Quick go out and buy one!

We've seen shootings in high schools and colleges but we're ignoring the potential disaster on the horizon: Preschool shootings! Think about it, babies don't have guns to protect themselves with so there's nothing stopping a madman or a madbaby from busting into a daycare and shooting up the joint. So this only works, if EVERYONE has a gun...even babies and stuff.

And guns are kinda expensive so a lot of babies who don't work won't be able to afford them. Come to think of it, all babies really have are a bunch of stupid toys that can't kill anybody. Tickle-Me-Elmo sure as hell couldn't have stopped Virginia Tech. I know what we can do! The government can trade babies their pointless toys for some awesome guns. A "Toys for Guns" program of sorts. That solves all of our problems.

And the next time a "former Clinton lefty" gets in the way of our safety, we can just whip out all of our guns and shoot at the sky and scare the shit out of her...that'll teach her.

This wouldn't just prevent violence, it would probably win the war of terror also. Then we can all be safe.

O.K. Hurricane George and Oscar, let's take you one at a time. First off let me say, I grew up in a Rooseveltian household, my parents being stauch democrats. I married a very liberal girl and embraced the 60's madness. (you know the kooky Leary philosophy of doing anything that makes you feel good)drugs, sex, rock & roll, Woodstock, et. al. So you see I am already familiar with the liberal philosophy. From reading both of your comments you are clueless as to the conservative side. No surprise, since liberal elitists just know they're right. No facts mam, no facts.

H. G. E.J. Dionne (ultimate liberal) wrote..."But more to the point "the frontier spirit we revere as part of our history and culture may have a dysfunctional side when it comes to shaping our current lives in cities and suburbs."

The following is from a book called: "The Seven Myths of Gun Control" by Richard Poe. "Dionne is here giving voice to the myth of the Wild West-the notion that America's western frontier was a place of uncontrolled barbarism. GUN CONTROLLERS LEAN HEAVILY ON THE HOLLYWOOD IMAGE OF THE OLD WEST TO MAKE THEIR POINT.(capitalization, mine)Take note H.G.

They claim that our high rate of gun violence today is a lingering vestige of the frontier culture. And they say that today's conceal-carry laws-which permit people to carry weapons on their person, in some states (40 to be exact) threaten to bring back the chaos of the frontier days.

However the Old West may not have been nearly as wild as Hollyweird portrays it. The dueling gunfighters, train robbers,, Indian fighters, and impromtu "necktie parties" familiar to us from the silver screen may have had their place on the frontier, but they were far less representative of Old West culture than decades of John Wayne and Clint Eastwood films may have led us to believe."

In other words H.G. you're watching too many cowboy movies. Also, the places with the highest percentage of gun crimes are Washington D.C. and Atlanta, Georgia both with the strictesr gun control laws in the nation. Look it up if you dare. I know you won't. Liberals never let facts stand in the way of their emotions.

O.K. Oscar, your turn. So far the most accurate statement you made was "As a matter of fact, you're in danger if you don't have a gun" Between 1.5 and 2 million crimes are thwarted each year by law abiding, model, upstanding citizens who are permitted to carry a gun, LEGALLY!!! The reason their is not an exact number is because many of these actions are not reported. No need too. Just the appearance of seeing that someone could protect themselves with the same firepower sent the
"poip," wet pants and all, running like hell for his sorry life. I myself thwarted problems twice with a handgun, and boy did it feel good.

"We're seen shootings in high schools and colleges" etc. Yeah you're right and I'm sorry to say down on the lower level (pre- school you were speaking of). In 1927, contrary to what the publicity seeking lib newspapers are saying, a nutcase in Mich named Andrew Kehoe bombed an elementary school killing 45 including 35 children among others. Look it up. I suppose we should push for bomb control. Using the "gun problem" logic, one may conclude that black leather gloves cause stabbings, matches cause arson, vehicles cause wrecks, cameras cause pornography, swimsuits cause drowning, cigarette lighters cause cancer, wine glasses cause alcoholism, spoons cause obesity, credit cards cause bankruptcy, elections cause corruption, ad nauseum... Really, it's not a gun problem, it's a "bullet problem."

Oscar, your last 3 paragraphs go from the rediculous to the sublime and I have no words. It might be a good idea to read up on your insane thinking on gun control. Beside the aforementioned book you might read "More Guns, Less Crime" by Professor John Lott. Also read about Switzerland that has a gun for every household and has less gun crime than any other country in the world.

If you read this and respond, I will not answer. It would be a waste of my time.

Have a good day.

oh shit! zbobby's right, guys. let's send our babies to bomb Switzerland!

not only are you ridiculous enough to have actually taken what i said seriously, you spent time looking up statistics and quotes to thwart my post. no i will not look up some bombing that happened 80 years ago because i have apparently more to live for.

you're right, maybe I should read up on my insane thinking on gun control. while i'm doing that, you should read up on your insane sense of reality and humor.

i'm glad it feels so good when you "thwart" the bad guys with your big, strong gun. i can only imagine how good you're going to feel if you ever actually get to fire it at someone.

i'm sorry if i upset or confused you. this might shock you: you see i wasn't trying to make a logical argument. i don't REALLY think babies should carry guns. i'm sorry but you already wasted your time.

wait...i know what you're going to say, I wasted my time by responding to your waste of time. well, just in case i was keeping tabs and i only took 2 minutes....wait 3, shit i better go

Funny stuff!

30,000 plus are killed in the US by guns each year. Far more than all "civilized" countries combined. I guess that that figure is too low for some of you.

Not the world I want my childern and grandchildren to experience.

Please let me know where you found that 30,000 plus are killed in the U.S. by guns each year and also please let me know where you saw the comparison of the U.S. to other civilized countries. Also what is the cut off to make the civilized country v. uncivilized country list.

Basically Im saying dont throw up Bullshit facts.


Ok I looked it up and I have to apologize for my last post as your facts were for the most part right. Facts are below:

• In 2004, 29,569 people in the United States died from firearm-related deaths – 11,624 (39%) of those were murdered; 16,750 (57%) were suicides; 649 (2.2%) were accidents; and in 235 (.8%) the intent was unknown. [5] In comparison, 33,651 Americans were killed in the Korean War and 58,193 Americans were killed in the Vietnam War.[6]
• For every firearm fatality in the United States in 2005, there were estimated to be more than two non-fatal firearm injuries.[7]
• In 2004, firearms were used to murder 56 people in Australia, 184 people in Canada, 73 people in England and Wales, 5 people in New Zealand, and 37 people in Sweden.[8] In comparison, firearms were used tomurder 11,344 people in the United States.[9]
• In 2005, there were only 143 justifiable homicides by private citizens using handguns in the United States.[10]

Oh yea Go Canes!

Guys, guys, guys! This is about Cane football, take your gun control discussions elsewhere or I'll have to shoot all of you...

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