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Filling the gap

Finding a topic for the Eye on The U crew to discuss during the summer months when I'm supposed to be off from work and not much is really going on a The U can become quite a task. Honestly, I could sit here and B.S. about many things. I could tell you how I feel about the Orange Bowl situation. I could chase down high school football recruits who aren't going to be signing a scholarship until February and ask them which way they are leaning. I could take some other topic and try to make it my own.

But going into my sophomore season on the Canes beat, the one thing I will refuse to do is feed you something I know very little about. It's not responsible and it's not fair to you the reader. You guys want good material. When I can give it to you, I will. But when I can't, I will direct you in the right direction. It's only the right thing to do. I want all of you hungry Canes fans to get all you deserve.

I know for a long time most of you have gone to the other paper's blog for info. And rightly so. Honestly, he did a great job with the blog and gave you a great place to voice your thoughts and concerns. I felt he set the tone for what blogging should be about. I know his recent promotion has left a void in the eyes of the Canes fans community which lived and died with his blog. While O was great, there are still plenty of great reporters covering the Canes. As a sophomore on the beat, I plan to grow into one of those as the years go by. But I know I'm not there yet. And that's why I'm giving some of the new readers coming this way sort of a disclaimer. I want you to know who I am, what I'm about, and what I want to be for you. While I only covered the UM beat fulltime for the first time last year, I've lived in Miami my entire life and have been a fan of every local team. The Canes and Dolphins are my top two favorites. So I know a lot about the history of both teams. But like most of you I don't remember everything and I'm not perfect. So if I make a mistake, call me out on it. I want this blog to be a community, where I share and you share.

And it doesn't have to be exclusive. I know some of you have already come on here and posted for another blog, canespace.com. I checked it out. You should too. It's a blog for the fan, by the fan. And some of these fans know plenty about the Canes. They've got all sorts of insight. Either way, whenever I find something cool on there, I plan on making sure you know about it too. And hopefully, it will work vice-versa. As a reporter I'll have a different perspective. Hopefully I'll be able to add the Canes fans community in my own way.

Anyway, that's what I wanted the point of this blog to be. Now that we've gotten that out of the way, let's tackle some of the topics you have been bringing to my attention. First off, the stadium situation.

Obowl2_4Barry Jackson, probably our best pound-for-pound reporter, is doing an excellent job covering the stadium situation with the Canes. He knows more people in and around this city than anyone else whether it comes to management, officials, board of trustees and the people making the decision. While I know a few people who might shed some light, Barry has a much better grasp. So, this is where the I'm not going to B.S. you comes into play. Get it from Barry. He knows. if you haven't already done so, check out his most recent update from Wednesday.

As for the athletic director search. Before I began my vacation a few weeks ago, the two names I heard at the forefront of the discussion were Bernie Kosar and baseball coach Jim Morris. My sense is this is a search that will not be completed for some time. When I get back to fulltime reporting on July 23, I plan on trying to shed some light. But until then, I'll keep my ears open and let you know when I hear something.

Moving on. Last week I was asked by Rick George, another blogger, to take part in a Q&A regarding the Canes. He's asked reporters from all over the country to take part in talking college football and is running an interesting series on some of the country's top programs like Florida, Tennessee, USC, Notre Dame, Penn State, Auburn, LSU and Texas. So far, Nebraska and Ohio State. Check it out here.

Anyway, I've decided to share some of the questions and answers during the dry period for you to read and pour your thoughts back at me with. This was the first question I was asked by Rick followed by answer. In the coming weeks, I'll feed you the rest of his questions with my answers.

1. Who would you take as the head coach to lead an All-Miami team - Howard Schnellenberger, Jimmy Johnson, Dennis Erickson, Butch Davis, or Larry Coker - and why?
A: Tough one and I'm kind of torn between Schnellenberger and Johnson. But because I believe the Hurricanes were at their best when Johnson was coach, I'll take Jimmy. Um_jimmyjohnsonNobody really personifies what UM was during its most exciting period than Johnson. This was a man who not only recruited some of the best players in UM history, but loved to gamble on fourth down and really loved to take chances and maximize the talent he had. Yes, Erickson won two titles, more than any other UM coach. But he won his first one with Jimmy's players. And let's not forget how the Canes would have won another title in Johnson's last season at UM in 1988 if not for a bad call at Notre Dame in a 31-30 loss. That Canes team by the way opened the season with a 31-0 drubbing of top-ranked Florida State, a thrilling come-from-behind win at Michigan, an 18-16 win at home against 8th-ranked Arkansas and a 23-3 blowout of Nebraska in the Orange Bowl. Johnson basically had Miami ranked No. 1 or No. 2 going into its bowl game from 1985 to 1988. And he also knew how to put together a great staff. The choice is simple -- Jimmy.

So, who would you pick? I'm going to post a poll question and ask you to pour your thoughts in below.

As for other issues,to touch on: Canesport.com reported two Hurricanes incoming freshmen, RB Shawnbrey McNeal and local DE Adewale Ojomo, failed to report for the second summer session. I'll try to find out what I can on my own in both situations. Ojomo will be easier to get on the phone.

In recruiting news, UM was ranked just outside of the Rivals.com team rankings for 2008 at No. 11 in the first such rankings released thus far. I was surprised to see UCLA at No. 1, followed by the usual suspects, Texas, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Georgia, Florida State, USC, Ohio State, Texas A&M and Nebraska. While I've said it a hundred times before, I'll say it again. June is too early for such rankings to come out. So, don't take too much out of it or the fact the Canes top commitment, Ely High cornerback Patrick Johnson, said UM is now tied for the lead for his services with Southern Cal. I'm going to try to talk to the kid myself, but I can tell you its common practice for kids to make early commitments, then say they are all of a sudden interested in another school. I call it the Show-Me-Lots-Of-Love-Factor. And I suspect that's all Johnson really wants: for his recruit wooing to not end yet.

Anyway, I'm out. When I get back to work full-time, you'll get better stuff from me. But for now, at least there's another place for you Canes fans to talk. See ya.

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thx for the plug Manny, respect.

You got the juice now.

Manny...86Cane posting from the blog over at www.canespace.com. Thanks for the mention here on the Miami Herald blog and the positive comments about our blog at Canespace. We appreciate your support and look for ways to partnership with all local media sources in South Florida to improve the flow of information to Canes fans everywhere!

As you said, what makes our blog stand out from the rest is that it is run "For the Fans, By the Fans." We are excited that our independent effort to develop "a place for Canes fans to be and be heard" has been incredibly successful so far. In just 12 days we have had over 23,000 hits, 2,500 posts to articles that were written by our talented team of ten feature writers from across the United States!

As the Executive Director at Canespace and the official Blog Master there, I am offering you an OPEN INVITATION to post an article on our blog and join us for a one Hour "Live" chat session anytime you are available. Let us know if this works for you and the Herald. We want to work together with all media outlets to bring the fans the best damn Canes info avaiable ANYWHERE.

Tom Popadak AKA 86Cane / Executive Director of Canespace..."For the Fans, By the Fans"

Manny, here are the details of what Canespace brings to the table:

Canespace Summary (since 6/16/07):
Lifetime page views:
24926
Average per day:
2077.17
In the past 7 days:
17321
Today since midnight GMT:
2621

Alright Manny. Good job at the post and heart rendering at that. Hopefully you will take the invitation by 86Cane. I always enjoyed your posts and they are equal and just as good as the SS posts -- my humble opinion. I always check your site as a counterbalance to the other blogs. I don't want to drink too much of the U Cup way before the season starts.

Jimmy Johnson rocks in my book because when we are at a low, he went to Shalala and offered his experstise. He bleeds Orange and Green and a class act.

Manny, you do your thing. I know you know your stuff from the way you covered high school sports. And as much as I used to dislike Barry Jackson's work when he first got to the Herald I have to say I make sure to read his articles now cause he just gets the information that others either can't get or don't think to get.

I chose Butch Davis in the poll because I don't have numbers in front of me, but I would imagine his offensive output during his tenure was higher than Jimmy Johnson's.
And if it's only one team, one game ... it's Butch Davis.

Great blog Manny. I am in. That other blog has gone down quickly. I just removed them from the favorites.

I would take Jimmy. It is a no brainer. Davis learned everything he knows from him.

Also, as far the OB is concerned I read an open letter from the student body president endorsing Dolphin Stadium. I would be shocked if they stayed.

exactly what we want from u Manny, great job, like aqua said, "you got the juice now"

JJ HANDS DOWN!

Good blog Manny. Nice shout-out to the Legion at Canespace.com.

We'll keep checking back.

Rock on....

I like the write-up for the Canes so far Manny. JJ hands down. Represent us well on that blog. I agree with you on not gatting too carried away with the recruiting this early. When there's news to be had, let's get it. But most of these kids won't know where they're going till after new year's. I'll be checking in at the MH periodically. Also, I'm making the trek from LA to the Orange Bowl for the A & M game just in case the Canes move to the soul-less Joe Robbie Pro Player Dolphin's stadium.

Manny..the door at Canespace is open anytime for you buddy! We are willing to work with you anytime to share info, resources and stories. Feel free to cut 'n paste anything you want from our site for your blog and we will try to do the same from you to keep the flow going. C'mon in...

Hey, Manny, good start and good luck. There's a gap to fill with O having moved on, so this is your chance to rally the community.

When you're back from vacation, can you update us on the U's progress raising funds for new facilities?

Manny, I would like to have some information about what the team is doing in the offseason to keep them selves in shape. I know when Butch D. was in Miami players like Santa Moss, and others used to be in the track and field team. I don't see that anymore. I know coach Shannon said that he is focusing in team speed, and to react faster to the ball. Well, there is another team in Florida that is doing the same.How much emphasis is Miami putting in speed?

Manny:
Appreciate your candor. Give Cane fans your best and they will support you. The Canes are about excellence! always striving to be the best. Good to see that my friends at Canespace are supporting you. They got shafted by the SS. Not only bad business, but a slap in the face. No reason why Canespace and The Herald can't coexist and complement each other.
The communcation business is a new world today, look at how a few fans pick up the ball and ran with it. It is my opinion, major newspapers won't survive if they don't adjust and understand that the customer has many choices for news (sports)today.
Give it your best and your customers will be loyal. You have some the most loyal Cane fans supporting you. However, I don't think they feel that The Herald is the greatest supporter of UM Sports. Maybe you can change their mind!

Manny,

To answer your question; I take Schnells any day of the week. He could tell the kids they we going to beat a pro team, and they'd come out and do it.

Ask this question 5 years from now and I might take Shannon. He can be that good.

Mad props for the CaneSpace.com respect!!! Youre good, Manny- you know as Canes fans we take care of oUr own... Welcome to The Legion!

Join us tonight at www.canespace.com at 11 PM for Midnight Madness!

The link to the blog is on the home page at www.canespace.com

Thanks Manny for all you do for Canes fans!

Yo! that took some nuts Manny. Keep doing what you are doing.

Let's see what the SS does with Omar's vacancy.

Who the hell voted for Cker?

Manny...check your email. I sent some interesting and creative ideas your way!

Haven't read or posted in a while. I have a job! (j/k Legion)

It seems as if the Legion is posting here and on the new Canespace.com site.

I've always liked your stuff Manny. Thanks for having the guts to actually write something about the basketball team. While Miami represents the new ACC, there are many of us still remember that the US 1 of the ACC was called Tobacco Road.

Anyway, onto the coach questions. A couple points:

Do you take the team that Butch built, the 2001 National Champions who played lights out defense and set Miami Hurricanes all-time records for offense, or do you take the 1987 National Championship team?

Between Butch and Jimmy, some might argue that the 2000 and 1996 teams were better than their successors.

Both Butch and Jimmy had early reputations of not being able to win the big game. They both changed that right before they left for the NFL.

But if it is one game, it comes down to being able to peak at the right time, getting physically and emotionally ready to leave it all on the field. In my mind, no coach, Hurricane coach or not, ever did that better than Jimmy Johnson.

Johnson has a National Championship Ring and a Super Bowl ring. Who else? The other guy did it with Johnson's team and players.

It has to be Johnson. Heck, he took a cerebral, undersized linebacker from Liberty City, put him in a jersey with a Running Back's number and coached him up to be a quality NFL player, a Broyles award winner, and a future Hurricane Head Coach.

It has to be Johnson... until we replace his name with Shannon!

Good post.

Manny...we need an answer to this question:

Is it true that Kylan Robinson is being moved to FB?
Posted by: rebirth | July 02, 2007 at 02:30 PM

I would like to know what is going on with
Farquahson? I do not see him listed anywhere

86 there you go again, now you are the "executive director" you are an idiot! you all jerk each other off on your blog, you are such a tool running a typepad acting like you got something special. here is a list of 86's greatest hits (and these were all said in a span of 4 hours). 86, if you don't think you are retarded after reading these comments you made, there is no help for you. AND STOP TRYING TO BRIBE PEOPLE WITH FREE TICKETS!!!

We ballin boyz in 2007.
Posted by: thirstybuzzardcane | June 29, 2007 at 03:45 PM

Thirsty...seen you around quite a bit lately, but never formally welcomed you to Canespace. Welcome home son!

Hey, now that you are a regular how about a quote or prediction for the Vault? Is it in ya?

Posted by: 86Cane | June 29, 2007 at 03:54 PM


The talent at Canespace among the "Original 10" is simply beyond anyone's wildest imagination. They (the major media types in South Florida) didn't think we could pull this off. Nobody is underestimating us now, and the Miami Herald was first to formally recognize us. Props to them!

Now, with new guest writers coming in every day it seems, the talent pool just grows deeper. We are gonna be three deep at every position soon! Canespace recruiting is gonna get a top 3 ranking from Scout and Rivals for sure!!!

Posted by: 86Cane | June 29, 2007 at 04:00 PM


Thirsty...only 1 out of about every 300 posts gets vaulted so it is indeed an honor!

Posted by: 86Cane | June 29, 2007 at 04:35 PM

CVS...we need to talk! Email me at host@canespace.com.

Can you get a wireless feed at the stadium? If so, we might release secret weapon #3...

Posted by: 86Cane | June 29, 2007 at 06:01 PM

Super...well let's just say if you do a really good job at "CaneWalking" you have earned yourself two free tickets in the UM alumni section next to me and Mrs. 86 for the game!

Deal? I thought so...

Posted by: 86Cane | June 29, 2007 at 06:03 PM

Super...don't waste your time talking to these "other people" when you can talk to 86. I have you covered!

Shoot, I even have Hurricane Moitch going to the OU/UM game if he posts in the next 30 minutes...

Posted by: 86Cane | June 29, 2007 at 06:06 PM


CVS...email me and we will discuss breaking out the "big guns' in private...

Posted by: 86Cane | June 29, 2007 at 06:08 PM


June 29, 2007 at 06:16 PM

Solar...I ain't talking about no stupid pee shooters here. I am taking about laser guided, infrared, highly classified "stuff" is about all I can say...

Posted by: 86Cane |

And the Gods came down to see the site known as Canespace, and they saw, and they posted, and the said "It was good"!

Posted by: 86Cane | June 29, 2007 at 06:42 PM

OGV...what are you doing sneaking in like this? You after tickets too? Bring it so we can fling it!

Posted by: 86Cane |

Canes Fans enjoy your just rewards...the future is now and it is Canespace!!!

Posted by: 86Cane | June 29, 2007 at 07:26 PM

C'mon Canes fans tonight at 11 PM we have a live chat about this issue. Be there or be lost...

Posted by: 86Cane | June 29, 2007 at 07:30 PM


someone's a stalker...

Come on man, what happened to you bloggers, you used to be able to have a discussion without having to jerk each other off after each comment now it looks like this.

The U is great
By Aqua

Ohh nice thoughtful insight Aqua, I can really feel your emotions with that last comment. Want some free tickets. Mane canespace is the best.

By 86canes

Yeah Aqua your emotions really come through in your writing style. I can feel what you are talking about.
By Crist

IT IS A JERK ME OFF FEST AND IT IS ANNOYING!!! Stop bombing other blogs with COME TO CANESPACE IT IS AWESOME!!! it sucks. not one insightful thing has come accross the board yet and yes I did give it a chance. it is just JV if you ask me. It is a bunch og guys with no friends in the real world feeling like they belong to something and 86 is the leader of the pack.

Wow, what a lame blog. I love the fighting between Canes fans. Typical. You guys should stop living in the past and start thinking about how you're going to recover from being beat by your cross-town sleeping giant. Oh man, I can't wait!! You guys won't be able to recover for the rest of the season!!! HAHAHAHHAHAHA!!!

TNGolden shower it is nice to dream isn't it. Let me know what t is like to be ranked 119 out of 119 D1 teams. Hey look at it this way, you cant fall any further. How many did you loose in a row?

Well, I guess Manny Navarro, the author of this blog, thinks differently about Canespace:

"I know some of you have already come on here and posted for another blog, canespace.com. I checked it out. You should too. It's a blog for the fan, by the fan. And some of these fans know plenty about the Canes. They've got all sorts of insight." Manny Navarro

Plus Manny has agreed to join us for an hour of "Live" chat every other Thursday from 8-9 PM beginning in August. And the alternate week he will be doing it right here on the Herald blog and all of the Canespace fans (and there are a lot of them!) will be right here with him.

So get used to us, we ain't going anywhere!

This for the TNGoldenPanther:

If you put F B(alseros) U on Northwestern Senior High School schedule this year that would be the 13th game you sleeping giants would loose.

yo aqua

Fuck Rahim!!

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