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Game day blog: Ga. Tech 17, UM 14 (F)

I'm here at the OB for Georgia Tech and UM. Feel free to watch the game with me and feed me your thoughts as the game moves along.

THE LATEST
- The Canes needed an answer and got it. Now, they need another one. With 7:34 left, Georgia Tech connected on a 39-yard field goal to take the lead once again. Can the Canes' offense and Kyle Wright respond again like it did on its previous drive? Will the defense hold if it needs to? We'll find out.

* I'm going down to the field at the 7-minute mark. All the media do. I'll update the blog after the game. But feel free to continue to pour your thoughts in as you watch it all unfold as well as after the game. As usual, I'll have my postgame locker room coverage and more.

THE RECAP, DRIVE BY DRIVE (Key plays and notes)
FOURTH QUARTER
UM's 8th Drive (1st and 10 at the UM 27, 2:26 left)
- On the first play, Darryl Richard sacks Kyle Wright for an 8-yard loss. Not the type of play you want to start your comeback.
- But on the next play, the Canes catch a bit of a break when Tech is flagged for pass interference.
- Freeman comes in again following a Graig Cooper first down run to the UM 48. But his pass is just over the outstretched arm of Sam Shields down field, incomplete.
- AT THE END OF THE THIRD QUARTER, Miami has a third and three at Tech's 45.
- On a key third and three, Wright fakes a handoff and scrambles forward for a big first down. On the next play, Cooper comes through with another nice run, rumbling down for a first down at the Tech 24.
- On third and two, McNeal picks up one yard. UM goes for it on fourth down and gets it with a McNeal run up the middle for 6 yards to the GT 9.
- It all comes down to this series inside the GT 10. On third and goal from the GT 3, Wright puts the ball in the air in the end zone for Shields and he comes down with the catch with 10:37 left. Drive: 14 plays, 73 yards, 6:53. UM 14, GT 14.

GT's 9th DRIVE (1st and 10 at the GT 30, 10:30 left)
- Tech had a chance to move down the field quickly on the first play, but a pass from Taylor Bennett to Greg Smith was just out of reach near midfield.
- On third down, Bennett connects with Demaryius Thomas for a big first down and a 14-yard gain to the Tech 46.
- Tech picks up another first down and moves into Miami territory. Choice does it with his legs again. Tech has a first down at the UM 44.
- Choice burns the Canes again -- a 15-yard outburst. Miami's old reliable -- its run defense -- is not existant today. Choice has 184 yards right now.
- A big 3rd down and 3 at the UM 22... let's see what happens. Bennett throws an incomplete pass. Looked like UM jumped offsides. Canes caught a break.
- Travis Bell ends the drive with a 39-yard field goal to give Georgia Tech a 17-14 lead with 7:34 left. Miami is going to need its offense to come through again. Drive: 10 plays, 48 yards, 3:03. GT 17, UM 14.

THIRD QUARTER
GT's 7th drive (1st and 10 at the GT 20, 14:45 left)
- Tashard Choice, limited to 52 yards on 13 carries in the first half, gets the first two plays of the second half and picks up a first down with 10 combined yards.
- On his third carry, he explodes up the middle and rumbles downfield for a 54-yard gain to the UM 16. He's brought down by Bruce Johnson.
- Miami calls timeout with 12:44 left in the quarter. On third and four from the UM 12, quarter Taylor Bennett fakes a handoff, and runs the bootleg for a touchdown with 11:58 left in the quarter. Drive: 7 plays, 80 yards, 3:02. UM 7, GT 7.

UM's 7th DRIVE (1st and 10 at the UM 20)
- The offense goes three and out. Wright is forced to scramble on third down and he falls short of the first down by 2 yards. Matt Bosher gets off a good punt, 49 yards, to the Tech 23 that is fair caught. Tech takes over with 10:29 left in the quarter.

GT's 8th DRIVE (1st and 10 at the GT 23)
- Tashard Choice is starting to maul Miami on the ground with big chunks on carries.
- After another hefty gain, Tech gets flagged for holding. Might be what saves the Canes here.
- Maybe not, cornerback Glenn Sharpe gives Tech a first down on a defensive holding penalty.
- Tech moves inside the Miami 30 and down to the 24 on a 15-yard pass completion. Sharpe got burned on the coverage.
- On second down from the same spot, Tech picks up 17 yards on a playaction fake to the tight end. Miami's defense looks confused.
- The drive finally ends with Taylor Bennett scoring his second TD of the game on a 3-yard run. Drive: 14 plays, 77 yards, 7:59.
- Miami's defense has got to be exhausted.

HALFTIME THOUGHTS...
- Miami has done a decent job limiting Tashard Choice and forcing Tech to use its terrible pass offense. But UM hasn't been able to cash in.
- UM freshman Shawnbrey McNeal scored the game's only touchdown on a 39-yard run. But other than that, the Canes offense has been bottled up. Miami somehow still racked up 108 yards rushing on the Georgia Tech defense that ranks sixth nationall in rushing defense.
- Kyle Wright has managed a good game thus far, escaping the blitz a number of times. He hasn't been sacked yet.
- Dwayne Hendricks has gone down with an apparent right knee injury. He's the third UM defensive tackle out of this game. The only healthy ones right now are Joe Joseph, Teraz McCray and Luqman Abdallah.
- Miami has outscored opponents 71-0 in the first half this season at the OB.

SECOND QUARTER
GT's 3rd drive (1st and 10 at the GT 32, 1:52)
- Tech faces another third down and short, and Bennett completes an 11-yard pass to Demaryius Thomas for a first down to the Tech 49. END OF THE FIRST QUARTER.
- But after Tech moves the ball into UM territory, its drive fizzles and ends when Bennett throws a third and three pass behind his receiver and out of bounds.

UM's 4th drive (1st and 10 at the UM 15, 14:38)
- Miami goes a quick three and out, but had a chance for a big play on first down when Wright puts the ball on the money on what would have been a 40-plus yard gain. But the pass falls incomplete when Sam Shields can't haul it in. The Canes avoid disaster on third down when Wright's pass and a potential interception is dropped by Tech's Phillip Wheeler at the UM 30.

GT's 4th Drive (1st and 10 at the GT 43, 13:52)
- Tech converts another third and long on its first series on a pass play. A play later, the Canes look to have more trouble at defensive tackle. Dwayne Hendricks has gone down with an apparent right knee injury.
- On fourth and three at the UM 37, Tech decides to go for it. But Eric Moncur gets in and swats a pass away incomplete. The Canes will take over with 11:38 left and good field position.

UM's 5th Drive (1st and 10 at the UM 37, 11:38)
- Miami picks up a first down right away on back-to-back runs by Graig Cooper which total 13 yards. - But penalties start to kill the Canes. On the next play, Cooper looks to have picked up another first down on a 12-yard toss sweep. But the Canes are flagged for holding. It moves the ball back to the UM 40. On the next play, Sam Shields gets flagged for a block in the back, bringing up a first and 30 at the UM 30.
- Kirby Freeman makes an appearance yet again. Looks like offensive coordinator Patrick Nix is using him simply to run the option out of the shotgun. It hasn't been very successful.

GT's 5th Drive (1st and 10 at the UM 47, 8:11 left)
- Josh Nesbitt comes in at quarterback for Tech and immediately takes a direct snap and runs forward for 15 yards to the UM 32.
- Bruce Johnson has a chance at a second interception, but drops the ball at the UM 10. On second and 15, Nesbitt scrambles for a 14-yard gain, but Tech's Matt Rhodes is flagged for holding and a personal foul, moving the ball all the way back to the Georgia Tech 40. Wonder what Randy Shannon would have done to Rhodes if he was a Cane.
- Tech eventually punts.

UM's 6th Drive (1st and 10 at the UM 32)
- After a second down pass to Chris Zellner picked up some of the yardage lost on a first down carry that lost four yards, Kyle Wright escapes the bltiz and scrambles forward on third down for a first down to the UM 47.
- On third and seven at midfield, Wright finds Sam Shields for a 10-yard gain and another first down. Hey, Shields caught it!
- On the next play, UM has a chance at another score, but Wright just overthrows an open Darnell Jenkins downfield.
- The Canes end up having to punt. David Strimple comes on -- he's the pooch punter -- and gets the ball inside the Tech 20 where the Yellow Jackets take over with 3:09 left.

GT's 6th Drive (1st and 10 at Tech 17, 3:09 left)
- Tech picks up another first down on third down when Demaryius Thomas finds himself open at the Tech 37. The drive marches forward but eventually ends with a punt. Miami ends the half by taking a knee.

FIRST QUARTER
UM's 1st drive (1st and 10 at the UM 20)
- The Canes run the same play, a deep streak down the sideline -- twice to Darnell Jenkins and once to Sam Shields -- on the first three plays from scrimmage. But none of the passes are completed. But one draws a defensive pass interference penalty on GT corner Jahi Word-Daniels, moving the ball to the Georgia Tech 35. The Yellow Jackets end the drive though with some pressure on Wright.
- Lucky for the Canes, Matt Bosher gets a nice bounce on his punt, which trickles down to the GT 14.

GT's 1st drive (1st and 10 at GT 14, 13:23 left)
- On second and 7, the Yellow Jackets run the counter to Tashard Choice for a big 17-yard gain. Miami's defense got run over on that play. Choice then converts a third down and long, moving the ball to midfield, on a swing pass. But Miami's defense gets some pressure on GT QB Taylor Bennett and ends the drive with three incompletions.
- Tech punts the ball to the UM 14.

UM's 2nd drive (1st and 10 at the UM 14, 10:55 left)
- Jerrell Mabry picks up Miami's first positive gain and first down, on a short pass that he turned up field for 10 yards.
- On the next play, Kirby Freeman comes in for one play that loses eight yards when Javarris James fumbles and recovers back at the 18. Miami looks ugly on its next two plays with Wright back in and the Canes punt from their 20.

GT's 2nd drive (1st and 10 at the UM 36, 7:58 left)
- Tech has great field position, but can't move the ball. And on third and 3, Bennett gets picked in the end zone with UM cornerback Bruce Johnson stelas the ball from Greg Smith. Nice grab.

UM's 3rd drive (1st and 10 at the UM 20, 6:32 left)
- On first down, freshman Shawnbrey McNeal escapes on a 41-yard run into Tech territory. I use escape for a reason. UM center John Rochford is flagged for holding. The Canes are eventually forced to punt. But on fourth down, Miami gets gutsy and calls for the fake punt. Running back Derron Thomas takes the direct snap and rumbles his way down to the Georgia Tech 48.
- On the next series of downs, Miami gets a nice grab from Chris Zellner makes a nice catch on third and 7, bringing up a 4th and 1 at the GT 39.
- On the next play, Shawnbrey McNeal picks up a first down and then some, leaping over a pile of Yellow Jackets on his way to a 39-yard touchdown. He turned on the after burners. The drive: 8 plays, 80 yards, 4:32 on the drive. UM 7, GT 0.

PREGAME
Some quick keys to the game for the Canes
- Protect Kyle Wright as long as you can. Georgia Tech is a sack machine. Kyle can't spend his day running for his life.
- Limit Tashard Choice. He's the key to the Tech offense.
- Win on special teams. Miami needs to win the field position battle because Tech will put pressure on UM's passing game all day.

Notes: Receiver Lance Leggett and defensive tackle Josh Holmes are scratches for this one. Linebacker Colin McCarthy is also out.
Prediction: Georgia Tech 20, Miami 17. Hate to do this to The U. But I'm going to see if the opposite approach brings them some luck.

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IF WE DONT BLITZ, WE WONT STOP THE RUN, AND IF THEY BLITZ, THEY LEAVE THE CORNERS ON ISLANDS LIKE IN THE OKLAHOMA GAME. WE SAW WHAT HAPPENED THERE.

GA TECH IS VERY GOOD...LOOK HOW MANY SENIORS AND JUNIORS THEY HAVE THAT HAVE BEEN STARTING FOR TWO OR THREE YEARS...HOW MANY SENIORS DOES UM HAVE STARTING THAT HAVE BEEN CONSISTENT STARTERS FOR AT LEAST 3 YEARS? GA TECH: 11 OF THEM,
UM: THREE, KYLE WRIGHT AND DARNELL JENKINS AND DERRICK MORSE, WRIGHT WAS A NON FACTOR, JENKINS NO CATCHES, MORSE WAS SICK THE WHOLE WEEK...CANT WIN WHEN YOUR THREE AND FOUR YR STARTERS PERFORM LIKE THAT AGAINST A TEAM WITH 11 SENIORS WHO HAVE BEEN STARTING FROM DAY ONE.

WHEN YOU ONLY HAVE THAT

Oh, and there were only 17 pass attempts, remember how Randy said the players don't trust the coaches? Well I think the coaches don't trust the players, particularly the qb's. I think they did not want to put the game in KW's hands, like they did last week. Even if they lost with the run they were not going to pass. So when you bash Nix consider what his options are.

Ryan are the caps necessary?

5-7...this just in...Texas AM isn't very good.
I didn't watch this because I knew the Wannabees would come out flat AGAIN.
Where is the intensity in this team?
Where are the leaders?
What has happened to the heart's of these kids?
You mean to tell me there are better athletes in Georgia than Florida?
This is dispicable.
What's does Shannon have to say at the PC?
"Uhhh, badubba badeebah badubbah...looks like we just didn't uh badubba, debeebah, badubbah execute...

What a bunch of vaginas. I swear, watching a Miami Hurricanes game is like watching a bunch of chickens with their heads cut off for 60 minutes.

Some of you last week still thought this team can win the ACC. I've been saying it all year long...it is another Insight Bowl year(if lucky)!!

This will be the same deal next year unless Robert Marve somehow becomes a star. Maybe Jacory Harris is the answer, but it might be another 3 years for that.

I wouldn't be surprised if UM loses some recruits. It's obvious the coaches can't teach/adjust. Shannon can bring in all the talent, doesn't mean anything if his staff can't put players in the position to succeed.

Finally, like I said last week. The arrogance is catching up to Thug U. Please people, stop doing the U sign at the stadium. If you do it, please point it down!!

FSU will win next week!

the U is a pretty good team, but not good enough to overcome bad qtback play. Underthrows , over and behind throw. and still not able to beat the blitz ever in 4 years, the team is just not good enough to overcome that.

THE DARK AGES COURTESY OF KYLE WRIGHT

Just exactly how bad are these Hurricanes??? They are as bad as their record say they are and as inept and unable to make a big play, particularly in the offense. The offense with their 3 and outs tires the defense which seems to be also depleted of players and/or affected by the horror of the offense.

Eeveryone needs to realize and get in between their ears that regardless of how bad the whole team is and how they are like 12 and 10 since they played Georgia Tech 2 years ago, at a time under Coker when they were nationally ranked #3 and as Coker had signed and sealed and delivered the team to Kyle Wright to do something with it. Three years, almost 25 or more miserable games under Kyle Wright.

It is as simple as the fact that while everyone is guilty, this team was given to Kyle Wright for 3 seasons now and he has not been able to lead, to make plays, to win, to just do something like it is required of a player in the QB lead position, the most important and critical position of any team sports.

Coker lost his job with Wright who was Mr. 3 and out and who just can not buy any type of glory. This new coach has sort of started in a very bad way which could be fatal and again Kyle Wright appears that he will undo him. If the rest of the year turns into total disaster, the new coach then has no space for any mistakes. He will be fired for whatever reason.

Again, Wright is not the only one guilty but this is his position and time to lead, his time and his team. I thought that this team might be able to push him aside and go with anyone else who might not be so cursed and so out of the graces of the football gods. HE DOES NOT INSPIRE CONFIDENCE IN HIS TEAMMATES. HE CAN NOT MAKE PLAYS AND THE DEFENSE IS TIRED MOST OF THE TIME FROM BEING ON THE FIELD ALL THE TIME. He had led the team to 7 points by halftime and then another 7 points in the second half and how many of these games have we seen in the Kyle Wright years??? Many of them with 3 and outs and bad plays and intersections and it is a disaster waiting to happen.

A QUARTERBACK HAS TO MAKE SOMETHING HAPPEN... even if it is just bring good Karma, good luck, whatever. It is 3 years of bad stuff and most of it is due to the offense.

I think i'm gonna have to try out for this team!!! it's 4-3 already!? MICRO-BOWL HERE COMEs THE CANES!!!!!

excuses, excuses, excuses....When are you guys going to realize that....

1) this team does not have much talent.
2) this team is poorly coached.
3) the staff that miami put together is one of the worst in college football.

Lets look at Miami's wonderful staff....

HC--Randy Shannon--has zero years of experience being a head coach. Not only that he was overrated as a DC. When Randy had talent of course his defense looked great. It first started against Houston a couple of years ago...Then Louisville took his defense apart....Chan Gailey made adjustments at half---Shannon made none...Why did Shannon not make any adjustments because he thinks well if its working lets stick with it...Thats great coaching...

WR-Mosley--here is a guy that has experience from N. Illinois...Dont ya think maybe we should have hired a guy with experience...

DL Coach---Clint Hurtt---had one year of experience at Miami has a GA, then one year of coaching at FIU and now back at UM....

LB-Mike Barrow---I know the guy can recruit but he had all of one year...yes one year of HS coaching..

Both Nix and Walton have 0 experience as OC/DC.....Miami is not a training ground for coaches...Maybe just maybe these guys should have gone somewhere else to learn their trade first before coming to UM.

Reality is this team is not good..Hopefully Miami fans will begin to learn this...On top of that the coaching staff has no experience of how to deal with losing. Randy has thrown his kids under a bus..You can tell the kids have stopped listening to his message...He has even admitted as much.

I can tell you right now...this experiment will last till the end of next year...By then maybe Miami will have enough money to buy Randy out.

Questions still in my mind still:
-Can Randy Motivate players?
-Can Randy Create Scheme's to give us advantage?
-Can Randy hold assistant coach's as accountable as he holds players after poor effort?

Questions Answered-
Can Randy Recruit? Yes
Can Randy game day coach ( TO's/4th down/clock managment ) Yes
Can Randy maintain respect of players during adversity? that is a secret.
Are we really leaving the legacy of the 'O' behind out on a wimper like this? Apparently yes.

I do not feel like we will win one more game
but am trying to figure out how to deal with that fact. I will be waching who they get for AD and hope that individual will provide the light at the end of the tunnel I dont presently have. I hope he holds his coach's as accountable as Randy holds his players.

I AM WRITING IN ALL CAPS, DC, BECAUSE I WANTED TO PROVE A STRONG POINT.

another solid point from above...where is allen bailey? i find it hard to believe that he can not even make the two deep as talented of a recruit as he was. if anyone knows or can shine any light on this let us all know...

Kyle Wright is the poison pill that Larry Coker left behind to bring this team to ruins.

Posted by: canesfan | October 13, 2007 at 02:33 PM clever

Kyle Wrong peaked in high school ...

Larry Coker is like a walking pell grant scandal. Same results on the field, even without the benefit of losing scholarships.

Posted by: Kyle Wright Sucks | October 13, 2007 at 03:41 PM Larry Coker's talent misevaluation & inattention = probation

We need a turn-over of the roster.

Posted by: SFCane | October 13, 2007 at 07:40 PM bingo

Miami is not a training ground for coaches


Posted by: notindenialcane | October 14, 2007 at 01:26 AM a budget head coach affords expensive assistants. who is Tim Walton?

did Larry Coker's rich buyout handcuff our coaching hires?

I repeat. Rehire Soldinger. The special teams Suck!!!!!

Posted by: RS | October 13, 2007 at 03:02 PM who is Joe Pannunzio?

"Playoff's! Playoff's?! Are you kidding me,
Playoff's?!"
Signed, JIm Mora
5-7 kids. No bowl this year.
Next up, 3 in a row to FSU..
FSU 6 UM 3 in 2 O/T's...

what if U hired mike leach?

It's simple. Shannon is an idiot. He ran a defense that was shredded for several years and he's the head coach now. Shannon is clearly unintelligent, which is evident by his interviews and he can't manage. Look how he spent the timeouts in the end of the game. He is an idiot. His excuse, "TRUST". What an idiot loser shannon is. Teach football u uneducated idiot

Posted by: i can't root for theu anymore | October 13, 2007 at 03:59 PM listen intently ... Randy Shannon is no dummy! WISE

Seems to me, with the ineptitude of this offense, we at least should try and find a kicker like Swank from Jax Bach who can kick 60 yd FG's . I mean at least if get on the other side of the 50 we have a chance to do SOMETHING.

Signed, Chris Brown

We had our chance with Mike Leach. That would have been huge. A monster of a mistake not getting him. Instant offense. Keep Shannon in the booth as D coor. If he didn't want to stay, let him go...gimme 50 a game and you don't have to play great D.

Can Randy hold assistant coach's as accountable as he holds players after poor effort?

Posted by: CCC | October 14, 2007 at 01:28 AM what's good for the goose is good for the gander

Pissed off at this performance for sure. Play Marve now and forget about the eligibility issue. Notre Dame is playing Clausen now knowing that he will be the man to lead them on a title run in '09/10. We need to make the same sacrifice. Are the true freshmen QBs at UNC and OU that much better than Marve? They were playing HS ball last year as well right? We know they're much better than KW/KF. So give the freshman a shot right now.

As for the D, play anybody with heart! Freshman, sophomores, walk-ons, girls--whoever wants to attack the ball on defense. I'm a RS fan, but this lack of intensity displayed by these players must be addressed. That's on the coach. Forget slacking off in practice and making them run sprints. They show that kind of dis-interest on gameday and they should be benched for the rest of the game. Teach the lessons on gameday, not just practice.

Sorry this is so long, but I have to vent! The play calls on the last two series were atrocious. No slants, no tight end, no draw plays, no reverses, no bootlegs, no rollouts, no creativity. Very pissed!

(Kyle Wright's) 2 long passes against NC were things of beauty. I think he will do well in the NFL.

Posted by: LGN | October 12, 2007 at 10:20 AM destined for arena football ...

Play Marve now and forget about the eligibility issue.

Posted by: ATLCaneFan | October 14, 2007 at 09:11 AM Robert Marve sports a cast on his nonthrowing hand/wrist ...

Lets be real here. Kyle Wright wouldn't be able to start on any team even the SUNBELT conference. The only reason he is a starter for the U is because Kirby Freeman is ten times worse. Randy is good coach but Tim Walton and some of the other coaches on this sqaud should be coaching in the CFL. Kyle should be able throw the deep ball, unfortunatly its all he knows how to throw. The guy cant go through his progression, cant read a defense, and is a LOSER. Kyle will never be a winner. unfortunatly he is all hype and has no idea what goes on, on the football field. No offense but if you guys even think Kyle will be drafted in the NFL, then you guys dont know football. About 90 QBS in the NCAA DIV 1 programs are better then kyle maybe not as talented but better because they have intagibles that Kyle doesn't. Explain how people on this blog say Kyle will be drafted but yet Ken Dorsy was a sixth round pick i think and Briock wasn't drafted. Kyle will be lucky to get a free agent contract that would last 2 days in the NFL.

(Kyle Wright) cant go through his progression, cant read a defense, and is a LOSER. Kyle will never be a winner. unfortunatly he is all hype and has no idea what goes on the football field.

Posted by: Rebecca Calix | October 14, 2007 at 09:24 AM Kyle Wrong = chris rix redux

When are some of U gonna realize that it's the QB's, not the so-called tough academic standards that has been killing the U over the past 5 seasons? We lost guys like Percy Harvin, Early Doucette, Dewayne Bowe and Deonte Thompson all because we had no QB, and that's exactly why Percy and Early said they chose UF and Lsu over the U! Not trying to put all the blame on the KW, but he is the overall leader on this team, and he has been playing long enough to know how to manage the offense much better than he is doing now. How do U expect the D to continue to make plays if they spend most of the second half on the field cause the offense is a 3 and out machine? I said it before and I'll say it again, Kw,KF and Brock B had no business playing D-1 ball! And please, enough about the academic standards! If a kid can't earn a damn C AVERAGE he has no business being in college no damn way!

KW is defintely the problem, however, I am really upset at the coaching staff. I like RS, but they are not put this team in a position to win. Especially Tim Walton. That man needs to be demoted. No blitz packages and he leaves our corners out to dry. How can he prepare the U so well against Texas A&M but not sgainst the yellow jackets. They ran all over us. RS is building a foundaTION YET HE BETTER START WITH HIS OWN CAOCHING STAFF.

I AM TIRED OF ALL THE EXCUSES. ABOUT RECRUITING, LARRY COKER, THE COACHES, KYLE WRIGHT, BLAH BLAH, BLAH. WHATEVER SHANNON/ COACHES ARE TRYING TO DO IS OBVIOUSLY IS NOT WORKING AT ALL. ALL THE DICIPLINE TALK, YEAH LOOK HOW THATS WORKING OUT WITH ALL THE DUMB PENALTIES/ MISTAKES THAT ARE BEING MADE/CALLED.

I DONT CARE ABOUT ANYTHING ELSE THAN WHY THE HURRICANES LET A TEAM COME TO THE OB AND LET THEM WHIP THEM AROUND. THERE IS NO EXCUSE PERIOD!

I AM SICK OF READING PLAYERS QUOTES, SHANNONS QUOTES, RECRUITING WEBSITES, THE HERALDS QUOTES. ALL OF THESE I MENTIONED TALK A GOOD GAME AND THATS IT. NONE ARE ACCURRATE ITS ALL THE SAME CRAP, VERY POLITICALLY CORRECT ANSWERS.

I DO NOT KNOW WHATS GOING TO HAPPEN FROM HERE ON OUT BUT ITS ONLY GOING TO GET A LOT WORSE AND I MEAN A LOT WORSE BEFORE IT GETS EVEN CLOSE TO BELOW AVERAGE.

ALL I CAN SAY IS KEEP RECRUITING THESE LOCAL KIDS THAT WANT TO STAY HOME BECAUSE ANY KID WHO CANT DECIDE BETWEEN UM, UF, LSU, IS OBVIOUSLY GOING TO NOT CHOOSE UM BECAUSE THEY ARE GOING TO SEE HOW NEXT YEAR LOOKS EVEN WORSE WITH KIRBY BEHIND CENTER.

WHY D0NT YOU GUYS GET IT...MIAMI WILL NEVER EVER WIN WITH RANDY SHANNON.


Why is this so hard for some of you to get...You never hire a coach from a staff that was losing. Miami needed to go outside the program. Instead they sold their fans BS about Shannon. Oh he is a great guy...Oh he is this....He is that. The guy never spoke to the media an assistant...Wow, you cant tell can ya. When he speaks to the media he sounds like George Bush speaking to the country. He has no damn clue how to run a football program...His teams looked lost in the spring...so how do they look now...lost. I just dont understand this love affair with Randy Shannon. He runs a basic defensive scheme that EVERYONE has figured out. He wont change because that system worked before. This is the problem his system is outdated.

Miami needs to get rid of shannon and get a big time coach....Thats how college football is now....This is not the 80's where Miami can out talent anyone anymore....

MIAMI WILL NEVER EVER WIN WITH RANDY SHANNON. ... Miami needs to get rid of shannon and get a big time coach

Posted by: notindenialcane | October 14, 2007 at 10:43 AM like Butch Davis, Randy Shannon recruits ... STAY THE COURSE

MOTHER LODE: Marve, J Harris, Cook, McNeal, Cooper, A Johnson, Hankerson, McKenzie, Kayne, Collier, D Johnson, Patchan, Franklin, Gunn, Washington, Bailey, lewis, Luiget, Ojomo, Harper, Smith, Forston, Regis, Perry, Buchanan, Futch, Spence, McCray, Robinson, P Johnson, DVD, B Harris, Berry, Wiggins, Nicholas, J Campbell, Odom, Wylie ...

http://weblogs.sun-sentinel.com/sports/highschool/palm/blog/2007/10/palm_beach_recruits_big_hit_at_um.html no shortcuts

It's all about the 'U' as in recrUiting. Compare 2001 to today. Find one position better.
Ken Dorsey v. Kyle Wright?
Willis v. Baby J/Cooper?
Andre Johnson v. Leggett/Jenkins?
Jerome McDougle v. Calais Campbell?
Vilma v. Gooden?
S. Taylor v. K. Phillips?
Not even going to touch on special teams.

Unfortunately, we live in 2007. But, hey, they're still our Canes out there in the OB -Let's support our team!

Mid season REPORT
* NO QB
KW doesn't go thru progressions
He locks on recivers at crucial times and throws ints
He has no touch whatso ever on the long pass. The only good bomb this season has been the one from the inzone and on that one he arm was kind of hit when he released and that made the adjustment.
Coach Walton has no experience at DC and is being outcoached BADLY.
Coach PANSUCIO has no idea what special teams are. They look awful
The OL coach is the Best one.
Coach Nix is trying to do too much and gets the O out of sink. He is trying to trick other teams and every time Kirby goes in the game as a surprice our O goes BACK
JUST run the regular offense agresively
WE need a BIG DL a las WILFORK to stop the run , maybe Forston but we need more bodies.
The fulback instead of blocking runs thru the line and is 10 yards downfield while the RB is still looking for holes!!!
It takes KW about 10 minutes to hand off the ball 7 yards back to the RB.

ITs time to starte working Marve into the mix now.

I HAVE ONE MORE COMMENT....

IF YOU LOOK AT MIAMIS RECRUITING CLASSES THESE LAST 5 YEARS, ALL THE RECRUITS ARE RATED 4 OR 5 STARS. SO THEY ARE RECRUITING THE BEST PLAYERS RATED AT THEIR POSITIONS...

I JUST THINK IF YOU ARENT EXTREMELY PICKY WHEN IT COMES TO RECRUITING YOUR QUARTERBACKS IT CAN HAUNT YOU FOR YEARS A.K.A KYLE WRIGHT / KIRBY FREEMAN.

THIS MEANS YOU HAVE TO ACTUALLY SEE THEM PLAY IN PERSON AND CHECK IF THE GUY HAS SOME MARBLES BECAUSE THE 2 QB'S WE HAVE DONT HAVE ANY.

"With the first pick in the 2008 NFL draft, the Miami Dolphins select Kyle Wright, QB for the Miami Hurricanes!!"

Would not surprise me folks... Not one bit!!!

postscript: 52,416 attended U v. georgia tech .... IMPRESSIVE

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/media/photo/2007-10/33203567.jpg despite noon, despite ESPN, despite mediocrity, despite overcast, 52,416 showed up ... DEDICATION

http://canespace.typepad.com/./photos/uncategorized/2007/10/15/hpim0991.jpg hello

Man some of you are brutal towards Shannon and his staff. I don't even think the Gators ran Zook out town after mid way through his first season. If you want to be a realist about the Canes, than stop having this perception that this team was going to turn heads in the national spotlight this year or even the ACC of that matter. It just wasn't going to happen. We all knew depth and youth were a concern coming into this season. Than on top of that you take the injuries into account in places where we are thin and what did you expect. GT did nothing to adjust after half-time. They did what their MO has been all season. Pound the rock wear the defense down and let Choice do what he does best. The guy isn't a heisman hopeful for nothing guys and he's certainly not over-rated. Our defense was too tired, on the field too long, and too young and inexperienced to stop a veteran running game. Walton could have nothing to stop that unless he brought in the O-line every other series to give the D-line some rest. Now how asinine does that sound.

The reason they werent in position to make plays in the second half wasn't because of schemes, it was because of execution. GT won it in the trenches which I expected them to given our status at and depth issues with the front seven.

Offensive wise, you have to be a high powered offense to to score many points on GT. That D-line of their's is nasty and deep. We just didn't match up on both sides of the ball for a team like GT. With healthy players we might have won but we weren't going to score more than the 14 points we had on offense.The good news is the young guys are getting the experience they need to become better.

Davis brought the 01 team in in 97 and 98 thats a three year gap folks. It takes some time to get there and starting a coaching carousel will never get you there long term. So give the coaches some time. Its not going to happen if you don't.

Our defense was too tired, on the field too long, and too young and inexperienced to stop a veteran running game. Walton could have nothing to stop that

Posted by: umlam | October 15, 2007 at 12:57 PM nothing?! then our rookie D coordinator is superfluous ...

UM will NOT get rid of Shannon for at least five years. We all know this. The man deserves a chance. Most of these players are leftovers from the Coker regime. Ole Larry never recruited a QB after Wright and Freeman, and he thought we could play without an OL. Plus, he never developed his players at all. I don't think the defense would be that bad but it was very thin to start with, and with the injuries we have, it's almost nonexistant.

This going to be a long, bad year and we might as well accept 5-7 or 4-8, because that's all we'll get out of this bunch. It's just like that horrendous probation team Davis had in the nineties that went 4-6 (or something similar). Next year should be better, but not by much. This is a five year rebuilding project.Get used to some bad football until 2009 at the earliest.

It's just like that horrendous probation team Davis had in the nineties that went 4-6 (or something similar). Next year should be better, but not by much. This is a five year rebuilding project.Get used to some bad football until 2009 at the earliest.

Posted by: billb | October 15, 2007 at 04:03 PM are you a gaturd in drag? the difference between probation & Larry Coker's self-imposed probation: scholarships. APPLES & ORANGES

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