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Tuesday press conference

Coach Randy Shannon just walked out of the room after meeting with the media for 15 minutes. Here are the biggest tid-bits I gathered from his short press conference.

- Shannon didn't sound very optimistic about having Kyle Wright under center Saturday against N.C. State despite his return from his ankle injury. Shannon said Wright was back out "practicing a little" on Sunday when the team regrouped after three days off. He said Wright "moved around" and will do some indoor drill work this week. Shannon said Wright "needed to complete a practice" if he was going to play Saturday. My sources told me last week Wright would be out this week and would not return until the Virginia game. I don't expect him to play this week. Look for Kirby Freeman to be the starter.

- Defensive tackle Antonio Dixon will be back out at practice this week as will receiver Lance Leggett, who practiced some last week. Both missed the FSU game. Dixon's return is a pleasant surprise considering he was expected to be out a long time. I've been told by sources Dixon won't be back on the field until Miami goes back out on the road. But maybe this is a sign he'll be back even earlier.

- Shannon was asked about the fact the Canes now control their own ACC championship destiny following the losses by Virginia and Virginia Tech last week. His response: "We don't even worry about it. All we're worried about is N.C. State. WE got to take care of them first."

- Shannon said his team will not take the Wolfpack (3-5) lightly. He said he asked his team Sunday why they had two losses. Their response according to Shannon: "We took them [Ga. Tech and North Carolina] too lightly."

- Shannon said the improved play by punter Matt Bosher is a direct result of how he is "dropping the ball" on punts. Shannon said Miami coaches have worked with Bosher to correct it. Bosher of course had his best game against FSU averaging 45.6 yards a punt.

- I spoke to offensive tackle Jason Fox who says he and teammates were exchanging text messages and celebrating this weekend after Virginia and Virginia Tech lost. The results opened the door for the Canes if they win out to reach the ACC title game.

- Safety Lovon Ponder told me the extended time off -- along with the losses by Virginia and Virginia Tech -- has really brought life back to the team. "You could tell just by the way guys were running yesterday," Ponder said. "It was like the summer time. New blood, new life."

I'll be back later with more from football practice. Don't forget about our live Q&A here from 8 to 9 p.m. See ya.

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Good info Manny.

Thanks for the update Manny!

Why does the media set this team up for failure? Don't have them thinking about the future, let them think about right now. Right now is North Carolina State.

Miami has to learn how to "stay in the present" before we talk about the future.

I don't like the fact that Shannon is getting, seemingly testy with the press. This program needs all the good press it can get.

Randy needs to accept that fact and deal with his position or leave.

Miami thinking about Virginia or BC doesn't help them against NC State. They got to keep it moving

HEY R-DUB!! I couldn't agree more. Not only staying in the "Present"... but also playing FOUR quarters!! The CANES are notorious for playing 2 quarters (regardless of the coach). Go back to the 2002 Fiesta Bowl (yea i know the officials were biased and probably paid-off) but we can't complain when we only play 2 quarters.. How about this year (North Carolina, Oklahoma, georgia tech???) All losses came because we played less than 4 quarters..............WHen we play the ENTIRE game we're hard to beat!!!

It seems like one good way to beat the 'Canes is by hitting them hard on the first play.

The 'Canes seem to get caught unawares at the beginnings of games by teams that know Miami won't fully rebound from a quick, opening-play (the kickoff, vs. UNC) sucker punch.

Every play is the only play.

**Stole this from another blog...Thought it was a great one, so decided to share it with ya'll...


To all the current canes listening. the U has been in this same spot 3 times in the past 4 years; controlling our own destiny in the ACC title hunt. Past teams did not have the heart, focus, or determination to go out and take the title. this is the U, and its your time now. the virginia schools both did their parts, opened up the door for you, and sent you an invitation to the ACC dance. Will you go to the dance and steal the show? or will you allow yourselves to be upstaged by the kids from virginia or atlanta for that matter. No more being a doormat for conference foes. They are not going to hand you the title. Knuckle up and go take what should always be ours, the ACC title!!

They may had taken UNC too lightly, but GT?
GT just punch Miami in the mouth, and we were not able answer back. With that said, I know Miami had a few D-lines injured in the GT game.
Miami knows what they need to do. Start fast and play all four quarters. Run the ball like there is not tomorrow. Defense of line has to stop the run, and blitz on third and long. Do not give the QB time to throw the ball in long yardage!! Most important Kirby has to play smart.

Sexy like usual

LIKE YOUR SWAGGER LAKE WORTH CANE ...

MUST RUN IN THE WATER

kEEP reppin L-dub

Manny Navarro - "Look for Kirby Freeman to be the starter."

Ok, then the next question is, Who are his backups"

Thanks Manny!!!

You the man...

Hi Manny
I appreciate your work!
Were you able to speak Jacory this week? Is he enrolling in January?

IS there any special things planned for the final game in the OB

Wez gots ta sho up fo 4 quarters...iffn we dont our season is over. Iffin weeda taken da teams from Ga Tech and NC serious wed be 6-1 richt naw.

Shannon testy? We're all a bit testy. And as the previous blogger so eliquently put, we should be 6-1.

Like Woody said we should be 6-1...

Like Woody said we should be 6-1...

Great post, Manny.

More like 7-1...

Manny the coaches were recruiting last weekend...Any news on that?

Keep up your great work!

Manny i have 2 questions.. #1 seems like when we blitzed against fsu we were sucessful do you think we should blitz more we kind of got away from that .also its less time our db's have to cover. #2 what if kirby plays really well his loss is only to oklahoma kyle is to nc @gt do we stick with the hot hand like last year....

He (Shannon) said he asked his team Sunday why they had two losses. Their response according to Shannon: "We took them [Ga. Tech and North Carolina] too lightly."

Duh, last time I checked our record, we had 3 losses. I don't want to read too much into this but is it possible that Randy knew early on that we had absolutely no chance against Oklahoma? I too agree that Randy seems to be a little testier than he was early on in the year. I guess it's getting extremely more difficult to continue to make excuses for the play of our quarterbacks, which has been horrible, or the play calling of our new offensive coach, Nix, which has been predictable and less than spectacular.

Call me silly, but I'm more concerned about UNC and the noon start time than I am about Virginia and it being the "last" night game at the OB. This team seems to play better when it gets dark outside. Think I'm crazy to say that, just check out the games this year.

One game at a time. Let's beat the Pack.

Go Canes!!!

He (Shannon) said he asked his team Sunday why they had two losses. Their response according to Shannon: "We took them [Ga. Tech and North Carolina] too lightly."

Duh, last time I checked our record, we had 3 losses. I don't want to read too much into this but is it possible that Randy knew early on that we had absolutely no chance against Oklahoma? I too agree that Randy seems to be a little testier than he was early on in the year. I guess it's getting extremely more difficult to continue to make excuses for the play of our quarterbacks, which has been horrible, or the play calling of our new offensive coach, Nix, which has been predictable and less than spectacular.

Call me silly, but I'm more concerned about UNC and the noon start time than I am about Virginia and it being the "last" night game at the OB. This team seems to play better when it gets dark outside. Think I'm crazy to say that, just check out the games this year.

One game at a time. Let's beat the Pack.

Go Canes!!!

He (Shannon) said he asked his team Sunday why they had two losses. Their response according to Shannon: "We took them [Ga. Tech and North Carolina] too lightly."

Duh, last time I checked our record, we had 3 losses. I don't want to read too much into this but is it possible that Randy knew early on that we had absolutely no chance against Oklahoma? I too agree that Randy seems to be a little testier than he was early on in the year. I guess it's getting extremely more difficult to continue to make excuses for the play of our quarterbacks, which has been horrible, or the play calling of our new offensive coach, Nix, which has been predictable and less than spectacular.

Call me silly, but I'm more concerned about UNC and the noon start time than I am about Virginia and it being the "last" night game at the OB. This team seems to play better when it gets dark outside. Think I'm crazy to say that, just check out the games this year.

One game at a time. Let's beat the Pack.

Go Canes!!!

Opps, sorry for the triple posts. I didn't know it would do that by me hitting the back key.

Great report. It sounds like Shannon finally has these guys attention. NCST is improving every week. And everyone's always anxious to play Miami.

It's time for our boys to put together a complete dominant game, especially in the first half.

Also very good to hear they're rested and excited about this next most difficult stretch.

Youre a man-kisser.

I don't like the fact that Shannon is getting, seemingly testy with the press. This program needs all the good press it can get.

Randy needs to accept that fact and deal with his position or leave.

Posted by: DocCane | October 30, 2007 at 01:12 PM DRACONIAN

KYLE PLEASE GET HEALTHY SOON!!! WE NEED YOU BACK OR THIS SEASON IS A WASTE. IF KYLE DOESNT PLAY THIS WKND, WE WILL LOSE.

I agree. Kyle is our best (and only) chance to win. He makes some mistakes, but his raw talent and arm are undeniable. Without him, we don't have a prayer.

Randy Shannon doesn't have the mental fortitude it takes to be a head coach.
He's too thin skinned. Time will prove I'm right. He'll fold like a TV tray. Two years tops. He's playing with the houses money right now. When it's his players and his show and he doesn't win a NC in a few years...He'll be the next Larry Coker.
We should have hired Mike Leach.
We just wasted 3 more years on this guy.

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