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Tuesday's live Q&A

OK folks. I'm going to get started with our weekly Q&A session soon. Feel free to leave your questions below. I'm going to go back and find the ones you left me earlier this afternoon.

I spoke to several people today including Calais Campbell, Eric Moncur, Clint Hurtt, Robert Marve, Derrick Morse, Joe Joseph, Chavez Grant, Kenny Phillips and Kyle Wright and some others. Audio is being posted as we speak on our UM audio link if you want to check out what they said.

See you at 8 p.m.

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Hey Manny whassup?

1) How have practices been since the GT loss? Any changes?

2) What lineup changes are expected for FSU?

3) Do you believe redshirting Marve is a good or bad thing, and Why?

Thanks man, see you at 8:00.

Manny

I still believe Tim Walton needs to be demoted. He is clearly not a good strategist and has no blitz packages for the defense. Don't you think that if his secondary is young and inexperienced it would be best to rush the passer into making quick decisions rather then leaving the secondary on an island for a long time? Clearly our front four aren't as dominant as we thought.

It was easy defending Texas A&M's running game because they clearly had no passing game. I think Tim is in way over his head. What are your thoughts and please be honest?

Q: Manny, what is the deal with Frankie Hammond Jr? First reports were that he commited to UF, and now he didn't really commit. Do the Canes still have a chance? Posted by: SuperCooper | October 16, 2007 at 07:15 PM
A: My sources at UM say Hammond got an offer from the Gators shortly after the Canes offered and he is committed to the Gators. Now, Matt Shodell from Canesport.com was talking today about how he spoke to Hammond’s high school coach and he also confirmed Hammond was a UF commit.

Q: Do you think that the difference between this years team and last years team is a big play receiver? Is the QB passing ability really that bad? Also is the defense's biggest struggle at linebacker, secondary or both. It seems that when Miami's defense stops the running game the secondary gives up an easy pass. Posted by: caneist | October 16, 2007 at 05:41 PM
A: I’m going to answer this questions in two parts, starting with the offense. Miami basically has the same set of receivers it hand last year minus Greg Olsen at tight end. The quarterbacks are also the same. Kyle Wright has never been able to throw the deep ball with consistency. As for the defense, Miami is thin at linebacker and young in the secondary. Teams are simply attacking UM right now any way they want on offense.

Manny...what about the DL? What about all the guys that are nOT playing? what happened to them?

What is your feeling about the coaches this week? How do they look and how have they responded?

Q: Manny: seems like we are lacking consistency this year. Do you think the shuffling in of new players almost every play make sit more difficult for the players to stay in a rhythm and play to the level we know they can> Posted by: West Coast Ibis | October 16, 2007 at 01:15 PM

A: I think the biggest problem we all have West Coast Ibis, is that we are all still looking at this team through the wrong set of glasses. This team can play better than it has. Just not like the great UM teams they once had. Every game Miami will play in this year, they’ll have to claw for victory. They don’t have the talent to blow people away. And when they aren’t playing good, they aren’t even good enough to beat teams like North Carolina and Georgia Tech. I think the shuffling of players has affected the Canes some, but I think coaches are just trying to find whatever combination works best. They know they don’t have enough talent and they’re trying all the can do to win.

Kyle or Kirby? Kirby or Kyle? Both at the same time? What's a QB coach to do???

Manny,

with the injuries to the front line, will we see Chaz Washingon or Chris Perry? Will Allen Bailey get some time at DT?

Any "inside" info' on who the remaining non-conference opponent will be for next season? And if not, who'd would like to see the Hurricanes play against in their new home away from home?

54,000 at the GT game. Impressive!

What about next year at Canespace Stadium?

What type of creative marketing strategies do you or your newspaper suggest?

Manny,

There's a rumor floating around that Randy had a team meeting where he told the team "we have 31 kids coming in and only 17 open scholarships, some of you should start thinking about your transfer plans" Butch Davis did the same thing when he came in. Have you heard anything to substantiate this rumor?

Q: What’s your take on so many people jumping on and off the bandwagon with this season's results? Second, where do you stand on "removing Coker's Boys" to give the new guys a shot in an effort to prepare for next year? That leads me to my next question. Recruiting. With the record we have thus far, what can Miami do to assure talented recruits stick with Miami as their college of choice? Do you think USF has a good shot at coming in and recruiting any Miami-Dade area players who might have looked into the U but changed their minds due to their results this season? Any other news on the recruiting front we need to know about? Posted by: BrandonB84 | October 16, 2007 at 01:30 PM

A: It’s typical BrandonB84. Miami fans are fickle and not enough of them are real fans. The U in my opinion has about 20,000 real fans, the diehards who surf the message boards and show up every Saturday. The rest all jump on when the team is good. The rest bash them. Second part, I think Randy has done that where can already. These are all ultimately Coker’s boys except for the true freshman. He’s changed the team’s mental makeup. Now, he just needs to convince him his way is the right way. 3. Recruits seem to be sticking with the Canes no matter. I spoke to several people today including recruits who told me they feel more drawn to UM now because they want to be part of the team that brings The U back. 4. I feel USF is definitely in better standing the more it wins. But I honestly can’t see them taking a recruit away from UM – not yet anyway. 5. I was told today that UM is very interested in a running back and tight end from Jacksonville. I’ll have more in the coming days. And Brandon – keep your questions shorter for me.

Manny

I thought last year Rich Olsen's offensive scheme was terrible. But Arizona State's new found success has lead me to believe that our QB and receivers are unfortunately not as talneted as we like to believe. Cearly we need some great recruits because according to a recent interview Rich Olsen he claims ASU has more talent then our squad, and sadly I have to concur. Your thoughts? I come down from Tampa every home game and I can tell everyone that Robert Marve will be the real deal. Sadly Kyle just cant read a defense, go through his progressions and has a bad case of tunnel vision.

Q: Hey Manny whassup? 1) How have practices been since the GT loss? Any changes? 2) What lineup changes are expected for FSU?
3) Do you believe redshirting Marve is a good or bad thing, and Why? Thanks man, see you at 8:00. Posted by: roachcane77 | October 16, 2007 at 07:53 PM

A: 1. Only been to today's practice. Felt the same like the others. Eric Moncur told me that defensive coaches spent more time today slowing things down to break down where guys had to be in their run stopping assignments. 2. Not many. Colin McCarthy will be back in the starting lineup. I wouldn't be surprised if Javarris James doesn't start. He's being hampered by a neck injury. 3. I think Miami had to redshirt Marve. He can't really handle direct snaps without risking injury. He isn't 100 percent on with the playbook. He needs more time.

Q: Manny: What are your thoughts on Patrick Nix's play calling? Posted by: yeyo2nite | October 16, 2007 at 01:34 PM

A: He’s been hot and cold at times. I think he did a great job against Texas A&M. I thought he was outcoached in the Georgia Tech game.

Well, as a true fan, I am going to the FSU game. Not feeling real good about the outcome. Think we have any, any chance of winning?

Q: Manny, Will Marve see any playing time this year? Also, how big do you think the recruiting class will be? Posted by: Dante | October 16, 2007 at 01:37 PM

A: Marve is being redshirted. This recruiting class can be as big as 33 recruits. I was told today Miami is trying very hard to bring in as many as eight recruits by January. They’ll have a max of 25 in February.

Des...I guarantee a win against FSU. Bet the house!

Do you have a idea who where the freshmen trying to transfer to the U

Hi Manny, love the blog! Can you comment on the difference between physical and mental talent. Are our boys lacking both? I know you need both to succeed, but missed assignments, tackles, and breakdowns are mental mistakes. Are these guys just not well coached, or they never learned the basics under Coker?

Manny, what do U think our final record will be at the end of the season 5-7/6-6/7-5/8-4.

thanks

Canes can't lose again. Just now way, no how, ain't gonna happen. This will be another TAMU game where the Canes dominate.

GO CANES, BEAT FSU!

Again... please... smaller questions.

Q: Manny, can you dispel for everyone the notion that on-field performance directly affects recruiting? Also, is something wrong with James? Finally, is Shannon recruiting raw talent for any position or finding strength to fill the current weaknesses? What parts of this team will carry over to next year and compliment fresh talent? I'd ask him if he feels there is a coaching scheme to maximize depleted talent, sort of like Wake Forest seems to do? Posted by: JC | October 16, 2007 at 02:04 PM

A: What’s up JC. Good to see your back. Good job on the blog. I’ll start my way at the end and work my way back. Randy pointed out today how USF has made the most of its fifth-year seniors. I think Randy would love it if he could have more 5th-year seniors. Where the talent is – running back, secondary, offensive line and defensive ends. He’s trying to get strengths everywhere he can but is focusing on linebackers, defensive lines, quarterback, offensive line and corner. James does have a neck injury, but it is not serious. And finally, Miami’s losses on the field have very little to do with what recruits think. As long as UM’s coaching staff stays intact, they’ll be fine.

86...Gotta love your optimism!

Q: 1) is JJ hurt? 2) Why no Kayne after having a good game against Duke? 3) Who is the 4th OT and when is he going to take Youngblood's spot in the rotation? Posted by: Esteban | October 16, 2007 at 02:28 PM

A: I’m with Susan Miller Degnan who is on the phone driving home. She’s helping answer some questions.
Susan says yes he was injured. We learned tonight he was hurt during the Duke game. We believe its a neck injury. But RB coach Tommie Robinson called JJ “warrior” and said he will play on Saturday.
As far Kayne goes, I’ll answer this one. Miami threw for 56 yards. That should tell you why there was no Kayne.
As for No. 3, the fourth offensive tackles are considered Cyrim Wimbs or Tyrone Byrd. But it’s really a three-man rotation.

Q: Manny, Paul Dee said the Virginia game will be a "special evening." Have they officially announced a time for that game yet? I'm sure we're all hoping for a night game to send the OB out in style. Keep up the good work, and try to stay out of trouble interviewing recruits on the field. :P Posted by: Brian | October 16, 2007 at 03:00 PM

A: Susan says despite the deadline problems it will present, she hopes it’s a game too. It’s always more fun at night in the Orange Bowl and I feel the Canes are at their best at night. We won’t know the game time until the week before.

Hi Manny. My question is about offensive linemen.

Why does the U only have one OL commit for next year? It seems to me that is where the foundation of a great football team starts as far as protecting the QB and running the ball. Is that being emphasized in recruiting? Not to play keeping up wth the Jones' or anything, but I recall reading that USC has two 5-star OL recruits coming in.

Manny my question is simple and to the point. With everyone talking about how bad, including myself, the present UM players are and/or how poorly they play. With that being said and how good recruiting is going and with UM appx. having 22-23 scholarships to give this year. How many recruits iS UM briging in this year and can Randy Shannon take from some seniors to be their scholarships? Seeing how many players they offering to would actually bring in about 26-28 new CANES.

Will randy shannon start Randy Phillips at safety for the FSU game. Please ask coach Shannon.

Q: Manny, what is the defensive injury situation looking like for UM this week? As far as I can tell, the DT's are a mess and the LB's are nicked up. Posted by: orange 'n green in the vein | October 16, 2007 at 04:06 PM

A: Susan and I were at practice today. Your absolutely correct about the defensive line. I spoke with Clint Hurtt who told me he wishes he still had some eligibility and wonders if anyone will notice if he puts on a uniform this weekend. Right now Joe Joseph is going to start opposite Teraz McCray and Vegas Franklin will be the third defensive tackle. Luqman Abdullah is the fourth tackle. Steven Wesley would be a fifth emergency tackle. Susan said Randy Shannon Wesley is not ready and hasn’t been practicing. At the linebacker spot, Colin McCarthy will be back on the strong side with Daryl Sharpton at weakside and Tavares Gooden at middle. Weakside is the easiest position to play and Sharpton – having the least amount of experience – is more fit for that side. There’s no doubt the linebackers have to play better this week than last week.

Q: Manny, If some of the commits graduate early and enroll in Janaury do there scholarships count towards last years recruitng class?? How many scholarships from last years class are still open?? Posted by: Jcanes | October 16, 2007 at 04:41 PM

A: From what I understand, if Miami gets recruits early, they could sign up to eight players before January – all of those scholarships would go toward last year. Miami could then use all 25 scholarships in February.

Manny...ask Susan if she were head coach waht would she do differently than what Randy has done?

And then ask her who is her favorite player on the UM team and why?

Hey Manny, great job your doing, keep up the GREAT work. Love all the info. you provide.

Dont know if you know this or not, but if you UM can sign eight recruits early, who would they be?

86.... luv ya bro' but you need to shut that crap up!!!! You'll be just setting everybody up for another let down!! Why not just hope for a good game where we come out on top. Maybe another epic "wide right". I'm tired of hearing these hollow "MIAMI WILL WIN THIS GAME" type nonsense. Lets just wish the boys well and cheer them on! GO "U"!

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Q: I think Tim Walton is in way over his head. What are your thoughts and please be honest? Posted by: Rebecca | October 16, 2007 at 07:58 PM

A: I spoke with players today about Walton and how different his defense is compard to what Shannon ran last year. Their respons -- not much at all, except for less blitzing.

The honest truth is the personnel. Miami had two monster defensive tackles last year and a leader at linebacker in John Beason and a 1st-round pick at safety in Brandon Meriweather. This defense lost a lot. It took the last two games to show us that.

Q: After a bad game against GT, is Willie Cooper still goin to be a starter? If so, what's going on with Ponder and the freshman (Berry,JoJo,Jared)? Posted by: YoungChris757 | October 16, 2007 at 05:44 PM

A: Haven’t heard much about safety. I think Ponder could eventually find his way back into the starting lineup. I think Damien Berry is the only freshman in the secondary who will not be redshirted. He’s a special teams maven.

Manny,

There's a rumor floating around that Randy had a team meeting where he told the team "we have 31 kids coming in and only 17 open scholarships, some of you should start thinking about your transfer plans" Butch Davis did the same thing when he came in. Have you heard anything to substantiate this rumor?

Posted by: Brody | October 16, 2007 at 08:07 PM

Q: Who else is being put on red shirt? Posted by: Nicholas | October 16, 2007 at 06:28 PM
A: Long list dude. I’ll do something on it in one of my future blogs this week.

Q: Heard a rumor that Lamar Miller made a commitment to Miami this past weekend. Any truth on "The Truth"? Posted by: Mike | October 16, 2007 at 07:16 PM

A: Miller is certainly a player high up on Miami’s list of recruits. He likes UM. Not sure if he gave any verbals. But following my talks today with several sources, I don’t believe so.

Q: Whats Up Manny, Can U Tell ME Whats Going On With Doug Wiggins? I Know He Enrolled in the Spring And Seemed To Be Promising, Has He Regressed Some??? Also, Can U Name Who All the Redshirt Canes Are... Thanks 4 da info. Posted by: REAL CANE | October 16, 2007 at 07:46 PM

A: Wiggins has struggled to grasp the playbook from my understanding. I think Randy wants to see more out of him. He’s likely headed toward redshirt.

What are your thoughts on Kenny Philips reaction to the loss against GT?
Do you think this may push him towards the NFL next year?

thanx Manny for all your hard work and dedication.

Good information as always.

Keep us posted on the recruiting trail.

Q: What is your feeling about the coaches this week? How do they look and how have they responded? Posted by: 86Cane | October 16, 2007 at 08:03 PM

A: Randy sounded a bit different after the Georgia Tech game -- like a man that realized he simply doesn't have the horses to play at the level he wants. But he's not quitting. He and his staff are going to squeeze all they can out of these oranges. Today, Eric Moncur told me the defensive coaches spent more time, slowing down their assignments so they knew where they had to be. That's a good sign. They realize their young linebackers need more of that lesson teaching.

Manny,

How can USF play better than UM with much lower rated recruits? Our classes have been consistently ranked WAY higher than USF over the years, yet they are a better team. We can't blame it on Coker's poor coaching this year. PLEASE explain the Manny!

OK guys. I'm going to step away for 10 minutes. I'll be back. We'll finish this.

MANNY, WHO DO SEE AS POSSIBLE TRANSFERS AFTER THE SEASON ?

Q: With the injuries to the front line, will we see Chaz Washingon or Chris Perry? Will Allen Bailey get some time at DT? Posted by: Brody | October 16, 2007 at 08:05 PM

A: Washington and Perry are headed for redshirts. Clint Hurtt told me the only way Bailey moves to the defensive line is if he asks for it. Coaches promised him he would play linebacker. He needs to request the move.

Q: Any "inside" info' on who the remaining non-conference opponent will be for next season? And if not, who'd would like to see the Hurricanes play against in their new home away from home? Posted by: macjones de Albuquerque | October 16, 2007 at 08:07 PM

A: Not sure Macjones. North Carolina seems like the logical choice for an opener. But we’ve been hearing FAU could be on the schedule. We’ll find out soon enough.

Q: 54,000 at the GT game. Impressive! What about next year at Canespace Stadium? What type of creative marketing strategies do you or your newspaper suggest? Posted by: 86Cane | October 16, 2007 at 08:07 PM

A: Not sure 86. But I like Canespace Stadium. How about Eye On The U Field at Canespace Stadium.

Q: There's a rumor floating around that Randy had a team meeting where he told the team "we have 31 kids coming in and only 17 open scholarships, some of you should start thinking about your transfer plans" Butch Davis did the same thing when he came in. Have you heard anything to substantiate this rumor? Posted by: Brody | October 16, 2007 at 08:07 PM

A: Haven't heard that rumor. But it makes sense. Miami is going to try and do all it can to upgrade the level of talent at The U. I think Randy's well publicized tyraid last week -- calling out how Derrick Morse was real Hurricane -- was much deeper than just a motivating factor.

There will be guys who are here on this team right now that will not be here next year. And it won't be because they leave the team to enter the NFL draft early or because their eligibility is up.

Q: I thought last year Rich Olsen's offensive scheme was terrible. But Arizona State's new found success has lead me to believe that our QB and receivers are unfortunately not as talneted as we like to believe. Clearly we need some great recruits because according to a recent interview Rich Olsen he claims ASU has more talent then our squad, and sadly I have to concur. Your thoughts? I come down from Tampa every home game and I can tell everyone that Robert Marve will be the real deal. Sadly Kyle just cant read a defense, go through his progressions and has a bad case of tunnel vision. Posted by: Rebecca | October 16, 2007 at 08:10 PM

A: Coaches look great when they have great players around them. Where coaches really earn their pay check in college football is in recruiting. Unfortunately for Miami, they cupboard Coker left behind is pretty bare.

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