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If you can stay up late...

I'll be more than happy to do our live Q&A tonight. But you are going to have to give me more time. I know, I know. I postponed it a day already. But I just got into my hotel room in San Juan, Puerto Rico and still need to write a men's hoops story and get it to my editors before 10 p.m.

As soon as I'm done, I'm all yours. And I plan on answering any and all questions you've already left me -- no matter how long it takes. I'll let you know when I'm available later tonight.

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Manny, would you be able to check with your ACC coaching contacts and get their opinion on the current state of the Canes... Is it coaching? Are they just a consistent QB away? Posted by: buena vista | November 14, 2007 at 11:15 AM
A: I’ll ask around. But I think the general consensus is overall talent. There are just a lot of players on this team who aren’t typical UM material. But the coaching shouldn't fall free of blame. Shannon took a stance and its backfired somewhat. Walton hasn't been as good as Shannon and Nix's play-calling has been hit and miss. But I think all in all, the lack of talent is what is hurting this team -- especially at quarterback.

Q: What's word on Tommy Streeter? Heard his father says he is coming to UM. I know he announces next week. Heard anything? Posted by: 5Ringz | November 14, 2007 at 10:46 PM

A: Is he really going to announce next week? I've heard all along Streeter will be waiting until late to decide this. If he does, its only because the family is tired of the pressure. At that point, I'd expect UM to be his choice. Dad caught a lot of heat when he didn't pick UM himself. Maybe the pressure is getting to him and the family is tired of it.

Manny whats your prediction for this team next season?

Navarro,

Who's got the inside track for Heavy Dee's job?

CANES!

Manny,
Great stuff as usual. Who amongst recruits enrolls early? Do you think there will be any changes to the coaching staff? Thanks

Do you have a prediction on who will make up the rest of the Canes recruiting class?


Do you have any predictions on how many players that are currently on the team will leave after the season?

Regarding Tim Walton. I understand he's learning the position and I understand we've had problems every week with a certain play we can't seem to adjust to, but I also have to question his blitz decisions. A few times this year, and especially last week he blitzed at the worst possible time. The TE was gouging our defense the whole game on a delayed blocking route and then a release as a wr. This had worked like 5 times already in the game and then Walton blitzes. I remember him saying he doesnt like to blitz with young guys back there at DB, so why does he choose to blitz when the pass is hurting us all game? Are the blitzes bad, or just bad timing as I feel they are?

Manny, I think one of Nix's problems is he doesn't necessarily match up down and distance with personnel. You can throw critical game winning fades to the shortest receiver that hasn't had any run the entire game. 3rd and short, or 4th and short, line up Javarris with a FB and run behind the FB. The one back set on short yardage just has not worked. The LB and/or S on the second line of defense always make the play because there isn't a lead blocker. Why run Cooper on short yardage when JJ is the better short yardage back? Find a side of the line that's getting the better on the DL and run behind it on short yardage plays. It's stuff like that that Nix needs to improve on.

Oh, and what's up with the 4 yard passes on 3rd and 7. Is that by design? It happens far too often, like its almost by design.

Manny Fresh,

What's good bro, I see you are getting it in in Puerto Rico....Hooooooooooooooo! LOL

At any rate, I noticed you left out Javarris James and Sam Shields in your projections for the rotation next year? Accidental, or do you expect those guys to get replaced by the incoming talent?

I really like Baby J, but he really is slow. He's not that homerun hitter we are used to having, but at the same time, that doesn't devalue him, because I do appreciate what he brings to the table.

Also when it comes to Walton, we have to remember this is his first time calling D. I'm sure he'll be tutored more by Randy this off-season, and sent out to study other coaches and teams like Randy did. He'll get better and grow with the team, I trust Randy's judgement.

Q: Hey Manny, Thanks for all the effort you put into your work it really shows when you report. My question is this, I drove down for the game against VA. While watching the game on Sat it seemed to me that our team gave up playing hard after the first quarter. I know some of the potential recruits on the sideline was saying they sensed that some players didn't really care they where losing, smiling and not cheering on their teammates. Have you heard any thing about this and has some players on this team given up on the season in your opinion? I can’t understand how RS would let this happen I hope it to be false. Also have you talked to any off the recruits about the lose and how it may effect their decision to commit to Miami? Thanks again Manny. Posted by: ITS ALL ABOUT THE U | November 14, 2007 at 03:07 PM

A: I don’t think the players have given up on the season. I think they are just emotionally and mentally destroyed. Most have zero confidence. Losing has become accepted at UM and until those guys leave, its going to remain like that for the most part. The recruits who were at the game were upset because they don’t see themselves as losers. They don’t want to come to Miami and be losers. A lot of the current commits haven’t lost a game all season – in some cases in more than two seasons. What hurts them is the fact UM is losing so badly. And they just don’t want to feel like they are accepting it too. I don’t think it will affect their decisions for the most part. But if UM can finish strong here in these last two games – even if they lose both games – I think it will help some recruits on the fence feel a little better about the attitude at the program.

I think the one player that symbolizes the attitude the recruits hate is Lance Leggett. He doesn't make plays, he ducks balls, he has ball bounce off him, get picked and he doesn't even give chase after the guy who intercepted the ball. When he wasn't playing, I vividly remember seeing him on the sideline hamming it up and smiling and joking when the Canes were taking a whipping to their nether region. I can't wait until he and players like him are out of the program. These kids have Larry Coker's its OK mentality. I always remember seeing Coker clapping it up and telling guys its ok and we'll get 'em next time when they screwed up royally. I like Randy's approach and I think that is why you see these guys folding, because Coker did not challenge them the way Randy does.

Q: Manny, I just wanted to get your thoughts on the articles today about the recruits' comments and those by Jenkins and R. Phillips. I personally think the recruits are right on and they have they the kind of attitude that we are missing and need. It seems those guys on the present team have no pride in what they are doing. They act like it's ok for them to lose. It's part of the Coker situation. He coddled them too much when they lost so that their feelings wouldn't be hurt, letting them feel like it was ok. As to Jenkins and Phillips, nervous, are you kidding me, nervous!? That right there shows you that those guys don't deserve to be on the field. That's what you come to play here for! Canes thrive on that, they don't buckle and fold. And Randy Phillips needs to shut up. I'm happy he's very happy with himself and his team but what happened to winning being the most important thing, not how much you love each other (Sounded like something Coker himself probably said before). Your thoughts. Posted by: ChrisCane | November 14, 2007 at 05:48 PM

A: Ease up on Randy Phillips. Sometimes comments get taken out of context. You have to understand he’s standing up for those teammates who do care and do play hard and don’t get nervous. As for the comments made by Matt Patchan and the recruits, it’s definitely dead on. I spoke of this more than a month ago when I talked about Real Hurricanes and having the attitude that losing will not be accepted. I think the whole nervous angle is the truth – but that doesn’t necessarily speak for Jenkins and Phillips. Both of those guys don’t play nervous. It’s other guys on this team who do.

Q: Manny, what really high prfile recruits do u think are gonna commit to the U? aurthur brown mayby? Posted by: canesfan 21 | November 14, 2007 at 08:01 PM

A: Brown is an outside possibility. The big ones are all local – Forston, Patrick Johnson, Aldarius Johnson. One potential guy who could become big-time down the road is Jacksonville Trinity Christian running back Jamie Harper. Another potential stud for the backfield.

Hey Mannny,

Q: Someone stated in another blog, that Robert Marve could start the last two games and still get redshirted? Do you know if that it true, and if it is then why don't we start him what is there to lose?

One more question for you Manny. I have read on some of the blogs that there have been rumors floating around that Marve might be thinking of transfering. At first I thought nah that has to be some hater, but now that I think about it I remember after his arrest there was supposed to be a press conference and Shannon said that Marve was going through a lot and dealing with family issues. Do you think there might be any truth to this rumor? I don't know why he would want to transfer the way people talk about him around here I half expect to see him walk across lake Osceola.

Q: Navarro, Who's got the inside track for Heavy Dee's job as AD? CANES! Posted by: darCANEgel | November 14, 2007 at 08:05 PM

A: Still don’t know darCANEgel. Been told we won’t hear real names until the end of this month. I might have something for you come Thanksgiving. Who do you think deserves it?

Get homie back from FIU.

Q: Manny, I have a second question. Has there been any thought of moving Kylan back to RB, especially since there has been so many injuries to the RB position. He could be used for 5 or 6 carries over the next two weeks, provided the offense is on the field that long. Posted by: caneluvr | November 14, 2007 at 08:27 PM

A: Kylan was moved to defense for a reason and I don’t think it was because UM was short on linebackers like Randy Shannon said it was. Shannon also told me there is no plan to move Ryan Hill back to cornerback.

Q: What is going on with recruiting, we've got all these guys taking trips, who is in? Who is out? Posted by: CANES25 | November 14, 2007 at 08:48 PM

A: Answered this one a little earlier Canes25. Check out my previous response.

Q: Hey Manny, How bout them BULLDOGS?!!!!!!!!!! Also what do you think about swaseys program and the fact that the team sacrifices size for a speed factor that doesn't seem like an adavntage in games, Now we are not only the smaller, weaker team when we hit the field, we are also slow. Places where speed should be a factor (special teams) we can't break one, or cover kicks fast enough. I swear we are small, we have maybe 3 physically impressive players on the team, and under 10 guys that bench 400 pounds or better, while schools like LSU has over 40 (former wieght training coach moffit is at LSU) Your thoughts please, Thanks Posted by: PimpT | November 14, 2007 at 08:49 PM

A: How about our Braddock Bulldogs! Sweet. Happy for those kids and coach Frank Rojas. He’s long deserving of a good season. Glad to see he finally got one.
As per Swasey, it’s hard for me to blame him. I don’t the its speed, size or anything physical to be honest. It’s all the stuff between the ears. If these guys aren’t mentally tough enough, they don’t know what they’re supposed to be doing. Too many blown assignments. I think the best work Swasey did was with the offensive line. And they’ve been the strength all season. Hard to point the finger at him, honestly.

Why do I always hear that the U has bad facilities, while at the same time I hear how old players come back here to work out in the offseason.

Q: If we were RS, you would be benched and thrown under the bus despite your usual excellent work... So way to let us all down, you obviously dont have what it takes to be a true cane... Posted by: jackson lee baxter | November 14, 2007 at 08:49 PM
A: Damn. I better not be late for next week’s Q&A. Don’t want to lose my starting spot.

Q: I remember earlier in the season Randy Shannon made a statement that the players did not trust the coaching staff, and then he quickly back-pedaled and said that they were learning to trust the coaches (or something to that affect). Do you think the players have any problem with any of the current coaches, and if so do you think there will be any turnover in the offseason (if so who?)? Posted by: miamihurricane34 | November 14, 2007 at 08:58 PM

A: I don’t think the players necessarily have a problem with the coaches. I think they have trouble living up to Randy’s expectations. He gets frustrated. They lose their spot and their confidence. It rolls on from there.

which high schoolol player has surprisingly impressed you with his play this year.

Q: Manny it's all good you the best of the best man. My questions what’s up with Doug Wiggins lately? Also why are Norte Dame commits solid, but Hurricanes have 5-7 soft commits? Who do you think will be a surprise commit to the canes? Posted by: 20ravens | November 14, 2007 at 08:59 PM

A: I answered the Notre Dame thing earlier. As per Wiggins, I keep getting the feeling he’s not going to be back. Check out his myspace page as a reader recently pointed out. Apparently it says something to the affect of I can’t wait to be at the ‘Zoo – as in Kalamazoo, Western Michigan. My surprise commit to the Canes is Tallahassee Lincoln cornerback T.J. Bryant. That would be a surprise in my eyes.

Q: Are there any "must haves" out there for the Hurricanes, or do you think this recruiting class is sufficient how it is? Posted by: miamihurricane34 | November 14, 2007 at 09:01 PM

A: I’ll answer this assuming the current group of commitments stick. I’d say the one position Miami needs to find more talent at now is tight end. Without question.

Deserves? nothin against what you are saying -- but No one deserves anything in this world that aint earned...

realistically? everything I hear is they (i.e. the Don) is gunnin for someone from the outside -- not an "up and comer" either -- which doesn't bode well for Coach Morris...

Happy turkey day, 'mano...

CANES

Q: how do you think Kyle will respond to the bad game he had? Posted by: canesfan35 | November 14, 2007 at 09:10 PM

A: The real question is, how will Kyle’s knee and ankle respond to being another week removed from that FSU game. He needs to be 100 percent to be average. And right now, I don’t think he’s close. Maybe 85 percent.

Q: One more question for you Manny. I have read on some of the blogs that there have been rumors floating around that Marve might be thinking of transfering. At first I thought nah that has to be some hater, but now that I think about it I remember after his arrest there was supposed to be a press conference and Shannon said that Marve was going through a lot and dealing with family issues. Do you think there might be any truth to this rumor? I don't know why he would want to transfer the way people talk about him around here I half expect to see him walk across lake Osceola. Posted by: miamihurricane34 | November 14, 2007 at 09:15 PM

A: I don’t think Marve is transferring. He never had that press conference because I think Shannon thought better of it.

Q: Manny...next year when the Hurricanes move to Miami Herald Field at Canespace Stadium who will be there first opponent? Posted by: SOUP | November 14, 2007 at 09:31 PM

A: Butch Davis and the North Carolina Tar Heels. My hunch anyway.

Hey Manny,

My question is someone stated in another blog, that Robert Marve could start the last two games and still get redshirted? Do you know if that it true, and if it is then why don't we start him what is there to lose?

Q: manny....do you think randy makes any adjustments to the coaching staff in the off season? i would assume he's going to give nix another year to show what he can do with one of our young qb's at the helm, but it's obviously been a bit alarming how this team has regressed, specifically the defense, special teams, and wr corps. do you think walton, pannunzio, and mosely are in trouble? and a recruiting question, out of streeter, benjamin, and hammond, who do you think rounds out the wr class? Posted by: justincane | November 14, 2007 at 09:51 PM
A: I think one or two coaching changes occur – maybe the wide receivers coach is gone. Walton stays. Pannunzio is iffy. Definitely not Hammond. Benjamin from I hear is a silent UM commitment. He flashed the U during the Muck Bowl last week when he beat Pahokee’s Janorris Jenkins for a touchdown. Streeter is 50/50.

Do you think their will be any changes to the staff during the offseason...the collective inexperince of the staff is showing and do you think randy regrets not hiring some proven guys instead of giving a shot to a couple of green guys......baxter you know i dont speak spanish

Q: Hey Manny, My question is someone stated in another blog, that Robert Marve could start the last two games and still get redshirted? Do you know if that it true, and if it is then why don't we start him what is there to lose? Posted by: MinnesotaCane4Life | November 14, 2007 at 11:40 PM

A: I'd be shocked if Marve played. His hand is still mangled and Shannon doesn't want to risk any further injury to this kid. He knows he's the future.

Whoa Manny Fresh,

So you think Mosely is a gonner?

Bring in Michael Irvin to coach the receivers, that would be a dream come true!

Manny, great job with everything you do for the U.
I think we got a great recruiting class so far, but it seems like it's all skill positions. Why don't we get any four or five star OL to commit?

Do you think their will be any changes to the staff during the offseason...the collective inexperince of the staff is showing and do you think randy regrets not hiring some proven guys instead of giving a shot to a couple of green guys......baxter you know i dont speak spanish Posted by: Ron Burgandy | November 14, 2007 at 11:41 PM

A: First of all, Ron, how is life in San Diego? Are the media gang wars still ongoing?

I don't think Shannon regrets hiring anybody. He wouldn't say it anyway. I just think he has more tinkering to do. I expect 1 or 2 guys to be gone.

Hey Manny, if Michael Irvin wanted to become the receivers coach, do you think Randy would take a look at him as a replacement? He is a great motivational speaker and I think it would be a great fit for the future hurricanes.

I would love to see Soldinger back. Bring back Soldie!

how much of a bad ass is damien berry...t good said he was preety fired up after the game. Does this guy have the talent to be another great safety at miami.

Ahh yes San Diego...A whales vagina

Hey Manny whats up with this kid from Texas Victor Johnson?? i heard he is is very interested in Miami?

What are current players' impressions of Marve? Are they impressed with him running the scout team?

Q: Manny...any injury updates for Kyle or Coop? Are the Canes gonna make any noise in the ACC in round ball this year? Posted by: 86Cane | November 14, 2007 at 10:10 PM

A: What's up 86? Wasn't at practice today so I'm not sure. But I doubt Cooper is playing this week. That knee injury looked ugly against Virginia. Kyle has to play.

As per hoops, I predict 19-13 season, NIT trip. Not bad considering where this program was at last year. Its growing. Jack McClinton's senior season is when I expect the Canes to be NCAA-bound.

ive heard comments about Marve's height and i ran into him at publix before the game last week and im 6-2 and i play a mean flute by the way... but back to my point he seemed preety tall hes definitely not flutie.

Q: Hey Manny, if Michael Irvin wanted to become the receivers coach, do you think Randy would take a look at him as a replacement? He is a great motivational speaker and I think it would be a great fit for the future hurricanes. Posted by: MinnesotaCane4Life | November 14, 2007 at 11:47 PM

A: I don't see why Randy wouldn't take him back. Thing is, would Michael Irvin want to coach? I mean... assistants spend a lot of time on the road recruiting. Can you imagine Michael Irvin on the sideline scouting at a high school game? It would be almost impossible for anyone to beat UM for any kid. That's why I think its too good to be true.

By the way, since we are playing make believe? What would be the dream UM staff assuming you keep Shannon as head coach?

Q: I would love to see Soldinger back. Bring back Soldie! Posted by: bg1906 | November 14, 2007 at 11:47 PM

A: Soldie will be back next year -- at Miami Southridge.

Q: Manny, great job with everything you do for the U. I think we got a great recruiting class so far, but it seems like it's all skill positions. Why don't we get any four or five star OL to commit? Posted by: Brandon | November 14, 2007 at 11:44 PM

A: Forget the rankings. Matt Patchan will fill that need. The name to remember among OL aside from the two Northwestern kids -- Brandon Washington and Ben Jones -- is Byron Jones from Jacksonville. This kid is good.

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