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Live Q&A postponed to Wednesday

Hate to do this to our weekly tradition, but I'm postponing our live Q&A segment until I arrive in Puerto Rico tomorrow night for the men's basketball tournament. I have a couple stories I'm working on and can't spare the time.

But feel free to leave me your questions and thoughts below so I'll have something to work with when I finally get around to it tomorrow night.

A couple observations from this week...
- I got to agree with my homeboy Shandel on the fact Canes fans and coaches are putting an awful lot of stock into next year's recruiting class (Yes, that Shandel. I'm not afraid to say it. We read each other's stuff in this business. It's part of the job to know what the other guy is saying). I know many of you are smart enough to realize this team's problems are not going to be fixed overnight. But I also know many of you are counting on next year's recruiting class to come in and turn this team around in puff of a magic. Not going to happen. This is going to be a tough stretch for UM football and you have to be ready to endure it. I don't think UM will contend for the ACC title until the 2009 season. Next year is still part of the rebuilding process.

- I know many of you have asked about how much blame Randy Shannon should get for the lack of talent on this team since he was defensive coordinator and involved in the recruiting process. Here's my take... don't blame him too much. I spoke with Canesport editor Gary Ferman today and several others close to the program in the last couple of weeks about this topic and the sense I got is that Shannon as defensive coordinator didn't spend as much time as other assistants going out recruiting. For the most part, he signed off on the defensive guys after other assistants took the first gander. Ultimately, it was Coker who signed off on kids and had the final say. After speaking to coach Clint Hurtt, my uderstanding is each coordinator -- Tim Walton and Patrick Nix -- doesn't spend a lot of time recruiting like the assistants do because they spend more time breaking down film and game-planning during the week.

- Anyway, to be fair, I asked Shannon today during his press conference what exactly his role was in recruiting and he gave me a long winded answer in which he hinted he was partially responsible for some of the bigger names on this team -- Kenny Phillips, Jason Fox, Javarris James, Anthony Reddick, Sam Shields, to name a few. But what he didn't mention were the flops on this team.

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Manny, does Patchan ripping the team make it kind of difficult for him to commit when he will be teamates with most of the guys he said are "wasted schollies"?

What's up Manny. Arthur Brown dropped OU last week. I also heard that he has a good relationship with guys like Patchan, PJ, and Forston. How does the staff feel about him and then consequently his brother?

Forget blaming Randy for past recruiting, do you blame Randy for not trying to adapt his approach and expectations to a team that clearly can't meet them? I mean, Meyer didn't try to get Chris Leak to run the spread like Tebow does because Leak couldn't. Not that the offensive results were great, but at least the team didn't fracture and looked competent (and lucked into a national title even!). I don't fault Randy for being who he is, but doesn't he seem a bit intractable? Do you think he's lost this specific group of players?

BTW Manny, while I agree with you and Shandel that a bunch of freshmen and sophomores don't equal a national title, our conference slate next year is:

Home: Wake, FSU, VT, UNC
Away: @NC State, @Virginia, @GT, @Duke

I mean, the ACC stinks. I know the Canes do too, but even a slight talent upgrade wins 6 of those 8 at least. Given Choice graduating from GT and a lot of UVA players graduating too, Clemson and VT might be the only loaded ACC teams coming back, everyone else is green and rebuilding too. None of those away venues are that tough. It's not like the Canes lost every game 48-0, and they even won a couple semi-impressive ones.

Just food for thought, no questions in there.

Whats up Manny? How many freshman and sophmores do you think Randy Shannon will play next year? Is this just a tool he is using for recruiting? Also all the recruiting info you can give. Thanks

Manny - everyone is flapping their gums about how the Canes are losing recruits as a result of their struggles. I truely believe that those who want to come to the U to play under Coach SHannon will be here no matter what.

Last time I checked, Notre Dame is 1-9, heading into a close "battle" with Duke. Yet no one is talking about them losing out on recruits. What is the difference, if any? Why is the U under pressure with recruiting but ND isnt?

Thanks

Why don't you ask the Hurricanes what color flowers do they want on the caskets? Their season is DEAD!

48-0
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I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!

I have one word in response to the ND question: tradition. Miami doesn't have tradition even close to ND. That's not to say that Miami has no tradition, but it's hard to match up with the Irish in that sense.

Next topic: recruiting. I think most of the guys that have already voiced their commitment to Miami are in for the long haul. Good riddance to those guys who change their minds because of the past couple of games. The important guys are the ones who want to wear Orange and Green and get this team back to the promised land. Not to mention the fact that Miami is still the super-highway to the NFL. That helps.

To Patchan (if he reads this): I absolutely dare you to go to any other Florida schools. If you're playing and those "wasted schollies" are playing, you're going to get it in the mouth! Fuel the fire , baby!

Finally, and I reiterate (not pressing the panic button - way past that at this point anyway), how much worse could Monts be? I mean, the UM qb's have been responsible for how many turnovers in the past couple of games? Why not give everyone some game time and evaluate from there?

P.S.: (to Nix) haven't you noticed that every team is stacking the box with 9 guys? Time for a change!

Don't UF, FSU, and cane hatters don't have anything better to do than bash the hurricanes every post. If you don't like Randy Shannon go be a FSU or UF fan, because we don't need you hatters. My point is I am disappointed this year also, but people saying fire Randy after one year is ludicrous. I don't see people saying to fire Pete Carroll after his first year. Give Randy time, because I do believe like other cane fans that he will bring us back to the promise land.

Manny, Grow small balls and ask Shannon why he blames his players for losses and hides after losses. Clint Hurtt is a loser, never played at Miami and didn't he coach at FIU last year 0-12. Start ask Randy direct questions like why all his super recruits are taking other visits. So funny Randy has no coaching skills (has won with talent) and has no energy for his kids. I can't believe UM has Clint Hurtt as a Recruiting Coordinator. Florida, FSU, UCF & USF must be licking there chops to go up against him.

Suge White get lost, man I am tired of your lame bull$h!t every blog.

Cane Fan,
Your the dumbest person in the world! Pete Carroll has lost 4 games in 2 years and Randy has lost 5 this year. Trust me kids know who Pete Carroll is around the Nation and any kid outside of Miami wouldn't know Randy if he knocked on there door. I hate Miami and I will stay on this board until Miami goes to a BCS bowl or Randy gets fired. I bet Randy gets fired first, any takers. So funny most good programs get up for bowl games now Canes fans big day is signing day.

Manny, here's the question I have. In your opinion, what grade would you give Tim Walton as the DC this year? It seems to me that there is one play each game that the defense just can't adjust to. In the FSU game is was the crossing patterns to Parker, GT it was the counter with the fullback, NCST it was the back out the backfield, and against UVA it was the pass to the TE that used the GT run action, on top of the slants and posts patterns against OU. To me, there is too much talent on this team to constantly get beat by one play every week. Walton had done a poor job this year. Talk me off the ledge.

Suge ... I'm going to kill you!! Haha, just kidding. Even though I am a huge Canes fan and post under a ridiculous name (just like you), I don't care if you continue to post on here. In fact, I find it somewhat funny that someone has so much time on his hands that you spend all your time on a stupid a$$ blog. Get a life bro ... but thanks fo the entertainment.

does randy take any blame for anything. The guy signed off on recruits. That is the biggest load of BS that I have ever read.

I can't believe UM has Clint Hurtt as a Recruiting Coordinator.
Posted by: Suge White | November 13, 2007 at 08:04 PM

What the hell are you talking about? Miami's recruiting class is ranked in the top 5 by everyone, so he's doing an excellent job.

What the hell are you talking about? Miami's recruiting class is ranked in the top 5 by everyone, so he's doing an excellent job.


Why is it that Miami fans never cared about Rankings...They always gave FSU fans crap for their classes for being overrated while Miami found the hidden gems...Now Miami's hidden gems are guys like Demetri Stewart, Eric Houston, Glenn Cook...Randy offered Cook over Beanson for christ sakes.

By the way that wonderful class you talk about this year is overrated outside of the NW crew...Patrick Johnson is not going to Miami...He is playing Miami and their fans will be very upset come Decemeber. Then you have guys like Lerentee McCray and Buchanon from Palm Bay...They are gone. Miami is taking kids like Andrew Smith, Joe Wylie, CJ Odoms, Conner Smith....If you think that Miami is going to win with these kids get your head out of your (I).....Conner Smith...Please that kid will end up getting knocked out and sent back in a fed-x box to his family. Miami's class will have plenty of bust this year....

Why is it that Miami fans never cared about Rankings...They always gave FSU fans crap for their classes for being overrated while Miami found the hidden gems...Now Miami's hidden gems are guys like Demetri Stewart, Eric Houston, Glenn Cook...Randy offered Cook over Beanson for christ sakes.

By the way that wonderful class you talk about this year is overrated outside of the NW crew...Patrick Johnson is not going to Miami...He is playing Miami and their fans will be very upset come Decemeber. Then you have guys like Lerentee McCray and Buchanon from Palm Bay...They are gone. Miami is taking kids like Andrew Smith, Joe Wylie, CJ Odoms, Conner Smith....If you think that Miami is going to win with these kids get your head out of your (I).....Conner Smith...Please that kid will end up getting knocked out and sent back in a fed-x box to his family. Miami's class will have plenty of bust this year....

Posted by: notindenialcane | November 13, 2007 at 10:52 PM

Ok there it is guys...this recruiting expert apparently says this Hurricane class is overrated. What the f*ck do you know about who is overrated and who is not. You don't even know their names...his name is Cannon Smith, you dumbf8ck. The point is that everyone is rating this class in the top 5. I think I would rather have a top 5 class than one that is not ranked high.

Hi Manny
Is it against NCAA "rules" for Jacory to have a UM playbook after his season is over?

Not in denial, that was hilarious.

Re: UM Recruiting

So far, so good . . . a lot better than the last few years, I guess.

Nevertheless, there are still THREE big unanswered questions:
1. Whether the 2008 class will be decimated by nonqualifiers and related academic issues?
2. Can UM recruit top talent outside of So.Fla?
2. Whether RS can be an effective CLOSER (particularly during tough times)?

Time will tell. For the time being, let's support the team, the coaching staff, and the top-tier recruits who are orally committed and/or pondering a commitment to the UM football program.

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?

I don't give a sh!t if the recruiting classes are ranked 5, 1 or last. As long as they're tearing sh!it up after 1-2 years of play.

To those that are trumpeting that this class is ranked #5, the 2003 class was ranked #6. This includes the seniors who are now playing. And the 2004 class was ranked #3. This includes the Juniors who are now playing.

Based on how they are producing on the field, it would seem that class ranking doesn't mean a lot.

Once again!

Why do you guys continue to repsond to the comments made by notindenialcanes & suge white. Let them be...especially Suge. He obviously is on here b/c he was jealous of Miami when they continously won & now that we are down he is licking his chops. Suge, get a life...better yet find a woman so you can get laid and stay off this post!

See, in one side of the recruiting wars in Dade County you have the likes of Urban Mayer, Butch Davis, Greg Schiano, Mark Richt and Bobby Bowden looking at every kid in school. On UM side you have Clint "The Clown" Hurtt. Enough said. Manny stop giving this guy an audience he's awful. Ask him the tough questions or don't ask him at all.

His anwsers are all the same.
A) So and so (player's name) mess it up
B) We the coaches were ready, but players don't trust us.
C) This bunch doesn't understand the U Pride. (He NEVER MADE A good PLAY).
D) Next year recruiting class will be amazing.

Manny there you have all his answers. Anyway UM, BD, GS, BB, MR love him for what he is THE WORLD WORST RECRUITING COORDINATOR.

realcane69

All U have to do is look at one game it will tell you why the coach's keep saying these remarks over and over because its the TRUTH!!!

Look at the UNC game , Miami gets blown out the 1st half and then in the 2nd half they look un-stopable yet the whole game they ran the same plays on offence and defense with vastly different results...

With a little imagination added to the offensive play-calls and in game adjustments to the defense this team easily beats GT, North Carolina, and NC State and we would be sitting at a comfortable 8-2. I know these players are head cases with lack of effort issues but if they were coached up (instead of down) we would not have seen the progessive downturn that we've seen this season. We need better coaching from the guys we have or Shannon needs to be more hands-on with aspects of this team but having a bunch of raw talent freshman next year doesn't equate success down the road if the coaching staff doesn't have the ability to develop these great high school players into great D-1 athletes. Believe it or not 48-0 regardless of talent level is a failure of the coaching staff and they have to do better.

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 cant 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

Quit ranking this season's class they are committed not signed losers

Clint Hurtt was just inducted into college football's hall of fame for what he has accomplished

Quit ranking this season's class they are committed not signed losers

Posted by: Suge White | November 14, 2007 at 03:25 PM

We'll see what they are ranked when they are signed in February, you dumbf*ck.

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.

hey manny, i totally agreed with matt, im a bit tired of patrick jonhsom he comes ok he does not ok.we need a solid DLINE, THE LB class comming in seem 2 b awesome.i still cant fathom how tim walton took over the defense in we went str8 down hill fast. WOW. randy also needs 2 stop being so mean 2 the players nd lighten up.our WR corp has 2 b the worst in the nation wow all the talent in the world nut no heart. whatever happened 2 use the TE did nix 4get this ?

Manny, what really high prfile recruits do u think are gonna commit to the U? aurthur brown mayby?

Navarro,

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

CANES!

Manny,

This may seem like an absurd question, but is there any talk about assistants leaving after this year - i.e. Nix leaving for a possible Auburn OC position? (and legion, save the "Nix would only leave because he was fired" comments because he's going to be a good coach.) Thanks.

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.

manny where r u?

Robert,

Your a f*cking loser who is talking about February the season isn't over. Oh wait it is for you loser. Canes blow and you probably blow them.

Clint (should erase the l) Hurtt and Cane Fans,

Why don't you just have the Miami-Northwestern team play out UM's schedule and next year's schedule. I have never seen people put so much hope in high school kids at least not since NSYNC counted on high school girls to buy there albums. NSYNC & UM lol!!!!!

Robert,

Do you like ranking high school boys. Your the fool on dateline "catch a predator".

I smell fear. HAHA. Afraid that The NW kids are gonna come in and make us Champions?! How bout they are as good as we say they are. How bout ALL OF THEM are coming to the U? Did u watch them play against that team from Texas that won 49 straight? So much for that streak. They are the real deal and u guys that come on here are upset that no other school can touch them. They are homegrown. They are MIAMI.

Robert,

Your a f*cking loser who is talking about February the season isn't over. Oh wait it is for you loser. Canes blow and you probably blow them.

Posted by: Suge White | November 14, 2007 at 09:11 PM

That's exactly why I'm talking about February. Do you have anything intelligent to say you f*cking p*ssy? If not shut you m0therf*cking mouth you f*cking coward.

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