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Time to defend myself

I know some of you have taken offense to some of the latest blogs, taken the Randy Shannon Q&A and the correction I ran yesterday as if I was trying to put down The U, make coach Shannon look bad or generate some sort of controversy.

If anyone of you know anything about me, nothing could be further from the truth. I was born in this city and have lived it in for 29 years. I grew up at the Orange Bowl. Am I a journalist? Yes. That's my job. But I also feel like a member of this community first and foremost. I love my job. I love covering the University of Miami. I love watching the kids in our neighborhoods grow up first hand, from their high school days until the day they get drafted. I consider it a privilege. I'm saddened, even to tears in some occasions, when the are tragically shot and killed the way Sean Taylor was earlier this week.

Since Taylor was shot on Monday, I've been requested -- like many other reporters who cover the Canes -- to talk about the incident. The O'Reilly Factor called. ESPN. FoxNews. Randyshannon CNN. Everybody who called wanted two things -- information on the investigation and for me to talk about "the ongoing dilemma at the University of Miami." You know what is happening. You aren't stupid. You've seen how the national media has wanted to come in here and smear The U. They want to throw more dirt on it and use Taylor as its excuse. I haven't wanted to be a part of it -- at all. I could care less about face time, fame. This story isn't about me. It's about Sean Taylor and nothing else. The only interview I did was with CNN -- and that's because they came down to the BankUnited Center, where I was covering a basketball game, to do it.

The first question thown my way: Why does this keep happening at the University of Miami? My response was simple and sounded a lot like coach Shannon's on Tuesday -- this has nothing to do with the University of Miami. There's only been one murder on this campus and that was Marlin Barnes, I told the reporter. We talked for 10 more minutes about Bryan Pata and how people around here really feel about it and how they are upset and hope Taylor's investigation doesn't last nearly as long.

On Tuesday, when Susan Miller Degnan and I spoke with coach Shannon. All I wanted to do, aside from finding out more about this team, was give him a place to defend his program. I knew what was coming. I knew what some of the people in my profession we're going to come with. So, we threw him a question so he could say what he wanted about Miami's image. He defended it. Since I was taught to do my job the right way, I wasn't about to censor anything he said. I gave it to you just like it came out of his mouth. That's my job, last I checked.

Fast forward a day, I get up and before I can even turn on my laptop, Susan is calling me. Coach Shannon's Q&A has already been edited -- without my permission -- and there is a storm brewing from Florida Gator and Ohio State fans who aren't happy with what Shannon said. In this profession, when somebody says something factually wrong, it is our responsibility to clarify it and not mislead the reader. Shannon spoke of his best friend, Walter Odom, being shot and killed in Gainesville. He "misspoke." Odom never got shot and killed in Gainesville. But he was stabbed at a party. I should have never posted it. I should have checked that fact before hand. I didn't. I was wrong. It needed to be corrected. We fixed it and ran a correction. Before that, I called UM Sports Information director Mark Pray to try to give coach a shot at correcting himself. Maybe, he got confused. Pray didn't want to make more of it, so he declined my request and said Shannon simply "misspoke."

You want to call me irresponsible for trying to fix a mistake, go ahead. But one thing you should never confuse me for is somebody trying to put this university down or trying to put coach Shannon in a position to say something wrong. If he does that on his own, that's not my fault. I can't answer for him. In the end, all he was trying to do was protect this school's image which has taken more of a beating than anyone else in America. All he was trying to do was remind people that the University of Miami isn't the only school in America who has had athletes get in trouble or get shot and killed. All he was trying to do is make sure people don't forget the only Hurricane to get into an off-the-field issue this season was freshman Robert Marve. Did he go too far to make his point? I'm sure Gator, Buckeyes and some other fans feel that way. Did he give me some misinformation about Odom? Yes.

But one thing he didn't do was censor himself. He said exactly how he felt. And all I did was report it in it's entirety, without a slant, without an agenda. I'm sorry if you guys have a problem with that. But last I checked that was my job. And that's all I'm trying to do, even if others in my line of work don't know how to do it without getting their fingers dirty.

The greatest irony here is that so many people outside of this profession complain about how quotes or comments are taken out of context. I give you the whole pie and now some of you want to take it out of context to serve your own agenda. And I'm the bad one!

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For the Ohio State fans complaining, just ask them to read this:


April 2, 2006: Offensive tackle, Alex Boone, was cited for allegedly driving under the influence early Sunday morning. Police said Boone was arrested and charged after a two-vehicle crash. The crash occurred at the intersection of West 10th Avenue and South College Road at about 3:30 a.m.


- Mar 7, 2006: Ohio State kicker Jonathan Skeete returned to the team as a walk-on following his suspension and arrest on drug trafficking charges. Skeete was suspended from the school and team when university police arrested him in May. He was convicted in October and sentenced to a year of probation. He reapplied to Ohio State when his suspension expired, and he was readmitted. He is a convicted felon. In October, he was found guilty of fifth-degree felony drug trafficking. He was sentenced to a year’s probation. The second charge was dropped when Skeete pleaded guilty to the first.

• May 21, 2005: Defensive lineman Tim Schafer is charged with disorderly conduct after police twice had to break up early-morning fights between him and another man. The 6-foot-5, 295-pound Schafer, who started five games as an offensive lineman last season, and the 5-8, 200-pound other man were both bloody, had bite marks and smelled of alcohol.


• May 19, 2005: Redshirt freshman running back Erik Haw was cited after a university police officer said he saw him smoking a marijuana cigarette while standing outside a dormitory. Haw, expected to compete for the starting tailback job, faces a court appearance on Friday in Franklin County Municipal Court. Ohio State officials said he would enter a drug education program and undergo frequent testing.


• May 11, 2005: Redshirt freshman kicker Jonathan Skeete was suspended following an early morning arrest on an outstanding warrant for drug trafficking. Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel has suspended kicker Jonathan Skeete for violation of team rules. According to police reports, Skeete was arrested early Wednesday morning by University Police on a warrant for trafficking in marijuana. Skeete tried to sell just under 200 grams of marijuana to an undercover officer.


• February 16, 2005: Offensive coordinator Jim Bollman is reprimanded by Ohio State for trying to arrange for a car and a loan for a recruit and for getting him a tutor. Tressel also received a letter of admonishment because he is Bollman's supervisor. Ohio State determined that helping the recruit get a tutor for a college entrance exam in 2002 was a secondary NCAA violation. Tressel and his staff were given a reprimand in 2001 for providing a jersey to a prospect.


• December 21, 2004: Albert Dukes, a freshman WR was arrested 12/21 in Palm Beach County, FL for felonious lewd and lascivious battery involving a 12 year old girl. The girl’s family later drops the charges.


• October 23, 2004: Lydell Ross is arrested at Pure Platinum gentlemen's club on Bethel Road in Columbus for attempting to pass fake money to a 24-year-old woman at the club. The police report said the woman was an entertainer. Tokens are used at the club to pay for beverages or private dances. Ross was suspended for two games and the charges were later dropped.


• June 7, 2004: Ohio State University police arrested tight end Louis Irizarry and charged him with Criminal Trespassing at Neil and Tuttle Park Place. An officer pulled over his vehicle and a records check showed he had been banned from campus unless he got special permission from the university.


• May 17, 2004: Freshman Punter A.J. Traspasso is arrested again for underaged drinking. This time, it was by Perkins Township police near Sandusky, Oh.


• May 5, 2004: Freshman Punter A.J. Traspasso is scheduled to appear in Municipal Court at 9 a.m. Wednesday after being charged with underage drinking. The all-state punter was cited after the Spring Game along East 15th Avenue near campus, authorities said.

• May 1, 2004: Sophomore backups Louis Irizarry and Ira Guilford are arrested and charged with robbery after a student is assaulted and his wallet is stolen at 3 a.m. They are held in Franklin County jail through the weekend. Both plead innocent to the robbery charge, with Guilford released after paying a $25,000 bond. Irizarry is held pending a hearing to determine if he had violated his probation from an earlier assault conviction.


• April 29, 2004: Ohio State fullback Branden Joe was cited last week for an alleged misdemeanor open container violation, according to Columbus police.The incident allegedly happened last weekend in the parking lot of a campus-area convenience store.

Joe, a Westerville native, was found guilty of drunken driving in 2002 after officers found him drunk and sleeping in his car on an exit ramp along state Route 315.


• Nov. 16, 2003: At 3 a.m. after a win over Purdue and six days before the Michigan game, wide receiver Santonio Holmes and quarterback Troy Smith are charged with misdemeanor disorderly conduct after a fight in a parking lot on campus. A window in a car is kicked out and one woman reported her jaw was broken. Holmes is held out of the starting lineup at Michigan but returns to play most of the game. Holmes also started in the Buckeyes' Fiesta Bowl game. He pleads innocent to the disorderly conduct after the team returns to Columbus. The disorderly conduct charge is dismissed against Holmes on March 30, 2004. Smith is found guilty of the charge.


• Oct. 27, 2003: Louis Irizarry is charged with three counts of first-degree misdemeanor assault after three people sustain minor injuries during a fight in a Park Hall dorm room. Irizarry is suspended two days later. He is found guilty of one charge each of assault, negligent assault and disorderly conduct and pays $404 court costs and is put on probation. He is later reinstated to the team and is listed as the second-team tight end on the 2004 spring depth chart before he is suspended indefinitely after the May 1, 2004, arrest.


• June 2003: Sophomore tight end Redgie Arden of Ohio State pleaded innocent Monday to his second drunken driving charge in 15 months. Arden, 21, was arrested at 5:54 a.m. Sunday on a charge of operating a motor vehicle under the influence, the Ironton Police Department said. In March 2002, Arden pleaded guilty to a drunken driving charge in Ironton. He was sentenced to three days in jail and fined.


• April 2003: Running back Maurice Clarett reports that a car he has borrowed from a local used-car dealer was broken into and thousands of dollars in cash, CDs, stereo equipment and clothing was stolen. The car was in the parking lot at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center and Clarett calls police from a telephone in Tressel's office. Clarett was later charged with lying to police about the value of the stolen items and is charged with misdemeanor falsification of the police report on the theft. Clarett pleads guilty on Jan. 14, 2004, to the reduced charge of failure to aid a law enforcement officer. He is ordered to pay the maximum fine of $100 and serves no jail time. The charge does not appear on his criminal record.


• Oct. 30, 2002: A reserve long snapper on the Ohio State football team is charged with felonious assault for allegedly beating up a man. Kurt Wilhelm, 20, a sophomore walk-on, surrendered to police Tuesday. He is the younger brother of Buckeyes linebacker Matt Wilhelm. An arrest warrant was issued for Kurt Wilhelm following the incident at 2:15 a.m. Saturday in an apartment complex. A university official said coach Jim Tressel had been aware of the incident Saturday, which is why Kurt Wilhelm did not dress for the game against Penn State. But the official said the university was still looking into the details of what happened.


• Oct. 13, 2002: Linebacker Fred Pagac Jr. is charged with persistent disorderly conduct. Pagac was arrested at 3:45 a.m. after police said he was intoxicated and had a role in a fight involving two women outside a campus-area bar about 12 hours after the Buckeyes' homecoming victory over San Jose State. The police report said an officer told Pagac to stop but he continued to fight. Pagac was suspended for the team's next game at Wisconsin. Pagac pleaded innocent. In December, before the team's national championship game against Miami in the Fiesta Bowl, Pagac was acquitted in a jury trial.


• Aug. 17, 2002: Defensive lineman Quinn Pitcock is charged with underage drinking in his hometown of Piqua. He is suspended from the team for the three weeks of preseason workouts, then worked out with the team and is not held out of any games. He pleaded no contest to a reduced charge of disorderly conduct.

Manny you did your job...You reported the facts and as a reader i appreciate that...
Well said and done!

the "U" has purpetuated the thug image for the last 30 years, and are now crying because they are seen as thugs...you made your bed, now lye in it.

Fuggetaboutit. Time for basketball.

"Get off Manny's back. He reported it as is and the editor's got to the transcript and decided to make the changes -- probably protecting Randy as well indirectly.

Manny has Randy's back but the newspaper rules ultimately in this situation...."


Posted by: rubcatcane | November 29, 2007 at 07:05 PM

I support you Manny... don't let "them" get to you.

Actually, the media has perpetuated the thug image.

The question was posted earlier with no response, when has a Hurricane player ever been arrested for a violent or felonous crime? When was one ever convicted?

WHAT IS THE DAMN EDITOR'S EMAIL ADDRESS?!?!?

and UM revelled in their media attention. with the fatuges and the "im an effin soldga" fiasco. UM makes it easy for the media to portray them as they do. other schools have problems...they don't revel in them like "the U" does.

Yeah, you're right. Wearing fatigues and an emotional KWII in post-game interview. Definitely "thug" behavior. Give me a break...

Meanwhile, players at other schools are actually committing felonys and no one talks about it. But some Miami players where fatigues and they're thugs. I guess I was a thug too when I was in the Army and wore BDU's (fatigues) everyday.

Manny,

Why did it take a citizen to unearth the dirt on Ohio State???? You big crybaby. Do your job and be objective. PUNK!!!!!

Lets see if you can come to grips "as a professional jouunalist by exposing UF, TEXAS & FSU."

I doubt it. PUNK!!!!!!!!!

From ESPN -

Florida State and coach Bobby Bowden have agreed to a one-year contract extension worth just under $2.5 million for the 2007-08 season, a source familiar with the deal said Friday afternoon.


Bowden's contract had been set to expire in January. He made about $1.7 million this year.

Bowden's deal also includes the potential for bonuses meant to reward him for success next year and also for career achievements.

It has been stated by Florida State president T.K. Wetherell that Bowden can coach at the school for as long as he desires.

Here's REAL thug behavior...


From today on ESPN -

"AUSTIN -- Suspended Texas football players Andre Jones and James Henry were indicted Thursday on felony charges for their alleged involvement in a July robbery.

Jones, a freshman defensive tackle, was indicted on four counts of robbery. Henry, a freshman running back and safety, was indicted for knowingly destroying or concealing stolen items.

Texas coach Mack Brown suspended both players after their arrests following the alleged July 27 home invasion."

Bill Hines, who represents Henry, told the Austin-American Statesman that his client was looking forward to clearing his name in court.

"The only thing he's guilty of is being a good friend," Hines said.

Ariel Payan, Jones' lawyer, declined comment to the newspaper.

According to court documents, Jones was involved in stealing a laptop, electronics and marijuana. Henry was asked to dispose of the stolen property, according to an arrest warrant.

Former Texas safety Robert Joseph also faces aggravated robbery charges stemming from the alleged incident. He had already been dismissed from the team after his arrest on a separate burglary charge in June."

At least they weren't wearing fatigues, or claiming to be a soldier. All hell would break lose and Sports Illustrated would be demanding that UT dismantle their football program.

"you get what you get" It is not the U or its fan base that revels in the problems, its the media that continues to bring up crap that happened over 20 years ago. Get a clue my friend before you just start blabbing blanket statements that are not accurate. Otherwise when you say stuff like that, you just look silly and uneducated.

and UM revelled in their media attention. with the fatuges and the "im an effin soldga" fiasco. UM makes it easy for the media to portray them as they do. other schools have problems...they don't revel in them like "the U" does.Posted by: you get what you get | November 30, 2007 at 03:33 PM

That's all you got? Hurricane players dressed in fatigues and Kellen Winslow making a statement on camera? Are you kidding me? How does that compare to players on other teams actually getting arrested and committing felonies, you idiot? All you've shown is that Hurricane players are badasses, not criminals.

i know im right...why stop at UF, FSU, OSU...every school has their share of legal problems. Thats not the issue...the issue is how other schools don't bask in their thugery...UM does.

Manny u the best in the business for covering the Canes. Keep on doing the great job.

Damn the facts... "I know I'm right..." LOL!

Manny is a PUNK!!! I hope Shannon doesn't give your sorry AS** another interview or let you interview his players. Then you can get together with that "HOE" LINDA ROBERTSON and make SH*T UP to publish in the Herald.

Like I said before CRYBABY, Cowboy up and tell the TRUTH.

you get what you get, you come off as very ignorant...

Miami (the city) is known as a pretty dangerous place, and I beleive the U of Miami gets a bad rep becuase of this...

However, I am a UM alum 2 times over (Undergrad and Grad), AND I was born and raised here, and in all my time spent on and around campus, I cant ever say I saw anyone "revelling" in their "thuggerry"...

I dont know a single alum who is proud of the "thug" label, I only know alum's who are proud to come from the U!

I, for one, amd VERY PROUD of where I come from and who I am, and I love Miami and the University of Miami, and I rep it everywhere I go...

So hopefully one day you will see me with my bright orange hoodie on, and hopefully you can say something smart-assed to me, so hopefully I can show you the type of thrashing you could expect from a "thug"...


Oh and i bet if you spent just 5 minutes on campus at UM, you wouldnt want to go back to whatever crap mid-west town you are from...

its that nice

Manny,

Your one of the few that had nothing to defend yourself for. You report news as accurately as you can and you do not trash the "U" ever. That doesn't mean you can't trash UF or FSU though! LOL! I know you probably wouldn't do that because if you took that job you would have so much to right you would never get any sleep.

R.I.P. Sean Taylor

You didn't screw over anybody, Manny. If anything you got screwed over by Coach Shannon for trusting he was giving you the truth and not a half-truth. We all embellish stories to make a point but Coach Shannon definitely crossed a line he shouldn't have. Forget he misspoke. He exercised poor judgment in what I'm sure is an emotional topic for him that he has kept bottled up. As a supporter of Coach Shannon I am disappointed in him for this but he is human and made a mistake.

The Dade County players aren't going to enroll at the U. The NW QB is going to Oregon. Shannon sucks. Why couldn't he recruit when he was the DC? If you say he did a good job, then why did HIS defense suck???

Coach Shannon has to go! Can we still get Shiano?

Jersey Cane,

Why don't you shut the F**k up and go back home to the cold northeast. You F**k.

The canes were run down by Elmer Fud from the backwaters of Oklahoma. Another white boy trying to get over his failures.

RS will get it done.

You should start using your secret weapon on some of these gassers. (You know the one that you said they think they are blogging but nobody else can see it?)

Wait a minute... my post is not appearing, I think... noooooooo!! LOL

The individual agenda of the haters are to hurt your feelings. This is a propoganda war of the U community vs the rest of the world.

NASHVILLE, Tenn., Nov. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- HCA today announced the completion of the sale of Cedars Medical Center in Miami to the University ofMiami for approximately $260 million. The sale is effective December 1, 2007.

jersey Cane,

Dudue U don't put your head coach down and suggest his recruits are going elsewhere and CALL YOURSELF a CANE. U are an impostor! Man please them boys are staying home, THEY SEE THE LIGHT and know we had a lot of HAS BEENS on the team and they is not going to let that happen to them. Not too many DADE county boys are going 2000 miles away to play ball! Man Get REAL!!!

Actually Manny in listening to the audio
Shannon made another false statement in saying that there was no off the field incident this season...I believe he forgot
the one involving Robert Marve a couple of weeks ago...

What is funny... I may be a little off base, but Miami actually has one of the highest graduation rates of any Div I team in the country over the last ten years. And that is from a basically top 50 (#52 in the USNews Report) school in the country -before you idiots try to throw out basket weaving- Know your facts then talk your trash. It is ok to be jealous, we all know you wish you went here.

Manny... you are great, and I love how in touch you keep an alum, former athlete, and former administrator to the school.

Manny, Don't be disappointed that you were denied an interview request after the fact, or point that out in attempt to shift blame. You should have checked the facts before you printed the errors. Don't blame Coach Shannon for your lack of thoroughness. The damage has been done - by you - so why should Shannon have to defend himself for your error? Had you been giving your job its utmost attention, you would have given him the chance to make the correction before you printed the transcript. You probably ought to have proofread it as well. It's time to own up *completely*, for your mistake.

http://www.miamiherald.com/1246/story/326903.html
Miami herald broke the news heard 'round the world ... APPREHENDED

Im a graduate of OSU and a current resident of Columbus,OH and I can say for a fact Ohio State has had more incidents than the Univeristy of Miami over the last 10-12 years. While in school, a friend (definately not a Thug) of mines was killed in his apartment building....sound familiar. Just like Pata, his murder remains unsolved to this day. All universities have their issues, it just so happens that UM is a victim of a 25 year old reputation that main stream America will not let die. I believe if UM had the powerful alumni that OSU or Michigan had, they would not be subject to such lazy/slanted journalism.

http://65.202.67.195/Articles/articlefiles/16112-071130_MUG_rivera.jpg
eric rivera ... GOTCHA

http://65.202.67.195/Articles/articlefiles/16112-071130_MUG_wardlow.jpg
charles wardlow ... GOTCHA

http://65.202.67.195/Articles/articlefiles/16112-071130_MUG_hunte.jpg
venjah hunte ... GOTCHA

http://65.202.67.195/Articles/articlefiles/16112-071130_MUG_taylor.jpg
jason taylor ... GOTCHA

correction: jason mitchell

If Miami had the powerful alumni that Michigan and Ohio State had they would not be Miami!!! A marginal school that over the years has produced such scholar athletes as Melvin Bratton, Alonzo Highsmith, Michael Irvin,Vinnie Testeverde, Gino Toretta and the unforgetable Jerome Brown.

When your alumni base is situated in Long Island and your football stadium is 30 miles from your campus and your basketball arena seats 8,000 and Joe Zagacki is your play by play man---You Are Blanked!!!

mr troutman,

I have 3 degrees from the U. How many do you have? And as someone that actually went to the U, I think that Shannon SUCKS. He was an aweful hire. He is not the solution!

jahman,

Do you have a brain? Wasn't Shannon on Coker's coaching staff? Are you telling that just because Shannon is black that makes him a good coach. A person's color should not matter whether he is a good coach. Shannon's defense sucked last year when he was the DC and the whole team sucked this year when he was the HC.

I have 3 degrees from the U. How many do you have? And as someone that actually went to the U, I think that Shannon SUCKS. He was an aweful hire. He is not the solution!
Posted by: Jersey Cane | November 30, 2007 at 11:25 PM

I'm sorry but what do your 3 degrees have to do with anything? So that makes your opinion of Randy Shannon more valid than mr troutman's?

Manny you are not the bad one keep up the the non slanted reporting, I hope RS still speaks his mind, the only thing was maybe you could have done two things 1. check the facts. #2 Dvice RS the to just say other schools and use that in the story or if u use other schools use facts to back it up

Tad Foote,

First of all, you are an idiot....

Second, the reason miami's alumni base is not as strong hinges on a few things....
1. We are a small school....we graduate 2000 kids a year, not 10000-15000 like the big schools..
2. We are relatively new...our fan base is new...we are just now on our second generation of fans....we had little to no athletic following before 25 years ago...
3. We live in a city with more to do than go to a college football game....i actually feel sorry for college towns....must suck when all your fun revolves around a 3 hour span....
4. Oh, and i am happy our entire alumni base is not from the same place....its called diversity...i don't think they teach you that when your entire high school class goes to the same college....

Third, you are an idiot...

Tad Foote,

First of all, you are an idiot....

Second, the reason miami's alumni base is not as strong hinges on a few things....
1. We are a small school....we graduate 2000 kids a year, not 10000-15000 like the big schools..
2. We are relatively new...our fan base is new...we are just now on our second generation of fans....we had little to no athletic following before 25 years ago...
3. We live in a city with more to do than go to a college football game....i actually feel sorry for college towns....must suck when all your fun revolves around a 3 hour span....
4. Oh, and i am happy our entire alumni base is not from the same place....its called diversity...i don't think they teach you that when your entire high school class goes to the same college....

Third, you are an idiot...

Tad Foote,

First of all, you are an idiot....

Second, the reason miami's alumni base is not as strong hinges on a few things....
1. We are a small school....we graduate 2000 kids a year, not 10000-15000 like the big schools..
2. We are relatively new...our fan base is new...we are just now on our second generation of fans....we had little to no athletic following before 25 years ago...
3. We live in a city with more to do than go to a college football game....i actually feel sorry for college towns....must suck when all your fun revolves around a 3 hour span....
4. Oh, and i am happy our entire alumni base is not from the same place....its called diversity...i don't think they teach you that when your entire high school class goes to the same college....

Third, you are an idiot...

Jersey Cane,

You are an idiot. Shannon is a better coach and will prove it in 3 years. Coker made all the final recruiting decisions and as we know what a cluster f*ck those decisions turned out to be.

EXAMPLES:
Ali Highsmith (LB) - LSU
Byrd (WR) - LSU
Dwayne Bowe (WR) - LSU and 1st rnd pick of the KC Chiefs
Kellen Heard - (DT) Texas A&M

We could have signed all these players and didn't. There are many more but I don't have time to do the research right now.

You are the typical arrogance, "white is right", black hating PUNK that tries to run down any black man's chance to succeed.

Listen to me PUNK, Shannon will get it done.

Manny
You're the best. DO WHAT YOU DO!

Bravo Manny for a great, but unfortunate post.

I am sorry that you have to defend your journalistic integrity. Those of us who consistently read your work, news articles and blogs, know that you are fair and unbiased. Most importantly, we appreciate your hard work.

Manny,
I'm right there with you. As a Hurricane fan living in Pennsylvania, all I hear is how Penn State is such a model program and Miami is thuggish. It obvioulsy got worse with the Taylor tragedy, very unfortunate. As we're seeing through the investigation, the incident had nothing to do with him being former Hurricane player, or even him being a NFL player. It was his wealth that made him a target. I often get red in the face defending Miami's image, compared to the long list of police logs filled with many players from other high profile programs.
Thanks for giving Randy Shannon an opportunity to defend his program, university and community. As a young journalist myself, you provide a good template for me to follow ...

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