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DC hire "a home run" for Canes

Despite reports to the contrary Wednesday, University of Miami coach Randy Shannon has apparently hired 61-year old Bill Young away from the University of Kansas Thursday afternoon in a move I can only deem eye-opening.

Young, a 38-year coaching veteran who turned the Jayhawks into one of the Bill_youngnation's best defensive units last season, told the Lawrence Journal World he wanted a new challenge. Well, Mr. Young, you got one. Miami was pretty bad near the end of last season. But if Young can do what he did in his six years at Kansas (with guys a little more less athletic than at UM to say the least) with some of the defensive talent the Hurricanes are hording in recruiting now, Randy Shannon may have hit himself a home run today.

"This is a huge move for Miami," national recruiting analyst Larry Blustein told me moments ago. "This goes with everything Miami has done in recruiting this year. He's a guy who has proven himself. What probably got him the job was what he did at the Orange Bowl against a Virginia Tech team Miami couldn't stop. I don't think Kansas athletes can compare to what Miami has and is getting in recruiting. Miami could have a very, very special defense in a couple of years."

It wasn't that long ago when Shannon's defense was special here at Miami. It was obvious last season the Hurricanes not only had a drop in talent, but likely coaching too. Tim Walton, whom Shannon promoted to defensive coordinator before firing him last month, simply couldn't maintain what Shannon had achieved -- even with two potential first round picks on the defense in Calais Campbell and Kenny Phillips.

What the Hurricanes are getting in Young is someone who won't have to look over his shoulder. While I believed the Hurricanes would actually go after a Patrick Nix-type like it did with the offensive coordinator job -- someone young, hungry and relatively cheap -- it appears Shannon tried swinging for the fences on this one and connected.

The Jayhawks finished as the 12th ranked defense in the nation and the No. 4 scoring defense, allowing just 16 points per game last season. But what I liked most about them last season was the fact they produced so many turnovers, and took chances and they were good at stopping the run. Young's teams have always been good at that. In 1999 at Southern Cal, the Trojans led the nation in takeaways and led the Pac-10 in rushing defense.

Perhaps the best part of this hiring too is that Young is a veteran coach. If you look at what Miami has, the majority of its staff is filled with guys relatively young in coaching experience -- guys like Clint Hurtt, Michael Barrow. Young will provide leadership and coaching experience to those guys.

"I thought Randy would take his time, wait until after signing day -- at least that's what I heard," Blustein said. "But what probably happened was that he took a shot at a high-caliber guy and it just so happened Young was interested too. This is a perfect place for a guy like Young who probably isn't looking to be a head coach. He's an older guy who has been there, done that. And Miami is certainly a nicer place than Lawrence, Kansas -- especially this time of year and for retirement."

With the current early enrollees unavailable for comment, I made a few phone calls to current Hurricane commitments coming in the fall. I spoke to Rivals 2-star linebacker Zach Kane, a 6-3, 220-pounder from New Jersey, who is supposed to be visiting UM this weekend. Kane was excited.

"I actually watched Kansas a lot this year and I didn't know who their coordinator was, but I was very impressed by what they did," Kane said. "He definitely knows his stuff.

"The best part about it is he's coming in fresh and we're coming fresh. He doesn't know any of the juniors or seniors more than he does us. It gives us all equal footing."

*PROGRAMMING NOTE: The podcast I planned to record with Larry Blustein isn't going to happen until tomorrow morning, which means the podcast likely won't make it online until late afternoon. I'm hoping to do a few recordings later tonight at the Dade-Broward All-Star practices to include with it.

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1982: $1B to dig a tunnel to china ... TYPICAL

Alright we got our DC FINALLY. Now lets get a WR Coach, and concentrate on RECRUITING. This news may just sway some recruits who were on the fence. It's also BEAUTIFUL when UF, and FSU fans come on here running there mouths, I love it, lol. They know we're rockin down at the U..

patrick johnson: "My test score was flag and I am not in class yet in Baton Rouge. The NCAA compliance office is now looking into everything."
bad things happen to bad people : )

How great would it be to see LSU get in trouble b/c of this kid. Maybe the love he was tlaking about not getting from UM is the kind that would cheat in order to make him eligible.

A Seminole can kill a gator, but a Hurricane is unstoppable. Ran to the swamp gators, go find shelter. Hurricane Shannon is gonna blow through Gainsville. Warning!! Warning!! it's a category 6 with wins of over 200 mph. Run you gator chicken sh*ts. Remember what happened the last time we blew through Gainsville. Your savior Urban crier can't save you. Run Lizards, we gonna turn you up side down.

Please stop with the posts about Patrick Johnson until he does anything at the college level he is irrelevant to the University of Miami. He's not coming here so give it up and get off his jock.

Cane Legion how about some positive posts recruiting for the services of Harris from what I read a scholar and stand up young man, TJ Bryant and Hester

Get them on board and stop worrying about those who have already jumped ship

Thank you,

I will be positively happy if LSU get in trouble because of Johnson

Suge,

I have missed your ignorant comments. Glad to have you back. Nice to see that you still don't have a life.

GO CANES!!!

Manny, I'm very impressed with your efforts on this blog since I'm sure its not properly compensated for. Its a great source for Canes fans-Thanks.

As for DC-I'm very pleased. We were in desperate need of some experience on this staff. This guy also learned from pete Carroll who is a strong defensive coach. RS has his hands full with the HC position-he needs his coordinators to be able to handle their jobs. Well done by the whole group.

I'm still not expecting much next season, but it certainly seems the program is on a better path.

Baseball is on the horizon-can't wait.

GO CANES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Fellow Caners, PLEASE quit JINXING the team before we even play the Gators. I'm beggin ya, because the reality is we may get pasted, and I bleed green/orange, but we'll have a new qb, and alot of new coaches, and alot of new players. That's not to say they can't get the job done, but that game being in September may be the crucial element here. I pray I'm wrong. Just stop trashin the Gators, as if we dont' win, they'll be all over our blogs with their mouths yappin.

Come on guys,

Why do people hate us miami fans, because nothing is ever good enough....

this is a GREAT HIRE....WE NEEDED A COACH, NOT A RECRUITER....the young guys will recruit the talent, and Bill Young will coach em up....thats what we need...a good X's and O's coach, not a great recruiter.....

give the guy a chance....

he has done a hell of a job wherever he has been and i think he brings experience the rest of the staff lacks....he is a good teacher and for a guy who has been coaching as long as he has...relating to teenagers shouldn't be a problem....

Manny, what do you honestly think?

This is a great move for coach shannon. The thing is if Coach Young can get it done at Kansas with the play he had there it is going to be something to see a the Uuu! Give him time to teach these players and they will be back in the top 5 or 10 on Ddd!we need another home run in a receiver coach some one that can get these receivers to give there bodies up for the ball. Some go hard receivers that has glue on their hands & that can protect the ball. Goo Canes!

New WR Coach Hired - Aubrey Hill

http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/s_548164.html

hey manny is it true just hired aubrey hill as wr coach,im a northen indana fan canes are on the rebound

Randy's best recruit yet!

Randy's best recruit yet!

I like the Wide Receiver Coach move. RS is doing all of the right off season things now it just needs to come out on the field.

good job, BMan

Hey, B-Man...thanks for the link about Aubrey Hill. GO 'CANES!!!!!!!

If Miami hires Frazier as AD it will be a disaster. The man is totally incompetent.

No matter how good Florida is, they're always scared that Miami will rise again. It was that way in the mid to late 1990s and it's that way now.

The U might lose to UF next season but the Gators are always worried about what Miami might take from them. That will never change.

Aubrey Hill appears to be a great hire. read the article....whats up with the drug test comment. Did notice that on the DC article.

Yo Coach Hill.....Goldseal, or vinegar and water and sweat your @ss off! Coach Young...same goes for you....

Dolphinvann,

You are a complete loser... Rankings & stats are for losers like you. Facts: Kansas played no one except Missouri and got beat down. The Canes are 5-7 and your Dolphins are 1-15. Nice teams loser. What was Kansas' record 2 years ago when they played Texas & Oklahoma unlike tgis season..
Loser

Quit bashing the Gators too, losers. They won a Ship a year ago, have a Heisman Trophy winner and have a young team. Cane fans your team is 5-7 please live in reality. Now let me hear you say how great your recruiting class is.. A bunch of nerds ranking classes and you guys blowing these clowns over the U's rankings. Four freshman QB's on your roster, yep here comes the wins.. WAKE UP LOWLIFES

Aubrey Hill couldn't even recruit kids out of his alma mater to any school he coached at. But like the old days at the U I guess the coaches will be doing drugs.. Aubrey Hill is a clown. Didn't Coach Shannon say there will be no changes this off-season with his staff. Remember when the season end in November for you losers...

DON'T GET TOO EXCITED ABOUT THAT SO CALLED BEST RECRUITING CLASS. THEY HAVE 3 PLAYERS AND THE REST ARE GARBAGE THEY ARE RANKED SO HIGH BECAUSE OF QUANTITY NOT QUALITY. ONE SITE EVEN KNOCKED HARRIS DOWN TO A 3 STAR AND MOST OF THE OTHERS ARE 2 AND 3. THE TWO SORRIEST COACHES IN THE WORLD CAN'T DEVELOP 4 AND 5 STAR GUYS. MIAMI SHOULD BEG NORM CHOW TO COME HERE AND PAY HIM. GET RID OF NIX HE IS AWFUL,THEN WHEN SHANNON GETS CANNED CAUSE HE SUCKS CHOW CAN TAKE OVER.

U CANE-HATE'N LOSERS ARE BLOGGIN ON NON-STOP AND I LUV IT! LET'S THE CANE-COALITION KNOW U R SCARED! U KNOW WE BOUT TO COME UP, OTHERWISE U WOULD'NT BE UP AT 6 A.M. BLOGGIN YO ASS OFF ON EVERY CANE'S BLOG! I MUST CERTAINLY SAY I MISS YA SUGE! WHATTUP HOMIE, BESIDES YO BLOOD PRESSURE WORRYING BOUT DA CANES?

where's the podcast??? did i miss it?

where's the podcast??? did i miss it?

Yo The "PUNK"...The "PUKE"..i mean The P"U"GH,

U honestly beleive that Jacory Harris is only a three-star cause scout.com says so? 2007 Mr.Football of Fla, 30-0 as a starter, led his team to back-to-back Fla 6a titles as well as the high school NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP, and you honestly feel this kid is worthy of only 3 stars? Come on man, nobody can be that stupid, I hope! If anybody is getting credit for quanity instead of quality it would be Alabama and Fsu, two good-ol-boy schools. Nobody has even heard of half of Ala and Fsu committs until they committed to Ala and Fsu! Tom Lugingbill (can't spell his last name} of ESPN said on national tv during the Booker T. game not to pay any attention to the rinky-dink internet recruit links cause they only tally up stats where as ESPN'S people actually watch the prospects in person and study thousands of hours of footage on the kids. Now who is more credible, the good-ol-boy networks or ESPN?

CHECK OUT ESPN THEN JACORY ISN'T IN THEIR TOP 20. HE HAS A RAG ARM AND IS TOO SMALL. HE HAS NO CHANCE TO DEVELOP EITHER AT LEAST UNTIL THAT BUM NIX IS GONE. PRINT THIS BLOG AND LOOK ME UP IN 2 YEARS WHEN EVERYBODY IS ASKING WHAT HAPPENED TO THE GREAT RECRUITING CLASS OF 08. SHANNON WILL BE GONE AND MIAMI WILL BE 4-7 IF THEY ARE LUCKY.

P'U'GH,

Can I also look you up when Jacory does develop into a winning QB, Miami doesn't go 4 - 7 (by the way the play 12 games, not 11, and Shannon doesn't get fired. Actually, I'm going to guess that you will be nowhere to be found.

Do us all a favor...get a life. Go to your teams blog and cheer them on. Leave the Cane blogs alone. You are obviously showing that you don't have a life, just like your boy Suge White.

GO CANES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Canester and to all of the Legion.

This is a great board with many loving Canes and it is a shame we have to listen to agitators who have nothing to do but talk crap about us. They will do or try anything to get a response from us. So I suggest to ignore the scum bags as they know, there is nothing we can do and they hide their identities behind their monitors and mounds of puke.

It's a shame we don't have access to their identity but until that day comes, they will continue to run amuck on our boards with no concerns of being responsible for the actions.

To all and too the new explosion!
Go Canes.

I do believe Jacory has to put some meat on those bones of his to survive at the D-1 level but then again I thought the same thing about Ken Dorsey and he turned out to be a pretty good College QB, wouldn't ya say?

I hope the south Florida kids who chose to go to LSU will be in shocked. All the protential recruits should be sent that video.
http://deadspin.com/346480/some-lsu-fans-are-disgusting

Patrick Johnson ACT scores FLAGGED!!! Check Rivals.

Man, This LSU guys are racist. This could never happen in south Florida. True Cane, thanx for the good work. Yall need to check that video

http://deadspin.com/346480/some-lsu-fans-are-disgusting

Urban Crier flag reported him

Concerning Jacory:
Through proper weight training, look to see him beef up this year and next. At 6-4 he can carry 210 easy, without losing a step.

Cook at 6-7, could be 230 by fall and loves to tuck it and run the option as QB but he may shift to TE for this year... would be a interesting move on his part.

Cannon Smith, yet to be seen in live action, but stats shows he has the grit, has many interesting qualities that could develop into a great QB. One thing for sure, he is a baller and like competition, so don't be surprised by his tenacious attitude to be the man!

Until we see them in action, with a new cast of receivers, we should not pre judge any of them. All are bring something of value.

With the addition of our new crop, 08 promises to brings a new offensive attack that we haven't seen. I'm sure Nix and the boyz are busy, as we speak, looking at the possibilities. One thing is for sure, I think we will see a new game plan that ACC is seriously concerned about.

Go Canes!


That video right there is a prime example as to why most Blacks do not trust most Whites...at work they smile in your face and at home/tailgating parties they get drunk and use racial slurs. But you know whats funny to me, not one of them would have said that BS in a Black man's face (notice there wasn't any Blacks around)...if they had the guts to do so, a few of them would find a fist up side their heads...win, lose or draw we woulda been fighting and thats on my own damn future grave!!!

Trick had the perfect song a few years back...

"Oh America, Oh America, America...Free land of liberty yah...

This game wasn't told to me, it was sold to me. You get nothing free. No! No way, not in America. Not America. My country tis of thee, land of liberty. But that'll never be. No! No way, not in America. (Uh uh, not in this America) Not America."

I'm actually not surprised though. I'm not one of those who is so ignorant and naive and have the mentality that "oh, times have changed. Racism doesnt exist anymore. Stop using the race card." I laugh at those people...

I hate that we (I) had to get off the subject. Its all about the U baby!!! I don't think we deal with sh*t like that in S. Florida (or at least its not out in the open like that)...

All I can say about the video is....good luck Patrick Johnson! Enjoy your time in the Big Easy!!!

CHECK OUT ESPN THEN JACORY ISN'T IN THEIR TOP 20. HE HAS A RAG ARM AND IS TOO SMALL. HE HAS NO CHANCE TO DEVELOP EITHER AT LEAST UNTIL THAT BUM NIX IS GONE. PRINT THIS BLOG AND LOOK ME UP IN 2 YEARS WHEN EVERYBODY IS ASKING WHAT HAPPENED TO THE GREAT RECRUITING CLASS OF 08. SHANNON WILL BE GONE AND MIAMI WILL BE 4-7 IF THEY ARE LUCKY.

Posted by: THE P'U'GH | January 19, 2008 at 09:55 AM

This recruiting class is going to be great because of the defensive talent, you jackass. Not because of Jacory Harris. Come back here next year and run your mouth because you obviously don't know sh!t.

MiamiNYAlum:

Your comments were off-base regarding Susan Miller Degnan. She's been covering the 'Canes and doing a decent job of it before you even knew her coverage existed.

Canesjunkie, good point but LSU plays in Baton Rouge, LA not da NO...but Baton Rouge may be worse then da NO...one never trully knows??? Oh, America...land of the free yah!!!

Manny we need more posts. There is so much going on. This guy that says Jacory is not going to develop is an idiot! Ken Dorsey weighted 180 lbs. in his senior year, and never had a great arm. It is all about the D-fense, and O-line. Unless your name is Manning or Brady, QB's only manage a game. Who cares if Tebow scores 50 points a game if UF gives up 51.

Go Canes!

Chevyboy79:

Baton Rouge is only 45 minutes outside of NO...PJ can make it over in his Escalade. Hope he doesn't get a flat along the way!

These Gators are hilarious! Why are they even on our board...I suspect they are a bunch of wannabe Canes.

oooooooooooooooooooooooh,
C....A.....N.....E......S
CANES!

Any updates on the MNW four transcript issues? did they get the docs to admissions Friday as needed?

If all these gator fans were not so nervous about what the CANES are doing in recruiting, then they would not come here leaving their childish vexations.

They are still suffering from CANE-envy.

GREAT HIRE... A 70 YEAR OLD COACHING 18 YEAR OLD FRESHMAN...

Posted by: Suge White | January 18, 2008 at 12:58 AM
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