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Patchan picks... the Gators! (update)

In just a few moments -- around 1:30 p.m. -- the son of former Hurricane offensive lineman Matt Patchan will decide where he will attend college during a press conference in Tampa.

Matt_patchan_2I'm not there, but I'll be here providing a live update when the 6-7, 270-pound blue-chip lineman from Seffner Armwood announces his decision. So how am I going to find out? One of our regular bloggers, Brandon Brinkley, a grad student living in Tampa and die-hard Hurricanes fan will be there to provide the news! Cool. Now, you guys are becoming part of the process. Love it.

Stay tuned for the details shortly. Brandon tells me a few TV trucks have pulled up to Tampa Palms Country Club, where Patchan will announce his decision in front of friends and family. He'll let me know if anything else interesting develops.

Brandon Brinkley updates...
12:58 p.m. - "In my opinion I think he's going to be a Cane. There are about 20 people here in the  room, a few TV stations and reporters. His high school coaches are here and some of his family have arrived wearing UM gear. Balloons are setup in neutral orange and white colors."

1:10 p.m. - "I was talking with Anthony Reddick's brother and Eric Smith from Armwood and all the family. Matt is a lot smaller than what I thought he was. He's skinny. His uncle was saying Matt has been staying with him for the week in Key West and he doesn't even know where he's going. There are a lot of people here now, about 30-40. 1:30 is when it's supposed to happen. Matt is there in a white button shirt, jeans. He looks tall and skinny. I don't know if its from the mono he had. But he doesn't look as big as he does in pictures. His uncle just kept saying to cross our fingers. He came in and shook the hands of all Canes fans. So that's a good sign."

1:20 p.m. - "More of his Armwood teammates have arrived. Everyone is being tight-lipped about it. So, nobody knows where he is leaning."

1:26 p.m. - "I just talked to another guy who is a family friend. Matt's mom and dad have walked out. They say they don't even know."

1:28 p.m. - "I've heard from family that Matt is in the back on the phone informing UF and UM coaches where he is going. When he comes out, he'll be wearing a shirt of where he's going."

1:31 p.m. - "He's set to make the announcement in moments. As soon as he does, I'll call with the update."

1:38 p.m. - "He's a Gator. He made a couple jokes and said he was going to flip a coin. Ultimately, he said the best decision for him and his goals was to go to Florida."

1:43 p.m. - "Matt said ultimately what swung his decision was the relationship he built with the Florida staff, the strength coach, the position coaches. He said he wants to be around the best talent and he believes it is at Florida. It's funny, as soon as he announced his decision, all the Canes fans left. Now, I'm leaving too."

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UPDATE... At 2:30 p.m., I caught up with Matt Patchan Sr. to get his thoughts on his son's announcement. Here is what he said...

Q: Was this Matt’s decision on his own or did you help him reach this decision?
A: I was instrumental in helping him gather information and tried to sort through what was best for him. In the end, the decision was entirely his.

Q: Did you know this morning? Did you have an inkling? When did you figure out where Matt was going?
A: When he announced it to everybody else. He actually didn’t know until about 45 minutes before. Then, before he went over and announced it he came over and whispered it in our ears and we hugged him and told him we supported him and that type of thing. We didn’t know. I don’t know how this works for other people. I don’t know the circumstances could ever be duplicated with the decision he had. Trust me, we’re not complaing. We’re thrilled our son is fortunate enough to be in this position. I don’t know if there’s ever been a recruit as torn between the two schools in making this decision. When I tell you this decision was razor-thin, it was razor-thin.

Q: Why do you think he ultimately picked Florida in your opinion?
A: I just think he thinks deep down inside in his heart this is a better choice for his decision at this time and his future.

Q: I know as a former Hurricane you probably had the Hurricanes deep in your heart and this must have been tough for you, but where did you feel Matt was best served going?
A: I think many people looking at what’s going on in college football now would clearly have to admit that Florida is further along in terms of where they are in competing for conference titles or national championships. I know that was a big factor for Matt. Other than that, I thought everything else was a push as far as the coaches and the players Miami is bringing in and the players Florida has currently. Maybe where things with his quality of life would be pretty similar. I think his decision he just processed everything and he’s going where he decided.

Q: I know as a former Hurricane you’re probably going to get some teasing from your teammates since he went to the Gators, you expecting that?
A: Oh yeah. There were some former Canes here and they’re giving it to me. Everybody knows or they should know that your allegiance is to your son’s future first and its your duty as a dad to help him through the process and do what’s best for him. There will never be a time when I will ever divorce myself from the tradition and the memories I have as a Hurricane. I’ll embrace them forever. I got so much out of them. They’re deep in my heart. They’re indelible and they’ll never go away and I love them. I would have loved to see Matthew go there too. But it’s just one of those things at this time, it just wasn’t so at this time.

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Lou

Give it up dude. You have been outed. You said "but that does not mean we are." The only problem is you are not use. You have said in the sun Sentinel forum that you know others who graduated from UM, which means you didn't. So you have no investment in making sure ONLY grads post here. And besides, you in Spurrier country, Greenville SC, trying to make sure you get a recruit you won't, and are trying to make the blog look bad. Take it elswhere dude, you have been outed.

On Shandell's forum, you created a controversy because people did not know who you are. Now we know, and you can't recreate it here. Just do what South Carolinians do best, hide behind a tree and enjoy yourself. We don't need your kind here.

Oh excuse me, I made two typos, US and elsEwhere. Guess that means I can't blog here anymore, NOT. Lou find a gamecock and you know what to do with them.

Oh yeah Brent, you just scanned a long way to this point... you are liar. You read everything and to act like you didn't is being untrue. You just lost your credibility...Want to tell us another one. Jerk.

HEY EVERYONE, NOW THAT PATCHAN AND PJ HAVE SHOWED THEIR TRUE COLORS WE SHOULD NOT EVEN GIVE JUDAS AND BENDEDICT ARNOLD AIRTIME ON THESE MESSAGE BOARDS!! I HOPE THEY REALIZE IN 2-3 YEARS THE MADE THE BIGGEST MISTAKE OF THEIR LIVES WHEN THE U TURNS IT AROUND. WHY DEBATE THESE GUYS SIGNIFICANCE?? THEY ARE GONE, IT HURTS THE PROGRAM, BUT WHY GIVE THEM WHAT THEY WANT BY MAKING THEM THE TOP OF DISCUSSION ON MIAMI'S MESSAGE BOARD. I'D LIKE TO WISH DEATH ON THEM, BUT I WILL JUST WISH AN AVG. CAREER WITH NO FUTURE IN THE NFL!! WE CAN OVERCOME THE LOSS OF PJ WITH SEVERAL OTHER GREAT DB'S STILL OUT THERE. PATCHAN COULD BE ANOTHER STORY WITH OUR LACK OF ATTENTION TO THE O-LINE. WE SHOULD RECRUIT THE O-LINE LIKE USC AND OHIO ST. ARE DOING.

Dear VaCanesFan, I can tell by your erudition that you either went to UVA or maybe Miami. As an intelligent and literate poster I'm willing to waive the requirements previously posted in your case. You are a reasonable gentleman who would never be equated with the Phi Beta Kappa who dresses in a beach towel at U games while carrying a toy trumpet and illiterate signs.

I'm sure you will be going to numerous Miami games this year. The move to the ACC must have greatly expedited any travel woes. You are probably also looking forward to a real stadium for home games and not an edifice that required holding any bladder movements for 3 hours--I'm sure you didn't relieve yourself in concourses like others. It will also be a relief to know that your car will be there after the game. AND the realization that if you make a wrong turn leaving the stadium that the same fate won't await you as the German tourists a few years back. There will also be no loose chunks of cement endangering unsuspecting spectators. I do feel a tinge of remorse for the numerous "entrepreneurs" around the Great Bowl who promised you "No Block No Block" which in reality must have been an Incan translation for "Okay, sucker let's see you get out after the game" BUT those days are now over!!!!!!! The U will now have their OWN stadium to share with a pro football team and MLB team. It's slightly off campus, but the commute up 95 with the cooperation of the FHP should be a piece of cake for all the students.

This discourse has been wonderful. Of course I have had to demonstrate to my wife that I am communicating on a highly intellectual web site and not speculating in seeking out additional foreclosures in the South Florida real estate market. Since you live in the august--Look It Up(Not You)--area of the Shenandoah Valley you have no need for such concerns. I bid you a good night and hope after a good night's sleep that you will understand my deep concern about these unscrupulous Gators and Seminoles trying to maliciously defame our U on a blog.

NORM

Don't wish Death, we will be fine, lol. Offensive Line, and Defensive Line are about potential as much as anything. What happens in college, is that these guys start with a nutrition program, and then strength and conditioning after that. They ALL, even five stars, have to bulk up. After 2 years or so of bulking up, they can play. These guys don't mean squat in 2008 or 2009. Unless you get a Bryant McKinnie, these guys can't play.

What is going to happen to Patchan is he is going to start for UF next year, and get eaten alive by guys who have been in nutrition and strength and conditioning programs for several years. That was what UF sold him, come to us and you start, even before you are ready. Tim Tebow will be hurt before week 6, count my words. Unfortunately we play him in week 2. I am not sure our freshman will be ready to hurt him by then.

This was really not a great loss at all. He has a name for sure. But when you really good, you lead your team to the state title. Jacory did that, the kids in Belle Glade, and Booker T. You want winners on your team. So far, Randy has recruited the winners. I'll take winners over athletes any day of the week. Don't fret.

LOL Lou,

you didn't respond to the salient posts, but I do recognize your intelligence. Until we meet again :-)

A: I think many people looking at what’s going on in college football now would clearly have to admit that Florida is further along in terms of where they are in competing for conference titles or national championships.

THANK U MR PATCHAN
CANES FANS QUIT DRINKING THE ORANGE AND GREEN KOOL AID AND SEE THE TRUTH
ONLY A RETARD ACTUALLY THINKS THAT MIAMI CAN COMPETE WITH FLORIDA RIGHT NOW
IF FLORIDA PLAYED MIAMI THIS YR THEY WOULD HAVE PROB LAYED 50 ON EM

To the dudette who post "UM FANS ARE RETARDS" you stated that "if Florida played Maimi this years they would have prob layed 50 on them" Well unfortunately since your chicken gayturds stopped playing the "U" in a home and home series decades ago, we will never know that, now will we. Instead you turds always come up with some lame excuse as to why you had to stop the series... instead you choose to replace the "U" with sister mary of the poor... Talk is cheap, if your scared,say your scared. question for you dudette, when was the last time the gayturds beat the "U"???

HMM, food for thought... when was the last time the turds beat the "U"???

Matt Patchan picking the Gators over UM reminds me when offensive tackle Willy Colon picked UF over UM a couple of years back. Colon went on to have an average career just like Patchan will.

Posted by: A Realisst | January 05, 2008 at 05:57 PM
jonathan colon ... MOMMA'S BOY

chevyboy--

i did not say that shannon was like coker--doc cane made that post.

i'm a big supporter of shannon and the program.

ronnie g (caneinatl)

ONCE AGAIN I must ask--and an HONEST answer would be appreciated. Of all whom have joined this conversation which ones actually went to Miami--and I'm not even talking about a degree, a little semester of matriculation will suffice--and which ones would view or have viewed it as a significant achievement to have attended a community college??

Posted by: Lou Vales | January 05, 2008 at 05:54 PM
litmus test? SHUT UP

Lou Vales envies our rabid fan base ...
gaturd INCOGNITO

I think my name says it all.

unless the U is contending for a NATIONAL(Not ACC) Championship I have rarely seen stands filled in the past. AND STOP!!!!! With the small alumni base. There are close to 6 million people in a 3 county metroplex. Do you mean to tell me that you think 40,000 is a representative fan base??? I guess the 5,960,000 other people don't realize "It's a Cane kinda thing" and they don't understand".

Posted by: Lou Vales | January 05, 2008 at 08:16 PM
why don't the dolphins sell out? marlins? panthers? heat?

what's to do in hogtown besides attend a football game?
CAPTIVE AUDIENCE

Gayturd fans,

How does it feel knowing that the only time you guys can come up is when MIAMI is down? Your first title in school history came while the U was on probation. And if it was'nt for Coker giving Zook most of the fla talent and the bcs screwing Michigan last year you would still have only 1 title. Plus Michigan showed you why they should have played osu a second time by whiping the feild with Tebow and co. If Mike Hart did'nt lose to fumbles Michigan would have hung 50 on yall sorry asses! Until you win 5 titles or more stay yo puppy ass on the porch cause you can't stomp with the big dogs. That goes for the criminoles too. The entire U.S. knows who the #1 school in Fla is, and like Nelly said, "TWO IS NOT A WINNER AND THREE NOBODY REMEMBERS"!

Well, I appologize caneinatl...

http://www.palmbeachpost.com/business/content/business/epaper/2008/01/06/a6f_yehealthcare_0106.html
"JFK Medical in July will launch (Palm Beach) county's first M.D. residency training program. ... in conjunction with the University of Miami medical school"
ONWARD & UPWARD

http://www.miamitodaynews.com/news/080104/story-viewpoint.shtml
Miamitoday's michael lewis: you want a $525M ballpark ... read the fine print!
BAMBOOZLED

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2008/writers/the_bonus/01/02/bcs.future/3.html
per Paul Dee, NCAA pres. myles brand backs the plus-one postseason.
BREAKTHROUGH

http://img89.imageshack.us/img89/9982/dsc00196re3.jpg
seating capacity at the beautiful Bank United Center balloons ... BOTTOMS UP

I don't know if ya'll watched the Under Armer All-American game yesterday but man am I happy we're getting Aldarius Johnson. AJ put this 215 lbs OLB on his ass yesterday to clear the way for this RB (#25). And I mean layed him out, helmet flying off and er'thing.

Also, Buchanan looked great on one play where he hunted down that RB from J'ville. Man is he big and fast (that RB that is).

Brandon Washington looked good at both RT and LT (he played a lil of both). He is one reason I am not going to lose any sleep over losing MP. Washington is a huge kid with great feet, he could come in and play right away on that line much like Franklin did last year. I think he's that good. But I think he'll play inside at Guard where he will be a monster...

I just would like to say a couple of things.... Do you realize Miami is a top 5 recruiting class with a losing record??? Do you realize Miami is a top 5 recruiting class without making a bowl game?

IMAGINE WHAT HAPPENS WHEN WE START WINNING AGAIN???? Just think about that....

Also Randy Shannon and staff are doing a great job if not perfect with recruiting. They are not placing all there stock into one player like Larry Coker did.

Recruiting is done in numbers, when you need a reciever you sign 5, when you need 2 linebackers you sign 7, when you need a new QB you sign 3. We all know what happens when you put all your eggs in one basket i.e. Kyle Wright , Ryan Moore, and Lance Legget. A plyer doesnt work out and then you are stuck with him.

Lets stop hating and build something around the "U". I am with Randy Shannon all the way through good or bad!

How does it feel knowing that the only time you guys can come up is when MIAMI is down? Your first title in school history came while the U was on probation. And if it was'nt for Coker giving Zook most of the fla talent and the bcs screwing Michigan last year you would still have only 1 title. Plus Michigan showed you why they should have played osu a second time by whiping the feild with Tebow and co. If Mike Hart did'nt lose to fumbles Michigan would have hung 50 on yall sorry asses! Until you win 5 titles or more stay yo puppy ass on the porch cause you can't stomp with the big dogs. That goes for the criminoles too. The entire U.S. knows who the #1 school in Fla is, and like Nelly said, "TWO IS NOT A WINNER AND THREE NOBODY REMEMBERS

HAHAHAHAHAHA
U PEOPLE ARE FUCKING STUCK IN THE PAST
WE ARE IN 08 PEOPLE, GET WITH THE FUCKING TIMES
ASK ANY EDUCATED SPORTS FAN(WHICH CANES FANS AREN'T) THEY WILL TELL U BY FAR FLORIDA IS THE BEST TEAM IN FLORIDA RIGHT NOW
UR TEAM CAN'T WIN THE FUCKIN ACC AND U THINK U HAVE THE BEST TEAM IN FLORIDA?
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
U R FUCKING DELUSIONAL
RIGHT NOW U'RE NOT EVEN THE BEST TEAM IN SOUTH FLORIDA
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

You got beat by michigan,and there 600 yards of offense. They had 130 against Ohio State. nice D GAYTURDS.

I think the canes will def. turn it around. this is a good class coming in and with james, coop, marve, allen bailey and the rest of the young talent there they will eventually bring title # 6 back to coral gables

Patchan Sr.
ur rights as a Cane are revoked

u r now a Gator
i wish u had never been a part of the U
i hope to never see u at dolphin stadium
and 3 yrs from now when we play UF
if u do show up
wear orange and BLUE
u traitor
NO ONE SHOULD EVER FORGET THIS

u freakin turncoat !

patchan sr says the decision was razon thin?
BS
it was black and white

randy is black
urban is white

its alright
cause its all white !

To all the Gaytors posting here: you can talk all of the crap you want after you can beat the Canes; until then, shut the hell up and go back to banging your sisters you white trailor trash bunch of losers.

To all the Gaytors posting here: you can talk all of the crap you want after you can beat the Canes; until then, shut the hell up and go back to banging your sisters you white trailor trash bunch of losers.

UM FANS ARE RETARDS:

First of all, we are clearly the best team in S. Fla. We beat the only other team in S. Fla. 31-9 (FIU). If you're a DUMBASS and you think that USF is actually in S. Fla., you obviously have very little grasp on geography (Tampa is NOT South Florida).

Nobody claimed that the U was the best team in Florida this past year (although we did go 2-0 in the state). But when you step back and look at the bigger picture, Miami has and always will DOMINATE THE STATE. Not every single year, but most of them.

Go back to your Gator blog and don't come back until Sept. 6.

Canesters,

Pay no attention to Retard for he is just scared. He knows that there is a storm brewing down in SoFla and it's name is HURRICANE SHANNON! Some of the uf players know it also which is why they are calling Shannon non-stop to come onboard because it is better to be apart of the storm than to be in it's path! The writing's on the wall and there are plenty of signs to indicate that the gayturds 15 minutes of fame is about over. Your defense sucks and if something were to happen to Tebow and Harvin U R screwed! When your qb and wr are the team's leading rusher you are in big trouble! I bet you BASTARDS miss Chris Leak now don't you, after booing him the whole while he was down in that tiolet you call a university, the same way ND fans miss Willingham but won't admitt it. And the only reason you have the few recruits you have is because they are afraid of the competition arriving at the U like PUSSCHAN...i mean PATCHAN! And to all the would-be defectors thinking of following Pusschan remember one thing, "IT IS BETTER TO BE APART OF THE STORM THAN TO BE IN IT'S PATH!"

To all Gator Fans posting:

You have the best QB in college football and you still lost 4 games!!!!!

We had the 2 worst QB's in college football history and only lost 3 more games!

I CANT WAIT UNTIL NEXT YEAR!

I just would like to say a couple of things.... Do you realize Miami is a top 5 recruiting class with a losing record??? Do you realize Miami is a top 5 recruiting class without making a bowl game?

IMAGINE WHAT HAPPENS WHEN WE START WINNING AGAIN???? Just think about that....

Also Randy Shannon and staff are doing a great job if not perfect with recruiting. They are not placing all there stock into one player like Larry Coker did.

Recruiting is done in numbers, when you need a reciever you sign 5, when you need 2 linebackers you sign 7, when you need a new QB you sign 3. We all know what happens when you put all your eggs in one basket i.e. Kyle Wright , Ryan Moore, and Lance Legget. A plyer doesnt work out and then you are stuck with him.

Lets stop hating and build something around the "U". I am with Randy Shannon all the way through good or bad!

PATCHAN IS A LYING DOUCHEBAG AND I HOPE HE TEARS HIS ACL 1ST PRACTICE AND HIS DAD SHOULD BE BANNED FROM UM

A REALISST...

you do realize that we played a much weaker schedule than UF right. to compare their 4 losses to our 7 isnt remotely accurate. we beat marshall, duke, and FIU... not exactly powerhouses. its not far-fetched that we might have gone winless playing an SEC schedule.

listen, i love the canes, but we are nowhere close to where the gators are right now, lets just be honest.

blakesta,

what exactly did he lie about? he never said he was coming to UM.

you hope he tears his ACL? are you kidding me? were talkin about 17 and 18 yr old kids, and because they choose to go to a different school, you wish a torn ACL? grow up and get some priorities in your life... absolutely pathetic!

I've never seen such stupid posts. This kid didn't become bad because he he's not going to the U. He's certainly not scared, His dad is still a Cane grad. The kid can go where he feels is most beneficial to him. Get a life. Move on.

mike33076

You are correct, sir!

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(Fill in the blank).

People who post comments/rants on a blog in ALL CAPITAL LETTERS are _____________.

(Answer in four words or less).


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EVERYONE TAKE A LOOK AT THIS!!
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http://clemson.scout.com/a.z?s=46&p=2&c=717125

Manny,
I am a very regular reader even though this is my first post. Your 'Eye on the U ' is being hijacked by a few A**holes with their crude and insane comments.
They are in dire need of a little 'Aloha' spirit!!

Keep up the good work and don't let them ruin your work.

U DA MAN, Canes4life! Thanks 4 the info! All the Canesters & Caniacs should read that post now! THIS IS THE TYPE OF STUFF MANNY NEEDS TO REPORT ON! WHO WANTS TO BET THAT MEYER IS GONE AFTER TEBOW LEAVES?

This blog is not going anywhere positive...

Does anyone have a probable starting lineup. I think the QB battle is a Jacory Harris and Robert Marve. Marve probably has the advantage with a year in the bank.

Otherwise - Offense (Skill positions)

QB: Marve, Harris
RB: Graig Cooper, Shawnbrey McNeal, and Baby-J (I like Javarris, but the younger guys are gamebreakers)
WR: Aldarius Johnson, Travis Benjamin
WR: Jermaine McKenzie, Davon Johnson
TE: Dedrick Epps


Bashing Patchan or PJ will not change a thing. If that really makes you feel better you need to get a life. Move on and stop the negativity. The Canes will be fine without these two. Next!

Exactly, let's start praising those who we DO Have and DO wish to get. We can't help that those who decided to go elsewhere have jumped ship, all we can do is move forward with what we have. Please stop martyrizing the has beens, or neverwas.

HAHAHAHAHAHA
U PEOPLE ARE FUCKING STUCK IN THE PAST
WE ARE IN 08 PEOPLE, GET WITH THE FUCKING TIMES
ASK ANY EDUCATED SPORTS FAN(WHICH CANES FANS AREN'T) THEY WILL TELL U BY FAR FLORIDA IS THE BEST TEAM IN FLORIDA RIGHT NOW
UR TEAM CAN'T WIN THE FUCKIN ACC AND U THINK U HAVE THE BEST TEAM IN FLORIDA?
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
U R FUCKING DELUSIONAL
RIGHT NOW U'RE NOT EVEN THE BEST TEAM IN SOUTH FLORIDA
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

Who is the retard??? you were and still get on the short bus... LOL!! think about it!

oh, and by the way, you still have not answered the question, when was the last time your team beat the "U"??? come on get off the short bus and ask you special ed. teacher. you can do it. don't give up, don't ever give up. you can do it, even if YOU are the RETARD.

It kills me how some of you so-called Canes fans are quick to bash and contest the opinions of other Canes fans. Some of you guys are worst than the true cane-haters! I have much more respect for a hater like Suge White or Retard (a.k.a. UM fans are retards) cause they let you know up front they don't like the U, where as some of you supposed Canes fan claim you love the U but are the first to take sides against the team and the fans. Some of these bloggers do get carried away sometimes with their comments but who's to say they are really Canes, or just another imposter trying to make the fans look bad? Point being, we get bashed year round by the rest of the country so therefore we don't need to be hated on by our own.

I love Miami football, but i swear i fucking hate alot of their fans.

Thanx for the info tho Manny

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