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ESPN Gameday headed to Gainesville

ESPN just announced within the hour it will host its College GameDay show from Ben Hill Griffin Stadium this coming Saturday, highlighting the Canes trip to the Swamp to face the fifth-ranked Gators. The show will be broadcast from the grass outside the North End Zone.

2408245235_d85c564193For Florida, its their 28th appearance on GameDay, which leads the nation. UF is 16-10 when they are
featured on the show and the first since at home since the Gators beat LSU in Oct. 2006. Miami has been involved in GameDay games 16 times, ranking 8th overall behind UF (28), Ohio State (22), FSU and Michigan (21), Notre Dame and Oklahoma (18), Tennessee (17) and ahead of Nebraska (15) and USC (14).

It's been awhile since UM was involved in a game of this magnitude and with this much hype. Coach Randy Shannon wasn't downplaying it when he spoke to the media on Friday. In fact, he even shared some of his fond memories from his previous trips to the Swamp.

All I know is, if UM pulls off the upset Saturday -- and that's an if about the size of Allen Bailey's biceps -- UM will gain huge respect in the eyes of the nation and it will put the program back to where it was before things headed south with Larry Coker. Saturday night is the biggest opportunity this program has had to be relevant and to really shine in three years.

> FYI, UM practiced this morning, but it was closed to the media.

> I hate to rip on the ACC anymore than it has already been ripped in the last 24 hours, but the losses by Clemson and Virginia Tech Saturday were flat out embarrassing. They are supposed to be the two best teams in the league this year. Clemson, which is supposed to have the best running tandem in college football, was held to 0 yards rushing. Tech, meanwhile, lost to an East Carolina team was just 8-5 last year. Maybe, the Hurricanes really do have a chance at contending for the conference title this year after all.

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Am i the winner?

winner winner, chicken dinner.

Manny, any word on Bailey/Moncur?

Manny,
The total apperances on Gameday, are they as the total times that the team has been the visting and home team or just times that the team has been the home team? USC will have at least 15 this year due to the fact that they host OSU on the 13th. Also, it would be a huge upset if we win on Saturday (wow, I am a master of the obvious), but do you think that our D-Ends will be able to do well without Moncour or Bailey? Also, Forston is a Freshamn, so I really don't depend on him, but how did you think Dixon and Hendricks did onThursday? Do you think that they can be dominant this year? Thanks and keep up the great work!! Go Canes!!

I stated Hendricks, but I meant Hendricks and/or Joe Joseph. Thanks, again.

THERE IS A CAT 5 HEADED TO GAINESVILLE... TAKE COVER LIZARDS!!!!

I just hope it's a clean, close, respectable, and entertaining game that showcases BOTH teams...not just UF(like ESPN tends to do). I heard Meyer wants to run up the score as a statement to recruits and alumni about the state of Florida dominance. That's cold. I admire Shannon for saying he wouldnt do that.

Why not contend this year. We have as much talent (possibly more) talent than any team in the ACC but they are super raw. They could step up fast, or it could be a long, long year. Saturday will give us more of a clue.

Manny I been looking at Hurricane/Tropical Storm Hanna which is expected to hit Florida this weekend; any chance the game being postponed or play the game thru heavy rain.

Manny,

The thing is, we don't have to win to get that respect. We just need to show Cane determination, confidence, the ability to perform under pressure, and a never say die attitude.

The whole country expects UM to lose, say they do, but they put up the fight of their life and lose say 31-28. We still get that respect back. Right now, and this is reality, their roster is from a perceived talent stand point is better than ours. They have a potential National Championship roster right now, we have one that is chock full of potential and I personally belive in 2010 will be a Championship roster as well, but we are very, very green right now. But if we hold our own, I think we still get the respect of the country back and people will start saying Miami's back. If we win, which I also think we have a better shot at doing than people give us, then we done the Muhammed Ali and WE'VE SHOCKED THE WORLD!

HAHAHAHA! Either way, as long as they don't lay and egg, its a win-win.

Go Canes!

Meyer really must be feeling the heat in recruiting if he thinks he has to run up the score on UM to get recruits away from Shannon even though he's in the top 5 and UM is unranked.

If we beat the Gators this weekend in Gainesville then UF might as well not show up for a game against us ever again anywhere in the world. They're top 5, we're unranked. They're at home. It's early in the season. They have EVERY advantage in all aspects of the game, on and off the field. If the Gators lose, they are never ever ever going to beat us again until the end of time.

The Canes aren't playing this game so that others will respect us. That's something Gators and Seminoles care about. We play because we think we're the best, and we like beating people. I hope that's all that is on the players minds. They're Canes now, and they should never be intimidated or shy away from a challenge. Kick the bleep out of the Gators because they're Gators and we hate them, or go down fighting.

GO CANES!

This is where we earn our stripes....Right here Right now. It all starts with what we are doing today and forward, not yesterday. Every man must hold themselves accountable for their play and be held accountable by their teammates. On gameday, you have to perform like no other for you are the University of Miami!

Q: Manny, any word on Bailey/Moncur? Posted by: JayEl | August 31, 2008 at 01:27 PM

A: Shannon and players aren't available to the media until Tuesday. So, we won't know anything for sure until at least then.

If our motto this year truely is 'No ExcUses', then there is no reason we dont win the ACC this year. Teams are lookin pretty weak to say the least and we put up the most points in the ACC this week with some coming from 2nd and 3rd string players. I truely believe the offense is there this year and no matter the outcome of the game next week, we need to focus on the ACC big time because the time is NOW.

Q: Manny, the total apperances on Gameday, are they as the total times that the team has been the visting and home team or just times that the team has been the home team? USC will have at least 15 this year due to the fact that they host OSU on the 13th. Also, it would be a huge upset if we win on Saturday (wow, I am a master of the obvious), but do you think that our D-Ends will be able to do well without Moncour or Bailey? Also, Forston is a Freshman, so I really don't depend on him, but how did you think Dixon and Hendricks did onThursday? Do you think that they can be dominant this year? Thanks and keep up the great work!! Go Canes!! Posted by: Cane4Life | August 31, 2008 at 01:33 PM

A: The GameDay thing is total appearances -- home and away. Miami definitely needs Moncur and Bailey to be successful. It's one thing to rotate young guys against Charleston Southern. It's another against Florida, which has a strong o-line. I can't really say how Dixon and Hendricks did. I'd love to ask Clint Hurtt what he thinks after one game. But we probably won't get to talk to anybody until Tuesday.

Q: Manny I been looking at Hurricane/Tropical Storm Hanna which is expected to hit Florida this weekend; any chance the game being postponed or play the game thru heavy rain. Posted by: WI Cane | August 31, 2008 at 02:37 PM

A: I'm not a weather man. I don't even play one on TV. But if I did, I'd could promise you there won't be any games taking place with a Tropical Storm in the area. I would imagine it would get postponed or moved up to avoid it.

What up Cane nation,
I'm coming home on leave just in time to watch this game. And damn I can't wait, all the guys I work with all hate Miami, but that's okay cause after this weekend's beat down of UiF, and October 4Th. beat down of fsu. No one will be able to say shyt. I cant wait to see tebag get broken in half the first time he goes for that oh so gay jump pass to harvin(if he's not too scared to play that is).
Manny, as always great post, you are the best out there.
Go CANES!!!

Q: Manny, The thing is, we don't have to win to get that respect. We just need to show Cane determination, confidence, the ability to perform under pressure, and a never say die attitude.

A: You are right BG. Miami will always be respected because of the 5 rings. But this is an important game for this program because if Miami gets embarrassed, Florida can use that to help them in recruiting. Miami, even if it loses, can gain a lot if it keeps it respectable. But lose bad and it hurts.

Manny...good call on week one with your predictions made earlier this year. Care to change any others based on UM's performance or those of TAMU, VT or UNC in week one?

Aug. 28, Charleston Southern, W 52-14
Sept. 6, @Florida, L 34-10
Sept. 20, @Texas A&M, L 27-24
Sept. 27, North Carolina, W 20-16
Oct. 4, Florida State, W 28-26
Oct. 11, UCF, W 31-21
Oct. 18, @Duke, W 30-23
Oct. 25, Wake Forest, L 27-24
Nov. 1, @Virginia, W 23-17
Nov. 13, Virginia Tech, L 17-10
Nov. 20, @Georgia Tech, L 14-10
Nov. 29, @N.C. State, W 35-20

Posted by Manny Navarro on 7/22/08

Cant wait to come down to Miami and celebrate the 31 point loss and "moral victory". BAWAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

What loser talk!

I think if the players dont quit on Shannon after this drubbing like they did last year you should throw a parade down Biscayne Blvd.

Manny: Your post-game blog said 16 true freshmen played; SMD said 18 in her article; the canes "final stats" listed 21 who played. The latter source also listed Ponder and Barney as having played. Who played and who did not?

Manny...and AJ DID start according to Shandel at the SS. Can you confirm?

Manny,

Will the Hurricanes training staff bring an extra set of pants for starting QB Robert Marve?
We heard about him hanging Tim Tebow posters and pictures on his bedroom wall. I could imagine once he meets Tebow in person he is going to need his pants changed. Thanks!

cokecanes, you the gators have not won in 20 yrs don't you think that you should get a win before you open your clap trap.

Doesn't Urban Myth have a poster of Tebow on his wall also to remind him? B/c God knows Myth has a reminder of Tebow all over his face, lips, in his mouth and down his throat every day when he gets off his knees. He's worse than a 12 year old girl, fawning over some High School Musical idiot on a TigerBeat magazine.

All the Croc idiots on here wouldn't think twice about letting Tebow, Harvin, Spikes and the rest of the jackasses run a train on their sister while they stood there in awe, wondering when they could get an autograph after they were done.

2 National Championships in 102 years. Oh so impressive. A 9-4 season after winning a National Championship - congrats on being the 1st team to do that .... f*cking pathetic. You finally have a team that is worth anything and you still manage to come across as the mediocre program you're always known as the very next year. Now, you want to talk sh*t to a Miami bunch that was 5-7 last year and has 4 frosh QBs (the oldest being a RSFrosh) ... how tough you really are.

Manny-I look forward to your keys to the game.
I think the Canes should spread Florida out with 5 receivers and run/pass out of that set. Nix needs to show some real creativity this game. Marve's ability to run after a play breaks down is a huge factor.
On defense, it's blitz, blitz, blitz Tebow

We have nothing to lose and should play that way.

Manny,

Will the Hurricanes training staff bring an extra set of pants for starting QB Robert Marve?
We heard about him hanging Tim Tebow posters and pictures on his bedroom wall. I could imagine once he meets Tebow in person he is going to need his pants changed. Thanks!

Posted by: CokeCanes | August 31, 2008 at 05:51 PM

Why would Marve envy a person whose records he broke in high school?

let the trash talk begin and why not begin with DuvalCaneFan. First of all hit TEBOW in the mouth, second of all hit TEBOW in the mouth again, third of all hit HARVIN,B. JAMES and C. RAINEY in their mouth also. Especially since the ladder 3 are under sized. Now I don't want player to get injured (especially student athelets). but thats the #1 key to winning. rememenber the OKALAHOMA game in 86 maybe 87 where D.SILEO broke T.AIKMAN leg the first series of the game. It was game,set,match. I see similar comparisons if we hit TEBOW in the MOUTH.

Q: Manny: Your post-game blog said 16 true freshmen played; SMD said 18 in her article; the canes "final stats" listed 21 who played. The latter source also listed Ponder and Barney as having played. Who played and who did not? Posted by: UTAHCANE | August 31, 2008 at 05:27 PM

A: The post game report said Courtney Harris played to. He's out for the year. It was 18. At the time, UM's Sports Information Staff told us 16 on deadline. The next day, Susan and I started counting and it was 18. So, 18 is right.

Q: Manny...and AJ DID start according to Shandel at the SS. Can you confirm? Posted by: SOUP | August 31, 2008 at 05:38 PM

A: UM's Sports Information Staff reported that AJ didn't start and that Hankerson did. Both Shandel and Jorge Milian told me they saw AJ start. I trust those guys and reported exactly what was said in the press box.

Manny,

Will the Hurricanes training staff bring an extra set of pants for starting QB Robert Marve?
We heard about him hanging Tim Tebow posters and pictures on his bedroom wall. I could imagine once he meets Tebow in person he is going to need his pants changed. Thanks!

Posted by: CokeCanes | August 31, 2008 at 05:51 PM

CokeGaturd:
We've heard that you keep an anatomically correct blowup doll of Tebow in your closet and that you've put your mouth on the anatomically correct part so many times its down to a nub. Or maybe it was a nub to begin with. Screw you troll, we are coming to Canesville and we mean to own it!

Manny
Thanx for blogging with us. I love the Gameday thing, every time we play on Gameday, we WIN. Seriously folks this is a daunting task. It is not going to be easy, we need to play mistake free football to win.

Hankerson said that AJ started. That was an error.

Thanks Ryan! I have to talk to my buddy Rudy from ITU!

Navarro...

You know the definition of pandering? I would hope so ---> To cater to the lower tastes and desires of others or exploit their weaknesses.

When U say, "I hate to rip on the ACC anymore than it has already been ripped in the last 24 hours" -- U are pandering...

Oh yeah, you might think your just making a statement or being objective...but read the definition and think about how youre gonna write the next article about the CANES...don't be like Cote...I know you aint, but think about it.

Appreciate what you right...well, most of the time.

Can we win?
Will we win?
Are the Canes winners?
Ahhh, that's the question - isnt it ---

YES they are

...PLEASE dont get caught up in any 'I told you so' convos AFTER the gaytor game...please!?

SWEET CANES

If Hanna causes a reschedule, remember what happened to UCLA. I bet Meyer is thinking about that hard and WON'T reschedule for end of year with Miami. No way would he do that, with a bunch of experienced Miami squad instead of the freshly minted ones we have now.

Run up the score. Typical UF stunts to bully and recruit.

Go Canes! If we even hang to the 4th quarter with 18 Frosh against #5 Florida in the Swamp....yeah, that'll be great recruiting fodder for you there.

as of now the hurricoon is going to hit between N. Orleans and Houston.....what's with the talk about rescheduling....Fla may just have to miss a practice.....and F$U too.

Hanna is going to make landfall in N.C....are they nuts..Gators would love to play us healthy and with a full week of practice...but I say tough titties..

M.H. They are talking about Hannah, not Gustav.

I mentioned Hannah too...Hope you got my check, but if not tues. or Wed. Overnight mail, over here takes 3-4 days...if you know what I mean....

I'm picking Miami, in a late scoring drive..Our running game will open up some passing lanes...You man AJ will step up....RS held everyone back...Shields on Special teams, is genius...

Please everybody stop this is what happened last year before the OU game. I started drinking the kool aid and the Canes had a little life when Wright replaced Kirby in the 2nd and then Miami couldn't do anything in the 2nd half and OU showed the lack of Miami's depth and talent.

New year yes but please wait for the outcome before drinking from the well. Still I'm a diehard but am more a realist. I'd be thrilled for the Baby Canes (that's really what they are at this point) to just keep it close and build for the rest of the year and next.

Still I'm a diehard but am more a realist.

Posted by: rbleigh | August 31, 2008 at 11:20 PM
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Right on, rbleigh --- that should be a bumper sticker...

Watch the game in private...my recommendation.

When we win...still plenty of time to give sheeyat to all the Gahytor fans you know...ALL SEASON.

If we don't...you watched it in private...
either way - we got nothing to lose.

CANES, baaby

diehard "U" fan here, but i'm not riding their bandwagon on this game just yet, lets wait and see what happens, this could either be oklahoma game part 2 from last yr or this could be our redemption game! lets GO CANES!

Guys, Tropical Storm Randy blew through Miami Gardens last Thursday night. The Hurricane Warning went up for Gainesville and a Hurrican Watch for the rest of the country. We're about to see the largest Category 5 storm blow through this country and return to Miami on January 8th. The storm is brewing ... You can feel the anticipation ... Unleash the fury ... Tie down Corso and Herbstreit ... And for all those Gaytor lovers looking to dis the U, I guess after Saturday, we'll never see you again.

GO CANES!!

What if Randy Shannon, the other coaches, and the players had the same mind set that many of you have? If the team goes up there and just hopes to keep it close and respectable with no hope of winning, guess what will happen? That's right, they won't win or even be close. If you think you can't, you can't. If you think you can, you have a much better chance. Positive thinking is so powerful!

Go Canes, don't "just keep it close," go for it all and win the damn game!!!!!!!!!!!!

Chicago Cane-

I'm out west of Chicago a bit just south of Rockford. Where are you from?

Illinois-

I'm on the South side of Chicago, in Hyde Park. Any word on what the Chicago alum are doing this year? I haven't gotten emails.

CokeCane... you need to lay off the coke dude - leave the YeYo alone brother! It makes you say stupid things and exposes your both your ignorance and your true sexual feelings for Teebow..... try to post on the Gaytors blog, oh, I get it, most of the inbred rednecks that can read up there in Canesville ( about 10) do not have a computer in their double wides... I guess it is easy to be obsessed with the Canes after getting butt plugged for a quater century... I don't agree with your obessions CokeCane...but I can understand... just bend over next Saturday and take it like a man... Canes will shock the world.

Seriously guys the Canes offense on Saturday is going to be 70% run and when they pass its going to be all short quick routes, screens, and safe patterns. That is until they fall behind and have to throw on every down.

1st down RUN
2nd down RUN
3rd down RUN
4th down PUNT

Patrick Nix is brutal. Forget Marve crapping in his pants, Nix is going to need someone to cuddle with. Maybe he can bring Joe Rose along. That guy has been hyping this Canes team since the end of last year.

Is the public library closed today? Where did all the "Canes fans" go?

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