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Canes turn focus to UNC, ACC

There is no feel-good, Texas A&M hangover. University of Miami coach Randy Shannon and his players met with the media Tuesday following their impressive win against the Aggies. And despite a few feel good moments -- like quarterback Robert Marve saying he spent 10 minutes smiling after his first career touchdown pass -- most of the talk was about moving forward.

Glenn_cookUM linebacker Glenn Cook, who was awarded Defensive Line Player of the Week honors by the ACC (the ACC doesn't give out an award for linebackers), said the Canes aren't thinking at all about former Canes coach Butch Davis. The Canes are more preoccupied with getting past the Tar Heels, who have gotten the better of the Canes for the most part since UM moved into the ACC.

"North Carolina has been an issue with us. They've played us real hard," linebacker Glenn Cook said. "I wouldn't call it redemption. I'd call it setting the tone for the ACC, the rest of the year."

With my chat set to begin right now (YOU CAN CLICK ON THE LINK TO LEFT), here is a bare bones notebook about what else was talked about Tuesday. I'll come back at you later tonight with more. Feel free to also check out our UM audio section. I'm uploading my interviews from this afternoon as the day progresses.

> Running back Javarris James is meeting with doctors Tuesday and is expected to be placed in a walking boot soon. Coach Randy Shannon estimated it probably would be at least another three weeks of rehab for James, who has to get back into playing shape with his ankle.

> Safety Randy Phillips will be out at least six weeks -- if not longer -- after having surgery Monday in what is believed to be a knee injury. Shannon said Phillips was hurt on the first play of the game and kept playing on it because "he thought it was just a nick."

> Defensive tackle Marcus Forston's shoulder is simply sore. Shannon didn't say if he thought Forston, who left the Texas A&M game in the second half, would miss any time.

> Running back Graig Cooper had a big day against A&M, rushing for a career high 128 yards and two touchdowns. But Shannon said Coop played too much. Shannon estimated Coop had 40 plays and wants to trim it down by 10. "It's for the long haul," Shannon said.

Butch_davis_randy_shannon> Shannon started his press conference by saying he has nothing but respect for former Canes coach Butch Davis saying "he's always been good to me." It's no secret that last year Davis was telling recruits during UM's 5-7 season Shannon wouldn't last very long at UM. When asked a hypothetical question to test his feelings about when an opposing coach uses such a tactic in recruiting, Shannon simply said "I don't worry about that. I don't worry about what other guys say. I worry about the University of Miami." Maybe, its water under the bridge between two friends. Or, maybe, Shannon learned a little bit about staying away from a war of words after what happened with Florida coach Urban Meyer a couple weeks ago.

Brandon_tate> As for the Tar Heels, Shannon said the biggest challenge is going up against "a very big, physical" defensive line. Shannon also praised the play of Carolina's receivers, including "No. 87" -- senior Brandon Tate, who leads the nation in all-purpose yards and is second in punt returns (28.2 avg). Last year, Tate lit UM up with a 54-yard touchdown run. Carolina, much like when Davis was running the show at UM, lives off the big play. The Tar Heels have produced 8 runs of 15 yards or more and nine passes of 20 yards or more.

> Shannon said it would make no difference this week who starts for Carolina at quarterback in place of the injured T.J. Yates. Carolina can go with either redshirt freshman Mike Paulus (the younger brother of Duke point guard Greg Paulus) or Cameron Sexton. Paulus struggled mightily against Virginia Tech when he came in for Yates, throwing two interceptions as Carolina blew a 17-3 lead. Sexton has five career starts, but played in just one game last year.

> Backup quarterback Jacory Harris had plenty of interesting things to say when he stepped up to the podium today. I'll have more of what he talked about -- especially how he's adjusting to the backup role -- later.

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Manny...your 401K just went down, another $10,000.00

LOL... Funny Petersan

Common Manny... what did the Jac have to say?

I love Butch...he's should get a nice ovation from the crowd on Saturday. Randy Shannon shouldn't take it personal, Butch is just recruiting and doing what he has to do.

I like the 'set the tone for the ACC' quote.

I think Butch did a fantastic job at UM after long years of probation... He is responsible for the creation of the best college football team ever (2001) but unfortunately he left for the NFL
otherwise we could have won another NC in 2002 and may be a couple more...Coker can thank Butch
for the 2001 NC...

Butch Davis deserves a nice ovation from UM fans
this Saturday!

Not so sure about an Ovation but he doesn't deserve to get booed out of the stadium.

It certainly does seem like RS has learned not to make things seem personal when it comes to the war of words and how the media can trick you into saying things you shouldn't.

I'm glad that Randy Phillips won't play bcuz he is a weak link in the secondary along with DVD! I feel bad because of the injury though.

Last but not least recruiting is a dog eat dog business and all is fair. Some play it straight and some don't (Urban "Oscar" Meier Weenie).

Hi Nation,
any word on any OL recruits considering Miami ? It's good to see that we are still in the mix for Lowery out of Columbus. We got the Booker T- West game up here in the northeast. I like # 2 for Booker T. I think he is a junior ? Are the Canes on his radar ? Thanks

I hope those UNC thugs don't get tar all over our field!

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Great job Manny, always look forward to your blogs. luv Butch man. I know he is the head ball coach at UNC but he will always be a CANE. That being said we got to go out dominate UNC, they have been a thorn in our side lately and sat the tone for the rest of the ACC.

BertDawg,
I beleive you are referring to Eduardo Clements from BTW. I know he is looking into different schools, but I don’t think anyone has made him an offer yet. I don’t think he is on Miami’s radar at this time.

manny,

how important is this game for the future of the program? for winning an ACC title? For building on last week?

I am not sure if we should give Butch a standing O when he comes back. Do you people remember how mad you were when he left us high and dry. I was a student at UM when it happened and I remember when he sat there and said he would not go to the NFL and he had not been in talks with the Browns, and then he turns around and signs with the Browns just a couple of weeks before signing day. We had to find a replacement on short notice so we went with Larry, and had to scramble to convince recruits not to jump ship. He did not show UM any love when he left and he is not showing UM love by dirty recruiting, so why should we show him love when he comes back to south Florida to try to beat us?

He was offered not only the Head coaching job of an NFL team but I'm pretty sure they gave him control over personnel/general manager duties. That is rare and unbelievable control in the highest level of football. He would have been crazy to turn it down. You can't hate on him for taking such an amazing opportunity and a tremendous pay raise.

My Butch wounds have healed, so have the Dennis Erickson ones. The Larry Coker ones are still a little fresh though.

Canes02:

DVD has great speed, I've been wondering what his deal is. The Urban thing also....don't know whats up with this kid.

I don't hate on him for taking the job, I agree it was a great opportunity. What I am upset about with the way that he left. It was the fact that he lied about his contact and interrest in the job (the same reason Dolphin fans hate Nick) and that he left right before signing day. I remeber quite a number of recruits defected, Larry was able to talk a couple into comming back, but not all of them.

Yeah, Butch didn't handle his exit from Miami very well...agreed.

I want to see us beat UNC pretty bad. This team has been a pain in our @ss for since we've been in the ACC.

B Man and Bert Dawg
Miami Coaches are aware of Clements from last years explosive efforts during the playoffs... and I'm sure they have talked to him at least once... but he's only a junior and there is a lot of football to be played in between now and January 2010, for early enrollment... Look for activity in the summer of 09

Correction on Clements... activity in January of 09 and if we sign him in Summer of 09.
JMO


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Yep he is ranked 12th atm all vote and maybe we will finally get a bit of good publicity.

Butch didn't make me happy the way he left either, but there are 7 lockers in the Locker Room Renovation Project paid for by Butch Davis and his wife in memory of Shane Curry, Chris Campbell,Marlin Barnes,Robert Woodus,Derwin Jones,Jerome Brown, and a "friend of the U".

That makes him part of the family and gets him a pass on this one mistake. I won't be applauding, but I'm not booing either.

Uh, how about F Butch Davis. You think he is still a cane after capitilizing on Shannons growing pains, even though he himself went through the EXACT same thing in his first season. Not so much. He is a simple opportunist, one that could recruit but couldnt win the big one on any level. He got his (Curse) handed to him plenty of occasions does anyone remember Syracuse? Butch is a (Curse) for attempting to gain ground for the garbage Baby Blues while smearing Shannon I cant wait for his P*ssy ass to toss that visor when we force-feed him the business end of a hurricane. PS if any former coach deserves a standing O from the U it would only be JJ. Even a hurricane couldnt disrupt that hairdo.

Uh, how about F Butch Davis. You think he is still a cane after capitilizing on Shannons growing pains, even though he himself went through the EXACT same thing in his first season. Not so much. He is a simple opportunist, one that could recruit but couldnt win the big one on any level. He got his (Curse) handed to him plenty of occasions does anyone remember Syracuse? Butch is a (Curse) for attempting to gain ground for the garbage Baby Blues while smearing Shannon I cant wait for his P*ssy ass to toss that visor when we force-feed him the business end of a hurricane. PS if any former coach deserves a standing O from the U it would only be JJ. Even a hurricane couldnt disrupt that hairdo.

Q: Miami Coaches are aware of Clements from last years explosive efforts during the playoffs... and I'm sure they have talked to him at least once... but he's only a junior and there is a lot of football to be played in between now and January 2010, for early enrollment... Look for activity in the summer of 09. Posted by: Cat5 Cane | September 24, 2008 at 08:01 AM

A: I've spoken to Clements plenty in the past six months. He loves FSU right now. That's been his dream school from Day 1. And he knows Bryce Brown is coming to town this year. The advantage the Canes have is that three of his best friends -- Brandon Harris, Davon Johnson and Thearon Collier -- and his former coach Tim Ice Harris have an entire year to stay in his ear. Same with Miami Central QB Jeffrey Godfrey, who has his former coach at Edison in Corey Bell at Miami. I consider both of those guys the No. 1 and No. 2 recruits in Miami-Dade in 2010 and the top targets of the Canes locally a year from now. Columbus running back Jakhari Gore is also a lock to be a Cane in my opinion.

Q: manny, how important is this game for the future of the program? for winning an ACC title? For building on last week? Posted by: jtime | September 23, 2008 at 08:45 PM

A: Every game from here on out builds on top of one another. I think before the season if you told Canes fans UM would go 7-5 or 8-4 and make a bowl they would see this season as a success as progress. But with the shape the ACC is in right now -- ripe for the taking -- Canes fans want to see UM contend for the conference title. And they have every right to have those expectations. These young guys are ahead of schedule in my opinion in terms of development. This game is important for UM. But after each win, the next win will become the next most important.

Thanks Cat5, BMan, and Manny for the info. As for Coach Davis, what coach out there is not an opportunist? Don't you(MRMIA)think Coach Schenllenberger and Coach Cristobal do the same thing for their schools against Miami? As loyal as WE are to the U, They have a loyalty to some degree but that's how they make their money. Coach Davis did great things with Miami and what would you do if the Pros came calling you ? (unlike a former dolphins coach you fill it in) so I'm cool with it.

Bertcat/ Absolutely not. Schellenberger has never said anything negative about Mia and neither has Cristobal simply to get recruits, and for good reason. You should read the entry more carefully. "Simple opportunist." Butch is not in the mold of JJ, Or Schnelly for that matter. They were coaches who wanted to see their programs succeed because they loved the U. Butch wanted them to succeed so he could climb the ladder. Butch was, is, will be a P*ssy who could recruit. He knew what he was doing when he signed with NC. He couldve signed with any other school, including Miami, and decided to go with a school that plays Mia every year, in the same conference, in the same division. Please tell me another U HC that did that. My point is that he is garbage for saying that about Shannon, especially, when his first year was just as bad. You can say whatever you want about JJ, but you will never say he didnt win, that is reserved for Butch the recruiter.

I hate the way Butch left too, but you can't fault him for taking the money and leaving. Thats Butch's MO, you can't hate him for being what he is...we loved him when he was here.

I think he didn't come back because he feared he wouldn't be able to duplicate his success here. At UNC he is comfortable....we would've gone crazy on him last year.

I don't think he came to the ACC to play us...I wouldn't want to play us every year.

THANKS BUTCH DAVIS BUT WE NEED TO PUMBLE HIM AND HIS TEAM.

I AM ALSO GLAD SHIANO IS LOSING AT RUTGERS.

BUTCH NEEDS TO GET TROUNCED BECAUSE I KNOW HE TALKS TRASH TO RECRUITS ABOUT THE "U".

AND SHIANO NEEDS TO GET TROUNCED BECAUSE HE ACTUALLY THOUGHT HE WAS GOING TO BE SUCCESSFUL AT RUTGERS BY TURNING DOWN MIAMI. RIGHT NOW HE IS GETTING A REAL TASTE OF RUTGERS REALLY IS NOT THAT FLUKE THEY WERE.

good point on schiano his team is imploding right now . Think he's second guessing his choice now? Im glad he didnt come here He didnt have a very good gaMEPLAn for UNC Hopefully Shannon will do alot better this weekend.
Unc losin Qb Yates will be a big factor in the outcome if he cant go.

'Canes might go on a long winning steak

BUTCHY DOES NOT DESERVE ANY APPLAUSE, HE PULLED THE NICK SABAN B4 NICK SABAN..

DOMINATION THIS SATURDAY AT NOON... NOTHING LESS..

BESIDES SHIANO IS JUST WAITING FOR THE PENN STATE JOB TO OPEN UP SO HE CAN BOLT OUT OF RUTGERS.

I've been saying that about Schiano for the longest. He thought he had something really special at Rutgers but it was his running back who made the team. Also he is no longer getting any quality recruits from South Florida no matter how big his BILLBOARDS are down there. I'll give him credit on staying loyal to Rutgers but to shrug UM off without consideration .....NOT A GOOD MOVE TECHNICALLY!!!

Schnellenberger and Cristobal have never said anything bad about the U? How do you know? Did you sit with them at every home visit and phone call? Its recruting, people say things they shouldn't. Its part of the recruit game, unfortunately. Butch built up the program when it was way down and should get a little more respect than to say F-him. Thats why coaches and players don't give a crap about fans, cause as soon as you leave it all turns. Just remember the good things he did and move on.

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