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Gameday blog: UM 20, UCF 14 (F)

I'm here at Dolphin Stadium to provide you with highlights as well as my thoughts from today's game against the University of Central Florida.

> Talk about a fitting song. At halftime, UM's band played Don't Stop Believing from Journey. Problem is this first half effort has a lot of people no longer believing things are heading in the right direction.
> I don't know about you, but I feel like I'm watching a replay of the 2007 season. UM is struggling against a bad team and can't move the football.
> Today's attendance: 40,011.

SECOND HALF...
> UCF's 1st drive:
The Knights catch a break when Matt Bosher's kickoff bounces out of bounds. But the Knights are unable to do much and are forced to punt. Allen Bailey picks up his second sack of the game on third down.
> UM's 1st drive: The Canes go 3-and-out.
> UCF's 2nd drive: Another UCF 3-and-out.
> UM's 2nd drive: Robert Marve picks up a first down when he finds Dedrick Epps for about a 15-yard gain down to the UM 38. But the drive ends when Robert Marve's third down pass to Travis Benjamin finishes a yard short of the first down marker.
> I've had some computer issues here in the third quarter. UM has the ball on its on 8 and is facing a 3rd and 7 when we come back in the fourth quarter.
> UM's 4th drive: Another UM drive fizzles and the Canes are forced to punt from deep in their own end zone. Joe Burnett fields a 42-yard punt and gets smacked down at the Canes 45. UCF takes over at its own 41 following a punt.
> UCF's 5th drive: The Knights change quarterbacks and Michael Greco slips down at his own 29-yard line for a loss of 12 yards. Brandon Harris then has a chance to pick off his first pass of his career and drops the INT at the UCF 42. The Canes then catch another break when a bad snap sails over the head of UCF's punter before he kicks out of the back of the end zone for a safety with 13:31 left to play. UM 12, UCF 7.
> Just got the stats for the end of the third quarter... UCF has a total of 66 yards total offense and no yards rushing. UM has 199 yards total offense and only 75 yards passing.
> UM's 5th drive: Jacory Harris gets back into the game with 13:24 left and UM at its own 41. But once again UM goes nowhere and Bosher comes in for a punt and UCF takes over at its own 19.
> UCF's 6th drive: UCF looks like its getting smart. Calabreese comes back in at quarterback and the Knights go the FSU offense, running the ball with the quarterback right down the middle of the field for a big 26-yard gain. But that's all that works. UCF is forced to punt and UM takes over at its own 17 with 9:26 to play.
> UM's 6th drive: Harris stays in at quarterback and delivers. Faced with a 3rd and 8 at the UM 19, he finds Laron Byrd for a 14-yard gain to the UM 33. Jacory nearly loses the ball a play later when UCF defenders runs right up the middle on the snap and knocks the ball free. Eventually, UM is forced to punt. That's when UM really catches the break it needs. Joe Burnett has the ball slip right through his hands and Sam Shields falls on the ball at the UCF 5.
> UM's 7th drive: One play later, Graig Cooper scores a touchdown with 5:21 left to make it 18-7. UM then goes for two and scores on a Harris run up the middle to make it 20-7. UM 20, UCF 7.
> UCF's 7th drive: UCF looks like it makes a huge mistake when it bobbles the ensuing kickoff and gets tackled deep inside its own territory. But the Canes make a huge mistake -- DeMarcus Van Dyke -- and are flagged for offsides. On the do-over, Joe Burnett makes up for his previous fumble on punt and returns the kickoff 91 yards for a touchdown with 4:57 to play. UM 20, UCF 14.
> UM's 8th drive:
The Canes start at their own 34 and go nowhere on first and second down. On third and 8, Harris gets sacked back at the UM 20 by Bruce Miller with 3:48 to play.
> UCF's 8th drive: Joe Burnett returns the punt to the UCF 41 and the Knights take over with 3:39 left. On first down, Calabrese scrambles for 9 yards to the 50. Linebacker Glenn Cook goes out with an injury on the play. Another Calabrese scramble then picks up a first down. On third and 6 two plays later, Calabrese gets knocked down by Brandon Harris at the UM 36. On fourth and 4, Calabrese tries to find Brian Watters over the middle, but the pass is batted down by Daryl Sharpton giving UM possession with 1:52 to play.
> UM's 9th drive: UM takes three knees and runs out the clock.

FIRST HALF...
> UM's 1st drive: Following an 18-yard return by Travis Benjamin, UM starts at it owns 24 yard line. Talk about a good start -- Graig Cooper takes the opening handoff and runs right up the middle for an 18-yard gain before free safety Jason Venson yanked him down. But that's the highlight of the drive. After two failed runs, Robert Marve gets intercepted by Sha'reff Rashard, giving UCF possesion at the UM 42.
> UCF's 1st drive: The Knights get great field position, but go a quick three-and-out. It gets worse for them when punter Blake Clingan gets off a 6-yard punt giving UM possession at the Canes 32.
> UM's 2nd drive: Freshman receiver Thearon Collier makes a tremendous play on a quick screen pass. After getting initially smacked at the line of scrimmage, he keeps his balance and picks up 12 yards. On the next play, Cooper runs right up the middle for 16 yards down to the UCF 40. Miami then faces a third and 7 at the UCF 37, Robert Marve scrambles out of bounds, but UM keeps the drive alive when linebacker Lawrence Young gets flagged for a personal foul penalty moving the ball to the UCF 22. Benjamin, the star of last week's loss to FSU, then catches his second TD pass of the season when he runs right past the UCF secondary and hauls in a 25-yard touchown pass from Marve. The drive: 8 plays, 68 yards, 2:55. UM 7, UCF 0.
> UCF's 2nd drive: Faced with a 3rd and 9 at his own 21, Rob Calabreese completes a 15-yard pass to Brian Watters for a first down. But three plays later and a few bad Calabreese passes later, UCF is forced to punt. That's when junior Richard Gordon makes the first big play of his career, splitting the UCF punt team to block a punt and give UM possession at the UCF 25.
> UM's 3rd drive: Miami gets great field position but settles for a 35-yard field goal from Matt Bosher with 5:35 left in the first quarter. UM 10, UCF 0.
> By the way, Chris Barney entered the game on that field goal attempt. Amazing. Shannon told us last Sunday Barney, who was injured in fall camp, was nowhere near close to playing.
> UCF's 3rd drive: Another quick three and out for the struggling UCF offense. Miami takes over at its own 25 following a 55-yard punt with 3:42 left.
> UM's 4th drive: Jacory Harris makes his first appearance in the first quarter of a game since his only start against Charleston Southern. Chris Rutledge stalls the drive when he gets called for a false start. The drive ends when Harris puts a pass on the money to Thearon Collier, but Collier drops it after taking a strong hit. Bosher then gets off a 15-yard punt, giving UCF the ball at the UM 43.
> UCF's 4th drive: Once again, UCF is turned away. The Knights take two shots deep downfield at Brandon Harris, but are unable to capitalize and punt the ball into the end zone.
> UM's 5th drive: Miami stalls once again and is forced to punt. UCF's Joe Burnett returns the ball 32 yards to the UM 31 and is saved from scoring a touchdown when Sam Shields catches him from behind on the final play of the first quarter.
> UCF's 5th drive: The Knights get great field position, but go three-and-out. Former Cane Daren Daly makes a 48-yard field goal. But it gets wiped off the board when UCF is flagged for illegal formation. UCF then elects to punt and the ball sails into the end zone, giving UM a first and 10 at its 20 with 14:31 left in the half.
> UM's 6th drive: Lee Chambers makes an appearance -- and impact. His first carry goes for five yards and his next carry goes for 25 after he breaks a couple tackles. But the drive fizzles thereafter. Marve tried a deep pass to Travis Benjamin, but it got batted away. He then scrambled on third and long, but got stopped five yards shy of the first down marker. Bosher then gets off his second bad punt of the game when he nets a 13-yard punt.
> UCF's 6th drive: Ugly, ugly football. UCF's offense appears to be the perfect remedy for this struggling UM defense. Another three-and-out for the Knights. The Canes end up losing yardage on the punt return when Thearon Collier goes backward and UM gets flagged for an illegal punt. UM takes over at its own 10 with 10:36 left in the half.
> UM's 7th drive: Graig Cooper comes back in and rushes twice for a first down. Miami moves to the 50 when Marve gets intercepted for the second time. Johnell Neal steps in front of a 15-yard pass intended to Travis Benjamin at the 38 and returns it 62 yards for a touchdown with 7:22 to play in the first half. UM 10, UCF 7.
> UM's 8th drive:
Following a short UCF kickoff to Ryan Hill, Miami takes over at its own 36. But the cautious Canes run the football three times and punt. Bosher gets off a nice 45-yard punt that gets no return when Shields smacks down Burnett at his own 17 with 5:15 left in the half.
> UCF's 7th drive: The Knights finally start moving the football and pick up a first down on a 15-yard completion from Calabrese to Kamar Aiken. UCF converts a fourth and one at the UM 46 to keep their drive alive. But on the next play, Daryl Sharpton comes in on a blitz and sacks Calabrese back at the UCF 47. The drive ends when Allen Bailey picks up a sack on third and long.
> UM's 9th drive: The Canes try to take advantage and get a score before the half. Instead, Marve gets picked for the third time today and the second by Sha'reef Rashad back at the UCF 33 with 27 seconds left. Is it Jacory time?
> UCF's 8th drive: The Knights only get two plays off before the half ends in ugly, pathetic fashion.

PREGAME...
Checking in from Dolphin Stadium an hour before the Canes try to get back on the winning side of things against the University of Central Florida. Today's game, scheduled for a 3:58 kickoff (delayed because of thunderstorms in the area), will be televised on ESPNU. I know most of you don't have ESPNU. I'll provide updates here on the blog drive by drive. But for a play-by-play, visit www.wqam.com for the radio broadcast.

A couple of early notes...
> It looks like we will definitely see more of the freshmen today. Travis Benjamin and Aldarius Johnson are listed as the starters at receiver with Laron Byrd and Davon Johnson as the primary backups.
> Brandon Harris is also still listed as a starter at corner with senior Bruce Johnson. Arthur Brown is listed as the backup at strongside linebacker behind Daryl Sharpton. I've heard to expect Arthur to see a lot of playing time today.

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FUKK FIU... UR COMMUTER UNIVERSITY IS A JOKE... IF U VITCHES ARNE'T SCARED TO PLAY THE U AGAIN, I'M SOOO LOOKING 4WARD TO BEATING U DOWN AGAIN... NOT ONLY IN FOOTBALL, BUT IN THE STANDS AND SCRAPPING...

HOW CAN THE WORST FOOTBALL TEAM IN D-1 TALK $HIT????

ITS HARDER TO GET IN TO MIAMI DADE THAN FIU... U VITCHES ARE A LAUGHING STOCK,,, A JOKE,,,


FUKK FIU!!!!

CANES ALL DAY!!!

Herbal Minded, interesting name.. are you on dope?

f''k you and your mother larrycokehead you f''king gator b''th

2 Freshman QB and lousy seniors and lots of freshmen. Things are going as expected. Another 7op10 recruiting class this year.
We need a better Offensive coach, We will be alot better next year

I'm not giving up on Marve by any means, but the sheer number of INT's he has thrown in the last 3 games is extremely alarming. You can't blame that on the rotation, some of it, yes you can blame on the WR's not fighting for the ball or the line not blocking as well as they should, but Marve needs to learn to look off of his receivers and go to a secondary receiver.

Herbal Minded, please dont post on here. learn how to speak english. you are embarrassing the canes community, and change the name

NYCFIUFan,

NO I'M NOT ON DOPE... BUT IF U HAD A BRAIN U'D KNOW WEED IS LESS HARMFUL AND LESS ADDICTIVE THEN ALCHOL & TOBACCO...

alwaysacane,
U CANT TELL ME WHAT TO DO... I'M PROBABLY THE TRUEST CANE ON HERE... GO ROOT FOR FIU, FRONT RUNNER

Green, watch the UF game, there are actually people in the stands! FIU doesn't pack their house BUT we have been playing football for 7 years. What is your excuse for the apathy?

alwaysacane,

WHO ARE U TO SPEAK FOR THE CANE COMMUNITY, MY ENGLISH IS JUST FINE. MY COMPANY DONATES TO THE UNIVERSITY, I'M A CEO, AND COLLEGE GRAD...

I'M SICK OF THESE FIU AND UF FANS POSTING ON THIS BLOG.

THIS IS A FREE COUNTRY, WE DO HAVE THE RIGHT TO FREE SPEECH????

U GET OFF THIS BLOG!!

I am so happy to hear that the majority of fans are finally understanding Shannon was the wrong choice from the get go. I have caught so much heat from many of you on this board for wanting Shannon out!

However I don't understand how everyone is turning against Marve but gave Randy Shannon a 17 game pass. Besides that it is only his sixth game as a college athlete, but he is a product of the coaching he receives. Randy is not doing his job.

I've said from day one, the reason for the switching of QB's is to keep Jacory happy. If he doesn't want to be a team player, get out!

I believe Special Teams are coached directly by Shannon and we all have seen what they've produced this year. The only highlight is Benjamin. However, the kicking and kick coverage are atrocious. Great job Mr. Shannon.

I know the Canes are not healthy but that's football, you have to play through it. The coaches have to prepare their kids to play and develop their talent, none of which is happening. I'm glad we won so we are not the doormat of Florida but this is embarrassing!

Auburn realized their coaching mistakes, it's time for the Hurricanes to do the same. These kids deserve to have someone to develop their talents and someone who can make adjustments, properly game plan and lead these kids to victory!

my earlier post b4 all the fiu fans started running their mouths!!


A WIN IS A WIN... D LOOKED GREAT... NIX MARVE, AND COMPANY WERE HORRIBLE... COOP LOOKED GOOD AS ALWAYS, O-LINE WAS INCONSISTENT, AND WHATS THE DEAL WITH BOSHER, HE LOOKS GREAT THEN LOOKS LIKE A BACKUP HIGHSCHOOLER...

GO CANES!!!!

Herbal, just for u I will log off this blog.

KURT,

Shannon is not the problem. The kicking game was atrocious but the special teams helped win the game.. again Nix called a bad game and Marve made 3 horrible reads and overthrew at least 5 balls...

NO COACH WILL GET FIRED MID SEASON. WHO DO U WANT TO REPLACE NIX? COACH HILL? STOUTLAND? NIX IS THE ONLY OPTION TILL THE OFFSEASON, HE'S DONE BAD BUT DON'T JUMP OFF THE BANDWAGON. LET HIM FINNISH OUT THE YEAR THAN MAKE A JUDGMENT...

Cooper had at least 8 runs for a loss

DOES ANY1 KNOW HOW MANY YARDS COOP RAN FOR?

Nate,

There's nothing to give up on at this point. Marve and Harris are in their first year of high level College Football. They are kids. Their receiving corps is a bunch of kids as well.

You made a comment earlier that Shannon is a great head coach, I am deferring judgement on Shannon until the middle of next season when half of his recruits will be upper classmen. But he has shown me absolutely nothing as a gameday coach thus far.

Miami came out with the win today great. I only watched the first half and it was uninspiring to say the least. Offense looked very sluggish. The season is now half way over and from here on out there should be some clues on whether the talent is developing. That was the biggest problem during the Coker years. The talent was there but never seemed to mature as a whole.

UCFrocks,
Dude your team (my alma mater) lost. They lost to USF as well. They were smoked by UTEP, get over yourself. The Knights have their own problems being up and down during the O'Leary years. You can have him. I hate the fact that the Knights in the Culpepper and ensuing years under Kruzcek seemed like an up and comer only to have USF lap them in the sport.

Russell
UCF alum 2004

Herbal Minded,

I am not asking to fire him mid-season. I am just stating he is not the Head Coach we need. I should be specific and say to give him his pink slip at the end of the year and to all of his coaching staff.

The Hurricanes need to stop hiring within the program and hire a true Head Coach, one who knows how to game plan and hire the proper staff to develop the young talented players we have.

I would personally like to see him step down and maybe continuing recruiting recruiting efforts but I don't think recruiting will be a problem to an experienced Head Coach.

Remember when Davis was here, He did not have the total amount of scholarships to offer prospected players. Instead Players like Santana Moss had to obtain a track scholarship in order to play.

Coker was another bad hiring decision. You cannot promote coordinators to a Head Coach position in college. Go to the NFL and hire assistants there like Schiano.

I feel for these Canes, it is not their fault they don't have the educated leaders to develop their talents. They deserve a real coaching staff!

Oh yeah almost forgot. If the Canes do make it into the Smurf Bowl in Boise, count me in. Looking forward to making the commute from Seattle. Shoot, I will not be looking forward to wearing multiple layers of clothing and a blanket to boot though.

Russell-
I don't think I ever said Shannon was a GREAT coach, but he may end up being that way. A GREAT recruiter he is though, and no one should give up on him yet. As for Marve and Harris, I wouldn't give up on either of them, as I think one/both of them are our future and will be great for the program. I'm just concerned with how many mistakes he's making, but again, he is a frosh, so there's a learning curve for sure.

And, no matter what bowl they make, and they will, I'll be there.

Ryan:

I agree with most of your comments on the game. The team was really uninspired today....that's all coaching, whatever they did this week in practice - terrible. A more physical team would've beaten the crap out of UM today.

A really bad effort this week...coaches, players...everyone.

Herbal what ever your name is, get you story streight.
First, if ucg the college that is affraid to play FIU or FAU.
Second, I know you are proud to attend Miami Dade Community College, but that only gives you an Associate degree.
Third, your beloved tropical depressions have the same record as FIU, but we are on top of our division, you guys are at the bottom.
Fourth, we don't have a any division 1AA teams in our schedule and the Sun Belt is as good as the ACC.
Fifth, UF will be the national champions, FIU will bo to a bowl in December, and you will be crying until August.
Sixth, Next year your recruiting class will be the last in the state, because all the Northwestern kids will wise up and will play for real coaches in front of real fans who actually attend the university that they represent.
Sevent, I don't care about you afternoon storm program, you guys are past history like the 72 dolphins. It is time to move on and get with the present and future, get an associate from MDCC and transfer to a public university to get a degree, then join the FIU or UF bandwagon and maybe USF and FAU because that is the future of college football in Florida do you notice that all those universities have Florida as part of their name.

Duhhhhh U is back baby! 3rd best team in the state and 3-3!!!

What more could we ask for? Please don't mention an ACC Title or a Bowl Game invitation.

SHANNON IS A HORRIBLE COACH, PLEASE DON'T FIRE HIM

How about reporting on Kirby's short list of Top 5 Candidates Duhhhh U can promote within after Randy's inevitable firing? Dare I say, we need at least a list of 10 potential coaches after the first 9 choices laugh at Kirby for even inquiring. Anwwhooo, here is my Top 10 coaches I think we should promote within to replace Mr. Please Don't Run Duhhhh Score Up On Us.

1) Katie Meier (Head Women's B-Ball Coach) She has more head coaching experience than Randy & maybe our opponents will be intimidated by her last name alone.

2) Lela Cannon (Head Women's Golf Coach) Maybe she can get us a mulligan with Bowl Selection Committee.

3) Boban Rankovic (Assistant Rowing Coach) Only beacuse his name ryhmes with Conan and we need a barbarian to motivate our 112th Ranked D.

4) Randy Ableman (Head Diving Coach) He's an expert in teaching our swim team to take dives, so he shoud fit right in with our 7-10 team under the "other Randy".

5) Jeff Thomsen (Assistant Women's Tennis Coach) Our football team already plays like they wear skirts, an easy transition.

6) Calvin Robinson (Track Associate Coach) He may be able to cure what ails the nation's slowest moving offense.

7) Tricia Taliaferro (Head Women's Soccer Coach) Our bandwagon fans may actually show up to watch a real game of futball.

8) Felix Hou (Assistant Volleyball Coach) Since we never can get to the endzone to celebrate TDs to begin with he can at least teach us how to spike the ball.

9) Stewart Cramer (Football Video Coordinator) We all know he has watched more game film than our entire coaching staff combined. Maybe he actually knows how to coach after watching what our opponents have done the past 4 years.

10) Danna Shila (Duhhhhh U Prez) At least we know she can't make any more mistakes than Randy has. And maybe, just maybe, she has enough leverage to get us into the ACC Title Game.

U GET WHAT U PAY FOR


Butch Davis' record at UM during his second year was 5-6. He turned out pretty good.

I am disturbed by the previous poster's in depth knowledge of UM athletics. That is impressive in depth knowledge. I thought I was a big fan of UM, but I got nothing on that guy.

Butch Davis' record in his second year was 9-3 in 1996. He was 5-6 in his 3rd year, 1997. People who really saw those games from 95-2000 will tell you Davis sucked as a coach. He recruited well, but he blew so many games with poor clock managment, play calling, etc. See VTech '96, 98', East Carolina '96, '99, WV '96, etc, etc.

yes please, hire me as the head coach because i can be hella better than shannon! . . . nottttt!!!! i'm actually a dumbshit who don't even know what i'm talking about, i have a target on my ass and i can't wait to get beat up when i come to the U games!!!!

i love getting drilled from behind by tim teablow!

You are correct E11523

I was at a lot of those games and we thought he was a great recruiter but a poor game day coach. The same was felt about Jimmy Johnson.

20 - 14 ... 51 - 21 finis

a oui is a oui

paraphrasing an earlier post: other schools don't make their people drive 30 minutes to a game.

Boo hoo. That's the extent of their loyalty to their team? If I can't get there in 15 minutes or less, I don't go? Here in Georgia people drive to Athens over an hour away in bumper to bumper traffic.

What a lame excuse for paltry attendance.

Offense is regressing...that O-line doesn't open any holes. Wake is gonna open up a can on us in a couple of weeks.

I've never seen such fair weather fans in my life. Actually I have because I've been a Hurricanes and Dolphins fan since the late 70's so I should be used to this.

In the Spring everyone was so jazzed up about winning the ACC and contending for a national title because Marve looked like a young Jim Kelly, Spence looked like Randy Shannon at lb, Fortson was a young Warren Sapp, Aldarius was Reggie Wayne, and Benjamin was Santana Moss.

These freshmen might end up being great, and personally I think they will. I see Allen Bailey learning how to be a Defensive End and becoming the 1st pick in the NFL draft a couple years from now. He'll be 300pounds of solid muscle running a 4.7 40, in other words a bigger, faster Mario Williams. Spence looks like Vilma. Benjamin like Hester except he can understand a playbook etc. Our young guys will be great, but not this year. This year they are freshmen.

Everyone says, "I see freshmen starting and excelling all over the country."

That is true, but rarely do you see freshmen, redshirt freshmen and sophomores as the backbone of a team and that team contending for a conference or national title.
You may see one freshman on a team play and be real good like Joe Mcknight or Noel Devine, but these impact freshmen didn't have to play with 20 others on the two deep roster.

When your best players are really kids playing against experienced grown men then I take the men everytime.

Unlike most I'm actually proud and happy with this team. No Doubt we will be fortunate to have a winning record this year but every game I see glimpses of what this team will be like next year and the years after that. The Canes are going to be dominent once our youth grows up and actually figures out what to do.

Shannon preps them well, but it all comes down to game action and in the games our youth shows. Dropped passes like crazy is not because of preparation but youth. Look at all those superstar college receivers going to the pros and not making an impact until a couple years later when they finally figure it out.
Remember Warren Sapp his first year in Tampa, everyone saying he was a bust.
Experience is paramount, without it you are just a great athlete running around against other great athletes who do know what you are doing and you look like what you are: a great athlete going solely on instinct against other great athletes who know each other's nuances and work as a team.

We are going to be fine. Look for the gold amongst all the dirt. Watch Benjamin and imagine how much better he will be 2 years from now.
I see Marve now and see only raw talent and the talent is superb, wait until the experience and knowledge catches up.
Fortson, Spence, Johnson, Bailey, Regis, Arthur Brown, Brandon "Toast" Harris, Ramon Buchanon all have the talent to be 1st round NFL draft picks.

Every Sunday I see young NFL quarterbacks who look horrible. Seems like they just forgot how great they were in college, but it really is that when you step up a level in competition you have to stop relying solely on talent, but increase your knowledge so that your talent will shine, and usually it takes a couple years for that to happen then the game slows down, knowledge is there and talent becomes obvious.

As for Nix, he's just fine. Has a great offensive mind. Imagine how frustrating it must be for he and Shannon working with these kids, preparing them only to see them make crucial mistakes, like dropped passes, forced passes, missed blocks etc.
I went to UM and I went to UF and was in the end zone when Nix lead Auburn to a last second win in the Swamp. It was the last Gator game I went to because I cheered against Florida with all the heart of a true Cane fan and got into a fight in the end zone. Then the next week got into a fight at The Purple Porpoise cheering against the Gators.

Guys, I remember when Bernie made his first start and we lost to the Gators. The only difference is nobody even mentioned National Championship. Hell we were happy to go to the Peach Bowl because it wasn't but 6-7 years earlier that the school was seriously considering dropping football but Howard came in and made a great team out of cast offs.
Bernie couldn't throw the ball 40 yards into a breeze with a 10 yard run up but he had a 10 year vet's knowledge while he was 19 years old. Reggie Sutton looked like he weighed 100lbs when he came up and knocked Mike Rozier out of the National Title game. It sure was talent but it was experience, belief and heart.

Right now we have as much if not more talent than any team in college football, but that talent doesn't do any good if it drops passes, misses assignments, throws passes into triple coverage, or overruns plays on defenses.

2 years from now all these naysayers will be crowing about how great we are, I just wish they could see the greatness that is lying beneath the surface now waiting to explode.

TO THE IDIOT POSTING AS "HERBAL MINDED"

Miami backed out of the opener against North Texas to schedule the powerhouse known as Charleston Southern, all the while FIU tried like HELL to replace North Texas and the U ran like little pansies !! So quit talking smack and get your facts right. BTW - UTEP smoked UCF and Miami could barely score.....dude are U serious, get your heads out of the clouds and realize what Miami is right now. A BAD FOOTBALL team because they underachieve.

It's a shame what's going on in Coral Gables. For the balanced and informed loyal CANEs fans out there, keep ya head up and hopefully things get better for ya.

For those who continue to live in the past and can't accept the fact that FIU, FAU and UCF field competitive teams....PUT down the PIPE and join the rest of us in reality !!!

Ahhh. I love football season. I love the passion.
Listen up, this team may get better with age but the days of domination are over.
It goes beyond Randy Shannon and Patrick Nix. It goes all the way to Donna Shalala.
We could have hired one of many good head coaches out there (Mike Leach, Texas Tech) but noooooo...The current administration isn't willing to spend the money so we get...well...Randy Shannon.
This team won't win anything as long as he is the head coach. He needs to go back upstairs and let a guy with a proven track record coach. This however, will not happen as long as Donna Shalala is watching the budget.

Unranked in over 2 Years, Currently 3-3, Third Best Team in the State (FIU, FAU & USF have a very valid argument), 4th Choice Coach, and another Bowl Ineligible Season underway.

- we are a young team

- we have an inexperienced QB who we were dumb enough to believe in based upon his preason play against the 112th ranked D in the nation

- it obviously wasn't the DC we fired, so it must be the OC

- we now play in a conference with teams ranked in the Top 25, albeit only 1 or 2, it's a lot tougher than playing in the Big Easy

- maybe if Randy could of, Nix should not have, Young may want to....... does it ever end?

IT'S ALL ABOUT EXCUSE U!!!
AND WE'RE DAMN GOOD AT IT!!!

Miami backed out of the opener against North Texas to schedule the powerhouse known as Charleston Southern
So quit talking smack and get your facts right

Posted by: FIUBlueandGold | October 12, 2008 at 12:05 PM
get your facts straight ...
north texas canceled b/c Lsu promised a lucrative payday ...

BACKWARDS

all the while FIU tried like HELL to replace North Texas and the U ran like little pansies

Posted by: FIUBlueandGold | October 12, 2008 at 12:05 PM
don't call us, we'll call you ...

DISCONNECTED

BTW - UTEP smoked UCF and Miami could barely score
Miami is right now. A BAD FOOTBALL team

Posted by: FIUBlueandGold | October 12, 2008 at 12:05 PM
on any given saturday ...

COCKEYED LOGIC

For those who continue to live in the past and can't accept the fact that FIU, FAU and UCF field competitive teams....PUT down the PIPE and join the rest of us in reality !!!

Posted by: FIUBlueandGold | October 12, 2008 at 12:05 PM
not out peer ...

BENEATH U

Nice to see Shields come out and have a strong game.


Nix's playcalling gets worse each week.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aJuaZKBABO0


Hey Morons! We have 17 players out with injuries. 4 done for the year. Most upper classmen. Garantee that if Javaris james doesn't go out against Florida in the first quater we beat them and if McCarthy who killed FSU last year would of played against them this year we wouldnlt have let their quaterback run all over us. We have to many players out and were replacing them with 18 year old true freshmen. If you don't think that next year we're going to go to chapell hill and tallahassee and destroy both of them than you don't know crap about college football. Let our kids get playing time and enjoy their freshman and jv year. They'll be in Varsity next year and they will be dominant.

tro, your an idiot living in somewhereland. these same canes next year will be bowless again. there is NO growth whatsoever as a team. the defense did a great job of stopping an offense thats actually worse than ours. next year the blame will be on the new freshman and this will continue through shannons career. hopefully a short one. miami will be lucky to win any more games. if ucf, and fsu had not had punting problems, fsu was a blowout, and ucf would have won.FIRE SHANNON

wayne, its great to optimistic, but the reality is there is no growth whatsoever with any phase of the game. no-one expects to be no. 1, but they and myself expect to see these guys getting somewhat better at something. show me one phase of this game that the team has grown. it gets worse each week. there is no imagination for the speed and talent on the offense. its the SAME play calling that weve seen since dorsey left. its predictable, each play. if UM waits the 5-8 years for these coaches to make progress, there will be NO fan base left at all. including you, no-one wants to spend the money to watch and get frustrated every week. its just the truth. i will always be a fan, but the investment into a losing team in these times is not practical.i believe if anyone saw SOME growth somewhere, they would be more patient. good coaches find a way to use what they have, not what they think they should have. marve will graduate before shannon can make this team even mediocre. when you take an inside coach from a mediocre team and put him in charge you get what you have now. no sign of hope.

FIUBlueandGold

REMEMBER THE NAME HERBAL MINDED!!!!

FIU IS COMPETITIVE... LMAO.... WHAT WAS THE SCORE WHEN WE BEAT U DOWN TWICE????

EVEN AT OUR CURRENT STATUS TEAMS DONT WANT TO PLAY THE U, THATS Y WE GOT CSU.. PLUSS IT WAS ON SHORT TERM NOTICE...

BY THE WAY... I DONT SMOKE WEED!!! BUT WEED SHOULD BE LEGAL...

23 - 9 was not a beat down fool !!!

However 48 - 0, at the hands of UVA ?? now that's just silly. On second thought, keep your head in the clouds, because you obviously can't handle reality.

Somewhere...Mike Irvin must be soooo Proud !!

i cant believe all this hate for our coach and this team as good as weve had it for the past 30 years we have owned this state not to mention the championships or look at all the hurricanes playing on sunday everyone should stop being so spoiled and give randy a chance this guy bleeds orange and green he will do whats best for the canes and he turns this thing around all the bashers will be the first to talk great about him have been season ticket holder since 1990 and will continue my 4 hour drive to that seat and back my CANES so i can be part of more championsips LOVE MY CANES GO RANDY

one more comment for all the people bitching why dont you go on your computer and order tickets instead of bitching about your coaches and lets fill the stands GO CANES

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