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Sunday notebook

The Miami Hurricanes are ranked for the first time in two years and control their own path to the ACC title game. But if you ask them, they don't really care.

Sunday, after the team began preparing for another Thursday night primetime game, coach Randy Shannon and his players didn't exhibit a lot of excitement over their newest rewards created by their current five-game winning streak. It seems they've got their eyes on the bigger prize.

Randy_shannon2_2"It really doesn't matter," Shannon said when asked what it means for his team to be ranked 23rd in the country by AP, the first time Miami has been ranked since it lost at Louisville Sept. 15, 2006. "The only thing that matters to us is we have an opponent on the road that's playing very well, which is Georgia Tech. That's the only thing that matters to us right now."

What about the fact you can win your way into the big game in Tampa now and that you don't need to worry about what happens anymore with North Carolina? "We don't think about it," Shannon said. "Not at all. We're just worrying about Georgia Tech."

For what's it worth, Javarris James and Xavier Shannon said said they had no idea the team was ranked when asked about it after practice. "Everyone outside of the University of Miami is all hyped about it, but we're not going to change anything," Xavier Shannon said. "Why would we?"

Truth is, no matter what they say, the Canes are definitely excited to be in front of the steering wheel and no longer sitting in the back seat of a conference many thought they would come in and dominate right away. And the truth is, UM could have everything locked up for a trip to Tampa by Saturday (at least we think). Today, Associated Press writer Tim Reynolds and I began trying to figure out if the Canes could clinch the Coastal Division title by this weekend. And it appears they can.

What HAS to happen? UM needs to beat Coastal Division rival Georgia Tech first, and then have either two scenarios play out. One, North Carolina loses at home to N.C. State. Or, if Carolina wins, Virginia Tech and Virginia both win their home games against Duke and Clemson. How does that get UM in? It's complicated. But, basically Miami would own all the tiebreakers needed regardless of what happens a week later. UM owns the head-to-head tiebreaker with Virginia Tech and Virginia, and in a three-way tie (best record among teams tied in the Coastal Division would be used as the tiebreaker) Miami would own that with a 4-1 in-division record. We tried explaining the scenario to Randy Shannon after practice and he didn't care. He took off his hat and said "You can get these [pointing to two gray hairs on his head] if you worry about that," he said.

JavarrisjamesBut you know his players are excited. James said he received text messages from teammates who were watching the North Carolina-Maryland game while he was driving home to Immokalee this weekend. James admitted practice had more of a spark Sunday. "From here on out, we can control our own destiny," James said. "I think its definitely put more of a spark into us. Guys were talking about how they're ready to practice, ready to work. We know what we got to do now."

And it starts with beat Georgia Tech. Believe me, you don't want to know the other scenario if Miami loses to the Yellow Jackets.

> The best news from Sunday appears to be that left tackle Jason Fox is expected to return to the lineup Thursday night. Fox had his 22-game starting streak snapped when a right ankle injury forced him out against the Hokies. But he returned to practice Sunday with his right ankle heavily taped. Shannon said Fox will play.

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> Receiver, speedster and return man Travis Benjamin is a different story. "We don't know about him yet, but he moved around pretty well," Shannon said.

> Quarterback Robert Marve had some extra drills to do after practice for some apparent fumble issues in practice. He was doing rolly-pollys and came off the field with some grass in his hair.

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booya canes roll this thursday I will be at Bobby Dodd Stadum screaming my friggin head off and representing to the max!

Canes 4 Life

Come on CANES!! Just bought some tickets to the ACC Championship game. Lets win these last two and make to the ship!!

Day by day, Game by game, week by week... Keep up the hard work Canes..

For the true believer in S. Florida, 2010 will be amazing when the Dolphins, Heats, and Canes complete their return to dominance (no offense to Marlins and Panthers). Let's take roll.

Great work Manny! The Canes need to get in as much practice as possible, that triple option game will be tough to stop.
Jason Fox coming back will be huge for the offense, but Benjamin is needed almost as bad. His value on special teams in unequaled and he continues to grow as a big-play receiver.
Canes need to work like crazy on the practice field and forget about those polls. This is not the time to sit back and look at our achievements, they need to be ready for battle.

Congratultions CANES for being ranked in the top 25!!! Let's not lose focus and get the big head but remember winning the ACC is oUr primary goal. Keep chopping wood young CANES we still got a lot of work to do. GT and the triple option will be tuff as well as the NC State game. Stay focused cause good things sre ahead.

This is for all the CANES fan in the Miami area. Please go out and support the Canes. Pack Dolphin Stadium and the Basketball arena. They need oUr support to create the 12th man. I wish I was down there I would have 4 season tickets for both the Football and Basketball teams. I know that times are tough and the economy is bad but these are special times for the U. The start of dynasty for both the Football and Basketball team. SUPPORT THE U!!!

Manny, what will it take for Us to build a 60,000 seat on campus Football Stadium?? I got a stack to get the ball rolling.

Good stuff Manny.

Q: Which UM WR leads the team in catches, yards and TDs?

Q: U going to the Paradise Jam to cover Canes basketball?

JJ is the missing link to finishing off this season right.

Fox is also a big player in that scenario.

The beautiful thing is you never know who is going to step up big game to game. There is no longer a "go to guy" to bail you out. They are all turning into that guy.

GO CANEZ!!!!!

JJ is the missing link to finishing off this season right.

Fox is also a big player in that scenario.

The beautiful thing is you never know who is going to step up big game to game. There is no longer a "go to guy" to bail you out. They are all turning into that guy.

GO CANEZ!!!!!

great job manny. these young canes are up and practicing and not thinking about anything in the outside thats what i like stay focused on the main prize forget everything else. i also like the way R. Marve is forced to stay after practice and work extra for his mistakes, as a former football player that only makes you better because u dont want to stay after practice ova and ova again for the same mistake. the more pumped u get 2 practice hard the better your performance will get bcause ur just having fun out there.

great job CANES
keep it up

Congradulations to Coach Shannon and the Canes for getting back in the top 25. I love the demeanor Shannon has about it though and he is right it doesn't mean anything unless we keep winning. Great job on keeping our Canes Focused. Plus I like the fact that Shannon doesn't have favorites on this team. That helps keep everyone focused and realize nobody is above staying after practice for mistakes.
One more thing remind Nix that when inside the 10 to 5 yard lines with 1st and goal run Baby J out of the I formation with the big wideouts to thow fades to in the event of playaction passes.

GREAT JOB CANES NOW GO OUT AND STUFF THE JACKETS

For the true believer in S. Florida, 2010 will be amazing when the Dolphins, Heats, and Canes complete their return to dominance (no offense to Marlins and Panthers). Let's take roll.

Posted by: Cane88 | November 16, 2008 at 08:33 PM

88, a sad truth is of those teams you mentioned the Marlins are probably the most likely to win a championship (if they keep that SP together and healthy)

J James, please be careful texting and driving. It is very dangerous and all of us Cane fans know how dangerous just driving alone can be w/o any extra factors involved ie Jerome Brown, Chris Campbell, Al Blades, McCarthy, Marve and McKenzie.

I apologize for bringing up tragedies of the past but like many Cane fans I'd hate to see history repeat itself.

Stay safe Canes,

I'm glad the coaches are addressing those fumbles. The defense needs to be very discipline against GT. If we can win the battle in the first and second down, Miami will have a good chance of winning this game. Special teams need to play a big part in this game also. I think field position will be a plus for Miami. Let's finish this season going to a BCS bowl game.

ye.. inside the ten i wuldnt mind pounding jj 3, 4 times. Wat ya think manny?

I have had my tickets for the GT game since the beginning of the year. I made the trip down to Miami for the Wake game and wasn't disappointed. I can't wait for Thursday night. I will be sitting with a bunch of Miami fans and one GT fan. I can't wait I am stoked. So far it looks like Thursday night will be perfect weather for November football. I suggest anyone making the trip to dress for cold weather.

The ACC is a joke. A bunch of mediocore teams playing mediocore football.

Posted by: gaturd agent provocateur | November 16, 2008 at 05:51 PM

The ACC is weak?
1. Miami gave Florida, probably the best team in college football, all they wanted for 3 quarters with a ton of freahman
2. BC and UNC beat Notre Dame
VT goes to Nebraska and wins
3. Maryland beats Cal
4. Miami goes to Texas A&M and wins
5. Wake goes to Baylor and wins
6. Wake beats Ole Miss.
7. UNC beats Rutgers
8. GT kills Miss state
9. FSU beats Colorado
9. UNC beats UCONN
There are still games between Clemson and South Carolina, GT and UGA, Florida and FSU, and Wake and Vandy. If the Big 12 and SEC had records like the ACC this year all the experts would say "ah, there just beating each other up." The ACC does it and the say its weak, no clear cut team. This double standard just doesn't hold water with me.

Posted by: HE HATE ME | November 16, 2008 at 11:22 AM

let me add duke over gloria vanderbilt to your thorough list ...

COCKEYED

http://www.zagsblog.com/2008/11/16/scott-to-announce-on-snytv/#more-7109

Durand Scott will make his college announcement during a press conference Wednesday live at the SNY studio in Manhattan.
-- adam zagoria

DURAND DURAND

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TZmvwJIcE9g

Durand Scott will choose between Pitt and Miami and I think he goes with Miami. Miami may also get PG John Wall which would explain the other point guard (Lisando Ruiz) who was expected to sign, never did.
If the Canes land those two recruits this would be a top 10 class.
Canes Basketball is on the rise.

Wow, nice to see all the enthusiasm back, I was sick and tired of reading the bashing of our team.
Keep the faith, even in the rough times.
Trust in Shannon.

GO CANES!!!!!!!

I am so glad to see all of U "CANES FANS" that were bashing oUr team jUst a few weeks ago now on the bandwagon and saying how great things are. I told all of U that this is exactly what U woUld do and U have proved me correct. Please please be a CANE fan for life and not jUst when we are winning.

CANES football is on the way back (not there yet bUt close) and CANES basketball is starting to take that next step - congrats players and coaches!!

As always GO CANES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Durand Scott will choose between Pitt and Miami

Posted by: Deebee | November 17, 2008 at 12:48 AM

http://emekanadavandcorny.blogspot.com/2008/11/will-durand-say-no-mas-to-uconn.html#links
(Durand) Scott, out of Rice High in the Bronx, has narrowed his choices down to UConn, Pittsburgh and Miami -- with the latter allegedly holding the lead in the clubhouse. We'll find out for sure on Wednesday, but we know this -- UConn very much wants this 6-4 guard
-- david borges

OMISSION

Miami may also get PG John Wall which would explain the other point guard (Lisando Ruiz) who was expected to sign, never did.

Posted by: Deebee | November 17, 2008 at 12:48 AM

not necessarily …
scholarships renewed annually …
theoretically, U can sign up to 5 recruits per year …

ELBOWROOM

http://web1.ncaa.org/mfb/natlRank.jsp?year=2008&rpt=IA_teamtotdef&site=org

National Team Report
Total Defense

10) Miami

TOTALLY AWESOME

WOW. I just read somewhere that 'green' is none other than Israel Guitierrez (probably spelled wrong). Message for 'green':
I have not only seen what you have posted but read you in the herald, and have seen you several times on Around the Horn. Its great to see a young man on that show with the fossils (woody paige, anyone? Cowlishaw for the BCS system?) who gets it right in print or on camera 99 percent of the time.
even if it isnt you, israel, i question any football fan to show me how 'hideous' the acc is.
if it is you israel, i only have one things to say:
Keep up the almost entirely good work.
Posted by: richie m | November 15, 2008 at 02:32 AM

thank you for the indirect compliment ...
but I'm my own man ...

SOMETHING ELSE

These kids need to stay focused and get the next job done (G Tech). It's all about execution for this game. Assignment football, no turnovers and keep the penalties to a min. Talent should prevail and the baby CANES should be 8-3 after Thursday night...

GO CANES...on our way to 6th National Champ. in 2010!

The ranking does not mean anything. Tulsa was ranked last week before losing to an unranked team 70-30. The only meaningful ranking is the one at the end of the season. If the Canes win four more games, they will be in the top ten. If they lose one game, they won't be ranked at all.

The ranking does not mean anything.

Posted by: Utah Cane | November 17, 2008 at 10:15 AM

it means something ...
ranked a cut above ...
included in the national conversation ...
marks our steep climb ...

MILESTONE

Randy, one at a time and four to go and the records will take care of themselves.

We as fans should probably put on the blinders too... ... find somebody and just hit him!!! LOL... Where's green?...

LOL, I couldn't resist but It's good to see the old guy back...

Where's green?...

Posted by: Cat5 Cane | November 17, 2008 at 12:24 PM

ABOVE YOU

I couldn't resist, old man ...

HANGING CURVEBALL

Beat down Ga. Tech. 8 wins.

Forget the rankings and forget the standings. Take care of business first.

LB

Utah Cane & LB are right. It don't mean anything to be ranked right now. Forget about it.. I'm proud of the boys, but just ask Wake Forest how it feels to be ranked. Ooooops, I forgot, they're out. I would have liked to receive the ranking next week if we are able to take down G-Tech. We just need to focus on G-Tech. After that, NC State. I hope nobody thinks they're gonna be a pushover. We need to stay focused. We can win out, but it's gonna be tough....

At this point in the season I care less about rankings than i do what jerseys the Canes wear... The ranking that matters the most is the last one of the season..

Informative link that green posted..
http://web1.ncaa.org/mfb/natlRank.jspyear=2008&rpt=IA_teamtotdef&site=org

here it is again, incase U didn't want to scroll up..

This Thursday November 20th the Palm Beach 'Canes Club is

CALLING ALL CANES FOR A HUGE MIAMI-STYLE PARTY


Networking Mixer and Game Watch v. Georgia Tech
at Bar Louie in City Place (1 Mile west of 95 on Okeechobee Rd. Exit 70)

The HURRICANES ARE RANKED FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE 2006 AND ARE ON THE ROAD TO THE ACC CHAMPIONSHIP

7:30 PM KICKOFF -GET THERE EARLY TO CLAIM A SEAT!!

FREE APPETIZER BUFFET AND COOL DRINK SPECIALS AND AWESOME RAFFLE PRIZES

Check out www.561canes.com for more details!

"UNC opens QB competition ahead of NC St. clash" - Espn.com

Where are the idiots who were praising Butch for all his magic earlier this year and continue to bash RS? I'm dying to hear them explain UNC losing a game they had to have. But even if we win the next two, conference championship, then lose in the BCS game, they'll be out in full force explaining how we need to look for another coach.

Cooper better be out there running gusters (gut busters) along with Marve. Up downs til ya puke, too.

Cooper better be carrying a football around school allowing teammates and the student body a chance to strip the ball. If the ball returns to the coaches' office without Cooper attached to it then it's back to gusters and up downs.

Hahaha. That's great 360Cane. A little reference from The Program. Great movie.. I agree, Coops fumble in the V-Tech game was because he did not have a good grip and was letting his arm hang out. He knows better and I believe he will handle his business. GO CANES..........

Cooper better be out there running gusters (gut busters) along with Marve. Up downs til ya puke, too.

Cooper better be carrying a football around school allowing teammates and the student body a chance to strip the ball. If the ball returns to the coaches' office without Cooper attached to it then it's back to gusters and up downs.

Posted by: 360Cane | November 17, 2008 at 02:40 PM


excellent idea. everyone needs to be accountable for what they do/do not do. some of the WRs need to be out there. too many dropped balls once again. but its all coming along. I see a team with confidence and a big heart!

It doesn't matter what the canes do, my texas longhorns and virginia cavaliers are going to the BCS...

Hey Preston Parker!!!

YOU SUCK!!!!!!!

ASK ST BOOBIE HOW IT FEELS TO BE RANKED????

OH, NOT ANYMORE!!!!!!!!

HEY FSU, HOW DID THAT "BLACKOUT NIGHT" WORK FOR YOU???

DIDN'T YOU LOSE THAT GAME LAST YEAR TOO???

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