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Canes going back to Cali

It's been awhile since the University of Miami had to take a five hour flight to play a bowl game. Nearly seven years to be exact. You might remember it. It was out in Pasadena in this place called the Rose Bowl. Miami won something special that night. It's fifth -- and currently its final -- national championship. The Canes shredded Nebraska 37-14 with arguably the greatest team in its programs history.

Andre_johnsonSeven years later, UM is going back to Cali. But this trip is to play in something far less important: the Emerald Bowl. It's just one of the other 32 bowl games that will be played for fun in a span of two weeks. The one that counts will be here, at UM's current home, on Jan. 8 and it involves the hated Florida Gators and the Oklahoma Sooners. In a sense, I find it symbolic Miami's first bowl trip under Randy Shannon will be out in the same state where UM's last great conquest happened and 3,027 miles away from the only game this program really cares to play in. Because that distance is how far I think this program still has to go to get back to being what it once was, when it played in games that mattered.

I'm not trying to rain on the Canes' parade today. Getting a bowl bid after the worst season in 30 years is a Emerald_bowlstep in the right direction. It's progress. But for a moment, I just wanted to put into perspective again how far The U has fallen. Whether most of you like it or not, with each passing season, those national titles and that rich history gets further and further away. This trip out to San Francisco, however, could be the second step in the climb back. Don't get me wrong. The Hurricanes don't need to beat California on Dec. 27 as much as they need another top 10 recruiting class and a few upgrades on its coaching staff. But for those of you that bleed orange and green (and are tired of hearing it from the orange and blue) I know you need something from this team. A win out on the West Coast would be a nice start.

> Tonight I spoke to UM assistant Stephen Field, whom I'm sure you heard by now played the role of hero Saturday afternoon Stephen_field
here in Miami, pulling a guy out of a burning, flipped over car on I-95. Field told me tonight he's not sure why people are making such a big deal out of it. "I just would have done what anybody else would have," Field said. That's Stephen being a cool guy again. I've known him for close to 10 years now, since he first started coaching on high school sidelines at Miami Central. Whether you like it or not brother, you were a hero on Saturday Steve.

> In honor of the return trip to Cali...

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YEA!!!!!!!! MIAMI'S NUMBER 38!!!!

STILL LOVE MY CANES THOUGH..

First

You're right Manny. A top 10 recruiting class is more important than a bowl win but please please please give me something to cheer about besides recruiting classes

A couple of quickies.

Cal's QB's don't run.
Cal lost to Maryland.

If anyone read the article about Tim Tebow almost going to Alabama instead of Florida, there was a great quote from one of the Florida coaches telling Urban Meyer, he said " If we dont get Tebow this could set our program back 10 years".

To me that says alot. I feel the Cane program was set back many years because Coker and company took recruiting for granted.

I feel Shannon and company realized that but we still have a little ways to go.

We need game changers and more size especially at DB's, safety's, and D-Line.

Bottom line is keeping bringing in horses and NEVER take recruiting for granted!

I agree that we need a top 10 recruiting class as well, however we definitly need a win in this game to help garnish some sense of momentum heading into spring practice as well as next season. A bowl win would be a stepping stone on a long road to getting us back to where we should be. By the way I'm sure alot of us watched the OU game last night. I noticed that on offense OU runs basically the same formations that our offense tries to run. I know this is a scary thought and I know Nix calls some bone head calls at times but OU is up under center in the I-formation then they go to 4 and 5 wides in the shotgun the next. Looking at them it's like the only identity they have is it works. And it works because Bradford has time to call and order a pizza before he throws the ball. That line is the reason they look so good on offense and we look so bad. I know Nix hadn't showed us anything yet here or at Ga Tech and believe me I am not a Nix fan I'm just keeping an open mind in light of what I saw last night.
Go Canes

Will the U start in the top 25 next year if we win the bowl game and sign a pretty good signing class?

Athletes today have so many options. Coaching is so much better. Everyone is a U clone. Now, lets keep in mind Butch Davis got us on the right track in the same manner.

Go U...we had a winning record. Kudos.

Go U...we had a winning record. Kudos.
Posted by: JC | December 07, 2008 at 10:01 PM

You're right JC. It's not sexy, but it's a start

IIRC, doesn't OU return to Dolphins Stadium this September?

She said she likes the ocean!

She said she likes the ocean!

She said she likes the ocean!

Come on Manny, the bowl game is huge! It's 15-20 more practices for the young guys that we didn't get last year. It doesn't matter where you go unless it's a BCS game. The practices are the important thing.

Here's the thing ive been saying all year when i post. Randy needs 5 years to show what he can do as a head coach. Coker did such a bad job recruiting this team had a huge dropoff in depth and talent. Coker figured the canes were so good they didn't need south florida kids to be succesful and coaches like urban cryer and greg schiano and company took huge advantage of that. Randy is taken south florida back and picking the kids he wants to recruit nationally. The way the canes always did under all the best coaches. Coker after 2 years had a national title with somone elses players but couldn't recruit. Randy shannon was the one guy who could and thats why the defense was the best unit on this team most of cokers years. Give randy 5 years to get his own kids in here and then call for his head. I think next year will be about the same we have to replace 2 starters on the ol and our top tackle backup. I don't like nix when he faces bad run defense he throws when he faces bad pass d's he runs. Plus is there anything wrong with a play action pass? Nix in my opinion is a weak link but i understand randy wanting stability for his qb's and keeping nix if that is what he does.

Good post, Manny.

It's downright depressing for me to watch Oklahoma, UF, Texas, USC, etc on TV. I feel sad b/c that's how UM used to play. I'm sure I'm not the only one who feels this way.

I am grateful for a 2-win improvement over last season, but come on- this is UM. 7-5 sucks. Don't you remember when Coker first went 9-3 and everyone said he should be fired?

I'm afraid we're becoming a little bit too comfortable with moderately sucking...

We just have SOOOO far to go to get back to where we need to be so we again look like a USC or Oklahoma. Much more than the 3,027 miles referenced above.

Have you heard Randy Shannon's strategy for the Bowl Game? Oh, yeah. It's basically the same he's had all year:

Let Marve start so as to ensure we don't have more than 10 points entering the half. Then, when we're losing and it's basically out of hand, ask Jacory to save the game. Jacory will come in and proceed to pass for 2 TD's in 1/4th of the playing time of Marve.

Why in the world does Shannon do this?!!?

Does he feel it's his religious duty to never, ever, EVER have more than 3, 7, or 10 points entering half-time?

Come on Shannon- the season is over and you already kept your promise to Marve. As you already said, we're now beginning 2009. The 2008 season and it's promise has expired.

It's time to do the right thing.

It's time to start Jacory.... NOW!

I'm happy we are going to a bowl game. I think the extra practices will help us get going in the right direction. I say that because we had a bad season, look at the games we played, the only games we dominated were the Char. Southern and Texas A&M games. We could have easily have lost all of our other games. Yes we could have beaten FSU and UNC but except for the UCF game we needed 4th quarter heroics to win.

We have a long way to go and the bowl game extra practices are the first step towards where we used to be.

BTW AJ Highsmith looked good in his playoff game and will play for the the Class 5A Texas state championship on 15-21 for 264 yards.

Will the U start in the top 25 next year if we win the bowl game and sign a pretty good signing class?

Posted by: UM2012 | December 07, 2008 at 09:57 PM


uuuuuuuuhhhhhhh NO

I am so sick and tired of watching T-bone and hisplatic-preacher smile running up and down the sidelines hugging everyone. What next, Timmy, are you joining the cheerleading squad?
The gimmicky offense of the gators (and others) is the reason why they have so relatively fewer players in the NFL. Gi-mmicky. It's hard to defend, but it's Gi-mmicky. Same as Navy. Same as Ga Tech. Gi-mmicky.
It'll be a cold day in he-- if T-bone does that option thing in the NFL.

I'll take the Emerald Bowl. It'll help recruiting out west, and will bring thecanes back to the public consciousness. Something we havent seen in 3 years.

HAte to say it, but, Go Sooners.

Yeah I'm with Jaime, anything is better than the gayturds winning ever again.

And I hope t-bag goes pro this year and the gayturds go 6-6 next year. Awwww hopes and dreams.

yeah, it sounds like jealousy (which it is), and sour grapes (guilty), but why is it that Sam Bradford, Colt McCoy, Graham harrell, yeah, even Ponder do not annoy me to the degree that T-bone does? The NFL is going to eat his smug little christian self up. I would love to see Ray Lewis finding him up the middle... or Joey Porter. They will wipe that preacher face right off him.

Does anyone know when we play Ok next year?

It's mind boggling the destruction Coker did to the program in just 1 full 5 year cycle of recruiting. From a borderline NFL team in 2001 & 2002 to Not even ONE player on the All ACC 1st or 2nd team in 2008--Unbelievable!

CONGRATS CANES ON AT LEAST NOT PLAYING ON A BLUE FIELD! HA HA!!!

Does anyone know when we play Ok next year?

Posted by: Jaime | December 08, 2008 at 08:56 AM

Here is a link to future Cane Non-conference schedules:

http://www.nationalchamps.net/NCAA/future_schedules/miamiFL_future.htm


Im originally from West Palm Beach, but as a cane fan now living in VA, who has to listen to all the ACC rhetoric from the VA Tech fans, I say that Randy is doing a Great job with what he had to work with. The offensive line is in shambles. We know that the reason for the ROTATIONS at key positions is that not ONE person has been proving to be a true starter.

That will soon change. Brandon Washington, Antonio Harper, Bryce, L.Miller, M.James, and hopefully the Seminole trio of Dye, Armstrong, and Debose are coming in. This will be different Cane football team next year! Mark it down, I'm calling it!

The only problems I see coming is Randy having to choose between QB's and Nix. In my opinion, Marve will and should go if he cannot handle that Jacory gets the starting nod over him. If he actually watches the game film as the rest of us does he will see himself that Jacory flatly out-played him with not even half as much playing time. Nix needs to shape up. Yes the o-line is weak, but if you dont show that you will throw, no team will respect you defensively.

Ultimatum needed for Nix from Shannon: Throw the ball or get thrown out!

Shannon has decisions to make about the QB and Nix this offseason. The decisions he makes will make or break his tenure at HE U!

Laugh all you want Miami gator. UF has one more year with T-bone. After that. Poof! you will be back to the cellar of irrelevance that you always were in from 1857 to 1996, from 1997 to 2004 and from 2005-2007.

Furthermore, UF's bowl record the last ten years is pa-ah-thetic! That is because they have convinced themselves ofthe scam the media has invented thatthe SEC is that good. therefore they dont think they have to play outside of the sec---proof- got beat by a mediocre Michigan team, and this year, was held at 9-3 at home for 3 + quarters, by a group of highschoolers!

Good stuff Manny U r da Man. I got a couple of things and a question for U. First, we got to start winning the ACC and get some of that BCS Bowl money before we start talking National Championship. Secondly, I don't care what bowl we play in, I just want to see a Canes game. Man this past weekend was rough on me. I'm having lack of UM football withdrawals. U got to help me get threw this by keeping the blogs coming. Third, Who and what positions need to be upgraded??

Jaime, I would not be talking about bowl records if I was you, especially recently, ok you got us in 2004, 2005-UM has worst bowl loss in school history, 2006-Congrats on a 1 point win over Nevada on a blue field, 2007-Can you help me out, I can't remember what bowl you guys played last year, 2008-Enjoy the Emerald Bowl in San Fran.

You are wrong about your Tebow comment, honestly I could care less if he leaves, then we can finally showcase the talent we have on the field instead of having one guy hog the ball. We reload now not rebuild, something you guys used to be real good at.

Jaime, I would not be talking about bowl records if I was you, especially recently, ok you got us in 2004, 2005-UM has worst bowl loss in school history, 2006-Congrats on a 1 point win over Nevada on a blue field, 2007-Can you help me out, I can't remember what bowl you guys played last year, 2008-Enjoy the Emerald Bowl in San Fran.

You are wrong about your Tebow comment, honestly I could care less if he leaves, then we can finally showcase the talent we have on the field instead of having one guy hog the ball. We reload now not rebuild, something you guys used to be real good at.

Jaime, I would not be talking about bowl records if I was you, especially recently, ok you got us in 2004, 2005-UM has worst bowl loss in school history, 2006-Congrats on a 1 point win over Nevada on a blue field, 2007-Can you help me out, I can't remember what bowl you guys played last year, 2008-Enjoy the Emerald Bowl in San Fran.

You are wrong about your Tebow comment, honestly I could care less if he leaves, then we can finally showcase the talent we have on the field instead of having one guy hog the ball. We reload now not rebuild, something you guys used to be real good at.

I'm sorry guys I did not mean to post that many times
And Jamie are you calling your own team a bunch of high schoolers? Look at the depth chart, we were younger than you in that game. We don't have a senior on defense, the starting secondary has 1 true freshman and 3 sophomores!

Sorry gator you rtema is not younger than UM, unless... you call the third and fourth stringers part of the team. I mean all of the true freshmen, redshirt freshnman and sophomores playing... UM is THE youngest team in Div 1 period.

Plus, the gimmicky UF offense can only last that long. And gimmicky it is.. This is the reason UF doesnthave that many players in the NFL. because they are gimmicky and it just plain dont work in the real world.

Gimmicky offenses are hard to stop: UF, Navy, GaTech, Mizzou, Nevada, even Wake. Period its a fact.

didnt the canes go 5-7 under butch davis.hardly 30 years ago

Records? You want records, Mr gator? Observe:

1983-No.1
1984-No.18
1985-No.2
86-2
87-1
88-3
89-1
90-2
91-1
'92-3
'94-6....Here is when UM "let" FSU, Nebraska, and UF temporarily take over college football.
Then, 2000-2
2001-1
2002-2
2003-5
Here we let USC, Oklahoma, LSu and UF take over.

Dont worry. It's coming. It's coming...
Just like these few years. Don't worry. It's coming.

I am a UM grad who lives in L A and I have been to USC practices and have met Pete Carrol many times. He has the same attitude Jimmy Johnson had,fear of no team,and knows how to win big games. Randy S has not shown me anything yet,our games are hard to watch and both of the last two UM teams gave up at the end of the season. A Carrol coached team would have won both games this year.
One more year for Randy S then get rid of him.
Watch Penn State get destroyed in The Rose Bowl.

Sorry Jamie, actually you are wrong and I was talking about the starting teams, but thanks for conceeding the 3rd and fourth stringers too. For that game you guys started 9 seniors, 8 juniors, 2 sophomores and 3 freshmen. We started 5 seniors, 7 juniors, 9 SOPHOMORES, and 1 freshman. Look it up smart guy. I know you guys have a hard time adding at the U so let me help you out: UM had 17 upperclassman and 5 underclassmen starting and UF had 12 upperclassmen and 10 underclassmen starting. Point is we were younger.

So, sorry to say we are not going anywhere, Cane fans will have to deal with us even after the Ball Hog leaves, we have 12 guys that run a 4.4 or faster, we will only lose two of those guys next year, and two freshman running backs that have combined for over 1300 yards and a 8 yard average will be back.

who cares if you have twelve guys who run a 4.4 or better. That gimmicky team lives by tebone and dies by tebown... oh, and harvin. Period. Look at the 3rd and 4th qs of evry "blow-out" game and you will see how many points you give up and how few points your 2nd and third string qbs put up...oh your second stringer is in jail, forgot about that.

Point is it's over once tebown leaves. UM had a better recruiting class last year (and theplayaz are playing instead of sitting and watching like you have confirmed), This is 1997 all over again:

1996 UF barely wins a NC by default.
Danny Wuerffel leaves...game over
1997 UM goes 5-7
1998
1999
2000-UM pounds a Rexie Grossman-led gators. Rex the supposed second coming.UM scammed by the same BCS thatshould have Texas in the championship game
the rest is history...

Hey Miamigayturd....heard Tebag is going to the pros...Yep..possibly 1st round as a Miami Dolphins Cheerleader...this guy is a fake as Pamela Andersons boobs!!!

I'm telling you, we won't miss Tebow as much as people think. I hope the gimmicky team does die with Tebow, then we can start playing some football, the second stringer you are talking about is actually the 3rd stringer, our 2nd stringer is a way better passer than Tebow and our offense could actually be more potent with Brantley. Harvin we will miss, but we did not need him for Alabama and he has been hurt most of his career.
Again, I'm sorry to say we will be around for years to come. I will get off your blog now, I just got on here because that illiterate Cane 5 Rings keeps getting in ours. I will admit you guys have some studs and I'm looking forward to their progression, even though I'm not a Cane fan I am a South Florida high school football fan and those NW boys are going to be good and Sean Spence is A BEAST!, later

Hey, I gotta give props to miamigator. Most gator fans get on our blog and talk crazy annoying crap. I don't mind talking football here and talking opinions. Thats what college football(especially in fl)is all about.

I agree that you guys will be around for a few more years. But I believe you will see a decline in your offense. Mullen was a huge piece of the puzzle. And honestly, tebow is too. How often do you see a QB throw only 2 int's as much as you guys throw. Its inevitable...UF will take their lumps once tebow leaves. Hey either way, as much as i HATE the gators, I want you guys to be atleast in the top 25 when we play you in 2013. If I were a UF fan, I would have been sick about not being able to trample UM while were down this year. How will you fair when we are in the top 5? I can't wait. Cheers. GO CANES

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