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Emerald Bowl: Cal 24, UM 17 (F)

Much like U, I'm getting ready to sit down and watch the final game of the Canes' 2008 season from the living room in my house. I'll be checking in with Susan Miller Degnan throughout the night for updates out in San Francisco. Meanwhile, I'll be here providing you with my thoughts on the game.

This game has plenty of storylines. But none bigger than freshman quarterback Jacory Harris, who for all Emerald_bowlintensive purposes will be the quarterback of this team going forward. We've heard the rumblings for weeks that Robert Marve (suspended for this one) would likely be heading elsewhere after this season. We heard from his high school coach who told me Marve's relationship with coach Shannon wasn't "buddy-buddy." So, tonight's game in a lot of ways, is a glimpse into the future of this program.

Harris is a kid I really believe will be able to help get this program back to the BCS level. He's a tremendous leader who has impressed me with his poise and knowledge since the day I met him in the 11th grade over at Miami Northwestern. Miami probably won't win tonight's game. This Bears team is playing at home and has far less holes on defense than UM does. But I've got a real good feeling Jacory is going to play well tonight and give U hope for the future.

So, feel free to join our in-game discussion below and give me your thoughts heading into this bowl game, during this bowl game and after it.

> By the way, nice win for the Canes today out in New York against St. John's. Miami definitely rebounded from that ugly Clemson loss. Coach Frank Haith wasn't around this week with the holidays to talk to reporters. But we know he worked his team hard after that loss. It paid off. Miami's three losses by the way are all to ranked teams. And the team's strength of schedule is No. 2 in the country right now.

EPPS OUT
Dedrick_epps> We learned shortly before the game Dedrick Epps will not play tonight after suffering a right leg contusion during practice this week. UM is already shorthanded at tight end. Richard Gordon and Tervaris Johnson were suspended earlier this week for violating team rules. That leaves UM with Chris Zellner as the only real available tight end. Tackle Tyrone Byrd will wear No. 84 tonight and play the tight end spot, mostly as a blocker.


FIRST HALF THOUGHTS...
> How about that? 18th-year senior Romeo Davis comes up with the first big play of the game, stripping Jahvid Best of the ball, allowing Jojo Nicholas to recover at the UM 49.
Jahvid_best> Cal makes the second big play and this one means something. A 74-yard catch and run from Nate Longshore to Verran Tucker leads to a 2-yard Jahvid Best touchdown run that gives Cal a 7-0 lead with 7:15 left in the first quarter.
> So far, we haven't been able to see if Jacory Harris can throw the football. Miami continues to go backward on first down before deciding to run it on second and long.
> Best has his second touchdown. A 43-yard run makes it 14-0 with 4:55 left in the first quarter. This could end up getting real ugly quick unless UM's offense shows up. This UM team is not only short-handed, but they can't generate anything positive either right now in the first quarter.
> Got to love Tyrone Byrd battling for that ball from the tight end position. And then Javarris James for catching it off the deflection.
> After getting off to a slow start, Jacory Harris engineers a nice 10-play, 80-yard drive, capped with a 15-Jacory_harrisyard touchdown pass to LaRon Byrd. Harris converted a 3rd and 9 with a nice 11 yard run and found Leonard Hankerson for a big pickup.
> Canes defense stands tall right after UM's first touchdown by forcing a three-and-out for Cal. Glenn Cook makes a nice play on a blitz on third down, forcing the Bears to throw an incomplete pass. Except for two really bad plays (Best's 43-yard TD run and the 74-yard pass) and another pair of 9-yard Jahvid Best runs, UM's defense has done a good job tackling today and getting pressure on the quarterback.
> Jacory makes his first bad decision in the game, throwing into zone coverage and getting picked off by Michael Mohammed at the UM 42. The Miami defense is going to have to hold here.
> Jahvid Best has 106 yards and two touchdowns on 10 carries. But for some reason, Cal has continued to throw the football. Not sure why.

SECOND HALF THOUGHTS...
> Miami gets good field position to start the second half, but does nothing with it after Chris Rutledge gets flagged for a late hit. The penalty turned a 3rd and 1 to a 3rd and 16.
> Miami averted trouble on its first bad snap moments later when Matt Bosher fielded a bouncer and got his kick off.
> Cal has tried to completely avoid kicking the ball to Travis Benjamin. On three kickoffs now, they've gone short on kickoffs. Benjamin has only had the chance to return one punt and didn't get very far.
> Miami ties the ball game with a 6-yard touchdown pass to Thearon Collier with 7:34 left in the third quarter Lee_chambers. Redshirt freshman Lee Chambers makes an appearance on the drive, picking up a key first down on a 18-yard third down run to the Cal 9 yard line. It caps a 10-play, 69-yard drive in which Jacory looked very, very good. Harris is now 17 of 27 for 145 yards, 2 touchdowns and 1 interception.
> One thing Randy Shannon is going to have address after this season is how he used his timeouts. At the end of the first half, Miami used up the final minute and didn't use any of its three timeouts until there were four seconds left. Now, in the second half, Shannon has used two timeouts on defense.
> Cal puts together a 12-play, 76-yard drive to answer Miami's scoring drive. Jahvid Best once again is at the center of all the successful plays, starting the drive with a long run and then picking up 25 yards on fourth and 1. Cal had to settle for a field goal, though, after quarterback Nate Longshore gets stepped on by a lineman backing up out of the pocket and falls to the ground on third and goal.
> Matt Bosher makes his best play of the game yet at the start of the fourth quarter -- getting hit on a punt to give UM a first down.
> The five yard penalty leads to a game-tying 22-yard field goal from Matt Bosher. Lee Chambers comes up big again on the drive with a few long drives. Something not to be forgotten on the drive -- Graig Cooper recovering his own fumble deep in UM territory.
> People are probably going to forget about the play Glenn Cook made late in the fourth quarter to stop Cal running back Shane Vareen on third and one at the UM 17. But it was huge. Giorgio Tavecchio missed a 34-yard field goal with 4:24 left. But Cook's tackle was the play of the drive. OK, the second most important. Jahvid Best going out with an injured hand during the drive following a 20-yard run was big, too.
> Miami caught a break with the missed field goal, but couldn't cash in. Jacory Harris gets sacked by linebacker Zach Follett and loses the football. Two plays later, Nate Longshore finds tight end Anthony Miller for a two-yard touchdown pass with 2:41 left. Does Jacory Harris have another comeback in him?
> Miami got the ball back with 2 minutes, 37 seconds left and ran eight offensive plays. But what everyone is going to be talking about this offseason is the clock management on that final drive. In a word: Disgusting.

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Just looked at the highlights on ESPN, Is Hurtt coaching the d-line? They played soft, and did not give 110% of effort. And Cook was jogging on some plays. It's time for so more Freshmen to come in and contribute.

I watched the game at a sportsbar in NJ and kept yelling at the screen at the end, "Call a f---in' timeout!!"

I watched Shannon closely on the sidelines. He looks completely lost, bored, clueless, and uninspired. I've been watching college football for 20 years and have rarely seen a coach look so BLAH on the sideline.

The fat drunk bald guy next to me commented, "That Miami coach- he looks like he's high on weed.. his eyes look glazed over!" Even a fat, bald, lonely loser trying to buy trashy girls drinks could tell. (and yeah, not one of them accepted a drink from this beauty queen..)

If Shannon wants to teach the players about accountability, it starts with himself. He should be a man, and walk into that locker room and tell the players, "Fellas, I f--ked up."

R shannon makes you want to cry and give up on the canes

Yo....i see the usual retardos are posting.......you know who you are, the ones who want to fire everyone and think theym know more about play calling cause they sit on their butts all weekend watching football since they have no lives.

If you want to be upset about the timeouts and about Shannon complete inability to manage the clock, then you have all the right. But there is no reason to be all over Nix tonight. He called a conservative game in the first two drives cause Harris looked nervous. After that he opened up the playbook and let the kid throw. The defense played ok (not great) but not bad considering all the freshmen playing.

There is definitely progress this year and the QB position looks like it will be set for a few years. Now it would be great if our stupid jerk of a fans would stop be themselves, jackasses.

NCAA made sure to kill Miami football. I mean seriously, what happened to the attitude? The strutting? You make Miami into choir-boys this is what you get. Let these kids have fun. Who cares about an unsportsmanlike penalty after scoring? Making a tackle and show some emotion. These kids have none of this. 91-92 Perhaps one of the best teams to come thru Miami had that nasty attitude. Talking smack. Srcew the refs! Canes get screwed anyway on penalties. Fiesta Bowl anyone?

How many people watched this game expecting us to lose???? I did, it was my first time. It give you a calming effect when you're watching something like the time management at the end of the game.

Lee Chambers can ball!!!

Sean Spence is a beast!!!!

Don't you ever get sick of saying, "time for some new freshman to come in and play." That crap has been the quasi-answer for 5 years. The kids aren't coached to their potential. Does Miami have a standard anymore? Here's a little help, set your standard, explain your standard. If you can't meet the standard, better yet, beat the standard, the get the f#$% out. Not to hard.

JayEl, go back to your hibernation

2010 Coach of the year...Randy Shannon

I am copying this evenings post game blog so I can show it to you cry babies in two years when you are all on the train again. It is pathetic how some fans twist in the wind like spineless little girls. Grow some and look at the big picture.

Great Jacory game...he's our QB now, Marve is going to transfer. I preferred Marve, but I like Jacory, he'll do great.

JayEl,

At least someone on here makes some sense

IBIS - Keep dreaming, how old are you 20? It will read 2010 RANDY SHANNON - FIRED!

Ibis:

You must be smokin' some pretty serious stuff if you think Randy Shannon will ever be coach of the year.

Don't you see the clueless look on his face when he is on the sideline. The assistants are running this team, I don't even see him contributing anything to x's and o's.

I would love to hear one of his motivational speeches, they guy can be string words together for a sideline report.

Obviously Randy Shannon has never read The Prince.

People.... Let it go. We lost. Most people thought we were gonna go 3-9 or 4-8 this year.

We're a young team with nothing but upside.

I'm pround of these young guys. Jacory will be a stud and Sean Spence already is.

And leave Shannon alone. Coker left him with terrible upper classmen. Give him one more year and if he hasn't turned things around by then, then you can hate.

And for you people who are hating.... YOU'RE ALL BANDWAGONERS...!!!

GIVE THIS TEAM TIME.

Was Donald Trump right after all? Two years later and, in particular, the last three games is proving him right. I've been a Shannon supporter all season long, especially considering the deck of cards he came in with and the talent he has recruited. His coaching performance the last three games, however, is making me reconsider my support for him. His recruiting skills aside, he has under performed on more than one occasion . Any chance of Spurrier coming to Miami?

Can everybody agree on this hopefully, Coker is a better coach than Shannon

Ronny::

Is 48 years enough time, plus a degree to boot?

Spurrier? Jesus Christ...

Aside from clock management, the coaches did a good job tonight.


I'd like to see what Randy Shannon actually does in practice. Why can't they have open practices like USC. They are all posted online.

hey retards Shannon recruited these upper classmen

Tough to say if Coker is better than Shannon. Good question...it's close IMO. Coker has won big games, but he had bigtime talent with experience.


IBIS - Keep dreaming, how old are you 20? It will read 2010 RANDY SHANNON - FIRED!

Posted by: fr8cane | December 28, 2008 at 12:16 AM

fr8cane,

I'm not here to argue (48 by the way) I am just merely pointing out what fair weather fans we have

Well at least we are not Notre Dame.

I think Gill at Buffalo would do good with our roster

In terms of X's amd O's - Coker is better, Recruiting and discipline - Shannon.

Really going back to 2000, Butch really screwed up. He could have built a dynasty instead of using the U for going to Cleveland. Karma is a b@$ch.

IBIS::
Whats new in Miami? Point well taken, look at the OB when we weren't winning vs. winning. It's sad.

Even if you're a Randy supporter, you have to admit that the clock management was questionable at best. I wonder if the 2001 stud team would have won a champioship with this type of coaching?

ya...Butch did f@ck up

shannon had just as much as say in recruiting these upperclassmen as coker, but coker is always the scape goat and not shannon

"recruiting cant fix the problem without coaches" - mike

What the hell are you talking about? Coaches don't win games, especially in college football. Players do. The coaches may have lost the game tonight, but they probably lost it before the season began.

Posted by: Hamilcar | December 28, 2008 at 12:01 AM

I would have to disagree with that. sure the players have to execute, but in this day in age, a lot of talent is going all of the place "UNC, ECU, Rutgers, NW, Boise St., Oregon St., ect."

a single game may be decided by players, however i believe the season reflects the coaching. 7-6, marks us one game above .500. thats where we deserve to be. maybe the coaching mistake was that j. harris was not put in or started more or for the whole year.

coaches do make a significant difference.

YEA THE TEAM IS YOUNG AND YEA WE HAD NO LEADERSHIP IN UPPERCLASSMEN BUT MAN FOR A TEAM TO LOOK FORWARD WE HAD TO COACH BETTER THEY DID IT ALL YEAR CALLING TWO TIME OUTS IN THE THIRD QUARTER HARRIS PLAYED SOLID AS USUAL NOT DISSAPOINTED BUT IT WAS THE CLOCK MANAGEMENT THAT GETS YOU "YOU PLAY TO WIN THE GAME " ENOUGH SAID YOU DON'T PLAY TO LOOSE I MEAN HOW MANY R/B SCREENS UP THE MIDDLE AND FADE PASSES WERE CALLED THE PLAY CALLING ISN'T DYNAMIC IF RANDY WANTS THIS JOB HE BETTER DO SOMETHING BOUT NIX

ibis, right behind u.

i seriously cant believe miami fans, they dont even back their own coach up. give it time and miami will be back we have the talent.

is the FSU roster that much older and experienced that UM's? Why are they looking much better than UM?

The screens and fades were working..that's what you should do against a team that blitzes you. I didn't think the playcalling was too bad, until the 4th quarters.

We just didn't make plays...that's it.

IM SRY GRIGGSY BUT THE ONLY UPPERCLASSMEN SHANNON GOT ARE SOPHMORE BUDDY

We need to back this team as true fans. We need to have the coaches backs. It is us against the world and always will be!! I am not always thrilled by the coaching decisions or the level of play, but I stand behind the Canes. I want to be able to give it to the Gayturd fans once again (The NCAA will probably give us this gift soon, when Urban is busted) All we need to do is stay positive...Its going to be OK

Excuses are like ass holes, everyone has one. Another 7-6 season next year and Shannon is gone. 8-5 maybe he stays. 9-3 he stays.

Attn: Canesjunkie..

How many plays did we make during the GT, NC State and Cal games? GT has beat us 3 in a row, NC State 2 in a row, UNC 2 in a row, and these are not even our natural rivals. Not a lot of plays made....

what's our record if jimmy johnson is our coach?

U are 5 years behind UF AFTER you fire your coaches.

U haven't seen the bottom yet cane fan

Randy will never develop players and will continue to wreck UM football

The assistants are running the game. Randy is clueless. He is damaged goods.

Canesjunkie:

Off the charts, without a doubt, probably with Butch too. It's their philosophies and strategy that put those teams in control of their chances. Watch UNC now, look familiar? Butch gets the most out of what he has now, it may not always be enough to win, but they weren't getting wiped up by anyone this year.

YOU BETTER HOPE THAT MARVE RETURNS AND SHANNON AND NIX ARE FIRED OR ITS GOING TO BE ANOTHER WASTED FREAK'N YEAR. I HARRIS LOOKED LIKE HE WAS DOING CRACK BEFORE THE GAME. COME ON!!!!!!!!!!!!!

WE NEED MARVE BACK

WE NEED SOME REAL COACHES

WE NEED A O-LINE

WE NEED A RUNNING BACK

WE NEED SOME SECONDARY


hey "U will continue to tumble in 09",

u do know after tebow leaves UF will be nothing.

u do know that miami is all freshmen n once we mature we're going to give florida the worst revenge game in the history of the game.

u do know that once our players mature n nix becomes confident in his players we will be in the national picture.

U just wait n see

fr8cane:

GT crushed us, so no plays. We got outcoached and outhit all game.

UNC, we had that game in the begining because we were up and were moving the ball. It got away when UNC began to run on us. Hankerson could've won it in the end but he didn't. We got outcoached in this game.

Cal, we made adjustments on D and had a change to drive down and win the game with 5:30 on the clock....didn't happen and we lost. At 5:30 we could've run the ball and used the clock, but instead we tried to throw, got in 3rd and long and turned it over. We let Cal break a big play and couldn't answer the score.

You can' blame this game on coaching.

I've been a Cane fan for 20 years, and this is the first time I have ever said that I don't see what a recruit would want to come to UM right now.

Honestly... would YOU be excited to play for Coach Shannon?

Honestly... would YOU be excited to play offense for Coach Nix?

Or do you think you'll have a better next few years playing at FSU, UF, Alabama, USC, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Texas, etc?

BE HONEST.. and grab the box of tissues, b/c the truth will hurt.

fr8cane:

I agree on Butch. At least an additional 2 wins (UNC, NC State). Might have even pulled out FSU. I can defend the coaches in this game, but not the entire season. I think part of the team has regressed.

u do know that once our players mature n nix becomes confident in his players we will be in the national picture.

Posted by: cane09

U have to be the most ignorant person on this board. U WILL SUCK ETERNALLY UNDER SHANNON U FOOL. He is the worst coach in D-1 by far. But keep buying stock in that braindead coach U fool. He will continue to wreck UM football as long as he is there.

"who for all intensive purposes"

Did you really write that Manny? You work for a newspaper?

"For all INTENTS and PURPOSES".

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