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Another surprise visitor in store?

Recruiting coordinator Clint Hurtt, running backs coach Tommie Robinson and strength coach Andreu Swasey pulled off a nice surprise earlier this week when they were able to convince Missouri commitment U.S. Army-All American Sheldon Richardson (who grew up dreaming of playing for Miami) to agree on taking a visit to the University of Miami on the final recruiting weekend before National Signing Day.

Greg Reid played mostly running back for Valdosta this year and gave an early commitment to the Florida Gators. He could take his last recruiting visit to UM. Now, it looks like Hurtt may be on the verge of pulling off some more magic by getting the Defensive MVP of the Under-Armour All-American Game, blue-chip cornerback Greg Reid to take a visit to UM that same weekend. That is, if Reid (5-9, 175) backs out of his scheduled visit to Georgia. The Valdosta Lowndes standout has been getting tugged Miami's way for awhile now, especially after learning in late November he's actually related to another Canes recruit -- cornerback Jamal Reid.

"We actually found out in late November that our granddaddies were brothers," said Jamal Reid, who played against Greg Reid in the Under-Armour Game. "Our families are originially from Jasper and we never knew it. Ever since then, we got each other's cell phone numbers and have been talking to each other. I'll call him every now and then to tell him he should be a Cane with me. I was supposed to be visiting Miami this weekend, but I changed it so we could come together on the 30th. Hopefully, he can come with me."

Greg Reid originally committed to the University of Florida nearly a year ago but recently upset Gators coach Urban Meyer on his official visit to Gainesville when he told him he wanted to continue taking visits. He is supposed to be taking his final two visits to Alabama and Georgia the next two weekends.

Jamal Reid catches a TD pass in the Under-Armour game over fellow Canes recruit Prince Kent. He is being recruited to UM as an athlete. As for Jamal Reid, he says he's keeping his fingers crossed his cousin will give the Canes a shot. "He’s a good athlete. He’s got great skills," said Jamal, who said Canes coaches have told him they are bringing him in to play wherever he can help UM the best -- receiver or corner. "He said he wants to get playing time wherever he goes. I told him what better place than Miami. They'll play you there as a freshman. The best man sees the field. I think it would be awesome for us to line up against each other every day in practice."

> For those of you crossing your fingers about possibly seeing Andre Debose pull a similar surprise and joining Reid and his two Sanford Seminole teammates on the last recruiting weekend of the year, don't hold your breath. I've been told Debose has made it clear to UM he's sticking with the Gators.

> Earlier today, I came out with what I thought was the right list of visitors for this weekend based on conversations I had with high school coaches and in some cases the players themselves. Turns out, some of my dates were a little mixed up. I was told the correct list of visitors for this weekend are: QB A.J. Highsmith (Fort Bend, Tx.), OL Cory White (Fleming Island, Fla.), OL Malcolm Bunche (Newark, Del.), OL Marcus Hall (Cleveland, Oh.), OL Jared Wheeler (Plantation American Heritage), DE Shayon Green (Tift County, Ga.), LB Sam Barrington (Jacksonville Parker) and CB Kayvon Webster (Monsingor Pace).

The visitors for the weekend of Jan. 30 are expected to be OL Andrew Tiller (Nassau CC, NJ), OL Peter White (Washington D.C., St. John’s College Prep), TE Sheldon Richardson (St. Louis, Mo.), CB Jamal Reid (Mayo Lafeyette), DE Dyron Dye (Sanford Seminole), DB Ray Ray Armstrong (Sanford Seminole) and DB Prince Kent (Norcross, Ga.). Greg Reid will join them if he decides to switch his visit (we could find out as early as tonight). Another possible surprise visitor could include former commitment and tight end Billy Sanders, who switched his commitment to UCLA but I'm told is now having second thoughts and UM is under the impression he will visit that weekend.

> As for the Bryce Brown drama, I was told by a staffer tonight the Hurricanes fully expect Brown to sign with UM on national signing day. But he has expressed interest to the coaching staff about knowing who the offensive coordinator will be. Brown could take a visit to UM on the weekend of the 30th too.

> Earlier today, I reported linebacker Greg King and tight end Terrell Mitchell as possible targets and visitors over the next two weeks. Consider them backup plans at this point. King's coach told me himself after I posted my earlier blog this morniing that UM coaches had been cooling off King, who is likely going to pick someone else anyway. Mitchell's coach told me they just began recruiting him last week. Smells like a fall back plan to me.

> Also of note, I was told earlier today Miami is not hell-bent on using all 27 scholarships on NSD. They could hold a few. As of now, I've been told UM coaches figure on only having 15 scholarships available for 2010.

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OC coordinator at UCLA to OC at Miami. That is a lateral move. Take off your homer glasses. We are not the Miami of old. The guy is at UCLA with Rick Neuheisel and a pretty good coaching staff. This would be a lateral move.

Other blogs have broke the story about OC that leans toward Devo song. And I give credit to the T & J for tht refence. ALL THE CREDIT.
I have no knowledge of anything or inside sources.

Man if we could pick up a couple of these kids on the weekend we should end up in the top five recruiting again...

Congress is busting on UF's title! Ha Ha
Lets send a special shout out to Bill Gate's and Michael Dell for bringing the title home to UF!

Greatest team ever???? Dynasty????

NOT SO MUCH

Go 'canes!

MANNY, any word on A.J. Graham QB from the Tallahasse area?
Are we going to make a late push to sign him and will he get an official visit? This kid looks like a steal if we can sign him.
Thanks Manny , Great job.

The rumor is,

The new assistant Head Coach and OC will be Tommy Tuberville.

hey Manny,great work! But what about that kid Tana Patrick?


OC coordinator at UCLA to OC at Miami. That is a lateral move. Take off your homer glasses. We are not the Miami of old. The guy is at UCLA with Rick Neuheisel and a pretty good coaching staff. This would be a lateral move.

Posted by: UM | January 23, 2009 at 02:15 PM


lol no dont know how to take off my homer glasses. And no its not because miami gets more talent then ucla (even in the down years.) Thats why it is not lateral because miami is more attractive then UCLA and always will be..

Tuberville? Yeah right. If Shannon could do that, we might as well send him to Iraq so he can convince terrorists to just stop.

lol no dont know how to take off my homer glasses.

Posted by: miamiboisince85 | January 23, 2009 at 03:01 PM

Yeah, I can tell.

Those of you on this blog love Manny, so why don't you do something for him. We should put some money together and give him a gift after signing day is over. I live in Atlanta but would be happy to donate or help out with this.

The rumor is,

The new assistant Head Coach and OC will be Tommy Tuberville.

Posted by: Just another Rumor? | January 23, 2009 at 02:57 PM

Are you freaking kidding me? Yeah and I also heard that Mike Shanahan was going to come in and be the OC.

orlando ive been reading the SS and I know uve gotten some email lately. Can u do me a favor and send it to me, if u cant or do not want to i understand but just let me know!!!!

yongblk@yahoo.com

Thank U!!!

Thanks for the Info Manny , you are the best. Please let us how the visitors feel about DA U after this weekend


lol no dont know how to take off my homer glasses.

Posted by: miamiboisince85 | January 23, 2009 at 03:01 PM

Yeah, I can tell.

Posted by: UM | January 23, 2009 at 03:13 PM


Ay tighten up man. This a a blog , where fans come to discuss what would be great for the program. Im not part of the um athletic department so i have the right to dream however i want.
If U dont like it, then don't read.

Mark Whipple it is.

Ay tighten up man. This a a blog , where fans come to discuss what would be great for the program. Im not part of the um athletic department so i have the right to dream however i want.
If U dont like it, then don't read.

Posted by: miamiboisince85 | January 23, 2009 at 03:21 PM

True...but it clouds your judgment. You gotta come to reality some time. I love the Canes just as much as anyone in the world but I understand that we are not what we were.

I hope it's Whipple if anyone.

Posted by: UM | January 23, 2009 at 03:27 PM

I'm going to just agree to disagree with U on this one..

Mark Whipple new OC???

Thats what there saying.....

FYI guys, the best way i've found for getting to the latest blog postings is changing the page# in the URL...

If I don't know what page we're on, I just type in 100 in place of the 2 and it'll take me to the most recent post.

Hope this helps.

Who is saying Whipple? Sources? Don't just start rumors for the hell of it people. We don't need more speculation! We need a new OC and if you have a story provide some freaking evidence!


Manny is the best...


Whipple

With a Division I-AA championship and a Super Bowl championship ring in hand, Mark Whipple joined the Eagles on January 28, 2008, as an offensive assistant.

The 50-year-old Whipple spent 2004-06 as the quarterbacks coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers. In that capacity he was instrumental in the development of Ben Roethlisberger, who became the youngest starting quarterback to win a Super Bowl as the Steelers defeated Seattle in Super Bowl XL. In 2004, Roethlisberger became the first NFL quarterback to finish a season undefeated with a 13-0 record in his starts.

Whipple spent 16 seasons as a head coach at the collegiate level, where he compiled an overall record of 121-59 (.672). At the University of Massachusetts he posted a 49-25 (.662) record in six years (1998-2003), leading the Minutemen to a Division I-AA national championship in 1998 and two conference championships. Whipple also served as a head coach at his alma mater Brown from 1994-97, where he accumulated a 24-16 (.600) record without a losing season. He also was the head coach at New Haven from 1988-93. Whipple earned multiple awards during his head coaching career, including the American Football Coaches Association's Division I-AA National Coach of the Year award in 1998.

His coaching career began in 1980 as an assistant at St. Lawrence University. He also held assistant coaching positions with Union College (1981-82), Brown (1983), Arizona Wranglers (USFL, 1984) and New Hampshire (1986-87).

Whipple earned a bachelor's degree in political science in 1979 from Brown, where he was the Bears starting quarterback from 1977-78. After being a member of the school's first-ever Ivy League championship team in 1976, he led the team to a 13-5 record as a starter and was inducted into the school's athletic hall of fame in 1996. Whipple was also a four-year letterman on the Bears baseball team.

Born April 1, 1957 in Tarrytown, NY, Mark and his wife, Brenda, have two sons, Spencer and Austin.

Mark Whipple's Coaching Timeline

Year
Team
Position

1976-78 Brown *Quarterback
1980 St. Lawrence Assistant Coach
1981-82 Union College Offensive Coordinator
1983 Brown Wide Receivers
1984 Arizona Wranglers (USFL) Offensive Quality Control
1986-87 New Hampshire Offensive Coordinator
1988-93 New Haven Head Coach
1994-97 Brown Head Coach
1998-2003 Massachusetts Head Coach
2004-06 Pittsburgh Steelers Quarterbacks Coach
2008- Philadelphia Eagles Offensive Assistant Coach

It's on Canesport

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mark_Whipple
Randy rights the ship ...

ALRIGHT


Who is saying Whipple? Sources? Don't just start rumors for the hell of it people. We don't need more speculation! We need a new OC and if you have a story provide some freaking evidence!


Manny is the best...

Posted by: Caneiac | January 23, 2009 at 03:41 PM

canesport. com

In case anyone forgot Robert Marves is a Penn State Nittany Lion

link please?

NEW OC is Chan Gailey (CONFIRMED)


www.insideru.com

my bad...i see u provided the website now. stupid reload!

In case anyone forgot Robert Marves is a Penn State Nittany Lion

Posted by: griggsy | January 23, 2009 at 03:48 PM

Why are you still alive?

Manny,
I heard that 560 WQAM in Miami is reporting Whipple, but they are trying to track down details. Is that true?

i don't see anything on canesport.com related to this and nothing even loads at www.insideru.com.

only shannon or manny can help us now!

Windy, was there a particular interview with someone or are they talking about it now/live?

560 WQAM in Miami

I'm listening right now and I'll let you guys know if there is anything mentioned if Manny doesn't get it to us first.

thnx Cali

Caneiac,

It's in Ferman's War Room in a thread he started.

someone on the insidetheu.com forum started a thread saying "we got a new OC fellas".

unfortunately it's on the paid forum and i didnt pay...if anyone here actually paid for it you might want to check it out yourselves

No hire yet. As from WQAM.

thnx Anton, I don't have access.

appreciate the info. you all!

has Ferman confirmed or he just heard through the grapevine, etc...

They just mentioned the OC position and Mark Whipple is the name that's comes up but nothing signed or confirmed yet. Just a story that has legs.

All going in the right direction, but a false alarm at this point. Nothing official yet, which is really all I want to know know...we have speculated enough for a few years at this point! We need the final word.

I can dig it Caneiac.

only shannon or manny can help us now!

Posted by: Caneiac | January 23, 2009 at 04:00 PM

Whipple, 50, has spent his entire coaching career in the Northeast (except for one season with the Arizona Wranglers of the USFL in 1984). That reason, and because he's now been in the NFL since 2004 (once you move up you rarely see guys move back down to college) makes me believe he'll likely pass -- or has passed -- on the job.

I've been told the new top candidate is Rutgers offensive coordinator John McNulty.
-- manny navarro (1/21)

WHO'S THE MAN

WQAM is trying to confirm, but they keep mentioning Whipple. Nothing yet.

I dont wanna read any fire Whipple talk next year. I swear im exposing the first one of u who come out ur type pad with that fire Whipple bull shyt..

From shandel of SS


Does Mark Whipple make sense?


The offensive coordinator job is the news of the day. So much that UM hoops coach Frank Haith began his press conference by playfully nominating himself for the job. For the record, he wants to install a spread offense.

It appears the Hurricanes are on the verge or have already offered the job to Mark Whipple, an assistant coach with the Philadelphia Eagles. Here's the one snag: The Eagles just lost quarterbacks coach Pat Shurmur, who took the offensive coordinator job with the St. Louis Rams. Whipple is likely next in line to replace Shurmur. If Whipple has NFL aspirations, it makes no sense for him to return to the college level when he's seeing first-hand the path of Shurmur. After a few years of being the Eagles QB coach, he could be an NFL coordinator. After a few years as UM offensive coordinator, he could be, well, fired.

Just kidding. No, I'm not. Yes, I am.

But not every coach wants to work in pros. Some have different goals. Maybe Whipple wants to work at the college level. This is probably why the Hurricanes are using so much time. I mentioned a few days ago how the NFL dominoes fall would be a factor.

We'll see what happens.

whipple would be a great catch,

Agreed Al, but I am starting to think Whipple is wavering and we will really get the official word on the OC early next week, but I really hope I am wrong!

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