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Cards-Ravens Super Bowl would help Canes

Playoffs? NFL playoffs at Eye On The U? Normally, I wouldn't bother bringing them up in this blog. But these days -- with recruiting really heating up -- you never know what can help and hurt. And my guess is you probably won't find a bigger Arizona Cardinals and Baltimore Ravens fan this coming week than UM coach Randy Shannon.

Edgerrin_jamesWhile Philadelphia and Pittsburgh don't have any UM players on their teams, the Cards and Ravens have seven former Canes between them. You know who they are: running backs Edgerrin James (Arizona) and Willis McGahee (Baltimore), safeties Antrel Rolle (Arizona) and Ed Reed (Baltimore), defensive lineman Calais Campbell (Arizona) and linebackers Tavares Gooden (Baltimore) and Ray Lewis (Baltimore). But if there was ever a real reason for Canes Nation to root for an Arizona-Baltimore Super Bowl in Tampa Feb. 1, it's recruiting.

While recruits obviously know all about Miami's history (the five rings and the countless first round picks) Ray_lewishaving something fresh and as big as the Super Bowl to talk about in those living room and in-home visits with mom and dad could prove quite valuable to Shannon. Let's not forget all the times those former Canes could throw up a U during Super Bowl week and on media day. Writers are sure to jump on that angle. In the end, that's some nice, very visible free advertising for the Canes. And, at the perfect time for Shannon, who is coming off a mediocre 7-6 season.

> After finally getting back home from the snowy Boston Sunday night, I got a chance to have a long conversation with one of my guys at The U who told me the NFL -- and helping players reach it -- is what Shannon has been selling hard to recruits over the last couple of weeks. And, my source told me, that's why Shannon is intent on bringing in an offensive coordinator who will run a pro style offense. "Whoever thinks coach Shannon wants a conservative offense is wrong," he said. "He wants an offense that's going put up points and help guys get to the next level. That's who we are. We've always been about winning and getting guys to the pros. Ask Reggie Wayne, Andre Johnson and all those guys how much it helped to play a pro style. It got them ready."

> As for the offensive coordinator search, I was told there is now some level of urgency on the coaching staff's part (not athletic director Kirby Hocutt) to fill the spot in the next few weeks. The reason: UM wants to be able to show recruits like Bryce Brown (a soft commitment) what type of offense the team will run. UM isn't scared it'll lose Brown (who is supposed to visit either Jan. 23 or 30) but the Canes want to ensure him and other potential recruits the offense will be in good hands. Brown, the nation's No. 1 running back, visited Kansas State over the weekend and told The Manhattan Mercury he's opened up conversation with Tennessee.

> By the way, I've also been told nobody has officially been interviewed in person for the OC job, but several candidates have been contacted over the phone. Our Barry Jackson reported Sunday Mike Shula was one of the ones to decline interest when asked. Shannon, who is not at the College Football Coaches Association meetings in Nashville this week (the majority of his staff is), will likely begin formal interviews this week. Shannon had been on the road doing in-home visits with recruits over the past week -- including making a stop at the home of receiver Rueben Randle, Rivals.com's No. 1 pass-catcher. Randle has told several publications he is now considering Miami again because the Canes got rid of Patrick Nix.

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I agree that Rip Scherer is not the guy for the program. Would much prefer Danny Langsdorf, Chuck Long, or Mitch Browning. I also agree that giving Shannon an extension based on recruiting alone (b/c at this stage it is definitely NOT coaching, ala last 2:42 minutes against Cal, handling Marve, etc.) is totally absurd. That would be a Paul Dee move, and I hope Kirby is better than that.

Yo..... I'd really like to know what the love affair is with Tommy Tubberville. The guy's record while at Auburn is 85-40 (granted he did have one undefeated great year). Usually he loses 3 or more games per year. If we want an average coach, guess what, we might already have one. And he's alot cheaper and can probably do a much better job recruiting locally which is what really matters. The fact is that every coach that has been at UM since Schnellenberger has won a championship, except for Butch who basically built what might be the greatest college team ever. So give Shannon some time and he will get more than enough talent........every one else has done it. Relax, it can't all get done in one day.

Its like all the talk about the OC.......whatever OC we pick up, right after game 1 people will be complaining about the play calling. Well guess what, it wasn't boring to run on first and second down when we were handing it to McGahee, Gore, and Portis. People are actually saying Coker was a great OC.......really???? He never ran one trick play or came up with anything brilliant. It was hand it to McGahee left, hand it to McGahee right, and then 25 yards to Andre Johnson. I guess he was a genius when he called the screen pass that McGahee took 70 yards against FSU.........................Thats a great OC? It wasn't boring defense when we were playing that crappy cover two either, but our DL would kick everyones butt so it didn't matter.


Basically what fans do is look at the result and then make dumb comments (including me). If the team is wining the OC was fine, otherwise the play calling stunk. Fact is, if you build the talent enough, the players will make all the differneces in college football. Pete Carroll was a moron before he got to USC and then he realized he has no one to compete against in recruiting (since UCLA stiniks) so he has a dynasty in his backyard. Even he can't scrw it up.

JayEl,

Don't sleep on UCLA. Chow is there now and UCLA snuck up to #14 (Rivals) in the recruiting standings. Most importantly, they stole the #1 tight end prospect in the nation from USC's class. UCLA has everything in place to return to late 90s form (before Edge and Co. broke their back).

And word has it Jacory is in daily contact with Debose. And he has a better than even chance of flipping him.

Posted by: CanesRus | January 13, 2009 at 12:36 PM

CanesRus,

I have a feeling that if we have a solid OC in place like Long then Jacory, Randy, Ray Ray and Dye can turn Debose over to the dark side on his visit. That would be so sweet. Just imagine Devose and Benjamin on kickoff return, in the slot, returning punts, end arounds, motioning into the backfield...ahh, wake me up when September comes (a twist on the Green Day song).

Manny had it right in that the U recruits future NFL players for its pro-style offense and defense, and that distinguishes the U from the run-and-shoot (Spurrier) and spread-option (Meyer) that Florida has run over the years. The U will attract elite Florida athletes with Shannon there, and remember how long it pro and that is it. ESPN has the U at 7 and Rivals has the U at 9, with several slots left to fill. I am looking at the recruits they are bringing in, and forget the stars by their names, these recruits can flat out play.

Yo..... I'd really like to know what the love affair is with Tommy Tubberville...


Yo ... He gets it

Yo ... Randy don't

Any thoughts on Ray Ray or Dye filling in at TE if we don't land Dion Sims? They both have the frame for it, and the speed. Just a matter of bulking up...

Personally I think Ray Ray would make a mean TE...probably the most explosive TE we've had in years (ever?)

Anybody else think he could handle it?

Tubberville turned a sad Ole Miss team into a top 25 team. Then he put Auburn back on the map when he took over there. The fans loved him at Ole Miss and so did the school....until he bolted and then they hated him. How do I know this, my girlfriend (at the time) was a Rebel booster. Not by way of money but she tutored the freshmen and had contact with the staff. Trust me they loved Tubberville. Plus, he is a former Canes assistant so that's a bonus.

Having said all that, I am all for RS to get a REAL opportunity to see what he can turn this program into. We know he can recruit. That means he has mastered the living room. Now he has to become a complete coach by stepping it up on the field on gamedays. I personally think he will get it done.

anybody know what's going on i tried posting
on the live chat and nothing coming up ??

Bryce Brown is Rivals.com's #1 recruit!!!! My heart is literally racing!!! Please God... Give us Bryce!!! Have we ever landed a top recruit? And could u imagine what a thrill it would be to land Bryce AND Randle? A guy can dream can't he?

Here's the list of Rivals.com #1 recruits from 2002 until now:

2002 - Vince Young - Texas
2003 - Ernie Sims - FSU
2004 - Adrian Peterson - Oklahoma
2005 - Derrick Williams - Penn State
2006 - Percy Harvin - Florida
2007 - Jimmy Clausen - Notre Dame
2008 - Terrele Pryor - Ohio State
2009 - Bryce Brown - Miami?

LET'S GO CANES!!!!

has anyone been able to pull up the live chat with Manny today? I keep getting an old posting

2010 Tubby Time !

Just a quick point on the game day "side line" problems at The U.

Nix's responsibility, he failed.
- In yr 1, while in the box, his appointee failed, his problem.

- In yr 2, while on the sideline, he failed.

He's gone.

Don't forget bosses, coaches etc. will give employees just enough rope to hang themselves. Especially if he/they want to get rid of you.

Problem fixed. Nix is gone. I'm done.

CanesFanStuckInNYC, I hope he holds on to the U as well. Fortunately, we have his last visit.

With our group of young guy's from last yr (including his brother), a great salesmen and leader in Jacory Harris, a good new crop of OL guys and an Offensive Coordinator that will impress him, he should be done.

If not, we are still loaded at RB. What Bryce has over every RB we have (except maybe, JJ) is he - is a real "deep threat as a WR."

JH's leadership and salesmanship brought in 2 of the Sanford 3 and I think when Debose (3) makes his last visit, again at UM, he'll (JH) flip him also.

These kids see Jacory as a living legend.
You see, these kids know what JH did at Miami Northwestern.

It's a story that you find in the movies.

As a JR QB, JH and his teammates are left without a Head Coach or staff - going into their SR yr.

What does JH do?

He pulls the team together and acts as the Head Coach and appoints a few fellow SR's as his assistants and they coach the team until a new head coach and staff arrive 2 weeks before the season opener.

Northwestern goes on to win the Div 6 State and National Championships. And JH wins Mr. Football of Florida, breaking all of Robert Marve's and Tim Tebow's records. As well, his "SR assistants" are all at UM now.

A great story of leadership!

By M Bakas. Brian Buter (Brown's mentor) says that Brown had a great visit to K-State and that USC and Tennessee have also been back in touch recently. Bryce's plan is to go to Miami on his last official visit, but he wants to see who they hire as an OC before he does anything.

http://www.recruitingplanet.com/forum/miami-hurricanes/8374-09-ks-rb-bryce-brown-miami-verbal-2.html

Frank Spaziani gets Head Coaching job at BC.

Where does that leave Steve Logan?

Steve Logan is the current offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Boston College.

In 1980, he became the tight ends coach at Oklahoma State under head coach Jimmy Johnson.

Logan served as the head coach of East Carolina from 1992-2002. He became the school's all-time winningest coach and led the Pirates to five bowl games.

Logan rejoined former assistnt Jeff Jagodzinski in 2007. He helped develop quarterback Matt Ryan, who would win the ACC Player of the Year, the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, the Manning Award and was named the AP NFL Rookie of the Year.

Interesting and with Jimmy Johnson involved, anything can happen.

Canes2

Another interesting point is Jeff Jagodzinski and Steve Logan have coached a lot together in the past. With Jagz working as Logans OC at East Carolina. And they both have lots of connections with Jimmy Johnson.

Bryce, please look around!

It's the right way to do this recruiting thing.

Your brother has filled U in on the U. And U have saved the best visit for last at the U.
And, with all your conversations with Jacory, U know he is a great leader.

U know he's someone U can win National Championships with. So, save the best for last and know at that time U have made the best decision for U.

HOUSTON--WRONG---USC is a PRIVATE school.

Canes will ALWAYS get there dominant share of S. Fl athletes. Always have, always will. It's in the blood of Miami. If you don't believe me, just spend one weekend in Miami during FSU/Miami week and you'll see. It's VERY MUCH Hurricane City and Area.

Posted by: Doncmleon

Wrong!
I am going to save this post, and I will come back 5 or 10 years from now!
LOL!!! ALWAYS?

HOUSTON--WRONG---USC is a PRIVATE school.

Canes will ALWAYS get there dominant share of S. Fl athletes. Always have, always will. It's in the blood of Miami. If you don't believe me, just spend one weekend in Miami during FSU/Miami week and you'll see. It's VERY MUCH Hurricane City and Area.

Posted by: Doncmleon

Wrong!
I am going to save this post, and I will come back 5 or 10 years from now!
LOL!!! ALWAYS?

Randy Shannon should open practices to the public. Let us see what happens at practice.

What is he hiding, the gameplan? Based on our performance this past season, everyone already knows what we are doing.

I'm not so impressed with Bryce Brown...am I the only one?

I don't think he's that explosive and the defenses he plays against s*ck. Great vision and he can catch out of the backfield, but I'm not drooling over this guy. I'm much more impressed with Lamar Miller, the kid finishes runs.

Canesjunkie,
I personally think that Bryce Brown has Adrian Peterson ability. I'm not just saying that because he's a would be Cane because he obviously is iffy on coming here. He may be better than everyone in Kansas but he has that IT when it comes to ability. He showed it in the Army allstar game and that's against the best high school players in the country.

I saw Trent Richardson (ESPN's number 1 RB) play in person this year and I'm telling you that Brown is better. Whatever school he ends up with will have 3 years of service because he will be NFL bound. Hopefully it will be THE U. We need him.

So does anyone think Javarris James will continue to carry the load for the Canes during his senior season or will RS go with cooper and Lee Champers, or will Bryce Brown and Miller still the show as freshman. Either way we need Cooper on the field some how some way cuz hes to dynamic to sit

HOUSTON--WRONG---USC is a PRIVATE school.

Canes will ALWAYS get there dominant share of S. Fl athletes. Always have, always will. It's in the blood of Miami. If you don't believe me, just spend one weekend in Miami during FSU/Miami week and you'll see. It's VERY MUCH Hurricane City and Area.

Posted by: Doncmleon

Wrong!
I am going to save this post, and I will come back 5 or 10 years from now!
LOL!!! ALWAYS?

Posted by: AlexFAU06 | January 13, 2009 at 06:30 PM

Umm...what planet are you from? Everything he said is true. Look at recruiting history, you sorry FAU dumbf*ck. What an idiot.

I'm not so impressed with Bryce Brown...am I the only one?

I don't think he's that explosive and the defenses he plays against s*ck. Great vision and he can catch out of the backfield, but I'm not drooling over this guy. I'm much more impressed with Lamar Miller, the kid finishes runs.

Posted by: Canesjunkie | January 13, 2009 at 09:23 PM

So, after watching 10 minutes of Bryce Brown highlights on youtube, canesjunkie says he is not impressed by Bryce Brown (the #1 recruit in the nation). LOL...great. Send an email to Shannon and the Canes staff and provide them with your wonderful insight. Maybe they'll pull his scholarship and you'll save UM from recruiting a bust.

Thank GOD that you are not in charge of any player evaluation for the University of Miami. Why don't you just go back to selling insurance or opening up bank accounts all day and leave the recruiting and evaluations to people that do this for a living?

NEW TWIST IN BRYCE BROWN SAGA???

Since yesterday, Rivals.com is reporting a "New Twist in the Bryce Brown Saga."

Manny - do you know what Rivals is talking about? I'm shaking in my boots out of fear of losing BB (and cuz it's freezing in NYC).

Thanks!

CanesFanStuckInNYC

Who carries the rock will depend on who the OC is. Some OCs think that there is one guy toating the rock and others like to spread it out. I know one thing for sure, Bryce's ability will be hard to keep off the field. The ONLY thing that will keep him from being THE guy is pass protection. It takes time.

James should be on a short leash. If he can't stay healthy he may not see the field again. There is too much talent at RB for him to not produce.

I also think that they should let Coop play more of a Reggie Bush role. Have him return punts and get 10-15 "touches" a game in the run and passing game. Giving him the ball straight up the gut all the time isn't doing him or us any favors.

HEY YOU GATOR FANS EVEN IF TEBOW COMES BACK ALABAMA IS GOIN TO RUM THE SEC THIS YEAR AND WE ARE GOING TO THE ROSE BOWL NEXT YEAR

NEW TWIST IN BRYCE BROWN SAGA???

Since yesterday, Rivals.com is reporting a "New Twist in the Bryce Brown Saga."

Manny - do you know what Rivals is talking about? I'm shaking in my boots out of fear of losing BB (and cuz it's freezing in NYC).

Thanks!

CanesFanStuckInNYC

Posted by: CanesFanStuckInNYC | January 14, 2009 at 10:21 AM

I think the new twist might be that USC has made BB an offer or that he will not sign on NLOID like Pryor did last year.

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