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This and That: McKenzie, AA games, Gamble

DOLPHIN STADIUM -- Just wanted to wish the Eye On The U crew a Happy New Year -- even if things are a bit rocky these days in Caneland. Tonight, I'm where Randy Shannon was hoping his team would be this year: the Orange Bowl. God knows the BCS needs the Canes or Seminoles to start getting here more often. This place has plenty of seats still available.

By the way, win or lose tonight, the ACC has shown it really is a mediocre conference at best. 3-6? I'm beginning to wonder if the ACC really even deserves that automatic BCS bid anymore.

Jermaine_mckenzie> Just wanted to share my thoughts from the news today regarding Jermaine McKenzie's transfer to Memphis. Last month when I spoke to his father John he told me his son was very happy at Miami and didn't think his son would be going anywhere. Looks like a lot changed from then until now. Can't say I'm disappointed in Jermaine. He did the best thing he could for himself. He was never going to see the field at Miami, no matter what Shannon said. He has got too many studs in front of him and it wasn't fair to him to spend three to four years waiting to really see the field.

But he is going to see the field at Memphis. I just think J-Mac never recovered from his car accident. I kept getting the sense from coaches he was still playing with some fear in practice (how can you blame him after coming so close to paralysis?). It's a crying shame. J-Mac was one of the nicest kids I ever had to deal with. I would have loved to see him get a chance to really make a play this season. I'll be rooting for him with the Tigers.

> In case you already didn't know, you'll be able to catch a few Canes commitments and recruits the program is chasing on TV this weekend at the country's two biggest All-American games.

Cornerback Brandon McGee and running back Bryce Brown will be playing for the East at the U.S. Army-All American game in San Antonio Saturday at 1 p.m. on NBC. Two other potential Canes recruits will be announcing their college decisions on TV and playing for the East -- defensive tackle William Campbell (who has UM in his Top 3) and Ohio offensive tackle Marcus Hall. Playing for the west are QB A.J. McCarron (an Alabama commitment) and WR Rueben Randle. Of the four, UM's best shot is at Campbell.

Over in Orlando at the Under-Armour game, Miami will have two commitments playing Sunday night at 8 on ESPN. Cornerback Jamal Reid will represent the White team and defensive back Prince Kent will represent the black team. Other recruiting targets participating include offensive linemen Xavier Su'a Filo (white team) and Peter White (black team), and the Sanford trio -- receiver Andre DeBose, safety Ray Ray Armstrong and tight end/defensive end Dyron Dye. The feeling inside UM is they believe they'll land two-third of the Sanford trifecta -- Armstrong and Dye.

> I didn't get a chance yesterday to follow up on the 53-point beat down the Canes gave North Julian_gambleFlorida -- the largest margin of victory for a UM basketball team since the program was resurrected in 1985. I nearly fell asleep watching it. What kept me awake was watching Julian Gamble. The kid had 13 points and 13 rebounds to go with three blocks in 19 minutes. But it's more than his production, it's his fearlessness. One of the things his teammates say about Gamble is he's probably one of the most confident guys on the team. "Julian is a hard worker and he listens," Jack McClinton said. "When coach tells him something, he just goes out and does it. He doesn’t say anything back to him."

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Good stuff, Manny. Big weekend for recruiting it sounds like. God knows Canes fans are thirsty for some news that does not involve transfers. Also, any juicy quotes from Jermaine's father regarding Shannon's mismanagement of the team, or is drivel of that nature reserved for Eugene Marve?

Manny~
Great stuff. How many recruits do U think we will pick up this weekend from the All-Star games? Any surprises (in your opinion) that we win and lose????

Hey Manny
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!
Hope all is well with U and the family.
Will I see U in orlando Sun. night?
Go Canes

For those who doubt the Mantra of the Shannonites and the RS road back to the promise land read this link

http://www.miamiherald.com/recruiting/

I think of the world of what you do here Manny and your work for the Herald but recently you sound like you have doubts. Your friend Blustein, whom I think is a genius sage, sees through all the chaff and mirage of distractions such as the Marve situation. Every year, people do transfer and a lot is made of it. We only have these kids and their talent for a short time -- we have to load them up yearly to get that critical mass. We will get there, I have no doubt.

Best nugget of info from the WQAM int with RS is that he confers with Sarkisian (USC OC) regularly and considers him his friend. Sarkisian, I hope I spelled that right, can only guide RS to the right OC. Just look at what he has done with USC. Wish we had a shot at Norm Chow or at an upcoming OC to be...

Keep the faith... GO Canes.

Good luck JMAc!

It's too bad about the car accident, I suspected it would take a lot longer than a single redshirt to fully recover from an injury like that.

Best of luck to him at Memphis.

Whoever works the cheapest is who we will get

First!

I really hope that we get an offensive coordinator that is good. I want our team to be good, and I think that having an offensive coordinator that is good will give us a better shot at being good. I like clam chowder a lot, it's good.

Hey "U" guys according to JJ, there has been a good relationship with Carroll, Sarkisian, Ruhle and Chow at UM since they (USC) spent a couple of Summers here studying our Pro-Style Offense with Butch, Coker and Chud. You know that old conservative unexciting offense some numb skull Cane fans love to hate.

Look, as a Gator Fan it's fine with me if you get rid of it. But, from my perspective U would be fools to do so ... it's the offense of dynasties. When RS gets his OC and with last yrs recruits and this yr's, which is looking pretty good, then it's just coach'em up time.

http://www.miamiherald.com/recruiting/

As Gator fan I can see the forest you can't. And it doesn't look anywhere near as gloomy as some of you sound. Relax. The good times for you are just ahead.

Here's what I see ahead; in 2013 we meet again, I think at Dolphin Stadium, and I see UM favored in that game - maybe with another ring on your fingers - or in the running for one that year.

Stop wining!

Go Gator beat Sooners

Im a cane fan who agrees with a gator fan yuck. How can you whine about this team so much when the best players at almost every position in the feild were true freshman. I wish jmac all the luck i think he went out classy unlike marve who went out whining like a baby. I truly think this team will be in the national title hunt in 2010. The freshman are that good. Give randy and this team time and stop trying to get him fired.

ok, no offense or anything gatorfan, but for a gatorfan you sure sound like a hurricane fan too!!!!

Y CANT ALL GATOR FANS BE LIKE GATORFAN2?!?!?!?!

You know, VT took care of biz. We shoulda taken care of biz against Cal. But that was a tall order, road game all the way. And if Russell Wilson doesn't get hurt, that is another ACC win. Don't disrespect the ACC, alot of teams played freshman. This conference will be very good next year.

By the way, win or lose tonight, the ACC has shown it really is a mediocre conference at best. 3-6? I'm beginning to wonder if the ACC really even deserves that automatic BCS bid anymore...

Iceberg dead ahead ...

Manny- The entire comment regarding the ACC being "mediocre at best" is ver very silly. You are beggining to saound like the ESPN haters- Corso, Myers, Herbrstreit, etc, who "fawn" over UF and the SEC.

First, comparing conferences based on bowl outcomes or even records is as dumb as the BCS itself. Is a 7-5 Nevada as good as a 7-5 UM or MAryland based on who they beat and who they lost to? Never!

Second, you forgot two things when you made the hollow-yet now all too common bold statement about the 3-6 record (which is now 4-6, by the way): a) The ACC played head-to head against the oooooooh feared SEC: Final tally: 6-6. If my math is correct that would make them more or less equal. Logic tells me you are saying the SEC is therefore pretty mediocre?

b) The losses by ACC teams were all (with the ec. of GT very very close: Clemson by 5, BC by 3, UM by 7, NC State, while the wins were all pretty much big wins.


Finally, Media types like you and your ESPN buddies fail to admit that a conference that has so much parity is not by definition mediocre. One which has 2/12 teams on the top and the rest are barely even competitive, is. AKA SEC, PAC 10. ACC and PAc 10 teams historically have played a lot outside the conf. and do relatively well, while the SEC in its glorious arrogance does so less often and when it does, it mostly plays powder puff teams-that is a fact researched and confirmed by...you guessed it. ESPN!

Berstein's article was awesome. he placed the UM program in a very positive optimistic light. All the haters (including me) should read it. I know I've changed my tune, esp now that Nix is gone!

If the Big East gets an automatic BCS than surely the ACC deserves one.

This OC hire is HUGE for RS and the U so make it a good one...

As for RS, the Donald wanted the U to hire TT's Leach. While I don't like Trump and I like RS for the most part, his on-field coaching decisions make him appear brain dead. Leach on the other hand is being interviewed on 60 Minutes a week after President Obama was on 60 Minutes. Hmmmm I hope RS' recruiting will be difference and compensate for other things...

GO CANES!

I love the fact that RS is the coach at the U..of course I am not a Canes fan.

Love how Georgia Tech got destroyed by a mediocore SEC team that is rebuilding.

Yes that is the same Georgia Tech team that ran for over 500 yards against Miami.

The ACC is a joke right now until Florida State and Miami can come back.

Until Randy Shannon is fired, Miami isnt coming back so the ACC's only hope is FSU.

The OC hire does not mean squat. It means nothing.

The biggest hire in Canes history will ne next year when we hire a new head coach. That is the biggest hire.

Randy Shannon is the problem. We fire the DC last year and our D is a joke this year (see final 3 games with giving up over 900 yards rushing).

We have fired everyone, players are transferring. GET RID OF SHANNON! I am sick of him and sick of our opponents mocking us by saying they hope Shannon stays around forever.

Fire Shannon Kirby or I want you to be fired next.

Anyone calling for Shannon's head or Kirby Hocutt's head is an idiot. Randy Shannon took over a program in the dumps TWO YEARS AGO. Big surprise it isn't a national championship contender this year. Rebuilding programs takes time, and it's not without bumps along the road. The vast vast vast majority of posters here don't even have a scant notion of what the job of a head coach is, who has responsibility for what aspects of the game, and what the "right" decision is in any case...yet they're the loudest ones when it comes to what Miami should do.

Kirby Hocutt was named AD 10 MONTHS AGO. Since then, he has been a strong voice for the football program and (I hope) continues to build up steam for adequate funds towards facilities and staff so that we can retain good coaching talent. Let history be the judge instead of insisting a change be made minute to minute.

Glad to see that Julian Gamble is a big man who has confidence. All ACC teams have big post men but the majority of these teams do not have big post man who can score. What seperates the good teams in the ACC from the medicore ones are big men who can score. I have not seen Julian Gamble enough to say he is a legit scorer down low, but atleast he has the right mentality. Your mentality is extremely important and basketball.....I hope the Canes bball team can get it going and make this a fun year. I'm sick of the football talk already, we need some optimism....Go Canes!!

What more proof do you need that Randy Shannon isnt a head coach??? You are an idiot!

This guy is ruining the Hurricanes football program, from his poor gameday coaching to his horrible handling of his players. Each year a main assistant coach has been fired and the only constant is Randy Shannon. He is making the program look like a bunch of babies.

This isnt about a National Title but we shouldnt be struggling to make a bowl and then look like idiots coaching against a weak Pac-10 school. The gameday coaching is a joke.

Dont forget while we all like to put the blame on Coker's players, Randy Shannon was on this staff recruiting these same players! He has fault in that too!

Kirby needs to bring in a proven head coach!

ATX Cane you like to make excuses like many other canes fans. "Big surprise it isn't a national championship contender this year." Is it? There are plenty of other coaches who turn programs around immediately. These are usually great coaches. People win at lesser schools, with lesser talent. So stop babying Randy Shannon!

I read the Blustien article, but it doesn't put my at ease. Acquiring talent doesn't mean much if you can't develop it into a football team. Noone is doubting Shannon's ability to recruit, it's his coaching that is being questioned.

Randy Shannon is learning on the job, let's just hope he gets it figured out soon. We need to give Shannon another 2 years to really evaluate him as coach so we're all just going to have to suffer through this.

Can't wait to see Jacory next season, and between Byrd, Johnson and Benjamin they caught 9 of 20 UM touchdown passes. Should be exciting!

TO ALL THE RS HATERS OUT THERE: I feel your pain -- I want wins too -- but RS is a fantastic fit at Miami. In order to get back to the days of Canes dominance, we need solid recruiting classes, especially from our South Florida base; Randy has handled this superbly. A quick comparison between Miami's historical scouts.com or rivals.com recruiting rankings against our record the following 1-2 years will show you that Coker sank the program because of recruiting. On the other hand, one top-ranked class by RS and our record improves. And our defense is NOT terrible: we're the only team in the nation to hold the probable BCS champion Florida Gators to under 30 points, and we manhandled VaTech, the ACC champs. I think our collapse at the end of the season was due to our youth; it's particularly difficult for freshmen/rookies to last the entire season. But of course, that's gonna improve. In summary, strong recruiting classes are what separate great football programs from all the wannabes around the nation; Randy is a highly-gifted recruiter who's getting the job done where it counts and who in the long run will not only restore UM to its era of dominance but will create a recruiting system at Miami that will perpetuate success for years to come (especially since he would never voluntarily leave Miami like Butch did; RS will stick around forever if you ask me). GO CANES!!!!

TX Cane - Shut up! You sound like a negative Gator jerk who has nothing better to do, unemployed, broke and dumb as a rock! Typing all this negative crap will not bring back your life.

Randy is a great coach in his 2nd year, just give him his 4 year contract and see what happens!

You probably haven't ever played FB! Keep your Gator a** quite!

I wish the ACC bashing would stop. The ACC won four games and every game was close (7 points or less) except the GT whoooping by LSU. The ACC may not be the top-tier league yet but they are very competitive to say the least.

One thing I forgot to mention: Recruiting in the state of Florida is a zero-sum game, so the better recruiting classes we have, the worse it will be for UF and FSU. The fact that Randy is fighting hard to dominate the state in recruiting is an enormous step in the right direction. Miami has some natural advantages when it comes to recruiting (location, program prestige) and Randy is tapping into these resources in an effective way. That's huge! It's the same reason why USC is so dominant-- every descent player in CA automatically wants to go to USC. More talented players means less pressure on the coaches (e.g., it doesn't take that much talent at the QB position to throw a screen or swing pass to a gamebreaker). In the long run, RS will be successful and all the haters will laugh about the days in which the doubted him.

Manny I agree with the above poster regarding the ACC. Russell Wilson and NC State were up 14 or so when eh got injured!

GatorAid - You are correct!!! TX is a ??? and Shannon will turn this program around.

dang, i can't wait for vaughn telemaque along with brandon mcgee, prince kent, jamal reid, and kayvon webster to add depth on our secondary, also with the addition of tommy streeter next year, it should be a major plus for jacory's improvement having both ex-hs teammates receiving for him, along with byrd, collier and benjamin!!!! RB position should be solid too, it should remove some pressure off jacory, now all we need is to pull in some big time OL's and a decent OC, and solidify the defense around SEAN the beast SPENCE even more, and that should atleast take us to a major BCS game, and maybe the following year into NC!!!! wow that'd be something, i'm also hoping we'll shock the nation with some surprise get on saturday and sundays prep game!!! reuben randle, sanford trio, william campbell, peter white, jelani jenkins, xavier nixon, bobby massie, marcus hall and the list could go on!!!! lets go U!!!!!!

First I'm not a canes fan at all. In fact, I root for FSU over the canes. But, I am a fan of Florida schools (UF-FSU-UM) over out of state schools.

What I see from outside the forest, most of U find Ur selves in. And having the occasional opp to listen to JJ speak about his association with RS, UM admin and the players is well, sort of insider trading. And NO he doesn't reveal anything we shouldn't know.

Read the post below:
http://miamiherald.typepad.com/umiami/2009/01/dolphin-stadium.html#comment-143878272

Regarding the RS haters; most are non - UM fans. It's common practice for UF and FSU fans to pose as canes fans on blogs and radio and trash anything they fear.

I know many guys and gals that have been doing this for years. And the others, well they're a "very small minority" that wanted another "name" at some coaching position and didn't get their way.

These are not true fans and are typically spoiled little boys and girls that are typically ignorant about football. We have them at UF and all schools suffer these fools.

What gets me is that RS had the best recruiting class last yr and this yrs class looks to be right up their. So, this will be one of the best back to back recruiting classes ever, for any school. But U know what, they hated Schenlls, JJ, DE, Butch and Coker. They are fools.

In the next 3 to 6 yrs the NFL pipeline will begin anew. And RS you have a coach that will be very successful and long term, I hate it.

RS is doing his best get rid of Cokers losers and other scholarship wasters (RM,JM,SM and others) so those can be given to true contributors. Don't forget RS was left with nothing in talent and especially on the line of scrimmage.

That's how depth is built, all the big time programs do it this way. How do U think USC rotates 18 different D-Linemen every game. Their O-Line is similar.

Read the post below:
http://miamiherald.typepad.com/umiami/2009/01/dolphin-stadium.html#comment-143878272

Then there are the Conference Bashers. All conferences have periods of mediocrity. It wasn't too long ago that the PAC 10 suffered a long period of mediocrity.

USC, UCLA and others couldn't play their way out of a wet paper bag, they sucked totally.

Yet, I think, they were undefeated in bowls this yr. Don't forget, the AAC has put more teams in bowl games over the last couple yrs. So, this to shall pass.

In closing, I fear what I see happening at UM. As a gator fan - I see what would have been our recruits had Coker stayed in-charge going to UM.

Now with RS getting back to the UM recruiting
concept and re-building old relationships.

The RM situation will have NO effect on future recruits or this yrs. They (the recruits) saw RM's ineffectiveness and they saw as RS stood by his word.

Further more all UM players have great relationships with most potential recruits. Especially JH and MF they are the "Rush Committee".

So, unfortunately for me and other gator and FSU fans - UM is well on it's way to getting back to dominance.


The Canes need Ray Ray Armstrong and the Samoan OL...I hope we get an OC like USC has...they make DF look so confused!! Canes in 2009...all you Haters don't blame RS he is not playing every week.

dang, i can't wait for vaughn telemaque along with brandon mcgee, prince kent, jamal reid, and kayvon webster to add depth on our secondary, also with the addition of tommy streeter next year, it should be a major plus for jacory's improvement having both ex-hs teammates receiving for him, along with byrd, collier and benjamin!!!! RB position should be solid too, it should remove some pressure off jacory, now all we need is to pull in some big time OL's and a decent OC, and solidify the defense around SEAN the beast SPENCE even more, and that should atleast take us to a major BCS game, and maybe the following year into NC!!!! wow that'd be something, i'm also hoping we'll shock the nation with some surprise get on saturday and sundays prep game!!! reuben randle, sanford trio, william campbell, peter white, jelani jenkins, xavier nixon, bobby massie, marcus hall and the list could go on!!!! lets go U!!!!!!

"Hey "U" guys according to JJ, there has been a good relationship with Carroll, Sarkisian, Ruhle and Chow at UM since they (USC) spent a couple of Summers here studying our Pro-Style Offense with Butch, Coker and Chud. You know that old conservative unexciting offense some numb skull Cane fans love to hate." -- Gatorfan2

Sounds like we need to take a trip out West to observe the football machine that is USC. It makes sense that they learned a thing or two from the Canes program of the turn of the century (sounds like so long ago). And doesn't 'SC of the last five years remind you of another team of the recent past--you know where every time they take the field the only question is will they win or will they dominate? That's how the U used to be and I believe will be again when all the pieces are in place. On a respect level, there isn't a team in college football that I respect more than USC. And I'm a UCLA alumnus, so that's saying a LOT. Let's return the favor, observe what 'SC does, and rebuild our empire!

Can't wait to see who we land Sunday and who our next OC and S & C coaches are going to be.

Go Canes!

Anyone calling for Shannon's head or Kirby Hocutt's head is an idiot. Randy Shannon took over a program in the dumps TWO YEARS AGO. Big surprise it isn't a national championship contender this year. Rebuilding programs takes time, and it's not without bumps along the road. The vast vast vast majority of posters here don't even have a scant notion of what the job of a head coach is, who has responsibility for what aspects of the game, and what the "right" decision is in any case...yet they're the loudest ones when it comes to what Miami should do.

Kirby Hocutt was named AD 10 MONTHS AGO. Since then, he has been a strong voice for the football program and (I hope) continues to build up steam for adequate funds towards facilities and staff so that we can retain good coaching talent. Let history be the judge instead of insisting a change be made minute to minute.

Posted by: ATXcane | January 02, 2009 at 09:59 AM

GREAT POST----- Do you guys really understand what was left for Randy? Bruce Johnson might be our only player drafted, if he gets drafted. That means there is no talent other than the 2 classes randy brought in. YOu cant compete with freshman, but, what U bashers fail to realize is that we had a chance in the 4th qtr in 12 of 13 games(GT game being the only game going into the 4th we were out of). I think that says alot, plus that article thats been linked on here about recruiting . WHAT DO U PEOPLE EXPECT? Urban wasnt stoopid, Notre dame was his dream job, yet he chose UF, WHY??? Cause ND had no talent at the time like the U, and the gators were loaded from ROn zooks 3 top 4 classes. WE HAVE MAYBE 1 KID GETTING DRAFTED--THATS RANDYS FAULT? NO, THATS HOW BAD COKER LEFT THE STATE OF THE U. NOW, WE PROB HAVE 5-10 #1 picks on the roster, but not till the 2011 or 2012 draft. SO, shut the F up and stop bashing shannon. When we finally R back on top, U will all be like holy sh_t. Our Famed Coach Davis took over in 1995, how long did it take butch? probation was over in 96. WELL? THINGS TAKE TIME---- WE R HEADED BACK

On another note, we need those seminole high kids to vault us into the top 5. I am hoping all 3 come, I know manny put 2, but that would be a huge blow to the gators if they lost out on all of them, being in their own backyard. Thats a great sign if randy can even get 1 of them, let alone 2. Last yr, around this time, we were only supposed to get 6 of the NW high kids, with Ben Jones and Streter(both redshirted) not expected to sign here, and randy got em. So, maybe he pulls his magic and gets all 3. Those 3 push us into or near the top of all the recruiting charts. They are all announcing on Sunday. Keep the fingers crossed

Maybe I am just an optomist at heart, but I think if we get what we are working towards on this recruiting class, 2010 and beyond are going to be good years for us.

Also, people need to take a step back, look at the big picture and remember that UM is a PRIVATE SCHOOL with only about 10,000 students. More importantly, UM is more known for its post graduate programs for Law and Medicine, not its undergrad programs. Also, remember, UM does not receive ANY state funding like UF, USF, FIU, FSU, UCF,... Look at the current top 25, how many other private (non-religious schools) are there?

Also, stop comparing UM to the likes of schools in the SEC as well. There is no way we can compete financially with them, it is impossible, but yet from an athletics perspective, we are fielding a top 10 baseball team, top 25 basketball team and next year we should be a top 25 Football Team. Our selling point is our climate, beaches, hot women and ability to stay home with familry for local talent (Baseball more than Football even).

The top Administrators will never invest the money in a top tier coach and never have. History has proven to take an up and comer and let them learn and when they become a hot commodity, they move on to the next one. Same goes for OC's, DC's and AD's. Trust me, they will stay with Randy through 2010. The FB's biggest booster club comes from its ex-players and he has all the support from ex-canes (who love him by the way). He will learn as a coach, so stop the crying about his mediocrity now because his coaching style will evolve with his talent, it did for Butch (and Schnel for that matter). If any of you remember, all Coker did was stay out of the way. In 2001 and 2002, with leaders like Reed, Taylor, Rolle, Portis, Shockey and our favorite QB of all time, Dorsey, Coker was just along for the ride and it caught up with him.

Time will tell with Randy and trust me, the boosters will give it to him, for Pete's sake he is one of their own and the ex-Canes always have each other's back...

Randy is going no where, so shut up, get on the bus now and stop your whining.

The U is headed back alright...backwards.

If the Marve controversy is such a minor issue, why is it getting posts all over the internet for days on end?

The reason is that Shannon made a big, big mistake handling Marve. As of today, RS has not agreed to release Marve to attend any schools in Florida, which according to Marve's Dad who has cancer, means he can't attend games to see his son play. (WQAM interview this morning with Joe Rose)

Prediction: RS gets bailed out by the University, Marve goes wherever he wants and the damage is contained.

randy is also laying a blueprint-loading up on 5 of espns top 7 OLB's/DE's, qbs in harris and cook and smith, d line, and DBS. Now, according to espn, we have the #1 RB class coming in with 2 of the top 10 RBS in high school and 3 of the top 20, and 3 of the top 12 dbs/athletes to add to a weak DB SR/JR coker class with Kent, Reid, Webster coming in. unlike coker, randy is filling depth at needed positions. he also landed 5 star Olineman, Jermain Johnson last week a former auburn committ and prep school OLineman, and he is getting back Washington at Oline, who is now the #2 prep overall player in the USA. so, if he adds 2-3 more lineman down the stretch, along with the seminole guys, this class loads us up with depth at every position. we also have highsmith at qb to replace marve, alonzo highsmiths son, a top 20 qb. SO, these also arent coker recruits, these are high school all americans he is bringing in. we R on the way back

DOM, Great info, I totally agree with you. More importantly, with the evolution of all these young guys, the 2010 team is going to explode onto the scene!

Jersey, we had no recruit strategy under coker, heck, randy said some games in 07, his 1st yr, we didnt have enough bodies to dress the minimum required. I mean, guys, thats how bad it was. He went 3 classes w/o a qb or wr's. not counting other positions. Do U know how bad that is, think about it, to actually go that many classes w/o any playmakers, with javarris basically being his only player, and thats due to edge james, him coming here. Look at Lee Chambers, a randy recruit from his 1st class, barely used, the kid looked real good the other night. BY 2010, we will have 2 more top 10 classes of high school all americans, our #1 overall class will be JR's and redshirt sophomores, and we should be able to compete with any team in the country. Then, with all that talent, if we R still losing 4-5 games, I will be the 1st to say we need a change

I am not into all the hating that takes place on Msg Boards but RS is not above some criticism. No doubt RS is recruiting incredibly well especially with our record and other stuff swirling around.

I think RS' judgement can and should still be questioned. He needs to be actively involved and help a young team calm down and see things that I am sure he sees (I hope he sees). Its obvious he is learning on the job to be a good sideline head coach. His mistakes are strangely familiar to those of Butch Davis in his first two years. Butch has learned as you can see by how he completely has out-coached RS these past two years. Hopefully, RS will be a quicker study.

As for his staff, Nix was a terrible hire and he fired his DC last year followed by Nix this year among others. A coaches staff is key to a head coaches success. I also want to stop seeing players like DVD, Brandon Harris or even our Two-Minute offense looking lost out there so bring in people that will coach these kids up. I know they are young but so are other ACC teams like GT, etc and those kids dont look lost, they look ready.

RS has earned our support for being a TRUE CANE. I am behind him but he needs to show everyone that he can run this program and not just by providing discipline.

Marve was a cancer in oUr program (no pun intended with his father). He went out drinking a LOT, didnt watch film, and had a 'tude. Good luck to him and his family.

The entire AD at Hecht is in disarray. I dont blame RS as much as many of you. What he needs is some serious learning about PR and how good PR helps a program. What he did w/ Marve is not wrong - and in the short AND long run it will help our team - but how it's being perceived by the meeeeedia could have been prevented.

Holcutt's got his hands full with the financial FUBAR's Heavy Dee left'm, but he should take some time before Spring practice to help RS be a little (JUST A LITTLE!) more PR sensitive.

GO CANES

go canes

I'M BAAAACK!

It was all a misunderstanding. I regret that my earlier posts were misunderstood. I'm a team guy, you know. And I only have the highest respect for Manny Navarro and legion of UM's bloggers. (Are you buying any of this?) And I definitely did NOT have any contact with SEC team blogs, while I was still posting on UM sites. (Of course, SOMEONE may have approached these other blogs on my behalf. But that's routine, you know.)

MORE BAD NEWS: Apparently, Jermain Johnson is STILL a nonqualifier! Apart from Washington, who we counted toward the "number one" recruiting class LAST year, UM may not land ANY of the top-rated OL prospects THIS year.


I repeat, ACC 6 SEC 6. head to head. ACC 10 bowl teams ACC 8. Period. Losing records SEC>ACC
Period.
You dummies stop with the ACC crape.

Hmmmm, let's see. Historically powerful, massive football programs with huuuuuuuge alumni backing, huuuuge stadiums and backing, and $$$$ that are in serious trouble:

-Michigan 1997 NC
-Tennessee 1998 NC
-Notre Dame
-Washington
-Michigan State- Never quite there!
-Iowa- Never quite there. But they alwasy manage to beat an SEC team in a bowl!
-Auburn- Never quite there!
-Clemson- Never quite there!
-Florida State 3 years in a row losing to... Wake Forest! 5 years in a row losing to UF! LOL!

Um doesnt have it that bad, guys. Seriously. Not even close! Those schools, especially ND MIch and Tennessee are in reallll trouble! AT LEAST WE HAVE THIS ONE TRUMP CARD THAT NONE OF THOSE SCHOOLS HAVE: FLORIDA ATHLETES, ESPECIALLY SOUTH FLORIDA RECRUITS!!!!!!!

TO ALL YOU WHINEY CRYBABY GIRLY MEN THAT HATE ON THE CANES: WE'LL BE BAAAAACK!

may not land ANY????

But could land 5 or 6! The word may can go either way.

Speaking of OL recruits I have a question. Can high school recruits who have not yet signed a letter of intent be used in advertising a sports bar, mentioning that they are a commitment of a certain school and that they will be there to watch a certain game?

I heard an ad today on the radio mentioning a certain Gator verbal commit and telling people to come out and meet him at a sports bar. Is that against the rules?

Randy, let the kid transfer to WHATEVER school he wants...after the heartfelt plea/appology from Eugene Marve, I think it is the stand up thing to do. Besides we don't play scared at the U

After listening to a radio interview RS and JJ had together (down in the Keys)a couple of weeks ago. I'm very impressed with the advise RS and the U admin are getting from JJ. Boy he's (JJ) still very caught up in The U.

In fact he (JJ) said, many times, that UM is his School.

RS said - that JJ is to him and this program what Parcells is to the Dolphins.

JJ said - only we don't get to pick the players we want to play for us - the players get to pick the school they want to play for, so "turn around time" is determined mostly by existing talent and future recruits.

JJ also mentioned that USC is running the UM Pro Style Offense they (Carroll and crew) learned from Coker, Butch and Chud back in 2000 and 2001.

This was in response to a question about UM's "boring offense". JJ continued - it all starts at the line of scrimmage and Miami hasn't had an Offensive line of scrimmage for some time.

Next is talent and money. Talent to attract quality O-Linemen. And then talent and money to attract a quality OC.

Then this OC must be able to communicate to both his coaches and players the offensive concept.

(I think that was a slip of his tongue, PN hadn't been fired yet)

Basically, most if not all the interview time was spent on recruiting and the offensive future of The U. But, it was very enlightening to know The U's future is in very good hands.

Go Canes!

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