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Hocutt: 'No urgency' in filling OC spot

As I was writing my game story on deadline Monday night out at the BankUnited Center I got a visit from UM athletic director Kirby Hocutt, who was nice enough to come back and look for me after the game to follow through on a chat I had requested with him while he was busy earlier in the evening. On a night when he was hosting other guests and chatting with President Donna Shalala, Hocutt could have just forgotten about it entirely. But the fact he remembered was nice.

Anyway, it wasn't a very long conversation, but I did get to throw a few questions at him. I didn't have my tape recorder, but I did have my notebook. So, some of this will be paraphrased off my notes. We'll start with football.

> The first question was obvious -- what if anything could he tell us about the search to fill the offensive Kirby_hocuttcoordinator vacated by Patrick Nix. While he obviously wasn't going to drop any names or give us any hints he did provide some insight. "One thing I can tell you is we're looking for the best candidate possible, somebody who is experienced and can do the best job at not only developing these young players, but helping us win games. There is nothing we're in an urgency to do. We're in the process of talking to some people and finding the best candidate to run the system that Coach Shannon wants to run. That's really the biggest factor."

> I brought up the fact that last year Miami took its time -- about a month -- before replacing Tim Walton with Bill Young. "Again, we're not in a rush," Hocutt said. "We don't see hiring a coordinator before national signing day as a necessity. We see choosing the right person as the top priority."

> I asked him how he felt about the team's fade from being in the ACC title hunt to losing its final three games. I asked him if there was going to be more pressure on Coach Shannon and his assistants next season to compete for a conference title and national championship.

"That's the goal to compete for championships here. It was a tough finish to the season. But I saw it as a step forward. This was a really young football team. What I really admired about the team was that those players never gave up. They were hurt, short-handed, but the kept fighting. It's a testament to the coaches. I really believe we have the right guys coaching this team. The future is bright. Randy is with us for the long haul. I know everyone wants to see this program win a championship tomorrow. I do. But I really believe we're doing it right. Randy is not out looking for the quick fixes. He's recruiting not only great athletes, but great kids. We're looking to build a winner to stay over time. And I think we've got the right man leading us."

> Before I had to run back to finish my game story, I had to toss a couple basketball questions his way. Hocutt's face lit up talking about coach Frank Haith, who got an extension and a raise this past offseason through the 2013-2014 season. Hocutt, who watched Monday's win over FAU, said he expects UM's new basketball practice facility to be completed by March 1st -- just in time for the McDonald's All-American game. As for other facility upgrades and endeavors... "We're in the planning stages right now of planning some major upgrades to the Hecht Athletic Center. We really want to get the work on the football locker room and training room done. After that, the athletic training center, Cobb Stadium upgrades, the Hall of Fame and the tennis center."

MORE HOOPS...
Not everything I wanted to get into my basketball game story made it. Here are some leftovers...

> UM coach Frank Haith said he was proud of his team's 11-2 non-conference schedule. "11-2 non-league, with the schedule we played, I feel real good about us being in good shape, where we want to be. No bad losses, strong RPI, strength of schedule top 5 in the country, we are where we want to be. That strength of schedule won't change in the ACC."

> Forward Jimmy Graham, who bruised his right wrist severly two weeks ago when he slipped in the shower, saw his first action in three games. He played with what appeared to be a soft cast for nine minutes. He grabbed four rebounds and had one steal. Haith said Graham practiced for the first time Sunday in a few weeks. "Jimmy is quite yet back to form," Haith said. "He's going to need to get a few more practices in. He's not quite ready yet."

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First!!!

TLUV no way did that just happen, I'm starting to really like this new athletic director...It seems to me that Hocutt and Shannon are on the same page and they know we're building a machine of a team for the future...I hope we do get a the best available OC.

First, GO CANES!!!!

Ooozing leadership.... Randy is our man. Like I have said all along.

I wanna know right now how Randy got the dynamic duo from Sanford Seminole right out from under my nose? Randy, with all due respect, Sanford is in North Florida, that is Gaturd country, or it was, until you and your staff started recruiting there. I am so livid!!!

This is an example of how to choose the right school for you during recruiting. Very insprirational....

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2009/writers/kevin_armstrong/01/05/browns.fast/index.html?eref=T1

Manny...great work here as usual. Keep the info coming. See U on 1/21 at The BUC!

I wanna know right now how Randy got the dynamic duo from Sanford Seminole right out from under my nose? Randy, with all due respect, Sanford is in North Florida, that is Gaturd country, or it was, until you and your staff started recruiting there. I am so livid!!!

Posted by: Urban Liar

Didn't need or want what U consider that "dynamic Duo" ... I got my Sanford Charm in A. Du ... You know, a "true playmaking band striker" that puts points on the board at 6 a pop... Not a "snap,hold,kick and 3 like U seem to do...

U are 7 deep @ W.R. - 4 deep @ R.B. and Ur MVP was a kicker? Jesus H. Christ

I also really like Hocutt, and I think his confidence in Randy Shannon is well placed. I love what he said about building a long-term winner, not just a team that can win now and compete for the ACC, but a team that will compete every year for national championships. I remember some on this blog whining earlier in the year that some other young teams were doing slightly better than we were. North Carolina, for example. Everyone said Butch was the better coach, his team was just as young as ours, blah blah blah. But Shannon did a couple of things this year that were clearly detrimental to this season that were meant to make this team that much better next year and in the years to come. That's why he played both QB's, and look at how smart that move was. That's why he rotated so many receivers, and look at the depth going into next year. There are a bunch of examples like this. Some of these decisions were criticized because they cost us a few close games, like the UNC game maybe, but ultimately we are going to fly out in front of the ACC because of the moves this year.

Hocutt is making all the right moves, and I know he won't fire Shannon, even if next year is only a 7 or 8 win season. 2010 MUST be the target date.

I like where this is going. I live in Atlanta and all I care about is that we finally beat GaTech. I am tired of losing to those guys. Spend the money and hire a genius at OC...Norm Chow?

For anyone who reads this far down, did anyone else pick-up on Tommy Tubberville from Auburn at the Under Armour Game talking about how he wants to take a year or two off from coaching and then get back into it? He has made it known he's always wanted to coach at UM. I think if Shannon doesnt pan out, and that's a big IF, Tubberville could be a good name to bring in. He's competed with the SEC and been in the game for a long time. The only reason Auburn did so bad this year was because they went to the spread and didnt have the personel. Thoughts? Am I completely off my rocker? And by the way, I'm not starting rumors. I support our Canes and their players and dont want to see anymore instability. It was just a thought. And it sounds like the new AD is willing to fork out the big bucks for a new OC. Good things! Bill Young is working nicely with only one year and so many experienced players to work with.

Possible New Offensive Coordinator at THE U

If one were to look at some common connections between "The U brain trust" and a quality OC, one may come up with an interesting name or two.

Well, I'll start this journey in Fayetteville, Arkansas where a young Jimmy Johnson played on the 1964 National Championship football team, where he was an all-SWC defensive lineman for Hall of Fame coach Frank Broyles, and a teammate of Ken Hatfield, Barry Switzer and the future Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones.

Remember "The Arkansas Three" - Johnson, Hatfield and Switzer.

Jimmy went on the be the head coach at Oklahoma State University, where in 1978 a Young Houston Nutt transferred from the university of Arkansas as QB to play for Johnson.

We know the rest of Jimmy's story.

Houston Nutt, after graduation went into coaching and after working with the "Arkansas Three" over the yrs eventually end up as the head coach at Arkansas.

Houston Nutt, while at Arkansas hired one of Arkansas's former HC, Ken Hatfield's, OC's/QB coaches from the Dallas Cowboys as his QB coach and eventually his OC.

Jimmy Johnson, Ken Hatfield and Houston Nutt are very good friends and have been known to spend some of their "leisure time" down in the Keys at Jimmy's place.

The connections - U of Arkansas - Oklahoma State - Dallas Cowboys - Miami Dolphins - Jimmy Johnson - Ken Hatfield - Houston Nutt
- THE U - David Lee.

Yes, the "Wild Hog" innovator. Dolphin QB coach
and 33 yrs of coaching experience most spent as a Offensive Coordinator. With a special knack for innovating within the Pro-Style Offense.

I don't know what will happen. But these coaching positions are filled, more often than not, through common coaching connections.

Keep your eye's on David Lee.

Would be, could be, interesting.

Your thoughts?

CanesFanForEver

I've been touting David Lee for some time now. He would be a GREAT choice imo. Not sure if he would leave the NFL, but the possiblity is there and I would at least make an inquiry.

David Lee and Mike Kruczek are at the top of my list. I would throw the bank at both of them!

CanesFanForEver:

Good research on David Lee.

Interesting connections.

30+ yrs in college football with pro experience at Dallas and Miami.

"QB maker."

A Parcells guy.

Maybe.

Not a Chance!

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Fellow Gator's; this Shannon recruiting run is reminding me of the years when Jimmy and Butch
buried us.

You all know what happened to us then -

Erickson screwed up their recruiting system, we won recruiting wars and '96 NC.

Coker screwed up their recruiting system, we won recruiting wars and '06 NC.

Keep up the trashing of Randy. We gotta get him outa there, now!

Or we're Dead again.

phigoose724;

My thought as well. But if you look at his stint at Dallas - it's a similar move as his move to Miami. Same circumstances.

Looking at his career. It looks as though he prefers working as college O - coordinator/QB coach. Jimmy wanted him at Dallas. But, he stayed in the college game.

Now, if he saw that Henning would be leaving Miami soon and he felt he had a "real" chance at Miami OC. Then yes, maybe he's to hard to get.

But, I don't see that happening. Henning's having too much fun, right now.

It's worth a try - at the very least.

hey guys, who's got the latest on Tevin McCaskill??? i read on insidetheu.com he made his final 3 choices, i hope we get this guy, he's way too underrated, 3 star on most recruiting site, but the guy is solid, especially playing in the 305 with the competition his got here, 6 foot 2 180 lbs, so much potential to improve in the next level, he'll be a steal!!!!

personall, to the randy bashers, I think the fact we might not have anyone drafted, even on day 2(possible B JOhnson-CB), shows the state of the U. If Randy had the NFL players,then U can bash him (USC might have up to 15 in the NFL this yr I just heard from their Jr/SR class eligible for draft, and if they opt for draft), well, 15 NFL players to possibly 0, to have a winning record with the chance to play for the acc title in a league with 10 bowl teams, was a good season. Period. We arent the 01 canes, or even the 04 canes that beat UF in the chick peach bowl. HEck, now that randy is here, half of Urbans team would be at the U, meyer got all those so fla kids for his 05,06.07 classes. Now, randy just went up to sanford(gator country) and got 2 of the big 3 . Unheard of just 2 yrs ago when coker was here, plus, all those so fla kids would not be at UF(maybe a few that want to leave home, but most would have stayed behind the fence being built). By 2010, we r going to be a loaded machine with speed and talent at every possible position. game changers, deep threats, slot threats, backs out of the backfield, speed/power LBS, and taylor/reed level DBS'--It takes time, but maybe next yr, but 2 yrs you will see a powerhouse.

hey guys, who's got the latest on Tevin McCaskill??? i read on insidetheu.com he made his final 3 choices, i hope we get this guy, he's way too underrated, 3 star on most recruiting site, but the guy is solid, especially playing in the 305 with the competition his got here, 6 foot 2 180 lbs, so much potential to improve in the next level, he'll be a steal!!!!

Posted by: Shannon got balls!!!!

he has an 80 grade on ESPN, which is just under their 150. As long as he makes grades, there is no way he goes anywhere else, unless he decides to leave. but all his buddies from their 07 NC are on the team, so I dont think he leaves. He should be a cane

Don, thanks for the info!

To all you haters who bashed Shannon over the Marve situation,just look at what Boston College is doing. His contract will not allow him to talk to another school or NFL, but he is doing it anyway. Just like Marve did!

BC AD Quote:
"All contracts are different, as well as the spirit and intent of the contract."

Marve had a contract (scholarship) with the U, but broke it, behind their backs by contacting the other schools.

Marve, see ya!

Go Canes!

FYI - Per Scout we haven't offered Tevin a scholarship.

Ok, wait! UM Football has been the bread winner for UM for a long time, AND THE BASKETBALL TEAM GETS NEW PRACTICE FACILITIES? I'm all for the basketball team getting better facilities, but dang! Build UM Football some better facilities also. Would be nice to have a ON CAMPUS STADIUM. Sure, the cost will be substantial. But in the long run the school will save money instead of leasing DOLPHINS stadium & busing the kids to N.Miami. Plus the Metro Rail is right there. C'mon, build a football stadium...

Great info. Manny. Holcutt seems like a real professional and stand up guy to be hosting "guest" at the game, but to remember to come back and continue the conversation with you. Seems like even though he did not hire CRS, he really believes in the vision and foundation that CRS is building. I would love to see a choice made now (just as a fan), but as long as they wait and make the best possible choice, I will be fine with that. Who knows, maybe they are looking at someone on OU's staff or an NFL guy (not a current OC, but a QB coach or an assistant with OC experience) whose team is currently in the playoffs. Whoever they choose, I know that this will be Coach Shannon's biggest hire and that he and Mr. Holcutt will make they best possible choice.

CG:

I think they saw that. At least the bashers on this blog.

It's the national media and the "Yahoo" at yahoo.
This bozo - "Wetzel the weasle" wrote a hit piece on RS. No research, just hate. What's this a^^clown and the nationals saying about the BC situation.

CansFanForEver

csteelejr---As I recall the U had SO MUCH EXTRA SPACE that a new airport could be placed on this vacant land for new recruits to make their heralded entry to U Land. Last I knew even Coral Cables City Hall couldn't create New Land. I doubt that the city is going to take over the homes that are adjacent to the U via Eminent Domain. Your comments are a pile of you know what.

csteelejr:

I agree but, the football program has the funding and they've been making improvements to their facilities (weight room etc.), with more to come. Money and improvements.

On Campus Stadium: I've lived in the shadows of the U since the late 50's and I've never been against an OCS, but my neighbors have, most of whom are Canes fans and graduates of the U. Heck, they complained about driving to the Orange Bowl.

In the development business we call them NIMBY's - Not In My Back Yard.

It's not an economic issue for the school. It's a traffic and parking issue for the Gables.

I know, we have the MR right there. And there are many things that can be done, using the MR system, to mitigate the traffic and parking issue.

But, that's what the Gables is holding out as the "unsolvable" issue, at this time.

Maybe in the future, with a loaded commission and some financial concessions for the Gables, an approval would be possible.

But it doesn't look realistic from this vantage point.

CansFanForEver

Note to walker:

Space isn't the problem. There is ample space on campus that can be adapted for stadium use. It exists, it's paid for and demolition would be cheap and easy.

As well, a landowner just off campus has been open to this idea for years. And would participate in a heart beat. His kids are all for it too.

The hold is the Gables.

CansFanForEver

CansFanForEver---And just where would this Stadium be built? I mean Exactly where on campus?

CansFanForEver--Right, we could demolish the Engineering School with their expertise and while we are at it take down the library and the Law School. As I recall there is already a heap of parking behind these buildings. Great Idea!

check this guy out. Another rag writer.

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/103403-college-football-disgrace-blackmail-extortion-in-the-acc

csteelejr, I agree with you completely. Miami is a football school and if any sport should have its own stadium or complex it should be the football program first. Instead our canes are having to play second and third fiddle to the Dolphins and Marlins.
REBUILD THE ORANGE BOWL AND GIVE OUR CANES REAL HOME.

FYI - Per Scout we haven't offered Tevin a scholarship.

Posted by: CG | January 06, 2009 at 09:44 AM

Check out this site from what I have read it seems UM has made an offer.
http://www.recruitingplanet.com/forum/miami-hurricanes/9306-09-fl-s-tevin-mccaskill-official-offer.html

walker:

One area that has been thought of for years, by the Admin, as a possible site for an "on campus stadium" is generally boarded by Ponce on the south the lake on the north the Arena on the west and basically Pavia St. on the west.

This area contains, for the most part, old low rise wood frame structures that will be raised eventually regardless of an on campus stadium or not. And this area is relatively open.

Now, the OB foot print consumed 12 acres, for 85,000 seats. The area mentioned above consumes 30 acres. And the thought is 45,000 to 65,000 seats. So, there's the space.

All, raised structures would be made up as "vertical" structures. And parking would be handled vertically as well.

Look if it all make economic sense, tearing down and building up isn't going to matter.

This not my idea. Just "what and where" the U has been thinking for several yrs.

As far as "the family land" off campus. They own land just southwest of the campus and a parcel west of campus.

Regarless, it ain't happening soon.


CansFanForEver

CansFanForEver---Thanks for the information! I used to live in one of those structures for the better part of 4 years where the basketball court is now. Guess you are correct. A stadium could go where you stated. Of course our current President signed an agreement for quite a few years at Joe Robbie Stadium.

I do thank-You for opening up my mind. That is a possibility!

According to the some the school has a budget issue, they can't afford to build an on-campus stadium?

IMO Kirby and Randy don't want to hire an OC that would potentially disturb recruiting. This is probably a good move and an indication that it won't be a big name hire.

CansFanForEver and walker, here is my idea for a stadium for the Hurricanes. Build an Orange Bowl replica at Tropical Park. It is one of the largest and underused parks in Miami-Dade. It is only 3 miles from the UM campus. It is bordered by Miller Road on the South, Bird Road on the North and the expressway on the East, so there is plenty of access. People could even ride the MR to campus and take a short bus trip to the stadium.

The U could partner with the county (who owns the land) and local business leaders for funding. In addition, funding could be provided by selling seat licenses and luxury box leases like were used to build Dolphin stadium.

The stadium could closely resemble the Orange Bowl but with modern amenities like luxury boxes between the upper and lower decks and the seats near the field being elevated about 10 feet so the front rows could actually see the field, and of course lots of restrooms so us happy fans could expel our beer in a more expeditious fashion. These adjustments alone would reduce seating capacity to about 55,000 to 60,000. Making all seats chair back and a little bit more ample would reduce seating to about 50,000. I think this is about the perfect size for this school and its fan base.

I think the stadium could also be used to host high school football games on days and weekends when the team was playing away. It would serve as a nice venue for local teams and it would not be a bad recruiting tool either. Who knows, if the stadium were ever built and it was done right, the Orange Bowl Game could even be played there.

Watcha think. Y'all ready to see it happen?

Walker:

Thanks for asking the question. I think we both know it would/will be a strenuous up hill battle.

One of my mentors, a UM grad. I guess he's pushing 90 - still skydives.

He's got more pull at THE U than anyone I Know, outside of the trustees, (of which he's been off and on) and he's been push this for 50+ yrs.

It's the Gables, he'll tell you. And he was a commish, many yrs ago.

Just a rock we need to continue to pound.
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Canesjunkie:

I don't know about you, but when I was a kid and I wanted something - my parent's pat answer
was - "we don't have any money, were broke."

Turns out this was far from the truth. But I think you get the idea.

The U has the money to do what they "need" to do. All the improvements - the money's there, when it's a "need" it will be there.
An on campus stadium becomes a "need" the money will be their.

Remember, the U is not a state school with deep pocket's for anything at any time. For the U - it take a little time. But what needs to get done - will get done if and when - it's a "need".

CansFanForEver

check this guy out. Another rag writer.

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/103403-college-football-disgrace-blackmail-extortion-in-the-acc

Posted by: force | January 06, 2009 at 11:01 AM

Ed Berliner, the author of the article, is a local guy. He comes on regularly on 790 AM The Ticket here in south Florida. The really funny thing is that he is an avid supporter Coach Shannon. After the season ended on his radio show, he defended giving Randy not 1, but 2 more years. I guess he just felt that Randy was trying to spite Marve.

Per Rivals, McCaskill has def. gotten an offer from the Canes. He sounds like a good player, but we really need another top notch cover corner too! Any ides who the canes might come home with?

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FYI - Per Scout we haven't offered Tevin a scholarship.

Posted by: CG | January 06, 2009 at 09:44 AM

Check out this site from what I have read it seems UM has made an offer.
http://www.recruitingplanet.com/forum/miami-hurricanes/9306-09-fl-s-tevin-mccaskill-official-offer.html

Posted by: AtlCane | January 06, 2009 at 11:32 AM

HBCaneFan:

That's great idea. For an off campus stadium.

It's been proposed in the past, I don't know how serous the proposer(s)were/was. But, there were some sticking points. I just don't remember the problems.

Probably something to do with the Public/Private partnership(s). That's usually what happens - "my dollar's worth more than your dollar."

The U should have been looked at it harder before the 30 yr deal with Dolphin Stadium.

Although, I think Dolphin Stadium would be amenable to a release if the U had a better situation. Maybe hopeful thinking.

But, with three teams - scheduling can be a problem August - October at times, until the Marlins leave. And the NFL may want a single "NFL" user down the road.

Who knows?

CansFanForEver

For everyone that wants to believe there will be an on campus stadium you can forget it. I am the trifecta from the U -alum, athlete, and former administrator for the school- and there are more hurdles than you can imagine to build on campus. There are Gables issues -just look at Bank United Center to see how much that was shrunk and changed before the Gables approved it-, there are locals issues -again look at the Bank- there is money issues, remember we just finished raising over 1 billion to fund the endowment, then lastly there is the delay it takes any major institution to move on a construction project. It has taken almost 10 years just to build an alum center on campus... AND THAT STILL IS A FEW YEARS AWAY!
I would love to see an on campus stadium, after all my old apt is a parking lot for the Bball team; but it just won't happen

CansFanForEver,

Glad you like the idea. I have mentioned this idea to a couple of people and all have been positive.

I think you are right about it being very possible to get out of the lease with Dolphin stadium. I think that is very doable. Being able to overcome the snags that come up with private/public partnerships I think is the real hurdle here.

I like the idea of on-campus stadium the best but I think it would be easier to deal with the problems of the above idea than it would be to convince the City of Coral Gables and some of its very "particular" residents to allow a stadium to be built within city limits.

Given that, I am going to continue to present the idea of a near-campus stadium anytime I see an appropriate opening and may even start a web site dedicated to this idea. Like you say, "who knows," maybe the powers that be will eventually come to their senses.

I think it is a travesty that, one, a program of this pedigree has to LEASE a stadium so far from and campus and, two, the Orange Bowl was obliterated to dust in the manner it was. R.I.P. Old Girl.

DC Cane:

No disrespect intended, but if you read what was written, you would see; all your points have been hit and we all agree that an OCS is probably next to impossible.

Tell us something we don't know. We are screaming to be educated.

How about the new OC? Any idea's or know something we don't.

CansFanForEver

DC Cane you beat me to the punch about the BUC. The city of Coral Gables fought the BUC the whole way, limited the amount of seating.

As a former student I would love an on campus stadium, but the city does not want tailgating and the like on or near "their" city streets.

HBCaneFan:

Excellent. Go for it!

CansFanForEver

DC Cane and Canesfan4life:

On Campus Stadium: I've lived in the shadows of the U since the late 50's and I've never been against an OCS, but my neighbors have, most of whom are Canes fans and graduates of the U. Heck, they complained about driving to the Orange Bowl.

In the development business we call them NIMBY's - Not In My Back Yard.

It's not an economic issue for the school. It's a traffic and parking issue for the Gables.

I know, we have the MR right there. And there are many things that can be done, using the MR system, to mitigate the traffic and parking issue.

But, that's what the Gables is holding out as the "unsolvable" issue, at this time.

Maybe in the future, with a loaded commission and some financial concessions for the Gables, an approval would be possible.

But it doesn't look realistic from this vantage point.

Your points are well taken.

CansFanForEver


Possible New Offensive Coordinator at THE U

If one were to look at some common connections between "The U brain trust" and a quality OC, one may come up with an interesting name or two.

Well, I'll start this journey in Fayetteville, Arkansas where a young Jimmy Johnson played on the 1964 National Championship football team, where he was an all-SWC defensive lineman for Hall of Fame coach Frank Broyles, and a teammate of Ken Hatfield, Barry Switzer and the future Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones.

Remember "The Arkansas Three" - Johnson, Hatfield and Switzer.

Jimmy went on the be the head coach at Oklahoma State University, where in 1978 a Young Houston Nutt transferred from the university of Arkansas as QB to play for Johnson.

We know the rest of Jimmy's story.

Houston Nutt, after graduation went into coaching and after working with the "Arkansas Three" over the yrs eventually end up as the head coach at Arkansas.

Houston Nutt, while at Arkansas hired one of Arkansas's former HC, Ken Hatfield's, OC's/QB coaches from the Dallas Cowboys as his QB coach and eventually his OC.

Jimmy Johnson, Ken Hatfield and Houston Nutt are very good friends and have been known to spend some of their "leisure time" down in the Keys at Jimmy's place.

The connections - U of Arkansas - Oklahoma State - Dallas Cowboys - Miami Dolphins - Jimmy Johnson - Ken Hatfield - Houston Nutt
- THE U - David Lee.

Yes, the "Wild Hog" innovator. Dolphin QB coach
and 33 yrs of coaching experience most spent as a Offensive Coordinator. With a special knack for innovating within the Pro-Style Offense.

I don't know what will happen. But these coaching positions are filled, more often than not, through common coaching connections.

Keep your eye's on David Lee.

Would be, could be, interesting.

Your thoughts?

CanesFanForEver

Thanks to everyone that gave valid points as to why a OCS is next to impossible. I do like the Tropical Park idea. The Marlins should not get a stadium built on hallowed Orange Bowl ground. They should rebuild it with the amenities they wanted...

I know this sounds crazy, but the one place on campus where a FB stadium could be built is Lake Osceola, right near the dorms. At least in theory, all or part of the lake could be drained; and the water could be rerouted around or nearby the new stadium. Indeed, the stadium could be constructed much like the Pasadena Rose Bowl - partially below ground level. Wouldn't that be cool?

However, as a practical matter, this will NEVER happen.
1. The City will NOT allow an on campus stadium.
2. The capital cost is MUCH too great for UM, unless a huge Boone-Pickens-type donor foots the bill.
3. Also, there would be no governmental money for stadium construction, unless it was built on land owned by the city/county.
4. Besides, UM would not want to lose the lake. (Moreover, there may be envirnomental restraints).

Alternatives: There's lots of available land (and parking too) owned by the County - adjacent to the Metrozoo. But that site is deemd to be too far south to be viable. Is there any land available in nearby South Miami? Tropical Park has been considered - and rejected - before. (I know not why).

Best bet: Hope that the Marlins Stadium deal collapses due to financing obstacles. Then, rebuilding a New Orange Bowl on that site might become feasible at some point.

Possible scenario: The Marlins Stadium is built. Neverthless, over time (10 to 20 years) the team fails anyway, because the site is really STUPID for baseball. (Indeed, the Marlins and the league really want to be downtown. Rush hour traffic on weeknights will be a nightmare. And limited "garage parking" will also be problematic at the OB site.) The team declares bankruptcy - or is dissolved by the league - or is merged into some other team. All leases are nullified by the bankruptcy court. (Note: It is my understanding that professional baseball is NOT going to guarantee the Marlins' financial obligations to the County.) Consequently, the County is sitting on (yet another) money losing capital facility. Someone then proposes that the stadium be remodeled for UM football. Voila! The Orange Bowl is reborn! Hey, this is Miami-Dade County. Stranger/dumber things have happened!!

Bottom line: We ain't going anywhere any time soon. So, let's make the most of Dolphin Stadium. WINNING SOLVES EVERYTHING! When our team is rebuilt, rebuilding the Orange Bowl will be unnecessary; Dolphin Stadium will be fine.

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