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Offensive coordinator wait continues

The excitement surrounding the next football hire at the University of Miami reached the basketball court earlier today when coach Frank Haith opened his press conference with with an update. "I've got breaking news," Haith joked. "I'm taking the offensive coordinator job."

All jokes aside, somebody is expected to get the job soon (at least that is what I was told by a UM source inside). The hot name I and everyone else is hearing now in the last 24 hours is the one our Barry Jackson reported first a few weeks ago -- Philadelphia Eagles assistant coach Mark Whipple. I'm not saying that's definitely the guy, but that is the name emitting from just about everywhere.

Just so you know, I got off the phone with UM Sports Information Director Kerwin Lonzo at 4:15 p.m. who told me "we've got nothing to report yet." Lonzo promised me as soon as he hears something he'll get back to me and the other trillion news services who cover the Canes. Just so you know, I called the Philadelphia Eagles earlier this morning and spoke to their media relations department twice. No news from them either. I was told "all of our coaches are not in today."

The question is, is Whipple in the UM office today? "I know this, coach [Shannon's flight] got in late [earlier today]," Lonzo said. "We obviously have a big recruiting weekend. As soon as we get a chance to talk to him, we'll let you know if there is any news."

So, stay tuned. In the meantime...

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IS IT ME, OR DO THESE COACHES FROM THESE NORTHEASTERN AND MIDWEST SCHOOLS ARE SOMEWHAT OF A LITTLE TREND NOW. JUST THINK ABOUT IT, JIM TRESSEL AND TONY SPARANO. MAKES ME WONDER SHOULD SHANNON HAVE HIRED THE OC (CAN'T REMEMBER HIS NAME) FROM NORTHERN ILLINOIS WHEN RS FIRST GOT THE JOB. I DON'T KNOW ABOUT NOW, BUT NORTHERN ILLINOIS HAD A PRETTY EXPLOSIVE OFFENSE WHEN THEY HAD MICHAEL "BURNER" TURNER IN THAT BACKFIELD.

csteelejr...

I'm with you. This team can play like thugs on the field but I will be glad the off-field stuff is behind us (for the most part any way). We do not need music stars and other celebs on the sideline to make us great. They never made us great anyway, they just brought us down. I see Jacory as the new prototype for this program, great athlete and fierce competitor on the field, all around good person off the field. Now I know this cannot happen with all players. You will always have bad apples. Plus, when you have teenage kids with a lot of talent and a large ego there are bound to be some hiccups along the way. However, there is no need to GLORIFY negative behavior. We have been there and done that and it has brought us nothing but grief.

hello

jr-I understand what you are saying. The thing is the guy has been a successful HC at the college level already. Why not find a school that will give him a HC position right now. Something that just popped into my head. If he does come down here, Shannon will be able to pass a lot of responsibility to Whipple. That seems to make it more plausible for Shannon to be the HC/DC.

damn fellas ya'll are acting like teenage girls at a jonas brothers concert..man up, relax & get a date for 2nite. maybe Luke can recruit some honeys for ya'll.

Manny, is shannon looking for a DC or is it one thing atta time?

some say it is done
http://www.3rdand43.com/

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would 3rd and 43 say it if it wasnt true?

If Whipple is the man, than Bryce... come on down!!!

Now we need to shore up a solid D-Coordinator...

weee ready, wee ready yeeeaahh yeeah

There is nothing like cane football.
never been never will be.

ESPN had some cockamamy "prestige ranking" that still had us as No.10, listen yall- behind FSU, who only has 2 NCs to our 5. LOL!

Bottom line, the world loves to discuss the canes, watch the canes, or hate the canes. But that is waht it is... It's a cane thang.

Bring back the swag. everything else will fall in its place!


Whipple for head coach!!!

Whipple for head coach!!!

Posted by: tron | January 23, 2009 at 10:22 PM

STFU

I like the Whipple hire and I'm looking forward to the O being dominant again with him running things Offensively.

man i hope that link is true but if so ALL I HAVE TO SAY IS PAY ATTENTION TO THE U!!!!

THIS IS SO STUFF ON MARK WHIPPLE http://www.igglesblog.com/iggles_blog/2008/02/who-is-mark-whi.html

Picture this: Your a recruit in Miami, and RS comes and tells you he wanted you to be the first to know who the new OC is, but this is only U Family business.......who that not make you feel like family, and commit? RS is not as dumb as many folks would hope....he's got this!

Here is the recent write up on Whipple;
Possible OC Prospect: Mark Whipple


Mark Whipple By CanesTime.com

Posted Jan 21, 2009


Miami's search for a new offensive coordinator has been going on for a couple weeks now. Instead of speculating who might be getting interviewed, CanesTime.com instead will offer up some background information on guys we believe could be strong candidates for the job. Lets look at our next candidate, Mark Whipple.

Who he is: Mark Whipple, 50, was born in New York and played quarterback and on the baseball team at Brown. He's been an offensive coordinator in college, a head coach in college, and has worked in the NFL for the past few seasons.
What he's done: Whipple has been impressive everywhere he's been. His first major coaching job came in 1981 when he became the offensive coordinator at Union College for two seasons. He spent the 1983 season as receivers coach at Brown before spending the 84 season with the Arizona Wranglers of the USFL.

In 1986 Whipple took over as offensive coordinator at New Hampshire, where the team had averaged 241 points over the previous two seasons. In his two years there, that number increased to 279 points per year and the number dropped back off (265) in the two seasons after he left.

After serving as the head coach at New Haven from 88-93, Whipple spent four seasons as the head coach at his alma-mater. In the two years prior to Whipple's arrival at Brown, the offense averaged 173 points per season. That number increased to 256 points per season under Whipple's direction. The tremendous increase in the team's offensive successful coupled with a solid 24-16 record there gave Whipple the same job offer at UMass.

In 1997, the year before Whipple became head coach at UMass, the team scored just 149 points. In his first year there, they scored 524, an incredible 375-point (over 20 per game) increase. He was honored as the Division 1AA National Coach of the Year following that National Championship season. In Whipple's six seasons there, UMass averaged 354 points per season -- a 205-point increase over the total in the year before he arrived and a 75 points higher than the team scored the year after he left.

Bill Cowher and the Pittsburgh Steelers hired Whipple away from the college ranks to become his quarterbacks coach from 2004-2007. In those three seasons, Whipple helped develop Ben Roethlisberger. In those three seasons, including a Super Bowl title in 2005, Whipple's quarterbacks had an average passer rating of 87.6 -- one of the better ratings in the league for a quarterback. When Cowher left, so did Whipple.

After sitting out the 2007 season from coaching, he was hired by Philadelphia's Andy Reid in 2008 as an offensive assistant.

Why he should be a strong candidate: Whipple's gotten results everywhere he's been. He won a national championship in college. He won a Super Bowl in the NFL. He's been around two great players and coaches in his recent NFL years. His offensive production numbers when at UMass were outstanding. His quarterbacks have produced. His running backs have produced. He runs a fast tempo-style offense that would generate a lot of opportunity for Miami's young playmakers. He's a proven winner. He's proven he can get results. And while Whipple may have a future as an NFL offensive coordinator, he's spent the last two seasons out of football and working as an offensive assistant (not a position coach) so convincing him to become the offensive coordinator at Miami probably wouldn't be as difficult as it may seem at first.

Why he may not be: Whipple has been a college head coach before. He's been a successful NFL coach. He reportedly interviewed for the Boston College job two years ago when Jeff Jagodzinski was hired. Selling him on the idea of becoming the offensive coordinator at a college program may be difficult.

Bottom Line: He flat out gets results. He knows what championship football is all about. He would bring a winning mentality to the program. He'd bring NFL experience to the program. With Whipple running the show in Coral Gables, the Canes could absolutely become one of the nation's most explosive offenses as early as next season.

Bio: Mark Whipple-- Eagles.com


Freshman CB Brandon Harris finished the season on a positive note, starting the final two games and picking off a pass. Now, Harris is participating in track to help improve his speed in the off-season.

any new news

no c's and the u responding to canesteelejr said:
"I'm with you. This team can play like thugs on the field but I will be glad the off-field stuff is behind us (for the most part any way). We do not need music stars and other celebs on the sideline to make us great. They never made us great anyway, they just brought us down. I see Jacory as the new prototype for this program, great athlete and fierce competitor on the field, all around good person off the field. Now I know this cannot happen with all players. You will always have bad apples. Plus, when you have teenage kids with a lot of talent and a large ego there are bound to be some hiccups along the way. However, there is no need to GLORIFY negative behavior. We have been there and done that and it has brought us nothing but grief."

Are you kidding me???? You can listen to jacory in front of the cameras. sure he's a great kid and he's going to generally do the right thing. but-- put some luke dancers in front of him and see what happens. you say that the luke era brought us nothing but grief-- i disagree-- it brought us swagga', braggadocia, roguish, head-bangin, speed burnin football-- and championships mind you.

"listen up ya'll cuz this is it, forget that old dance and throw that d@@@

bring back luke!


the luke days brought us noth

Whipple UPDATE:

http://www.nbc6.net/sports/18553996/detail.html

The C in my name doesn't stand for Cane. I like the way you think though.
Anyone think the Whipple hire could cause a "Whipple" effect & lure Debose away from the *puke* Gators? I think Whipple or McNulty would be good. But as I said before about McNulty, he snubbed us because of lack of talent. If he had of brought his hind parts down here in 2007, the baby Canes last 2 seasons might of turned out different. The team would be further along. I think because of M's work ethic, Jacory would have gotten the nod this season. But for that reason alone I would go with Whipple first. We're not his reconsideration date for the Prom after his primary date went sour...

Interesting read at Whipple:

http://www.igglesblog.com/iggles_blog/philadelphia_eagles/page/8/

Thanks for the NBC6 Update FAMUCane. Tight work.

At least some South Florida media outlet was able to reach the man. It was mission impossible today.

manny do RS have any dc in mind or what is he going to do?

Manny's still blogging at this time of the night?? wow, i'm surprised, still you're the man with or without an update!!!!

manny, it's time for recruiting update, didn't some of them visited yesterday??? what's the word on the street??

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g7MpEHcbKro

A - Z

Manny, Again, THANKS FOR ALL YOU DO. Information is like crack to college football fans this time of year, and you've been available 24/7 to give us our fix.

If and when you move on to the dolphin be, like O Kelly at SS before you, PLEASE MAKE SURE THE HERALD DOESN'T LEAVE US WITH A SHUNDEL!

Football is big business at the U. Since the University has no plans to start cutting paychecks to their student atheletes, I believe that they should pay whatever it takes to bring in top rate coordinators. Giving these kids the best shot possible to land in the NFL is the least that the University can do. Go Canes and Hopefully Come on down Charmin Man!

MR WHIPPLE SAYS

" PLEASE DON'T SQUEEZE THE QUARTERBACKS "

Dang MAnny- blogging at 2 am! That boy be clubbing!

He's out there on SoBe and comes home, sees some comments on the Dell and has to respond.

Or.. did you have one too many cafecitos last night?

Regardless, thanks for the info. We fans are biting our nails on the final outcome of
1) the OC/DC positions
2) recruits

Big Moo,

I agree with you. To add to that, if we're not going to spend the money on monster upgrades to new facilities (new lockeroom not withstanding) and a stadium and things of the like then we should, as you suggest, be willing and able to upgrade the staff. i venture to say that upgrading the staff, upgrades the talent, upgrades the wins, upgrades the interest and attendance at games, upgrades the income-- so then we could if we so chose, upgrade facilities-- in a big way.

csteelejr is a prude-- bring on the luke dancers!!!

The "Whiplash offense" sounds better than the "Sit and Spin offense" we have had the last couple of years.

Hey Manny, you heard anything about Randy maybe courting Ken Norton for the DC position? Maybe that's why He got in so late?

I'll be really stoked if Whipple turns out to be the OC. Of all the names floating around, he's at the top of my list. Jacory will be a great QB for UM either way, but under Whipple's tutelage he could be really special. The stars are aligning my friends. That is to say, the winds are beginning to gust...

rivals/canesports reports whipple is making his decision and we will get the official word on monday. anyone have the details of the story from ferman?

Eagles - Eagles assistant Whipple might be heading to U of Miami

Philadelphia Daily News
Eagles offensive assistant Mark Whipple might soon be hired as the new offensive coordinator for the Miami Hurricanes, reports from Florida suggest.

Whipple also would seem to be a logical candidate for the Birds' quarterbacks coaching spot, which is vacant now that Pat Shurmur has become the offensive coordinator of the St. Louis Rams.

Whipple would have been in the news quite a bit this week had the Eagles defeated the Arizona Cardinals last weekend - he was Ben Roethlisberger's quarterbacks coach in Pittsburgh for 3 years, including their Super Bowl XL victory.

It was not clear last night which job Whipple might prefer. Around the Eagles, some people had assumed he would follow his old Steelers boss Bill Cowher if and when Cowher returns to coaching. *

- Les Bowen

Manny i'd like to know if there is a plan B, are we going to look like an ugly girl at a dance if whip stays put. Who else is out there. i don't like waiting a month to get stood up

MARK WHIPPLE OFFERED UM OC JOB, BUT MULLING OVER TO ANSWER "THIS WEEKEND" by NBC6.net.

Whipple Reportedly Offered Offensive Coordinator Post
University Of Miami Has Not Confirmed Offer

UPDATED: 12:28 am EST January 24, 2009


MIAMI, Fl -- The University of Miami has reportedly offered its offensive coordinator position to NFL assistant Mark Whipple.

Whipple told NBC 6 by phone that his decision should come by the end of the weekend.

The University of Miami has not confirmed that Whipple has been offered the job. The Hurricanes have been looking for an offensive coordinator since Patrick Nix got fired following the 2008 season.


Whipple is an offensive assistant for the Philadelphia Eagles and a former quarterback coach for the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Before going to the NFL, Whipple served as head coach at the University of Massachusetts and New Haven.

In 1998, Whipple won a Division 1-AA National Championship at UMass and was also named the Division 1-AA National Coach of the Year.

Whipple also won a Super Bowl with the Steelers in 2005 after helping in the development of quarterback

Now that we have Whipple coming, here it is:

The University of Miami Offensive Theme Song:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JYqxo0wP6Is

uh-ohhh,

i'm a little worried. canesport headline says that whipple will make his decision on monday-- meaning that this is far from a done deal. he may have other options that he is considering-- eagles oc maybe???


man.

uhhh, i meant eagles qb coach.

csteelejr is a prude-- bring on the luke dancers!!!
Posted by: 1caneinatl | January 24, 2009 at 09:25 AM

I'm not a prude. There is a time & place for everything bruh. With UM FootBall's history we don't need the negativity. With Roger Goodell's new NFL Behavior Policy. I don't want anything to hinder these young men making it to the next level.

Now that we have Whipple coming.........

Posted by: Doncmleon


WHAT THE F@CK ARE YOU SMOKING IDIOT?????


uh-ohhh,

i'm a little worried. canesport headline says that whipple will make his decision on monday-- meaning that this is far from a done deal. he may have other options that he is considering-- eagles Qb coach maybe???

Posted by: 1caneinatl

Wow, someone who lives in reality

Waiting till monday to announce is a ploy to make things look kosher for recruits U giant fool Don.

If the guy was truly interested in the job it wouldn't have to wait THREE days.

Watch U get smoked by this and then realize NOBODY WANTS TO WORK FOR RANDY SHANNON


hey Miamiboi, message me. you sound like alot of fun

I just read on Yahoo sports where Mitch Browning has been offered the OC position at Tenn. So, if Whipple declines to come to the The U, plan B ain't lookin' good either. Who's plan C?

....

Now that we have Whipple coming.........

Posted by: Doncmleon


WHAT THE F@CK ARE YOU SMOKING IDIOT?????


uh-ohhh,

i'm a little worried. canesport headline says that whipple will make his decision on monday-- meaning that this is far from a done deal. he may have other options that he is considering-- eagles Qb coach maybe???

Posted by: 1caneinatl

Wow, someone who lives in reality

Waiting till monday to announce is a ploy to make things look kosher for recruits U giant fool Don.

If the guy was truly interested in the job it wouldn't have to wait THREE days.

Watch U get smoked by this and then realize NOBODY WANTS TO WORK FOR RANDY SHANNON


hey Miamiboi, message me. you sound like alot of fun

Posted by: wyld-boi-4U | January 24, 2009 at 12:23 PM


Kehoe message U. lol there U go making gay remarks out the basement of Ur mother's house. No one will work for randy?? Is that why where getting nfl type coaching coming to us. Kehoe ur an annoying little turd. Kehoe how is UF doing in recuirting this year?? Arent U the same idiot that called my coach a felon. U have no credability on this chatroom. every one is laughing at U. Doesn't it hurt U that everyone knows ur the biggest loser on the internet. ANd the people from SS no longer post there, so my question to U is what are u going to post now. palm beach post is always dead so it looks like the herald is stuck with u ha!!!

What a loser!!!!!

O and please spare me from reading ur foamy mouth and ( i love this one) GOOBER comments !!!

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