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Rios' likely departure hurts team

I know many of you have been waiting for me to start answering questions in our weekly Q&A and I apologize for not getting to them yet (I'm hoping to at around 4 p.m.), but this Eddie Rios news has been keeping me busy this afternoon.

If you don't know by now, Eddie Rios was suspended indefinitely by coach Frank Haith for the second Eddie_riostime this season Monday and now it looks very likely his days as a Hurricane are over. Haith went into details Tuesday, basically telling reporters he wanted his backup point guard to see team doctors. Instead, Haith said there was a lack of a communication on Rios' part with his coaches as he stayed home in bed battling a stomach virus. I caught Haith in the hallway after his press conference and he told me he was disappointed because he really wanted things to work out with the former Miami High guard, who started the first four games of the season for him with regular starter and senior Lance Hurdle out.

"We really like Eddie," Haith said. "But  he can't be doing what he did. We needed him at Boston College. We wanted him to see our doctors, get help, get healthy. I've got a team playing gritty, trying to win in a tough ACC. We can't afford to have those distractions that type of attitude at a time like this."

The problem is losing Rios is going to hurt Miami this season and moving forward. While Haith has a solid point guard in waiting in Villanova transfer Malcolm Grant (he's sitting out per NCAA transfer rules) for the future, Rios' presence at the very least provided depth for this team. Haith said Tuesday Rios' suspension will lead to more minutes for Lance Hurdle and Jack McClinton -- the team's leading scorer -- at the point. But the loss of Rios means Miami doesn't really have another go-to ballhandler after that.

The scenario already played out last Saturday and the Hurricanes were able to escape with a 77-71 win at Boston College. But earlier this year, when Rios was suspended for Ohio State and McClinton was ejected, the Hurricanes set a season-high for turnovers with just Hurdle available. Haith said Tuesday he could play freshman swingman De'Quan Jones more in a ballhandling type role and already has gone with James Dews and Brian Asbury more when McClinton and Hurdle have been out. But it's not a longterm solution. It looks more like a longterm problem.

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Kenny D,

What happened under Shakey at FIU is in the past.

How many CANEs are interning at Goldman Sachs on Wall Street and writing code as a software engineer during the summers ?? Hmmmmmmmmmmmm ZERO.

Your just another meat-head closet PHAGG that never went to DAH U ?? Truth hurts...

P U $ $ Y.

Wow...I'm getting sick and tired of this crap with Bryce. Sounds a lot like the Patrick Johnson parade last year. I kind of understand the Oline recruiting, but dont we have big guys right now anyway?? I fully understand the OC hire as well. But...damn...you're either on or you're not. Why dont we discuss something else before I begin to really dislike it all...

You know, when players who have committed vacilate, there is prior precedent to have their scholarship offer revoked.

I read that Adrian Thomas article this morning and I really am proud of the guy. I played him four times in high school and usually covered him. There were a few players I played against who went to Div 1A schools. However, Adrian was by far the most hard working of all these players. When you are 6'7 in high school and have all the skills you usually allow your talent to just carry you. But Adrian gave everything he had and played like he relied only on his effort. As for Rios, I think that it will hurt us for this year and next year. If Hurdle or McClinton gets hurt then we won't have another guy to bring up the ball. Hence, the Ohio State game. Also, Hurdle and McClinton are gone next year. I know Grant is coming in, but who would be the back up pg then?

When did a coach have to become a baby-sitter as well as a stern instructor. Kids like this need to step back, and take a good look at just what they are throwing away. This behavior not only hurts them now but in the future. Just like the "M" thing, I quess some players think that they are above it all. My reaction is go home... find another school....
good luck and see ya.

Frank Haith is a very good basketball coach. Shows a lot of maturity and I believe gets the most out of his players. Miami basketball is going in the right direction. With or without Rios, he'll get the job done. Building our own house has made a big difference. Now if somehow, someway, we can ever build our own football stadium watch the progress for the Canes football program.

Addressed to Canes 2 PLEASE YOU CAN NOT BE SERIOUS.....Thinking for one minute that we should hire Logan. If you think he is soooo special take a trip to Greenville NC and ask the people that live there and went to school during his stay.... He used it as a spring board to get more $$$$$ and a better position... He left the school in shambles after he left... I would not want him to coach my high school team... He's a bum

Is Danny Langsdorf out of the mix as OC? Also, Mitch Browning was excellent at Minnesota (with half the talent of UM). If we are trying to keep Bryce happy, I'm sure he'd love either one (both run very balanced offenses).

Does Browning have any NFL experience? Otherwise, I would be happy with him.

Isn't Langsdorf a spread guy? Anyone know what he did when he was in the NFL with the Saints?

Caneiac: I don't know if Browning has NFL experience, but he definately had a great running attack at Minnesota. I don't think it was a spread, but rather a pro-style. That's what he ran at Syracuse this year.

Langsdorf runs a pro-style, but typically uses the pass to establish the run.

Kenny D,

What happened under Shakey at FIU is in the past.

How many CANEs are interning at Goldman Sachs on Wall Street and writing code as a software engineer during the summers ?? Hmmmmmmmmmmmm ZERO.

Your just another meat-head closet PHAGG that never went to DAH U ?? Truth hurts...

P U $ $ Y.

Posted by: KENNY D loves EDDIE CURRY | January 14, 2009 at 09:25 AM

The point is know your team before you open your dumb @ss mouth. Past or not, it happened and it's not regulated to the basketball team either. What are you doing reading a Canes blog anyway? Stick to reading about your irrelevant sports programs, moron.

And if you say so, loser. FIU degree, huh? lol...I'll see you Thursday when you pick up my garbage.

Yo J. Armstead,

Garbage ????????

That's no way to talk about your wife, she's a TREASURE...

FIU - B.A.
UM - JD

But I know where my roots are. Everyone tries to pretend that Sweetwater U is second rate. Ohhhh please, the majority of the UM law school grads over the last 10 years went to FIU as undergrads. So get over it already.

Yeah, FIU sports has been awful...But just like a child that never had proper guidance, you'll see in due time some serious improvement that will make the 115K local alumns very proud.

Yo J. Armstead,

Garbage ????????

That's no way to talk about your wife, she's a TREASURE...
Posted by: KENNY D loves EDDIE CURRY | January 14, 2009 at 12:16 PM


Hilarious. Who says jokes like that? What are you like 100?

Thanks, Langsdorf is intriguing.

Yeah, FIU sports has been awful...But just like a child that never had proper guidance, you'll see in due time some serious improvement that will make the 115K local alumns very proud.

Posted by: KENNY D loves EDDIE CURRY | January 14, 2009 at 12:16 PM

If you really believe that, then there is no way you are smart enough to be accepted into any major university, much less Miami.

J. Armstead, seirously .. you think that with the talent thats in S. FLA, the Fact that MC is a Solid Recruiter that FIU cannot develop its young athletic Programs into something that the FIU alumni base here in miami (it is over 100 K and thats a fact) will not be proud of and be willing to support? really... and you think the FIU grad isnt the smart one? really... guy you need to recognize that the #'s are stacked against you fan wise.. o sure right now you guys have the advantage.. but dont deny that there are more FIU alum. in the area than the U alum.

and personally i think MC is a better COACH than RS.. MC had a SERIOUS lack of talent (and to think the U fans think LC left the program bare) last year you saw a 4 game improvement when everyone thought we would go 1 or 2 wins.. RS... well.. i wont rag on your coach 7-6 is still an improvement over 5-7 year one.. however, i think in time MC will be known as a better coach simply b/c he is coaching w/ less star talent than what the U has. of course this is my opinion

Bryce Brown: quit playing games........ You should know that by now. Either you are one or you are not. Period.

Posted by: jaime | January 14, 2009 at 07:09 AM

Please dude. Lay off of these kids. I know as a past recruit this process is a one in a liife time experience. They get to travel and meet new people and become informed about many different cities and programs that are out there. Bottom line, it's theyre experience so let them enjoy it. It's people like you that doesn't care about anyone but themselves. If a person doesnt bebefit you then they are the same person anymore i.e. Patrick Johnson

J. Armstead, seirously .. you think that with the talent thats in S. FLA, the Fact that MC is a Solid Recruiter that FIU cannot develop its young athletic Programs into something that the FIU alumni base here in miami (it is over 100 K and thats a fact) will not be proud of and be willing to support? really... and you think the FIU grad isnt the smart one? really... guy you need to recognize that the #'s are stacked against you fan wise.. o sure right now you guys have the advantage.. but dont deny that there are more FIU alum. in the area than the U alum.

Posted by: CJ | January 14, 2009 at 01:27 PM

Who said that there were more FIU alum than Miami alum? Nobody said that. The fact remains that FIU sucks and will always suck. And, not only that, I'm willig to bet that more than half of your students and alumni are MIAMI FANS. So, the numbers are stacked against YOU and your sorry school. LOL @ these FIU idiots.

Where's your coach from, by the way? Oh yeah, where's your baseball coach from too?

lol i dont laugh at UM fans i simply laugh at simple minded people.. up until 7 yrs ago there was only one show in town and up until 2 yrs ago.. the person we had running the show.. well he spent more time on his golf swing than his team.. so ya.. thats the reason why FIU has more fans of the U @ this present time. as for whree are coaches come from.. your right they come from the U... which should make you worry a bit.. these guys know that recruiting is what helped the U back in their days of glory.. so now they are bringin this philosophy to FIU.. all FIU needs is a streak of 2 or 3 winning seasons and you will see some of these kids who never thought of FIU in past years start giving FIU a good long look. and ya i am pretty sure there are more FIU alum in miami being that alot of UM student come from up north and go back home after.. FIU student mainly.. from Miami stay in miami

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