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Vernon sticking with Canes

Olivier Vernon isn't going anywhere. He's staying home with the Hurricanes. In a small get together in his high school principal's office, Vernon told friends and family moments ago he is going to stick with his commitment to the University of Miami, which he made back in August.

Img_1212"It was kind of hard because all three teams can win a national championship," said Vernon a 4-star Rivals.com recruit and 6-4, 240-pound defensive end, who was mulling over UM, Alabama and Florida State until the past week. "But UM has been my dream school since I was young. I felt like I was destined to play for them."

Vernon, who graduated from American High Thursday, will begin classes at UM Jan. 20 and will room with freshman defensive tackle Curtis Porter in the spring. He will wear No. 17. Eventually, he will switch over and room with fellow incoming freshman Dyron Dye in the fall.

He's looking forward to rehabbing his injured left ankle, which he injured in the season opener against Coral Reef, with UM doctors and trainers. He said he's still experiencing some pain and could have some ligament damage. But he expects to be ready for spring ball in late February.

The Hurricanes are definitely getting a strong player. Vernon is benching 335 pounds and squating 455. "I've kept lifting, kept working in the weight room even though I haven't played," Vernon said. "I'll be ready."

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your even stupider--coker won with those guys shannon hasnt won anything i mean nothing are you happy with nothing then you are a californialoser--FIRE SHANNON

Posted by: mike | January 15, 2009 at 07:53 PM

WOW YOU'RE A MORON!
The U won with them, Coker was just along for the ride because those were Buch Davis guys. Coker recuited below mediocre classes and the program fell. Shannon is getting quality and has already started to put it out on the field.

Here:
2004-Rank (NR)
2005-Rank (23)
2006-Rank (17)
2007-Rank (9)
2008 (under Shannon) (1)
2009-aready at #7

Gator fans,

You have your own blogs. Please go on them and talk smack about the 'Canes until you are blue in the face. We don't care. This site is about the University of Miami, and your poorly spelled, improperly grammared insults are inappropriate. Our feelings about our coach and our players are not up for debate -- they are our opinions and you are not going to get us to change them and jump on your bandwaggon. Nor are the facts up for debate -- that the University of Miami has more national championships that you. I know winning is unfamiliar to you outside of the past couple of years, but do us a favor and please act like it has happened to you before and win with some class. Thanks, farewell, and see you in 2013.

It's Mark Whipple: http://www.igglesblog.com/iggles_blog/2008/02/who-is-mark-whi.html

It's Mark Whipple

OC final candidate rumors....Mike Whipple - Phila Eagles Asst. Coordinator. Check out the UMASS Website and search Mike Whipple...what an unbelievable resume...this guy is a genius!!

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Posted by: DrtyCane | January 15, 2009 at 07:58 PM

It's Mark Whipple

OC final candidate rumors....Mike Whipple - Phila Eagles Asst. Coordinator. Check out the UMASS Website and search Mike Whipple...what an unbelievable resume...this guy is a genius!!

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Posted by: DrtyCane | January 15, 2009 at 07:58 PM


That's awesome if they can get that guy. Offensive studs will be knocking on the door of the 'U' for years to come if that guy is hired.

If one were to look back at Shannon's "defensive recruits" - when he was the DC and produced those great defenses;

2001 - 6th ranked defense nationally, Broyles Award Winner
2002 - 7th
2003 - 2nd
2004 - 28th
2005 - 4th
2006 - 7th.

I think you'll find a couple of things. One, the defensive recruits totally out shined the offensive recruits. And two, these defensive recruits were so talented they took advantage of their ability to move on to the NFL early. This had a major effect on our talent and depth, as well.

2009
Week 1- Miami 63 FAAMU 7
Week 2- Miami 31 Oklahoma 27
Week 3- Miami 49 Who cares 10
Week 4- Miami 52 Who cares 3
Week 5- Miami 34 FSU 13
Week 6- Miami 24 Virginia Tech 10
Week 7- Miami 42 Duke 10
Week 8- Miami 37 North Carolina 17
Week 9- Miami 42 North Carolina State 13
Week 10- Miami 33 Georgia Tech 21
Week 11- Miami 41 Boston College 16
Week 12- Miami 34 Maryland 10

2010 Rosebowl Miami 27 Florida 24

Wow. Miami's 2004 class was rated Top 5. Get your facts straight. What were Coker's offensive rankings as an OC? Look at who Shannon inherited as DC. Reed, Rumph, Joseph, Vilma, Williams, Wilfork and so on. Shannon is terrible. Time to go. Oh by the way, JJ and Irvin both said that Miami would win NC's with Wright.

FYI, this is the guy that developed Rothlisberger. Sounds like a potentially good choice by Shannon!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mark_Whipple

Mark Whipple, a former quarterback coach for the Pittsburgh Steelers, is currently an offensive assistant coach for the Philadelphia Eagles. He joined the Steelers on January 24, 2004 after a collegiate coaching career that included many schools, most notably the University of Massachusetts, where he posted a record of 49–25 with two conference championships and a NCAA Division I-AA national title. On January 25, 2007, he was let go by new Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin, and replaced with Ken Anderson. The next day, Whipple was hired by the Eagles.

A 1979 graduate of Brown University with a bachelor’s degree in political science, Whipple was the starting quarterback for the Bears in 1977 and 1978, leading Brown to a 13-5 record and a pair of second-place Ivy League finishes. He was a member of the Bears’ 1976 Ivy League championship team, the first Ivy football championship in school history. During his three-year varsity career, he completed 175 of 340 passes for 2,365 yards and 13 touchdowns, while running for 518 yards and 10 touchdowns. A two-time honorable mention All-Ivy pick in football, Whipple also earned four varsity letters on the baseball diamond as Brown’s starting shortstop. He was inducted into the Brown Athletic Hall of Fame in 1996.

After coach Tom O'Brien left Boston College to coach North Carolina State, it was reported that Mark Whipple was the leading candidate to replace him. [1] That job eventually went to Jeff Jagodzinski. Mark and his wife, Brenda, have two sons, Spencer and Austin.

2009
Week 1- Miami 63 FAAMU 7
Week 2- Miami 31 Oklahoma 27
Week 3- Miami 49 Who cares 10
Week 4- Miami 52 Who cares 3
Week 5- Miami 34 FSU 13
Week 6- Miami 24 Virginia Tech 10
Week 7- Miami 42 Duke 10
Week 8- Miami 37 North Carolina 17
Week 9- Miami 42 North Carolina State 13
Week 10- Miami 33 Georgia Tech 21
Week 11- Miami 41 Boston College 16
Week 12- Miami 34 Maryland 10

2010 Rosebowl Miami 27 Florida 24

Posted by: tro | January 15, 2009 at 08:47 PM

Don't know if it'll happen like that.....but I like the thought. ALL ABOUT THE "U"!!

If one were to look back at Shannon's "defensive recruits" - when he was the DC and produced those great defenses;

So Shannon gets credit for the good ones but what about Willie Williams, James Bryant, Antonio Dixon, Bruce Johnson, Spencer Adkins, Dwayne Hendricks, Rhyan Anderson, Trevaris Johnson and so on. Oh wait they were COker guys.

2009
Week 1- Miami 63 FAAMU 7
Week 2- Miami 31 Oklahoma 27
Week 3- Miami 49 Who cares 10
Week 4- Miami 52 Who cares 3
Week 5- Miami 34 FSU 13
Week 6- Miami 24 Virginia Tech 10
Week 7- Miami 42 Duke 10
Week 8- Miami 37 North Carolina 17
Week 9- Miami 42 North Carolina State 13
Week 10- Miami 33 Georgia Tech 21
Week 11- Miami 41 Boston College 16
Week 12- Miami 34 Maryland 10

2010 Rosebowl Miami 27 Florida 24

Posted by: tro | January 15, 2009 at 08:47 PM

Wishful thinking bro. GO CANES!!!

Coker lead Offenses:

Miami has a 7-2 bowl record, and his offenses have averaged 27.7 points and 394.3 yards total offense in those bowl games
Coker's Miami offenses have led the Hurricanes to 27 wins against Top 25 opponents

The DC's, OC's, and the assistants bring them in, but it's the HC's job to keep them. Shannon can obviously keep them like Vernon and 2/3 of the Sanford trio and soon the #1 guy in Bryce Brown. Coker lost a lot of recruits by being half-ass about it and just assuming they will stay around while Meyer, Tressel, Caroll, and Saban were working to land them and did.

Mark Whipple, Looks right up there with all the other candidates. Although, he has stated that if he were to return to college football - it would be as a head coach.

If he is the guy ... he's produced some of the most powerful offenses in the country.

One of his offenses was named Sports Illustrated’s “Best Offense in College Football,” averaged 52.5 points and 557.6 yards of total offense per game.

So, he'll do.

Yea CaliCanesFan,

Shannon is a no no-sense recruiter. He works his tail off to get these guys. He also has a great salesman in Jacory Harris. Jacory's in constant contact with all these guys.

He brought in the Sanford 2 - and I won't be surprised if he turns Debose our way.

dont get me wrong i think Whipple would be an amazing get, but he sounds like he's ready (and most likely wants) to be a head coach. whats the chances he comes to the U?

If the truth be known, Coker was a decent assistant coach but a terrible head coach. He was too laid back to keep control of the team and only an average recruiter. His problem was he did not attest to the competition at every position philosophy of the current regime. He would promise the kids they would start before they even got here. As a result, there was no motivation to get better. This is why we had good recruiting classes and diminishing results. This is also why we lacked depth, as Coker did not want to offend the veterans by bringing in recruits that might take their job. I think Marve was one of his last recruits. I do not think he closed the deal but he was the point man for most of the recruiting process.

I see some parallels between Coker and Dennis Erickson. Both won titles in their first couple of years with someone elses recruits and then the program headed into a nose dive once those recruits started to leave and they had to play with their own recruits. Look at this way, Coker went 7-6 with his own recruits when they were mostly upper classman and Shannon went 7-6 with his own recruits but they were mostly freshman.

God you are ignorant. Coker recruited really well but none developed. Look at the 03 and 04 classes.

Your right he is a great recruiter. Promise Jacory he will play in every game or Bailey can be a lb. Seems a little desperate to me.

thanks for the correction...MARK WHIPPLE

Wasn't Mr. Whipple the "Don't squeeze the Charmin Guy?"

No, Coker as only an AVERAGE recruiter. When you tell an 18-year-old that he will start or play regularly before he even gets here, that is poor recruiting. However, he gets bumped up to average because he was able to talk some big names to coming here. He also gets only an average mark because he would lose prize recruits at the last minute. You are not a great recruiter if you cannot close the deal on a consistent basis.

No, Coker as only an AVERAGE recruiter. When you tell an 18-year-old that he will start or play regularly before he even gets here, that is poor recruiting. However, he gets bumped up to average because he was able to talk some big names to coming here. He also gets only an average mark because he would lose prize recruits at the last minute. You are not a great recruiter if you cannot close the deal on a consistent basis.

Posted by: No OC at the U | January 15, 2009 at 09:31 PM

Well said!

my god as soon as miami gets some good news these haters come and bash us its so funny how much they hate us and really don't want us back on top but see thats the diffrence between cane fanes we want to play the competion at their best not while their on a rebuild mode (cough cough UF) and this fire shannon stuff HEY IDIOTS ITS FALLING UNDER DEAF EARS HE IS OUR COACH FOR 2MORE YRS SO GET OVER IT AND STOP WHINING Shannon is doing a great job with working with what he has and i hear all this stuff how miami isn't coming back by these UF ppl but they were in the same scenario a couple of yrs ago didn't meyer walk into a a great scenario with Zook recruits but let me guess shannon did do and he can't develop the players its getting old we have seen what randy recruits can do and that is they have showed maturity i can't wait till the fall to get these boys on the field

As a college coach, Whipple was known for developing and running the "whiplash" offense, a wide-open passing attack that I have seen described as a version of the West Coast offense. It's not your grandfather's offense:

"He doesn't really care where the ball is," Bagnoli said yesterday. "It could be at the 6-inch line, or fourth and 1. He's going to be unpredictable. He has no fear of throwing the ball down the field. He has that daring, going-against-the-percentages style that causes you concern. You don't ever know what's going to happen."

And from a Boston Globe story after Whipple led New Hampshire to the Division I-AA national title:

He is also an offensive nut. He instructed his team to begin the game with an outrageous five-receiver flood set called, ''Chattanooga.'' He promised the players that they would run that play to begin the game, regardless of starting position. He said he did it to ''break up the tension'' on the sideline. ---Some blog site

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Doesn't sound like the pound the ball offense that Randy Shannon was talking about, but sounds like he's a well respected guy.

Coach Whipple brought the Steelers another ring! If he is one of the finalist, he would be a good fit for these kids....

SOUP, what a buttheaded Gay-tor.

Guys, SOUP is a Gay-tor and he's suffering from "Canes Recruiting Derangement Syndrome."

Gee, I thought Marve started every game, except those he was suspended for.

He knows the end for the Gay-tor is near.

canefanatic777,

Yes, Whipple stated as such. He said if he were to go back into college it would be as a head coach. But, who knows.

All the guy's Shannon's looked at and the few he's interviewing are all Jimmy Johnson approved. Shannon will make the final decision but JJ has put in his 2 cents worth.

So, I've been impressed with what I've heard about those thought to be in the running.

And who ever it is will - run a high powered offense, teach the kids, score lot's of points, win games and impress recruits - for seasons to come.

and this bryce brown thing is a lil diva type (like a fellow cane said earlier) the kid is going to be a beast in college he shut his haters up in the army bowl game saying his competion was weak in kansas but he proved he can go out with the elites at his level and dominate i hope we get him but we do have a stacked backfield but i know we won't cater to his needs ala robert marve but it would be lovely to see marcus hall and bobie massie through up the U a guy can dream

The 2010 Recruiting class may be Miami's best...better than '08's....the talent alone coming out of the state of FL is sick!!

RS get the OC in and round up the troops....Gaturds WE READY WE READY WE READY!!!

Good Luck Vernon

60scane: Seriously? Butch's kids were gone by 2003. So everything after that was based on what Shannon had in his stable. What did the Canes do totally? Crap, in case you've forgotten, the offense was inept and the D kept them in what games they were in. "Don't coordinators recruit?" Why yes, yes they do...but usually for their side of the ball, i.e. defense in Shannon's case. Save for one year, the defenses were pretty stout.

The offense on the other hand...

I've got to drop a *little* bit of defense for Coker. I didn't like the guy from the start, so this actually means something.

Coker wasn't my fav for getting the HC gig, but I remember saying to myself at the time "at least he's a good recruiter". In hindsight, it may have been that he was good at scouting and getting the guys interested, while Butch closed the deal...b/c as someone pointed out earlier, he lost a lot of recruits last minute.

Offensively, we were pulled down by a revolving door of OCs. THAT is what killed Kyle Wright, not b/c he sucked. He was talented and fast (though he became sluggish by the end...poor work ethic by then). An offense can only do so much when they have to learn a new playbook/style every year.

Gameday coaching Coker was horrible. He didn't plan, he didn't adjust, and he sure as hell didn't show any emotion. That pissed me off like crazy. You watch the NC game and both Stoops and Meyer are so deep in the ref's ear they're practically coming out the other side. Coker? He would just shrug everything off, oh well. While the FIU ghetto-stomp was getting started, Coker was twiddling his thumbs. Ever seen a Miami guy so much as forget to say "Yes sir" now? Hell no, RS would jump up their ass for the slightest infraction.

It's tough to coach a good college team. You've got to develop raw talent, scheme well, mold boys into men, and keep a handle on young emotions/wills. Obviously, no one man can handle all that. So you've got to seek out the guys you can trust to handle these things -- a boss is only as good as the people he employs.

Coker wasn't a head coach, and wasn't going to develop into one. Time and time again he surrounded himself with the wrong people. He was mediocre at what he did, and handed off responsibility to mediocre guys without realizing it.

Shannon on the other hand, isn't a good head coach right now either. But he's got a couple things Coker didn't: he's a damn good recruiter (pulling in the #1 recruiting class is evidence of this); he's got JJ as a mentor to show him what he's doing wrong and how to become a better HC; and he's got the respect of the players.

Here's a lil something my homeboy sent me. He has a subscription with one of those recruiting sites.

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 get started, with San Diego Chargers QB coach John Ramsdell.

Who he is: John Ramsdell, 54, has been a successful football coach everywhere he's been during his 33 years as a coach. Born in Indiana, Ramsdell went to high school in Pennsylvania and played running back at Springfield (Mass.) College.

What he's done: Ramsdell's first major job offer at the major college level came at Oregon, where he coached the wide receivers and helped direct one of the nation's most successful passing games. He spent 12 years there (1983-1994) and coached a number of receivers who later played in the NFL. Ramsdell was part of a coaching staff that turned the Oregon program around and led them to the Rose Bowl following the 1994 season. Prior to coaching at Oregon, Ramsdell had coaching stints at San Francisco State, Long Beach State, and the University of Pacific.

After 12 successful seasons at Oregon, Ramsdell had the NFL calling. He became the tight ends coach for the St. Louis Rams from 1995-1997. Troy Drayton had the best season of his pro career under Ramsdell's watch in 1997.

Ramsdell took over the quarterback coaching duties for the Rams in 1998. It didn't take him long to make a major impact. In Kurt Warner's first season as the starter in 1998, he led the NFL in passing, won the league's MVP Award, and led the Rams to the Super Bowl Championship. Warner threw 41 touchdowns in his first season as a starter and credits Ramsdell for a lot of his early success.

In 2000, Warner had some injuries so the Rams turned to Trent Green. His 101.8 quarterback rating that year was the best rating he ever obtained over a full season in the NFL, his only one under Ramsdell.

Warner returned in 2001 to win another league MVP Award. That season marked the second best season, statistically, that Warner ever had.

In 2004, Marc Bulger took over as the full-time starter for the first time in his young career. It marked the most successful pro season Bulger ever had.

In 2005, when Bulger suffered through some injuries, career-backup Jamie Martin took over. Like three others before him, Martin turned in the best season he ever experienced in the NFL under Ramsdell.

Following the 2005 season, Ramsdell was hired by the San Diego Chargers to coach their quarterbacks. In Phillip Rivers' first year as the starter there, he was outstanding. Over the past three season, his production totals and quarterback rating rival any other quarterback in pro football.

Why he should be a strong candidate: Ramsdell's been successful everywhere he's been. He's had experience coaching three different positions at a high level and he brings a tremendous resume with him. Amazingly, every quarterback who started for him dating back to 1998 would experience their best NFL season ever under his tutelage. Sure, he got to work with Rivers and Warner but he also got more success out of guys like Green, Bulger, and Martin than anyone else could. He's coached at the major college level before, has obvious ties to the NFL, and has been a key part of some of the NFL's most explosive offenses over the past several years. He also wears a Super Bowl ring.

Why he may not be: For as successful as Ramsdell's been over the years, he's never been an offensive coordinator at the major college or pro level. While he seems like the type of coach who could certainly take over that duty at UM, he doesn't have the experience doing it. In addition, every coaching job he's ever had (dating back to when he started in 1976) has been West of the Mississippi River.

Bottom Line: Lets face it -- Ramsdell can flat out coach quarterbacks. He's proven to be one of the best in the NFL at doing it. He helped build an explosive offense at Oregon and has experience coaching every position on the offensive side of the ball. We believe he'd be a tremendous candidate for the Hurricanes.

Ray Ray Armstrong reminds me of no. 26(RIP). And I like saying 'Ray Ray'!!!

Posted by: Canesjunkie | January 15, 2009 at 06:41 PM

Enough with the stupid fans making stupid comparisons. Every year the Hurricanes sign a safety and every year some retard says that that particular player reminds them of Ed Reed or Sean Taylor. No they do not. There will not be another Ed Reed or Sean Taylor, so shut up with those ridiculous comparisons already.

I agree wit ya on dat one Canes...

Canes, i agree with the comparison thing, but you gotta admit, Ray2x does go for the killshots just like the old miami greats!!! him and Spence will be a force on the defense!!!!!!!

We may not know yet if Randy will be able to get it done as a coach, but one thing is for certain, with every commitment by an elite player, some adolescent, venom drooling gator shows up to make an ass of themselves.

3-out" way to be optimistic my man.

First of all, the Nevada Bowl, was a lose-lose proposition: Any team, and I mean ANY team, including USC, UF or whatever, who would have had the misfortune of playing in Boise that year, would have had trouble. I mean it was 25 degrees, there were 25,000 people in the stands, it was an inferior bowl, it was basically a home game for Nevada, we had a back up qb starting, and Nevada, with the pistol offense, always managed to give teams some trouble. Furthermore, their qb, was a 5th year senior who is actually on an NFL roster today!

It all boils down to players playing. Ryan Moore, Lance Leggett, Kirby Freeman, Kyle Wright, Charlie Jones, Javarris James, etc etc. These were all underachievers. Is anyone of them actually in an NFL roster? Kenny Phillips, who made the last int is! And he could have been a stud this year had we kept him.
The rest of the team, regrdless of what anyone says about "developing the talent" were total underachievers. If it was "development" these players especially the ones inskilled positions would have made NFL rosters regardless!

We need players that have talent, BUT WILL MAKE PLAYS. PLAYMAKERS IS WHAT WE NEED. ON BOTH SIDES. RBS HAVE TO CARRY THE BALL 20-30 TIMES A GAME--WHY NOT? WRS HAVE TOCATCH THE DANG ROCK! LBS AND CORNERS HAVE TO TACKLE AND STAY IN THEIR LANES. QBS HAVE TO MAKE THE PLAYS. BASIC STUFF, MAN, THAT UM HASNT BEEN DOING FOR 4 YEARS NOW!

those caught up with the b brown situation need to relax, he's not going anywhere just having fun at the moment... he will be at the U 110% sure....

I hate to say but I am getting sick of our fans not having faith. Everyone wants this instant gratification, but Rome wasn't built in a day. Have some faith, give him a little more time and lets see what happens. If you really bleed orange and green then you should support your team, coach, and players through the rough times and be patient and give them a little time to develop their plan. If after 4 or 5 years things aren't better, then its time to say good bye. However until then lets see some support and encouragment in the first 4 years of his head coaching career.

This is great we got Vernon. This is what Bryce Brown is saying is his #1 goal for his freshman year no matter where he goes. “The only thing I can tell you is, it might say sound crazy, but I’m dead serious, the only thing I’m thinking about is being in the Heisman race next year,” Brown said. (ESPN Inside The U)I still am rooting to get Brown, but I'm also hoping we get a running back or 2 that have the goal of helping the U get a National Championship. I'm just saying. I, like everybody else have been paying close attention to what Bryce has been up to since the beginning of last season. In my opinion, he was a much more of a humble guy last year. I'm anxious to see how things pan out with recruiting as well as his freshman year. The best of luck to him wherever he goes even if it's not the U. Once again, I'm just saying.

BB is waiting on to see who is going to be OC, he's still coming to the U.

Bryce told ESPN that Oregon is his first choice in spite of his commit to the U.

http://insider.espn.go.com/ncf/recruiting/tracker/school?schoolId=2390&page=briefingroom&season=2009&action=login&appRedirect=http%3a%2f%2finsider.espn.go.com%2fncf%2frecruiting%2ftracker%2fschool%3fschoolId%3d2390%26page%3dbriefingroom%26season%3d2009

Yo....I hope we get bryce, he seems like a great talent and all. But he might want to simmer down the whole Heisman talk and show a little humility. I'm sure Arthur was thinking Butkus award around the same time last year. I love the desire, but some things don't need to be said, makes you come off as a little too full of yourself.......

YOu know now that I think of it, I didn't mind it when Ray Lewis did the same thing a bunch of years ago......maybe i'm the idiot.

I love the desire too. But like I said before. If he commits to Miami. I'm anxious to see how reacts to the speed here in the state of Florida. Even though they do have "some" speed in Wichita. Arthur realized real quick when he came to the U, he was not in Kansas anymore. That being said, I still think Arthur and Bryce will be successful at the college level.

Regardless of whether we get BB or not, we're still going to have a GREAT class. The new guys that got hurt and didn't play last year, or were in Prep school, were going to have their services too, plus the experience the newbies got this past year. I mean come on Canenites, we should be fielding a pretty solid freakin team. NO we're NOT ready for the NC game, so would you IDIOTS that don't know football get that crap out of your heads. We're a few years off from the big stage. Winning the ACC is not out of the question though,and that leads to a HOME field bowl game, and that wold be sweeet.

Actually, I like the confidence of BB. I remember in middle school (Horace Mann, MIA BABY) they had a sign said....."Aim for the moon, and if you fall short, you'll still be among the STARS!"...I like that SWAGGER!!!

Outside linebacker Sam Barrington has a top three of Miami-FL, Illinois and South Florida, according to ESPN affiliate Web site InsideTheU.com.

Barrington listed Miami's only negative as the fact it started recruiting him the latest. Illinois' distance from home hurts the Fighting Illini. Also, Barrington doesn't believe the football program or academics at South Florida match the other two.

Canes, i agree with the comparison thing, but you gotta admit, Ray2x does go for the killshots just like the old miami greats!!! him and Spence will be a force on the defense!!!!!!!

Posted by: Ray2x and Spence goes for the killshots!!!!! | January 16, 2009 at 01:54 AM

Going for the big hits and comparing someone to Ed Reed or Sean Taylor are very different. The guy has not played a down of college football and they are saying "he reminds me of Ed Reed or Sean Taylor". It happens every year with an incoming Hurricane safety. EVERY YEAR. And the comparisons could't be more wrong. Enough with that crap already. Let Ray Ray be Ray Ray and that's it.

It's just like when people say that so and so reminds me of Michael Jordan. God, that pisses me off. That's an insult to Michael Jordan and the person saying it sounds stupid. Why does someone always have to remind you of someone else? They did the same crap with LeBron when he was coming out of high school. They said he's the next Magic Johnson. The guy plays nothing like Magic Johnson and he's obviously made his own name for himself. In a few years, people will be saying "He's the next LeBron James" about some other prospect. It's ridiculous.

Thanks Manny for all the great reporting you do.

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