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Whipple announcement expected soon

Mark Whipple answered his phone Saturday night in Philadelphia and told our Barry Jackson he was deciding whether or not he would take the vacant offensive coordinator position offered to him by coach Randy Shannon. He even joked that in a week he'd either be in Miami or still with the Eagles staff coaching the NFC All-Stars in Hawaii.

Mark Whipple All signs are pointing that Whipple has chosen Miami. Sunday night, when our Susan Miller Degnan called the Whipple home, his wife Brenda answered the phone. She said her husband was not there and would be unavailable. When asked if her husband had accepted the coordinator position at UM and was on his way to Miami, she politely said: "I think it would be up to them to give you that information. I really couldn't."

When reached by phone Sunday night, the University of Miami sports information department would not confirm if Whipple had been hired. But a staff member I spoke to said the hiring was imminent. "There's a only slight chance it won't happen," the source said. 

That slight chance is likely passing a mandatory drug test and meetings with President Donna Shalala and athletic director Kirby Hocutt. Whipple told The Miami Herald Saturday he had discussed the possibility of replacing Eagles quarterbacks coach Pat Shurmur with head coach Andy Reid. Reports out of Philadelphia and ESPN tonight said it looked like Whipple had already told the Eagles he was leaving the team to return to college. A representative with the Eagles late Sunday night could not be reached for comment. 

Whipple spent 13 seasons as a head coach at the collegiate level at New Haven, Brown and UMass, where he won a I-AA national title in 1998 before moving onto the NFL for four seasons. He coached Ben Roethlisberger in Pittsburgh to a Super Bowl title and spent this past season with the Eagles.

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Jesus U Fans ... Put it away before U get blisters ...


U R Typical ... None of U knew who this guy was a week ago and now Ur ready to build a Statue.... Duh U B in a state DESPERATION.

U should hear Urselves.


btw- Adios to U , from Mr. Whipple after next year . Book it... U are merely a stepping stone

Draw ?

"He coached Ben Roethlisberger in Pittsburgh to a Super Bowl title....."

-Manny


Good one homer. How dumb does that statement make U sound?


UMASSfan = canesrule in drag

Go ahead and believe all that rah rah bunk that canesrule posted. And go ahead and commission the Whipple statue. Dude was an assistant to an assistant. U are so bloodied that U would get jacked up for ANYBODY.

You NEVER heard of Whipple a week ago.

Keep dreamin U

I hope Bryce doesn't get into trouble with the NCAA over his "advisor's" pay-to-say website.

CJ
Again, still taking shots. Did you not see some of the comments that parents had the last few years about their meeting with Shalala? Did you not see RS's praise of her invovlement in the recruiting? She is doing her part where she can.

U R Whipped
That's what the U has always been. A stepping stone. No difference then, & may not be a difference now. One thing I am almost certain is that RS is a lifer & is doing an admirable job!

dyrty dog,

you make a good point. shannon does appear to be a "U" lifer. he ain't goin nowhere. this most likely is his dream job. not to say that shannon doesn't have ambition, he does-- its to bring miami back to national prominence, to win national championships, and to ressurect the dynasty. others may come and go. indeed miami may be a stepping stone for others, but for shannon it's a destination. for the time being let's stack talent (and hopefully wins). in the longterm however, i hope that shannon is able to build as stable a program as say beamer at virgina tech.

whipper snapper, come on down!!!

UMASSfan, thanks for the personal bio on Whip. I hope he can live up to the hype. We need a DC though. Randy can't be a head coach and a DC, he admitted as much himself.

It's really getting intolerable up here in Gatorland!!!! You guys on this blog are keepin me sane!!!!

Hurricanes 2009 schedule (these are the teams and some are confirmed times)
* Actual Dates

Sept 7 at FSU
Sept 12 Bye
Sept 19 Clemson
Sept 26 Duke
Oct 3 Oklahoma *
Oct 10 FAAMU *
Oct 17 at UCF *
Oct 24 at Wake
Oct 31 Virginia
Nov 7 at UNC
Nov 12 (Thursday) at Virginia Tech
Nov 19 (Thursday) Georgia Tech
Nov 28 at USF *

Hear a rumor from a reliable source that the DC will be Chuck Amato--Can you confirm?

FINALLY. Now we can get down to business of solidifying the recruits, and get this monster headed in the right direction. Now if my stomach would just stop hurting, lol.

If it is Amato, we sure could do alot worse. I'll believe it when I see it.

I'm was psyched about Whip before after reading his bio on the web and some of the quotes about him from guys like Cower, but after reading UMASSFan's posts, I'm a bit shocked you can't actually see the halo above whip's head. It should be fun, and it won't take much improvement to up our record from last year. Plus, the long and short of it is that if your offense scores lots of points, your defense can pin its ears back and attack, and that means blowouts. Last year in close games you have to be more conservative, preserve field position, etc, but if whip can up the points, we won't be quite so worried and that means sacs, interceptions, etc.

I think Amato would be a great coach and I know he was expecting to replace Bowden when he retired. That, I think, is why he went back to FSU, and so he might just be ready to move on. But I ultimately agree with brooklyncane...seminoles are used to finishing second, and we don't need that. He's tainted, so let him stay where he is.

But RS should find a coordinator. I agree he has to concentrate on being a better head coach (which he will), which means he can only do the DC thing for a while, meaning more turnover in a shorter time. Our D will be great, but I'd like some consistency.

Recruiting? All I can say, as a D-1a HC he was able to recruit BCS-D quality kids.

A lot of recruiting is accomplished through reputation. And his rep as an "aggressive attacking offensive innovator" was very well known throughout the D-1a coaches.

His aggressive attacking offense will be the magnet for any offensive player wanting to go - to the next level - get a lot of press and play in an exciting kick butt offense.

When you have multiple RB's gaining over 1000 yrds in one season and you will have 2000+ yrd RB's in the future, the near future.

So, with a "magnet in his offense" and his ability to recognize talent, yes he'll recruit very well.

The best part is - his HC experience. This, I'm sure, played a part in RS's decision.

This will give RS the ability to take over the defense, if necessary.

His game planning abilities, his admin. etc. will take a big load off RS's shoulder's. He won't have to "baby sit" this guy. Whipple will be able to consult to RS especially in game planning and game day decisions.

All I can relay is what I experienced.

This guy, really is the real deal. He knows x's and o's better than most, knows the coaching business inside and out and has tremendous experience.

Every school he went to had a horrible yr "before his arrival" and had unheard of rebounds. UMASS went from 2-9 before him to National champs his first yr. This was typical of him.

All I can say is - I know your offensive production will really improve. By leaps and bounds. So, prepare for a great season coming up, it will be fantastic.

Whipple sounds great, but I would trade him for 5 stud lineman recruits in a heart beat. Everyone blames all kinds of things on are fall to mediocre. Alot has to do with coaches ability to develop players. The main reason is we have no HOG MALIES. Fox is an adequate player but no beast. we havent had a beast since Mckinney. Discuss?

I hope Bryce doesn't get into trouble with the NCAA over his "advisor's" pay-to-say website.

Posted by: nemo2002 | January 26, 2009 at 06:56 AM

Good point nemo. Exactly what I was about to post.

Whipple sounds great, but I would trade him for 5 stud lineman recruits in a heart beat. Everyone blames all kinds of things on are fall to mediocre. Alot has to do with coaches ability to develop players. The main reason is we have no HOG MALIES. Fox is an adequate player but no beast. we havent had a beast since Mckinney. Discuss?

Great pick up.....and have you guys realized that alot of the kids we are recruiting (Specially Marcus Hall) all indicated they want to run a pro-style offense...which makes scense....why do you want to put up a shyt load of points and not make it in the league.....mark my words, the NFL will always be a pro-style league, so all these players and coaches running the fun-gun/spread/no tight ends, all wr's.....enjoy college.....Meyer will never be a NFL coach, Leach will never be a NFL coach....those offenses are smoke and mirrors...I am glad that the kids are starting to see, if you want to be productive in he pro's play pro-style, that other crap, is just that crap!!!!!

UMASSFan--u got me all excited over here..lol...thanks for the insights and analysis!

GO CANES!

canefanatic: why take a 5 star stud that could be a dud in the future, then take a coach that has nfl and college background and also that has been a success? U are rite about us getting o-lineman and we do have i think 4 commits plus we are looking at like 3 or 4 more so to me it's a win win situation. getting a OC that has an OFFENSIVE MIND plus getting the "HOG MAILES'. WE CAN'T LOSE ON THAT SITUATION.

All I can to the need for OL - is when Whip took over at UMASS there was NO OL. They were 2-9 and lead the world in sacks. Whip comes in with these same guys on OL and cut the sacks by 90%, to the lowest sack rate ever in D-1 football. Not just for one yr, but for a career. He knows OL.

Oh, by the way he taught his position coaches as well.

One of his position coaches, OL, whom he taught while the HC at New Haven, was a guy named Tony Sparano. Ever heard of him, he's a pretty good OL coach. Don't ya think.

I can't wait. This guy sounds like the exact ingredient that is missing from the U. Our program needed something positive badly. Go Canes!!

If it's true that he does come down here and his kid does go play for St. Thomas Aquinas, that would be another awesome pipeline for us. I know we used to get players from there, but recently their better players have been leaving elsewhere.

Everyone needs to get on wikapedia right now. Search for whipple. It says bryce brown is pissed and picked Oregon. How the $)?! Does wikapedia know this?!


Jesus U Fans ... Put it away before U get blisters ...


U R Typical ... None of U knew who this guy was a week ago and now Ur ready to build a Statue.... Duh U B in a state DESPERATION.

U should hear Urselves.


btw- Adios to U , from Mr. Whipple after next year . Book it... U are merely a stepping stone

Posted by: U R Whipped | January 26, 2009 at 05:16 AM


"He coached Ben Roethlisberger in Pittsburgh to a Super Bowl title....."

-Manny


Good one homer. How dumb does that statement make U sound?


UMASSfan = canesrule in drag

Go ahead and believe all that rah rah bunk that canesrule posted. And go ahead and commission the Whipple statue. Dude was an assistant to an assistant. U are so bloodied that U would get jacked up for ANYBODY.

You NEVER heard of Whipple a week ago.

Keep dreamin U


Aww how cute little kehoes mad.

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


lol a kehoe i thought NOBODY wanted to work for randy!!! Is that why whipple left the NFL to come down to the college ranks!!! kehoe u were wrong yet again !!!!!


I said 5 stud lineman not 5 star, I could care less about star ratings

Brandon London (Dolphin WR - played for Whip at UMASS) hit the nail on the head on Bokamper's show Friday night.

"Whip's offense will do for UM - what GT' offense has done for them - in a strong defense oriented conference like the ACC. It will be a great antidote."

Also, if you can go back and listen to what London said about the WhipLash offense. He tells you how wild and unpredictable it is.

Hey, with the typical pro style or spread you have 32 scenarios per play.

With the WhipLash, a pro-style - west coast on steroids - offense - with a little A-11 thrown in - UM will have at a minimum of 250 scenarios per play.

He terrorizes DC's, they don't ever know what is coming next.

He sets up tenancy's and then goes against them when least expected. In fact, he might hold the world record for the most "long scoring plays on 3rd or 4th and short (2 or less yrds)."

Get ready for a boat load of points, from anywhere on the field.

As long as Bryce doesn't receive compensation from the site, it's fine. There are other athletes on the site as well. It is really no different that what Rivals or Scout does except it focuses on a smaller number of athletes.

Whipple should be better than Nix ever was!!!

Go Canes!!

This hire is the key missing ingredient to getting us back on top again.

Randy running the D now becomes a viable option given Whipple's HC experience as he can take many game day duties on his shoulders.

Canes are back folks!

I went back a checked out this stuff from UMASSFan.

And yes, London did say this guy's the real deal.

That his offenses are totally unpredictable. And that Tony Sparano credits him with everything he knows.

And yes he will score points by the boat load.

well 5 stud then, all im saying is with an NFL minded coach that knows what it takes to become to the nfl do u think a kid will past that up? thats why i sat it's a no lost situation for us.

From what I found, if Brown decides to bolt that's his problem.

We will have multiple 1000+ yrd rushers.

We will have a 2000+ yrd rusher and if that's not Brown, so what.

We will have multile 1000+ yrd recievers and we will lead the ACC in all O categories.

This guy's a "PLAY CALLER", a "TEACHER".
He teaches every player OL, RB, WR - all the players what his concepts are and how they work through the course of a game.

They will understand what he wants and when.

Will there be mistakes, missed opportunities and wrong decisions, of course. But so what, we will score boat loads of points anyway.

So if he decides (I heard it's just HR stuff that's left) to come here in will be very exciting and productive.

Brian Butler, mentor for Miami oral commitment Bryce Brown (the nation's top high school running back) said Butler won't sign anywhere until at least March; he also is considering Tennessee, Kansas State, Auburn and Southern California; and he wants to learn about UM's new offensive coordinator. Butler said his website will charge $9.99 monthly for Brown updates. Signing day is Feb. 4.


They can both kiss my A**! Butler reminds me of David Koresh, a religious freak who takes control of the minds of kids. Maybe the NCAA should look into this freak!

UMass, you da man!!! your testament is very enlighting, give us more stories.
The "Whip" is coming the Magic City, yeaaaaaaaaaa!!!

OL Marcus Hall is now saying that Miami is the front runner over Ohio State. OL Malcolm Bunche is saying that if Hall picks Miami that would definitely influence his decision. That had a blast in Miami this past weekend. If we get these guys along with our other O-Line commits, we are gonna have a nasty O-line. If thats not enough for ANY running back to commit. So be it. These guy's will be opening big enough holes for any RB to run through. Bring it on big fellas.

Hey, with the typical pro style or spread you have 32 scenarios per play.

With the WhipLash, a pro-style - west coast on steroids - offense - with a little A-11 thrown in - UM will have at a minimum of 250 scenarios per play.

"He terrorizes DC's, they don't ever know what is coming next.

He sets up tenancy's and then goes against them when least expected. In fact, he might hold the world record for the most "long scoring plays on 3rd or 4th and short (2 or less yrds)."

Get ready for a boat load of points, from anywhere on the field."

OH BABY, HERE WE COME!!!!!

Umassfan, you mean we're not going to let the QB run it on 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th downs. Nix's thought that worked everytime. LOL!!!

When I want a good laugh... this is the place to be. First has the "W" signed the paper work? Has he taken the mike and announced to the sports world he is here at Miami? NO HE HAS NOT. So until then all you guys and maybe girls just hold on.... I know you can dream... but do not get your hopes up. I remember 2 coaches that said they would never leave... Everyone said they had their feet cememnted in the turf at the OB yet all three bolted like a rat from a cat. What makes anyone think he is really here as a hire. NOTHING... What i'm more concerned about is 2 items. First RS can not be a head coach and the DC at the same time. He is a good coach but lets set the bar at the right level he is not that good... One man cannot do both jobs. Second I would like to know about the recruits that came here this past week-end and the bunch that are comming this weekend. Have any undecided come aboard. One last thing. We have 22 spots to fill. LETS fill them all. Forget about 2010... we have to play 12-14 games next year. If we have a good year some of the JR's may bolt leaving extra places for 2010 and beyond... I love the Canes and have since 1963. I went there in 71 I will never give up the pride I have of this teams history. Win or lose...this team is #1 to me.

I hope BB's relationship with Butler doesn't impair his NCAA eligibility. The $$$ thing has me concerned.

I am sure this is great for recruiting too. He does have a super bowl ring, just like randy has 3 NC rings. PLus, having been the qb coach for 2 of the top 5 qbs in the NFL in Mcnabb and big ben, the qbs should flock back to qb u, and the top Offensive players would probably want to play for an nfl coach who knows what it takes to get to that level. No gimmick offenses.
Dont get me wrong. the gators won the (nc), won the vote rather, but, its tebow on a qb sneak, tebow on a sneak, and then hope a wr gets open or hand off to a speedster. Thats why I dont think many offensive players under meyer develop. Alex smith was a bust, tebow only averages 10-15 completions per game correct? and they dont have traditional 1000 yr rushers who pound the ball.

Maybe debose will change his mind and stay with his fellow seminole kids, although we are loaded at the wr and skill position. GREAT HIRE

This guys resume is impressive. I am actually surprised he is taking the job. The guy could be a HC at the college level. I agree with a lot of you that if he does join Miami, it allows Shannon to take over the DC duties because he has an OC that has been a successful HC at the college level. Shannon will be able to pass some responsibilities off to Whipple.

"What makes anyone think he is really here as a hire. NOTHING..."

Wayne,you might not have heard, but according to some very reliable
sources(staff,media,friends)all indications point to Whip heading south to warm weather. That and a desire to call plays again and showcase his offense in D-1 caliber play.Of course, it's not official, but IMO it is 99%, a done deal.

GO CANES!!!

TEBOW: COACH, IT'S 3RD AND 5, WHAT'S THE CALL?

MYER: WELL TIM, YOU KNOW, GIVE IT TO PERCY.

TEBOW: YEAH, THAT WOULD'VE BEEN A GOOD PLAN
LAST YEAR...EXCEPT PERCY WENT PRO COACH...

MYER: AWWWW SHUCKS, THAT'S RIGHT TIM, AND YOU CAME BACK BECAUSE YOU DON'T KNOW HOW TO READ DEFENSES AND THROW A TWELVE YARD OUT...OOPS, MY BAD TIM, I MEANT, THEEEEEY SAID YOU CAN'T READ A DEFENSE AND THROW A TWELVE YARD OUT.

"First RS can not be a head coach and the DC at the same time."
Wayne,
Wrong my friend, look at how many head coaches are actually dc's, either offense or defense.

Greg Reid Update

The recruitment of Under Armour All-American Greg Reid (Valdosta, Ga./Lowndes) continues to take twists and turns. The speedy cornerback recently made an official visit to Alabama that threw what was shaping up to be a Florida State-Georgia battle into chaos again.
Nick Saban and staff have been looking for a player like Reid to add to their secondary haul this recruiting cycle and by getting him on the official visit (there was talk he would not make it to Tuscaloosa last weekend), they wedged themselves squarely in the mix.

"I don't have any favorites right now," Reid told ESPN affiliate TotalUGA.com following his trip to Tuscaloosa. "Florida State, Georgia, Alabama and now Miami are all even."

The Hurricanes should still be considered longshots unless something bizarre happens and Reid ends up heading to Coral Gables for an official visit, but the Tide's move against the frontrunners is legit.

There are reasons for all the schools to ultimately land him.

Saban has an extensive background coaching and developing defensive backs and really sells that to the players he recruits in the secondary. Alabama has recruited extremely well during his time there and there is no doubt they can go against anybody and land a player, regardless of what state they are from.

The Seminoles have come fast and furious and Tallahassee is not very far from Valdosta. Florida State's Jimbo Fisher and Mickey Andrews have made a great personal connection with Reid and his family and have continued to build on that. Florida State jumped into the lead for Reid before his trip to Alabama.

Georgia was considered the team to beat after Reid decommitted from Florida during practice leading up to the Under Armour All-America game earlier this month. He hung out with several of the Bulldogs' commits and Georgia has the last official visit with him this weekend. The Bulldogs really have to still be considered the favorite at this point provided Reid does head to Athens for the visit, but the Noles and Tide have a shot as well.

Regardless of how this one comes down, some team will get one of the top uncommitted prospects in the country. Reid was outstanding at the Under Armour All-American game, has tremendous speed and big-play ability in the return game as well as good coverage skills.

UMass, you da man!!! your testament is very enlighting, give us more stories.
The "Whip" is coming the Magic City, yeaaaaaaaaaa!!!

Posted by: fanatico

Great job canesrule. Post as "fanatico" so you can agree with yourself as UMASSfan.

It's enlightening

canesrule = sarasota cane, iraqicane, brooklyncane, Jaxdolfan, chicago cane, fanatico

Good job taking the "UMASSfan" bait cane fan. He pukes all over himself AND U daily.

Wayne Ritchie, Yea nothing official yet, but the papers are with HR and Whipple said he's headed to Miami - he wants to call play's, as reported on ESPN.

He flew into Miami last night, that's confirmed by his wife (Cooperstein QAM).
So, not "official yet" but it's getting close.

Regarding HC/DC - Pete Carroll did it his first five yrs at USC, those where their best yrs - defensively and overall.

With Whipple, a former HC for over 2 decades with a great career record. RS will be able to share a lot of the admin duties and game planning duties with "the Whip".

Yea, nothing official yet. But it's getting close, really close.

Any new news on OC hire?

Hmm, think Robert Marve is sorry he left now???????????????

I think the shotgun has become so prominent in college football because there are not going to be to many teams that can cover 4 or 5 wide receivers successfully. Think about it what school is going to have 4 or 5 CBs to put on the field against 4 or 5 wide receivers.

The drawback is when these qbs get to the NFL they need to learn to take the ball from undercenter because in the NFL most teams can cover 4 or 5 wr's. It seems like all these kids have problems adjusting to the NFL game when they do not play under center in college.

There is no substitute for being able to run the ball. You control everything at that point. Then you start the play action and your scoring drives only take a couple minutes. Then when the time comes you can watch those seconds tick away. That's the way to win.

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