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Whipple introduces himself, talks titles

Mark Whipple addresses the media Tuesday afternoon inside the Edgerrin James room on the UM campus. 
New offensive coordinator Mark Whipple just finished his half hour press conference introducing himself to the media Tuesday afternoon. I have a few quick notes I wanted to share relating to what he talked about. For those of you who would like to listen to the entire press conference, just click on the link.

> For starters, credit the hire of Whipple to coach Randy Shannon (who much like in what he does with recruits) had a great one-on-one session with Whipple and helped convince him he really was ready to come back and be a playcaller on the college level. Eagles coach Andy Reid obviously talked to Whipple about becoming the team's quarterbacks coach. But even Reid realized Whipple was ready to come back to college and call plays. It seemed the two knew Miami was where Whipple needed to be. Whipple said he first started receiving inquires in his interest at UM about three weeks ago from others close to the program down here. 

"The thing I missed a little bit in the NFL was teaching and seeing people get better," Whipple said. "I think I have a lot to give this place and kids in general."

> Whipple will be more than just the offensive coordinator. He was hired and given the title of assistant head coach. That could very well mean Shannon has decided to take on the role of defensive coordinator.Nothing official, however, regarding Shannon's move to defensive coordinator was told to us by Whipple or any other sports information staff members.

Mark Whipple2 > Whipple played his high school ball in Arizona and has spent most of his life in the northeast, but that doesn't mean he's not familiar with South Florida or the Canes. As a recruiter he said he spent a lot of time in Miami and Broward. He said the tradition of the Hurricanes has always intrigued him. He was actually at the Fiesta Bowl for UM's two national championship losses to Penn State (1986) and Ohio State (2002). He shared a story about how he spoke with Tom Brady at the Pro Bowl about the talented players coming out of UM -- including receiver Andre Johnson.

> How long Whipple sticks around UM remains to be seen. But there is no question he has aspirations of being an NFL head coach one day. He didn't tell reporters how much money he's being paid or how long his contract is for. But he talked plenty about winning championships. Whipple has obviously done a lot of it in his career with a I-AA title at UMass in 1998 and a Super Bowl title with the Steelers.

"To me it's about being the best," Whipple said. "I believe in saying, no one rises to low expectations. If you are playing for runner-up, you'll probably finish third. If you play for No. 1, it's probably the only way you'll be No. 1. You walk into Pittsburgh, you see the four Lombardi trophies you know what it's about. You walk into UM, you see the five national titles. You know what it's about. This is what I'm about."

> As for the type of offense he would like to run, Whipple said it will all depend on personnel. He said he watched tape of three UM games: FSU, Virginia and Cal and has some early impressions. He also got to know players a little during a team workout. But he's got to see what they can do on the field before deciding how he's going to run his offense: "Brian Westbrook is different than Jerome Bettis. Hines Ward is not the same as Desean Jackson," Whipple said. "It's a little bit of a mix and match. I got to see what our players are like. Do we have guys that can pull [block]? What are our quarterbacks like? What is Jacory comfortable with? To me, it's not what I like. I have an arsenal of plays.  To me it's what you put up on the board. I've always had a good relationship with the players. I want to put guys in the best positions they can be in. I think its going to be a little bit of what Pittsburgh does with Hines Ward. It's going to be a little bit of what Arizona does with what I did with Whisenhunt. It's not how much I know, it's what our guys know. I learned you can always challenge guys more. I'm trying to make this place the best classroom they have. I want to make their football class the greatest classroom they have."

> UM released a few other quotes from folks in the NFL talking about Whipple. Here they are. 

Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid: “On behalf of the Philadelphia Eagles, I wish Mark and his family all the best in Miami and thank him for all of his contributions to the Eagles during this past year. He is an excellent football coach and has proven that on both the college and pro levels. He has a great opportunity in Miami and I’m sure he’ll be very successful with that program. He is a great addition to the University of Miami and will help them continue their high standard of football and academics.”

Pittsburgh Steelers Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger: "Whip is a great coach and is the perfect fit for any coaching position at any school or team. I know he will do great things at Miami and help that program tremendously. He will help the players not just as a coach, but as a leader and a mentor to them. I have nothing but the upmost respect for Whip and what he stands for."

Former Pittsburgh Steelers Head Coach Bill Cowher: “Mark Whipple was without a doubt instrumental in the development of Ben Roethlisberger. He has a wealth of experience on the offensive side and is a great teacher and leader of young men.”

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Watching it now. Can't wait to see him at work at the U!

great post

first?!

whip is here and bryce is setting up his blockers-- bunche, white, hall!

ya'll c'mon. hurricane is a brewin'


Watching it now. Can't wait to see him at work at the U!

Posted by: Jer | January 27, 2009 at 02:08 PM


How are U watching it??

Manny
Q. Are you going to post a link to the press conference?

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Good news.

How are U watching it??

Posted by: miamiboisince85 | January 27, 2009 at 02:16 PM

http://all-access.cbssports.com/player.html?code=mifl

manny how about mark stoops for d.c? do we really not have the money for him?

where do u watch this.. we miami boiiiiis. (i have sex with women)

Jacory,

You have just been given a wonderful opportunity to learn pro-style from this man. Soak in his expertise.

Bryce,

It is time to make your decision permanent. Come to UM and win a Championship.

GO CANES!!

Naming Whipple as assistant head coach is a good move. It will free Randy up either way, whether that is to handle administrative duties more effectively or become DC. Whipple has experience as a HC so he should be a great help to this program on a number of levels. Giving Whipple added responsibilities may also serve as an enticement to him to stay here longer than he otherwise might.

GO CANES!

Best thing I saw on his UMASS tape.
WR ran 5 yard out o 3rd down and they need 6 yards for first. WHIP was on him!
That is some of the mentoring and coaching we need! If you are not going to make the right play, then I will sit you down or be on your butt!
Gotta luv it.

A new day has dawned at the U...looking forward to the journey with all the bumps along the way back up the mountain top with Coach Shannon and Whip leading the charge.

Another good one, Manny (I am sounding like a broken record). I like everything he is saying about using personnel and teaching. It also fits with what Reid, Rothlesberger and his former college players have said about him. It also seems as though Whipple expects a Championship very soon.

Watching this, is like in... S l o w M o t i o n...

As he comes into town... He says, you can Call me, Whip!

OK coach... put the wheels on the cart and show us how it's done!

Ya gotta lov it!

Canes Baby!!! Nothing but Canes!

Well, if your an Offensive Recruit, and the new O coordinator just said we are going to run what Pittsburg, the arizone cardinals(2 teams in the Superbowl) and the eagles(NFC runner up) , wouldnt U want to learn from him and be a part of this? instead of a gimmick offense in gainesville that doesnt get anyone drafted high?? DEBOSE------DONT MAKE A DUMB MISTAKE-----COME WITH THE ENTIRE TRIO AND GET READY FOR THE NFL---- WE r on the way wack. Welcome MR WHipple.

Keep bringing the good news.......we all saw what RS did when he was the D-coach, I can settle with RS running the show on the defensive side of the ball. Hell, keep those extra $300,000/G's that UM was paying to Young and pay Whip a little extra, so he can stay around longer than the other 5-OC's in the past 6-years...

Amazing sound bites. "That's what I'm about." Love it...now get to work.

Just to add a note regarding "Whip" our new OC:

I had a friend who played OL at umass under Whip. He was there 1 yr before Whip arrived and they were 2 & 9 that yr.

He said this guy (they called him Mr Whipple after the TV commercial) came in there and turned their program around - they went from 2-9 to 9-2 and a D-AA national championship.

About half way through they started calling him "Whip" out of respect.

He said that - this guy is a great teacher and communicator.

That his offense is unbelievably easy to learn (because of his way of teaching and communicating) yet totally unpredictable for the defense to figure out.

"We would open up holes you could drive a Tank thru or hit a Receiver wide open, not on every play but on Whip's Target Plays."

He said this guy will set up for his "Target Plays" that will be virtually unstoppable.

"They all won't go all the way, he said, but they will get the needed yardage or more - 90% of the time or better."

And he said, "watch out for - 3rd or 4th and short - he probably holds a record for more score's in these situations."

He added "Whip's a great OL coach, as well as QB, WR and RB he knows it all. Heck just ask Sparano with the Dolphins, he taught him."

Some guy from umass has left his impression on these blogs about how his Offense will do here and my buddy agrees but, added with UM's speed and talent it could be devastating to opposing defenses.

And the O stats will be records, no doubt. School, conference and with UM's S & T national records are a strong possibility.

Well guys - this guy played for him, he has no ties to UM, in fact he lives in Baton Rouge and he's an LSU fan. (Went to LSU for Grad school.)

So, just an unbiased opinion.

BYAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Must say not exactly like P.Nix who tried to draw up plays at the burger king to add to his playbook. Whipple has a table full of playbooks just wants to draw from them to fit the players.

QUESTION...If Shannon doesnt pan out as the Head Cooach over the next year or two, does anyone think this guy may take over the reigns? Think that may have been in the contract or discussed with Shalala if Shannon resigns or is canned (if it were to happen)??? Just a thought.

I haven't smiled this much in a long time. I wasn't even this happy when we hired Bill Young, and I was pretty jacked for that one. Hopefully Whip stays a few more years and brings that title to UM. It sounds like he really wants the title, so hopefully he won't be swayed back to the NFL too quickly. And he's already coached his alma mater, so not biggy there either.

Posted by: Jer | January 27, 2009 at 02:25 PM

thank u


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Posted by: wyld-boi-4U | January 27, 2009 at 02:20 PM


Everybody wants u banned kehoe so the best thing u can do is come out with ur out the closet GAY comments. Ur an idiot!!!!!

lol how is uf doing in recruiting ???

Whipple may not be a "U guy" but it certainly sounds like he has a good understanding of what The U is all about. I think he will be even more enthusiastic when he meets the players, watches them workout and realizes how much talent we have here to work with. Then he will certainly have visions of championships dancing in his head. Welcome to the family Whip! Glad to have ya.

Top ten class. Andre Debose is a gator. Always has been. He's the one U really wanted.

recruiting is going awesome.

Buh bye Bryced

U sound like fun miamiBOI. U busy later

Posted by: CanesFan305 | January 27, 2009 at 02:48 PM

Were U just talking on wqam 560.

All we had to do was give Randy some time and he'll make the right decision. He did!! He's all about the U and now that he's not being rushed.......he's going to lead us back where we belong.

Can't wait to see the "Whiplash offense" against the Bob Stoops defense.

GO CANES!!!

Top ten class. Andre Debose is a gator. Always has been. He's the one U really wanted.

Posted by: wyld-boi-4U

With how many great wide outs we already have? Gimme Ray Ray and Dye any day!

Good hire and glad to have another experienced winner on the staff. Good coaches make those around them better. Hopefully Whipple helps Randy in some of the areas he's lacking in.

Let's Go Canes!!! Waller and Bandit Feinroth, here we go back to the days of old. We Hope! lol

Top ten class. Andre Debose is a gator. Always has been. He's the one U really wanted.

recruiting is going awesome.

Buh bye Bryced

U sound like fun miamiBOI. U busy later

Posted by: wyld-boi-4U | January 27, 2009 at 03:18 PM

* Days before the national championship game in Miami, one of the Gators' top oral commitments, Georgia cornerback Greg Reid, figuratively punched the Gators' coaching staff in the gut by wavering on his word. He is now believed to be headed to either Georgia, Florida State or Alabama.
* Last week, defensive end Nick Kasa of Colorado did the same thing. It seems the pass rusher wants to stay close to home.
* This week, another cornerback, this time Marsalis Teague of Tennessee, is also having second thoughts.

If you're counting, that's three headaches the Gators' coaching staff are having to deal with in the final weeks of the recruiting cycle. When UF could be focusing its energy on securing one, two or three more recruits, coach Urban Meyer and his staff are now having to shore up relationships with players already committed. The Reid situation is one of particular frustration for Meyer. After all, Reid was the Gators' first prospect of the 2009 recruiting cycle to commit. He did so last February.

Can Florida sway a few more recruits. Perhaps the Gators should just work on keeping the ones they have.

from goody


Randy went up and got two players from uf's back yard. how many did urban get???

Greg reid is laughing at UF, Deerfield Beach quarterback Denard Robinson and cornerback Adrian Witty are both laughing at UF, defensive end Nick Kasa of Colorado is also laughing at UF. Clown!!

I've been watching Hurricane football before a lot of you were even born and I've never seen the number of drop passes from Miami receivers like I have in the last 5 years. From Lance Legget to Henkerson. It has been ridiculous. We've had 4 coordinators in the last 5 years. And the offense has sucked no matter who has been at the helm. One year great receivers no quaterback next year great quaterback NO RECEIVER.Next year great line no running backs next year great running back no line. Missed takles, dropped passes, no blocking, quaterbacks holding on to the ball to long, fumbling the ball,and players running to the field at the wrong time (FSU) that has had more to do with our downfall the last 5 years than coaching.

As many might know, I have ripped Shannon and UM several times over the Marve transfer the past week. As a Cane, I am really excited that Shannon was able to pull off this hire. I am also hoping Shannon can modify his coaching and Personal management style. There are no more excuses and I now honestly believe that If Shannon can modify his ways, with the addition of “Whip” and the great recruits we have, we can be very special. Lastly, Miami needs to get back to focusing on player development.

TRO
That's why we needed a guy like Whip. Yes, the others did not have the team focused. Whip will do that. With more focus you get less mistakes.

This is exactly what it is all about

"To me it's about being the best," Whipple said. "I believe in saying, no one rises to low expectations. If you are playing for runner-up, you'll probably finish third. If you play for No. 1, it's probably the only way you'll be No. 1. You walk into Pittsburgh, you see the four Lombardi trophies you know what it's about. You walk into UM, you see the five national titles. You know what it's about. This is what I'm about."

we got our guy

Expect some big names to be begging in to the last few spots Canes have in this recruiting class.

This is the best hire we've had in a while. No other Hurricanes OC has come in with the credentials and the NFL backing that Whipple has. That equates to respect from the kids he will be teaching. They will soak up everything he has to say. Confidence is the difference. Look how the Fins played for Sparano/Parcells vs what we've seen in years past. The players respect them and will follow them. I feel we now have that here with Whipple.

Everyone knows the O had no identity last season, that alone hurts play by a big factor. Two qtback situation hurt play, at times. Not going for the win just trying to hang around, that was creepy for a the U. a coker holdover. There is a good chance a big turn around might happen on offense. Whipple seems confident that it will,

One thing I think Randy should allow Whipple to do is bring in one of his guys. Someone that can step right in if Whipple gets a head coaching gig in college. It's like a catch22, if he has great success, like we all hope he does, the head hunters will be after him. That puts us back in the same boat. So Randy needs to create coaching talent on the current staff so he can promote within. If Randy ever wants some success at Da U he needs to create some stability. What does it say that he's not promoting someone currently on the staff to be his d coordinator?

Many of us said this would be the most important hire/move for Shannon. I think we can all agree at this point, it looks like Shannon hit it out of the park again.

Shannon is phenomenal in the offseason, recruiting coaches and kids the way he does. Let's hope he's learned some lessons as a game day coach now and we will be set.

I am feeling good! Let's get the Spring Game going already!

Maybe one of the current offensive assistants will develop under Whipple and become our new OC once Whip has had his fill here. Step right on in and keep the offense going if it's going well in the first place.

Greg reid is laughing at UF, Deerfield Beach quarterback Denard Robinson and cornerback Adrian Witty are both laughing at UF, defensive end Nick Kasa of Colorado is also laughing at UF. Clown!!

Posted by: miamiboisince85 | January 27, 2009 at 03:30 PM

Their old OC is now laughing at them from Miss St!! I'm not laughing at them, I'm leaving a big Steamer on their new Crystal Ball! I bet one of our commitments breaks it, AGAIN!

I banged a Skank from UF this past weekend! I will say this about UF, they have some hot females, and they like to bang, A LOT!! Some girls actually look good (enough) in Jorts!

I TAKE IT BACK, I AM LAUGHING AT YOU KEHOE

YOU HAVE AWAKENED THE SLEEPING GIANT

Go 'canes!

Stoops is crapping his pants right about now. Not to mention the rest of the ACC.

Yes, I think it is smart for one of the current coaching staff to become Whipple's understudy. Tim "Ice" Harris is a great candidate. He was very successful in HS and I understand he has a great football mind. Whip is a good coach of coaches as well as players and I think Harris could learn a lot under his tutelage. Enough to become OC in 2-3 years? I am not sure but perhaps.

Florida Gators 2008 Nat'l Champions!!! UM played in the Micro-dot PC Southwest Sunshine Expo Bowl and lost to Cal. HA!!! I think Mr. Whipple might bring you back to the Top. Top 50 that is. With Randy "Cry baby" Shannon at the helm, the U is in for some rough times. Looking forward to another .500 season for Miami. Let's talk again next year. The U is a joke!!!

The new joke going around......


"I knew Nix did a crappy job, but I didn't realize Miami would need to bring in Mr. Whipple to clean it up."

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