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Canes stun Wake Forest and me

Consider be me officially done trying to figure out Frank Haith's basketball team -- or the madness known as the Atlantic Coast Conference (Did anybody see Duke's blowout loss to Clemson?)

Tremendous win for Haith and his boys, one I didn't see coming after their worst "effort performance" of the year at Maryland Saturday. I thought this three-game stretch of Wake Forest, Duke and North Carolina, on the heels of a three-game losing streak, were going to be the final nails in UM's coffin. Turns out I was dead wrong.

Miami played phenomenal Wednesday night, scrapping for loose balls, battling for boards and setting screens which left guys like L.D. Williams flattened in the first half. It certainly was an impressive 79-52 blowout of one of the nation's previously-ranked No. 1 teams. But don't mistake it for a sign of something much greater. UM coach Frank Haith said himself his team caught the seventh-ranked Demon Deacons on a bad shooting night.

Whatever Miami did with its zone (something Wake Forest coach Dino Gaudio said his team hadn't seen in awhile) made everyone other than Jeff Teague look confused. Consider this little gem of a stat on exactly how insane the ACC is. Miami plays the worst shooting team in the league and loses Saturday night. Then, the Canes face the league's best in Wake Forest and hold them to season-low 31.7 percent -- including 29 percent in the second half. In other words, these nights don't happen often.

The bigger thing to take away from this game is that this team isn't folding. That defensive presence Haith mentioned Tuesday lacking in the paint showed up wearing double-0 and looking like Jimmy Graham Wednesday. That tough stud off the bench Haith said his team lost after Ray Hicks left, showed up wearing Adrian Thomas' jersey. The lackluster point guard play? It ended at halftime. Like Haith said afterward, however, this kind of effort is the only way his team is going to win.

A coupe of quick notes...

> Jack McClinton's season-high 32 points moved him into ninth place on UM's all-time scoring list and past two names you'll remember -- Johnny Hemsley and Guillermo Diaz. Wake Forest coach Dino Guardio called Jack's performance one of the best he's seen in eight years in the ACC. I don't know about that. It was Jack's season-high, but not even close to being his best performance in his career. He's had six career 30-point games.

> There were more than 20 NBA representatives in attendance for tonight's game -- including Heat President Pat Riley. I've been told the Heat love Jack McClinton's shooting ability. I think tonight's performance certainly helped Jack. Maybe he will get drafted after all.

> The 27-point blowout gave UM it's biggest margin of victory over a ranked team in the school's history and the larget margin of victory in ACC play. It was the 12th win over a Top 10 team, but only the second under coach Frank Haith.

I'll have my Signing Day rewind section for you tomorrow. I got too bogged down today with stories to feed you everything I learned from Randy Shannon's press conference. But I promise to come back strong tomorrow.

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Great job as always Manny. Dont think anyone saw this one coming.

first??
CANES WON A BIG GAME TONIGHT..JACK WAS ON FIRE!
SECOND IT WAS GOOD TO SEE COACH SHANNON AND COMPANY RECRUIT UNBELIEVABLE ATHLETES TODAY...BRYCE WILL COME TO HIS SENSES AND EVENTUALLY BE A CANE.
THIRD-THE GATURDS HAD 4 DECOMMITS...2 GOING TO THE TENNESSEE VOLS...KIFFIN ITS TIME TO MAKE NOISE IN THE $HITTY SEC!

Good work today, Manny. Look forward to your analysis tomorrow.

i think its a sign of something. i knew we had the talent, we just had to play up to our potential. the score just says that wake had a bad night, but more than them sucking, i saw us trying and shining. DeQuan Jones had another monster dunk! he carried two guys up with him! and we had some better schemes. i want to be there to see if we can do it to UNC. We need to keep the attitude and the drive. that'd be a real statement.

The problem is coaching. Haith has lost this team. period. They are no longer responding to him or playing for him. period. These players have absolutely stopped playing. It is inexcusable to see what has happened when they should have easily had 2-3 wins in the last 5 losses. Haith has lost his team. Period.

Posted by: jaime | February 01, 2009 at 09:25 AM

canes you are the dumba@@ and a pi$$ant. How else do you explain a team thathas as much or more talent than last year fold the way they have in the last 5 games? Simple answer for simple peopl like you: Bad coaching. Bad leadership. Bad motivation. Bad strategy. Bad planning. Bad conditioning. Translation for the simple of mind like you: Bad coaching. I saw ga Tech beat Wake at home. Ga tech should not even be close to UM this year. You think UM can pull a win like that? Have we taken advantage of our "home court"? Listen, if Um somehow miraculously pulls it together in the next 6 weeks, and beats:
Wake, Duke @FSU, NC

two or more of those wins,

I will personally come on here and apologize to you and Haith. Otherwise, you are the dumba$$ and Haith is a crappy coach. Last year? last year was Jack making 3s from all over the place. This year he is double teamed, and they are stillputting up crappy 3 pt attempts rather athan adjusting. Plus our pseudopost game is no wehere, Collins has regressed. Translation: Coaching.

Posted by: jaime | February 01, 2009 at 09:59 AM


@sshole. You know NOTHING.

I saw ga Tech beat Wake at home. Ga tech should not even be close to UM this year. You think UM can pull a win like that?

Posted by: jaime | February 01, 2009 at 09:59 AM


No, I think UM can beat Wake by 27 points, you brain dead, clueless, pathetic excuse for a fan. You know nothing. Stop posting your f*cking nonsense, you complete jack@ss.

http://rivals.yahoo.com/video/recruiting-football/Miami-NIKE-Camp-Trabis-Ward-30602

4star rb Trabis ward to the u?


Just don't say anything really good about the Canes for a couple of weeks, and we'll see where that goes. They played all 40 minutes tonight and didn't seem to take plays off. Boys, that's how you win big ACC games!! Now, if only they can eliminate or at least cut down on the stupid shots because there were still plenty of them. Haith is right, they caught Wake in a funk. UNC and Duke are going to be ready, especially Duke after that shellacking they got from Clemson.

whats about this trabis ward guy?

trabis is bad news if this rumor is true....just another running back and another reason for bryce brown to go somewhere else. We need BB!!!!

I really doubt miami is going after ward. if they weren't offering before, why would they offer now? even if BB doesn't sign.

If your affraid of competition. You are not U material. Alas Marve....

"He's close man, he's real close."

What's up Bryce? as you saw all day yesterday, there are tons of superstars out there! Tons of talent. Many players who runsub 4-5 40s! Either you are or you are not cane material. Make a decision, boy, we need you, we would like to have you, but this has gone on far enough!

Manny- all in all, based on all the reports where was UM ranked in the final recruitingrankings?

Thanks Herald for editing out my response to "cane". While that's ok, why is it k to allow his hateful vitriole? CAne, U are no man.

Ward signed with UM.

late signee 4star rb Trabis Ward to the U


http://rivals.yahoo.com/video/recruiting-football/Miami-NIKE-Camp-Trabis-Ward-30602

Posted by: canes4life | February 04, 2009 at 11:32 PM

Is it true? This kid sign with Miami cause he looks like real deal. I have to agree with Miller and him we will be a force to be rekon again. If Brown signs with us, oh boy, U better watch out! What will happen to James, and Cooper?

Thanks Herald for editing out my response to "cane". While that's ok, why is it k to allow his hateful vitriole? CAne, U are no man.

Posted by: jaime | February 05, 2009 at 06:56 AM

Keep thinking that.

Scouts has him running a 4.57 40. Haven't seen his highlights, but his stats doesn't sound impressive.

ESPN ranked UM's class #7. Congrats Randy on keeping your class during a crazy offseason. Great win last night against Wake. Duke is going to ready after their blowout last night.

http://cbs4.com/video/?id=70596@wfor.dayport.com&hbx.hra=Southflorida-LAN&hbx.cmp.c1=video+90855689&hbx.cmp.c3=641&hbx.cmp.c2=160+x+600+90855689&hbx.cmp=AFC-Sou

Shannon speaks about the recruiting class, and about defense coordinator.

Posted by: jaime | February 05, 2009 at 06:56 AM

YOU are no man. We lose 3 straight and you come on here like a woman talking crap about how we are not conditioned right, don't have leadership, and just coming up with pure nonsense. You say that we should fire Frank Haith for God's sake.

Now the team absolutely obliterates former No. 1 Wake Forest to shut you up and to prove that you are an imbecile. Why can't you just say "You know what? I was talking crap and I was frustated and I was wrong" ? Of course you can't because YOU are no man. You don't kow what being a man is. Admit when you're wrong, clown.

Trabis Ward has committed to Ohio State and has offers from some other big schools but WANTS to sign with The U. He is a 4 star back according to Rivals. Would someone like to enlighten me on why The U has shown no interest?

Do we reall want another midget running back?

I'd sit down all the incoming kids and show em this!!!!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6JZ0LZsNuZ8

"NOW THATS WHAT YOU DO!!!!"

man force i miss those days...almost climaxed watching those boys and that was only the defense...hopefully shannon can find a dc to get us playing back at that level

http://rivals.yahoo.com/ncaa/football/news?slug=ap-coker-utsa&prov=ap&type=lgns

The Cokester getting a job?

The defensive effort was amazing all night. UM played amazingly defensively. People say Wake had an off shooting night. I think Wake had a hand in their face everytime they shot the ball. Maybe on a normal night they will shoot 40% in that situation. The point is we caused their bad shooting. That was fantastic.

We still need to clean up the offense a bit. There were still those passes where you're asking yourself "why did you throw that pass?" There were plenty of times when we took the quick 3 instead of working inside out. I loved the fact that even though we were not going to Collins and Graham all that much at times, we were still looking to penetrate and dish to the perimeter shooters. All in all, a much better offensive effort aswell.

When Haith called that timeout and yelled at his guys after McClinton and Collins did not run down the floor, we played at an entirely different level. That timeout was the play of the game. That's something these guys need to learn though. You can't take breaks. They don't score till they score, it aint over till it's over. I do not care which cliche they buy into. But, they need to pick one.

Great win! Much needed win! I had a good feeling we were going to win this game but I NEVER thought we would win like this. In the last couple of years I don't remember a game where we won by 15 against an ACC team. And we dominate a team by 27. I was at the game last night and it's truly upsetting how people don't support this team. This is the worst sports town in the country. I understand the team was underacheiving but it wasn't like their season was over. And we were playing the #6 team in the country and people don't show up. Support this team.

That Randy Shannon press conference was horrible. My toenail clippings have more charisma than Randy Shannon.

He should at least try and show some enthusiasm for the kids who signed on to play football here. What's with the one word answers on topics like Marve and the Whipple offense. It's like RS has comtempt for the media and us fans. You know he might be part of the reason the stadium is empty for homegames. RS should try to connect with the fans a little.

Great job recruiting though...can't dispute that.

Thursday morning at a recruiting celebration banquet, Tennessee head coach Lane Kiffin accused Florida's Urban Meyer of a recruiting violation in the recruitment of Pahokee, Fla. wide receiver Nu'Keese Richardson.

Kiffin's allegation: that Meyer repeatedly called Richardson while he was on his official visit to UT.

"I'm gonna turn Florida in right here in front of you," Kiffin told the crowd at the Knoxville Convention Center. "While Nu'Keese was on campus, his phone kept ringing. One of the coaches says, 'who's that?' And he said, Urban Meyer."

"I love the fact that Urban had to cheat and still didn't get him," Kiffin said.

Football coaches are not permitted to contact a prospect while he is on an official visit to another school's campus.

http://www.volunteertv.com/sports/headlines/39140432.html

"caught the deacs on a bad night????" what the hell!?! i'm sorry coach, i like you but it's either a team comes to play or they don't, there's no such thing as bad shooting night, you can make up for a bad shooting, you can play stifling D, and keep the score close even when having a bad percentage game, in the end it's either other team or you!!!! you play ur hardest and that's what it comes down to, you don't say "oh i had bad night, tough noogies!!!!!", no excuses!!! your team won because they played the hardest!, or did you not see that on your team coach Haith??? please back them up and keep their cofidence alive, don't tell them you caught the other team on a bad shooting night!!! that's just not right, despite what you said coach, i still think ur a very good coach who can take em' all the way, don't lose hope, peace!

UF smoked U on NSD

Bryce pees all over U

Orson gets ready to commit to UF

Orson will propel UF into top 3 ESPn rankings. Where did U land in your beloved ESPN propaganda? 8th???? But UF is 5th cane fan?


Canesjunkie, RS is what he is.LOL

I get you... he ahould be more like Tomlin of the Steelers but I guess it is not his style.

Remember this though, Coke, the former coach was engaging, friendly to all and kept clapping his hand even after an interception or breakdown...

Can't have everything.

I think Whipple will change his method though. Whip never seemed annoyed even with all kinds of Q's that he's heard a zillion times before.

what the hell??? canesjunkie blasted randy shannon almost his whole entire comment, and then ended it with a compliment haha

I don't think RS is a good leader, x's and o's coach, but there's no doubt he can recruit. Recruiting is the only thing you can point to and say he's doing an excellent job. Hopefully the rest will come with time.

Listen to the press conference.

PinoyCane:

You're right. I would just like to see him make an effort to honestly connect with fans and give us more than one word answers about this really good class. It might help fill up the stadium and generate energy around the program.

Those of us who are bothered with Shannon's personality would deal with it if/when we start winning championships. Kind of like Bill Parcells....the media and fans hated him until the won in 86.

I guess they can't all be JJ, but maybe Whipple can help. I liked Whipple's press conference, he had some real energy.

How can you say RS is not a good x's and o's coach? The guy's defenses were in the top 8 every year except one when the defense ranked 28th.

I think Haith said that to keep a level-head on his team. If I remember right he did give several compliments about the way they played. I think he was trying to keep the win in perspective a little too. We're still just 4-5. That is not anything special. Yeah they won, but what have they accomplished? He was saying those things to keep the team in the same mindset they had in the last 30 minutes of that game.

Bye Bye, Urbie. Glad to see your cheat'n butt go!

That's it for the Gay-tors, their done!

Urbie's disparate. Cant't recruit South Florida anymore - it's owned by the rightful owners - THE U!

He's getting beat by THE U in his own back yard.

And now, NCAA sanctions - thanks to Lane Kiffen of UT - for calling recruits while visiting UT.

Oops!

Bye Bye, Urbie.

Bye Bye, Gay-tors. Hate to see ya go!

Randy doesn't have to connect with the fans or the media. The same fans who are quick to call for a coach to be fired and the same media who will twist your words around to start a story to give them something to talk about. Quite frankly the only people he needs to be cool with is the UM staff and the kids. Randy is who he is, a no non sense tell you how it is type person. The man can care less about how the media and fans feel about him. As long as he is doing right by his staff and kids i could care less too.

UF smoked U on NSD

Bryce pees all over U

Orson gets ready to commit to UF

Orson will propel UF into top 3 ESPn rankings. Where did U land in your beloved ESPN propaganda? 8th???? But UF is 5th cane fan?


Posted by: We's building depths | February 05, 2009 at 01:15 PM

Pahokee receiver Nu'Keese Richardson chose Tennessee over Florida on Wednesday despite being committed to Florida since last May. Tennessee also lured former UF commitment Marsalis Teague of Paris (Tenn.) Henry County to Knoxville nsd


lol kehoe tell me this,


How can you smoke anyone when people were jumping off the urban bandwagon left and right?

Kehoe = Um internet blog stalking at its finest. lol

Randy Shannon's not a good leader?

No, he can only lead - the best players in the country to the U.

No, he can only lead - what will be "the best Offensive Coordinator in the country" to the U.

But, what kind of statement should we expect from a bunch of Gay-tors

- that are seeing their whole program about to come tumbling down.

Ya, sort of like Humpdy Dumpty.

Any word on Daniel Campbell or Lawrence Henderson who both have offers from the U>

Humpdy Dumpty sat on a wall.

Humpdy Dumpty took a big fall.

Oops!

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Signing day has passed, but the bullets are still flying between Tennessee and Florida.

Thursday morning at a recruiting celebration banquet, Tennessee head coach Lane Kiffin accused Florida's Urban Meyer of a recruiting violation in the recruitment of Pahokee, Fla. wide receiver Nu'Keese Richardson.

Kiffin's allegation: that Meyer repeatedly called Richardson while he was on his official visit to UT.

"I'm gonna turn Florida in right here in front of you," Kiffin told the crowd at the Knoxville Convention Center. "While Nu'Keese was on campus, his phone kept ringing. One of the coaches says, 'who's that?' And he said, Urban Meyer."

"I love the fact that Urban had to cheat and still didn't get him," Kiffin said.

Kiffin says football coaches are not permitted to contact a prospect while he is on an official visit to another school's campus.

The Sports Overtime team called Florida's media relations office for a comment but has not yet received a response.

We're also waiting on the NCAA to confirm the rule and clarify whether or not Meyer broke it.

Nu'Keese Richardson is a 5-foot-10, 165-pound receiver from Pahokee, Fla. He committed to Florida on May 30, 2008, but signed with UT after visiting Knoxville the weekend before signing day.

Richardson was rated as the No. 68 overall recruit and the No. 9 wide receiver in the 2009 class by Rivals.com. He helped lead Pahokee to three consecutive state titles.

He threw for 1,020 yards and 14 touchdowns at quarterback as a senior, while also catching 22 passes for 373 yards and three touchdowns and rushing for 234 yards and three scores.

Richardson is one of two Florida commitments who decided to sign with Tennessee. Paris, Tenn. athlete Marsalis Teague also signed with the Vols.

At the recruiting banquet, Kiffin praised Richardson's speed and athleticism, calling him a "home-run hitter."

I thought Manny was going to have the singing day rewind for us today?

Watching the Super Bowl reminded me a lot of Whip's offense.

Pittsburgh showed his smash-mouth conservative mode, while Arizona's 3rd and 4th quarter offense reminded me of his "conservative" passing game.

It's going to be fun when it's it's time to

Crack The Whip!

C'mon Manny, we won't give you a break! Where is the Signing Day Rewind Section?

Is there an ounce of truth to the Ward story?

Yeah, come on Manny. We're starving out here!

We're dyin' for another recruiting fix.

What's happening with Ward? Charles? Bryce?

What's happening with the DC?

Will any of our recruits be academic casualties?

Any other suprises on the horizon?

New blog up...

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