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Up next: Defensive coordinator

Since his football team ended its season, UM coach Randy Shannon has dealt with issues at a pretty fast pace. He fired offensive coordinator Patrick Nix, cut starting quarterback Robert Marve loose and then lost defensive coordinator Bill Young to Oklahoma State. 

Last week, Shannon responded by making possibly his best hire in offensive coordinator Mark Whipple. Shannon followed it up by landing another solid recruiting class Wednesday. Next on the to do list: replacing Young and finding a defensive coordinator. It appears that decision could be coming soon.

Wednesday, Shannon discussed the defensive coordinator search, telling reporters "he's already talked with a couple of guys here and there" and promising Miami won't go into spring football practice which begins Feb. 24 without a decision being made.

I've thought all along Shannon would just do the job himself. And he reiterated Wednesday (like he said when Young first left) that he was going to find the best guy that could get it done and if not he would coach the defense. 

Could Georgia defensive coordinator Willie Martinez be coming to The U? But after what he told us yesterday at his signing day press conference, that idea appears to be his last resort. Shannon said he's had conversations with other head coaches including Georgia's Mark Richt about pulling double duty. In all honesty, it seems Shannon is turned off by the idea. "That's why he got an offensive coordinator," Shannon said of Richt. "It was difficult on him He said he couldn't see [the field] like wanted to. He felt a lot better the way he's doing it now."

If that is the case, then maybe some of the rumblings we're hearing about a coordinator being hired soon (possibly in the next 48 hours) could be true. Canesport.com threw out three names as potential candidates Wednesday, all are college defensive coordinators: Georgia's Willie Martinez, TCU's Dick Bumpas and Cincinnati's Joe Tresey. 

When I passed the three names through my source inside the building I was told only one of the three had merit (and that a decision could be coming soon). I'm not going to speculate which one it is, but I'm sure if Shannon said he made contact with Richt he had to have asked to have a conversation with Martinez, who was actually the first name we heard when Young left. 

> Of the three candidates, Martinez would be a natural fit considering he's from Hollywood Hills, a UM graduate and a mmber of UM's first national championship team in 1983. Martinez has never done any interviews since the rumors first began. Probably, with good reason considering his friendship with Richt and the fact it would have created trouble during the recruiting process.

His resume certainly looks good. During his seven years at UGA, Martinez has been a part of three SEC Eastern Division titles, five bowl victories, and five top ten finishes in the final national polls including No. 2 in 2007. His 2006 Georgia defense ranked 8th nationally in total defense, 5th in pass defense and 1st in the SEC in third down efficiency.

> As for Tresey, he is an Ohio guy who has more than a dozen years of experience on the collegiate level and another 10 on the high school level. When he joined Central Michigan's staff in 2006, he quickly implemented a style that forced 29 turnovers and 31 sacks in 14 games. Two seasons prior to joining the Central Michigan staff, Tresey was defensive coordinator and linebackers coach at Georgia Southern. The Eagles' defense ranked fourth nationally in total defense in 2004.

> Bumpas is an older gentleman who has been around the block a lot longer, coaching in the SEC (Tennessee, Arkansas), Notre Dame and he's been at TCU since 2004 as the defensive coordinator and defensive line coach. He's been a Broyles candidate multiple times.

SOME MORE THOUGHTS/NOTES...

> We asked Shannon several questions pertaining to what he was looking for when hiring coordinators and how he went about searching for them. 

His best response pertained to how he found Whipple. Basically, Shannon said he went through every NFL roster and started looking for people that he knew. "I knew coach Whipple when he was at UMass. But lost track of him. Then I saw he popped up with the Philadelphia Eagles when I started searching the website. I said 'Wow, there's coach Whipple.' Let me call him and see if he's interested."

I know by now all of us at one point or another have "googled" somebody. But I never would have thought Shannon would be doing the same to find his offensive coordinator. It's actually kind of funny.

> As for his thoughts on trying to find stable coordinators who will be around longer than 1 or 2 seasons, Shannon said: "I'm looking for guys we can have three or four years from now. I want guys who want to move up, be head coaches. You don't want a staff where guys are just satisfied being around you, you want those guys to develop, want more."

> Shannon talked a lot yesterday about how much previous relationships play roles in not only who he looks for as coaches, but even recruiting players. The fact UM signed the son of former Cane Alonzo Highsmith yesterday is no surprise. 

But how they got tight end Billy Sanders was a bit of an interesting story. Sanders' father Bill Sr. played football at Sacramento State with Geoff Torretta (you should know why that name is famous around The U). It was through Torretta Shannon found out about Sanders, who left Phoenix to go play his senior year  in Idaho. I'm pretty sure if not for the connection, Miami probably would have never known about Sanders. 

As for other interesting recruiting connections: Defensive tackle Curtis Porter has a family member that knows someone who works on campus; offensive lineman Malcolm Bunche played at the same high school as Orien Harris; and Prince Kent, a cornerback from Georgia, is originally from Fort Lauderdale. One Shannon didn't mention involved running back Lamar Miller. His grandfather Edgar drives a student shuttle bus at UM.

> According to Shannon, defensive end Eric Moncur has been granted a sixth year of eligibility. Shannon said he thinks safety Randy Phillips will be back too.

> Shannon said only three players will miss this spring because of injuries: Tight ends Tervaris Johnson and Dedrick Epps and linebacker Colin McCarthy. Moncur is considered 50/50.

I know I promised a recruiting blog today, but I figured getting some of these notes in from yesterday was more important. We'll have plenty of time the next few weeks to breakdown this class. I've got tons of interviews already done with some experts and kids I want to share with you. 

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No DC at the U

Did you say Gayturd fan was intellegent and had class?

I want some of what you're smoking!

No DC, I think you will find plenty of people here to argue with you on how much class and especially intelligence 'Turd fans possess.

C'mon now. I hear you that UGA fans are not the greatest, but haven't you ever heard the phrase "the enemy of my enemy is my friend"?

Between a UGA fan, a GT fan and a Gayturd, give me the bulldog everytime.

And look, UGA had a stacked team this year, that's why they were preseason #1. They had a lot of injuries on the offensive side of the ball, esp oline, but from what I understand their defense was mostly intact. They certainly had more talent on that side of the ball in '08 than we did. And they got absolutely crushed by both GT and UF.

Martinez is not the answer.

I wonder if Tubberville is bored enough to come here yet?

No folks, I was implying that compared to Georgia fans Gayturd fans SEEM to have intelligence and class, that is how backward Georgia fans are. Go up there (anywhere but ATL) and you will see two things on plastered all over the place, the Confederate flag and the UGA logo. Stupid is as stupid does. Enuff said.

UGA had a bad season because Richt is just a slightly above average coach. End of story.

I'm pretty sure you can go back in the history of UM and find that the defenses that included the NC years gave up a lot of points in two games too. You're talking about two games in 7 years. Defenses give up points every now and then. It happens.

I just read an article that said his defenses have been successful and he is known for developing DBs.

Another thing, Nix was a Coker hire not a Shannon hire. I forgot who brought that up.

"Jan. 20, 2007

Coral Gables, Fla. (www. hurricanesports.com) - - Patrick Nix has been named the new offensive coordinator at the University of Miami. Considered a rising star in the coaching ranks, Nix inherits a unit that returns nine starters, including two highly touted quarterbacks, one of the nation's top young running backs, and an offensive line that returns four starters.

"We're happy that we have a great new offensive coordinator, an energetic person who brings a lot of ideas to this program and to this team," said Hurricanes head coach Randy Shannon. "He knows the ACC and he knows how to win as both a quarterback and as a coach. As a former defensive coordinator myself, you always judge a coach on what they present. Patrick Nix did a great job against us last year adjusting to what we did as a defense. And, as we adjusted on defense, he adjusted on offense again to keep us off-balance. Imagine what he'll do against other defenses."

Where is Coker in this?

Notice the date, Randy was looking for someone quick and because GT beat the Canes the previous year, he thought this might be the guy for the job. Bad and rushed choice for a new HC. Growing pains. He's learned and moved on from that and he'll make a intelligent decision on the DC.

As my gov. here in Cali says:

"We'll be back!"

Go Canes!!!

whoops! Sorry bout that. I thought he came in in Coker's last year when he hired a bunch of coaches.

I agree with g8rh8r
This issue with this Butler dude is straddling that NCAA line. It is almost like an Uncle Luke.

I mean if this kid gets $ from any of this website thingthere will be scandal in our hands. WE DON'T NEED THIS.

UM COACHES RUN THE OTHER WAY!

UNLESS--- THIS IS ALL BLOWN OUT OF PROPRTION BUT I DONT THINK SO. WHY ELSE WOULD THIS KID HAVE A REP? NOBODY ELSE HAS ONE, INCLUDING THE STUDS THAT UM, FSU OR UF RECRUITED.

SO FOR THIS KID TO HAVE A REP THAT SPEAKS FOR HIM VIA A SHADY WEBSITE IS CREEPY. AND BORDERING ON EDIVA-ISM, AND ARROGANCE.

I HEAR LOTS OF BLOGGERS SAYIN, LEAVE THE KID ALONE, LET HIM TAKE HIS TIME. BUT THAT ISNT THE ISSUE. ITS THE VERBAL COMM TO UM, FOLLOWED BY THIS LONG, DRAWN OUT PROCESS, FOLLOWED BY HIS " I WANT TO SEE WHO THEY GET AS OC" FOLLOWED BY HIS WEEK OF "FASTING" ITS JUSTTOO WEIRD FOR ME.

Finally, this kid shouldnt be fasting. He should be runninghis butt off and lifting,a dn eating well. We dont wantnio skinny minny rbs here. we have coop/

g8rh8r,

Whether it really matters or not, but just FYI;

From time to time, JJ appears on a local Radio station down here in the Keys. And he was asked recently about the "musical chairs" at the U.

Regarding Nix - JJ said Nix was "his quick fix idea, not Randy's."

He continued, that they needed someone quick and "that someone" had to have - "a knowledge of ACC defenses, first. Everything else, we thought could be worked out over time. And Nix was all there was. He had knowledge of ACC defenses, was young, had coached QB's, but very little play calling experience, if any. It was the play calling and his inability to coach and communicate his ideas to the players and position coaches that really hurt him."

Yea, RS is the HC and he has taken full responsibility for that mistake.

JJ on Whipple. "Wow what a great find. Randy told me he knew of this guy from yrs passed and was very impressed with him then. But he had lost contact with him. So, he just googled his name and bingo! Then, as usual we discussed him and I checked around. And hey, I found this guy is the real deal! Great find for THE U and Randy."

I'm not drinking the Kool-Aide, on this Whipple guy, yet. But, everything I've heard matches JJ's sediment. He's the real deal. His resume is very remarkable. Everywhere he's been - he's dramatically changed horrible offenses, over night. That's just a proven fact.

He's a "inside - out" guy. Meaning he starts upfront with the OL. His best known former position coach, Tony Sparano, has attested to his OL "teach & coach" abilities.

So, when Whipple proves himself to us, let's give RS - the credit he will deserve.

As for DC.

RS isn't under any pressure to make a quick hire. So I feel confident he will do what's best for the U at the appropriate time.

If Brown has officially decommited from the U it's because he was sitting around on Signing Day waiting to see who was coming to Miami. When he saw Miller he all of sudden wants to go to Oregon. You're a "whimp" kid! Not any different than Marve. Another little high schooler not ready to enter a mans world and compete.

Please, go to the Ducks they need you a whole lot more than the U does and take your fat ass agent with you...

U the Man MANNY!!

canesfansc,

I agree.

We want guy's that are going to compete for their positions, period. The kids we have, understand that, want that and that's great. Our future is in great shape.

Brown doesn't know what he's missing. Looking at Whip's past - he has never had less than 2 1000+ yrd RB's and 2 1000+ WR's every season he's coached.

It's looking good.

I hope Brown would come here so that Miller can show him what the real "U" is about. Miller can school Brown when it comes to the competition and Brown can spend all of his redshirt season humbled by Miller and come back his redshirt sophmore season ready to be a team player and dominate with Miller.

Other DC candidates:

Winston Moss, Cane, LB Coach Green Bay
Sean McDermott, DB Coach Philadelphia
Dave Campo, DB coach Dallas

why cant shannon keep coaches? maybe they know the truth, shannon is captain of a sinking{sunk} ship. his job is short term, and they want security. who can blame them. cant wait til he is gone

LeftCoast Cane

Are these real candidates, or names just thrown out there?

readytowin

I see you are new to college football so I'll give you some knowledge.

First of all, he did not want Nix at OC anymore because he was a quick fix hire and he did not work out. Second, Bill Young is at the end of his career and got the dream job for him. He's at his alma mater in his home town and getting slightly more money to be closer to his family and friends. The ship isn't sinking, however, the giant is being awakened once again here at the "U".

readytowin,

I can see you've woken up and can smell the coffee.

You and your fellow Gray-turds are sunk!

The end is near.

As I've said before, I know when THE U is on the rise . . . all I do is look to the Gay-tors on this blog. When they blather their crap we, THE U, are moving forward.

Much as I do not like Ala. and Fla, Tenn coaches have a history of trying rat out other coaches even if it is not true, Fulmer {sp?} ratted out ala big time and now Kiffin is trying the same thing. Good luck to them but not sure I like Tenn's coaches style.

SEC coaches have always talked smack to each other for a long time. Nothing different look at Spurrier v. Fulmer. Nothing's changed. This should not even be an issue to Cane fans. Kiffin is just welcomeing himself into the SEC coaching family.

After reading Greg Cote"s blog yesterday about Bryce Brown... I am very hesitant about Byrce Brown. I don't feel good about his so called mentor. This mentor sounds like a real loser. It's like he is controlling Brown. I respect Bryce's decision to seek guidance from God. I just don't like his choice for a mentor!! I am so glad we got Lamar Miller....Go Canes!!

I respect Bryce Brown's decision to seek God's guidance. I just don't like his choice for a mentor Mr. Butler. I am so glad we got Lamar Miller!! Thank you God! Go Canes!!

Like I said before:

Brian Butler = Suge Knight

Get rid of this albatross Bryce, you don't need it. Get an agent when you turn pro, not collegiate.

It's time tooooooo . . . CRACK THE WHIP!

calicane, in san fran im sure, shannon hired nix, in shannons own words, because when miami played GT, it was a chess game between RS defense and nix offense. so nix was supposed to be the man. shannon screwed up because he doesnt have a clue. in 2 years, miami has had 2 def. cood. and 1 off. cood leave. this will bring in real consistency dont you think? ive been following miami since the 60's, and i dont want what i saw before the 80's. if your satisfied with less-than-mediocre, ucla is your team. i want miami back with the trojans, on top. for this to happen, shannon must go. save the program, fire shannon

Yes. Yes!

Gobs and gobs of yards and gobs and gobs of points. And at worst a Shannon defense!

It all equals WINS.

Gobs and gobs of WINS!

Can't wait!

readytowin,

Educate yourself and read below, moron! If you can read.

*******************************************

Whether it really matters or not, but just FYI;

From time to time, JJ appears on a local Radio station down here in the Keys. And he was asked recently about the "musical chairs" at the U.

Regarding Nix - JJ said Nix was "his quick fix idea, not Randy's."

He continued, that they needed someone quick and "that someone" had to have - "a knowledge of ACC defenses, first. Everything else, we thought could be worked out over time. And Nix was all there was. He had knowledge of ACC defenses, was young, had coached QB's, but very little play calling experience, if any. It was the play calling and his inability to coach and communicate his ideas to the players and position coaches that really hurt him."

Yea, RS is the HC and he has taken full responsibility for that mistake.

JJ on Whipple. "Wow what a great find. Randy told me he knew of this guy from yrs passed and was very impressed with him then. But he had lost contact with him. So, he just googled his name and bingo! Then, as usual we discussed him and I checked around. And hey, I found this guy is the real deal! Great find for THE U and Randy."

I'm not drinking the Kool-Aide, on this Whipple guy, yet. But, everything I've heard matches JJ's sediment. He's the real deal. His resume is very remarkable. Everywhere he's been - he's dramatically changed horrible offenses, over night. That's just a proven fact.

He's a "inside - out" guy. Meaning he starts upfront with the OL. His best known former position coach, Tony Sparano, has attested to his OL "teach & coach" abilities.

So, when Whipple proves himself to us, let's give RS - the credit he will deserve.

As for DC.

RS isn't under any pressure to make a quick hire. So I feel confident he will do what's best for the U at the appropriate time.

Posted by: KeysCane | February 05, 2009 at 08:06 PM

readytowin = Gray-turd

readytowin

You're stupid!! No I'm not from gay ass San Fran., but you bring up a good point. You say you want us to be an elite team like USC right, you said it yourself. The Trojan fans had to go through the growing pains with Caroll just the same as we did the first couple seasons with Shannon.

That being said, Caroll has virtually no competition in recruiting in So. Cal., or all of Cali for that matter. While Shannon has to deal with Bowden, Meyer, and now South Florida. I'd say he's doing a fine job for us and the ship is being rebuilt. I don't see any other coach that can hold their water against UF and FSU in recruiting do you? Just be patient my friend and stop being so negative. Part of being a true Cane is having confidence in yourself and team. It's called "swagger" baby!! It's coming back!!

Go Canes!! SUCKA!!!!

Any chance for more open to fans and media spring practices?

Who needs Bryce when we have a great chance at landing Frank Gores cuz,Jakhari

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XvpRSA-XffM&feature=related

Corvin Lamb:Miami (FL) Northwestern.We have NW on lock
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HkdPHRnt2m8

Giovanni Bernard:Fort Lauderdale (FL) St. Thomas Aquinas.Whipple's son goes to St.Thomas so its a pretty safe bet Gio is going to be a cane
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nHUeZPhybeY

I just dug my own hole ...

God I hope THE U gets to play UT in a Bowl soon .

readytowin---go crawl back to your swam bed. on your comment about rs's chess match with georgia tech (nix implied). please know that nix was not the play caller, chan gailey the head coach was. nix was more like an asst. offensive coordinator and qb coach-- and he squandared talent at qb named reggie ball. after his sophmore year reggie only got worse, didn't really get better.

nix i'm sad to say was horrible. looks like randy did it right this time.

"It's time tooooooo . . . CRACK THE WHIP!"

Posted by: CANEFOREVER


With a new trophy held high, I'm just glad that I'm not relegated to saying, "crack the whip."

ESPN hates us,

What? Son, CRACKING THE WHIP means "Whip" our OC is here to run his "WhipLash Offense".

Through him we hold a trophy high, soon.

CANEFOREVER is right!

Get with it . . . or get of the bus!

ESPN hates us,

With a butt hole like Urby, your days of holding anything except your . . . well ya know. Your gone.

ESPN hates us = Gray-turd.

Thoughts regarding the Bryce Brown fiasco:

(1) I strongly believe that praying to God to help you reach a decision is a correct approach. BUT fasting provides no added benefit, nor does it get you any closer to a resolution.
(2) The "nutjob Brian Butler" will not go away, even if BB decides to sign w/UM. If fact, even if Coach Shannon prohibits his interference, he cannot prevent BB from contacting him on his own time. And for "nutjob Brian Butler" from reaching out to the media to comment/report/hinder the BB's progress at UM.
(3) Therefore, in the long run, I believe that BB's presence at the U will at least be a distraction for the coaches & other players. At worst, he can be a major headache/problem. Thus, I believe that it's in UM's best interest to hope that he does not sign his letter.

Concerning Coach Shannon & Recruiters closing ability:

(1) I recommend that they review/rethink/ restructure their closing strategy/tactics/ approach. It is obvious that whatever he and the Coaches did was totally unsuccessful, since they were unable to bring in even one of the "potential" recruits.
(2) The Coaches need to develop/design an overall strategy from beginning (when you first target the player) to end (when you try to convince & close the player). This starts by first identifying the decisionmaker (usually not the player, but the parent, relative or friend), and then reaching out to that individual (obviously not forgetting the family) and continually pursuing (calls, texting, etc.) your target.
(3) Finally, over the last 30-60 days (before signing day) you put an all out blitz to show the player, family, and mentor your desire for the individual to be a part of your family ("the ||||___||||").

ESPN hates us- that's why despite their silly "Prestige" rankings and the criteria they used, UM still came on top of UF.Despite that FSU was ranked 9th above UM> How? FSU didnt dominate the 90s like UM dominated the 80s, and in fact Nebraska had as many NCs in the 90s as FSU! Plus UM has 5 FSU still stuck on 2!

Bryce Brown:
Look at these names, son and tell me what you think:

- Edgerrin JAmes
-James JAckson
-Najeh DAvenport
-Clinton Portis
-Willis McGAhee
-Frank Gore

Mcgahee sat behind Gore and Portis and guess what? In his last year he destroyed. Can you name any Oregaon RB that has NFL-type notoriety? I know I can't! Stay the course son, stay the course, and get rid of that sheister Butler.

I have been sitting on the fence about Bryce Brown and have been trying to understand exactly what his "mentor" is all about. However, the more I read about the situation, the more I distrust Brian Butler (the mentor) and the more I seriously wonder if Bryce Brown is a good fit for this team. Below is an article I read this morning on Rivals/Yahoo and it definitely raised some red flags.

"The Browns' high school coach, Brian Byers, describes Butler's approach as “all about me, me, me" and accuses Butler of telling the Brown brothers to "shut it down" in games once their individual stat lines were secure. Bryce Brown didn't travel with teammates to one camp and didn't participate in another for fear of injury, and sometimes didn't even stretch with the team before games. Byers: "We had supposedly the best football player in the country in high school, and we went 6-3. We didn’t have a team because of that. ... Our team chemistry was nonexistent."

For the entire article, follow the link below.

http://rivals.yahoo.com/ncaa/football/blog/dr_saturday/post/Update-On-second-thought-Brian-Butler-sounds-e;_ylt=AiBRaNrrIL1wbLm_Q3s9QrAcvrYF?urn=ncaaf,139220

Can anyone tell me how Shandel can justify cashing his paycheck ?

Stay AWAY Bryce. We don't need you. You have too much baggage, and got mixed up with an idiot who's going to ruin your career. Start acting like a MAN, and make your OWN decisions. We really have a FINE stable of running backs anyway. Get us a DC Randy, and good luck. GO CANES!!!!!

Thanks for the Brown link! I wish Shannon would pull his scholarship and announce it live on ESPN. This kid is not a team player he is a TO player, let him go to another school because we don't need him!

I wonder how many days it's been since Bryce last ate...hope he puts the pounds back on quickly.

Who's this Michael Cunningham from the Sun Sentinel??

While I agree with some of his assertions, I strongly disagree with most of them.

* Pat Nix was not a good UM fit.
* Bill Young went back to his alma mater.
* Robert Marve is spoiled, and his father is...well an idiot. The whole Marve incident was an issue 2 months ago. It is now a non-issue, and not even worth commenting on.

...so this Michael Cunningham character is a bit off in his timing!

Stick with the present and the future. Let's get a DC, develop the youngsters, think positive, let's have a great 2009-10 season, and let's get to a BCS Bowl in 2010!!

Period!!!!!!!!!!!

JMM: I see where you are dissapointed in how we finished in recruiting but the potential recruits we were aiming for at the end all decided to stay at home andrew tiller goes to syracuse where his juco coach is,shledon stays at mizzou, washington goes to michigan.i would love to have us pull some guys but they all stayed close to fam and beside the fla class wasn't loaded like the 2010 class will be. The only thing UM needs to do is win at least 9 to 10 games then we will steal and add to our roster next year in recruiting.

Brown's high school coach said he wasnt a team type of guy. Do we need this distraction?

does anyone know if the acc football schedule for this year has come out or know the upcoming canes schedule?

JMM-Do you seriously think they do not do those things already? We did not get those guys because they all had ties to the schools they signed with. It is always tough to get guys to come to your school from afar. These probably hope to get one every year. I think the TE we got was actually a guy from afar. So, they accomplished their goal.

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