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Canes holding onto slim NCAA hopes

It's not impossible to go dancing with a sub .500 conference record in the Atlantic Coast Conference. It just doesn't happen very often.

Coming off what most believe was a crippling loss to its NCAA Tournament hopes Wednesday at last-place Georgia Tech, the University of Miami still has at least some hope -- albeit faint -- of receiving an invite to March Madness if doesn't earn the automatic bid by winning next week's conference tournament. One look at the ACC history book shows us some examples.

Julius Hodge took N.C. State to the NCAA Tournament in 2005 despite finishing with a 7-9 conference record N.C. State, for instance, went dancing just in 2005 despite finishing 7-9 in conference play and with a 17-12 overall record. The Wolfpack, like UM, didn't beat Duke or North Carolina in the regular season and didn't have many impressive wins at all. But they won twice at the ACC Tournament -- including over a highly-ranked Wake Forest team -- and then got their invite. State then made it all the way to the Sweet 16 with superstar Julius Hodge. The Wolfpack, like UM, had began the regular season ranked in the teens before falling off.

There are more examples, but you have to go back to the 1990s to find them. The most staggering example belonged to Florida State when in 1998, they went dancing despite a 6-10 conference record. They actually won a first round game as a 13th seed before losing in the Round of 32. That same year, Clemson made it with a 7-9 mark. Others include: Virginia '97 (7-9), Clemson '96 (7-9), Wake Forest '92 (7-9), Georgia Tech '91 (6-8) and Maryland '88 (6-8).

Of course, the Canes have to take care of business beginning Saturday at noon against the aforementioned Wolfpack, who are coming in with a similar 6-9 ACC record and have already beaten UM once earlier this season.

A FEW MORE LATE NOTES...

> Jack McClinton was named to the 2009 All-Atlantic Coast Conference Academic Men’s Basketball Team for the third-straight season Friday. UM and Duke lead all ACC teams with seven All-ACC Academic Men’s Basketball Team selections over the last four years. McClinton was among a group of eight to earn the recognition this season, requiring a student-athlete to earn a 3.00 grade point average for the previous semester and maintain a 3.00 cumulative average during his academic career. 

Earlier this week, McClinton was named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches All-District 2 First Team alongside FSU's Toney Douglas, North Carolina's Tyler Hansbrough and Ty Lawson and Wake Forest's Jeff Teague. So, basically, the coaches believe he should be All-ACC First Team. 

> Courtesy of my friend Brian "The Beast" London over at WQAM, UM coach Randy Shannon said on Hurricanes Hotline reiterated last night the Canes are done with recruiting. So, for those of you still faintly hoping the Canes might still take running back Bryce Brown, that's the coach's latest response to the indirect question.

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Yes, taking care of business is priority number 1. But 3 wins in a row would be impressive and probably enough to ensure a tourney bid.

It's over, let's focus on football.

I saw the Virginia game ( the game before GT ) and thats all i needed to see to know this team has no business in the tournament. I've seen high school teams more fundamentally sound. Lets face it, without McClinton this team is horrible. We hype up Haith's recruits every year but there's just no production just hype.

Manny can we move on to Football PLEASE!

O.k. enough with basketball already. McClinton is really all they have and Haith's offense is as bad as Nix's in football. If this team really want to win get somebody in here that can coach. This team should athletically be one of the best pressure defensive teams in the conference and getting shots in transition.
In any event, Manny what's going on with the most important thing our Football team. Whats the word man? How are they progressing in the new offense and defense? That's the news people want to here.

Here is some football news...today Randy Shannon's wife went to Monty's for lunch with a few girl friends. Jacory Harris had a quiz in History 201, but we're not sure of his grade. Oh, and Bryce Browns mailman added 5 more streets in Kansas to his route...Look, I agree the BBall team is cooked and maybe it's time to move on, but this ridiculous notion that this blog should talk about an average at best football team every second from December to June is annoying. Personally recruiting and spring practice has meant nothing for years now. I presume it will shed just as little light this year.

I agree Manny. There is still the faintest of hope, because there are plenty of team with very similar records as UM, who are considered tournament teams (at this moment) yet have lower SOS or RPI numbers. The Um boys need to come out against GT and womp, and hope that VTech gets womped by FSU, and then we will be the 8th team in the ACC wont we? or hope that Va beats Maryland, and then win 1-2 games in the ACC tournament. Even then hopes are slim.

If i see another Courtside Blog i just might laugh!

The ACC deserves 9 teams in the dance. Not saying Miami deserves to be one of those 9 teams, but c'mon. That GT team is talented. They'd be at least .500 in the Big Ten. I saw something on ESPN this morning saying Penn State should get into the tourney with something like a 10-7 Big Ten record. They also had the 98th SOS and something like 58 RPI. What a joke! If Penn State (short of winning their conference tourney) gets in over ANY ACC team, GT included, they should just disband the 64 team tourney format and go to a BCS system for basketball!

Miami had a dissapointing year for sure. But don't discount just how good this conference is. Anyone can beat anyone. Also don't discount how important a solid home court advantage is. Anyone watch the DUKE-FSU game this past week? No way does DUKE get those calls at the end of the game on someone else's floor. Their homecourt is easily worth 2 wins a year. Miami is operating at a significant disadvantage to these other programs with much more significant basketball history.

All that said, it really would be nice to see them start living up to their potential on a more consistent basis.

It's tough to think where we'd be right now if Haith had never left for the NBA. Still Haith seems to be doing a good job. We'll see. Dissapointing end to the season, though.

You mean Leonard Hamilton. That is a good point though. Haith might be able to recruit, but Hamilton could outcoach Haith right out of the gym. Me and my friends run more organized offenses at the park than this team does. It's so frustrating to watch because there is talent there.

Anyone have any news on the FSU punishment coming down? I know there was supposed to be a news conference this afternoon.

Manny UM needs to win twice in the ACC tournament! Going to be tough, let's just assume UM does beat NC State tomorrow, and Virginia Tech and Maryland also win out. That would but UM a 9th seed, which would require us to play Virginia Tech as an 8th seed.

That sounds like a winnable game, but the winner of that games plays the number 1 seed which could either be UNC or Duke depending on tomorrow's outcome.

If we beat either UNC or Duke in the second round of the ACC Tournament, the committee should put us down as a 12th seed. Its going to be really hard to make the tournament this year.

Y'all don't know what you're missing dissing ACC basketball in the middle of March. Your loss...

"Brian "The Beast" London over at WQAM, UM coach Randy Shannon said on Hurricanes Hotline reiterated last night the Canes are done with recruiting. So, for those of you still faintly hoping the Canes might still take running back Bryce Brown, that's the coach's latest response to the indirect question."

Manny, the word out in Kansas is that Brian Butler really wants Bryce Brown to go to Miami because he wants to return to his rap career and get a deal working WITH Luke Campbell. Plus, further WORD is that the Browns and Bryce have already been to the funeral that caused Bryce not to get on the plane to MIA yet, and coming to Miami is still what they claim they want.

Luke Campbell!!??

Just when you think a blast from the past was left there!

I am excited, somewhat, for the ACC torney... Bur i'd rather be blogging about the canes practice and the spring game coming up//

Its not alll about the U..
Its all about the U football squad.

When the basketball team wins 5 national titles like the football team has then they are worth talking about this much. Until then they are just a filler until National Signing Day and Spring Football practice and nothing more. Just like Herbal said its all about the U football team. Nice little jokes though.


Visiting Gainesville this weekend is a player many consider to be the next Jeffery Demps or Chris Rainey. His name is Corvin Lamb and he is a 5-10, 180-pound running back for Miami Northwestern. Lamb is somewhat of an enigma in the world of recruiting. He is already considered one of the nation's best running back recruits in 2010 but he wasn't a starter for the Bulls last season. This might be the reason Florida hasn't offered Lamb just yet. While Florida is shrewdly waiting to see what Lamb can do on the field of play before offering him a $40,000 scholarship, the Gators do know a little bit about him. Lamb ran the fastest time (4.3 seconds) at the Gators' Friday Night Lights recruiting showcase before the 2008 season.

Lamb seems to be favoring Florida. Lamb Sr. even told me that Corvin wants to bring a few of his teammates to Gainesville.

BE VERY WORRIED CANE FAN...BE VERY WORRIED

What will U do when the NW gravy train dries up fools?

All it takes is one visit to UF and one visit to UM to see how VASTLY SUPERIOR UF's program is. The kids see this.

In the end it doesn't really matter which particular schools these kids from. U DONT DEVELOP THEM..

RANDY IS A PROGRAM KILLER But MR. Whipple is going to SAAAAVE U

good comedy.


Funny to watch all you candycanes get your underwear in a knot in your above posts.

How does it feel to be looking up from the bottom with a completely suspect QB? Harris will go down in a pile of bones in October. BOOK IT.

Posted by: We's building depths | January 31, 2009 at 01:05 PM


Ay kehoe remember this idiotic post you left. Well i just thought i will continue to show you throwing up all over your self with the dumb Sh** you write.


from rivals,

Miami Northwestern High School RB Corvin Lamb says West Virginia and LSU are the two schools recruiting him hardest right now.

So far he says the Canes haven't expressed much interest.

And there could be a reason for that: He didn't start last year, rushing for just one touchdown as a backup. He also returned five kickoffs for scores, including a 98-yarder.

This year he will be a starter and hopes to prove himself.

"I hope I get a Miami offer," the 5-foot-10, 180-pounder with 4.31-second speed said. "Hopefully they start recruiting me. I'm interested in Miami."

Lamb says for now he's leaving all his options open.

"This is my year to open some eyes," he said.

Lamb says his family consists of Miami and Florida State fans.

But he says he chose a different favorite team growing up.


He wants to be a CANE not a Gayturd!!!

CJ? No matter how many smoked filled glory video that block head herbal makes, U are still a VERY average team. It's been this way for a while. The whole football program was dialed way back in case you haven't noticed.

U shouldn't invoke championships that stretch back to a different era when U can't even sniff the mediocre ACC championship. Go ahead and tell me U will win the average ACC Coastal division in 09? Isn't happening homer. Get U head out of the sand foo. It's OVA. And a lot of you fools talk about the BCS championship game "within 2 years." That's a huge joke.

CJ? No matter how many smoked filled glory video that block head herbal makes, U are still a VERY average team. It's been this way for a while. The whole football program was dialed way back in case you haven't noticed.

U shouldn't invoke championships that stretch back to a different era when U can't even sniff the mediocre ACC championship. Go ahead and tell me U will win the average ACC Coastal division in 09? Isn't happening homer. Get U head out of the sand foo. It's OVA. And a lot of you fools talk about the BCS championship game "within 2 years." That's a huge joke.

Posted by: Kehoe punches a hole in the wall and screams "WHHHHYYYY???" | March 06, 2009 at 07:34 PM


Kehoe is mad and needs to drool all over him self. Dare i say that lamp would never go to school with a gimmick offense like the gayturds.

from rivals,

Andrew Smith appears to have solidified a spot at first team defensive end ... for now. Smith wasn't available to talk after practice today, but he lined up in the stretch depth chart with the first group and played throughout drills at first team defensive end.

The other first team end was Marcus Robinson.

Adewale Ojomo, who is working in behind Robinson, said of Smith that "He's doing real well. He's impressing me. He's a little undersized but is very fast, athletic, has a good work ethic."

Steven Wesley worked with the second group behind Smith.

* RB Graig Cooper says he wants to put on 10 more pounds. He weighs 200 pounds now.

"I've got weight to put on," Cooper said. "Maybe not even 10 pounds – coach (Randy) Shannon wants me 205, 207. I want to put extra meat on."

Cooper says newcomer Mike James "is a mixture" of himself and Javarris James.

"He's got it all – the moves, the power, he's got all of it," Cooper said.

Cooper says his goal this spring is to learn the nuances of Mark Whipple's offense.

"When I first started it was real tough, but after a while you learn it's certain concepts," Cooper said. "After you learn the concepts you'll be alright."

* Ben Jones says he is playing with the first team at right tackle in short yardage situations because of his physical run blocking ability. In that situation the guards are Matt Pipho and Orlando Franklin.

Jones redshirted last year due to a knee injury.

"Everything's coming along well," Jones said.

The biggest challenge for him?

"Coming in, bouncing back (from the injury) and showing I can still play," Jones said.

* The first group linebackers today were Sean Spence, Darryl Sharpton and Kylan Robinson. The cornerbacks were Chavez Grant and Brandon Harris, and the safeties were Vaughn Telemaque and Joseph Nicolas.

* End Adewale Ojomo says he was disappointed with how he played last year as a redshirt freshman.

"Last year didn't go nearly as good as I thought it would go," he said. "I was very inconsistent. I have to show a lot of consistency. I have to do the opposite of what I did last year, being a very inconsistent player."

In an effort to get better Ojomo says he's worked hard in the weight room.

"I'm squatting more, I'm stronger, I weigh more," Ojomo said. "I'm much more mature this year."

He weighs 255 pounds right now; he played at 245 pounds last season.

"I want to play this season as big as I can and keep my quickness and speed," Ojomo said. "The extra weight helps you on the field. If you put an F-150 against a Mack truck, the Mack truck will win. You need weight, strength, mass and size on the football field."

* Walkon tight end/long snapper Jake Byrne has an unspecified knee injury and worked on the side today. His injury means one less face at an already depleted tight end position. Because Tervaris Johnson isn't taking contact, the only full-time tight ends right now are Richard Gordon and Daniel Adderley.

* WR Leonard Hankerson has struggled with drops this spring and says he's working hard on "Consistency, catching the ball. Every day I come, I work hard to help the team out."

Hankerson was asked what Tommy Streeter and Kendal Thompkins add to the receiving corps – both redshirted last year.

"It's a big help to us," Hankerson said. "They make plays."

* Walkon Chris Ivory was the team's short snapper in today's special teams work.

* Highlights from today's 11-on-11 work:

- In inside run short yardage Javarris James ran up the middle for a score behind a big block from Patrick Hill. Two plays later James pushed the pile forward for another score. Mike James also scored from one yard out.

- In regular 11-on-11 work offensive highlights came from Tommy Streeter, who had a pair of long touchdowns. One was a short grab and run, and the other was a deep 50-yard score from Cannon Smith when Brandon McGee fell down. Kendal Thompkins found room in the middle of the end zone for a nice 30-yard TD from Harris at the end of a two-minute drill, and the offense celebrated; Cannon Smith had a 20-yard pass to a wide open Davon Johnson on the left side; Daniel Adderley had a 10-yard score; Harris had a shovel pass to Byrd that went for 15 yards.

Defensive big plays came from Vaughn Telemaque, who had an interception off a pass thrown behind Leonard Hankerson by Jacory Harris - he ran it back for a touchdown and celebrated with a leaping chest bump with Andrew Smith. Brandon Harris broke up a pass intended for LaRon Byrd and Nicolas broke up a pass to Richard Gordon. Adewale Ojomo and Olivier Vernon had sacks.

* Signees Lamar Miller and Stephen Plein attended practice, as did around 100 high school coaches – today and tomorrow, when UM holds a scrimmage, are Coaches' Clinic days. The scrimmage is open to the media but closed to the public.

Yes nimrod, over the last few years we have been an average team, but the team is improving and will soon be back on top in the rankings. And YES we will be in the ACC title game this year and win it. So doofus, the only thing that will be OVA as U say is the BCS without the Canes in it. 5 Titles can U say the same. Now that would be a JOKE if U could!

"Courtesy of my friend Brian "The Beast" London over at WQAM, UM coach Randy Shannon said on Hurricanes Hotline reiterated last night the Canes are done with recruiting. So, for those of you still faintly hoping the Canes might still take running back Bryce Brown, that's the coach's latest response to the indirect question."

They are done with "recruiting" him. In other words, they are no longer actively calling or texting him, and certainly not continuing to lick his ballz (unlike the other schools on his list) as of a couple of weeks ago. RS is not interested in being a part of the circus, and definitely not interested in someone who is not fully committed to the U. If Bryce comes down and has a "come to Jesus" moment and shows that he can be a part of this team... who knows. No one knows because neither Bryce nor Shannon have said anything definitive.

Hey UM95,
I know you mean well, but you inadvertantly disrespected the U by implying they were licking ANYONE's privates! I am sure you did not mean to include "continuing" in that sentence. I am sure you agree that the U does not need to do what Urban or UF fans have to do to get them to sign with their University.

Okay, I've been trying to understand the apathy for the basketball team for a long time; I don't quite understand the basketball dissing. Is it really because they've never won a championship? Or rather, is it that some don't actually *like* basketball? (That, I'd understand). Perhaps it's because the basketball team disappeared for so long while football flourished?

Ultimately, what dissing Miami b-ball at the expense of football means is that you're not a UM fan, but rather a UM football fan. Is that accurate? I'm honestly seeking input and candor on this, not trying to ignite.

i WONDER WHY THE CANES ISNT SHOWING ANY INTEREST IN CORVIN LAMB, HE' S THE FASTEST THE PLayer in Dade county in football & track & He from the best High School program in miami, I understand we don't have alot of film on him, because he was backup to 2 div1 prospect in Tyress jones & all dade running Daquan Hargret but everytime touches the he's makes something happen. He set a dade county record with 5 kickoffs returns for a touchdown in a "row", but he injurd is ankle in the first Central Game and only came back as an decoy. All i'm asking is is for the U to some interests ask like the young man exist, becuase you can recruit a running bck for withca who's plays bubble gum competion, please give this young man chance who play in tougher comp. Please don't wait to late when has made up is mind.
Thank you 1

Message to MORON TURD FANS....

Every time I read a post from you your JEALOUSY bleeds through like bright sunlight through a window. What, afraid of the storm brewing in the Gables? Maybe, more like FINALLY AWARE that your Johnny come lately ESPN butt kissing pollster manipulating worked your way through the back door into a few BCS championship games sorry butts little run is almost over, and you too will revert to being just "average" (a place you made yourselves comfortable for 100 years).

What gives you any right to call UM "average" ???? There are more kids across America that would still die to be called a "Cane" than there ever will be that care to be a turd.. So get real.

Also ... Try this on for size....

UM - 3 UNDEFEATED National Championship Seasons (5 total)
UF - ZERO as in NONE, NADA, ZIP (3 total)

BCS Games this DECADE (that would be quite "relevant")
UM - 4 (3-1) Oh, by the way, 1-0 vs. UF in BCS Games, remember??
UF - 4 (3-1) .... Guess we are just "average" this decade like a Turd ...

HEAD TO HEAD THIS DECADE
UM 4 Wins ( Including 2 BOWL GAMES, you know the ones that MATTER)
UF 1 Win (remember how much you sweat that one out for 3 quarters)

Listen ... Keep thinking the U is not "relevant" and "average" ... and Keep fooling yourselves into thinking that a few years of success is greater than several DECADES ..... and KNOW THIS .... We really do not care about you at all..... never have, never will.

O.k. enough with basketball already. … In any event, Manny what's going on with the most important thing our Football team. … That's the news people want to here.

Posted by: C.J. | March 06, 2009 at 12:12 PM

When the basketball team wins 5 national titles like the football team has then they are worth talking about this much. Until then they are just a filler until National Signing Day and Spring Football practice and nothing more.

Posted by: C.J. | March 06, 2009 at 07:13 PM

Ultimately, what dissing Miami b-ball at the expense of football means is that you're not a UM fan, but rather a UM football fan. Is that accurate?

Posted by: caneslaw213 | March 06, 2009 at 08:58 PM

cj roots for f-i-u-don’t-matter …

CONSIDER THE SOURCE

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