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Was it more than horsing around?

Defensive end Adewale Ojomo had surgery Tuesday morning for what The Miami Herald learned late Monday night was a broken jaw. UM coach Randy Shannon, who has not disclosed the injury, reiterated after this morning's practice that the 6-4, 253-pound sophomore was hurt "horsing around in the locker room."

Adewale Ojomo But two team sources said what happened Sunday to Ojomo extended beyond horse play. The sources said an altercation took place and one said Ojomo was "sucker punched."  It is unclear whether the "horsing around" escalated into the altercation. Hurricanes message boards were buzzing with similar rumors late Monday night. 

Shannon was told about the rumors and asked by a reporter if Ojomo had been involved in a fight. Shannon denied it. 

"No," Shannon said. "[It was] horsing around in the locker room. That always happens in the locker room. Guys always get that two-a-day swing where they want to mess around, horse around and things happen like that. You got to move on."

Wrestling and rough play has always been common in the Canes locker room -- especially during camp and when testosterone is flowing. I remember hearing stories from Derrick Morse just a few years ago about the classic skirmishes that went on behind the scenes. Sometimes they got pretty heated. Sometimes, guys separated shoulders or ended up with bruises and nicks.

This, however, might be the costliest game of horsing around yet. Shannon said Monday Ojomo, who started three games last year and is one of the bright young stars at defensive end, could end up missing the season opener at Florida State or maybe longer. The bigger issue, however, is who might have punched Ojomo and if they are being dealt with.

MORE NOTES

> Running back Graig Cooper showed up to practice wearing a protective boot on his foot. Shannon said Cooper is "a little banged up with his ankle" but will be fine and ready for the opener. "I don't know when it happened," Shannon said. "We practiced, he went walking around, went to the training table, came back - no treatment or anything, everything normal. Then he went to sleep and woke up and was like that. It was one of those freak deals."

> Freshman defensive end Olivier Vernon, who suffered a foot injury in Saturday's scrimmage, practiced "a little bit" Tuesday according to Shannon.

> Freshman Stephen Plein (6-6, 250) has been moved from tight end to offensive tackle to help the depth on Scout Team OL. His high school coach at Fort Myers, Sam Sirianni, told me two months ago he thought Plein would end up on the offensive line because of his big frame. 

"He can be a [blocking] tight end," Sirianni said. "He's got good ballskills. The biggest thing with Steve is what his body does. I wouldn't be surprised if he became too big for the position. The guy from Baylor told me that. If you get a kid with a frame like Steve's and his body, that'll happen. He's an average tight end athletically. Knowing the weight program and the kid is going to eat four square meals a day, he might just outgrow the position."

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Thanks, Manny. Any word on the scrimmage?

In previous years I might be worries about G-Coop. But our depth at Running Back is great right now and if Coop misses the next few weeks thats great for Lamar for Mike James to get more carries with the first team.

Same goes for Ojomo. We're pretty stacked at D-Line. Now I'm not naive, I know losing these two guys for FSU might hurt but the way Olivier Vernon has been playing we might be okay.

If it was more than "horsing" around, will Shannon announce a suspension right before the first game like he did with Marve.

If you remember he let that punishment go unannounced for a year.

Could he be doing the same thing again?

I hope it was a fight, we need more of that energy on this team. If it was a sucker punch then it's unacceptable but who knows what happened? Just hope he is ok and ready for the 1st game.

Thanks Manny. I guess we wait and see who gets in trouble for breaking unspecified team rules. Thanks again Manny!

Shannon is a douche bag. If they do not win 8-9 games this year, I think that he should be fired! Plain and simple.

This secret covert operation crap that he runs is completely annoying. Why do other coaches open up a little more to media and fans, but this "general" says guys will be fine, than a week later they are out for the year. He says no one was suspended, but the night before the game, they are like 2-3 guys suspended.

Shannon is realy starting to get on my nerves!!!

Coach... You are not working on the Manhattan Project at Los Alamos!!!

That's right. Its obvious that neither Kirby Hocutt nor anyone has taught RS how to learn to disseminate information. If he pulls another one of those I'llbe t--off and he'll definitely losepoints.

At this moment, RS's jobe is dependent one one thing: winning. period. Another 7-6 or even 8-5 year and he is on the hot seat. if he isnt already. I'm tired of his non-answers, half-answers and half-truths.
Now, if he acts like Dennis Erickson, but goes out and wins me an NC., I could care less.

Why can't the defense show that same aggressiveness on the field?

Defensively, last season we had 7 D-linemen in the rotation. We had 2 seniors and 1 junior as starters (and leaders) out for the season. And we had inexperience (very talented, but inexperienced just the same) all over the defensive depth chart.

Defensively, this season we have 15+ D-linemen in the rotation. The three starters (and leaders)all are returning healthy and ready to kick butt and lead. And the very talented though inexperienced defensive depth chart, is anything but inexperienced this season.

UF 9 THE U 3 at the end of the 3rd quarter. Maybe a different story with what we have this year.

How may of the latter season losses would have been victories? 1, maybe 3? 8 and 5, 10 and 3? Maybe.

This year our Linebackers are rated as the top Linebacker corp in the ACC. ESPN states that our D-Line will be the best, if not one of the best nationally.

Yes, things R a-changing at the U!

Go Out and Shock the World, Canes!

CANES-R-BORN-AGAIN, that's all true. But, they still have to perform and I'm sure they will.

So, you add these defensive pluses to an offense that will put lots of points on the board. Then we are looking at the makings of a good if not great season. Having experienced "The Whips" offensives first hand, I can assure all Canes Fans . . . and WARN all the doubters . . . The Canes will score and score big. No doubt.

Go Canes!

Coop's injury is all over ESPN. IS it worse than an ankle and worse than The guru of sports infdormation aka coach Shannon is leading us to believe???????

Can we get a running back that doesnt get injured in their first 3 years please????????

Frank Gore- injured most of his canes career
Tyrone Moss
Javarris James
Now coop?

please. What? is it that theyre over worked? Under trained? bad luck?

W_T_FFFFFF?

just bad luck....but im confident in Baby J, Chambers,Berry, Mike James,& Miller if they need to handle the load

BUT Coop will be back, this just gives the younger kids more reps which is a good thing

The canes are scaring the traylors.

No one cares if you get the info you seem to demand. If this is what RS wants to do then I'm backing him up all the way.

If this is so important then continue cheering for halfa$$ U and the Gaytors.

Patriot Act. They will be.

The canes are going to lower the boom.

Coop's foot will need to be amputated! Just kidding.

Grow up. It's pre-season practice there are going to be injuries. It's not serious. And of course there's James and James and Miller and Berry. Not necessarily in that order.

What, me worry?

Where are the reports about the 3 HalfA$$ U starters that are out for the season . . . that's news and it's confirmed by Bobby!
How come they aren't ALL OVER THE NEWS. So, stop with WIMPISH attitudes. The new Canes Era is about to start!

Go Canes.

Oh, yea Chambers too!

Forget needing a new coach, we need new fans that stick behind the team no matter what!

I can't believe people are in here complaining about how non-committal Shannon is with his injury reports. Who cares? Coop's injury seems minor and we have tons or backs. Ojomo is the much bigger deal, but I don't really care if it was a fight or not. I think it obviously was (a broken jaw from horsing around? What were they doing in there?), but that happens and noone will be suspended. The only problem I see is they still had enough energy after practice to get into a fight. Let's line all the FSU players up on the sidelines with broken jaws.

By the way, does anyone else thin UMASS Cane is actually Randy Shannon or Mark Whipple in disguise? That guy is nothing but positive news. I love it!

Go Canes.

Oh yeah, anyone from Chicago (besides me) in this blog know where the alums are meeting this year in Chicago? Hubbard's again?

I'll see you there on Sept. 7.

I can tell some of you never played football.
1. Shannon will not disclose what the injury is because you don't want teams targeting the specific spot of the injury.
2. It could be worse than what he is saying, but they want FSU to be preparing for Cooper even if he's not gonna play. So, they'll be somewhat surprised when Mike James & Lamar Miller (or any of the other beasts)come out of nowhere and start busting through the line come Septemeber7th. Have some faith. Does anybody remember how Jimmy Johnson felt about telling the media ANYTHING? I have Shannons back on this one. Ojomo? Tighten up! All we've been hearing from his mouth is how your all grown up this year. Now that your mouth is gonna be wired shut, it's time to shut your trap and play some ball. Also, keep in mind Jason Witten played 5 or 6 games for the Cowboys with his jaw wired shut a few years ago. I'm just saying... GO CANES!

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Get Coops better and let the kids and Baby J have more Reps....

I dont understand some of you fans ....you all want to know everything but cant handle the little that you know .......most of you never played football outside of your back yard but think you know how to coach.......GTFOOH....

Whatev

you all trash me for telling it like it is. RS is acting like Cheney when asked about Al Qaeda. We fans need to know. Ok dont tell me. I guess I'll find out soon enough. Excellent PR method. Like the Marve debacle. Now I'm no Marve fan, but common sense tells you RS was doing it on the fly and had no clue how to handle the situation properly.

About Ojomo. I dont need to know how he broke his jaw. RS said he was horsing around. Why? Dumb=aa-- move. 3 weeks prior to the top 3 biggest games of the season. Dumb-a__ move. period. Horsing around. I'll give you a horsing around. I agree with the blogger. maybe he wasnt tired enough after practice.

About Coop. Fine. Point well taken. But come on. Give me a f--ing durable rb please. Give me an EJ, a James Jackson, a ND, a Willie or a Portis. These delicate players are like throughbreds and we need rbs that can carry the rock 15-25 times a game. THAT is how you win an NC. So if coops injury is no big deal, then say so. Or is it? By the way coop isnt good enough for FSU to prepare solely for him. he isnt a Javid Best or the dude from Ga Tech. Has anyone read about him being in the Heisman talk? Then why would FSU prepare exclusively for him? He hasnt put up 1K any season yet, so disseminating info on him wont make a bit of difference.

This is a case of Manny going beyond what we fans have a right to be bothered about. Whoever's on the field on Sept 7 is going to kick FSU ass.

"Shannon is a douche bag. If they do not win 8-9 games this year, I think that he should be fired! Plain and simple.This secret covert operation crap that he runs is completely annoying. Why do other coaches open up a little more to media and fans, but this "general" says guys will be fine, than a week later they are out for the year. He says no one was suspended, but the night before the game, they are like 2-3 guys suspended.Shannon is realy starting to get on my nerves!!
Coach... You are not working on the Manhattan Project at Los Alamos!!!"

Your an idiot. Shannon is a very good coach. Not only is he a miami native, a fan, and national championship winner, he's one of the greatest defensive coaches in the NCAA. I can't believe the doubt among some ignorant fans. You don't turn a Larry Coker team around in one year or even three. If Miami was to give up on Shannon it would be the greatest mistake they've ever made. Also, on the secrecy, you have to because their working new plays and a new offense. Do you want a playbook so you can call the game? If other teams know the play or line ups whats the use. Secrecy is very good. You know nothing about football and Miami football go away!

the canes are scaring: do you realize cooper is our best and most dangerous offensive weapon on the field,not to mention we have had some weak OC the past few years. look at C.J. Spiller he is a R/B that has not went over 1K ,but at the same time you have to gameplan for him no matter what because he is too dangerous. same can be said for cooper you give coop a lil daylight what you call a 5yard 10 yard play can go for 20 to 40 yards with the speed coop has.trust FSU will gameplan for cooper you would be dumb not to.

People are idiots, BUT have a right to their opinion.

Me on the other hand...

AGREE not to release any news about players.
AGREE to keep everything under wraps until a day before games.
AGREE with the Marve situation 110%.
AGREE and SUPPORT Shannon and Co.

The reason the NFL has to be specific about injuries, etc. is because of the betting lines in Vegas. More $$$ is involved in the NFL than the NCAA, therefore, Shannon can say whatever the freak he wants!

IN SHANNON WE TRUST!

GO CANES!!!

Probably a fight, but so what. A couple of people on this team need to get punched in the face. Someone should roundhouse Ian Symonnette too for being such a waste of space. Not enough beat downs in the last few years.

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Great stuff!

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Posted by: What comes around...Goes around | August 18, 2009 at 07:30 PM

Posted by: 360Cane | August 18, 2009 at 07:06 PM

Great stuff, I couldn't agree more.

Go Canes!

ChicagoCane: Dude, I was just up there in Chicago for Lolapalooza at Grant Park, and it was great!! I enjoyed the city tremendously... I wore my Canes' jersey to every concert and some people game me crap at the Tool concert...mostly the idiots from Ohio State, but I asked them where they were keeping the ring that they stole from us at the Fiesta Bowl, and they mostly laughed and continued drinking their beer... I did not see other Canes' fans in Chicago, but I'm glad to know that we have you there.

Manny,

What happened to the countdown? Did you stop because you somehow had Jacory at number 3?

I still would like to know why you picked Fox as your number 4 guy.

Interesting we should be talking about Marve again. According to the South Bend Tribune, Marve is now regarded as Purdue's "quarterback of the future" after this year. Funny...I thought he was trying to get Miami to give him a release for any school in Florida so he could be near his ailing Daddy. I guess West Lafayette Indiana is close enough.

is this a f**ckin tease job? give us your damn top 3 already and tryin to stretch this shyte out man!

A bunch on non attending game idiots whining constantly who live in the virtual world, I back Randy Shannon 100% keep things under wraps.

Motherf*ing assignment football...this is how you stop the option. Oberserve how Tillman get hit every play...ball or no ball.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n4cT6yxjnZs&feature=related

Devil's advocate on the Randy Shannon comments...


http://bleacherreport.com/articles/236525-why-miami-will-fire-randy-shannon-after-this-year?source=rss_teams_Miami_(Fla.)_Hurricanes

The sources said an altercation took place and one said Ojomo was "sucker punched."


Aren't U tired of getting hit in the mouth the past 5 years ?

Wrestling and rough play has always been common in the Canes locker room -- especially during camp and when testosterone is flowing ...

running backs get hurt they run the ball. Peterson got hurt at OU, FSU running backs get hurt, UF running back (Rainey ) got hurt, OU running back was hurt for the National Championship. Come on you have to know that kids will get hurt playing football. Its not just at UM look it up and stop saying things out of frustration.

Bryce Brown being investigated by the NCAA. http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/news/story?id=4408191

Glad we're not in that sh*t storm.

Whoops, sorry. Didn't see that "Canez for ever . . . and ever" had already posted it.

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Posted by: NigerianCane | August 18, 2009 at 04:21 PM


Hahahah...amazing lol

We're gonna be fine. Luckily we have plenty of depth and talent at both of these positions *(RB and DE) and it doesn't seem like either injury is too serious. I'm excited to see if they let Lamar do more than return kicks. Maybe this will be his chance to get the extra carries he needs to establish himself.

It might have been an altercation, but why would you get mad because Shannon don't won't anyone to know. The only thing that would happen is, it would be all over the news and espn. So he should keep it out of the press, because it will be a bigger distraction then it is right now! You have to remember we are still labeled as the bad boys. So they will take any little thing that happens to our players and blow it up which will take the focus off what they need to be doing. Lets give this man a chance everyone don't run their house the same this doesn't mean that he is running it wrong. He just runs his house different. Do you tell everything that goes on in your house? Its his job to protect his team, the players and the image of the university of miami

Well put Da U! Hopefully something like this brings the team together, and makes them more hungry for the season.

by Gary Ferman

Defensive end Adewale Ojomo, whose jaw was reportedly broken in two places when a walkon who had been on the team for about a week punched him in the locker room on Sunday, may miss the entire season.

ummmm....not cool

For everyone that wanted another reason to be mad at Shannon and use the cutting loose of Byrce Brown as a reason, this is why he cut him loose. Byrce is a player that wants to be bigger than the team, he wants attention and UM don't need that. Because he was a circus act people will continue to watch him very close and anything they see or pull up it will be all in the news. He is another T.O. and we don't need that. Can you imagine how that would look with us right now? Man I'M GLAD SHANNON CUT HIM LOOSE AND DIDN'T LISTEN TO WHAT ALL THE SO CALL FANS WERE SAYING.. A real fan will understand...... A so call fan will sit back and wait for any little chance to criticize his every move

TO THE CANES ARE SCARING THE TRAYLORS:

In case you didn't know, you wanted durable RB's like willis mcgahee(willie as you call him)and Clinton Portis. Do you realize that both of these RB's went down with season ending knee injuries? When they got injured we just put in another back. RB is the deepest position on this team.

Posted by: DA U | August 19, 2009 at 09:47 AM


Correction dumbazz. He cut U loose.

U offered, he accepted, U then celebrated wildly, AB whispered in his ear, he started punking U and backed out, AFTER he shlt all over U it was THEN that U tried to save face and started this laughable "UM pulled the schollie" nonsense. U were beer-bonging the Kool-Aid until he shlt in your eye.

Nice spin job idiot! It's what objective observers refer to as 'cane logic.

by Gary Ferman

Defensive end Adewale Ojomo, whose jaw was reportedly broken in two places when a walkon who had been on the team for about a week punched him in the locker room on Sunday, may miss the entire season.

ummmm....not cool

Posted by: AM | August 19, 2009 at 09:41 AM


Definitely not cool, if I was Shannon that walk on would be history and off the team

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