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Canes trying to simulate noise at Horseshoe

The sun wasn't up yet, but it was still plenty loud in Coral Gables Wednesday morning. That's because six speakers were blaring crowd simulation noises as your 12th-ranked Miami Hurricanes began practicing at 6:20 a.m., four days before their showdown with the No. 2-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes at the famed Horseshoe.

Ohio Stadium UM coach Randy Shannon said Tuesday he doesn't think his players will be fazed by playing at a tradition rich stadium that seats 105,000 because they've played in tough places before and live in star-studded South Florida.

"You see a lot of traditions in small towns and in little cities like [Columbus]," Shannon said. "But the guys aren't enamored with it because of what we see when we go out [in South Florida]. You may see an Alex Rodriguez, a Wayans brother, or Dwyane Wade. Those are big name guys. When you go to places that are traditional, like Ohio State, Michigan, places like that, it's great to play there, but you've been in awe already. The difference will probably be the noise [factor]. No matter what happens, you can't simulate that in practice at all."

So how loud of a place is the Horseshoe really? That's debatable. The loudest football stadium I've been to remains the Orange Bowl with Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Florida and Florida State's Doak Campbell Stadium not far behind.

UM linebacker Colin McCarthy and cornerback Brandon Harris were both heavily recruited by Ohio State coming out of high school. McCarthy went to a game at Ohio Stadium. Harris said he didn't because coach Jim Tressell wouldn't allow out of state visitors to go to games during the season. "He prefers for guys to come in February or January so they get a feel for the cold winters," Harris said.

But from what McCarthy remembers: "It’s a crazy atmosphere.”

“I’ve heard it’s a loud stadium," defensive tackle Marcus Forston said. "But once you go out there and do what you have to do, you can quiet the crowd.”

A couple more notes from Wednesday's practice (in the five minutes we got to see of practice in the dark) and leftovers from Tuesday...

> Running back Graig Cooper, not expected to play Saturday at Ohio State, was in full pads Wednesday. But he wasn't practicing. He was just standing around during practice.

> Safety Ray Ray Armstrong picked off a pass from A.J. Highsmith during 11-on-11 drills before taking a big lick from right tackle Jermaine Johnson, who was running with the second team.

> According to UM SID Chris Freet, the Canes will wear white jerseys on top of green pants for Saturday's game at Ohio State. The all-white "Storm Trooper" uniforms will make their debut at Georgia Tech.

> UM coach Randy Shannon said on Dan LeBatard's radio show Tuesday he planned to watch episodes of NCIS or old, black and white war movies during his free time to prepare himself for Saturday's game.

Marcus Forston > UM defensive tackle Marcus Forston, who started in his first game Thursday after missing most of the 2009 season, said he felt fine physically after playing the entire game for the first time in his career. "Jeremy Lewis got hurt. So, I ended up playing the whole game," Forston said. "I wasn't winded or nothing. That's the first time I played a whole game and finished a game with a whole lot of energy. I thank coach Shannon and [strength] coach [Andreu] Swasey for giving me that extra running to help me get to where I am today."

> Forston had the best quote of the day Tuesday in discussing the growth process at UM: "Coach Shannon preaches every day about the process. Like he said, if we put a lot of crumbs together it'll eventually make a loaf of bread. Every day you have to go out to practice, try to get something out of practice, try to go for greatness. You go to practice and focus on what you want to do to get better."

> I asked running back Damien Berry the type of challenge Ohio State's defense presents . His response reminded me of how some former Canes used to talk: "There is no challenge. We're going to go in with our game plan and stick with our game plan. If our game plan is to run, [offensive coordinator] Whipple says run, that's what we're going to do. If there game is to pass. We're going to pass the ball.

"I face the hardest defense in practice. From what I've seen they have a great defense. But we have Sean Spence, Colin McCarthy and a great defense right here. Why should I be worried about what they have?

> One common theme from several UM defensive players Tuesday -- it's time for them to step up and deliver because the offense has usually been responsible for most of the team's big wins. 

"I don't think our defense is getting a lot of credit," McCarthy said. "We did it against FAMU. But we have to do it against Ohio State, one of those power house teams. A team like Ohio State is a great opportunity for us. As a defense, we're as ready as we can be. I think our coach has put us in a great situation, great scheme to stop them. The biggest thing for us is to stop the run. I think we force them to be one dimensional, that's going to be enough to help us win this game."

> UM cornerback Brandon Harris said Ohio State's receivers are very good. "In all honesty, we have great respect for those receivers," Harris said. "[DeVier] Posey is obviously the leader of that group. He does a great job of getting open. They like to throw the ball vertical. That's been the main emphasis. We have to stop those deep threats. Hopefully, everything else should follow from there."


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C-A-N-E-S, CANES-CANES-CANES...deliver the slobber-knockers at the shooooo. LOL Canes 37 - bucknuts 17.

What do you mean by "Storm Trooper" uni's?

Are you referring to the pro-combat uniforms, or do we have two special edition uni's?


i got it.... white on white uni's.... thanks Google.

I love how people hate the canes and comment on our UM articles. Keep sweating us Haterz!

It's All About U!!!

We've been planning to go up for a year and it's finally here. We will be there to support the U all the way.

BTW, I hate the Storm Trooper Uni's and those funky numbers. Why can't we do throwbacks to the 80's uni's????


What is Shannon talking about? WTF-The Wayans Bros. prepare a team for croud noise???

"You see a lot of traditions in small towns and in little cities like [Columbus],"


Columbus - 769,360

Boston - 645,169

Las Vegas - 567,641

Miami - 433,136


dlandsberg@miamiherald.com (big cheese)
agyllenhaal@miamiherald.com (second banana)
jrojas@miamiherald.com (errand boy)
dshalala@miami.edu (queen bee)
khocutt@miami.edu (prince charming)

is sneaky pete whispering $weet nothing$ in the sports editor's tin ear?
splashing f-i-u-don't-matter on the front page ...
if you didn't know better ...
you would erroneously conclude this good-for-nothing commuter school was on par with the well-established, well-esteemed, well-followed University of Miami ...
you know, the school you love to hate since 1926 ...
swim with the fishies ...
how low do you go to accommodate other small frys like barry, st thomas, florida memorial ... miami-dade
a notch below, the county community college enrolls 60,000 students & graduated 1.5M alumni ...
where's their beat? blog? propagandist?
minor-league college athletics with a make-believe fan base subsidized by the strong-arm of an unsuspecting student body warrants scant attention from a major-league metropolitan newspaper ...
something's rotten at 1 herald plaza ...


RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- The Atlantic Coast Conference and ESPN have agreed to a 12-year deal that would give the network exclusive rights to conference football and men's basketball games. A person familiar with the agreement told the Associated Press that it's worth $1.86 billion over the 12 years.

Its not easy being at the bottom of the college football food chain. The Sunbelt has a 3 year contract with ESPN to show at least 2 games per year. These games must be willing to allow for a 12 day advance scheduling window and play on weeknights. It isn’t clear if the league even receives any meaningful compensation for its product, but is looking for exposure however it can get it.
-- byucougs.com

who investigates the miami herald for ... bribery?
how else can you explain splashing f-i-u-don't-matter on the front page ...
front & center ...
the paper says they matter most ...
when they matter least ...


This creep poochie(girlish name)must be a tourist!!!Its miami dade county!!pop.4plus mil


UM has had far superior teams, having won many national championships in football and baseball. That means that there is more to write about. Far more fans, moreover, go to Hurricane games. The followers of the Hurricane blog at MiamiHerald.com outnumber those following the Golden Panthers one by about 10-1, (sports editor Jorge Rojas) says.

There is, in other words, much more readership demand for coverage of the Hurricanes than of the Golden Panthers.
– miami herald ombudsman (8/1)

UM does and should get the greater share of sports coverage, though FIU deserves more than it has been getting. Herald editors agree and are responding with staffing changes.
-- miami herald ombudsman (8/8)

what have these undeserving cockroaches done to deserve disproportionate coverage besides e-bomb the paper's brain trust & pick a fight with the schoolyard bully ...
readership demand be damned ...

F _ _ K U

Nice response from D Berry on the Defense question. 3 days away.

Green, what is your agenda?

WHO CARES? It's UM/ OSU week! Take it up with the politicians or something!

BTW I find it hard to think that UM players aren't incorporating the revenge factor into this game. How can they not?

Yea j 12 will look bad because every top defense he Played stopped him right? like vt? or north carolina? or how about oklahoma they were gonna be the u by 30 last year right? oh yea j12 put up 30 on all but vt. So much for shutting miami offense and j12 down lol .

Green, what is your agenda?

WHO CARES? It's UM/ OSU week! Take it up with the politicians or something!

Posted by: Da U Holla | September 08, 2010 at 11:48 AM


what's your agenda?
somebody's gotta stand up to these cockroaches ...
why not me ...


osu by 14, win going away. Harris will look like JV player against a real defense. U aint playing a BAND this week kids.

Posted by: 9mm (B.O.T.H.) rip | September 08, 2010 at 08:37 AM

Yeah right, a name-changing troll with a valid prediction? No chance. How's 0-4 working for you, Curse?

Brantley ALREADY looked like a JV QB. Harris threw for over 3000 yards last year, so OSU will not be able to shut him down.

The only reason he throws for less than 300 will be because Miami shuts it down and just runs the ball with a big lead, just like they did versus FAMU.

UF is not playing a 1-11 team this week, either. Of course, you can't see the game, buried by quality matchups, but Miami is top billing on TV this week.

You still trolling after your embarassing performance against a freebie paid for win in Miami of Ohio? Wow.

All I know is if the Wayans brothers show up at The Shoe, OSU players won't know how to react because they will be in so much awe.

Also it is really hard to hear the snap count when Alex Rodriguez is around. (What the heck was Shannon talking about?)

Who is "Tressell"?

The buckeyes top 5 defense won't be able to stop harris, because solid defenses like FAMU can't stop Harris.

Just ask Virginia Tech how their defense did against the Canes last year.

The Big Ten is too slow to contain UM's awesome speed and swagger. Just ask Wisconsin.

The poster using the name "9mm back of the head rip" is seemingly bringing up the tragic murder of Bryan Pata.

I am all in favor of freedom of speech, with the exception of hate speech. Whoever this disturbed individual is, may God have mercy on his soul.

UM players don't have a revenge factor because most of them were 10 yrs. old in 2002.

There is no revenge, we don't get crowned champions if we win and we don't stop them from another run.

Just enjoy the game!

I like our attitude coming into this game, but I don't know how we are going to come out.

OSU is a very talented team and they are playing at home. Based on how we played against Wisconsin, I'm not buying our ability to stop the run.

The folks here in Columbus do not respect the Canes, the quote from the radio show yesterday was, "I reviewed the Hurricane spring game and the defensive backs got torched!" "Man for Man, Ohio State is a much BETTER team". Barring any major array of turnovers, Ohio St will win big, Miami will have no chance.

Until Miami can show me they can stand toe to toe with a physical team(remember Wisconsin?) I have my doubts they can win this game.

We had a sign at the Miami High locker room, "Every Play Will Work If Everyone Does His Job". That's all there's to it. Let's go, Canes.

105,000 fans-- who cares

recent UM games in away stadiums >85,000:

2001- At Penn State- 102,000 W
2002- At Tennessee- 100,000 W
2003- At Florida- 88,000 W
2006- At Florida-90,000 L

Any time, Anywhere Anyplace.

Check out the ESPN blogs. Ohio State fans are talking so much smack. They are absolutely convinced that Terry Porter made the right call. Nothing said about the line judge who was 3 feet away and called it an incomplete pass!
They feel that OSu is basically invincible this year. That their NC is a given (like last year's gators), that UM doesn't have the horses to compete with them.

Now In my mind,

OSU=UF as far as hatred for a program.

Canes 28 OSU 24
Is terry pooter ref'n This 1?

I was @ that wisconsin game and all the badgers did was QB play action to right, pass to TE all day it worked every time. I hope we can stop that play. and a QB option.

Miami 27
OSU 14

We the BOSS!!!!!

noooo i seen its 40% chance of rain saturday for the game WTF!!!! we all know how they played in the rain against vt....

geez i hope it doesnt rain


Populaton of Miami is over 5 million, Poochie!!! Must be that Ohio math coming out. Columbus is a small town in comparison. If you would leave that crappy state of Ohio, you would see. It will be a great game but the "U" wins by 7. See you on Sunday!

Exited about this game...can't wait to give the canes a nice BIG 10 welcome at the shoe...canes gotta good squad...may the best team win. Go Bucks...O H

To anyone who cares..

The "storm trooper uniforms" are the one's we wore in Florida in 2008. White out, essentially. Not to be confused with the Pro-Combat uniforms from last year. It's actually a nice getup -- I'm just curious as to what it took to get Paul Johnson @ Georgia Tech to give up his all-white look regardless of location. I know they pitched a fit when Wake wanted to wear it's away colors when they played and GT had to go with the home setup for once.

And I'm loving all the 'Cane bashing.. Let the players and the game speak for itself fankids.

The Suckeye fans talk all the smack you can now because much like the Marlins buried the Indians, Lebron chose to play at Miami, the Canes will punish the sukeyes for their illiterate trash talking. Ohio, least college graduates per capita of any state in the U.S.


Randy Shannon is a moron. Little cities? Does he realize that Columbus is the 14th largest city in the country? Miami is 42nd.

Orange Bowl the loudest stadium you've ever been in? You MUST be referring to one of the Dolphins playoff games from the 80s, because Miami rarely filled that stadium even in its hayday....

2pac said it best revenge is like the sweetest joy next 2 get pu**y... lets go "U"

Miami rarely filled that stadium even in its hayday....

Posted by: Fans prefer Jai Alai over UM games | September 09, 2010 at 02:06 AM


in 2002, U averaged 70,000 ...


Miami rarely filled that stadium even in its hayday....

Posted by: Fans prefer Jai Alai over UM games | September 09, 2010 at 02:06 AM


you neglect to mention the untold millions out there in TV land ...
yearning for the inevitable return of Hurricane glory ...
in all kinds of weather ...
U never walk alone ...


osu such a storied program.
1 championship in the last 50 years.
lol that blows and so do osu fans

in 2002, U averaged 70,000 ...


Posted by: green | September 09, 2010 at 11:46 AM

In 2002, Miami averaged 70,000 fans... nice. uh, we're in 2010 - may want to flip your calendar....

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