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Alumni: Where is the leadership at The U?

With the University of Miami trailing Florida State 24-7 at halftime Saturday night, Melvin Bratton said he told a group of Hurricanes fans sitting next to him at Land Shark Stadium not to worry. 

Melvin Bratton

"I said this [expletive] ain't over," said Bratton, a running back on the 1987 National Championship. "This is The U. It's 0-0. We're never out of it."

But a little over an hour later, at the end of an embarrassing 45-17 beat down by the Seminoles, Bratton said he came to a sad realization: The U he played for isn't The U of today. What Bratton said troubled him and many other former Hurricanes -- including Michael Irvin, Gino Torretta, Dan Morgan and Leon Searcy -- wasn't that the Canes lost to Florida State. It was the way they lost, with a lack of leadership, urgency and fire from players and coaches up and down the Hurricanes sideline.

"You can blame the coach, you can blame the players. To me, it's a state of emergency right now," Bratton said. "Everybody needs to take control, take a step back and say 'What can I do better? Is it the coaching? Is it the weight room? Do guys need to spend more time studying, dissecting plays? I don't have the answer.

"But what I don't see is any urgency. I don't see that fight. And that is inexcusable."

Irvin and Torretta, who host radio shows on WQAM, have echoed those sentiments this week. Irvin went as so far as saying the program could use "one or two more thugs." He later clarified it to mean hard-nosed leaders on the field.

Although he pointed the finger at himself for Saturday's loss to the Seminoles, UM coach Randy Shannon said Tuesday the Hurricanes need some more vocal leaders on the field. But when asked if the coaches were urging that in practice, Shannon said: "No. [The players] have to do it on their own."

"The coaching staff and myself can demand a lot of them. We can get on them, push them, all the things we do. But like anything, when you have somebody standing next to you pushing you, it's a different voice, a different person talking to you, that helps out a lot," Shannon said.

"You don't just make a leader. I said this on the radio, talking to Michael Irvin. When I was here as a player it was Kevin Fagan, [John] McVeigh, Julio Cortes, Jerome Brown, Mike [Irvin] got involved. It started snowballing. When I started coaching, it was the same thing. Any great football team or really good football team always has leaders that demand stuff out of everybody on the team, not just a coach doing it. That's when you start developing what you need. We've got those guys, they're starting to come out. But we need them to voice it a little bit more."

Bratton said Shannon is right.

"I'm not saying these kids are soft," Bratton said. "But somebody needs to step up on offense and defense and be a leader. I don't see that on the sideline. You watch the game and keep waiting for somebody on the defensive side to go to the offensive side of the ball and say 'What the hell are you all doing?' Jerome Brown and those guys, when we screwed up, he would go check [Vinny] Testaverde, myself, [Alonzo] Highsmith. If we saw the defensive backs giving up long plays, we'd go to the defensive backs and say 'What the hell are you doing dog? Tighten your [expletive] up.' These guys don't hold each other accountable."

Leon Searcy Searcy, who hosts the Canes4Life show on CBS-4 every Saturday at 11:30 a.m., said he sees a huge disconnect at the moment between alumni and the program. Searcy said it has become increasingly difficult for former players to reach out to current players, a trend he said began when Butch Davis took over the program in the mid 1990s. Fewer alumni, he says, are being granted sideline access on game day. Searcy believes connecting more former players with current players could help the young Canes, whom he said never had the opportunity to have mentors like Searcy and his teammates once did, become the vocal leaders Shannon is looking for.

"All this throwing up The U has nothing to do with these kids now," Searcy said. "It has to do with the guys who back in the day that got the University of Miami the reputation for whooping ass every Saturday. These kids don't have that same mentality. They don't have anybody talking to them about the tradition of the University of Miami. They don't have any old guys coming back. When I played at the University of Miami, the older guys had access to the field while we were playing. If we weren't getting it done, you got freaking Cortez Kennedy right there in the defensive huddle telling you what you're not doing. If the linebackers weren't getting it done, you had Winston Moss telling linebackers what to do. If they weren't getting it done in the secondary, Bennie Blades was saying 'Hey man you aren't coming off the edge.'

"That kind of access on the field where not only your coach is telling you something, but guys who have been to the NFL that you'll listen to are saying it too, that resonates. You're a running back. How are you not going to listen to Melvin Bratton, one of the best all-time running backs and fullbacks at the University of Miami. If you're a defensive tackle, how are you not going to listen to Russell Maryland? All that access to the game was a huge plus. It's not there anymore."

Aside from leadership, player development has become another growing concern. Bratton, who went to Miami Northwestern, said he's surprised some of the Hurricanes signed from the Bulls' mythical national championship team of 2007 still haven't been able to get on the field.

"Look at Sam Shields starting [for the Green Bay Packers]. Look at Bruce Johnson. Randy Phillips. Tavares Gooden. These kids didn't get drafted," Bratton said. "Let's be real. This is the NFL. There are only 53 people that can be on a roster. These kids at the University of Miami were part time starters, didn't make any All-American lists. But they can go to the league and dominate? Something is wrong. I don't know if it's coaching or if its scheme. But how can you go to the next level and start on opening day? Somebody isn't getting the best out of these kids.

"You want to have chemistry and allow the players on the field to be who they are. The Ray Ray Armstrongs of the world, when he came in there, the reason he wanted to go to Miami was because he fit the Miami mentality, Sean Taylor-type mentality, knock the [expletive] out of you. You can't pigeon hole those kids. You got to let them go.

"It's not like they don't have it in them. Go to the innercity. Go watch those Pop Warner and Little League football games. You got parents fighting, kids fighting. They know football is their way out. You go to the University of Miami now, it's like a country club."

QUICK HITTERS

> After giving up two long kick returns Saturday, Shannon said Tuesday the Hurricanes have made some personnel changes on their kickoff coverage and punt return teams. Running back Lamar Miller, who returned a kickoff for a touchdown against Ohio State, practiced full-contact Tuesday and should be back for Saturday's game at Duke after sitting out against the Seminoles.

> The Duke Blue Devils might be really good at basketball and only 1-4 on the football field, but Shannon said the trip to Durham this week won't be easy and he's asking his players not to "fall into a trap and just go through the motions."

"Offensively they do a great job of throwing the football around," Shannon said. "They're averaging close to 400 yards on offense. It's going to be a real challenge for our secondary and also our front guys to control the game and get after it a little bit. They have two quarterbacks they use; one is more of a scrambler. They run inside-outside zone in their run game, will try to establish that a little bit and also take shots.

"Defensively they blitz. They bring the corner blitz, free safety, Mike, Sam blitz, every blitz known to man to stop the run but also get you in bad, negative plays on first down. So we have to do a great job on first down of getting positive yards. Second and nine is positive yards; second and 10 is positive yards. You can't get in second and 15 or second down and 18."

> Shannon said quarterback Jacory Harris, who at the very least tweaked his groin against the Seminoles, ran well Tuesday at practice and looked "back to normal." Since Jacory is still unavailable to the media, here is what fullback Pat Hill had to say about his quarterback: "Coming into his freshman year, a lot of people were talking about how small he is. But he's a tough guy," Hill said. "He's battled through injury after injury. He continues to fight for the team. He battles through what good is said about him and what bad is said about him. He's a competitor, he's a fighter."

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And now Randy has lost the Player Alumni as well ...

A very sad day. I am not one to want the inmates running things, but it is very evident that all the university cares about now is how we are perceived by outsiders such.

This quote just says it all:
"You go to the University of Miami now, it's like a country club."

Man the thing is... do you think most of the current players even care who Melvin Bratton or Leon Searcy are? I doubt they listen to them. Maybe the players should watch "The U" documentary as a team?

The player alumni and the fans care more about the program than the current players do. The players are just content to keep going on with the "PROCESS". They don't understand the history of the U, they don't respect it, and they don't feel the urgency to protect the U legacy. Basically, they are SOFT.

Its Durham and Duke so at least if the Canes can't get it done on the field they could get it done off by playing the field at Shooters. Score well Canes, score well!

recycle that next

i dont know why it took the FSU slaughter for people to realize this.

THIS IS WHAT I WAS GOING TO POST AFTER THE OSU LOSS BUT REFRAINED FROM DOING SO BECAUSE I FELT IT WAS UNNECESSARY AT THE TIME:

what i saw happen on that field on saturday was discusting. and im not talking about the play on the field. im talking about our teams mindset and reaction. i said it last year. this team has NO FIRE right now and theyre SOFT. i sat there watching pryor punch/stiffarm a player. i watched OSU dance on the sidelines. i watched OSU take a knee on our 10 yardline. and our players just took it. they just sat there emotionless and pathetic and just took it. F*** THAT S***. THIS IS THE U. F*** what people think. we dont ever LET someone do that to us. WE dont stand for someone taking pity on us. WE run up the score. WE annihilate you in your own home. WE dance on your field. WE send you into next week. lewis would never stand for it. reed would never stand for it. irvin would never stand for it. SO WHY THE F*** DO WE!? as a true athlete and competitor you have to create that fire inside of you. that anger. that desire. that determination. that hunger. its what drives you. its what motivates you to be great. Go listen to michael jordan’s HOF speech. Its why hes the greatest basketball player ever. Lewis, Reed, Irvin… The greats had that winning mindset. And I don’t see it in this team.

Our head coach does his best to remove any extraverted and boisterous behavior from these kids the second they get on campus and then he sits around hoping that they become leaders? No coach, you do your absolute best to KILL any leadership qualities these kids are borne with.......

........and at the end of the day they all end up looking just like you. Lost. Emotionless. Indifferent. Overwhelmed. Confused.

Please resign and take Shalala with you so that Miami supporters can start to get back our beloved program. This show is over. It isn't going to miraculously get better at Miami under Randy Shannon.

All the front running U of M fans are finally realizing they SUCK! U of M belongs in the same category of the "HAS BEEN'S"... They had some success, but let's face it the thugs are now being recruited by everyone! So, U of M is now another small school with a mediocre football team! They are not The Notre Dame, Michigan, Ohio State of the old because we all know these school's won more than 5 National Championships! Besides what have they done in the past decade? One national championship doesn't qualify you as a contender... Oh yeah, by the way, having a ton of 1st round picks doesn't make you a dynasty, it makes the coaches great recruiters! U of M fans are the least classiest people on the face of the earth! All of them are front runners! GOOD LUCK U OF M to years of LOSSES!!!!!!!!!!!

The moment the U join the ACC I knew things would never be the same again. One of the deals to join the ACC was that academic standards had to raised. Many kids in Dade and Broward counties can't pass the entrance exam nor do they have the grades to be able to enter the U. The current administration at the U and it's president don't see the football program as important anymore. What they fail to see is the $$$$$$ in revenues the football program use to bring in years pass. The U logo is a multi million dollar business. All of the U sporting materials is multi million dollars enterprise. If the program keeps on going down no one would want to wear U sportingwear. This is the new U. Get use to 8-4 & 9-3 seasons.

The big problem is player development. These guys just don't get any better. This started with Coker and has continued with Shannon. Seriously, Sam "Frickin" Shields is a quality NFL player now when he absolutely sucked here. I'm sorry, but that is coaching.

This team is SOFT and I want to be wrong, but I have ZERO confidence they will run the table and get to the ACC Championship game.

I think Melvin answered his own question about coaching--- Somebody isn't getting the best out of these kids.

Coaching is like driving a car--- you got a fast car, you can drive it fast, You got a truck............

Coaches better start driving better--- they got the car.

I bet John is a UF fan.

1. The Receivers need to get rid of the gloves...they're NOT helping catch the ball.

2. The LB's need to be more vocal, as the QB's of the D.

3. The Coaches need to allow the players to enjoy knocking the crap out of people. There's too much Politically Correct bullsnot goin on.

4. THROW THE BALL DOWN FILED AND OPEN THINGS UP!

Get use to seasons of 500 or worse believe it-

Not enough recruits out of South Florida will want to play for Miami-

Its already happening-

This is a big business and this private little school in Coral Gables better wake up and realize what straw stirs the drink!

You can have excellent academics and outstanding football-

Look at some of the academic curriculums that some of these players tackle and you tell me if it's to big of a problem to overcome-combining great football and acadmeics-

Please stop the nonsense-

#1 step fire Shannon and his incompetent assistants-bring a staff in here that has football IQ,thats a start!

I hate to say this, but when Miami started caring what 'Thug reputation' and wanted to be more like Notre Dame clean suburian image - no thugs allow, no luke on the sideline, that's when Miami became SOFT. HELL NO MIAMI needs to be MIAMI. FORGET WHAT THE MEDIA THINKS ABOUT. Go out and rep your city.

The moment the U join the ACC I knew things would never be the same again. One of the deals to join the ACC was that academic standards had to raised. Many kids in Dade and Broward counties can't pass the entrance exam nor do they have the grades to be able to enter the U. The current administration at the U and it's president don't see the football program as important anymore. What they fail to see is the $$$$$$ in revenues the football program use to bring in years pass. The U logo is a multi million dollar business. All of the U sporting materials is multi million dollars enterprise. If the program keeps on going down no one would want to wear U sportingwear. This is the new U. Get use to 8-4 & 9-3 seasons.

Posted by: octavio | October 13, 2010 at 07:07 AM

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This is great! Give me 8-4 any season if this means lowering standards just to field a fb team. Then when these same football players start robbing your damn ass, then you are going to wish we had decent kids again!

Please, RS you have the talent on this team - Ray Ray is your man - you recruited him as a QB - so try him- He is another Mike Vick- so much talent and your not using him to his full potential. Atleast try him a couple of plays against duke - you will be surprized!!

I with most of ya'll. This team has no heart and is soft! When MIAMI was great we would beat a team 52-0! Talk trash to you all game but we would back it up.I remember a game in 2000 or 2001 when we played FSU,the defence would hit the QB on every play weather he had the ball or not. We won ofcouse. The next day in the news paper All they could talk about was how dirty we were. That didn't matter because we still won the game!That's MIAMI ball! Toughness,Heart,Quickness,Meanness,I didn't see any of that on saturday.

Let the players grow a pair of nasties! STOP the PC bullsnot and start enjoying kickin the confidence outta people.

I agree with everything that was written in this blog. I don't see leadership on this team. Jacory stands on the sideline by himself when the defense is on the field. He should be talking to his offensive line, reviewing routes with his receivers, talking to the coaches in the press box, not watching the game. I still remember Ken Dorsey and even Brock Berlin doing this after every series. On defense, where's the Ed Reed or Sean Taylor (RIP). There is no intensity!

What really surprises me is that the football alum are not allowed on the field. The one thing I always said about Randy Shannon is that he loves the U and so do these guys, so let them on the field! He needs to fix this fast or we are going to continue to be mediocre and he will be looking for a new job.

As an alum, I was very disappointed in what I witnessed Saturday night. The team got out played, out coached. But what I also saw was a team that gave up, which concerns me the most.

we need to boycott this program by not spending a dime until change is made. why waste our hard earned money when this administration does not give fans what we want. A NEW COACH, A NEW DIRECTION FOR THE U. lets hit them were it will hurt them the most(IN THEIR POCKETS). i am not spending anymore money on the u until i see true change. GO CANES>>>>

Alum have turned the heat up 1 more notch!

Its time for a change at UM. The Randy S. project did not work out as we all had hoped.

Also I'm riding with Jeremy Shockey. In an interview one time they asked him about The U. He said he's a Miami Hurricane, The U is some new stuff, I'm old school, I'm a Miami Hurricane. I agree with that, ever since we've been just The U we have done JACK. The U is about an elitism that the program embraces that was NOT built by many of the people here now. Its good marketing and good branding, but it stands for MEDIOCRE. Screw THE U, I want my Miami Hurricanes back!

"But what I don't see is any urgency. I don't see that fight. And that is inexcusable."

ME EITHER, WE LOOKED LIKE WE WERE JUST GOING THROUGH THE MOTIONS, ONLY DAMIEN BERRY AND COOPER SHOWED FIGHT AFTER TOUGH RUNS, NO ONE ELSE SHOWED UP.

"You watch the game and keep waiting for somebody on the defensive side to go to the offensive side of the ball and say 'What the hell are you all doing?' Jerome Brown and those guys, when we screwed up, he would go check [Vinny] Testaverde, myself, [Alonzo] Highsmith. If we saw the defensive backs giving up long plays, we'd go to the defensive backs and say 'What the hell are you doing dog? Tighten your [expletive] up.' These guys don't hold each other accountable."

BRANDON HARRIS AND ALLEN BAILEY SHOULD BE GETTIN ON THE OFFENSE WHEN THE SCREW UP AND HANKERSON AND BERRY SHOULD BE GETTIN ON THE DEFENSE WHEN THEY SCREW UP...SHOW SOME FIRE FOR ONE ANOTHER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

As a UM Alumni, and season ticket holder, I want to see these current players have fight. Not some fight, but fight. Somebody needs to be jacking these guys up. On the field, they need to be making jacked up hits. Get into the head of the oppenent. They look completly scared out there. U could see at Ohio St. Whoever is responsible for the playin the music at Sun Life Stadium should be fired. Playing Ac/Dc crap, metallica crap. On every change of possession or timeout, they should playing UNCLE LUKE's, "it's all about the U". Tell me U don't get cranked up by that song? Run through the smoke and their playing metallica. Run through smoke playing "it's all about the U. These players have skill, they just need some fight. Need to jack up some dudes. Defense needs to be head butting each other after every play. Lay some dudes out, and I mean completely dominate. Not a few hits here and there. There needs to be some helmets flyin. Quit wearing "The U Invented Swagger" shirts and Play it on the field. Hit hard. Catch the ball and run the DB over. That's swagger. CANE 4 LIFE

Thanks Manny..

They do still give out sideline access to certain former players. The problem is, the guys they give them hardly ever played. When I tell you they never played, I am telling you they were SCRUBS that I don't even remember. Leon Searcy and Melvin Bratton can't get a sideline pass, but these clowns do? It's comical to me to see these 50 plus year old men who think they are hip and dressing like they are 17. Jerome McDougle was on the sideline Saturday. I am wondering how he got a pass, but Searcy and Bratton can't. Makes you wonder if there is something personal between these guys and Shannon. I think it goes a lot deeper than simply Shannon. Remember who was in that ESPN documentary, Searcy and Bratton, that same one Miami wouldn't endorse. Things that make you hmmm!

Basically, darn near anyone who was in that film has very limited access. Let's be real, even Michael Irvin isn't on the sideline except for the opener. Maybe he prefers to watch from a suite, but I don't know if I buy that. I just find it funny the guys that were in that movie don't ever seem to be on the sideline. Even that white dude who no one had ever heard of. Prior to the video coming out, that dude was on the sideline for every game over the past three or four years.

Since then, you can't find him anymore. Wonder why.

Posted by: UCane305

I agree, I blame the music! We should play, "I'm never gonna give you up"

"Look at Sam Shields starting [for the Green Bay Packers]. Look at Bruce Johnson. Randy Phillips. Tavares Gooden. These kids didn't get drafted," Bratton said. "Let's be real. This is the NFL. There are only 53 people that can be on a roster. These kids at the University of Miami were part time starters, didn't make any All-American lists. But they can go to the league and dominate? Something is wrong. I don't know if it's coaching or if its scheme. But how can you go to the next level and start on opening day? Somebody isn't getting the best out of these kids........

That right there is what many have been saying for the past several years. I used to laugh when fans would say this team didn't have any talent but these same players would make an NFL roster. Melvin you hit the nail right on the head but we all know its the coaches and scheme that are limiting these players. Plus you dont want to put your boy Randy on blast

Please don't blame academic standards or any other external crap for the lack of fire in this team. There were plenty of great competitors who turned in 4.0, and giving kids an excuse like that is demeaning.

The alumni have it absolutely right though. The mentality of this team is wrong. Never in my life have I heard of as many players being 'nicked' as I have under Shannon. I used to think it was because they were forced to play so young. Now I think that most other teams have just as many 'nicks' that you never hear about because they play through it, don't tell the coaches and fear for their starting positions. These guys not so much.

That country club quote said it all. Randy said his team was gonna hate him this camp because of how tough it was going to be. You used to hear stories about Canes players running returning pro alumni into the ground in the offseason. Now we practice at 5 am to avoid the heat and half the team is working by themselves on the sidelines. Ironically, only Harris seems never to complain about his injuries, and he's a beanpole and everyone hates him. I remember talk about how easy the games were physically because practice was hell. Where's that? That's bad coaching. I really thought Shannon, having come from the old-school teams, would instill that mentality, but apparently he's got none of it. Notice his name is never in the list of leaders he checks off from the old days.

And some of these kids may not know who Searcy or Bratton or those guys are, but they know who Edgerrin James and John Vilma and Ed Reed and Ray Lewis are. Let them on the sideline! Let them into practice. Heck, one of them may be their head coach in a year.

Go Canes!

I was shocked to read that Sam Shields is starting for the Packers. When he was at UM, I remember him struggling in the secondary at times, even though he had a lot of physical ability. The U has great athletes, they're just not being coached well or placed in the right positions to realize their full potential. Where are the firebrand leaders in the coaches or the players? Much as I hate the Gators, Tebow drove that team - look where they are this year, a shell of the Tebow-led teams. What does Jacory do? He goes off by himself on the sideline to psych himself up, not his teammates. This team has the raw talent, it just needs to get mad and be the intimidators, not the intimidated.

Sorry Jacory, you are overrated. I held out hope for you but previous posters are correct. You are not a true leader. The "calm, cool, collective" bit isn't working anymore, especially when you come out and make the same mistakes over and over. I think Whipple and Shannon has bragged and invested so much time in Jacory that they think they will look like idiots if they go with someone else......I promise, we won't get mad! However, it is not ALL Jacory's fault. He is just one of the problems. Play calling......terrible. Tackling......pitiful. AND WHAT IN THE H E DOUBLE HOCKY STICKS HAPPENED TO THE VAUNTED DEFENSE? Swagger comes from the word "mafia" which we all know the mafia was tight knit familys that didn't take no **** from anybody! The U laid down like a bunch of little girls in their biggest rivalry of the year. Fans talked revenge against Ohio and got beat(well gave them the opportunity to win with four turnovers for 17 points), and now we have to listen to our FSU friends brag for a year. You proved you can be good little boys......NOW GET OUT THERE AND TAKE YOUR F******N PRIDE AND SWAGGER BACK U BIG BABIES!!!!!!!!

Bratton's 100% right on. Who's the perceived leader on the offense? The QB? What does our QB do when he comes off the sidelines? He goes to his safe place on the bench and he thinks. Deep thoughts by Jack Handy. The kid needs to be talking to his coach more (Shannon and Whip), in the faces of his line, his receivers, his RBs, encouraging, directing, butt chewing, whatever it takes to win. He is The Man and he needs to show it starting Saturday. I don't care if the players go to fist-i-cuff city amongst each other on the sidelines. If that's what it takes, just do it.

Coach cuts off their balls, so to speak, the day they walk on campus. It started the first year when he took off their name tags and it's continuing today. I still support him 100%, but he had better make some major adjustments quickly cause there's a fan mutiny a-brewing. Let them grow wings; let them fly. Stop protecting them so much (especially Jacory). Leadership starts at the top and players are shaped by their leaders. This team and everything it does is a direct reflection of its leader. I commend the university for all it's done academically, off-field incidents, etc., but in this process they have castrated their players. Isn't there any way we can realize the best of both worlds? I mean the good and the meaniness/the intesity/a sense of urgency and purpose?

The player leadership is pathetic. Sorry men, but it's true. Somebody please stand up and take charge. Today! The U flash is a priviledge handed down from the great Miami teams, coaches, and players of past. It's not a right. It's earned on the field and so far, we ain't earned squat.

The good news is, this is all fixable. The bad news is, how bad do they want to fix it? We don't need better players. We have them, but it will require significant coaching and player attitude adjustments/leadership style changes/mentality. Business as unusual.

That was more than a mouth full. I AGREE WITH EVERY WORD. My question is why are the former players not getting access to the sideline anymore? I have a burning feeling in my gut that is making me sick. I feel JUST like the alumni, WHAT THE BLEEP IS GOING ON AT THE U? Is it the president who says it's okay to be average. Granted we do not have the best of the best everything, but you have to have the tradition brought back. MY BIGGEST CONCERN IS HOW WE LOSE. I CAN DEAL WITH A LOSS LIKE BAMA HAD OR EVEN FLORIDA LOST, BUT HOW WE LOSE IS MAKING ILL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
WE NEED A COACHING STAFF LIKE BOISE STATE. GOD BLESS

KEEP SAYING IT FOOTBALL ALUM..... KEEP SAYING IT.

whats sad for the hurricanes fans.....im a gator fan and i want shalala and shannon to have lifetime contracts and for jacory harris to have 10 more years of eligibility.

I hate to pile on, but this crap has got to stop. The "U" has become the "PU". I never like to see people calling for a person to lose their job, but unless RS shows something between now and the end of the season, he's got to go.

This post is for everyone who says "you never played football in college...you're not an expert...you never played".

Here are people who did play football at UM telling you the same thing. Soemething is wrong.

Randy Shannon must go!

God bless the Alumni and fans because that is the only way we get rid of Shannon. The school loves that we are average at best. It shows that miami is for learning not football even though football made miami! Without the money from football where would miami be?

I still love how these same players used the weather as an excuse last year in the bowl game against Wisconsin. The game was in freaking Orlando. The truth is Wisconsin was more physical and the Miami players backed down instead of competing. Something is wrong and has been wrong for quite some time.

Melvin... shame on you. YOU are soft my long forgotten friend. You KNOW very well what the problem is at UM and you failed to capitalize on your ability to come forward with it. You are hiding too. You are a pathetic wuss and that is sad to see. Well, I'll say it for you since you don't seem to have the nuts.

The coaching is a problem at UM. Fisher turned FSU around in ONE year and you refused to point that out! The kids are soft on the field because they are coached to be that way. You are being soft on Shannon and I can only imagine why. There is too much talent at UM for FSU to seem lightyears ahead of UM on the field. I already know what is going to happen but Shannon has one last chance to make this gig work in his favor - besides getting his contract extension last year, of course. He has to win out. That means WINNING the rest of the regular season, WINNING the ACC Championship and WINNING a BCS game. There is little doubt in my mind that they will not accomplish these feats and Shannon's statment that it would not be a big disappointment if he doesn't is all you need to know about the man. I like Randy Shannon the individual. He is a great man, he really is. So was Captain Smith (captain of the Titanic). So is William Westmoreland (Commander of US Forces in Vietman). So is Barack Obama. So was George Armstrong Custer. The common denominator between all these men and Randy Shannon is that they were or currently are in over their head. I don't have a choice but to keep giving Shannon a chance. I am a Hurricanes fan by fate, not by choice. I can't just turn a switch and become 'not' a fan. If I could do that I would. And since I do not decide who the coach is and who the coach isn't, I can only opine. Oh, I can also decide to not go to any of the games or watch them on TV or spend any of my hard earned money on gear for my or my kids until the administration decides that football is important again. Yeah, I can do that too!

As for you Melvin, you keep makeing yourself obsolete by trying to further sugarcoat the situation!

It's Randy Shannon. Didn't anybody hear RS halftime interview? He said that he doesn't push the fire in his players because they lose fundamentals. WTF is that? Since when does having passion for what you do keeps you from being great at it??? To the contrary, that's what makes you legendary!!!

@p...I have thought that the team should watch the 30 for 30 every single day as part of their practice to freakin realize what the U is all about. We are supposed to run sh*t and we're not. It's bs.

Donna Shalala is just another freaking democrat messing things up. This BS about equality is crap. There have to be winners and losers including in schools. We need to be the winners because otherwise somebody else will be!

UM needs a quarterback coach, and he should be paid out of Randy Shannon's salary. And where's the heat on D-coordinator John Lovett? That defensive effort vs. FSU was pathetic. How's it possible to be so unprepared for FSU? Let's put some of Randy's coaches on the hot seat. It's coaching that makes UM mediocre.

This is what I don't understand about Randy....he's a Cane....from the same era as Bratton....he more than anybody else should understand what Bratton is talking about. It's time for Randy to go, he's not the guy

The fight have to start with Randy Shannon and work its way down. The team must believe the coach will fight for them as the fight for the win. You didn't see Jimmie Johnson standing around when is team gets a bad call like nothing happen or it is just another day of practice.

LETS GO CANES!!!!!!

Its over guys! Look at your memorabilia on the wall of the national championships and reminisce of all the absolute beatdowns we gave people! Is not happening while this clown Shannon is the coach. Keep investing money and emotion into this team and I promise you will have some kind of health related illness or be broke before they win anything. The most disturbing reality to me is Boise State would kick our a@@ right now!!! Absolutly pathetic and the only supporters Shannon has are the ding dongs who are satisfied with good grades, sloppy play and loses from North Carolina & Wisconsin! Give me a break!

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