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A behind the scenes look at Shannon, Canes

One of the most fun and revealing University of Miami videos to watch this season have been the behind the scenes looks on Hurricanes Gameday. With privileged access to the locker room and sidelines, Gameday has provided a chance to see Randy Shannon and his players up close and personal -- or at least the parts they don't want edited out.

Gerard Daphnis The most revealing moments for me have been seeing Shannon cut loose with his players, laugh and show a side of himself we in the media and TV cameras rarely see. For instance, in last week's episode when UM played Georgia Tech we get to see and hear Shannon say things like: "You know who I'm rolling with? Tyler Horn. Y'all watch his intensity. Y'all watch how he knocks people downfield." Then, we get to watch Shannon celebrate the opening touchdown drive by leaping up and bouncing off Horn in midair. It leaves you saying to yourself: Is this really the guy we talk to on Tuesday morning media days at UM?

The truth is as mild-mannered or unemotional as Shannon may appear on most days, he has shown in these videos week to week to be a very inspired and emotional coach. Former Hurricane Gerard Daphnis (who played tight end for UM from 1993 to 1996 and is now a co-host on the CBS-4 Canes4Life Show 11:30 a.m., Saturday) saw this first hand last weekend in Atlanta. Daphnis spent Saturday with former Cane Edgerrin James watching the Hurricanes from a different angle.

How was the experience for him? "It was eye-opening," Daphnis said.

"The most eye-opening thing for me from a positive perspective was that I saw the kids and the way they interacted with each other was the same way we interacted when I was there. Guys were teasing each other, getting up in each other's face. At one point in the first half, there was a running back that got up in the face of a linebacker and said 'If you miss another tackle, it's going to be me and you.' I liked that a lot. It shows you these kids are accountable for each other."

What also impressed Daphnis? Hearing Shannon's halftime speech and watching UM's assistants coach up each of their units.

"It's not that they're not getting the same thing from the motivational standpoint or coaching standpoint, the thing that was bothersome was how do you hear that speech and come out flat in the second half and let Georgia Tech come right down the field and score?," Daphnis said. "Me and EJ heard that speech and we were like where can we get some extra pants? Hand me a helmet."

Daphnis said he went to the game hoping to get a better idea of why UM (7-3, 5-2 ACC) just hasn't been able to get over "the hump and win big games against ranked opponents." After seeing UM pound the Yellow Jackets 35-10, he still doens't have an answer.

"It just doesn't add up," Daphnis said. "If I'm a coach, I'm frustrated. I keep hearing this constant thing between coaches in youth level, college level and NFL that the kids now are different, meaning what motivates them is different. What they gravitate toward is different.

"I remember when I played, a guy on the field would look at me the wrong way and I would want to take it to them. I'll give you an example. Darrin Smith, he's one of the nicest guys you'll meet in your life, very Christian based. He doesn't swear, doesn't do anything bad. When he put on his helmet, you couldn't tell that was him. All the rules changed. Looking at a guy like Darrin is indication to me that you can still be that good student and good person and then turnaround and be a beast on the field. Why is it not translating? I'm still searching for that answer myself. I'm doing more research.

"It's just kind of mind boggling. They have all the things available to them to be successful. The only thing I think, it's like having kids. I have five kids -- four girls and one boy. As an adult we always have this mentality we always want our kids to have it better than us. But that mindset is a little bit tainted and flawed. The thing that made me as hungry of a person is because I didn't have these things. It made me want to set goals. If your making it easier for these kids, they don't always develop the same type of hunger. In one hand your helping them out, but the other your taking that hunger away. The job is finding the happy medium.

"Something that stuck out to me was that when I played at Miami there were quite a few jerks on the team -- a-holes, guys who were selfish. Guys like receiver like Chris T. Jones who would say "I want the ball, throw me the damn ball, your messing with my money.' On the outside, that may be seen as a selfish person. But it was those guys who were selfish to a certain extent that went out there and wanted to make big plays and made big plays. The way I came off, you need a certain amount of those guys on your team. And right now, that type of guy doesn't exist on this team. Everyone does their part. There are no selfish individuals. They are truly a team. But sometimes the great players are selfish -- they want the ball, the game on their backs. As far as I'm concerned sometimes you need that. And there are none of those guys on this team."

> The final regular season episode of Canes4Life on Saturday at 11:30 a.m. on CBS-4 will feature a visit from former quarterback Ryan Collins. I'll be on at the end as usual to provide my reasons for Hope & Concern heading into Saturday's game against Virginia Tech. 

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Yo Shannon can deliver a speech. I was ready to knock someone out listening to that pregame speech.

SHANNON does us a favor and resign... The needs a real coach, not a coach full of excuses... Morris is the bes QB we have right now so how about letting him start from now on... PEOPLE DONT DO NOT go to the games until SHANNON is fired...


URBAN MEYER do us a favor and resign... The gators needs a real coach, not a coach full of excuses... Brantley is a rag arm and so are the other two starting qb's for the cowards... PEOPLE DO NOT go to the games until URBAN MEYER is fired...


I love the crowd talking about how much the Canes recruiting has fallen off trying to take another cheap shot at Coach Shannon all the while freshmen such as Henderson (#1 recruit of the 2009/20010 class), Linder, Morris are all starring for the Canes.

You haters shouldn't allow the fact that Randy Shannon has been named a semifinalist for the inaugural Joseph V. Paterno Award for Coach of the Year slow you down from hating on Randy that was just announced by Maxwell Football Club President Ron Jaworski. Below is a list of other candidates/peers of Randy Shannon who are also in the running for the award:

Frank Beamer, Virginia Tech
Bret Bielema, University of Wisconsin
Troy Calhoun, United States Air Force Academy
Kirk Ferentz, University of Iowa
Pat Fitzgerald, Northwestern University
Jim Harbaugh, Stanford University
Ken Niumatalolo, United States Naval Academy
Tom O’Brien, North Carolina State University
Gary Patterson, Texas Christian University
Chris Petersen, Boise State University
Gary Pinkel, University of Missouri
Randy Shannon, University of Miami
Bob Stoops, University of Oklahoma
Jim Tressel, Ohio State University
Kyle Whittingham, University of Utah.

Clearly others from around the country appreciate the accomplishments of Randy Shannon and know him to be a great coach.


from that list, randy is the last one i would want coaching my team. that list is an example of "who doesn't belong"

And from reading your comment Ed, you are a blogger "who doesnt belong".

Can we trade Randy for Urban?

If we hired mush mouf from Fat Albert we may get the same results.


Frank Beamer, Virginia Tech .669 career win%
Bret Bielema, University of Wisconsin .760 win%
Troy Calhoun, US Air Force Academy .640 win%
Kirk Ferentz, University of Iowa .610 win%
Pat Fitzgerald, Northwestern Uni .577 win%
Jim Harbaugh, Stanford University .670 win%
Ken Niumatalolo, US Naval Academy .658 win%
Tom O’Brien, NC State University .590 win%
Gary Patterson, TCU .770 win%
Chris Petersen, Boise State .925 win%
Gary Pinkel, Missouri .640 win%
Randy Shannon, University of Miami .580 win%
Bob Stoops, University of Oklahoma .800 win%
Jim Tressel, Ohio State University .750 win%
Kyle Whittingham, Utah .750 win%

Read more: http://miamiherald.typepad.com/umiami/2010/11/a-behind-the-scenes-look-at-shannon-canes.html#comment-form#ixzz15kyHQtcs

Urban Meyer sent more kids to jail than the NFL. That's leadership.

Ed/Sean, I already told you and your multiple ids you dont belong here as a blogger. Now go crawl back into your basement before your mother gets home

One thing that has retarded the progress of this team is the fact that Randy's first 2 years were wasted because he was saddled by incompetent coordinators on O and D. Now that may his fault for hiring them, or maybe the admin forced his hand, but its undeniable that Nix and Walton were in way over their heads.

This is only the second season with these 2 coordinators. I've felt all along that 2011 is the litmus test. 3 years of the same systems, and a full compliment of Randy's recruits will give an accurate picture of this regime.

The key will be the QB. I don't know if its Harris of Morris, but Randy needs to make the right choice. If the QB performs next season, UM should win the ACC. The National Championship is tough even for a great team, but the ACC should be attainable for this group in 2011.

The key for this season is to win out and dominate the bowl game. UVA will not repay the favor by beating Tech.

first time i have ever commented on ANYTHING here. bottom line, is shannon is a terrible coach. he is being judged on academics and keeping kids out of trouble. has nothing to do with his on the field coaching. NONE

If we win tomorrow I'll let Randy stay, But it still ain't getting me over The Virginia game. I think everybody in this sorry Conference with the exception of Duke, UNC, NC State & Us have won a divisional championship, how pitiful is that. Finishing 10-3, is the only thing that makes me feel any better and I wouldn't really feel happy about that because we gave the ACC championship away, as usual!

If we hired mush mouf from Fat Albert we may get the same results.

Posted by: Canes over Gators, AP Agrees | November 19, 2010 at 02:12 PM

To canesjunkie and championships, as you can see above, there is a REASON that you sometimes get accued of being the disgusting, racist, obsessed, and remarkably wrong ID stealing troll, the blog terrorist that hides out in a cave like Osama Bin Laden, Sean Wilson.

You see, he will make comments like tha above, PRETENDING to be a Canes fan, in a desperate attempt at sowing strife within our fans.

GO CANES, it looks like Sean Wilson, the world's most disgusting human being, needs a reminder about why it isn't good to mess with the Red White and Blue.

Time to give Gator Clause a visit, get this troll back off our blog, so we can discuss the VT game in peace.

Soon, very soon, the Herald will ban this ID-stealing loser the way that the Sentinel and Post have done.

Canes fans, time to retaliate against this unprovoked terrorist attack.

So Ed, that means you'd rather have Ken Niumatalolo coaching the Canes, right? Clearly, you are deficient in the brain area.

Whine to the U if you have problems with what is going on. Email adresses are on thier website. NOW , Morris... I mean , let's go beat VT. See ya'll there 6 rows up at the 30.


from that list, randy is the last one i would want coaching my team. that list is an example of "who doesn't belong"

Posted by: Ed

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I'll tell you what 'ED'...give Joe Paterno and Ron Jaworski a call and coach'em up as to how little they know about football and you're really the guy to tell THEM who is and who is not a good football coach.

Get back to me on how that works out for you...

Excellent behind the scenes footage. I would love to see a behind the scenes footage for a game that we loss, in order to see the difference between the locker rooms at the half.

I like Morris too, but to say that he is the one that should be leading the offense is kind of absurd...look @ Jacory's stat's through his first 3 games (either as a full time starter, or when he ran the O in front of Marve) and come back and talk to me. The stats don't bear the scrutiny (and in 2009's first 3 games Jacory played against 3 better teams and that includes the VaTech fiasco)--i hear all of the hate toward Jacory for his interception:td ratio, but look at Morris' ratio over the three games in which he's played--it isn't better than Jacory's. I know that is only a small sampling of games, but to judge Morris against Jacory based on all of the games Jacory has played is inane.


from that list, randy is the last one i would want coaching my team. that list is an example of "who doesn't belong"

Posted by: Ed | November 19, 2010 at 02:01 PM

Can we trade Randy for Urban?

Posted by: nymiamialum | November 19, 2010 at 02:08 PM

If we hired mush mouf from Fat Albert we may get the same results.

Posted by: Canes over Gators, AP Agrees | November 19, 2010 at 02:12 PM


first time i have ever commented on ANYTHING here. bottom line, is shannon is a terrible coach. he is being judged on academics and keeping kids out of trouble. has nothing to do with his on the field coaching. NONE

Posted by: Ed


Hello Ed, Sean Wilson, Canesjunkie, Championships, nymiamialum, etc:

Can't tell you how much we Canes have enjoyed watching those big, bad gators playing this season.

Urban has gone more than half the season without a nervous breakdown on the sidelines...bravo!

It's been almost 3 weeks since your last felony arrest...kudos!

And to think only 3 straight home losses, one to a team that does not have the forward pass in their offense...applause!

Yet, after all that Jeremy Foley has once again put together another gator cowardly schedule with 4 away games and 5 cream puffs... bringing down the house, cheering!!!

PS: Not one bad QB starting, not even two horrible QB's as starters, but three atrocious QB's that all stink in their own special way brought to you by Urban Meyer...the worst football coach in America.

i was on the fence about RS until I watched him coach for myself in these videos. haters, hate - i love the guy and am willing to give him next year without a doubt. we are finding our identity. i love what he is doing for this university with a long view and commitment to this university and everything it should and does stand for. i am an alum, how many RS haters here are? If you're not an alum, it's a U thing you obviously truly can't understand. i went to grad school here from 2000-2003 and was completely spoiled as a fan. i have learned to grow up - and suffer the pains that come with it. kudos randy mf-ing shannon! keep it going.

Bull, I am glad you have enjoyed watching the gators this year. I really or any of the other guys I am sure could care less about Foley or what he has scheduled. Got to give them credit though that school does want to win. I mean compare what Donavan has done to Haith and then compare Meyer to Shannon. Florida does have 2 national titles in both Basketball and Football. We haven't even got an appearance in a title game much less a championship. At least that school is committed to winning. Shalaber and Holcutt should take notes. The only difference between us and the gators is that we finally have a good QB in the right system. Brantley would fit very nicely into our system though. He has a strong arm the kid is just in a bad system for his skill set. And with Jacory's lack of arm strength he would fit right in with Georgia State's QBs.

Knock Tyrod Tyler out of the game. Put some hurt on VT.

Feral cat No I am sorry but I can't really say that I can see why I would be confused with him or anybody else for that matter. I speak on the facts not race relations or bias. Now if someone wishes to think any other that is their mere ignorance, desperation and stupidity
then. I could care less what they conjure up in that sawdust container they call a brain.

Where is the Virginia game or the FSU game speech? Was it filled with too many I don't know what to do. Funny that those were conviently left out. Got to admit those were pretty good speeches there though.

Bull, I am glad you have enjoyed watching the gators this year. I really or any of the other guys I am sure could care less about Foley or what he has scheduled. Got to give them credit though that school does want to win. I mean compare what Donavan has done to Haith and then compare Meyer to Shannon. Florida does have 2 national titles in both Basketball and Football. We haven't even got an appearance in a title game much less a championship. At least that school is committed to winning. Shalaber and Holcutt should take notes. The only difference between us and the gators is that we finally have a good QB in the right system. Brantley would fit very nicely into our system though. He has a strong arm the kid is just in a bad system for his skill set. And with Jacory's lack of arm strength he would fit right in with Georgia State's QBs.

Posted by: championships is all that matters

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I've have to admit one thing and give credit where credit is due...Championship never makes a relevant point, is always wrong and gives a whole new meaning to delusional.

This coming from U who's points never have any merit to substantiate them. Oh yeah that really gets me.
Later dummy


I've have to admit one thing and give credit where credit is due...Championship never makes a relevant point, is always wrong and gives a whole new meaning to delusional.

Posted by: Bull Gator | November 19, 2010 at 05:37 PM

This coming from U who's points never have any merit to substantiate them. Oh yeah that really gets me.
Later dummy

Posted by: championships is all that matters

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The delusional post streak lives on! Championships—you are the Joe DiMaggio of ignorant, nonsensical posts who continues to build on a record that will never be broken—I salute you my imbecilic wing nut.

What makes your record all the more remarkable is you truly believe your comments are of value.

Well if I am Dimaggio that would make U the Babe Ruth of stupidity. Really is that all you have got. At least my comments are based on facts little fellow.

Posted by: Feral Cat

I don't have anything to do with racist comments, so I don't see how I get mixed up with Sean whoever.

I also couldn't care less about the Gators, Urban Meyer...etc.


Well if I am Dimaggio that would make U the Babe Ruth of stupidity. Really is that all you have got. At least my comments are based on facts little fellow.

Posted by: championships is all that matters

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You are the gift that keeps on giving...please, please, please never stop posting...me hate Randy...me hate Jacory...me hate Shalala...me hate Hocutt...me hate (fill in the blank).

And I've got to tell you...that Babe Ruth comeback, coupled with the 'little fella' comment are real zingers--sophisticated comedy you deep thinker you.

Back to The U. I was at the GTech game last saturday when Shalala came into the stands with the fans. Lots of folks took pictures with her and they were cheering to my surprise. When you read the hate from the bloggers, you would think she'd get boo'ed out of the stands. Instead she was totally embraced.

I ask her to please keep supporting RS. She replied, "Don't worry, I got his back." Then she gave me a pound and kept taking photos with the fans. I hope she wasn't just giving lip service. We need her and Kirby to keep supporting RS. He is the right man for this job. And I agree 100% with the article that kids today are very different than just 15yrs ago.

I coached youth bball and football when I was 25-27 yrs old. The kids were hungry, determined, disciplined and focus. I tried coaching the same age group 8-11 yr olds earlier this year. The kids were totally different and I had several parents check me about how I handled their kids in practice!

If that's happening at that age group, how are these kids gonna take the tougher coaching that comes in middle and high school and college? So there is some validity to the writer's points about softness with some of today's kids.

But there can be no softness tomorrow my friends! We need to not only beat VT but we have to beat them down physically and mentally. They need to go into the UVA game hurting and sore and doubting the strength of that 8 game winning streak they were on. We need them totally off their game in order for UVA to have a shot. James Madison got them after they were hung over from the Boise loss. It can happen again if we put it to 'em.

Go Canes! We'll be there tomorrow, will you???

The kids are doing good stuff off the field!

Fire Shannon and for those of u who keep supporting a coach who can't win a weak ACC, good luck because we are going to contniue to wanting to win the ACC, instead of dominating the ACC

Why think U bull, not that I needed u to tell me that, but thank U non the less. Actually U see I do not hate anyone, I just do not love losing like others do. U know I unlike yourself and a few others don't have to burn my hand on a hot stove to know its hot. Just like anyone with a rational mind does not have to lose for 5 years to know that the coach in place is not fit to do the job of leading our team to championships.
If you would please point out one really good team that Shannon has beaten while he has been head coach. That is if U can.

Bull Gator - stop copying and pasting your one on one conversation with "championships is all that matters" - he remembers what he said and nobody else cares about this nonsense that you are both arguing about.

He does not like Randy Shannon. You like Randy Shannon. Nothing either one of you says will convince the other.

Most people reading this blog agree with you and don't outright hate Randy Shannon beyond his failure to date at UM, but neither one of you are making any points that anyone else hasn't heard before.

Give it a rest, it'll be good for your health.

And "championships" - the 2009 GTech team was really good.

Eudocimus, 1st thing as I said I do not hate Randy SHannon, he just does not know how to be a head coach. 2nd thing have U ever actually read the comments on this blog. If anything Bull and maybe a few others are in the minority that are actually believe he is a good coach. And 3rd U call that GA Tech team a really good team? That my friend was the best the ACC could muster up. And just where would that team have finished had they played in the SEC, Big Ten, Big 12 or Pac 10? The middle to bottom of either one of those leagues. Like I said Name one good team Shannon has beaten. Not a mediocre, lower tier team. I got one better name one good coach that Shannon has outcoached.

If anyone would like to see what a really well coached team looks like tune in to ESPN2 and check out Boise State.


Fire Urban Meyer and for those of u who keep supporting a coach who can't win a weak SEC, good luck because we are going to contniue to wanting to win the SEC, instead of dominating the SEC



Back to The U. I was at the GTech game last saturday when Shalala came into the stands with the fans. Lots of folks took pictures with her and they were cheering to my surprise. When you read the hate from the bloggers, you would think she'd get boo'ed out of the stands. Instead she was totally embraced.

I ask her to please keep supporting RS. She replied, "Don't worry, I got his back." Then she gave me a pound and kept taking photos with the fans. I hope she wasn't just giving lip service. We need her and Kirby to keep supporting RS. He is the right man for this job. And I agree 100% with the article that kids today are very different than just 15yrs ago.

I coached youth bball and football when I was 25-27 yrs old. The kids were hungry, determined, disciplined and focus. I tried coaching the same age group 8-11 yr olds earlier this year. The kids were totally different and I had several parents check me about how I handled their kids in practice!

If that's happening at that age group, how are these kids gonna take the tougher coaching that comes in middle and high school and college? So there is some validity to the writer's points about softness with some of today's kids.

But there can be no softness tomorrow my friends! We need to not only beat VT but we have to beat them down physically and mentally. They need to go into the UVA game hurting and sore and doubting the strength of that 8 game winning streak they were on. We need them totally off their game in order for UVA to have a shot. James Madison got them after they were hung over from the Boise loss. It can happen again if we put it to 'em.

Go Canes! We'll be there tomorrow, will you???

Posted by: ATLKane09 | November 19, 2010 at 08:08 PM

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ATLKane09:

Fantsatic post my friend!!! You are all about what it means to be a Canes fan. Thank you for coming to a Canes site and offering some reality and a positive vibe.

Go Canes! Beat VT!

championships - maybe unfair to group you in with the vocal minority that hates Shannon beyond his record.

All I'm saying is that whether or not Randy Shannon is a good coach is a pointless conversation. His record says that he is not, his recruiting and intangibles says that he should be.

There's no reason to argue one way or the other because Randy Shannon will be the head coach in 2011, and we will find out (and you can start arguing again) then.

ATLKane09 - couldn't agree more, I was thinking more sinister thoughts regarding Ryan William's knees but lets go with rooting to rattle them, that's just as good.

Teddy Bridgewater has been selected to appear (star) in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

This endorsement speaks to Teddy's enormous talent as the U.S. Army All-American Bowl only takes the very best players from around the country selected by their experts.

Last night Teddy scored 3 TD's in a playoff game.

Congratulations to Randy Shannon for getting a commit from one of the country's top players.

Since making his committment Teddy has been recruiting other top players, which I am sure he will be busy doing at the All American Bowl while throwing up the "U".

Eudocimus, perhaps you are right about Shannon being here next year. Should he win out and this team plays up to its potential and wins the ACC and we are in the talk for a National Title then I am all for him staying. However if not he has got to go.

SOME COURAGEOUS CANE NEEDS TO KNOCK TAYLOR OUT OF THE GAME TODAY!!!

If they do, we win the game, UVA wins their game next week, Canes go to the ACC title game....

...then we get a shot at the GATORS in a bowl game...

And if we win that bowl game, our 3 losses will be forgotten, and this team will have made another decisive step towards greatness.

I am a true Canes fan. I hope and i believe in the players and the coach to be trying their best to restore honor to the greatest college program of the past 20 yrs. The U.

What happened to the videos? They stopped working. Manny did you anger folks at The U by posting them?

WestCoastCane - no offense but a true canes fan should probably know what happens if a team wins the ACC championship.

That team goes to the Orange Bowl to face the Big East champion. No Gators.

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sure he was nominated for that ridiculous coaches award.
they needed a token black.
thats it.

randy has had his chance to succeed, been given every opportunity.
he has failed.

no one cares that the players like him and that kids are graduating.
no one cares (or should care) about his color.

THE ONLY THING THAT MATTERS IS WINS!

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