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Canes QB quandary flusters Harris' dad

If Randy Shannon picks freshman Stephen Morris as his starting quarterback Saturday against South Florida he can expect a call from Jacory Harris' father.

Rodney Harris said Wednesday night he has been under the idea his son would retain his starting job once he was cleared to return from a concussion. But what has been reported during the past couple of days, Harris said, has troubled him.

Jacory Harris "I didn't think you could lose your job by being hurt," Harris said. "Randy has been saying that since Jacory got hurt. Now, how are you going to open it up for competition late in the year? If they feel that kid is a better quarterback, then they need to tell Jacory that. They haven't told him for whatever reasons.

"Either way, that still wouldn't be fair. Jacory wasn't allowed to run the offense they're running now. He threw the ball 60 times a game. Put him in a position to succeed, let him run that offense."

Shannon said this week Harris would start if he did "everything he's supposed to in practice.'' But Wednesday, Morris took the bulk of the snaps with the first team again. Afterward, Shannon said he still had not made up his mind on a starter and that Morris and Harris were doing "a good job in practice."

"[Jacory's] better, but he's still the same," Shannon said Wednesday. "I'm not going to sit up here and say `this guy is doing this, this guy is doing that.' The thing we have to do is make sure whoever is practicing the best, gets the best opportunity."

Local NBC sports anchor Adam Kuperstein reported Tuesday morning that Harris had already been told Monday he would remain the backup the rest of the season. Rodney Harris said he had not spoken to his son or Shannon since shortly after the Virginia Tech loss.  But Harris he said if Morris was taking the snaps with the first team on Tuesday and Wednesday, then it is a sure-fire sign he'll start Saturday against USF.

"I'm pretty sure they tell them what's going to happen on Sunday -- who is starting and all that," Harris said. "My thing is how do you lose your job when you are hurt giving your all for that team? When you come to practice and aren't doing what is supposed to be done, that's something different. But knowing Jacory, he'd go out there and put the same effort every time. What's changed?

"You made a kid captain last week and didn't play him. This week, you're not going to give him a shot? What's the deal? When I talked to Jacory Saturday after the game he was not taking that kind of stuff well. He's a competitor, he wants to be in there to play. How do you take a kid like that and just sit him down without a shot? I can't understand that. I won't understand that. Unless Stephen plays the first half and Jacory plays the second. Then what are we doing going back to the Robert Marve situation?

"I talked to Coach Shannon after the Virginia Tech game, told him they had some tough breaks but the game plan was good. That they should keep their head up. But I haven't spoken to him in reference to [Jacory playing]. I just assume when I read in the paper when he says this is my guy and who I'm going with when he comes off his injury -- he said that for three weeks -- that's what I'm going by. That's what everybody else is going by.

"If the kid don't play Saturday, then I'll have to schedule some sort of meeting with Shannon to see what's wrong with Jacory. The kid wants to help this football team. The kid is No. 2 or 3 on every list passing list at that school. How could you do that to the kid?"

> Shannon said defensive end Marcus Robinson, hurt in the Virginia Tech loss, wouldn't play this week. He said special teams standout Cory Nelms had about "a 25 percent chance" of playing against USF. He said freshman linebacker Kelvin Cain has been sick for over a week.

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I think the kid may also be number one on the list in interceptions.

LOL at "Not giving the kid a chance" ARE YOU F***ING KIDDING ME!? Jacory played this whole season plus the last season entirely how is that "NOT a chance!?" He is a very poor Div. 1 football QB. Watch College football everyday Saturday like I do, watch game after game, you will see it is extremely common to see a supperior QB behind center. Better arm, smarter decision, sells the play action better, pump fakes better, scramble better, physically tougher, better leaders etc. Harris is horrendous. Morris definately has more potential than Harris not to mention he just might be better than him and he is considerably younger than Harris.

I have seen Shannon make two good calls lately, whe he argued that call against the ref. and got it and now this one.

Jacory has enough history with UM, and Morris has not been good enough, to bench a healthy Jacory. You should just start him. If he does well, then there's no problem. If he still struggles, then bring Morris with a short hook. Less pressure on the Freshman to come off the bench, more pressure to convince people to keep Jacory on the bench.


Either way, that still wouldn't be fair. Jacory wasn't allowed to run the offense they're running now. He threw the ball 60 times a game. Put him in a position to succeed, let him run that offense."


Okay, now this begs the question, is it Jacory or Whipple's play calling? Could it be that Whipple was an assistant and lower tier college coach for a reason? Maybe Jacory isn't that good; but then again, maybe Whip's play calling in the past games can be questioned a little more now that we see the difference between Jacory's offense and Morris' offense. Come to think about it, didn't Miami start throwing it more in the third and fourth quarter against VT, even before we had to?

I'm not saying I know the answer to this next question, but what happens if J12 is put in to run Morris' offense and we start killing teams?

I agree with Rodney on this one. Put J12 in with this offense. If we start putting up 500 yards with Jacory, I might start looking at Whipple more than Jacory.

Jacory's dad is going to slap Randy in the face. Just like Rick James on Chappelle show. "I'm Rodney Harris, B***"!

seriously Cane fan ... Ur no better today than U were 4 years ago the week after the last game in the O.B.

yo, 4 more years huh ?

yup yup gobble gobble

cause jacory is terrible!
thats why!
he was a 2 star recruit!
he should never have have started for us!
he has failed like randy has failed.
stop complanin.
sorry he hasnt developed.
sorry hes below average.
he got a chance.
it didnt workout.
the U owes him nothing.
he has gotten more than he has given.
morris is the future.
transfer if you dont like it.

UM turned the ball over 6 times in the VT game fellas...SIX TIMES. This included 3 interceptions thrown by Master Morris. Face it...UM season is OVER...repeat...OVER. Let Master Harris completely heal. He got JACKED in the UVA game. One of the worst QB hits I've ever seen. The Elder Harris should shut his pie hole and leave the management of the team to the Coach. Period. Enjoy Thanksgiving...and don't forget to whom we're giving the ultimate thanks. Peace to all!

I like Harris- but let's face it - his legs are like toothpicks- He's been hurt a lot, thumb, groin, concussion- I'm not sure he can stand up for a whole season. From the pictures I've seen, this Bridgewater kid is even skinnier

So Rodney wants to talk to Shannon about Jacory playing or not.. and Rodney is concerned that we might be headed back to the MARVE situation... hmmmm, seems to me he is playing the role of Marve's daddy very very well at this point. JH was the starting qb and got hurt. Morris stepped up and has done a very good job so far. IF Jacory is showing himself to be more capable than Stephen in practice, start him. If not, start Stephen. A team is best served when the best players are playing. The last time I looked, football was a team game, unlike singles tennis or downhill skiing.

I hope he does schedule a meeting with RS. The last QB whose daddy did so it now playing for Purdue (unless Marve moved on from there too... I stopped following that particular soap opera a while ago). It would be great if Jacory took his childish physique, girlie arm strength and immaturity somewhere else.

Today is Thanksgiving and I am thankful RS is actually considering doing the right thing for the program by putting Morris in for the last 2 games and opening up the starting position for next year. There is a chance Morris will lead the program in the future. One more year of Jacory = another year of mediocrity.

Pathetic.

Dear Rodney,

Don't get upset because the Jacory Gravy train has left the building. Maybe this offseason your son should spend more time on reading defenses and developing chemistry with his wideouts. This year, all he did was try and wear funny costumes and throw interceptions. He displayed that he was incredibly immature (as most of these kids are) and couldn't handle the limelight (Shannon keeping those oh so awful reporters from him).

Losing his job might be just the lesson he needs to grow up as a QB. You're not doing him any favors by being an overbearing Soccer Dad.

with everything shannon is dealing with he now has a whiney dad.
geez between the fans, media and parents its no wonder no one else wants to coach here!
good luck randy ... and thanks!!
in fact happy turkey day to the U nation!

Dad you need to give this a rest your not helping your son at all with this drama queen crap. At most programs with a qualified HC would of benched J12 a long time ago if their was any competion QB. Take a seat keep your mouth shut, we don't want to hear your winning soccer dad.

Father's intervention on behalf of his son will not bode well with Randy. It's a no win for Randy. It can only weaken his authority over the team. If that meeting takes place, where his decisions are questioned, I see 2 results for his son 1) Ride the bench or 2) transfer. Father can do more harm than good. How about letting his son compete and earn playing time based on perormance.

I am sure Jacory is a great kid but unfortunately for him as a QB there are some thngs he cannot change when comparing him to Morris. Morris has a stronger arm, greater mobility and ability to run, better pocket presence and feel for the rush, poise and leadership under center. Morris simply is the more gifted athlete. While Jacory can still develop leadership qualities, unfortunately many of Morris's strengths are simply God given. It's how it works in the athletic field and in a business boardroom. Some things can be learned, others you simply have it or you don't. I have seen more upside from Morris in 3 games than I have from Jacory in 3 years.

If dad Harris gets involved, Jacory can kiss his Hurricane future goodbye. Not only will Shannon take his involvement as questioning his leadership as head coach, but Jacory's teammates will call him a daddy's boy, can't win the starting job without daddy, oh boy, that will go over like a fart in a submarine. Stay out of it Mr. Harris, let your son compete for the starting job, don't meddle, you are not the one wearing the Orange and Green.
Happy Thanksgiving to All, Go Canes!

On second thought, go ahead and meddle Mr Harris, that should put your son on the bench, then there will be no more controversy.

If Shannon caves to this, he should be fired on spot. Since when do players parents have any say in who plays and who doesn't? And in the end, who cares what his dad thinks? Don't like it, transfer your interception machine son out of Miami. We need tougher players at The U, not pampered players who's dad calls when his son can't start. Meow.

Morrris does appear to be better, howver when does the micoanalysis of the QBs ever end. Why is the Herald interviewing JH's dad in the first place? I am sure Spencer Whipple's mom (MW-wife), and AJ Highsmith's grandmother from the UM Bookstore support their kids too.

Randy simply should have said I am playing the kid who gives us the best chance to win, considering all circumstances - period!!! - no keep your job because of injury crap. He has bungled QB situations before (How could Kirby Freeman ever start a down for the Canes?)

While I am a Miami boy and support both JH and SM, if this was the standing policy it would make things a lot easier, while the 2nd string choice (or thier parents) would always see it as unfair. In fairness to JH however, a blind man could see Whipple's play calling (don't call the bomb if he lobs it & throws ints!!!!!- WE DO HAVE 4 GREAT TAILBACKS !!!!) actually compounded the problem.

Can anybody ever tell me whatever happened to these 2nd string choices who eventually transferred: Marve/Cook/Smith-Harris; Bryan Fortay-Steve Walsh; Chris Walsh-Craig Erickson/Gino; Kyle Vandeweghe-Kosar;
Derek Crudup-Brock Berlin; Kenny Kelly-Dosar;

Remember Heisman-Vinnie never saw the field until he was a fourth year Junior. It always works out when the best man takes the field, and the competition only hurts those unwilling to compete!!! Set this policy now and forever, and recruit a quality QB every year who is not afraid to compete. -We used to be QB-U!!!!


Neither QB is great, but JH is probably a better QB right now. SH has thrown for more INT's than TD's. and he showed his inexperience in the VT game. However SH is the future. JH should continue as the starter through his senior season, he's earned it. SH should redshirt next, and compete for the starting job in 2012.

daddy Harris: Are youserious? Look at that pic of your kid- He looks like Gumby with a U uniform. He is no D-1 QB. If I tackle him, I could hurt him. let alone a D-lineman!

Plus he had last season and this to prove himself. Instaead, he thre up jump balls, he made dumb mistakes, he played poorly when it counted and then moped on the sidelines instead of being a leader. Not to mention his tweetingbefore the Ohio State game , and last years pink tuxedo and arm sling clowning around. maybe youdidnt do a good job helping mature your kid.

The only thing J12 has on SM is experience. the ints SM has thrown were poor reads, trying to win a game desperately. I have seen J12 make those same mistakes as a sophomore last yr and as a junior this yr!

This proves that Shannon made a deal with the harris in 2008 to keep J12 from going elsewhere (Oh if only!). that explained that silly QB shuffle with marve.

So, "Scarecrow's" pops wants to talk. Follow the yellow brick road, douchebag.

♫♪♫♪♫"If I only had a brain"♪♫♪♫

Wrong, Testeverde is still no.1 in interceptions while only playing 2 years. Passing up Testeverde's othere numbers was a piece of cake for Jacory. It will probably take 1-1/2 more years for Jacory to break his interception record.

What if Stephen Morris' dad is happy with the current situation?

Okay, here is part of the problem with this day and age of college players. I love what J. Harris has done at the QB position but he was injured. S.Morris has done a heck of a job under the circumstances. Shouldn't our BEST QB take the field ? I'm not sure but I think that it was Duane Starks who said that James Burgess got hurt and he was supposed to be UM's next great LB but in steps Ray Lewis. At this point you want to put J.Harris back in now, fine no problem but spring ball, competition must be fairly open NO EXCUSES !

Who cares what QB starts...the season is already lost...this is only shifting attention from the true problem: the HEAD COACH.

Mr. Harris,

U ought to read my auto-biography Sir ...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wally_Pipp


save the program fire shannon

"[Jacory's] better, but he's still the same," Shannon said Wednesday. "I'm not going to sit up here and say `this guy is doing this, this guy is doing that.'

.

Huh ?

So someone can get better but still be the same as they were before they improved ?

Coach Shannon, you are a enigma wrapped in a riddle, and it's not the least bit funny.

I called it over a week ago, mismanagement of the QB position by Shannon just has he is so prone to do. Wonder who will ask to be released in January. For all the integrity RS claims to have he certainly gets in a lot of trouble by not being honest and upfront when it comes to the QB position. Has anything ever good come from a parent speaking out to the press? Please hang it up Randy! Your so far in over your head with this coaching job it's getting ridiculous. By the time he is fired at the end of next year he will have ridden it back to the bottom where he started making it even more difficult to attract a decent replacement. This program is so far gone it is looking more and more like we will never recover.


Jacory has enough history with UM, and Morris has not been good enough, to bench a healthy Jacory. You should just start him. If he does well, then there's no problem. If he still struggles, then bring Morris with a short hook. Less pressure on the Freshman to come off the bench, more pressure to convince people to keep Jacory on the bench.

Posted by: JamesJaxon21 | November 25, 2010 at 02:16 AM

You got it James.

We'll get through this fellow 'Cane kooks...happy Thanksgiving!

Jacory hasn't gotten better in 3 years...he should be benched. I see no progression.

We made a huge mistake by not recruiting Jeff Godfrey who as a freshman is already better than Jacory

I agree with Udog. We left the best QB in years from Dade County slip right out of our fingers. He is tearing it up at UCF.

I understand Jacory's father is upset but he does not need to take it to the media and vent his frustrations,wrong to approach it as a parent,keep it in house. Shannon set himself up for this one from the start. JAcory has had enough chances to prove himself,but Morris runs this offense more efficiently than JH. He had his chance to prove it, the best player should play and Jacory and his father need to understand that. It is what is best for team. Also he should not be comparing this to Marve situation. So much for being a team player.

LMAO @ the Wally Pipp reference.

Wally weighed 50 pounds more than Harris as well, at a buck eighty.

Neither could ever run outside the tackles, or inside the tackles now that I think about it,,,, lol

Two words son,,, WEIGHT ROOM

Two other words son,,, TOO LATE

I do agree with Jacory's dad, let him play under the new system , but not this year , next year and only if he beats out the kid.

J Harris has been handed the QB's job, now he will have to earn it.

let there be an open competition next year.

Hey Mr. Harris:

Instead of complaining so much, perhaps you should teach or have developed your son's body so he could actually take a hit and put some zip on the ball.

The fact is, as nice of a dude as Jacory may be, he does NOT have a strong enough arm or legs to play at the U. Sorry, but it's the facts.

How is that he has put on NO weight in 3 years? This is unacceptable. Put on 20lbs for next year and then maybe we can talk.

Why I could never be a coach. You put up with stupid parents in Little League, but shouldn't have to continue to listen to this at the college level.

What we have here, is a failure to communicate.

i don't know if anyone has said anything, but it used to be that if you got hurt, and your backup has performed well, you go with the hot hand. this is the problem with these kids now and i sound old cause i am only 31...lol...but these kids are so coddled and stroked by people that they don't know what it means to have to earn things. competition breeds success and i don't know why jacory's father said that when 2 years ago his own son said that pressure bursts pipes. i saw that hit that jacory took and it was nasty. randy has every right to keep him out and let him get healthy. these kids now, they're so on their own jocks because of youtube and rivals and stuff that they don't get that you have to go out and PROVE you're the best. it's like jessie armstead said...if we're on the same team and i am the senior and you're the freshman, i am going to teach you everything i know to beat me out. if you win, we're a better team, if you don't you'll be smart enough to get it done when i am gone. mr harris just needs to tell his boy to man up and compete and may the best man win. if that's not you then so be it. what's more important, you getting accolades or the team doing what it needs to do to take home that ELUSIVE 6TH NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP...

I bet Jacory's father is mad at himself for not doing like Cam Newton's father and getting money up front.

If Jacory wants to start his senior season, he will have to transfer somewhere else.

i don't know if anyone has said anything, but it used to be that if you got hurt, and your backup has performed well, you go with the hot hand. this is the problem with these kids now and i sound old cause i am only 31...lol...but these kids are so coddled and stroked by people that they don't know what it means to have to earn things. competition breeds success and i don't know why jacory's father said that when 2 years ago his own son said that pressure bursts pipes. i saw that hit that jacory took and it was nasty. randy has every right to keep him out and let him get healthy. these kids now, they're so on their own jocks because of youtube and rivals and stuff that they don't get that you have to go out and PROVE you're the best. it's like jessie armstead said...if we're on the same team and i am the senior and you're the freshman, i am going to teach you everything i know to beat me out. if you win, we're a better team, if you don't you'll be smart enough to get it done when i am gone. mr harris just needs to tell his boy to man up and compete and may the best man win. if that's not you then so be it. what's more important, you getting accolades or the team doing what it needs to do to take home that ELUSIVE 6TH NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP...

Posted by: Charles Adams | November 25, 2010 at 11:44 AM


U Sir, have said it all ...

More mismanagement by Randy Shannon. Disgraceful.

I am glad Jacory isn't starting, but you need to tell him that he has been outperformed and outplayed by a freshman and that is why he is riding the bench.

Fire Shannon and Hire Gruden.


"[Jacory's] better, but he's still the same," Shannon said Wednesday. "I'm not going to sit up here and say `this guy is doing this, this guy is doing that.'

.

Huh ?

So someone can get better but still be the same as they were before they improved ?

Coach Shannon, you are a enigma wrapped in a riddle, and it's not the least bit funny.


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Lol I hear you. What does that mean??? Give me a break! Spare us from such gibberish!

Here comes another QB transfer.

Another QB transfer? Jacory only has one more year of eligibility, right?

I wonder if Alnzo Highsmith has also had a talk with Coach Shannon.

Look at the PATHETIC WAY SOME OF YOU are treating Rodney Harris on this blog....

The guy is a hardcore Canes fan and a father. He's 100% behind his son and the U.

Just because the team and his son underperformed. Some of you SH*T on him.

IF I HAD A STAR quality QB son in highschool-- i wouldn't let him go play for fans like you shameless idiots.

I would tell him to go play at a school where they root with loyalty for their team and players.

THE U: A proud tradition of Winning and Championships, BUT MORONS for fans.....

Mr. Harris
Your son is a GREAT Student Athlete at a outstanding school. Get the Degree. Don't lose focus football is second.

2. Instead of talking to the media about this problem(hurting your son) talk to the coach. Talking to the media only makes the problem worst. Parents are the adults in a situation like this "kids" depend on adults to make solid decision. Talking to the press is not a good move.

Stay positive and Pray..

Things will work...

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