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Harris says '08 class owes Shannon more

They came in together as the No. 1 recruiting class in the country according to ESPN. The 2008 University of Miami signing class was supposed to be the group that led the Hurricanes back to prominence.

Brandon Harris But nearly three season in, the results (22-12) haven't matched expectations. Before the Hurricanes (6-3, 4-2 ACC) practiced Tuesday, cornerback Brandon Harris, one of the few players in the class to deliver on the hype, talked about why he thinks his class hasn't delivered enough.

"Being young and immature to the college game, we kind of fed into [the expectations]," Harris said. "We didn't sit down and think about the process that it would take for us to become great college players at that time. We just thought it was automatic. We were good in high school so we thought this is what's going to happen -- we were going to be stars as soon as we walked on campus. We didn't sit back and look at it and say 'OK, we're going to have to work, we're going to have to step it up to another level.'

"It's a different atmosphere, different guys. A lot of us learned that in our freshman year. We bounced back and put together some good games. But we have to finish of our careers here doing well. But just coming in, I think a lot of us did expect more things to come sooner than it did happen."

Harris thinks a lot of the players in his class -- including himself -- may have benefitted from a redshirt season. But with the Hurricanes in need of playmakers, many of the 2008 members played right away.

"Some us were when we came in we were put into a position where we had to play, there was no opportunity to redshirt," Harris said. "When you redshirt, it's just a chance to learn and go through college and stuff like that. It benefitted a lot of guys in their careers. With our class, it got to the point in the program where we lost a huge class and we were transforming over. Most of us had to play that first year. Ever since then we've still been in the fire. We've had guys suffer some injuries, little setbacks here and here. We're still trying to put together that class. We're all trying to get together before we leave out of here and snap that book."

Harris said critics shouldn't take shots at Shannon for his class' shortcomings.

"A lot of people may blame it on staff for why people are progressing or aren't progressing, but a lot of people don't look at guys who are making jumps in their career," Harris said. "You look at guys like Sean Spence. He came in as a freshman. Played great for us on defense, made a lot of great plays. Then, he started great last year, suffered an injury and was out for five or six games. That hurts a guys progression. He was fortunate to bounce back this year."

"But we've been unfortunate too. We really feel it has to do a lot with -- and I probably shouldn't say this but I don't care -- people don't feel comfortable with our coach at this point. Any little thing, they want to make it an issue. Everybody in this class, they understand that. We're Randy Shannon's guys. He was the reason we all got together and said we're coming to Miami to play for Coach Shannon. We still want to put together a solid class being his first true class -- to kind of silence all [the critics] for a change.

"A lot of people don't realize how great of a coach he is. He does everything in his power to put this football team in a position to win. As a team, we just have to get together and dedicate the rest of this season to him and making him look like the coach he's supposed to look like because of the work and effort he's putting in. He's not the type of coach to throw anybody on the hot seat. He's a standup guy who is going to take all the blame and criticism to himself because he's the head coach. But obviously we as players we have to make plays. In sports, when players make plays it's because they're players. But when they don't make plays, they look at the coach. The coach never gets the credit. But they get all the criticism. We don't understand it and we don't like it as a team. We feel the only way to kind of give our head coach some praise and relaxation is to fight for him and not let him down. It's bigger than just winning football games at this point. It's about showing how much we love him and support him on the football field. And the only way to do that is to win on the football field."

Here's a look at what the 2008 class has accomplished since arriving at UM player-by-player. Note rankings based on Rivals star-rating:

5-star recruits
LB Arthur Brown - Spent 2 years at UM as a backup and left the program
DL Marcus Forston - Injured as a sophomore, eight starts this season

4-star recruits
WR Travis Benjamin - Has played since freshman year, among leading WRs
LB Ramon Buchanan - Five starts this season, sixth on team in tackles
LB Jordan Futch - Injured as soph. Special teams leader, 12 total tackles
CB Brandon Harris - All-ACC first team selection 2009, 3-year starter
QB Jacory Harris - 2-year starter, 50 TDs, 35 INTs in career
DB C.J. Holton - Has never started, 10 career special teams tackles
WR Aldarius Johnson - 31 catches as freshman, 2 starts, 28 catches since
WR Davon Johnson - 1 start, 5 catches (none since freshman year)
OL Benjamin Jones - Injured 2008, started 2010 opener hasn't played since
DL Jeremy Lewis - Eight games, 3 career tackles
LB Marcus Robinson - 11 career starts since freshman year, 9.5 career sacks
LB Sean Spence - ACC Freshman of Year, 25 starts, team leader in tackles
WR Tommy Streeter - 14 games, 5 career catches, 3 kick-catch interference penalties
DB Vaughn Telemaque - 20 career starts, 4th in tackles, 3 INTs this season
OL Brandon Washington - 11 starts since spending '08 at Milford Prep

3-star recruits
WR LaRon Byrd - 16 career starts, 86 career catches, 6 TDs
WR Thearon Collier - 44 catches, 3 TDs, 2 punt returns for TDs, left program this year
LB Gavin Hardin - Moved to defensive lineman. 0 starts, no longer on team
LB Antonio Harper - Never qualified
DT Micanor Regis - Six starts this season, 26 tackles, 6 TFL in '10
QB Cannon Smith - Reserve QB transferred to Memphis last year
WR Kendall Thompkins - 19 games played, five catches, 42 yards, 1 TD
DB Joe Wylie - Never played, left program after one season

2-star recruits
FB John Calhoun - Injured and out for season. Played in 14 games in reserve role
QB Taylor Cook - Transferred out after one season as a reserve
FB Patrick Hill - 10 career starts as blocking back, 7 catches, 31 yards in career
LB Zach Kane - Never made it to UM
LB Brandon Marti - Spent a year on scout team, no longer with the team
DB C.J. Odom - Never made it to UM
DL Andrew Smith - Seven career starts, 0 as junior, 6.5 career sacks
K Jake Wieclaw - Career backup. O FG attempts, 0 XP attempts.

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The players love Randy. They know he is the right guy for UM. He is UM.

Look guys - there are times you look completely asleep at games like you'd rather be anywhere else....really. If you want the criticism to stop, be lively, engaged, go out and open a jumbo can of whoop-ass on somebody. Just do it!

hI love Randy Shannon as well, he's a great role model, and a great leader of young men. He recruits well, and he presents an inspiring story. However, as much as I admire the guy, I doubt his ability to develop the Hurricanes to anything more than a 9 or 10 win team. For many other schools, that would be enough; however, with the school's history, this is not acceptable to the fan-base, and quite honestly, something I struggle with. Randy has meant a great deal to the program for a LONG time, but I do not know if he will continue to evolve as a Head Football Coach at a major program like Miami. I wish him the best, and will support his efforts, but I just don't know if we will ever take that next step. He has restored the program's honor, and cleaned up Gran'pa Coker's implosion, for which I am grateful. That being said, I hope we see more, but I no longer expect it. I am torn over the notion of 'Very Good' when I became spoiled by 'Greatness'.

I don't understand why players won't play for Randy Shannon. UM has had a lot of losses over his tenure that were solely due to the team being outworked.

Shannon has the respect of every player on that team, to say that it's because of his sideline demeanor seems like too simple of an answer...

Most kids say that about their coach. He's a kid, how does he know what its like to play for a great coach. Look Shannon is a good guy and I respect him for the discipline aspect he has done with the team. But every week he is outcoached and our players have not been developed. We are weak physically and really look slow compared to other good teams. We should never look slow against anybody. Sorry but Shannon is not capable of being a coach on par with our talent level.

Coach Shaniqua and Potato Chip QB need to go. Please let Morris play the rest of the season and get the experience. This will help for next season and Potato Chip QB can be a solid backup.

TALK, TALK, TALK. WHERE THE F ARE THE RESULTS? SHUT THE F UP AND PLAY.

BLA BLA BLA BLA BLA>>> we dont want to hear ur S... anymore.. Just S...The F..up.. man up go into these games and win(ah never mind) i forgat we have a sorry QB(J12).. Shannon needs to get FIRED also...he brought Bad reputation for the U... JSKINNY U suck.. Morris is the real QB

All this blah blah blha. Why does the press even have these interviews? To set the kid up?

Of course he is going to say this- what, did they think he was going to publically criticize his coach?

Stop the talk, walk the walk.

Translation for everything #1 said:

1- we bought into that ghetto Miami NW hype crap and we got our -- handed to us because we didnt know that in D-1 everyone is just as good. just as fast.

2- We should have redhirted some of us. Thats' my excuse and I'm sticking to it.

3- Dont blame our coach. Blame of us for being over-hyped, under-achieving, under=performing, lazy, un-inspired, un-emotional, un-passionate, un-enthustiastic, and soft.

randy has failed.
what has he done that shows that he is taking this program in the right direction?

teddy b please de commit.

...what nw player has been consistent and shown he is a difference maker?
(spence has been the best of the crop and he has been average at best)

i dont wanna any more nw players.
they all underachieve.

randy needs to show that he can connect and recruit w kids in the suburbs not just the hood

randy go to a d-2 school where you belong and take your below avg qb w you.

you make us worse everyday that you head this program.

NO ONE CARES ABOUT GRADUATION RATES!

We have all complained about how this team doesn't have any leaders. but doesn't this seem like something that leader would do? say the team needs to step for their coach? I think it is. harris is one of the few bright spots this season but when a player comes out and says this we as fans need to support his comments. we need to be better fans. we're critical when they don't do this. then when they do this we are still critical. stop bashing the program and show support in the team. rogers decomitted over the fans sammy watkins is losing interest in miami cause of us. starting supporting these guys or we will never return to the glory days.

MAN U KNOW WHAT EVERYONE HAS THEIR MOMENT OF TRUTH (GANG STARR). HURRICANES: NEVER LET UP AND HOLD URSELF ACCOUNTABLES.... PEACE OUT HOMIES

PLEASE, PEOPLE, SHUT UP! YOU PEOPLE ARE SO STUPID, IGNORANT GOOD FOR NOTHING!!! WHAT THE HECK HAS BRANDON BEEN DOING THIS WHOLE TIME???? DOMINATING???? YOU'RE CRITICIZING SHANNON FOR NOT BRINGING IN FIVE STAR RECRUITS AND FOUR STAR PLAYERS YET IT IS THOSE PLAYERS THAT ARE UNDERACHEIVING??? HOW STUPID CAN YOU BE PEOPLE??? WOW YOU ARE STUPID. These boys will be seniors next year and if they fail then, then I will join you and say thanks for nothing boys!

well even our basketball team under achieves, despite all the talent. maybe we need new names, the miami hurricants, dissiappoint-phans, and luke-warms. we cant win an acc crown while vt is stacking them on the shelves and lebron, wade, and bosch cant beat a team in the higher levels either placing third in conference alone, i was looking forward to basketball season due to our crappy football but now that looks painful too.

RS has respect - as he should - but this is where his next decision comes into play - if morris wins, u gotta stick with him - the team respects you more IF you judge by performance - no more 08 hype - look at that 08 class and the names - wonder why getting beat - no LB output except spence - no DL/OL line output - the OL was adressed - LB we shall see - DL come on board in 11

Brandon Harris will be a first round draft pick in April IF he decides to leave. So for the people claiming it's "blah blah blah", tell it to the NFL scouts.

some of this like the ufelony is just this idiot curse pretending to be a cane fan. The boy never stops. hes to big an idiot to do so. I for one think randy has done a good job. He rebuilt a team so thin on talent they were headed for a slew of 5 win season at best. by the way 10 wins a season is a good thing anywhere. even miami. If 10 wins a year is ok at osu and texas and usc its good at miami. I just hope shala doesnt think 8 wins like texas tech under leach is ok. 8 wins is good sometimes but every year no way. I still think all coaches need 5 yrs to prove they can do it and randy is in his 4th season so im ok with one more year. If he isnt winning 10-11 games next year he has to go. The truth is miami has had 1 player arrested in 4 yrs at the helm florida in that time has what 30? Miami is best fbs school in graduating players. No idea where florida is. Considerign most of there players end up in jail who k nows. These things matter in todays college football world Of course if the u had 30 arrests the last 4 yrs people would be yelling we should have the death penalty but florida u barely hear a peep.

Problem is, we got no linebackers. Miller, Spence, james storm are best players. Anybody seen Aldarius?

Its hard to believe that you guys with all the negative comments putting the players and program down are hurricane fans. You guys act as if you played or coached before most of you probably did'nt. I doubt half of you even attended Miami and probably fans of some other team and just want to bad mouth the university but it wont work Miami is headed in the right direction and soon will be back on top keep giving us fuel thanks

You're living in a dreamworld Cane1, the record doesn't lie.

Randy Shannon is not a good coach and Donna Shalala does not consider the football program a high priority.

But just keep in mind that Randy Shannon, Donna Shalala, the University of Miami, and most especially the student athletes don't owe you a goddamn thing.

Enjoy or stop paying attention, nothing you say, think, or do will influence what happens with UM's football program.

Andy- Sammy Watkins is not looking elsewhere because of comments here. His grades would never qualify him to the U. Iam surprised Michigan would even consider him. believe me he hasnt even passed the FCAT.

So lets recruit him so come next august we all realize he isnt eligible, ala Brandon Washington, CJ Odom, Brandon Marti, etc etc.

This is who we need to recruit:

The QB from St Thoma Aquinas. Make him an offfer he cant refuse. make him decommit from Iowa. HE is the real deal.

Recruit O linemen and Linebackers. 1 good running back and another TE.And a couple of corners or safeties.

Reading some of these comments, it's obvious that many of these so-called fans are people that are not smart enough to have gone to UM, have likely never stepped foot on campus, probabl never been to a game. While I didn't attend the university myself (I was accepted, but couldn't afford it) I've been a fan since I was and child and would never, ever talk about this team or its players the way you all do. For the clowns talking about the ghetto players and such, the players that brought this university into prominence were from the hood. I'm disappointed in the recent results also, I want championships as much as anyone. at the end of the day I realize 1.there are cycles in sports, 2. I appreciate what Um has given us and am sure they'll be back 3. This is college, it's not just about appeasing a bunch of idiots, mostly fat, unemployed, non-athletic arm chair qbs who know nothing about playing sports, just living icarioulsy through others. These young men are for the most part going to be better off in their lives due to this experience. I've typed a lot, maybe said nothing, but at the end of the day I wish we could fire these idiot so called fans.

This idiot Sean Wilson is still posting. Get me his address.

Although its nice to hear players rave about their coach and how much love they have for him, that's the way it is and should be. Unfortunately the last time with listened to the players opinion on a coach we ended up with somebody named Larry Coker as a head coach...

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Players please ignore these idiots that pretend to be UM fans. You out in the blood sweat and tears and earned the right to compete at this great school. The easy thing in the world is to sit back and take pop shots at the coach after the game. If it is your agenda you can find something to criticize. Examples 1. Shannon doesn't manage the game he uses timeouts indiscriminately. Look at the game every time out he used saved us points. Maryland coach didn't have any timeouts either but hes not considered an idiot just fat. I watch several NFL games over the weekend and so many coaches used timeouts just like Shannon did it is ridiculous but it is easy for some idiot to spew he use the timeouts without actually looking at the situation and assessing it. 2. Class of 08 has been a undeveloped bust. OK lets see who had the top class in 07? Wasn't UF what is there record this year. The class of 08 will not leave here a bust the problem is they had nothing in front of them. This team was bad. We made the bowl on a lucky last game win and barely beat Nevada and we lost the best players off that team. These kids have had the weight of the city on there back since they got here. as players develop behind them they will be a important part of the program not the whole team and you can see that happening now. Lastly if anyone doesn't think that this man has improved this team and did it the right way you have to have an hidden agenda. No one was going to turn the mess he inherited into a national champion this year. He didn't inherit the base that Meyer and Saban did. The players on this team consist of that short last minute class he put together and the 08 class and youngsters. Have we ever had a coach that satisfied this stupid fan base. The answer is a resounding NO. Donna do what your predecessors has done and ignore these fans that don't support team unless they are number one and stand by your coach I promise he will pay dividends.

Would that all twenty-one year olds on campus were capable of the same level of self-reflection. These players and Coach Shannon (and the rest of the staff) already have succeeded.

Thanks Coach. Thanks Brandon. Thanks Manny.

we better get some LBs in recruiting that can play right away (and who qualify and actually stay on the team)

The people that are constantly trying to get kids to de commit from Miami are so FING stupid.

Brandon Harris please prove everyone wrong. I hope the team can go out and win out the rest of the season. For us looking from the stands the issue we see is a team that is hot one weekend and cold the next. Is that coaching, is it you guys? Whatever it is, fix it and the world of UM football will a much nicer to be in. In the mean time we have our doubts.

First..

BRANDON HARRIS...Please stay another year and help The U keep building. As a true blue dyed in the wool fan, thats what is going to help. Auburn has 28 seniors on their team ( look it up), it makes a HUGE difference man. Convince others to stay also bro, thats how you get that ring. Hang in there, you are the man and you are getting paid. Just please stay bro.

And all you phony ban wagon M' er F' ers..GO FIND ANOTHER TEAM, ROOT FOR THE F" ING GATORS!!!

LETS GO CANES!!!!!! RIP Derwin Jones, DT

alot of you are racist and ignorant, some of your statements should not be posted here. Don't get me wrong, Randy deserves criticism but some of the things that you are saying about the players are just garbage. With that said, I want Randy Shannon fired, bu that is just me.

F.. THE GATORS.. and F.. Randy shannon and his circus side show.. Morris is the best QB however CANDY RANDY will let JSKINNY start because he is to hard headed to face the facts... in the process he is hurting our program..That 08 class crap needs to go... we are not #1 until we beat everyone in our schedule..

Manny:

Great article, very interesting and the breakdown of the class by star ratings is a good illustration. There is now way that Cane fans can classify the 2008 class as a success. I realize that star rating are only a guide (just like the NFL draft) and not a certainty, butthere are several guys on that list (Aldarius, Streeter, A Brown come to mind) that have never performed to expectations. Randy is at least a decent recruiter, it isn't fair to call him otherwise; however, on GAME DAY the team is undisciplined (see penalties, esp. in key situations) and both Shannon and Whipple are below average play callers. For all of the innovation that Whipple was supposed to bring, our starting QB has regressed, we continue to make the same mistakes and we rarely establish a running game even against the physically smaller (less impressive) teams. That is on the coaching staff, no two ways about it.

RANDY SHANNON NEEDS TO GO... he will only keep giving cane fans a false sense of hope... he is a con artist.. WHO gives a F.. about graduation rates.. the U football program is about winning National Titles

I have said this before, that the near-term impact Randy Shannon has on his players is seen each and every day in the classroom and in their off-field conduct. Stellar; beyond reproach so far, but it is the long-term impact of Coach Shannon on his kids that will pay dividends to society years down the road. Take 120 kids who go through Coach Shannon's program during a four year span. Then, 10-20 years from now ask each of them who was the guy that had a major impact in their lives. Bet Shannon is the first name that comes up for most.

As far as heart goes, love and loyalty for the university, sincere and genuine interest for his players, I don't think we can get any better than Coach Shannon. Does that win us championships on the field? Maybe not, but it means the world for me. I agree with the B1 Bomber on the criticism part. Coach gets little credit for all he's done.

There's nothing wrong with a little Monday morning QBing-type criticism, but the viciousness of some of the Miami faithful in light of what Shannon means to the university, is beyond me.

Nice one Manny.

I agree with most of the people above when they say that Shannon has done an admirable job to this point and that the cupboard was completely bare when he arrived. I think he has made some resounding mistakes in his time here, like not having a viable tight end in any recruiting classes, or trying to redshirt Morris this year and keeping Highsmith at QB even though he's likely a safety. And there are some glaring position holes still despite 3 recruiting classes to fill them. But Shannon was never a head coach before we hired him. He had to learn on the job. It's not like Meyer or Saban, who made their mistakes at small colleges, learned from them and did great things, then stepped into talented teams already experienced in dealing with pressure. Some coaches get it right away, others take time. Unfortunately, Shannon is taking some time and had some staff turnover as well. But he still may get there.

The only problem I have right now is that this team does seem to be totally outworked for large parts of some of these games, and that's frustrating. Also, we don't seem to have improved from last year. Rather, we seem to have regressed. The QB and the receivers are all back, the RB's are playing as well or better, and mostly the OL is playing much better, but the offense is struggling. How's that? Last week I thought our offense was having all sorts of problems and then I saw over 500 total yards at the end of the day. Very confusing.

But, I have always said a coach should get to take his first real recruiting class from freshman year to senior year, and that's next year for Shannon. He has done enough good off the field that I think he's bought more leniency than most coaches would get on it. Plus, the way college football is now, it is rediculous to think that anyone will ever have a team that can win 5 titles in 10 years again. Other teams with great recruiting bases have fallen off the map (USC, Texas) this year, will come back, and will fall off again.

Ghetto Miami NW kids? connect and recruit w kids n the suburbs? - While the team has clearly underperformed let's be objective in our facts fans in order to be taken seriously.

08 Class- Avg but not a bust or the #1 as per their rankings. (J12 is the prime example -avg but not a bust - give the man some respect-50 TDs, !!!)BH,Spence, VT - will play on sundays.

2-3 star kids are the flops not the NW kids: - Of the 16 (2-3 star kids) only 4 have ever started a game,and 9 are not with team at all, many never played one game or qualified at all. BTW Jake Wieclaw-k is a white kid and he was recruited and he is not producing either.l

RS is slightly above avg recruiter-slight below avg field general = Avg Coach: That's what the canes have been simply avg (22-12) during this time. While the book is not finished, let the season play out an make your determination whether he stays or go.

If they succeed celebrate, if they fail criticize, (preferrable contructively), but leave the racist and derogatory crap alone, these are only kids and not professional athletes.

if you fire shanon now, it will be the same as urban and saban

Thanks Brandon for stepping up and being a leader. Go Canes Beat Georgia Tech!

without any of us having first hand knowledge about the tendencies of Randy Shannon such as his practices or his face to face interactions, it would be difficult for any of us to pinpoint the whos, whats, wheres, whens, hows and whys regarding his inability to perform at the level of a top 10 coach... or even top 20 for that matter... all we know of him is what is reflected in his record and the product we visually see on the field... and that product is underachieving... no one here will say that Randy is a bad person... at least no one of consequence anyway... BUT that does not mean he is the best person for this job... and to accept him as the head coach for UM with his body of work on the field is to accept that not only is the dynasty over... it is to accept that UM is so far removed from the glory days it is as if they never even happened in the first place... complacent (which is what this program is right now) is the opposite of the 'U' program that i grew up adoring... i became a UM fan because i love a winner or at least a program that puts it's heart and soul into winning... of which UM is currently neither... some of you might not remember but Schellenberger had confided to staff and players when he accepted the UM job in 1978 that he would bring UM a national championship (which in and of itself was a remarkable prediction) in five years... he kept his word... he kept his word BECAUSE he would accept nothing less... i just don't see that determination with Shannon... he seems content to do just enough...

B Harris is the kind of kid that we need on this team, if everybody on this team had his attitude we would be winning championships... Randy cant put the pads on himself, its up to these players to get out there and compete... they have to want to win every time they step out on that field, its about having the right attitude and not excepting anything less than a perfect season, and unfortunately even though Randy has done a good job of purging the kids who dont have the right attitude from this team there are still some bad apples, we still have kids who aren't willing to put in the extra work and they put it on cruise control and expect to win... Harris has it figured out, if you dont want people criticizing Randy then you better win... not 6 or 7 games, you had better win them all

The production on the field for this class is not the problem. Whether you sign the #1 class or the 5th, each player is not going to be a superstar. All schools sign some guys that will never leave up to their ratings. Losing TC is hurting more than I expected...

COACH SHANNON. YOU'RE THE GREATEST AND YOUR WORK ETHICS ARE SECOND TO NONE. UNFORTUNATELY SOCIETY HAS SUNK TO THE LEVEL WHERE ATHLETICS COMES BEFORE ACADEMICS. YOU HAVE A GREAT TEAM WHAT MOST PEOPLE DON'T COMPREHEND IS THAT THIS IS A YOUNG TEAM WITH A LOT OF POTENTIAL FOR NOT ON LY THIS YEAR, BUT THE CO MING YEARS AS WELL. INJURIES HAVE PLAYED A MAJOR PART IN NEUTRALIZING THE EFFECT OF THE AWESOME CLASS OF 2008. ALSO MANY OF THOSE PLAYERS WERE THROWN RIGHT INTO THE FIRE AND COULD HAVE BENEFITED FROM A RED SHIRT SEASON. THE THING I LOVE MOST IS THAT THESE KIDS HAVE BEEN THROUGH A LOT AND WILL BENEFIT FROM THIS EXPERIENCE IN THEIR LIVES. TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS COME TO MAKE YOU BETTER, NOT BITTER. IF HALF THE SO CALLED MIAMI FANS WOULD SPEND THEIR TIME TRYING TO ENCOURAGE THIS TEAM RETHER THAN CRITICIZE THIS TEAM. YOU WOULD BE SURPRISED WHAT A DIFFERENCE THAT WOULD MAKE. THESE ARE YOUNG MEN, NOT GROWN SEASONED MEN. THEY COULD USE ALL THE ENCOURAGEMENT THEY CAN GET. THE MOST INTERESTING THING, IS THE STATEMENT FROM A FLORIDA FAN WHO SAID FROM READING THE U M BLOG, "THEY COULDN'T TELL REAL FANS FROM THE PRETENDERS AND THEY SAID, AT LEAST YOU COULD IDE NTIFY WHO WAS FOR FLORIDA AND WHO WAS NOT". WOW, WHAT A DEFIN ITIVE STATEMENT. A DOUBLE MIN DED MAN IS UNSTABLE IN ALL HIS WAYS. PROVERBS 18:21 JAMES 1:8

The best any team can hope for is to have a leader on each side of the ball, i.e. a Ken Dorsey on offense and a Ray Lewis on 'D'. Hopefully Stephen Morris with his modest yet inspirational presence will keep motivating our offense and quite giants like Allen Bailey on defense. I sure would love to see Bailey with a Ray Lewis personality...WOW. Death and destruction everywhere...just look at the carnage! The few hard-working, dedicated players is the only reason I watch the games anymore. "MANY ARE CALLED BUT FEW ARE CHOSEN." Any player that doesn't think the pro scouts are considering every aspect of their performances to include work ethic and attitude have been poorly informed and are compromising their futures and negotiating positions. Professional coaching staffs have enough to deal with bringing the motivated players on-line but are just not interested in those with little desire. Desire comes from the heart and it's hard to coach. WAKE UP Miami players...your future is being painted by each performance.

Most players are going to stand up for their coach and the ones that don't are the ones transferring out or don't play.If I had to grade Shannon on his coaching job, it would be a "C", simply because it's how the team plays from week to week: one week we play well the next we don't. The thing that bothers me is the losses to teams that shouldn't even be on the field with us, which is most of the ACC. I 3-star players are given that rating for one reason, in most cases and that's because they are sometimey or they are not consistant, which is a good why to describe this team.When you see ill advised time-outs, stupid penalties, players playing lethargic and constantly dropping passes and missing tackles, who are you supposed to blame, i'd say the coaches for playing the same morons who keep playing the way I described up above. There is alot of talent on this team that have not reached their potential and that can be contributed to 2 things, "1" coaching or "2" this missed judge this kids ability to play at this level.
Whose fault is it that we recruit undersized guys to play certain positions, like LB, it's the coaches fault.
We played 7 or 8 wide receivers in 2008 and I know that Davon Johnson caught a TD pass at Duke and I haven't seen him on the field since 2008. Coaching kids up, is what has been lacking here for quite sometime. We do a great job of preparing these guys to play pro football but what about playing for the school.
We are also ham-strung by our entrance requirements, so going after some kids just ain't feasible, the coaches know they can't get in. We have also not had very much luck on the so called 5 star players, we have been able to enroll here. Think back about all the flops: Ryan Moore, Willie Williams, Kyle Wright,Leon Williams, Latwan Anderson, Reggie younblood, & Art Brown, to name some of the most rescent. Marcus Forston has been average, Armstrong has been an on again off again starter and only Seantrell looks, so far like he is the real deal.You could balme it on all the coaching changes we've made in the last 6 years or so. We've probably had 4 Offensive coordinators and 3 or 4 defensive coordinators and this does affect a kids ability to prosper and develop. We can keep changing coaches and staffs until we finally get it right and who knows how long that takes and what toll it takes on recruiting. It sure hasn't affected Flo. St. It seems every highly rated kid in Fla. has them in their top 3. It also could be the stagnet offense we have been running for years. In this day & time most of these high school teams run some variation of the spread or shot-gun offense. Kids like to play in that system, does it really prepare them to play in the pros, probably not but it is more exciting to watch, than a grind it out pro-style offense.
I could go on and on but the point is we have been too up and down the last 6 years and nobody seems to know how to turn that trend. Maybe if the kids that love Shannon so much will get out there and play for him, hard every week, instead of once in a while and the coaches coach a little harder and put the kids in who are going to play consistant week to week, maybe, we as fans wouldn't be ranting and raving and wanting Shannon gone. Look, I would love nothing better, than to see the guy succeed but when is that going to happen?

Aldarius Johnson needs to lay of the caine and get serious about football again!

Talented Players + Poor Coaching = Inconsistency

Thank you to all the TRUE Canes fans for coming out in support of OUR team.

None of us accept mediocrity, but we have a bigger picture perspective of our team, win or lose. Of course we want NCs, but know that the coach and team needs time to mature and we accept that we are at a disadvantage as a small school without it's own on-campus stadium, our beloved Orange Bowl (the Graveyard for other teams, as Dan Labetard once wrote when he was a UM student) was neglected and destroyed by the city, that we've only been rebuilding for 3.5 yrs, with a coaching change less than 1.5 yrs ago, a yearly rotation of lower classmen each yr and constant dependence on true freshmen to fill the starting jobs when they were playing HIGHSCHOOL ball just a year before.

There's never been a period of stability in any way for our team. And we expect them to win NCs right away? Ridiculous. Those people who viciously criticize this team, the coach, and university are NOT FANS. I WOULD NEVER CONSIDER YOU DISRESPECTING PEOPLE AS FANS AND COULD CARELESS WHAT YOU THINK.

Go root for some other team if you don't speak with respect about our coach, players and university. Loyalty to you team is not negotiable for whinny, spoiled, hateful, disrespectful, racist jerk-offs who call themselves "fans".

Loyalty means supporting your team. Respecting them when you criticize them. Allowing the coach a chance to have his full contract term to fulfill his mission before you try to throw him under the bus.

Speaking of Champion, do any of you crybaby, whinny, complainers remember your talking about a Champion from The U, when you disrespect him with your commentary? Even the former players who are fussing Shannon, I'm calling you out. When you do this, you are disloyal to The U Brotherhood. Our memories are long, and we'll remember how you three your team and a former Champion and headcoach under bus because of your impatient, spoiled, whinny attitude.

Go Canes or Go the F* home

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