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Sun Bowl blog: UM-Notre Dame

EL PASO -- Time to renew the rivalry. The Miami Hurricanes (7-5) and Notre Dame Fighting Irish (7-5) will meet for the first time in 20 years at the Sun Bowl. Kickoff is scheduled for 2 p.m. The game will be televised nationally on CBS. UM is a 2.5 point favorite.

> REWIND: In it's heyday, the rivalry was called Catholics vs. Convicts. UM is 7-15-1 all-time against the Irish, but won five of the last seven meetings. The series opened in 1955. Notre Dame won the last meeting 29-20 in South Bend in 1990.

> ABOUT NOTRE DAME: The Irish, who played the nation's toughest schedule, enter Friday's game on a three-game winning streak. Those wins were pretty impressive -- at home versus a ranked Utah team, Army and at USC. Sophomore linebacker Manti Te'o leads the Irish, who run a 3-4 scheme, with 127 tackles, 17th most in the country. Notre Dame's pass defense (ranked 40th) can create problems. The Irish have produced 28 sacks this season and are giving up under 10 yards per completion, one of only eight teams nationally to do that. The Irish have also picked off 14 passes. Darrin Walls has returned two of his five interceptions for touchdowns. The Irish are also very experienced at safety. Freshman quarterback Tommy Rees was called into action after Dayne Crist went down against Tulsa with three games left. Rees has thrown at least two touchdown passes in three of his last four games. His favorite target, junior receiver Michael Floyd (73 rec., 916 yards, 10 TDs) ranks second all-time in touchdown catches at Notre Dame and needs only one more to tie Jeff Samardzija. Notre Dame kicker David Ruffer, a former walk-on, is 20 for 20 on field goal attempts since last year -- including a career-long 50-yarder this season.

THINGS TO KEEP AN EYE ON FOR THE U...

> How starting quarterback Jacory Harris plays...
Harris' play is an obvious key for the Hurricanes to win this game. But for his own future, he needs to have a good game. Harris has struggled with interceptions throughout his career and this game could go a long way toward deciding his future. New coach Al Golden, who will be watching the game from a box, will probably prefer to go with freshman Stephen Morris going forward anyway. But if Harris continues to struggle, he could make it easier for Golden to make that decision.

> The emotional life Mike James delivers... The sophomore has been dealing with the death of his mother, who passed away in a car accident Dec. 20. Her funeral is today and he's missing it to be with his teammates. Interim coach Jeff Stoutland said James would provide a huge lift to his teammates being with them. He also promised James would play in this game. Let's see if James and the players' motivation to play for former coach Randy Shannon play a factor.

> If the Canes look like a cold team standing on the sidelines... You remember last year's Champs Sports Bowl in Orlando, right. UM players huddled up on the sidelines as temperatures dipped into the 40s. This game will be played in similar -- if not colder -- conditions. UM players came out for warmups wearing ski masks. I didn't notice any heaters on the sideline. Notre Dame? The Irish play in this weather all the time and brought their own special heated benches for the game.

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The JH era is OVER!

Al Golden & staff have their work cutout for them!

I hope that we can turn this ship around in 2011!!

Shannon left this team in shambles. His recruiting was BAD; his coachimg was WORSE.

So much for the "305".

J12 is horrible. Next year, he ought to run the scout team.

In 50 years of watching Miami football this has to be the softest team that has ever worn the uniform. A pitiful season played out by players who lack the old fire and drive. Oh they talk the talk but fail when its time to walk it.

Dump ALL the assistant coaches. They played some part in this travesty. They are a joke.

Sure it is good that we scored toward the end of the game. But that is what you see when a team lines up to lose, and when the losing is all but assured, then they start to play. In fairness, Morris has promise, as do some of the RB kids and O linemen. Front strength on D is for real, but no real linebackers now. Weak
secondary(again).

Hope Tommy Streeter is OK. Why haven't we seen this kid before, except on special teams?

Marcus Forston and the D line played well. The secondary was pathetic. What linebackers? Blitz - who us?

If I am not mistaken, UM did not call one toss sweep in the game, in spite of having speed at RB. Whipple is an utter, clueless idiot!
Holtz and May are right on. It will be a long way back to respectability.

Forget all this NC BS, the goal should be a team that plays with heart, and has a shot at the ACC Coastal division.

Hope Coach Golden starts instilling his values right now. Whiners please transfer.

Then again, any openings in the Big East?

For the full 15min that I watched the N.D game I must say that UM simply SUCKS! They were down by 17point (the same amount of points FIU was done to Toledo) but showed no HEART.. If that is a "real team" then I rather be something else.. Both of those schools have great history but N.D has a big heart and UM has 80 individuals playing for them self. After 50 years of football history you guys are ONLY the FIFTH best team in the State.. And no we are not better then UM YET (key word YET).. LMAO! Good luck in 2011 because you are going to need it.. Things are only getting worst before they get better..

As for UCF,they played a pretty darn good game.. Its going to be another tough start to our 2011 Season when they come down to play us.. UCF is starting to look like the USF of 2 years ago..

Go FIU! aka Hot n Ready!

We need for Golden to bring 2 QBs for next year.

Hopefully JH will leave!!!

And the damn gators got Charlie Weis as there OC DAMM WE SUCK AGAIN

no hearth what so ever. Bailey,J12,DVD,Franklin and Nicholas BLOWS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

That's it!!! I'm F'IN DONE with the STINKIN hurricanes. FIU is this city's relevant program. Talk about two programs going in permanently opposite directions.

FIU was down 17 with minutes left in the third quarter and showed the TRUE HEART OF A CHAMPION and rallied back to win one of college football's all time great bowl games.

UM just rolls over and plays dead. UM is the nation's ultimate LAZY, ARROGANT team. Its gotten from bad, to worse, and will ultimately go to downright pathetic.

All aboard the FIU fan train.

We need for Al Golden to re-instill the fire in these players!!!

We also need to find leaders. The current players are not providing any leadership to this team!

Football is based on leadership, emotion, and heart. The current players have none of those qualities!!!

Shanon came in with a 7 - 6 Team, and left us with a 7 - 6 team.

Not much accomplishment!!!

I am very disappointed with the coaching staff, the players, and the UM brain-trust starting with Shalalalala!!!

You Canes may be feeling bad, but at least you're not looking down the barrel of MusCHUMP coaching your team...a guy Texas was going to fire. But wait, it gets worse...they are going to hire fat Charlie Wiess with snot always draining from his nose to coach our Gator offense. The reason Weiss is available is because Kansas City was going to fire him too! We could make it a trifecta and hire Lovett as our defensive coordinator making all 3 coordinators having been fired from their last jobs.

I already miss "Crazy Urban"...it may be true that he imported a crime wave into Gainesville...it may be true he quit on our team everytime things got tough...it may be true he scheduled every cream puff in college football...it may be true he cheated at every opportuinty, but no one can deny that he has a good looking daughter.

PS: A 100 year old man is going to slaughter my Gators tomorrow!

This was downright embarrassing. I watched the game with my brother who is a ND fan. I wanted to crawl under a chair. I was defending Jacory up until today, but no more. May the gods of football see that he never sets foot on the field again in a Canes uniform. It would be different if he ever learned, but after three years, he's still throwing into double, triple, quadruple coverage. No coach can correct that kind of arrogance. Also, I couldn't believe so many of these pwussies were wearing ski masks. I mean, the game is football, c'mon. You'd think it was 20 degrees below. Absolutely sickening. Here's a shout out to Al. Man, I hope you know what you're doing. As an alum who's been following this team since 1957, I can't take much more of this, and I probably don't have the time anyway, thanks to the last two loser coaches.
Go Canes, but hurry up, time is growing short.

Well I have 29 bucks J-int will not be 1st or 2nd string next year. Come to THE U QB recruits, you are gaurenteed backup in your first year. Morris could have won that one for us . HE IS THE FUTURE!

Canes are killing me. Fire Whipple and Lovett. Jacory needs a clipboard or a job at
Waffle House. Golden will clean up penalties, defense and db's. Recruit a qb, lb's and db's.

This game was a re-run of last years Champs Bowl.... Cold Day, Down the whole game, with a burst near the end to make it close. Only last year we at least scored first.... Love my Canes, but so disapointing to lose to dang ND

started the decade kicking butt and ending it getting ours butts kicked.

Congrats to UCF. They beat UGA. real, bona fide win. UCF is for real.

UM is pathetic. These players are soft. Especially the LBs and DBS

Once UM got over the shell shocking of Harris' 3 picks, they seemed to have started playing for Morris better. Morris aslo seems to have passion. He looked angry, unfortunately, too little too late.

Whipple needs to be fired along with Lovett. Other than So Fl recruiting, can't see any good coming from barrow's coaching of the lbs: poor tacklling, always out of position!

Miami needs to recruit QBs, lbs and dbs.

Canes should cut Jacory Harris, Travis Benjamin, and thank goodness that Bridgewater will go someplace else. Lets make a rule. No more Northwester Bulls on the team. Marijuana and sports do not mix.

I have said it before...
Will say it again....
You can blame Coker...
You can blame Shannon...
Both deserve it...

But we need a home....
Remember all the reasons for leaving the Old Lady.....The Orange Bowl!!!
That real estate is now home to the Marlins...
Go figure???
$$$$$ talks!!!
Make $$$'s but don't invest it...
School Management is where all the problems start...

Desmond Howard tweet today: "What do you think Al Golden is thinking as he watches the Canes play today?"

Good question. Be careful what you wish for.

Turn off the lights, the Jacory Harris era is over.

Once I turned on the TV and saw the snow/cold I knew that UM was toast. This team is mentally weak to begin with- combine that with unfamiliar territory and unfamiliar weather...goodnight.

The decision to play Jacory was the reason they lost, plain and simple. Had Morris started, they would have won or the score would have been much closer.

Is this the lowpoint of the program since the OB Virginia blowout? Perhaps..I think more so...considering this was on natl tv and the announcers criticized UM the whole time, this loss seems more devastating.

I feel sick to my stomach and I'm just a fan. I couldn't imagine being a UM player/coach or anyone else associated with the university whose job is dependent on UM football.

Jacory needs to be shut down. Whipple needs to be fired.

Whipple just baffles me...he absolutely has no clue how to utilize the talent on the team. But Golden can turn this around quicker than the doomsdayers think. By turnaround I mean 9 wins w/ close losses (no more blowouts and no more losses to inferior teams). FSU was 7-6 a year ago and ND won 6 games w/ less over all talent than UM (other than QB). Insert a coach with passion, discipline, confidence (no current Miami coaches exude confidence), and this team will look like a totally different bunch...

...and for those about to abandon ship and those thinking Miami can go nowhere with a new Soph QB in morris...FSU, VT, GT, and UVA will all have new QBs. Manuel at FSU will be a JR but all the others will have SOPH or FR at QB. Miami will have the best O-line and RBs of these teams as well. We'll also pla Ohio St. w/o Prior (and their best RB, best WR, and 2nd best O-lineman). Stay positive Cane fans...Golden's not near as panicked as some Cane fans...lighten up Cane fans, we haven't had a real Head Coach in 9 years. Yes, Golden has his work cut out for him but he's got the skills and there's good talent on hand (and players that need to be - and will be -quickly weeded out).

Cote via Golden: Whipple is fired, the next OC must have NFL experience.

Who's it gonna be? Please not Dan Henning.

today's loss ended a decade that started out great but finished horribly...like Jacory's brief career, the program regressed despite moments of hope. BUT, we finally have a Head Coach who's been a HC (and turned around an abysmal program) and sees the same flaws we all see. So today ended the decade of the 2000s.

Tomorrow, 2011 begins a new year, a new decade, a new coach (an actual HC), a new philosphy, a new mentality, a new "Golden Age" of Miami football. By the time we see ND again in 2012 we'll be a MUCH different team. Keep positive. Go Canes!!

One word--AWFUL!

We need to go back to the old formula-get skill players from S Fla Get your tough guys and Qb from elsewhere.Golden will do that.

We defitinely know why "Lovett and Whipple were not retained for the new coaching staff".
We need to go back to basics catching,tackling, runnig routes, blocking and playing with pride for the jersey u wear..

EMBARASSING.. My New years resolution that coach golden can turn these players into a actual team...That would be a good start..
Happy New Year

If I was Golden I'd pushing hard to change Teddy Bridgewater's mind. If playing time was truly a concern, it shouldn't be now.

And for all you idiots who are happy he's not coming to UM because he's black and went to the same high school as Jacory and is therefore the same person - watch the kid play, he's nothing like Harris.

This team was not prepared to win. How can the coaches allow the players to wear those ski mask in 30-40 degree weather. That was embarrashing. Its hard to defend JH after that performance. Unfortunately we cannot run him off due to a lack of a back up for Morris. Once again the play calling is unbelievable. We started each of our drives in the 1st half with a pass. What is the reason why Whipple won't run the ball to get conrol of the game? We have great backs and you can't throw an interception when you run the ball. Finally, ol Golden disappeared from the broadcast booth before completing his interview. He must have wanted to curse watching JH throw another INT. Keep the Faith Canes!

Hey canes fans don't let the sky fall on your head. This game was a sicking, but it is the end of of an old regime that did not demand excellence on every play in practice and every play in games. Canes fans I believe that Golden can turn it around if he cane get a legitimate QB. Al I have a simple observation to improve your front seven defensively.
(1)please take O. Vernon and make him a MLB
(2)please take Andrew Smith and make him the strong side LB
(3) with Spence on the week side.
This would make you bigger and stronger at the point of attack.
Canes fans everyone gets their A** handed to them, Now lets see if the players learn that the number of stars they where rated in high school mean anything now. UM 5 and 4 star players get your A** in the gym and prove that your are deserving of that ranking given to you four and five years ago?

GO CANES

Tommy Streeter was in Shannon's doghouse? If so, play everyone else from the doghouse.

Golden needs to treat Shannon like George Costanza...just do the opposite. He hates Streeter...play him. Kendall Tompkins is in the doghouse...play him. Jacory Harris is the starter....bench him (forever).

Shannon, Whipple, and Lovett are the stupidest coaches in all of college football. These 3 deserve to be fired.

For all of Whipple's hype, the guy has no playcalling touch.

Golden has only ONE YEAR to win a NATIONAL TITLE !!!!

After next season, all the class 2008 studs are gone, and there is no more talent on this team and No recruits coming in.

UM will become like Vanderbilt : a good academic school, with mediocre athletic programs, while UF, FSU & USF load up for the future success.

certainly, and if UMcannot get out ofthisfunk than shaneh neh should be fired as well

What talent? They got their azzes handed to them by a bunch of supposedly slow Notre Dame kids that lost to Tulsa and Navy. If they have talent, and I believe they do Golden will get it out of them, thats for sure. If not they can take the train along with WHipple, Lovette and SHannon. I hear that Hill is taking a similar job with Florida, thank god. Maybe he will take Panz, Stoutland with him and replace them with Soldinger, Kehoe, Mark Dupar at WR and Gary Stevens as offensive Coordinator. Then we would be in business. And for gods sake recruit at least 2 bonafide pro style QBs and give Harris another position and number. He is tarnishing the number 12 of Jim Kelly.

Hey Junk, I like the George Costanza analogy. Do the opposite. This game just showed that SHannon played favorites and guys like Thompkins and Streeter should have been playing the whole year. Instead Shannon wasted yet another season of these players eligibility.

Chips...

Streeter should've been on the field all year. We have to be the only team in college football that doesn't use their tallest receiver.

Hopefully things improve under Golden.

I am pretty confident they will, and I know we will be better under Golden than we have been under these two prior nimrods. I have never seen an offense that doesn't put the short quick reciever in the slot either. Can Jacory Punt?

The "U" doesn't mean a damn thing anymore. It stopped being cool or interesting years ago.

Jacory "Int" Harris needs to be playing QB for Warner Int, Bethune Cookman or some other sorry NAIA or D2 school. Not sure WTF Shannon was thinking when he dicided to start him over S. Morris at the begining of the season...

GOLDEN I SNOT A GOOD COACH IT WILL GET WORSE...KIRBY HOLCUTT IS A BUM..HE SAID A BIG SPLASH..THEN HE ROLLS OUT AL GOLDEN OF TEMPLE?..WHO COACH A TEAM IN THE MAC WHO HAD TWICE THE RESOURCES AND OPEN ADDMISSION AND COULDNT WIN HIS SIDE OF THE MAC CONFERENCE HIS SCHEDULLE WAS SO WEAK AT 8-4 TEMPLE GOT NO BOWL BIDS..ZERO..WE NEEDED A BIG SPLASH TO GIVED UM SOMETHING TO LOOK FORWARD TO..SOMETHING TO ATTRACT RECRUITS AND FANS..FOR ALL YOU WHO THINKS THAT 'U' AND THE TRADITION IS ENUFF TOATTRACT TODAYS KIDS YOU ARE DEAD WRONG..YOU CAN GET THE NFL FOR ANYWHERE..GOLDEN WILL BE BUST..KIRBY HOLCUT WILL RUN BACK TO THE MIDWEST..LOOK WHERE UM IS NOW..A PRESIDENTFROM WISCONSIN..AN AD FROM KANSAS...A HEAD COACH FROM TEMPLE...AND WE WARE TALKING ABOUT CHAMPIONSHIPS?..AND PLEASE DONT TELL ME GOLDEN REMINDS YOU OF JIMMIE JOHNSON...JIMMIE WAS THEN AL IS NOW...UM IS DOOMED FOR ATLEAST 10 YEARS..COLORADO GOT IT RIGHT..BROUGHT BACK OLD PLAYERS FROM TE 90 CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM TO RIGHT ITS SHIP..IF UM HAD AN AD WITH UM TIES..HE WOULD HAVE GOTTEN ROB CHUDZINSKY FROM THE CHARGERS AND WINSTON MOSS FROM THE PACKERS TO COME BACK AND SAVE THE SCHOOL..BOTH WERE INERSTED..NEITHER GOT CALLS..CHUD AS HEAD COACH MOSS ASS AST HEAD COACH TWO YOUNG GREAT UM MINDS IN THE NFL..BT WE GET AL GOLDEN?...THANKS KIRBY..YOU ARE CLUELESS ABOUT AS YOU WOULD SAY..'THE U'..WHAT A JOKE

Pnutgallery is not completely wrong. There really is NOTHING that suggests that Golden Showers will have any real success. Nice smile but that's about it.
He finished up at Temple getting waxed by Miami of Ohio 23-3. Way to put up a trey against mighty MoO Golden.

Face it UM idiots. A realistic goal is a worthless, yet to be had ACC title. That's it. Any mention of NC's by the fanbase is an absolute joke.

Arty/Sean/Pig, you have no credibility. What you say is worthless.

Actually, you are worthless human garbage.

Sarasota Clown, get on over to SS and start typing the word pig as fast as you can. Then spend the rest of your day creating imaginary columns about all the trouble UF is in with the NCAA.

I have to finally admit that I am a masochist. What else could I be? I watched the whole game.
They say that an alcoholic has to "hit bottom" before he can get better. Well, we have certainly arrived at that unenviable position.
I hope Coach Golden is a miracle worker because that is all that can turn this wreck around.

Harris was 4-7 with three int's. Look at the bright side, he completed all seven attempts.

If you aren't laughing at this fragile punk with his bewildered and "I'm a victim" expressions, u are soft. Kick that bum to the curb once and for all. But he got racist tweets. BOOOOOOOOHOOOOOO

In last year's win against FSU, Ponder repeatedly ROASTED Brandon Harris. I've been saying all along that he is garbage. Suddenly everyone agrees. Go figure. Dumb cane clucks.

I heard we offer notre dame #22 a scholarship after the game..he did have 3 catches!

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