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Wow! New era at UM

Good morning, everyone.

Wow, you can already feel the difference at UM football practice.

It was wonderful being out there at practice this morning on Greentree Field. Beautiful day. Nobody seemed paranoid, and we were allowed to watch at least 30 minutes. Of course, depending on who gets the head coaching job, that could change. We shall see.

Freshman RT Seantrel Henderson not only no longer is wearing a boot on his left foot, he looks as lean and mean as a 6-8, 355-pound young man can look. That is the weight it says for Henderson on the roster. He might have lost weight since then. You should have seen Seantrel sprinting during running drills. He looked great.

A.J. Highsmith is no longer wearing orange. The former quarterback, a sophomore, now wears a white jersey and has officially been converted to a defensive back -- he said he's trying cornerback. But those things sometimes change. I'm happy for A.J. At least he gets to use this year as a redshirt year, and he'll have three more years of eligibility to develop into his new role. He has sacrificed a lot for this team, working very hard to learn the offense without ever really getting a chance to run it. I do think he's a team guy first. And he's smart, with obvious athletic talent. I hope he does well.

Players looked very spirited today, led by another spirited person: interim coach Jeff Stoutland, a great guy and really fine coach.

One super play today, which drew "oohs" and "ahhs" from spectators: Receiver Travis Benjamin leaped sky-high over Brandon Harris for a gorgeous catch in the end zone. If only he can do the same in the Sun Bowl...

Also: linebacker Jordan Futch is wearing an orange jersey now, as he has requested to play tight end. Offensive coordinator Mark Whipple said he deserves to be given a chance, and will play that position in the bowl game.

Bye. Have a nice Saturday.

SUSAN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Susan,

So glad you felt "wonderful" being at practice this morning. Did they serve you milk and cookies as well?

Please let the athletic department know what else they can do to enhance your Greentree experience.

And by all means, keep the rest of us in the loop with information about your moods. We sure hope that your mind can be in a "happy place" so you can continue to ask those extremely insightful football questions

Susan, wow! You seem to be gloating a bit here........not very attractive.

Susan, I appreciate your thoughts; people would benefit to read between the lines for the more subtle messages that context allows to be appropriately conveyed only through nuance.

Can this blog get any worse?

'Eye on the U'........really? How about "Clowns on the U"?

Have you guys hit bottom yet? Manny, stop laughing, you are no better.

Why will UM not give Leech an interview? Forget an offer, just give the guy a chance to talk...

They gave Leach an interview in 2006. He showed up drunk. He blew it.....and it came out above the limit on the breathalyzer.

Give Susan a break. She's making a point about practice not being some sort of Pentagon double secret meeting. Paranoia and fear is not at Greentree Field. They were, however, on the sideline at every UM game during the last 4 years. That's why the team played tight and with no emotion. That's why they lost...and lost and lost some more. South Florida and Virginia? Good grief.

thanks susan,dont let these idiots get into your skin one sure thing is god made enough of them.

Agreed. I am sure the paranoia surrounding the program has cast a negative for all involved. After all, what's so secret about a 7 - 5 team?

The next coach needs to create an environment of inclusion and openness. If a strategic point requires circling the wagons, it should be respected. If not, a theme of the program should be to welcome the community, media and especially, former UM players who represent much that today's kids seek.

The only "enemy" should be next week's opponent.

Leech wasnt drunk during the interview, Paul Dee the last AD said he wore a suit and was not drunk. The sticking point was they wanted him to keep the assistants and he wanted to bring his own guys.

This is absolutely pitiful. We are in the midst of searching for a head coach and this is what you write?

And talk about the final three listed on the sports page. What is Kirby thinking? What happened to the Home Run hire?

Sleepless in Miami

Let's get something straight. Leach was not drunk during the interview. He is suing Texas Tech and ESPN to clear his name. The depositions of everyone involved prove that he was not guilty of what the James kid accused him of.

Within months he will clear his name and then it will be too late.

Leach smelled like alcohol when he met Shalala. I don't care if it was NyQuil you don't meet your perspective employer smelling like booze.

Hey Asher and CaneinOKC if you knew anything about it then you would know that his name is spelled Leach not Leech. Give your parents their computer back

Sounds good. Maybe the quaterbacks will be allowed to talk to the media now that CANDY RANDY is gone!

Two of he worst excues Randy made in 2010

1. Duke is a HARD place to play

2. Virgina is a good team. Virgina People!

This is the latest per Wally Gomez, a South Florida internet sportwriter:

Former Miami Hurricane football coach, Howard Schnellenberger, will be named next week as the Hurricane's new head football coach. Financial terms of the tentative agreement have not been disclosed but the package Miami is offering Schnellenberger is estimated to be worth in excess of five million dollars over a two year period.

Sources close to the Miami Athletic Director's Office state that Miami AD Kirby Hocutt has formally offered Schnellenberger the head coaching job on an interim basis until a "big name candidate" becomes available. On condition of anonymity, the source revealed that Hocutt has become increasingly frustrated about his inability to convince any of the candidates on his short list to take the UM job. "This would be purely a stop gap measure until a more desirable candidate becomes available" said the source.

During recent conversations between Hocutt and Schnellenberger, the two agreed to a framework by which Schnellenberger would take over the Hurricane football helm for up to two years until Hocutt could secure the services of a suitable replacement for Randy Shannon (who was summarily fired as Head Coach last month after a disappointing 7-5 season and a surprising home loss to USF.)

Reached at his office last evening on the Florida Atlantic Campus in Boca Raton, Schnellenberger confirmed that he had spoken with Hocutt. "We have reached an agreement in principle where I would take over for one to two years and then resign when Kirby locates the coach he wants." He added "I expect the final details to be hammered out this weekend and the contract to be signed early next week. I am very excited about the prospect of returning to the University of Miami as is my wife. We loved the area when we lived there before. Who knows, maybe I can lead them to a national championship again."

This move is viewed by those who have been closely following this Hurricane coaching search as an unexpected development especially in light of the fact Schnellenberger is approaching his 77th birthday. "Howard still knows how to coach" added a source close to the UM Board of Trustees. "He has several good years left. We see this as a win win as he has been unhappy at FAU for some time and has been looking for a suitable exit ramp. The University of Miami is that exit ramp."

Schnellenberger coached the Miami Hurricanes from 1979 until 1984 when he resigned only months after winning the national championship to coach the USFL's Orlando franchise. The Orlando USFL team never materialized due to financial issues and the deal fell through. He later coached at the University of Louisville and the University of Oklahoma before spearheading the development of Florida Atlantic's fledgling football program from the ground up beginning in 2001.

Susan, sounds like your happy that CLOWN Shannon is gone. We all are!

Leach wasn't offered enough money to come here last time,He's a great guy, knows football was helping out at the high school and takes pictures with everyone he meets down here.

Another lie coming from someone named erik
Please take those lies to a site that buys into that crap

Looks like we are now going to become a farm system for potential Penn State coaches. If we hire either Golden or Edsall, either one will bolt for PSU the moment JoePa either croaks or retires.

Susan: I hope you have the guts to ask the new coach, if he will stand up to SHALAYA and recruit and run the program as he likes or will he be a lap dog to Shalaya like Randy was.

Nice rumors....and stop complaining you paranoid morons...Here is what we do know: (1) Mr. Hocutt fired Randy Shannon (A+ decision), (2) Mr. Hocutt is keeping reporters in the dark (A+ again), (3) whoever he hires will do better than Shannon, (4) losing a few unproven 3, 4, 5-star high school recruits who won’t play next year won’t hurt more than having a bad coach, (5) Shannon proved that "great" recruiting means nothing if you can't coach and develop players, and (6) coaches like Edsall, on the other hand, prove that great coaches can make average recruiting classes great football teams. BOTTOM LINE: LET KIRBY HOCUTT DO HIS JOB, THINGS ARE ALREADY BETTER FROM TWO WEEKS AGO AND WILL BE EVEN BETTER IF THEY HIRE ANY OF THE RUMORED CANDIDATES.

Does anyone have proof that markdrebin has ever posted anything that was worth reading on here?

obviously randy caused all of this. Look, w/o bashing him, he is introverted and had no personality, ran the program like the CIA, didnt let the kids talk to media, I mean that all adds up. People. go to espn.com and look back since 2007. we had top 10 i believe in 07,#1 08.#7 in 09,#13 2010. 4 losses this yr.
1. WINNING AT OH ST--6 TURNOVERS LOST
2. UVA--HARRIS GOT HURT AND MORRIS HAD TO FINISH ALMOST WON THO
3. VA TECH--TIED IN 4TH QTR
4. USF--LOST IN OT

PEOPLE PEOPLE PEOPLE. NOT SAYING WHAT IF, BUT LOOK HOW CLOSE WE WERE TO GOING 11-1. MY POINT IS THE TALENT IS HERE. HE WAS NOT A GAME DAY COACH AND HAD NO PERSONALITY TO MOTIVATE. U CAN NOT BE INTROVERTED AND RUN A PROGRAM

WE R CLOSEEEEEEEEEEEEEE

NICE POST JRWHO. FORTUNATELY PEOPLE, RANDY DID LOAD US UP ON THE LAST 3 CLASSES SO WE ONLY HAVE 14 SLOTS THIS YR. EVEN IF WE ONLY USE 10 SO WE DONT WASTE THE SLOTS ON NOT QUALITY UM PLAYERS, IT GIVES US MORE SLOTS NEXT YR. IF THIS WAS HIS CLASS FROM 08, WHERE WE HAD 30 PLUS SLOTS OPEN,. I WOULD BE WORRIED. WE R LOADED WITH TALENT, I MEAN LOADED AND WE HAVE DEPTH NOW. RB DEPTH IS FABULOUS WITH MILLER, JOHNSON, AND CLEMENTS, WE STILL HAVE GREAT WR DEPTH AND A FEW ARE COMING IN, O LINE WILL BE GREAT WITH HENDERSON WASHINGTON LINDER AND A MORE DEPTH,
WE ARE LACKING THE OLD U TYPE OF LBS. SPENCE SEEMS TO BE LIKE DARREN SMITH ETC AND ARMSTEAD AND BUCHANAN SHOWS FLASHES

I KNOW RANDY IS A NICE GUY, BUT HE COULD NOT COACH OR MOTIVATE, ALWAYS CAME OUT FLAT, BAD DECISIONS, LOOKED LOST, NO ENERGY ON THE SIDELINES, EVERYTHING A SECRET. I WAS FOR HIM 4 YRS AGO BUT HE HAD TO BE 1 OF THE WORSE COACHED IN NCAA. GOOD GUY, HORRIBLE GAME DAY COACH. HORRIBLE. WE HAVE TOP 10 TALENT. YOU DONT LOSE 5 GAMES . U DONT LOSE TO UVA AND USF EVEN IF YOUR QB GOES DOWN. U JUST DONT LOSE THOSE GAMES. U DONT GET SMASHED BY 30 AT HOME TO YOUR RTVAL-IN HIS 4TH YR. ALL PEOPLE(HERBSTREIT) THAT FOLLOW FOOTBALL KNOW WE HAVE TALENT. HE WAS HORRIBLE

I ask U: why not Tuberville?

JRWho - kind of follow you but would you honestly describe any team that Edsell as a "great" team, without having to make any qualifications about the conference or school he coaches at?

*That Edsell coached.

Kirby MUST make right decision now. He pissed me off getting rid of RS in 4 yrs. That's not time to win anything.

Tommy T. yeaaaa....

Cool Cat - RS had plenty of time to prove he wasn't going to win anything.

jrp,
If you are trying to defend Susan's skills then you are truly the idiot here. And don't bring God into this because it's clear he's not helping Susan or yourself.

Shut the hell up NC CANE!

Wow! How low can our team reporting go. How about some investigative reporting on possible candidates. Even better, how our reporting on who is doing the recruiting in the absence of a head coach.

I dont think 4 years is enough time to win, but with the squad we had RS should have done better... I think his issue was that he was to close to home... Too many people in the area grew up with him and they were expecting Randy "my homeboy" instead of Randy "the coach"... I think he did well in teaching these young men on the priorities of life but when he was here we had too much drama... We had hs coaches complaining, players parents complaining and the media didnt help at all... RS will become a successful coach but his method will do well away from home... I think the players were to comfortable around him... He was like a father figure that whenever they knew they messed up he was going to come to the rescue... But now these players have to grow up and be men... Both parties will do fine... RS is a good man and a good coach... And Shala supported him to the fullest but she had to make a business decision... THE "U" will be fine as well as Randy Shannon...

Mark are you stupid. Every university has entrance requirements. They're not the prez's requirements, their the university's requites. You'd better realize that these kids aren't pros.............yet.

Futch to TE?!?! Give the guy a chance at LB; that's where we are hurting!

He hasn't played enough at LB for them to say he's a bust there.

All of you all that say "Shannon did not have enough time to win"/

You all are crazy.

Crazy and stupid. And blind.

No. This team was not ready fo a NC or even the ACC ch. But if UM had been 9-3 or even 10-2 at this point, with a chance to IMPROVE again this year, I bet there was a 100% chance that RS would have been back for another yr.

that said, he goes and lays a royal egg against FSU, J12 doesnt progress and throws a bunch of ints against OSU, he lays a royal egg against Virginia, and lays a royal egg against USF. I mean, his heart was not into it. Maybe he knew deep inside he screwed up.

I do know he is a good guy, but his militaristic, secretive style of communication and limited access does not work. Miami never had that style. Not that bad. Where the --- did he learned that? I mean, it was crazy. Kids were afraid of him, you could tell. When Spence did the little dance after that int against Pitt, I bet Shannon got in his face bad.

This team has to be allowed to play freely and allowed to fly around.

Jordan Fuchs at TE? Are you serious? Have we stooped that low?

And why has leach not been interviewd?

This Edsall guy. I don't know. Doesnt make my juices flow. What exactly is Hocutt looking for? And are his hands tied by Sha-neh-neh?

nc cane,I GUESS U R THE FIRST IDIOT.

Quite the opposite, Hocutt is more against interviewing Mike Leach than Shalala. He is looking for a clean slate to bet his reputation on, she's looking for good enough academics and Orange Bowl berths.

It seems like the consensus on this board is that we had great talent but bad coaching, which means that the only missing link is coaching. This means that we are expecting whoever comes in next year to be able to take our talent and at least win the ACC. Does this mean that, if we don't win the ACC next year, then our problems are deeper than simply 'bad' coaching? I had problems with Randy too and I believed he should be fired, but I'm sick of some of you idiots on here cheap-shoting the guy even after he's been gone for two weeks! He wasn't a great coach, but he certainly was not as bad as some of you are making him. And...OUR PROBLEMS ARE DEEPER THAN SIMPLY BAD COACHING!!!

mike leach graduated his athletes just as well if not better than RS. the truth regarding the James kid was he was a spoiled brat who had a father who was continously calling the asst coaches and finally the coaches were instructed not to answer. Not one player has come out against their previous coach not one. give him an interview. if the AD does not hire an individual of first class knowledge of a high powered offense not only will the canes not be a challenger for a national championship but fighting to break even in the ACC. No attendance in a pro park to far from the school no recruits just a bunch of promises for next year and the next and the next. wise up money runs the show get a winner and fill the stadium and get significant UM donations.


JRWho - kind of follow you but would you honestly describe any team that Edsell as a "great" team, without having to make any qualifications about the conference or school he coaches at?

Posted by: Eudocimus | December 11, 2010 at 02:46 PM

lol... you cant look at a coach w/o qualifying it in regards to the school he is at. uconn was 1AA 11 yrs ago, and now they are competitive in 1A...very competitive. granted, they took some tough losses this yr... but look at his recruiting base. uconn is not a place where stud athletes dream of playing football. but a good coach takes that lesser talent and turns them into ball players, which is precisely what he has done.

you think jimmy or butch could have produced at uconn or unlv like they did here at miami? hell no. but according to you, that would make them not elite coaches...correct? you have to take institution into account when evaluating coaches.

It's truly fulfilling to see the crumbling of this program. Truly.

Mike Leach... UM will regreat not hiring him. Probably will face him in the ACC somewhere. .. please rethink and add him to your list.

WHY IS CHRIS PETERSEN NAME NOT MENTIONED IN COACHING SEARCH

I still haven't figured out why they have not went after Peterson. I know that Hawkins and Koetter both sucked after they left Boise but Peterson is different. For one he adjusts his offenses to what his personel's skills are and his teams are always prepared. Any way I just saw that Florida is about to name Muschamp as their new coach. I like all three of our candidates above him. Yeah he's a good coordinator but the three guys that they have listed are all better (Golden, Edsell, and Trestman. I'll take that trade off any day as long as we don't hire Tuberville then I think Florida has the advantage in their hire.

Muschamp to UF. Hello Kirby, get hot on your search!!!!!!!!!!


CANESFAN, some guy named Bryan Confer is tweeting that Peterson is going to the U per his "sources"

I guess we all just wait and see.

Zooker > Muschamp.

That burning smell is trailertrash U in Gainesville burning for the next 5 years.


CanesFan, Petersen is not mentioned because he would never consider this job. No real coach in a BCS school will consider this job. Why? Because its a terrible place to coach....you have horrible fans that don't come to games and feel entitled. If you lose 2 games they want to fire you. You have a stadium a zillion miles away, and not till now would they pay enough. Just look at Muschamp...he probably would have looked at his cellphone and not answered if he saw it was Hocutt. Thats why we can't even INTERVIEW a Stoops, Petersen, Muschamp, Kelly, Harbaugh, or anyone else thats a sought after coach. So stop whinning and complaining Canes fans, we helped create this mess. And next year, we'll keep it going with those whopping 35K fans at most games.

The only horrible Fan would be U and U are not a Cane to begin with. Bet U are one of those idiots that wanted to keep that sinking ship Shannon as well. Fans are the ones that got this change going and either one of those 3 guys that are rumored to be the finalists would be a great improvement over Shannon and Coker.

Gators get an SEC guy in Muschamp

Muschamp has passed on his share of head coaching opportunities.

He was already next in line at one of the Taj Mahals of head coaching jobs. But on Saturday, he landed perhaps the Taj Mahal when Florida named him as its next head coach.

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How are things in that little grass shack down in Coral Gables going ?

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