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For Canes, time to pull the weeds out

ON A SOUTHWEST AIRLINES FLIGHT HEADED HOME TO SOUTH FLORIDA -- After Notre Dame was done taking the Canes to school Friday afternoon at the Sun Bowl, I spent about 20 minutes behind the stadium watching UM close its chapter on the 2010 season.

One by one, as players and assistant coaches trickled out from the locker room, all I saw were somber, defeated and disappointed faces. This unceremonious finish wasn't the way guys like Damien Berry, Leonard Hankerson and Ryan Hill figured their careers would end after Randy Shannon took over four years ago.

Hankerson tried to hide his disappointment. But he couldn't. In the middle of talking about all the great times he had at UM with his "brothers" and his "family" he broke down, covering his face with a towel so we couldn't see him weep. Berry, who led the Hurricanes in rushing this season, started to tear up as he said good-bye to a few equipment workers and friends who came to watch him play. Hill, who along with the rest of UM's secondary had a rough afternoon trying to chase down Michael Floyd, didn't hide the chip on his shoulder. Now that he knew his ride in Coral Gables was over, he cut loose when I asked him if he thought the next coach could do what Shannon couldn't.

"I think [he'll turn it around], but it will definitely take some time. I don't know how much time," Hill said before unleashing a little displeasure. "But I think the first thing he has to do is weed out the guys who he doesn't think will be beneficial to the program. We have a lot of guys that have to do a lot of maturing, that act like little boys. There are points like this in November, late in the season that it hurts you. We have a lot of growing to do in this program."

I couldn't have said it better myself. What Hill said summed up exactly what we failed to see during Shannon's tenure -- real, sound, player development. For all the praise Shannon got for being a great recruiter (I'll touch on that later), disciplinarian and bringing the school's APR scores up, two things he failed miserably at were hiring the right personnel to make his football team better on the field, and being a well-liked, charismatic ambassador of the program. Like it or not, the last two are probably the most important when it comes to winning and being a successful coach -- with recruiting right in there as well.

If there we one constant under Shannon, really, it was coaching instability. In Shannon's four seasons, UM had two offensive coordinators, two recruiting coordinators, two running backs coaches, two receivers coaches, three defensive line coaches and three defensive coordinators. And then you wondered why guys never seemed to take a step forward. It's kind of hard for players to develop when they have start over with a guy who has new ideas constantly. It's even harder when many of those assistants weren't very good to begin with.

Shannon's personality -- as you well know -- wasn't sparkly either. For as much as his players may have loved him and still do, he never really won the fans or the media over, opting instead to be abrasive and at times combative when he really didn't need to be. Instead of letting people see the good side of his program that might bring people closer to liking it -- like the personality of his players (he shut down Twitter and cut off access to interviews), assistants and even how fired up he would get in the locker room (go back and watch those clips from Hurricane Gameday) -- he shut everybody out, closed the door for privacy. All we saw instead was that stern, disinterested look on the sideline from Shannon and a team that went 28-22 under his rule and did nothing but make people angry and frustrated on most Saturdays.

You want to talk about brand? That's not an image of a successful program, one you can sell to boosters, trustees and more importantly -- the people who buy tickets on Saturdays and the top high school recruits who might have been interested in coming to the program.

I said I was going to get into recruiting: Shannon was hardly great at that. To me, he did what was expected. He got many of the top players locally who wanted to come to UM and a few top-notch pieces from other places (Seantrel Henderson, Storm Johnson to name a few). But he still missed the boat on a lot of good players who wanted to come to Miami and didn't fill key needs (look at linebacker and cornerback). Coming out of high school, you didn't hear a lot about guys like Pittsburgh defensive end Jabaal Sheard (Hollywood Hills) and West Virginia safety Robert Sands (Carol City). But you will in April during the NFL Draft. Both were in his backyard for the taking and now both will go on the first day of the draft. There are plenty of other examples -- UCF quarterback Jeffrey Godfrey (Maimi Central) is a big one.

I got the sense toward the end of his tenure, Shannon and his staff got a little complacent when it came to recruiting -- thinking they could go in at the last minute and swoop up local guys they wanted. Sound familiar? Ask local coaches like Miami Central's Telly Lockette, who just led the Rockets to the Class 6A state title with a roster loaded with nearly two dozen D-I recruits, and he'll tell you the Hurricanes didn't begin recruiting a single one of his players until Shannon was fired. Southrdige coach Patrick Burrows, who has two legit defensive backs headed to BCS programs, said he sent his top two players down to UM in his truck nearly every day during spring practice when they were juniors.

"They just kept coming back telling me 'Coach, they're just not interested in us,'" Burrows said two weeks ago.

The point here isn't to bash Shannon as his era comes to an end and his players begin walking out the door. There really is no need to pile on here. The point here is to learn from four years worth of mistakes.

There is no reason a talented player like Sam Shields should go through his career at UM as a mediocre player at best only to go to the NFL and start for the Green Bay Packers (where he's learned the basics of playing the cornerback position with flash cards). There is no reason a player like Leonard Hankerson should have to go work with former Dolphins receiver Mark Duper to learn how to become a better receiver. There is no reason a player like Jacory Harris, in his third year at UM, should still be looking like a freshman in his third bowl game.

I'm not saying players don't deserve some blame themselves for underperforming. But how can a football team continue to make the same mistakes game after game after game? How come the Canes looked progressively worse at the end of each and of Shannon's four seasons? UM ranked 114th in penalties this season, led the nation in interceptions thrown and probably was first in missed tackles (nobody counts those).

If you didn't think so before, I hope you know now that Al Golden has a heck of a job in front of him. Not only does he need to mend and solidify the fence that fell down locally in recruiting, he needs to hire a top-notch staff that is going to start making the players here a lot better and put them in situations to be successful. He needs to bring fans back to Sun Life Stadium and a sense of excitement back to the program.

Do you realize that if the Gators win their bowl game today, the Hurricanes will be the only in-state FBS program that didn't win its bowl game? Do you realize Miami's 7-6 record was tied with FIU for the second-worst among the FBS state schools (FAU finished 4-8)? The Golden Panthers won their bowl game. And right now I'm not sure UM could beat the Golden Panthers. UCF, meanwhile, not only won its bowl game, but is going to finish in the Top 25. The Canes lost to USF. And those Seminoles up at Florida State, they won 10 games in Jimbo Fisher's first season and seem primed to start ruling the state again. Sure, the Gators are down. But they've got a new head coach and Charlie Weis is supposed to be the team's next offensive coordinator.

It's time to start realizing how big a hole the Canes are really in.

It's time to start pulling out those weeds in Coral Gables.

It's time to start moving forward.

Good luck, Coach Golden. You've got a nation full of Canes who are praying you get the job done.

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I believe in Coach Golden. I think there is talent on this team - we couldn't have gone to Ohio State and competed if there weren't - but the team's mentality has to be completely broken down and rebuilt. And that's not going to be easy.

All I can say is, if he could win with Temple players, and if he could get decent players to go to Temple, he will do the job here at Miami.

I just hope it doesn't take too long.

WHEN WILL THIS BE ADDRESS?????? MIAMI LOCAL TALENT IS OVER HYPED!!!

Has miami northwestern really produce any top level talent along with others in college or pros? If the city of miami has the best local talent in the state?Besides 1 this year- Why in the last 4 yrs ....miami high schools down here are getting knock off by other instate schools. Miami has the most locals on any college from Miami ….Why are we not at least I said at least winning an ACC chip. Look all the other instate schools no wonder there doing better than Us. Seriously time has change…… Miami does not have the best talent in the state any more point blank period!!!!! MIAMI does not have = The x’s and o’s coaches down here that translate into hard working players that know basic football. There numerous of fla highschool recruits that are from Ft.lauderdale, Pahokee, Belle Glade, Westpalm, Orlando,Tampa etc.... that come from great programs and are better, doing better than our MIAMI products. POINT BLANK PERIOD!!!!

Amen - Shannon was BRUTAL!

Manny, Great write up. Golden has his work cut out for him. The Canes are undisciplined and fundamentally unsound. This reflects a poorly coached team. If Golden can win at Temple, imagine what he can do here. Get on the recruiting trail and here's to a better 2011.

WHEN WILL THIS BE ADDRESS?????? MIAMI LOCAL TALENT IS OVER HYPED!!!

Has miami northwestern really produce any top level talent along with others in college or pros? If the city of miami has the best local talent in the state?Besides 1 this year- Why in the last 4 yrs ....miami high schools down here are getting knock off by other instate schools. Miami has the most locals on any college from Miami ….Why are we not at least I said at least winning an ACC chip. Look all the other instate schools no wonder there doing better than Us. Seriously time has change…… Miami does not have the best talent in the state any more point blank period!!!!! MIAMI does not have = The x’s and o’s coaches down here that translate into hard working players that know basic football. There numerous of fla highschool recruits that are from Ft.lauderdale, Pahokee, Belle Glade, Westpalm, Orlando,Tampa etc.... that come from great programs and are better, doing better than our MIAMI products. POINT BLANK PERIOD!!!!

Outstanding piece, Manny!

Good Column Manny! Vey sound autopsy. I'm just excited about the new beginnings. I think Al Golden will do and outstanding job. He seems to be on the ball and making the necessary moves to at least put us in a more respectable position that we where in. I see the culture changing here at you UM. Go Canes!

The good thing is we have talent on the roster and only 15 slots open. So golden can have competition at every position. Shannon had to fill like 30 slots a yr because we coker left the place empty. So, give it time people. thats all we can hope for. Shannon might have been the worse coach in D1 history at a major program

Palm beach and Polk county have real ballers.......

Randy Shannon was absolutely right in the way he treated the media. The media has NEVER been a friend of the program and that is especially true of the Miami Herald, a newspaper that believes they are on the payroll of the Florida Gators.

I hope Golden recognizes that the Miami Herald will do more to hurt him and the program than most any other thing.

This is a great blog, but why did not write this while Shannon was coaching? Were you afraid Shannon was going to call the Herald and take you off the 'Canes beat? I am being very serious about the question.

You may not like Sid on 560 now, but when Shannon gets tough questions he would not go back on his show. Shandel got the same treatment from Shannon when he was on the beat.

Good write up, but FAU is FBS and has the worst record (didn't make a bowl game, 4-8)

I would love to see Mark Duper become our receiver coach. But a negative with that would be that he would be limited in the amount of time he could spend with the players. For instance Streeter said that he is going to work with mark this summer, if Mark was the WR coach he couldn't put in that work with he players over the summer.

Coach Golden will get it done, he has the right approach in getting all over the airwaves/media and getting to the high schools. Opening the players to interviews and getting the word out again on The U. There has to be some stud QB's and players sitting at home yesterday watching what an opportunity The U has in terms of immediate playing time. We already started opening up recruiting to other regions and are getting in some great new recruiters to the staff. We will do better in South Florida and have to do better nationally, win and they will come. It will take time, but I will be there watching. Coach Golden we are with you and ready.

Terrific write up, Manny. I would suggest Coker was the beginning of the end for the program and Shannon only accelerated the free fall. Sure, Larry won a championship and probably should have won another, but Greg Schiano probably would have won with those teams as well. Hell, Rich Cotite could have won with those teams. Not elevating Schiano when we had the chance was Shalalas biggest mistake.

Fortunately Al Golden reminds me of Schiano - young, fiery, analytical and telegenic. Everything Coker and Shannon were not. I think the Canes are on the right track but it will take a few classes to really contend.

Season is over! New Coach band Staff are in. Golden has already begun to clean up Shannon's manure, Mend fences wt local coaches and players. We know the truth about Shannon's inadequacies. His background didn't prepare him to be a CEO. Lets accept the past and move on because its not productive. Us real Canes fans should be supportive of the new staff and hope they can develop these kids because they deserve better. The University has realized their errors and moved to do what it takes to run a D-! Championship Program. The future can only be better. Lets be patient and Good Canes!

Those wearing Canes uniforms need to man-up and either leave the Shannon era in their rear view mirror or expect to sit on the pine. Coach Golden was trained by disciplined coaches who expect and DEMAND execution. "Either give him 120% or go home to your momma's and cry." The free-ride is over and a NEW ERA starts today in the Gables. Good riddance to the inferior coaches, and WELCOME to the U to the new staff with fire in their bellies. The U will rise again.

wow, manny pretty much hit it on the dot!!! shannon was such an uncharismatic fool, I hated the way he addressed the media, he pushed away the alumni, boosters and former players, I'm glad he's gone. LIFE AFTER SHANNON WILL BE GREAT!!!!!

WHEN WILL THIS BE ADDRESS?????? MIAMI LOCAL TALENT IS OVER HYPED!!!

Has miami northwestern and other Miami high schools really produce top level talent in college or pros? If so name 1????? Matter of fact name 1 Miami local that had been consistent and is flat out outstanding on this team. If the city of miami has the best local talent in the state? Besides 1 this year- Why in the last 4 yrs ....miami high schools down here are getting knock off by other instate schools. Miami has the most star phenom locals on this team than any college….Why are we not at least I said at least winning an ACC chip. Look all the other instate schools no wonder there doing better than Us. Its not like the're getting their share. Seriously time has change…… Miami does not have the best talent in the state any more point blank period!!!!! MIAMI does not have = The x’s and o’s coaches down here that translate into hard working players that know basic football. Numerous of fla highschool recruits that are from Ft.lauderdale, Pahokee, Belle Glade, West Palm, Orlando,Tampa etc.... that come from great programs are better and doing better than our MIAMI products. POINT BLANK PERIOD!!!! Changes need to be made from the ground UP, from the Highschools in the community to the University of Miami.

WHEN WILL THIS BE ADDRESS?????? MIAMI LOCAL TALENT IS OVER HYPED!!!

Has miami northwestern and other Miami high schools really produce top level talent in college or pros? If so name 1????? Matter of fact name 1 Miami local that had been consistent and is flat out outstanding on this team. If the city of miami has the best local talent in the state? Besides 1 this year- Why in the last 4 yrs ....miami high schools down here are getting knock off by other instate schools. Miami has the most star phenom locals on this team than any college….Why are we not at least I said at least winning an ACC chip. Look all the other instate schools no wonder there doing better than Us. Its not like the're getting their share. Seriously time has change…… Miami does not have the best talent in the state any more point blank period!!!!! MIAMI does not have = The x’s and o’s coaches down here that translate into hard working players that know basic football. Numerous of fla highschool recruits that are from Ft.lauderdale, Pahokee, Belle Glade, West Palm, Orlando,Tampa etc.... that come from great programs are better and doing better than our MIAMI products. POINT BLANK PERIOD!!!! Changes need to be made from the ground UP, from the Highschools in the community to the University of Miami.

Manny great assessment. One additonal problem is lack of character that seems to exist on this team. You can build character with accountability, rules, competition, fairness which AG can bring into the program and implement from the get go. There is no excuse for the performance by the players who immitated UM football at the Sun Bowl. Absolutely no excuse.

--"It's time to start pulling out those weeds in Coral Gables.out.html#ixzz19p3JwGNI" --

Use earthmoving equipment to move those weeds so that a stadium can be built on or near campus in order that students don't have to catch a flight to watch a home game.

As long as Donna Shalala is in control, I'm afraid there will be no recovery for this program.

Manny,

In the 3 or 4 years you have done this blog, or at least until Omar left the Sentinal and I started coming here for U news, this is the best post you have ever made. Dead on, with perspective, and attitude. Miami IS is worse shape than people think, and Golden has his work cut out.

In other news, because of the holidays and the football fiasco, don't overlook that the biggest game of Miami's basketball regular season in Sun night on FxSports. At Duke.

Hey "MIAKIDS=SOFT" If that's the case why does EVERY D-1 school continue to recruit them?? It's not the kids it the coaching they get when they get to college. UM just has not developed these kids as Manny stated. And "if" you are a Hurricane fan and these so called "OVERRATED" Miami kids start going to other schools insted of UM and become all- americans don't say SH*T. They were OVERRATED remember?

I completely agree about everything you said, but I'll touch on the recruiting. I agree that the problem was complacency. The first two years Miami kids rolled in to play for the hometown hero, and Shannon obviously thought he could just continue to do that. But as the losses piled up and the coaches continued to turn over, that got more and more difficult and he didn't adjust. Now you have legitimate S. Fla talent propping up would-be programs like South Florida and FIU. S. Fla will stay decent, but if Golden can do what he wants to do and close that gate off again, we'll be right back to a legit big-3 in this state with S. Fla well behind but competing. I don't know why Shannon, born and raised in S. Fla, turned his back on these programs, but it's sad. Every interview with local top-rated kids on InsidetheU.com includes some variation of the phrase "Miami never really talked to me under coach Shannon, but now Golden is trying to get back in." That's aweful, and it was the very same thing everyone complained about with Coker. It was the one thing we were all sure Shannon would correct after Coker's aweful recruiting classes.

We used to thing, during our run in the '80's, that the talent in South Florida won the titles and the coaches just enjoyed the ride. I think we've learned in the last 5 years just how great the coaches we had were. They didn't just steer a talented ship, they were all great coaches, and he need another one. Golden certainly seems like he fits the bill. I'm excited again, so I guess that's a start.

Go Canes!

Great article Manny!

Manny
You were the first to hang on Randy's jock strapped praising the 2008 and 2010 recruiting classes. Please stop playing the results that added with your reports about Gruden being the next coach..what a joke of an insider you are..you should get fired as well.

That is the best, most accurate article on UM football in the last 5 years if not longer! Manny clearly identified the main failings that caused the program and the culture to fall apart.

I was one of those fooled by the "Randy is a great recruiter" hoax. When you sign a top recruit who wanted to be a Cane since he was in the crib, that is not exactly being a good recruiter. My god, I was a fool to not see it. In 5 years of recruiting how many great players did Randy take away from other major schools? Not many if any at all. God, we were all blind to not realize what Manny pointed out.

Another major lie was that Randy "owned" South Florida and was loved by all the local high school coaches and had great relationships with all of them. The truth is shocking and on it's own is reason enough to fire Randy. A UM coach being rude or making no effort to befriend local coaches and kids who were good enough to be stars at other D1 football programs? Randy being born here, growing up and playing here makes this fact more amazing. It goes to show the man had zero communication-relationship building skills outside of a small inner circle of friends he felt comfortable with!

Here is all you need to know (and hopefully a sign of greatness returning to UM with Golden):

Golden and his staff hustled and built relationships with high school programs to be able to get around 1,800 local kids to attend the Temple football camp. The TEMPLE football camp in Philadelphia, PA. Randy and his staff were able to get around 200 kids to come to the U football camp in a tropical paradise in the most football rich state in the country!

Does that tell you all you need to know or what! We finally have a leader in Coach Golden who gets it.

An astute observation. What this team needs is a dictator - not a baby-sitter. They have no discipline whatsoever. Hopefully, the new coach will set them straight. The game against ND has to be the most embarrassing loss ever. Not, because of the score, but because they acted like they didn't want to be there and their play was evidence of that. They quit before they even started.

Shannon should've been fired sooner. His era could best be summed up by that ESPN commentator's comment that the 'new' coach at Miami has nowhere to go but up. Shannon, his staff and the players owe us all an apology!

Manny,
A nice summary of a down time in the program. Shannon was clearly the wrong guy. Sometimes, if you come from chaos, you take a paranoid and isolating stance regarding th world around you. While this may create a certain sense of belonging for insiders, it usually does not translate to success in the world unless a strong us against them is created. Shannon, a disapproving father figure, could not create the US. And too many assistant father figures were axed by him, placing the blame outside of himself.

A head coach must have a healthy personality and outlook that is inclusive of the world.

I believe Coach Golden will bring that, and the UM will once again be proud of the teams it fields. With all due respect to the kids who played hard and are a credit to the U as young men,and there are many of whom we can be proud, it is time for a new beginning and a restoration of Miami pride! Get on board or get off the train!

randy shannon is the worst coach ever at Miami, Period. It will take Al some time to get Miami back to where they belong. We will have to be patient, It took randy four years to destroy football here so it might take two to three years to get it back. We must be patient and supportive.

Great Post Manny, U hit the nail on the head. Local and National recruits now is a perfect chance to come in and play for a storied school while being coached by a man in Al Golden who will give U a fair opportunity and make U better. Let the new era begin.

great post manny, the best post all year

Nice piece>>> on the mark..
Now I hope they get an EXCELLENT OC from the NFL and a NEW Special teams coach!!!!

AP reports that several players are expected to ask for their release and transfer to other schools. This could get really interesting...

Shalala & the administration tried to be cheap & pay bottom line salaries to bottom of the barrel talent-less coaches like Coker who survived on Butch Davis's recruits and Shannon who was in way over his head with no charisma or personality.

She got what she paid for. We (the fans) have & are suffering for it.

Great inside look at the Shannon era. I have been telling anyone who would listen that Shannon wasn't what folks were saying he was. He was lazy in recruiting, didn't motivate players on the field and fellow coaches actually hated working with him.

I have heard how he berated a Herald reporter and throughly embarrassed the reporter belittling them to no end. Even went after reporters like that on the school paper.

It was telling to read what reporters on this paper and on AllCanes blog wrote how different the atmosphere was in the locker room and at Greentree was after the firing of Randy Shannon. Read between the lines as to what that tells you about the man.

When he was hired I thought what a smart hire it was. It turned out to be a real ordeal and hurt the image of the U as to their play on the field and as to the softness and lack of physicality they played with.

Golden and staff, especially D'Onofrio won't stand for it and that is welcomed news.

It will be an exciting ride with Golden and staff from practice, to public relations to the play on the field. He will win here and win big.

We need to give them time to do their thing and let the Golden Era begin...and not soon enough for me.

Go Canes.

Manny, this was perfect. Never in my wildest dreams did I think Shannon would be worse than Coker. The 'development' part of this team can not be over emphasized. U really made some good points. I'm wondering how many 'Sam Shields' are going to appear next year in the NFL.

Shannon was the problem. His players and coaches have steadily regressed under his leadership! I doubt you will hear about a player tweeting 2hrs before the Ohio State game next season! Coaches have to lead and develop players, not coddle & protect them from the media as if they were little kids! These guys are young men and they need to start being treated and held accountable like a man is supposed to be!

Great post. I agree with everything. My wife and I attempted to make connections with Shannon so he could speak to our kids. Not a phone call returned. Not a word. Nothing. He never answered his emails, yet other coaches do. One of our kids ended up as a preferred walk on at a rival university. One day he may play against Miami, but he grew up a die hard cane fan, yet Shannon and his methods not a word. Another kid went as an invited recruit to the FSU game. Not only were all the recruits and their families were made to wait 2 hours in line, but NO COACHES bothered talking to ANY of the recruits. Before or after thegame. It was a debacle. Went to the USF game against Pitt as recruiyts, and the coaches were there greeting tyhe kids, before the game, then spoke with the kidsd individually.

What did Shannon think? Who the --- did he think he was? Now we know he was the worse HC in the history of UM football and he left this program in shambles. It will take 3-4 yrs like Butch Davis did to put this program together again.

I agree. The bad seeds need to be weeded out. The Tampa Tribune is hinting that some kids are transferring. Who?

The bad seeds- bad tacklers, non cane players who just went through the motions--- You know who you are. Need to leave. Or they need to be identified by the new staff and benched or sent packing. jacorry Harris CANNOT be allowed to throw another pass for Miami. Ever. I personally think Shannon is a racist pig who only believes in black QBs and black this and black that. I believe UM has the lowest number of white or hispanic players ever. That's my opinion/

But to see this team come out like they even didnt want to be there, with a national audience, against a hated historic rival, is a cancer within the football program that needs to be cut out surgically. It happened 3 other times: Against FSU, against UVa, and against USF. Why was there good energy against Ohio State despite harris' mistakes, and against ga Tech, UNC and Va tech? Thats because some (not all) of the players could give a flying rats --- to be there, when there are kids all over Broward, palm beach lee Counties who would die to play for Miami, and would give there soul to help Miami win. Not these soft Miami Northwestern kids that Shannon "recruited"

These kids think they know how to play football. No way. Watch FSU. Watch UCF. thats football. Now go watch Wisconsin and TCU. thats football. Not the face mask penalties on 3rd and 18, the missed tackles, the dropped passes, and the inteceptions.

I am thoroughly embarassed and disheartened. Kirby Hocutt as the AD, should have the right to put some of these kids on notice- you are on scholarships. Play like that means something

I have read alot of your so called Canes post on here. I must say hilarious at best. Ok Shannon did a bad job i get that I really do. You guys act like we hired the best man for the job. So what he took a Temple program to a winning record. If your impressed with that you are full of it. If I recall Miami(OH) went 1-10 last year and won the M.A.C this year. So i'm not impressed with Golden's record. Besides if he was a Joe Pa protege why isn't he on Penn State's staff ready to take the reigns. We will be a mediocre team at best until we get a coach that can handle big time D-1 football. Get off comparing his Temple record to Shannon's Miami record. Shannon at least beat 4 ranked teams in one year. Name me a ranked team Golden has beaten. I think we got him because his name sounds like Gruden. Nevertheless until we get a real experienced coach Miami will be the laughing stock of Florida. I don't know about you I can't take getting faded out of the big three talk. U.C.F and U.S.F is about to take that honor from us. Hope you read with a Cane mind.

Great post from Manny.

TRUTHTELLER - you're right, and all these same people are going to jump all over him the second he loses a game.

But he's never had an opportunity like this before. He is what he is - unproven. But so far he talks the talk, his first press conference with his statement (his players will not feel entitled by the achievements of previous UM teams) and his request (that former players get back involved in the program) was incredibly insightful for a guy just joining the program.

He has my benefit of the doubt until he gives me reason to think otherwise - there is no more "bringing back the U" or regaining our "swagger". The '80s and '90s are over, and this guy is trying to build a championship team in the '10s.

The least you can do is let him try.

State of Florida Top- 5

1.) FSU
2.) Florida
3.) S. Florida
4.) UCF
5.) FIU
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U and FAU

Manny,
This is redundent but this is the most truthful article I have seen you write on this blog. I have been watching a lot of games during this bowl season and was surprised at how many great south Fl guys are playing so well on other teams. Years ago, any player worth his salt died to go to UM. It is obvious that, for the past few years, most of them chose to go elsewhere. Wonder why? RS was supposed to have a lock on all the best S FL had. Man, were we sold a bill of goods.

Manny,
I watched FSU beat SC (a damn good team) The hits they were putting on the SC team were awesome. They knocked out the top SC back (Gilmore)on the first play. Think, did you see ONE solid hit from UM during the entire ND game? Think about it.
Secondly, the UM teams of old NEVER gave up. Even when behind they always played as if they knew that they would ultimately win. (and they usually did) This team GAVE UP when they got behind in the 1st QTR.

great article manny....it's unbelievable how far Shannon dug such a great program into the ground

i love this article and its the truth. i will be saving this. we are in a big hole.

miami recruits are overhyped. but not the areas surrounding it. i did some research on it awhile back. if i remember right, we only had like 3 successful players from there in like a 6 year span.

i really like al golden. i just hope he isnt a used car salesman.

You never did any research on anything you lying scumbag. Take your thoughts someplace where they might care what you have to say

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