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Golden: QB competition will continue after Maryland; Highsmith will serve as emergency QB

Stephen Morris will start for the Hurricanes at quarterback when they open the season Monday night at Maryland.

Jacory Harris But when the Canes return home, UM coach Al Golden said the fight for the starting quarterback job between Morris and senior Jacory Harris that "had to be aborted" will re-open during UM's bye week.

"We have two or three practices during the bye week there so we'll let them compete," Golden said of Morris and Harris, one of eight players suspended for the season-opener at Maryland by the NCAA for taking gifts of more than a $100 from former booster and convicted felon Nevin Shapiro.

"The competition was really close and then got skewed toward the stretch because it looked like one was going to be ineligible and we didn't know if he was going to be reinstated. That competition ended. So we'll continue it after this game."

With Harris out for the opener, Golden said former backup quarterback and current backup safety A.J. Highsmith will serve as an emergency third quarterback behind former walk-on and usual third-string senior Spencer Whipple Monday. Golden said Highsmith will still serve as a backup at safety and play on special teams Monday.

"AJ has played quarterback for two years," Golden said. "AJ is a bright kid, can move his feet. He played the position for two years. So we'll have three ready and three at the game. Whip is smart, a coaches' son who carries it over to the game. He's the kind of guy who didn't get as many reps during the preseason, but he's been getting a lot of reps the last five or six practices. He can operate despite not getting the reps because he knows it so well and because he's a quick learner and smart."

Golden was asked who might have been named UM's starting quarterback had the competition not been halted by the NCAA's investigation. "That's impossible to answer," Golden said. "We hadn't had our second scrimmage and news started breaking and Jacory's name had been mentioned. We had to abort the competition and make sure Stephen was ready.

"Stephen was certainly up to the challenge. They were neck and neck. I think anybody on the team will tell you that. The players themselves felt whoever the selection was we can win with. The bottomline was Stephen really came on strong last four or five practices, certainly the last scrimmages and really we turned the reigns over to him all of last week and clearly this morning once the news came down."

> It sounds unlikely UM will try to appeal any of the eight suspensions handed down by the NCAA Tuesday. Golden said at the moment UM isn't trying to appeal anything and in the end, it's "up to the individual and their family" if they want to appeal.

> When asked if he felt the NCAA penalties UM was handed fit the rule violations, Golden said he simply supported the NCAA and its investigation.

"How do I feel about the penalties they got? I have no idea what the young people said, what actually transpired. The NCAA felt that was just, they reinstated five our young people and others have to serve a game or multiple games and make repayment," Golden said. "I support that and I'm glad we have a chance to move on. But I'm glad how our young people handled the situation and they're honesty. I know the NCAA has said that as well."

> Asked if he's relieved only three players will be suspended more than one game, Golden said: "I think that's fair. I think that's absolutely a correct assumption. We had five guys reinstated and five guys I believe are just serving one game. Again, I don't know the extent of the conversations or what the NCAA garnered from their conversations with our young people. But I feel that what these young people did is clearly a reinstatement case. So it's restitution of payment, serve a game and then be reinstated. From that standpoint, it's clear cut."

> As for his game plan Monday night, Golden said everybody in the two-deep will get to play and that starters will not be leaned on more than usual.

"We work under the philosophy you bring your two deep and continue to rotate," Golden said. "We'll bring our guys and rotate throughout the game. It's a great opportunity. I'm disappointed some of our guys because they're seniors are suspended for this game. But at the same time there's a lot of younger guys who are getting an incredible opportunity and I know they're going to make the most of it."

 

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Can't wait til Monday!

It's great to be a Miami Hurricane!!!!!

It will be interesting to see what happens after Morris has a great game against Maryland! This Cane offense is loaded, just wait till Monday and and watch our offensive line dominate Maryland and the CANES get over 300 yds rushing. Miami 45, Maryland 17

The Sin City college football toUters must've had some INSIDE info' surrounding the Hurricane suspensions. Because they had Miami as a - 5/-6 point road chalk prior to the announcement of the National CORRUPT Collegiate Azzwhol-ssociation suspensions. Go figUres.

Morris knows he is on display and can help his chances to win the starting job with an excellent performance in the MD game. He will shine and now that we have proper coaching, the play calls will all be within his experience and skill set and open him up to a stellar night. I am predicting 3 TDs and only 1 INT.

Think about it guys now its only former players the NCAA ae investigating and they dont have to say anything, just keep your mouth close and all the evidence Shapiro has means nothing. All former UM players keep your mouth close and we get off relativley scotch free! So its his words (convicted ponzi schemer felon) against former UM players and family never snitches on family! I say we get off realatively easy!

Posted by: Big Meech

You dumbarse - they are getting subpoenaed from the feds from bankruptcy court. Their options, lie and if caught face perjury charges, don't reply and face contempt, or come clean. What would you do? It only takes one to tell the truth for foundation to crumble.

Many are taking this game lightly. Edsall is a good coach and did great at Conneticut. His team will be ready and yes we have lost eight players but this team is not deep in talent yet. Eight players is nearly 10 percent of the team, and going to do battle with another team with one arm tied behind your back is tough. I would not be surprised if Miami gets upset. Of course, if the team channels its focus and emotion into winning this game then all bets are off. (Golden might have them Jimmy Johnsoned up, which, we should call Goldenized.)

It's great to be a Miami Hurricane!

5 days to we can get back to it!

Go, Canes!

Glad the competition will continue. We will have to out score Maryland to win. I say that because our DL is in bad shape from the suspensions so getting Marylands offense off the field will be difficult. If we can control the clock and keep Maryland's offense off the field, we will be ok. I believe we win by 7 or 10. Edsall will have his players playing tough, so it will not be a cake walk.

WHY didn't andre dubose, robert marve, and arthur and brice brown get suspended???

Fred- because of the Limited Immunity Clause of the corrupt NCAA.

marve, Debose and the browns probably snitched and got immunity.

By the way, maryland's ok, but there was a time when miami wouldnt bat an eye about playing a teamlike Maryland. i say, destroy them, and they will.


Posted by: Big Meech

You dumbarse - they are getting subpoenaed from the feds from bankruptcy court. Their options, lie and if caught face perjury charges, don't reply and face contempt, or come clean. What would you do? It only takes one to tell the truth for foundation to crumble.

Posted by: Miramar Cane | August 31, 2011 at 02:20 PM


WTH does the feds have to do with the NCAA investigation of UM?

I think some of U are missing the point: What Golden said was this is J12's job to lose. When that suspension is over, that means J12 gets inserted into the lineup. Now, if he does not play well, then U pull him and Moris becomes the starter and Highsmith the No.2. How and why Whipple is on this team is simply beyond me.

Fact: U still got DL and LB problems.

Oh, and Hey Larry: True, 'Goldy and Edsall are friends. They respect each other, but when U take the field all that goes out 'da window.

And one more thing: Please DO NOT compare "Goldy to JJ.

MIAMI 30


mary-land 10

Best way to win this game is going to be by winning the clock game, burn as much clock as possible that way their QB and offense won't be able to do us any damage.

Knock them down early, and never let your guard down.

Nevin's Thugs...or Donna's Darlings. You decide.

Dear Larry, which is it?You pickin the Canes to be upset but if they focus...then all bets are off?Well, guess you really went out on a limb there eh?Lordy be........be a MAN - take a stand either way.

I think coach Golden has done a great job with all the term oil going on. Keeping the team sprite up and pushing these new guys to the limit. The freshmen are growing up fast and because of that, the team will be much better in the long run. They will all be veterans before the season ends. As for Monday nights game, I think the U will surprise a lot of people in how good this team really is.

About these subpoenas from the Feds. I find it interesting that they claim to have subpoenaed 72 players - likely the exact same 72 players listed in the Yahoo investigation. At least one of these players has been completely cleared of any wrongdoing by the NCAA. In addition, Shapiro allegedly told Yahoo of over 100 players, but Yahoo claimed to only be able to corrorborate 72. This just seems like a fishing expedition from the Feds. It also seems very lazy. They are just relying on everything in the Yahoo report and sending out subpoenas. The have no independent evidence of their own. In addition, I'm sure if the players give any of the money back they can do so without admitting any wrongdoing. The goal of the subpoenas is to recover money for the trust. The Feds only care about the money and I'm sure will not require any type of admission.

Sounds like to me that Jacory won the competition otherwise there would be no need to open the competition back up.

where can I watch UM football live in the internet,if somebody knows let me know

Golden has done a great job handling this difficult issue facing the program. He has been the one bright spot of the program during the last few weeks and does a great job with the media. Everyone, except U fans, is expecting the canes to lay an egg Monday night. I think Golden will have them ready to play. If they limit the turnovers and penalties which killed this team last year, they win.

Fred- because of the Limited Immunity Clause of the corrupt NCAA.

marve, Debose and the browns probably snitched and got immunity.

By the way, maryland's ok, but there was a time when miami wouldnt bat an eye about playing a teamlike Maryland. i say, destroy them, and they will.

Posted by: corpus | August 31, 2011 at 02:49 PM

Exactly what the current suspended 8 did to get their number of games reduced. They all sold out and gave the NCAA a timeline that will implicate what's been going on for years since 2001... The NCAA got their information and will make the Yahoo! report look like a pamphlet.

The BIG Bombshell will fall in due time.

Golden your a great coach & can definitely evaluate talent & player performance. Its time to choose your starting QB! Don't start to remind us of Randy!

Cool Cat, you are right on the mark with J12 being our starter; Golden knows that and will give J12 a chance to lose the job. I believe that J12 will have a great season and get beyond Ken Dorsey in TDs. The play calling will give J12 the opportunity to excell and the running game will be key. Whipple called too many passing plays on obvious passing downs; J12, in my opinion, was set up to fail. This will not happy with Fisher at the controls and a running game to boot.

Cool Cat, you are right on the mark with J12 being our starter; Golden knows that and will give J12 a chance to lose the job. I believe that J12 will have a great season and get beyond Ken Dorsey in TDs. The play calling will give J12 the opportunity to excel and the running game will be key. Whipple called too many passing plays on obvious passing downs; J12, in my opinion, was set up to fail. This will not happen with Fisher at the controls and a running game to boot.

With this reprieve lets take the time and let out our frustration on that Tebow 3rd String QB pinyata (sp?). To think there were so many idiots out there who supported him being the best college player ever. I never understood the hype behind this obviously limited football player. Wonder if he'll spill his guts about all the favors he received at Florida. A couple of players told me personally he got what he wanted, money, clothing, restaurant freebies and access to anything that happened in G'ville. He didn't need a ticket he got in! I don't wish no ill will on the Gaytors, but this is fact collaborated by at two former Black players to me personally.

To Tick...Tick, yes I do believe that the NCAA, should come up with additional findings, however, like all the other cases rarely does the NCAA uncover additional findings. USC, only Bush was in on the take...hmmm, I don't think more things will pop up relating to violations, why, because they are going back 6-8 years, those guys have no "playing" incentive to be forthright. They are gone doing their own thing. The coaches and staff at other schools...they ought to be very afraid!

I am a die hard Canes fan.

But if you think that the NCAA isn't going to drop the hammer on UM, you are delusional.

It's going to be at least as bad as it was in the mid 90s. We are looking at severe scholarship reductions, bowl bans, and tv bans. The facts that (i) former assistant coaches were involved in distributing money to players, and (ii) Shapiro was giving illicit benefits to recruits are going to be particularly damaging if true.

The worst part is that we will lose Golden as a coach.

The NCAA has not even made a decision on UNC or OS yet. The lack of hammer suspensions as in the UNC case could bode well for the U's figured b

Canes Fan, I'm far from delusional or it least I think so...I never said that they won't get severe sanctions(they will) I said, more dirt will not come up, because; the others implicated have no punitive action from the NCAA to worry about, only the ones that are governed by the NCAA, ie the coaches. As for Golden his character seems to be one to stick out his commitments, the ones he has made to the current class and future classes, at the end of the day it's still UM, you tell me which other major program has an opening next year? PSU? Not no but hell no, the d-coordinator has been there 31 years, he like Jimbo will replace e legendary coach.

OK I accept that I may be a bit of a sick puppy, but ... looking for concensus from fellow CANES... how about we give a GOLDEN SHOWER to MARYLAND??

Posted by: Cane89

You're drinking some serious Jacory Kool
Aid. Jacory wanted to chuck the ball downfield, his father complained about not playing him in shotgun enough.

The kid can't play...

REALITY: UM will struggle with Maryland on the road prime time. Jacory is the favorite to return to starter, but he shouldn't be. Golden will leave after the sanctions, IF something good comes up. The NCAA will go very hard on UM, the proof of institutional dysfunction is there (72 players! year after year after year). UM will not get the death penalty, and they will recover well within 4 years IF Golden stays or his replacement is exceptional. Go 'Canes. Bite the bullet.

Probably no liability in bancarota. Those implicated would have to have known about Ponzi.

Canesjunkie. Amen

JH. You are being too harsh on penalties I think.

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