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UM's Jacory Harris expects to play, but he's also ready to 'weather the storm'

CORAL GABLES -- With his future eligibility and those of seven teammates now in the hands of the NCAA, University of Miami quarterback Jacory Harris seemed like his usual calm, cool and collected self Saturday when he was asked about the Hurricanes season opener at Maryland Sept. 5.

"Do I expect to play?" Harris said. "Yeah."

Jacory Harris Harris, linebacker Sean Spence and six other unnamed football players who allegedly took impermissible gifts from convicted felon and former booster Nevin Shapiro hope to learn soon if that will become a reality. The Miami Herald first reported Thursday that eight players -- including Spence and Harris -- had been deemed ineligible by UM and were in the process of seeking reinstatement from the NCAA, a process UM coach Al Golden said Friday he hopes is expedited.

UM President Donna Shalala said earlier this week that UM was trying to determine the eligibility status of 15 student-athletes. She, nor anyone at UM has specified names or how many were football players. But in a large expose done by Yahoo!, who investigated Shapiro's claims for more than 11 months, 12 are football players (including seven starters on defense) and one is a basketball player, forward DeQuan Jones.

Harris, who ranks second all-time in UM history with 50 touchdown passes and set UM's all-time record with 39 career interceptions, didn't seem to be very worried about any of that Saturday during the team's 30-minute media session with reporters.

"I'm probably the happiest I've ever been -- even with everything that's going on," said Harris, who joked with teammates as they walked by during his interview.

"I just see the brighter side of things. I see a future where there's going to be a lot of success. That's why I'm not even worried about what's going to happen, if anything happens. Just leave it in God's hands. Whatever happens, happens. I just got to deal with it, fight through it.

"Just like these penguins we watched the other day where they weathered a storm for six months and the males had to watch the eggs. Then, when the storms finally subsided, the eggs hatched and they had their goal, which is to have their child. Our goal is to win the national championship. And through it all, we're going to fight, keep on fighting and make it at the end."

Before camp started and Yahoo! dropped its bomb, the biggest story at UM was the impending quarterback battle between Harris and sophomore Stephen Morris. We still don't know who won the starting job and probably won't until UM releases a depth chart on Tuesday. But in light of the situation with Harris, it's likely the NCAA will really decide.

Stephen Morris "Every day we went out there with the same mindset -- we both wanted the job," said Morris, who celebrated his 20th birthday Saturday. "We were both going 100 percent and we both knew that every throw we had counted. Everything we did mattered and every decision we made was magnified. It just helped us take our competition to another level."

So who do you think won? "I have no idea man," Morris said.

Harris said he's confident that no matter what happens Morris can lead the Hurricanes.

"Stephen will be ready no matter what," Harris said. " Stephen will be ready the whole year. That's my boy and I'm helping him out with whatever I can.

"He was a freshman last year, just out there having fun, just like I was my freshman year. Now, he's going to have it good because he has years to grow and years under the system where he'll be able to run the offense himself. And as long as he learns it and keeps executing the right way, the way Coach Fisch wants, he can do some tremendous things."

Fisch said both quarterbacks were impressive in fall camp. According to UM, both quarterbacks combined to go 77 of 109 for 954 yards, 11 TDs and one interception in two scrimmages. UM coach Al Golden referred to Harris as "nothing short of excellent" during camp. Harris said Saturday he combined to throw 19 touchdowns and four interceptions between the 20 practices and scrimmages during fall camp.

But it's likely going to be the Stephen Morris show -- at least early on.

"When it comes to Stephen, he's shown great leadership and he can make all the throws and most importantly that he can command the huddle," offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch said.

"Stephen's played Maryland before. Stephen brought the team back to a victory, scoring with 35 seconds left last year. Jacory has played in a ton of big games. So these guys have all played in big time games and they'll be fun to watch -- if the quarterbacks, receivers and offensive line do what they're supposed to do."

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The less infractions current players committed, the better it is going forward, especially if the infractions are mostly confined to a couple years ago. I expect a severe penalty for UM, but limited problems throughout the last 4 years is UM's only hope to get through this mess.

"Our goal is to win the national championship."
Your goal should be to win the ACC championship. You have to walk before you run.

Rico, that was the dumbest thing I've ever read. Congrats.

Harris may expect to play but who except Maryland DB's and LB's want him to play?

Hope Jac is able to play if not, well, thank G@d we have an able experienced backup.

WE SHOULD ALL GET TOGETHER AND BURN COPIES OF SPORTS ILLUSTRATED DURING OUR FIRST HOME GAME!!! GO CANES!!!!

To hell with sports illustrated, alexander Wolff, yahoo, and shapiro!!!!!!!! Burn in hell!!!

it funny the NCAA only go after some schools and not all not to long ago Cult Mcoy wife said they got sp treatment from people in in Austin but no one said anything about that WOW what a NCAA

People love to hate miami

Hand out Harris shut your mouth. You need to sit on the bench and be quiet.

Fire shalalala NOW

Itcdolphin...

You're comments are foolish. You couldn't endure a quarter of what J12 has been through.

Keep your head up Jacory. True Canes fans have your back no matter what. You will get a chance to play in your senior year.

Just make smart decisions and prove the idiots wrong!

Go CANES!

Is it just me or does it seems like no one is really worried about this. It is a very
O well we will see. That is very strange.

M, your reading comments by a lot of people in complete denial. But that's ok, it will all start to become clearer for all of us by this Friday.

I cancelled my subscription to si. I work in journalism and that is a hack job of journalism. Opinions have no place in journalism. Go canes

Give em the benefit of the doubt. I mean let's all get depressed on the word of a con man! Harris said he expects to play why lie when he could just say no comment if you are calling yourself a Canes fan and doubting them....you are the ones in denial

Man I am so sick of you guys piling on this kid (harris). This kid not only showed loyalty to this program prior to coming here. He even tried to recruit players to come here with his class. Thruought all the harassment by so called canes fan. This kid has kept a positive attitude and has never fired back at anyone. He's a cane and I still think he, if given the opportunity this year. He will be one of the best comeback story's this season. There's nothing wrong with critizing his play but man some of you attack him, his race and family personally. That's what upsets me. Real Cane fans...support all of the players that put on the line every weekend. And from my observation....he did.

You supporters of hand out Harris, just look at his history. For the U to sucres he needs to be a bench warmer. He has hurt this program immensely, and his comments of yesterday good example. Shut your mouth hand out Harris.

Fire shalalalala NOW!!!!!

"Calm, cool, and collected"? You mean, like, when he's throwing the ball to the other team?

Hahaha.

No nick, like when he wins hundreds of dollars playing pool at shapiros house. Bench hand put Harris.

Fire shalalalala NOW

Let's go Canes. J12 I hope you get to play this year. Prove doubters and fake canes fans wrong. Let's go Canes I'm my team 100 percent

Jacory has NEVER been ready to play.

"I just see the brighter side of things. I see a future where there's going to be a lot of success."

I see his future schlepping "you want fries with that."


Rob. Real canes fans know when someone is a cancer. Hand put Harris is a wannabe qb and existed on his name. Yes he was okay initially and had potential and you can see what happened when he went down the Shapiro path. Notice it was hoh and his nw buddies that have not produced and are the center of the storm.

Fore shalalalala NOW

Itcdolphin will you please go blog about the dolphins, learn to spell and go be a gator fan. Sounds like there is alot of fans that love to hate. If she was involved she will be delt with by the U as well as the ncaa.

Minny cane fan. Please help me out with your spelling, pot kettle black. Hoh and the nw prima donnas deserve what they are getting.
Have been a cane fan for decades but enjoy your childish name calling.
Bench hoh
Fire shalalala NOW.

Thanks JJonah for your analysis of how fans have treated Harris. I got sick to my stomack in watching him through a lot of those picks. But I appreciate him for the way he has handled this situation. I feel that we have a very good QB/Offensive Coordinator in Fisch and its showing how both QBs are excelling. I'm looking forward to the season starting. By the way, I gave up on SI and ESPN years ago. They both love to hate the U and never report any positive stories. We are going to shock the nation this year. Be patient. I am sticking with the U!!!!!!

Thank you, Jjonah, very well said!
The so called UM fans who rip Jacory now are the same ones who were screaming "Heisman"
when he was lighting it up at the beginning of his sophomore season.
The very same fans who will rip Morris (who's more turn-over prone than Harris)
should he be granted the position.
They are typical of what you can expect of most "fans" of this city.
It's not enough for them to just jump off the bandwagon, no,
after disembarking they have to venomously taunt it's driver for hitting too many bumps along the way!
They do not support The U or it's players, only winning.
Which is why the multimillion dollar stadium being built on the old Orange Bowl site
is nothing more than a gross misuse of funds, because anyone who knows Miami knows that if the Marlins don't win,
we won't even have a baseball franchise in this city to occupy it because of their kind!
I'm with you, Jjonah,
I also am hoping that Jacory will become "the biggest comeback story of this season"
...and anyone who wouldn't want the same is simply not a real Cane!
Go Jacory!
Go Canes!
...and "Go" jump off a bridge, Band-wagoners!

To you hand out Harris fans, blind loyalty does not win football games. The stats show it and leadership wise Morris is hands above hoh. Besides Morris has a much more upside potential. Thanks hoh Harris for what you have done, it was a pretty pink suit Shapiro bought for you, and I hope you got alot of money for playing pool, you have certainly brought disgrace on the U.
Fire shalalala NOW.

stop bashing Harris .... none of you really know what is going on only miami and ncaa know so when the punsihment is handed out i want to see how many real canes fans remain been one since the 80's and wont stop because i bleed orange and green no matter what... cane for life

Riove. There is a difference between bashing and facts. Facts are plain hand out Harris is a bust, too interested in rubbing shoulders with a felon, taking pink suits on the lamb, having a noodle arm, and basically no chance in the NFL. Now bashing would be insulting his heritage, saying he's ugly, saying his parents are meddlesome, and the list is longer.
This team will be better off without Harris. They will be better off without these players with their hands out illegally. It's not all about winning when morals and rules are sacrificed.
Go canes

Fire shalalala NOW

@ltcdolphin
Shut up Idiot!
Nothing you mentioned above concerning Harris is fact, only more of your same ridiculous conjecture, speculation, and worthless prognostication...in essence, bashing!
You are the epitome of the usual sports fan in this town: passionately ignorant and highly motivated to express your bitterness when your favorite team is not winning, but will pound your chest and shout with pride as if you yourself has personally accomplished something when these same players you bash wins, regardless of the rules!
Harris maybe 1st on the All-Time INT list at UM, but he's also 2nd and 3rd on the QB list of a lot of other categories at The U, and that's saying alot considering that The U has produced some of the best in the NFL.
So shut the ell up, you little idiot, and learn to support the team and it's players (all of them), or find another school to support!...and I'm hoping you choose the latter, because (like me) certainly most here wont miss you.

I'm personally not concerned if Harris misses the first game of the season. Let Morris take the reins on this one. He already beat Mary-land once with an amazing 82yd drive that ended with a great on point pass to Hankerson with a DE in his face with what, 35 secs left in the game? He'll do fine. I'm very happy though for Harris from everything that I am hearing about his improved performance during practices. I hope that it translate to fewer interceptions. That's all I'm asking for.

With Spence missing we got Futchy stepping up into the WLB spot. I'm not too concerned about this cause he plays with a very high motor and goes 100% all day. He'll do fine in my personal opinion. Buchannon and Gaines will fill the rest of the LB positions which will give us a nice wall. I'm not concerned in anyway about our Dline. Good luck getting through that. Mary-Land is missing their top rusher, top 2 wr's, and guys missing in their defensive backfield and the Dline lost 2 guy I think. Their current wr's aren't tested in anyway. I don't even think any of them even have a TD. Plus nobody knows the names of their current RB's. Good Luck Mary Twerps.

U can't stop us.

But we'll stop U.

Go U.

GUYS!!!!

CANES!!!!!

RESIDENTS OF THE STATE OF MIAMI!!!!

I'M IMPLORING YOU. COME AND SHOW YOUR SUPPORT.

CANDY RANDY IS GONE, THIS IS GOLDEN'S TIME. SHOW YOUR SUPPORT TO OUR HURRICANES! THEY NEED US AS MUCH AS WE NEED THEM. THEIR PRIDE IS OUR PRIDE. WE ARE BETTER THAN EVERYONE IN THIS COUNTRY AND WE KNOW THIS AND SO DO OUR HURRICANES. THESE GUYS ARE OUR NEIGHBORS, FRIENDS, BROTHERS, COUSINS, FORMER TEAMMATES...THEY ARE OUR PLAYERS, OUR TEAM.

LETS PACK THE STADIUM THE WAY WE USED TO.

HURRICANE FANS, WE ARE THE 12TH MAN. NOBODY ROCKS A STADIUM LIKE US AND IT'S BEEN FAR TOO LONG SINCE THE LAST TIME. I UNDERSTOOD ABOUT PEOPLE NOT SHOWING UP BECAUSE OF THE POOR COACHING FROM CANDY RANDY BUT THIS IS COMPLETELY DIFFERENT. EVERYONE'S MENTALITY IS DIFFERENT, NO MORE SELF-ENTITLEMENT. WE CAN DO THIS. SUPPORT OUR PLAYERS, SUPPORT YOUR TEAM!


THESE KIDS AND GOLDEN & Co. DESERVE THIS.

GO CANES ALL DAY EVERYDAY!!!!!!!!!

CANE 4 LIFE !


PLEASE SOMEBODY FIRE THE HOBBIT!!!!!!!!!!!!

Does anyone think the idea of proposing the school director or AD job to Howard Schnellenberger to be crazy??

I sure as hell don't!

A little BANGY DANGY from the Big Dawg.

Will forever be missed!!!!

Black sheep. Ou mentioned what has been reported in the press. Other than that what's your problem??
Get the facts man just the facts and save the childish insults when you are on front of a mirror.
Fire SHALALALALALA NOW

I second that notion ltcdolphin!!!!!!

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