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Tyler Horn, Mike James say Canes are focused on football, not Shapiro or allegations

CORAL GABLES -- Al Golden tabbed the second week of training camp at the University of Miami as "moving week," the period when starting jobs would be won and lost.

Mike James But after Yahoo! Sports unfurled a tsunami of allegations by former booster and convicted felon Nevin Shapiro against the University of Miami Tuesday night, the attention the Hurricanes have been getting has been anywhere but the football field.

So how have the Canes dealt with this rather large distraction? How have they handled having NCAA investigators on campus asking questions? Friday, center Tyler Horn and running back Mike James, the first football players to do interviews since the allegations became public, said they've dealt with it by focusing simply on what they came to Coral Gables to do -- play football.

"Of course it was a shock, these allegations," Horn said. "But we're focused on football. That's all we're focused on, all we can control. We're coming out everyday, working hard, busting our butts to be the best team we can be.

"I'm not scared by it. I can't control it. When I'm out here I can only stay on my craft. We can't come out here and actually lollygag around. We have to actually play. You don't play, you get hurt. We're out here to have fun playing football. That's why you play the game."

While Horn said he's had family and friends texting him and calling him to find out how he and the team are doing, he said it's been easy to focus on football because he and his teammates are at the Hecht Athletic Center from "6 a.m. to 10 p.m." everyday.

"Football is like a soothing sport. It keeps us going, keeps our mind focused," said James, who said that the team leaders, linebacker Sean Spence, defensive tackle Marcus Forston, quarterback Jacory Harris, receiver Travis Benjamin, Horn and himself got the team together earlier this week to deliver a message of unity.

"It's not very difficult at all [to stay focused]. Coach Golden instilled what we have to do and the things we have to focus on, core values. It becomes easy after a while."

Still, with the season opener at Maryland right around the corner (Sept. 5) and potential sanctions on the way how could the team not be worried about possibly losing 12 players implicated by Shapiro for allegedly taking improper benefits, including 10 starters?

"The way we've been taught from the very beginning is the depth chart is in the sand," Horn said. "We don't even know who is going to start. All we can do is come out and play as hard as we can.

"[Coach Golden has] told us to be optimistic and keep the spirit of the team up. We can't let this get us in the tank. All we can do is focus on football and that's what we're going to do."

James said the 12 players implicated by Shapiro (Harris, Forston, Spence, Benjamin, safeties Ray-Ray Armstrong and Vaughn Telemaque, defensive ends Olivier Vernon, Marcus Robinson, and Adewale Ojomo, cornerback Jojo Nicolas, receiver Aldarius Johnson and tight end Dyron Dye) have been the same guys they've been everyday.

"Nothing has changed," James said. "They're doing the same things we always do. Staying on process. Tunnel vision, staying on track."

Still, former players have said this could potentially tear the team apart, or bring the team together. Horn said he believes the latter.

"Honestly, it should be us against the world," Horn said. "That's all we can focus on. The only thing that matters are the people inside that Hecht. All the people that matter are the people who are on this football field every day. That's what we see. Those are my brothers and we're going to stick together."

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> Horn said the competition on the offensive line for starting jobs is intense. "We have a lot of great players and a lot of guys rotating in at the tackle spots, guard spots," Horn said.

"Everybody is playing at a very high level now. You have guys like Malcolm Bunche, Jermaine Johnson. Jonathan Feliciano is making a strong push. [Joel Figueroa] played some tackle yesterday. It's great to have all these guys out here playing so hard. It's very comforting to know guys want to win that bad, that want to get on the field, they're playing this hard."

> James said the quarterback competition between Harris and sophomore Stephen Morris is "going good."

"They're working hard," James said. "Shoot, I don't know who its going to be. They're doing such a great job, they're making it hard on everybody."

> The Hurricanes practice Saturday and then are off Sunday before their second scrimmage of the fall on Monday. Asked about the scrimmage, James said: "It's going to have a lot of juice. There's a lot depending on it because guys are trying to get on the bus. That's been the theme of the week -- it's moving week. So guys are trying to do that. It's dog eat dog. Nobody is letting up because everybody is trying to go."

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If Bechel stated most boosters....like Bernie Kosar are already in prison......he can be sued for defamation of character.There is not 1 single Booster, ever who went to prison at the U that I know of.Not 1.Funny how the NCAA cleared all of the kids at the other schools from remarks made about them from the scumbag?Is anyone looking at this and what it suggests????????????????????If they all were cleared......hmmmmmmmm.this guy s damaging remarks might be alot more FALSE than even I first thought.Things are improving already.Kirk is usually right on but wrong this time.These are allegations and there is no proof.Wow ...these guys attended a weekend party where food was served.And beverages.Is a party not that?Let s not get carried away.

Delusional to think nothing will happen. Also delusional to say 86% think the U is guilty. That comes from where??? Heck I would think they are quilty of 72 violations if all I heard was yahooooo and espn. When looking at the facts it's less, probably 10-12. Wilfork and Magahee are cooked.

also just heard on ESPN radio that there are reports that Miami will announce "multiple" suspensions for the UM football players soon. said they are rumors and unconfirmed, but isn't most news until it's announced. this is going to suck. just wish they'd just do it instead of dragging it out. give the young kids time to prepare and step up. also, Donna releases another statement that she will not resign. just great. get out of your bunkers Donna and the A.D. and face tha cameras now !

Actually, with all of Shapiro's talk of "finding God" and "doing God's will", he is more like an ignorant bible-thumping Gatard fan now.

Dumb 'necks.

The thing I find the most interesting is that along with the players from the other schools that were found to be eligible is that the 12 from Miami are the best players on the team or most well known. These conferences like the SEC have way too much influence over the NCAA. And how is Cam Newton cleared when his father admittedly took the money for pimping his kid out. This crap is ridiculous. If that had been a Cane there is no way he would have played. I don't know who is more pathetic the NCAA or ESPN. These NCAA guys want to make everyone think they are for fairness but they are a bunch of old crooked white guys who can't stand the fact that Miami is coming back. Then these morons at ESPN are a bunch of yes men who are trying to get ratings at Miami's expense and these kids expense. Blame the people in charge not the kids that are innocent.

I hope everyone here is right because I fear that the sanctions are going to be pretty bad. It help the U if they got ahead of the sanctions, and impose their own as soon as possible. This isn't going to be pretty. Remember just being on the boat is a violation, and being at a party at the guys house is a violation. They have pictures of both.

jo jo, that's absolutely wrong. The trustees are public figures, and as public figures the standard for libel (being defamed through the written word) is much higher than for someone like you and I. The writer must have reckless disregard for the truth. If someone told him what he wrote, and he investigated, that's good enough.

Michael, you are right about the violations, but there has to be proof that the school knew and did nothing about it. That's the level that has to be shown and so far is missing. We are going to take hits, that will happen. The NCAA will have to do something even if thete is little here based on the coverage so far. If nothing happens cover up would be alleged.

Canes fans want DO PROCESS.....

BAWAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAH

YOU CANT MAKE THIS CRAP UP......CANES FANS...LOL...PROVES THEY ARE ALL IN THE 13TH GRADE AT MDCC

Go squeeze your self pimple

C'Mon Gatr trash. Ignorance permeates Trailerville.

Pig, you still suck. It's great.

Michael,

Quote the right person!

I never spoke about any legal matters. I spoke of innocence until proven guilty.

I understand the Civil implications. I watched enough of OJ's trial and others to understand that fact. I don't need lessons from a wannabe attorney. There are enough of them around!!

You also appear to be in the camp of all UM being guilty.

The U needs supporters and defenders. You are either with Us or against Us. There is no middle ground here!

With the true UM supporters, it will always be a mentality of us against the world. There is nothing new here!!!

the dump a--es they say the cheating been going on since the 80's must be gator fans. You hate us becuase you aint us.The 80's was just pure a-hole whimpings. You wish you guys could play or be in contention for 11 national titles in 22 years. should have two more .the ohio state robbery in 2002 and 2000 when we should of played okla. not fsu.BCS's first year!!your lucky some finicial aid people made mistake in the early 90's 0r you would still be playing in the gator bowl every year. You got recruits becuase we were allowed fifty between 93 and 97. Go figure you won a title in 97. thank us no steve!!! I love being hated by you idiots. I have respect for the noles but not you preppy f's. consider this. look at the NFL. dominated by the U. hall of famers everwhere, sean taylor. would of been the best to play the position. I could go on forever. But you already know.

Bogus N.C.A.A. + Shapiro = Absolute Corruption.

However, what's so INSANE is the N.C.A.A. is taking the word of a convicted felon and BORN liar as truth. Go bloody figure.


Posted by: macjones | August 19, 2011 at 04:42 PM

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And he's a typical Cane Fan to the core that bleeds Orange n Green ... In other words, Shapiro is the face of Cane Fan now to the rest of the Nation... He's U


Cane Fan + Shapiro ='s Complete Morons

U + ? = U

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