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Hurricane Sandy, Hurricane Al -- and the VT Hokies

Just walked out my front door to the most invigorating splash of cool air I've felt in a long time.

Of course, I've had my TV on for the past hour watching The Weather Channel for news on Hurricane Sandy and how it's affecting the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic areas.

Much of my family lives in New York, New Jersey and the surrounding states.

Coach Al Golden, who also grew up in New Jersey, told us his brother, Shaun Golden, "is the sheriff of Monmouth County'' in New Jersey.

"That's a shore community,'' Golden said. "So they're [going] a million miles an hour and my parents are back there and so is my older brother. They're expecting quite a bit. Clearly it's going to be a big one, so we're praying for those people and hopefully they'll come out of it OK.''

Meanwhile, in Blacksburg, Va., home of the Hokies, it's 37 degrees (feels like 31) and raining, with high winds.

The forecast for tomorrow  is snow and wind with a high of 37 and a low of 33.

We'll keep track of whether the Hokies alter their travel schedule for their Thursday-night game at Sun Life Stadium. Usually they would arrive Wednesday.

Either way, here's hoping that people keep safe during this "perfect'' storm that's about to hit.

Today, the Miami Hurricanes will have their weekly press conference that usually occurs on Tuesdays. Today would be considered a normal Wednesday for UM, because the game is being played two days earlier than usual.

Have a good day everyone.

SUSAN MILLER DEGNAN

 

 

 

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Taking the benefit of the doubt away from a guy who can talk the talk and has gotten better results in two years than Shannon did in four, the best you could say is that Randy Shannon was an abject failure as a head coach and that Al Golden hasn't proven himself to be any better.

Yet.

Reading the comments here, and if the writers on here reflect in any way the program at miami, miami is done. Really, so much anti cane stuff written here. Miami made 2 bad hires, now golden. Both were bad, undeserving coaches. neither recruited very well. neither was really good enough to be a cood. without butch. Butch was in charge, his developing of players showed at NC. In that this is supposed to be fun, college football that is, give golden his chance. With all the program is facing, and you have a coach who WANTS to be there, get behind them. After all the mess, we can have some good games again, us winning mostly, and enjoy saturdays. or thursdays. they should make this a yearly matchup on thurs.

Miami has the worst fans in the country. Professional and college.

UM has a great fanbase but it's scattered across the northeast, hence the ratings we'll see Thursday.

Shannon was a phenomenal recruiter, just couldn't coach his players once he got them.

Your coach has a goiter. Tell him to eat more iodine.

Hows this for NFL U:

peyton Manning has handed off to two of the best running backs the U has ever put out, and two of the best in tbe NFl: Edge and Willie McGahee.

Frank Gore, not to be outdone is in the top 6 in rushing, just got kudos by steve.... Former 49er as one of the two players who have saved the forty niner franchise in the last decade


The U always and forever. You hokie turkeys will never understand

THANK GOD some of you are coaching football...

Even PEE WEE football. You would SUCK!

Some of you coach-bashers, i swear, you need to stop doing that meth. That sh*t is bad for you brains and it shows.

Every coaching staff deserves 4 years to rebuild a program.

This isn't a "walk-in" program like UF has-- where Urban left Muschamp several #1-2 recruiting classes to work with. And Urban can flat-out head coach a team (even if you don't like UF, you gotta give him that), unlike Randy Shannon who should've stayed a D-coordinator or Linebackers coach.

SO SHUT YOUR IGNORANT MOUTHS ABOUT "FIRE THE COACH" when we've got half the team of under-developed Shannon boys, and the other half were in highschool last year...

Get it you dummies???

Sha-la-la must go ; both football and baseball began their declines after her 2001 arrival; she raises entrance requirements and inner-city kids get turned away. She must go along with her incompetent Community-organizer next week.

gocanes1, no, she didn't raise entrance requirements and Miami hasn't been losing recruits.

Jim Hollow.....I mean Gallo......your a troll.....move on. Probably Shapiro from prison. Listen.....I have contact to MANY players on the team. I can assure you a majority are very happy right now. They understand this game involves a process.....one that they accept the challange of going through. One thing I can assure you of.....they are happy with the fact that playing time is based on production in practice......not by favoring certain players. We were 6-6 last year with all the distractions. We're 4-4 with chance of winning out and going 8-4....it starts this Thursday against VT. With that said, we have a chance of playing in the ACC game as well. So.....do this......shut your trap till the end of the year. If we end up 6-6 or worse......I will come on here and possibly agree to what your saying.

Calvin, so answer my question. You said Randy Shannon's problems were #1 being a first time head coach (not Shalala's fault and a debunked premise) and #2 that Miami didn't pay him or hire expensive coordinators.

Miami has never payed coaches or coordinators as much as big state schools and they played in 11 national championship games.

Why did that sink "good coach" Randy Shannon and none of the coaches that came before him?

I flat out don't believe you that Shalala said UM needs to recruit a different kind of football player than they've recruited in the past. She has nothing to do with the football program, she's never been involved in recruiting.

Posted by: Not our rival | October 29, 2012 at 07:01 PM
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You don't have to believe about what shalala said, go hear her say it herself on the promo video "We're recruiting a different kind of athlete to the University of Miami" was the words, i'm about 99% sure i got it.

Also, it's true we never paid top dollar for assistant coaches here, which is why i said cornerstone assistants like kehoe, soldinger and vernon heagraves is what really harmed this program the last 8 years. So shannon had to go out and hire guys who don't know what championship football is.

Sure alot of coaches believe in what they're teaching, but the one thing that's different at Miami from most places, we know what championship football is from a coaching staff point of view. So goldie was smart enuff to go and bring kehoe back home, kept barrow, who is doing a good job coaching the linebackers, got hurlie brown and swasey around him. Alot of invaluable intellect within that crew.

Anybody who know, ask coach odell haggins at Fsu about an art kehoe coached o-line, it's one of the good litmus test in football. Most peopel might look at the stats and say, "we didn't rush for that many yards against Fsu" those are the people who don't understand what they're watching. Alot of people thought Fsu was going to man handle our o-line when in fact, it was Fsu, burning the redshirts of goldman and fowler because they wasn't getting a good pass rush, lol.

The o-line played like a UM o-line should look, and they will continue to get better is what people are not understanding. Alot of first time starters on that o-line in their respective positions as well.

The point about UM not having to pay assistants much money, when you got guys who are here for the Love of their alma mater, it's not about the money. But these assistants that goldie brought in, aren't hurting for to much i can tell you that, and right now, one of his coordinators is stealing money.

Speaking of coordinators, if this offense had tommy streeter to go along with the rest of these wide-outs, this offensive would be that much more explosive, and of course Truth miller. The duke is starting to wear down, and mike james is being under utilized as well.

So many on here talk about the money the coaches are paid. Golden gets a nice check. He make close to, or as much as some good coaches. Kstate-1.95 mil utah-2mil- TA&M-2 mil Golden 2-mil more than mich state, kstate,Arizona,Stanford, nearly as much as Texas Tech, Was state(mike leach), VT
no excuses there. Earn the money GOLDEN. OR Go

Golden had his teams in every game last season, was only blown out by the #2 and #3 teams in the nation this year, and has UM controlling it's own destiny for the ACC championship and a berth in the BCS game held in it's home stadium.

WHAT DID RANDY SHANNON DO IN FOUR YEARS????????

I like Randy Shannon as a person but he was a terrible coach.

The race card is an incredibly lazy and ignorant argument for Randy Shannon being a good coach and Al Golden being a bad one.

If nothing else Al Golden talks to the media (and the fans) WITHOUT HOSTILITY. Randy Shannon talked to them like he was above answering their questions, like they (and the fanbase) were the enemy.

That's why he had zero job offers after being fired, he's just not head coach material.

Posted by: Not our rival | October 29, 2012 at 07:55 PM
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It's common sense that nobody is going to be beating the door down to hire a first time headcoach who just got fired, where they do that at. So the trying to point out that shannon had "zero headcoaching offers after he got fired" is a non-argument.

You fail to point out how many d-co jobs he got offered, because those in the college and pro ranks know what type of defensive mind shannon has. Nobody wanted to cover the the cost of what shannon would have lost had he taken a job to early before his UM contract ran out. Now that that is cleared up, it was to late for him to become a d-co this year, but he'll be a coordinator or even a headcoach again, but definitely a defensive coordinator somewhere.

shannon is a humble guy, doesn't like the spotlight, he only took that headcoaching job because of time and chance and his Love for UM, ready or not he took on the challenge and did a good job. But to act like goldie has done a better job than shannon up to this point is ridiculous.

The difference between shannon and goldie, when shannon's teams lost close games, people got mad at shannon, jacory and the rest of the 2008 class saying they didn't live up to their hype and these stupid so called ratings from these guys writing magazines saying "UM had the #1 recruiting class", lol, that's a joke. Anybody know anything about football, how are you going to rate a recruitng class as being #1 with a bunch of wide receivers and linebackers in it, lol.

I can see if they rated highschool classes kind of like they rate nfl teams and their drafts, because anybody could see that that 2008 class was not shannon's best recruiting class, his 2010 class was his best one because it was the most physical one, had more trench guys in it.

But when goldie loses close games, people want to say, "We're young, this team will turn the corner" or when goldie gets blowed out, "look at the depth chart, etc. etc."

In shannon's first year, that 2007 squad will kyle and kirby freeman as the qb's was way more competitive against a legit oklahoma team, than us against k st. in goldie's 2nd year and notre shame. It wasn't as bad as people thought, when you go back and look at that game on tape.

The difference between shannon and goldie, shannon had a way better defensive staff, goldie has a bette offensive staff, and right now, if it wasn't for jedd, kehoe, mcdonald, goldie would be 1 & 7 right now. Let's not gloss over the close wins this year.

No team shannon coached had a defense that was ranked 118th. Now the offense under shannon was around 100 when nix was the oc and than stat wise went down under nipple, but the offense nipple tried to run was a high turn-over offense, that's why we led the nation in interceptions, i can see if it was just jacory, but it was all our qb's. nipples own son couldn't run that offense.

Whatever the case, most people think goldie is some better coach than shannon, if shannon had a better oc, shannon would have won the acc at least twice, would've beaten oscar cryer and the gaytors(that won the national championship that year) in 2008 with no problem. With a young defense, spence true freshman, brandon harris, true freshamn, marcus forston, dvd, second year man, alot of young guys were out their in 2008, ballin.

Anybody that's saying that coach goldie is way better than shannon at this stage of the game is basing that off of pure emotion right now. LAst year those close games, guess what, they were with mostly shannon's guys.

In shannon's 3rd year, he only lost 3 games, and all of them were winnable, but all of the were lost by the oc.
So shannon records:
2007 record: 5 & 7
2008 record: 7 & 5
2009 record: 9 & 3

goldie records:
2011 record: 6 & 6 (regardless of suspensions, should beat the turtles and had an older team)
2012 record thus far: 4 & 4

Maybe what they mean by goldie is better than shannon is, goldie just explains losses better, shannon is just to pissed to keep answering the same stupid questions.

So since they want to compare shannon & goldie, goldie should be at least or better than 9 & 3 come next year, No excuses!




Hows this for NFL U:

peyton Manning has handed off to two of the best running backs the U has ever put out, and two of the best in tbe NFl: Edge and Willie McGahee.

Frank Gore, not to be outdone is in the top 6 in rushing, just got kudos by steve.... Former 49er as one of the two players who have saved the forty niner franchise in the last decade


The U always and forever. You hokie turkeys will never understand

Posted by: 5>3>2 | October 29, 2012 at 08:17 PM
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Which just goes to show you, you fire a coach like don soldinger, you're not trying to be a championship football team. They use to give norm chow all this credit for coaching these qb's who won the heisman but when they got to the pro's weren't that good. But here it is, you look at coach soldinger's resume, and i'll just start with these: edgerrin james, james jackson, nahjeh "lock your daughter's closet" davenport, portis, mcgahee, frank gore and had tyrone "loose lips" moss playing at a high level and nfl quality before he tore his knee up.

With a resume like that, i know goldie and them felt like soldinger wouldnt' have been a good fit on their staff because he's to gruff for em, but he definitely wasn't going to find a better runningbacks coach than soldinger, that's for sure. Nobody coached runningbacks to be tuffer than coach sol.

Miami has the worst fans in the country. Professional and college.

UM has a great fanbase but it's scattered across the northeast, hence the ratings we'll see Thursday.

Shannon was a phenomenal recruiter, just couldn't coach his players once he got them.

Your coach has a goiter. Tell him to eat more iodine.

Posted by: Not our rival | October 29, 2012 at 08:15 PM
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You must not be from Miami if you trying to talk about the fans like that. The culture down here is different. How many colleges have the pro's coming out to see their games, and not just older Canes in the nfl, but for all the slobbering they do about lebron, he was just somebody in the way on the sidelines at the UM game. goldie said it right when he said "When UM is right, theirs not a better ticket in town".

That's because alot of us already know how good alot of these players are from a young age and we're use to seeing them play. Alot fo them are our family and friends, but not to many people are going to go out their and watch a team lose in that heat when we can see you lose at home with a.c.

Plus, moving the game out to joe robbie stadium, please, who's coming out their to watch games, bad move. The leadership of this city is suffering and looking stupid, you take a football city and move the football team way out their, and than bring the baseball team and move it inward. I got news for them, if they thought they spanish community was going to start flocking to the marlins games, that's an insult, this is a football town, no matter the ethnicity.

Obivously the people maing decisions don't understand that dynamic. Yeah alot more will go to the baseball games, but that's not the type of exciting sport people are going to flock to as well. We only come out in drobes to see championship teams.

People say "we're fair weather fans" of course, if the weather not to our liking, you better give us a reason to come out and see you play, otherwise, we conch fritta's and french fries we got to get too!

Joe: Sorry.....the stats are getting worse each game...there is no chance until stats improve, I dont see that happening....we are mid season and if the program was on the verge of turning around it would show up in stats by now....but it is not happening. That has to come first. All you have is wishful fantasy thinking....your a dreamer with only hope as your foundation. Im a realist....I dont live in fantasy worlds like you.....Golden claim to fame is temple at 27-34 win/loss with an average loss of 6 games. thats who he is.....he aint going 12-0, 11-1 or 10-2.....if he couldnt do it at temple with its laughable schedule, he aint gonna do it in the ACC.


Joe: Sorry.....the stats are getting worse each game...there is no chance until stats improve, I dont see that happening....we are mid season and if the program was on the verge of turning around it would show up in stats by now....but it is not happening. That has to come first. All you have is wishful fantasy thinking....your a dreamer with only hope as your foundation. Im a realist....I dont live in fantasy worlds like you.....Golden claim to fame is temple at 27-34 win/loss with an average loss of 6 games. thats who he is.....he aint going 12-0, 11-1 or 10-2.....if he couldnt do it at temple with its laughable schedule, he aint gonna do it in the ACC.

Posted by: jim gallo | October 29, 2012 at 10:34 PM
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That's the main problem i had with the defense they brought here from temple, it didn't even dominate that weak conference.

also..the locker room is in bad shape....players leaving, parents calling radio stations, coaches not playing senior players....a mess. I dont remember any stuff like this either jimmy, dennis or butch....the players respected the coaches....the current staff has lost the players respect....and forget ryan williams...he is weak. I dont see him winning more than 2 games going forward at best.....i still say 6-6 or 5-7. So in the end maimi will be 12-12 with Golden....weak fan base, sanctions and ND,FSU,FLA and the rest cherry picking south florida talent. We are doomed, lol

You make some great points Calvin. I think one you didn't make but that you should have made is that Randy Shannon was left with a completely bare cupboard offensively when he took over the program.

How bad was it? Kyle Wright was the starter, Coker's big recruit to take over the helm after Dorsey graduated. And the backup was so bad, I can't even remember his name and don't want to take the time to look it up that UM ran on every play but 9 against NC State that year (although the kid did make a great throw to win the FSU game).

There were no stud running backs, Javarris James was about the closest to a servicable running back, and there were absolutely no playmakers on the wide reciever staff. It was almost comical how bad Miami was at the skill positions when Randy took over the program. Randy didn't recruit any of those guys but within three years, we did have some studs on offense again. But people got impatient.

The point though, is how Golden was given talented players when he took over the program, and totally mismanaged what was given to him. There MUST be a reason, other than greed, why so MANY players left before their senior season. They saw something in the way the coaches were treating them, or the style of play, or the scheme that told them that staying was not worth it EVEN if they lost BIG BUCKS by going out early. That tells me that for all of Al Golden's great communication with the media, he and his staff are a complete failure in communicating with the players.

I wanted Al Golden to be the savior as much as anyone. The guy is 8-10 against D-1 competition. If he was at Florida, Florida State, UCF or USF, he would be on the hot seat, and rightfully so. I don't understand why it is okay to have a mediocre record at Miami and just because you massage the ego's of the press, you get a pass. He don't get one from me.

Calvin, you said Randy Shannon was a good coach but that he failed because he and his coordinators were paid less than coaches at big state schools.

That was the second reason you gave for Shannon being a good coach and failing, the first of which being debunked with plenty of examples of first year coaches having success.

Can you explain how Miami played in 11 championship games with coaches and coordinators paid less than those at big state schools? Why that held back Shannon and not Schnellenberger, Johnson, Erickson, and Davis?


I am from Miami, I went to UM, I live in Miami, I know this is not a football town or a sports town at all.

It was a Dolphins town in the 70s when they were winning championships, a Hurricanes town in the 80s and 80s when they were winning championships and it is a Heat town now that they are winning championships.

Miami fans are awful, the numbers can't lie. That includes myself, although I am a season ticket holder so I still support the Dolphins, Heat, and Hurricanes even if I don't go to some games.

Joe was the same dude that said Jimmy Johnson was nothing but a figure head.

Al golden loves the program, give him 3 years then measure. If you want to be mad, be mad at shalalala. She inherited a national championship team when she took over in 2001. Her policies and bad AD hires have badly hurt the Canes. Unless you think Saban is coming tomorrow give golden a chance.

Saban? Don't you mean Alabama's president? Don't university presidents run college football programs?

Address - doesn't that make Calvin's and my point? Kirby Hocutt jumped the gun on Randy Shannon, and I would add Mark Whipple, and John Lovett? Whip left the NFL for us, and Lovett was a highly respected D Coordinator when he came here. Why weren't these guys given time? They were pretty good at what they did. Certainly not 119th in the country defensively, and opposing defenses did respect our offensive scheme even if they didn't think Jacory was capable of executing it (he wasn't).

So how is a premature bad AD choice the fault of Randy Shannon who recruited well and had a plan in place. And how is Al Golden's plan better? Because Mark D'Nofrios is his assistant head coach and D Coordinator? I say we are far worse now than we were before. Far worse.

Saying you have tickets but don't go some of the games tells us all what we need to know about you Not our Rival.

Address - I won't give Al Golden another minute. Do your job, right the ship NOW or get your sorry self out of here. You are not man enough to put college friendship over doing your DARN JOB. PERIOD!!! You either distance yourself from some memory about having a good time with D'No or you do the job you were hired to do. It is put up or shut up time when you are 8-10 against D-1 competition.

I live in Miami, I have other things to do, the rest of Miami's fans don't even buy tickets to Bethune Cookman.

Both Shalala's AD hires were good, one fired Randy Shannon and hired Al Golden before leaving for an AD job at a bigger school and the other fired Frank Haith and hired Jim Larranga before leaving for an AD job at a bigger school.

Unless you think Randy Shannon was a good coach and firing him was a mistake, both UM's ADs since Dee have done a good job in the short time they were here.

Tallycane.....yes I was.....but I don't think I articulated my point correctly that day. Jimmy was a great coach......he knows his x's and o's. I was on the field many days during his tenure. He had a great coaching staff.who he let "coach". Jimmy oversaw all the coaches on a daily basis. He would go from drill to drill hypeing up the players.....both offense and defense. Again.....he let his coaches coach. Jimmy's real deal.....on a daily basis was overseeing the operations as a whole and dealing with the media......which.....he was a master at.

This guy Jim Gallo is either Luthurs father posting here or the old "dannyboycane". Has an axe to grind for sure.

Neither made the right choice. But let me add this before we get to the decisions. I was born in Jackson Memorial Hospital. It will always be my hometown. I lived so many year in Miami that I breathe the air of Biscayne bay to this day, and I smell he sweet refreshing air that came from the OB even when we were getting trounced by ND in the 1960's.

I welcomed the Cuban emigrants who left the facist Cuba in the 1960s, and I also welcomed the Haitian community who fled baby Doc for good reason. I also think that those who have made a new life for themselves from S America also should be recognized for their contributions to the community. UM really needs to reach out to its community more than it has.

Kirby was a disaster. It is an annual rite by Athletic Directors that they endorse the current coaches unless they are 4-7 in football, or 50-50 in basketball. Both Shannon and Haith took over struggling programs and were better than that. Yet, Hocutt wanted uncertainty so he could make a splash case for why some other program should hire him.

He put both high profile coaches on the hot seat, even though the fans weren't asking for it. He led the charge for why fans should not support Randy against FSU during his last game. When Athletic Directors lead the charge, it is usually becuase they have some guy in place. Hocutt did not. It was a get rid of the guy campaign. That damages programs more than it helps.

The speculation about Haith was also prevalent among anybody who followed BBall. Haith had a system that was unique. I didn't like it but he flowed the ball a certain way and relied on outside jump shots. I don't think that is a competitive strategy for a program but he was incredibly effective in recruiting the right guys for his system. When Haith no longer felt the AD had his back, he bolted. I don't blame him.

I don't see any AD hire that has helped UM. I see more that the AD has hurt UM recently.

Before anyone corrects me, that last game was against USF. Jacory's last real pass in regular season when he threw into double coverage ignore both the tight end (for who the play was called) and the rb who was open in the flat so that he could make sure the USF guy could eat a pizza and still have time to catch the ball.

I can really see how the weather in VA is relevant to thursday night Susan SHEESH.

You make some great points Calvin. I think one you didn't make but that you should have made is that Randy Shannon was left with a completely bare cupboard offensively when he took over the program.

Posted by: SJMPARMAN | October 29, 2012 at 10:54 PM
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Exactly man, i brought this point to them a blog or 2 ago. They forget that shannon was left with just spendcer adkins being deafted in the 6th round. I believe the year before that, nobody was drafted. It was nowhere near close.

goldie comes in, and for all the people complainging about shannon and his guys leaving early for the nfl, lol, what that tells you is what, goldie got left a lot of nfl talent left by who, the same randy shannon people want to say destroyed the program, lol, that's a joke.

Most of us know why those guys left, had olivier vernon stayed, his stock would have dropped, same thing vaughn telelmaque is saying now on why he should have rolled out, he went from being a possible 4th to 5th round draft pick, to probably not going to be drafted at all. people will say, "well he should work hard and this and that" it's not a good look.

goldie created the depth issues on defense to help his boy. guys want to get up field and get to the qb. Taking athletes and trying to coach them to not use all their athleticism is asinine.


They are trying to teach a defense based on trying to out strength the other team, it's a waste of time.

We haven't beat a good team yet this year- Only NC state has a winning record ( I'm not counting Bethune Cookman)
NCS vs FSU was a fluke. We have to start manhandling (not barely squeaking a win) teams like Ga tech Virginia, UNC Duke, and start being competitive against the big boyz like Notre Dame. We were in the FSU VA Tech and KSU games last year not this year although we have yet to play VaTech. We win 3 of the last 4 we are 7-5- a miniscule improvement considering the teams we played. We win Thursday- most likely we win the Coastal division, and even if the opposing teams are lousy this year, that's a big improvement. Defense doing a little better the last few games
go canes


We haven't beat a good team yet this year- Only NC state has a winning record ( I'm not counting Bethune Cookman)
NCS vs FSU was a fluke. We have to start manhandling (not barely squeaking a win) teams like Ga tech Virginia, UNC Duke, and start being competitive against the big boyz like Notre Dame. We were in the FSU VA Tech and KSU games last year not this year although we have yet to play VaTech. We win 3 of the last 4 we are 7-5- a miniscule improvement considering the teams we played. We win Thursday- most likely we win the Coastal division, and even if the opposing teams are lousy this year, that's a big improvement. Defense doing a little better the last few games
go canes

Posted by: St.Pete cane | October 30, 2012 at 08:20 AM
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Spoken like a factual observer. The games we won this year, nothing to be that proud about, we're suppose to beat those teams. Just like if we beat Virginia tech, nothing to be that proud about, that's what we're suppose to be doing. Like this past week, nothing to be proud about losing to Fsu, it's suppose to be the other way around where, teams are suppose to be giving us good hard fought games but lose.

Until we get back to that mindset of playing games, i go back to what art kehoe said before his first practice back about his philosophy about coaching o-linemen and what they're mindset should be and that's "going after people", than he had to add in that that's also coming from jedd and coach goldie to as well.

This staff needs to re-evaluate the bad weight they allowed asante cleveland to put on, all we heard was how good he looked, but i can tell this staff coming in is more obsessed with our how guys look than anything. That's why they keep trying to bulk up players. Pretty much all of our linebackers are where they need to be weight wise, they get any bigger and all the natural athleticism they have will go out the window, we don't need dzp at 240 pounds, or gionni, kirby and eddie johnson is go where he's at.

We'll see where the defense is at this week as well, v-tech is looking to win games to and since they feel like they own us, they're not coming in here to lose!

Screw all of the BS and lets concentrate on this thursday night at 7:30pm against VT. They deserve a whooping and I truly believe that we're ready to give it to them. Our defense has improved on an effort level which showed in the fswho and UNC game. I'm proud of them and will support them this thursday and if you're a REAL CANES FAN, you will to. Curtis Porter will see some more time which will be great for him and our defense. Dallas Crawford will finally get some more time on the offense. That kid is just too talented to not have him on the field either on defense or offense. I'm really happy that he redshirted so we'll have him for this season and another 3yrs. Davon Johnson needs to be a starting consistently for us. He's simply clutch. I pray that Phillip Dorsett gets his mind right. Lots of talent but if his confidence is down, well we're seen that result. Fisch needs to make aggressive play calls and simply slap people in the face with it. Coach NO D - see: NFL SCOUTS evaluation on your defense and take notes. They know more than you do apparently.

GET THAT COASTAL CANES!!!!

How about Golden play all of the senior players the rest of the season. its their last year and we have 4 losses so we are done for 2012. The freshman are not getting the job done anyway. the staff needs to turn the locker room attitude around......

haters (Jim gallo, Calvin, cane72 etc)- Have you ever heard of the saying, if you dont have anything nice to say dontsay anything at all?

Heres my interpretation of that saying to you all:

S====T=====F=====U!

Lots of yapping cane clowns, won't change the facts that the sorry Hokies will come down to your dUmp rent a stadium and give you another beatdown.
The weather has turned against you clowns, even God is dUmping on you. And I don't mean Sandy you fools, it's cold for you Miami softies. It may even be below 60 degrees for game time. Your USoft girlie players will surely fold again.
What a pathetic train wreck of a program you got.

Here's what i want to know, what's the point of playing curtis porter this year, is he all out of redshirts, cause last year was a waste of time to bring him in and play em too! Than again though, he stays healthy, he'll have all of next year to ball too as well.

Calvin, you said Randy Shannon was a good coach but that he failed because he and his coordinators were paid less than coaches at big state schools.

That was the second reason you gave for Shannon being a good coach and failing, the first of which being debunked with plenty of examples of first year coaches having success.

Can you explain how Miami played in 11 championship games with coaches and coordinators paid less than those at big state schools? Why that held back Shannon and not Schnellenberger, Johnson, Erickson, and Davis?

Or are you, by chance, completely full of sh*t?


Calvin, you said Randy Shannon was a good coach but that he failed because he and his coordinators were paid less than coaches at big state schools.

That was the second reason you gave for Shannon being a good coach and failing, the first of which being debunked with plenty of examples of first year coaches having success.

Can you explain how Miami played in 11 championship games with coaches and coordinators paid less than those at big state schools? Why that held back Shannon and not Schnellenberger, Johnson, Erickson, and Davis?

Or are you, by chance, completely full of sh*t?

Posted by: Not our rival | October 30, 2012 at 10:23 AM
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Simple answer, go back and re-read what i wrote and you'll have your answer, you seem to take things out of context or don't understand, either way, you got it wrong.

Because apparently you're trying to compare the assistants from the 80's, 90's and 2000's to the assistants shannon hired, is that what you want us to believe why shannon should have won.

I'll say it again for you. shannon was the 1st coach since schnelly to have to hire a brand new staff from scratch. No True Hurricane hold overs on staff like all the championship coaches normally had. So shannon went out and got coach barrow, tried to pull some guys up from the Miami area, but when you bringing in nix or nipple as your oc, aubrey hill, jeff stoutland, fluzzi panuzzi, than trying to be loyal and work with guys like coach hurtt em, tim walton and the likes, you're not going to win to many games.

If we go with your assumption, howard, jimmy and dennis would've still won national championships with those same coaches shannon hired.

That was my point about shannon being a 1st time headcoach, he had to learn the hard way about hiring, firing and loyalty. Had he been a first time headcoach at a lower level school, he would've been able to go thru that process unbeknownst to most.

So every time(except when he hired aubrey hill)the next guy he hired was better than the guy that left. He had 2 more changes to make and this team would've been hard to beat, would shannon had made it to a dominant level, would've been the only question remaining, but they would've been hard to beat had he found a better oc and definitely got a real solid special teams coach and just let fluzzi panuzzi coach the tight-ends.

It's not rocket science to see that shannon had way more solid chances of winning most of his games than this team has now. If the offense doesnt' show up. this team is 1 & 7.

Under shannon's in his 1st 2 years:
2007:
Games lost: 7
Avg points lost by: 20

2008:
Games lost: 5
Avg points lost by: 11.4

Under goldie in his 1st 1 1/2 years:
2011:
Games lost:6
Avg points in lost: 5.5

2012:
Games lost: 4
Avg points in lost: 23.5

Somebody going the wrong way. Yet somehow people want us to believe we're not seeing what we're seeing. goldie has the ability and organizational skills to get the job done, while he's telling the players to lay one brick at a time, al needs to check some ofthe bricks on his own coaching staff, they're dragging the team down.


UM5: Go kill yourself. I will be outspoken until this staff is GONE. I know what I see. Golden has to leave and take his staff with him. This program is unraveling and only fantasy cane bloggers cant see it.

1. players leaving
2. parents calling radio stations
3. jr/sr not playing consistantly
4. the worst stats in cane history since the 70's
5. 170th ranked defense out of 120 D1
6. .500 target win/loss - Golden
7. 2013 sanctions
8. No QB

There is not 1 bright spot with this team. In my book and career the sum total of that in any other position in life would have gotten you booted. Golden has had his chance....he got his money, he got his players. he is not a winning coach and there is nothing to contradict that...record is 37-44. What is it you dont understand?

JIM GALLO.....IT'S ONLY HIS SECOND YEAR YOU F'ING IDIOT.....WERE NOT EVEN DONE WITH THIS SEASON YET....ARE YOU THAT STUPID???????

YOU MAKE IT SOOOOOOO OBVIOUS YOUR A FLAMMER....A TROLL...A GAYTURD IN TIGHTS....A PANTHER "NOT ON THE RISE"......SPITSHIRO FROM PRISON.....CANDY RANDY HIMSELF....MR. ROBINSON.....CALVIN CAINS MOMMA....OR SOME OTHER DISGRUNTLED EX UM PERSON, PLAYER OR PARENT. I'M SURE YOUR ONE OF THE AFFORMENTIONED....HAHA....GET A LIFE!! YOUR GOING TO BE VERY DISSAPOINTED AFTER THE NEXT FOUR GAMES!!

I have Jim GALLOWS on DNR (DO NOT READ), Calvin the same..
Both are A*******

A lot of hot air which makes no sense...You are both wasting your time....
No one's buying and I refuse to read your rants..

Please heed the words of @ 1981-2011 UM 5.
S -T -F -U.

Tech has had time to prepare and although the weather has been inclement, they have indoor facilities at Lane for this purpose and they are working on their game plan.
Coach G has indicated that the 'U' has worked on some wrinkles especially in the red zone so it should be a good game.

No dropped passes..good Special teams..consitent play for 4 quarters from Steven..solid defense, and nice running game, and we will win and move on.

Score: 28-10 MIAMI wins.
Go 'Canes Always

"No dropped passes..good Special teams..consitent play for 4 quarters from Steven..solid defense, and nice running game, and we will win and move on."

Man, why can't you be more realistic? How about winning the lotto, or having Santa Claus bring you a Bentley or the tooth fairy putting a few mill under your pillow. You got a better chance at any of these than what you ask for.

I just watched Goldens press conference....that is a worried man. let me tell you class 2016..these coaches have no idea what to do next. You just saw the leader searching for words. This dude is done. Golden will not be able to pull this off. You can see it. players are not allowed to talk to media....you know why...because they are not happy with this staff and Golden wants to muzzle it all. He loses VT that will be 5 losses...if that happens we end up 5-7 year end. make it kiddies.

Our young wide-outs are doing good. Drops happen this time of year with the weather change. These guys playing in cold weather for the 1st time, their hands and timing are off. Takes some getting use to, that's not the problem. Hell you saw guys dropping passes in the nfl all day yesterday, it's that time of year.

As long as they keep getting open they'll start catching more passes, plus these guys have put in alot of work on the offensive end, and jedd has good frame work and scheme for this offense to continue to improve as he should also keep evolving into a better oc as well.

Some of you posters (Gallo, Calvin), HOW OLD R U??? DO you guys just sit around EVERYDAY and think up new BS to blog about Miami? I mean how pathetic your lives must be to just sit around and say pretty much the SAME thing EVERY week. NEITHER one of you know jack about coaching and building a team, and that's not just about sports, but also in the working world.

You BOTH need to let the (instant gratification) thing go. You can't just waltz into a team and bammo, they;re automatically kicking ass. Where were you when we were 4-1? How many teams have a YOUNG squad like we do, who plays a MURDERERS ROW schedule like we do?

You HAVE to give Golden 4-5 years at least. Jeez you boys need to let it go, and concentrate on life for pete sakes. You sure as hell don't know anything about football. By the way, 'stats are for losers and asst coaches, and you aint no asst coach'.

Dumblogic you confirmed your name DUMB..
Go 'Canes Always

Semi retired.....trade from home.....markets closed....blog to pass time......dont worry about me. Dont need gratification....many teams turn around in first year...tons in second. Forget giving Golden 4-5 years.....no way. he is weak, why bother when the inevitable is him leaving. Who wants Dnofrio next year? Golden will not fire him so what is there to look forward too? Stats are for people that want guidence going forward...this staff dosent care about stats and that why they suck. You cant fix a team without first fixing the stats....

Ryan Williams can not beat VT....so there is 5. After 3 stop counting, its over

heres another stat for VT...if VT is allowing 167 defensive yards per game and we allow almost 500...it is a statistical impossibility to win with that ratio...the spread has to be alot more narrow....so based upon that we will lose game....sorry, thats the way it is. Now add a miami offernse that scores an average of 9 points the last 3 games....NO WAY can we win unless a miricle happens.....see green pea, this is above your heard, so keep drawing X's and O's....let me know how that works jr mint.

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