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Gameday blog: Miami at Virginia

The Canes (5-4, 4-2 ACC) are playing in Charlottesville this afternoon and taking on a 3-6, 1-4 Virginia team minus four starters: WR Rashawn Scott (suspended indefinitely), LB Eddie Johnson (didn't make the trip), S Deon Bush (stinger) and LB Denzel Perryman (ankle).

Kickoff is set for noon and the game can be seen on ABC.

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HigherPowered you are absolutely right. With sanctions looming we have seen the end of the Hurricanes. Golden CANNOT win a single game that counts. Please fire him and his staff. I have been a Golden apologist since day one. NO MORE!!!!

There's at least 1 hot seat on the staff...and if it isn't D'Onofrio's...it is getting warmer under Al's, because this cannot continue. No improvment from BC...none...there's glipses and then regressions. That is not improvement.

Dnaforio shouldn't even be coaching high school football. Tommie Finne is the worst DB in Canes history

Think about how far we have fallen. We are now struggling and loosing to Virginia and North Carolina. We have not even come close to playing for an ACC title, let alone a National title. We now have to play with defenders who would not even have been on the team back in the 1980s thorugh about 2006. Add to that, the stadium is now 30 miles from campus. We whould take our medicine and hire Bobby Petrino. We will be 11-1 in about 3 years, just guard the interns and ban motorcycles from campus. It is sad.

I like and think CAG is a good coach, but with games like this, this is what makes the Jim Gallo's of the world have a leg to stand on. I know that we did not have 3 starters on the defense, but to blow a 10 point 4th quarter lead and lose to UVA AGAIN, when Mike London was talked about being on the hot seat is totally UNACCEPTABLE!!! London's biggest win each year is against Miami.

Again, this is an UNACCEPTABLE loss. I am not saying CAG should be in trouble, but he needs to get his house (team) in order. Losing this game with all these thing on the line is mind boggling. We were given a safety by the officials and we still lost this game. The defense took a terrible step backwards today. This loss hurts recruiting and CAG. The kids on the offensive side of the ball deserve better than this. One questions, why did Jedd Fisch run the ball on all 3 downs when we got the ball after the safety. that was sooooooo stupid, especially thew run on 3 and 7. He knew that our defense had not really stopped them all day long. Let Morris throw the ball. Hoerrible play calling by Fisch on that series.

And that Ahole wonders why no one shows up to the games

The problem is we are coaching and play calling as if we were more talented than the other team. If we had the 2001 'Canes out there, then fine, call it that way...but I don't see any 1st rounders in the 2013 Draft out there (Duke is a few years off)...BE INVENTIVE. TAKE RISKS. WIN TH DARN GAME. It's not like you are undefeated and have an NC on the line!

Best thing that could happen to this team. Hope now Donna self imposes the bowl ban. Sorry folks I love the Canes but you don't win games or bowl games with no defense. Its been an embarrassment since game 1. Why would anyone want this team to go to Charlotte and be blown out again by FSU. Take the ban and stay home and practice your middle of the field coverage and hope Golden wakes up and gets rid of his boy Donofrio.

Im not watching another um game as long as it has that same defense coordinator, How did het let that happen and if golden backs him he need to go too...

Canes life good post totally agree. Fish Golden Dnafrio needs to go!

Even if they stumble into qualifying for the ACC championship by beating Duke, UM should drop out and reduce future sanctions. Bad coaching decisions today and horrible pass defense as usual. DUKE JOHNSON IS AWESOME. where would the canes be without him this season?

FIRE GOLDEN.HE LOST A WINNABLE GAME WHEN MIDWAY IN THE 4TH QUARTER THE CANES WERE UP 2 TD S.HE WENT CONSERVATIVE/PLAYED "NOT TO LOSE" AND "SETTLED" FOR 2 PUNTS ON THE FINAL 2 CANE DRIVES.I WAS SCREAMING AT MY TV FOR HIM TO GO PASS/PLAY AGGRESSIVE AND HE CALLED CRAPPY RUN PLAYS.THAT IS WHERE THE GAME WAS LOST.JIMMY JOHNSON OR DENNIS ERICKSON....I PROMISE YOU....WOULD NEVER HAVE LOST THIS GAME.RIGHT THERE SHOWS HOW WEAK-MINDED AND INTIMIDATED TO WIN GOLDEN IS.I LOST RESPECT TOTALLY FOR HIM NOW......WITH HIS LACK OF INTELLIGENT COACHING.HE IS A LOSER...IT HAS NOW COME FULL CIRCLE.EVEN HIS BUDDY....JJ MUST BE EMBARASSED AND THINKING MUCH LESS OF GOLDEN S COMPETENCE.GOLDEN FAILED THESE KIDS THIS GAME....BIG TIME.HE LOST THE GAME AND HE NEEDS TO ADMIT IT...FOR THE TEAM....NOT FOR ME.HE IS A COLOSSAL LOSER AS A COACH.FRANKLY....I M SHOCKED/SURPRISED AND THOUGHT BETTER OF THE GUY......UNTIL THIS GAME.HE IS AN ABSOLUTE LOSER.

One word: SOFT. (and it pains me to say it as I've been a supporter and been holding out, giving the benefit of the doubt - no longer)

Hope these bums who were suspended enjoyed watching that mess. They should just be kicked off the team entirely. Failed their teammates and their coaches. Just expel all of them. We're not going anywhere with these sanctions anyway.
What a mess this program is! Just awful!

No wonder no one comes to the games.

worst play call in history not to throw on third down late to win it bad decision by jedd

Anyone know how old JJ is? Can someone go fish him out of the keys? He doesn't eed the money, so we can actually afford him!

This is so unacceptable from a coaching staff every qb who plays agaisnt us looks like a first round draft pick. we have no defense at all and i put that on the coaches.

(and yes, i was kidding)

Pathetic.

Two series to control the ball and win the game.

On the first, Fisch calls a stupid pass, then a run, then another stupid pass. Running the ball made sense to control the clock.

On the last, 3 running plays and no first downs. Big O line? So what.

Score 40 and lose. You could see it coming.

I have seen enough of Al Golden and his staff.

Find a big time coach or we will remain mired in mediocrity. These guys are MAC coaches at best.

Truly pathetic. Disgusting.

I think Golden lost a lot of supporters today. Sure lost me. Had an easy road to the ACC Championship and he can't deliver. Sorry Golden you are a loser.

You people act like you expected something different today. This has been our team all season. Not worse, not better. Bandwagon punks. No wonder no one goes to games, they figure they will sit by some of you. Even the herald does all it can to hurt this team, same as you. These young canes went on the road and played hard. And lost. Get over it. GO CANES ALWAYS If I quit, who do you think will come here to coach. Think about that, cause it won't be anyone who you have ever heard of. And shannon aint coming back, thank goodness. He was the worst in 40 years. Can't recruit, can't coach. shannon was a bum, and a big part of the ncaa sanctions. This is a canes blog, all you turd pigs get lost. clue, bert and especially jerry

Sorry, but Golden sounds stupid.
He says the TO near the goal line "really hurt them".
What? They held, got the ball in good position and scored in less than a minute.
Coach, it;s your defense. No one, I say no one comes to play.
Rather they run away from plays.

Good one: What does the current Miami Coaching staff have in common with the Guy in DC??

They are GR8 at BLAH BLAH BLAH but have a pathetic record to show for>>>jajajaja

This was pathetic. So many chances to put the game away and still can't do it. This was by far the worst performance of the year.

I believe Chick is only in his second year. Just saying. The Defense is dreadful.

ATRUEFAN, you're a moron. If we lost a game by being outplayed, i'd agree with you, but we were outCOACHED. The kids are kids, but the coaches are pro's who get paid. Yes, they don't make as much as SEC or B1G coaches, but they make more than your avg football fan and should get flamed when they cost us games. Get a life.

Golden s incompetence as a HC came full circle today.His vanilla calls near the Virginia 40 yard line on Miami s final 2 drives......"allowed/gave permission" for Virginia to move on down the field twice on the Canes toilet paper defense.Jimmy Johnson or Dennis Erickson NEVER would have lost this game.Golden lost it by wimping out/not playing aggressive offense on Miami s final 2 drives.both drives had run calls on 2nd and 3 rd down?????How risky was that????THAT was INCOMPETENCE ON GOLDEN S PART.NO POINTS WERE SCORED ON MIAMI S FINAL 2 DRIVES.GOLDEN NEEDS TO BE FIRED/I DON T CARE ABOUT HIS NICE PERSONALITY ANYMORE.HE S A PATHETIC AND LOSER OF A COACH.HE S NOT SMART ENOUGH TO "KNOW HOW TO WIN".THIS WAS STILL A VERY WINNABLE GAME.GOLDEN ABSOLUTELY FAILED HIS TEAM AND THE MIAMI PROGRAM ONCE AGAIN.GOLDEN NEEDS TO GO.GOLDEN NEEDS TO BE FIRED.

no lead is big enough, when you have the worst d in college

Golden ain't far behind buddy. So fans can't criticize there teams. Thanks for the insight. Get real. The true turd is you, Now take another sip of that Kool Aid.

The only bright spot on this pathetic team is Duke and we better hope he doesn't excersise his option to leave when the sanctions come down.

I go to the games, but games like this are why others fans do not show up to the games. I am sorry, but CAG has not won a big game in his 2 years here. Coker, won an NC and we were jobbed in another one (I don't care if it was with Davis's players). He also took us to 3 straight BCS games. We had a huge win against #3 Va Tech up in Blacksburg in '05.

Shannon got blown out 48-0 to UVA, I understand that and he lose to USF at home, but he won 2 out of 3 against FSU, and at least beat a #8 Oklahoma at home 21-20 (it could have been 28-20, but we took at knee inside the Okie 5 yard line). I know we just beat Va Tech 30-12 at home, but this year Va Tech, is not Va Tech. I wish CAG all the best, but he has not won a big game at UM and losses games (UNC, UVA this year and last year and other I do not have the time to go over)he should win. I believe he is a better coach the Shannon, but he (especially his DC) needs to start showing it. Again, an UNACCEPTABLE loss.

VA is the bottom of the Coastal and we cannot put them away? What a joke! Sanctions or not, UM does not deserve to back into a title shot much less a high profile bowl game. This football team needs to quit wasting our time!!!

This was was one of the worst collapses I've ever seen in my 31 years as a season ticket holder. Even knowing we have the worst pass defense in the ACC, our offensive calls were made that guarenteed our defense would be out there to lose the game.
We just don't learn how to cover up our weaknesses.
I just cancelled my trips to Durham and Charlotte!

Can't stop the run, can't stop the pass, can't even stop the fukn clock. The d should be taken out back and put down. PATHETIC!

How in the world do you go conservative with a slim lead as the one we held. Three straight downs you ran the ball. That defense couldn't stop a peewee team, yet you expect them to stop a quartback who was lighting our beinds up.
Then you didnt use one f.ucking timeout, what were you saving them for next year. You had two chances to end the game on fourth down yet you refuse to call a timeout for a struggling and tired defense. We were out of position for f.ucks sake.
When you you play to the clock, you play to lose. I remember a time when we didnt care about how much we were up by, we were sumply going out to WIN. Golden you and your crew have embrassed a fan base which was once proud. I fly my flags everytime i drive, its just a shame that no one else beleives anymore, not even the coaching staff. Duke Johnson do yourself a favor and transfer you make us all proud canes!

One, there was no safety. The VT QB was on the one foot line. But Miami got the ball back and should have scored or run some time off the clock. Piss poor offensive and head coach.

The game was lost in the first quarter with D'O DC giving up 21 points by playing his prevent-the-win, no blitz, no man to man pass coverage, just zone pass coverage.

If you play zone pass coverage as golden and his DC do, you will get picked apart by even a high school QB because there is so much space between receivers and the DBs. Easy pitch and catch.

And everytime the Cane players get to third and long, D'O goes into his prevent the win soft defense.

You can not fix stupid. golden and his coaches are stupid as is shalalala for hiring them as are Miami alums for not raising hell or demanding all of them be fired.

BTW, Florida won 8-1. I guess they must have a smarter alum, directors, president, coaching staff than the Canes. I was hoping UL could hang on. But FL's last scoring drive was against a UL prevent the win, zone pass defense. Easy pitch and catch for FL. OMG, just like Miami's stupid, worthless DCs zone pass, no blitz defense.

South Florida may have Al Golden given that call like Shannon. lol

Warm up the airplane and get the spelling right on the banner. Its spelled D-'-O'N'O'F'R'I'O.

My BOLD PREDICTION...

Pro Player or Landshark or Joe Robbie or whateverTF it's called will be straight CRICKETS for the USF game. They're going to need to tailor make tarps that cover entire sides of the stadium.

Absolutely the most pathetic Miami defense I have seen. The Cane's defense is the same as when the season started, a sieve. No progress at all. I have seen NO IMPROVEMENT at all! The coaching has been poor. What a frustating year and I have been following the Canes since the days of Don Bossler. I am not sure yet about Golden but the Defensive Coach is useless and should be terminated!

The worst defensive performance I can remover since two weeks ago. Fire the def coordinator, fire Golden and start over with Butch Davis. This is pathetic. Davis did this once before.

HI. My name is Al Golden, and i have a contract through 2019. Sokeep writing the "fire golden" stuff, cause I aint goin nowhere. 2 Mil a year, guaranteed. Would you leave. Actually, the only ones i answer to are donna, and the 30000 who show up to games. None of you even matter. Your small minded blogs are proof of your stupidity. If I left, this program would shut down. Which, I'm sure you not smart enough to know, supports most of the athletics here. So we can shut it down, I still get 2 Mil, and no BB, Baseball, nothing. Have a great day

Golden, if you blame the kids...so help me!!!!

the kids did not execute.

it was manny's fault, the kids were thinking about the bowl game

we are young

it waqs cold

I still get paid. and the last one should say, was.

wow sad just "ANOTHER" wasted yr when things were close to a 8-4 season and a ship game, to a 7-5 or 6-6 season and a should be self imposed post season ban again!!!! future could be better,-- offensivly, but if the D co-ord stays in place I think we will never reach our goals in Miami....

It ain't the Cane players. Miami's problem is piss poor coaching and stupidity like zone pass lack of coverage, no effective blitzes, and on offense, passes out to the flat for no gains.

golden and his staff just do not understand the game of football, offenses and defenses. And they are too arrogant and too lazy to study the really great teams like Lombardi's packers, Shula's Dolphins. Schnell brought success to Miami with Shula's playbooks and his experience playing for Shula.

I suspect that Miami will have 3 or 4 more years of this mediocre crap, then hire some untried new coach and repeat the cycle. Twenty years ago, south Florida had Shula's dolphins and Miami Hurricanes and Championship teams and smart coaching and knowledgeable fans. 5 NCs and 3 more almosts are a distant memory. If Miami will not fire shalalala and golden, then, it should probably give up football.

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