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Canes defense is bigger for sure, but are they going to be better?

Moments after concluding his pre-practice press conference Saturday morning, Hurricanes football coach Al Golden jogged past his defense, shook his head and smiled.

Anthony Chickillo"Man, look at you guys," Golden shouted as he stared particularly at his collection of linemen and linebackers. "Wooh! We got some size baby!"

In case you hadn't heard Golden say it the first time, he said it again Saturday. His team is bigger, more mature. And in college football that matters quite a bit. Aside from that four letter word Golden doesn't want to use (the NCAA), size and maturity have been Miami's biggest obstacles on the field the last two years (specifically on defense).

While the offense hummed with Stephen Morris and Duke Johnson behind the wheel last season, Miami's defense played most Saturdays like they were listening to Miley Cyrus' new song We Can't Stop (as in anybody).

Opponents averaged 30.5 points per game (ranked 82nd out of 120 FBS programs). Quarterbacks had all day to throw (UM's 13 sacks ranked 113th) and the run defense was historically bad (ranked 112th, giving up 217 yards per game). The secondary? Sure, they forced more turnovers (11 INTs, 11 fumbles) but even the worst quarterbacks in the country often looked like Heisman candidates (UM's pass defense ranked 102nd overall and gave up 268.5 yards per game).

Youth, inexperience, lack of depth -- particularly up front -- were the excuses put forth. Most of it valid of course. But those excuses are officially old now.

Especially when Golden says things like this Saturday: "We didn't have anybody not pass the [conditioning] test for the first time since I've been here... They demolished it, absolutely crushed it."

Two years ago -- Golden points out -- half the team couldn't pass the conditioning test. He had everyone out on the field at 5:30 a.m. to do extra conditioning so they could try to be physically ready to go. It took away focus. Saturday the team began fall camp without schedules, Golden said. "We're having the leaders run it," he said.

Junior defensive end Anthony Chickillo, once thrown into the fire as a baby-faced freshman at 6-4, 248 pounds, sat down and spoke to reporters at 6-4, 275 pounds. Remember what it was like that first game at Maryland two years ago, Chickillo was asked?

"I was ready to play mentally, but from a physical standpoint my body wasn't where it needed to be," said Chickillo, who now benches more than 400 pounds, squats around 500, power cleans 350 and recently benched the NFL-testing standard of 225 pounds 29 times (up from 27 last year).

"That's what we've been working on," he continues of getting bigger and stronger. "I want to hold the point [of attack], be more durable, whatever I can to help the team win. I've actually gotten faster with my weight. I'd say I'm more explosive. I feel good.

"We feel like as a defense we got big this off-season. We're proud of that."

The growth in size can be seen everywhere. Sophomore defensive end Jelani Hamilton has gained 14 pounds since last season. He's 6-5, 285 pounds now. Redshirt sophomore David Perry has gained 12 pounds and is now listed at 6-7, 277 pounds.

Defensive tackle Olsen Pierre, once 6-4, 265 as a freshman, is now 6-4, 305 pounds as a junior. Luther Robinson (6-3, 303) has gained 13 pounds since last season. Often-injured Curtis Porter is up eight pounds (6-1, 316).

The linebackers? Denzel Perryman (6-0, 240) and Tyrone Cornelius (6-2, 225) are both 10 pounds heavier than they were last season. Middle linebacker candidate Jimmy Gaines (6-3, 240) has gained eight pounds. Sophomore Raphael Kirby (6-0, 235) has gained a dozen. Former defensive back Thurston Armbrister (6-3, 233) has gained 11 pounds since his first year at linebacker in 2012.

"I thank [conditioning coach] Andrew Swasey everyday," said Perryman, who came to UM weighing 205 pounds and played at 217 as a freshman.

So bigger has been established. Maturity too (bad seeds Gionni Paul, Eddie Johnson, Thomas Finnie are gone). Proving they are better is what they have to do next.

UM defensive coordinator Mark D'Onofrio didn't make it out to practice early enough to address the media Saturday. But the truth is you don't need to hear anything from D'Onofrio until after his unit hits the field on game day. That's when they'll start answering the real questions. If this team is going to be better, defense is where it starts.

Lack of size is no longer an excuse. At least it wasn't Saturday. In fact, for the first time Golden was hooting and hollering about how big his guys looked.

MORE NEWS AND NOTES

> Chickillo, who led the team last season with four sacks, spent the off-season working on his flexibility and refining his technique. He also studied film of NFL stars Chris Long, JJ Watt, Kyle Vanden Bosch and Mario Williams. "I really wanted to see how they get after it," Chickillo said.

> Sophomore cornerback Tracy Howard, who finished his freshman season strong said his goal this season is to produce 10 interceptions. "It's possible," he said. "It hasn't been done before, but with the system we run we're going to have a chance to make a lot of plays."

> Of the criticism of UM's defense, Perryman said he takes it personal. "What's bothered me the most is when I know as a defense it's one of those woulda, shoulda, coulda deals. That one mistake would cost us everything."

Said Howard: "We hear about it day in and day out. We got to prove ourselves, prove it to the coaches. We have to prove we can be a top defense in the country. Even prove it to the fans. They pay their money to come watch us. We owe it to the fans [to be better]."

> UM coach Al Golden said the reason quarterback Stephen Morris and defensive end Shayon Green were chosen as captains is because they've "distinguished themselves .... not just as guys who do their job everyday, but who people will follow."

> UM plans to be careful with the reps of receiver Malcolm Lewis initially, but Golden expects him to be full-go by the time the season starts. Golden is still impressed Lewis is ready to go after his horrific injury last year. "He made the conditioning test," Golden said. "What a marvel of medicine."

> Golden said safety Deon Bush, coming off sports hernia surgery, should be fully integrated into practice in a week. Running back Eduardo Clements (neck) is full-go at practice already.

> Golden said the first 72 hours of camp will be pivotal to seeing which freshmen "can make a run at a position or help the squad." Asked which freshmen he's most excited to see the first names out of Golden's mouth were receiver Stacy Coley, running back Gus Edwards and defensive back Artie Burns.

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Even saban only won 7 or so games his 1st yr, he just didn't have ncaa looming and so.............Bottom line, UF just got a #10 ranking which I think benefits us. if we spank them like expected(they lost a ton of players), then that should shoot us up the polls early in the season, with not many tough games right after the UF game................
#2. We are loaded with Talent , Offense might be the best ever at UM, yes ever.......and D with experience and depth now should be a lot better

Sept 7 is huge. .

Yeah, HarrietTubmanCane and Calvin is one in the same moron, making the same tired attacks that have been disproven time and again. To that end, all you have to do is read Manny's article above that refutes 99% of the lies by Calvina's/HarrietTubmanCane's/"D"/Playthefreshmen/TallyCane/Gallo and the other numerous screen names used by the same moron

RS "coaching up players"....Sam Shields. RS is gone. It's done. Golden is doing great, so far. D'onfrio has this year to step up. Should actually be interesting this year. Soft Schedule is a bummer though.

DUMBLOGIC....your such an idiot....haha....I did not hear excuses today but accolades.

Ahhh dUHHHHHH....UGHHHH dadadada dribble dribble dribble.....thats my picture of you a babbling idiot baby fool drooling from your mouth....

Ahhhh...duh....how does a daaaaa U Tough a daaaaa work?

Idiot....

Yes if Sam Shields is not the poster boy for Shannon NOT "developing a player" I don't know who is.

The fool is the one that puts a de with two bad knees in the flats expecting him to cover one of the fastest tailbacks in the country while in prevent. If we are putting ou lies then why did manny decide to write about a topic that we talk about all the time.how about you write about all of the monuments of nothingness that golden talks about. Excuses.

At Big Al Golden's request Andreu Swasey put together the "U" Tough program that has transformed the Miami Hurricanes into a big, fast, athletic vicious machine.

All of the UM players are raving about Coach Golden's Unity Council. They are very appreciative of the family atmosphere Coach Golden has recreated that had gone missing during the Shannon era.

Football experts across the land still stand in awe of the job Coach Golden did at Temple rescuing a program marked for cancellation. And based on the mess Shannon left and the NCAA horror story that would have killed most any other program it took Coach Golden to save the Canes and has somehow posted a winning record during the most challenging turn around in the history of organized sports...BRAVO!!!

So with all of the mess that Shannon left with this dark cloud hanging over UM why wasn't he implicated in this dark cloud? in fact Shannon is the soul reason Um will probably make it through this disaster. Why did the ad decide to haul A@@? Shannon saw the writing on the wall and everyone else around him went for it? But it's his mess GTFOH.

You sound about as stupid as rush limPbaugh's getting caught with his pill poppn a@@.lol

F uck Shannon, that dude sucked. Never available in summer for his players and a deer in the lights on game day!! If u can't see golden is doing a better job than Shannon ,ur just dumb as a box of rocks. Under Shannon we were a un-disciplined and soft like tissue.

I read this idiot Calvin Gallo and d,my guess it's one idiot w a axe to grind

Goldens got 100 plus on this roster.........I remember during the Shannon era when we barely had enough to dress for road games.............Depth is what wins,. and 1 more class to this team, redshirt year 4 Kevin Olsen, and this team is ready to compete with the alabamas of the world. regularly...........

Dumbo and muschump are in for long sesaons

Tallycane:

Newsflash--you moron--SHANNON WAS FIRED!!!

Let me guess-you (and your 20 different screen names) believe Shannon was fired because of the great job he was doing.

Alquaddin muhammed was a top 4 DE in the country ,enrolled, and he might not see the field this year. ITs called DEPTH BABY.........Keep the FAU's , Savannah States', gators, weak sisters on the schedule and we will go 10-2 11-1 or 12- 0 13-0 after ACC TITLE GAME Yup I Said it...........

Have to go Turds another Cane being inducted to Hall....

Golden/Mark Emmert/Jesus > God

to you ignoramuses.

The UM front seven is considerably bigger and stronger, which delights Golden to no end. My colleague, Manny Navarro, heard Golden telling the linebackers: “Look at you guys. You got some size, baby!” All told, defensive players gained 155 pounds during the summer.

Anthony Chickillo is 277, Curtis Porter is 325 (“with no appreciable gains in body fat,” Golden pointed out). Kelvin Cain has gone from 228 in the spring to 251 today.

At linebacker, Denzel Perryman has gone from 226 to 240, Jimmy Gaines from 218 to 237, and Raphael Kirby from 220 to 237. The linebackers “were undersized and too light” last year, Golden said.

Chickillo said even with the weight gain, “I’ve gotten faster. “We’ve worked on pass rush technique all summer.”

What is your point? All u did was regurgitate the article as if we can't read??

Manny is mocking golden if anything, read the title of the article please. How does this article contradict or disprove anything that the real Canes fans have said?

If anything it begs the same exact questions that we pose everyday. Are they gonna better tho?

only # that counts is wins and losses. Are we gonna move from #117 in defense to what number? Not that some kid gained some weight from 255 to 285...thats just smoke for lambs. In other words, its been the players the whole time, not us coaches at all.

Warren Sapp at his NFL Hall of Fame induction thanks "The U" for asking him to play at Miami.

Sapp L-O-V-E-S Big Al Golden...two Hall of Famers!!!

By the way Calvin...you can stop with the HarrietTubmanCane screen name...you dummy!

Duhh how smart can u be.lol obviously not much to see that Shannon was fired. I have always said that he was part of his own demise by not playing streeter and not firing garbage a@@ whipple. Maybe he couldn't that we will never know. We lost big to kstate, ND and the criminoles and golden didnt look like a deer in headlights. Bc held the ball the 1st golden got her for 38 minutes. Do the math dumb a@@. The same thing the majority of you are saying about Shannon Goldy has one upped him and more. The U is is the hallmark for defense but its okay for him to use excuses of youth and inexperience as the reason for their shortcoming as opposed to correcting the problem or even addressing that there is a problem for that matter. All the while we as die hard hurricane fans see a redshirt freshman win the heisman and another redshirt freshman play in the NC game. Any year that Shannon had any unit ranked three places from the bottom would have immediately got him fired. If Shannon looked like a dear in the headlights golden has to be blind,deft and dumb to say that there didnt need to be any changes. But yet golden has done a great job with the mess that Shannon left to which he has not been implicated in anything. How far have we fallen not to call a spade a spade and look at this for what it is!

I will give golden the benefit of the doubt with sanctions looming and all but the SAPP'S and the IRVIN'S might not be hurricanes let alone be HOF'S if golden was here.

Im not blaming shannon for everything. This all started when miami put coker in charge after butch left. Coker didn't recruit well and it showed the talent level dropped. Randy tried to bring it back but he wasn't up to the job having never been a head coach before and like coker recruited off ratings not actual scouting. The truth is miami's talent level kept dropping. The thing is how many coaches can win with lack of talent, Lack of d line depth which golden inherited. They had 8 qbs,k 15 wr,s 3 dt';s on roster or so it seemed. Then he got hit with this ncaa mess and has had to recruit with all the negative recruiting and done a good job. Everyone expected miami to win 2 maybe 3 games last year. Picked them to finish last in acc. Stewert mandel even said they were worst team in acc and they won 7 games. So please. golden has done a good job with what he has been asked to deal with. Give him 2-3 more years to prove what he can do because he really hasn't had a fair shake in his first few years due to ncaa mess. I thought shannon deserved 5 yrs to prove his worth and he got 4. Everyone expecting miami to win a national title 2 yrs after changing coaches with ncaa over there heads are naive. I don't want mediocrity but i understand what golden has had to deal with , its called being objective. yes i want more titles and yes curse and his gator boys love to rip the canes on here. That said golden deserves a chance to prove what he can do without ncaa mess hanging over his head.

LOL,another Shannon slurper. Golden can't wait to get rid of all of Shannon's tissue paper players. Soft coach gave us soft players. Blaming Whipple is so weak,the deer in the head lights was behind the wheel. I'm just glad golden is hear. Coker and Shannon = garbage

Plus...Calvin d Gallo and hairy who ever, 28-22 and 16-16 in the acc ...yawn..yeah Shannon and j harris were so great and had us in a NC race..lmao

Yup another has joined the u..Bradon Powell..ESPN 4 star

They always say Shannon left goldie no talent but what they fail to point out is, Shannon won 9 games with the same players he left coach goldie with when they were True sophomores, but how come coach goldie got a lot of them as seniors and couldn't win with them.

It's also a lie to say Shannon didn't upgrade the talent or leave coach goldie no talent

Calvin.....your a f'ing moron....you mean the same players he went 7-5 with the year after....remember that year.....the year he lost the last game to USF....when they fired him? HE DIGRESSED THAT YEAR....he went 9-3 in 2009 AND DIGRESSED in 2010 going 7-5 with THOSE PLAYERS YOUR SAYING HE PASSED ONTO GOLDEN.

DUDE ARE YOU THAT DUMB?
WHY DO YOU SIT HERE AND CONTINUE TO PLAY STUPID?
You try to sit here and make Shannon look great but your really embarrassing him...hahahahahah...love it.

Your logic is twisted dude...


Calvin's side of the story:

Shannon had a team that went 9-3 in 2009....

Shannon passed those players onto Golden....

Golden went 6-6 his first year with Shannon's players....many who were from that 2009 team....

Calvin states that AG is a bad coach because he could not win with Shannon's talent that was passed onto Golden....most from the 2009 team....

Facts:

Shannon DID go 9-3 in 2009....

Shannon....IN 2010....with his same now "true juniors"....digressed and went 7-5 losing to USF the last game AND the bowl game....Shannon is fired...like how Calvin omits THAT fact from above??

Shannon does "pass" those now "juniors" onto Golden for his first year....

Golden does go 6-6 his first year with Shannon's guys now seniors....hmmmmm.....wonder why?? Was it because he was a BAD coach or perhaps the following:

Yahoo scandal breaks....

6 MAJOR starters are suspended for the first game against Maryland (loss) WHICH GOLDEN and Co. almost win....

More are suspended through the first six games of the season...including Olivier Vernon who perhaps COULD have helped us tremendously against KState for example....

Calvin...you try to spin your stories but it just isn't working for you dude....give it up already.

So....if AG could not win with Shannon's players in 2011....then you would be willing to admit Shannon digressed in 2009 by going 7-5....A HUGE DISSAPOINTMENT....CORRECT?


WILL THE DEFENSE BE BETTER THIS YEAR ? YES!! BUT HOW MUCH BETTER DEPENDS ON THE PASS RUSH BEING BETTER !! THE TEAM NEEDS AT LEAST 30-40 SACKS. THE SECONDARY MAKING PLAYS LIKE STRIPPING THE BALL AWAY,MAKING INTERCEPTIONS, AND FORVING FUMBLES. THESE ARE THE KEYS TO IMPROVEMENT, NOTICE I DID NOT MENTION STOPPING THE RUN ! THAT'S BECAUSE THAT IS WHERE SIZE AND EXPERIENCE COMES INTO PLAY BUT THAT'S ONLY IF COACH FRANKLIN GETS HIS UNIT TO PLAY. IN SOME GAMES IF THE CANE OFFENSE JUMPS OUT 21-0 THE RUNNING GAME HAS TO BE ABANDON TEMPORARILY AND THE PLAY OF CURTIS PORTER AND PIERRE TOWARD THE END OF THE SEASON REALLY SHOWED IMPROVEMENT AGAINST THE RUN. THE PASS RUSH IS THE KEY. I"VE SAID IT MORE THAN ONCE BUT WATCH THE FIRST TWO GAMES DEFENSIVELY ESPECIALLY THE PASS RUSH. IF THIS DEFENSE HAS IMPROVED THAN AGAINST FAU THERE SHOULD BE SACKS AND MORE SACKS (5 PLUS) AGAINST THE GATORS SAME THING AT LEAST 5. SACKS WILL AND SHOULD LEAD TO INTERCEPTIONS. LET'S SAY CANES BEAT FAU 45-17 WITH ONLY 2 SACKS NO INTS WE ARE IN FOR SOME SERIOUS TROUBLE AGAINST GATORS BECAUSE SURELY THEY HAVE WAY BETTER TALENT THAN FAU. COACH DUNNO SHOULD GO FOR A DOMINATING SHUT OUT PERFORMANCE AGAINST FAU TO SHOW EVERYONE WE ARE GOING TO PLAY DEFENSE THIS YEAR. THE PROBLEMS (EXCUSES) ARE OVER AND IF HE HAS FIXED THE PROBLEMS THAN WATCH THE TEAM IN THE FIRST 2 GAMES. 2-0 WITH GREAT DEFENSE AND WE JUST MAYBE LOOKING AT A 11/12 WIN SEASON. IT'S TIME AND NO MORE EXCUSES !! GO CANES ACC COASTAL CHAMPS !!

LOL..I don't post much here,but Calvin cmon dude. Shannon was a good Guy but a terrible head coach!! How do u even try to argue that? Great recruiting but zero developmental skills.

One word guys: Kumbaya!--please! until we actually see this D stop somebody absolutely zero props. Go earn it on the field!

What did Vernon have do with us having 4 downs to punch in from inside the 5. We lost to vtech game because the d was out of place. Bc held he ball for 38 minutes against us that's bs. We lost at least 4 o those games by three points or less an that us coaching. The same things you all praise golden for is the same things you hate Shannon for. Hypocrites.

Shannon sucked period!!! It was everyone else's fault we were a strong 28-22 under Shannon. Oh wait,it was Whipple's fault,no wait it was the ad,oh wait,it was Shannon . Just glad that time is over!! The U is getting bigger and smarter, unlike the Shannon deer in the head light yrs!!!!!!!!

Tally your as dumb as Calvin....I don't know...perhaps if Vernon is playing we don't need a "last second touchdown" to win the game. Perhaps we stop a few of their "drives" throughout the game.

Duhhhhhhhhhhh

Dumb fans wondering why DBs off 10 yards from line when we have no pass rush. News flash dummies, the better the pass rush the closer the DBs will line up. Coach is playin with what he has.

Jeez you wonder how someone that stupid has time for football, with floors to mop and stuff?

Vernon would have been in the flats. No wonder we can't get pressure.

shannon recruits left for golden:

QB Jacory Harris
QB Stephen Morris
RB Duke Johnson
RB Mike James
FB Maurice Hagens
WR Phillip Dorsett
WR Allen Hurns
LT Malcolm Bunche
LG Jonathan Feliciano
C Shane McDermott
RG Brandon Linder
RT Seantrel Henderson
TE Clive Walford
DE Shayon Green
DE Anthony Chickillo
LB Jimmy Gaines
CB Brandon McGee
S Kacy Rodgers
K Jake Wieclaw
RB Eduardo Clements
WR Davon Johnson
WR Kendall Thompkins
TE Dyron Dye
TE Asante Cleveland
C Jared Wheeler
LG Jeremy Lewis
LB Tyrone Cornelius
S AJ Highsmith
S Vaughn Telemaque
TE David Perry
TE Cory White
DT Curtis Porter
DT Luther Robinson
LB Ramon Buchanan
OT Ben Jones
S Ray-Ray Armstrong
OL Jermaine Barton
LB Kelvin Cain
RB Darion Hall
RB Storm Johnson
DT Jeffery Brown
DB Devont'a Davis
LB Travis Williams
DB Jamal Reid
LB Kevin Nelson
DB Keion Payne
TE Andrew Tallman
TE Billy Sanders
FB CJ Holton
WR Aldarius Johnson
DB Thomas Finnie
WR Travis Benjamin
DB Alonzo Highsmith
RB Lamar Miller
DL Micanor Regis
DL Marcus Robinson
LB Sean Spence
WR Tommy Streeter
DL Oliver Vernon
DB JoJo Nicolas

13-11, 8-8 conference and no bowl appearances......

take out shannnons guys and golden/dnofrio are winless.....

if that roster was left for urban meyer and hid DC pick...UM would be playing for the national championship.....

cane walks, fake TD's in sunlife, orange ties and unity counsels are all gimmicks....just because you think now you build the fastest race car doesn't mean you will win the race.....

these are the stats that have to be beat and frankly they should be that hard to beat.....

2007: #33 defensive rank
2008: #28 defensive rank
2009: #29 defensive rank
2010: #22 defensive rank

Al golden

2011: #45 defensive rank
2012: #116 defensive rank

2010 - Before Al Golden

total offense - 5499 yards / 44 TD's - #31 rank
total defense - 4203 yards / 37 sacks for 241 yrd loss / 16 INT's - #22 rank

2011 – Al Golden

total offense - 4533 yards / 41 TD's - #70 ranked
total defense - 4319 yards / 23 sacks for 118 yrd loss / 6 INT's - #45 ranked

2012 – Al Golden

total offense - 5282 yards / 45 TD's - #36 ranked
total defense - 5837 yards / 13 sacks for 86 yrd loss / 11 INT's - #116 ranked

al golden/dnofrio need to beat a #31 raking on offense and a #22 ranking on defense....those are his bench marks.....until then all this press is nothing but psych-babble....

Going out on a limb and stating that the Canes will go Undefeated this year 12-0. There schedule is very favorable. We now have a nole, gaytor type non-conference schedule for a change. I truly believe that we can get by the Gaytors and noles to grab a top 4-5 spot in the season ending poles.

The Gaytors are going to fold like a broken beach chair this year, and the Noles don't have the experience from last year, especially at QB.

Go Canes, back to the Big Time - Can't wait

bloggers have no idea whats happening outside on UM in the NCAA......

look at the NEW top 10 coaches, they ALL have a common trait.....they have winning records right out of the gate in their careers..

1. alabama - nick saban 51-30 / 4 bowl appearances
2. ohio state - urban meyer 70-16 (5)
3. oregon - chip kelly (former) 46-7 (4)
4. stamford - david shaw 23-4 (2)
5. gerogia - mark richt (former UM QB...can you believe that) 72-19 (7)
6. texas am - kevin sumlin 46-19 (3)
7. s carolina - steve spurrier 59-23 (4)
8. clemson - dabo swinney 40-21 (5)
9. louisville - charlie strong 25-14 (3)
10. florida - will muschamp 18-8 (2)

UM - al golden 40-45 (1)

these guys don't have it....you will all see

Galloinda,

Quit wasting space with your incessant lists. Long lists have been proven to shorten your unit. Have you been wondering where it went?

Shannon didn't develop anyone. He didn't even use the resources he had for proper strength and conditioning. If he were any good as a hc he'd have a job at one of the 120 teams. He doesn't. He doesn't even have a dc job.

I like how these same idiots fail to point out that while the record was 7 & 5 in 2010 how many games did jacory miss, and Shannon and crew had to start True freshman smo17 and we 2 & 2 with hi starting barely lost the UVA game and should've won the usF game, would've been another 9 win season to possibly 10 win season, mark nipple blew the usF game along with the defense. Fact, jacory never lost to uVA when he finished the game against them.

smo17 is 0 & 2 against them, so for idiots to be that stupid to not realize that at the end of the day Shannon left a team with goldie that should've won at least 9 to 10 games if coach goldie was somehow head & heels above Shannon as a headcoach. Instead under coach goldie, we got weaker as a team. No matter how many players have come in in great shape as coach goldie has said, he said the team was in way better shape last year than when he first got here, but where did that get us. So Shannon's so called out-of-shape teams have been better than coach goldie's in-shape teams.

This is not about whether Shannon was a great or good coach, it's about whether it was a waste of time to bring al "mediocre" goldie, cause as it stands right now, he's not better than coach Shannon, and for a guy going into his 8th year as a headcoach, this team should be doing real work against other teams, but coach goldie coaches like he's a young headcoach just starting out with no experience.

This team is being built on confidence they can blast the combine but not other teams. That type of focus means nothing come game-day. goldie is more caught up in how players look physically than how they're actually playing on the field. People complaining about that 2009 team, saying it got pushed around against Wisconsin, last time I checked, Wisconsin only scored 20 points and with us having the ball last could've won the game, but it was obvious j70 was hurt.

To many clowns in here have no football knowledge whatsoever, it's like trying to watch a UM game with your girl who knows nothing about football but is trying to test U to see who gets more passion/attention the game or her.

"I like how these same idiots fail to point out that while the record was 7 & 5 in 2010 how many games did jacory miss"

Calvin your dumb logic AGAIN....YOU want give Shannon "a pass" because Jacory was not playing.....BUT...you STICK it to Golden his first year when he was MISSING 6 starters for the first 6 games....

Once again....your "spin" is not working....look look dumber with every post.

BS.....put those guys listed in the hands of urban meyer - steve spurrier - charlie strong - mark richt and guarantee UM is in top 10.....that would be a certainty...

dnofrio really?......keep dreaming and drink the kool aid

Kumbaya,
the circle of life,
unity council,
community organizer,
cookouts by the campfire,
we are family I got my sisters and me,
bar B Q,
7 - 6, can't stop anyone,
Duke hung 500 yards on us,
we are young, heartache to heartache,
but we are U strong
record setting efense,
but we will not change a thing
Golden knows best
and he has a record to prove it
Kumbaya..........

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