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Canes crack Top 25 for first time under Golden, Linder earns ACC honor and Bush looks iffy for UF

Cracking the Top 25 USA Today Coaches poll might not mean a whole lot to Miami Hurricanes players, but it does count for something in the Al Golden era.

It's the first time Miami is ranked under his leadership.

You might not remember this, but it took Randy Shannon a little less time (10th week of his second season) to crack the Top 25. Golden obviously had a lot more on his plate than Shannon did with the NCAA probe dangling overhead from the start.

Miami fell out of the AP Top 25 under Shannon after just one week by losing to Georgia Tech 41-23 on the road. The following season, Miami began the season unranked, but opened with a 38-34 win over Florida State to get into the Top 25 poll. Then the Canes beat 14th-ranked Georgia Tech 33-17 and climbed all the way up into the Top 10 (No. 9) before losing 31-7 at Virginia Tech the following week. Those 2009 Hurricanes, however, finished 9-4 and remained in the Top 25 poll the rest of the season.

If Miami loses to Florida Saturday, the Canes would likely slip out of the poll. Golden, 2-3 against his first five ranked opponents (Shannon was too to start his career), gets the Gators (9th in USA Today, 12th in AP) this week.

Opportunity for a signature win? Absolutely. If you think about it, Miami really hasn't had one yet under Golden. The 17-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes they beat in 2011 finished 6-7. The 22nd-ranked Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets finished 8-5. Beating these Gators would definitely elevate Golden and Miami's status, show recruits the program really is on an upward climb. 

"It's obviously a big game, but the biggest thing for us is to focus on what we can control," Golden said when asked if this game might serve as a benchmark. "Everything else that surrounds it, we have no impact on."

BUSH STILL FEELING DISCOMFORT IN GROIN

Sophomore safety Deon Bush started six games for Miami last season as a true freshman. We still aren't sure if and when he'll start another.

Bush, who had sports hernia surgery this summer, told me he still feels discomfort and hasn't been completely cleared yet to play in a game even though he's wearing a green "full-go" jersey and practicing.

"I'm getting there. I'm working each day to improve, working with the trainer. The trainer is doing a great job," Bush said.

When will you be ready?

"When I'm able to go out there and perform at a good level," he said. "I don't want to go out there in the game if I'm not 100 percent healthy."

Do you expect to be back this season? Could you redshirt?

"That's not part of the plan," Bush said. "I definitely should [be back]."

> Quarterback Stephen Morris earned this week's quote of the week. Told Miami had just missed out on making it into the AP Top 25, Morris said: "I could give two you know whats about it. My focus is I have to get the locker room ready … what we have to do on Saturday."

> Hurricanes right guard Brandon Linder was named ACC co-Offensive Lineman of the Week by the league office Tuesday. Linder shared the honor with Clemson sophomore center Ryan Norton.

It’s Linder’s second ACC weekly honor. He named ACC Offensive Lineman of the Week on Nov. 15, 2010, as a freshman. Linder is the first Miami Hurricane offensive lineman to earn an ACC weekly honor since Nov. 7, 2011, when center Tyler Horn was named Co-Offensive Lineman of the Week. The Hurricanes ran for over 300 yards against FAU.

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This paper loves taking shots at randy Shannon. He wasn't given as nearly much support as Golden has been giving. Shannon is the past get over it. I love miami but shoot will Golden ever get them to the top?

Where can I get a c#ck-meat sandwhich?

Golden is Einstein compared to Shannon. IF you can't tell the difference, you are beyond a moron.
Posted by: THE REAL DON SOLDY | September 03, 2013 at 03:08 PM

Evidenced by what? Since the difference is so apparent it shouldn't be that difficult to substantiate your claim. Remember U can't use appearance based reasons since they tend to be subjective. Just use stats and results. I'll wait.

The only difference I see is their pronunciations of the word "freshmen" and Shannon's love for the phrase 'flying around."


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Posted by: Five Titles | September 03, 2013 at 03:26 PM

This is not a Top 25 team. This ranking is based on the "sexiness" of the team and the lore and the marketing ability. This is not a bonafide top anything team and it will show itself in a matter of weeks. UF is not a joke. Pitt is not a joke. Does UM play Clemson this year????

So, Cool Cat, which team, that does not have sexiness and lore and marketing ability, did we knock out of the Top 25? 8-5 Baylor for beating Wofford? 7-6 Michigan State for beating western Michigan? or that 7-6 Ole Miss team that squeaked past Vanderbilt?

the same was said about will muschamp...but HE can't win a championship, I won 2.


This paper loves taking shots at randy Shannon. He wasn't given as nearly much support as Golden has been giving. Shannon is the past get over it. I love miami but shoot will Golden ever get them to the top?

Posted by: W | September 03, 2013 at 04:03 PM

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Insightf U l post Hurricane loyalist.

Yes, Coach Randy Shannon was NEVER accepted by the South Florida college football media-nexus.

Even the Miami BIG DOLLAR boosters and alumni NEVER felt good about the Shannon hire and what not.

Heck, dare I say that APPROXIMATELY 50% of the Canesapce/eoth crowd had their doubts, too. Eh. What say.

And finally in Shannon's final season, that Canespace/eoth Good Ol' Boy mob came with their ANTI-Shannon VENOM and what not. hUh.


No wonder the bloody VAST MAJORITY of major college football fandom LAUGH at the Miami fan-hood. Get outta' here with that conspiracy chatter, Weirdo!

Pitt is a joke and no Clemson is in the other division..

Rankings don't matter. Just win, baby.

Starting to feel the offense has to play particularly well to win, because that's our only clear-cut edge. Pass and catch has to be on point.

Can't expect to just go toe-to-toe with these guys all day. Ball control is what they do.


This is not a Top 25 team. This ranking is based on the "sexiness" of the team and the lore and the marketing ability. This is not a bonafide top anything team and it will show itself in a matter of weeks. UF is not a joke. Pitt is not a joke. Does UM play Clemson this year????

Posted by: 'Cool 'Cat | September 03, 2013 at 04:36 PM


I disagree. We'll see what's what noon-time Saturday.


Pitt is a joke and no Clemson is in the other division..

Posted by: Informed thoughts plz | September 03, 2013 at 04:57 PM

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Perhaps Pitt is a farce and what not.

However, the Panthers are the absolute STRONGER team than F.A.U.

And F.S.U. did start a RS-freshmen at QB. A position which happens to be the most IMPORTANT position on offense, arguably speaking. If not the most crucial position on the entire team.

Hey 'Cool Cat',
We WILL play Clemson in the ACC championship game.


Hey 'Cool Cat',
We WILL play Clemson in the ACC championship game.

Posted by: raymond roy | September 03, 2013 at 05:12 PM
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I wouldn't make any reservations for Charlotte! It could cost you some dollars and what not.

Then, there's the prestigious N.C.A.A. and their forthcoming announcement regarding Miami's punishments. dUh


This paper loves taking shots at randy Shannon. He wasn't given as nearly much support as Golden has been giving. Shannon is the past get over it. I love miami but shoot will Golden ever get them to the top?

Posted by: W | September 03, 2013 at 04:03 PM


He had internal support from the top, and that's what matters most. He definitely was no Al Golden in terms of being a communicator so--from the media perspective--he was more of a shut in. He seemed very un-enchanted when it came to the media so I guess the feeling was mutual? But that's not unreasonable or impactful on his job as HC

ESPN's/ABC's Herbie will give y'all an OBJECITVE take on the winner of the Hurricane vs. Gator game.

Where's my gun?

The quote below speaks to the Coaching of the best coach in college football, Al Golden:
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Quarterback Stephen Morris earned this week's quote of the week. Told Miami had just missed out on making it into the AP Top 25, Morris said: "I could give two you know whats about it. My focus is I have to get the locker room ready … what we have to do on Saturday."
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Coach Golden has taught our kids composure and leadership on and off the field. You see it clearly in their interviews. The kids under the last regime would have been talking trash like they did before the last game against Virginia in the Orange Bowl instead of focusing on their assignments--talk softly and carry a big arse stick! This top flight coaching will pay great dividends come this Saturday. The Gators aren't going to know what hit them and by the 4th quarter most of them will be looking through the earholes on their helmets.

First, who is Randy Shannon. Second, I'm surprised UM isn't ranked higher just for the TV ratings. It happens a lot if you watch the polls


Second, I'm surprised UM isn't ranked higher just for the TV ratings.

Posted by: delandcane | September 03, 2013 at 05:34 PM

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And, your post bloody well indicates how DENSE and NAIVE you be! dUh


"This is not a Top 25 team. This ranking is based on the "sexiness" of the team and the lore and the marketing ability."

Posted by: mahoney-pearson | September 03, 2013 at 05:02 PM

Revolutionaries are sexy and carry a lore. We embrace it, and can no more run from our past successes than we can from our failures. That said, all pre-season rankings are bunk. You can't single out any one team (especially one who remains unranked) to prove your point. We were unranked and still are so i'm not sure why you feel the need to comment. There are plenty of teams above us that you can say the same for but you're not trolling their blogs.

Which brings me to my next point; the U can't outrun the haters either. It's the mystique, they love it. They wish they had it and wanna be down so bad. They can't just focus on their own teams/lives, no, they're so entranced that they have to pick up the internet telephone and breathe heavily on the other end. Hiding in the bushes like obsessed stalkers waiting to lash out. Tell []_[] how much []_[] suck...When they know they luv []_[].

Looking for to Saturday. How bout U.

I'll go on record and state this POIGNANT piece of Hurricane tidbit or two. Eh. What say.

I-F Miami wins on Saturday, and that's an immense I-F!! The Hurricanes will finish in the Top 10 after the regular season ends. hUh.

Because only F.S.U. has the TOTAL team to defeat the Canes this season.

Yeah, yeah I've been harping endlessly, that Goldie's squad will finish with a... 9-3 record. So what!

Hey Morris, it is put up or shut up.
Call an audible and throw out the coaches' long hail mary passes and hit 7 and 15 yard slant passes over the middle and pick up each and every first down and you will win.

Tell your def players you want three and outs by four man def. fronts crashing straight up into the gator backfield, LBs up close, eschew d'o's insane worthless, loser zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzone NO def.

This is a no brainer, well except for dumb blacks who could not get into UM unless they were dumber than goldie and d'o and listened to them like Pitt players listened to zone defense Pitt coaches.

This could be the last year UM plays FSU and UF in the same year: And guess what: This FSU QB can play. UF wants bragging rights and they might get 'em against UM.

I was not happy with what I saw from the O Saturday, especially when U consider that some of those guys have been together for at least a full year.

Jimbo wants the whole enchillada this year, trust me. Technically, UF will play spoiler and ruin it for somebody.

Again, U of Louisville is the second coming of Boise State, plays just two good teams and has star players. Bridgewater will finish in Top 5 for Heisman.

Clemson is an up and down team. U don't want to play them while they're up. I still cannot figure how Ellington went in the 6th round.


No team in the US has better players than UM.
The questions are: 1. Will that make them better or worse knowing that. Will they play up to that standard like Stanford or get fat heads and stumble instead of staying focused?

and 2. Will the coaches and players grow a brain and start watching Sabin's game films to learn how to play defense as I have espoused here, 4 down def. linemen, LBs up close, man to man pass coverage.

If not, then turn in your uniforms. Hurricane season is over. goldie and d'o are just hot air bags.

ABC/ESPN's Herbie says the winner on Saturday will be the team with the QB who makes the least blunders.

ESPN/ABC's in-resident major college football expert ( That be Herbie. ) says that Florida has the RB stable to wear down Miami's defense.

However, the Hurricanes have the DEPTH on the " front seven, " to withstand the Gators running attack on High Noon Saturday. Eh. What say.


By the way, Miami's team defense is now nationally ranked...

NO.20

And the Hurricane team offense is nationally ranked...

NO.30

going into Saturday's nationally televised game. dUh.

It begs the question... are both Goldie and D'Onofrio ready for the pressure of coaching in the BIGGEST GAME of their young college football careers.

Because I-F Miami defeats the mighty Gators this Saturday. The Hurricanes will be ranked in the Top 10 at the conclusion of the regular season. hUh.

all this per-accomplishment talk is just that...TALK....first you have to beat Florida...until that happens just psycho-babble......

also...duke faltered before the end of season: he is not a 250/300 carry back

nc state - 12/39 yards
ND - 8/22
NC - 14/47
fsu - 9/27

he was weak midway.....golden needs a dual threat


Which brings me to my next point; the U can't outrun the haters either. It's the mystique, they love it. They wish they had it and wanna be down so bad. They can't just focus on their own teams/lives, no, they're so entranced that they have to pick up the internet telephone and breathe heavily on the other end. Hiding in the bushes like obsessed stalkers waiting to lash out. Tell []_[] how much []_[] suck...When they know they luv []_[].

Looking for to Saturday. How bout U.

Posted by: mahoney-pearson | September 03, 2013 at 05:42 PM

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Great post Mahoney!

ron zook, five titles and ni-fi-tu ...

how's life in candy cane fantasyland ?

if you watched both games....UM and Florida, Florida absolutely looks sharper......

driskel was hot 6 for 6 right out of the gate....Um offense looked mediocre....there is no excuse for that, especially with the experience and size....

Florida is smaller and younger....no way UM should lose on paper.....but golden/dnofrio are weak.....trust me on this.....they will get out coached saturday.....Um will lose....you'll see.

Gallo you're such a sh*t for brains.

Toledo is slow on defense- UM would have put at least 34 on them.

If there weren't 3 or 4 dropped passes, with 3 of them td's the offense would've looked much better. Coley was doing some testing against FAU to use against UF, and I think he sees that we need short passes, until we get in sync, and then we can throw deep.

Just take what they give, and Duke is NOT the ONLY rb we have, WE are the ones with the stable. Pressure Driskel, and keep off balance and we can win this thing.

Like I said, what Coley was in high school last year. Anybody that's played knows that's a big step. I like him.

Keep playing him. Against UF, U will need some screen passes, U will have to shuffle the backfield, don't run Duke crazy.

Question: Where is the TE? That could be the key. Get the TE involved, otherwise this O looks predictable.

not really.....florida has better backs in totality...

that is what they will use against us.....they will try to grind UM down....but driskel will go vertical when we are worn down.....

dnofrio cant compete....and morris must have early success.....

Posted by: Jim Gallo | September 03, 2013 at 06:34 PM

yea, we'll see..

Gallo , why did ufelons only score 24 on toledo with 1 returning starter on defense ? Lewis &Coley are gonna be so open by halftime the refs will make them wear tethers so that gatah d can keep up. Then BAM!!!!! Duke is gonna tko their a55es!

first of all UF had a touchdown called back then in the final 2 minutes UF held back...they were on the 5 yard line and could have easily scored again....but they just ran the clock out.....

bottom line is....if golden loses he is weak and must go....you cant get anymore experience than what we have especially on offense....

time for the rubber to meet the pavement.....all the excuses are gone.....no more TMZ......NCAA sanctions are done.....team is much bigger than last year.....

remember all the bloggers..."driskel sucks"...golden is a carbon copy of jimmy johnson.....well guess what green peas, saturday well see who is right.....

so there is no mistake...UM loses to florida...golden/dnofrio get out coached


not really.....florida has better backs in totality...


Posted by: Jim Gallo | September 03, 2013 at 07:09 PM

Don't ya just love it... "Florida has better backs in totality!"

So, during Barry Sanders years at OKLMST he faced many teams that had better backs in "totality"...how'd that work out for them genius? Also, Adrian Peterson and the Vikes will play a number of teams that have better backs in totality...I guess that somehow makes them collectively better than Peterson.

Here's a thought dummy...when you have the best back in the country in Duke Johnson, you could add all the Gator backs together over the past 6 years and they still wouldn't equal the talent of Duke.

You've posted so much hate and lies that you are now scrapping the bottom of the sheet barrel you live your life in...if the Gators don't have a better game than you they will lose in "totality" by 6 touchdowns.


first of all UF had a touchdown called back then in the final 2 minutes UF held back...they were on the 5 yard line and could have easily scored again....but they just ran the clock out.....

Posted by: Jim Gallo | September 03, 2013 at 07:24 P

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Hilarious...are you so slow afoot that you don't realize the gators dropped in the AP Poll because those that watched the game...and know football (you don't!) realize that if the Toledo QB could throw even a 3 yard accurate pass they would have beat the Gators. The kid was terrible and had open receivers all day but couldn't complete a pass, which left the Toledo defense on the field for what seemed like the entire game.

Furthermore, Toledo couldn't convert, at last count, 10 of 11 3rd down attempts, because once again, the QB, who was rarely pressured, could not get the ball to his wide open receivers.

Seriously, your lies have become even more desperate and pathetic...maybe you should post that ignorant lie filled list that everyone laughs at you for doing.

Gallo, or D, or Calvin, which ever you are at the moment, your posts re the essence of "D"ense, or "D"umb, even dufus.

I am calling for a mid-term vote to determine if Gallo is the worst Gator troll of all. In fairness to the nut job he does have all those other aliases to keep up with, but his trolling and lies has become so awful that I think his Gallo alias should be put in the penalty box until after the season ends.

Stand-by for his Calvin alias to show-up and carry on a conversation with his Gallo alias...this ought to be good.

so there is no mistake...UM loses to florida...golden/dnofrio get out coached
Posted by: Jim Gallo | September 03, 2013 at 07:30 PM
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on saturday, there will be no football einsteins on either side of the field like sabin or urban myers or Jimmy or Howard. I think goldie and d'o will cave under the gator coaching staff. goldie and d'o have a 50-50 record. The other guys are a little smarter and have a better record. So, goldie and d'o will be out coached. I would not let either of them coach my kid in little league football. They are just plain stupid in the face of all of the evidence of their records, especially on their NO defense sets.

If the Canes win, it will be because the Cane kids take control of their own destiny. Morris is great on offense. The offense will pull its weight and do its job. D'os defensive sets stink. So, the Cane defensive players have to set THEIR OWN four down defensive linemen to smash into the gator backfield, move the LBs up closer to the line of scrimmage, and play man to man defense in the secondary. If they do that on their own in spite of d'o, they will win. Simple as that. The Cane defensive players have to turn their backs on d'o. All he does with his stupidity and lack of understanding of the game of football is set the Canes up to lose.

Louiseville gave Golden the prints.lmao

National championships : Gator, FSU combined. 5.......the "U" 5. End of story

Canefan 72, why do muschamp and pease have so many problems with bowling green or rajin cajuns? They aren't very good if they have a last second win on a blocked punt. That was on the players to win and most of that alent is gone.

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