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My chat with ESPN college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit on Canes BEFORE Miami beat Florida

I had a phone interview (right before UM met FAU in the opener) with ESPN college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit, regarded as one of the best in the business.

When he talked to me, Herbie said it was too early to make a pick for the UF-UM game. But, of course, like almost everyone else, he picked the Gators to defeat the Hurricanes last Saturday -- maybe partly because he went out on a limb, the wrong limb, to pick Toledo over the Gators in Week 1.

Herbstreit talked about Al Golden, the UM defense and that four-letter-word, as Golden calls it, and how it could affect the Hurricanes.

 Q: How would the NCAA sanctions coming down during the season as opposed to before it, affect the Hurricanes performance-wise -- or in any way?

 Herbstreit: “I think that’s kind of a big asterisk next to this 2013 team. I’ve been blown away by the job Al Golden has done in his two years of blocking these distractions out and putting his team last year in a position to get to an ACC Championship game before they self-sanctioned their postseason. So they have proven they can block things out. 

"But if the sanctions were to come down during the season, to me, unless it’s good news -- are they impressed with what Miami has already done and they agree and say, 'Hey, you know what, you’ve done enough, it’s time to move on’; or do they say, ‘Oh, you haven’t even begun to scratch the surface. We’re going to hit you with this, this and this.’

 "I think it really depends on what kind of news they get. Because no matter what Al Golden has been able to do, if they get devastating news it’s going to be hard for it not to affect this team. On the other hand, if they finally have a break in this dark cloud that is hovering over their program and get good news, boy, that could be a real boost to what they’re trying to accomplish and what looks like a team that can be pretty competitive this year and have a great shot at getting back to where they were last year, when they had a shot to get to the ACC Championship."

Q: What would you consider a severe punishment for UM?

Herbstreit: "Any more postseason bans, taking scholarships away, taking them off TV – anything like that could really affect a kid that’s excited right now. If you and I went into the Hurricanes locker room right now and kind of took all the cameras and microphones away and talked to these kids I bet you there’s a real sense of excitement of what they think they can accomplish with [19] returning starters off a team that won seven games last year.

 "I’m not saying they’re going to get bad news – hopefully they’ll get great news; But to potentially get devastating news about, ‘you can’t go to a postseason game this year,’ that alone would be something that could really affect you and your psyche when you think you’ve got a chance to have a great year."

Q: Do you think UM can beat UF?

Herbstreit: "I think they can. I had a chance to see the Miami-Florida State game last year and the thing I walked away from was, No. 1, their defense, which was much maligned last year – they’re young. They were playing so many guys that night who were on a high school field the year before. They had so many true freshmen and redshirt freshmen and sophomores just littered throughout that entire defense. So it was really hard to sit there and say, ‘Wow, they don’t get pressure on the quarterback enough. Where are their playmakers?’

 "It was hard to do that when they were so young. But I do remember walking out of that game and thinking, ‘Wow. [Safety] Deon Bush is going to be a really good player.’ There were a number of other guys that stood out to me that night who were young, athletic kids. And now they’re a little more familiar with what Mark [D'Onofrio] is trying to do on defense and what it takes to be successful in college football. I think you’re going to see really great strides on that side of the ball, which is key for them to be able to hang with teams like Florida and others. We know they’re going to be able to score with Morris and Duke Johnson and those receivers, but can their defense grow up, can they become more physical, can they become more dominant? That’s the thing nationally people want to see from Miami this year.

"I think playing as many young players [on defense] as they played last year. There were not a whole lot of guys making many plays that were seniors. You’re talking about probably a ton of guys who were probably pretty humiliated and embarrassed with the way they played on that side of the ball and are pretty anxious to have a chance to get back out there."

 Q: What's your prediction for Miami's record this season?

 Herbstreit: "I picked Miami to play Clemson in the ACC championship. I picked Clemson to beat Miami. Depending on what the NCAA says, if it’s status quo, or they get good news, I think an 8-4, or if everything really goes good, a 9-3 year would be great for them."

Note that Herbstreit, of ESPN's College GameDay, is promoting the Ultimate Road Trip Sweepstakes, in which fans can register for a chance to win a trip with three friends to the 2014 Allstate Sugar Bowl to watch the game with Herbstreit.

The grand prize package also includes a 2014 Buick Enclave and a trip to Pasadena, Calif, for the BCS title game. To enter, go to AllstateCFB.com. 

SUSAN MILLER DEGNAN

 

 

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Susan, the game has been over for a week now, why post an article about what Herbis said prior to the game now? #OldNews. Im an a hole I know

Al Golden is already my coach of the year

No one would have blamed Al Golden if he had walked away once the severity of Miami's NCAA investigation became public. Golden sure didn't know about it when he took the job. But instead of jumping off what looked like a sinking ship in Coral Gables, Golden stayed at the helm and has guided the Hurricanes through two tough seasons of uncertainty which ended with self-imposed bowl sanctions. Last season Miami had to give up a chance to play in the ACC championship game because it was the strategic thing to do while the NCAA investigation continued to drag on and on and on.

Golden told me privately this summer that he really hoped the NCAA case would be resolved by the start of the season. We're still waiting. So it was understandable that Golden was a little emotional after beating Florida 21-16 at Sun Life Stadium. It was a program-building win and one he and his players deserved after fighting through the past two years.

"It was a great moment for our guys, not only those guys who chose the University of Miami during this but stood there and fought," he said.

I don't care how the rest of the season goes. Al Golden is already my coach of the year because he didn't run when it got tough at Miami. He stood there and fought.

~Tony Barnhart CBS Sports

Al Golden is not only the 'Coach of the Year'...He's the best Coach in all of college football!

you are only an ahole if you also post as CaneFan'72.....errrrr......Gallo...errrrrrr....CaneFan'72.

Kirk Herbstreit said:

"I’ve been blown away by the job Al Golden has done in his two years of blocking these distractions out and putting his team last year in a position to get to an ACC Championship game before they self-sanctioned their postseason."

"And now they’re a little more familiar with what Mark [D'Onofrio] is trying to do on defense and what it takes to be successful in college football. I think you’re going to see really great strides on that side of the ball, which is key for them."

Love those quotes!

The most impressive thing to me about UM's defense was how physical they were and the great condition they are in. The linebackers were really hitting people and the tackling was solid. The guys in the secondary were also hitting really hard. Driskel got beat up in that game. The D-Lineman were holding their ground or getting a push forward. Is it true UM only had 10 guys on the field on UF's touchdown? I heard that from the UF broadcaster in the game replay. There's still a few organizational issues like making sure the coaches get the defensive calls into the game before the ball is snapped. Several times, UF could have snapped the ball before UM's defense was set up front.

NCAA hammer is on the way! Say bye-bye to the postseason again. Get the tarps out!

^^^^^^^^^^

Yawwwwwwn. Heard the same thing 3 years ago. In those three years, Canes have pounded the Gatr Trash. That is about all that has happened, trailer donkey.

Canehater = soldy = arty = curse = gator KluKK

and Driskell just threw ANOTHER interception!

21-16 *(the last touchdown was given to you)

ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha! hola!

Its funny that, everyone who was supporting the NCAA against Miami now expresses they need to let Miami go. Miami will grab a 10 win season + a bowl win. LOL @ the Gators.

Lady Calvin not appearing much after being totally exposed for her nonsense that the D front 7 had gained too much weight (she's weight obsessed) and were too slow. The fact that the front seven is bigger, faster, stronger, better conditioned with lower body fat% is a collection of facts that Calvina managed to ignore. Unfortunately for her, the facts speak for themselves.

Where in the WORLD is the maggot Jim Gallo? He of the "Gators will win; you watch; I guarantee it; I have never been wrong."

Such a shame to lose that maggot's insightful lists. I am sure you are reading this, Jim Gallo. F*ck you.

Posted by: Mike Jones, who? | September 10, 2013 at 03:05 PM

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


Exactly.

Even ESPN's Reece Davis said the prestigious N.C.A.A. should bloody well DROP their case against Miami and move on. hUh

Davis mentioned this during the halftime show of the Cane vs. MIGHTY Florida game, and that Holtz just gave Reece a bloody STARE, and what not, for even mentioning such a SACRILAGE notion.

Davis said the investigation of the Hurricanes was UNETHICAL and what not. Therefore, either drop the case or give the Canes a very, very, very, very light slap on the wrist. dUH

By the way, both Herbie and Davis are UNBIASED and OPEN-MINDED when it comes to major college football! Eh. What say.

Is D really a canes fan, or just pretending now that his turds are toast.

B) Pretending

No more 10 page dissertations about Randy Shannon is ALL-WORLD coach from CAVLINA and NO 15 page of LISTS from Gall-blow???

Wow, it feels so weird to actually have a real Canes blog on here...

Jeezzz, i didn't realize you could fit so many blog posts on a screen here when you remove Calvina and Gall-blow's posts....

Posted by: sarasotacane | September 10, 2013 at 03:38 PM

###############

My, my it's that EOTH/canespace AGENT PROVACATEUR bringing HIS usual H-A-T-E and what not. dUh

By the way, I now DISTICNTLY recall that sarasotacane. hUh

Because I remember giving HIM crap and what not, and sarasotacane DIDN'T take to kindly to that. Eh. What say.

I guess those Good Ol' Boys hate being CHALLENGED and what not. Whether it be on the internet or in 4-D. Too bloody bad!

Say hello to that CANEZ1 for me, bUbba!!

Oh that SIZZY canez1 said... He HOPES his team de jure can " hang with the big boys from Gainsville. "

Yap about a DEFEATEST mentality!!!


B)Pretending. dUh. What say? Pontificate.

Makes me want to vomit.

Gators blow

Gallo is currently re-inventing himself as he has run out of material. He will soon come back as Gallina.

I remember Herbstreit sitting in front of the camera a couple of years ago stating the Hurricanes deserve the Death Penalty. ESPN is hardly mentioning what OSU has been accused of doing. Screw you Herbstreit...

By the way, both Herbie and Davis are UNBIASED and OPEN-MINDED when it comes to major college football! Eh. What say.

Posted by: D | September 10, 2013 at 03:26 PM
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This is true. Not sure it's known here, but Herbstreit and his family were literally chased out of his Ohio neighborhood for criticizing OSU for several things, including how they were running their program. Threats included. He moved over a year ago here, in the Nashville, TN area.

The last time M-Y Hurricanes FINISHED the season ranked was the 2009 season.

Coach Shannon's squad finished NO.19 in the final A.P. poll.

I absolutely believe M-Y Canes will be RANKED in the TOP 10 once the regular season concludes. Get outta' here with that Bogus crap, Outsider!


This is true. Not sure it's known here, but Herbstreit and his family were literally chased out of his Ohio neighborhood for criticizing OSU for several things, including how they were running their program. Threats included. He moved over a year ago here, in the Nashville, TN area.

Posted by: IMAWriter | September 10, 2013 at 04:42 PM
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thank you LOYAL Hurricane loyalist. I can see your word is Green nd' Orange true!

D - A bowl win over Wisconsin would have put the Canes in the Top 10 to end the 2009 season (they were ranked 14 coming into the game). A game they had a chance to win at the end. Who knows what effect a win in that game would have had the following season? I'm sure it would have helped with recruiting.

I don't think the current coaching staff will be satisfied after the big win over the Gators. They have to keep improving. I think they will be in the top 10 at the end of the regular season too and in the ACC title game.

Now D thinks he owns the canes. Before the UF game he was spewing out nonsense about owning the gables when it was over. No one likes a fence walker, especially a racially motivated "D".

D stands for Douche. Come to think of it, the bitter blog Pig stands for douche as well.

Calvin is a P.O.S. He comes on here with his greater than thou attitude thinking he knows football. Calvin douche, if you were so knowledgable about football, surely someone would've offered you more money than what you make at taco bell to come coach football. Once again you were proven wrong. Put the Randy Shannon tear-stained poster back in the closet and go back to sucking on your binky and watching Teletubbies sweet pea cuz you don't know sh*t!!!

D GET LOST, take Cal with ya F-n loser. You are so wishy washy. The band wagon is full!

D,Z Nutz Eh What Say Fn Fagggg!!!

Driskell sucks and will lose more games with his arm this season for UF...

Die hard Gator fans hate him...

6-6 season coming for the Gators.

I predict they lose to:
Tennessee
LSU
Georgia
South Carolina
FSU


UM will go 11-1 with the only loss to FSU

"NOT SO FAST MY FRIEND" FSU IS VERY TALENTED BUT THEIR DEFENSIVE LINE IS NOT AS GOOD AS UF OR THE CANES AND THEY ARE NOT AS GOOD IN THE SECONDARY. BY THE TIME THE CANES PLAY FSU IF THE DEFENSE HAS GOTTEN BETTER THAN THEY ARE PLAYING NOW AND MORRIS AND THE RECEIVERS ARE ON THE SAME PAGE BY THEN THE CANES WIN EASY ? I KNOW IKNOW I'M GOING WAY OUT THERE BUT THINK ABOUT THIS! YOU GOT A FRESHMEN QB WHO IS TALENTED BUT HAS NEVER BEEN IN THE MIAMI/FSU RIVALRY IN FRONT OF 80000 AND A NATIONAL TV AUDIENCE.. HE WILL ALREADY BE PRESSURED SO IF THE DEFENSE BRINGS MORE PRESSURE(THEY WILL) AND GET TURNOVERS(THEY WILL) CANES WIN. WATCH FSU IMPROVEMENT OVER THE NEXT 6 GAMES AND WATCH CANES IMPROVEMENT THAT WILL SHOW JUST HOW CLOSE THIS GAME WILL BE. WATCH FSU/CLEMSON AND MIAMI/NC THEN U GET A GOOD JUDGE OF THE TEAM'S POTENTIAL. GO CANES!! BARRING MAJOR INJURIES THIS COULD BE SPECIAL. ALSO REGARDLESS OF NCAA RULING THE CANES WILL APPEAL AND PLAY IN BOWL GAME AND ACC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME IF THEY MAKE IT.. APPEAL TAKES AT LEAST 6 MONTHS I THINK !!

Go AHEAD AND MARK MY WORDS THE U WILL BEAT FSU!!!!
If the O plays like it did the last 3 games of last yr!!!
If not they still have a chance, FSUs'QB has not been proven!!! And their D is SOSO!

You know what galls me most? Friggin cry baby, stinkin bad sport Gsytor fans. YOU LOST! Either have the balls to play us regularly, or STFU. Hiding behind "our tough SEC schedule", spare us you phonies. You got worked and you choked! You know what, if I faced a D like that, I would fold the tent too.

WITNESS THE COMING OF THE SECOND DYNASTY!!!
ITS ALL ABOUT THE U!!!
GET OUT OF OUR YARD UF!!!, THESE ARE OUR RECRUITS!!!

Hey "Canehater", ain't it hell to get worked? Brother, I would hate the Canes too if they worked my team. Sorry Bro, you F up!

Rece Davis is another phony who piled on the Canes last year, along with Mark, the jerk off, May. I personally will not forget these two jerkoffs along with most of the ESPN announcers. They forgot one thing which is basic in life; what goes round comes round!

Now D thinks he owns the canes. Before the UF game he was spewing out nonsense about owning the gables when it was over. No one likes a fence walker, especially a racially motivated "D".

Posted by: sarasotacane | September 10, 2013 at 05:24 PM

Nice try fake Sota, Fake D, and every other fake frickin name you use. It's justice enough to watch you squirm around and pretend to be a fake cane fan since the Gators were proven to have been frauds themselves. This week has been so awesome I can't stand it!

Go 'canes!

Gators suck wang

I love this blog now. Thank goodness we got rid of Calvin and gallo. They ruined this blog for a long time. We will be 7-0 when we go to FSU. I think @FSU and @UNC are the big games left. If we win @UNC, we will be 7-0 when we play @FSU. Win of lose the FSU game, we can win out and be 11-1 when we play the ACCCG. I think if we go anything worst than 10-2 will be a shame. The schedule sets up nicely for a 10-2 or 11-1 season. Plus, ACCCG and bowl game.

If we win @FSU and stay focused, we will be undefeated playing the ACCCG.

One game at a time my friends. A Hurricane is building, batten down the hatches!

GO CANES BABY!!!!

The Gaytor Nation is crying in their sleep!!!

Our O was definitely out of sync this game against the BEST D we'll face all year.

Facing FSU at Doak will be a tough one to win, but with our D getting better every game, and our O having 5 games to sync up, AND HAVING Coach COOLEY who designed FSU's plays will give us the advantage we need. It's all about keeping our boys HEALTHY for that game. With 4 of 5 games against relatively "easy" competition coming up and lots of 2nd teamers getting on the field, hopefully we will stay at max health for FSU.

We OWE THOSE SEMEMHOLES PAYBACK!!!!!!

QUESTION: if the NCAA comes with another bowl ban, do we take it this year or next?????

MY ANSWER: Take it THIS YEAR ( i know that hurts to hear)

Why? Because we aren't ready to beat ALABAMA this year. NEXT YEAR is a whole new level for us...

Herbie has been picking Miami for the last few years, and got burned.This year we won't disappoint.

If there is a bowl ban Miami will appeal and it will be stayed until the appeal is decided. No way Miami takes or accepts a bowl ban this year. Also, Miami might be better next year, but keep in mind they will be breaking in a new QB.

UM will go 11-1 with the only loss to FSU

Posted by: WestCoastCane | September 10, 2013 at 06:01 PM


What fan predicts we're gonna lose? That doesn't make you look smart. We'll lose? okay. Show me how. talk Xs and Os to me. Just throwing out a prediction based on nothing that you feel compelled to back up later puts you in league with the shameless blog exiles carry UF undergraduate degrees.

Tell me how FSU will beat the []_[].

We played offensively inept football and still baptized the the 12th-ranked SEC Gators. If we play any semblance of offense and solid D anything can happen.

And you were a former non-believer at that.

c'mon man. Have some pride.

How can u represent swag[]_[] with doubt?

It was one win against a team that is rebuilding to. were offensively down 3 starters on the o-line as well. Let's not get carried away, i'm proud we went in and took care of business, but by no means is it clear that we've turned the corner. Just to be clear, the gaytors had a better defense last year and teddy b, sliced them up although they weren't that motivated and a lot of guys on defense were playing not to get hurt cause they knew they were turning pro early., we barley beat them with an older offense than what teddy b went in there with.

Defensively we did what we had to do to get the win, but they were alot of guys out there wide open that driskell didn't get to. Do i think our d-line is better than it has been, definitely, leaps and bounds betters.
Offensively did i think there could be problems, no doubt because i just not one to think smo17 is that good. He might actually be better as a pro than a college player, but his mechanics are not thatgood when it comes to selling screens plays or play-action. Does he have a rocket for an arm, no doubt, all he did was flick that one pass out to dorsett for that 50 yard bomb. I hope he does get drafted real high and do reall well in the pro's.

For the first time since 2009 i actually got a chance to enjoy watching us a play a real competitive game again and win lose or draw, of course we always should win, but if we keep up the defensive side of things like we did saturday, than you won't see me complaining, but i couldn't take last year and coach goldie not saying to much about the defensive side of the ball but kept criticizing the offensive side last year, the side that carried the team.

Anyway, like i said before, if you can play defense, you can play anyone at anytime and still ahve a chance to win the game. The gaytors are not going nowhere, they play real defense so they'll have a chance to win many games this year, just not ours. I know the oc has been getting criticized some but give coach coley credit, he got aggressive early and it paid off late. He just needs to go with better running formations and we'll be straight. Those quick counters are to cute, just line up in the power-I and lets' go get it.

Posted by: No Tarp on TV please | September 10, 2013 at 02:10 PM

The []_[] belongs in little Havana. Send games back to the stadium known as the OB. Sun Life has no real competitive advantage.

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