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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. 





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" Coach D'Nofrio continuing to get his scheme going with the players (I NEVER IN 1,000 YEARS THOUGHT I WOULD BE SAYING THAT LAST PART, BUT I'M HAPPY HE HAS PROVEN ME WRONG AND THAT I CAN), UM will be back to how we were in '00-03. If CAG and staff can keep his focus, then we will be back to the old UM. " Anonymous Cane Bubba


Against Florida, D'Onofrio's defense BROUGHT MORE PRESSURE than all of the games combined from last season.

The Hurricanes were FLYING to the ball on Saturday and S.Green HURRIED Driskall into his INT. Check out the replay and you notice that Florida's QB made to quick of a pass... the pressure from No.51.

Gallo running hard for moron of the day.

They are called takeaways, bonehead. And now ur a psychologist who knows whether DP hit the ball intentionally or not.

Give it up. You said UF would crush Miami, they lost.


hey barry j
why did you erase my previous post on mr. ross making eyes at the mls ...


Posted by: green | 09/11/2013 at 12:51 PM


Posted by: Jim Gallo | September 11, 2013 at 12:50 PM

THE COWARD IS BACK. Exit CaneFan'72; Enter Gallo.

Two names; one COWARD.

What is the key word a coward uses? "If."

If Driskel...

If Teddy...

If the knee hit the ground..

If, if, if, if, if....

Gallo, why are you still alive? You said you would kill yourself if the Canes won. I still have the cyanide for you.

You are a maggot and a coward. Canes won. That is the best revenge you piece of sh*t.

MIGHTY Florida is currently ranked NO.7 in TOTAL team defense. hUh

So much for the Gators having a bad defense. Eh bUbba.

Gallo - Miami doesn't play BC this year.


SunnyDee, don't confuse a maggot coward when he is on a roll.

Gallo = coward. heh, heh, heh, green pea.

Gallo predicting a sleeper loss to BC.

Don't you need to actually play a team for that to happen.

what a moron.


I expect the O-line to become more comfortable and improve as the season goes along being that they will face those attacking type d-lineman more and more. That will be the approach other defensive coordinators will take to trying to contain our offense.

Those safeties trying to make it hard for Deon to come back and get that starting spot.

Posted by: True Cane | September 11, 2013 at 12:18 PM

I've been thinking about how much better we would've been had deon bush been on the field, but i like what we getting out of kacy rodgers, he's not shying away from contact and again, aj highsmith had a good game and aj can actually stick his chest out and have bragging rights, that man single handedly stop the gaytors from getting 8 points, he stopped trey burton head up for the 2 point attempt and he stopped matt jones from taking it to the house, which would've been another 6 points.

Might not be a bad idea for deon bush to redshirt, but we'll see what happens! I had a feeling that sports hernia surgery was going to take longer than they were saying cause when you need surgery for a sports hernia, if this was the pro's he'd have been out there, but with this being college, they're doing the right thing with em and he's doing the right thing for himself as well.

Also True Cane, speaking of safeties, that rayshawn jenkins for a True sophmore actually did that #26 jersey some real justice as well. The way he came and snatched the interception is the way it's supposed to be done!

I see that.....UM got lucky because BC looks excellent.

UM schedule is pathetic.....golden/dnofrio will play Ums wins up big time,,,,

D, thanks for the those blinding insights. Let me see if I have it right:

1. If Driskell gets hit before he threw, it wouldn't have been a completion.
2. If Driskell doesn't throw it where he's supposed to, it wouldn't be a completion.

Is ESPN calling you?

No way the Miami defense can hold Herschel Walker. Have you seen that guy? He wears number 21 and is a wrecking ball for the UCLA Bruins.

Also, that linebacker Brian Bosworth is going to eat Duke Johnson for lunch. You wait and see. I called it before.

After watching the replay of the game for the third time, Gator QB completed a couple of very DIFFICULT passes with Cane defenders in his face. He obviously put the ball where his receivers were suppose to be.

The prime example was the fourth quarter pass which Driskell complete a long gainer near midfield.

On that pass DE Gilbert DRILLED that Gator QB has he let the pigskin fly.

Gilbert gets there a half-second sooner and that's not a completion. Or if Driskell doesn't put the ball where it's suppose to be, there's no completion.

Posted by: D | September 11, 2013 at 12:34 PM

I keep telling them, while coach dnofrio gets credit it still needs to be tempered down because jeff driskell like some of us said was going to have a career day and he did that. He made about 3 or 4 passes i haven't seen morris make yet. But on one hand you got people bragging and saying about how strong our defense looked but on the other hand they saying driskel looked like garbage out there, it can't be both when you're talking about this game.

wrong calvin.....jenkins had that ball throw directly at his hands right in from of his face mask.....there were 5 UM defenders......

diskel threw late down the middle into a swarm of UM guys

BC barely beat Villanova you moron and they only brought like 50 guys to bos. BC wore them down or would have lost.

LOL at the latest after the fact "prediction" from Lady Calvina: He knew Bush would be slower to come back than what was being suggested.

Moron, a prediction has to come before something happens. Try it sometime.

Can you believe this piece of college football info'. That Herbie Cornhusker program PAID So. Miss $ 2.1 million dollars to travel to Stinkin' Lincoln. hUh

By the way, So. Miss went WINLESS last season and lost their opener to a I-AA squad. dUh

Chit, didn't Miami pay F.A.U. $ 900,000 to take a field trip down the turnpike.

Driskell had the kind of "carrer day" that would get most guys benched. Who other than Calvina cares how many yards he threw for. 2 huge red zone interceptions and a slow brain synapse fire resulting in a sack and fumble. Some career day.


I think they can get away with Deon missing the next game and playing some the USF game to prepare for Tech. Rayshawn gave me visions of the late great ST with that pick.

UFirstdegreefelony is lucky they don't play A&M or Alabama or Arkansas this year. They would get smoked.

Of course, looks like UFraud will play Georgia with Herschel Walker coming back from injury so watch out.

I predicted it. I am CaneFan'72.

But the Canes will certainly beat Penn State this year.

driskel handed the game to golden.....he had dunbar wide open in the end zone all alone and didnt thrwo to him.....then 2 plays later he throw the ball late in the middle right into the arms of jenkins.....

the only turnover created by UM was the mcord strip in the 4th.....perryman helmet hit the ball....he is credited with the turnover but that was not intentional at all.

the fumble by florida when there was issue about knee hitting first, that ball just came out.

over 400 yards on defense...minimal improvement....golden/dnofrio are not UM material.....

if teddy bridgewater was playing UM would have been destroyed......

UM better watch out for BC with chase rettig and williams at RB......UM has a long way to go

Posted by: Jim Gallo | September 11, 2013 at 12:25 PM

Ok man, if you didn't record the game, you can rewatch it here, those turn-overs weren't the vinny "just got color blind" testaverde hand me over type.


UM better also watch out for Stanford. I hear that Andrew Luck guy is a pretty good QB.

I see that this is game #7 on the schedule so, watch out Canes.

Gallo, you maggot. Why the radio silence for 3 full days? What happened, you maggot?

Guess Gallo, in his expertise, doesn't believe that the Canes' front four had anything to do with Driskel's picks.

Straight. Moron.

And U ask why ? Nearly 20 slur-ridden straight copy-cat troll posts.

When is enough enough ?



jlo, you are an embarrassment to UF and to heterosexual men.

You make no one proud. Sissified moron.

Posted by: *********SOLDY****** | September 10, 2013 at 05:35 PM

Hey asswipes...bottom line is the U 21 and the Lizards 16.

Posted by: FZ B | September 10, 2013 at 06:42 PM

Thats too funny. I saw us making them work for everything they didnt get.lmao

Posted by: 21-16 | September 10, 2013 at 06:46 PM

Funnier is Miamias 117 th ranked D held them gators to 1 1/2 tds and a field goal.lmao some more

Posted by: 21-16 | September 10, 2013 at 06:49 PM

I guess i'll be picking the rest of UF's games

Posted by: The Curse of Joseph Goodman | September 10, 2013 at 09:36 PM

nothing like celebrating that niami herald blogger as the best thing going...BWAHAHAHAHA

My blogger is better than yours...BWAHAHAHAHA

gayturds got he little brown nose up jesse simontons bunghole...embarrassing, simply embarrassing

JLS14234 ur a sad individual LOSER

Posted by: *******ARTY******* | September 10, 2013 at 09:39 PM

Jlo acts like he runs the blog "I welcome your input and participation". What a tool you are Jlo, now drink your milk, kiss your mommy and get off the computer, its a school night! Oh and remember to cheer

Posted by: Gatah Douche say what | September 10, 2013 at 10:00 PM


Posted by: *******ARTY******* | September 10, 2013 at 11:19 PM

....he mad

Posted by: *******ARTY******* | September 10, 2013 at 11:20 PM

We gots next!

Posted by: the Tennessean | September 11, 2013 at 12:45 AM

Ahhhhhh, remember when? Where is this piece of human garbage now? I think he calls himself "Canetrash" but is actually Gatr trash or human garbage which is actually redundant:

"Yo U chUmps r ready for Ur beatdown?
Yo U gonna get it ready or not

Yo SunnydoUche
Not bad for a clUck
in fact much better than Ur delusional minions
Good to see a somewhat level headed cane clown
Yo this IS the biggest game of Golden Retrievers life
Of course it's not for Muschamp and the Gators
they have much better games ahead and they have played much bigger ones the past two seasons

So if desperation is an advantage then U have it
but desperation aint winning U no games clUck
Talent and coaching wins U games and the Gators have more and better of those

Then there is the delUsional #1 doUche maggot No Mo Titles
"Complete domination comparing offenses, and pretty much a push comparing defenses. Not based on hype, or last year's stats, but on the here and now. Gator's big claim to fame is their PUNTER, and our guy is not too shabby himself. The FAU punter did better than Christy last week."

Yo what a load of ibis manure is that
Funny thing is this clUck is serious
he really believes this crap
The punter is the claim to fame
Not the brusing running game that will wear Ur efense down in the heat
Not the top 5 defense that will shut Ur over rated O down
No, it's the punter, and the Owl punter is better
Good job maggot U r the typical delUsional cane dUmmy
U give real fans like SunnydoUche a bad rap

Yo Golden Retriever this is the biggest game of Ur life
What ya gonna do?
"Our punter is very good"
"Mark Donofrio is doing an outstanding job, that is why we made no changes on D from last year"
"We are UStrong we lift a lot of weights around here"


You were right, maggot. Talent and coaching wins and guess what? The Gatr Trash gots none. Coach Spittle is in over his head.

Les Miles and Mark Richt are laughing at you. They are also smiling. But mostly laughing.

Posted by: *********SOLDY****** | September 11, 2013 at 09:45 AM

Dang soldy burnt U cametras.....i mean jlo. EAT THAT CROW! 21-16. Your D has to dominate 4 quaters not 3 looser! Did you notice the gators were not holding up 4 fingers in the fourth quater? That a sign of respect! We own the fourth quater and we invented the four fingers! Eat that crow jlo.

Posted by: 0:00 21-16 | September 11, 2013 at 10:32 AM

Watched a replay of the game last night and it appears the acc doesnt suck and the gators cant compete.

Posted by: 0:00 21-16 | September 11, 2013 at 10:38 AM

Dunbars sting he feels isnt from losing, its from getting beat .lmao.

Posted by: 0:00 21-16 | September 11, 2013 at 10:40 AM

Actually, his sting is from signing his commitment letter on NSD four years ago.

Same feeling Patchan and Colon had and Jay-nard Bostwick will soon have it as well.

Posted by: *********SOLDY****** | September 11, 2013 at 10:43 AM

It's Sept. 11th.

Why don't U take the day off ?

Posted by: An American | September 11, 2013 at 10:58 AM

Yo gator trash here.
You gators were delusional thinking you were gonna come in our house and win.
You gotta play a full four quaters
muschump and his minions cant coach
Muschamps offense cant hold onto a ball
Delusional clucks, thats rule #1
Where were all those gator fans that were supposed to make it a home game for yall?
Broke down on i4?
You dumb gator clucksthougbt brown was the answer
Dumd gator clucks thought it was gonna be a blowout
Delusional gators

Posted by: 0:00 21-16 | September 11, 2013 at 11:04 AM

Watched the replay and saw morris tie his shoe in the middle of a play. Lmao

Posted by: 0:00 21-16 | September 11, 2013 at 11:06 AM

"Why don't U take the day off ?"

I am honoring my country by torturing white trash garbage like you, Gatr maggot. The sooner this country purges itself of maggots like UFrauds, the better.

Posted by: *********SOLDY****** | September 11, 2013 at 11:14 AM


Awww, jlo, sorry I hurt your feelings. I could re-post the last 2 1/2 years of garbage about the Canes you and your fellow Gatr Trash have posted but I won't.

You can't take it. That makes you a typical Gatr coward.

You can dish but can't take it.

And I'm certain, you self-righteous 'neck, that had the Gatr Trash won, there would not have been any posts similar to these from your minions of maggots, rieeeeegggggghhhhht?

You can dish but can't take. Anatomy of a Gatr maggot.

Driskell with anotehr interception! ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

Just like the Gators that you mentioned that "dished" it for years, You're an embarrassment and equally part of the problem fake Arty *****SOLDY***** or whatever fake multiple id u choose. We won the game, we are a better program. Done.

They got theirs. F'em. And you are no different than them with your continued stupid "nah nah" incestant posts on theirs or our blog. Seriously man, why are you "that" guy. Try acting like you've been there. Or is this the first time you've been a part of Cane success, which means you're a teenager. Come on kid, Grow up and let's talk some Cane sports. That's bigger than anything Gator related. But I suppose you can't help yourself, so we Canes must all must suffer.

And just for originality sake, at least come up with your own fake I.D.

Chris H,

Welcome aboard.

calvin I taped the game.....I have watched it 2 times already.....stop and go slow you'll see 4 hurricanes in the middle late......driskel throws right into the bees nest and at the face mask of jenkins....he threw it right to him.

perryman and mcord were the true play makers....watch the whole game again and you'll see that UM didn't play well at all.....driskel spent the whole day in UM's red zone.....

and the defensive front wasnt that good either:

last year UM defense had average:

79 plays / 486 defensive yards....

florida game was 77 plays / 413 yards.....so what all the fuss about.....dnofrio still su...ks and the stats still prove it.

Where's Gallo?
All spring and summer he has "predicted" the fall of Canes and how the Gator game will put Canes' fans in their place. Well now it's time to take your medicine like a man and move on. To only come on this site and rip Miami after losses does not speak well for you.... The sooner you make an appearance after a win instead of a loss, the sooner some credibility (not much) will be given to you......IJS

Beat Florida and then lose to either lowly Ga. Tech, Virginia or UNC. Or Lose to Florida and beat Ga. Tech, Virgnia and Pitt. Push.

The keys games are FSU, Va. Tech and UNC. Win 2 of 3 or lose 2-3 ? Sweep ? Or injuries mount, swept ?

Long year.

Posted by: Jim Gallo | September 11, 2013 at 03:40 PM

Last i heard was that winning the games is what its all about. i thought UM won 21-16.. So apparently winning isn't what you want to see? what is then?

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

Posted by: CANEHATER | September 10, 2013 at 02:27 PM


Ur right...the NCAA only goes after RELEVANT football teams, so UF has NOTHING TO WORRY ABOUT...HOLA HOLA HOLA

I've said this before I believe, but Jim Gallo reminds me of the family in Buffalo '66 that watches the replay of the Bills v. Giants Super Bowl over and over and goes crazy whenever Norwood's field goal sails wide right. First it was the UA game featuring Kevin Olsen and now it is UF-UM game. Gallo, I'll save you some trouble - Driskell is going to throw that ball right at the Miami DB so do not get to upset when you see it again on replay.

It's not just a coincidence that Buffalo 66 was directed by Vincent Gallo is it? Are you really that brilliant?

Chris H. = jlo from Gatr Clause.

Gallo has become our Iraqi Information Minister...you remember ‘Baghdad Bob’...he was being interviewed in his Baghdad office assuring the world that the Americans had been vanquished and unbeknownst to the wingnut through his office window one could see an armada of American tanks with smiling G.I.’s sitting on the fenders, along with an assortment of high powered military fire power streaming into the city unchallenged.

In Gallo’s case he's desperately trying to convince us Canes not to trust our eyes and intellect, but rely on his toxic, perverted, insane, lie filled description of the Canes beat down of the Gators. He is also on full tilt, because all of his predictions, lists, observations, and flat-out nuttiness over the many months have all been proven to be lies or the blathering’s of a mental patient housed at ‘The Psycho-Neurotic Institute for the Very, Very Nervous’ .

Gallo…keep posting, because with each additional crazy comment our laughter at you grows louder and louder and LOUDER!!!

My apologies Gallo as I forgot to mention...

Al Golden and The Mighty Hurricanes 21

The Cowardly Gators 16

Hey Gator KluKKS this is what 21-16, 7 of the last 8, 5 is still more than 3, and 29-26 overall feels like rool tape:


Zooker, you will no doubt hear from the blog moron, HarrietTubmanCane. According to him, those GI's were all converting to Islam because they have seen the truth.

Apparently, in his world, this is happening by the hundreds every day.

cheers to Driskel the 86th member of the 2013 Miami Hurricanes!!!!!

Welcome to the party SEC:


Coach Golden: "It's not a bye week, it's a `process' week."

Al Golden is the best coach in college football!

********SOLDY******* ,

Tubby Harriet scratches his watch and winds his arse...blah, blah, blah...

Go Canes!

Colin Cowherd and Coach Al Golden interview…fantastic!


Another national interview that will assist recruiting.

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