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Dorsett listed as doubtful on Canes injury report, sign he could be back soon

When Hurricanes 2012 leading-receiver Phillip Dorsett went down in a heap of pain Oct. 17 at North Carolina it looked ugly. A partially torn medial collateral ligament had him on crutches and was going to keep him out about four-to-six weeks.

Thursday, though, there was a pleasant surprise in UM's injury report when Dorsett was upgraded from out to doubtful for Saturday's game at Duke, a sign he could be ready to come back soon.

The Miami Herald learned last week Dorsett had been catching passes at practice. Quarterback Stephen Morris said Tuesday Dorsett was wearing a yellow non-contact jersey and was in pads at practice this week. But Morris also said Dorsett "has not been running or anything."

"I hope he's close. I really don't know the extent of how close," Morris said. "But I know whenever I'm in the treatment room he's always in there with me. He's doing a lot of good things. I know [trainer] Vinnie [Scavo] is really excited for him."

It's more likely Dorsett could be ready for the home finale against Virginia a week from Saturday.

> As expected, backup linebacker Alex Figueroa (shoulder) has been ruled out of Saturday's game at Duke.

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Good news, but I hope they don't rush him back.

MCL's take time to recover and heal, even partial torns...

He probably won't see any real action until a Bowl game and if so limited at best.

Not running is at least 2-3 weeks down the line.

Shame about Fig.

Go 'Canes

save Eddie Johnson!

What's this story about Eddie Johnson???

Check out 247 sports.com

I guess there was a rumor that Eddie Johnson was coming back next year but UM said he is not. He has left his junior college, apparently. The Canes could have used him this year. He was probably their best linebacker next to Perryman and may have been better this year.

In two days Boone will make a great highlight video to submit to nfl scouts. I predict 300 yds with 2 tds

If Morris is not injured, then why is he in the treatment room as often as someone with a torn MCL?

Eddie Johnson has taken full responsibility for his past transgressions. He has expressed remorse, and would like another chance.

Miami player is accused of rape, we cut him from the team immediately.

FSU player is accused of rape, they bury it and then promote him for the Heisman trophy for his "elusiveness". Apparently including his ability to elude cops trying to ask him questions about the case.


Eddie Johnson was never accused of rape-just for the record.

I didn't know E.J. was accused of rape... I thought he was just a academic "knucklehead"

So this Saturday dukes offense over under 450 yds?

I think Miami dominates this weekend. No joke, no pun intended. I think they rebound and win in convincing fashion. Something like 38-20 with a late score by Duke to make it look closer.

I hope so tampa bc as much as I think dno can't get it done I have absolutely no problem eating serving after serving of crow

I'm just tired of opposing qbs using dno as a highlight video producer

I agree, small program coach who is used to schemes that "keep it close". I do also believe Michael Barrow needs to go. We are not developing NFL caliber linebackers. A few have been able to make it at that level by learning on the job.

This is good news that the fastest Cane is getting close to being back on the field.

The terrible thing is that the worst coach, the Canes have had since 1978, is the head coach. Al Golden will still lose once he gets back on the field. Take that to the bank, it's guaranteed to happen.

I disagree Tampa Cane

The talent we have at linebacker besides Perryman are not NFL talent to begin with...you cant turn someone who just doesn't have the tools into an NFL linebacker with a good coach. Barrow is a good coach, there is a reason why Golden kept him out of all the coaches he fired when he took over from Shannon. He bleeds orange and green and I stand by him.

Posted by: ChampCane | November 14, 2013 at 06:07 PM

Randy Shannon is demonstrably worse than Al Golden by any metric you care to use.

If Randy Shannon was a good HC, someone would have snapped him up. Didn't happen.
As a comparison, Gene Chizik had a LOSING record prior to being hired by Auburn, where he went undefeated 9with Cam Newton) and won the BCS championship. Yes, 2 years later, the Auburn alumni got him fired.

lets move on.
Dukes HC coached Peyton Manning. He is one of the best. However, if Duke puts up more than 400 yards on UM, that is unacceptable.
If UM can actually run the ball...this is DUKE....no way will Duke get 400+ yards.

Coley needs to allow Crawford and Clements the quick hitters between guard and center, not those horrible late developing sweeps. Our O-Line is not especially mobile.

The true winner of NCAA-Miami case: Al Golden

No one would blame him.

Al Golden navigated three years of impatience and NCAA delays. He said all the right things and absorbed two postseason bans, the loss of an ACC Championship game and recruited better than anyone could have dreamed despite self-imposed restrictions.

If USC or Texas (if open) call and he answers, who would really rip him for that? Not saying he's leaving, but after he inherited an untenable situation and has Miami at 7-2, he might be getting those phone calls.

In a case where everyone involved needs to take a shower to scrub off the stank of burner phones and strip clubs, where college sports is worse off for knowing it, Golden is one of the only winners through this process.

The NCAA, for its punch line-worthy investigation that took about two years too long, certainly didn't win. Stripping nine scholarships from a school that let a booster do whatever he pleases for years doesn't instill fear in the membership.

Miami didn't really win. The Canes won titles before Nevin Shapiro came around. The Larry Coker and Randy Shannon eras didn't exactly thrive when Shapiro was bankrolling players. Was all the headache really worth it despite the favorable NCAA ruling?

It was worth it for Golden, who has become a sympathetic figure in all this, and with good reason. His players win, too. The Canes can finally play with a clear conscious. They don't have to hear the clichéd words ‘NCAA cloud' again.

So Golden can enjoy his victory one of two ways –take Miami to a new place or parlay his success into one of the two biggest jobs in America, if not others.

If he stays, and that’s a big if, losing three scholarships a year for three years is manageable for Golden, whose Hurricanes rank fifth nationally in the 2014 recruiting class according to 247Sports.com.

No longer would Golden fulfill the dual role of coach/negotiator, navigating an exhaustive investigative process while keeping players motivated. In addition to the two-year bowl ban and an ACC Championship game, Miami self-imposed the reduction of official paid visits by 20 percent, fall evaluations from 42 to 36 and contact days by 20 percent in 2012-13, according to the NCAA.

Miami's proactive stance pushed the Canes to the finish line. NCAA infractions chair Britton Banowsky said Tuesday Miami's cooperation was “commendable” and its self-imposed bans “unprecedented.”

Golden played a role in that process alongside administration and attorney Mike Glazier. Between high-powered lawyers and beefed-up school compliance departments, its clear schools can mitigate NCAA damage better than ever.

Golden used the Miami case to pump the player resiliency theme.

“I want to sincerely thank our student-athletes and their families who, not only stood with the University of Miami during this unprecedented challenge, but subsequently volunteered for the mission,” Golden said in a school-issued statement Tuesday. “They shouldered the burden, exhibited class and exemplified perseverance for Hurricanes everywhere. “

Golden was the right hire with the right demeanor to handle an undeniably tenuous time in Miami's scope. He’s also the right man to lead Miami back to national prominence.

Now that the instability is over, should Miami brace for more of it if Golden leaves? Unquestionably yes! If Bill O'Brien goes to the NFL, Penn State could be the third traditional power to call Golden, who himself has garnered NFL interest.

From a loyalty standpoint perhaps rebuilding the U is his most attractive option. Unless the administration and fan base don’t appreciate the huge price he paid and all he did for the cause.

Jeremy Fowler is a national college football insider with CBSSports.com.

Calvin, Duke was never this good when he was the head coach here.

This is not the Duke that Shannon played when he claimed it was a tough place to play on the road.

In fact, this is the best Duke team in the past 20 years. 1994, they went 8-4, and before that, 88 and 89 was their big 'dynasty' with 15 wins in two years.
Calvin, Duke was never this good when he was the head coach here.
Posted by: Five Titles | November 14, 2013 at 02:44 PM
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lol, i knew this was coming, let's go head an make sure the road for excuses is lit well prior to so coach goldie and can see the ones he'll probably be using real soon.

Come on man, cut that out, duke has played a soft schedule, the only team they beat that might get you to take notice is V-tech, but you'e only confused by that win becuase of how we played V-tech. As far as this being duke's best team, that's comical man, what are you basign that off of again. This is why we laugh at yall often, because if shannon was the headcoach in his 3rd year and it was a question about whether we'd win or not against duke, people still don't let the statement about "duke is a tough place to play" comment slide, now all of a sudden, in goldie's 3rd year, excuses are being made for em prior to the game, lol.

All duke did to V-tech was do what we don't do and that's cover their receivers, you didn't see receivers coming wide open on crossing routes. Both qb's threw 4 picks so are you saying now that duke has better talent than UM on defense and offense, lol.

UM up by double digits at half after going scoreless the first four minutes and falling behind by twelve. Jekiri looks lost for a while with a twisted ankle, that's going to be a big loss for the foreseeable future.

The same Jeremy Fowler who was having the worst prediction year on CBS's website until last week got him right in the middle of the pack but behind a machine picking games?

http://www.cbssports.com/collegefootball/features/writers/expert/picks/straight-up/12

That one? He's a hack who knows nothing, like most of the writers there outside of Feldman.

No need to play ol boy before the bowl...

Even though we aren't technically eliminated from the Conf Champ Game, this season, for the most part, is already decided.

Having him at his most healed for a bowl game seems more benificial.

And as for Duke...They've given Coker, Shannon, AND Golden hell, over the past several years.

What about it?

It's amazing that no matter who tells the real story concerning Coach Golden the Haters immediately go on the attack calling them names and swearing they know nothing about football and it is they, the haters, who are the experts.

The latest professional expert that they say is a fool is CBS Sports Jeremy Fowler. The one thing all of these experts have in common who the Haters tell us are fools is their admiration for what Al Golden has achieved.

Trust me, if the Haters can find an expert who bashes Coach Golden they will be howling with delight and swearing that expert is smarter than Einstein.

Never mind the endless line of college football experts celebrating the job Al Golden has done, even Tracy Howard, a 19 year old kid, playing for the Canes after reading the tripe in blogs by the Haters has lectured them that they don't know what they are talking about. And their response? They say the kid is a coward and knows nothing about football.

To think that the Haters on this blog believe they know more about football than the football experts, many of which played the game at the highest levels for 20 years requiring a day and night commitment to the game, along with their current involvement in the sport as a full time jobs with to die for resources and insider knowledge at their beckon call.

Yet, the usual suspects on this blog claim they are better equipped to tell you and me what the real story is with Al Golden and the Canes and the experts are all fools and they, the Haters, have it all figured out.

As Tracy Howard said; the self-proclaimed Hater experts have no idea what they are looking at or saying.

THE BEST COACH IN ALL OF COLLEGE BASKETBALL (with the AP and Naismith hardware to back it up unlike the WORST POSTER IN ALL OF COLLEGE FOOTBALL BLOGGING's favorite shower head spigot) leads his defending league champs to a 15 point win in a battle of defending league champs while breaking a 14 game winning streak of Texas Southern.

Results, they tell you who's full of hot air and who knows what they're doing.

How many 'smoked' replica jerseys did THE WORST POSTER IN ALL OF COLLEGE FOOTBALL RELATED BLOGGING purchase at homecoming I wonder? Enough to soak up all that urine he got rained on by Alverage's fly area after the clock read triple zeroes?

Until Howard wins something above the high school level, his input in the media is about as useless as Fowler's is on CBS when picking games. Try not getting smoked at homecoming for the second straight year before you start calling out the paying customer.

Well for one thing the reality is Duke has a program going for once since Spurrier was there. It used to be that Duke as a program would have a winning season once every ten to fifteen years and was an afterthought, bottom feeder for the most part much like Vanderbilt from the SEC. However those days are over because of David Cutcliff who has built the program over the years up so that they have a replacement for the guys who have graduated much like Beamer did at VA Tech for a while by redshirting players and they not seeing the field for the most part until their junior and senior seasons. So to say that in year six that his program is the same as it was in 2010 which was Shannon's last year and Cutcliff's 2nd or 3rd year is completely asinine. When we are in year 5 or 6 of Golden's reign in Miami then that would be a completely different story, but were not, so with that being said anyone with half of a brain and knowledge about what it takes to build a program would know that it is really not comparable.

Looks to me like Mr. Howard has won more than U have to begin with, so that little argument has about as much weight as a roll of SCOTT's toilet paper.

Mark May just picked Duke to win.

Quick, WORST POSTER IN ALL OF COLLEGE FOOTBALL RELATED BLOGGING, pull up a quote from three years ago to tell yourself how great that golden shower you just took felt!

Championships is all that matters,

Great posts and the Cutliff/Duke/Vanderbilt comments are spot on.

It is clear this blog has been taken over by one or two Hater imbeciles who change screen names with most every post and want to do nothing but agitate.

Go Canes!!

Yes, by a hater who idolizes Mark May who hates the Hurricanes so much he praises the WORST COACH IN HURRICANE MODERN DAY HISTORY out of one side of his mouth, then picks the Duke Blue Devils to win the game against Miami. That's in football by the way, WORST POSTER IN ALL OF COLLEGE FOOTBALL RELATED BLOGGING. It's OK though, there's plenty of bloggers who know football to keep reality grounded firmly on the blog despite your attempts to continually divorce from it.

Now go stick your hand up another sock puppet and agree with yourself again. Or just cut and paste job another Chris Freet missive that makes absolutely no difference to fans of the program. But wash your hands first, you don't want to spread Alverage's hep on the keyboard by typing before doing so.

if goldie and d'o use their patented NO WIN NO defense of three down linemen, LBs five yards off the los, zone NO pass coverage, then

I guarantee Duke will win and look great doing it.

if goldie and d'o use their patented NO WIN NO defense of three down linemen, LBs five yards off the los, zone NO pass coverage, then

I guarantee Duke will win and look great doing it.

Posted by: Canefan72 | November 14, 2013 at 09:46 PM
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This is the bottom line!

Worrying about duke shows how far this program has fallen but knowing after we struggle against them the fans will come out and say the reason we struggled is talent is the saddest and most disgusting part of all.

With May and Zook, who could doubt Golden? I mean you got one cane hater that never did anything, and a former gayturd who got fired in his last 2 jobs, and this means what? Golden is not the worst coach, but he is close to it. Golden can't recruit or he can't develop players, one or the other. Take your pick. Miami football is doomed til Golden leaves. His choices will be very limited in other jobs, with his record. And if anyone watched last sat., he might be a LB coach like the worst coach we have ever had.

Does this guy still post here? If so let me know when he's gone. LMAO

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Once again Big Al Golden has been proven to be right...Mark D'Onofrio is a helluva defensive coordinator.

Posted by: Ron Zook | September 30, 2013 at 09:54 PM

Read more here: http://miamiherald.typepad.com/umiami/2013/09/donofrio-likes-fact-many-hurricanes-having-a-hand-in-defenses-success.html#comments#storylink=cpy

Al Golden has another top commitment. Despite the, so called, recruiting experts. Al Golden has enough talent to beat Virginia Tech. He has loss to lesser teams before and will lose with these commitments. He will then force some to transfer and use that as the excuse for his losses, again.

Courtesy of AllCanesBlog:

Read this you haters. This is the truth and the facts:

A highly-touted prospect committed to the University of Miami this evening, yet Hurricanes fans didn’t take their focus off a two-game losing streak or ongoing defensive woes long enough to appreciate the welcomed news.
While that’s technically an exaggeration, a safe bet the statement isn’t too far off.
Anthony Moten is a 4-star prospect out of St. Thomas Aquinas in Ft. Lauderdale. Committed to Florida months back, Moten opened things up and narrowed his choices down to Miami and Florida State. Tonight he announced that he’d take his talents to Coral Gables, not Tallahassee.
The 6-foot-5, 280-pounder is the 12th-ranked defensive tackle in the nation, the fifth tackle in Miami’s 2014 class and the eighth defensive line commit overall. With Moten alongside fellow commits Travonte Valentine, Dalvon Stuckey and Chad Thomas, the Hurricanes are primed to soon be a force on the defensive line again. Thank God.
Two weeks ago the Hurricanes were undefeated. In an eight-day span, Miami lost two games. Since then, chaos has ensued.
As irrational as some were with predictions of an undefeated season and a January trip to Pasadena, the pendulum has since swung the opposite direction, with too many ready to close the book on the 2013 season.
History Lesson: How “The U” Got Here

It’s understandable that emotions are running high. Miami has been down and out for way too long. After such a dominant run in the 1980′s and 1990′s, no one ever foresaw a decade-long drought. Especially not after UM was “back” at the turn of the millennium.
Four straight BCS berths, two straight title game appearances, a national championship and a 34-game win-streak. For a while everyone believed Larry Coker could’ve been propped up on the sideline on game day like Bernie Lomax (this guy) and the Canes’ dominant run still would’ve continued.
Instead, a harsh reality quickly set in. Poor recruiting by back-to-back coaches in over their heads put Miami football in a huge lurch.
As for the culture itself, a slew of players wanting the spoils of success without putting in the work or actually winning. Just ask Nevin Shapiro and the majority of players who bought into what he was peddling.
Coker started 35-3 with the talent Butch Davis left behind. From there, 25-12 before he was let go after his sixth season. Randy Shannon went 28-22, interim coach Jeff Stoutland, 0-1 in a bowl gam loss and Al Golden scrapped to 13-11 his first two years at the helm.
All together, that’s 66-46 over a nine-year span with two-plus years of negative recruiting and “death penalty” talk courtesy of the NCAA investigation. Toss in the ongoing media smear campaign, and some folks still want to question why Miami isn’t “back”?
The argument de jour is that the Hurricanes have talent, which in a sense is correct. This team isn’t completely void of future stars, but lack of depth and holes at certain positions remain a glaring problem—as proven by eight defensive linemen targeted in next year’s class.
Superior Talent Is The Key To Rebuilding

A graphic popped on the screen during ESPN’s broadcast of the Auburn vs. Tennessee game last weekend. The Tigers were starting three true freshmen on the defensive line—Montravius Adams, Elijah Daniel and Carl Lawson.
Recruiting buffs are familiar with these names as all three were some of the most sought after players in the nation last year.
Adams was 5-star prospect and labeled the third-best defensive tackle going into Signing Day. Daniels was a 4-star prospect and the eighth-ranked defensive end, while Lawson was another 5-star and the number one end in the nation.
Auburn underachieved its way to 3-9 last year, two seasons removed from a national championship, fired its coach (Gene Chizik), and turned the reigns over to a virtual unknown (offensive guru Gus Malzahn), and still reeled in three of the best defensive lineman in the nation?
Down south, Miami is coming off 7-5 year two under Golden—a hot commodity mentioned for every job opening in the nation—yet has to settle on a few unheralded upperclassmen transfers for his defensive line in Justin Renfrow (Virginia), David Gilbert (Wisconsin) and Ufomba Kamalu (Butler Community College).
And folks wonder why the Hurricanes’ defense isn’t getting the job done.
NCAA Ran Off Top Talent, Forced UM To Settle

Fact remains, the NCAA’s presence has scared off top talent, forcing Hurricanes coaches to settle on non-Miami-style kids for three recruiting classes in a row, as well as the dumpster fire of a class Shannon put together his final season.
The 2010 recruits represent this year’s senior class, which is hardly impressive. Miami reeled in 30 kids that February and to date 16 are no longer with the program.
Players like Stephen Morris, Allen Hurns, Shane McDermott and Clive Walford have become standouts, while the majority never lived up to the hype.
There are some who got away, others who were kicked off the team and a handful more that never panned out.
Golden booted Kevin Nelson, Devont’a Davis and Travis Williams early on, while Storm Johnson chose to hit the road over a lack of playing time.
There were also a handful of Shannon-picked, never-was players like Jeffery Brown, Jeremy Davis, Tavadis Glenn, Darion Hall, Keion Payne, David Perry, Andrew Tallman and Delmar Taylor who sucked up valuable scholarships and did nothing for “The U”, one way or another.
In 2011, a class slapped together by Golden after two months on the job. Miami reeled in 19 kids (two of which were kickers). Within that group, again, a lot of third- or fourth-choices after guys like Teddy Bridgewater, Eli Rogers and Devonta Freeman said, “thanks, but no thanks”.
Denzel Perryman, Phillip Dorsett, Dallas Crawford, Rashawn Scott and Anthony Chickillo came out of that haul-in, but again, many more misses than hits.
Thomas Finnie, Jalen Grimble, Gionni Paul, Eddie Johnson and Ricardo Williams all left (or were shown the door), while Antonio Kinard and Kevin Grooms never even made it to campus.
19 signees. Seven kids that struck out and are no longer with the program.
Five months before the 2012 class signed with the Hurricanes, that infamous Yahoo! Sports article dropped and the NCAA was on campus sniffing around. That in itself gave arch-rivals all the ammo necessary to trash Miami and poach South Florida’s best talent.
Golden and staff brought in 33 kids that year but again, were forced to take chances and settle on second-best.
For one reason or another, 13 of those signees are no longer members of Miami’s football team.
Thankfully there were some quality individuals who believed in what was being sold and saw through all the bullshit. Guys similar to those late-nineties-era future stars who wanted to roll up their sleeves, get dirty and lay the foundation for UM’s rebuilding process.
When Miami is finally back on track, it will be players like Duke Johnson, Tracy Howard and Deon Bush who will be remembered, much like Edgerrin James, Dan Morgan and Reggie Wayne from generations past, who bought into “The U” when the Canes weren’t the safest bet.
Outside of a handful of big names, Golden’s first “real” class was still more quantity over quality. Get bodies on campus, hope that guys can compete, ride out the NCAA storm and figure things out on the fly due to unforeseen circumstances.
Doing the simple math regarding 2010, 2011 and 2012, Miami lost 36 players it signed to play football for the Hurricanes. Marinate on that for a minute.
By contrast, NCAA sanctions stripped the program of 31 scholarships between 1996 and 1998—which at the time, absolutely felt like a modern-day “death penalty”.
Live In The Now, Not In The Past

History has a crazy way of repeating itself, while revisionist history is the ultimate head trip.
When Davis was leading the Canes for six seasons, he was heralded as a great recruiter, a horrible game day coach and fans actually paid to fly a “From National Champs To National Chumps” banner over the Orange Bowl one Saturday during his tenure.
Davis put Miami back on the map, lied about his intention to stay, snuck off like a thief in the night and was persona non grata for years—until he routinely beat the pants off Shannon, both on the field and on the recruiting trail.
When Miami had Davis, it didn’t want him. When he left, it didn’t want him back as the winning continued without him. When the Canes sunk to new low, all those banner-flying fools were ready to take out second mortgages to find a way to bring him back.
The lesson here—knee-jerk reactions get us nowhere in long-term rebuilding projects. Trust the process, give things time to come to fruition and take a deep breath, where necessary.
If jackass sports fans had their wishes fulfilled whenever voiced, coaches would be fired weekly and back-up quarterbacks would be starting for countless teams across the nation.
Let the doers do, while the spectators spectate.
Too Many Folks “Took The Cheese”

This season’s blazing start caused some wishful thinking and too much delusion regarding where this Miami program truly sits as 2013 unfolds.
As the wins piled up, Golden warned his players, “don’t take the cheese” regarding those accolades and openly called the undefeated season, “fools gold”.
Anyone who chose to believe otherwise did so by choosing to run ahead of the cloud—not by being misled. Blame your frustration with losing, not these kids or coaches. Miami is what it is and never claimed to be anything more this season.
The Hurricanes could’ve just as easily have been 4-3 as they were 7-0, or 5-4 instead of 7-2 sitting here today. Miami has been eking by while arch-rival Florida State has been blowing out everyone in their path.
As much as these two squads have mirrored each other over the past few decades, don’t confuse where both stand here today. UM isn’t FSU right now, nor should it be.
The Noles started their rebuild a few years back and it began from a place nowhere near the depths the Canes were dealing with. Tons of talent was in Tallahassee, it was simply underachieving. There also wasn’t a Ponzi-schemer rat, a Mark Emmert or that three-year hell “The U” just lived through.
As revered as Jimbo Fisher is this season, he’s still two years removed from losing to the likes of Wake Forest and Virginia with a team that started the season ranked No. 6. The following season, North Carolina State derailed No. 7 Florida State’s title dreams.
Year four of the Fisher era, the Noles have turned it around, but not after two “contenders” absolutely face-planted with high expectations.
Miami Is Living Through “The Process”

Miami will get where it belongs, albeit when it should and not guided by the timeline of impatient supporters. The trajectory is what it is. Deal, or bury a head in the sand until it’s all good again.
The Canes are learning how to win, are developing character and growing into a good team, based on what it has to work with.
Translation; Miami is a step ahead of teams it rallied to beat, like Georgia Tech, North Carolina and Wake Forest, but not where the elite, perennial stout squads are.
Florida State is a a few steps ahead and Virginia Tech, a fundamentally-sound program, played last weekend’s game true to their nature—mistake-free and capitalizing on an opponent’s mistakes.
The Hokies always play down to the level of some competition every year—which is why the program remains title-less—but generally brings its best against the Hurricanes.
Disagree in theory, but fact will prove otherwise. Virginia Tech is 6-2 against Miami since joining the ACC and 12-6 since getting that inaugural win over the Hurricanes in 1995. The better team hasn’t always won, which is sometimes how this crazy game—and rivalry—plays out.
Three games remain, a double-digit win season is still in the cards and a top-ranked recruiting class is in the works.
Beat Duke. Beat Virginia. Beat Pitt. One at a time and in that order. From there, enjoy the first bowl game this program has seen since 2010.
Fans might not “care” about a lower-tier bowl game, but considering the 2011 recruiting class and beyond haven’t sniffed the post-season, safe to say these kids care. Coaches too, as that extra month of bowl practice will set the stage for a step forward in 2014.
Moten was the 27th verbal commitment for 2014. Celebrate it, or miss out on the ride back to the top.
Much like Auburn’s addition of Adams, Daniel and Lawson this fall, the Hurricanes and their eight fresh-faced defensive linemen will be ready to raise some hell, immediately improving an undermanned front seven and helping Miami’s defense take a necessary leap forward.
That in itself is “The Process” that Golden preaches. Buy in, or opt out. Your choice.

A highly-touted prospect committed to the University of Miami this evening, yet Hurricanes fans didn’t take their focus off a two-game losing streak or ongoing defensive woes long enough to appreciate the welcomed news.
While that’s technically an exaggeration, a safe bet the statement isn’t too far off.
Anthony Moten is a 4-star prospect out of St. Thomas Aquinas in Ft. Lauderdale. Committed to Florida months back, Moten opened things up and narrowed his choices down to Miami and Florida State. Tonight he announced that he’d take his talents to Coral Gables, not Tallahassee.
The 6-foot-5, 280-pounder is the 12th-ranked defensive tackle in the nation, the fifth tackle in Miami’s 2014 class and the eighth defensive line commit overall. With Moten alongside fellow commits Travonte Valentine, Dalvon Stuckey and Chad Thomas, the Hurricanes are primed to soon be a force on the defensive line again. Thank God.
Two weeks ago the Hurricanes were undefeated. In an eight-day span, Miami lost two games. Since then, chaos has ensued.
As irrational as some were with predictions of an undefeated season and a January trip to Pasadena, the pendulum has since swung the opposite direction, with too many ready to close the book on the 2013 season.
History Lesson: How “The U” Got Here

It’s understandable that emotions are running high. Miami has been down and out for way too long. After such a dominant run in the 1980′s and 1990′s, no one ever foresaw a decade-long drought. Especially not after UM was “back” at the turn of the millennium.
Four straight BCS berths, two straight title game appearances, a national championship and a 34-game win-streak. For a while everyone believed Larry Coker could’ve been propped up on the sideline on game day like Bernie Lomax (this guy) and the Canes’ dominant run still would’ve continued.
Instead, a harsh reality quickly set in. Poor recruiting by back-to-back coaches in over their heads put Miami football in a huge lurch.
As for the culture itself, a slew of players wanting the spoils of success without putting in the work or actually winning. Just ask Nevin Shapiro and the majority of players who bought into what he was peddling.
Coker started 35-3 with the talent Butch Davis left behind. From there, 25-12 before he was let go after his sixth season. Randy Shannon went 28-22, interim coach Jeff Stoutland, 0-1 in a bowl gam loss and Al Golden scrapped to 13-11 his first two years at the helm.
All together, that’s 66-46 over a nine-year span with two-plus years of negative recruiting and “death penalty” talk courtesy of the NCAA investigation. Toss in the ongoing media smear campaign, and some folks still want to question why Miami isn’t “back”?
The argument de jour is that the Hurricanes have talent, which in a sense is correct. This team isn’t completely void of future stars, but lack of depth and holes at certain positions remain a glaring problem—as proven by eight defensive linemen targeted in next year’s class.
Superior Talent Is The Key To Rebuilding

A graphic popped on the screen during ESPN’s broadcast of the Auburn vs. Tennessee game last weekend. The Tigers were starting three true freshmen on the defensive line—Montravius Adams, Elijah Daniel and Carl Lawson.
Recruiting buffs are familiar with these names as all three were some of the most sought after players in the nation last year.
Adams was 5-star prospect and labeled the third-best defensive tackle going into Signing Day. Daniels was a 4-star prospect and the eighth-ranked defensive end, while Lawson was another 5-star and the number one end in the nation.
Auburn underachieved its way to 3-9 last year, two seasons removed from a national championship, fired its coach (Gene Chizik), and turned the reigns over to a virtual unknown (offensive guru Gus Malzahn), and still reeled in three of the best defensive lineman in the nation?
Down south, Miami is coming off 7-5 year two under Golden—a hot commodity mentioned for every job opening in the nation—yet has to settle on a few unheralded upperclassmen transfers for his defensive line in Justin Renfrow (Virginia), David Gilbert (Wisconsin) and Ufomba Kamalu (Butler Community College).
And folks wonder why the Hurricanes’ defense isn’t getting the job done.
NCAA Ran Off Top Talent, Forced UM To Settle

Fact remains, the NCAA’s presence has scared off top talent, forcing Hurricanes coaches to settle on non-Miami-style kids for three recruiting classes in a row, as well as the dumpster fire of a class Shannon put together his final season.
The 2010 recruits represent this year’s senior class, which is hardly impressive. Miami reeled in 30 kids that February and to date 16 are no longer with the program.
Players like Stephen Morris, Allen Hurns, Shane McDermott and Clive Walford have become standouts, while the majority never lived up to the hype.
There are some who got away, others who were kicked off the team and a handful more that never panned out.
Golden booted Kevin Nelson, Devont’a Davis and Travis Williams early on, while Storm Johnson chose to hit the road over a lack of playing time.
There were also a handful of Shannon-picked, never-was players like Jeffery Brown, Jeremy Davis, Tavadis Glenn, Darion Hall, Keion Payne, David Perry, Andrew Tallman and Delmar Taylor who sucked up valuable scholarships and did nothing for “The U”, one way or another.
In 2011, a class slapped together by Golden after two months on the job. Miami reeled in 19 kids (two of which were kickers). Within that group, again, a lot of third- or fourth-choices after guys like Teddy Bridgewater, Eli Rogers and Devonta Freeman said, “thanks, but no thanks”.
Denzel Perryman, Phillip Dorsett, Dallas Crawford, Rashawn Scott and Anthony Chickillo came out of that haul-in, but again, many more misses than hits.
Thomas Finnie, Jalen Grimble, Gionni Paul, Eddie Johnson and Ricardo Williams all left (or were shown the door), while Antonio Kinard and Kevin Grooms never even made it to campus.
19 signees. Seven kids that struck out and are no longer with the program.
Five months before the 2012 class signed with the Hurricanes, that infamous Yahoo! Sports article dropped and the NCAA was on campus sniffing around. That in itself gave arch-rivals all the ammo necessary to trash Miami and poach South Florida’s best talent.
Golden and staff brought in 33 kids that year but again, were forced to take chances and settle on second-best.
For one reason or another, 13 of those signees are no longer members of Miami’s football team.
Thankfully there were some quality individuals who believed in what was being sold and saw through all the bullshit. Guys similar to those late-nineties-era future stars who wanted to roll up their sleeves, get dirty and lay the foundation for UM’s rebuilding process.
When Miami is finally back on track, it will be players like Duke Johnson, Tracy Howard and Deon Bush who will be remembered, much like Edgerrin James, Dan Morgan and Reggie Wayne from generations past, who bought into “The U” when the Canes weren’t the safest bet.
Outside of a handful of big names, Golden’s first “real” class was still more quantity over quality. Get bodies on campus, hope that guys can compete, ride out the NCAA storm and figure things out on the fly due to unforeseen circumstances.
Doing the simple math regarding 2010, 2011 and 2012, Miami lost 36 players it signed to play football for the Hurricanes. Marinate on that for a minute.
By contrast, NCAA sanctions stripped the program of 31 scholarships between 1996 and 1998—which at the time, absolutely felt like a modern-day “death penalty”.
Live In The Now, Not In The Past

History has a crazy way of repeating itself, while revisionist history is the ultimate head trip.
When Davis was leading the Canes for six seasons, he was heralded as a great recruiter, a horrible game day coach and fans actually paid to fly a “From National Champs To National Chumps” banner over the Orange Bowl one Saturday during his tenure.
Davis put Miami back on the map, lied about his intention to stay, snuck off like a thief in the night and was persona non grata for years—until he routinely beat the pants off Shannon, both on the field and on the recruiting trail.
When Miami had Davis, it didn’t want him. When he left, it didn’t want him back as the winning continued without him. When the Canes sunk to new low, all those banner-flying fools were ready to take out second mortgages to find a way to bring him back.
The lesson here—knee-jerk reactions get us nowhere in long-term rebuilding projects. Trust the process, give things time to come to fruition and take a deep breath, where necessary.
If jackass sports fans had their wishes fulfilled whenever voiced, coaches would be fired weekly and back-up quarterbacks would be starting for countless teams across the nation.
Let the doers do, while the spectators spectate.
Too Many Folks “Took The Cheese”

This season’s blazing start caused some wishful thinking and too much delusion regarding where this Miami program truly sits as 2013 unfolds.
As the wins piled up, Golden warned his players, “don’t take the cheese” regarding those accolades and openly called the undefeated season, “fools gold”.
Anyone who chose to believe otherwise did so by choosing to run ahead of the cloud—not by being misled. Blame your frustration with losing, not these kids or coaches. Miami is what it is and never claimed to be anything more this season.
The Hurricanes could’ve just as easily have been 4-3 as they were 7-0, or 5-4 instead of 7-2 sitting here today. Miami has been eking by while arch-rival Florida State has been blowing out everyone in their path.
As much as these two squads have mirrored each other over the past few decades, don’t confuse where both stand here today. UM isn’t FSU right now, nor should it be.
The Noles started their rebuild a few years back and it began from a place nowhere near the depths the Canes were dealing with. Tons of talent was in Tallahassee, it was simply underachieving. There also wasn’t a Ponzi-schemer rat, a Mark Emmert or that three-year hell “The U” just lived through.
As revered as Jimbo Fisher is this season, he’s still two years removed from losing to the likes of Wake Forest and Virginia with a team that started the season ranked No. 6. The following season, North Carolina State derailed No. 7 Florida State’s title dreams.
Year four of the Fisher era, the Noles have turned it around, but not after two “contenders” absolutely face-planted with high expectations.
Miami Is Living Through “The Process”

Miami will get where it belongs, albeit when it should and not guided by the timeline of impatient supporters. The trajectory is what it is. Deal, or bury a head in the sand until it’s all good again.
The Canes are learning how to win, are developing character and growing into a good team, based on what it has to work with.
Translation; Miami is a step ahead of teams it rallied to beat, like Georgia Tech, North Carolina and Wake Forest, but not where the elite, perennial stout squads are.
Florida State is a a few steps ahead and Virginia Tech, a fundamentally-sound program, played last weekend’s game true to their nature—mistake-free and capitalizing on an opponent’s mistakes.
The Hokies always play down to the level of some competition every year—which is why the program remains title-less—but generally brings its best against the Hurricanes.
Disagree in theory, but fact will prove otherwise. Virginia Tech is 6-2 against Miami since joining the ACC and 12-6 since getting that inaugural win over the Hurricanes in 1995. The better team hasn’t always won, which is sometimes how this crazy game—and rivalry—plays out.
Three games remain, a double-digit win season is still in the cards and a top-ranked recruiting class is in the works.
Beat Duke. Beat Virginia. Beat Pitt. One at a time and in that order. From there, enjoy the first bowl game this program has seen since 2010.
Fans might not “care” about a lower-tier bowl game, but considering the 2011 recruiting class and beyond haven’t sniffed the post-season, safe to say these kids care. Coaches too, as that extra month of bowl practice will set the stage for a step forward in 2014.
Moten was the 27th verbal commitment for 2014. Celebrate it, or miss out on the ride back to the top.
Much like Auburn’s addition of Adams, Daniel and Lawson this fall, the Hurricanes and their eight fresh-faced defensive linemen will be ready to raise some hell, immediately improving an undermanned front seven and helping Miami’s defense take a necessary leap forward.
That in itself is “The Process” that Golden preaches. Buy in, or opt out. Your choice.

please.....what does any of these commitmnets mean.....

Golden Casualties:

vernon davis - RB
darion hall - RB
storm johnson - RB
kevin nelson - LB
andrew tallman - TE
billy sanders - TE
cj holton - FB
adarius johnson - WR
keion payne - DB
devonta davis - DB
jermaine barton - OL
ray ray armstrong - S
thomas finnie - CB
gionni paul - LB
travis williams - LB
jamal reid - DB
kelvin cain - LB
Vaughn telemaque - S
tracy howard - CB
curtis porter - DT
luther robinson - DT
jeffery brown - DT
darius smith - DT
alex collins - RB
denver kirkland - OL
terrell brooks - DT
matthew thomas - LB
jaynard bostwick - DT
keith bryant - DT
luther campbell - #1 UM fan
tim ice harris - feeder coach
northwestern - feeder school
booker T - feeder school
carol city - feeder school
miami central - feeder school
norland - feeder school
Terry Richardson - RB coach
Jedd Fisch - Offensive coordinator
Geroge Mcdonald - WR coach
Mario Christobal - Head coach
Eddie Johnson - LB
Rashawn Scott-currently out of the discipline bull pen
Gabe Terry - LB
Robert Lockhart - WR
Sony Michel - RB
Preston Dewey - QB
Ricardo Williams – DE
Delvon Simmons – DT
Jacoby Briscoe – DT
David Thompson – QB
Jalen Grimble – DT
Jontavious Carter - WR
Danny Dillard - RB
Dyron Dye – DL
Alin Edouard – QB
Seantrel Henderson - RT
Raphael Kirby - LB

You have 2 inept coaches in golden/dnofrio.....the recruits cant solve UM problems.....clean house and upgrade the program with a top ncaa/nfl coaching staff....

Jim Gallo, blow it out your ass, because you are an ASS. If you knew anything about football, just a thimble full of football knowledge you would still be an ass.
The coaching staff we have at UM is doing a good job with the athletes they have. Remember, UM has been under NCAA bs for the past 3 years and they have not been able to bring in the really great 5 star athletes. The next3 years will tell if Golden and his staff are any good because they will start getting the really good athletes and they will not have the break downs that they have had the past 2 years.
So, why don't you just zip your lips and sit back and watch the Canes get better.
GO CANES!!!

You have 2 inept coaches in golden/dnofrio.....the recruits cant solve UM problems.....clean house and upgrade the program with a top ncaa/nfl coaching staff.... Posted by: Jim Gallo
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The key word which is missing is "upgrade the program with a (PROVEN) top ncaa/nfl coaching staff.."

Find some Div. 1, second tier, junior college, or even a high school coach with a proven championship record such as Appalachin State, anyone but this staff with only a record of mediocrity and NO knowledge of defense which wins championships ON THE LINE OF SCRIMMAGE!!

All you posters need to read Barry Jackson's article about our D with comments by former players.

The best D coach in the world with the best plans and prep, cannot win games if we do NOT have the talent to execute and carry out SAID plays.

Missed assignments on the field cannot be blamed on a Coach. Talent and Execution are the key and it is as the article says left to the players to carry the plan through. We are NOT there at the 'U' with the players we presently have.

There is a drop off in performance and there is no consistency to follow through on planned plays

Shout and hate is not going to change this.
Recruiting and depth just like FlaStat has accomplished is the way to go.( NO sanctions for them, clear sailing for years)
We are getting there but still rebuilding.
Considering all the mess that was thrown into the laps of Coach G on his hire, give the staff breathing room people.

Instant grat is not where it's at. Our 'U' has to grow and develop.

Why do people find it so hard to wrap their heads around that?
Answer as Tracy Howard said they do NOT KNOW FOOTBALL.

Go 'Canes

UGoCane - did you read the same article I did? Because Duane Starks blasted D'O and said he was getting out coached every week. Big surprise that player who played for D'O supported him (McGee) and another player who is "close to the program." However, even that player had a few quibbles, said they should play more bump and run and blitz more. Bennie Blades said D'O has done "a decent job." Not exactly high praise.

I'm sorry but if you can't see that D'O is not getting the most out of the talent he has I don't know what you are watching. Allowing a slot receiver to come across the middle untouched and wide open every single time is not a missed assignment, it is bad scheme. And if it is a missed assignment, it's D'O's job to make sure the players in the right position. Either way, D'O is responsible.

I posted this a couple of times, but do you realize Miami gave up more yards and more points to VT than
East Carolina, Marshall (which included 3 OTs), WESTERN CAROLINA (one of Va. Tech's TDs was a pick six), and Duke? Do you really think those teams have more talent on defense than Miami???

I have been a Cane fan since birth, graduated from UM, and have watched or attended nearly every UM game since I can remember. I want nothing more than Miami and D'O to succeed, but at this point I don't think D'O is capable. I also like Golden - he is a great recruiter, teaches discipline, and is a great face of the program. But if he doesn't alter his philosophy to become more aggressive and surround himself with great assistant coaches, he will not be successful here.

Gallo needs to pay more attention to his retarded list. How exactly is Raphael Kirby a Golden casualty and how is Jeffrey Brown getting arrested for raping a fellow UM student in his dorm and getting expelled by the University, Golden's fault?

So Jedd Fisch taking a promotion from a college OC to an NFL OC is a Golden casualty? It's Golden's fault that Preston Dewey suffered a career ending injury and David Thompson suffering a shoulder injury playing baseball where he is an elite talent? Do you even think before you type out those stupid lists?

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