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Golden says "Boo me" not Stephen Morris; Howard defends D'Onofrio (w/video)

As much as Al Golden would like to bunker down and ignore the heat coming from the outside after back-to-back losses, it's hard to ignore the criticism being directed at two people in particular these days: quarterback Stephen Morris and defensive coordinator Mark D'Onofrio.

Golden went to bat for both Tuesday and so did a few players who aren't happy with all of the blame being placed on D'Onofrio's scheme and play-calling or all the boos and chants for backup Ryan Williams that were made Saturday night.

"I'm taking the responsibility for Saturday, not Stephen Morris," Golden said Tuesday during his weekly press conference.

"I'm directly responsible for special teams - that's three turnovers and they happened in succession which compounded each time. Stephen, if he was allotted to have 68 plays, would have had his best game of the year. He had 53 plays, scored 24 points against a team giving up 16 points. He had [more than] 300 yards passing, doubles what they've been giving up. He was 16 of 27 with five drops. He could have been 21 of 27. He averaged 20 yards a completion. He didn't have any turnovers. I just think it's unfair, especially given what he's been playing with, dealing with and playing with [a sprained ankle] for eight weeks now.

"Again, boo me, be frustrated with me. But Stephen Morris? He's done everything, including stand and fight here the last two years. He's our quarterback and he's our leader, and he has my support."

Although Morris and teammates Asante Cleveland and Maurice Hagens said they didn't hear the boos when UM's offense was on the field, cornerback Tracy Howard said he and UM's defense definitely heard them and it bothered them. Howard, who was teammates with Williams at Miramar and won a state championship with him, said the boos for Morris were disrespectful.

"That's disrespectful. That's a sign of unloyal fans," Howard said. "Every player is not going to be perfect. Everybody is going to have their ups and downs -- especially the quarterback. The fans want the team to be good. If the fans want us to produce and be good they can't boo the quarterback. They don't know how he will take it, if it will lower his confidence.

"But the thing with Stephen is he's strong. That don't get to him. He's internally driven. We heard it, but we just blocked it out. I don't know why they did that to Stephen. He's a good quarterback. That's disrespectful."

Howard also had words for those blaming his defensive coordinator for Miami's struggles the last few weeks.

""The fans outside, they see the players messing up so they are automatically going to blame it on the defensive coordinator," he said. "Because sometimes in football as a fan, they don't really know football. So when they see guys being cut loose they think `Oh, it's the defensive coordinator's fault.' Really it's the execution from the players. I think we have to do a better job of having his back in the games. Outside people, they don't really know what's going on, don't know football to be honest."

"I feel like coach D'Onofrio calls great games. It's up to the players to execute."

Howard said D'Onofrio is "a great teacher."

"He knows the game in and out," Howard said. "He's taught me a lot about football since I got here. I think he does a great job telling us what to do and where to be at. And not just him, all the coaches. They relay it to us the best way possible.

"I get mad because I feel like if anything he calls great games. To be honest the fans should be more loyal. When we were 7-0 they were all happy. Now they want him out on his back. But that's the way football goes. I understand it. I'm not mad or anything. But I feel like they're being too hard.

"They're saying all type of crazy things about him. They're acting like we're a .500 team or something. We're not a .500 team. I feel like he calls great games. If they really understood football they might understand that."

Golden said flatly any decisions made on defense, offense or special teams -- from scheme on down -- basically go through him.

"I wasn't listening when people loved him either," Golden said of the critics. "It's always about change. You asked what has changed on defense. It was the discipline in making tough decisions not to change, to stay with it and do all the little things. Do we need to play better on defense than we did last week? There's no question. Absolutely, no question. Did we put them -did we put them in the worst position you have to be in as a defensive coordinator [with the turnovers]? Absolutely we did that.

"If people are upset with a coach or position - because we got them all this week. We heard we've got to catch the ball better. We got every email you can get. At the end of the day it's my responsibility. There's nothing that goes on in this building that I do not approve or sign off on, co-sign. At the end of the day I know that we have to fix a lot of things. I'm as disappointed as anybody in that loss, equally disappointed in the way it transpired. It's important we continue the continuity, and just move forward, keep pushing forward. It hasn't been easy. As a staff and organization let's push forward. And we do have handcuffs off with recruiting. My first recruiting class was six weeks. The next two years were hell [with the NCAA investigation]. It's time to move forward. We got to stop talking about all this other stuff and start focusing on Duke."

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I am a Diehard Cane Fan!

No Comments till after Duke!

Here is the truth by the numbers...look em up!

I will eat crow, but I expect Duke to beat UM. We will not be able to stop them on D, unless they make mistakes and turn the ball over.

If you look at the 4 Non-Conf Games Duke & UM have played, Duke has put up almost 36.75 pts a game vs a combined record of 16-21.

UM's Non-Conf Games have been against teams with a 10-27 Record (remove UF and it is 6-22) and are averaging a 34.66 when you removed the 77 vs SS.

Everything points to this being a very close game. Duke has been in 3 games of 6pts or less (2-1). UM has been in 2 games of 4pts or less (2-0) and almost lost both of them.

Duke is on a 5 game win streak averaging 31pts a game (inc 13-10 at Va Tech) while only giving up 18pts a game.

Um is 3-2 over the last 5 games (with 2 last min wins) averaging 26pts a game wile giving up 31pts a game.

UM has played a tougher schedule over the last 5 games (30-17 vs 21-22), but that has also resulted in significant decrease in production and efficency for UM over those games and exposed issues on both sides of the ball.

With the exception of GT, Duke has been very consistant over the season.

It apppears as if the teams are pretty even from a statistical standpoint over the season, but UM is showing decline over the last 4 games.

The only way UM wins this game is to either hit big plays early and often or keep the ball away from Duke. That requries being consistand on 3rd downs all game long...

UM 38.9% Offense UM 38.7% Defense vs 40-44 record
Duke 37.3% Offense Duke 35.4% Defense vs 31-38 record

What it comes down to...UM has to run more plays than Duke to win!

UM is a 3pt favorite with nothing to gain but hope and a prayer that Va Tech stumbles...

Duke with a win holds the ACC Coastal in the palm of their hands...with only struggling WF an UNC Teams to get past...

From where I sit that is it!

Again no comments till after the game!

Go Canes!

Bleeding Orange, Green & White!

It's A Cane Thing...You Just Don't Understand!

Championships is all that matters,

Thanks for the words of wisdom my friend.

Go Canes!!

THE WORST POSTER IN ALL OF COLLEGE FOOTBALL BLOGGING is the Miami PR department, except IT'S THE WORST POSTER IN ALL OF COLLEGE FOOTBALL BLOGGING just for that reason.

Can't give you any names because they would be criticized, so read between the lines and you see it's Chris Freet who told THE WORST POSTER IN ALL OF COLLEGE FOOTBALL BLOGGING these sweet nothings in his ear while he took his three times daily golden showers when Alverage needed to let off some steam.

Time to get a sock-puppet name change to agree with THE WORST POSTER IN ALL OF COLLEGE FOOTBALL! Snap too it and don't forget to gargle.

Zook you really are a special kind of fan

I told all of U I seen this coming, I will give you my knowledge of why...1. Our Schedule has been very weak and we struggled. 2. We hired an offensive coordinator with no experience. 3. Our QB can only do one thing, (deep-ball). 4. They say our QB is a leader, let me explain to you why he's not.. Golden asked him before the USF game if healthy and he lied. He lied again after the USF game. He said that a player from USF twisted his ankle during the game on purpose. USF went to the media and said they checked the tape and said it is not true at all. Morris then says the same day he wants to put it behind him. (as hurricanes we don't lie about twisted ankles). 5. I am a 30 year Canes fan and this defensive scheme is right down trash. Our coordinator will not be hired anywhere else for a job. (Maybe at division 2 school). 6. When Morris was hurt Al had the perfect time against those week teams that we beat by 40 to sit Morris and let Ryan get some starting time. 7. Our QB made a comment at the end of a game that our defensive leader gave a great speech (OUR QB ALSO SAID "HE" GAVE A GREAT SPEECH" You think he might be stuck on himself? 8.The U up and running don't struggle every weekend against week teams. 9.When you got a QB that can only throw a deep ball and a weak defense that spells trouble....LEBRON FLOPS ON DEFENSE WHY CANT THE KIDS....

I think we will win out, might not be enough though.

Trash . Every single game the underneath is completely open. Thats coaching. And if players are still missing assignmentd after 3 years...thats coaching. Donofrio needs to go. I think its wrong to ask players what they think if their coaches playcslling. What is he going to do? Say he doesnt think his coach calls a good game? Is he supposed to critisize the guy thats in charge of giving him play time which is basically this kids future livelihood? Howard did the right thing, now golden should do the right thing and "cut his man loose.`

Posted by: pinecountycane | November 12, 2013 at 04:07 PM

Exactly^^ there is true hope for our fan base.

Great posts Lt. Einhorn, jsy, Cal, True Cane, Basketball.. & especially Sunny Dee

Howard came at the fan base based off the actions of a few fans at the game. Maybe he should save some of that "defending" for the football and opponents and not fellow Canes, because after watching the game footage again--he was shying away from contact like some posters noted.

We should win out. I am still skeptical of Coley as an OC though and Qb coach. I never really saw his QB's really produce on the field. I really am missing Fishe as the OC because Morris was electrifying last year with him. He was without a doubt the best OC we have had since Garry Stevens rolled out Walsh, Testaverde, and Erickson.

What player is going to speak out against his coach and remain on the team. The players that spoke out are not on this team anymore. Stop the B.S. about Randy S. Left the hurricanes in a toxic situation. Administration and Boosters are responsible for that. If you have time to smile and giggle. Then say you win some and loose some. Wow you just played your biggest rivalries. That's not leadership.Someone said UM was recruiting a different kind of athlete. Is this what to be expected week after week.At least Randy S didn't shy away from competition. Real canes don't back down. Ask Jim Kelly was he smilling and giggling when they lost to FAMU.. That was the worst loss in UM history to me.

If what Howard says is true and as players they are not executing, them players who do not execute should be benched. The fact of the matter is our struggles have happened for a few weeks already and they need to be corrected or we could lose the Duke game. So enough of the excuses and start playing like champions. Actions on the field speak louder than words.

The comical part about the goldie/clown 500 relationship is, they'll be quick to go into a kids home that's trying to tell them look, i'll come only if you take me & my boy , you know the good ole package deal routine, and they'll quickly let them know look, i know yall are boyz and what not, but you have to make a business decision, this is the one time in your life thus far that you have to think about what's good for you, and what's good for you is good for your family.

Well al, the same applies to the coachgng staff, the fairy tale is over, time to cut your boy loose. itch davis is waiting to come home and this time, the boosters will tell the troll to stick that snitches check up u know what and bring in the proven builder so we can set college football back in it's rightful place. I'm tired of bama, the gaytors, lsu and likes winning championships with mediocre ball.

The biggest thing people have to realize and this is why clown 500 needs to go, in this defense, ed reed & SEAN TAYLOR would've gotten accused of "freelancing" in this scheme. People keep quoting that old saying "coaches can only call the plays, the players have to execute it" well not if those same coaches are telling guys "we need you to be where we ask you to be".

Somebody said it real well describing this defense when they said, "when it was our turn to go on defense, we might as well sat the drill cones out on the field, same result", LOL!

Here is the deal with Al Golden and Mark D'Onofrio. Plain and simple they are Joe Paterno and Penn State indoctrinated disciples. They both Coach from the Penn. State handbook of being less talented but better prepared and discipline from the 1970's and 1980's days when Penn. St. was an Independant and played garbage schedules. Every now and then, they would play in a Big game against a far better team and were able to eek and pull out some Victories as underdogs with that mindset. But this is THE UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI !!! We don't play conservative ! Our Offense plays to not make mistakes, don't turn it over and get field position. The Defense plays PREVENT from the get go. NEVER dictating the play but always back on their heels not giving up the big play while they themselves rarely make any big plays while giving up 500 yards in front of them time and time again to bad teams. Do any of you see this trend ? Well, that is NOT CANE Football ! Al talks all about the U tradition, but has never, doesn't and will never play they way we used to. It's what we are and will always be with these two Nittney Lions to the core running the show. Nice guys? Sure. Do we want nice guys leading the U or mean attacking sumsofbitches like Howard and Jimmy's Coaching tree ATTACKING in ALL Phases of the game for 60 mins ?

I'm not going to even say I hope I'm wrong because I'm not. We are, philosophy wise, Penn. St. South. That's fine if an occasional 10-2 Season every 5 years or so satisfies you. But even in the ACC and with a weak OC Schedule we are destined to be a 7-5/8-4/9-3 squad year after year... And it starts with the Head mans philosophy. And Coach Golden's is and always will be Joe Paternoesque. "Don't beat yourself and win close games.

Give me KICKA$$ and TAKE NAMES !!! The True Cane Thang Way !

I salute U Chris H !!! Uphold the True U.

Last year we went 7-5. This year we are 7-2 woth 3 games left. I support my players and coach. We winn the next 3 games and we end up 10-2. Wow, that would be a great improvement from last year.

Posted by: DMac09 | November 12, 2013 at 03:25 PM

You're entitled to you opinion but this season pretty mirrors last years. Take the fact that last year we were crushed by K. State and Notre Dame and replaced them with FAU, Savannah St., USF and Florida. We barely got by a 4-5 Florida team and smoked 3 just God awful teams in FAU, Sav. State n USF... So I ask you, are we really better because we are 3 games better in the Win colom over last years 7-5 team because we beat FAU, Sav. St., USF and Fla and finish 10-2 ? That's not improvement, that's a mirage. And we still have to beat Duke n Pitt on the road to get there... The mere fact that I even have to say, "We have to beat Duke n Pitt" is a clear indication of where this program is. A Program that will linger in, around or just outside the Top-25.

And are we really going to be that much better breaking in a completely Green QB next year ?

Last years team and this years team are a push. Deja Vu. And with just one loss to either Duke n Pitt... It's regressing.

Bottom line is results. Like a poster said a few weeks ago.. excuses only satisfy those who make them. I love that line and if I could remember who posted, I would give you the credit! Coach D'Onofrio can keep blaming the "execution" or lack there of on the players but eventually he has to take ownership of his players not being coached well enough to carry out his apparent turnstile scheme on defense. It's good to hear Golden say it falls on him but the DC has to acknowledge some of the poor play calling and conservative tendencies known as the prevent defense that allowed UNC to go 75 yards in 13 seconds and a dropped ball in the end zone from pulling out the win.

Tracey Howard looked like he wanted no part of initiating contact in that VT game. Go back and watch the game again. Numerous times, he waited for the ball carrier to get to him instead of flying to the ball and trying to run through the ball carrier when making the tackle. He might as well as tread water instead of running to the ball.

Tracy Howard is doing what he's supposed to do--support his Coach. Speaking of Howard, I remember him accepting our scholarship at the last minute, as if he was the second coming of Ed Reed, Benny Blades, and Sean Taylor, all wrapped into one. Way too much hype for the production, thus far!
Someone remind the kid--and anyone else who can't stand facts, their own eyes, or the plain ol' truth. Our defense has given up 500 plus yards of Offense in games. Plays poorly against comparable teams, and we cannot continually overlook these facts. Yielding 500 yards per game??? GAMES!!! not just one game! not just two games! but multiple games. Guys are out of position and everyone understands D'no does not play football but as he said--this is a results driven business and at some point responsibility must start and end with him. Sometimes it's hard to be objective about performance when those doing your evaluation is your friend. Golden needs someone to evaluate D'no's performance who doesn't have an agenda who can be independent. Golden is too close to this guy to see through the flaws.
Making Temple competitive is not the same as big boy College Football in the South.

Chris H. '88, very well said all around.

The only thing I'd take any issue with, how many of the five national titles were won with a first year QB starter?

Obviously Williams doesn't count towards that traditional measurement of success at UM, but they've done alright through the years with a new guy spitting off snap counts.

On the other hand, how many of the national titles were won with something other than a base defense that was a 4-3, as Calvin would ask? Did any that didn't have that as their base set have more or less than four down linemen?

Our past Championship coaches(Schnellenberger,Johnson,& Erickson)plus Butch because he's best recruiter ever DEMANDED EXCELLENCE. You either got the job done or next man up. Thats y it always seemed like the backup was better than starter because he understood he would not play if he didn't perform. This was the attitude of all coaches on staff as well. Everyone was held accountable even the secretarys n the offices. You want to wear the []_[] act like it.

DUmb posts here- one comparing the UFteam of thesecond week of the season with a healthy Driskle,Morrison and Easley (only stud missing vs Miami was Dubose) to the current decimated gator team. Miami beat a bona fide top 15 team in UFlorida. I dont care what you all say.

Calvin and all of theother dummies: Stop talking about Reed and ST, etc. Those were different times/ 1/2 of the hits Taylor laid out would have caused 15 yd penalties now and ejections. Look up his videos. Its a different game now. Move on, Losers.

Miami lost to VT in the 1st quarter. 3 special teams turnovers. The blame has tobe 100% on:

Stacy Coley (not the fiorst time hes done this)
Artie Burns
O'Donnell

Those 3 turnovers lost the game. 21 points. period

The D should have held them to fgs like they did Florida.I agree. The defensive schem was horrible, but in the end, players need to make tackles. Players need to knock down balls. Players need to shed blcoks


Whys is no one on Chickillo? Where is he? How many sacks does he have?

yeah let's get past these two losses and go beat Dule....that's it plain and simple its a cane thing I agree with you

Morris and Howard need to play up to their hype not weak sisters, blame the coach, we are but he says we can fix but no timetable fans dont want BS results If its not the players than it must be the coachs, good players will stand up just like the FSU, VT, young teams, Golden is just giving lip service,results is what Miami coachs need to obtain.

I'm right with you Tracy. I have D1 experience and don't blame DC either. He does call a great game. Y'all just need to execute or get out of the way of someone who can. Oh wait, 74 man roster, scrambling to get 3 Dlinemen in here, cutting 3-4 LBs loose this offseason, etc.

Ah, it all makes sense now. Silly fans named to open their minds a little and get educated than taking the easy route.

Remember, fans brought Tim Tebow to the NFL...

Where is Chickillo? On any given play, check three yards off the line of scrimmage. That is where he ends up after being pushed back every play.

It is hard to play QB on one leg. Stephen is hurting the team. They will only go as far as he can take them and he is limping and not playing well. Sit him down because it is not working. Coach D'O did not miss all of those tackles. All said, what really happened is the U allowed Florida State to beat them twice. While I am at it, when you look at Dukes' injury, I lay that on the O-line. They haven't move anyone in two games.

9>5>2,

Coley had a one in a million hit on the ball with the punter's helmet.

Burns did not even see the guy that reached in for the ball.

And O'Donnell kept us in the game with his 55 yard average and two shots inside the 20. Blame the long snapper before you blame the guy who had to reach down for the ball.

Both fumbles could have equally been picked up by Canes players, just like the two VT fumbles.

Both fumbles still left VT on their side of the 50, that is not a guaranteed touchdown in most situations.

It wasn't like they hit a big 55 yard TD pass right afterward, either. They drove down the field and could have done that for 80+ yards each time the way the defense was letting them go.

So I cannot put the blame 100% on those three. The defense, the long snapper, and the offensive and defensive playcalling could have overcome those three mistakes, but they didn't.

Big recruiting day with Moten announcing his decision between UM and FSU this evening. If he wants to play immediately, he should pick UM. They are desperate. FSU is loaded on the d-line, but they are developing players well. Tough choice.

I would like for Tracy Howard and the other members of the U defense to listen to former Canes defensive personnel concerning the existing issues surrounding their pre-game schemes. After the VT game, I was traveling home listening to 560 radio, and the former cane defensive back and Miami Dolphine pro was explaining the problems with the defensive scheme. He was saying a lot of what others have been saying about the defensive approach and inability to adjust during the game. Now Tracy, he played your position at the U and also played at the highest level.
Based on his observation, the defensive scheme is poor...not the performance of the players. He mentioned the pre-sap assignment when you are in a man. Every available receiver should be accounted for in man-to-man and/or zone defense. He shared, every defense experience a blown coverage time-to-time, but it is clear the wide open receivers from the past 4 games are not blown coverages...it's scheme.
Furthermore, if you are asking the lineman to engage the offensive linemen...then your LBs should be making a lot of plays. Where is the middle LB?
I admit that I don't know a lot about defensive schemes, but the former cane helped relieve my frustrations, and he enhanced my knowledge of the game better.
Now, I play QB and I am very knowledgeable of offensive objectives and goals. The QB should be train to understand when the defense is overloading the 10-15 yard box to stop the run. VT dared the U to throw the ball on 1st down, which Morris had one-on-one situations all night. A quick post or go route is a higher percentage play than running a 185 pound back into a 9-man front. A college QB do not need to look to the side line for help.
I enjoy the college game and seeing the development of the young players, but this coaching staff is handcuffing the talent. If you don't have the size or talent, then the coaching staff need to adjust a better scheme to compete. I would love to see an offensive system...like Baylor, Texas AM, or Oregon with this talent. If you want to run a power run system, then you must have the size and talent that Alabama, LSU, and Stanford have.
Duke and Crawford need to be put in space or create plays to put them in one-on-one situations with a LB.
Basically, I am not calling out the coach staff, but just saying...adjust to your players...not putting your players in a system, which they are not producing. From my experience as a former player...I expected that from my coaches.

Thanks for the heads up, Sunny Dee.

Moten, go talk to Nick Linder, he will give you some good advice.


Zook you really are a special kind of fan

Posted by: jsy | November 12, 2013 at 10:17 PM

^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

And you are a special kind of critic

RichmondHeightsCane, the part that bugged me about it was when they would try to run OUTSIDE on that 9 man line. That falls right into their hands, since the outside edge is where the unblocked defender is going to be. If you have to run against a stacked defense, you run up the middle, so the outside guys are not a factor for three yards. Then, once those guys are drawn in on a run, THAT'S when we should be able to do that play action to the outside.


Here is the deal with Al Golden and Mark D'Onofrio. Plain and simple they are Joe Paterno and Penn State indoctrinated disciples. They both Coach from the Penn. State handbook of being less talented but better prepared and discipline from the 1970's and 1980's days when Penn. St. was an Independant and played garbage schedules. Every now and then, they would play in a Big game against a far better team and were able to eek and pull out some Victories as underdogs with that mindset. But this is THE UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI !!! We don't play conservative ! Our Offense plays to not make mistakes, don't turn it over and get field position. The Defense plays PREVENT from the get go. NEVER dictating the play but always back on their heels not giving up the big play while they themselves rarely make any big plays while giving up 500 yards in front of them time and time again to bad teams. Do any of you see this trend ? Well, that is NOT CANE Football ! Al talks all about the U tradition, but has never, doesn't and will never play they way we used to. It's what we are and will always be with these two Nittney Lions to the core running the show. Nice guys? Sure. Do we want nice guys leading the U or mean attacking sumsofbitches like Howard and Jimmy's Coaching tree ATTACKING in ALL Phases of the game for 60 mins ?

I'm not going to even say I hope I'm wrong because I'm not. We are, philosophy wise, Penn. St. South. That's fine if an occasional 10-2 Season every 5 years or so satisfies you. But even in the ACC and with a weak OC Schedule we are destined to be a 7-5/8-4/9-3 squad year after year... And it starts with the Head mans philosophy. And Coach Golden's is and always will be Joe Paternoesque. "Don't beat yourself and win close games.

Give me KICKA$$ and TAKE NAMES !!! The True Cane Thang Way !

Posted by: Chris H. '88 | November 13, 2013 at 12:12 AM

^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

Your post has been nominated as the most clueless for all of 2013....good luck!!

By the way--never mind that most all former players with the UM program have lauded coach Golden for adopting and respecting the Canes way of life and has brought them back into the program after Shannon had barred them. Seriously, great job of not letting the facts get in the way of your rant.

One more by the way--Joe Paterno beat the Miami team that many consider to be one of the best ever in college football and prevented us from a National Championship, but what did he know??

AL GOLDEN IS THE BEST COACH IN ALL OF COLLEGE FOOTBALL!!

Zook - even if you believe Al Golden is a great coach, clearly the best coach in all of college football is Nick Saban. And I hate Nick Saban. It's hard to take anything you say seriously when you make such proclamations.

HEHEHE

Last month, the University of Miami dedicated the Schwartz Center for Athletic Excellence, a $15-million facility that is home to a new locker room for the Hurricanes football team, along with training facilities and academic resources for all of the school’s student-athletes.

Now, the school is hoping to make another major improvement to its athletic facilities by adding a lighted artificial practice field, along with an athletics dining hall and four football recovery pools.

The $7-million project, named the Football Victory Fund, is expected to be formally announced in the coming days, though Miami athletic director Blake James shared some details of the fundraising effort Tuesday.

“As I said from the start, the Schwartz Center is a tremendous investment in our program and is a huge, huge plus for us. It’s my responsibility to continue to add on to that because in this business, if you’re standing still, everyone is passing you by,” he said. “This is just a natural laying out of some identified needs we have as a program. If we’re going to continue to evolve and get our football program where we all want it to be, we have to continue to make an investment in that program.”

Because of South Florida's unpredictable weather and general use, Miami's existing natural-grass practice fields often get torn up throughout the season, forcing the team to occasionally move practices. According to fundraising documents, the field will help ease wear on those fields and give the Hurricanes more flexibility with scheduling, while the dining facility will provide proper nutritional supervision for student-athletes.

~Sun Sentinel

The players are loyal to their coach and that's great but just as Randy Shannon wasn't a good head coach, D'Onofrio isn't a good coordinator and it can be for one or two reasons; 1.) he doesn't keep the best talent on the field and 2.) and the scheme just doesn't work. It might work better if the best talent was on the field...but in3 years now there is nothing that suggest that this defense will EVER at any point be successful under it's current leadership. The turn overs were bad but a good to great defense can limit the damage. This defense is a containment defense, probably the one they use to play at Penn St....but things have evolved since then. Every blitz ran is usually picked up, there is no pressure from the d-line against quality opponents, coverage on crossing routes is non existent, 3rd down doesn't seem to mean anything (3rd and long or 3rd and short its open season).....very frustrating to watch when us "FANS" have seen way better than this and some of us actually do know this game much better than they think!!!! If you don't want fans to booo play better....they aren't having this problem at Alabama!!!!

Sunny Dee-

Had Al Golden been dealt the same hand in Miami that Nick Saban was dealt in Alabama he would also be working on his 3rd straight National Championship.

It is staggering to me why people refuse to accept the facts about the mess Miami football was in when Al Golden was hired that only became monumentally worse when the NCAA attacked the program for 3 years, which is comparable to receiving the death penalty. Why don't you and others understand that the NCAA's goal was to destroy Miami football for the next 30 years. And they did everything possible to attain that goal.

That is why Al Golden and the UM administration refer to the last 3 years as a living hell. Of course, if your goal is to bash Al Golden then the facts above are discounted or completely ignored. Further, the fact that Coach Golden has brought this team to a 7 & 2 record and beat the Gators when they were healthy and a bonafide top 10 to 12 team is nothing short of miraculous based on the last 3 years.

If you simply refuse to believe the experts in college football who marvel at the job Al Golden has done then using your comments... "It's hard to take anything you say seriously when you make such proclamations."

Five Titles,

I concur with you; except, I would not use play action with a 9 man front, because they can blitz from that formation. Just take 3 steps and pass to the post or quick slant, because of no safety support. Basically, a good OC will use the pass to get back to the running game.

Zook - you don't know if Golden would be working on his 3rd straight National Title if he was dealt the same hand as Saban. You are guessing. I agree that Golden was dealt a bad hand but there is no evidence that he is a better coach than Saban (or many other coaches for that matter, including Jimbo Fisher, Urban Meyer, Les Miles, Kevin Sumlin, etc...).

The facts are that Saban has already won 3 national titles at Alabama and is working on a fourth. He won a national title at LSU and had an impressive record at Michigan St. There is no doubt at all that he is the best coach in college football.

Also, Saban took over an Alabama team coming off a 6-7 record and plagued with sanctions. It's not like he was dealt a great hand either.

I never said Golden was a bad coach. I actually think he is a good coach and can be a great coach if he is flexible with his overall coaching philosophy. However, until he wins four national titles ((five if Saban wins another this year) Nick Saban will still be the best coach in all of college football.

Ron Zook
It is hard to take you seriously not only when you make your wild proclamations but specially when you use the name of a former gator coach on a UM site.
Right off the bat the name you choose is puzzling.
Then you proceed to state your opinion of Al Golden's worth as a statement of fact.
It has been said before that everyone is entitled to their opinion.
When an opinion is backed up or based on good verifiable information or facts then it is an intelligent opinion.
When your opinion is based on make belief, fantasy or other fictional and unverifiable information then it is like an A hole. Everyone has one of those and they all stink.
I would venture that your opinion is of the latter kind.
When you cite unknown "experts" and people "in the know", that only you know, to back up your wild claims it reminds me of Jimmy Johnson and the Fins.
Jimmy was one of the great Cane coaches. A football mind who did great with the Cowboys in the NFL as well. Then he came to the Fins and did not do so well.
As a parting gift he gave us his opinion about who the next Fin coach should be. We were saddled with Wannestad and his incompetence for years.
Maybe Jimmy Johnson is one of those you cite as having a great opinion of Al Golden. Just like he had a great opinion of Dave Wannestad.
Sunny Dee is right. Nick Saban is the best coach in college football. His record says that. Al golden is not the best coach in his own conference. If you can't come up with an intelligent opinion then spare the rest of us your stinking ones.

Mr. JSY, these Golden and D'Onofrio apologists say Miami, Florida's current RS-juniors and Seniors are bad, because they have some sort of DEEP-SEATED " hate " towards one Randy Shannon. Go bloody figure.

I don't know, maybe Coach Shannon didn't give approximately SIXTY PERCENT of said Hurricane fan-dom an autograph or some other mundane gesture.

Oh, I recall a Cane squad with numerous INEXPERIENCED RS-freshmen and TRUE freshmen going into Gainsville in " 2008 " and playing a COMPETETIVE game!

Chit, even both Corso and Herbie were literally DUMBFOUNDED for THREE QUARTER's!! LOL

Matter of fact, and correct me if I'm wrong, but Coach Shannon STARTED 3/4 true freshmen against a Heisman Trophy QB.

Again, it's all about the current defensive personnel and the bloody SCHEMES. hUh

It's just a bloody shame it's been that way for nearly 3 seasons regarding the D-unit.

By the way, SHANNON recruit DE Olivier saw the bloody WRITING ON THE WALL regarding the Canes current defensive schemes and ploy's.

Who knows, perhaps Vernon would've stuck around one more season before he bolted to the N.F.L. And that would've made Miami, Florida's defense relatively stronger.

But then again, this mumbling, meandering dribble is all MOOT now. hUh

Ron Zook,

I cannot speak for everyone else, but I like AL Golden and his staff for being loyal to the players and fans. I disagree with booing the players and coaches too. However, Al and his coaching staff need to adjust until they get the players to fit their coaching style. Duke and Crawford are not power backs, but are excellent play-makers. Ken Dorsey was not a play-maker, but a good leader of the offensive scheme...simular to Alabama QB. Don Shuler even adjusted from Bob Griese to Dan Marino.
Tracy Howard was a 5-star recruit who came in with excellent coverage skills. Put him in a position to make plays...simular to Deion Sanders...who was not a physical player too. Chic came in as a nasty pass rusher, now he is beefed up and not playing to his strengths. Denzel is extremely fatique by the second quarter, because he is about 15 pounds overweight.
Nevertheless, I believe the fan base wants Al to achieve here...but at the end of the day...football is football...and we live in a copy-cat system. How come Duke and Wake Forrest have improved?

Who am I going to believe Al or my own lyin eyes? Hearing details and excuses doesn't sway me from what I see with my own eyes. This team is poorly coached. How long do you think the Canes would look bad if Nick Saban and company came to Coral Gables and took over the team?


I don't mind giving Al more time, hell it took Butch 4 to 5 yrs to get us back on track, so I think he at least deserves that, but yes Dno needs to either DRASTICALLY change his strategy, or he needs to be replaced.

Posted by: ColaCane | November 12, 2013 at 09:45 PM

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What the FREAK are you mumbling about, COKE HEAD.

Coach Davis was behind the 8-ball working with the LOST of " 32 scholarship's " over a three year period.

And your BOY Goldie AIN'T no where that obstacle!!

Chit, I-F you only had your bloody EYES OPEN, you would seen the preview of both Golden and D'Onofrio in action in their FIRST GAME at Miami, Florida.

Heck, that major college football POWER, Maryland defeats the Canes. Yet, the Turtles ONLY win TWO games that season of 2011... I-AA Towson St and U Know Who. huh

Yeah, yeah save me your muttering dribble of the Canes had 8 players on A.W.O.L. Because a COMPETENT defensive coordinator still would've put his players in position to defeat a TWO WIN Maryland squad in 2011.


I'm not going to even say I hope I'm wrong because I'm not. We are, philosophy wise, Penn. St. South. That's fine if an occasional 10-2 Season every 5 years or so satisfies you. But even in the ACC and with a weak OC Schedule we are destined to be a 7-5/8-4/9-3 squad year after year... And it starts with the Head mans philosophy. And Coach Golden's is and always will be Joe Paternoesque. "Don't beat yourself and win close games.

Give me KICKA$$ and TAKE NAMES !!! The True Cane Thang Way !

Posted by: Chris H. '88 | November 13, 2013 at 12:12 AM
!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Voila Chris H. And I can see your a loyal, FREE THINKING Miami, Florida Hurricane fan!

By the way, that CONSERVATIVE philosophy of the Joe Pa DISCILES has taken away the NASTINESS IS REQUIRED aspect from the defensive unit.

And as U know Chris. NASTINESS IS REQUIRED is a Hurricane brand TRADEMARK.

Moreso, with the exception of the Florida game, the D-unit lacks that passionate fire in the belly and what not.

To put it bluntly. Since the arrival of Golden and D'Onofrio the Canes no longer have that MOUTHY, BRASH, SWAGGER on defense. And you need that MOUTHY, Ali-esque attitude on defense FIRST and FORMOST.

Like CALVIN and a few other OPEN-MINDED Hurricane partisans have said, the Hurricane defense has been PACIFIED by that CONSERVATIVE Penn. St. philosophy.


One more by the way--Joe Paterno beat the Miami team that many consider to be one of the best ever in college football and prevented us from a National Championship, but what did he know??

AL GOLDEN IS THE BEST COACH IN ALL OF COLLEGE FOOTBALL!!

Posted by: Ron Zook | November 13, 2013 at 10:07 AM
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Don't you mean TESTAVERDE beat Miami, Florida in that N.C. game, ron DORK!!

Chit, you probably WASN'T born yet when Vincent gave Penn St. FIVE free gifts. Eh, you DORK!!

" This is the reality about D'onofrio and Al Golden's defensive scheme/philosophy..... it's NO GOOD, in fact it's terrible. That's not how a Miami defense is suppose to line-up presnap, and its definitely not how a Miami d-line is suppose to play. All of this read the entire game and dont react bs is a joke. "

" Talent isnt the issue at all..... D'onofrio prefers "not making mental errors" over guys who are just better football players. Tyrone Cornelius and AJ Highsmith do not have to start on this defense or even 2nd string reps. They do b/c D'onofrio doesnt mind you being out talented on the field as long as you stay in your correct spot all game. "

" The philosophy itself is where the comedy starts..... what other team in the nation would play Logan Thomas and VT's offense the way Miami did in heavy rain? Why are the LBs and Safeties so far away from the LOS pre-snap?.... that's all coaching,scheme, philosophy. It sets the defense up to fail before the play starts.... No LB can cover a slot receiver, by himself in wide open space .... the defense lost every snap before the play even began. "

" An elite aggressive zone defense is going to have their LBs in tight and safeties up close so that everyone can help out in the same space and get to the ball together. Donofrio has his safeties in some sort of prevent out of complete view and the LBs scattered across the field and away from the LOS. So now he has LBs assigned to cover large areas of ground by himself and be responsible for making the solo open field tackle all the time.... solo tackles are necessary part of football but a team that wants a great defense puts their entire unit in position to make each tackle. "

" D'onfofrio has no idea about what it means to play the percentages.... what is more likely, an offense constantly being able to execute short yardage plays like running, bubble screens, and short routes b/c the defense is playing prevent and is giving you everything you want underneath.... or an offense constantly having to execute big play passes over the top to beat you b/c the defense is taking away everything underneath including making sure they load up to stop the run?..... The fact that he doesnt get this simple stuff is what makes D'onofrio a terrible Def. Coordinator. "

" VT has a terrible offense, they put up more yards then FSU did against Miami, even though this was a Miami home game and the weather conditions were terrible. Why b/c even though VT is a run 1st and 2nd type team the defense was lined up like Logan Thomas was some all world QB. So maybe that wouldve been a smart gameplan before you got on the field and saw that it was a flood about to happen. Where is the in game adjustments? what Offensive coordinator in their right minds would sit their and tell Logan Thomas to throw hailmary passes all game in the rain?... he doesnt have LT doing that regardless which makes that defensive strategy so ridiculous from the jump. " MR. MIKE FOSTER

Another INSIGHTFUL, TRUTHFUL opinion from a loyal Hurricane fan-dom. Nothing more and nothing less.

Ron Zook is either Al Goden's agent or a total dufus

So, let's summarize the Cane Trash excuse train. To Date:

1. We wuz injured;
2 We "gifted" games;
3. Morris sucked;
4. DoNofrio sucks;
5. Refs are out to get us;
6. Our defense sucks;
7. The NCAA is out to get us;
8. Golden was dealt a bad hand;
9. Shannon left the cupboard bare;
10.Coley sucks;
11. The ACC is too darn tough;
12. Too cold to play Pitt in November
13. It was raining;
14. The gray unis are bad luck
15. All the tarps are distracting

....and counting.........

Read more here: http://miamiherald.typepad.com/gator_clause/2013/11/harrison-alleges-racial-epithets-.html#storylink=cpy

I just can't even stand tuning in anymore. I just don't recognize this program... I mean the uniforms look similar to the 10 teams that played for national titles since I became a fan in '79 but that dynasty was built on defense. This team not only is completely defenseless they are actually okay with being so... just can't hurt more than that. Things that kill me though are 1. Golden came up through the ranks as a DC... I can't for the life of me figure out how. 2. He'll NEVER get rid of his current DC. He just won't. I refuse to tune in and watch... I just won't do it. One thing everybody keeps missing is that this is supposed to be entertainment. I am not entertained by the product this program is putting on the field right now. Anybody that provides lip service for a defense that gives up over 400 yards per game without making changes in an effort to lower that number is just not worth giving any attention to. Let me ask you all this... is the 'fear the tie' thing supposed to be towards their fans or ours?

"Anybody that provides lip service for a defense that gives up over 400 yards per game without making changes in an effort to lower that number is just not worth giving any attention to."

Leo you just hit the nail over the head. Giving up 400 yards a game goes back to last season. When asked about it at the end of last year Golden Tongue said: " the most important thing for us was to NOT make any changes"
And that is why you keep giving up 400 yards plus per game.

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