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UM's regular season ends today in bitter-cold Pittsburgh with Coastal title still in play. Will it be a happy ending?

PITTSBURGH -- It's hard to believe that today is the last regular-season game for the Hurricanes.

Where did the season go?

It feels like yesterday that Howard Schnellenberger was talking to all of us just before kickoff at the opener on Aug. 30th.

Now it's down to Pittsburgh, at Pittsburgh, in the bitter-cold of Heinz Field.

Miami opened as a 2.5-point favorite, and is now a 2-point favorite, from what I just saw. 

To me, this game is so important because it will cast an overall impression on the season. If the Hurricanes win, they'll have rebounded admirably from that ugly three-game losing streak at FSU (expected), against Virginia Tech (not expected) and at Duke (not expected).

A UM victory also would put Miami in prime position for a decent bowl, such as the Chick-fil-A -- and better yet, for a chance to win the Coastal Division of the Atlantic Coast Conference should North Carolina beat Duke tomorrow and should Virginia beat Virginia Tech.

I just don't see Virginia beating Virginia Tech, though it's a rivalry game and it is at UVA. However, if all the stars align for the Hurricane, they would meet FSU again in the ACC Championship Game on Dec. 7 in Charlotte. Can you imagine that?

If the Canes lose, suddenly the 7-0 start is completely overshadowed by ending the season with four losses in five games. The bowl situation becomes murkier, too.

Pittsburgh has won its last two of three games, starting with a 28-21 victory Nov. 9 at home on national television (ABC) against Notre Dame in its coldest home conditions (windy, with temperatures in the 40s) until today (kickoff expected to be in low 30s, dropping to mid-to-high 20s by end). The next week the Panthers lost at home to UNC 34-27. Last Saturday, Pitt beat Syracuse 17-16 on the road.

 PItt's total offense and rushing offense are poor statistically. But it has two talented receivers in senior Devin Street (51 catches for 854 yards and seven touchdowns this season) and freshman Tyler Boyd (68 catches for 903 yards and six touchowns). Street, however, hurt his ankle against North Carolina and his elbow at Syracuse and, per Pittsburgh-Post Gazette beat writer Sam Werner, was limited this week in practice. So, we'll see if and how much Street plays today.

 The Hurricanes' biggest obstacle in this game is expected to be defensive tackle Aaron Donald, a 6-0, 285-pound senior who is a finalist for just about every national defensive award out there. He is an amazing talent, shedding blocks with ease. 

"Aaron Donald has been a one-man wrecking crew,'' Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly said.

Donald leads the nation in tackles for loss, ranks 10th in sacks and 11th in forced fumbles. His blocked PAT last week at Syracuse made the difference in Pitt's 17-16 victory.

The question is, can UM's offensive line hold him off? It's very doubtful UM C Shane McDermott can do it alone.

If the Canes can hold off Donald and hold onto the ball despite the cold, they should win this game.

We'll see.

Happy day-after Thanksgiving to all of you. Enjoy the game.

SUSAN MILLER DEGNAN 

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"D" line and is just terrible. They hooked the ends and ran 5 yards a clip. Green didn't do a thing, just looked inside and they ran around him. We at times stopped it put they could have run it all day long.
Look this bend but don't break has to go. Stop them and get the "O" back on the field. "O" is our best weapon, use it as much as posssible

Miami had a really good season. This is a team that has showed some improvement. The defense still a big question. I know at the beginning of the season the defense looked very promising, and even in the FSU game they were still fighting in the first half. It was until the second half when FSU took advantage of our mistakes and everything came crumbling down. Because of that game, Miami was affected how they played the next two games just because of the way they lost against FSU. An FSU team that is loaded with talent. Miami is going to learn how to rebound from those type of games . Hopefully it won't happened again because Miami will be able to win those games with better talent, and better coaching.

Now back to the defense who in the last 5 games they just been playing terrible. Yes, I know they cause some turn overs in the last few games. At the same time, they also gave big chunk of yards and points to the opposite team. With a better recruiting class we can probably do it, but something tells me Miami is also is going to need more than just better players. I mean how can some really inferior teams were able to do so much against our defense. How much can you put that on the players? Our defense of coordinator is going to need some help. I still think with a little bit of help on the defense in coaching, and players Miami could of had a better year. It is what it is an 9-3 season which is not bad compare to the other years. However next year those excuses won't be acceptable. Let's win our next game.

http://blog.allcanes.com/miami-hurricanes-football-2013-season-finale-atlantic-coast-conference-recap

a little perspective. I have been guilty.

Beedharphong, thanks for posting link...great article.

There really is no better equalizer and reset button than Thanksgiving.

Wherever one’s head and heart ultimately lie, the gravity of the holiday itself somehow brings a period of reflection and perspective. How fortunate we all are to be here and now, living, experiencing and doing.

Cynicism, judgement and self-importance may dominate the other months, but come late November, the nation hits its “wake zone”. The year has a way of coasting to a close. From there hope and promise are abound as the final calendar page turns.

As supporters of the University of Miami, a handful of insider-only mantras have been berthed over the years. It’s a Canes thing … you wouldn’t understand. U Family. Us against the world. The U invented swagger. I stand with The U.

Slogans that sell t-shirts and garner high-fives from like-minded fans on game day. Right now, when this program needs those phrase to take full action, words are out-speaking actions.

Ten years of failed expectations has unfairly been lumped directly on this current team and coaching staff. Judgment is clouded, words are harsh and support is far from undying.

A forced agenda, rooted in the fact that Miami should be “back”, instead of logically accepting and processing why it isn’t. Comparisons, unfair timelines and parallels drawn to turnarounds made by past Hurricanes squads, though circumstances are completely unique.

Understandably, the focus as of late has been a porous defense and three-game losing streak. Florida State, who appears title-game-bound, was forgivable, but those yards given up to Virginia Tech and Duke? Blasphemy.

The Hurricanes were “supposed” to win the Coastal Division and reach the ACC title game this year—not because talent, depth and experienced proved so, but simply because folks have grown tired of waiting and the drought has gone on long enough.

For those who continue beating the drum that Miami “should” be back, the question remains, based on what?

“WANTING” VERSUS “DESERVING” ARE NIGHT VERSUS DAY

Larry Coker left Randy Shannon a program that went 25-12 his final three years and was months removed from a 40-3 postseason beat down, courtesy of LSU. From there, Shannon stumbled to 28-23 before Al Golden was brought in and asked to get it right.

Coker was tossed the keys to the hot rod he eventually totaled and Shannon set it on fire it. Golden was then given a can of Bondo and a running clock regarding getting it race-worthy again—and not enough folks see that as unfair.

Golden hustled to save the 2011 recruiting class—which had only four verbal commits when Shannon was let go the previous December. By February, 19 kids joined the Miami program, though the class reeked of last-ditch effort as a new leader had less than two months to sell, close and deliver.

Four months later, a recently-graduated cornerback acknowledged the elephant in the room regarding UM’s broken culture.


In my early years at UM, there were guys who were freshmen who acted like adults—Jon Beason, Teraz McCray, Greg Olsen. When I was a senior last year, some sophomores and juniors acted like freshmen. Guys would do silly stuff like pulling their pants down, wearing crazy stuff. Guys would come late to meetings. They would schedule appointments and not show up or listen to iPods in class. I was always told by academic advisors to talk to [teammates]. Some kids got worse after they got here. People were purposely doing stuff to mock Randy Shannon or do their own thing. Coach Shannon tried to make sure guys went to class and presented themselves well. But as soon as he turned his back, they would do what they wanted. There are a lot of guys who didn’t produce, and how they act off the field has a lot to do with it. That has to change.

Ryan Hill never lived up to the hype on the field, but soon as his playing days were over, called it like it was in eye-opening fashion.

Hill went on to explain that Golden had “a problem on his hands” regarding a culture of insubordination and a bunch of pot-smokers more interested in a sideline snowball fight, than the fact that Notre Dame was pummeling Miami in a mid-tier bowl game.

Two months after Hill’s revelation, Charles Robinson and Yahoo! Sports dropped an atom bomb and began spinning jailhouse tales from a jaded Ponzi-schemer intent on destroying the Hurricanes’ football program. Hello NCAA investigation.

Somewhere in those two-plus years that dark cloud hovered over “The U”, this fan base forgot how scared-straight it was in back in August 2011 when the news was first delivered.

TWO-PLUS YEARS OF HELL ARE FINALLY OVER

Whether Nevin Shaprio was speaking truth or falsities, perception was reality, the media was screaming “death penalty” and a program damn-near life support looked like it had reached a tipping point.

Forget ultimate success, back then most of us were hoping UM would merely survive.

From begging and pleading two years ago that Miami would live to see another day, to a sense of entitlement that these Hurricanes should again be a contender—just like that, with little attention paid to the past half decade of disaster and mediocrity. How soon we forget.

In all the fan-fueled frustration, where is there regard for the 36 players who left this program between 2010 and 2012, recruited either by a coach who didn’t know better, or a new one forced to take chances as he needed bodies and had few options?

This impatience, know-it-all approach and frustration feels a whole lot like fifteen years ago, when Pell Grant fraud rocked this program and frustration was also at an all-time high.

Those throwing barbs at Golden and defensive coordinator Mark D’Onofrio are effectively the same group who tried to run Butch Davis out of town in the late nineties.

“From National Champs to National Chumps—Thanks Butch!”, read a banner that flew over the Orange Bowl for a 1997 home game in an eventual 5-6 season.

Another situation where the new guy was paying for the old guy’s sins, while frustrated fans showed no regard to the how or why and deemed the losses unacceptable.

Sound familiar? It’s like deja “U” all over again.

REBUILDING NEVER HAPPENS OVERNIGHT

These current defense woes falls are solely blamed on coaching and scheme instead of a combination of execution and personnel—yet a decade and a half ago, back-to-back coordinators couldn’t solve it, either. Talent eventually did.

Davis fired defensive coordinator Bill Miller after year four. The 1998 season closed with a three-game stretch where 1,068 yards and 111 points were surrendered and the Hurricanes finished 9-3.

Syracuse put up 66 on Miami in the de facto Big East title game, while UCLA racked up 45 points and 689 yards a week later. North Carolina State then dinged the Canes for 498 yards and 23 points in the bowl game, the trifecta having done Miller in.

Greg Schiano entered Davis’ fifth year and while there were certainly signs of a change in culture, the problem was far from solved.

Miami started the season No. 12 and rolled to a 9-4 finish, with losses coming to No. 2 Penn State, No. 1 Florida State and No. 2 Virginia Tech, but few recall East Carolina. The ninth-ranked Hurricanes blew a 23-3 third quarter lead and surrendered 450 yards in a 27-23 loss to team no better than this year’s Duke squad—on the watch of new defensive up-and-coming coach with an “attack, attack, attack” mentality.

A year later Miami finished 11-1 and No. 2 in the nation. The Hurricanes topped No. 1 Florida State during the regular season and thumped No. 7 Florida in the Sugar Bowl, having been snubbed of a title shot.

Yet months prior, fans still wanted Davis gone after No. 4 Miami fell at No. 15 Washington in September. Those folks got their wish as Davis bailed for the NFL days after that Sugar Bowl rout, lying through his teeth about any intention to stay.

For continuity-sake, Coker took over a championship-ready squad and rolled to a 24-0 start, making a swell guy and perennial assistant an instant fan-favorite.

Five years later, a struggling Coker was the one feeling the heat and the banner-flyers of yesteryear wanted him gone, ready to welcome Benedict Davis back with open arms.

Instead, North Carolina snatched up the former Miami leader in November 2006.

Ten days later, Coker was fired after a 6-6 regular season, Shannon took over and four more years of misery ensued, leaving this program in shambles when Golden took over in December 2010.

“DON’T HAVE TO BUMP THIS, BUT PLEASE RESPECT IT”

All that over-the-top detail was delivered to drive home two bigger points—appreciate what you have when you have it, not after it’s gone, and be careful what you wish for.

Defense has always been the backbone of great Miami teams, but whoever predicted greatness three years into this rebuild?

A young secondary, a depleted linebacking corps (due to immature knuckleheads asked to leave) and a defensive line dependent on a few Division-I transfers each, with a remaining year of eligibility—forget the 2001 Hurricanes, this wasn’t even the same caliber of the 2005 squad.

Fact remains, this offense took a step back in a year when it needed to take a leap forward. Quarterback play regressed, while the running game missed the one-two punch it had last season with a veteran senior and sensational freshman.

As 2013 rolled on, key injuries occurred and back-ups proved incapable of keeping things humming.

Time of possession battles were lost. Chains weren’t moved. Red zone stall-outs left points on the field, effectively costing Miami one, if not two games this season—the difference between 8-3, opposed to 10-1, at best. Hardly worthy of the insanity these losses have caused.

One regular season game remains, followed by a month of postseason practice and a bowl game. From there, Golden and staff look to close strong on the recruiting front. Miami has 28 verbal commitments for 2014 and what ESPN currently ranks as the third-best class in the nation.

The Hurricanes are also meeting needs, not just bringing in top players, as eight defensive linemen appear headed to Coral Gables.

While even a holiday-style step back won’t change hardened hearts or strong opinions, here’s hoping that a reprieve will be granted over the final weeks of this year.

THE PROCESS CAN’T ONLY BE MEASURED IN WINS AND LOSSES

Perspective is key and while the result hasn’t always been optimum, if it really is about this U family and it s “Canes thing”, then lets turn our focus towards the overall effort.

This coaching staff and this senior class has been to hell and back the past few years. Day in and day out, all have bled for this beloved program. Whether it’s where it should be, or not, this entire bunch deserves recognition today.

An elusive Coastal Division title and ACC Championship game appearance were the goal when the season began, but the win of wins came on October 22 when the NCAA investigation finally came to a close—yet another reason to give serious thanks.

Outsiders will never know what the ramifications of that tainted investigation did to this program, nor can it’s effects be measured—but there’s no doubt that it was an anvil around this coaching staff’s neck and has since been removed. Let’s wait and see what happens next.

Miami takes on Pittsburgh at 3:30 p.m. ET on Friday. Get together with your Canes brethren, celebrate one last regular season game with those you love most and win or lose, prove once and for all that it really is “all about The U”.

Happy Thanksgiving, U Family. #BeatPitt

Back from the *actual game* while dudes are on here bloviating about Al Golden and D'No when he had zero to do with the win. We barely beat a 6-6 team and they moved the ball at will.

James Coley's coordination of the offense was the game changer and his usage/scheming of Stacy Coley is the MVP. Every time we lose its been OC's/offenses fault for not sustaining drives according to D'No and Golden, so who gets the praise in a win? We've stopped no one this year---and thats a Fact. The offense is the reason Al Golden has any wins as UM's HC. Despite his insistence upon protecting his pal on defense.

THE PLAYERS and their TALENTS once again--won this game!!!!
And I told them that after the game. BTW--it was THEIR idea to go shirtless pre-game--not Golden's--no coach would demand such a thing with parents there and watching--plus the players confirmed this themselves.

Its funny how U NEVER read any specific praise of the players when we win via the Al Golden fans. They stay in the Golden defense and consistent forget the core and constant to this programs success--THE KIDS.

Its ALL Golden Golden Golden just like the Gator behavior with Tebow Tebow Tebow.

ALL Golden posts--zilch about Stacy Coley-another YOUNG player like Duke Johnson last season who carried this team to wins despite the "we have young players" excuse.

I saw our talent first hand--get used properly by the coaching of Coley. While also seeing the contrary of our defensive talent being used poorly by D'No--who by the way--isn't going anywhere--how many times does Golden have to say so himself???

Tough situation handled well by Al Golden. He had seniors that sacrificed but weren't of the highest talent level but stuck with them. I appreciate his loyalty and sense of responsibility to them. Moving forward He will be able to recruit more talented players and I think--all things being equal--you'll see a better product on the field. The missed tackles are not acceptable, but most of those kids won't be back next year.

Al has a ton of currency for his stewardship of the program during the NCAA saga. Now he is free of the negative recruiting to do what I think he does best: sell him and sell []_[]. I expect him to close this recruiting cycle in a very strong fashion. Still 2 years away with strong classes from a BCS contender.

Posted by: Next Man []_[]p | November 29, 2013 at 10:43 PM

^^^This post is the EPITOME of Golden worship^^^

This IS the official PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE TO AL GOLDEN.

Notice the usage of him, his, and he.

"Al Golden stuck by the players despite their lack of talent."

Are U serious? No mention of the players sticking by Golden and his process this whole time despite his deficiencies and lack of talent schematically???

How guys like this believe they are Cane fans is beyond me. Yall have been morphed into "Ganes". Al Golden fans ala Timmy Tebow fans.

The Canes will be back and the future is looking better. I mean The Canes are far from peeking and the play was spotty at best and they still came out of it 9-3. When the play improves along with the maturing, they'll start to be in those close games if not pull one or two of them off. The boys are growing and u can see it... like I say, when the CANE TEAMS PEEK they are 2nd to none.. Can't wait!!!

9<5<2, begins his post with: "IDIOTS!"

Then proceeds to reference a bunch of upsets that he notices by teams that are competing with teams with superior talent. His point is that we don't have the talent to do these things if if we did we would?? But WE DO--if U check the star rankings our talent is far superior to Oregon State, Pittsburgh who beat Notre Dame, or even Michigan who is competing with OSU as we speak. Our talent level is superior to any team that has pulled an upset this sea on, including UCF who beat Louisville this season.

So your point works against U. U should think before U begin and/or end all your posts with insults (that are projections) as U do.

Zakkee, "Ganes" is going to stick for describing these sad sack, homoerotic, fan fic fantasies THE WORST POSTER IN ALL OF COLLEGE FOOTBALL RELATED BLOGGING and his ilk keep splooging onto here about their favorite golden shower spigot.

Coaching MVP this year is a dead heat between OC and OL coach. Seniority tells me Art probably deserves it a little more until the new guy proves it against a better slate of opponents first.

To the 'REAL' Canes fans:

Ignore the woman Harriet the slave and her numerous aliases (aka The Insane Curse) as she lies and whines anytime something positive is posted about the Canes.

She willfully ignores the facts in her efforts to falsely attack Al Golden. She's a cowardly Gator fan and does nothing but troll Canes football blogs taking comments out of context and looking to disrupt conversations amongst 'REAL' Canes fans.

C'mon Jethro...your Jorts are shutting off the blood flow to your tiny brain. You have claimed you are a Canes fan and now you attack current and Miami players for showing swagger.

You cowardly Gators always show your true colors...a yellow pee stain down your pant leg. 21-16 Gomer and then you tucked tail and quit the Miami series. Nice game against Georgia Southern Jethro. Congratulations on that 4 win season and a coach that even a chalkboard get's the better of...laughing at you!!!!

And as always...you are too cowardly to use but one screen name...having no spine is a Gator thang--we 9 & 3 Canes would never understand!!

Posted by: Ron Zook | November 29, 2013
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If you think running around in 33 degree weather with no shirt on is swagger than you obviously don't know what swagger is and aren't a true Cane fan.. Swag is a Canes thang so you wouldn't understand! Go back to blathering racial innuendos and patting yourself on the back.

"Shannon took over and four more years of misery ensued, leaving this program in shambles when Golden took over in December 2010." ~All Canes

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

TWO-PLUS YEARS OF HELL ARE FINALLY OVER

Whether Nevin Shaprio was speaking truth or falsities, perception was reality, the media was screaming “death penalty” and a program damn-near life support looked like it had reached a tipping point.

Forget ultimate success, back then most of us were hoping UM would merely survive.

From begging and pleading two years ago that Miami would live to see another day, to a sense of entitlement that these Hurricanes should again be a contender—just like that, with little attention paid to the past half decade of disaster and mediocrity. How soon we forget.

In all the fan-fueled frustration, where is there regard for the 36 players who left this program between 2010 and 2012, recruited either by a coach who didn’t know better, or a new one forced to take chances as he needed bodies and had few options?

This impatience, know-it-all approach and frustration feels a whole lot like fifteen years ago, when Pell Grant fraud rocked this program and frustration was also at an all-time high.

Those throwing barbs at Golden and defensive coordinator Mark D’Onofrio are effectively the same group who tried to run Butch Davis out of town in the late nineties.

“From National Champs to National Chumps—Thanks Butch!”, read a banner that flew over the Orange Bowl for a 1997 home game in an eventual 5-6 season.

Another situation where the new guy was paying for the old guy’s sins, while frustrated fans showed no regard to the how or why and deemed the losses unacceptable. ~ All Canes

Sound familiar? It’s like deja “U” all over again.

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

Then Zook, comes on and proves my point exactly when he calls Mark May and Lou Holtz the biggest Canes haters ever, BUT goes on to reference how they love and sing the praises of Al Golden LMAO!!!

What does this mean?

How could this be possible?

There must be a DIFFERENCE BETWEEN being a Canes fan and a Al Golden fan then.

Why would "Canes Haters" love our coach, but hate our team?

One would have to ask themselves why they hate the Canes to begin with. Because of our aggressive style of play, dominance, speed, swagger, and fearlessness.

If these are the reasons for the hate of UM as a whole, then Al Golden COULD NOT/MUST NOT embody these reasons, if these same dudes love and support him right?

Well there U are.

Al Golden represents a UM football program that is LIKABLE to notorious "Canes haters".

If they hate (pray for our downfall) the Canes--HOW or WHY would they like our coach.

Simple Logic by Zook--thanks for the clarity bro!

An unranked, beatable by anyone, 9-3 and mediocre Canes football program is reason for national applause lol!

As supporters of the University of Miami, a handful of insider-only mantras have been berthed over the years. It’s a Canes thing … you wouldn’t understand. U Family. Us against the world. The U invented swagger. I stand with The U.

Slogans that sell t-shirts and garner high-fives from like-minded fans on game day. Right now, when this program needs those phrase to take full action, words are out-speaking actions.

Ten years of failed expectations has unfairly been lumped directly on this current team and coaching staff. Judgment is clouded, words are harsh and support is far from undying.

A forced agenda, rooted in the fact that Miami should be “back”, instead of logically accepting and processing why it isn’t. Comparisons, unfair timelines and parallels drawn to turnarounds made by past Hurricanes squads, though circumstances are completely unique.

Understandably, the focus as of late has been a porous defense and three-game losing streak. Florida State, who appears title-game-bound, was forgivable, but those yards given up to Virginia Tech and Duke? Blasphemy.

The Hurricanes were “supposed” to win the Coastal Division and reach the ACC title game this year—not because talent, depth and experienced proved so, but simply because folks have grown tired of waiting and the drought has gone on long enough.

For those who continue beating the drum that Miami “should” be back, the question remains, based on what?

~All Canes

Larry Coker left Randy Shannon a program that went 25-12 his final three years and was months removed from a 40-3 postseason beat down, courtesy of LSU. From there, Shannon stumbled to 28-23 before Al Golden was brought in and asked to get it right.

Coker was tossed the keys to the hot rod he eventually totaled and Shannon set it on fire it. Golden was then given a can of Bondo and a running clock regarding getting it race-worthy again—and not enough folks see that as unfair.

Golden hustled to save the 2011 recruiting class—which had only four verbal commits when Shannon was let go the previous December. By February, 19 kids joined the Miami program, though the class reeked of last-ditch effort as a new leader had less than two months to sell, close and deliver.

Four months later, a recently-graduated cornerback acknowledged the elephant in the room regarding UM’s broken culture.


In my early years at UM, there were guys who were freshmen who acted like adults—Jon Beason, Teraz McCray, Greg Olsen. When I was a senior last year, some sophomores and juniors acted like freshmen. Guys would do silly stuff like pulling their pants down, wearing crazy stuff. Guys would come late to meetings. They would schedule appointments and not show up or listen to iPods in class. I was always told by academic advisors to talk to [teammates]. Some kids got worse after they got here. People were purposely doing stuff to mock Randy Shannon or do their own thing. Coach Shannon tried to make sure guys went to class and presented themselves well. But as soon as he turned his back, they would do what they wanted. There are a lot of guys who didn’t produce, and how they act off the field has a lot to do with it. That has to change.

~All Canes

Zook your posts aren't about the Miami Hurricanes.

They are propaganda and exclusively pro-Al Golden trolling.

Man worship is the Hurricane way. Thats Gator behavior.

No man comes before this U!

Especially not your Lord and Savior Golden.

He has to prove himself like everyone else in life does.

Ryan Hill never lived up to the hype on the field, but soon as his playing days were over, called it like it was in eye-opening fashion.

Hill went on to explain that Golden had “a problem on his hands” regarding a culture of insubordination and a bunch of pot-smokers more interested in a sideline snowball fight, than the fact that Notre Dame was pummeling Miami in a mid-tier bowl game.

~All Canes

Man worship is NOT the Hurricane way

Two months after Hill’s revelation, Charles Robinson and Yahoo! Sports dropped an atom bomb and began spinning jailhouse tales from a jaded Ponzi-schemer intent on destroying the Hurricanes’ football program. Hello NCAA investigation.

Somewhere in those two-plus years that dark cloud hovered over “The U”, this ungrateful fan base forgot how scared-straight it was back in August 2011 when the news was first delivered.

~All Canes

Whether Nevin Shaprio was speaking truth or falsities, perception was reality, the media was screaming “death penalty” and a program damn-near life support looked like it had reached a tipping point.

Forget ultimate success, back then most of us were hoping UM would merely survive.

~All Canes

From begging and pleading two years ago that Miami would live to see another day, to a sense of entitlement that these Hurricanes should again be a contender—just like that, with little attention paid to the past half decade of disaster and mediocrity. How soon we forget.

~All Canes

Zero posts about his coaching acumen or win/loss records and results on the filed of play.

Just rumors and innuendos about getting/corralling our big, bad, lawless and savage players together and changing them socially.

Just another post that disparages the players to prop up the coach whose had no real success other than supposed cosmetic and sensory enhancements.

Keep throwing our players under the bus Zook--and claim to be a Hurricane fan all the while.

In all the fan-fueled frustration, where is there regard for the 36 players who left this program between 2010 and 2012, recruited either by a coach who didn’t know better, or a new one forced to take chances as he needed bodies and had few options?

This impatience, know-it-all approach and frustration feels a whole lot like fifteen years ago, when Pell Grant fraud rocked this program and frustration was also at an all-time high.

Those throwing barbs at Golden and defensive coordinator Mark D’Onofrio are effectively the same group who tried to run Butch Davis out of town in the late nineties.

~All Canes

“From National Champs to National Chumps—Thanks Butch!”, read a banner that flew over the Orange Bowl for a 1997 home game in an eventual 5-6 season.

Another situation where the new guy was paying for the old guy’s sins, while frustrated fans showed no regard to the how or why and deemed the losses unacceptable.

~All Canes

These current defense woes falls are solely blamed on coaching and scheme instead of a combination of execution and personnel—yet a decade and a half ago, back-to-back coordinators couldn’t solve it, either. Talent eventually did.

~All Canes

Exaggerating the NCAA cloud is not pro-Canes football talk.

Its just excuse enabling talk and brain-washing towards expectation lowering and setting it to celebrate mediocrity.

The 1998 season closed with a three-game stretch where 1,068 yards and 111 points were surrendered and the Hurricanes finished 9-3.

Syracuse put up 66 on Miami in the de facto Big East title game, while UCLA racked up 45 points and 689 yards a week later. North Carolina State then dinged the Canes for 498 yards and 23 points in the bowl game, the trifecta having done Miller in.

Greg Schiano entered Davis’ fifth year and while there were certainly signs of a change in culture, the problem was far from solved.

It was then as it is now about talent or lack thereof.

~All Canes

Zookey,

You are being salvaged again here today. Time to throw in a few gator references, the cut and paste jobs aren't helping you.

quick diversions, diversions,

LOL

poor al golden.....fsu rout is on with florida.....winston will keep UM irrelevant....

duke is uncrossing goldens fingers....sorry al, UM sits this one out.....AGAIN after 3 yrs....

just quit....you are done with no QB next year and graduation....

bye-bye

UM shouldn't have been begging pleading two years ago, if the NCAA allegations were based in a trumped up, jailhouse, sour grapes rant and a few receipts that had been punished for.

If the administration: President and Board would've listened to Randy Shannon that U continue to throw under the bus--there WOULDN'T HAVE BEEN A NCAA INVESTIGATION OR CLOUD for U to reference as a crutch.

EVERYTHING U reference--RS tried to prevent.

U and "ALL CANES" (what a joke) have zero credibility.

They should change that name to "ALL Golden"

Miami started the season No. 12 and rolled to a 9-4 finish, with losses coming to No. 2 Penn State, No. 1 Florida State and No. 2 Virginia Tech, but few recall East Carolina. The ninth-ranked Hurricanes blew a 23-3 third quarter lead and surrendered 450 yards in a 27-23 loss to team no better than this year’s Duke squad—on the watch of new defensive up-and-coming coach with an “attack, attack, attack” mentality.

~All Canes

A year later Miami finished 11-1 and No. 2 in the nation. The Hurricanes topped No. 1 Florida State during the regular season and thumped No. 7 Florida in the Sugar Bowl, having been snubbed of a title shot.

Yet months prior, fans still wanted Davis gone after No. 4 Miami fell at No. 15 Washington in September. Those folks got their wish as Davis bailed for the NFL days after that Sugar Bowl rout, lying through his teeth about any intention to stay.

~All Canes

Can we get some DEFENSE PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Go Canes!!

LOLOL - my friend sent me that link, I link it here and it starts a slap fight of warlike proportions between two of the worst partisans on this blog...Neither willing to admit or give an inch to the other, whether the other has anything of merit to say...Classic American paranoid style of politics aplied to our Canes.

I loved the article, for it gave a named source as to all the RS drama. Go ahead and demonize R Hill now, HTC; but what he said, we all saw. RS is a true cane, but is gone, Calvin. It's okay.

We have a lack of talent on the defensive front and at LB...our secondary is pretty darn good...realize that as of yesterday, we are ranked 9th in ints for the year. not bad.

DNO is STILL highly suspect as a DC. We have regressed in too many areas, despite improving in others...

Sorry Zook, but defending AG and DNO blindly doesn't cut it either. AG hasn't beaten any good or great team in three years and we had a cakewalk schedule compared to RS years and even AG's first year. Rs did have some talent developed and undeveloped that AG inherited, for better and worse.

COACHING MATTERS:
Auburn
USC
Texas
- They didn't face the same obstacles we did with the NCAA, but that can't be the catch all excuse..


On the other hand:

Duke - Process, process, process and time, lots of time...

Arizona's improved defense as the year goes on...with a 3-3-5 to handle a spread....Calvin, Gallo, Cane72...

Like him or not, we are now stuck with DNO for at least next year; which shouldn't be any better than this year's defense, despite the influx of some freshman talent. We prolly lose DZP...not good. Chick has been a bust this year.

We have a new qb to use - R. Williams prolly isn't the answer. Olsen? meh. Kaaya? meh.

Hang on to yours hats Canes, 2014 is literally up in the air. We DID have an easy schedule this year. Acc teams ARE getting better.

But,
We gots Holey Coley, P. Dorsett, Duke and Yearby and Gus; prolly a decent OLine again...

Who knows? I will continue to complain, praise, right and wrong, for my canes.

oh, and as to R Hill calling out what we all knew about RS's tenure - same applies to those here calling out AG's problems - we all see them...

We COULD be 11-1 or 10-2 - having lost legit to a really good DUKE team, yeah, DUKE - and ranked if we had a DC that could coach mediocre players. Our defense has major talent holes, but hasn't been decimated like UF across the board..We COULD be actually DECENT on defense next year...WITH A NEW DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR....

Five years later, a struggling Coker was the one feeling the heat and the banner-flyers of yesteryear wanted him gone, ready to welcome Benedict Davis back with open arms.

Instead, North Carolina snatched up the former Miami leader in November 2006.

Ten days later, Coker was fired after a 6-6 regular season, Shannon took over and four more years of misery ensued, leaving this program in shambles when Golden took over in December 2010.

~All Canes

A young secondary, a depleted linebacking corps (due to immature knuckleheads asked to leave) and a defensive line dependent on a few Division-I transfers each, with a remaining year of eligibility—forget the 2001 Hurricanes, this wasn’t even the same caliber of the 2005 squad.

~All Canes

I'll give AG the BOTD for all the good reasons given in the article; he's a HELL of a recruiter, he IS LOYAL, so far, he is great for the program from a PR standpoint, he can manage game logistic better than RS EVER DID...

But! his loyalty to a subpar DC and making logically inconsistent excuses and taking undue credit for dubious amounts of real progress in the numbers and W/L column against inferior opponents and dismal record against superior opponents don't fool anyone, ZOOK.

Dude (beedwhatever) what the hell are U referring to by some link???

I don't even read your posts they are on AUTOMATIC SKIP bro. And thats just keeping it 100% with U.

And I won't/refuse to go back to see what U are referring to.

U never have an opinion either way on any topic--U safely play the devil's advocate and seem to be jealous of someone actually have a conviction on a topic (any topic).

Not to beed outdone, here U are trying to grandstand the blog again.


My posts aren't like any others (original ideas) and aren't the prevailing sentiment (just see Ron Zook's pasting of posts from various "Ganes" blogs).

gtfoh--cornball.

As 2013 rolled on, key injuries occurred and back-ups proved incapable of keeping things humming

~All Canes

Loyalty doesn't/shouldn't co$t.

Whats your proof that Golden is loyal?

Its fact that he parlayed the NCAA investigation into a raise and extension after his first season when he had proved nothing on the field of play.

And if he is a hell of a recruiter--then why don't we have talent as U claim???

This is his 4th recruiting cycle upcoming.

I don't understand: If he is such a great recruiter--why are we assumed to need talent every single year?

Due to said injuries time of possession battles were lost. Chains weren’t moved. Red zone stall-outs left points on the field, effectively costing Miami one, if not two games this season—the difference between 8-3, opposed to 10-1, at best.

Hardly worthy of the insanity and misinformation campaigns these losses have caused.

~All Canes

AW, HTC, starting in with me? I'll take that as a compliment. I believe that my record stands for itself. I opine and grandstand this blog as one who tries to be a real fan, like yourself. you ignore my posts, then tell me my mode? WQN'T refence the article I linked to that Zook has made his new Bible? Then that's on you, my friend.

I don't hate you or anyone on this blog...And as for your attack that I only play devil's advocate? True to a large extent, as it seems to be a necessary and valid counterbalance to the shrillery that dominates the discussions here...but, I have plainly staked out and clear set of consistent positions on the status of our Canes. We need a new DC, at LEAST.

Sheesh, man. Stayin' Corny.

Moreover, HTC,
My last post pretty much picked a fight with all of you, so there's your safe, devil's advocacy...If you weren't busy with confirmation bias posts, you might have caught that.

Zook's a douche, but you gotta love his child like enthusiasm.

You, Calvin, Gallo, Cane72, et al. are fricking curmudgeons, with nothing positive to say - and I appreciate much of the cynicism.

Truth is - it is somewhere in the middle, and I don't need to protect my sense of identity protecting one tribe or the other here. That rubs you wrong? Worthy of rebuttal, but won't lose any sleep over it.

From here, Golden and staff are closing strong on the recruiting front. Miami has 28 verbal commitments for 2014 and what ESPN currently ranks as the third-best class in the nation.

The Hurricanes are also meeting needs, not just bringing in top players, as eight defensive linemen appear headed to Coral Gables.

While even a holiday-style step back won’t change hardened hearts or purposely misleading comments, here’s hoping that a reprieve will be granted over the final weeks of this year.

~All Canes

HTC, you can't blame the President and Board for not listening to Randy Shannon about Nevin Shapiro without including his coaching staff too. He threatened his coaches with walking papers if they associated with Shapiro and they all went and did it anyway. Just like the players that Ryan Hill was talking about, those coaches didn't respect Shannon either. Why was such a good man so disrespected by his administration, his coaching staff, and his players?

As to his parlay of the NCAA into a K extension? spot on. However, he didn't even know about the investigation, bc our wonderful administration didn't dare tell a new hire about it, especially a big name hire, which AG wasn't - ergo, AG, given the circumstances, was a great hire; value for money - restart the discussion on our Adminsistration? okay, but no thanks; that's a mixed bag at best.

His 4th recruiting cycle? Yep. We still need talent. Always will. 4 commits on the day of RS firing. 4.

His recruiting from a "recruiting numbers system" in the meantime? Very, very good, with some misses and busts.

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