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Google Hangout with Canes fans via SportsManias

I got a chance today to participate in my first Google Hangout with a trio of Canes fans and our friends at SportsManias.

Here is the recording.

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Do you all remember this interview:

http://miamiherald.typepad.com/sedano-says/2010/12/canes-jason-whitlock-not-sold-on-golden.html

Have finally decided it will just take too many years to get this football program back to respectable for me to care about it anymore. Have been following for about 50 years and it's apparent the "glory days" won't be back in my lifetime. I've always had problems with how this university was run, starting from my days as an undergrad in the '60's and early '70's. Shalala had done wonders with the school academically, but the entire university is still being run half###ed as ever. (They couldn't get Butch Davis' contract finalized in time to keep him from bolting? Are you serious??!!!)

Someday someone will either "get it" about how to make this school first-class in every respect, from academics to athletics, but I will not be here when it happens. (Hint: The Chinese will probably be running it before this happens.)

Enjoy the continued frustration and confusion. I'm outta here!

THE WORST POSTER IN ALL OF COLLEGE FOOTBALL RELATED BLOGGING got into the bad drugs today, can't say you can fully blame him seeing as how putrid the spigot output of his favorite golden shower faucet was to close out the year.

It's a Ganes thing, he never understands.

Fire Al Golden and hire Rob Chudzinski.

Why not hire Ron Zook, then we can have 2 coaches for the price of one. With his multiple personalities, he can be d and o cood's too' He may even suit up like the old days, and play in Marlin's stadium. Be like home to him(her). They can save money, only one ring needed when he wins the championship. pathological liar

We should release AL GOLDEN ASAP who want to be Penn. State HC. He will leave whenever the PENN offer him. So, this is the right time to move on.

I believe, Gallo on Duke because I could watch all UM games this year very closely. Without Duke this year, this team went 6-6 maybe or worse. Duke is real guy who loves UM than anyone else. Duke says wrong,,,then it is wrong.

I feel Golden and current staff seem something wrong when I hear his interview saying out offense does not give time to defense to get rest and blaming players as poor tacking,,,,All this make me sick about him as HC at UM.

He has no time table and he says they will do whatever til the job get done,,,,,this is loser not winner.

The thing makes me worry most about AG is his very poor knowledge on offense. We saw how he and his staff prepared bowl game plane. I mean there is nothing new. Exactly same,,,which makes Charlie Strong as the one of the best coach in the nation,,,,are you kidding me ?

For defense, screen pass, how many times we have been punched from VT, DUKE and Louville ?

How can he say we will win the national title ? That is not going to happen with AG. He alwasy defend DNO first. I don't understand this. This is big business. He should go. We should get Butch Davis and Sciano when they available. This is the last chance,,,

How about this ? We can ask Jimmy Johnson about current staff seriously and hiring Butch and Sciano ?

Like UM as alumni and CANES will be back anyway!


LOUISVILLE just scored ...

CANES just didn't convert on 3rd. down ...

Offense ... 'efense and Coaching ALL ...

So it was foretold by someone that followed MAC football what Al Golden was. In the quote from Dennis Green, "he was what we thought he was!"

It was foretold, but a namesake for a failed Florida coach, is his biggest supporter.

Kirby Hocutt and Donna Shalala should have some type of institutional bans for their rolls in the foreseeable terrible hire.

"roles"

Lol...at least we didnt go 4-8.....right? D'o must go.....still like golden....D'o must go!

U guys are idiots. We had a 3 year cloud of NCAA sanctions looming over us, and lost alot of top tier talent. Look at what we had. No D Line Talent, 1 Good LB, young DB's, I mean, Morris is not a good Qb, best RB was out, and Louisville won Sugar Bowl last year and 1 loss this year
We have 14 ESPN 300 Recruits ,and 2 Rivals 100 JUCO Players. thats 16 of the 29 are considered the best of the best.

MANY SCHOOLS after 3 years of Nevin Shapiro WOULD BE 4-8 like UF.........

My gosh....We did win 9 games. Jimmy lost 5 games in his 1st year, and in year 2 we got smacked 35-7 to Tennessee in the Sugar Bowl.

now there are no more sanctions.......MAn

How can anyone after 3 years of Nevin Shapiro negative recruiting not be considered good at 9-4? the 1999 Canes went 9-4 right b4 the U went on its run, and as the young guys got better.

With 35 or so(8-10 early enrollees) of top 3 class talent coming in, and last years class, we have more than 1/2 roster with FSU and Alabama type talent.......

We went 9-4 with Looming Sanctions. Morris put up yards, but he is NOT A GOOD QB, and you need a QB to win

Dom,

Go watch the 1999 team on you tube and think about what would happen if that canes team played this one. These guys aren't even close to that speed and intensity.

These guys are in a daze.

5 National Titles running 4-3 Defense and had at least the oppurtunity to win another 5. The South Florida kids style of play is a fast & attacking one. We will never win at Miami using a 3-4. That type of D needs big clogging type of linemen that just doesnt exist down here. The kids want to get upfield and attack. Not just hold the line. It's ridiculous we don't take advantage of all the speed down here and use it correctly. These coaches must go.

The 99 team would beat this team 45-17 being nice.

I hope PSU hires Golden, he will last 3 to 4 years, not a headcoach completely. Lets move on cut our loss and get a coach that knows football and defense that at least plays solid.

5 National Titles running 4-3 Defense and had at least the oppurtunity to win another 5. The South Florida kids style of play is a fast & attacking one. We will never win at Miami using a 3-4. That type of D needs big clogging type of linemen that just doesnt exist down here. The kids want to get upfield and attack. Not just hold the line. It's ridiculous we don't take advantage of all the speed down here and use it correctly. These coaches must go.

Posted by: YankeeCane | December 31, 2013 at 05:43 AM
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Another independent thinker that knows exactly what UM football has been and should be about. Only a moron would come here and try and win a national championship with a 3-4 defense. What's even more moronic, it's not working but this imbecile wants to keep trying to pound square pegs into round holes!

The question is...if dnofrio is replaced, who would it be? Golden's been attached at the hip to dnofrio for over 8 years....who does he know anyway that excellent with a proven track record today with a quality team in a quality conference and would come to UM....no one!

Blake has no football connections...he is a former ticket salesman...whats the plan, put a want ad in Craigslist for a DC?

bloggers are sniffing ferry dust if you think the likes of a kirby smart or pat narduzzi...

"Narduzzi is the star of the four-man MSU defensive staff that has much to do with No. 4 MSU’s Rose Bowl opportunity Wednesday against No. 5 Stanford. But as he said after recently turning down the Connecticut head coaching job, it is not just about him".

"When he explained the various reasons he opted against the move to UConn, Narduzzi said he’d “hate to break up the party we have going on right now.”

where is UM going to get a DC like that? There was 2 plus million on the table for him.....Uconn gave diaco 2 so you know narduzzi could have gotten close to 3....and he turned it downnnnnnn.

the only way UM turns around in defense is thru al golden.....golden has to be pushed aside so a top DC hire can take place.

Posted by: YankeeCane | December 31, 2013 at 05:43 AM

Wilfork? Sapp?

Let me guess, we should be 12-1. Bawahahahahaha!!! That's some funny ish right there.

First top 5 recruiting class is this year. Not last year, not the year before that, not even the year before the year before that and especially, not even the year before all those years. The last time we had a top 5 recruiting class? 2008.

And don't believe Gallo's fictional story there. I know for FACT that's not at all true. He's the spin doctor, remember?

This guy hasn't changed one bit, big bowl of excuses.

Golden tongue back in 2011

If you're talking about resources, we had the worst facilities..."

While indirectly defending his record against criticisms leveled at him by FOX Sports columnist Jason Whitlock, Al Golden pieced together perhaps the greatest negative recruiting commentary for every one of Temple's conference rivals moving forward.

Whitlock had claimed during an interview on 790 AM in December that Golden should have been expected to win at Temple because it had the "biggest budget" in the MAC.

Golden responded to that claim on the Dan LeBatard radio show:

"If you're talking about resources, we had the worst facilities. We had the smallest weight room. We had the worst academic support. I mean when people say, 'resources.' What resources did we have? We were kicked out of the Big East.

I don't know who is saying that but come walk around in our facility there and look at what we had compared to what Bowling Green has and what Western Michigan has. We don't have an indoor facility. We barely had one practice field when I got there. We had to add the second of a half a field so we have a field and a half. And it's not exactly in Coral Gables, you know what I'm saying?"

When told it was Jason Whitlock who played at Ball State, and prides himself on his MAC knowledge, Golden responded:

"I think Jason should go live on 10th and Diamond in North Philadelphia for a month and then reassess his column."

Here were Whitlock's main talking points from his radio appearance, not a column, a month earlier:

"I think he's a terrible game day coach.

Temple has the biggest budget in the Mid American Conference. They're in a major city. They accept questionable qualifiers as opposed to some of the other MAC schools.

If you spend the most money and you're in a major city and you accept some recruits that other MAC schools might shy away from, you should win games in the Mid American Conference.

I watch MAC football every week. I've had the experience of watching Al Golden coach. He's not very good."

Sounds very familiar to this bum today.

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by Pete Fiutak

While coming up with any sort of success at Temple, much less turning one of the nation’s most miserable programs into a winner, is worthy of praise and respect, there’s one teeny, tiny issue here.

Al Golden didn’t actually win anything, and Miami wants a Point B to Point C guy.

Once Golden did the job of recruiting well, mostly by putting a fence around the greater Philadelphia metropolitan era, Temple got to the point where it wasn’t a doormat anymore. While that was great, as Buffalo, Central Michigan, Akron and, in a one-year turnaround, Miami (Ohio), proved, it was possible to go from being miserable to a MAC champion, and Golden didn’t finish the job.

Temple going from miserable to decent was a story in 2008, but in 2009, Golden had a team good enough to win the MAC title, or at least the East Division. With the chance to play for the championship, Temple lost at Ohio 35-17.

This year, Northern Illinois (speaking of not getting the job done) was the MAC’s best team, but Temple was the clear No. 2. The program, and Golden, failed late in the year, losing at home to Ohio when the running game and the run defense mysteriously went bye-bye in the sloppy conditions. That loss ended up costing the Owls the MAC East title; the puzzling, dead-team-walking, 23-3 loss to Miami ended up costing the 8-4 team a bowl invite.

Yeah, Golden’s Temple program recorded the largest academic turnaround in the Academic Progress Rate reform era, and yeah, Miami (Fla.) cares about the classroom with a fantastic APR under Randy Shannon. Last May, when the reports came out, Miami’s program was the only one in the BCS that finished in the top 10 percent academically and finished the 2009 season ranked in both the USA Today and Associated Press polls. Shannon really was getting it done both on and off the field, but he didn’t return the Hurricanes to football prominence, and for that he was fired.

So now Miami has two problems: 1) Golden hasn’t closed, going 7-12 at Temple in November and December and with no appearances in the MAC Championship Game, and 2) This isn’t the 1980s

Florida is the top dog in the Sunshine State, Florida State is reloading, South Florida is starting to become a factor, Central Florida won the Conference USA title, and even Florida International and Florida Atlantic will battle for some of the local Miami talent. Throw in the national powerhouses always coming in and picking off players, and the 'Canes’ expectations are unrealistic.

Does Miami want to go back to the Luther Campbell days? Is it looking for the days of being Da U, and all the negative connotations that came with that? Unless Golden can bring in NFL talent right away, and not just very good college players, Miami is going to be disappointed that it’s nowhere near the bright, shining superpower it used to be.

Golden is taking his talents to South Beach, but this will work only if he brings more big-time talents to Coral Gables.

Dau, that is exactly what Al Golden was, and currently is.

But the sycophants are in an altered state of reality.

$2.148 million dollars until 1 February 2020 without any responsibility to uphold Miami football winning traditions.

Miami needs to put up the money for a big time DC. Candidates would line up to come down to Miami to coach the defense because of the talent available in South Florida and the potential to turn it into a head coaching job elsewhere. How about Jim Leavitt? He is coaching linebackers for the 49ers. He has proven that he can coach defenses - he can also recruit. He is just the type of fiery coach the Canes need. I'm sure he is also itching to get a head coaching job again at the college level and Miami would be the perfect stepping stone for him.

Other candidates that come to mind - Dave Wannstedt (he's not a good head coach, but he has always been a great DC), Brick Haley (defensive line coach at LSU). I'm sure there are other position coaches that are ready to move up to the next level, especially in the SEC.

Hilarious to watch Zook continue to undermine the program. He's akin to a manager of a failing business that continues to insist that everything is okay to the severe detriment of the business. Zook the dullard is a laugh a minute.

Also hilarious was seeing pie face( soup) tell Five Homer Titles to SHUT THE F|_|CK UP. 5T was on the space blabbering his usual nonsense out how great everything is when pie face, the ultimate homer, just lost it and went off on him. Priceless.

Anyway guys, we are loaded.

no amount of money will get a top DC at UM.....a top sought after DC in a successful program is not going to work under al golden.....that individual will want to be the captain of the ship plus the only way that kind of money will be paid out at UM is thru the HC position....

Uconn like I've said had 2 plus million maybe close to 3 for pat narduzzi PLUS the HC position.....why would a kirby smart type come here for less? You can forget about the NFL type....

pete carroll when he took over usc got a million way back in 2000 and a cuple of years later he was making over 3 million annually....btw usc was 6-6 and IMMEDIATELY the next year with carroll usc went 11-2 and pretty much stayed there during his tenue....

the only logical and REALISTIC way UM wins is to remove al golden.....there is no other way.

Gallo, you say there is no other way, with the preposition that Golden won't fire D'nof. Even Manny said he will 'let him go', as to say, if an opportunity comes up he will be forced to take it.

Dino gone. Golden stays. Winner, winner chicken dinner.

Its's a business decision that is out of Golden's hands.

With Yearby, Duke, Gus, and possibly Cook (doubt), we stand a chance next year to finish top 20.

So Powell at 5'9 170 thinks he will play right away. WTF was the excuse for not playing Corn Elder who stands 5'10 173.

Running and defense wins you championships. Unless you have J. Winston which, the likes of him comes along every 20yrs or so.

so assume you are right and dnodrio is lets go.....who are you gonna get? another no name from another no name school?

sam jankovich was able to build UM plus the Patriots because HE HAD CONNECTIONS in the football world....james blake is a nobody ex ticket salesman....who does he know....

al golden never accomplished anything just like the article says....49-49 no trophy's in any college case....

UM needs REAL turnaround guys like a carroll, meyer, malzahn etc....let shalala deal with it..she is the one that got suckered into goldens $$$ elevator by being WEAK....

BTW...Um doesnt have Yearby or any recruit YET.....can you say..

alex collins
denver kirkland
terrell brooks
matthew thomas
jaynard bostwick
keith bryant

every blogger here last year at this time had all of those guys dressed in UM uniforms....let me know when it actually happens...

I agree with the assessment(s) of The Golden One. However, with talent, one can overcome coaching deficiencies. It is quite possible that Golden himself knew this, thus bolted to beautiful Coral Gables.

Some one here said the importance of position coaches. That is a necessity.

However, as we all know, one player CAN make a difference. I'm afraid without some special herculean recruiting, championships will be limited to the occasional ACC variety.

Gallo, what can be done? Are you saying we sacrifice short term goals for the possibility of a future championship? Or can we treat The Golden One as a stop-gap until we find a better coach. I do not want to go through another new-coaching 'rebuilding' period.

Golden for Prez, good luck on trying to get suggestions from whichever Gallo this is, (there are many), all he ever does is beeetch and throw in a stupid meaningless list of names. With the exception of Collins, most of those guys on his list are hardly even playing, and Collins and Ark are worse than we are, so there you go. I'd like to see the DC from UF come down here, but not sure he'd flip.

UM needs a change in coaching style.

Golden is a Big Ten/MAC guy who can not develop South Florida kids. His rigid approach to running the program has run off a number of tough players.

He is concerned about Tweets by two injured guys, instead of being passionate about our defeat. He is a technocrat manager type. That can work with the right coordinators and schemes. (See Don James and UW football in the early 90's)

He doesn't understand the essence of UM football tradition. Those teams featured kids who were on fire, confident and wanting to smash opponents. Those coaches understood this and knew how to stoke it.

A 300 page core values treatise is the opposite. It is deadening to the spirit of Canes football. That is why UM has looked so dead in so many games when it was on the line.

And the others wanted to crush us, and did. They rubbed our noses in the dirt. They mocked us.

See Lousiville for the latest humiliating defeat!

Given Golden's positives, we still need a coaching change, and lots of good names have been discussed here. And by the way, the embarassment to the tradition of UM defenses, D'Onofrio, ain't going anywhere. Watch.

This coaching regime has the wrong style for the Canes.

dbc: perfect....

"U" sign (teddy bridgewater & devonte freeman)...it doesn't get any worse than that....all on camera for the whole nation to see.....

DaU,

I agree with the substance of your points. It is a good analysis.

However, regarding columnist Jason Whitlock as a source, he is a well know bigot and that biases his columns. So I don't trust all of his observations in terms of being fair and objective.

That said, the broader points regarding coaching issues at UM are on the mark..

damn.. educatin' fools with the UW technocrats

What Jason Whitlock said is verifiable. Did Al Golden beat the top teams in the MAC, no. Did Al Golden lose, repeatedly, to lesser talented teams in the MAC, yes. Was the MAC a lesser conference to the Big East, yes. What is unfair or non-objective about it, nothing.

Stop the non-existent proof of Al Golden's success at, especially, Miami and Temple.

Golden is what he is. An average coach, whose pay is in the middle of the pack. Now his dreams of winning a NC with his best friend are toast.

You guys see NFL teams using 3-4 safety's at a time. With J. Carter (southridge), and some studs at the safety position, D'no the dummy could've gotten creative.

Why would Ermon Lane want to go to UF? Their offense is more vanilla than our defense?

Talent is not the issue. Talent was always their.At the end of the 2012 season Miami had the talent and the recruits coming in to win the ACC that's why they were picked to win the coastal with 18 returning starters.. By 2013 utough and the process came along made players fat and slow. Anybody with common sense knows you have a natural playing weight.Taking on more weight causes slowness, range of motion limited,slows down reaction timing and endurance which we saw in 2013.This coaching staff ran off recruits and former team members with there inability to connect and good o boy attitude. Tell me what team in the ACC had more talent then the U between summer of 2012 and the start of 2013 in the coastal division. Your paying a coach and staff to lose money. No championship, No packed stadium, No ACC titles and No new stadium with this staff. Time for change unless you don't mind losing money. Be first don't take leftover coaches.

AG is not good not too bad but 50-50 average.

Dalvin Cook choose UM, if, I stick to AG since no needs for good coaching.

Duke N Cook can deliver winning streak with Brad Kaaya or Williams at least not Morris.

I am so happy not to SEE Morris anymore. 1D player with all tools. Funny?

Guys happy new year

Champcane I am ready for a change myself but you are wrong about Temple losing to less talented teams. Temple was the worst team in the country hands down. So Al did accomplish something there.Or are you claiming every football expert in the country knows less than you.Go Canes

It's a sad day when UL's punter has more fight than Artie burns. Smacked the fire out of him and the worst was when chick was over there crying after the big o line man from fsu chocked him out. So much for Utough.

Recruits? UM has them coming out of its a...ss

RB Alex Collins
OL Denver Kirkland
DT Terrell Brooks
LB Matthew Thomas
DT Jaynard Bostwick
DT Keith Bryant
OT Ereck Flowers
WR Rashawn Scott
DE Olsen Pierre
DT Corey King
LB Eddie Johnson
LB Gionni Paul
LB Denzel Perryman
DB Ladarius Gunter
S Deon Bush
P Dalton Botts
QB Ryan Williams
WR Robert Lockhart
WR Herb Waters
OG Daniel Isidora
OT Hunter Wells
DT Dequan Ivery
DT Earl Moore
DT Darius Smith
DE Ricardo Williams
DE Jelani Hamilton
DE Tyriq McCord
LB Thurston Armbrister
LB Raphael Kirby
CB Antonio Crawford
CB Thomas Finnie
CB Tracy Howard
S Rayshawn Jenkins
K Matt Goudis
QB Gray Crow
QB Preston Dewey
RB Dallas Crawford
RB Danny Dillard
WR Jontavious Carter
WR D'Mauri Jones
OL Taylor Gadbois
DT Jacoby Briscoe
DE Jalen Grimble
DE Dwayne Hoilett
DE Jake O'Donnell
DE Gabriel Terry
LB Jawand Blue
CB Nate Dortch
CB Larry Hope
QB David Thompson
WR Malcolm Lewis
QB Kevin Olsen
RB James Labady
RB Brandon Yosha
RB Augustus Edwards
RB Cornelius Elder
Ol Hunter Knighton
OL Sunny Odogwa
Ol Alex Gall
TE Standish Dobard
TE Beau Sandland
TE Ryheem Lockley
TE Sean Harvey
WR Chad Barnes
WR Alex Irastorza
WR Garrett Kidd
WR Joey McNeill
WR Stacy Coley
DT Al-Quandin Muhammad
DT Ufomba Kamalu
LB Akil Craig
LB Nantambu Fentress
LB Alex Figueroa
LB Jeremine Grace
LB Devante Bond
CB Jordan Tolson
CB Jamal Carter
CB Artie Burns
CB Ray Lewis
K Ricky Perez
K Zach Costa
TE Ronald Regula
P Ricky Carroll

they either leave or don't committ or get kicked off the team....

UM does not have a recruiting problem...it has a coaching problem



No Ga Cane, Temple was no longer in the Big East. Do some research and see how weak the MAC was, in comparison.

Listen to someone that has followed the MAC, during that time, personally.

http://miamiherald.typepad.com/sedano-says/2010/12/canes-jason-whitlock-not-sold-on-golden.html

This comment has another viewpoint on what Temple in the MAC with Al Golden truly was.

Posted by: DaU | December 31, 2013 at 08:33 AM

The point is that there was objective proof, for Kirby Hocutt and Donna Shalala, to see Al Golden was not a very good coach.

Just as his results at Miami are not up to the level of talent this team possesses. Irregardless of anything that anyone says, to the opposite. There is strong evidence that exist to show the tools available to Al Golden, without the equal success.

I think : half(coaching) + half(soft players),

But that half for players can be cured by coaching.

That is the definition of coaching !

Damm,,,,

PS) Blake looks very soft. Hmm, who can coach him ?

now add the players that were left for golden by randy shannon.....

QB Jacory Harris
QB Stephen Morris
RB Duke Johnson
RB Mike James
FB Maurice Hagens
WR Phillip Dorsett
WR Allen Hurns
LT Malcolm Bunche
LG Jonathan Feliciano
C Shane McDermott
RG Brandon Linder
RT Seantrel Henderson
TE Clive Walford
DE Shayon Green
DE Anthony Chickillo
LB Jimmy Gaines
CB Brandon McGee
S Kacy Rodgers
K Jake Wieclaw
RB Eduardo Clements
WR Davon Johnson
WR Kendall Thompkins
TE Dyron Dye
TE Asante Cleveland
C Jared Wheeler
LG Jeremy Lewis
LB Tyrone Cornelius
S AJ Highsmith
S Vaughn Telemaque
TE David Perry
TE Cory White
DT Curtis Porter
DT Luther Robinson
LB Ramon Buchanan
OT Ben Jones
S Ray-Ray Armstrong
OL Jermaine Barton
LB Kelvin Cain
RB Darion Hall
RB Storm Johnson
DT Jeffery Brown
DB Devont'a Davis
LB Travis Williams
DB Jamal Reid
LB Kevin Nelson
DB Keion Payne
TE Andrew Tallman
TE Billy Sanders
FB CJ Holton
WR Aldarius Johnson
WR Travis Benjamin
DB Alonzo Highsmith
RB Lamar Miller
DL Micanor Regis
DL Marcus Robinson
LB Sean Spence
WR Tommy Streeter
DL Oliver Vernon
DB JoJo Nicolas

not 1 trophy in the case and the ONLY improvement since he has been here is:

2012 - 5837 defensive yards / #116
2013 - 5543 defensive yards / #90

only a brain dead idiot would still keep this staff....

still waiting for an answer as to why rashawn scott didn't dress for the bowl game as well as kevin olsen?

Pete Carall :: 6-6 ==> 11-2 in USC
Nick Saban :: 2-9 ==> 11-1 ? in his 2nd year in Bama
Al Golden :: 7-6(Ranndy) ==> 6-6 ==> 7-6 ==> 9-4 ==> 11 - 2 ?

Then, he became all of sudden like Nick Saban ?

I bet AG can win 11 in 2014, hope.

But real problem is said by Gallo, it looks impossible to hire new DC with AG. Then, we can not win national title with this defense 3-4 system.

Oh, God ? Please ask AG to hire NEW DC this off-season.

excuse makers always blame the "tools".....typical response for inadequacies...

there is NO reason UM cant win at sunlife.....OB was a dirty disgusting sh...t hole since the late 70's...in 1985 there were no facilities at UM just a field, goal post and a puke bush....there wasn't even any water....

It was so bad that as kids we used to play on sandlot tackle football there and no one ever stopped us or came out....in jr high (72) I used to ride my bike to the UM pool and hang out there.....it was ridicules..

golden has a palace to work with now....give me a break

I have been sadden by all of the negative comments toward our HC. I have been trying hard to justify my feelings for someone who I believe thinks he is doing the right thing by staying with his long-term plans of changing the culture at the U. I had the same feelings about coach RS too. I come to believe that we as fans have been spoiled and blessed to have witnessed great coaching and playing from 1983 to 2003. All I can say at the present; is that, thanks to the former players and coaches during the 20-year run.

Now, I must lower my expectations, until this coaching staff realize they must change their approach to teaching...because too many players seems to be taking the wrong test on Saturday or game day. From my observation, this team look like they are taking a science test, but the coaches prepared them for a history examination. Total confusion and lack of passion for the simple game that all involved suppose to love. Nevertheless, as a season ticket holder and true U fan, I never demanded a National or ACC Championship this year, but I did expect to be prepared and competive for a game you love.

As for 2014, I will know what to expect from day one: if the same defensive coaches are still here; if the OC does not learn how to call the plays that exposes the other teams weaknesses; and the best 22 players are not on the field who demonstrates they have earned it...an average team, because of talent alone.

By the way, I will still purchase my season tickets, because I enjoy watching college football in person. Thank you Charlie Strong for demonstrating the ability to teach youngmen how to play aggressive, passionate, and competitive football. Teddy made to right choice, because he has developed and prepared to go to the next level. I am hoping the current oral commits still come, because all of the blame is not just on the coaches.

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