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UM Canes recruit Brandon Powell disappointed in bowl, but "excited'' about reporting to UM on Jan. 8

  ORLANDO -- I just got off the phone with University of Miami recruit Brandon Powell, a four-star running back who played for Deerfield Beach High School. Powell is graduating early to report to the Canes on Jan. 8th so he can start college and participate in spring practice.

He said he has cleared through the NCAA and just needs to get a copy of his transcript from DBHS after the winter break ends.

"I’m really excited because I start college soon and just to be on campus and get an early start, that can really help me,'' Powell told me. "It’s really beneficial. I get to learn the plays early, get a lot of reps, get bigger and faster."

Powell said he's 5-9 and weighs 170.

Powell watched the game on TV with his dad and grandmother.

"They started off the first series and it was good,'' he said, referring to the safety that occurred when Deon Bush sacked Teddy Bridgewater. "I was pumped up. But they couldn’t move the ball on offense and I thought ‘what’s happening?’ I thought they were going to crank it up after halftime but they just couldn’t do anything.’’

 Despite the disappointing  loss, Powell said he can't wait to begin his upcoming career with the Hurricanes.

"I committed to Miami because I feel like I can get on the field and play,'' Powell said. "After watching the bowl game and knowing that Duke [Johnson] is out, I feel like even more I can go out and help."

Powell, who said he also visited Tennessee, West Virginia and Nebraska, said he was most comfortable with the UM staff and players. He said he's "looking forward to learning from Duke Johnson and Dallas Crawford."

What message would he like to give to fellow recruits who were upset after the bowl game?

 "Al Golden knows what he’s doing. He’s getting all those kids from South Florida. He’s getting the program back.

   "Coach Golden plays freshmen." 

   SUSAN MILLER DEGNAN 

 

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This report is all wrong. If I read this comment section correctly all current commits must be leaving now that we lost a meaningless bowl game and we are going out to hire an all new staff. The top candidates for the job are all the experts here. It's amazing such a deep pool of coaching and administrative talent resides in a comment section of a blog. I hope you've got your resumes and references in order, your phones will be blowing up soon! The world didn't end last night and the rebuild will continue.

Jim Leavitt for DC. I accidentally said Jim Haslett ystrdy

Congratulations to Al Golden and his staff for a great season in an impossible situation.

The NCAA knew they couldn't assign the death penalty to the Canes as that would have set a precedent for later violations relating to teams in the "club" that would be a disaster to college football.

So, the NCAA did the next best thing and threatened the death penalty, dragged the investigation out for almost 3 years and leaked damaging information that all but killed Miami's recruiting efforts.

This NCAA attack has even negatively impacted this year's recruiting class, but miraculously, Al Golden has defied all odds and put together a class that ESPN currently ranks as the 3rd best class in all of college football.

Then, when you factor in the program Coach Golden inherited from Larry Coker and only made worse by Randy Shannon, which was a disaster in every single area it has the country's most informed, expert college football experts marveling as how Al Golden saved the program, much less won 9 games.

Coach Golden's template for saving the Miami Hurricanes football program will be studied and implemented by other sports teams and for that matter businesses that find themselves in a life or death struggle to keep their programs alive.

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

Wash. Rinse. Repeat, Zook. Keeping brain dead programs on life support, maybe.

The stats don't lie. AG is a nice guy who doesn't know what he's doing. He says all the right things, trades on our past, but has done and will do nothing to bring this program back.

You're completely deluded, which numerous others have obviously pointed out, but I am now convinced of.

This team is terrible. Will be terrible. AG needs to go.

Quote from incoming star recruit Brandon Powell:

"Al Golden knows what he’s doing. He’s getting all those kids from South Florida. He’s getting the program back."

To the real and knowledgeable Canes fans...believe in Brandon Powell's words and also read 'CinciCaneFan's' post above for the real story regarding Al Golden and the future of Miami football.

Was randy Shannon or John l smith coaching last night? INEXCUSABLE

Golden is not going to Penn State. He's not their first choice. They are under NCAA sanctions, even though they may be reduced somewhat. Golden wouldn't leave anyway. It's time for him to step up and change some of his staff. Recruiting is extremely important, but you need assistants who are really good coaches, not just recruiters. For all who are screaming about the defense, and I'm not defending the defense, they looked better prepared last night than the offense.

I'm available to pack Dino's house up. Just call me..

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Happy with the season as a whole except for D'o and Dallas crawford.

Schiano is the first choice for Penn St.

Crawford did well...they guy can't do anything wo blocking.

UL no 13 nailed him the moment he touched the ball. Multiple times.

I don't think he got enough carries this year.

This guy, let's just say his name rhymes with "crook," is a 'Goldy apologist. U just gave up 500-plus more yards to a team that went wildcat and did so to "experiment." This guy isn't "ignorant," he's "ignant."

There has been no improvement since UM got rid of RS. Heading into next year, 'Goldy is no better a coach, on paper or otherwise, than RS.

To not see that the D is atrocious is equally "ignant." People are coming to UM based on lore and popularity. UM has a TV contract which means instant notariety. The wins and losses under people like JJ and Howard and Butch are not there anymore.

I, and the rest of 'Cane Nation, hope the 22-15 'Goldy emerges as the top candidate for the Penn St. job. When that happens the "ignant" one can go on the PSU blog and be his normal dumb "ignant" self. The UM program recruits itself.

If grand-ma-ma-ma was coach U would still get top notch players. Speaking of grand-ma-ma ma if she was in the game on D last night, I bet there would have been more stops.


For all who are screaming about the defense, and I'm not defending the defense, they looked better prepared last night than the offense.

Posted by: rboud | December 29, 2013 at 02:21 PM
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Get back to that canespace den of FOOLS, fool.

Because QB Teddy had a SEASON HIGH passing yards and what not and his offense went over the 500 yard plateau.

4-4, 5-3, 5-3 in the weak coastal div. 3 OOC wins against highschool teams. One "signature" win vs. a historically bad UF. Dead last in ACC on defense, near the bottom nationally...AGAIN, minus the OOC conference highschool games. How is that improvement? 7-5 TO 9-4, WHERE 3 OF THE W's are illusory.. And the defeats? Minus the FSU beating, all not even close...

I said earlier in the year that this team was essentially the same as last year's, I retract and posit that this team was worse.

The record improvement is illusory and you know it.

Tell me, Zook...

R.I.P. Miami, Florida Hurricane football program.

Because as long as Goldie nd' Marky Mark remain in Coral Gables, the Canes WON'T COME NEAR to national championship contention and what not.

Not a great season but, a good season. 2013 wasn't thought to be as a title run or bust. Reality is we are climbing and Al Golden is recruiting the crib. Next year we get Duke back and the stable to come with some bowl experience. Yeah we got whooped but tell me who hasn't hit the canvas??? It's how u dust yourself off & get to steppin.. This keeps the coaches coaching and the roster fighting for snaps. With that combo and the kids from the bottom coming in competing , its only a matter of time before we CANE MUTINY the NCAA. Just need to get back to work and get better..

RS:
2007: 5-7 2008: 7-6 2009: 9-4
2010: 7-5 Total: 28-22

'Goldy:
2011: 6-6
2012: 7-5
2013: 9-4 Total: 22-15

U telling me that 'Goldy is making strides: Where? It's become a "ho-hum program. The biggest and most glaring difference is D. RS was simply more intelligent in terms of defensive approach. If U didn't give RS the benefit of the doubt, then don't give it to 'Goldy after next year.

This is great for this young man. Miami is a premier university.

Because of that premier status, the football players deserve better coaching than Al Golden possesses.

Hey D - I said I wasn't defending the defense. Now, tell me how well prepared the offense was last night.

I have the same sinking feeling going into year 4 of Golden that I did with Shannon.

Does anyone really believe our defense is going to be better next year? I realize the freshman coming in are great, but we can't hang the success of this team on them.

The defense played great and hard early. They have talent issues on the d line and at lb other then perryman. The fact is though they played hard. Bridgewater was making nfl reads and throws last nite. I saw 10 passes where the guy was covered and he beat the corner with the pass. yes there were wr's open at times short and they made miami miss tackles but a number of passes he zipped into tight coverage and only because were perfect passes were they complete. The offense in particular morris and the oline sucked last nite. The oline looked like they didn't think it was game time and morris even when wasn't pressured made horrid reads and was inaccurate all nite long. Coach golden will get this team fixed but lousiville was just the better more talented team especially at qb.

Butch Davis had the same issues coming in and finished his stay here w/the best team ever... AG is in line to do the same. Tweek the staff and keep recruiting and we'll see...
Some of u guys need to get off the gas..

Sad day when your alma mater don't even want you as the coach. Schiano , Davis and Petrino are proven winners in college football at the highest level. Stop wasting time and money on sub par coaching. Here's 2 more names Rod Chudzinski and Mike Shula. Miami Guys. Send the committee out now. Make the change before signing day.Don't wait till it's too late. How can a coach evaluate his staff when he is part of the problem. How can the administration evaluate the coach when they are part of the problem. Mr. Zook do you really believe we are headed in the right direction seriously, are maybe you are a blog comedian. I cannot believe you stand by what you are blogging.Wish Al.Golden well whatever happens. But if he stays, staff must go.

Bye Bye Goldy ...

Bye Bye Goldy ...

Bye Bye Goldy ...

We hate to see U and Ur Boyfriend go ...

Congratulations to Al Golden and his staff for a great season in an impossible situation.

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

Posted by: Ron Zook | December 29, 2013 at 02:01 PM


why are U such a di@k Zook ?

Does it bother anybody else that Mark May & Lou Holtz continually bash Miami on the constant. They were trying they're best last night to single handily destroy the top 5 class we're expected to get. When is someone going to put a stop from the ESPN bias against The U.

Look folks: Here is the reality: The program lost something after Coker set up shop. He had some good players, he didn't have to really coach and he really didn't. He definitely didn't recruit.

I don't know why nobody has been able to rid UM of the Coker curse. It's stuck in 2001 practically. The program is running on auto-pilot right now. Whatever Coker put in the program, that's what U got to rid it of.

UM needs a JJ type, a Butch type, a Petrino type, a Soldinger type. A sense of urgency is needed. U start by looking at what U have on defense. Then U look at who's at QB.

If we do move forward and lose or fire AG then let's hire the guy who beat us last night.. Charlie Strong! And no it doesn't bother me that the grandma from Beverly Hillbillies...Holtz and Mark...Pitt..haha May speak down on The . Haters gonna hate! Great or Not, The U is gonna FOREVER have critics. That's why we are NFLU

Golden is not going to Penn State. He's not their first choice. They are under NCAA sanctions, even though they may be reduced somewhat. Golden wouldn't leave anyway. It's time for him to step up and change some of his staff. Recruiting is extremely important, but you need assistants who are really good coaches, not just recruiters. For all who are screaming about the defense, and I'm not defending the defense, they looked better prepared last night than the offense.

Posted by: rboud | December 29, 2013 at 02:21 PM

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

Rboud,

Penn State would walk on fire and crawl across broken glass to hire Al Golden.

We are witnessing the same fan nonsense that eventually contributed in convincing Butch Davis to leave the program. The Haters simply have no football IQ and no matter the hand dealt a head coach they believe he should be fired if he doesn't win every game, including producing National Championships each year.

Don't forget that the same so-called Miami fans that screamed for Butch Davis's firing by flying banner planes over the Orange Bowl and now want Al Golden fired are the same clueless crowd that attacked Larry Coker for not winning the National Championship over Nebraska in the Rose Bowl in the style they deemed to meet their standards.

It was that precise moment that many college football experts across the country realized that Miami has a segment of their fan base that is made up of a Confederacy of Dunces, many of which who post on this blog daily.


Tell em Cool Cat. We need a nasty in your face coach who's not going to make Excuses, will Demand Excellence, and make players & coaches accountable. Enough with these nice guy types.


Butch Davis had the same issues coming in and finished his stay here w/the best team ever... AG is in line to do the same. Tweek the staff and keep recruiting and we'll see...

Some of u guys need to get off the gas..

Posted by: SCTexas CANE | December 29, 2013 at 03:25 PM

^^^^^^^^^^^

Great Post!!


Does it bother anybody else that Mark May & Lou Holtz continually bash Miami on the constant. They were trying they're best last night to single handily destroy the top 5 class we're expected to get. When is someone going to put a stop from the ESPN bias against The U.

Posted by: YankeeCane | December 29, 2013 at 03:34 PM

^^^^^^

Another great post!!

I actually for a minute thought even a fool like duh d duh would have realized the O played worse vs expectations than the d. I guess he thought the D was going to be great and the O terrible. Maybe his bf Gallo spotted him that from his locker room peephole visits. He claims to know everything, like all the recruits are leaving. Oh, except they aren't.

heck, I'd settle for Lou Holtz as coach. Holtz coached notre Shame and command respect. Once during an ESPN interview, the student body was noisy during an interview, Holtz turned around and told some 200 students to shut up: Guess what happened? U could hear pins drop. That is what UM lacks. I like Holtz. he was the kind of coach who got in a players face. I saw Strong get in some faces last night. Strangely, I haven't seen that all season from UM coaches.


This report is all wrong. If I read this comment section correctly all current commits must be leaving now that we lost a meaningless bowl game and we are going out to hire an all new staff. The top candidates for the job are all the experts here. It's amazing such a deep pool of coaching and administrative talent resides in a comment section of a blog. I hope you've got your resumes and references in order, your phones will be blowing up soon! The world didn't end last night and the rebuild will continue.

Posted by: CinciCaneFan | December 29, 2013 at 01:46 PM

^^^^^^^^^^

Speaking the truth...a real and knowledgeable Canes fan!!

I had rather be 9-3 or 8-4 than be represented by the bunch of thugs who played for Louisville and Marshall. This is a direct reflection on the coaching staff of both schools. You will not see this with a Al Golden team., Nick Saban, Bill O'brien, Mack Brown, David Cutiliff, Franklin from Vandy or Mark Reicht Their antics were reprehensible
(you cardinal and herd fans may need to look the meaning up) I applaud their physical talents but their lack of class is deplorable.

Zook,

Schiano is the top candidate for the PSU job.

Posted by: GatorKillerCane | December 29, 2013 at 03:50 PM
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What a FOOL believes, fool.

And, so much for Louisville's WEAK ARSE overall schedule and how that soft schedule would FAVOR Goldie n' Marky Mark's squad and what not.

Because any Cane bUbba who WASN'T BLINDED by the Golden light would have realized that...

Coach Charlie Strong is/was GREATER than both Thee Carpetbagger's combined.

And naturally, QB Teddy is/was GREATER than U Know Who. hUh

Oh, QB Bridgewater gave his PAYBACK to gator-killer-cane and his HENCHgoons, when Teddy THREW UP THE U and made a THROAT SLASH gesture towards Goldie' bench.

And that was because y'all Cane bUbba's, but not all, was HATING AND DISRESPECTING his immediate family and especially his mother!!

QB Teddy has a SEASON HIGH in passing yards against Golden and D'Onofrio's defense. Go bloody figures'.

Chit, even the The Heisman winner didn't top that 475 yard passing total. dUh

So much for FOUR WEEKS of studying game film and making the proper preparations and what not.

Now don't get me wrong y'all Goldie nd' Marky Mark APOLOGISTS.

Because I realize the Hurricanes will have winning seasons with Thee Carpetbagger's and what not.

It's a shame that those winning campaigns WON'T be " 11-1 " or dare I utter, undefeated seasons.

And I'll let major college football history be my judge. dUh

Com'on Zook!

Put it down son!!

https://www.google.com/search?q=picture+of+someone+smoking+crack&client=safari&hl=en&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=cJHAUoblG4aayQGZ5YDQCw&ved=0CE4Q7Ak&biw=320&bih=441&dpr=2#facrc=_&imgrc=k7xw9QIeHO_8uM%3A%3BXtDrbbvWWQhWYM%3Bhttp%253A%252F%252Fwww.alcoholic.org%252Fwp-content%252Fuploads%252FCrack-cocaine.jpg%3Bhttp%253A%252F%252Fwww.alcoholic.org%252Fresearch%252Fwhat-are-the-effects-of-mixing-crack-cocaine-and-alcohol%252F%3B460%3B276

Drubbing against Louisville was that D'Onfrio could not figure out how to stop them on defense. He knows nothing about making adjustments. When is Golden going to fire him and get someone who is capable. You can have all the talent in the world but if your players are not positioned correctly or know how or when to blitz then you can't win.

Looking into the murky, vague, hazy Golden crystal ball ( No pun intended. ).

I SEE-r either a 7-5 or drum rolls please... 8-4 winning season.

Oh, even with QB Teddy taking his QB skills to the N.F.L., Coach Strong's Cardinal squad will absolutly DEFEAT Thee Carpetbagger's on their home synthetic-turf. hUh

It hasn't been 24 hours yet and Ganes fans are still back into the breach of full spin mode and fire extinguish mode, which has been the case since the Thursday game at UNC.

It's a Ganes thing, the SID department pays them to not understand.

Posted by: HerbK | December 29, 2013 at 04:22 PM
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Yeah, and Marky Mark still hasn't " figured out to stop numerous opponents during his three season tenure at Miami, Florida.

Yet, the VAST MAJORITY, but not all, of canespace/EOTH AND Miami herald Cane posters THROW THE PLAYERS under the Green nd' Orange bus!

Nash, love your keeping it 100% but as a protip for the future, click "view image" when you find the pic you want to link, then take the URL from there and post it on the relevant blog, like this;

http://www.alcoholic.org/wp-content/uploads/Crack-cocaine.jpg

That way people with text-to-image utilities on their browsers get to see the image in line on the blog instead of having to see it on the search sting you pulled it from.

Still funny watching everyone take turns shooting the dead moron fish in a barrel that is THE WORST POSTER IN ALL OF COLLEGE FOOTBALL RELATED BLOGGING though this sh1thole of a season.

All Goldie nd' Marky Mark Lap Poodles need to know is their beloved Canes finished the remaining games with a ... 2-4 record.

That's 2-and-4. dUh

Oh, Golden and D'Onofrio's defense just happen to give up over 500 yards in those particular games.

So much for IMPROVING as the season progresses!

can someone put together a "best of" zook's comments throught eh last off season til now?

oh. wait.

His next comment will be the same one.
But really. It would be great.

Zook, ag has done some good things here, but he is not the man for the job. I really don't understand your fealty towards him in particular. Maybe it's AG himself!?

Hurricanes previous two bowl game losses in 2008 and 2009.

California 24, Hurricanes 17

Wisconsin 20, Hurricanes 14

And the frigid Sun Bowl game don't matter because U Know Who wasn't pacing the cold, cold sidelines. hUh

FWIW... those particular Miami teams scored more points than last night and those particular Miami squads WASN'T MOLESTED on national television. Go bloody figures'.

All the recruits in the world won't make up for incompetent coaching.....three weeks to prepare and the team comes out flat, prime opportunity to win the division as predicted by the writers and the team lays an egg, 18 returning starters and the players look lost. Last night was a reflection of everything wrong with this staff

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