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Very cool idea: Miami Hurricanes will open first five bowl practices to public. Will you be there?

(PLEASE NOTE THAT UM HAS CHANGED THIS SUNDAY'S PRACTICE TO 11 A.M. UNTIL 12:45 P.M. (ORIGINALLY WAS FROM 3 TO 5 P.M.)

It has been a very long time since Miami has opened a string of practices to the public, so it's great to see that the Canes will open their first five bowl practices, beginning this weekend and continuing next weekend.

What do you think? Will you make it to any of the practices? Bring your kids (or parents) or grandkids?

You can bet there will be no secrets unveiled during those practices, but what a great way to bring fans into their world during a festive time of year.

Here's the release:

 CORAL GABLES, Fla. – The Miami Hurricanes football team will open its first five bowl practices to the public. Miami (9-3, 5-3 ACC) will begin bowl preparations this weekend as the Hurricanes gear up for its first bowl game since 2010.

 Miami’s first two bowl practices will be Saturday (1-2:45 p.m.) and Sunday (11 a.m.-12:45 p.m.). The Canes’ final three open bowl practices will be Fri., Dec. 13 (5-7 p.m.); Sat., Dec. 14 (1-2:45 p.m.); and Sun., Dec. 15 (1-2:45 p.m.). All five practices will be held at Cobb Stadium adjacent to the GreenTree Practice Fields.

 For practices Dec. 7-8 and 14-15, fans can park in any of the green, gray and yellow lots near the Hecht Athletic Center and Cobb Stadium. For the Fri., Dec. 13, practice, fans can park in the Ponce Garage. Those attending the open practices must enter Cobb Stadium through the entrance along San Amaro Drive.

 Miami finished the regular season with nine wins – the most by a Hurricanes team since 2009. The Canes will find out their postseason destination later this week.

 @MIAMIHURRICANES OPEN BOWL PRACTICE SCHEDULE

Saturday, Dec. 7                   1-2:45 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 8                      11 a.m.-12:45 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 13                     5-7 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 14                 1-2:45 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 15                   1-2:45 p.m.

 SUSAN MILLER DEGNAN

 

 

 

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You guys go enjoy those practices for me. Hope to see them in the near future. Once we get rid of Al Golden and bring in a real game day coach. With no more excuses, every year, and wins against all lesser teams. While, at the same time, getting several wins against greater teams.

We will....!

al golden is a real coach. What the guy did at temple had never been done before. What he is doing at miami is rebuild a program that was almost dead in the midst of an ncaa investigation and self imposed penalties. All he has done is start to restock the talent base and rebuild depth that has been sorely missing since larry coker took over and sent miami spiraling down the dark hole of mediocrity. Al golden will get miami back to top but miami was never a 3 yr rebuilding job it was always gonna take5-6 yrs especially once the ncaa came calling

While you're at it Champ don't bother watching the bowl game, we don't need fans of convenience. We ALL know the problems our team has, and HOPE they get addressed this off season, but for now we have a BOWL game dude, and it's been a LONG time coming, so while you sit in your own pitty potty, we'll root the team on, and see if we can't get a 10 win season. Jeez save your gripes for when the season is over, and back these damn kids, they NEED OUR SUPPORT!

Posted by: mainecane | December 03, 2013 at 06:08 PM
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It's funny, but that mainecane and his MINIONS at canespace bellowed, that the Canes would BE BACK in season NO. FOUR of Golden's tenure.

Yet, now these bUbba's say it will take Goldie nd' Marky Mark 5-6 seasons to get Hurricane football matters right. hUh

What a clan of smUg CONTRARIANS!!

Heck, it DIDN'T take Malzahn-sp. TWO/THREE seasons to get Auburn back on the major college football map. hUh

Especially coming off a 3-9 season last season.

But then again, that mainecane and his HENCHMEN at canespace have all the excuses and reasons for Miami, Florida football.

Y'all loyal Cane partisans gotta' give Goldie major kudo's for his P.R. gimmick and what not. Especially with the DISCONTENT surrounding Hurricane football and U Know Who. hUh

That cola cane's LAME rebuttals are MUCH ADO BOUT' NOTHING!

Simply because the VAST MAJORITY of Hurricane fan-dom SUPPORT the players. dUh

It's U Know Who which gets the majority of Miami, Florida partisans all twisted in a Gordonian Knot. LOL

This is a great idea and I hope there is a good turnout.

On the discussion here, there are some sharp football minds that post good ideas on football. Lots of great ideas on how to improve the defense, a precondition for having a championship caliber team.

I appreciate those kinds of posts and often learn something new about our options.

You can be a diehard Canes fan and make suggestions for what the coaches can do differently. Or for different coaches as well.

All true fans want the Canes to return to national prominence, even the disgruntled ones. Our expectations are high.

Posted by: mainecane | December 03, 2013 at 06:08 PM
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It's strange, but the last Hurricane head coach left enough QUESTIONABLE talent for Goldie nd' Marky Mark to work with and what not.

Otherwise, how does Cane loyalist explain LINDER and MORRIS and HENDERSON and FIGUERO-sp. and THE DUKE making the A.C.C. teams and what not.


Heck, it DIDN'T take Malzahn-sp. TWO/THREE seasons to get Auburn back on the major college football map. hUh

Especially coming off a 3-9 season last season.

But then again, that mainecane and his HENCHMEN at canespace have all the excuses and reasons for Miami, Florida football.

Posted by: D
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No D it didn't, and very simply Auburn has BETTER players than we do top to bottom. I mean Jeez dude they beat Bama, so they must be pretty good, and the players they had last yr coupled with good recruits turned their season around.
They also haven't had an NCAA cloud over them like we have. We have a sprinkling of superstars, and so so players. With our incoming class of 2014 we'll have more studs to add to the mix.
Also pretty sure DNO will have to change his philosophy because the pressure will be on AG concerning the D.

D, that auburn team has squeaked by, a year after they had a bunch of big losses. Four and one against ranked teams, wins by four, five, six, and eight and a loss by 14.

Sometimes, a change combined with a little luck can have a bigger turnaround than actually deserved. 1-15 dolphins change coaches, go 11-5. Was that coach a genius, or did he get lucky?

Auburn had a Big Bucket of luck this year, lets not put it all just on a coaching change.

But, just like adding jack mckeon, sometimes changing a coach works just by changing the luck.

I am willing to risk changing the doc to change the luck. How could it get any worse?

Changing the dc. Autocorrect...

No thanks, I don't need to attend practice after being a season ticket holder who personally observed an experience team under a 3-year coaching staff failed to make game day decisions. I will give the OC a pass, but not the entire coaching staff and players. Especially, the players and coaches stating that I (fan) don't know football or scheme.

Correct, I never played college football, but I play football at the high school level. I know enough to effectively assess how prepared a team is from game to game. If I can recognize the other team's formations and play calls from the stands...then someone in the booth or sidelines...with more experience should be able to make adjustments. For example, NC TE was coming off free and LBs reacting 15 yards down field, as if he was not an eligible receiver. BC demonstrated how to beat VT's QB by keeping pressure in his face and did not allow his to run. However, we came in the VT game with the same defensive scheme (hoping the athletes will be plays). Golden's coaching staff is part of the team, and everyone is overlooking their failure to the HC.

No one is questioning the HC abilities pre-game day. He communicates well, very structure, personable, and good recruiter. I think a lot of the Canes' fans frustration are directed at the progress of the player's development over the past three years. He is either too loyal to the upper classman and coaches or the talent depth is worst than we thought.

I truely believe the defense will be better next year, but my only concerns are making adjustments during the game...both offensively and defensively. Maybe the talent really handcuffed the staff to make adjustments, but I know that the defense should be ready prior to each snap, and an experience QB should be able to change the play when the other team stacks 8-9 players in the box to stop the run (DUKE). VT gave Morris and OC one-on-one coverage with no safety help...and Miami still tried to run the ball. Pitt was focused on taking away the run and their DBs were back 10-12 yards on each play. Duke could not stop our running attack, but we attempted 3 passes inside the 10 yard line...settled for FG...with a struggling defense.

Finally, I respect the coaches as professional, but don't tell one of your players (Tracy Howard) to inform the media that South Florida or U fans don't know football and scheme. Football coaches across this country are coming to South Florida because the Volunteered men/women from the youth programs knew how to develop football players. The high school coaches fine tune their skills. Therefore, Tracy Howard don't ever disrespect your foundation as a football player.

By the way, Tracey Howard, you are my favorite player on this team and I was excited that you selected to play for the U. The coaches have taken your swagger away and everyone in South Florida have noticed too. The incoming class is very deep and explosive on both sides of the ball. I am only asking the coaches is to never have favorite players...play the best 22. Competition don't stop after fall camp ends...it's a continuum. I remembered coach Soldinger at Killian told us, "you are what is on film...so don't tell me what you can do"

Go get orgeron for d coordinator!!

Apparently, Orgeron isn't everything he's cracked up to be. He did OK at USC, but that team couldn't get any worse. His proving ground was at Mississippi.

UM needs regime change, but who really is on the horizon? As bad as he was as a UM QB, I'd give that awful Dorsey a chance at OC.

Richmondheightscane I think you got Aj highsmith mixed with Tracy Howard


Apparently, Orgeron isn't everything he's cracked up to be. He did OK at USC, but that team couldn't get any worse. His proving ground was at Mississippi.

UM needs regime change, but who really is on the horizon? As bad as he was as a UM QB, I'd give that awful Dorsey a chance at OC.

Posted by: 'Cool 'Cat
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Now and again people make some pretty stupid posts, but this one ranks as ONE of the DUMBEST! Dorsey was 39-2 as a Cane, and was called 'Field General', because he was a student of the game and had a knack for picking apart defensive schemes and calling great audibles. Just because his passes were sometimes wobbly, doesn't take away his greatness. He is also yards leader for Canes all time. So think before posting stupidity.

Posted by: mainecane | December 03, 2013 at 06:08 PM
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It's strange, but the last Hurricane head coach left enough QUESTIONABLE talent for Goldie nd' Marky Mark to work with and what not.
Otherwise, how does Cane loyalist explain LINDER and MORRIS and HENDERSON and FIGUERO-sp. and THE DUKE making the A.C.C. teams and what not.
Posted by: D | December 03, 2013 at 06:35 PM
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D...Really!?!?!? You make maincanes point!

LOL!!!!

What a mess here!

At this point, I see only one issue with Golden...Loyalty to his DC...I do not think the issues is as much talent as it is the DC's Calls and how he plays a passive defense and not an attacking style...I also understand that we do not have th depth to do that yet...Look at AU...the go 8-10 deep in quality on the DL...we are not there yet...

I need to see how this 2014 Class pans out...that will be the true test...if the Kids on D show up in this class...then Golden is going to give the DC another year to get straight...but if the D does not get significantly better next year...the the DC has to go...if not then Golden needs to go also for not putting the Program first.

Bleeding Orange, Green & White!

The issue is depth. Duke healthy or a capable back-up and we are 11-1 with ACC championship on the line.


The issue is depth. Duke healthy or a capable back-up and we are 11-1 with ACC championship on the line.

Posted by: Next Man []_[]p | December 03, 2013 at 08:27 PM
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So, now this Cane bUbba is throwing both Crawford and Clement's UNDER THE BUS and what not. Go bloody figures'.

Chit, this particular Hurricane good ol' boy SOUNDS like another canespace RAT! Nothing more, nothing less.

No wonder the VAST MAJORITY of Miami, Florida fan-dom be your quite ordinary BANDWAGON, FAIR WEAHTHER sort. dUh

Loyalty to the DC is loyalty to the half game over .500 head coach at Miami's belief in how a defense is supposed to win championships.

While it finishes last in the ACC in total defense two years in a row with the idiot in charge of it overseeing it all.

It's a Ganes thing, they never understand.

(Remember before Alverage was hired, the book on the ACC was it was a conference where defenses had their way in direct opposition to the Big 12? Look where the MAC morons got UM to finish in that 'defensively good, offensively inept' conference in virtually no time at all!)

al golden is a real coach. What the guy did at temple had never been done before. What he is doing at miami is rebuild a program that was almost dead in the midst of an ncaa investigation and self imposed penalties. All he has done is start to restock the talent base and rebuild depth that has been sorely missing since larry coker took over and sent miami spiraling down the dark hole of mediocrity. Al golden will get miami back to top but miami was never a 3 yr rebuilding job it was always gonna take5-6 yrs especially once the ncaa came callingPosted by: mainecane

I stopped after reading this post... because this is exactly what I think. I almost view this year as year one for Al since he was blind sided with the NCAA stuff from the beginning. If he didn't have that, our recruiting classes would have been better his first two year. We stretched and had to take players we wouldn't normally take because the NCAA and other schools killed us and therefore took the top talent. We will be back, Al get at least three more years for me because he stuck with us. He could've bolted. And anyone from Miami will always tell you, our coaches don't stay put, they always leave.

El Don, I did not mixed AJ Highsmith with Howard. Howard made the comment too. I gave Highsmith a pass, because he played youth and HS football in Texas. Howard is a South Florida product, and I took his comment to heart...because he is full aware that we know football down South. El Don, AJ Highsmith is not a safety and they kept him in that position, to include playing major snaps. AJ is a Dual Threat QB, who could have been effective at Baylor, Oregon, or Boise State...not in the U pro-style offense. Morris should not have been operating from a "pistol" formation...because he is not comfortable running with the football. Dorsett is not a kick returner, because he is not elusive enough or have great vision when running with the football. Dorsett has speed, which is perfect for a deep receiver to stretch the defensive.

El Don, I may not know more than the U current coaching staff, but I know enough about the basic of football. Like I mentioned prior, Coach Soldinger stated, "you are what is on film"...that includes the players and coaches. The players often out of position, taking bad angles to tackle, not ready for the next play, cannot call another play at the line by QB, DBs are 10 yards back, cannot cover the TEs on crossing routes, and the defense always blitz from the weak side of their format.

El Don, but I am just a fan who don't know football.

Posted by: Defense keeps getting worse as the experience deployed in it gets greater | December 03, 2013 at 09:14 PM

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

Us Canes want to know which bowl you mighty (tee-hee)Gators will be playing in this year?

All kidding aside...great job with Georgia Southern in front of that half full stadium.

You taking shots at our 9 and 3 defensive coordinator only hours after your 4 and 8 offensive coordinator and offensive line coach were both fired is the work of a hillbilly sub-moron.

It's good too see that you Gators have the bottom rung of the SEC or for that matter all of college football covered.

Even Urban Meyer quit on you hillbillies and you replaced him with a guy who has wires arching in his jumbled head who will also be fired after next year's fiasco of a season.

We Canes have ALWAYS owned you hairy legged women from Trailerville.

21-16!! We Canes won the last regular season game ever to be played before you knock kneed spineless girls quit the series...AGAIN!!

We also own the most wins in the series, have more National Championships, more All Americans and own you clowns in every major category. Simply put...we are superior to you hillbillies and always have been.

Now run along and schedule more Georgia Southerns, although your pitiful football program is so far in the toilet your phony scheduling tricks will no longer save your sorry arses.

Posted by: D | December 03, 2013 at 08:48 PM

Duke was the heart and soul of this team. Our toughest player. When A.J is getting snaps we lack depth.

Don't be a moron.

Dalvin Cook and Johnnie Dixon. Al needs to close strong.

Duke was awesome, no doubt. Gunter was my favorite player this year because he's not very talented but he gives you so much effort.

Seantrell got better as the year progressed. DZP improved a lot.

What does the ncaa have to do with shayon greene playing corner?Fans werent saying support the team when it came to shannon so why all this excuse making now? The dc stinks bottom line.

And for the record, I support all those young men, but we need a Willis Mcgahee on the bench backing up Duke Johnson like in 2002. That's championship depth. 2-3 deep with studs across the field. Play next man []_[]p football. We lack ACC championship depth let alone BCS champion depth. Let's hope for a good bowl victory and strong close to recruiting.

Reposted by popular demand:

MIAMI HURRICANES DEFY ODDS WITH IMPRESSIVE CROP OF RECRUITS

When it comes to recruiting, nobody has come up with an exact science of how some coveted “4 and 5 Star” athletes never live up to the hype.

Though there are a number of reasons you can point to, the actual reason is that many of these people who are putting those lofty ratings on players never really see these athletes play football – with full gear on – live.

Talk to any head football coach across the country that isn’t looking for a job every other year and you will find someone who is doing a lot of recruiting on their own. Butch Davis insisted that his coaches evaluate and not to listen to what others say – or judge from watching someone in shorts. 

TO FULLY UNDERSTAND WHAT RECRUITING IS ALL ABOUT, MAYBE YOU SHOULD FOLLOW THE LEAD OF UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI HEAD COACH AL GOLDEN. IF YOU WANT TO KNOW SOMETHING ABOUT WHAT IT TAKES TO GET THE “LOFTY” PLAYERS, BUT ALSO UNCOVER GEMS – ACROSS THE COUNTRY – THIS IS THE MAN I WOULD ASK.

I HAPPEN TO BELIEVE WHAT GOLDEN AND HIS STAFF HAVE DONE THE PAST TWO YEARS – UNDER THE CLOUD OF THE NCAA – IS AMAZING. I DON’T KNOW ANYONE – AND I MEAN ANYONE – WHO COULD HAVE ATTRACTED THE ATHLETES THAT THE HURRICANES HAVE.

ASK JUST ABOUT ANYONE WHO HAS PLAYED FOOTBALL AT THE “U” AND THEY WILL ALL EXPLAIN HOW “VOID OF TALENT” THIS PROGRAM WAS WHEN GOLDEN ARRIVED. THIS PROGRAM HAD DETERIORATED TO THE POINT THAT THE ONCE FLOWING PIPELINE TO THE NFL HAD DRIED UP.

Unlike most current-day Hurricanes who will talk about Randy Shannon, Larry Coker, Dennis Erickson, Butch Davis and Jimmy Johnson, I remember when selling this program was not so easy. Lou Saban, Fran Curci, Pete Elliott, Carl Selmer and the legendary Charlie Tate set the table for Howard Schnellenberger and the success that would come for over two decades.

At a time when this Hurricane program didn’t meet the expectations of the fans, for Golden and his staff to be at this point – after coming in and watching this program lay down in the Sun Bowl against Notre Dame, they have to be beaming inside.

The smiles have to be over a tremendous 2012 and 2013 class that addressed some needs, but for a 2014 group that has the entire country watching and has the attention of Florida-bred players.

Offensive game-changers such as receivers Tyre Brady (South Dade) and Darrell Langham (Santaluces); running backs Joe Yearby (Miami Central) and Brandon Powell (Deerfield Beach); and big-time line prospects Trevor Darling (Central), Nick Linder (St. Thomas), K.C. McDermott (Palm Beach Central) and Reilly Gibbons (St. Petersburg Catholic).

The class also has Trayon Gray from Carol City, who played quarterback and receiver, but many believe he could be a top-flight running back or safety.

THE DEFENSE IS LOADED. With the team needing depth in so many places, acquiring quality football talent was essential.

Athletes such as linemen Anthony Moten (St. Thomas), Chad Thomas (Booker T. Washington), Travonte Valentine (Champagnat), Demetrius Jackson (Booker T. Washington) and Trent Harris (Winter Park); linebackers Michael Smith (Northwestern), Darrion Owens (Orange Park Oakleaf) and Terry McCray (Blanche Ely); and defensive secondary standouts Nigel Bethel (Booker T. Washington), Ryan Mayes (Northwestern) and Dennis Turner (Dillard). 

~LARRY BLUSTEIN--Miami Herald Writer

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

Richmondheightscane chill I never knew Howard said that my bad, and I completely agree with you on Highsmith he's a Qb who couldn't play Qb in our offense and since he's the son of a legend Golden had to find a spot for him and if it's true that Tracy said that than that was disrespectful to us Miami fans cuss the best football is played in Miami which means we should know a little about football because if you grew up in Miami chances are you played football. By the way I'm Tracy Howard is still Ma Ni***@

drivebyposterr at 11:27 AM December 03, 2013

I see lots of people making fun of UF, but I don't see anybody criticizing Georgia Southern for scheduling cupcakes like UF...

i dont have minions , i also never gave a time table especially when miami had the ncaa mess ongoing. It woudl be stupid to say back in 4 when we didn't even know what the penalties for shapiro was gonna be. I also wasn't stupid enough to think miami was a 4 yr rebuilding job.i thought they should be a 9-10 win team by year 4 if ncaa didn't kill them and they hit that in yr 3. I never thought national title in 4 yrs. Id love to see an acc title next year but fsu looks really strong and that might no be possible. That said miami is on the upswing and unlike under shannon i don't expect miami to drop back to 7 wins and lose to the likes of usf.

mainecane...

Agree...UM is on Track...and on the upswing...

The unfortunate thing about this whole deal is the D...with an average D, we would have most likley been a 1 loss team...not a 3 loss team looking down the throat of a 4th loss in a bowl game...

I am not happy that the O under achieved this year...but the fact is they did...especially in the all important stay on the field 3rd down conversion stat...

I said this team would be special if they could have 3 more offensive possessions a game...just did not happen...that blame falls on the DC and to some extent on the OC (he gets a first year pass)...

I expect with the kids we bring in this year we might be a little better on D next year....but we lose a lot on the DL and at LB...

The reality is my expectation is really...hope...that two things will happen...the DC realizes his days are numbered and he needs to get up to speed with what Hurricane Defense is all about...or our Offense decides to convert from a quick strike offense to a slow it down strike at will offense to keep our defense off the field...

The best defense is always a good offense...and while we can score on anyone...we hurt ourselves this year with scoring too fast and not allowing the defense to rest...that is my biggest issue with the offense...they did not adjust to protect their weakness...their own defense...

Again, when it all shakes out in the wash, the issue always comes back to the Defense...

If Golden give his boy another pass this year and we get the same crap we got last year and this year next year...the DC has to go...if he does not...then Golden will have to go...and I do not wan that...I happen to be of the opinion he is the guy and the guy for the long haul...

Time will tell...it always does!

Bleeding Orange, Green & White!

As bad as he was as a UM QB, I'd give that awful Dorsey a chance at OC.

Posted by: 'Cool 'Cat | December 03, 2013 at 07:46 PM

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The above has to be the most moronic post in years. Either the poster is drug addled, or sadder still a racist.

I see lots of people making fun of UF, but I don't see anybody criticizing Georgia Southern for scheduling cupcakes like UF...
Posted by: Ron Zook | December 03, 2013 at 10:58 PM
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LOL.

Calvin,

Here's you chance to coach that 4-3, press man.

Golden 1st thing to remember is Miami comes ahead of DC friendship with him dont bring personal into the game Miami hired Golden and he should do whats best for the program no a want be DC who has limited knowledge of football and lack of experience and this has hurt defense, talent pool is the same every where so no more excuses. Golden needs to look for a new man or have help from AD to find one Golden cant fire Mark somebody else will have to do it. The gravey traing is over for all the defense coachs. Perform and progress is what Miami needs not same old sos next year or have a early firing next year, Mark if he was a man he would submit his resignation after the bowl blowout, oh we can fix it!!!!!

It is sobering to hear that UM finished in last place in ACC defense. While UM's talent is limited on defense, especially at D tackle and linebacker, it is not last place talent. Something is wrong with this picture. Defense will not be very good again next year. You can't win with true freshmen, no matter how talented. Golden better think long and hard about what he's doing on defense. And yes, it's what he's doing on defense. Coach D runs the system Golden wants run. Period, end of story. This is more about Golden that it is Coach D.

Do you honestly think if Miami had players like Wilfork, Lewis, Sapp, Vilma, etc., it would matter what "scheme" was played?

If so, you are an ignorant arm-chair fan who has never played or coached but thinks he has all the answers. Funny, with no skin in the game, you losers always seem to have the right answer. Funny how that works.

rboud - Exactly. There is no way Miami has the worst talent in the ACC on defense. Coach D and Golden are clearly not getting the most out of the players they have. That is on them. Something has to change or the defense will be dreadful next year too. I don't care what the overall stats say, but this year's defense was no better than last year's. The stats were skewed this year because of the easy schedule (UF included).

On offense, I saw enough to give Coley the benefit of another year. Several times I saw him make adjustments in the second half of games. Morris was also hurt and inconsistent, which affected the offense overall. Even so, none of the offenses were a result of the offensive play calling. The offense was near perfect against Pitt and UVA. They also put up enough points to beat Duke.

I would love to see D'O resign this week, but it doesn't seem likely at this point.

should be "none of the losses were a result of offensive play calling..."

Gallo - good coaches can take poor talent and make them average. Good coaches can take average talent and make them good. Any coach can take elite talent and win games. See Larry Coker as Exhibit A.

Everyone agrees that if this team had the players you listed that it probably wouldn't matter what scheme they play (although I still think the scheme would lead to a loss or two). However, they don't have those players, so it is on the coaches to make the best of what they have. They have not done that on defense.

We have the worse dc in the acc and if golden can't see that or acknowledge that, then that's on him too. No matter what "real" fans say this team has more talent than to finish dead last in the acc.

How will Ron Zook and other real fans justify being dead last In the acc?

Great post responding to rboud, sunny dee. Very succinct.

RichmondHeights Cane,

Agree with your analysis of the UM scheme-coaching issues. It doesn't take a genius to see the rigidity of the coaching staff, and their persistent belief in something that fails week after week.

In particular, Golden is a regimented coach in the mold of JoePa. Individual expression and swagger will not be tolerated!

This runs counter to the hearts and souls of many South Florida kids.

While character building and discipline are important attributes to develop, the expressiveness of many Canes players of yesteryear defined the teams. It bred confidence.

Players must be allowed a measure of individuality and, yes, swagger, to bring out their full potential. We have seen many such kids booted from the program and indicted as "too immature."

We see kids on the roster now, like Rashawn Scott, who are benched even though they could help the team. Think he will stick around? He must have violated (ALL BOW THEIR HEADS) T h e P r o c e s s!

We do not see player development because the current coaching regime stifles personal expression. The kids must fit into "The Process." It is a swag deadener. A fear of making mistakes hangs over their heads. Guess what, THAT can cause mistakes.

With the comments of the Duke players as to UM's conditioning, you have to wonder aout the whole UTough thing. You could see fewer hats to the ball on defense as the season progressed. Kids became demotivated, which in turn deadened our defensive energy at times.

I get the talent level argument. But a well coached team will play full on with the talent on the field.

So with the good things Golden has done, his obsessive rigidity will not produce a team whose South Florida players show that joyful swagger common to many kids at other schools, and the great UM teams.

This is not Catholic school in New Jersey, or Penn State, coach.

You need to get who many South Florida kids are in their souls. You need to provide the guidance that some kids missed. You need to be a guy who embraces these kids, even if they struggle, not someone who boots them from the program because they don't fit your image that you lived as a young player from a two parent family.

Some players need a father figure who provides guidance, appreciation and tough love. Otherwise you will not provide an overall context that fosters player development and stands true to the Miami football tradition.

Loosen up, Coach. Learn from your players and be flexible.

Go Canes!

A lot of interesting posts on defense.

Let us not forget that the team had multiple injuries with which to deal. How many games would we have won if Steven M was healthy?. Same thing with Duke healthy and playing on S Teams, and O.

1 or 2 games is all it would have taken to win out. I think the Duke game was winnable, and the VT game could have been down to the wire.
The onus is not all on the D but putting up points to win in tight games.

dbc it is not a matter of "loosen up" but talent and depth to keep the rotation going. If you are loose you still will not win without DEPTH at crucial spots. We showed glaring holes on D, and until we get the personnel to play and fix these spots, all the crying in the world will not change it.

Even as you said in one of your posts to bring Moosechump of the Gayturds, in as the DC... You did not forget that post did you? That would not help.

Time and Coaching and PATIENCE in building the team will.
Go 'Canes

PRACTICE?
YOU TALKING ABOUT PRACTICE?
NOW WHO THE HECKS WANTS TO SEE A PRACTICE?
WE DONT BOTHER TO GO TO A GAME WHY WOULD WE GO TO A FREAKING PRACTICE?

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