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Who owns the edge? Miami vs. Louisville in Russell Athletic Bowl

ORLANDO -- Here is a breakdown of Saturday night's Russell Athletic Bowl game featuring Miami (9-3) and 18th-ranked Louisville (11-1). The Cardinals are favored to win by 3 1/2 points. 

> Here is also a link to my weekly segment with Orlando Alzugaray on 640Sports.com.

WHEN MIAMI RUNS THE BALL

Louisville coach Charlie Strong said the Hurricanes present the toughest challenge his defense has faced in his four years with the Cardinals. That's not exactly a stretch -- at least for this season.

The Hurricanes are the highest-ranked scoring offense (35.9 points per game, 25th nationally) and top rushing team (172.5 yards per game, 63rd) the Cardinals will face this season. Although Louisville ranks second nationally in run defense (86.25) and is allowing only 2.74 yards a carry, they've faced only two teams who rank better than 80th rushing: Cincinnati (68th) and UCF (79th). Both of those opponents had some success (160 yards average and three touchdowns each) against the Cardinals.

Can Dallas Crawford, Gus Edwards and Eduardo Clements find running lanes behind a big, beefy offensive line that averages 320 pounds? With Duke Johnson sidelined over the last four games, they haven't done it enough. Miami has averaged 121 yards on the ground. That ranks 109th. To beat Louisville, Miami will also have to be better on third down (37.8 percent, 85th). The Cardinals rank second nationally in third down defense (28.6 percent). Edge: Louisville.

WHEN MIAMI THROWS THE BALL

The Cardinals have allowed the fewest passing touchdowns in the country (eight) and rank eighth in passing yards allowed (171.7). Only Cincinnati, whom the Cardinals beat in overtime 31-24 in the regular season finale, managed to throw for more than 250 yards against them. Sophomore cornerback Charles Gaines leads the team with 11 pass breakups and five interceptions.

Miami, led by quarterback Stephen Morris and receivers Allen Hurns and Stacy Coley, has thrived with the big pass play. UM ranks second nationally with 35 pass plays of 30 yards or more. Louisville has allowed only 10 pass plays of 30 yards or more all season (tied for fifth-fewest).

What the Cardinals do best to stop offenses is sack the quarterback (39 total, fifth nationally). Senior defensive end Marcus Smith ranks second nationally in sacks (12.5) and junior Lorenzo Mauldin is 17th with 9 1/2. UM has allowed only 13 sacks on the season. Edge: Even.

WHEN LOUISVILLE RUNS THE BALL

About the nicest thing you can say about Miami's run defense (ranked 81st, 182.33 yards per game, 25 TDs allowed) is that it isn't as bad as last year's (114th, 217.92, 29).

Junior Dominique Brown (6-2, 216) and senior Senorise Perry (6-0, 187) are averaging five yards a carry and have combined to run for 1,414 yards and 14 touchdowns on a Cardinals rushing attack that ranks 80th (150.2 yards per game). It's likely Louisville could opt to give them more work than usual Saturday when you consider the Hurricanes have given up 821 yards and nine touchdowns on the ground over their last three games. Edge: Louisville.

WHEN LOUISVILLE THROWS THE BALL

For the first time since 2010, Miami's pass defense has produced more interceptions (18) than touchdowns allowed (13). Of course, Teddy Bridgewater, the nation's fifth moss efficient passer (70.2 completion percentage, 3,523 yards, 28 TDs, 4 INTs), could change all that Saturday night.

He's got six receivers with at least 22 catches this season. Bridgewater doesn't go deep as often as Morris does, but when he does 6-3, 209-pound junior DeVante Parker (46 catches, 743 yards 11 TDs) is usually his favorite target.

But for the most part, Louisville doesn't mind killing their opponents slowly. The Cardinals rank sixth in time of possession (33 minutes, 25 seconds per game). Miami's defense is used to being on the field a lot.  The Hurricanes rank 118th in time of possession (26:21). Edge: Louisville.

SPECIAL TEAMS

UM kicker Matt Goudis ended the season by shaking out of his funk with seven consecutive made field goals, finishing 13 of 17 including a season-long of 49 yards. Punter Pat O'Donnell had a special season, averaging 47.3 yards a kick including 20 punts of 50 yards or more.

Gaines has returned a kick (93 yards) and a punt (35 yards) for a touchdown this season and is hands down Louisville's most dangerous weapon in the return game. Cardinals kicker John Wallace hasn't had to boot many pressure kicks, but is 17 of 21 on field goal attempts with no makes longer than 39 yards. He has had three field goals blocked and punter Ryan Johnson (41.2 yards) has had one of his kicks blocked.

Louisville's punt coverage team is very good having allowed 15 total yards on 13 punt returns. Coley has a punt and kick return for a touchdown this season and should be aided by the return of Phillip Dorsett. Edge: Even.

COACHING

Strong hasn't faced many ranked opponents in his four seasons as coach, but he's 4-1 in those games. His team has trailed only once at halftime this season -- 13-10 against Houston -- before rallying for a 20-13 win.

Louisville will be Miami's third rank opponent this season. The Hurricanes beat Florida 21-16 back on Sept. 7 before the Gators went into a tailspin and then they were blown out at Florida State 41-14. Miami is 3-5 under coach Al Golden against ranked teams. Good starts are almost mandatory with UM going 17-1 when leading at halftime under Golden, and 3-13 when trailing. Edge: Louisville.

PREDICTION: Louisville 38, Miami 27

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Probably 48-37.

I know Teddy is good, but I also feel like the AAC is not the best conference and their defensive numbers reflect that they aren't playing team who have offenses like Miami. UL has a high defense rank and inflated numbers. It will be a shoot out. Miami will have a hard time stopping UL, this we all know. But UL will not be able to stop Miami. The only team they played with any offense, UCF, they lost. All these reports about how highly ranked UL's defense is are stupid because UL doesn't play anyone.

I can't believe he give the edge to UL in the category of Miami running the ball. UL hasn't played anyone who runs the ball. They have the 2nd best rush defense? HAHAHAHAHAHA inflated because the best running team they played was Cinny or UCF. Both of which are not anywhere near as good as Miami at running the ball. I love the reporter looking at inflated numbers and giving UL the edge, idiot.

And trust me, it isn't even in the "Miami passing the ball" category! haha Miami has a better passing attack that UL has seen in 2 years. UL has allowed the fewest passing touchdowns in the nation because they play in the AAC!!! There is no team in the AAC that is even close to Miami in the passing game. Miami and UL have the edge on offense in both rushing and passing. Both defenses will struggle and it will be a 48-45 game. With the winning team being the team with the ball at the end of the game. The only edge either team really has is in special teams, where Miami has the better punter and better kickoff return men. Finally, Strong wins the coaching side of things because he doesn't have to really out coach anyone in the former BIG LEAST Conference, oops I mean AAC. Let's face it Strong and Golden are even. The difference in coaching is in the coordinators, Miami has a bad DC, we all know that.

Manny is dumb. Both offenses are better than both defenses.

Manny is dumb. Both offenses are better than both defenses.

Posted by: j barry | December 27, 2013 at 07:12 PM

AMEN!!!! I agree, both offenses are head and shoulders better then the defenses they will be facing. Throw in the Special teams which Miami has a clear advantage and Miami actually has the advantage.

Overall Records the last 10 years.

U--- 74-50 in the lowly acc. Not even 1 acc coastal.

UF --- 94-36 in a Far Superior Conference... The S.E.C. 4 East Titles - 3 SEC Titles - 2 National Championships.

U Looose again.

"Miami is 3-5 under coach Al Golden against ranked teams."

when did Golden beat other ranked teams ? We certainly didn't beat any ranked teams that finished in the top-25 at the end of the year. Hence, after 3 full seasons, not a single quality win looking back upon any season.

And it will never get over .500%, but the Golden slurpers will still be pacified with 8 win and the occasional 9 win seasons with December Bowl games.

Where did the old U go ?


Overall Records the last 10 years.

U--- 74-50 in the lowly acc. Not even 1 acc coastal.

UF --- 94-36 in a Far Superior Conference... The S.E.C. 4 East Titles - 3 SEC Titles - 2 National Championships.

U Looose again.



Posted by: P-U | December 27, 2013 at 07:17 PM

^^^^^^^^^

You lost AT HOME to...wait for it...Georgia Southern!!!!

21-16!!!!

You quit the Miami series for a 2nd time!!!!

5 National Championships to 3!!!!

Miami owns the most wins in the series!!!!

Your roster is filled with felons who can't play football!!!

Your overall record this year is...4 wins--8 LOSSES!!!!

We are the big dogs...you are our water hydrant!!!!

Miami wins the game, with a ball control offense approach, which will keep Teddy with limited snaps. The TE and FB will be the open receivers, if Morris move his eyes away from the primary receiver after 2 seconds. Run the ball, but not from that pistol formation, because...Morris will not keep it and run. The defense will play better, because of time to prepare.

ORLANDO—
A day before his Hurricanes took the field for their first bowl game since 2010, Miami coach Al Golden faced the inevitable question about his name being linked to job openings around the country as a "hot commodity" coach.

He started his answer by joking that maybe Louisville coach Charlie Strong, whose Cardinals will face the Hurricanes in Saturday's Russell Athletic Bowl and who has found himself in a similar situation, could join him on the dais for the answer.

Here's what Golden had to say:

“We’re at one of the greatest places there is in college football and we’ve gone through a hard time, but it’s hard to imagine places out there that you can sell, that you can present better than the University of Miami,” Golden said. “We know we’re not where we want to be, but we know we’re not where we were. Those were pretty dark days. Many of you covered it. We were on the cover of Sports Illustrated two years ago and it wasn’t because we were holding up a trophy. They wanted to end the program. I dealt with masses of media my first training camp at the University of Miami. If you can imagine, throngs of media three, four times the size of this and the questions were ‘Are you going to have a team next year?’ I couldn’t believe it. But we had a lot of young men that stood with the University of Miami, we had a lot of coaches and staff that stood with the University of Miami through dark times and dark days. We’re excited about moving the program forward. We’re excited about the experience this week and the opportunity that we have and all that we’re doing.

“We just moved into a new football complex, we just finished a new student center on campus. There’s never been a better time to be at the University of Miami in terms of the educational opportunities, in terms of everything we can afford young people in our college town of Coral Gables, South Miami, Coconut Grove…we haven’t had the opportunity to really sell it and I’m looking forward to doing that in January.”

Golden, who has a 22-14 record in his three years at Miami heading into Saturday’s bowl game, is under contract with Miami through February 1, 2020. He signed a four-year extension to stay with the school after the 2011 season.

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THE QUESTION IS...ARE YOU AND OTHER MEMBERS OF THIS BLOG GOING TO STAND WITH THE "U"?

BEAT LOUISVILLE!!

Louisville runs the pro set offense mostly. They work out of the shotgun a bunch, as does UM. Canes have a chance to play decently on defense because they deal better with this type of offense. Bridgewater is so good, however, it may not matter. UM will need 400 to 500 yards of offense to stay in the game. Canes have become easier to defend without Duke Johnson. If Dorsett is not ready to really contribute, the Canes will really miss Waters. I hope Hurns is not limited. I'm hoping for a UM win, but I just can't see it happening.

I think that uofl will when the game by 10-15 points.my name is lillyana,the uofl fan.Louisville has the teddy,teddy,TEDDY that's the guy!

Posted by: DMoneyUM | December 27, 2013 at 07:00 PM

We had FSU in plenty of 3rd down situations but could not get off the field due to Jameis' ability to escape, and our own inability to make plays in those crucial moments. Ultimately we were worn down and bludgeoned by Devonta Freeman. I believe we will be able to pressure Bridgewater by playing a little more aggressively and TB will have to make the same plays JW did. I don't see the talent level of Louisville being on par with FSU outside the QB position, therefore there is no reason to think []_[] will be worn down and blown out. Additionally, we were hanging with FSU going into the half.

The key will be turnovers, and who can run the ball effectively to balance the offense and control the TOP. Not rocket-science.

Miami needs a possession receiver, which A. Hurns has been, an effective TE, and a RB that can convert 3rd and 3 religiously. The last two we haven't had for a while and that's why we don't convert 3rd downs or have offensive consistency. Emergence of possession players like those listed above and defensive line pressure/penetration/playmakers will be the key to getting the most out of this football program.

Obviously Golden is loading up on DT with 5 coming in, but we need to hope tomorrow and moving forward the stick movers emerge to control the ball a little better. Everything cant be a home run, we gotta run right-run left first. Good thing is Williams has shown more of a penchant for utilizing the TE. Meantime pray Gus learns to lower his pad level and hold slim hope for Dalvin Cook.

We win tomorrow. More talent and plenty to fight for in this last game. No fumbles or interceptions. clean game executioneise and I look for September 8th type energy on defense. I just hope we can pressure teddy because he will pick a zone apart.

I hope somebody sees him a a hot commodity and hires him away from here.

An please someone explain to me why exactly is he a hot commodity!

"Probably 48-37.

Posted by: Esteban | December 27, 2013 at 06:55 PM"

No team mentioned on the winning side of that so this isn't that much better of a first post. But it was improved for around here usually.

Manny has a lot of faith in Teddy B. I think we cruise to an easy win.

Louisville? Not impressed especially with Bridgewater, just do not agree he's anything special.

UM?? Not impressed they played one of College Football's easiest schedules and stunk it up in their 3 meaningful games. Va Tech, Duke, FSU.

Who wins the game???

Nobody really cares. The game has no depth, no attention holding story lines. It's nothing more than a TV filler.

Manny is the P-U poster. He is a turd at heart. So never trust anything he writes. Any distraction to hurt UM is his goal.

Cards played two decent teams this year. Gave up an average or 437 yds to them. Teddy is good, but not great, padded stats against crap competition. Canes win. Hope all the negative posters here enjoy the game! When they win, you'll embrace the idea that LVille is overrated, and if they lose you'll continue to repeat the same crap you do 24/7. That's the key to your trolldom, straddling the fence so you're never wrong. Sweet dreams!

That's the key to your trolldom, straddling the fence so you're never wrong. Sweet dreams!

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Post of the day...

Miami wins 37-28 is my guess. I recognize that the commentard trolls will continue their negativity regardless of the outcome.

However, I am enjoying the process of watching our team being rebuilt. Coach Golden and his staff are doing an excellent job and it is fun to watch.

Go Canes!

Manny didn't straddle nothing here.

He's not paid to be a Ganes fan, just a reporter who reports the facts.

I hope Manny's wrong, he might not be though if the same game plan defensively is in place as the last 36 games under Alverage. However . . .

It's a Ganes thing, they never understand.

5am going to throw some gear in the sled and work on getting my crew up and rolling by 10am destination O-TOWN not for Disney nor Sea world for the last chance to watch our CANES !! In 2013 .... A 10 win season at this point is a must those 2 bad losses still sting but its time to once again look to the future and see the light is starting shine bright again>>> beat the terds √ put the ncaa in rear veiw mirror √ cracked the top 10 √ 2 bad losses ~
Win 10 games ?
Win a bowl game ?
Finish with a top 5 recruiting class ?
Finish strong canes and we can check off the last three GO CANES !!!!

What happened to the old quarter back U ???? In three years Morris will be playing in Canada. Golden is terrific but must dump his A.O. buddy the D.C. TIDE ferrari racing, palm beach, tom davis, Jr. MIAMI Native that still speaks a little English. P.H.S, 61, U.M. 65. Please help save the COCOANUT GROVE Playhouse [again] and the unique MIAMI Marine Stadium.

Canes in the House!!! Lets take down the Cards. Pressure TB, get some sacks, don't play 10yds off los, and bump n run, disrupt the timing of wr's, and offense needs to have sustained drives. Morris, make sure to hit your check down guys, don't take a sack, throw it away, and if you see a lane take off, you have wheels, so use them. Run, run, and run some more, we have weapons and need to use them. Have fun, it's a bowl game you earned and it's been a long time coming. Drum L'ville, and GO CANES!!!!!

In the bullpen for 2014:
david cook
travonte valentine
chad thomas
denzel perryman
ereck flowers
tracy howard
duke johnson
clive walford

Golden Casualties

vernon davis - RB
darion hall - RB
storm johnson - RB
kevin nelson - LB
andrew tallman - TE
billy sanders - TE
cj holton - FB
adarius johnson - WR
keion payne - DB
devonta davis - DB
jermaine barton - OL
ray ray armstrong - S
thomas finnie - CB
gionni paul - LB
travis williams - LB
jamal reid - DB
kelvin cain - LB
Vaughn telemaque - S
tracy howard - CB
curtis porter - DT
luther robinson - DT
jeffery brown - DT
darius smith - DT
alex collins - RB
denver kirkland - OL
terrell brooks - DT
matthew thomas - LB
jaynard bostwick - DT
keith bryant - DT
luther campbell - #1 UM fan
tim ice harris - feeder coach
northwestern - feeder school
booker T - feeder school
carol city - feeder school
miami central - feeder school
norland - feeder school
Terry Richardson - RB coach
Jedd Fisch - Offensive coordinator
Geroge Mcdonald - WR coach
Mario Christobal - Head coach
Eddie Johnson - LB
Rashawn Scott-currently out of the discipline bull pen
Gabe Terry - LB
Robert Lockhart - WR
Sony Michel - RB
Preston Dewey - QB
Ricardo Williams – DE
Delvon Simmons – DT
Jacoby Briscoe – DT
David Thompson – QB
Jalen Grimble – DT
Jontavious Carter - WR
Danny Dillard - RB

al golden is ruining the UM brand.....nobody wants to play for him or dnofrio......every press conference he interjects "sanctions" and "how tough the last 3 years have been"

marco you are 100% right......golden has not beat ANY top 25 team (ranked) since he has been here....

manny misprint.....

Hell, with all these stats and louisville either favored or even in each of the categories, the U might as well hand the trophy to them, bank the extra practices and money from the bowl and go home. You would think that according to this spread that louisville would be favored by 20 instead of 3 - 3 1/2.


al golden is ruining the UM brand.....nobody wants to play for him or dnofrio......every press conference he interjects "sanctions" and "how tough the last 3 years have been"


Posted by: Jim Gallo
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Well you enjoy watching us tonight ok.

Morris, AJ, A Hurns, Seantrel, and all you other seniors, this is YOUR night to lay it on the line one LAST TIME!! Go out with and smash L'Ville right in the mouth. Some of you will go the NFL, others will go into the working world, whatever, just take this final chance to BUST some ASSSSSS!!!! C-A-N-E-S, GO CANES!!!

DZP we all know you have a greater responsibility now with your little one, so you do what you have to dog, you've given your all. If you do come back, it'll only make you better, and those around you as well, and hopefully allow to get even more $$$. Hope you have a stellar night as well.

http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/12/27/3840515_university-of-miami-hurricanes.html

defensive recruits concerned about out defense.. interesting article.

Miami Herald

by Manny Navarro

Who owns the edge? Miami vs. Louisville in Russell Athletic Bowl?

WHEN MIAMI RUNS THE BALL

Edge: Louisville

WHEN MIAMI THROWS THE BALL

Edge: Even. (The Cardinals have allowed the fewest passing touchdowns in the country (eight) and rank eighth in passing yards allowed (171.7).)

WHEN LOUISVILLE RUNS THE BALL

Edge: Louisville

WHEN LOUISVILLE THROWS THE BALL

Edge: Louisville

SPECIAL TEAMS

Edge: Even

COACHING

Edge: Louisville.

PREDICTION: Louisville 38, Miami 27


Palm Beach Post

Who has the edge in Miami-Louisville Russell Athletic Bowl?

by Matt Porter

ORLANDO — Taking a look at Saturday’s Russell Athletic Bowl at the Citrus Bowl.

* * *

Miami (9-3) vs. Louisville (11-1)

Kickoff: 6:45 p.m.

TV: ESPN.

.

WHEN THE HURRICANES PASS

Edge: Louisville

WHEN THE HURRICANES RUN

Edge: Louisville

WHEN THE CARDINALS PASS

Edge: Louisville

WHEN THE CARDINALS RUN

Edge: Louisville

PREDICTION

Louisville, 35-21.

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I thought U had so much talent and were picked to win the lowly acc coastal. How are U not better than a Louisville team in ANY phase of the game in year three of Golden? What will year 4 look like when U lose so many key players? Guess U'll look young and inexperienced all over again.

I'll tell U why ... Because U are a bunch of delusional, homer and in complete denial Looosers. Unranked, never a Conference 'Ship game, Bowl Looosers, no 10 win seasons, and we'll be back next year green n orange kool-aide drinks delusional dolts. And Navarro, Porter and the rest of the College Football knowing world are just Haters riiiet ?

IF AL GOLDEN IS THE GREATEST COLLEGE FOOTBALL CORCH IN ALL OF AMERICA ... WHAT WOULD THAT MAKE CHARLIE STRONG ?

42-26

It's a huge sports day here in the Ville with U of L/UK hoops at 4p and Cards/Canes at 6:45p.

I've been a huge Canes fan since 1980, but the Cards should score a roundball/pigskin exacta unless Canes' D can win turnover battle against one of the best teams in turnover ratio. After enduring horrid AAC sked, Cards' football team and fans are beyond amped for a quality game against a bunch of homegrown players.

I'm heading to a local sports bar shortly with a few die-hard Canes fans to get into a proper frame of mind before the games begin. I'll be hoping for the best for Miami, but expecting the worst.

The gator trolls are sure posting a lot on here, why aren't you guys posting about the uf bowl game or the multiple transfers and decommits or hiring the Duke OC?

article makes sense.....nobody wants to play defense at UM:

why do you think perryman wants to leave.....he knows next year is gonna be disastrous especially on defense....

tonight is gonna be a back breaker.....potential for UM getting blown out because of defense....they HATE dnofrio.....

both golden and dnofrio have to go and let UM start FRESH with a big name HC.....whats the risk.....next year is gonna suck anyways......a big name can counter all of that.....

UM be smart....there is no risk.....there is nothing in the trophy case in 3 years....it will be empty going forward.....after 1 week al golden wont even exist in the local media....

defense average is 518 yards given up since the FSU game.....that will not be turned around.....

the whole NCAA is passing UM by.....louisville - fsu - clemson...how in the world can UM get by those guys?

olsen/williams beating FSU?......you got to be joking....so that leaves UM out of it all going forward.....UM making it to the 2014 final 4 playoff brackets will be IMPOSSIBLE with this staff.....

golden/dnofrio are like a bad stock....cut your loses now.....or you can hold until the price goes to zero.....

Recruiting
University of Miami Hurricanes defensive recruits begin to show concern

By Safid Deen

Manny and Susan may want to get some journalism points from this journalist, or another one.

This article, thanks Crook is the Worst, brings much needed insight into the Al Golden regime.

look at all the defensive line guys that have bolted....

curtis porter - DT
luther robinson - DT
jeffery brown - DT
darius smith - DT
terrell brooks - DT
jaynard bostwick - DT
keith bryant - DT
Ricardo Williams – DE
Delvon Simmons – DT
Jacoby Briscoe – DT
Jalen Grimble – DT
Dyron Dye – DL
Seantrel Henderson - RT
Dalvon Stuckey - DT

now trevonte valentine and soon to go ereck flowers....

opps...forgot about demetrius jackson - DE also.......

As much as you guys hate Gallo that article he posted is cause for concern. Losing Valentine and Jackson would hurt, and not in a good way

Anybody know anything about this DT that we just signed out of JUCI?

Posted by: Is it football season yet | December 27, 2013 at 04:37 PM

Yes, if he signed with us it means no top programs wanted him and he'll be just as below average as all the rest of the DT's already on the roster. Just another fat body that a few decent teams offered for backup 2nd team rotation depth that decided to come to us because we lose almost all DT's this year. And we'll ask him to come in right away to be a stop-gap Tackle with back-up talent at best. Rail and hate on me all you want fellow Cane fans, but that's the sad truth and what we have to "settle" for and the exact reason as to why we can do anything to keep opponents from stuffing the ball down our throats. It's been the staple of Golden and D-Fo's Defense and will continue to be so. Now some of you are chomping at the bit to tell me, we have 4 other DT's in this class. Well, Freshman DT's NEVER help out. Sophs rarely. We need Redshirt Sophs n Juniors. Unfortunatly, there are none on the roster because we signed what, 4 DT's overall the last 3 years? Hence, having to go the "average" JUCO route due such a need and lack of overall roster talent.

btw- even if DT Valentine doesn't decommit, which he will, he'll never qualify. Trust me on that.

The fact that we have been, are and will still be so weak n undermanned at DT is totally unexcusable.

the article is TRUE......

nobody would post something like that on a cane 24/7 site unless there was truth....

More on Duke | Nov 4th

His surgery was today, I'll get a read out from sources later but here's a big chunk on Duke. But I had a long talk with someone close to him today and wanted to let you guys go behind the veil. He actually wanted to leave Miami at several points and times last year. He's been very frustrated with the coaches during his tenure here and he's had people in his ear trying to keep him level headed and focused on the bigger prize. He's often had to take up for himself and less talented teammates. A text came in recently from Duke saying "I hate these F*(^*ing coaches" to a mentor. There's a lot going on behind the scenes.

To give you an example of the kind of thing he's gone through (all facts, no embellishing) here's a story:
Duke was injured because of blocking on a reverse earlier this year and Golden called him out in front of the whole team saying 'who told you to block like that?' Duke just looked at AG and was thinking to himself that that's the way the coaches at Miami instructed him to block. Golden then went on to say that Duke was always getting hurt and couldn't stay on the field. Right after that, Duke fired off the text above.

Duke's handlers had to continue to monitor his emotions all last season as he phoned numerous times about being very unhappy. The sense I'm continually getting is that Miami coaches have trouble connecting with certain players and treating them a bit harsh. Some may say it's football, but when your star player is saying he wants to transfer to West Virginia, that should be cause for concern. The south Florida athlete is a different kind of guy and I've seen that with my involvement and covering youth football.

Duke stayed on and just fought through stuff. He's being reminded about the bigger picture and he's definitely gone after next season, don't even think about him staying, it's confirmed. He's already tracking his draft status. He's telling people close to him that he's projected late first early second in the 2015 draft right now (pre-injury). He's determined to come back bigger, faster and stronger.

Ereck Flowers is also gone after this year. He really hates Miami. He doesn't want to even do media. He's on the first train smoking after his junior year.

I'll have more later but it's disheartening to hear some of this stuff, but I knew this was going on. Tracy Howard got into a major spat with Coach D'Onofrio last year and it kinda got viral. I learned about it and posted it hear. I now that Tracy does things like wave his hand at D'Onofrio when the coach tells him things. That's why after the two pick game Tracy had, D'Onofrio went out of his way to rip Tracy for other errors in the game, tackling. I knew there were back stories and didn't write about it. It's public knowledge they don't get along behind close doors but none of them will talk about it. It's a 'locker room' thing.

But expect Tracy to bolt also. If Miami doesn't win a championship, either ACC or BCS (or whatever the new title will be called) it will possibly be tough for a few years until the coffers are filled again because last years freshman class (2013) is disgruntled. It starts with the leaders, so it's likely a wide spread concern.

If you're calling out Duke Johnson, imagine what a fourth year walk on is treated like.

sorry......seems like this guys is genuine...


I'll tell U why ... Because U are a bunch of delusional, homer and in complete denial Looosers. Unranked, never a Conference 'Ship game, Bowl Looosers, no 10 win seasons, and we'll be back next year green n orange kool-aide drinks delusional dolts. And Navarro, Porter and the rest of the College Football knowing world are just Haters riiiet ?

IF AL GOLDEN IS THE GREATEST COLLEGE FOOTBALL CORCH IN ALL OF AMERICA ... WHAT WOULD THAT MAKE CHARLIE STRONG ?

Posted by: U are what U are ... delUsional U
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Yep U are what U are, and that's a LOSER. Enjoy watching our bowl game. Ouch you're not in one, awwwwww pooor baby,

The difference in coaching is in the coordinators, Miami has a bad DC, we all know that.

Posted by: DMoneyUM | December 27, 2013 at 07:09 PM

But Al Golden doesn't know that and disagrees with us all.

Hence, Manny's "Coaching Edge: Louisville"

Jim, you, I and many other Canes fans may want Al Golden to go, but UM does not have dough to buy out his contract. So, we have to hope he develops into a better coach.

And even if Golden was fired, who would want to coach at UM? If UM is such a great coaching gig, how did we end up with Golden in the first place?

As I've written before, we're stuck with Golden no matter how much everyone wants him gone. I agree with most of your opinions, but there's no sense twisting yourself into knots over this guy or his program.


But expect Tracy to bolt also. If Miami doesn't win a championship, either ACC or BCS (or whatever the new title will be called) it will possibly be tough for a few years until the coffers are filled again because last years freshman class (2013) is disgruntled. It starts with the leaders, so it's likely a wide spread concern.

If you're calling out Duke Johnson, imagine what a fourth year walk on is treated like.

sorry......seems like this guys is genuine...


Posted by: Jim Gallo
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Wow thanks for all the insider info whatever Gallo you are. So in other words, we should just all find another team to root for by your words of wisdom, so we don't go getting our hopes up for anything special. Thanks for thinking about our feelings Gallo 3 it means a lot.

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