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Golden sticking by D'Onofrio, coaching staff for better or worse

No matter how loud Hurricanes fans might scream for change (or tweet for that matter), Al Golden doesn't appear to be a head coach ready to cut loose longtime friend and defensive coordinator Mark D'Onofrio.

The answer to Miami's defensive woes, Golden said during his press conference Monday, isn't blowing things up. It's keeping it status quo and letting Miami's young defensive players grow up and mature.

"Although we're not where we want to be there are so many little things I look at as the head coach that say the answer right now is not change. The answer is continuity," Golden said.

"The answer is continued progress with our young people, continued development. I would be lying to you if I said I wasn't excited about the talent we have coming back on defense. I am. I'm excited. We have a lot of play makers coming back. No. 2, we're adding 14 to 16 more recruits to that. I'm excited about that."

All the excitement Golden might have about his defense isn't going to change the fact that in D'Onofrio's three seasons here, Miami's defense has hardly resembled the Hurricanes of old.

With rival Florida State set to play in the national championship game tonight against Auburn, Miami fans are wondering how long they'll have to wait to see the Hurricanes have a national championship caliber defense to call their own.

Although the Hurricanes produced 12 more turnovers (27 total, 23rd most nationally) and six more sacks than they did in 2012 (29 total, 59th nationally), and they also cut down on the amount of points they allowed (30.5 per game in 2012; 26.8 in 2013), offenses continued to have their way with UM as 500-yard games became the norm down the stretch.

Golden, both on WQAM's morning show and again this afternoon, kept pointing to incremental growth and how the team "made more explosive plays" as signs of progress.

"We scored five touchdowns on defense. We blocked four kicks for the first time. Those to me are all positive trends," Golden said. "The other thing was we went from 31 penalties a year ago on defense to I think 10 playing all those young guys a year ago.

"Again, it's my decision, and my decision was that starting over for these young people is not the answer," he continued. "Continuity, continued progress, continue with the same position coaches and techniques and scheme was the better answer for me. I made that decision after careful evaluation.

"That doesn't mean we're not going to tweak our personnel or our uses of personnel and how we devise things, the quality control you go through in deciding what's best. A team is reborn every year. What was good for this past team may not be what's best for this team coming back. Whether its a different quarterback, a different running game. On defense we may have more -- especially with the kids coming in -- we may have more defensive backs than we've had in awhile. We can play more nickel for instance. Those are all things that go into consideration when you're making that decision."

Golden, who himself is a big part of the defensive game-planning, is banking on the turnaround he had at Temple once the Owls began to recruit better. When Golden and D'Onofrio arrived in 2006, the Owls ranked last in defense among FBS schools. By the time they left in 2010, Temple ranked 47th against the run, 14th in passing efficiency defense, 16th in total defense and 16th in scoring defense.

Will the same happen here?

Golden appears to be banking on it.

OTHER NEWS AND NOTES

> Golden said eight will arrive early and compete in spring ball: running backs Joseph Yearby and Brandon Powell, offensive linemen Trevor Darling and Kc McDermott, JUCO defensive tackle Calvin Heurtelou, linebackers Trent Harris and Juwon Young and receiver Braxton Berrios.

Missing from Golden's list of others who said they would sign with Miami early: JUCO defensive tackle Michael Wyche, linebacker Darrion Owens and defensive back Ryan Mayes.

Associate AD Chris Freet said Wyche signed a national letter of intent, but is not yet on the early enrollee list.

Canesport.com's Matt Shodell reported Monday Wyche is currently appealing an ACC rule that requires entering student-athletes to attend the same junior college for three semesters before transferring to a member school. Wyche has reportedly only spent two semester at his current junior college in Los Angeles.

> Golden said the reason receiver Rashawn Scott, quarterback Kevin Olsen and cornerback Ray Lewis III were suspended for the bowl game weren't at the bowl game was because they were suspended for conduct detrimental to the team. All three players remain on the roster, Golden said.

"Rashawn, that's a different situation," Golden said referring to previous suspensions by Scott. "Going into his senior year, it gets to a point where they have to be accountable to their teammates, family, themselves. In terms of Ray and Kevin, we really like both those young men. It was a violation of team rules. Both of them have moved forward, are excited to come back and we're excited to work with them."

Asked if any other players might be leaving the team, Golden said: "I don't foresee anybody leaving."

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I'm for continuity. I give Al and his coaching staff the benefit of the doubt. For the past few years we had less recruits wanting to come because of sanctions. Now look at the class we have coming in. Lots of talent. I don't care how great of coaching you have, if you don't have the talent you don't win.....

This ain't Temple you and your staff are not coaches but hey bravo to you cause y'all pulled the wool over the AD eyes congrats keep riding it till they can see cause they (AD) are blind .......what's the excuse going to be next year smart one (Al)

This ain't Temple you and your staff are not coaches but hey bravo to you cause y'all pulled the wool over the AD eyes congrats keep riding it till they can see cause they (AD) are blind .......what's the excuse going to be next year smart one (Al)

We're making progress, we should catch up to where Duke is in couple of years.


Posted by: beedharphong | January 06, 2014 at 02:38 PM

It must be nice to know more about coaches and college football than the administration and player alumni than Penn State who all made it clear that Al Golden was their first choice to replace O'Brien.

Please be sure to also contact the Wisconsin, Tennessee and UCLA people to educate them as to how untalented Al Golden is as they also expressed an interest in hiring the man.

And finally, give Jimmy Johnson a call and also tell him he doesn't know anything, because he too with numerous other "football experts" have all raved about the job Al Golden has done and believe he is very talented.

Posted by: Ron Zook | January 06, 2014 at 03:54 PM

None of the assistant coaches should have as much scrutiny as Al Golden. That is the problem. No one, previously, scrutinized Al Golden's lack of success on the football field. Including the defensive failure for the entire Al Golden era.

Now, maybe, the scrutiny that was not placed on the previous three years. There should be an examination of everything involving Al Golden's program and his behavior now.

In conference play D'no defense gave up an avg of 30 pts & 500 yds. In 2014 if they get that down to 450 yds & 25 pts he's going to sell that as an improvement. At this rate Goldens process will take about 10 more years to be a championship team.

Maybe if Michael Irvin gave the team more pep talks. Golden makes me sick sticking with his best friend at DC.THIS AIN'T TEMPLE!Golden's a used car salesman.DA U

Any news on when Derrick Griffin is enrolling? We really need him on offense.

how long will ittake Miami since FSU is in the NC this year you ask Susan?

Do the math: It took literlly 13 years for FSu to return to the NC. Eventhough everyone and their cousin knows thatthey did not deserve to play Oklahoma in 2000, bc Um was ranked above them by the human polls and had beaten them head to head in that later revised version of the B()S. It has been 11 years since Umlast played in the NC. 10 years since they finished in the top 5.

That places Miami more or less in the same timetable as FSU. Those highly ranked FSU teams of thelast 5 years were garbage. Overrated and overhyped. THIS is the real deal. Last year was probably the real deal and set this year's run at the NC.

Miami is 2-3 years away. Who knows, maybe less. It starts with recruiting. Our Defense hasbeen garbage, partly bc of the lack of playmakers but also bc the OFFENSE s-ks a55. When you have a garbage QB like Morris, and a garbage O-line, go 3 and out repeatedly despite the D getting a) 2 points from a safet, b) getting the ball back with good field position but going 3 and out and then the D still keeps holding Louisville to 3 field goals instead of TDs, but our garbage O still cant move the rock, it puts tremendous pressure on the D. 50% of the UMwoes on D candirectly be attributed to the lack of time of possession by the O. Short drives, 3 and outs and when they scored it was Morris lobbing a 50 yd bomb or soemething. There were hardly ever sustained drives. Seriously people blamed Donofrio mostly but watchthe film- kids couldnt make tackles, D-line is non existenet, Chikillo. Chickillo? is he still playing?

So far, I have yet to hear a compelling argument as to why Golden is a good coach.
Posted by: Sunny Dee | January 06, 2014 at 09:34 AM

I'm asking for a response to this that doesn't reference: Butch Davis, planes that flew, the NCAA, Randy Shannon, or our ages.
Posted by: HarrietTubmanCane | January 06, 2014 at 02:14 PM

Well, since noone else has taken the challenge for fear of being attacked my multiple folks on here that have been lambasting anyone that dares say a positive about Golden, I will take on this challenge.

1. Let's describe what is a good NCAA Football Coach.
- Hires the best possible coordinators and assistants, without fear that they might take his job away.
- Recruits well, from the players, their high school coaches, and their parents.
- Makes sure that his recruiting follows the myriad NCAA regulations.
- Selects the best players to fill each position from those that he has available.
- Ensures that with the loss of any player to suspension, injury, graduation, etc, that he has depth to replace them.
- Teaches those players in order to make them even better.
- Gives the players a goal, direction, and a personality that they can understand and follow.
- Scouts the opposing team each week, looks for patterns and "tells", and takes advantage of their weaknesses.
- Self-scouts his own team each week, looks for patterns and "tells", and protects his weaknesses.
- On Gameday, motivates his players, adjusts to game situations, uses timeouts to best aid his team, works the refs to get more calls against his opponent, and considers the best way to deal with tough situations, like a sudden turnover or injury.
- Deals well with his bosses (the AD, BOT, and President), with the media (local and national), and with the players on an ongoing basis.

2. Let's figure out if Al Golden fills these requirements well.
- Hires the best possible coordinators and assistants, without fear that they might take his job away.
Fisch was a great hire, Coley was good, and Donofrio was horrible. Cristobal and Kehoe, were good additions, and retaining Barrow and Swayze was the right move. But that link to Donofrio is looming to large to be overcome by those other moves.

- Recruits well, from the players, their high school coaches, and their parents.
He is doing this part very well, according to multiple sources. He has had some misses, and some players he had no chance at were added to that casualty list unfairly, but this has been his strong point both at Temple and at UM.

- Makes sure that his recruiting follows the myriad NCAA regulations.
So far, he has been able to accomplish this.

- Selects the best players to fill each position from those that he has available.
So far, he has been able to ensure that the top player gets on the field, even to the point that redshirts were burned to fill needs. Even holy anointed players like Henderson were not safe from being replaced.

- Ensures that with the loss of any player to suspension, injury, graduation, etc, that he has depth to replace them.
Many losses were recevered from, but the loss of Duke Johnson for example was not handled well. Just look at our rushing stats after Duke went down.

- Teaches those players in order to make them even better.
Has anyone really had that big leap in talent other than Flowers? Morris? No. Henderson? No. Chickillo? No. The biggest plays have been from folks who were that good when they got here, like Duke, Coley, and even O'Donnell.

- Gives the players a goal, direction, and a personality that they can understand and follow.
despite the hate out there, he has done that. IT hasn't been the Jimmy Johnson "How bout them cowboys!" type of direction though, so some folks are not liking this approach, even though it has worked for other coaches in the past.

- Scouts the opposing team each week, looks for patterns and "tells", and takes advantage of their weaknesses.
Nope. I can recall only a few plays (an early Cane INT for a TD for example) where our defense read an opponent well, but they are so rare.

- Self-scouts his own team each week, looks for patterns and "tells", and protects his weaknesses.
How many games did we see the guard tap the center, followed by the hike, giving the defense a jump on our line? How many games did we see the crossing route and the screen pass kill us? Far too many times.

- On Gameday, motivates his players, adjusts to game situations, uses timeouts to best aid his team, works the refs to get more calls against his opponent, and considers the best way to deal with tough situations, like a sudden turnover or injury.
Flat against Louisville in their bowl game, flat against Maryland in their first game under him, and unable to recover from two early turnovers against VT. And does he get in the refs ear the way other coaches do? Nope.

- Deals well with his bosses (the AD, BOT, and President), with the media (local and national), with the fans, and with the players on an ongoing basis.
Gets a good score on this one, to the point that some folks dislike his ability to do well with the bosses, the media, the fans, and the players.

So, why is Al Golden a good coach? He is a good recruiter, good selector of talent once they are on the team, and a good interface with others. He brought in many good assistants that are not only good coaches but good recruiters as well.

But he still has alot of areas where he needs to get better, too, before it is too late.

Now that Barry Jackson has written the article that the defense is based on Al Golden's philosophy. All the emphasis on Mark D'Onofrio deficiencies are baseless. Al Golden is requiring the defensive scheme that is in place. With Al Golden's coaching experience coming on the defensive side of the ball. He should receive all the scrutiny for all the failures on his team. Not this selective division of Al Golden's team's failures.

Posted by: ChampCane | January 06, 2014 at 03:35 PM

Read more here: http://miamiherald.typepad.com/umiami/2014/01/entire-first-part-word-for-word-of-al-golden-interview-with-joe-rose-regarding-penn-state/comments/page/3/#comments#storylink=cpy

Yeah, the Gatr Trash has changed OCs.

Anyone want to bet the deed to their house (assuming any of you low-life welfare recipients own anything other than your X-boxes) that their offense is just as bad next year.

Is it the coordinator or the lack of talent? Hmmmmm, answer that question, experts on nothing.

D.Griffin is waiting on ACT results. That's the last I read about a week ago

B cool,dude.process takes tm patians 4 me and U aswell.let us give them a few yrs. think about this a minute DUKE MORRIS. sprang ankle. if both were healthy might have been 11-1 or 12-0. think on that.Later.

Univ of Miami,

Your ticket prices to watch Miami football is extremely high considering the product that's being put on field. In no way am I trying to bash any players. Coaches on the other hand are free game. The 2003 team is the last good team we've had. How many more years until the university does something about 3/4 empty stadium and an avg of 7 wins a year. I'm sure the kids that come here want to play in front of bigger crowds. Can u please lower prices substantially. All upper bowl tickets should be $10 on a first come basis. What's the point of charging so much if nobody's coming. Lower prices and people will come. Have better coaches and win more games and people will really show up.
Yours Truly
Former Season Ticket Holder

"Golden said the reason receiver Rashawn Scott, quarterback Kevin Olsen and cornerback Ray Lewis III were suspended for the bowl game weren't at the bowl game was because they were suspended for conduct detrimental to the team"

lol....that's funny...what did they do that was detrimental to the team Al?

"Again, it's my decision, and my decision was that starting over for these young people is not the answer," he continued. "Continuity, continued progress, continue with the same position coaches and techniques and scheme was the better answer for me. I made that decision after careful evaluation.

wow....he is insane....

Golden said eight will arrive early and compete in spring ball: running backs Joseph Yearby and Brandon Powell, offensive linemen Trevor Darling and Kc McDermott, JUCO defensive tackle Calvin Heurtelou, linebackers Trent Harris and Juwon Young and receiver Braxton Berrios.
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So much for those claims by fake Gallo that we would lose Yearby, Powell, and Berrios and all these other players if we did badly in the bowl game.

Gallo, whatever they did is none of YOUR business. It was handled internally, and it wasn't as bad as shooting an innocent man in their rental car, punching a bouncer, or backing like a madman at a police dog, so it is none of your business.

He is insane for wanting continuity? Yet you continually provide the same disproven lies, over and over again, does that mean you are insane as well?

Is he wrong for choosing continuity over taking a chance with a new coordinator? Yes. But being wrong is not the same as being insane.

Why do you cornballs continue to mention the gators on this blog. Who cares if they never ever improve. When did they become Miami's measuring stick now. WOW

Kick Rocks

"How many more years until the university does something about 3/4 empty stadium."

Yankeemoron, it may surprise you to know that the Canes have played in near-empty stadiums, excluding big rivalry or marquee games, forever. Check the attendance at the OB when Miami was coming off of 2 NC's out of 3 years and see what you find.

What exactly would have the administration do? I mean specifically? And if your uncultured answer is "Fire Golden," well, the fans didn't come when Butch, Dennis, or Jimmy were here, what makes you think with Al here or someone else it would be any different. This market is completely different than all other college football markets outside of perhaps LA.

Get......a......clue.

Rivals.com has once again proven they are the most unreliable source concerning Miami Hurricanes football.

They were the group that breathlessly reported that John Gruden had accepted the Canes head coaching job after Shannon's departure.

One would think that after that debacle they would have learned something, but they've proven they don't learn from their mistakes as they breathlessly reported that Al Golden had accepted the Penn State job and would announce his departure today.

This type of so-called reporting is now seen in all segments from world events, politics, business, etc.

In the past passing along such an egregious story would have meant that all involved would be immediately terminated and become almost unemployable.

Now, they simply offer all the excuses for why they got it wrong and move on to the next story or in their case...fairytale!!

24 Recruits Golden has lost so far.....that's huge

alex collins - RB
denver kirkland - OL
terrell brooks - DT
matthew thomas - LB
jaynard bostwick - DT
keith bryant - DT
Eddie Johnson - LB
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
Dyron Dye – DL
Alin Edouard – QB
Raphael Kirby – LB
Dalvon Stuckey – DT
Demetrius Jackson – DE
Travonte Valentine – DT

Tracy Howard and Ereck Flowers on deck to leave....

Gallo, if you kill yourself today, I will add you to the list if you want.

Just, please, die.

Golden's conclusion that he should maintain continuity on defense is based on the premise that his defense has shown small improvements. However, the premise is false because when an analysis is conducted of how the defense performed in ACC play this year vs. last year, the defense in 2013 was actually worse in most categories. Golden's conclusion is based on a false premise and is therefore illogical.

Golden's plan to improve is simply to bring in better players to run his scheme. However, if your scheme is poor good players will only get you so far. We can only HOPE at this point that Golden knows what he is going. I guess after three years we will know if Golden and D'O are any good based on their plan going forward. I hope I am wrong, but time will tell I guess...

Huh? You mean there are 24 players that Miami has offered that are currently giving an oral commitment to another team or instead signed with another team after FOUR YEARS, for an average of six per year? That's not huge, that is standard operating procedure for all schools. How many Alabama recruits are going instead to other schools after four years? How many Louisville, VT, or Notre Dame recruits are going instead to other schools after four years? Yep, your blind eye doesn't see all those situations, but your hate spews out at anything having to do with the Canes.

al golden is not the right coach for this program. the team plays soft and the is no swag. the guy has done nothing

WELL GET READY FOR HELL AL. I for one just knew you were going to keep loser Elmer Fudd. I can see the banners flying now FIRE AL GOLDEN (my god like we really needed that). Not because your a bad coach, because your not. However, those clowns for coordinators you have chosen will be your down fall. This is not Temple dude. We don't play that crap here. We really really want to win. Think the stand are empty now, just wait. Beg all you want. I for one could care less. Mark has had 3 years AL 3 years. The defense is way worse now than when you got here. You Point to all those little stats to make your case. HERES WHAT MAKES MY CASE. 500 plus yards a game given up in 7 of the last 9 games. The Russel Ath. Bowl was the worst embarrassment I have had to live threw at a bowl game in my 30 years as a Canes fan (didn't go to the 2005 peach bowl thank god). My 5 year old daughter can call a game better than that. Better learn some new tricks Al. And YOU BETTER GET THAT DEFENSE TOGETHER NOW. Oh, and by the way we play Louisville again this year. I expect the same result. Won't matter who the QB is we make them all look great. How many times will the defense give up 500 yards this year AL? My guess? ALL OF THEM. And one more thing. We won 7 games this year not 9. FAU and SAV. St. does not count their div 2. Thats were we are. Looks about the same as last year. Better schedule a third creampuff Al if you plan on winning 8 or 9 this year. We're damn lucky we're not 6 and 6. RIGHT NOW THAT IS THE TRUE STATE OF THE U. Never been a better time to be at Miami? What the hell are you smoking?

rivals never reported that jon gruden accepted HC offer at UM.....put the bong down and go to class....

however this is what was reported....yesterday:

"Multiple sources told CaneSport.com and Blue White Illustrated, working in tandem on Saturday, that Golden had an agreement in principle to become Penn State's Head Coach. A press conference announcing the hire was set to take place on Monday. But overnight something happened that inspired Penn State to agree to talk to former Tennessee Titans coach Mike Munchak on Sunday morning. CaneSport had previously reported that Golden expected the deal finalized today. But when rumors of the Munchak flirtation circulated Sunday morning, sources told CaneSport that Golden informed Penn State that he wanted a contract to sign today. When it didn't happen by 4 p.m. - with pressure growing throughout South Florida - he backed out of the deal."

the sources both stood by the reporting yesterday:

"CaneSport ‏@CaneSport 5h
CaneSport stands by all reports on Golden / P. State romance. Deal blew up today when Golden pressed for contract to sign after Munchak leak"

your boy is a scum bag just like jedd was when he left UM high and dry and look what happened as a result.....

now he's f...cking with the fans by stubbornly not making any changes because blake s..cks his dick.....he played UM big time but everyone is letting him get away with it.....

but it wont matter...the stats will make his life miserable 2014

Sunny Dee, you are right. Rare is the team that can line up, and either on offense or defense, telegraph what they are going to do and still not get stopped.

We are definitely not at that level talent-wise, and so we should adjust our scheme until we reach that pinnacle, rather than run that pinnacle scheme with the idea that the players will get slotted in at some point.

Seems like the only one who's life is miserable here is yours, Gallo. But then again, you are a maggot.

bring in schiano now. he knows the program and he has the swag we lack. im not attending another game until golden resigns or gets fired. he is another larry coker. no clue or game management skills. pityful play on both sides of the ball

Good post Five. I agree with a lot of it, but do have some disagreements. I don't think he has put the best talent on the field at all times. Highsmith and Ambrister should not have been starting. I think he should have played Burns, McCord, Kirby, and AQM more this year. On the offensive side, I think Clements should have gotten more carries once Duke went down. I'll have to disagree with you on coordinator hires. First, as you said, D'O is enough for this category to be a "no." However, the Coley hire now also appears to be a question mark. He has never called plays before and making him the OC is a big gamble. He is a great recruiter, yes, and maybe he will develop into a great OC but we do not know for sure yet. I like Hurlie Brown on the staff, but I don't think he's best suited to coaching RBs. They never really replaced Terry Richardson. I'm on the fence with Barrow. I don't think the LBs have improved much over the last few years, but I'm not sure if it's him or the scheme. Cristobal in retrospect was a mistake and made UM look weak. At the time though, I thought it was a good move.

no all those left or decommitted in 2013....ONE YEAR

also add thomas finnie and gionni paul, thats 26

Fake Jim Gallo trusts those unnamed sources, and will even misquote them to his own benefit, yet when someone quotes the principals involved directly, he claims they are lying. Latest one is the claim that Golden put a 4PM ultimatumon the Lions, when his statement came out well before 4PM. Instead, Manny's claim that Golden's silence was a tell was dealt with in less than four hours, and shut up all the difference 9-11 conspiracy tinfoil hatters out there.

When proven wrong, he resorts to personal insults, drug references, and profanity.

And he wonders why he has no credibility.

I repeat ... Did you hear Golden with Joe Rose this morning ? This guying is pizzzin down our legs, pointing to the sky and telling us, "look, it's raining."


Cannot wait to hear the question posed to Golden if he was offered the Penn St. job and if he turned it down... A Direct question that Golden will sideswipe by saying,

it doesn't make a difference, I'm here at Miami for the long haul and ready to move forward....

Follow up question ? If you're here for the long haul Coach, why even entertain the job for many days and go through the interview process...

Uhhhh, hhhmmmm, haaaaaaa, at the end of the day, it's all part of the process. We've been through hard times here with the NCAA and we're now ready to move forward...

Final question. What do you plan do do about the defensive side of the ball and did Coach D'ohno get a contract raise and extension as has been leaked and being reported ?

That's a private matter between he and the University.

But of course, there's not one reporter that will pose any of those questions except for maybe Joe Rose, and he can't for fear of losing Golden on his Monday morning "reasons" why we lost and moving on to the process of how we need to get better show.

I was really hoping Golden was different, but these egocentric coaches are all the same bUllSh!t artists. Good luck Coach Golden. We all hope that U are able to lead the Canes back to glory. Please try starting with beating a team during the season that ends up finishing the season ranked. So far your 0-9 going into Ur 4th. year. Accountability and Results is all that matters now. The Honeymoon is over.

Posted by: Anthony | January 05, 2014 at 09:03 PM

Bostwick decommitted? Right off the bat, you list has holes in it.

Golden will be here until 2020. Those of you who can't stand him have 3 choices:

1) Get over it
2) Go away
3) Continue your non impactful pi$$ing and moaning

Oh, and "Rainman" Gallo, I got you down for 6-6 next year and Flowers and Howard leaving. When we do better than that and neither of those 2 leave, will you shrivel (further) and die? Please?

Nah, Gallo will just claim that his "sources" were right, but a last second change occurred. That has been his MO so far....

its accurate green pea....where is the players that all you bloggers were raving about that would take UM to a national championship?.....especially

alex collins - RB
terrell brooks - DT
matthew thomas - LB
Gabe Terry - LB
Robert Lockhart - WR
Sony Michel - RB
Jontavious Carter - WR
Danny Dillard - RB
Alin Edouard – QB
Raphael Kirby – LB
Demetrius Jackson – DE
Travonte Valentine – DT

shall we go back and pull your posts?

UM's defense is too complicated. It's employed in the NFL, but those guys play the game for a living. UM's players are not grasping their responsibilities as they should, and it shows when you see them out of position. Al Groh, who employed this defense, was fire by Ga. Tech because of the complexities of the defense his players were not picking up. U can't play a scheme that your players don't understand. I'll vomit if I have to watch another year of this defense wondering where they're supposed to be on the field.

Posted by: ChampCane | January 06, 2014 at 04:23 PM

You needed Barry to point out that Al was the one implementing the defense? That's been stated on this blog weeks ago. Al brought D'O to run HIS system.

al golden is done at UM.....you will see.....

Why are guys so anti gallo? I agree his lists are not accurate but he's not any different than the blogger who claims he's an ex um player and then goes on and on about what golden is thinking and feeling likes he's mind reader.

yep....tracy howard gone with flowers but you have it wrong, its 6-6 AT BEST

Whether pro or anti um a lie is a lie but it seems u guys like to pick and choose what u want to believe. Besides the list gallo has a better perspective on things than Zook the mind reading ex um player who constantly makes personal attacks on others

Huh'!

mountaincane, you did include me in your post.

Just as you did before and then had a problem when I pointed out how irrelevant your post was.

Like your pointless post today. My post was clear to what the point was in your edited post.

That was that Al Golden has never received the in depth examination of the lack of success on the football field. While the assistant coaches, who answer to him, are made out as the source of the team's failures.

Gallo, rather than pull posts, how about you pull the trigger to an AK-47 in your mouth.

Do us all a favor.

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