The Rathskeller, a University of Miami on-campus institution since 1973 and located in the Shalala Student Center, will host 560 WQAM’s Hurricane Hotline for the 2015 football season.
Fans are encouraged to join fifth-year head coach Al Golden, various assistant coaches and players each week during the 2015 football season. The Hurricane Hotline, hosted by Joe Zagacki and Don Bailey Jr., will air from 6-8 p.m. on 560 WQAM and WQAM.com.
This year, most Hurricane Hotline shows will occur on Monday nights with exceptions on Sept. 8 (Tuesday), Oct. 14 (Wednesday), Nov. 18 (Wednesday) and Nov. 24 (Tuesday). All dates may be subject to change.
2015 HURRICANE HOTLINE DATES
Monday, August 31
Tuesday, September 8 Monday, September 14 Monday, September 21 Monday, September 28
Monday, October 5 Wednesday, October 14 Monday, October 19 Monday, October 26
Monday, November 2 Monday, November 9 Wednesday, November 18 Tuesday, November 24
The Rathskeller, fondly referred to as the "Rat,” is a popular student meeting place that was built for the University of Miami students. The Rat serves great burgers, specialty foods, cold beverages and also is a venue for campus entertainment such as live bands, poetry slams and comedy acts.
The Rathskeller has something for everyone, and we mean everyone!
One tradition that we have established here at Canespace over the last nine years is that each year, when Fall practice starts and before the season begins, we ask bloggers to select their personal choices for what we like to call "Legends of the Fall".
This tradition actually started when CGNC, who is without a doubt a legend herself here on Canespace, started a series of player features with the same title. Years ago she wrote features about former UM players QB Kenny Dorsey and TE Jeremy Shockey and called them "Legends of the Fall".
In our fan selection process true "Legends of the Fall" are those players who the fans feel will have outstanding or "breakout" season for the Canes on offense and defense this year.
It's not about simply picking the Hurricanes' best players, but your personal favorites among the UM players apart from the usual suspects and most obvious stars. Some bloggers choose first or second year players who are likely to break on the scene as freshmen or sophomores.
There are your unusual selections and surprises like kicker, punter and lead body slammer Matt Bosher who just happened to be the Canes 2008 MVP. The man was an absolute beast on special teams but who woulda thunk it?
Other bloggers are more traditional or conservative in their picks and select juniors or seniors who are projected to finally have that one incredible breakout season that leads them to become a high round NFL draft selection.
These picks could really be any defensive or offensive player who may be primed to explode on the scene after a solid previous season or a spectacular Summer with Swasey. Offensive and defensive linemen may not be popular or sexy picks but they are just as eligible as any other position player.
And don't forget special teams standouts too who can change a game with that one big play that shifts the entire momentum of a game. Some bold predictions even result in selections of completely unexpected dark horse candidates for this honor like Sam Shields a few years ago.
If these long-shot picks actually play out, the blogger who picked them look like an absolute genius. This is the most risky, but potentially most rewarding, approach of all.
Then again if you decide to take a leap of faith on a player and they don't ball out like you might have hoped or expected then you might wind up like old time blogger Cat5 who selected LB Arthur Brown or SolarCane who selected WR Thearon Collier and then well, U know what happens then.
It's your choice. Here are the 2015 LOF rules:
Ineligible players on offense: QB Brad Kaaya
Ineligible players on defense: DB Deon Bush
Pick one player on offense and one player on defense.
Pick one freshman for "Freshman Impact Player of the Year".
Pick one assistant coach or coordinator for "Coach of the Year".
Now make your choices and you may win Canespace prizes and other fun stuff like tickets to a 2015 UM football, basketball or baseball game.
The Miami Hurricanes held the final scrimmage of #CanesCamp on Saturday night, competing on the Greentree Practice Fields.
The Canes worked efficiently, playing for three quarters while focusing on putting together all that they have learned over the course of #CanesCamp. Miami head coach Al Golden was happy to see his team get all their work in despite looming inclement weather.
“It was good,” Golden said. “We got a full third quarter in, and we got the number of reps we wanted to get - not quite a full game. I’m really happy where we are. We didn’t get anybody banged up. We got a chance to regroup tomorrow, get healed up and set the depth [chart].”
Miami quarterback Brad Kaaya felt the offense had a lot of positives on Saturday night, but knows they can always work to improve in different facets of their system.
“It went pretty well, pretty good,” Kaaya said. “I feel like we executed pretty well, and we’re just moving the ball fast. I feel like we’re cutting down on a lot of our penalties and turnovers. Just bad football, we’ve cut down a lot. There’s still stuff to work on, of course - we’ll watch the film tomorrow. But I feel like for the most part, the way we came out, we got a lot of things fixed and it ran really smooth.”
Defensive lineman Chad Thomas was proud of how his fellow defensive players performed on Saturday, noting that they had improved in several areas since the start of camp.
“We’re trying to get a lot more heads to the ball, and we’re playing faster, and we got a positive attitude,” Thomas said. “We’re communicating more on the field, so we’re getting the plays down. So, everybody will know the play and everybody will know their assignment – their job. So, all we got to do is just line up and play football.”
University of Miami coaches and student-athletes will be on full display as the department will play host to its annual #CanesFest celebration on Saturday, Aug. 29 from 4-6 p.m.
The event is open to the public and will allow fans to gain access to the Hurricanes’ athletic facilities, including the Schwartz Center, Greentree Practice Field, Cobb Stadium, the Knight Gym and UM Sports Hall of Fame.
#CanesFest also will feature an autograph session with UM coaches and student-athletes from various sports, including members of the 2015 Miami Hurricanes football team. The official #CanesFest poster is the only item that student-athletes may sign during the autograph session.
Fans who are looking to obtain autographs from this year’s football team must pick up a voucher to gain access for football autographs. Fan autograph vouchers will be distributed from 3-3:45 p.m. in front of the Schwartz Center.
Coach and student-athlete autographs will run from 4-5 p.m.
This year’s #CanesFest will feature -Interactive games -Pictures with Sebastian and the Miami Maniac -The inflatable field goal kick challenge courtesy of the Orange Bowl -Giveaways for kids -A chance to run through the helmet the football team runs through on gameday -Photo opportunities with the new uniforms -New adidas gear will be on sale courtesy of the UM Bookstore -The UM Sports Hall of Fame will be open from 3-7 pm
Food will be available for purchase from Pizza Zilla, Che Grill and Jefe’s Tacos from 3:30-6:30 p.m. outside the Schwartz Center.
Fans planning on attending #CanesFest should park at Ponce Garage where buses will transport fans from the garage to the Hecht Center from 3-7 p.m.
With Miami’s set to open the season on Sept. 5 against Bethune-Cookman, head coach Al Golden laid out the plans for his team as they close out #CanesCamp and move into game prep.
“This is moving day; today and tomorrow are moving days, if you’re going to do it,” Golden said. “Thursday is basically a walkthrough, Friday is game simulation for 40 minutes, but we’re not evaluating anybody there, and then the game is Saturday night. So, this afternoon and tomorrow, if you’re going to move, it’s time to move because when we wake up Sunday, we’re setting a team – and not that guys can’t grow and develop, and some guys are better in October than they are right now, certainly. But, we got to move forward.”
Defensive back Dallas Crawford is excited about how the team has performed this preseason. The senior believes the 2015 Hurricanes are as deep as they have ever been in his tenure in Coral Gables.
“There’s depth everywhere – every position, especially at safety,” Crawford said. “Like I said earlier, we have five safeties that can go into the game at any time and hold their own. But at receiver, there’s a lot of depth, at linebacker, there’s a lot of depth, and the D -line – there’s more depth than there’s ever been since I’ve been here, so it’s great right now.”
Today I begin my tenure as president of the University of Miami. My arrival coincides with the start of a new academic cycle. One of the most wonderful aspects of university life is its sense of constant renewal. The opening of each semester brings to campus an influx of new students, faculty, and staff. Like many of you, I, too, start a new phase of my life today. I arrive with fresh ideas, shared aspirations, and boundless excitement to join the past and current members of the U community in a common journey.
I feel honored to serve as the sixth president of this great institution. Since being named by the Board of Trustees last April, I have spent time immersing myself in the University’s history. I have been impressed by the pivotal role it has played in the growth and prosperity of this city, this region, and beyond. Equally impressive are the contributions that our faculty, staff, students, alumni, and donors have made to advancing research, scholarship, and mutual understanding around the globe. As the University launches into its tenth decade, I believe this is a perfect opportunity to look back at where we have been, to make a close assessment of where we are today, and to use these vantage points to define a roadmap toward our second century.
The University of Miami’s story—past, present, and future—is a collective narrative told by the thousands of individuals who have developed the education, research, service, and spirit of community that are our hallmark. As part of my first 100 days in office, I am initiating an intensive listening project, and I invite you to share with me your aspirations and hopes for the U.
My first Town Hall meeting on September 10 will offer an opportunity to hear from you and to learn about the many ways in which we can build on our rich legacy to take the University of Miami to its second century. At that meeting we will define a structured process to collect, collate, and synthesize the suggestions from all members of our community.
The focus on our possibilities and promise must be firmly grounded in our history. In that spirit, I would like to thank my predecessors in the president’s office for their visionary leadership and dedication. I am indebted to President Emerita Donna Shalala for taking the University to unprecedented heights.
Finally, I am also very grateful for the warm welcome that my family and I have received from our new U community. I feel a bit like a freshman myself, unpacking boxes and anticipating what the years ahead will hold for all of us who will call this remarkable institution our home.
I extend my own welcome to all new and returning students, faculty, and staff.
Together, we will write the University of Miami’s next chapter.
Here we go again! October is the month that you have all been waiting for.
The Canespace football extravaganza is coming to a location near you soon.
This is the five day, sports focused weekend, that will extend from October 15-19 in the Florida Keys. The game is vs Virginia Tech on Saturday, 10/17/15 at Sun Life Stadium with tailgate party as always.
But later on, Terrance will find himself swimming with the sharks.
While KYCane will is catching a sunburn, Judson will find himself catching some fish if not spending time kayaking with the dolphins and manatees.
RaizeCane will drink at least 5 gallons of Captain and Coke (see photo below).
NativeCane, even without his trusty chainsaw nearby, is always lurking in the shadows, and is sure to raise some serious attention wherever he goes.
I am begging the rest of you to PLEASE not attend this event.
No, really, and seriously, you can't handle the truth, so please do not go.
No matter what you plan to do, please plan to do something else.
You cannot participate in this event and you certainly have no ability to handle this party. This is almost certain and you are going to have to just trust me!
When Randy Shannon took over as head coach for the fired Larry Coker at the University of Miami in 2007 most if not all of the Hurricane fans, UM alumni and current and former UM players were absolutely certain that things were going to change for the better in Coral Gables.
Yet after four years of at the helm Coach Shannon and his Miami football team appeared to be stuck in the movie "Groundhog Day" where the same scenario just keeps repeating itself over and over again year after year.
Let's take a look at one game from 2007 and 2010 as a microcosim of the bigger picture of what happened at UM over the last several years.
In 2007, during Randy Shannon's first season as Head Coach of the University of Miami, his team lost more games than they won. That year your Miami Hurricanes finished 5-7. But three games before the season was over his team had already quit on him. In the final game in the historic Orange Bowl the Virginia Cavaliers not only beat but humiliated the Miami Hurricanes 48-0.
That night in the Orange Bowl, home of the 58 straight and three National Championships Shannon was coaching against a very experienced if not very good head coach in Al Groh. Groh has been coaching since 1967, had extensive NFL experience and was primed to beat a first year greenhorn in Randy Shannon and his uncommitted team.
And so it was.
Groh humiliated Shannon on his home turf with a UVA team that went on to finish 9-4 that year. That final game at the Orange Bowl not only left a mark on Hurricane fans who were there that night (I was) but you would have thought that it would have left a serious impression on the Miami players and coaching staff, especially first year coach Randy Shannon.
You might also think that the typical coach would get angry, or embarrassed or whatever someone feels when they are humiliated in front of their family, friends and fans. But not Randy Shannon.
You see in 2007 the Miami landscape was ripe with excusues: Shannon was a first year head coach learning on the job. He had inherited a team full of "Cokerites", inferior players recruited by former coach Larry Coker. He had weak assistant coaches (some that he had selected or promoted).
Unfortunately for Groh he followed up the Team Shannon beatdown in 2007 with 3-8 and 4-7 seasons and by the end of 2009 he was fired by UVA. He now works as the Defensive Coordinator at Georgia Tech. Oh well, so much for Groh being a great head coach.
In 2010 after four years as head coach Miami's Randy Shannon once again faced the same Virginia Cavaliers, this time under first year head coach Mike London. After four solid years of recruiting, practicing and coaching you would have assumed that Team Shannon would have his team ready to face the lowly Cavaliers who were now in the way of Miami's first ACC title.
You would have though that Shannon would be relentless against his former nemesis and be ready and willing to pound them into submission. Like 48-0 submision. A beat down and humiliation much like the one he himself had suffered back in 2007 at the Beautiful Old Lady that lived on NW 7th Street.
You would have been wrong.
Shannon, arms crossed and staring down first year coach Mike London across the field, and now in his fourth year and his team unfortunately never showed up. Actually that's not completely accurate. They were there, at the stadium in their uniforms, but they played as if the wore shorts and flip flops and as though their minds were on South Beach rather than in Charlottesville.
How does that happen? After four years of recruiting, four years of change, four years of competition in practice, four years of games that mattered?
Shannon and his team were down 24-0 at the half. To a Virginia team that was 3-4 and 0-3 in the ACC coming into the game. Instead of having the expected cakewalk of a game the Hurricanes were down by 24 points at halftime.
Mike London took over a UVA team in turmoil, much like Shannon had in 2007. He had little if any talent and less momentum going into the game against Miami. Yet he notched his biggest win to date in his career against Miami and fourth year head coach Randy Shannon.
London did it much like Al Groh had done back in 2007 when Shannon was still a first-year head coach. And it was done so easily, by London and his players who showed no remorse and no shame. Except at the expense of the Miami Hurricanes football team and their head coach Randy Shannon who was fired at the end of the season.
Then new Hurricanes head coach Al Golden took over the reigns at Miami and hoped to resurrect the talent, tradition and teams of years past. All Hurricanes fans hoped that in the ensuing years that it would no longer feel like Groundhog Day did in 2007 or 2011.
Well it still does. But we hope that this year in 2015, that the bad movie ends, and ends with a bang. Otherwise, it may just fade to black and a restart of the movie, credits and all, will begin in 2016.