- Nothing good happens after midnight.
- Go to class and get good grades.
- Treat yourself and others with respect.
- Do NOT get arrested or carry a firearm.
Orientation To UM Football 101: Go to class, follow the rules, study hard, practice hard, play harder and good things are bound to happen to you at UM.
Then, after four years on campus, you should have your college degree and a bright future ahead of you in the NFLU or in the real world of business if your talent does not take you that far.
In fact, the Hurricanes have done so well in the classroom under Shannon that they were selected along with Notre Dame for the prestigious AFCA 2009 Award for academic excellence:
The University of Miami and University of Notre Dame will share the American Football Coaches Association's 2009 Academic Achievement Award, which is presented by the Touchdown Club of Memphis. Miami and Notre Dame recorded a 100 percent graduation rate for members of its freshman football student-athlete class of 2002. This is the eighth honor for Notre Dame and the first for Miami since the award's inception.
This year's award marks the second time the NCAA's Graduation Success Rate (GSR) formula has been used to select the winner. From 1981 to 2007 the award was presented based on a formula used by the College Football Association and AFCA.
The Academic Achievement Award was established by the College Football Association in 1981. The award recognized the CFA-member Football Bowl Subdivision institution with the highest graduation rate among members of its football team. When the CFA disbanded in 1997 the AFCA stepped in to present the award and conduct a graduation rate survey that encompassed all members of the FBS.
Sounds simple right? Sounds like common sense, correct? Certainly all 85 smart and talented student-athletes on football scholarships at the University Miami could get that.
Well not so fast my friend! Apparently, some players at Miami may have the brawn but not enough brains under their helmets and may have issues with meeting these requirements.
Yesterday it was reported by Manny Navarro of the Miami Herald that there were rumors swirling around the Internet that WR Thearon Collier, DE Steven Wesley and LB Jordan Futch (seen above with one of his favorite Canespacers) may have academic problems or other issues and may face disciplinary actions from Shannon.
Read Manny's entire blog feature on the troubling situation by clicking here:
Some believe that it is possible that the same fate could await Collier. Collier (seen at right flashing The U) is apparently set to meet with UM coaches on Monday to review his situation.
We have learned from other sources that Collier may have already been having issues related to his academic performance and off-season conditioning before other issues are alleged to have occurred off the field.
According to one source it is believed that Jordan Futch may also be dealing with academic issues. The source indicated that Futch was tearing it up on the practice field, but not so much in the classroom. He may be facing a suspension for the first two games of the season against FAMU and @ Ohio State.
With UM thin at the linebacker position and Futch a projected starter at OLB this suspension may have the biggest impact on the Hurricanes' season.
Stay tuned for breaking news and other updates as we get them.