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August 23, 2012

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86Cane

Canespace welcomes Michael Casagrande to the Blog to answer fans questions for the first time in a LIVE chat SoFL!

Laquinton

Good questions 86 ! Michael, what do you think the mindset of the team is going into the first game of the season ?

ByCasagrande

They're saying the right things, but everyone does in late August. Their mindset in mid-September should be the real concern.

Felipe

Which coach (excluding Fisch) impresses you the most so far & why?

ByCasagrande

I really enjoy Art Kehoe coach the offensive line. He's creative in criticism. And funny. I could watch him bark at the big uglies all day.

86Cane

Casagrande...where does a guy get a name like that? LOL

Thanks for joining us tonight here at Canespace. U chose Allen Hurns and Mike James for your Legends of the Fall?

What about defense?

ByCasagrande

Well, I got my name from my father's family.

On defense, Anthony Chickillo impresses me the most. He just looks like a football player. He walks like a football player. He hits like a football player. There are too many question marks elsewhere.

86Cane

Your impression of Al Golden and the UM football program today is...

86Cane

Among the UM beat writers who among them has reached out to help U learn the ropes at UM? More importantly who has guided U to the best places to eat in SoFL?

ByCasagrande

Al Golden seems to be an interesting guy. His personality seems to mesh well with the young players since he's just a few years past 40 himself. After covering Nick Saban, I'm still getting used to all the smiling.

The program as a whole is a more complicated situation. There's a need for stability that's not completely there yet.

Laquinton

Which freshman besides the Tracy Howard,Duke Johnson and Malcom Lewis stands out to you the most ?

ByCasagrande

Just about all of the beat writers have reached out in some way. It's a competitive environment, but there's no reason we can't get along. I'm still feeling my way through the food spots. Recommendations are welcomed.

ByCasagrande

On the freshmen, it's hard to really tell in the short time we get to watch practice. Ereck Flowers is obviously doing something right to earn the starting job at right tackle.

86Cane

In your interview with us U stated that UM wins 5 maybe 6 games in 2012. If they win 8 games before the final game against Duke will U wear a Canespace shirt in the press box to Durham?

ByCasagrande

But thanks for the offer.

86Cane

The program as a whole is a more complicated situation. There's a need for stability that's not completely there yet.

Posted by: ByCasagrande | August 23, 2012 at 09:20 PM

Well said and agree completely.

86Cane

Duke Johnson is going to be President of the United States in 2016. But until then can he at least be nominated to win the Heisman Trophy at UM?

orange 'n green in the vein

Thanks for stopping by tonight Mike and welcome to the Hurricane beat. How many wins should Al Golden have to bag this year to be considered for one of those mythical 'lifetime' extensions this year? Is it more than six? Tell me it's more than six.

ByCasagrande

It's unfair to use the H-word about anyone before he's played a single college game. Let's see how he handles September before printing t-shirts.

86Cane

Why did Saban fail with the Miami Dolphins but turn around to excel at Alabama? What is his strongest attribute?

AbUlIcCaNe

what's good gang??
do you think our deficiency in DT's will hurt our unproven secondary??

ByCasagrande

In reality, there's no such thing as a lifetime extension. They might have a year and a number on a contract, but it's year to year either way. Maybe I'm being cynical, but hey, I'm a journalist. That's my job.

Da U N Houston

Is it me or was Luke K. For BC the only player that stood out for BC. Yeah the QB was nice, but that's it. It's just amazing how much credit is being given to BC this year minus Kuechly n their TE
Game recap in summary:
Luke Kuechly everywhere, int for TD.
The other 2 ofvBC TD's went to TE Chris Pantale who is out 8 weeks.
Jacory H. 4, yes 4 picks

Sorry, but looking at the highlights of last year I don't see why so many folks are picking us to lose this game.

Save your projections and enjoy the process!

Laquinton

I dont really think that Saban "failed" with the Dolphins. He just wanted to coach college.

orange 'n green in the vein

86, unlimited salary cap in the SEC is his strongest attribute. Oh, you meant as a football coach.

ByCasagrande

Saban failed in the NFL and rose again in college because he can be a messiah-figure there. Pros don't want to take all that yelling and screaming from someone who gets paid less. The college kids have more to lose if they blow him off. He's built to be a college coach, and let's be honest, he's pretty good at it. His strongest attribute is his self discipline and its infectious nature.

86Cane

Brandon Odoi from CaneInsider called 4-8.

Gary Ferman of Canesport called it at 8-4.

U seem to be in the middle at 6-6.

Is that accurate?

ByCasagrande

I'm getting behind. On the DTs: Yes, If there's a weakness in one level of the defense, the domino effect his hurt the other two. Why did Alabama win two national titles in three years? A big part of it was controlling the line of scrimmage. Auburn did the same in '10.

Laquinton

Michael, what do you think the strongest position is on this UM team for both offense and defense ?

orange 'n green in the vein

Come on Mike, I'm not asking you as a journalist, we've been told by others in this series that six wins should get the guy a lifetime extension offer, no 'quotes', how many should he really have to get to have an outstandingly impressive season this year in your opinion? For me, it's 14.

ByCasagrande

Strongest position? It's hard to say. I really want to see this team play twice before making judgments. I'm strange. I need eye-ball evidence before putting my reputation on it.

The Dude

Casagrande,

Is the freshman talent level on par w/ what you have seen @ Bama?

orange 'n green in the vein

Posted by: ByCasagrande | August 23, 2012 at 09:35 PM

That's a good answer actually. That plus the unlimited SEC salary cap = wins.

ByCasagrande

Sorry, I can only answer as a journalist. I don't think either side -- coach or school -- is truly married to each other for life. There are too many variables in this case. Four letters starting with N and ending in CAA could be a factor in all this. Just my opinion.

ByCasagrande

The Dude: It's all the same in light practice drills. The difference at 'Bama is the freshmen aren't usually expected to perform right away. They can learn then play. The 'Canes might not have that luxury this year. But, again, ask me in two weeks.

The Dude

Were you there for the tornado last year? I was in Meridian, MS. My base sent a bunch of sailors to help w/ the clean up.

AbUlIcCaNe

is there a specific attribute that's still missing in UM's locker room after being around a winning program the last few years??

ByCasagrande

I was in Alabama for the tornado last year and it was a life-changing experience. No damage to me or my property, but witnessing tragedy like that can change your perspective on life and humanity.

The Dude

Casagrande,

We've heard alot this year about U Tough and how good the players look coming out of the weight room. Based on what you've seen, do these Canes pass the eyeball test?

ByCasagrande

Not sure what goes on in the locker room. They don't let us in there anymore. But there's a vibe in the Alabama football complex that smells like confidence. It's not cockiness, but success breeds a certain aura.

ByCasagrande

The eyeball test is easily deceptive. You might look at me and think I'm a male model, but that's not true. But they look impressive in certain spots.

ByCasagrande

And to clarify, I've never been confused for a model of any kind.

The Dude

Like what spots?

ByCasagrande

The offensive line looks impressive. If Seantrel Henderson actually practiced, he'd be one of the most impressive offensive linemen in the country.

86Cane

And to clarify, I've never been confused for a model of any kind.

Posted by: ByCasagrande | August 23, 2012 at 09:48 PM

U so funny! Good to see a sense of humor in a media guy covering ther Canes. Most have been beaten down over the last 7 years that they are ducking and weaving at every joke thrown.

The Dude

And thanks for clarifying on the male model thing.

ByCasagrande

I don't take myself too seriously. I write about kids playing games.

ByCasagrande

By the way, if anyone has Twitter, check out @ByCasagrande. That's me.

The Dude

Can you compare the pace of practice at Alabama to that of Miami. Butch Davis' practices were notoriously fast.

AbUlIcCaNe

Casagrande,Who wins in a fist fight Golden or Saban??

ByCasagrande

Well, at Alabama, everything was choreographed down to how they drank water. It was a machine and nobody stood still except the kickers. Miami has some of the same elements, but it's not quite the theater Saban creates.

The Dude

Golden is in a different weight class. He should destroy Saban.

solarcane

c mac killing it

pick 6

ByCasagrande

Great question. Golden has the youth and reach. But Saban has that West Virginia scrap. And I bet he fights dirty.

Laquinton

Anybody watching Colin McCarthy doing work with the Titans agaisnt Kevin Kolb just had a INT to the house !

ByCasagrande

(I was totally kidding about Nick fighting dirty. Please don't tell him I said that. Please.)

The Dude

Around here we know Saban fights dirty.

AbUlIcCaNe

I'll tell him I said it!

86Cane

Mike...talk about your BIG plans for your blog at the SS? Links?

UpNorthCane

Mr. Casagrande,

I will be at the UM vs BC game ur more then welcomed
To come get a bite as i will be tailgating and drinking just a tad loll...

How does it feel to cover UM, knowing there is so much rich history? Do you think UM will be a top player next year? Or even maybe as early as this year??

86Cane

Please don't tell him I said that. Please.

Posted by: ByCasagrande | August 23, 2012 at 09:57 PM

As long as U agree to weekly chats like this for LIFE then I think we can keep it on the "down low"?

ByCasagrande

My big plan is to carpet bomb you people with everything I think you'll find interesting. Video, pictures, practice notes, Springsteen lyrics, it'll all be there.

roachcane77

Michael,

Thank you for your coverage of our Canes!

Hope your 6-6 prediction is about 3 or 4 wins short of where we end up.

(Kind of a similar question to one earlier, but slightly different.) Can you give us any insight into what you've seen at our practices as to how they're run compared to other practices you've witnessed at other institutions? (Besides the Al Golden smiling more part.)

AbUlIcCaNe

Oh, I forgot that his wife does all the fighting!
I second that 86.(chats)

ByCasagrande

Wow, somebody called me Mr. Casagrande. I think my dad is in bed and he won't be at the BC game.

I'll be there, though. Drop me an email. [email protected]

Covering UM is quite a trip. It's very different from Alabama, but that's not bad thing. Not sure. Probably not.

ByCasagrande

About practice, we see about the same 15 minutes of uninteresting drills everywhere. It's really difficult to make any informed decisions based on what we're seeing here, there or anywhere. Those who pretend to make real evaluations are blowing a little bit of hot air. It's designed to show us as little as possible. I wish that wasn't the case.

86Cane

Yo Mikey...U are a real stand up kinda guy. Thanks for your time here at Canespace. We appreciate U taking your own personal time out to chat with REAL UM fans.

Next time we'll plan to bring the snacks and beverages to have a real party. Well done my friend, well done.

ByCasagrande

Question for you folks: What do you want to see beat writers cover more? (And don't tell me positive news. I cover the news whether it's good or bad.)

UpNorthCane

I agree Casagrande has that UM SWAG , he killed it tonight!!!

86Cane

I guess more in-depth stories about the players. Not just "Are they starting" but who they REALLY are as people.

Then also about schemes and strategies, real intense FOOTBALL talk. Deep analysis of the offense and defensive schemes, game plans that worked and failed (after games).

The Dude

Question for you folks: What do you want to see beat writers cover more?

LOCAL RECRUITING!!!

ByCasagrande

Good suggestions. I would really love to dig deeper into the personalities of the athletes. It can be difficult with the interview schedule, but I'll see if I can work around it.

The Dude

I concure 86. Special matchups too. And I hate statistics.

86Cane

What we get from UM media is the very basics: The score, the stats, the comments.

NO CRITICAL ANALYSIS OF THE COACHING, THE CALLS, THE PLAYS AND THE OUTCOME!

solarcane


Question for you folks: What do you want to see beat writers cover more?

mostly each others azzes

ByCasagrande

Ahh, recruiting. I'll do my best, but that's a separate job itself. The current players/coaches make for 13 hour days already.

AbUlIcCaNe

ok, I'd like to see you cover Malcom Lewis on a hitch route!
just keep doing yo thing and come back here once in a while! thank you for al the 411.

ByCasagrande

Good feedback. I'm always interested in opinions from outside the bubble.

ByCasagrande

I've done athlete challenges in the past and learned my lesson in a video feature I did with a softball pitcher once. She made a chick out of me. I'd hate to see what Malcolm Lewis would do.

AbUlIcCaNe

cover brian london then!

ByCasagrande

If that's all, I'm going to get back to building my hurricane bunker.

86Cane

Mikey...OK, U are officially off the hook until next time. We love U man, good times, good convo. Now get back to work and bring us the news we can use!

Post a blog link and Twitter handle again?

ByCasagrande

Thanks for having me. The blog: http://www.trbimg.com/img-50325a56/turbine/sfl-miami-hurricanes-blog-graphic-header-20120820/950

Twitter: @ByCasagrande

Thanks for the company and BaBa Booey to you all.

The Dude

One last question...

Fiesta Bowl, 2003, pass interference?

86Cane

cover brian london then!

Posted by: AbUlIcCaNe | August 23, 2012 at 10:16 PM

LMAO!

ByCasagrande

Pass interference? Of course it was

ByCasagrande

...not the right call.

86Cane

BIG HOUSE U ROCK!

AbUlIcCaNe

how you doing 86?
Not sure if you remember me, but I still have a pic we took together at the spring game a few years ago. I'll send it to you...

The Dude

:) Your alright in my book!

86Cane

This guy has the goods. I am VERY impressed.

CaneRock

About practice, we see about the same 15 minutes of uninteresting drills everywhere. It's really difficult to make any informed decisions based on what we're seeing here, there or anywhere. Those who pretend to make real evaluations are blowing a little bit of hot air. It's designed to show us as little as possible. I wish that wasn't the case.

Posted by: ByCasagrande | August 23, 2012 at 10:04 PM

I don't know Mr. Casagrande, with the time costraints these coaches have, I don't think they have the luxury to burn 15 minutes.

And question: Is it me, or does Nick Saban look like the guy on the Papa John's pizza box?

The Dude

Its not just you.

86Cane

Where else but The Space?

The Dude

McCarthy's pick was a joke by Kolb. He threw it right at McCarthy. Kolb was never going to throw it anywhere else.

SJMPARMAN

Nice job by Casagrande! It is nice to have an honest (ok his prediction hurt a tad) look from someone who is neither a homer or jaded member of the local press. I like his perspective. It is good to have fresh eyes on the Hurricane scene.

I also agree with him that the limitation on access to the practices does not benefit him doing his job or us following the team. For a team struggling to improve its fan base it is a policy that makes little sense. I wish Golden would open up at least a couple of days of practice a week to the local media.

86Cane

A million thanks to Michael Casagrande from the Sun-Sentinel for joining us tonight for another one of our now relatively famous Canespace LIVE chats.

He held up the tradition of excellence established by Manny Navarro and Susan Miller-Degnan over the past five years.

Thanks again to "The New Guy" for bringing U the news U can use.

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