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December 17, 2012

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8th Man in the Box

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86Cane

Sebastian5706...I fixed the last blog. Please email me to discuss:

canespace86@aol.com

roachcane77

86... check your email.

Nice article. (And title, of course.)

Hope you feel better soon.

Brevardcane

Soup did barrow say if EJ is heading in the right direction now?

Brevardcane

We dont need him missing anymore games

86Cane

Barrow did not mention EJ and I forgot to ask. Prolly confidential anyway.

orange 'n green in the vein

Clinton Portis, upset at this state championship final score.

OGV, not upset at this state championship final score.

This is from Feldman's most recent column;

"From @Frizz527: Is Duke Johnson a dark horse Heisman candidate in 2013?

Johnson should be a legit candidate given how spectacular he was when he was healthy in his true freshman season. Johnson battled turf toe and some other nagging injuries at mid-season. but by November, he was closer to 100 percent and ripped off 100-yard rushing performances in three of Miami's final four games. He averaged 8.8 yards per rush in those games.

Obviously, if a guy is going to be a true Heisman contender, his team needs to be better than 7-5 (see Marqise Lee). The Canes should be improved in 2013, but how much better? Miami returns almost every player of note in 2013. The D, O-line and receivers should be much stronged as should QB Stephen Morris. If they can win more than nine games in 2013, Johnson can certainly be a factor in the Heisman race given his explosiveness and production. Look for him to continue to blossom as he gets bigger and stronger. After the season, a UM staffer remarked how Johnson is as mature as any freshman that he has ever been around. If the Canes become a national factor again, Johnson figures to be the headliner of that resurgence."

Terrance Sullivan

A lot of talent in the
305, 954, and 561. Our Canes gotta get our fair share of the great players outta Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and West Palm Beach. Canes 4 life.

Ohio_Cane

Recruiting update: I'm calling Beau Sandland to UM.

No insider stuff, just listening close and reading between the lines. Would be a HUGE get for Golden and staff.

Ohio_Cane

Recruiting: OL Sonny Odogwu (Prep school) had a great time on his visit this weekend, according to Peter Ariz.

Expect him to commit to Kehoe, who loves him.

CaneRock

What's the word on Finnie?
Is He unofficially kicked off the team, or is it a wait-n-see type deal?
I just figured if He was gonna get kicked off, it would've happened by now, or we would've heard about it by now...

Ohio_Cane

Recruiting: For those worried about Jamal Carter because he visited LSU... Don't.

3 of his closest friends said there's no way he'd flip from UM. Plus 3 coaches met him at the airport before he left.

Love this staff!

Ohio_Cane

Recruiting: After losing AJL to grades (Marshall), the full court press is on Coley. FSU is still the favorite, but I don't doubt him flipping to UM. No lock, but we're in it.

LB

Assuming with what we know holds, this is Golden's third year with his players and we should start to see some tangible results in 2013.

1. We have an excellent out of conference schedule, playing FAU, UF, USF, and FSU's sloppy seconds (Savannah State).

2. The Randy Shannon classes are now out of the UM roster or have transcended into the Golden era.

3. We have a successful QB with a returning offensive line, an awesome tailback, and return 6 of the 8 leading receivers (James and Davon Johnson graduate).

4. The top 5 leading tacklers return (we hope).

- I still don't trust the tight end position. Hello Standish Dobard.
-The "dropped passes" disease which have loomed over the UM program since 2005 needs to be removed from the vocabulary.
- We need a pass rush.
- Replace the kickers.

It could be a very, very interesting year in 2013. It's also the first year when we have an excellent sample of what Golden can really do. Most importantly, the schedule works in his favor as the ACC sucks.

http://www.fbschedules.com/ncaa-13/acc/2013-miami-hurricanes-football-schedule.php

I actually think the ceiling can be as high as 11 games. I also think it's reasonable to put the floor at 8 given the weakness of the conference, though this is extremely early.
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UM better get its BCS mojo on soon, else the BCS may vote to chuck the ACC out of the equation. I actually think Northern Illinois has a shot to beat the Seminoles, given their abysmal record in big games.

Ohio_Cane

CR, I believe it's still a "indefinite suspension" situation as of now

CaneRock

CR, I believe it's still a "indefinite suspension" situation as of now

Posted by: Ohio_Cane | December 18, 2012 at 09:28 AM

Thanks.

CaneRock

And Ohio_Cane, do you think we land that Michael Parker kid that SOUP brings up from time to time?

I like His size and speed...

Ohio_Cane

And Ohio_Cane, do you think we land that Michael Parker kid that SOUP brings up from time to time?

I like His size and speed...

Posted by: CaneRock | December 18, 2012 at 09:44 AM
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I sure hope so, but it doesn't look great.

Mike was actually brought to our attention months ago when the staff started looking at him before any recruiting sites even had him ranked.

It was info from that "fake hood insider" via email. Cornbread loves this kid.

That's when 86 originally brought it up.

Ohio_Cane

PS - Beau Sandland is announcing his decision between us and ASU tomorrow at 11:30 am. Will post it here when it happens.

Ohio_Cane

Alquadin Muhammed - ND is still the favorite, but the Canes are in it after his visit.

Watch the highlights and feel free to drool about him being opposite Chick/Mccord...

http://espn.go.com/college-sports/football/recruiting/player/videos/_/id/143535/alquadin-muhammad

The Dude

Again,
Hassan knows what's up. That is all.

LB

"What's the word on Finnie?
Is He unofficially kicked off the team, or is it a wait-n-see type deal?
I just figured if He was gonna get kicked off, it would've happened by now, or we would've heard about it by now..."

He's done. It's a freaking shame, too. All the rest are formalities.

As for Sandland, I'd say Arizona State has a slight edge due to location. But with Golden and UM's need at the position, it's up in the air. 50/50.

Muhammad? Don Bosco players are hard to come by, especially since our recent record. Golden is quickly bridging that gap. I'd say ND gets him, unless the Irish coaching staff has a turnover now until NSD.

Good to get Bond. Is his projection DE or OLB? The "other" sites say 230, but what is he really?

The Dude

Who is the troll?

LB

Canesinsight latest board:

http://canesinsight.com/content.php?1002-CanesInSight-Big-Board-(12-18)

In short:
- More confirmation that Olsen is trying to get in early (yay!)
- Slowly gaining ground on Collins
- Long shot for Green
- Big jump for Coley
- Low chance for Cunningham
- Excellent shot for Sandland
- Kirkland around 55%. Grades mentioned.
- Odogwu's favorite seems to be UM
- Gaining ground on Bryant
- Excellent shot, and increasing for Bostwick
- Almost no shot for Bain
- Low chances for Toby Johnson and Hooks
- Slightly dwindling for Tim Williams
- Big jump in interest for Muhammad (but still behind)
- Nice and steady shot with Thomas
- Grace. "Would be shocked if he doesn’t pick Miami, the question is when?"
- Michael Parker. Almost no shot. Freaking shame.
- Serious interest by Robinson

herbieibis

LB,
I think Bonds is more in the 220-225 range.
Mohammed less than 20%.
Sandland wouldn't hurt my feelings if he goes to ASU, we got other needs besides a 4TH TE. The last time I looked we only play with one football. If we get anybody JUCCO, he needs to be on DEE!

herbieibis

Dang, flip over to Canesport and low and behold if we don't have another TE from a Jucco coming to visit in late January, Brandon Vandenburg, I believe is his name. What is the deal?

UMike

2014 LB Vincent Jackson MAY have committed or will soon

UMike

Ok maybe he didnt lol... But he is visiting and said he told one of our current commits to commit lol

UMike

Travis johnson is his teammate

Ohio_Cane

Herbie, to be fair, Sandland would come in and vie for immediate playing time. I'm talking possible starter over Walford, Dobard, etc.

Golden has a plan. They're not just going to sign 5 te's with no plan

UMike

Perhaps they want to use a lot of two te sets like new england.. And i think one or two will become OL like fox and winston etc

CaneRock

Wow, I didn't know Kurt Thomas was a Rocket:

Kurt Bilteaux Thomas (born March 29, 1956 in Miami, Florida) is an American Olympic gymnast.

While at Indiana State University in Terre Haute, Indiana, Thomas became a member of the US Olympic team at the 1976 Summer Olympics. In 1978, Thomas was the first American male gymnast to win a gold medal in floor exercise in a world championship. In 1979 he became the first gymnast to receive the James E. Sullivan Award for the best amateur athlete in the US and earned six medals at the World Championships, including gold on the horizontal bar and floor exercise, and silver in the all-around, parallel bars, and pommel horse. He was expected by many[who?] to win a gold medal at the 1980 Summer Olympics, but the games were boycotted by the United States government. Two gymnastic moves were named for him, the Thomas Flair, a pommel horse move and the Thomas salto, his signature skill on floor exercise, a tucked 1.5 backward salto with 1.5 twist into a roll out (a difficult and dangerous skill even by today's standards). The Thomas Flair on pommel horse, and then also performed on floor, was developed over years by several Pommel Horse specialists. But in gymnastics new moves are named in the gymnastics rule book after the gymnast who is the first to perform the move in international competition.

In 1996, Thomas married Rebecca Jones, a dancer who also choreographs gymnastic routines. They have 2 children together, named Kassidy and Hunter Thomas.

In 2003 Thomas was inducted into the International Gymnastics Hall of Fame. He and his wife currently operate the Kurt Thomas Gymnastics Training Center in Frisco, Texas. His gym has hosted the USAG-sanctioned Kurt Thomas International Invitational gymnastics meet annually since 2003.

Kurt Thomas was recently inducted into yet another Hall of Fame in 2011 and attended a fashion show featuring sports stars with his wife, Beckie.

In popular culture:
Thomas starred in the 1985 film GYMKATA as an athlete sent by the US government to compete in a deadly competition called "The Game." The film was not a major hit, but has developed somewhat of a cult following. Thomas has also starred in the syndicated show TRUE CONFESSIONS and has worked as a commentator for ESPN.

86Cane

Herbie, to be fair, Sandland would come in and vie for immediate playing time. I'm talking possible starter over Walford, Dobard, etc.

Posted by: Ohio_Cane | December 18, 2012 at 11:54 AM

That is a BOLD statement!

Willie Will in Missouri

All I know is that we won't see ANY slacking out of our TE's in 2013, if they do they'll be behind 10 other TE's on the roster.

CaneRock

Production wise, if we land Sandland, I hope He doesn't turn into another Chase Ford. Ford and Sandland's JUCO film look mighty similar.

CaneRock

And WTH happened to Asante Cleveland, I thought He was poised for a breakout year.

Willie Will in Missouri

CR,

When our players start getting write ups before the season about having a break out year and how great they're doin now and projected to start for the up coming season, send out a APB!! Cuz them boys get GHOST

longtimecanefan

I'm not sure why we're recruiting any players on "O". Esp TE's.

We're better off offering all the spots to the "D" side of the ball. We sure do need the help!!

Canezitis

Chase would've been great if didn't forget how to catch when he arrived in Miami

Ohio_Cane

That is a BOLD statement!

Posted by: 86Cane | December 18, 2012 at 12:08 PM
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U know me! Lol

herbieibis

Okay, lets say Sandlin is on board, how many ships we got left? I thought Goldie said we'd bring in 15 to 16 kids and flip the rest to the NCAA as a startup to what we are going to owe them. If that's the case it only leaves 3 or 4 left. Where's the immediate help on DEE we need? Piss on a 4TH TE eating another ship, that we need to be giving to a DEE-Lineman.

UMike

Travis Johnson decommits... Maybe thia is why were looking

UMike

Canesport reporting it was a mutual split.. Hmmm

Canezitis

What the hell, I really liked him. Had the makings of another Winslow. What happened?

86Cane

Too much competition?

j.w.

Good afternoon/morning Canes fans

CaneRock

Travis Johnson decommits... Maybe thia is why were looking

Posted by: UMike | December 18, 2012 at 01:30 PM

Maybe we have a silent.

Ohio_Cane

Travis Johnson decommits... Maybe thia is why were looking

Posted by: UMike | December 18, 2012 at 01:30 PM
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See? This is why everyone should just trust Golden. NO ONE but the coaches and players know what's REALLY going on.

UpNorthCane

This just means............

Beau Sandland welcome to the U!!!

Kids highlights reminds me of none other than Jeremy Shockey. I understand samething was said about Chase Ford but this kid is different he has the attitude....

Montreal-Cane

TE Beau Sandland will announce tomorrow that he is a Cane.

Ohio_Cane

Beau Sandland welcome to the U!!!

Posted by: UpNorthCane | December 18, 2012 at 02:09 PM
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This. Looks like Travis got pushed out the door because another big time TE is committing in less than 24 hours.

Did I call this before he decommitted? I think I did...


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Recruiting update: I'm calling Beau Sandland to UM.

No insider stuff, just listening close and reading between the lines. Would be a HUGE get for Golden and staff.

Posted by: Ohio_Cane | December 18, 2012 at 09:18 AM "
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Travis Johnson⭐ ‏@IamFeedMe

Decommitting from The University of Miami. Opening up my recruiting up

posted at 1:12 pm EST

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Yep, I sure did...

herbieibis

Hell Al you had to do was tell me whats going on, then I wouldn't have to be so vocal about to many TE's.
I think Al maybe told Travis thanks but no thanks.
Al's beginning to look like a kid in a candy store, with the way these dudes are committing & decommitting. He can't make up his mind who wants and don't want.

CaneRock

If Sandland committing is confirmed, then it makes sense.

If you're looking for production from that position, then you really can't count on true freshmen to give it to you.

We'll see...

Ohio_Cane


If Sandland committing is confirmed, then it makes sense.

Posted by: CaneRock | December 18, 2012 at 02:36 PM
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Nothing is confirmed until he announces tomorrow at 11:30 am. It will be posted here as it happens. I'm purely speculating on what's happening behind the scenes.

CoCane

Travis Johnson will be better than Sandland & Dobard. Jmo

UpNorthCane

IDK Cocane i believe Sandland will be a beast and Dobard will be a monster for us down the Road he's from LA same state as Reed and Wayne.

herbieibis

I guess the more we bring in our odds will go up that we get one good one!

CaneRock

Well, if you look at the TE position, we've kinda been snakebitten there for awhile. The kid from USC didn't work out.
Billy Sanders didn't pan out.
Corey White? Is He still on campus...
Andrew Tallman left.
Asante Cleveland, homesick maybe...
Walford just came into His own at the end of the season.

So as you can see, it's a hit or miss position, and we've mostly been missing.

LB

Sounds like Golden is serious about tight end. We need some mean competitors to come in and DOMINATE.

Better to weed out the non-maniacs now, then midseason.

Tight end recruits would have to be downright silly not to want to come to UM based on success to the NFL alone. Hell, Jimmy Graham made it pro after one year of college football. Now he's All-Universe.

LB

Add Chase Ford to that equation, CaneRock. I distinctly remember the Herald and Randy Shannon comparing him to Shockey.

CaneRock

So as you can see, it's a hit or miss position, and we've mostly been missing.

Posted by: CaneRock | December 18, 2012 at 03:23 PM

I think Coaching is part of the reason we've been missing.
Ya'll remember that Canes All Access where the LBs/DEs, were going against the TEs. Well, the LBs/DEs got the better of that drill, I think I only saw one TE win in that drill.

CaneRock

Add Chase Ford to that equation, CaneRock. I distinctly remember the Herald and Randy Shannon comparing him to Shockey.

Posted by: LB | December 18, 2012 at 03:29 PM

True that, but the thing with Chase is, I don't ever remember Him lining up at TE...do you?

Seems they always had Him flexed out to me...

UpNorthCane

So we got Vandenburg visiting and Sandland committing tomorrow (hopefully)... not bad they are top te's in the Juco rankings

herbieibis

The TE's have been mostly miss becuase we quit using them like we used too! Our TE"s in the last 6 years probably haven't caught 100 balls total. The quality has dropped off but unless you make an effort to make them part of the offense then they are irrelavent.

LB

"True that, but the thing with Chase is, I don't ever remember Him lining up at TE...do you?

Seems they always had Him flexed out to me..."

Va. Tech specifically, and end zone packages.

CGNC

WHat's up party people? Pondering recruits I see

CaneRock

UM loses one of its top recruits

Tampa Jesuit High tight end Travis Johnson - rated by ESPN as UM's third-best among 11 oral commitments - decommitted from the Hurricanes on Tuesday, announcing his decision on Twitter.

ESPN rated Johnson as the nation's 102nd best player in the Class of 2013. Rivals.com rated him as the 11th best tight end.

Two other UM oral commitments are rated higher - quarterback Kevin Olsen (67) and cornerback Artie Burns (69). UM is in the mix for several other top 100 players.
"Decommitting from the University of Miami," Johnson tweeted. "Opening my recruiting up."

Johnson is reportedly considering USF and Missouri, among others.

Even with Johnson's decision, UM still has oral commitments from two tight ends: New Orleans-based Standish Dobard, rated 138th overall by ESPN, and St. Petersburg-based Jeremy Kerr.

And UM - with Arizona State and Nebraska - are finalists for Woodland Hills (CA) Pierce CC tight end Beau Sandland, who will announce a decision on Wednesday.
UM now has 10 oral commitments.

CoCane

Can't wait until tomorrow. Sandland better commit to the "U" since Johnson decommitted. I'm guessing his decommitment means Golden & them already has recieved the word from Sandland. Anything other than this would be a red flag about this staff...

Ohio_Cane

Anything other than this would be a red flag about this staff...

Posted by: CoCane | December 18, 2012 at 05:03 PM
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That's a bit harsh, don't U think?

This staff pulled off miracles in the face of sanctions last year with Howard, McCord and 29 others in that class. If they miss on 2 TE's ur raising the red flag? Lol

Mcginns ale house

Crazy recruiting--now Bryant stating on twitter he is 99.9
Sure he is a cane!

86Cane

Ale House...some have held to that belief about Bryant since the beginning, while others have doubted it seriously. Me? I'm waiting for NSD to celebrate some good news with the recruits we get and ask some serious qestions about the ones we don't.

CoCane

Ijs

I hope it's a situation where they knew that Sandland is committed. Which led to them telling Johnson that they didn't have enough room for him in this class. I really liked Johnson but I do believe Beau is ready to play right now. Johnson needed time to develop blocking skills & put on wait. We just have to trust the staff & hope that Beau & Walfford are a lethal combo next year...

CoCane

Man... I just saw Collins highlights on you tube & saw 1 of his games in person. He's the best RB to come out of Broward in a LONG, LONG TIME. Really he's the best I've seen from Broward ever. I hope he's a cane. Duke & Collins would be a knockout punch behind Seantrel & them...

Montreal-Cane

We just have to trust the staff & hope that Beau & Walfford are a lethal combo next year...

Posted by: CoCane | December 18, 2012 at 06:25 PM

CC This is it! Beau Sandland is 100% a Cane and will be ready to play in 2013. He a tough kid. Excellent decision to come to the U.

HawaiiCane

I know that Beau is probably a good get and further along, but still disappointed about Travis Johnson. One of those kids that always had a U hat on and represented. Next thing you know, he's off to find another school.

BigWindyCane1

Collins is very good and has a lot of upside. I agree he is the best out of Broward. Of the players I have seen live in HS, I agree he is better than of most of them. But for me, Duke was the best HS RB I have seen since Gore.

If Collins is willing to come to UM, then I see the Canes getting back to that level where they were RB-U.

Then, you look at that experienced offensive line, Morris (and Williams and the others backing him up) and a long list of talented WRs (Waters, Scott, Dorsett, etc.), you have some explosive ingredients for a potent offense.

At TE, Clive had the most talent and upside of all the TEs but he could just never put it together. Clive must have gained 20-30 pounds under U-tough the last couple of years, and he can run with the ball now that he has begun to eliminate the drops.

It may seem strange, but the Canes have a lot of talent on the offensive side of the ball these days, and 2013 could be a record-setting year if we continue to see tha improvements we have seen over the last season.

Terrance Sullivan

Let's go Canes beat UCF.

CoCane

I know most won't agree with me but I think he's as good as Duke was in high school. He's just as quick, just as fast, runs just as hard & has the vision. The only difference is Alex is bigger but Duke has a better stiff arm. Jmo

Montreal-Cane

Great start for the Hurricanes.

Our green uni is so ugly.

But we have a very good team fun to watch.

orange 'n green in the vein

Larranaga be pimping again.

No red flags with this guy, unlike his football counterpart in Coral Gables.

roachcane77

Wow, I didn't know Kurt Thomas was a Rocket:

Kurt Bilteaux Thomas (born March 29, 1956 in Miami, Florida) is an American Olympic gymnast.
Posted by: CaneRock | December 18, 2012 at 12:00 PM


Fun fact... I competed against, & trained often with, (at MDJC-N), Kurt Thomas, when I was a gymnast at Miami Norland 40 years ago.
Kid was UNBELIEVABLE, (even in high school.) He had absolutely no fear. Wow, haven't heard THAT name in awhile... time flies...

Montreal-Cane

OGV Larkin is just great!

Montreal-Cane

Miami 37 UCF 21 at the half

86Cane

Then, you look at that experienced offensive line, Morris (and Williams and the others backing him up) and a long list of talented WRs...

Posted by: BigWindyCane1 | December 18, 2012 at 07:50 PM

Gray Crow!

Montreal-Cane

We may have an elite team this year...we will see.

CoCane

The hoops team is balanced on offense & they play suffocating DEFENSE. If only the football team... Aw fukk it, never mind.

orange 'n green in the vein

Monty, Reggie will obviously get the cursory chance to prove he can't play in the NBA with the size he brings to a roster he's on, but for my money, I think Larkin might be the best player on this team. He can create his own shot or do the same for his teammates, attacks the rim going left or right and can finish with both hands, has HOF bloodlines and won't be a defensive liability.

Reggie, to me, reminds me too much of Robert Traylor and not enough of Glenn Davis sometimes to think he can be great at the next level, but Shane can be good there I'm pretty sure.

LB

Kevin Olsen!

The Dude

Just watched Sandland's highlights. That kid is a beast. Tall with long and fast stride, blocks like a freak. Could be a game changer on play action with Duke Johnson back there.

UMike

Johnson just got am offer from ASU...hmmm

Montreal-Cane

Final Men Basketball your

Miami Hurricanes 72 UCF 50

Montreal-Cane

If you have a chance go support Our BB team it's fun to watch.

Montreal-Cane

Canes will travel to Hawaii next for the 8 team Diamond Head Classic. First game Sunday at 12:30 AM vs. Hawaii

CoCane

Who would've thought there would be a time when the canes hoops team would look better than the football & baseball teams? (shruggs)

86Cane

Monty...thanks for the score updates.

I will going to three of four games this year at the BUC and of course on the road to Tallahassee to see our Canes take on da Noles. We ain't scurred.

GO CANES!!!

Montreal-Cane

No problem Bro!

Terrance Sullivan

So proud of our Canes bball teams I get down to the BUC to see a couple of both men and women teams. I think it's great to have multiple Canes teams doing well. Go Canes.

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