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March 13, 2013

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SOUP

UH HUH

CaneRock

3GEEEEEE <--------In my Michael Barrow 2011 NSD voice.

Terrance Sullivan

Hope our Canes baseball team has a productive season like our basketball team has thus far.

KiriJax

After that horrible game on Tuesday, they really needed to respond and I think a 9-2 win qualifies. The next series with UNC is gonna be a huge test for these guys. At least one win is needed. But it was nice to see the team hit back today.

Hurricane Warrior

Santana!

longtimecanefan

Lucky 7 spot.....Go Canes this weekend!!

Old Skool

Need Reggie to show up this weekend. It's time for him to unleash the beast.

canezilla

#29MIAMI...OUCH!!!

KiriJax

The men's tennis team starts their ACC season this Friday with a visit from #25 Clemson. The Canes currently ranked #70 with a record of 9-4. They have 15 more dual matches scheduled and need to win 3 of their 11 ACC matches and the final two OOC matches to have a chance for the NCAA tournament this year.

LB

Depth Chart Thoughts:

I haven't heard anything at all about a "standout" defensive tackle, which worries me. Any news on this?

I'm not too concerned about defensive end, as Green had a solid season (his first healthy one) and Chickillo more than likely hit a sophomore slump and was targeted by opponents (like Spence). AQM will also help here.

Our linebacker depth is a mess (no thanks to Johnson). I like Kirby and Perryman, and am pleased that Figeroua seems to have stood out. Terry is probably another year away, so who else is going to step up? Let's hope Bond and Grace do it.

Love the secondary. Love it. What's Fentress doing back there? He seemed like a descent option at linebacker.

Is Goudis an accuracy or power kicker? I don't know anything about him.

The offensive line looks like the Black Gate in Mordor. Good luck getting past those monsters, and we haven't seen what Isidora and Odogwu can do.

I also love the backfield. Hagens plows the way for Triple D.

Does anyone think that Carroll can coach the chronic drops out of the receivers? Who has the best hands?

Tight end is about to get real.

Keep Stephen Morris healthy, and 2013 should be fun.

LB

CFN's early bowl prediction & Spring Analysis:

"Russell Athletic
Orlando, FL Florida Citrus Bowl
Big East No. 2 vs. ACC No. 3
Ridiculously Early Call: Rutgers vs. Miami
Top Three Other Options: 1) Louisville, 2) South Florida, 3) UCF

WHY? Louisville, Rutgers and Cincinnati are the three favorites to win the Big East, but South Florida or UCF would be a better fit for the local bowl. Assuming Florida State and Clemson will get the ACC's top bowl spots, Virginia Tech, North Carolina and Miami will likely be in line for the spot."

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"January 3rd
Discover Orange
Miami Gardens, FL Sun Life Stadium
ACC No. 1 vs. BCS At-Large
Ridiculously Early Call: Florida State vs. USC
Top Three Other Options: 1) Clemson, 2) Miami, 3) Louisville

WHY? The ACC should be better - with the addition of Pitt and Syracuse, it really should - but the power is still in the Atlantic with Florida State and Clemson the two top teams. However, Miami is motivated, talented and experienced enough to get to the ACC title game and have a puncher's chance of pulling out the win. The Orange gets the first pick in the pecking order of at-large teams, and while it would take some convincing to not take the a Big Ten team if the champ isn't in the BCS championship, the second Pac-12 squad wouldn't be a bad choice."
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"Why To Get Excited … the ‘Canes should boast the Coastal Division’s most potent offense. Stephen Morris is on the verge of blossoming into a next-level quarterback, and almost all of last season’s starters are back for another year in South Florida. RB Duke Johnson is a breakout star, and the O-line is steeped in experienced blockers.

Why To Be Grouchy … the ill-fated NCAA investigation still hovers above this program like a storm cloud. Everyone associated with Miami figured the school would know its punishment by now. Uh-uh. The NCAA has been exposed as a kangaroo court, which has prevented head coach Al Golden and his players from moving forward. The open-ended saga has had a negative impact on the kids, those on campus and those thinking about becoming ‘Canes.

The Number One Thing To Work On Is … shoring up the D. The Hurricanes finished 2012 ranked 116th nationally in defense, a breakdown of historical proportions. Miami couldn’t rush the passer or stop the run with any consistency. It has to improve at the point of attack after getting routinely mauled by ACC opponents that were a step quicker and considerably stronger in the trenches.

Team Concerns For 2013: With 20 starters returning, the Canes don't have too many holes to fill other than kicker with Jake Wieclaw gone along with punter Dalton Botts. Experience needs to translate into production for a defense that got roasted time and again with no pass rush and little production against the run. The offense should be terrific, so if the D can do anything remotely well, the season could be special.

The 2013 Class Is Heavy On ... Tight ends. The Canes are bringing in some terrific stars led by quarterback Kevin Olsen from New Jersey, who has all the tools and all the abilities to be the next great Miami passer. Receiver Stacy Coley and running back Augustus Edwards made a good class great on Signing Day. Running back Ray Lewis III - yes, his son - will be the big name, but defensive end Alquadin Muhammad and defensive backs Jamal Carter and Artie Burns are expected to be great. The most interesting pickups were at tight end with Standish Dobard an athletic star from New Orleans and JUCO transfer Beau Sandland ready to go right away."
http://cfn.scout.com/2/557847.html

Ohio_Cane

BC vs GT starts in an hour. Winner plays Canes at noon tomorrow

CaneRock

"I haven't heard anything at all about a "standout" defensive tackle, which worries me. Any news on this?"

Posted by: LB | March 14, 2013 at 10:36 AM

##Me neither, but Porter's weight room numbers are off the charts. I look for Him to stay healthy, and be a force in the middle.

"Our linebacker depth is a mess (no thanks to Johnson). I like Kirby and Perryman, and am pleased that Figeroua seems to have stood out."

Posted by: LB | March 14, 2013 at 10:36 AM

## Hmmmmmm! Who is this Figueroa that you speak of.

Ohio_Cane

Michael Casagrande ‏@ByCasagrande

Ga. Tech just pounding BC. Lead is 14-0 less than 4 minutes in.

trianglecane

Jimmy Gaines? Thurstan? Blue? i believe these guys can help the LB situation as well.

j.w.

Yep, DT situation is the key one, hoping for someone to develop. Porter is fine, we just need two or three more of him.
At LB- Blue is the only one of those three I have any faith in, triangle. And that is mostly because I haven't seen him play. :) Seriously, the effort and enthusiasm you get from Gaines is great, just not strong enough and frankly smart enough (football IQ) to play consistently. Thurston Armbrister? based on last year I'd have to say special teamer, maybe a situational LB (though I don't know which situation).

trianglecane

I'm just saying. If we can project Fig and Bond into major factors. then we can also assume that gaines will be solid. thurston will be better. he was out of place a lot, and it will be fixed with film study. Blue will be better because he has another year under his belt. food for thought.

Ohio_Cane

Halftime: BC 38, Georgia Tech 33.

herbieibis

Did someone say something about our much maligned DT's? Not someone besides me! I'll give them a break right now and say that they will be a tad better than last year. That ain't going to cut it though. They better be getting to at least a B minus rating. Hey it's better than a D minus, which is the grade the Herb gave them last year and that was being kind. I'm glad to see the fellows getting stronger but unless that translates to the field, it's all eye candy. They needent look over their shoulder either cause we didn't sign anyone, so it will be the same old dog and pony show. All needs to lock up some DT talent quick, recruiting. Nobody we have coming back has shown the ability to rush the passer or get pressure up the middle. Our LB situation was looking good until Al got rid of Paul & then EJ wants act like a spoiled brat and our depth, once again at that position, is an issue. Depth and talent are an issue on that side of the ball period!

IraqiCane

Your my Boy Blue!!!

5shipsago

Why haven't we offered Chad Wilson's son Qunicy a ship? Dude has 36 offers and none from us. Go ahead and wait to the last moment and then offer & see what it gets us!

Ohio_Cane

5ships, it's as simple as Canes not thinking he'll fit in with what we're doing at the position.

We'll only be taking prob 3 DB's, and he's not one of them.

Ohio_Cane

^^ Also, Golden and Co have evaluated him up close and personal. Not many other schools have. They think he's stiff and slow.

Ohio_Cane

Canes play BC tomorrow at Noon

UpNorthCane

he may be stiff and slow, but in his films at thsoe combines he looks realll good and has a mean streak to him.

No way in hell that kid isn't better right now at this point then rodgers or highsmith...

Im one of thsoe fans hoping he gets the offer i think he will prove alot of people wrong.

Ohio_Cane

I'm not saying I wouldn't want him on the team, just saying why they haven't offered.

Numerous ppl have said other than his size, they came away unimpressed after watching him live a few times.

UpNorthCane

I hear you ohio... i guess im missign something when looking at his film... either way AL GOLDEN knows what hes doing!!!

orange 'n green in the vein

/\/\/\

You haven't been watching 11 games of the Al Golden era and often took a long water closet break along with the offense during the other 13 didn't you these last two years?

Either that or you misspelled JIM LARRANAGA really poorly.

Canesfan_1

Is that a new kind if English that I haven't learned yet? I have zero idea what you just said. Maybe someone can translate?

herbieibis

Look I'm a Golden fan but after watching the So. Flo. fence get run rough shod over by other schools, we can't be letting good players fly the coop while we're Larry Cokering across the U.S. looking for players, and then when all else fails we come back to these kids and try and get a verbal. There are alot of big named schools who don' think he's stiff and speaking of depth t CB & saftey, it's not like we've got them stacked 4 deep at those 4 positions. As a matter of fact, he needs to bring in at least 12 guys on that side of the ball and start building depth of talent. I see where we are back, hot on the Cali recruiting trail again.

Ohio_Cane

OGV is too intelligent for his own good. He always posts in puns and comes off a bit pretentious.

Just read it 4-8 times, U'll get it. Lol

BigWindyCane1

I like the Canes chances to surprise a lot of people this year. The Canes can be ACC champs with just an average defense, and I don't think Al will let D'No have another subpar defensive year. Al will get involved, and those DL will spend another year in U-tough and hold their own.

This is the best and deepest team the Canes have had in several years. The Canes have the best QB, RB and OL in the ACC, and the TEs and WRs are deep. The defense is not as deep and talented, but they have a few bright spots and they can hold their own. It should be a very, very good year.

orange 'n green in the vein

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/college-basketball/news/20130314/acc-madison-square-garden/?sct=uk_wr_a1

I have come to the conclusion that in basketball, if the NC schools are against it, I'm for it. In football, if the indians are for it, I'm against it.

But for pure hilarity, there's this;

http://www.ajc.com/weblogs/college-recruiting/2013/mar/14/georgia-techs-paul-johnson-negative-recruiting/

I wasn't aware that there was a massive battle for high school offense capable only players in major college football but you'd be surprised apparently. Also love the same number of 1st round picks as the ACC over the last six years point he throws out there, but how many did Johnson contribute from GT to that count in that time?

SOUP

They think he's stiff and slow.

Posted by: Ohio_Cane | March 14, 2013 at 02:34 PM

I am certain, or almost positive:

That's what SHE said!

SOUP

OK, got back late from the Dunedin/Tarpon Springs area on the West coast of FL and the Innisbrook golf tourney. What an absolutetly beautiful day in Central Florida. Cool, breezy and sunny. For U golfers out there here is a short list:

Sergio Garcia, Retief Goosen, Vijay Singh, Stewart Cink, Angel Cabrera, Luke Donald, KJ Choi, Jim Furyk, Stuart Appleby, Jason Day, Geoff Ogilvie, Camilio Viegas, Aaron Braddley, Zach Johnson, David Toms, Trevor Immelman, Adam Scott, and Matt Kuchar.

Man, I LOVE this place!

JCane

Canes to take on BC tomorrow at noon, and BC has been playing better ball the last few weeks. Could be a tough game, but they all have been the last few weeks.

Also, Maryland played a good game tonight, especially with a solid second half to take down WFU. Maryland matches up fairly well with Duke, having defeated them a few weeks ago. As we all know, Duke is a different team with Kelly back and in the ACC tnmt.

If the U takes care of business vs. BC, there will be a tough matchup in the ACC semi vs. the NCState-UVa winner, with the winner playing the winner of the Duke-UNC bracket semi. I still see the U as having a guaranteed #2 NCAA seed if they win the ACC tnmt, and possibly a #1 depending on what happens in other tnmts. Let's hope it happens.

Jack

Is it noon yet?? lol


Go CANES!!!!!!!

Ohio_Cane

In the history of the ACC tournament, the No. 1 seed is 35-2 against the No. 8 seed.

Terrance Sullivan

Let's go Canes. Beat BC.

Ohio_Cane

Michael Casagrande ‏@ByCasagrande

The Orange Bowl will host the new national semifinals in 2016, the BCS announced this morning.

herbieibis

I can imagine all the negative recruiting coaches have used against us but we have nobody to blame but ourselves but at the same time it's hard to ignore facts and our history: 5 ships, most NFL firsts rders in consecutive years, at one time had the most players in the NFL and are still in the top 5 and then there's the obvious, beach, babes, The Heat & Dolphins & night life. Skip past the impending sanctions or whatever they are going to do or not do, really the only thing negative you could say about us is we don't have our own stadium, which is mostly half empty, and we play in the ACC, mainly a basketball conference and most of the schools don't have a rich heritage of being a football super power. The latter, I believe is what hurts us the most. There are just not a lot of marquee match-ups week to week. Football is football, no matter what conference but these young High School kids love eye candy and they have short term memories. We can talk all day long on what we used to be and most of these kids have no clue, all they see and hear about now is the Bamas & Lsu's of the world. So. Cal is in the middle of their probation and still raking in high ranking high school kids to come play for them and that's because they have been relivent most recently. When you can pick and choose who you want for the most part, you will be successful and That's where we need to get back too.

KiriJax

It's almost midnight here and there's no way I'm sleeping tonight. Hoops at 1am and tennis vs Clemson at 3am. Let's go Canes. Don't let me lose sleep for nothing!

calGary Cane

...but we have nobody to blame but ourselves...

How is that so? Don't other school also allow boosters to mingle with players? How do we control boosters who go overboard? Have a chaperon?

NCAA will not answer that question, cause it's impossible. But they will still allow boosters to interact with players and turn a blind eye most of the time.


j.w.

Time for a win! go Canes

CaneRock


How is that so? Don't other school also allow boosters to mingle with players? How do we control boosters who go overboard? Have a chaperon?

NCAA will not answer that question, cause it's impossible. But they will still allow boosters to interact with players and turn a blind eye most of the time.

Posted by: calGary Cane | March 15, 2013 at 10:49 AM

CC, this ain't about boosters.
This is about the powers that be, trying to get UM out of the way, so they can COLONIZE the most fertile recruting GROUNDS, in the most fertile recruiting REGION, in America.
CFB can't function withOUT South Florida man...AND THEY KNOW THIS...MAAAAN!


CaneRock

Good start so far, defense is lookin' good. KEEP IT UP!

Ohio_Cane

13-4 Canes at the moment. Don't celebrate yet, though. They were down 14-0 against GT

orange 'n green in the vein

Aaaand the BS ACC officiating rears it's butt ugly head.

The refs will not allow UM to beat Duke in the final just like they won't let them win the elite eight round either.

Ohio_Cane

23-14 Canes. 5:27 left in 1st

orange 'n green in the vein

Wow, what a surprise, two soft calls wrapped around a no tripping call that led to the TO for UM.

ACC officiating, and this is against an old Big East member, keep that in mind. It only gets worse as the opponent gets closer to hailing form NC.

Ohio_Cane

23-21 Canes

If they don't stop taking quick shots from deep, I'm turning the game off...

CoCane

The hoops team just doesn't have that killer instinct...

Ohio_Cane

Canes down 27-25 at half. All I can say is LOL

Canesteeler

Our damn guards need to be more aggressive. How in da fukk u letting BC hang around when they had 10 points in the first 10 minutes. Larkin has to look to score!

KiriJax

They peaked a couple months ago. Not looking good now. I'm really wondering if they will be able to get their mojo back.

CaneRock

Durand Scott is horrible making decisions off of drives. He had Brown wide open on one of those drives, but instead He throws up a wild shot.

CoCane

OGV,

You can't complain about the officiating. When you take the ball to the rim constantly you're going to get calls. BC is going to the rim & forcing the refs to make calls. We're shooting jumpers. When we do take it inside, BC is packing the paint. Instead of going hard to the rim & absorbing the contact, we're shying away from the contact & passing the ball out to the 3 point line for shots we're not making. We're not getting calls because we're not forcing the refs to make calls. We're playing soft & paying the price. PERIOD...

Ohio_Cane

Play a game with me. Count the amount of time left on the shot clock every time we take a 3, then average it. Shooting 3's should be a 2nd or 3rd resort with 5-10 seconds left on the shot clock.

NOT 15-20...

CoCane

The way this team is playing I doubt they'll get past the sweet 16. IF they get that far. When they're 3's aren't falling they hang their heads & lay down. It's pissing me off to watch them lately. Smmfh

Mia Chi 'Cane '98

It did not help that our BIGS got in foul trouble early. But a horrible last 6 + minutes of the first half. They better wake up fast or they will be one and done in both tourneys. Only constellation is they seem to play better in the 2nd half of games.

As I said a few weeks back, unfortunately I think they peaked too soon.

Go 'Canes!

Mia Chi 'Cane '98

Reggie or Gamble should have their way with this team in middle!

CGNC

TGIF party people. Get it together hoops team

SOUP

Poor coaching. Must be D'No's fault, yes?

orange 'n green in the vein

Wow these refs aren't even trying to hide the whistle bias today.

It's like Ron Cherry's on the earpiece telling them when to blow.

CoCane

Energy on defense & going to the rim. Now they're on a run & taking control of the game. Duuuuuuuuh...

orange 'n green in the vein

Coke, one side of the floor has to be officiated the same as the other. If it's a soft hand check foul on UM, it's the same on BC or it's not a foul either way. Right now every UM touch is a whistle (11 first half fouls on a team that averages 14 is unbeliveable when you consider that UM almost never gets the foul edge anyway) and BC is getting away with much more contact.

You think it's a complete coincidence that BC got back into this game as the hand checks added up on UM? Not a chance, Swafford can't keep his founding members in line making him look incompetent at his job and UM didn't make him look smart by giving him his wet dream football title game this year after a decade of trying, add it up man and what do you get?

Ohio_Cane

Yes, damn those refs for making the Canes make horrible decisions and take low % shots barely 5 seconds into the shot clock.

Fire them all!

herbieibis

CalGary,
Don't get caught with your hand in the cookie jar and don't get greedy.

orange 'n green in the vein

Coke, you were saying?

orange 'n green in the vein

LMFAO! Where do they dig up these BS MF'ers from every single game? Is Donaghy the supervisor of ACC officiating from jail and I just missed the memo or what?

CoCane

I'M SICK OF THIS TEAM TAKING ALL OF THESE 3'S!!!

Canesteeler

OGV the team has to know they are not going to get calls therefore they have to go out and take the game. All of these 3' are killing us!

CoCane

OGV,

Everytime we go take the lead & have a chance to increase it, they brick another 3 & BC ties the game...

CoCane

Look at how easy they score when they post up or drive to the rim. The fact that they've let BC hang around like this is rediculous. 14-25 inside the arc & 7-23 behind the arc. DO THE MATH! They're making it harder than it has to be...

orange 'n green in the vein

Going to have to sink free throws.

Eric Green can always do the right thing still and give Shane his rightful POTY award . . .

Canesteeler

Close it out!

orange 'n green in the vein

Cs, I think that the guys who never have played in the NCAA tourny found out this afternoon the type of game they'll have to play or maybe more to the point, not play, to advance the rest of the way today. Hopefully they come out and play better/smarter in the semi's and figure out the zone look that really gummed up their offense today because you know they'll see a healthy dose of it the rest of the postseason since it was so damn effective this afternoon and UVA/NCST is going to show that as much as they can to UM.

Ohio_Cane

Well, Canes win! Ugly, but a win.

Mia Chi 'Cane '98

Few... Tough fought game. Not pretty but a win is a win... Have to play better. Do not think a Haith coached team would have pulled out a "W".

CaneRock

DAMN!, Shane Larkin sounds like the Mad Rapper, I've never heard Him talk before.

SOUP

CANES WIN, CANES WIN!!!

CaneRock

I didn't notice it till late in the game, but it looked like BC was in some sort of 1-2-2.
So in essence, they forced us to be patient on both offense, and defense.
Glad we were able to crack that nut.

CoCane

I'm glad they got the win but I hope the team isn't satisfied with their play. With the muscle they have inside & the quick penetrators on the perimeter, they should NEVER shoot 24 3's out of 52 shot attempts. Their shot selection ratio should be 2/3 two pointers & 1/3 three pointers. If they had that ratio today, it would have been a blowout. This team is at their best when they attack the rim...

KiriJax

Heartbeat finally getting regular again. Live to fight another day. I'm tired of all these ACC bottom-feeder teams. Let's play up to the level we are capable of and take this thing.

CoCane

A more direct look at how foolish their shot selection was today. @ point percentage & ratio on the left & 3 point percentage & ratio on the right:

Kadji 3-4 75% / 1-5 20%
McKinney-Jones 3-5 60& / 2-5 40%
Scott 2-4 50% / 0-2 0%
Larkin 4-6 67% / 4-9 44%
Brown 2-2 100% /1-3 33%

The rest of the team didn't attempt a 3 pointer & their shooting stats were: 3-7 43%

As a team they were 17-28 61% for 2 pointers & 8-24 33% for 3 pointers...

TAKE THE BALL TO THE FUKKIN RIM!!!

orange 'n green in the vein

/\/\

Agree with the point and the stats that back it up Coke but to put it in my perspective, UM played a full 5-on-8 game and still won by double digits so I'm not sweating the method of generating the result too much today.

They are a tough out composition team in a one loss tournament setting but most teams will not be able to match the post play they can generate with Kadji/Reggie on the blocks, heck even Gamble has shown he can duck a shoulder and get a baby hook to the middle or a drop step layup attempt when he wants these last few months.

Terrance Sullivan

Good win by our Canes.

CoCane

You're right OGV. They're shooting too many 3's to take advantage of their mismatches though. Also, I haven't seen anyone stop our guards from getting to the rim either. That makes their love affair with shooting the 3 even more frustrating...

Ohio_Cane

NC St up 31-20 on UVA. Canes play winner.

Ohio_Cane

38-25, NC St up

SOUP

NEW BLOG IS UP!

Ohio_Cane

55-42, NC St up

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