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December 17, 2013

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Montreal-Cane

Happy Holidays!

Habcane

Ditto

Terrance Sullivan

LOL the Aubs record the last 5 years 9-4 in 2009, 14-0 in 2010, 8-5 in 2011, 3-9 in 2012, and 12-1 so far in 2013. Miami's record in the last 5 years 9-4 in 2009, 7-6 in 2010, 6-6 in 2011, 7-5 in 2012 and 9-3 so far in 2013. Its not like the Aubs lacked talent and its just all coaching to me its just evening out from the dumpster fire that was last season. The Aubs have had If my memory serve me correctly at least 5 or more seasons of 4 wins or less in a season since 1978. U know how many Miami has seasons where Miami has won 4 games or fewer since 1978 0. So in 35 years we have never completely sucked eggs or pounded sand and we have had a lot more success over that period. Unfortunately we have to many prisoners of the moment types that dont take everything into consideration. My take is over feel free to take shots at me if U like. Go Canes See U peeps in O-Town in 10 days.

Montreal-Cane

Great article and very good info (research).

...most Miami fans, me included, believe that it will happen, and happen soon.

I agree sir! Go Canes!!!

MIDKNIGHT RIDER

I agree on the coaching front. Golden as a leader is fine, but his assistants are another question! Talent has just not been there PERIOD!! We were told that by NFL scouts. UM is on the rise but the one thing we need that we have not had since 2002 is an elite QB!! All the great teams have one!! They can overcome A LOT!! Aub does not have a great D! They got lucky in 2 games, but they are playing for the NC!!

nemo2002

You are correct, sir!

Ohio_Cane


***Off topic***

Technology is amazing! Wow!!

http://youtu.be/eXO_ApjKPaI

Posted by: Ohio_Cane | December 17, 2013 at 10:53 PM

herbieibis

I can see it 2 but first things first, we have to beat the teams we are supposed to beat and not struggle to do so. Next we have to fixed that sieve of a defense. Third we have to have a consistent QB. Fourth we have to build depth of talent. All things are fixable but at our present rate it may be another 3 to 5 years. that's to slow for The Herb. Auburn does it in one, so can we. Maybe we ought to try that offense out!

Terrance Sullivan

Great article as always Soup. Much appreciated bruh!

jerry

Not gonna happen while DNO is around..and Golden doesnt change his attitude towards his D system.. I dont want to be pesimistic but look at the history they have together running their Ds and what little they have shown at the U addapting! For 3 Three tres years the D has looked THE SAME!! with no gameday nor season adjustments, bad playcalling, same schemes,no player development... and if we won 9 this season was because Coley and Coley and crawford saved the D on about 3 games. The other where against weak teams!!

roachcane77

Nice article SOUP! Yes, a 1 year turnaround IS POSSIBLE!

However, I have to agree with Jerry. Two distinct differences between us and Auburn.
1) Defensive scheme
2) Quality of opponent

We wouldn't be so "consistently" over 500% W/L over the years if we played the SEC schedule Auburn has to face year in and year out.

We can't keep trying to play this D "scheme." Yeah, we're getting better, and we're recruiting WONDERFULLY… but our philosophy on D is just too anemic to win a NC.

CGNC

Good morning!!!! What roach said

Surfercane

Soup, Miami is trending up and Improving In every area since Golden arrived. UA is an anomaly that does not happen often "lighting in a bottle homie". I am hopeful Golden builds our program the same way Jimbo has rebuilt FSU. This is year five for Jimbo he has it clicking now and for the foreseeable future up there. Let's go Canes!

CaneSawMassacre

Auburn also bought some of the best talent around in the last 5 years.

Start gettings some serious SEC money around not some troll paying for dinners and yacht cruises and you could do the same things.

If anybody thinks we have as much talent this second as Auburn does is crazy.

We could start to be there though with this recruiting class and that is without bringing around a duffle bag boy to mom/pop's house.

4-Real

Auburn was 3-9 last season. Nuff said.

SOUP

A "lightning in a bottle anomaly homie" U say?

U must not read Canespace?

In the one year between 2012 and 2013 there were only two teams that we could find that went from the very bottom to the very top of the NCAA stats on a year-to-year basis.

The teams that found a way to completely turn it around were Marshall andBaylor. Marshall went from a ranking of #101 in total defense in 2012 to #28 in 2013 a significant gain of 73 positions among the 120 teams ranked by the NCAA. But that is nothing compared to Baylor. The Bears went from #119 to a stunning #11 in 2013 a shocking gain of 108 spots!

In terms of Scoring Defense we found that between the 2012 and 2013 seasons four additional teams joined both Marshal and Baylor at the top of the most improved category: Arizona, Houston, Duke and Tulane. Arizona went from #102 to #29 in scoring defense, Houston went from #107 to #27, Duke went from #108 to #33, Tulane went from #115 to #35, Marshall went from #119 to #29 in just one season.

But once again it was shocking to learn that Baylor went from #110 to #7 in just one year!

LB

"Soup, Miami is trending up and Improving In every area since Golden arrived."

You are mostly correct.

But giving up 20 or more points 75% of the time doesn't speak well to the defensive coordinator. Surrending 30 or more 39% of the time is an even greater burden.

Furthermore, the FBS teams Miami did well against (less than 20)? Only two had winning records.

Offense is good, and steadily improving because of the QB coaching.

Special teams? Getting nastier every year.

But the amount of suck in D'Onofrio's defense can't be overstated.

SOUP

IJS if we had beaten our conference rival FSU as Auburn beat Bama and finished 11-1, won the ACC and were playing for the BCS title then we would ALL be incredibly happy and justifiable impressed. Auburn did what we want to do.

I believe it will be 2015 when we get as good of a shot as we had this year. If you could promise me right now the following I would take it in an instant:

2014: 10-2 ACC title game
2015: 11-1 ACC title
2016: 12-0 BCS title

In reality it may look more like:

2014: 9-3 Bowl game
2015: 10-2 ACC title game
2016: 11-1 ACC title

SOUP

But giving up 20 or more points 75% of the time doesn't speak well to the defensive coordinator. Surrending 30 or more 39% of the time is an even greater burden.

Posted by: LB | December 18, 2013 at 08:17 AM

There IT is right there.

#BYTHENUMBERS

#BRINGTHEFACTS

#STATSDONTLIE

SOUP

At Marshall the improvement went from #101 to #28 in total defense in just one year:

Chuck Heater was hired as Marshall's defensive coordinator/secondary coach in January of 2013.

Heater, a 37-year veteran in the college coaching ranks, also served as the co-defensive coordinator at Florida in 2010 and assistant defensive coordinator in 2008 and 2009. He helped win two national titles during his six-year stint in Gainesville (where he coached alongside Holliday from 2005-07) and another in 1988 while serving as the secondary coach at Notre Dame.

"He's one of the best teachers. I used to just sit in his meetings and watch him coach," said Urban Meyer, who mentored Heater at Florida and is now the head coach at Ohio State. "Coach Heater has a tendency of making some players out of non-players."

In 2012, Heater's unit produced the BIG EAST's Rookie of the Year in Owls linebacker Tyler Matakevich, who became the first freshman in school history to record at least 100 tackles (101). The Owls also ranked third in the league in sacks with 2.27 per contest.

At Baylor the resurrection was even more impressive going from #119 to #11 in only one year:

Bennett, a 35-year veteran with head coaching experience who has served as DC at eight schools. In addition to a six-year stint as head coach at SMU, Bennett has supervised defenses in the Big 12, SEC, Big Ten, Big East and Big Eight.

Bennett's 2012 unit, which boasted five All-Big 12 honorees, played a huge role in Baylor winning five of its final six games. Over the final five regular-season games, the Bears' D averaged 2.6 takeaways per contest. In its final game, a dominating 49-26 Holiday Bowl win over No. 17 UCLA, Baylor allowed just 33 yards on 28 rushing attempts and held the Bruins' offense to 1-of-17 on third-down conversions.

In his first season in Waco, his 2011 defense produced seven All-Big 12 performers, including second-team NT Nicolas Jean-Baptiste. The Bears finished 10-3 and won the 2011 Alamo Bowl en route to a No. 12 final ranking; during a six-game winning streak to end the season, Bennett's defense accounted for 19 takeaways.

A native of Marshall, Texas, Bennett joined Art Briles' staff in January 2011 following three seasons as defensive coordinator at Pittsburgh. In his final game at Pitt (one day after his hire at Baylor was announced), Bennett led the Panthers as interim head coach to a victory in the 2011 BBVA Compass Bowl - a 27-10 win over Kentucky.

Pittsburgh finished 8-5 in 2010 and ranked eighth nationally in total defense under Bennett; 17th against the run and 22nd against the pass. Four members of Bennett's defense earned 2010 All-Big East honors, including defensive end Jabaal Sheard, who was selected as the league's Defensive Player of the Year. It marked the third consecutive year a Panther was tabbed as the Big East's top defender.

So the summary of the incredible and impressive coaching accomplishments above are that the defensive improvements happened within 1-3 years of a coaching change at Defensive Coordinator and were conducted by coaching veterans with 35 to 37 years of experience each.

LB

Just a little reminder of what giving up 30 or more points means:

- It means a team scores at least four times (and two of those scores would have to have a two-point conversation attached to it).
- It means that your offense is put in the position of matching that total, and more importantly... momentum to achieve that total.
- Whomever scores 30 or more points first wins a game 93% of the time in all college games.

This is my issue with D'Onofrio. Rushing defense and passing defense matters somewhat, but scoring defense is paramount.

4-Real

Surfer, the best way 2 determine if the ENTIRE team ( not just the D ) is making progress or not is 2 check the body of work against QUALITY / RANKED opponents. That's where you'll find your answer.

SOUP

Terrance...email me or call me ASAP! Thank U.

Ohio_Cane

It can NOT be understated how important Juwon Young might be to this team. Him being an EE can only help more.

Already great size, and off-season workouts will help a ton. He'll contribute this coming season.

Love this kid. Smart, physical, tough

Perryman 2.0, but bigger.

LB

I'm not a recruitnik, but the one I really like is Berrios from NC. If he enrolls early, UM gets another dynamic skill position player at the slot.

Is he one of those early folks?

Ohio_Cane

LB, Berrios IS enrolling early. 4.0 student.

He's gonna be a matchup nightmare in the slot. 3rd and short, HELLO!

Ohio_Cane

He already graduated:

Braxton Berrios ‏@HNYNUT_BERRIOS 16 Dec

AHHH officially Alumni of LRHS! These last 4 years meant the world to me and I love everybody who made them special.

dj moonbat

Perryman 2.0, but bigger.

Posted by: Ohio_Cane | December 18, 2013 at 09:11 AM


He's a better fit for the system than Perryman.

CaneRock

With all due respect...I like Young, but He ain't no Perryman! Perryman was a FREAKIN' ANIMAL! coming outta CGHS. I think Young will get playing time, and He'll be a contributor on STs, but I just don't see Him having that DP52 impact. And I still see Him growing into maybe a OLB/3-4 Rush End...ala Shayon Green. We'll see.

dj moonbat

I think Young will get playing time, and He'll be a contributor on STs, but I just don't see Him having that DP52 impact. And I still see Him growing into maybe a OLB/3-4 Rush End...ala Shayon Green. We'll see.

Posted by: CaneRock | December 18, 2013 at 09:47 AM


Like I said a few threads back, if you're going to have your DL doing the read/react thing to try to play two gaps, you need ILBs that can handle getting blocked by OGs on a regular basis. As such, headhunting ability takes a back seat to size. A guy who's got three inches and 10 pounds on Perryman already is going to be a good fit, assuming he can follow instructions.

CaneRock

Ohio_Cane, if you remember, THIS! is the kid that I wanted us to land last year. NOW! He reminds me of Perryman!:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gSsOS3Hb0lk

jsy

Does that new offer to that dt mean one of our current commits are wavering? It seems the last couple years golden started giving out offers to 3star dts not earlier on our radar when he felt guys ie Bryant weren't coming here. I really hope that isn't the case.

4-Real

CaneRock, why u gotta be bringing up old sh*t?! Lol

CaneRock

A guy who's got three inches and 10 pounds on Perryman already is going to be a good fit, assuming he can follow instructions.

Posted by: dj moonbat | December 18, 2013 at 09:53 AM

Well Gaines has "three inches and 10 pounds on Perryman", and Perryman STILL! makes the plays that Gaines SHOULD! be making. Now don't get me wrong, you want size, but size, shouldn't take a back seat to the ability to MOVE!

Like I've said before..."I'd rather have a 200 lber layin' somebody's ass OUT!, than a 250 lber ON THE WAY!" We've played in 8 NCs doing it that way...we've won 5 doing it that way...why try to fix it, if it AIN'T BROKE!

dj moonbat

Like I've said before..."I'd rather have a 200 lber layin' somebody's ass OUT!, than a 250 lber ON THE WAY!" We've played in 8 NCs doing it that way...we've won 5 doing it that way...why try to fix it, if it AIN'T BROKE!

Posted by: CaneRock | December 18, 2013 at 10:08 AM


We don't disagree about any of that. However, there are people who are more closely affiliated with the 'Canes football organization than you or I who have decided that giving Miami a Big-10 defense is just what the doctor ordered.

CaneRock

I swear this lottery shit is RIGGED!...5 people who got 5 numbers live in San Diego. The ONLY PERSON IN THE COUNTRY! who picked the winning 6 #s lives in San Jose, CA. All the #s in the world, and the 6 winning tickets just happen to be 7hrs away from one another? $HIIIIIIT!

CaneSawMassacre

CaneRock, apparently their is a whole committee of oversite for lotteries and giveaways..

I just never understood how it could be monitored across the country without resources like the FBI..

There are just so many to watch over.

They apparently are suppose to even monitor like promotional giveaways that indicate purchase is not necessary and etc...

W/E.. What can we do?

CaneRock

CaneSawMassacre...the one that irks me, are the 5 people who got 5 #s. Now if 1 person purchased 5 tickets, with the same #s, then yeah, I can understand that. But if it was 5 "random" people, who "coincidentally" picked the same #s...then yeah, something's up there LMAO! NO WAY IN HELL!

herbieibis

We tried the old defense, with the smaller quick guys, until it did break. We haven't stopped anybody consistently in years. The key now is to get guys that are bigger but can move. Finding them is the hard part and once we do coaching them up is the next bit of business. Talent is of the up most importance. Three star guys and under are a dime a dozen and yes a couple here and there will blossom into actual stars but that is generally not the norm. Unless we are going to a 3-4 defense, The Herb doesn't see the use in us recruiting 6'1 300 lbs Dt. we already have 3 on the team and what have they done. Now if the dude is cat quick and around a 5.0 in the 40, maybe. We need some pocket pushers up the middle.
Canerock, no disrespect dog, but that was then and this is now. The game has changed. The difference, years ago teams trying to run wide on us had no chance and now they can run where the hell they want to and chunk us of course we had some serious talent back then and we could rush the pass, mainly with just using 4 guys.

Go Canes

Someone should take the time to look at the AP preseason football poll and checkout how many of those teams ended up with the same number or more losses than us.

I know it's much easier to point a finger at Auburn and scream "We failed!! D'Onofrio sucks he needs to go now!!!", but real perspective will come from seeing how difficult it has become, with NO controversy surrounding your program, to field a dominant team week to week.

There are four teams ranked in the top 25 with four losses today. Five more with three. Thats about 40% of them with our record or worse.

None of those teams had to deal with what we just went through. Not even close. It wasn't one season of NCAA investigation, or two. It was three. Almost three full years of it.

When I see that, plus the recruiting class we have coming in with more like it to follow, our 9-3 looks pretty darn good to me.

But that's crazy talk I know.

Ohio_Cane

Juwon Young highlights: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ONVe6E2MOs

Like I said, he's a smart kid. Football smart and classroom smart. He'll be very good for us.

He's got the football intel just like Perryman, but he's almost as big at 18 years old (6'2, 230) than Perryman at 21 (6'0, 240)

Ohio_Cane

jsy, no DL commit I know of is wavering. Another offer means Golden and staff are covering their a$$ and/or just want another DL

SOUP

When I see that, plus the recruiting class we have coming in with more like it to follow, our 9-3 looks pretty darn good to me.

Posted by: Go Canes | December 18, 2013 at 11:02 AM

I agree 100%.

Still burining to be Auburn...IJS.

CaneRock

Luke Kuechly:

"I'm not a thumper," Kuechly says. "There are some guys that can go in there and bang bodies [witht the blocker], and that's how they get separation. They're good at it. But that's not necessarily my best quality." His game is predicated on "avoiding blocks in the right way. When you can avoid blockers and get to the right spot, it works just as well."

Luke Kuechly

jsy

I'm not upset with 9-3 I just feel we underachieved as a consequence of our defense even if we could field an average just avg defense I feel we are 10-2 maybe 11-1 playing in the acccg.

I'm just worried next year this defense might regress bc we will be younger and unlike skill positions it's hard for dline to dominate as freshman so there's a chance we could finish in the 80-90 range in total d. Then ppl will say it's bc the talent is young not experienced not physically ready etc. then the year after make "improvements" and get in the 60-70 range. And then the year after that when this class is juniors finally be average and be in the 40-50 range. So in year six dno might field am avg defense. For a coach that preaches accountability and has a defensive background that isn't acceptable at any major football program.

Go Canes

Well 30, there are people here wondering if this is as good as it gets, so that's an appropriate post.

trianglecane

AUBURN?!

Give me Princeton between 69-80. That's 1800's of course. They won 7 national championships in that span, with streaks of 4 and 3 in a row.

Come on Canes get it together!

SOUP

Pimpin' To Be Princeton?

Surfercane

Perryman 3 star who plays like a 5 star! I hope Young is as good or better.

CaneRock

Juwon Young's HS HLs look nice, but He still looks like Shayon Green to me LMAO!

Ohio_Cane

CR, don't U put that hex on Juwon! Don't U put that on us!

Lol jk

CaneRock

And Glenn Cook was classroom & football smart, and STILL! to this day, you can't convince me that He was better than Spencer Adkins & Arthur Brown...NO WAY IN HELL! I'd take AB's mistakes, over Glenn Cooks perfection ANY! day of the week. LMAO!

RCCF

Someone should take the time to look at the AP preseason football poll and checkout how many of those teams ended up with the same number or more losses than us.

I know it's much easier to point a finger at Auburn and scream "We failed!! D'Onofrio sucks he needs to go now!!!", but real perspective will come from seeing how difficult it has become, with NO controversy surrounding your program, to field a dominant team week to week.

There are four teams ranked in the top 25 with four losses today. Five more with three. Thats about 40% of them with our record or worse.

None of those teams had to deal with what we just went through. Not even close. It wasn't one season of NCAA investigation, or two. It was three. Almost three full years of it.

When I see that, plus the recruiting class we have coming in with more like it to follow, our 9-3 looks pretty darn good to me.

But that's crazy talk I know.

^^^^^^^^THIS^^^^^^^^
is 12% Chatter and This Guy DESERVES a seat on the 12% Bus... Hey Man Keep Up the Positive Vibes U Sir are Making GOOD Sense..

RCCF12%-LovingRecruiting and Good News!!

CaneRock

But Ohio_Cane I'ma ride with you on Young, you know why?...because EVEN THOUGH! you we're what? 1 for 20 on gets last year, you DAMN SHO! hit the nail on the head with the 1 kid that we got...Coley! That kid is a certified BALLER! So again, I'ma ride with you on Young, don't disappoint me Big Dawg, don't disappoint me LMAO!

PS: You sold me on Hester too, that kid is gonna be an ABSOLUTE STUD!

SOUP

THIS^^^^^^^^
is 12% Chatter and This Guy DESERVES a seat on the 12% Bus... Hey Man Keep Up the Positive Vibes U Sir are Making GOOD Sense..

RCCF12%-LovingRecruiting and Good News!!

Posted by: RCCF | December 18, 2013 at 12:42 PM

Trust me, since the very beginning Go Canes has had 12% written ALL over him! LOL

Remember I am officially on the bus for 2014 but I know I gotta sit in the back until I earn my way up front. But Go Canes should have him a FRONT ROW seat on that bad boy! And maybe free beer and food too? LOL

4-Real

Go Canes, San Jose st won 10 games last season, but how many GOOD teams did they beat? We will ALWAYS have 8-9 wins playing Fau, Savannah st, W.F. & 2 win Virginia teams. Why do u think we're barely in the top 25 with 9 wins?

SOUP

FROM 247 SPORTS:

Among the five finalists are two from the Atlantic Coast Conference and one each from the Big Ten, Southeastern Conference and American Athletic Conference.

The 2013 247Sports Defensive Coordinator of the Year Award will be announced Thursday, along with the 2013 247Sports Offensive Coordinator of the Year Award. The 247Sports National Recruiter of the Year will be announced Feb. 5, which is National Signing Day for college football.

SOUP

Vance Bedford, Louisville

While most of the attention was on quarterback Teddy Bridgewater and the Cardinals’ offense this season, it was Louisville’s defense, led by Bedford, that was perhaps more impressive. The Cardinals were No. 2 in total defense this season, giving up an average of 257.9 yards per game and also were third nationally in scoring defense, surrendering 12.4 points per game. Defensive lineman Marcus Smith was the American Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year, was a second-team All-American by USA Today and had 12.5 sacks. Three other Cardinals were first-team All-AAC in addition to Smith. Bedford, a former Texas defensive back, also is regarded as an excellent recruiter and talent evaluator and works under one of the best defensive minds in college football, Cardinals head coach Charlie Strong.

SOUP

Bud Foster, Virginia Tech

Foster is no stranger to lists of top defensive coordinators and his veteran group was a big reason why the Hokies improved to 8-4 during the regular season (up from 6-6 in 2012). Virginia Tech finished No. 4 nationally in total defense (No. 2 in the ACC), giving up a stellar 269.6 yards per game. The Hokies also were No. 8 in scoring defense, giving up 17.4 points per game. Foster was able to do this while starting two true freshmen - Brandon Facyson and Kendall Fuller - in the secondary for most of the season and had four players either first or second-team All-ACC (coaches). Kendall Fuller also won the league’s Defensive Rookie of the Year Award. All this with an offense that struggled to score at times and is in rebuilding mode. Foster is a former Broyles Award winner (2006) and was reportedly in the mix for the Connecticut opening in November according to published reports. Foster has been a staple of Frank Beamer’s staff in Blacksburg for 27 seasons.

SOUP

Pat Narduzzi, Michigan State

Everyone in the coaching community feels that it is only a matter of time before Narduzzi, widely regarded as one of the best assistant coaches in college football (he won the Broyles Award- given annually to the nation’s top assistant coach- on Dec. 10), becomes a head coach. In fact, he turned down the Connecticut job earlier this month. This season, the Spartans ranked No. 1 in total defense and had one of the most dominant units in the country. Michigan State defeated Ohio State, handing Urban Meyer his first loss in 25 games as the Buckeyes head coach and the Spartans will play in the Rose Bowl. In what was perhaps the most defining regular season moment for the Spartans, Narduzzi’s unit held archrival Michigan to -48 rushing yards in a 26-6 win on Nov. 2 in East Lansing. It was the worst team rushing total in the history of the Wolverines storied program. Speaking of that series, in Narduzzi’s seven seasons in East Lansing, the Spartans are 5-2 against their in-state rivals. Michigan State gave up only 248.2 yards per game this season and had five first-team All-Big Ten defensive selections, tying the school record set in 1966, when the Spartans won a share of the National Championship. Narduzzi is known in recruiting circles as outstanding both in relationship-building and evaluating talent and added the title of Assistant Head Coach for Michigan State in March.

SOUP

The other two are the DCs from FSU and Bama and they do not deserve the award because they simple have the best talent.

Account Deleted

Early start on 2014 predictions.

New QB, no big changes coming on defense means little chance for moving to the next level.

Schedule has tough road games at Louisville, Nebraska and VT. All could be losses.

Home game issues really only FSU.

Add in an upset along the way to Duke, NC, or GT and we're looking at 8-4 or 9-3.

Any more wins have to come from improvement on the D, we give up too many yards and points to compete at the 1 or 2 loss level...

Vault it!! LOL

SOUP

FROM 247 SPORTS:

Among the five finalists are two from the SEC (which experienced a offensive bonanza by that league’s standards this season) and one each from the Atlantic Coast and Big Ten conferences. There’s also a rising star from the Mountain West. There were plenty of candidates this season, so this list did not come easy.

The 2013 247Sports Offensive Coordinator of the Year Award will be announced Thursday, along with the 2013 247Sports Defensive Coordinator of the Year Award. 
The 247Sports National Recruiter of the Year will be announced Feb. 5, which is National Signing Day for college football.

roachcane77

SOUP firing on all STATISTICAL cylinders today.

Great research dude!

I was not aware of Louisville's D being so highly ranked this year… (Here I was only worried about what Teddy B. will do to OUR D.)

At least our boys are having nice weather to prepare in… Can't say that about anywhere else in the country right now. (Of course they all have "indoor practice domes.")

86Cane

WELL, WELL, WELL...LOOKY HERE:

Rhett Lashlee, Auburn

There is little doubt that Auburn head coach Gus Malzhan is the one running the Tigers‘ offense, but Lashlee is heavily involved and shares the play-calling duties with the head coach. The Tigers will play for the second BCS National Championship in four seasons on Jan. 6 against Florida State in Pasadena, Calif., won the SEC Championship and completed (win or lose against the Noles) the best one-season turnaround in college football history (Auburn was 3-9 and winless in the SEC a season ago). In large part, this was due to an offense that lead the nation in rushing at 335.7 yards-per-game, set a school record for rushing touchdowns in a season with 45 and piled up 677 yards of offense (school record vs. SEC competition) in a 59-42 win against Missouri in the SEC Championship Game. Additionally, Auburn ranked No. 11 nationally in total offense and running back Tre Mason was a Heisman Trophy finalist and the SEC Offensive Player of the Year. Lashlee is an Arkansas graduate who was a record-breaking high school quarterback at Shiloh Christian in Springdale, Ark., and was a back-up quarterback for the Razorbacks from 2002-04.

86Cane

Dave Schramm, Fresno State

The Bulldogs had one of the most explosive offenses in the country under the direction of Schramm, a rising star among offensive coordinators, averaging 572.4 yards per game (No. 3 nationally in total offense) and 45.3 points per game (No. 5 nationally in scoring offense). Quarterback Derek Carr (younger brother of David Carr) led the nation in passing yards with 4,866 yards and has developed into a future pro under the direction of Schramm and his staff. Schramm was hired prior to 2012 to implement a fast-paced spread attack for head coach Tim DeRuyter, who has turned Fresno around dramatically in two seasons, but has a defensive background. Schramm also is well-regarded as a recruiter and should be an assistant coach that BCS-level programs with offensive coordinator openings have on their short list.

86Cane

Miami Hurricanes junior lefthander Bryan Radziewski was among those recognized with preseason All-America recognition from the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA), the organization announced Wednesday.

A 2013 All-ACC first-team selection, Radziewski helped anchor the Miami pitching staff with a dominant redshirt sophomore season. The Miami, Fla., native finished the year with a team-high nine wins and a miniscule 1.78 ERA, striking out a career-high 109 batters in 91.0 innings.

He ranked among the best in the ACC in a number of pitching categories, including ERA (1.78, third), opposing batting average (.175, first), wins (nine, ninth), strikeouts (109, fourth), shutouts (two, second) and complete games (two, third).

For his outstanding campaign, the southpaw was recognized with 2013 All-America honors from Louisville Slugger (second team), Rawlings (third team) and CollegeBaseballInsider.com (honorable mention), as well as a spot on the midseason watch list for the Golden Spikes Award and the ABCA 2013 All-Atlantic Region first team.

4-Real

The CEO is brangin da heat 2day!!

86Cane

READ THIS AND PREPARE TO GIVE UP ALL HOPE:

http://grist.org/cities/sink-tank-in-miami-climate-scientists-ask-how-soon-how-deep/#.UrHAptJ0prY.twitter

FORGET THE STOCKSDALE PARADOX, WE ARE DOOMED!

LOL

roachcane77

Hey...

How are we gonna replace O'Donnell? I haven't heard any talk of new kickers.

His punting and kickoffs were nothing short of AWESOME for us this year!

Anything out there on this?

LB

Positivity is excellent, and I've got it for Golden, the offense, special teams, and his methods of recruiting.

But defense? Nope.

The statistics don't lie.

roachcane77

OK. Forget O'Donnell…

How are we going to replace the State of Florida?

(Thanks for nuthin' SOUP!)

Ohio_Cane

I've decided to take some time out of my day to convince U that Dalvin Cook is coming to UM. Why? Partly because I'm bored. Partly because I wanted to put my thoughts into words. I'm not typing this to try and "be right". It's just my prediction, and maybe gives U and idea of how I try and decipher what 17-18 year old kids are thinking each year during this time.


Full disclosure: I have no sources on this kid. I have never met, spoken to, or even seen him in person. I am only going by research on him. What he's said, how he's carried himself, body language, etc.

Here we go:

~ Dalvin said recently after the State Championship that he's "shutting recruiting down". He's done. He knows where he's going.

Shortly after stating this, he told Manny Navarro what helped make his mind up: "Whoever I feel like it's a family. I want to feel like I'm at Miami Central again."

This is very important. Why? Because of a few reasons, by importance (imo):

1. His blood brother, Deandre Burnett, is already at UM on the basketball team. ~ What could feel more like family than a blood brother?

2. His "brother", best friend and teammate at Miami Central, Joe Yearby is committed to UM and will be an EE with Dalvin. ~ This also plays into the family AND Miami Central part of that quote.

3. Another one of his teammates at Miami Central is committed to UM. Trevor Darling. One of the big bodies on the OL he's run behind for his entire HS career. ~ This would also aid in him "feeling like he's at Central again" running behind Darling at UM.

4. We all know at UM, it IS a family, and every recruit that visits says it. NFL players always talk about their "brothers" from UM and are probably the only alumnus that are constantly on campus, year-round. Fans say "CanesFam" all the time, even though it's people who may have never met. It doesn't get more FAMILY than at UM.

~ Another reason he picks UM? Dalvin said the coaches "kept it real with me". Now, U can say whatever U want about Al Golden and staff about their philosophies and schemes, but what U CAN'T say is that they're not REAL with the players, recruits, parents, etc.

One thing past recruits and parents have said, after being recruited by Golden and staff throughout the NCAA mess to now, is that they were "HONEST", "DIDN'T LIE OR BS ABOUT IT", and "KEPT IT REAL". This quote SCREAMS Al Golden and his staff.

~ One last reason: His parents are BOTH huge UM fans. Have been for years.

There are plenty of reasons he would choose FSU. I could list at least 10. But if his comments about Family, brotherhood, and coaching honesty are true, he'll be in Coral Gables in January.

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Admittedly, and something highlighted by some posters on here, I was wrong on a lot of kids last year. Partly because of bad info, but there was some really good sources I have that had solid info and there were drastic, unpredictable changes.

Example(s):

- Alex Collins being a silent that changed his mind at the last second and didn't even tell his parents. I think we all remember his mother running with the NLI and disappearing on NSD

- Golden and staff "pulling" Denver Kirkland's scholly, only to give it back shortly after. He would've committed to UM had this not happened.

- Matthew Thomas WAS going to choose UM until the mess with Kirkland, which made him not trust this staff, even though it was Kirkland and the school's miscommunication with Golden that caused it.

Now, I'm not making excuses. I've manned up to missing on these picks. A few were homer picks that I just missed on in addition to these few.

I may miss on this one as well, but it's not one of my yearly "homer" picks. I believe he's coming to UM.

BigWindyCane1

...the most improved category: Arizona, Houston, Duke and Tulane. Arizona went from #102 to #29 in scoring defense, Houston went from #107 to #27, Duke went from #108 to #33, Tulane went from #115 to #35, Marshall went from #119 to #29 in just one season.

But once again it was shocking to learn that Baylor went from #110 to #7 in just one year!

Posted by: SOUP | December 18, 2013 at 08:15 AM

Enough said. Soup is on the top of his game today. Noone can convince me that any of these teams have more raw talent that the Miami Hurricanes. Even within the state, UCF and USF have better DCs. D'No needs to coach a lot better. I

Ohio_Cane

because EVEN THOUGH! you we're what? 1 for 20 on gets last year

PS: You sold me on Hester too, that kid is gonna be an ABSOLUTE STUD!

Posted by: CaneRock | December 18, 2013 at 12:46 PM
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See my above post.

Oh, and I got more than 1 right. I believe it was 7 or 8. I missed on more than that, though, so the criticism is fair.

LB

Replacing the QB may not be such a bad idea, as Morris is turnover prone when intentionally rolling out the pocket (see State of the U's article for details).

The only issue is that we'll see is that we probably will have replace QB's in consecutive years (as Williams will be a senior next year). It's almost a good idea to hope that Olsen/one of the newcomers will beat out Williams in order to provide some stability in the position, but I'm not placing bets against Williams.

Presuming we get a healthy Duke Johnson, the new QB is going to have a TON of weapons.

RB: Out goes Hagens (ouch) and Clements. But Crawford and Edwards got a ton of playing time. As long as we can replace the fullback, this group will be fine.

WR: Out goes Hurns (ouch). Not only do Coley and Waters return, we should be getting a healthier Dorsett, Scott, and Lewis. Add in Derrick Griffin (hopefully), Berrios, and the 2014's... it's going to be tough to keep them off the field.

TE: With all the talk about tight ends at Miami, this group has been really underused. Though the catches went up from 31 to 43, it's still not enough to matter. But it's evident we don't have a Jimmy Graham or Greg Olsen end zone presence. We need one to make this offense BCS-worthy.

OL: QB's were sacked 13 times, almost 100% better than 2012. We lose Susan's Man (and the passionate Barry White romance of #Sutrel), Linder, and Wheeler. But Kehoe is versed on replacing talent. I don't expect much of a dropoff, if any at all. Linder will have to be replaced, however.

The 2014 offense actually has a good chance to be better than in 2013.

LB

I'm gonna miss #Sutrel. I'll bet Susan's going to give #77 the going away present of a lifetime.

If you hear an explosion, it'll be from that bedroom.

86Cane

How are we going to replace the State of Florida?

Posted by: roachcane77 | December 18, 2013 at 01:37 PM

Half of FL is wet under this scenario? OH MY!

So if this guy and all of his scientific friends are correct in their casual predictions of utter clamity do U know what that REALLY means?

1. There will be no University of Miami by 2100. It will be underwater along with USF.

2. AlL property value along the coast of not only Florida but the enitre US will be obliterated. Half of the US land valUe will be lost.

3. Insurance companies will stop insuring coastal property or any land not over 10-15 feet about sea level in about 25-50 years.

4. Almost entire COUNTRIES (islands) will be under water. 1/4 of ALL inhabited land mass world wide would be lost creating global chaos and 100's of million of people will have to be relocated to higher ground.

5. The world would basically be over as we know it.

HAVE A NICE DAY!

roachcane77

5. The world would basically be over as we know it.
HAVE A NICE DAY!
Posted by: 86Cane | December 18, 2013 at 01:58 PM


LMFAO!

BigWindyCane1

I saw Dalvin Cook and Central play this past season and Cook is a beast. During his sophomore and junior seasons, I favored Yearby slightly, but Cook came back this senior year bigger, stronger and just as fast. Cook has great ball skills. Cook cut better into the holes and followed his blocks well in tight spaces. I really liked him, and Phillips is also the real deal at WR. I hope the Canes can flip them both.

Gray from Carol City is also the real deal, as is Mike Smith and several others. If the Canes flip Cook, they will have almost everyone in Miami-Dade and Broward that they could want. I have seen these recruits play, and there will be no excuse if the coaches cannot bring home a national championship with this kind of talent.

The talent in South Florida is the best, and believe it or not, it is getting better. The coaches at all levels, from optimist leagues to high schools are getting better.

If the Canes can control this "State of Miami" region of the country, and pick off a couple from other parts of the state and country, they will have all they need to win a national championship.

86Cane

Oh, and BTW, we would also lose over half of our fresh drinking water supply that would over-run by saLt water.

#SCREWWATERDRINKBEER

86Cane

If the Canes can control this "State of Miami" region of the country, and pick off a couple from other parts of the state and country, they will have all they need to win a national championship.

Posted by: BigWindyCane1 | December 18, 2013 at 02:13 PM

As long as they do it before 2100 when the world floods, yeah, I'm cool with that.

UpNorthCane

LMAO soup I just envisioned the movies The day after Tomorrow and 2012 in my head reading your 1-5 points lol funny but scary.... Saddest thing is the loss of the university of Miami by 2100

Ohio_Cane

So, have I convinced anyone yet?

86Cane

I wonder if the fact the most of Miami is going to be under water and that the University of Miami will not even exist in 2100 will have any impact recruiting for the class of 2095-99?

Nah, you're right, prolly not.

BigWindyCane1

As long as they do it before 2100 when the world floods, yeah, I'm cool with that.

Posted by: 86Cane | December 18, 2013 at 02:15 PM

LMAO.

86Cane

So, have I convinced anyone yet?

Posted by: Ohio_Cane | December 18, 2013 at 02:26 PM

I know a Cook who works at the Deli Lane cafe in South Miami. He's a really good Cook too!

http://delilane.com/

Ohio_Cane

Hurricanes Football ‏@MiamiHurricanes 15s

Congrats to Kacy Rodgers II & Maurice Hagens who have accepted invites to play in 2014 @theallstarbowl

GO MO!

Ohio_Cane

I know a Cook who works at the Deli Lane cafe in South Miami. He's a really good Cook too!

http://delilane.com/

Posted by: 86Cane | December 18, 2013 at 02:34 PM
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Well, there's one person I convinced. LOL

86Cane

FROM CHRIS VANNINI AT COACHINGSEARCH.COM:

That third down chart is the biggest indicator for how a game went, according to Borges. Michigan went 8-for-14 against the Buckeyes.

“I can usually tell how well the game went just on how many third down (play calls) I had to use and whether they’re third and longs,” he said. “If I use up all the third and longs, we usually didn’t play very well. We probably lost the game. I didn’t use that many in this game and didn’t have to call a lot of third down plays period. A few, but it’s different. You’re up there and you feel like at one point in time like you can call pretty much anything. Then other games it’s like you can’t call anything. It’s a strange deal. It’s a weird deal when you’re play calling.

“I’ve called over 50,000 plays or something, but every game has been a little different. Every game has been a little different. There are days when you can almost shut your eyes and pick a play and it works. There’s days when you really think you’ve got a bead on them, and you may have a bead on them, and it’s either under-executed or you don’t have a bead on them and they over-defended it.

“You’re never going to call a perfect game. Nobody does. Nobody ever has. Nobody ever will. What’s going to happen when you don’t? Or what’s going to happen when you call the perfect play or a good play, and you don’t execute the play for whatever reason? That all happens. Both sides. Everybody’s at fault when it doesn’t work well. That’s something I’ll always own up to, because I’ve done this job for a long time. It’s part of being a coordinator.”

86Cane

Jeremy Crabtree ESPN ‏@jeremycrabtree 9m

Another early signing for OU --> MT @OU_Football: Welcome LB Devante Bond to the OU family! He has officially signed an NLI with #Sooners!

Ohio_Cane

Jeremy Crabtree ESPN ‏@jeremycrabtree 9m

Another early signing for OU --> MT @OU_Football: Welcome LB Devante Bond to the OU family! He has officially signed an NLI with #Sooners!

Posted by: 86Cane | December 18, 2013 at 02:56 PM
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Couldn't qualify at UM.

NigerianCane


Miami Football: Al Golden Will Not Leave Hurricanes for Texas Longhorns


By
Chris Bello
(Featured Columnist) on December 16, 2013

For three consecutive years, the postseason rumor mill has churned regarding potential destinations for Miami Hurricanes head coach Al Golden.

In 2011, UCLA had Golden on its radar a second time before hiring Jim L. Mora. By 2012, Tennessee was sizing up the second-year Miami coach for a lighter shade of orange.

With legendary coach Mack Brown stepping down at Texas, it's safe to assume Golden-to-Austin rumors will begin percolating in late 2013 when some pie-in-the-sky big names inevitably begin turning the Longhorns down. Dennis Dodd of CBS Sports has already suggested that Golden would "make sense" at Texas.

Before the sports media gets ahead of itself with another episode of As the Coaching World Turns, let's clear the air—Golden isn't leaving the Hurricanes until his rebuild is complete and ultimate success has been achieved.
The third-year Miami leader signed on for what he knew was a high-risk, high-reward opportunity and will buckle down until the job is done. Maybe even longer, should the Hurricanes go on another stellar run like they did a decade ago.

Golden arrived at Miami three Decembers back, replacing Randy Shannon, who lasted four years and went 28-22 over that span. The New Jersey native made his way to Coral Gables via Philadelphia, where he spent five seasons rebuilding a Temple program recently thrown out of the Big East Conference for being that awful.

Golden became a hot coaching commodity, making his way onto several short lists after the miraculous Temple turnaround. The Owls went 1-11 in his first season and 9-4 in his fourth season, resulting in the program's third bowl game ever and first in three decades.

Weeks before that historic 2009 postseason appearance, Cincinnati was in search of someone to replace Notre Dame-bound Brian Kelly. Golden declined, remaining in Philadelphia, as neither the timing nor the opportunity was in line with his long-term career path.

Two years prior, Golden turned down UCLA a first time—"flattered" to be a candidate, but staying put, telling the Los Angeles Times, "[W]e are on the brink of something truly special here at Temple." His second-year Owls squad was 5-19 with him in charge at the time.

The word "commitment" doesn't always mean much in the sports world. Coaches pledge to stay. Owners swear not to sell. Players give their word and then flip-flop.

Yet with Golden, the 44-year-old's character and word have proven stronger at each new sign of adversity.

With an NCAA investigation underway and Miami wrapping up a 6-6 season in 2011, Golden could've easily bailed. Instead, he pledged his allegiance and agreed to a four-year contract extension. His contract now goes through February 2020.

"My family loves it in South Florida, we have embraced the community and we could not be more excited about the future of the Miami Hurricanes football team," Golden said in a university-released statement days after Year 1 wrapped.

UCLA, Tennessee and Texas—all are big-time programs, all boast top-notch facilities, and all have mad money to throw around. That said, Los Angeles, Knoxville or Austin don't mesh with New Jersey like South Florida—home of countless transplants from the Northeast. Miami is a diverse city and UM is a unique place, always in search of that "special fit" coach.
Golden knows there are few opportunities across the nation that compare to the one he currently has, which is why he hit the ground running and has not looked back.

Win at "The U" and you're instantly one of the hottest commodities in the business. Fail and it can result in what amounts to coaching purgatory.

Look at Miami's coaching tree the past three decades for proof.

On one branch sit Howard Schnellenberger, Jimmy Johnson, Dennis Erickson and Butch Davis. All left for (seemingly) greener pastures, next-level opportunities and big time paydays, having succeeded at the University of Miami.

On the other side are Larry Coker and the aforementioned Shannon. The former now heads up the University of Texas-San Antonio's football program, while the latter is coaching up linebackers in Arkansas.

Timing is everything—as is location. When The U landed Golden, the program was in dire need of a makeover, and the then-Temple coach knew what he had under the hood. The restoration project was worth it, and he drove that point home during his initial press conference in December 2010:
At Miami, top-flight talent has always been the name of the game. It's been the key ingredient for decades of success and numerous title-game runs, especially for the 2001 squad Davis assembled.

The Hurricanes' fifth national championship squad is heralded as the best college football team in history. Seventeen players from the team were eventually taken in the first round of the NFL draft.

While that perfect storm of timing, talent, development, depth and player chemistry arguably won't happen again, the University of Miami—and its surrounding local talent—is one of the few places where that type of success could repeat itself.

Schnellenberger referred to it as "The State of Miami"—keeping the best players from Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties home, while taking the rest of Florida's best, as well as landing some national superstars.
Davis built a powerhouse with this approach, and Golden is attempting to following suit. Of Miami's current 28-player, third-ranked class for 2014, 20 are from the Sunshine State, and the majority of those come from Schnellenberger's coveted tri-county region.

Golden arrived at The U with a 300-page orange and green binder titled, "Deserve Victory"—his blueprint for revamping the Miami program.

Eight months later, he was blindsided by an NCAA investigation that took place over 26 of the 36 months he's been the Hurricanes' head coach. The result: negative recruiting tactics by rivals while top South Florida talent ran the other direction.

Miami also lost 36 players between 2010 and 2012 due to transfer or internal housecleaning, crippling the roster and creating depth woes that were felt up through this year's 9-3 campaign.

Better days that were once well down the road are close enough for this Miami program to taste. This coaching staff planted seeds, mended fences on the local recruiting front and has proven to be a determined, patient and resilient group.

The U took the NCAA's best punch and is ready to deliver some blows of its own these next few seasons.

Rebuild somewhere like Austin, or forge ahead unshackled in Coral Gables? It's not even up for debate.

After all Golden has endured, sticking around to reap the fruits of his labor at The U is the only logical option for the man with the long-term plan.

30CINCO

Couldn't qualify at UM.

Posted by: Ohio_Cane | December 18, 2013 at 02:58 PM

Probably D'Onofrio's fault.

http://www.reactiongifs.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/fart-in-elevator.gif

All kidding aside. I hope you are right about Cook.

Someone else asked this, what are we gonna do about kick-offs and punting?!?!

Ohio_Cane

Someone else asked this, what are we gonna do about kick-offs and punting?!?!

Posted by: 30CINCO | December 18, 2013 at 03:06 PM
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Did everyone forget about punter Austin Barnard (6'4, 190) we got last year? Was a freshman this year. Kid could bring the goods.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=svWf3nRRu8A

30CINCO

Did everyone forget about punter Austin Barnard (6'4, 190) we got last year? Was a freshman this year. Kid could bring the goods.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=svWf3nRRu8A

Posted by: Ohio_Cane | December 18, 2013 at 03:12 PM
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Not gonna lie, had no idea we had this guy. Thanks!

86Cane

So after a little topographical research on the Internet I found out that where I live in Winter Haven, Polk County, FL. I am between 145 and 150 feet ABOVE sea level.

So I am cool with the whole "The World Is Flooding" thingy. The good news is that the Canespace Central Command (CCC) will still function no matter what!

GO CANES, BEAT THE FLOOD!!!

CGNC


If you hear an explosion, it'll be from that bedroom.

Posted by: LB | December 18, 2013 at 01:55 PM

And you were doing so well. Sigh :\

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