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February 05, 2015

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CaneRock

WHAT?!...FIRST!

dj moonbat

I type up a comment, and there's already a (*&$# new blog...

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We should have won all other games and finished 9-3 or at the very least 8-4. The fact that that did not happen is concerning. If it happens again then ch-ch-ch-changes must occur.

Posted by: SOUP | February 05, 2015 at 08:23 AM


Both the 2013 and 2014 seasons ended with the 'Canes dumping four games, starting with the FSU games. In 2013, they were able to interrupt the skid with wins over some pretty damned weak UVA and Pitt teams; in 2014, even the UVA and Pitt games couldn't stop the free-fall.

Now, I'm not asking you to become a full-on "hater." But I am going to ask you momentarily to lower the rose-colored shades as you contemplate the following: This year, the FSU game is in week 5, and comes before a stretch of seven games in which every team but two (Duke/UNC) beat UM in 2014, and only UNC failed to beat UM in both prior years.

Aside from "I'm a fan, it's what I do," what is the rationale behind thinking that "it" won't happen again? (By which I mean a bunch of losses to less-talented teams, with the losses particularly piling up after The Quit sets in.)

I'll spare you my read on why it will happen again, because it's just as much of a downer for me as it is for everybody else. But I will say it's not JUST "Golden sucks." (Happy to provide backup detail upon request.)

Posted by: dj moonbat | February 05, 2015 at 08:45 AM

SOUP

If a loss is "on the players", then its on the coaches imo.

Posted by: UMike | February 05, 2015 at 08:35 AM

I get what U are saying but do not agree that U are exactly 100% correct. I put two losses directly on the coaches and one on the players. That is being balanced and fair. Saying that every loss is on the coaches just because U do not like him/them is not. Some things coaches are directly responsible for and should be held accountable, but some things are out of the coaches hands believe it or not.

SinisterCane


And we're equally unimpressed that you fail to ever acknowledge it factored at all in what's happened here.

Posted by: Go,GoCanes! | February 05, 2015 at 08:22 AM
The cloud was 2 seasons ago sowhatdafuc does it have to do with 7-6 or 6-7? Didn't realize it was the Sanction cloud that caused us to get beatdown in our own house for recruits yesterday

Posted by: SinisterCane | February 05, 2015 at 08:36 AM

SOUP

The cloud was 2 seasons ago sowhatdafuc does it have to do with 7-6 or 6-7?

Posted by: SinisterCane | February 05, 2015 at 08:36 AM

Sinister...U do not get it, U never will get it and U don't want to get it, so lets just let this one go, huh?

SinisterCane

Can the Cloud Chasers explained how the NCAA sanction affected the 2014 season?

raizecane

Miami's Al Golden Excited About 2015 National Signing Day Class
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mdUAF5OOsVM

raizecane

Signing Day: Al Golden on Miami recruiting

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_xrrLf3Shzg

360Cane

It must be so cloudy out that people forget where the []_[] is located. This cloud does not keep this []_[] from winning the coastal. We all know it's the fans' fault not clouds or night games or even the coaches.

Losers make excuses and it is all on him. He'll be gone after next season and we all know this. Even the media knows. After the interview yesterday, why would they do a graphic comparing him to Shannon? I've never seen that before where they compare coaches like that. []_[]

dj moonbat

I think it's worth pointing out that Golden's worst recruiting class to date, by a fairly significant margin, is the first one fully out from under The Cloud.

SOUP

Aside from "I'm a fan, it's what I do," what is the rationale behind thinking that "it" won't happen again?

Posted by: dj moonbat | February 05, 2015 at 08:47 AM

"I'm a fan, it's what I do."

This a sports blog, not a courtroom.

I am not going to spend time presenting "hard evidence" as to why "it" will not happen again. Instead I'll spend my off-season kayaking, fishing, playing golf, hanging out with my wife at beautiful, peaceful places like Bok Tower and Gardens in Lake Wales (Google it!), hopefully making lots of money in real estate and just generally being happy, having fun and hoping for a great 2015 UM football season.

Because I AM a fan, it's what I do!

360Cane

I just can't stand other teams benefitting from our incompetence.

dj moonbat

Because I AM a fan, it's what I do!

Posted by: SOUP | February 05, 2015 at 08:55 AM


Fine. But stop treating the "haters" as if our dissent is simple stupidity/ignorance. (Please, O benevolent blog dictator.)

We have reasons.

SOUP

BTW...it is cloudy and rainy here in Central Florida today. IJS

Go,GoCanes!

Posted by: SOUP | February 05, 2015 at 08:49 AM

Yep, yep and yep.

SOUP

Moonbat...are you trying to say that the "haters" do not try to paint the "bootlickers" into a corner of stupidity/ignorance ALL DAY, EVERY DAY either right? C'mon man, this is WAR!

Just kidding, just kidding...

SOUP

Sinister...I like the term "Cloud Chasers" much better than "bootlickers". CC has a nice ring to it. Let's see who gets this reference:

#ChuckMangione

SinisterCane

Posted by: SOUP | February 05, 2015 at 08:49 AM

Yep, yep and yep.


Posted by: Go,GoCanes! | February 05, 2015 at 08:58 AM

How did the NCAA sanctions affect the 2014 season? Did it cause us to lose 7 games or get stomped out in recruiting this year

Go,GoCanes!

Very, very good read.

@ByTimReynolds: Interesting take from former Miami Hurricanes OL Tyler Horn. Read carefully. http://t.co/NPLhuunQ5l

SinisterCane

how the NCAA sanction affected the 2014 season?

No more Bootlickers from me

SOUP

Mangione's composition "Chase the Clouds Away" was used at the 1976 Summer Olympics, held in Montreal, Quebec, with a later composition, "Give It All You Got," being used as the theme to the 1980 Winter Olympic Games, held in Lake Placid, New York. He performed it live at the closing ceremonies, which were televised globally. In 1978 Mangione composed the soundtrack for the film The Children of Sanchez starring Anthony Quinn. This album won him his second Grammy, in the category Best Pop Instrumental performance in 1979 and the title song, almost 15 minutes long in full version and featuring a wind section theme. In 1981 Mangione composed/performed the theme for The Cannonball Run starring Burt Reynolds and many more.

SOUP

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chase_the_Clouds_Away#mediaviewer/File:Chase_the_Clouds_Away_-_Chuck_Mangione_album_cover.jpg

SOUP

How did the NCAA sanctions affect the 2014 season? Did it cause us to lose 7 games or get stomped out in recruiting this year

Posted by: SinisterCane | February 05, 2015 at 09:07 AM

U silly wabbit, everyone knows that it caused sweaty palms and toenail fungus, neither of which helped our cause.

SOUP

Chase The Clouds Away:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AveMsIxaKZM

Cola Cane

In no way, shape, or form am I taking up for the coaching staff, but a very telling thing that's been missing from our teams is a VOCAL LEADER. When we lost to FSU, yeah that deflated us all, and the right then and there, we had NO ONE to step up and hold a team only meeting and rip into his mates about the season is NOT over, and we can STILL finish strong. In NO way we should've lost to UV and Pitt, NO FREAKING WAY. Coaches can only do that so much, and in that case, my feeling is the players should've pulled together. Ala Ed Reed halftime lockeroom rant! All we can do is hope that happens is some way this coming yr?

1mg of Epi


Can the Cloud Chasers explained how the NCAA sanction affected the 2014 season?
Posted by: SinisterCane | February 05, 2015 at 08:50 AM

Their argument is that while the programs future was in doubt, a number of 4/5 * players went elsewhere. Those players should be the junior senior class today, therefore the cloud is responsible for draining today's talent.

They have a point, this is undoubtedly true. However this doesn't explain losing to teams w significantly less talent, as Al has done since being at Miami.

The bottom line is that Al is a horrible coach, routinely losing to lesser talent. The cloud was a hindrance, but doesn't come close explaining what he's done. Loyalty to him is misplaced, as it means the program falls further and further behind everyone else. Including UVA.

30CINCO

Everyone "acknowledges" the cloud, yet when it's mentioned, it's dismissed at every turn.

The real effect cannot be quantified, so it's just dismissed as "It had an effect, just not THAT much".

Biggest effect, imo, was the way depth was affected.

SOUP

They have a point, this is undoubtedly true. However this doesn't explain losing to teams w significantly less talent, as Al has done since being at Miami.

Posted by: 1mg of Epi | February 05, 2015 at 09:23 AM

There IT is right there.

Really BOTH sides are at least partially correct.

#FairAndBalanced

dj moonbat

Moonbat...are you trying to say that the "haters" do not try to paint the "bootlickers" into a corner of stupidity/ignorance ALL DAY, EVERY DAY either right? C'mon man, this is WAR!

Just kidding, just kidding...

Posted by: SOUP | February 05, 2015 at 09:02 AM


I'm trying to say that YOU, as the guy with the keys, need to be fair. I don't expect anything from Go, Go or 30.

We aren't doing this to be dicks. We're hurting here.

Clwtrdan

Yes, I'm a slurper. We lost our starting free safety (Jenkins(, two linebackers who would have provided a lot of depth on a thereafter depleted linebacker corp, and our starting DE Muhammed. Injuries to the O-line hurt us really badly and with the lack of overall team depth due to the cloud (very low scholarship numbers due to self imposed scholarship sanctions) and 17 redshirt players including two rising juniors on the defensive line, the handwriting was on the wall for a late season meltdown. Everyone thinks Earl Moore is not an elite player but he is. Our linebacker numbers are up this year and young guys have more experience due to being forced to play earlier than wanted last year. When I look at the season, particularly the early losses at Nebraska and GT, the games came down to a couple of stops and we win by giving the ball back to our offense. Rashawn Scott was slated to start along side PD but was lost for a season where our true freshman QB surely could have used the WR who he seemed to hook up with in fall camp more than any other. Berrios was forced to become A guy and way too early.
Surely, it sounds like a lot of excuses but it is what happened. The lack of depth coupled with the loss of key players (oh yeah and our starting QB), the effect of the cloud due to the self imposed scholarship reductions, and yes a little poor game day coaching, led to the meltdown. I know I'll be attacked here for my position, but I see us deeper and better next year. AND, I bleed orange and green.

SinisterCane

Butch had a tsunami of Sanctions and still won

#Butch Chaser

30CINCO

Sheldrick Redwine pulls Signing Day hat trick, picks UM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-rh-m5t8yQc&feature=youtu.be

Pretty refreshing hearing a kid say UM was his dream school, didnt care when the offer came, just glad it did and he jumped on it.

CaneRock

I remember the Goldenites saying that what happened during the 2014 season would determine the outcome of yesterday's recruiting class. "Al Golden gotta win 10 games to lock up the SoFlo recruits!"...they said.

But NOW!, noooooo, that don't matter no mo'...now they wanna compare Kamalu, to Chief Keef...ain't that right CINCO?...LMAO!

30CINCO

I mean, production over stars......ain't that right?

30CINCO

lol

CaneRock

CINCOOOOOOOOO!...LMAO!

30CINCO

knew that would hit the spot, lol

Go,GoCanes!

Dj we are all hurting here. All of us want to win.

And all of us think Golden dropped the ball last year late. Haven't heard anyone say anything to the contrary.

But a lot of factors, not excuses, factors, led us to where we are today. Having the gall to point those things out here gets you ridiculed at best, insulted at worse.

To some its 100% Golden, NCAA mess, bad attendance, fickle fans, gigantic financial differences compared to big time schools, outdated and distant stadium and the rest 0%.

That's a ridiculous and myopic viewpoint.

BigWindyCane1

Good article Tony Cane, but you left off two of my favorite recruits- Jaquan Johnson and Norton. Of course my favorite quote for NSD is by JJ Watt who puts it all in perspective: "Annual reminder that it's not all about how many stars you have or how many cameras show up at your signing. It's what you do next."

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Go,GoCanes!

Posted by: Clwtrdan | February 05, 2015 at 09:41 AM

Very well said.

thirstybuzzardcane

I'm sorry, when half your starters will be on NFL rosters next year, there is no such thing as a cloud!!! How can you blame last season on the cloud?

LB

Maybe we could call Al the Nyctiphobic... since those night games are so darned terrifying.

30CINCO

Miami Hurricanes Football Recruiting: Grading the Class of 2015

UM's NSD haul had a few surprises, both good and bad. Today we break down where they got stronger, where they missed out, and grade the class position by position.

http://www.stateoftheu.com/2015/2/5/7984067/miami-hurricanes-football-recruiting-grading-the-class-of-2015

Old Skool

Star-gazing ehhh

We've come too far
To give up who we are
So let's raise the bar
And our cups to the stars

30CINCO

StateOfTheU.com @TheStateOfTheU · 7m 7 minutes ago

#Swag16 RT @jeremycrabtree: The 2016 class starts now: #Miami leads way with 13 commits, followed by #HailState with 11 #Rebels, #TCU, #BBN & #Vols each have eight.

Gin & Tonic

I'm sorry, when half your starters will be on NFL rosters next year, there is no such thing as a cloud!!! How can you blame last season on the cloud?

Posted by: thirstybuzzardcane | February 05, 2015 at 10:30 AM

I'll take the bait.

Name the 11 starters from 2014 who will be on 2015 rosters.

30CINCO

Posted by: Go,GoCanes! | February 05, 2015 at 09:08 AM
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That's Jeters website which he started so players could get their views out, good story.

thirstybuzzardcane


I'll take the bait.

Name the 11 starters from 2014 who will be on 2015 rosters.

Posted by: Gin & Tonic | February 05, 2015 at 10:43 AM


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Sorry jack ass +/- 1

1 Arbrister
2 Faliciano
3 Walford
4 Duke
5 Flowers
6 Gunter
7 Perryman
8 McDermott
9 Chickillo
10 Pierre

thirstybuzzardcane


I'll take the bait.

Name the 11 starters from 2014 who will be on 2015 rosters.

Posted by: Gin & Tonic | February 05, 2015 at 10:43 AM


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Sorry jack ass +/- 1

1 Arbrister
2 Faliciano
3 Walford
4 Duke
5 Flowers
6 Gunter
7 Perryman
8 McDermott
9 Chickillo
10 Pierre

Posted by: thirstybuzzardcane | February 05, 2015 at 10:55 AM


I actually forgot Dorsett, so there's your eleven.

thirstybuzzardcane

I'll take the bait.

Name the 11 starters from 2014 who will be on 2015 rosters.

Posted by: Gin & Tonic | February 05, 2015 at 10:43 AM


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You can take my bait, hook, and sinker!!!!

30CINCO

paging Dorsett...

Matt Miller @nfldraftscout · 3m 3 minutes ago

.@adidasFballUS is giving away a custom Porsche 911 Carrera to 3 prospects at the Combine.

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/B9F6KI5CQAMmau_.png:large

Go,GoCanes!

We'll see how many actually end up drafted and on a team. Regardless, everyone agrees this was not a 7 loss team.

But we were also forced to start true freshman on the o-line and QB, and have multiple true freshmen in the d-line rotation. I also seriously doubt there was any Top 25 caliber team starting last year's third string running back at safety this year.

This team had top end talent for sure, but it also had a serious lack of depth at several positions.

CaneRock

ESPN list of recruits still considering UM. Dale,McFadden, & Martin are on several schools lists:

http://espn.go.com/college-sports/football/recruiting/school/_/id/2390/class/2015/page/considering

30CINCO

Just for the name alone, would be nice to get #Dale

Gin & Tonic

You can take my bait, hook, and sinker!!!!

Posted by: thirstybuzzardcane | February 05, 2015 at 11:00 AM

Easy tough guy. Just asking who you thought would be on NFL rosters next year.

CaneRock

Crawford looked good in the Spring game, and in the CCRs that I saw. The games that counted, where His coaches had to put em' in a position to succeed...not so much.

CaneRock


Crawford looked good in the Spring game, and in the CCRs that I saw. The games that counted, where His coaches had to put em' in a position to succeed...not so much.

Posted by: CaneRock | February 05, 2015 at 11:23 AM

Likewise with Carter, hopefully JJ doesn't suffer the same fate.

#SPRINGTIMESTUDS

SinisterCane

First the Cloud chasers stated we didn't have enough talent to compete but come to find out we have 10 NFL Prospects, lol now their switching their defense to Depth????


Did UV, Pitt have more depth than the U

Go,GoCanes!

Posted by: SinisterCane | February 05, 2015 at 11:28 AM

Like I said, to some its 100% Golden, everything other factor...0%.

SOUP

We aren't doing this to be dicks. We're hurting here.

Posted by: dj moonbat | February 05, 2015 at 09:31 AM

Nobody claimed that U were intentionally trying to be a jerk. But a select few on here seem that repeating the same negative crap every day, all day is necessary, but in reality it gets tiring to read and it is not helping the cause.

And U don't think I feel the pain too? Mama ain't happy, I ain't happy, nobody is happy.

I have LIVED it everty single stinkin day since this blog started the first year during Coker's demise and the hiring of Shannon all the way through Golden's tenure. I have been through blog wars, The JSQ, and many other things since comitting to this blog.

U think that has been all wine and roses?

Trust me I know pain. I feel your pain.

It is just that I choose to compartmentalize the football season into 12-14 weeks of games that matter (not counting NSD, Spring scrimmages and Fall practice) and not to wallow in the mire for the rest of the year.

It is like everything in life: it comes down to choices. I CHOOSE not to be upset, depressed or sad about the season once it is over. I get angry after losses as much or even more than anyone else, but I get over it by venting, putting it in a box, throwing the box away and then moving on.

Ever season starts anew each September with every team at 0-0. That is what I think about because I choose too. U could choose that too but U seem happy being angry all the time because you "got hurt".

Dude, U know I like your contributions here on the blog, but here is a news flash: life is FULL of hurt. Somehow U gotta find a way to get past it or it will, in the words of Don Henley, "Eat U up inside".

#HeartOfTheMatter

J'Ville Cane

National Signing Day is supposed to be a happy occasion, full of pomp and circumstance and unsubstantiated hope. There was none of that for Al Golden Wednesday. No booster parties. No chicken wing eating fests. No parades.

National Signing Day was more a moment of closure for Golden and Miami football than it was a new beginning. The losses on the trail, compounded by the losses in November and December on the field, were too massive. They drowned out the feel good stories of this recruiting cycle, like Booker T. Washington's super running back Mark Walton ignoring all the negativity and noise around him and showing a sense of loyalty to his hometown school that probably hasn't been seen since the man whom he wants to erase from the Miami record books went through this same process.

Like Walton, Duke Johnson announced very early that he wanted to be a Miami Hurricane and never wavered. There were no hat games. There were no phantom commits, where Miami coaches were told for months that he was coming and then got left at the altar in embarrassing fashion down the stretch. There were no street agents turning dealings messy. There was just a commitment in the style that our forefathers created the word, a word used ridiculously loosely in the cesspool that college recruiting has allowed itself to become.

So Walton didn't get the parade and party that he deserved Wednesday. Too many of his fellow class of elite prospects around town thumbed their noses at Golden and The U. They got caught up in all the hate being directed at the coach and his staff. So instead of playing down the street at Sun Life Stadium, they will be displaying their talents in places like Auburn and Tuscaloosa and Columbus and Austin.

That continued failure in local recruiting was not a reason to throw any parties. It was a reason to go home and become reacquainted with the family and thank God that it all is over and spring practice begins in three weeks.

Walton, an immensely talented running back, will be part of any solution. And make no mistake. With all of this talent around South Florida, Miami remains positioned as well as any school in the country to bounce back quickly.

Look at USC, in a similar situation out in Los Angeles. The Trojans got their act together this year and walked off with the National Team Recruiting Title, sprinting to the wire past Alabama and Florida State who were having insane recruiting years themselves.

That's the kind of talent acquisition Miami is capable of doing, should be doing. Golden is just blowing it all right now with a stubbornness and series of mistakes that there was no way he was going to overcome. The town has turned on him because of his mismanagement of the end of the season. The Miami fan base has not been this toxic in a long time. Maybe ever. Golden has allowed it to get so bad that he might never recover from it.

All those local kids that went the other way again this year? People must remember that these guys were practically in diapers the last time Miami was relevant in college football. They don't relate to Michael Irvin and the great Sean Taylor and Ed Reed, Reggie Wayne and Santana and Clinton, Willis, Edge and Frank.

If they all stayed together it might get that ridiculous again in Coral Gables. But all they hear is that Mark D'Onofrio's defense sucks and that the defensive backs coach is too incompetent and arrogant and that the fan base doesn't support the program. They see 6-7, players quitting on the coaches. They see underachieving talents like Stacy Coley and Herb Waters and Tracy Howard. They hear opposing coaches racking up frequent flyer miles to exploit this weakness who taunt Golden with Twitter posts mocking that lost fence around the state of Miami. The street agents swarm in and get their pound of flesh.

So Calvin Ridley, the best receiver in the country, goes to Alabama. And lanky corners like Carlton Davis and DaVante Davis go to Auburn and Texas. And Tim Irvin, Michael's nephew, goes to Auburn. And National Signing Day becomes a relief because the misery is over.

That's probably not fair to kids like Robert Knowles from Miami Edison or James King from Booker T or Sheldrick Redwine from Miami Killian. They were the backup plans, the beneficiaries of all those top-ranked guys bolting town. They will go to The U with chips on their shoulders because they were going to FIU, FAU and Louisville before Golden offered the opportunity to stay home. They deserved signing day to mean more down here. They will try to become more than just dead weight on a bad roster.

But still you could see the joy in the eyes of their moms. These families don't want their babies going off to these college towns in other states. Miami has a recruiting advantage that is immeasurable. The ones that got away just got caught up in all the negativity. And that was Golden's own fault.

It was not his fault that he came to Miami with absolutely no reason to understand what it would take to be successful here. He had a 300-page plan. He knew what the talent base was like. I remember seeing him bouncing around with joy one day with his coaches over the kind of recruiting that they were going to be able to do at The U.

Debate "The Cloud" all you want, and I will agree that it became an overused excuse. But it did have some effect. That was not Golden's fault.

You might even have the heart to also give him a pass for his missteps last year, when he stood in Orlando and his problems were smacking him in the face after that debacle against Louisville like he was in the ring with Floyd Mayweather. He chose then, at a very critical moment in his Miami tenure, to remain loyal to everyone working under him while everyone else saw the need for some massive reform. He wanted to give his men another shot to get everything right without the negativity of the NCAA situation hanging over the program.

So that blew up on him too, because nothing got better. Everything got worse. The on-field results went down the tubes. The local recruiting problems compounded.

Golden had another shot to save himself in December, to save The U from what is becoming yet another rebuild. He needed to emerge from the rubble of those three losses to end the regular season and present the public with a plan for how he was going to make it better. He needed to create a new chemistry within the program and bring some fresh ideas and new personalities into the building.

All around him, other schools got better. Auburn assembled a super staff and assaulted South Florida and other regions. Florida quickly improved itself and surged in the final days of recruiting from 94th to 23rd in the team rankings. North Carolina got better. Clemson raised its game. You can go on and on.

Golden stood there and took punches. It was not the Ali Rope-A-Dope. There was no furious rally.

There only was a lot of despair, and Golden is in trouble now, coaching under an immense pressure that will be almost impossible to overcome. You don't get many chances in this cruel business. Just ask Randy Shannon and Larry Coker.

So the Miami that came into the 2015 recruiting cycle with a problem in local recruiting exited it with the perception of a worse problem. Golden has dealt with it by attacking 2016 with a vengeance and he already has 13 of those "commitments" to show for it.

But they are not going to stick for the next 12 months if Golden continues to bury his head in the sand without finding ways to make things better than what they are.

The program, the way it is composed now, is simply not good enough. Forget the on-field issues for a moment. Golden does not have enough elite recruiters, the reason why Miami isn't winning the battles. His best is the offensive coordinator, and James Coley can't be his lead recruiting guy - that requires too much year-round time. Coley has to focus on practice plans and game plans for the better part of the year. Golden needs two or three more guys who can still win in recruiting when the air thickens. Tim "Ice" Harris, the former head coach at Booker T. Washington, is not going to solve those problems himself. Two of the three elite prospects at that school this year got away just to prove it.

You can't say that another recruiting class was blown on Wednesday, because that just would not be fair to the kids on the list. And there are some good players there.

Walton is a very good running back. There are six offensive linemen in the class who are in the mold of the kind of kids Art Kehoe has had success with in the past. Jerome Washington is a big tight end. Lawrence Cager is a lanky receiver with potential. Kendrick Norton should excel as a lineman on either side of the ball.

But 2015 was a unique opportunity to load up because of the depth of talent in South Florida. And next year looks very similar.

Golden is not holding up his end of the bargain to an administration standing behind him and taking bullets as well. Average recruiting classes can hamper programs for years if they compound. And Golden, through his inaction, allowed this one to become average. Miami finished 26th in the Rivals team recruiting rankings.

That's why the Hurricanes had no choice but to find closure in National Signing Day on Wednesday. The U will not be heard from again now until September. Golden woke up Thursday able to take a deep breath and find six months to get his act together for one final run at winning back support and keeping his job.

If there remains any doubt in his mind about whether things are good enough right now, all Golden has to do is reflect on the recruitments of Marcus Lewis, a defensive back from the Washington D.C. area, and Jordan Scarlett, a running back from St. Thomas Aquinas High.

Lewis was hot on Miami for months, appeared headed to Coral Gables. But things went sour at the end when the relationships between recruits and the men who have been kissing their butts for 12 months matter most. It looked like Miami might lose Lewis to Kentucky. And then Florida State swooped in the last few days and got him to commit without even official visiting. Lewis' emotional tie to Miami was not strong enough.

Scarlett was committed for six months. Rumors that he would go to FSU or Florida began to surface back in November. Scarlett toyed with Golden and staff, kept insisting he would be a Hurricane. Then he decommitted three days before signing day and signed with Florida.

The bond was not strong enough.

"I don't know how you recruit any harder than we do locally," Golden said Wednesday as he tried to put a happy face on the situation.

But things don't just get better in this crazy business of college football, really any business. To be successful, you have to address problems and fix them.

That was the failure that Al Golden took into Wednesday's National Signing Day and the failure that he toted away from the fray.

His problems got worse......

J'Ville Cane

"I don't know how you recruit any harder than we do locally," Golden said Wednesday as he tried to put a happy face on the situation.

-----------------------------------------------Okay, we all agree you tried, now beat it!!

30CINCO

Signing Day Pics and Videos

https://www.canesinsight.com/threads/86103-Signing-Day-Pics-and-Videos

j.w.


"I don't know how you recruit any harder than we do locally," Golden said Wednesday as he tried to put a happy face on the situation.

-----------------------------------------------Okay, we all agree you tried, now beat it!!

Posted by: J'Ville Cane | February 05, 2015 at 11:45 AM
Working hard and working smart are different

#bringbackbutch

I know many people are not impressed with the recruiting class but I think we did a good job if you look at it my positions filled - Something I do not think Coker or Shannon were great at:

OL: 6
TE: 1
DT: 2
DE: 2
LB: 2
DB: 3

His Royal Dudeness

That's the problem, he doesn't even know how to do it better.

Go,GoCanes!

Did we finish 23 or 123 in recruiting?

mi@mic@ne

This shows how Als philosophy does not ring in the ears or change the hearts of the traditional Miami player or fan. And we are witnessing the unraveling of his tenure here. There is 25 years of history where the Canes dominated which means that we already have coaches and players of the past who can reignite the passion by bringing back the philosophy that got us the 5 rings. Its just a matter of time until we see this resurgence.

Go,GoCanes!

Lol:

@ZachAbolverdi: Five-star DE CeCe's Jefferson father, Leo: "You tell the Gainesville Sun that he isn't going to fax it in. I won't let him."

BigWindyCane1

The biggest obstacle to a top recruiting class this season was the 6-7 record. Two more wins against Pitt and Virginia at the end of the season, and the canes would have done much better. That said, the Canes got some good players who will produce. As far as the Florida recruits are concerned, the Canes got a lot of really good 3 star players that are comparable or better than the 4 stars who got away.

The biggest obstacle to successful recruiting next year will be the Canes record. 9 or 10 wins and all will be forgotten and the Canes will be considered on the upswing and 11 rookies who are former Canes in the NFL, Florida recruits will line up to go to the U. The U still has a draw down here for local recruits when they are winning.

It's really up to Golden and his coaches to win and they have the talent to do it. I am pretty sure we will see a few adjustments this season. Even stubborn coaches understand that when you have more draft picks than wins, somethings must change. Golden will be coaching for his job and he understands that. Some coaches don't have the talent to win 10 games, but Golden does. All he has to do is make some adjustments and get his players and coaches to buy in to these changes

J'Ville Cane

That's the problem, he doesn't even know how to do it better.

Posted by: The Dude | February 05, 2015 at 12:13 PM

Exactly

He belongs at a mid-tier program where everyone would be happy with 7-8 wins, that's his ceiling.

No way can you expect a coach whose record is .500 after 9 years of coaching and expect him to become a champion all of a sudden.

Ohio_Cane

Lol:

@ZachAbolverdi: Five-star DE CeCe's Jefferson father, Leo: "You tell the Gainesville Sun that he isn't going to fax it in. I won't let him."

Posted by: Go,GoCanes! | February 05, 2015 at 12:18 PM
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Fax it to Miami, Leo! We'll take him!

30CINCO

I know many people are not impressed with the recruiting class but I think we did a good job if you look at it my positions filled - Something I do not think Coker or Shannon were great at:

OL: 6
TE: 1
DT: 2
DE: 2
LB: 2
DB: 3
Posted by: #bringbackbutch | February 05, 2015 at 12:11 PM
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True, it all depends on how one is grading it

Class to fill needs - B+
Class to start a brand new team - D-

His Royal Dudeness

Wr: 1

Go,GoCanes!

DT-3

30CINCO

As far as the Florida recruits are concerned, the Canes got a lot of really good 3 star players that are comparable or better than the 4 stars who got away.

Posted by: BigWindyCane1 | February 05, 2015 at 12:20 PM
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Saw you posted earlier you would take Knowles over Irvin. Will keep an eye out for that match up.

AfriCane

me, I think golden should have been fired. he wasn't, lets move on and support the U. and to the person that said the nancies are not trying to be dicks and are really hurting. please stop! u guys are been dicks. not only that, u r affecting recruiting.

CaneRock


Wr: 1

Posted by: The Dude | February 05, 2015 at 12:31 PM

Hey now! We let Gosier go, to get Callaway...we let Spence go, to get Phillips...oh wait...

BTW, is "we let this kid go, to get this kid", a vaultable comment...

WWIN

@ZachAbolverdi: Five-star DE CeCe's Jefferson father, Leo: "You tell the Gainesville Sun that he isn't going to fax it in. I won't let him."

Posted by: Go,GoCanes! | February 05, 2015 at 12:18 PM

If this was a Canes recruit you would be saying "that's not his real father just a father figure"! Lol

UMike

You Golden lovers really think we accomplished a lot yesterday smdh.... since when is the 23rd or 26th ranked class ok at the University of Miami which has more talent within an hour of campus than any school in the country? Keep lowering those expectations to stay postivie

WWIN

not only that, u r affecting recruiting.

Posted by: AfriCane | February 05, 2015 at 12:42 PM

Golden and 6-7 has effected recruiting!

WWIN

Saw you posted earlier you would take Knowles over Irvin. Will keep an eye out for that match up.

Posted by: 30CINCO | February 05, 2015 at 12:38 PM

Yeah because we got Knowles instead of Irvin! Lol

J'Ville Cane

Any recruit that makes his college choice based on what some fans post on a message board will not be smart enough to understand a play book.

UMike

Any recruit that makes his college choice based on what some fans post on a message board will not be smart enough to understand a play book.

Posted by: J'Ville Cane | February 05, 2015 at 01:07 PM

We have highly educated kid son campus that dont understand the playbook according to these coaches.

1mg of Epi

Good article Tony Cane, but you left off two of my favorite recruits- Jaquan Johnson and Norton. Of course my favorite quote for NSD is by JJ Watt who puts it all in perspective: "Annual reminder that it's not all about how many stars you have or how many cameras show up at your signing. It's what you do next."

Posted by: BigWindyCane1 | February 05, 2015 at 10:16 AM

Everybody loves a good underdog story... I'm not sure JJ Watt was ever an underdog!

Unfortunately in today's game stars matter. Of the last 5 national champions, the worst 4 year recruiting class average belonged to ohio state, with 5.8.

If it's national relevance we want, 23 just isn't good enough.

30CINCO

and to the person that said the nancies are not trying to be dicks and are really hurting. please stop! .
Posted by: AfriCane | February 05, 2015 at 12:42 PM
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Had a laugh at that myself. LOL!

30CINCO

Yeah because we got Knowles instead of Irvin! Lol

Posted by: WWIM | February 05, 2015 at 01:05 PM
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I mean, this is CANEspace right? You either with us or against us, buddy!

Ohio_Cane

Looking at some generic 2016 numbers, we'll be able to sign up to around 31-32 kids next year, barring any late additions for this year.

22 kids in 2015 - 5 early enrollees = 17

25 - 17 = 8 early enrollees we can have next year

25 + 8(ee) = 32 (max) kids signed in 2016

WWIN

Look, I get trying to be positive but...

State it as that and ONLY that! If you want to think positive about next year and be optimistic, cool. But don't try to use facts for being optimistic because there are NONE! So just say things like, "I hope we have a great season next year" or "I believe we'll be better next year". I'll respect that! But don't come up with comical theories to make the staff look better or post irrelevant ish about other teams from twitter, you'll look delusional. Like saying the cloud hurt is the last 2yrs. Did the cloud keep us from competing for a National Title? Yes. Did it keep us from winning the ACC Coastal? HELL to da NAH!

Thanks!

30CINCO

Shaq's dad posted there were lots of players working on graduating early and being early enrollees already. From that group, 8 would be GREAT!

WWIN

Who's birthday is tomorrow?

Dude or Ohio???

Ohio_Cane

Ohio.

But it's not tomorrow. It's Saturday ;-)

WWIN

^^^^^^ Aw okay. I thought yo birthday was the day after mine

SinisterCane

Posted by: AfriCane | February 05, 2015 at 12:42 PM

Closet Cloud Chaser look no further than 6-7, blaming social media for Golden getting beatdown yesterday, lol

Ohio_Cane

Aw okay. I thought yo birthday was the day after mine

Posted by: WWIM | February 05, 2015 at 01:27 PM
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Surprised U remembered that lol!

Happy belated to U, bro!

WWIN

^^^^^ thanks, mine is today! I'm not the #1 agent for nothing! Lol

#whenIdieBuryMeInsideTheJewelryStore

Lol

j.w.

AfriCane


me, I think golden should have been fired. he wasn't, lets move on and support the U. and to the person that said the nancies are not trying to be dicks and are really hurting. please stop! u guys are been dicks. not only that, u r affecting recruiting.


Posted by: AfriCane | February 05, 2015 at 12:42 PM
No, that really doesn't affect recruiting. No matter what names you want to call fans, UM has established that the fans have little influence on anything, and recruits know that as well as anyone.
The funny part is everyone still will support UM, regardless of what they say or do. But blind support at this point in time is not going to happen for this current staff, there's just too much under the bridge to even expect it.

thirstybuzzardcane


Easy tough guy. Just asking who you thought would be on NFL rosters next year.

Posted by: Gin & Tonic | February 05, 2015 at 11:22 AM


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I was just kidding around...LOL!

The Dude

Happy Birthday to the world's best agent.

WWIN

^^^^^^ thanks! But I couldn't do this without clients like you!

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