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July 07, 2008

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CoCane

Practice. We're talkin' bout practice. Not the game, practice. These ain't PRIMETIME PLAYMAKERS. They did it in practice. Practice. PRACTICE! Big plays during spring practice. Not a nationally televised showdown. FUKKIN' PRACTICE!!!

My Allen Iverson impression...

darCANEgel

dj, respect!

Onion, I hope you fly under the radar...and make our name ring loud again

in the ears of our enemies...

Slàinte. coach
---

Canes, baaby

solarcane

cav,
Shannon continually had his players confused and anxious on game day.
Every player on the field looked at the sideline after every play to see who was coming in to replace them.
When things went bad, it took Randy too long to adjust.

As far as the UNC game CGNC and I were there.
I watched the team on the sideline throughout the game and during TV commercial breaks.
You could see the complete loss of control and non communication going on between (Randys) players and (Randys) coaches.

UNC was perhaps half as talented as our players.
Davis had them prepared and focused, we only came back because we had better atheletes, not coaches.

I think the world of Randy Shannon as being as Miami Hurricane as you can be.

You know I respect your comments and admire your endless optimism, I just don't see Randy as better than average on game days at best... yet
peace

solarcane

darC
LMAO!!!!!!!!
peace

darCANEgel

solar - unbelievable post, yo -- agreed.

so -- best case scenario:
it all works out:
9-3 in 09 --
NC in 2010 ---
done

2nd best?
Nix is out...
Randy stays...
Young HC?
how can that be?

3rd best?

4th?


Bro, I want game day coaches this year...
that MUST happen...

Y'all know my allegience to Coach Shannon...

Got Randy???

Yup...


Then lets do it! 2009's gotta show EVERYONE we CAN(e) and will be a force...
on the field --- and the sideline..
no QUITTING
These are the issues...


CANES and nuthn but CANES!

Loco needs to sell 10K :-) www.cutco.com t.locrotondo@umiami.edu

darC, I agree, miami = titletown whether anybody else agrees or not... then again, almost everybody feels the same way, whether possibly deserving (boston or new york, maybe) or not at all (Jortsville)

SOUP

What, only 10 men on the field? Must be a ST#26 tribute about to happen:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0H2N0xp8IQE&feature=related

solarcane

loco the knife
The first canespacer to promote his business through the guise of writing excellent informative articles with his email and business cleverly inserted where soup wouldn't notice.

returns with a minuscule classified add under his comments to win Solar's Blogger Of The Month Award.

peace

SOUP

Loco...I see you, post the link to the dang knives alreadY!

AvaCane96

ok Coke, i guess the Northwestern guys like Spence, Forston, and Jacory have never been on national television in a pressure game right...so Southlake Carrol was just local tv i guess?

the BTW guys neither i guess, after destroying summerville on "local" tv.

These "kids" know more pressure than u think. They performed on national tv as if it was in their own backyard.

solarcane

ava,
I posted earlier that if the crowd rattles Marve, Jacory would come in and be ice
peace

solarcane

im out folks
enjoyed every minute tonight
peace

Loco needs to sell 10K :-) www.cutco.com t.locrotondo@umiami.edu

Loco...I see you, post the link to the dang knives alreadY!

Posted by: SOUP | July 08, 2008 at 12:17 AM

hehe figured it would be good for a laugh!

www.cutco.com

solarcane

loco
email me about making you a rear window sign with your buisness and phone on it.
I have made dozens for small landscape contractors, garages, auto detailers, remodelers, etc.

peace

out

Cavaleer

Solar, I respect that part of it, sideline management and such. That makes sense. But if that wasn't a problem against Marshall, OU, TAMU, FSU and a few others, I don't know if it's an aberration or overall inexperience.

But that stuff is easily corrected. I'm not at all concerned about that. Show me a first yeay HC who didn't have similar problems. To me that says nothing about Shannon's HC ability.

Butch has been a HC for the last six years, so he would know what he was doing. But what happened during his gameday coaching at the U, even after several years??

As far as the comeback, if the players suddenly starting executing the coaches gameplan's, how is that NOT the coaches as much as it is the players???

To me, sideline organiztion will not make a difference in whether we win or lose a game this year, if it did last year.

See you tomorrow night. ;-)

Cavaleer

As for Nadal-Federer and Mcenroes' comments, anyone who's listened to Mac run his trap for the last ten years has heard him say this is the greatest match, and also crown Sampras as the greatest player ever. Now he's been saying the same thing about Fed. I guess Nadal will be next. lol

That match was the best BASELINE Wimbledon match ever. I'll give you that. But being the purist I am, baseline rallies are not what Wimbledon is about.

Besides, Fed couldn't just go out like a complete punk in straight sets after so much hype about him being the GOAT, could he? lol

The real reason that match shines is that the men's game has been so boring and predictable for the last five or six, maybe even seven years, that a match like that makes everything else look so very average.

Hats off to both Nadal and Fed. They're both great champions and two of the best to play the sport but context is everything.

I'd take a Borg-Mac five setter any day. ;-)

But it's a difference game today with no S&Vers playing.

Calvin

solarCane, you are right, the players did come back to the sideline looking confused, but they weren't confused because of shannon(u got the wrong guy) they were confused because of walton. This is why shannon made the statement the players don't trust the coaches etc. etc. When players are making complaints like that, it's obvious where the problem lies.

During shannon's days a d-coordinator, players for the most part knew exactly where and what they should be doing. shannon communicates what he's trying to get done very well, unlike tim walton, who we always thought was suspect didn't do. shannon as a game day coach, coached with heart and put the team in position to win and not give up early on in the season.

The problem you have with coaching a team at UM is simple. ALmost every player who comes to UM expects to win, but not every player that was allowed to come to UM over the course of at least the last 5 years was actually dedicated to winning. ALthough the mindset was about the same, back in the day, if we lost 1 game we felt the season was all messed up, if we lost 2 games, man we all were about to loose it.

So when you coach a UM team, regardless of the dedication or lack their of, loosing 7 games makes all the players throw in the towel. Won't be to many of those days again though!

Cavaleer

Soup, I want to put some time and organization into it; not just write it off the top of the dome like I do these posts.

So, it make take a few days for me to find the time. Maybe tomorrow evening when I take a break from the boring project that's on my plate right now.

Cavaleer

"Cav,

I ain't sayin' your vision can't or it won't happen. I just have to see it to believe it. The spring game wasn't enough. As a jit I was made a believer when players like Irvin, the Blades brothers, Walsh made big plays in big games. I givin' these unproven fux shyt til' I see'em take it. PERIOD..."

Posted by: CoCane | July 07, 2008 at 11:52 PM

Coke, that's fair and understandable. I just see the team coming together mentally and physically in a way they havent' since Medioker took over. Even the 2002 teams showed the effects of constant Cokerizing.

But I'll tell you, mentality is 3/4 of the battle, regardless of how much talent someone has. That's the difference between LL and Tommy Streeter. When Shandel asked Streeter whether he was ready to handle the losses Streeter said, "I'm not even thinking about losing."

You think all the West Boys don't think like that?? And from what I can tell, all the players coming in have that same attitude.

Granted, they won't be starting but the impact will be felt where it really matters the most....PRACTICE and PREPARATION.

But your skepticism makes sense, especially given the last four years of mental collapses and physicaly softness.

Just remember where you heard it first. lol

bg1906

***NCAA 09 Update***

As some of you may know, the next-gen systems (xbox 360 and ps3) NCAA 09 game this year will allow you to use your own custom sound files in game for various events. I've created a Miami Hurricanes specfic set of sounds for various events and will make them available for public download. I have the files finished and have packaged them for download. I'm going to do a simple web page where people can sample the files and download them for use in the game. I'll provide the link to the page FIRST to my homies here at Canespace by way of my page "U Want Some of This".

Be on the lookout for that announcement and the link later on today (7/8/2008).

Lastly, again I'll have the game by weeks end and I'll be doing an full review on the game in general as well as the Canes shortly thereafter.

Go Canes!

orange 'n green in the vein

http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/news/story?id=3476873

FSU loses a lineman for the year.

Six

This is straight up nasty - but funny, haha

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rq1W7dQYQu8&feature=related

Zakkee

To not be in wait and see mode after the play of this team the last couple of seasons and the cocky talk is comical. Cocky based off of what?? Wishful thinking? I pray for eight. UF is improved and V-Tech doesn't need weapons...they consistently whip us in the trenches where the game is mentally/physically won. UNC can beat us at home, and Bill Young's defense was picked apart by Missouri(I watched it yesterday)who has similar plays to UF. You can't be considered a weapon until you prove it. I role with Coke at 8-4 to start.

If RS watched his team come to the sidelines looking confused on defense of all things, then how is that not his responsibility? Thats his specialty and if he gave Walton free reign on defense, then that decision is on him as well...accountibility. Walton's gameplans had to be approved by RS in the practices leading up to Saturdays. He didn't spring a new gameplan on the players and RS on Saturdays. That defense was reliant on superior talent...since we don't have it, Bill Young is here with strategies (X's and O's) to make the most of what we have and utilize our strengths. I'm very optimistic, but nothin is a gimme. Its not about how weak others are or going to be, its all about how strong the Canes are.

Cat5 Cane


Zakkee...
Good read...

Cat5 Cane

Everybody is right, The pro's are picking 9/3, The sceptics are picking 3/8 The sanes one are picking 8/4 and the conservatives are picking 7/5... saying show me and lastly we have the right-wing hawk at 10 and 2... saying kick azz and take names on the way.

There is nothing like being a Canes fan and that's where a couple of us are saying... gimme 12W's and it is an average year... no big deal, don't talk about it, just do it!

Canes
Cat5

Cane Since 1982

if 10-2 is a right wing hawk
whats 12-0?

canesrule

"Everybody is right, The pro's are picking 9/3"-NO..NO ONE is picking 9-3. You pulled that out of your imagination BUCKO.

"But I'll tell you, mentality is 3/4 of the battle"- INCORRECT..mentality is 3/4 of the battle when teams are evenly matched. When other teams have far more depth than you, they BEAT you 9 times out of 10. And sorry cane fan, a great recruiting class doesn't depth make.

"Shannon continually had his players confused and anxious on game day.
Every player on the field looked at the sideline after every play to see who was coming in to replace them.
When things went bad, it took Randy too long to adjust."- This isn't the result of some breakdown cane fan, this is the state of the coaching staff. Take off your blinders cane fan. Marble mouth is WAY over his head.

"No matter how you spin it Shannon was mediocre at best, horrible at worst."- A rare glimpse of a cane fan being objective. Cane fan thinks Randy's incompetence is magically gone now. What exactly has transpired that suddenly makes Marble Mouth some sideline genius? NOTHING !

"I'm feeling it to soup." - Well here's a news flash for you inflatable helmet guy, Wake Forest is "feeling it" too.

You guys don't seem to get it. Winning just doesn't happen overnight. Teams have to LEARN to win. The highly suspect depth chart and a bunch of just out of high school kids does not a winning team make. I haven't seen ANY expert come even close to picking UM to win the ACC COASTAL division people. We're not even talking conference here, we're talking conference DIVISION. Get excited when Miami wins the Atlantic Coast Conference COASTAL division. UM is years from even getting a mention nationally, that's not a mean spirited swipe at UM, it's REALITY PEOPLE. WAKE UP !

Cavaleer

Canesrule, I haven't bothered to read or reply to until now, when you quoted me superficially.

What did I say in the rest of the post about mentality? I said it's greatest impact is felt not on game day but in practice and in overall preparation.

But you like so many others, have no idea what Shannon is, knows and is building with this team.

We'll be 10-2 though because the conference as a whole is rebuilding.

Cavaleer

CanesR, it sounds like you have a personal issue with Shannon.....

I suppose the last 20 years of strategy and dissecting teams means nothing.

You'll learn, son, you'll learn. And don't bother to reply.

You're over and out.

Cavaleer

To not be in wait and see mode after the play of this team the last couple of seasons and the cocky talk is comical. Cocky based off of what?? Wishful thinking? I pray for eight. UF is improved and V-Tech doesn't need weapons...they consistently whip us in the trenches where the game is mentally/physically won. UNC can beat us at home, and Bill Young's defense was picked apart by Missouri(I watched it yesterday)who has similar plays to UF. You can't be considered a weapon until you prove it. I role with Coke at 8-4 to start.

If RS watched his team come to the sidelines looking confused on defense of all things, then how is that not his responsibility? Thats his specialty and if he gave Walton free reign on defense, then that decision is on him as well...accountibility. Walton's gameplans had to be approved by RS in the practices leading up to Saturdays. He didn't spring a new gameplan on the players and RS on Saturdays. That defense was reliant on superior talent...since we don't have it, Bill Young is here with strategies (X's and O's) to make the most of what we have and utilize our strengths. I'm very optimistic, but nothin is a gimme. Its not about how weak others are or going to be, its all about how strong the Canes are.

Posted by: Zakkee | July 08, 2008 at 03:58 AM

Zakk, yes and no.

Sideline management is something easily corrected. Overall understanding of what it takes to build a proper Hurricane Football team is an entirely different level, and something that is not easily taught or even understood (see Larry Coker). Shannon knows this so I'll take a few bad decisions on the sideline or a bad decision in coaching hires, like Walton and Gordon returning KOs.

As for Young, what does it prove that one team picked apart, as you say, his defense?? He took a team that was near the bottom in overall defense and in about three years had them in the top-10 in almost every category.

You're going to criticize him for one game and ignore his entire body of work?? Come on now, you're not that foolish.

That same Mizzou team lost to OU, who were run over by lowly Colorado. Meanwhile, that same Mizzou team dismantled Arkansas, who beat the eventual national champion LSU.

But more importantly for us, and a fact you've conventiently forgotten, is that Young's defense handled a VT team that had more talent overall than his team did.

Maybe you need to watch that game.

And as far as UF is concerned, go to Youtube and pull up the AUB-UF game, the UGA-UF game, and UGA-AUB game and show me what they did that was so special, athletically or strategically.

You guys can be skeptics all you want but show me what other teams are doing that we can't do.

QB upgrades alone make last year 7-5 or better. But this team has improved across the board, except at SS.

And as far as accountability is concerned, Shannon corrected his mistakes and missteps very quickly.

And opponent's strengths and weakness DO make all the difference when predicting the fortunes of a young team.

10-2 in the ACC is 8-4, 7-5 in the SEC, Big Ten, Pac-10 or even the Big East.

Old Skool

Anyone have any insight into why we haven't offered ex Deerfield Beach High (Teri Weigel's Alma Mater)and JUCO All-American DE Jason-Pierre Paul?

Cavaleer

As for Young's approach to defense, I quote The Art of War:

"The Skillful Warrior Exploits the Potential Energy (Shih). He does not hold his men responsible. He deploys men to their best but relies on potential energy(Shih)."

"One skilled at moving the enemy,
Forms and the enemy must follow,
Offers and the enemy must take.
Move them by this and await them with troops."

"One skilled at battle seeks it in Potential Energy and does not demand it of people. Thus one can dispense with people and employ Potential Energy (Shih)"


Walton relied entirely on the players individiual ability and experience, not his strategies to maximize their individual strengths.

Young's defense does the opposite. He relies on his strategy and deploys his players to the point of maximize damage to the opponent. This is why a player like Spencer Adkins will flourish in isolated, specialized roles in Young's system yet he floundered in Walton's.

This was the only way Young's less talented Kansas teams were able to beat more talented, stronger, fast opponents.

You'll see.

Cavaleer

Old Skool, don't go by what you HAVEN'T read. So many things happen that we don't hear about until NSD it's almost pointless to speculate.

The only thing I've been able to ascertain with some level of confidence is that Team Shannon do their due diligence and exhaust almost every resource when scouting a kid.

So if we don't offer these kids there's probably a very solid reason why.

But who knows. They might be researching them right now.

Calvin

old skool because we don't need em, while going the juco route at times can help you out, it's not the best thing to do in the long run because you only have that player for 2 years at best where with a regular recruit you might have him for 5 years. juco players mess up your team numbers, not tomany have major impacts, it's good for the o-line and sometimes d-line, after that, just recruit a tight-end that you'll have for at least 3 to 5.

zak, as far as you blaming shannon for the defense being confused, where are you coming from with this, did the defense looked confused in the marshall game, at times they did, so common sense will tell you, hell it's the 1st game, tim walton is new, we'll discuss somethings, shannon is not just going to take over the defensive coordinator duties after 1 game. Up next, comes the oklahoma game, how all of a sudden you expect shannon to make adjustments, when the d-coordinator is responsible for the majority of the calls and he's up in the press box, new headcoach, new d-coordinator, and you blaming shannon.

shannon did the right thing, you saw him trying to help players as they came to the sideline, but shannon did the respectale thing, and let walton do is thing, if shannon had any idea that it would be as bad as it was, he might of made the decision earlier, but he made it when he was suppose to. To blame shannon like that, you to look at all the facts before you do that.

canesrule

"We'll be 10-2 though because the conference as a whole is rebuilding." -- Comical statement. If vegas offered an over/under that had the canes with 10 wins....they'd get SLAUGHTERED. You're in dreamland with 10 wins. Seriously dude, you are the classic case of "can't see the forest from the trees." TEN WINS?? ( almost fell out of my chair laughing at that one)

"I suppose the last 20 years of strategy and dissecting teams means nothing." -- We can see the huge dividends that paid last year. Embarrassing blowouts, dwindling fans, losing record, and a team that QUIT ! You should go into comedy. Or at least take off your homer glasses cause you are in SERIOUS denial. Pat Riley likes to say, "you are what your record says you are." But that doesn't apply to Marble Mouth right? Here's a free tip for you, apply for a job as an oddsmaker.


SuperCooper

I like Kirby already!:

"The early scouting report on newly-hired UM athletic director Kirby Hocutt is he works fast.

Apparently, a lot of UM fans were disappointed when it was reported Monday that Dolphin Stadium would not feature the "U" logo at midfield during home games. After a meeting between Hocutt and Dolphins Stadium president Bruce Schulze, the logo will appear. Hocutt said Tuesday the "U" will make its debut once the Florida Marlins baseball season ends. The Marlins play their last regular-season home game Sept. 21, but a playoff run could push the date back. The earliest the logo could appear is Sept. 27 against North Carolina, the second home game of the season.

"We're pleased that we were able to work out a situation," Hocutt said. "I was sitting down with Bruce yesterday and we had a chance again to discuss all options to put the "U" on the field."

Hocutt said it would be too difficult to paint the "U" before games, with the Dolphins potentially playing the following the day. Instead, workers will paint a strip of turf that will be placed on the field for UM games and removed before the Dolphins play.

Hocutt also said "Miami" and "ACC" logos will be featured on the sidelines. "

Also:

"Hocutt said UM won't play FIU but wants to book marquee opponents and would be interested in speaking with Notre Dame about one of its new, annual prime-time neutral site NBC games"

ND would never do a home and home. I'll take the neutral site game though.

Zakkee

*IMO*, there isn't a weaker argument then predicting a teams future based on others (opponents)supposed weaknesses. Thats not the Cane mentality, we only worry about what we do, if we play and gameplan to the best of our abilities then it doesn't matter what any other team is or isn't going thru. Isn't this the same thing all the CF publications do to us every year? Its a difference between being optimistic about baseless thoughts and being cocky about them as if its a no-brainer that we romp on everybody and if anybody disagrees then they are foolish. I know Bill Young can coach, so I don't wanna to sit up and watch all the games they did good in...I what to see what happened when he didn't do so well...thats how you get better. RS ain't sitting up patting Young on the back while they watch his masterpieces. They're watching the games where he struggled...I bet. I'm not criticizing him at all, I'm trying to temper the cocky expectations. We're supposed to be handling V Tech without Bill Young, so the fact that he did it with Kansas doesn't get me pumped...it gives me hope.

How can you get so pumped and be so sure about sentiments that are so unfounded? Whether its about our opponents or us. Especially to the point where you feel comfortable calling people foolish who disagree.

Youtube our games, not anybody elses.

Zakkee

Calvin, I never blamed RS. I said he is responsible as well, if his defensive team is leaving the field confused. The gameplan was approved by RS during the weak of practice and if adjustments need to be made then thats where the Boss should step in....thats the respectable thing to do.

If RS noticed Walton was sh*tty at the end of the OU game and it was to late. What happened the rest of the season? How did Virginia and NC State use 2 plays to dismantle us at the END of the season ...long after the OU game. RS was standing right there watching, but he didn't want to step on Walton's shoes in front of ALL his peers...right? How did UNC go up 27-0 with the same plays and Kenny Phillips at safety?

Calvin

supercoop, at first i thought you were talking about kirby freeman, lol. Whether or not this kirby/hocutt is worth a damyum in the long run i don't know, but he's damyum show starting out the right way with the Football family.

How in the hell could that guy over at dolphin stadium make a dumb statement like that. Obviously somebody had to get schooled in field preparation 305.

Having shannon and young, it would seem like between the 2 of them, we'll should continue to have the defenses we're use to seeing. I know if shannon reviewed tape of the losses and saw any player not play hard, those were the ones being weeded out to transfer/switch positions, etc. etc. quitters not allowed on the team. I'm happy that young is here more so because although he's a d-coordinator, his specialty lies alot more on the d-line doing their thang.

I like hurtt, but right now he's not ready to be let loose on his own yet. One thing i know that needs to happen is teaching awareness techniques back to the defense. That was not their last year, and that's what creates turn-overs, all the linebackers have to be aware, but the secondary can't have their backs turned to the ball like they have been and than are waiting to hear somebody say ball again, that's not going to get it done.

Calvin

zak, what the hell are you talking about, you're not blaming shannon but he's responsible. Do you understand the duties of a headcoach and a d-ccordinator. Whether you approve a defensive game plan before a game, that's mostly done for the offensive side of the ball, you can script what offensive plays you are going to call, alot of oc's do it, some do it for the 1st 10 to 15 plays.

On defense you put in defensive preparations/counter reacts, not to much to go over, but what you do is go over the other teams srong points, but defensively you can never get caught up in getting stuck with running a certain defense, that's not common sense. As far as the the games you named, it's wasn't about shannon stepping on toes, it's more about giving someone space to learn as well respect, yeah the losses came

Cane Since 1982

1.) Super - Thank you for the good news. I was wondering if the university would respond if there was enough outcry for it. I didnt think anything would happen in 24 hours though. Now maybe he cane hire Charlie Wies or some other big name coach not doing Sh@t to make the RS bashers happy.

2.)Canesrule. Have you ever played college ball or anykind of organized football. The players look to the sideline for the next play. Every team does it a little different. Some may only have the MLB make the call, some will have the whole team watch the coach for their own calls but either way every player on D knows the signals and they are all looking to see what the next play call is.

"Mentality is 3/4 the battle" Miami over Nebraska 1983. Miami overmatched talent wise not mentaly. Miami over Oaklahoma 1987. Miami supposedly ovematched talent wise not mentaly. 2002 OSU over Miami. Enough said about that one. Are you getting the point on Mentality is 3/4 the battle even when the teams are not evenly matched.
One more for you 2007 FAU over Minnesota. OOOOOOOOOOOO and a real good on 2007 App State over Michigan.

"You guys don't seem to get it. Winning just doesn't happen overnight. Teams have to LEARN to win." Exactly, this is why RS didnt win last year. He had to change the metality of the team and get rid of the losers (it doesnt happen over night but it does over 1 1/2 years). He may not have the talent this year to go 12-0 but they will have the metality (alot like 83).

"I haven't seen ANY expert come even close to picking UM to win the ACC COASTAL division people." Again alot like 83. No respect from anyone. I love it.

"Get excited when Miami wins the Atlantic Coast Conference COASTAL division." November 2008. Book it.

Zakkee

ok...

Hey Yo!

I'm sure the Miami Hurricane Athletic Department and our Miami Dolphins would love to hear our thoughtful opinions regarding the U and the Dolphin being painted at the 50 yard line.

Posted by: Hey Yo! | July 07, 2008 at 07:25 PM

Hey Yo...hate to break it to you but NO they don't. They want us to buy tics but they don't want to listen to us at all. They all know we are the number one FAN site, they didn't ask. Sorry...

Posted by: SOUP | July 07, 2008 at 09:28 PM

So I guess they do listen to us after all?

Loco needs to sell 10K :-) www.cutco.com t.locrotondo@umiami.edu

how was the field done when both teams played in the OB? why cant we do that?...

Six

Kirby is going to be the man. He's young, energetic - hell, he was a LB at Kansas St. (coached by Jim Leavitt and Bob Stoops - you know what both of them have done with their programs now) when Bill Snyder turned that program around so that tells you the type of mentality he has. The guy knows how to sell tickets and raise money - when he was at Oklahoma, 1998 to 2005, Oklahoma's annual giving went from $3.4 mill to more than $17 mill. A 400% increase that was one of the highest % increases in intercollegiate athletics history. At Ohio, he increased ticket sales by 112% and increased fundraising by more than 75%. Sounds like he takes care of business.

The only thing I don't like hearing is: "workers will paint a strip of turf that will be placed on the field for UM games and removed before the Dolphins play." A strip of turf? The hell is that?

When USF plays a home game here and the Bucs don't have a home game the next day, they'll paint the USF logo in the middle of the field .. otherwise, they'll just paint USF in the middle of the Bucs logo. If I had the power to switch stadiums .. Raymond James for Dolphin Stadium, I'd do it in a heartbeat. The seats are closer to the field, the endzone is RIGHT ON TOP of the field - close enough that you can hear what the QB is yelling in the huddle. The sidelines at Dolphin Stadium look like the width of a 4 lane highway.


What Raymond James looks like when the Bucs don't have a home game the next day ...

http://img120.imageshack.us/img120/7501/rayjayql0.jpg

What Raymond James looks like when the Bucs do have a home game the next day ...

http://img502.imageshack.us/img502/7139/rayjay2pv5.jpg

How close the seats are to the endzone ...

http://img166.imageshack.us/img166/6338/rayjay3ps3.jpg

Matthew

Loco,
Scroll up, we figured out the field had no designs. There's a link to a photo in my previous comment about the "Florida Flop."

Matthew

Loco,
Scroll up, we figured out the field had no designs. There's a link to a photo in my previous comment about the "Florida Flop."

CanesgirlNC

Solar - LOL was the heat getting to you at the tarpit? RS didn't look confused - he looked ticked off. Defensively we shut NC down in the second half other than Kyle's ints which were a big part of the reason we lost that game in the first place. In the first half Kyle was as accurate as a scud missile and defensively we were in Hawaii....

canesrule

There is a rat in the woodpile. Or two. Let me explain. There are two Gaturds, named (real names here, Daniel and Jay) with whom I do daily battle on the Palm Beach Post canesblog. Apparently, in a misguided effort to get retribution, they have posted (as me) on this site, hoping to stir the passions of true canes against myself. What good that does them is beyond my understanding, but I decided to hop over here today, because they have been bragging about how I am being ridiculed on this site. Anyhoo, Jay and Daniel are apparently gay soulmates, not just Gaturds, were recently wed in San Fran, not that there is anything wrong with that, but they have this bizarre campaign against yours truly that can only be understood, for those who want to waste about an hour or so, of their time.

The following is a typical post that sends the two Gaturds, who no longer use their real names, into a tizzy of a frenzy, particulary when I add the "9 'ships" to my name:

By canesrule 9 'ships

July 5, 2008 7:11 PM | Link to this

Delayed by a day or so, my much anticipated defensive outlook follows. Da U’s defense, still wearing an imprint of master D coordinator Randy (“Mr. Integrity”) Shannon, was good enough to have won two more games, Ga. Tech and NC State, that were frankly lost by a woeful display of qbing from Freeman and Wright, both now thankfully departed from the scene. Those 16 to 14 squeekers could have gone either way, and with the exception of the second half collapse at Oklahoma caused by multiple chop block injuries, the defense was good enough to win 10 to 11 games last year. Little will change this year, as Da U returns with a top 10 defense that should jolt the steroids out of Teebow’s head with teeth shattering hits.

Linebacker was our weakness last year, and with NFL 3rd rounder T. Gooden gone, you would think it would be a source of concern. Fear not my friend! Not only did Da U have two of the best linebacker signees in the nation in Sean Spence and Arthur Brown, both of whom shined in the Spring Game, Glen Cook, a coach on the field, is back after an early season knee injury kept him out of all action. Cook has been inconsistent in his college career, but will be a stabalizing force with the knowledge of the game he brings to the field. In addition, Colin McCarthy, a starter as a freshman last year, returns, and he is a run stopping load. Super sophomore Darryl Sharpton is penciled in at the other backer position, but look for Spence and Brown to be starters by the end of the year if their development continues as expected.

The defensive secondary should have a field day picking off Teebow rainbow passes that he gets away with in the unsophisticated SEC. With ace Defensive Wizard Bill Young turning these thoroughbreads loos, we are looking to score one defensive t.d per contest. Anthony Reddick is finally healthy after injuries and a little helmet swinging action has kept him from fulfilling the promise of his true frosh All American year. He looks like a cheetah with a hyena’s head, ready to inflict pain on any receiver that dares cross the middle. he was sorely missed last year. The corner position is four deep, not including super freshman Brandon (“Chad”) from Booker T. Washington H.S., for whom Urban offered to give up his first born, to no avail. Mzrcus Van D**e who pulled a Cookie in 2007 by switching to Da U afte commiting to the Turds, returns for his sophomore season; Randy Phillips from Glades Central is much more comfortable at the strong safety position, and Bruce Johnson from Live Oak and Chavez Grant who won the Boise Bowl game with a diving interception, all round out a group of underclassmen that will all return in 2009. this may be the strenght of the team, along with running back.

The defensive line’s performance is going to depend, in large measure, how a trio of talented freshmen, two from Palm Beach County perform. Micanor Regis and Jeremy Lewis from Pahokee and Palm Beach Lakes High Schools, are two monsters that will play substantial roles, particularly as the season develops and they learn the schemes of the Wizard, Bill Young. But the most talked about baller in the country is Marcus Forston, who twice led Miami Northwestern to two 6 A state titles. Forston is the real deal, and may be starting after having a solid spring, a feat he accomplished after graduating early from high school. The returners are outstanding in several respects: Eric Moncour, who was slowed by injuries at times last year, was our best defensive lineman, and that’s including NFL’er Calais Campbell, who opted to go pro. If Antonio Dixon can keep his weight under 320 lbs., he could be the next Cortez Kennedy; he showed flashes of brilliance last year, but his stamina is suspect. Allen Bailey, at the other end, is a man child who has no peers on this team athletically, but suffered a serious injury and may not be able to return until later in the year. Courtney Harris is an up and comer from Jupiter High School, but his achilles injury will probably delay his emergence until next year. Watch out for redshirt freshman Adewale Ojomo, who reminds some of a young Daniel Stubbs, the defensive end who now resides in Boca and knocked out Kerwin Bell in Canesville in 1986 or 87. Ojomo has great speed and a great motor and could become a monster pass rusher with a little more seasoning.

This has the earmarks of another Top 10 defense. If the offense can perform in the top 25, as many expect will happen, it is time for Da U to break back into the nation’s elite.

Next up: special teams.

canesrule

that airport runway strip between the seats and the sidelines at Dolphin Stadium is the primary reason why that stadium BLOWS for football games. No matter where you sit in that place, you need binoculars. That place is a joke.

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