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January 07, 2009





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Fran in Debary

I have always loved that Pic of 86, Donna & my fav canespacer. Off to get my hard working RN off to work


UM recruiting class continues to improve

One analyst says UM recruit Lamar Miller of Killian High is a more punishing runner than current Canes tailback Graig Cooper.
One analyst says UM recruit Lamar Miller of Killian High is a more punishing runner than current Canes tailback Graig Cooper.

This strong UM recruiting class keeps improving, with the Canes making recent inroads at shoring up their offensive line and secondary. ESPN's Tom Luginbill predicts UM's class will end up between eighth and 10th nationally.

Miami has oral commitments from six of ESPN's top 120 players: running backs Bryce Brown (11) and Lamar Miller (118) and defensive backs Ray Ray Armstrong (18), Prince Kent (43), Brandon McGee (62) and Jamal Reid (99). UM has 19 oral commitments, leaving about eight more to offer. An update on UM, with signing day four weeks away:

• Running back: Though Brown graduated from high school and remains orally committed, he will not enroll in college before the summer and ''definitely is evaluating different schools,'' his mentor, Brian Butler, said Monday. ''Miami has one edge no other school does -- his brother [ Arthur] is already there.'' Other contenders: Oregon, Auburn, Tennessee, Kansas State, Clemson and Oklahoma.

Analyst Charles Fishbein said Killian's Miller ''is a more punishing runner than Graig Cooper;'' and UM oral commitment Mike James ``is not as fast as Miller, but can run between the tackles better than Miller.''

• Defensive back: Oral commitments Kent, Plantation's McGee, Reid and Miami Pace High's Kayvon Webster ''will contribute right away,'' Fishbein said. But Fishbein said Seminole High safety Armstrong is the most likely to make the biggest immediate impact. Webster said last week he's considering other schools, including USF. Kent, McGee, Reid and Webster would play cornerback initially (where Miami has a big need), but Fishbein said Webster is better at safety, and Kent could play there, too. McGee said he and running back James will enroll at UM on Jan. 20. UM also is in the mix for Texas-based Demontre Hurst.

• Defensive line: UM has oral commitments from tackles Curtis Porter (Charlotte, N.C.) and Luther Robinson (Fort Pierce) and ends Dyron Dye (Seminole) and Olivier Vernon (American High). Fishbein said Porter ''is more advanced than Robinson. Robinson is a project. Neither is on Marcus Forston's level. Vernon is similar to Adewale Ojomo.'' Vernon said last week he leans toward UM but hasn't ruled out FSU and Alabama. Dye had 13.5 sacks and five forced fumbles in 2008. UM also is in the mix for Alabama-based defensive end Brandon Moore.

• Offensive line: Fishbein said UM oral commitment Jermaine Johnson of Hargrave Military Academy -- considered the No. 2 prep school lineman -- ''will play right away'' at tackle. Brandon Washington (at prep-school since graduating Miami Northwestern) and Johnson will enter UM on Jan. 20. Fishbein predicts Washington will start at guard if Orlando Franklin moves to tackle. But Fishbein said oral commitments Cory White (Fleming Island) and Stephen Plein (Fort Myers) are ''projects.'' White must bulk up from 235 pounds to stay at left tackle.

UM has a good chance to land Plantation American Heritage tackle Jared Wheeler (leans toward Miami over Vanderbilt) and Newark, N.J.-based Malcolm Bunche. UM also is in contention for Washington-based Peter White (UM, Maryland and Tennessee are finalists), Cleveland-based Marcus Hall and Hargrave's Bobby Massie (the No. 1 prep school player).

• Elsewhere: UM has explored signing a second quarterback besides A.J.Highsmith but doesn't feel compelled. (Alabama commitment A.J. McCarron is visiting UM, according to Canesport.) . . . Coveted Seminole receiver Andre Debose orally committed to Florida but plans to visit UM, and the Canes are hopeful. . . . Idaho-based Billy Sanders will be a tight end here, and Plein and Cory White can play there too, though UM prefers White at tackle. . . UM has one linebacker commitment ( Antonio Harper) and it's in the mix for Tennessee-based Greg King.


OL Jared Wheeler will announce his college decision between Miami and Vanderbilt Live on 790 the Ticket. This will occur Saturday morning at 11:30 am.


Good Morning Spacers.......

The Truth

Oh the names are going to flying now...


Good luck trying stay on the chase for the OC.


Truth my guy still in the running?



Duron Carter St TA WR on Prince Kent and Ray Ray while at the Under Armour game

"Prince Kent:

Hes not that good, for the hype he gets, he can't play corner

Ray Ray

He tries to knock everybody's head off. He isn't a safety he needs to play linebaker"

Sure Duron, the rest of the country is wrong but you and pops know everything




everyone the watch kent play this weekend said the something. He can not play corner, his hips are to stiff. He will be a safety



everyone that watch kent play this weekend said they said the samething. He can not play corner, his hips are to stiff. He will be a safety

The Truth

According to what is purposfully going to be put out there, solar, YOU may be still I'm the running LOL

The Truth

Randy is all business. That's not his doing. But smoke screens like last year are good.

Century Cane

Good thing duron will find out how good they are in 2010


Kent sure didnt look the part during that game, Ray Ray is just a straight up football player..love him already.

I hope we can get on that Greg Reid he looked good at CB.

Truth, is UM hiring Chuch Neinas to do the OC search this time? That sure was money well spent when he conducted our HC 'search'. LOL

One thing I dont understand about Shannon's rationale for firing Nix was that Nix didnt run the type of offense that Shannon wants which is a pro style. Well, Nix NEVER ran a pro set so why would Shannon expect Nix to scrap what he does and run that type of O? Doesnt make sense.

Anyways, lets hope they make the RIGHT hire this time, Randy cannot screw this one up, this hire needs to be a homerun.


I agree, Kent will be a safety, I watched him struggle at corner too.

I just thought it's bush for Carter to dis another player.

Ray Ray could play Carter's position better than Carter can, or any other skill position.



i played behind mike rumph at atlantic for 2 years in bball. he never played cb for the the eagles either. mainly played safety, some WR,RB,sometimes qb. His senior year at miami he had somethimng like 8-12 passes completed against him the whole year.

After fields burnt him as a frosh against penn state people were sceptical but i'de say everything worked out for him. Mike never was a 4.4 or 4.5 guy but played great press coverage and shut down his side in the cover 2 or um schemes.

Kent's a player and will find a spot and it wont be decided by a allstar pos coach, a scout or any paysite.


ACC Basketball

ACC 135-29 right now

Clemson 1-0 1.000 15-0 1.000
Duke 1-0 1.000 12-1 .923
Boston College 1-0 1.000 13-2 .867
Virginia 1-0 1.000 7-5 .583
Wake Forest 0-0 .000 13-0 1.000
Florida State 0-0 .000 13-2 .867
Maryland 0-0 .000 11-2 .846
NC State 0-0 .000 9-3 .750
North Carolina 0-1 .000 13-1 .929
Miami 0-1 .000 11-3 .786
Georgia Tech 0-1 .000 9-5 .643
Virginia Tech 0-1 .000 9-5 .643



Whose the last UM defensive player that was " always tring to take someones head off" ?



For the rec'

The Malcolm Bunche kid is from Newark, DE, not NJ.

My hometown naturally. As was our former DT, Orien Harris.(went to school with him)

Pecking Order:

1)DE HS Football
2)FL HS Football
3)TX HS Football
4)CA HS Football
5)OH HS Football

Sike, yall know I'm playin'.


Truth for OC

The Truth

I will tell you there are 2 names on there that are from what I know very re possibilities. I gave you one months ago but neither I or the people that will pay him are sure he or his family will live here.

There is another name I sent J on a chase for that is real also.

Let's see how this all plays out.

I promise you some guys on that list are not really candidates.

There are guys not on the list that are and are not spoken of cuz of their current state of employment.

Have fun.

The Truth

The media won't have this till later do the scout/rivals people may want to get to work.

The Truth

And out of curiosity:

How would the legion feel about a former stud WR coach working under a really good offensive mind coming as OC but with no play calling experience?


Has anyone looked at Randy's page on Wikipedia? Written by a hater. If any recruit/parent/coach looks at that it would be a real downer. I am not too computer savvy (read- old guy). Can someone go on there and put up his bio from the UM web site? Please.

The Truth

Boy oh boy...

Biggest day in a while and everyone is sleeeeeeping


Here's what Truth is referencing:

An illustrious list of candidates is emerging in what has become a sweepstakes to replace Patrick Nix as University of Miami offensive coordinator, multiple sources have told CaneSport.

Former Auburn offensive coordinator Al Borges, New York Jets receivers coach Noel Mazzone, Cleveland Browns Assistant Head Coach and Quarterbacks Coach Rip Scherer, recently fired San Diego State Head Coach Chuck Long, University of Houston offensive coordinator Dana Holgorsen, Oklahoma State Co-Offensive Coordinator and Quarterbacks Coach Gunter Brewer, and New Orleans Saints receivers coach and former UM receivers coach Curtis Johnson are all prominent candidates in the early stages of the search.

Head Coach Randy Shannon has been on the road this week interviewing candidates across the country, and CaneSport has confirmed that those candidates have either expressed interest in the job, been interviewed or are in the process of being interviewed by Shannon.

It is not known if any has emerged as a leading candidate at this point. Shannon is believed to be seeking a coach with experience in the NFL, and sources have told CaneSport that the University has already committed to providing Shannon with the appropriate budget to hire a veteran coach. But several of the present candidates do not have NFL experience. That might indicate the list could grow in the coming days.

A hiring could come as early as this week, but the timetable is not deemed significant by Shannon and Athletic Director Kirby Hocutt.

Here is a look at each candidate:


Borges resigned as offensive coordinator at Auburn after four seasons prior to the Tigers' appearance in the Chick-fil-A Bowl in 2007. He was paid by Auburn in 2008, but did not coach.

Borges arrived at Auburn before the 2004 season and helped the Tigers to a 13-0 record with the nation's 25th ranked offense that included Carnell Williams and Ronnie Brown. But the Tigers' offense was less effective in his last three years with a lesser talent pool. The Tigers slipped to 37th in total offense in 2005, 76th in total offense in 2006 and 101st in 2007. The Tigers scored two or fewer touchdowns in six of their eight SEC games.

Borges was the offensive coordinator at Indiana for two seasons prior to getting the Auburn job. In 2002, his first at Indiana, Borges showed why he was regarded as one of the country's best offensive football minds. The Hoosier offense produced a total of 4,418 yards with 3,020 coming through the air to set a school record for passing yards. Borges brought to the Hoosiers the offensive schemes and coaching know-how which allowed two fifth year senior quarterbacks who previously had combined for a total of 354 career yards to set the record. The Hoosiers had a receiver with over 1,000 yards receiving for only the third time in school history, and two receivers caught over 50 passes each in the same season for the first time in Indiana history.

Before coming to Indiana, Borges spent a season at California and five seasons at UCLA as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. While at UCLA he helped coach the team to a school record winning streak of 20 consecutive games. Borges was named Football Coach Quarterly's offensive coordinator of the year in 1997. His efforts helped UCLA go to three consecutive NCAA bowl games including the '97 Cotton Bowl, the '98 Rose Bowl and the '99 Sun Bowl. In addition the Bruins won the Pac-10 championship in both 1997 and 1998.

Borges' offensive game plans while at UCLA helped the team average over 31 points per game, and in two seasons the Bruins averaged over 40 points per game. During his tenure UCLA led the Pac-10 in passing efficiency once and set Bruin records for total offense, passing offense and average points scored per game.

Prior to UCLA, Borges was the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at the University of Oregon. He coached the Ducks' offense into leading the Pac-10 in average passing yards per game and finishing second in total offense. The Ducks were rewarded with an invitation to the Cotton Bowl.


Mazzone was the receivers coach of the Jets in 2008 after having served for much of the past decade as a college offensive coordinator.

Mazzone was promoted to offensive coordinator at Ole Miss in 1995, holding the position on Tommy Tuberville's staff through 1998, at which point he followed Tuberville to Auburn, where he served from 1999-2001 as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. He moved on to Oregon State in 2002 as the running backs and special teams coordinator before heading east to serve as the offensive coordinator and tight ends coach at North Carolina State from 2003-04. Mazzone returned to Ole Miss in 2005 as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.

Mazzone, a graduate of the University of New Mexico, began his coaching career on the high school level in Colorado before moving up to the college ranks, first at Colorado State (1982-86), where he coached the quarterbacks and receivers, then at Texas Christian (1987-91), where he coached the quarterbacks, then at Minnesota (1992-94), where he oversaw the quarterbacks.


Scherer just completed his fourth year with the Browns and worked closely this year with former UM offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski, who was the Browns' offensive coordinator. Scherer was assistant head coach and quarterbacks coach the past two seasons after initially serving as quarterbacks coach. He was credited for the development of Derek Anderson, who was named to his first Pro Bowl following a breakout season in 2007 as Anderson threw for 3,787 yards and 29 touchdowns and propelled the Browns offense which ranked eighth in the league in scoring and yards per game.

Scherer joined the Browns in 2005 with over 30 years of coaching experience at the collegiate level. Prior to joining the Browns, Scherer spent two seasons (2003-04) as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at the University of Southern Mississippi after serving as co-offensive coordinator at University of Kansas in 2001.

Scherer was the head coach at James Madison University from 1991-94, and during that time the team set or tied over 140 school records. While Scherer served as the head coach at the University of Memphis (1995-00), the club registered the first and only victory over the University of Tennessee in school history.

Scherer was also the offensive coordinator at the University of Arizona (1989-90), University of Alabama (1987) and Georgia Tech (1981, 1986). He also served as assistant athletic director at Georgia Tech in 1985 and director of football operations at Arizona in 1988.

Scherer started his coaching career as a graduate assistant under legendary coach Joe Paterno at Penn State University in 1974 and went on to coach quarterbacks at North Carolina State University (1976), running backs at the University of Hawaii (1977-78) and quarterbacks at the University of Virginia (1979).


Long was hired as head coach at San Diego State in December 2005 with no previous head coaching experience and had a 9-27 record in three seasons.

Long, a quarterbacking legend at Iowa, began his coaching career in 1995 at his alma mater as the Hawkeyes defensive backs coach. Though Long had no coaching experience and had played on the offensive side of the ball for his entire career, he quickly became a respected defensive coach. In his three seasons coaching defensive backs from 1995–1997, Iowa posted a 24–12 record and advanced to a bowl game all three years. Iowa led the nation in interceptions returned for touchdowns in 1995, while the 1997 squad led the Big Ten in interceptions.

Long switched to coaching Iowa's quarterbacks and special teams in 1998 and 1999, before departing to coach the quarterbacks at Oklahoma. Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops and Long were teammates on Iowa's 1982 Rose Bowl team. Long was an assistant on the Oklahoma team that claimed the 2000 National Championship and tutored Heisman winner Josh Heupel.

Long was promoted to offensive coordinator at Oklahoma after the 2001 season. Oklahoma won the Rose Bowl following the 2002 season, and in 2003 the Sooners set a Big 12 record by averaging 51.5 points per game.

In 2004, Long was named as a finalist for the Broyles Award as the nation's top assistant coach. He was an assistant coach at Oklahoma for six seasons, including four as an offensive coordinator, and Oklahoma compiled a 67–11 record during his time there.

After the 2005 season, Long was hired by San Diego State. He was fired November 23 as San Diego State finished a 2-10 season that was the worst year in school history.


Holgorsen just completed his first season as Houston's offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach after being offensive coordinator at Texas Tech for the final three of eight seasons he spent coaching at the school.

Holgorsen's 2007 offense led the nation in passing (470.31 ypg) and ranked second in total offense (529.62 ypg). The Red Raiders also ranked among the NCAA's top 10 in scoring offense (7th/40.92 ppg) and passing efficiency (5th/156.74).

Individually, quarterback Graham Harrell led the country in total offense (431.85 ypg), while Michael Crabtree led the NCAA in receptions per game (10.31) and receiving yards per game (150.92) on his way to winning the 2007 Biletnikoff Award, presented to the nation's top wide receiver. Crabtree also was a consensus All-American, being named to the First Team of the top five All-America teams (AFCA, FWAA, Walter Camp, Associated Press and The Sporting News).

In his eight seasons at Texas Tech, the Red Raiders improved their total offensive numbers from 324.8 yards per game to 529.6 yards per game. The most significant increase took place in the passing game, where the Red Raiders averaged 470.3 yards per game in 2007 compared to 175.4 yards in 1999.

Holgorsen began his coaching career at Valdosta State in 1993, where Texas Tech Head Coach Mike Leach was the offensive coordinator. Multi-tasking as the quarterbacks, wide receivers and special teams coach, Holgorsen molded his offensive philosophy over the next three seasons. VSU quarterback Chris Hatcher played his final two seasons under Holgorsen and set an NCAA record, competing 74.7 percent of his passes on the Division II level in 1994. Hatcher's 10,588 passing yards ranked third on the NCAA career list at the time and is currently among the top 20. Additionally, Hatcher still ranks second in the NCAA record books in career touchdown passes (116) and third in single-season touchdown passes (50 in 1994) and was the NCAA passing champion in 1994.

Holgorsen carried the same duties to Mississippi College in 1996, where he worked on the Choctaw staff for three seasons. Mississippi College won the American Southwest Conference in it first season in the league and averaged 432.0 yards per game.

A year before joining the Texas Tech coaching staff, Holgorsen was the quarterbacks and wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator at Wingate University, where the program set numerous offensive records and led the Southern Atlantic Conference in several offensive categories. WU averaged 409.0 yards of total offense, ranking second in league play, and led the league with 304.1 passing yards per game. The team's quarterback picked up all-conference honors and was a Harlan Hill semifinalist as Division II's player of the year. Two receivers also received honors, one being named freshman of the year and the other landing all-conference accolades. Holgorsen's top two receivers ranked second and third nationally in receiving yards per game.

Holgorsen's ties with Leach began while Holgorsen was a wide receiver in Leach's offense at Iowa Wesleyan from 1990-92. Holgorsen earned a degree from IWU in 1993 and a master's in health and physical education from Valdosta State in 1995.


Brewer just completed his fourth season at Oklahoma State and his first as Co-Offensive Coordinator and quarterbacks coach, and the Cowboys won nine games for the first time in school history. He served the three previous three seasons as wide receivers coach and passing game coordinator.

Brewer has been one of the key minds behind one of the nation's most dynamic and explosive offenses. The Cowboys averaged 40.8 points a game in 2008 and averaged 487 yards for the second consecutive season.

Brewer coached the receivers at North Carolina from 2000-04. Prior to that, he was Associate Offensive Coordinator and Receivers Coach at Marshall from 1996-1999, the Head Coach at Northeast Mississippi in 1995, the receivers coach at E. Tennessee State from 1990-1995, and a graduate assistant at Missisippi from 1988-90.


Johnson, who coached receivers at UM from 1996-2005, has quickly built his reputation with the Saints, who have had one of the NFL's top offenses the past two years. For example, Marques Colston went from being the fourth-to-last player selected in the 2006 NFL Draft to posting 168 catches. David Patten has also made huge strides under Johnson.

Few coaches at any level can match the wide receivers that Johnson has helped develop. The group of standouts under his direction while at Miami and his prior stop at San Diego State includes NFL first-round picks Andre Johnson, Santana Moss, Reggie Wayne, Yatil Green and Darnay Scott.

At Miami, Johnson was part of a staff that went to nine bowl games and won the 2001 National Championship. He polished the skills of at least one All-Big East performer each season from 1996-2005, including Johnson – the third overall pick by Houston in 2003 – and Moss, who became the Hurricanes' all-time leader in receiving yardage before making the Pro Bowl for Washington. Wayne departed ranked first in school history in catches is a Pro Bowl performer for Indianapolis.

In his five-year stint at San Diego State (1989-93) Johnson landed some of the school's biggest recruits, including 2000 NFL MVP and fellow New Orleans native Marshall Faulk as well as Scott, who completed his eight-year NFL career with 408 grabs and 37 TDs. Each year Johnson was with the Aztecs the school had an all-conference performer at wide receiver.

Johnson began his coaching career as a receivers coach at Lewiston (Idaho) High School in 1984, serving for three seasons before holding a similar position at the University of Idaho. He spent 1987 and 1988 at the school before becoming receivers coach at San Diego State. His next stop was at Southern Methodist in 1994 before becoming wide receivers coach in 1995 at the University of California.

The Truth


Shannon isn't necessrily looking for an offense that looks like the Coker/Chud version.

He wants a guy though that can pound and throw it effectivly with balance.



I appreciate the info, but discretion is the key. We get in trouble here for posting what accounts to full articles from TOS. Summarize my friend summarize!

Truth, I figured out who you were talking about long ago. I like him. I also like Saints guy (former Cane guy) but lack of play calling experience again puts us in a Nix type situation. I'd prefer a guy with both NCAA/NFL experience and OC/Co-OC and QB Coach experience .


Do you think one of the guys on the canesport list will be the one? Or is that the smokescreen?

The Truth

And since someone is going to ask I'll tell you if I had my pick it would be either:


I explained to J about Dana a couple of weeks ago with him working with both Sumlin and Leach...and honestly, IMO Longs resume - SDSU aside- speaks for itself. That man can coach. Period.

If Miami nabs either of them we will all be very happy with the O.

The Truth


There are 2 VERY real candidates in that list. There are however people NOT on that list that are very real candidates as well.

Info like this just doesn't get thrown out there for all to read. There is a reason it get released.

Business needs to be conducted.

The Truth


I LOVE Johnson as a coach. I can't say I think he's ready to take over the offense at a school like Miami yet.

He's never done it so maybe he can.

But it's a risk.

His player development and attention to detail however are unquestionable. He is a great coach.


I'm with you on this one.
I'm hoping the guy doesn't come from that list.



Solar, yes you and I like the same guy. BUT, I do like some of the guys on the list too. I think Johnson is a pheom WR coach. We haven't had our WRs do with that did under him since he's left. BUT him as OC = OJT. RS has to hit a homerun with this hire. HAS TO! I like Long and I also like Borgess. I don't know anything about Mazzone or Scherer. Holgerson's been around some great offensive minds, but I don't like Leache's Offense for us. Brewer I think is totally smoke screen.


if Nix was telling the "truth" that he wanted a more open offense and Randy wanted more conservative plan wouldn't Holgerson be too pass happy for Randy?

I'd love to see some deep throws though.



Was RB Coach ever in trouble of parting ways with us? I heard some info of him being considered for a HC job out west. Also what are your thoughts of him. With the stud RB class we have coming in, do you think he's the guy to get the most out of them?

The U needs A coach

My pick for OC

Coach Klein, former head coach of the South Central Louisiana State University Mud Dogs.

C'mon Canes...You Can Do It!


Yes Randy and his advisors have to make the right choice this time.

A wrong move leaves two great recruiting classes rotting on the vine.



I definitely want a guy who can develop QB's. That is very important, unless of course they want to bring in a separate coach for the quarterbacks along with the the new OC.


Truth: As always, thanks a ton for keeping the Legion as informed as you are allowed!!!

Man the coaching gig is one real tough motha!

I live in Minneapolis and the U of MN just lost both of its Coordinators on the same day!
1-OC- Mike Dunbar - resigned to pursue other opportunities, although it was assumed he was on the way out after Tim Davis was hired in Nov to "revamp the running game"

2-DC - Ted Roof was just hired away by Auburn for the same position.

At least at this rate of seemingly constant turnover, there won't be any shortage of available candidates if things don't work out for RS!

Go Canes!!


I like Curtis Johnson and I think he is savvy enough to adjust being an OC on the college level.


Well, it's too late to summarize so if one of the Editors wants to edit my post to avoid trouble please do so.

The U needs A coach

My pick for OC

Coach Klein, former head coach of the South Central Louisiana State University Mud Dogs.

C'mon Canes...You Can Do It!


1. Long
2. Norvell
3. Holgorsen



1. Johnson
2. Long
3. Holgorsen


hrg no sweat bro.
everybody on Canrespace appreciates it when folks make the effort to bring news here.

bg is pointing out a fact that does happen on here with copyrighted material.




*guy Truth and J are sniffing out as we speak



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