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September 22, 2009



UMike got your email. LOL!

Blog by UMike!




3rd...hey I get first to...86 doesnt count lol


if a tree falls in "Da Space"..but noone is around to hear it..does it really make a sound?


UMike..U win! I added the credits too.

Nice work, I really enjoyed reading it.

No sophomore slump here!

century canes

Nice job umike. Can't wait for Saturday


Century..Me niether lol....86...Give the prize to century..I dont count..the space has already done to much for me


86..it is my goal with many articles..longer posts and posting more often to make myself a lock for the CSHOF next go round


TypePad acting squirrely again?


the space has already done to much for me

Posted by: UMike | September 22, 2009 at 07:40 PM

That's what they ALL say. LOL




Posted by: UMike | September 22, 2009 at 07:04 PM


Re-post from last blog:

Herbstreit on our JOCKS!


Posted by: bg1906 | September 22, 2009 at 07:47 PM

Century Cane

Reason #3 is the key to the whole season
What a difference Whipple makes


great write up UMike.

I agree that their poor rushing defense bodes well for Miami. 200 yds a game? We could hit on a lot of big plays in this game.



Nice post, umike. Like hte stats, and I'm hoping VT plays D like they have vs. Ala and Neb. - they tend to start strong but each team ran the ball at them real well after the first 20-25 minutes.


"Not too many people knew – one person said it, and it was like `Oh, well, we just have to get better," Harris said. "We don't want No. 9. No. 9 is nine spots away from being No. 1. We want to be No. 1 in the nation. We want to be where Florida is. Where all the great teams are. That's where we're trying to get."

THIS IS WHY I love Jacory!

mr troutman

Re: Our offense is not good at all..... Reply


Originally posted by 1VTHokie:


Originally posted by fastasballs:
At this point I'm thinking the Canes run us out of our own stadium. I'm hoping for a victory, but after seeing the offense today that's about all I have.

Tyrod looked horrible most of the game even though the line play seemed solid. He's really hesitant about running out of the pocket anymore. I'm beginning to think the coaches are telling him not to run as much out of fear of him being hurt.

Nebraska has a solid D & they played well, but there was a lot of open receivers. I'm not sure what to think about the offense anymore. I was expecting Wilson to get the ball today, but he only played a few snaps. We have the talent to have a good offense, but the OC doesn't seem to know how to get the most out of these guys. Stiney is lacking in the offesive strategy category to say the least.

It's amazing the heat that Beamer & the coaches avoided with that miracle finish today. I doubt that's the case after next week.


Maybe.... I just don't think TT is a good QB. If you can't pass consistently, you are not a QB!

I'm not even going to argue the TT statement because he is hesitant and lacks confidence IMO. The question is why? What has happened to him? It's as if he's digressed since coming to VT.

IMO the entire offense has taken on the persona of Stiney. Just read the interviews with the guy. He reminds me of a freakin squirrel trying to cross the road..."yep, uh, well we were gonna..um, uh"...you've seen a squirrel cross the road, they go half way, scurry back towards the same side they came from, then scamper 3/4 of the way, then they jump back in the middle...before you know it the squirrel's head ends up mashed between a Goodyear and the pavement.

Posted on 9/19 10:33 PM | IP: Logged

They pointed out the teams weakness and it was exposed clearly when they played someone capable of putting up points and play defense. The writting is on the wall folks it just might take some people a few more games to be convinced we are MIAMI AGAIN.


Nice article Calvin I enjoyed it and tomorrow is Wednesday fellas. I can not wait until Friday night....


Friday night=The calm before the storm


If you go to the game in Blacksburg one thing that will stand out to you is how friggin awesome VT fans are. They're courteous to you, win or lose and they know their football. They also don't drink much in the way of Kool-Aid. They see their team thru a pretty objective set of eyes.

CaniaK aka True Canes

This is going to be hard, really hard for some reason this freak' team play us as hard every time. We cannot take them for granted, make no mistake about gents this is not going to be a cakewalk. Frank and his boys have been doing this for year, now let's hope the canes do aren't overconfident


Reason #3: Patrick Nix’s Absence

I LOVE IT!!!!!

Old Skool

That's the first time I've ever seen a squirrel used as a football metaphor.


Told you boys Truth was in the Far East.

Truth - Not surprised about Singapore being nice. I represent Emirates and I can tell you that they are our main competitor when it comes to having the biggest and the best (Qantas and Cathay then behind that).

I have been on the A380 as we have them too and that thing is amazing. Did you and Ms. Truth have one of the private suites...


So...guess which blog is going to be Raycom's "Featured Blog of the Week"?

Go ahead, guess, I'll wait...


I have to agree with CaniaK. VT always plays us tough. Usually we win close or get blown out. It is going to be a slug fest. I don't care how they looked so far or how we have looked. For those of you out there predicting a blowout, man I hope you are right but I just don't see it happening.


In all honesty, I do think VT is gonna attempt to come hard in the beginning of the game.

Tyrod is tired of folks saying that he's a bad QB.

Their proud Def. is tired of hearing how unstoppable our Off. is.

Bud Foster is tired of hearing about what a genius Whipple is.

VT (along with everyone else) is tired of hearing that UM is "back".

And for what it's worth, they're at home.

I wouldn't at all be surprised if we aren't too far ahead at the half. (maybe 17-10, as a result of us running early) But going into that locker room, I fully would expect two things:

1)Jacory & Whipple to be silently furious about not being further ahead.

2)Someone like Moncour or Phillips to give an E-Reed esq speech about not dominating these jokers.

After that, we come out and methodically begin to break them down on both sides. L ook for Jacory to turn back into Cool Hand Luke, and send Benjamin after Chancellor(?) several times. We take their will, then we come for the souls.
Coach has a ton of respect for Beamer and Whipple will again be seething as Shannon tells him to cool it once we get up to about 40 something.


On the other hand..........

If this thing somehow degenerates down into a slugfest, and it comes down to what both sides do with their final possessions, I'm rocking with Jacory, cause' I'm willing to bet a stack that Tyrod won't be able to pull those last couple of throws he did on Braska', a second consecutive week.

Cat 5 Cane

Beamer sandbags all of the time... if he loses... It's I told you so, if he wins,...The team played a great game today. so you can't take anything serious from frank before a game... but looking at it straight up, we should to be able to take the game from the get-go, providing we don't turn the ball over with strange tips, bounces, etc. keep the turn overs to a zero and we come home with a "W".

Whipple's direction, Jacory's arm and the offense gels, is one tough attack for any team to defend... including any the top 4.

Throw in a learning defense that is coming on their own as becoming one of the best... we'll win our share without looking back to see who's chasing us!

but we're not there yet... just needing more exposure and time working together... as it stands now, I think we are 50/50 to beat ANYBODY... but give us 8 games and watch out for the old day of dominance.


Hurriphin, sunrise, caniak, i agree totally.


UM 27, VT 20


but we're not there yet... just needing more exposure and time working together... as it stands now, I think we are 50/50 to beat ANYBODY... but give us 8 games and watch out for the old day of dominance.

Posted by: Cat5Cane | September 22, 2009 at 09:10 PM

Good comment, I agree 100%.


Okay, I'm in:
UM 24, VT 16

Cat 5 Cane

I'm out


Nice article UMike...


Reason #3: Patrick Nix’s Absence

I LOVE IT!!!!!

Posted by: Carlos | September 22, 2009 at 08:55 PM

I'll never forgive him for running a QB draw on 4th & long, in what I think what was the VT game. NEVER!!!!!!!!

So gang,

How many games do yall think we would have won if Whipple was available a year earlier? How does the UF game end up? Would Marve still be here? What recruits do you all think might have come here? Would Shannon already have an extension, and simply be trying to restructure it so we could have Whip here for an additional 2 or 3 years?


New blog is up over at Raycom:



I believe all of that had to happen to get to where we are right now. Bye, Nix, Marve, Young. We are raising right now and our future looks so bright.


Thanx for all the love


I just don't see how any team Nix & Marve defeated, could possibly best a Whipple and Jacory led unit.

I just don't see it.
VT, UCF, FSU, and UVA should never beat us again, for however long Whipple is here!


I meant "rising" not "raising"


Hey for u guy that live in so fla...I'm askin for and UNBIASED comparison of J12 and Eugene Smith at wvu


Barring Jacory & Whipple missing the bus....

41-24 UM


I believe all of that had to happen to get to where we are right now. Bye, Nix, Marve, Young. We are raising right now and our future looks so bright.

Posted by: SunriseMike | September 22, 2009 at 09:20 PM

I can just see Randy putting this thing on cruise control after the wins start piling up..........

Wait, isn't that what Coker did?

Scratch that.

Nah. No way Coach would blindly let this program erode like that. He'd likely rather die first. And I mean that.


I'm expecting the Canes to take a double digit win over VT, as long as they avoid the major ST mistake and turnover bugs. I'm not totally convinced of the former yet given the ST issues thus far this season and how solid VT always in on STs.

Did McDermott give anything away in the Rivals article?

CaniaK aka True Canes

it is not going to be easy guys, stay focus


Those five reasons don't mean anything - games against VaTech are like FSU, no matter what - they are close games. Typical of a rivalry.

Outside of the 2005 and 2003 games They have always been though games.


Okay, once I again I have to remind myself not to assume pasting works for a paragraph from there.

McDermott said he had spoken with Brandon Linder, another OL recruit, and that he had spoken with him some on Facebook due to having a lot in common, like outdoor stuff, and that he thinks he'd be an awesome roommate. Hint?


Jacory will not let this team lose. Especially not in this game. He and the team knows this is another high profile game in that opening stretch that everyone predicted them to lose at the beginning of the season. He will not want to answer any questions of what went wrong in the game. He certainly does not want to hear a single comment after the game and in the week(s) following about how Tyrod was able to lead his team to victory where Jacory failed to.

Mark my words. This team will leave it all out on the field to leave no doubt in anyone's mind that the U is back...

UM 37 VT 20

Then the process repeats itself for the OU game. Then Jacory will be the first one pulling the Bandwagon.... Which, by the way have you noticed the ticket prices increased? Glad I already got my 3 pack...


From Rivals.com today

September 22, 2009

Q&A with Miami coach Randy Shannon

Tom Dienhart
Rivals.com College Football Senior Writer

Miami has been an early season surprise, starting 2-0 with impressive victories over Florida State and Georgia Tech.

This week, the Hurricanes get another ACC test, playing at Virginia Tech, a team they beat last season in Miami. After that comes a visit from Oklahoma.

UM coach Randy Shannon talked with Rivals.com senior writer Tom Dienhart about Saturday's game, his talented sophomore quarterback, what it means to be a Hurricane and other topics in this week's Q&A.

What do you expect when you play at Virginia Tech this Saturday?

"Coach [Frank] Beamer always plays tough defense. They are a running team. They always are going to try to get big plays on you with their special teams. They are tough. We have to be sound and focused."

Did you talk to the team about the first four games of the season, with you guys playing at Florida State, Georgia Tech, at Virginia Tech and Oklahoma?

"No, we didn't talk about it. You just talk about taking it one game at a time and staying focused. I keep emphasizing that so the guys understand it."

Miami coach Randy Shannon and Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson chat after the Hurricanes' victory over the Yellow Jackets last week.
What do you think is the national image of Miami?

"I don't know. I really don't get involved in what goes into the national image. ... I just get into what we do here and what we get done. ... People can enjoy watching us play and carry ourselves off the field in a professional way."

How good can sophomore quarterback Jacory Harris be?

"He is special because he stays within himself. He doesn't try to go outside the realm of what we are trying to do. He loves to be around the players on the team. He is just a simple guy who likes to have fun with his teammates. That's what makes him special."

What made you decide to hire Mark Whipple as offensive coordinator?

"Mark brings a lot of experience as a head coach and a coordinator. He has done some great things that I think helps us out as a football team a lot."

What are some areas of improvement for your team?

"I would like to see us finish the game a little better each week. And we also need to improve on special teams. We definitely have to improve our kickoff coverage. Going down the list, we definitely have to improve those things to give our team a better chance to have good field position because field position is everything."

What is the most underrated area of the team?

"I think our offensive line is doing great. For the last two weeks, they've done a great job protecting Jacory. I think that's something that is really special, when you have an offensive line [that is criticized], but they do a great job."

Who are the leaders of this team?

"Our senior class. It has done a great job getting our team ready. It started in the spring and continued in the summer. Those guys have gotten together to have lunch or dinner and have discussed things that the team needs to do, who is slacking off, who we need to talk to and bring in to get them going."

How would your players describe you?

"I really don't know. I really couldn't tell you what they think of me."

What have been the high point and the low point of your Miami tenure?

"I really don't have any. A low point is really when you lose a game. A high point is seeing these young guys flying around having fun and winning games."

Talk about the pride players have playing for Miami.

"It is good to see. You see a different bunch of guys all of the time. As a matter of fact, I am looking out my window right now and I see Dwayne Johnson, "The Rock," jogging on the field getting a workout in. Every time you see a guy like that come back - and like Andre Johnson came up to Tallahassee last week to watch us play - and watch us play games at home and on the road is something that I think is very special. I always want to see it. Once you are part of the Miami program, you always are going to be a family member forever. That is the one thing that we always say."

What do you miss most about Miami playing at the Orange Bowl?

"It has been a long time since I played, so I couldn't really comment on it. It was a close stadium and there was a lot of history in the stadium. That's the one thing I miss."

Do you think there are enough minorities coaching in college football?

"I don't get involved in anything about minorities and different things like that. I really don't."

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