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December 30, 2009



Here's to the offseason!


cheers to better things to come!


Dang Mike. Get better, man. Our prayers are with you and your family.

The Truth

This place is nuts

The Truth

Holy crap...

Mm01 get better!!! What horrible news...


Our thoughts and prayers are with U MM01.

Get well soon!


terrible performance by a team that is supposed to be progressing? Where is the progression? Show it to me.....Next year looks more dim at the moment. Tough assignment to expect this team to go after a National title next year when they can not even beat a mediocre Wisconsin team. Good luck in the off season! Somebody please tell Hurtt that it would be nice for Miami to once again have a pass rush...


Apparently A.J. Highsmith's aunt is a nurse and also lent a helping hand during the emergency.

She recognized Mike and Randy from their meeting in Tally and came over to chat with them while waiting for the players to come out of the locker room.

Hurricane FAMILY!


MM01 and family, you will be in my prayers. I hope you have a speedy recovery, and as pointed out this was just a game and their is more to life..so get over it already.



Posted by: the sky | December 29, 2009 at 11:31 PM

Funniest post of the night, IMO.

VA Cane, excellent posts last night. Still a young team that needs to, not just want, but need to win.

Six, Thanks again for your behind the scenes insight. I hope you're misreading Whipples reaction. Also, do U ever have nightmares staring Orlando Franklin? Be honest, we're all friends here.

Posted by: DZ8 | December 30, 2009 at 10:11 AM


All the best MM01 and RandyCane. Puts things in perspective.


Good to hear MM01 is improving and that he will be released tomorrow.

I hope everyone else got home safe and sound.

The Truth

Yeah J

That beating 7 with 4 part was what I alluded to by stating it wasn't just the fans that took wisky lightly.

Randys fault I'm sure...I think I heard that Randy said "you only have to play 75% tonight men, Wisconsin ain't sh*t"

And the ONLY reason Miami marched down
the field there when they scored at the end was half of wisky's starters where out taking a the rest of the game off...

That O wasn't going to do ANYTHING with
Jacory hurt and the OL playing Matador.

I hate waiting.

And once again mm01, get well soon.

8th Man in the Box


Stay up, you're in my prayers


That one hurt. I thought we might pull one out at the end. Oh well, that's who we are right now. We ran into a classmate of my Dad's at halftime and he gave us his tickets right behind the bench on the 45.

Jacory was standing right in front of us and I could not help but notice how heavily wrapped his throwing hand was. I thought that injury was healed? Oh well...

Damien Berry was wasted tonight. There was no excuse for him not to be utilized more than he was tonight.

The recruiting class should be stellar, but this loss will linger. On a happier note, the # 1 recruit in the country has decided to open up his commitment now that Meyer is working the late shift over at "The Waffle House"! He is a 5 star DE named Shaw out of Cali, and he said that USC and UM are on the top of his list. I would think that UM might have an advantage given the problems at USC right now. Lord knows we could have used a better pass rush tonight!

Go 'canes!

Posted by: Sarasota 'cane | December 30, 2009 at 02:37 AM

Incorrect information. They guy you are talking about is Ronald Powell not Shaw. And those are just RUMORS. I wouldn't put too much stock into ANY of them.

Posted by: bg1906 | December 30, 2009 at 10:53 AM



My prayers are with you brother.

8th Man in the Box


What are your thoughts on the assistant coaches, particularly on the defensive side, minus the coordinators. Are we STRONG enough to compete with the blue collar type teams? Seems to me those were the teams that beat us this year.


Mike get well soon. I was looking forward to hanging out with you guys today.

Randy my prayers are with you and Mike and I hope to hear from the both of you soon.


Wow. MM01 and RandyCane - stay strong. Health is everything. Thanks for posting the update 86.

Gin & Tonic

MMO1. Get well soon.


A lot of us blame ourselves when the Canes lose. I know I wore my Canespace Sean Taylor T-shirt but I TAPED the game (yes I still have a VCR)! The only two other games I taped were both loses (FSU and UF in 2007). As soon as the tape ran out Hankerson made that great one-handed catch and we went on to score. Too little too late.

I heard other bloggers talking about switching jerseys at halftime, etc... But remember Legion, it isn't on us. It is all on the players on the field, and as they get to the field.

"The Hurricanes, who were dressed in their all-white Nike Pro Combat uniforms, sprinted from their tunnel at the beginning of the game through sparkling fireworks instead of their customary smoke. "

So we can blame Sebastian The Ibis for not stealing a fire extinguisher.

Get well MM01.

Sarasota 'cane

Get well soon!

The Truth


I think we need more than a recruiter/cheerleader at DL coach. He's good. Not great and I'm not sure he has time, with his role as RC, to hone his craft as a DL coach.

That IS on Randy. He either needs to get a new RC or a DL coach. That's just my opinion.

As far as the rest of the coaching? It's fine. Good enough. Again, my opinion.

Look at the injury list. All defense and some of the kids playing aren't on the list and should be. But that's just an excuse.

And again...why the question about the D?

It was the offense that didn't come through. The D made plays. ST's made plays.

Jacory? No. He was hurt during the week. His hand is still an issue.

The OL? No plays there. Wonder where #20 was?? Uh, ask Figs and Trump and those bozos.

Our seating time was 11:00. Why am I still waiting?

Ok...really out now.

It's just a game people. Miami will be better next year. Just like they were this year.


8th man.

I don't think Swasey is the problem. I've been critical of him in the past, but NOW not so much. I became a believe in the OU game. We didn't take Wisconsin serious. Fox is undervalued, we truly missed him. But go look at the blocking vs OU. Whose DL is probably with UNC and now Wisconsin the best we faced. The OL was motivated. Same vs USF All-Americans...motivated. I think they didn't think Wisky could play with them but #99, #50, and #44 pushed our shyt in all night. Truth has said before Swasey isn't the greatest at strength training, but our guys did seem better physically this year.

My gripe and has been for awhile is the effort our team gives. We have not one with a TRUE non-stop motor. Did you see #50 from Wisky??? ALWAYS going 100 mph. Look at how he ran down Collier after that catch. All EFFORT and the EFFORT is what makes them so much better than just their physical gifts. We have truly PHYSICALLY GIFTED atheletes but MANY times their effort is PISS poor and that is why we are not maximizing our talent. I don't fault the coaches for that, though you'd hope the coaches could reach the guys to motivate them to give 150% all the time, but to me having played the game, effort comes from within. You have to WANT to get after it. Guys like Sapp, Kennedy, J. Brown, all the greats had that MOTOR that never quits. They were hell raisers that REFUSED to be blocked. We don't have that right now.


Six - thanks for the great sideline reporting. Keep up the great work my friend.


MM01 and RANDYCANE---Prayers and best wishes.Recover quickly.Games are fun(not this one)but life is priority.U guys do what you have to-to get past this.Your family is there,the Canes will be here,and of course your CANESPACE family is here.This puts everything in perspective.Prayers and immediate recovery is on order here.Do the CANE thing,bro. the"U"always

DallasTX Cane

MM01, thoughts & prayers w/U. Get well.


The game plan was simple: play tough physical football, control the clock and leave the Champs Sports Bowl with a win and a 10-3 season.

That's exactly what the Wisconsin Badgers did Tuesday night, dominating the No. 14 Miami Hurricanes 20-14 at the Florida Citrus Bowl. Considering it was essentially a home game for Miami, the result was especially impressive on a cold night in Orlando.

"What you have to understand a little bit with Wisconsin is we kind of take a boxer's mentality offensively," head coach Bret Bielema said. "Wear you out, wear you out, throw the body punches. Eventually that cumulative effect will be a 'W,' and that was what was able to happen."

Aside from the usual star performers, junior tight end Lance Kendricks showed what the Wisconsin coaches knew about him all along: he has the ability to be a major playmaker in the Badgers' offense.
With the Miami corners effectively shutting down the UW receivers, Kendricks and Tolzien exploited the coverage of the Hurricanes' linebackers over the middle, as they connected seven times for 128 yards in the game.

"We had a long preparation, I put a lot of time into it, our scheme was well thought out and whenever the ball came to me, I took advantage of it," Kendricks said. "I was the open guy, so that's just how it came out."

According to junior defensive end J.J. Watt, the Badgers' dominating performance in Hawaii earlier this month played a huge role in that difference.

"This makes a big statement," Watt said. "It was prime time television, a lot of people were watching and we're really excited about the statement we sent today. Wisconsin football is back to where it belongs, Wisconsin football is power football, tough football and it's going to be a tough team to beat.

"We're really excited about what we did today."

With a Champs Sports Bowl victory under their belts, Watt and several other Badgers plan to stay in the Sunshine State a few extra days to celebrate.

"I'm going down to Miami to hang out with a couple of my teammates for a few days, then my family's coming down and we're going on a cruise," Watt said. "It's safe to assume that I'll be wearing red all over Miami.

"I saw the "U" a lot today, so I'm excited to throw up the "W" all over down there."

^^^These excerpts say it all^^^

Playa..The Blogger Formerly Known as Rashad

Hope you have a speedy recovery. Wow, just shows life could be gone at anytime.

Playa..The Blogger Formerly Known as Rashad

On a lighter note..
Im going to nominate AngryCane as the fan of the night. You had me ready to charge onto the field!! Great time with good people.


Can someone delete that italcop64 post? Or better yet, block him from the site?

I'm exhausted, physically, but more so, emotionally from last night. Nice rally at the end. We were one dropped pass by Mike James away from winning that game. Hankerson's gonna leave after that one handed catch. Our O-Line was horrible, JH held onto the ball too long and is now banged up even more than he was before. Cooper probably has to have surgery...the list goes on and on.

Still, 86 makes a good point. What could have happened to Mike puts things in perspective. My prayers go out to you, man. I wish u a speedy recovery. It was cool hanging out with you and RandyCane last night. Look forward to it again next season. Oh, and RaizeCane, I'm still waiting on my burger with cheese inside.

DallasTX Cane

From last blog:

Some of us will always stay positive because that is what a real fan do. Talking crap , doging out your OWN coach and players is something outsiders do... Some of you all will even TALK BAD ABOUT YOUR OWN FAMILY MEMBERS TO OTHER PEOPLE BETTER YET TO COMPLETE STRANGERS. Miami is my heart and i can't turn on them when things don't go well especially how far they come since 2007.

Posted by: MR TROUTMAN | December 30, 2009 at 12:48 AM

Does that mean U were/are a Coker supporter? Surely U weren't defending him a few years back, right? I'm not anti-Shannon, on the contrary I've supported him (in the blog world) from Day 1. However, he isn't above criticism, fair or unfair.

The "I'm a REAL fan & you're not" angle is lazy and stupid.

I do agree with U that the program is improving. Its disappointing tho that there's still such a long road to go.

Re: Posted by: Italcop64 | December 30, 2009 at 11:12 AM

I dont think I've ever expressed this opinion to another blogger in all the days since Omar's blog, but... SHUT THE FU@! UP


Mike get better, that is just crazy!


Oh, and RaizeCane, I'm still waiting on my burger with cheese inside.

Posted by: JameriCane | December 30, 2009 at 11:27 AM

It's so big.....it's still cooking, lol.

8th Man in the Box


Was just looking for your opinion, b/c I have my thoughts but didn't want to get too negative on here. The OL/DL appear to get beat up in the trenches whenever we play more physical teams. I've supported Swasey up to this point, but last night made me question that aspect of our team. In addition, I think Hurtt id doing a good job recruiting, but we need get those boys to the point where they're totally wrecking folks. I'd hate to lost Hurtt, but I have to wonder if we be better upgrading. I can't in good consciousness question the DB coach yet, b/c they're often asked to cover receiver way too long.

I expect us to get better next year, but not sure how much. The question is how do we measure improvement? Is it only by wins and losses? Is it by noticeable player development? Or by showing more resolve? I look at all aspects, but many of us focus on W's and L's. Has Randy been a great coach..no but he hasn't been a bad coach either. I'd give him a B- up to this point. This off season will be pivotal towards our chances of NC. Some adjustments will need to be made, I just hope a true internal assessment is performed and weaknesses address.

I know I've gone on a tangent, but needed to as I sit back mentally digest this part season.

As I said last night, if this beat down is what we needed to push us harder in the off season,I'll take it. Being a resident of Columbus, that last thing I want is for the Buckeye faithful to leave the stadium happy next Sept.



Hank already confirmed his coming back.


MM01 - I am wishing for a fast and safe recovery for you!

For all you haters and nay sayers out there.

In 2007 the Florida Gators, with Tim Tebow and Percy Harvin lost three games and went to the Citrus bowl (also in Orlando) to play a Big 10 team (Michigan) who had lost earlier in the year to Appalachian State!!! The Gators were favored to win that game and were dominated losing 41-35 to finish the season 9-4.
You all know what happened the next season.
This is still a young team which showed flashes of greatness, there is no reason why they could not play in the NC next year.


Mike and Randy Cane - My prayers to you. Get well soon!

G & T - With moving before Christmas, etc...so really, how many did you have??

Randy Phillips just made me shake my head last night. I told my wife that this was his last game as a Cane. He is the one who has to live with that. I guess I just don't get it.

Truth - God bless you for dealing with the maddening crowds for your family's sake. It takes every bit of me to suck it up and not say anything while dealing with crowds, etc. Just don't take out your frustrations on Mickey: )

With the way the OL played, what is your outlook for this unit for 2010 when healthy and do believe Stoutland is the right man for the job?

Go Canes!


Yeah, 1906, I just saw:

Posted on Wed, Dec. 30, 2009
Miami Hurricanes' Leonard Hankerson to return

University of Miami wide receiver Leonard Hankerson comes up with a 28-yard reception for a first down during the fourth quarter against Wisconsin during the Champs Sports Bowl on Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2009 at the Florida Citrus Bowl Stadium in Orlando. ORLANDO -- Receiver Leonard Hankerson, who had a key 28-yard catch in UM's 20-14 loss to Wisconsin, told reporters after the game he will return for his senior season.
``I'm staying. That's where I was leaning all along. I just wanted to have a little fun with the media,'' Hankerson said. ``It's still going to be better off in the end. I've been feeling this way since it first started up. I knew I was going to come back all along.

``I know we have a great team around here. We know next year is going to be our time.''

Running back Graig Cooper, considering entering the NFL Draft as an underclassman, injured his right knee during a 27-yard kickoff return with seven seconds left in the first half.

He was unavailable for comment after the game.

As Cooper was making a cut near midfield, his right leg seemed to bow out awkwardly and he fell to the ground after another step or so.

There was no contact before the injury.

Medical personnel rushed onto the field, and fellow tailbacks Damien Berry and Javarris James helped to carry him off the field.

The injury must have brought back bad memories to Hurricanes fans, who watched star running back Willis McGahee tear his anterior cruciate ligament in the Fiesta Bowl national championship game after the 2002 season.

McGahee chose to rehabilitate the knee, left UM early and was drafted 23rd overall by Buffalo.


After spending his first three seasons at wide receiver, Sam Shields was moved to cornerback as a senior. He started 10 of 11 games, finishing fifth on the defense with 40 tackles. His best game of the regular season came at Wake Forest, where he had a career-high seven tackles, in addition to forcing and recovering a key fumble in UM's come-from-behind victory.

On Tuesday, Shields had an exciting first. He returned his first career kickoff on an 84-yard reverse to open the game, the longest kickoff in UM bowl history. Before that, Kevin Williams' 45-yard return at the 1991 Cotton Bowl was the record.


Officials changed a key call after reviewing the replay at the start of the second quarter. First they ruled that Wisconsin running back John Clay had fumbled on the Wisconsin 40-yard line, and that UM had recovered. Then they ruled Clay was down.

The Badgers continued their drive. Five plays later, UM defensive end Allen Bailey got his hand on Scott Tolzien's pass, and it deflected into the arms of defensive tackle Micanor Regis. After that, UM couldn't make it happen and had to punt.


• UM defensive end Eric Moncur, who has missed most of the season because of various injuries, played.

• UM quarterback Jacory Harris had his hair cut into a mohawk before the game. On one side, the logo from the Super Mario Bros. video game was etched into his hair.

• The Hurricanes, who were dressed in their all-white Nike Pro Combat uniforms, sprinted from their tunnel at the beginning of the game through sparkling fireworks instead of their customary smoke.


If this blog doesn't put things in perspective I'm not sure what will. God speed in your recovery, MM!
The game was lost for two simple reasons: Our OL and DL got their clocks cleaned all night long. No pass rush from the front four was an issue, but really I was impressed that the D played hard for the netire game and came up with enough stops to keep us in the game, with no help from the Offense. I saw the Raiders-Redskins game live a few weeks ago and saw the Oakland D quit when it was obvious that the O couldn't help, so I don't take that effort lightly.
Also, I'm convinced Jacory's ankle was bothering him more than his thumb- he wasn't planting his front foot on throws, and all of his passes sailed on him.
Consider this game Exhibit A and B for the need for OL and DL recruits. Also, please recruit or develop a backup QB who coaches feel comfortable putting into a game. Lastly, Shannon still has more to learn, not the least of which is how to use the bowl practice time more efficiently.
This season was a building block and progress was made, even if we're left wanting more. Hopefully this site won't devolve into a "Fire Shannon now" free for all that Scout is today.


Speedy recovery, thoughts and prayers to MM01. Best in days ahead to Randy & Mike!

86, Thanks for your article! It puts things in perspective. BTW: Nice pic.

Go Canes next season!


"Can someone delete that italcop64 post? Or better yet, block him from the site?"




LOL DTC throwing the "f" bomb around - too funny.


The tailgate last night is the reason canspace is the best blog I've ever been associated with. We are like one big family. We are all from different walks of life, but we share the love for the U.

I just wanna thank 86 for this great thing you have built that has opened the doors to freindships that I would never had otherwise. Raize, Playa, Jameri, JSQ, 404, MM01, Randy, CC, Angry, Canez1. I had a great time and hope to do it again. If I am leaving anyone out blame it on the henny.

And last night confirmed that Angry and I can never sit in the same section. I had to go off on a Wisky fan and scared half the people in my section.


On Tuesday, Shields had an exciting first. He returned his first career kickoff on an 84-yard reverse to open the game, the longest kickoff in UM bowl history. Before that, Kevin Williams' 45-yard return at the 1991 Cotton Bowl was the record.



and along comes 86 to take out the trash! Good job. Sorry I didn't get a chance to catch up with you all - we got there late and at half time I was not in the mood to go looking for anyone....LOL

Six, I feel ya on the crazy roads of Orlando - parked by Amway and took the shuttle over there- man what a bad part of town that bowl is in


Money...it's ALL good! I think it is safe to say that a good time was had by all at the tailgate in spite of the game results.

No place but The Space!!!


i was in lot a i went to lot s several times and never saw u guys...where were u at 86?..worst game of the season in my eyes.hope we can rebound from this shyt


5-7, 7-6, 9-4, 11-2?

All signs point to an 11-2 record next year. 86 we might have to revise our bet depending on the health of Coop. And #38 owes Sheilds a steak dinner or something from costing him a TD as his last game as a Cane. Props to SS for all of the hard work and lessons learned while at the U


Thanks for throwin' out the trash, 86. Money, the pleasure was all mine, man. My wife loved talking to your wife last night. Still working on Columbus...


Okay idk wat everyone is freaking out about... look at next year

1. Futch, Ojomo, Hank, Bailey, and probably Coop all back (we return so much its crazy)

2. Vernon was impressive as a true freshman this season and he's only gonna get better

3. all the red-shirt players r gonna be able to see time ( miller, dye, reid,)

4. With the loss I hope that just motivates them in the off-season... this actually could be a blessing in disguise, starting the season ranked in the top 10 isn't that big of a deal cause i look at it this way... if MIAMI wins all their games there is no way they get left out of the NC or hell will be raised

lastly we get rid of some poor o-line players which could be good, could be bad... but im leaning on the being better next season at the o-line (losing fox hurts tho)


Yeah Mrs. Money had a great time. Shout out to Mrs. 86( the real brains behind the operation). Columbus would be sweet. Jameri we gotta make it happen


and at half time I was not in the mood to go looking for anyone....LOL

Posted by: CGNC | December 30, 2009 at 11:53 AM

I felt the same way at the half.

Watching highlights and if U call what Pipho does "playing OL" that is a joke. Pipho should never have played for us this year. That fact that he did says a lot.


Shout out to Mrs. 86 (the real brains behind the operation).

Posted by: moneycane | December 30, 2009 at 12:05 PM

Shhhhhhhhhh...not so LOUD!

Mrs. 86

Our thoughts and prayers Mike and Randy. Get well real soon Mike!

GREAT meeting CaneSpacers at tailgating! Enjoyed it to the max! :)

Joy and prosperity to ALL in the new year!

Go Canes and wishing for a successful football season in 2010!

Mrs. 86

BTW: Thanks for the Hennessey Moneycane! :) It helped on a nippy night!

Playa..The Blogger Formerly Known as Rashad

5-7, 7-6, 9-4, 11-2?

All signs point to an 11-2 record next year. 86 we might have to revise our bet depending on the health of Coop. And #38 owes Sheilds a steak dinner or something from costing him a TD as his last game as a Cane. Props to SS for all of the hard work and lessons learned while at the U

Posted by: moneycane | December 30, 2009 at 12:00 PM

I couldnt agree more man. Baby steps are being taken. And ill be happy with that next season. I just want a lil more adjustments on the D in the second half when its obvious a team is running 3 plays all second half....
Its was great hangin with you MoneyCane. That Henny kept me warm, and I coulda used more after the game..lol


i went to lot s several times and never saw u guys...where were u at 86? worst game of the season in my eyes. hope we can rebound from this shyt

Posted by: canezilla | December 30, 2009 at 12:00 PM

We were there!

I agree on the game. Other than VT it was THE wrost game of the season. Saving the WORST for LAST?


I've got nothing but love for all the spacers I met at the tailgate. You all are great people & I had an absolute blast last night.

I know our team didn't win but our future is still very bright. Keep in mind the future of this program is with the 53 true sophomores & freshmen that took a huge leap forward this year.

Hey 86, here's a tidbit of Pannunzio's bio. Murray State? LOL! Tommy Tubbs also had some faith in him as well.

Pannunzio was the head coach at Murray State from 2000 to 2005 and was one of the most highly regarded tight ends/special teams coaches in the country during earlier stints at TCU, Minnesota, Mississippi and Auburn.

Pannunzio has coached for the last 27 years in college football, steadily rising the ranks from a star player at Southern Colorado to head coach. In his six years as head coach at Murray State, his teams finished 30-37 and won one Ohio Valley Conference title and advanced to the playoffs one time.

Prior to becoming a head coach, Pannunzio spent five years working for Tommy Tuberville at Mississippi and Auburn.

Playa..The Blogger Formerly Known as Rashad

Posted by: Mrs. 86 | December 30, 2009 at 12:16 PM

Great meeting you again Mrs 86..You're right basketball is much better and calmer for us..haha


The game last night sucked to the fifth degree. The D wasn't lights out but I think they played a decent game. Seriously what did the offense do to help the cause. Even the first TD was 90% special teams. I held out hope til the end only to have it snatched away.

If Coops injury is serious he should sue the Citrus bowl. I haven't seen a feild that terrible ever. It was like playing on top of sliding tectonic plates.


This is the 2009 Miami hurricanes, not the big bad bravdo teams of the 80s to the early 2000's. I dont care what mentality this player had back when OR how he carried himself back then. This team is NOT those teams, there are no Sean Taylors at safety, there are no Kellen Winslows at TE, there is no M.Bratton, Portis, MaGahee, etc. at running back. STOP LIVING IN THE PAST.

I think thats the major problem with a lot of our fan base. Accept this team for who they are and let them make their own names. Stop saying this guy is going to be the next this or they dont have that swagger blah blah blah. Remember this IS the 2009 Miami hurricanes OK. Little taste of reality for some of us.


I don't wanna


Dont take those previous comments as if I dont think this team has IT or CANT have it. I am really impressed with a lot of the players on this team and I look forward to many of them turning the ship around and getting to the big dance that everyone on here craves like some women crave chocolate. I want Spence to make a name for himself and have everyone saying who's going to fill his shoes, or J. Harris to join the elite names of QB's etc. etc., but I want them to do it the ONLY WAY THEY KNOW HOW. Not by trying to be someone else and thats the way I think they are doing it, but we as fans want them to be like the guys of the past and they are not.


1999: 9-4
2000: 11-1

2009: 9-4
2010: ???

History has a funny way of repeating itself.
1999 we lost to PSU, East Carolina, FSU, and got dog walked by VT. Man I could only imagine how the blog would be during the 1999 season. Ken Dorsey has a noodle arm and he will never lead us to an NC. Ed Reed sucks, he got beat all day against PSU, fire him, fire him, the water boy lacks the propper technique when willing up the bottles. We are the U, East Carolina doesn't belong on the feild with us............

VA Cane

MM01 and RandyCane I hope things improve quickly and rapidly for you. Sorry that happened, God bless your family. Get well as we all are pulling for you.

As I say often, I am not and never have been big on swagger. Confidence is one thing, over the top stuff another. It is a different world in college football now. That old hat stuff is just that. It does not scare teams anymore. Wisconsin did not look scared. They came out with a strong OL, good tough backs, an tough engineer under center who managed the game, and receivers who blocked, caught passes and made plays. Their D line pressured our QB and lit our line up badly. Their LBs read and reacted, were up in the mix on the run, and created havoc in the passing lanes. Their DBs were solid, but knew they just needed to stick close because of the pressure. They made 4 mistakes: kickoff, onside kick, fumble, interception. They did not panic over them, they stopped us and went back to their game plan...all night!! We knew what they were going to do, and we could not stop them. I think I remember another school playing like this in big games...but with a few more fast guys...do you guys recall such? They were a good football team, very solid...good punter and kicker as well. Give them a dynamic QB, a burner RB and a couple more fast WRs...(and some fancy Spiderman outfits LOL)and they are going to make some big tracks in the land. I was impressed with them...and disappointed in us.....as a team: coaching and players. Many things went bad....and yet we still had a glimmer of hope. Bottom line is that we were not prepared physically or mentally, they were. They played to their strengths with absolute confidence, stuck to their plan, did not panic or waiver and executed basic football instincts very well. Ready, prepared and confidence will always beat swagger. JMO


They'll be BETTER than the guys of the past...j/k w/U KillerBeeze41.

I know what your saying but anytime I hear someone say, It'll never be the same, we can't expect to dominate, etc... I just think, Well why don't we go ahead and put the f'ing "M" on our helmet like they wanted to way back when. If we want to be amongst other good teams then do it already.

I think it was Lombardi who said, We pursue perfection knowing that perfection can never be attained. But if perfection is your goal you might just catch greatness.

Last night showed us that we have some work left to do. But overall I am happy with the year we had. We aren't there yet but I can see the summit from where we're at.


KillerB i agree. What are we comparing this 2009 team to when we say they suck, and no progress is being made. If we are comparing then to historical Miami teams then your points have merrit. This isn't 1983 or 2001 anymore. If you compare this Miami team to teams in recent history, say 2006 or 2007 how can you not say that improvement is being made. You can't just put a team in a microwave and have a championship calliber team in 2 minutes. You have to build things from the ground up, and I feel Shannon has done an outstanding job so far. Have things been perfect, no but I like the way things are headed. But I guess I'm just full of excuses and optimism




Thanks Moneycane and DZ8, you see what im trying to say. I think this team can dominate and win national championships. One of things im trying to get across to some fans is why their so frustrated and thats b/c they're still living in the past. Get over it and root for the 2009 Miami hurricanes. Dont forget the past, learn from it and keep it moving.

Randy is doing that in the fact that he knows where to recruit, but he's recruiting HIS type of players. He's getting it done they way it has been done in the past, but with a different type of player.


New Manny



Get well soon mm01, Randycane!!


Wisconsin's theme song at the game: PRICELESS!!! Lame but funny!! Jump around, Jump around!!! Lol


If Coops injury is serious he should sue the Citrus bowl. I haven't seen a feild that terrible ever. It was like playing on top of sliding tectonic plates.

Posted by: moneycane | December 30, 2009 at 12:28 PM


On ESPN they kept talking about it during the highlights and showed several incidents where the field impacted play and resulted in Cooper's injury.


Money, Manny is spot on as usual


Leach is fired with cause:


Still waiting for a big play from #7


the water boy lacks the propper technique when willing up the bottles.

Posted by: moneycane | December 30, 2009 at 12:39 PM

I did notice that also during the second half. His technique is flawed. I was watching film from the game and U could see he bends his arm at the elbow instead of at the wrist as is recommeneded. He's going to neeed some off-season coaching.

Also, I think we need water bottles with a different shape or a wider mouth so there is less spillage. Just my opinion...


1 I hope with the new recruits and having a team full of juniors will start the serious run by being able to break the top ten. The reason we did not do this was because we lost all of our pivotal games. I will say now its because we were young.

2. We got beat like a drum in the first half. They attacked us running at the de s. Then off of that success they were able to get the te open in the flat cause we couldnt stop them in that area of the field. We did not have any problems stopping the run in between the tackles.

3 JH had a very poor passing day.(Also the half back pass.) Especially missing on some critical long throws to receivers that were clearly open. The only way we could balance the lack of dominance at the line of scrimmage was to have some success on the perimeter. JH is hurt and there is no depth at qb.The lay off, in my opinion took away the momentum we had at the end of the season when we trounced USF.

4 I do not think its a matter of how many ballers we have on this team. We came out flat in games we needed to play lights out to win.

5 We get dominated when the other teams are playing motivated because we are the Canes and we dont come out as motivated.

6 The defense played a lot better the second half.

7 Hopefully with the older players starting the cane tradition of older leadership for the younger players we can build on the success we had this yr. Cause last nite we missed that senior leadership.

VA Cane

thanks for the props, great Lombardi quote. Lombardi was a great coach; greater man. I do have a couple autographs I got as a child when he was coaching the Redskins. He said "Fatigue makes cowards of us all." Perhaps his best is the oft misquoted "Winning isn't everything, its the only thing." He actually said "Winning isn't everything, but wanting to win is the only thing.", and "A man is not measured by never being knocked down, but rather by rising when knocked down".

I preach these things to my players; hey and I am not Mike Leach...I hope our boys will feel their pain,get up, work harder than ever and make some big tracks in the land.
I do know this; we must improve up front on both sides of the ball, and get another solid QB developed no I am not throwing off on JH, he took some shots and was beaten up last night...needed a break.....we have the skill positions covered but the lines are a major glaring problem...it was the root of the failures last night. JMO


IMO I think S.Morris can jump Highsmith if he can learn the plays. Nothing on Highsmith, I just think that Morris is the better of the two, not right now, but if he learns the plays. Getting on campus in the spring is going to a huge help for Morris.


I agree with the offensive line. Thought our linebackers/safeties being weak in coverage was our major fault on defense. Lack of pass rush close second. All these faults hopefully being coreected with increased experience of the players.

I've read a ton of books on Lombardi and Bear Bryant. The latest being That First Season. I recomend it, When Pride Still Mattered was another good one on Vince.

Myself I live up in Ashburn, NOVA area, and U?


I was thinking about the Morris vs. Highsmith debate soon to come.

I saw Jacory improve a lot from year one to year two( just not as much as I wanted DURING year two, injuries?) and think Highsmith will show much improvement as well. He just wants it so bad.


CGNC the only guys that were playing in my opinion on Defense last nite were #7 and #1. No big play yet from #7 but he has heart.


Leach was due an $800,000 bonus at midnight.


I was happy with Sharpton/Bailey/Regis. Vernon stepped up once or twice, and even DVD came up on the run strong.


T I'll meet you in mexico for a few tequillas!!

we have reservations at shulas tonite at 830. You know what ur gettin there.

I will comment on the great tailgating and the pile of monkeyshyte game later. Don't want to ruin my buzz.



Another perspective on the game:



Ok, I hate the Turds, but we should take this into perspective...

It was 2007, and FU was 9-3. Their QB won the Heisman. They were loaded with sophmores and LOST their bowl to Meechigan who lost to App State the same year. Ending their season 9-4.

What did they do in 2008?

I'm just saying...

VA Cane


I live in Matoaca, south of Richmond, on the Appomattox River, east of Colonial Heights. Damn cold here right now about 29 or so...good thing the boys were not here last night, really would have needed heaters. Cold up your way I know, and you had much more snow...rain melted ours, you still have it? What if the boys had to play in the snow? Ouch!!

Playa..The Blogger Formerly Known as Rashad

Bailey could have had a better game, if Wisconsin ran to his side. They were smart and did thier homeowrk, stay away from Bailey and attack Robinson and Vernon all night. Harris was good, lil dissapointed in #44 and #31, but its in the past, and time to look forward to spring ball.


Leach was due an $800,000 bonus at midnight.

Posted by: DZ8 | December 30, 2009 at 01:40 PM

Solar was too. Which is why we had to cut him loose. LOL


If only we could of nailed John Wall. He's playing lights out for UK.


Leach needs to get a commentator job on ESPU as the opposing view point to James.


Solar was too. Which is why we had to cut him loose. LOL

Posted by: 86Cane | December 30, 2009 at 01:47 PM

Poor solar, the Rodney Dangerfield of the 'Space.


GET WELL MM01 and RandyCane

Like I said last night, I was already over the game as I was driving. It's a game, it's over

Jacory's body language was SHOUTING how he felt as I said

And yea, that field was sweaty on the ground - but Wisconsin had to play on it as well

That catch by Hankie was unreal from field level, it looked like some Matrix style special effects

DZ8, I can admit, Orlando Franklin does scare the crap out of me .. not literally .. but he looks like a mix of Bob Sapp and Tommy "Tiny" Lister (the guy who played Deebo in the movie Friday)

It was weird though seeing Whip after the game. I'm not saying he is or isn't leaving for sure, it just seemed he was in a different place while on his cell and when we talked with him. What do I know though, I'm just assuming ... but nobody else really looked like that, except Jason Fox, Sam Shields and Darryl Sharpton when they were talking with Drew Rosenhaus. Sharpton looked like he was taking the loss pretty bad

Andre Debose to the Canes? Maybe only in words by his former teammates, maybe they were joking

And yea, even though the song is cheesy as hell, the Wisconsin fans/band/team went apesh*t when "Jump Around" came on ..... and it did sound a hell of a lot better than the Scorpions, "Rock You Like A Hurricane", or whatever hair band garbage that is

They might as well have played some Nelson or Warrant or Lita Ford


VA Cane

We still have some piles of snow on the ground but the rain melted most of it away. Cold weather didn't bother UCLA earlier in the day. We have to eliminate excuses, but we're on the right track.


Leach needs to get a commentator job on ESPU as the opposing view point to James.

Posted by: mi@mic@ne | December 30, 2009 at 01:53 PM

Talk about Must-See-TV!


Haha CGNC, #7 talked big before the game. Not so much during it.

Nice analogies legion. Lol.

Do we fire Shannon if we don't reach the ACCCG next year?


Good read by Manny.

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