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July 09, 2010

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RBLCane

Posted by: Captain Optimist aka Cavaleer | July 10, 2010 at 09:21 PM

Maybe your right... maybe it's not the coaches.

I'm just bothered when we're losing and I see our WRs, guys who can change a game in an instant, just chillin, sitting on their arse, bracing themselves over the "cold" weather, joking around and laughing up a storm. It just doesn't make sense to me.

I'd have to go back and look at game film but I just couldn't imagine Irvin, Lamar, Santana, Andre or Reggie having a nonchalant whatever attitude when The U is losing in a bowl game. At the very least, I'd prefer that the WRs remain standing and moving about if only to keep their heart rates up (which would actually keep them warmer).

It's in these situations where I suggested that Aubrey could perhaps do a better job at keeping his unit more focused and ready. But maybe it's not an Aubrey issue; maybe it's a player issue, specifically, a personality and maturity issue. Whatever it is, I hope it gets addressed next year, either by the coaching staff or by the players themselves.

It's not a big deal though. Our WR corps is one of the best, if not THEE best, in the nation, and Aubrey Hill is one of the best coaches.

GO CANES!!!!!!!

Zakkee

The "Us Against the World" mentality of the 80's Canes is what attracted me to UM football. Not that they became dominant, but more how (the journey) they rose up from obscurity to dominate. The road to domination made me a Miami fan as an 8 year old kid born & raised in Cleveland, Ohio. If the old school Canes would have been dominant like Oklahoma, Alabama, and Notre Dame when I started watching sports, then I probably wouldn't be posting on this site right now.

Bernard "Tiger" Clark is why I'm here. I liked the Canes before him, but I loved them after I saw #57 play LB. Passion. I'll never forget the announcers before (I think??) the Colorado game in The Orange Bowl saying that he needed at 10-15 tackles if UM was gonna have a chance to win the game. Their tone was as if he couldn't possibly pull it off.He was a little gimpy but finished with double digits tackles and was all over the field the whole game. He had so many dirt and grass stains that you could hardly read his number. Thats win I fell for that U, he was doubted, struggled, overcame, and triumphed. Thats the U to me.

Da U N Houston

DB looks READY!!!!

http://vmedia.rivals.com/uploads/903/959790.wmv

Captain Optimist aka Cavaleer

If it worked for Hank it will work for all right??? Why are we not doing these drills for ALL of our WRs???

Posted by: SOUP | July 10, 2010 at 06:50 PM

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Soup, you know the coaches have strict limits on how much time they can spend with players. See Rich Rodriguez at Meeechigan.

Six

Sebastian - if you do head out there, make sure to bring a little cooler with some bottled water or whatever in it to keep u hydrated ..... make sure u bring some shades and a hat as well

It was baking out there today

I wore a white long sleeve Canes shirt to keep the sun off my arms - it got hot after a while, but, it also kept the gnats off my arms and I'm not feelin the sunburn

Six

86 - ya, I got something for you from the 7-on-7 NFL Tournament

It's hot

That is all

Oh, and it's funny to watch some of these teams out there with their coaches. Some of them have very conservative passing, their QBs are staring down WRs .. and they have 5 seconds to pass. There was one team there that was completely all-white kids ... was kind of weird seeing that. I gotta find out who they are tomorrow, what NFL city they represent. I don't think they completed a pass of more than 10 yards even once - they'd just keep throwing little curl routes, maybe 7 yards at the most

Then there are other teams that just go bombs away down the field

Jefferson High School from Tampa is one of those - Quentin Wiliams, the QB from Jefferson, is going to have a lot of fun this year with the 3 WRs he has

Moore, Davis and another kid that's really good that transferred in from Clearwater Countryside High


Sebastian, if you go tomorrow, you'll see what I'm talking about - Jefferson just airs it out all game long

solarcane

Zakkee, Mr Troutman, canesteeler,

You know how much I love you guys and always have for at least 4 or 5 years.
So you know this post is right from my heart and not to be taken as anything but solar being solar.


For pure entertainment value you can not do better than watching a group of black guys gathering together to canoe for their first time in water way deeper than they are tall.

Comedy Central would kill for what I witnessed out there today.

I was fishing from my kayak, which is best done very quietly and delicately.

The guys I mentioned were at a family reunion I learned, and they decided to rent all the canoes on the lake for an hour and bust the myth that black men and ice cold deep water don't mix.

My first inclination that I was about to witness some extreme azz water sports came when
" Shorty " walked down to the canoe launch wearing his life preserver backwards, looking just like he had on a flack jacket.
I have seen this style several times and it always brings a chuckle.

After some quick adjustments and instructions from the lifeguard, Shorty hopped right into his canoe and without ever lifting his paddle tumbled head first right out of it and into the lake.

This brought the entire 14 and under crowd to its feet, whistling, fist pumping, and showing enthusiastic approval of Shorty's athleticism.

Eventually all the men were sitting in there canoes, all with various degress of terror etched on their faces.

They came clanging and banging up the lake like a fleet of crazed Vikings with no rudders.

The wooden paddles bashing against the aluminum hulls sounded like a number right out of the musical Stomp.

Every twenty seconds or so two would capsize to the delight of their still dry companions.

After a while two of the more daring paddlers came along side me.

Picture Sinbad and Jerome Brown in a 14 ft canoe careening about and you get the picture.

"Man, you better get Roland Martin over there hooked up in your friends real quick."

I nodded to them and trying not to burst into tears ask them how it was going.

George, or "The Big G" informed me this was the worst day of his entire life so far.

They were camping out so the kids in the group could spend one weekend without TV, Games, computers,and anything else that is considered fun to 12 to 17 yearolds.

We had a nice chat and they said they better get back with the rest of the fleet.

I noticed a few paddleboats crammed full of women had joined the flotilla.

OH NO! NO! NO!! YOU WILL NOT GET Auntie Tereasa's hair wet.
The woman seemed adamant she was taking no shyt from her surrounding family members.

It was getting late and I could see a whole lot of pulling real big scared men out of the water was the next thing on the agenda so I slipped quietly up to the beach and hauled azz.

Hurri'

CanestuckCali,

I was also hot with the sideline demeanor on the bowl game. It was disturbingly similar to the sidelines during the OB finale..........

Captain Optimist aka Cavaleer

What is undeniable is that the significant improvement in Hankerson's performance between 2008 and 2009 is solid evidence that proves without a doubt that coaching does matter.

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Of course it does but you know as well as anyone that the difference between good and great isn't coaching, it's effort from the players in the off-season.

Did Jerry Rice receive any extra coaching at his tiny college or even in the NFL?? Obviously he didn't.

The right coach, like Schnell, JJ or Shannon sets the tone but they can only do so much, these days esp.

So the key is getting players who are hungry enough to do what Hankerson has done in the off-season. That was the formula that made made the U.

Different players have different needs though. AJ-II has no problem with dropsies or route running, just speed. Byrd's growth is with route running and deception of routes, not hands. Benjamin's learning how to really exploit his speed with the routes.

Now I'm sure Team Shannon drop hints, some not so subtle, about what each player needs to do to improve. But after that, it's on them.

Shannon does his part though by screening the kids for talent and hunger. You gotta have both to make Hurricane Football.

And Randy Shannon knows this better than anyone.

Hurri'

Solar,

Give us some time, and we'll master that too......

Just like we did golf & tennis.

"THANK YOU!! I'LL BE HERE ALL NIGHT!!"

Captain Optimist aka Cavaleer

Thats the U to me.

Posted by: Zakkee | July 10, 2010 at 09:40 PM

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Indeed. To me though it was the utter and complete confidence, arrogance and performance...aka "swag".... no matter the time, place or opponent.

Epitomized by the '86 Immortal Coin Toss and Steve Walsh's '88 comeback against Meechigan and the Cotton Bowl Massacre. Like Irvin said, "Wow, that's Hurricane Football. That's what it's about."

RBLCane

Posted by: Hurri' | July 10, 2010 at 10:00 PM

Uggghhhhhhhh.... u just struck me with a dagger Hurri! That was the worst day in Canes football history, a day I would do anything to forget as it stood for the extreme opposite of The U's amazing and storied legacy.

But I agree, we looked more like a Canes team that brought home disgust and embarrassment instead of rings and national trophies.

I just wanna see our guys pumped up on the sideline, ready and anxious to step in and make something happen. THIS is what Canes football is all about!

The WRs at the bowl game seemed like everything was all good. They had no sense of urgency. The old school Canes and the Canes of the early 2000s would've had a different demeanor since they knew there was somebody right behind them ready to take their spot!

Next year better be different, and I think it will.

GO CANES!!!!!!


Captain Optimist aka Cavaleer

Solar,

Give us some time, and we'll master that too......

Just like we did golf & tennis.

"THANK YOU!! I'LL BE HERE ALL NIGHT!!"
Posted by: Hurri' | July 10, 2010 at 10:09 PM

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Who's Us and We? You must be referring to AMERICANS cause it goes without saying that we'll surpass and outclass whatever WE set our minds to do, whether it's building a skyscraper or making a man fly like a bird or putting a man on the moon or creating sounds never dreamed overcoming whatever obstacles fools put in OUR way at home and especially abroad....

aka Hurricane Football.

haha

solarcane

Capt O makes some real good points.
It didn't really matter that it was Duper, Irvin or Hill that had a guy toss baseballs to Hank.
What mattered was Hank was there every time he was supposed to be there, concentrating on becoming a better receiver.

As far as our receivers lacking anything .
The only thing they need is to watch Heinz Ward high lights for a few hours before a game

just ask Ed Reed if Ward plays hard.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4QGKlluCU0o&NR=1


Hurri'

Anybody bored enough to put together a list of the top 5 most disappointing Cane games over the last several years?

That 40-3 Peach Bowl bloodletting against LSU was the picture of Coker-Ball.

Texascane

They all need to work with this former 'Cane football trainer...watch Maryanne Kheyferts kick Kim Coture's butt all over the ring...in her first MMA fight...

Even our female trainers are tough...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oZrkidgisSQ

Zakkee

solar, I honestly started laughing about two sentences into your post!! You painted a perfect and all too real portrait in the post...LMBO! I know EXACTLY what you're talking about. The only water we're totally comfortable being in, pours down into a big porcelain bowl. Wow..I'm wiping tears. I've seen everything you described before.

solarcane

hurri

The Orange Bowl Site goodbye game was pretty putrid

solarcane

zakkee,
I was howling when those guys would flip their canoes,
For just an instance a couple of them looked like they were actually running right on top of the water they were so scared to go under

The Big G seemed to be a great guy.
He gets all the kids in that family together twice a year on an outing so they spend time understanding how important is is to have family.

I had a lot of fun talking to them and his bunch kids were the most polite on the beach and swimming area all day.

Old Skool

Stomp
Dang Solar. Your frame of reference gets broader with every new piece you write.
Good job.

Zakkee

What timing. The U documentary is on!

solarcane

thanks Skool

soup and ocala are going to be here between 10 to 12 this coming Thursday night
Can you leave home so as to arrive here anywhere between 10 Thursday and sunrise Friday?

What ever is best for you is cool
We are gonna rest up a bit Friday morning then My wife wants to cook a big breakfast and we can take a couple short side trips and hit Helen Friday night.

We have to be in South Carolina at 8 AM Saturday morning and the river trip is a full day with lunch included.

Zakkee

Thats admirable of him and very important stuff. Those kids are gonna remember what he's doing and hopefully continue it with their children as well. I bet be has or had an uncle or father who did the same for the kids of his generation. Kids need memories and if the don't travel or leave the element they're used to, they really don't have good lasting memories of their childhood. Those type of outings are unforgettable. Glad you got to witness it..lol.

Captain Optimist aka Cavaleer

Anybody bored enough to put together a list of the top 5 most disappointing Cane games over the last several years?

That 40-3 Peach Bowl bloodletting against LSU was the picture of Coker-Ball.

Posted by: Hurri' | July 10, 2010 at 10:30 PM

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Let's try the other direction because the last few years have been totally and completely FORGETTABLE.

How about most memorable plays that MADE you a Cane, like Zakk's moment with #57....

Hurri'

I feel your boys too Solar,

TILL THIS DAY, I can hardly swim to save my life.
When we were younger we used to go pool-hopping, and no matter how much fun I was having, I always had my head on a swivel when I was near 6ft. or higher. I would ride the hell out of the wall once the water brushed my chin. Me and the guys from my neighborhood never had a real reason to learn to swim properly. We all just jumped in and bounced across the floor, thrashing our arms like nuts. I got tossed a few times, but best believe it took two or three guys, and all three had some scratches, and hickees to complain about on the way home.

Hurri'

The first Cane play that I can remember literally jumping for joy over, was Santana's second TD vs UCLA.

Oh confrontational one.........

zarokon

so! i watched the Pitt vs Cincy earlier and that Deon Lewis kid is a stud RB remember what he did against North Caroline...whats your take on him and those two DE's that they have?

Also is it meeh? are they building up North Carolinas defense to be better than 2001 Miami?? Like come on now...they are good..but THAT good? didnt they say that against UFelons last year??

solarcane

hurri,

Yea pool hopping was one of the Rites of Passage for any young male growing up in Florida.

It didn't matter if you could swim, you just shuffled around till the marcite on the pool's surface sanded the skin off your feet knees and elbows. lol!

Nashvillecane

Solar I know I wasn't mentioned but no offence taken here either "brudda"..I like zak was bout to cry picturing what u were describing...I'm still chucklin at the sight...and auntie hollerin bout not gettin her hair wet is classic black female stuff...95% of blk ppl I kno ain't goin skiing or gettin in no D boat....I got a good friend that started, get this, his own black anglers tournament...lol...always trying to get me to go with him...I've known him for 30 yrs and we were born 2 day apart and if I ain't gettin in no boat w/him I ain't wit NOBODY!!! Good story tho

solarcane

Kelly beating Penn State was the first time I remember going crazy over the Canes.
Actually the first time I wasn't embarressed by being a Cane fan.

The first NC,
Beating David Klinger's Houston team
and any of the ND games we won would all be in my favorites.

orange 'n green in the vein

OB finale was the low point. End of story. Peach Bowl was just the point we realized the cupboard hadn't been stocked properly after all since the changeover in head coaches and that the engine was misfiring.

Nashvillecane

Let's try the other direction because the last few years have been totally and completely FORGETTABLE.

How about most memorable plays that MADE you a Cane, like Zakk's moment with #57....

Posted by: Captain Optimist aka Cavaleer | July 10, 2010 at 11:14 PM

Barrows hit on vanover!! The commentary by keith Jackson was classic..if I knew how to post from utube Id do it now...lol

Captain Optimist aka Cavaleer

Also is it meeh? are they building up North Carolinas defense to be better than 2001 Miami?? Like come on now...they are good..but THAT good? didnt they say that against UFelons last year??

Posted by: zarokon | July 10, 2010 at 11:51 PM

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They're trying to maximize the viewing audience for the LSU game. Plus, with the ACC's new deal, ESPN will definitely begin praising the ACC more. haha

solarcane

nash,

I used to see and talk to a lot of black dudes with their own Bass boats out on 27.
But I never ever saw any of them standing in the water, even on the boat ramps. lol!
Did you happen to know a black bass fisherman that had "Peter Rabbit" lettered on his engine cover? I'd see him out there almost every weekend.

The only reason I mentioned Zak, trout and canesteeler/vince is we have known and respected each others views for what seems like forever way back into the old Omar Kelly days.

I dig everyone on here
The best bloggers anywhere no matter what the blogs theme is.

Captain Optimist aka Cavaleer

Nash, here you go....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IpDNr-2JIDw


Just copy the URL and paste it here.

Nashvillecane

The lowest pt for myself was the loss to ut on 03 I wanted to cry...but the peach bowl is right thr..the only game I've ever attended and um gets the brakes beat off them...I remember very vividly kp gettin run plum over by hester and jessie daniels or landry blowin up duck legget on the um side line...man I was all hype for that game..on the phone with my best friend tell him I'm bout to watch one of the most sacred thing in sports-- the canes running thur the smoke/-- man I get goose bumps watching it on tv still...lol...

Latincane

OKLAHOMA VS. MIAMI 8:30 AM ESPNU

solarcane

nash

I hear ya, I get that same sick feeling everytime I'm riding home from Chapel Hill

solarcane

Lost letterman Top Ten O of C games

1. Miami vs. Ohio State (Sept. 11)
Remember the hype around USC and Ohio State playing last year? This will be just as big. Let us count the ways:

• Fans of both schools don’t have to tell you what happened the last time both schools met in the 2002 Fiesta Bowl. In fact we found out the referee from that game just made his pass interference call.

• Whoever wins this game will be a front runner for the 2010 title while the loser will be sent to the back of the pack, probably out of the mix.

• Terrelle Pryor vs. Jacory Harris. These two Heisman hopefuls are both freakish athletes and neither will be easy to bring down for the opposition.

• After Ohio State’s big win over Oregon in the Rose Bowl, are they ready for the big game, or will they go back to choking under the spotlight vs. nonconference foes?

• Last year people kept prematurely saying Miami was “back.” If “The U” can travel into Columbus and pull out a victory, it will be official. They’ll need all their legendary swagger to win at the Horseshoe.

Yeah, it should be fine.

Captain Optimist aka Cavaleer

Kelly beating Penn State was the first time I remember going crazy over the Canes.
Actually the first time I wasn't embarressed by being a Cane fan.

The first NC,
Beating David Klinger's Houston team
and any of the ND games we won would all be in my favorites.

Posted by: solarcane | July 11, 2010 at 12:06 AM

>>>>>

That Houston beatdown was one of the sleeper classic displays of Hurricane Football.

solarcane

Cap;t O

the Klinger beat down was pure heaven

My favorite part of the whole game was right before the kickoff
Kevin Williams told the reporters
This ones going to be for all the La Techs and Arizona States of the world.

Klinger had passed for 716 yds against Arizona State.

solarcane

Gatorade Highschool Players of the Year

what happened to them?

Part 1


1986: Jeff George (Purdue, Illinois)
George led the Illini to two bowl appearance and a second place finished in the Big Ten in 1989, before going No. 1 overall in the 1990 draft. After a contemptuous career in the NFL, George was essentially forced out of the league in 2001. Oddly, at 41, he was still contemplating a comeback last year while residing in Indianapolis. College Grade: B+


1987: Emmitt Smith (Florida)
Emmitt Smith earned SEC and National Freshman of the Year Honors during his first season in Gainesville. He was also named SEC Player of the Year and an All-American during his final season as a junior. I think we all know where he went from there. Today Smith is retired in Dallas. College Grade: A

1988: Curtis Bray (Pittsburgh)
Curtis Bray was a stud coming into Pittsburgh after becoming the first defensive player to win this award. He notched 170 career tackles with the Panthers, but probably could’ve done more damage had he not suffered a series of injuries in school. Today he’s the defensive ends coach for Iowa State. College Grade: C-

1989: Terry Kirby (Virginia)
Terry Kirby’s senior season was supposed to be his breakout year, but he separated his shoulder and missed three games instead. Despite the injury, he still ran for 1,130 yards (6.5 yards per carry) that season. After an 11-year NFL career, Kirby co-founded Touchdowns4Life Charter School and serves on its board of directors. He also hosts an annual celebrity charity golf event to help the school, held in South Florida. College Grade: B+

1990: Robert Smith (Ohio State)
Robert Smith didn’t mess around when it came to being a student-athlete. In between two 1,000-yard rushing seasons, he sat out a year because he claimed a coach told him to miss class. The time off didn’t hurt his draft stock too much (21st overall pick in the 1993 draft). He retired abruptly from the Minnesota Vikings in 2000, pursuing a career in medicine while serving as a college football analyst for ESPN. College Grade: A-


1991: Marquette Smith (Florida State, Central Florida)
After transferring from Florida State, Marquette Smith made himself right at home, rushing for 1,511 and 1,058 yards in 1994 and 1995. He’s the only Central Florida running back to gain 1,000-plus yard seasons back-to-back, and was inducted to the school’s Hall of Fame in 2005. Injuries in back-to-back preseasons cut his NFL career short. He is now an assistant at Trinity Prep high school outside Orlando. College Grade: B

1992: Chris Walsh (Miami, Minnesota)
Chris Walsh had major shoes to fill when he went to Miami. His brother, Steve Walsh, went 27-1 as a starter and won the 1987 national championship under Jimmy Johnson. Chris couldn’t live up to that name and transferred back home to Minnesota. He now works for a roofing company in Minneapolis. College Grade: F

SOUP

Soup what good would the coaching do if Hank wasn't willing to put in the extra work. Hard work beats talent if that talent doesn't work hard.

Posted by: moneycane | July 10, 2010 at 06:51 PM

ARE U KIDDING ME???

U ARE GONNA ALLOW YOUR PLAYERS TO DECIDE HOW MUCH EFFORT THEY ARE GONNA PUT INTO BECOMING GREAT OR WINNING GAMES?

WITH U AS THEIR COACH? REALLY? REALLY???

Player: "OK coach, I'm gonna go 50% today because I am tired and lazy. I ain't gonna practice any extra because I'm all about the babes not about the ballin.

Money (As Coach): OK, I understand, I'm gonna play U anyway because if we don't win and U make me look bad I don't really care.

THAT IS A CLASSIC EXAMPLE OF A LOSERS ATTITUDE RIGHT THERE. U HAVE ME LOL!

IF HANK DOESN'T PUT IN THE EFFORT HE NEVER, NEVER, NEVER PLAYS FOR ME AS A COACH. END OF STORY PLAIN AND SIMPLE.

Sounds like COACHING to me.

Motivation + Techinque + Discipline + Talent = Success

THAT is coaching!

SOUP

It's in these situations where I suggested that Aubrey could perhaps do a better job at keeping his unit more focused and ready. But maybe it's not an Aubrey issue; maybe it's a player issue, specifically, a personality and maturity issue. Whatever it is, I hope it gets addressed next year, either by the coaching staff or by the players themselves.

Posted by: CanesFanStuckInCali | July 10, 2010 at 09:39 PM

If that is my group NO WAY that is happening.

EVER!

Captain Optimist aka Cavaleer

Motivation + Techinque + Discipline + Talent = Success

THAT is coaching!

Posted by: SOUP | July 11, 2010 at 12:54 AM

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Exactly, although talent, hunger and focus would be my three. If you're not hungry you won't give it all in practice then give more in the off-season.

Nashvillecane

Thnx cav...lol i get chills watchin that and listenin to Jackson talk bout it " Micheal Barrow has seperated him from his sences" lol..

Captain Optimist aka Cavaleer

Cap;t O

the Klinger beat down was pure heaven

My favorite part of the whole game was right before the kickoff
Kevin Williams told the reporters
This ones going to be for all the La Techs and Arizona States of the world.

Klinger had passed for 716 yds against Arizona State.

Posted by: solarcane | July 11, 2010 at 12:43 AM

>>>>>

Hahaha, I didn't know Williams said that. CLASSIC.

Captain Optimist aka Cavaleer

Solar, here's the SI story on the game. haha

College Football's starship Enterprise wheezed to a halt in the Orange Bowl last Thursday night. Houston's high-powered run-and-shoot offense, designed to go where no offense has gone before, encountered an impregnable force field—a Miami defense with superior athletes at every position. The Cougars' eight first-half possessions ended thus: punt, punt, punt, punt, punt, field goal, safety, halftime. By then the score was 30-3, and the game, which ended at 40-10, was over.

Someday, predicts Houston coach John Jenkins, one of his quarterbacks will throw for 1,000 yards in a game. Someday, he says, the Cougars will score 100 points. Heck, someday Houston may even beat a Top 10 team. However, until Jenkins can close the talent gap between his title pretenders and title contenders like Miami, the Cougars will have to settle for gutting the SMUs, Eastern Washingtons and Louisiana Techs of the world.

You could say that Houston's ballyhooed Multiple Adjusting Passing Offense had gotten Miami's attention. Starting last spring Hurricane coach Dennis Erickson and his defensive staff began consulting with NFL coaches familiar with the run-and-shoot. For the first time in Erickson's three-year tenure at Miami, a nickel defense—in which an extra defensive back enters the game and a linebacker comes out—was installed.

Miami defensive coordinator Sonny Lubick was stunned after watching the video of Houston's season-opening 73-3 win over Louisiana Tech, in which Cougar quarterback David Klingler threw nine touchdowns. So Lubick came up with a plan: Take away Klingler's first two options—"make him look for three and four, and by that time maybe we'll have somebody in his face."

It worked to a tee. Particularly overmatched against the Hurricanes were Houston's callow offensive linemen, who yielded five sacks and, with all their desperate clutching and grabbing, generally resembled ninth-graders at an unchaperoned mixer. Afterward Klingler put his team's primary shortcoming succinctly: "This game still comes down to personnel. A bunch of Cub Scouts aren't going to beat the 49ers just because they line up in the run-and-shoot."

"Kling-who?" said Miami wide receiver Lamar Thomas, who had six catches for 138 yards and two touchdowns. "I heard so much about Houston's offense this week, I forgot we even had an offense."

Hurricane quarterback Gino Torretta appreciated the publicity vacuum. "They thought they were going to stomp us," he said. "I wanted to go into the game as underrated as possible." That has not been a problem for Torretta at Miami. After reporting last week that the fourth-year junior was from Pinola, Calif., the Associated Press corrected itself, saying the quarterback actually hailed from Pinhole. Still not right. Torretta is from Pinole. Moments before the Houston game, the Orange Bowl's public-address announcer introduced him as Geoff Torretta; Geoff, Gino's older brother, was a career backup at Miami behind Vinny Testaverde.

In the spring of '89, Gino, too, had seemed destined to play out his remaining seasons doing mop-up duty; high school All-America quarterback Bryan Fortay had just signed with the Hurricanes. Fortay's father, Peter, is said to have demanded—and received—a letter from Miami promising that Fortay would be the only quarterback the team recruited that year. But Fortay could not unseat Torretta last spring or this fall. Shortly after being told by Erickson that Torretta had won the job, Fortay transferred to Rutgers.

Although sluggish afoot and with only a mediocre throwing arm, Torretta—with his consistency and savvy—impressed Erickson. Two of his four touchdown passes against Houston came on audibles. Thomas, Kevin Williams and the rest of Miami's splendid receiving corps were the beneficiaries of Torretta's poise and the Cougars' dice-rolling defense. Blitzing on nearly every down, Houston left its cornerbacks in man-to-man coverage. The result was an evening of mismatches. Said Thomas, "After a while we just started licking our lips."

For the second straight game—Miami beat Arkansas 31-3 in its opener—the Hurricanes were models of decorum. Gone are the taunting, triumphal dances of recent years. After Miami racked up 202 yards in penalties, many for unsportsmanlike conduct and personal fouls, in its 46-3 rout of Texas in last January's Cotton Bowl, the NCAA Football Rules Committee cracked down on such celebrations. It distributed to officials a video detailing forbidden behavior. "The first 11 examples were of our team," says defensive end Rusty Medearis. "That shocked us."

Not everyone got the message. Long past midnight Jenkins called a double timeout to enable Klingler to throw a window-dressing, seven-yard touchdown pass to Marcus Grant with three seconds to play. Apparently more concerned with his own pale glory than with his team's crushing defeat, Grant launched himself into a celebratory boogie that made Miami's touchdown antics seem positively subdued. Then, at game's end, the two teams came together at midfield and several Cougars tried to pick fights with Miami players. The Hurricanes only laughed. Said one, "Yo, man, the game's over. Read the scoreboard."

RBLCane

Testing?

RBLCane

Reminiscing on our worst games is way too painful. I'd need for the Canes to actually lose one to put me in that post-loss depressive state and right now I don't even wanna think about what that's like.

So in terms of my best/favorite Canes plays and moments:

FROM MY CHILDHOOD:
Lamar Thomas's catch in the 1992 Orange Bowl against Nebraska was CLASSIC! I was in the stands for this catch, was already a Canes fan, but this just made me a Canes FREEK!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rin_wP6K43w

Also from my childhood, Barrow's hit against FSWho was amazing! I was there for this one too!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rin_wP6K43w


DURING THE DARK YEARS:
During the dark years, I would have to say the win against #1-ranked UCLA at the OB, especially Edgerrin James' performance (299 yards), was the best thing I remember from that era. Unfortunately I can't find a youtube link to that game so I'll post an article ( http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/football/college/news/1998/12/05/ucla_miami/ ).

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