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November 24, 2010

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360Cane

Oh, for those of you that don't know...

SPA = Speech Pathology or Speech Pathologists

Mrs. 360 is one of those.

DZ8

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!!!

SOUP

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!!!

Posted by: DZ8 | November 24, 2010 at 03:59 PM

And to U also.

solarcane

ungar
You rule!
I had to change my depends!!!!

solarcane

" We can complain about the problems all day long, but I'd rather do productive things."

Buy a kayak you will never regret it.

360Cane

Too funny solar. One of my buddies was stressing the other day, and I told him to buy a kayak. lol

SOUP

Buy a kayak you will never regret it.

Posted by: solarcane | November 24, 2010 at 04:21 PM

I second that emotion.

SOUP

Did I break the blob?

solarcane

ACC superlatives: Week 13
November, 24, 2010 Nov 2410:30AM ETEmail Print Comments44 By Heather DinichSaturday’s game between NC State and Maryland will factor into this race, as Wolfpack quarterback Russell Wilson would make a strong case with a win. No changes to the list this week:

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Virginia Tech quarterback Tyrod Taylor -- His 18-yard touchdown run with 6:25 left to play against Miami sealed the 31-17 win and helped the Hokies clinch the Coastal Division title. He had 94 passing yards and one touchdown and leads the ACC in passing efficiency (159.1).

NC State quarterback Russell Wilson -- He completed 15 of 29 passes for 163 yards, two touchdowns and an interceptions in the win over North Carolina. He has now thrown 24 touchdowns this season and leads the ACC with 270.6 passing yards per game. He is also first in total offense with 301.6 yards per game.

Miami receiver Leonard Hankerson -- Hankerson’s 9-yard touchdown reception in the first quarter against Virginia Tech was his 12th of the season, a new single-season record. The previous record was held by Michael Irvin (11) in 1986. Hankerson has now scored a touchdown in six straight games and nine of Miami’s 11 games this season. Hankerson leads the ACC with 87.1 receiving yards per game. He has now caught a pass in 24 straight games.

solarcane

WASHINGTON POST

Not buying what ACC is selling
John Feinstein
Tuesday, November 23, 2010

There were two ACC football games played on Saturday that were critically important to the postseason hopes of the teams involved: Virginia Tech at Miami and Florida State at Maryland. The Hokies went south looking to clinch the ACC Coastal Division title, while Miami tried to stay alive in the division race. The Seminoles traveled north to play the Terrapins in a game that would keep only the winner still in the running to win the ACC Atlantic.

On a perfect fall night, a crowd of 48,115 showed up at Byrd Stadium- easily the best of the season, but well short of the building's capacity of more than 54,000. The attendance at Sun Life Stadium in Miami, now the home of what was once the vaunted "U," had far more empty seats with a crowd of 40,101 spaced out comfortably in the 75,000-seat stadium.

ACC football isn't exactly a hot ticket these days - to put it mildly.

Consider this: On the same day that Maryland people were giddy about a crowd of 48,000 showing up to see a team that has already won five more games than it did a year ago, a crowd of 78,790 gathered a few miles down the Beltway at virtually impossible-to-get-to FedEx Field to watch a game between a bad Big Ten team (Indiana) and a slightly-better-than-mediocre Big Ten team (Penn State).

In short: an unattractive Big Ten game played in an NFL stadium hundreds of miles from either campus drew 10,000 fans fewer than two key ACC games combined.

Ouch.

The ACC has been trying to stake a claim as a legitimate football league since then-commissioner Gene Corrigan decided that an eight-team conference that played great basketball wasn't good enough, and recruited then-national power Florida State to join in 1992. The good news was that Florida State brought attention and revenue to the league. The bad news was that the ACC championship was decided in mid-September.

Florida State was 62-2 in ACC play during its first nine seasons in the league and very few of the Seminoles' games were even close. The ACC's national reputation changed: Where once it had been a league filled with teams that aspired to the Peach Bowl most years, it now became known as Florida State and the Seven Dwarfs - and Duke, which aspired to Dwarfdom.

When Florida State began to falter, the league became more balanced - or ordinary - depending on your point of view. That was when Commissioner John Swofford and the conference presidents came up with the brilliant idea of expansion, and raided the Big East for three top football schools: Miami and Virginia Tech in 2004 and Boston College a year later. The hope was that adding those three would force the other schools to improve the quality of their programs.

It did get a lot of them to spend more money on facilities and to pay coaches more money. It did not improve the quality of the football being played.

Instead, Miami and Boston College (7-4 and 6-5, respectively, this year) have slipped - considerably in Miami's case - and Virginia Tech has continued to be to college football what the Washington Capitals are to hockey: The Hokies put up gaudy numbers every year but wilt when the national spotlight hits them. They have been the ACC's dominant team since arriving in 2004, which is sort of like winning the NHL's Southeast Division every year.

At least Virginia Tech sells out Lane Stadium on a regular basis. The Hokies are the only ACC team to sell out all their home games this season. In fact, ACC attendance, which topped out in 2004 at 94.5 percent, is well below 90 percent going into the rivalry games on the season's final weekend that should - in most venues - push that figure a little higher.

The ACC spin-masters will tell you that the economy has affected attendance the last few years - although it doesn't appear to have hit the SEC or the Big Ten nearly as hard, if you check their attendance figures. Then they'll tell you that most of their attractive nonconference games this season were played on the road. There's a little bit of a Freudian slip in that excuse, because what that really says is that allegedly important conference games aren't that great a draw. Which they aren't.

A few weeks ago a key conference game between N.C. State and Clemson drew a crowd announced at 74,000 in 81,400-seat Memorial Stadium in Clemson. Those who were there said it looked like a lot less than that. This was at the one ACC school that was considered football-first prior to Florida State's arrival. Defending champion Georgia Tech drew less than 50,000 for its last three conference games at Bobby Dodd Stadium.

The spin-masters also fail to mention that Duke's home attendance jumped this season by almost 10,000 a game not because Blue Devils fans were hit with football fever, but because Alabama fans bought up season tickets in order to see their team play at Wallace Wade Stadium. A Duke season ticket doesn't cost much more than a single-game ticket at Alabama, and there were plenty available.

Last year's ACC championship game between Georgia Tech and Clemson drew a little more than 57,000 fans in Tampa - after the game was moved there because of poor attendance in Jacksonville. This year the game will be in Charlotte and the league office is insisting the game will sell out, if North Carolina State beats Maryland on Saturday to qualify to play Virginia Tech. If Florida State is the Hokies' opponent, don't count on it. FSU has not had a home sellout since 2008 - although it may sell out Saturday if enough Florida fans show up.

Of course the good news is that football expansion has helped ACC basketball attendance. Oh wait, that's not true either. In 2001, when the ACC basketball tournament was a nine-team event, it drew more than 40,000 fans per session to the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. Two years ago, in the same building, that number was down to an announced 25,000 for a 12-team event.

In 2012, when the ACC tournament returns to Atlanta, it will be played across the street at Philips Arena, not because the ACC wants a better basketball atmosphere, but because there's at least a chance the tournament might fill an 18,729-seat arena. Last year, the Greensboro Coliseum had acres of empty seats throughout the weekend.

Almost every ACC football stadium has been expanded in recent years with disastrous results - none more so than in the case of Maryland. Former athletic director Debbie Yow did everything but flag people down on Route 1 in College Park trying to get them to sit in Byrd Stadium's empty luxury boxes.

The Terrapins will be trying for an eighth win Saturday and have a chance to make it to a reasonably good bowl game with a victory over North Carolina State. They can also knock the Wolfpack - and new Athletic Director Yow - out of the ACC title game with a victory. Good weather is expected.

And, as is almost always the case with an ACC football game, plenty of good seats are available.

For more from the author, visit his blog at www.feinsteinonthebrink.com

Sebastian

16 minutes left in the 1st half

Cowboys-7
`Canes-3

2 early turnovers for the `Canes

Sebastian

Less then 7 minutes left in the 1st half

Cowboys-22
`Canes-22

Adams, Brown, Johnson lead the way with 6 points each

Sebastian

At the half

`Canes-42
Cowboys-30

Again Reggie is leading the way with 12 points and 4 rebounds. Rion has 11 points

Grant and Scott are a combined 2-11 from the field for 5 points on the plus side for Grant he has dished out 7 assists so far

canechic

Six say this ain't so!

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/509001-miami-hurricanes-breaking-up-with-shannon-is-hard-but-theres-a-better-option

Sebastian

Less then 12 minutes to go and its getting out of hand. Grant and Scott have stepped it up in this half

`Canes-65
Cowboys-41

AlpharettaCane

Right,wrong or indifferent,sure would be fun to see Gruden stalking the sidelines.

SinisterCane

Morris will start Saturday, Harris not happy
by: Steve Gorten November 24th, 2010 | 3:37 PM

CORAL GABLES — Miami Hurricanes quarterback Jacory Harris has known all week that he won’t start against South Florida this Saturday and privately “is not taking it well,” a source close to the situation said Wednesday.


The source said that the coaching staff told Harris Sunday night that Stephen Morris would make his fourth consecutive start in the final regular season game.

Coach Randy Shannon said after Wednesday’s practice he had not yet made a decision and wouldn’t until at least after Thursday morning’s practice.

As was the case Tuesday, Morris took the snaps with the first team during drills Wednesday and Harris worked with the second team.

Shannon was vague when asked about how Harris has looked this week, specifically with his timing and rhythm.

“Both quarterbacks did a good job in practice today. You keep getting those guys going,” Shannon said. “They’re flying around, doing a good job with the offense. The more those guys keep getting better, the [better] we’ll be. We’ll work [Thursday] on them and then we’ll make a decision.”

Asked again about Harris’ performances in practice, Shannon said, “Like I said earlier, both quarterbacks are getting better. He’s better, but he’s still the same. I’m not going to sit up here and say, ‘OK, this guy is doing this, this guy is doing that.’

“The thing we have to make sure is that whoever’s practicing the best gets the best opportunity. I hate to say it this way. You want to get a definite answer, but it ain’t a definite.”

Shannon said Sunday during his weekly day-after-game session with the media that Harris, who hasn’t played since sustaining a concussion Oct. 30 at Virginia, had been cleared medically. He said Harris “should be ready to go” against USF and “if he’s ready, he’s the starter as always.” Harris was in full uniform Saturday against Virginia Tech for the first time since the concussion.

“He probably could have [played], but we weren’t going to do it because he was not used to the timing and all those stuff,” Shannon said Sunday. “Look for him probably to play this week because his timing [will be] back…just getting used to all the little things, nuances and stuff.”

A few hours later, Shannon contacted media to clarify his remarks. He said Harris would start only if everything went well in practice this week. The junior only started practicing again last week. Offensive coordinator Mark Whipple has simplified the offense and relied on the run more than earlier this season and it has helped Morris’ success.

While the true freshman threw three interceptions on UM’s final three drives against Virginia Tech and was just 3-for-16 for 34 yards in the second half, he has mostly played well while showing unexpected poise.

In 14 quarters of action in Harris’ absence, Morris is 52-for-103 for 880 yards, 5 TD and 7 INT. He has a passer efficiency rating of 124.68. He also has rushed for 64 yards and a TD.

“Stephen has done a good job. It shows you have a guy that can come in and win games for you if some circumstance happened again,” Shannon said Sunday. “It was good to give him all those reps, good for him to get in some tough situations and crucial situations.”

Morris’ success has set up a quarterback competition in the spring. Departing senior tailback Damien Berry is curious how it’ll unfold.

“That will be very interesting,” Berry said. “I’m waiting to see what’s going to happen with that one. It’ll be very interesting to see both of them compete because they’re two different styles of quarterbacks. I want to see what happens.”

Added Berry, “That’s the goal, to put you into that fire and see how you come out. Some people break, some people fall. But most of the time, if you’re here, you’re going to step up to the plate.”

Shannon noted on the weekly ACC conference call Tuesday that “this is the first time since Robert Marve was here [Harris’ freshman year] that he’s had somebody to push him where he needs to go.

“Stephen and him talk a lot, communicate a lot,” Shannon said. “It’s a competition factor of him staying on top of his game…not feeling the heat, just knowing you have somebody by you that’s just as good as you that wants to work just as hard as you. It’s been a great cohesive deal between those guys that should really work out well.”

During the one time Morris has been allowed to speak to the media, he expressed admiration of Harris and said he tries to emulate Harris’ poise on the field. He said before his first career start against Maryland that he hoped Harris would be on the sideline for support. Harris was there, and traveled with the team to Georgia Tech the next week.

Teammates and Shannon have repeatedly lauded Harris for actively supporting Morris.

“Even though he wasn’t playing, he played a valuable role,” Berry said Tuesday. “Jacory was coaching on the sideline. He was telling Stephen what he did wrong, his reads and what he saw, critiquing him from the sideline. Jacory is a big part of our team. Stephen is also, whether on the field or off the field. Both of those guys are great.

“I love the way Jacory hasn’t been selfish or anything. He stepped up and he was a real leader, showed how much he cared about this team being on the sideline coaching.”

— In injury news Wednesday, Shannon said injured DE Marcus Robinson won’t play against USF and there’s only “a 25 percent chance” that DB Cory Nelms will play. Neither has practiced this week. Shannon said LB Kelvin Cain has been ill for about a week and his status is undetermined. The official injury report will be released Thursday.

elliott

we get Jon Gruden as head coach and let him coach the defense as well. We will win the NC in 2012!

elliott

jon gruden could coach cirlces around wandy shannoonnnn

Sebastian

Game over

`Canes-79
Cowboys-59

6 `Canes in double figures
Scott 12 points 5 assists
Grant 10 points 9 assists
Jones 10 points
Reggie 12 points 9 rebounds
Brown 16 points 4 rebounds
Adams 11 points 6 assists 4 rebounds

Sebastian

The only thing Jon Gruden knows about defense is to let someone else coach it

solarcane

"He’s better, but he’s still the same."
Randy Shannon

and DTX and Alph say Randy is vague

elliott

vague is correct but where is the consistency?

solarcane

Gruden Miami
All Canes blog


Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Does Gruden rumor have merit?

Former Miami Hurricanes offensive lineman Brett Romberg took to the airwaves on Monday, venting some frustrations about his alma mater.

Romberg's on-air rant was similar to those of Dan Morgan, Clinton Portis or any other recently interviewed Butch Davis-era recruits. Old school, throwback-type guys who are putting much of the onus on an implied loser's mentality regarding current players and their inability to sack up, finding a way and get the job done.

Near the end of Romberg's interview he mentioned former NFL coach and current Monday Night Football analyst Jon Gruden being interested in the Miami job, should it become available.

On one level, a pipe dream and on the surface, a throwaway comment. Still, it's also not the first time in the past few weeks the phrase "Gruden" and "mutual interest" mentioned in the same sentence by some folks.

I'm won't claim 'sources', nor will I oversell this latest rumor, but over the past fifteen years of giving Cane-related opinions online, I've met some good, in-the-know UM enthusiasts and a handful that I trust have come out of the woodwork independently with the Gruden chat so again, I'll make mention and you can process accordingly.

Since the Virginia loss there has been a lot of behind the scenes chatter regarding the future of Randy Shannon and Miami football. Talk that the buyout might not be as big a some think, as well as other win/loss-related stipulations. Former players remain unhappy with the way they haven't been invited back into the fold and others are making their voices heard regarding their displeasure with the current regime.

Toss in the frustrated Board of Trustees members, as well as check-writing boosters and that has the attention of UM's top brass. (One has to wonder how father and son Theodore and Todd Schwartz feel about the coaching situation and what type of pull their recent $5M athletic department donation gives them.)

Fans have formulated their opinions regarding president Donna Shalala and athletic director Kirby Hocutt, but have done so based on emotion instead of logic. Rumors run rampant about four-loss seasons being tolerable as long as graduation rates are up and arrest rates stay down. There's a mindset that it's either all about academics or all about football, with no middle ground.

While Miami did leave the Big East for the Atlantic Coast Conference, favoring more guaranteed money regarding how both TV and bowl game revenues are divvied up, why do some feel that the admin is trading that for season ticket sales, merchandise money and the revenue that is generated across the board for a big time football power? Who's to say they don't want both?

President Shalala is building the university into a winner across the board and isn't the type who settles for mediocrity. You're talking about a 69-year old woman, born to Lebanese immigrant parents, who worked her ass of and rose to prominence, having now now served as the President of two universities, Chancellor of another and was this country's Secretary of Health and Human Services for eight years. Her resume is no joke.

Someone that driven in all aspects of life isn't the type to just roll over and accept second best. Settling isn't how Shalala got as far as she has and folks need to admit that, despite their thoughts on her politics or policies.

Regarding Miami's third-year athletic director, you're talking about an up and coming, barely forty-year old whose career is on the rise. This isn't Paul Dee mailing it in and riding off into the sunset. Hocutt is building his resume and can't afford to be taken down by bad coaching hires and sub par win/loss records. His legacy needs to be created at the University of Miami and sitting idly by while the Canes stumble for a second straight year with this level of talent; a mover and shaker isn't going to just let that happen.

Simply put, Shalala and Hocutt want to build a winner as bad, if not worse than this fan base does. It's not just a hobby. It's part of their job description.

Before going any further, let's state that for the record, no one really knows how this is all going to play out. Not some clown on a message board. Not a big-mouthed fan with a blog. Not a guy who knows a guy who knows a guy.

These are just thoughts and opinions. A long-time enthusiast sizing up the current state of the program and discussing what could and should happen, if some logic is employed. This ain't gospel and I'm not channeling my inner Barry Jackson, treating this like Herald.com and giving you some unwarranted, biased scoop.


No one saw a four-, five- or six-loss season when pondering where 2010 was headed. Some anti-Randy folk may have 'predicted' it, but they're also the type who called for Clemson, North Carolina and Georgia Tech to stomp Miami out and then went into hiding, never owning their outlandish predictions and choosing not to resurface until after the Virginia Tech loss.

The Sporting News had Miami ranked in the pre-season top five and several others had the Canes a top fifteen team, with opinions varied regarding winning the ACC and getting to a BCS bowl. ESPN's Desmond Howard went as far as saying Miami would reach the title game but would lose to Alabama.

Some will split hairs over how far UM was slated to go, but 9-4 was a fair starting point based on how last year wrapped, as well as the improvement seen each of the past three seasons. Calling for double-digit wins and a higher tiered bowl game in 2010 was hardly out of line.

This was a do or die year for Randy as the pieces were in place for a solid run. It didn't have to end with a national championship, but at this point of the season Miami should be relevant, ranked and in control of it's collective fate in the ACC.

Instead, a watered down version of 2009. Again, four losses and this time, no signature wins. It was also another year of praying for upsets down the stretch regarding a division crown, which shouldn't have been the case.

Another year where the Canes seem to show up prepared as often as they don't. Winless against ranked teams (0-3) and unacceptable mistakes week in, week out. Penalties. Turnovers. A lack of consistency and concentration. Miami has become a program that crumbles like lesser teams, whereas it used to step up like great ones do.

Tied 17-17 entering the fourth quarter last Saturday against Virginia Tech, those legendary 'four fingers' went up, both in the crowd and on the sidelines. A hand gesture that once used to signify something iconic has now been reduced to a gesture, a cliche.

Fifteen minutes later, the Hokies outscored the Canes, 14-0 and physically wore down a team that used to own that final quarter of football. It was the way titles were won and home-game win streaks were built. These days it's meaningless - like so many other great UM football traditions and accomplishments.


Coaches, players, administrators and fans - we're all doing some soul searching as a result.

From the get-go I backed Shannon for a handful of reasons, starting with his desire to take a job few wanted. Local product. Former player. Successful long-time assistant and a guy who not only had strong local ties in a recruiting hotbed, but also knew the blueprint to success, having played under Jimmy Johnson and coached under Butch Davis.

I also made it abundantly clear via this blog that after four to five years, if things weren't on the up and if Shannon didn't have this program back where it deserved to be, that I wouldn't blindly back the man simply because he's a long-time Cane. The university is bigger than the man and while the the first two years were a wash (due to a lack of talent), year three set the stage for a year four run that simply didn't happen - which has personally shaken my faith regarding if there should even be a year five.

Shannon took over the most talent-starved Miami team in three decades, full of unheralded starters and nothing close to a three-deep depth chart. Two months on the job, he 'saved' the 2007 recruiting class, re-selling Graig Cooper and making sure guys like Allen Bailey, Damien Berry, Leonard Hankerson and DeMarcus Van Dyke stuck around.

Shannon was also responsible for reeling in Robert Marve when Nick Fanuzzi chose Alabama in the wake of Larry Coker's firing and Nick Saban's hiring.

A year later, the top-ranked class in the nation, chock full of Northwestern Bulls and Booker T. Washington Tornadoes - players from winning programs, which was a criteria for the type of kids 'The U' wanted to recruit.

The foundation was seeming laid. Talent was being stockpiled and was set to be developed. Same with assistant coaches and assembling a quality staff.

Miami was a tough sell year one, which is why guys like Tim Walton and Patrick Nix got their shot. Walton was axed after one and Nix was gone after two. Bill Young was an upgrade and ran the defense for a year before heading back to Oklahoma State for his dream gig. John Lovett took over from there and after two years on the job has had some good and bad moments.

Offensively Nix was replaced by Mark Whipple, who was in every way step up, though has at times proven stubborn and is still trying to find a groove two years in.

All of this a microcosm of The Shannon Era. Some good moves and some bad ones. Some rookie mistakes and some learning on the job, though many issues that occurred year one still persist four years in.

The University of Miami took a chance on Randy and in December 2006, it at the time it absolutely was the right play.

No one truly knew (or cared to admit) how far the program had slipped and the highly-regarded defensive coordinator seemed worth taking a chance on. Especially after UM couldn't even lure Greg Schiano out of New Jersey for $2M a year and the only other legit candidate was the quirky Mike Leach, who supposedly showed up at his interview in shorts.

Four years later Shannon is no longer a newbie and can't use the excuse that he's new to the game. These days a 28-21 record defines him, as well as the fact he hasn't sniffed an ACC Coastal crown - let alone a conference title - and is 0-2 in bowl games.

In a year where progress was expected, the team regressed. Even if the Canes win out and match last year's 9-4 record, the wins came against lesser competition, no one worthy was topped and the losses even more embarrassing; most notably the four-touchdown beating at the hands of Florida State and upset by conference bottom dweller Virginia.

Even worse, the foundation Shannon built regarding discipline, accountability and 'no excuses' has taken a hit. Upperclassmen are still making rookie mistakes at crucial times, players aren't being forced to face the music with the media regarding a loss and the excuse machine is in full force.

In the wake of this most recent loss, Shannon cited the Miami schedule - both the out of conference line up, as well as being the only ACC squad who has to face Florida State and Virginia Tech annually. This was on the heels of pinning some game-changing mistakes on depth and injuries, essentially excusing where this program sits late November.


Miami football is again at a crossroads and this time even further removed from it's last championship. Nine years, to be exact.

With tremendous parity in today's game and more big money state schools entering the bigger picture, UM can no longer rest on past laurels. UM has to work to remain relevant and the combination of a head coach that not only can't win big games, but is also anti-media and doesn't want to glad hand or play the game? Beyond troublesome for the long term.

Winning would absolutely cure all, but four years in and wallowing in mediocrity, who can say with confidence that Miami will be better with Shannon in 2011? It's time to face facts that things could actually get worse.


All that said, is it time for change? That depends on who's interested. You don't change for the sake of change, but if one of the biggest names in recent memory wants a crack at turning things around, you listen.

If there's any truth to Gruden's interest, you clean house top to bottom and make what is a 'gimmie' hire. Period. The buzz it would create would more than provide a return on the investment. The situation and dynamic could eventually rival Pete Carroll to USC, albeit Gruden has nothing to prove as he earned a Super Bowl ring while Carroll failed with his first NFL stint and needed a successful collegiate experience to validate his coaching legacy.

Word is Gruden is loving life in the Sunshine State. Some think he'll wind up in Dallas, but why would an established coach - one that's already endured the insanity of Al Davis - jump into bed with the meddlesome and egotistical Jerry Jones?

Beyond that, Gruden has spent the past year as a volunteer offensive line assistant at Carrollwood Day in Tampa, where his son Deuce rotates between quarterback and strong safety. Head coach Lane McLaughlin, said about Gruden, “He just loves to coach. You can tell he misses the field."

In life, timing is everything. Opportunities come and go, but the determining factor is usually when in the journey those opportunities present themselves.

If Gruden has that itch, wants to stay in Florida, is enjoying his time working with amateurs (as opposed to entitled pros and hands-on owners) and is looking for a golden goose, it might be waiting for him in Coral Gables. He knows this program's legacy and has quipped on Monday Night Football broadcasts that UM's potential, when hitting on all cylinders, is unmatched.

Had Shannon gotten Miami over the hump this year - which for his sake I really wish he did - this wouldn't even be a discussion. But another four-loss season on the heels of six the year before that, seven in year one and six in Coker's swan song? The heat is on in Coral Gables, meaning both Shalala and Hocutt need to weigh both sides and see all the angles.

In theory, you can understand the top brass wanting to give Shannon one last do-or-die opportunity. Especially in the wake of a new contract signed earlier this year and what he's meant to this program over the years.

That said, how often does a Gruden come along and do you risk him not being around in 2012 in an effort not to deal with a buyout? No. Furthermore, "upper level management" needs to see and understand trends. Do you have a winner on your hands and a guy that just needs a little more time - or are you looking at a perennial number two guy who got a shot and simply doesn't have what it takes to get it done?

These are the infinite details and big time decisions that armchair quarterbacks and knee-jerk reaction fans aren't equipped to make and it's why a Shalala and Hocutt got as far as they have in their respective careers. Give them a little more credit until they prove it's undeserved.


Gruden to 'The U' would shake up the college football world and would give this program an energy it hasn't had since JJ left town. Xs and Os, a Super Bowl ring and a thoroughly impressive resume aside, the upgrade regarding the mouthpiece and face of this program - it's immeasurable. Boosters would hand over blank checks and Saturdays at Sun Life would become the hottest ticket in town. (Especially if the HEAT continue to tank.) Gruden could be the best pitchman UM has had since Howard Schnellenberger left for the USFL.

It's not about change for the sake of change. If Miami is going to eat Shannon's contract and is going to sever ties with a Hurricane lifer three decades in the making, it needs to be the "perfect storm" and that very well could be what's happening here.

You don't roll the dice on another unproven first-timer and don't bring in a short-term guy; one looking to climb the coaching ladder and one who will leave for the next bigger opportunity.

If you're going to do this, it needs to be the ultimate game changer. Something that will restack the deck in your favor. Something with the potential of Carroll to USC or Saban to Alabama. A name that will steer every on-the-fence recruit your direction and one that can instantly work with the stockpiled talent Miami has accrued the past few seasons.


In all honesty, we as fans are still mulling all this over, but on UM's front the decision has to have already been made.

A win or loss against South Florida isn't going to be the deciding factor in Shannon's future. 7-5 or 8-4 - both are equally as disappointing. Shalala and Hocutt either believe Shannon is the guy to lead Miami back, or see the lack of leadership that many fans see.

Is Gruden truly interested? Can Miami make the numbers work? If not, is there someone else ready to step in? Someone who can hit the ground running, can hit a recruiting home run within two months, can inject some life into the program, can impact ticket sales and can make the most of the talent already assembled for next fall?

I was told last night that all this Gruden talk is "building exponentially" and that some heavy hitters are on board with making this happen. Again, whether this is idle chatter or a tremendous foundation is about to be laid, time will tell.

What do you don't do is fire Shannon for the sake of firing him. Even worse than a four-loss season; entering the month of December and starting a search for a new coach. It would kill recruiting and there'd be too much pressure to get somebody - anybody - in there to run the show.

As mentioned earlier, a decision has already been made. If a coaching change is on the horizon, it won't be knee-jerk. Somebody else (re: Gruden) is already in place and this will happen quickly.

Long and short, this fan base will know by Sunday if the Shannon Era comes to a close or if Hurricane Nation will be holding its collective breath for one more season, with more cries of "wait 'til next year".
posted by allCanes.com at 10:39 AM

solarcane

Jon Gruden wired

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DNP1EquL9M0

Sebastian

A very interesting read

I would be the 1st one to say I was 100% wrong when I said JG wouldnt take a college job

Ive met him a few times around the area(never just 1 on 1) and to hear him talk about just everyday things, hes just a normal guy but when the subject of football comes up he really gets intense

Any school or pro team that had an opening and he had any interest in should hire that guy

solarcane

Check the personality on the guy

Think he could raise a few bucks to help pay his wage?

Jon Gruden being Jon Gruden

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

solarcane

Jon Gruden coaching CJ Spiller

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

Brevardcane

This is when it would be nice to have Truth post

Caniak aka true cane

where is the truth?

SOUP

The Truth is a lie. He don't know shyte.

And he, Canez1 and bg1906 sold out on Shannon several weeks ago.

Wanna know who "J" is?

Caniak aka true cane

Shannon has lost me and the rest of the fan base. I stocked with him till the Florida state game, after that I wanted no part of him

xxcanes305xx

soup plz explain how did they sell out?

Sebastian

The more I think about the Gruden behind the scene and possible interest in becoming HC the more I go back to what ive thought all along.......No way

Solar, Soup- putting $ aside for right now can you guys come up with a solid reason that he would come to the `Canes?

I cant think of 1 that im 100% sold on

SOUP

305...they ALL called for Shannon to be fired many weeks ago. Not just his firing but for him to be dismissed NOW and run outta town and humiliated.

Canez1 was first. He called early with no regrets about six weeks ago. U know how he rolls, no apologies!

bg1906 called it next and even worse than C1 did about four weeks ago. bg was the BIGGEST Shannon supporter out there other than SarasotaCane.

Truth then followed suit and now has asked for the last three weeks for Shannon to be fired. He was fed up and embarrassed by Shannon who he said had basically lost the team.

Canechic has fought for weeks to keep it under wraps but to no avail. Now even MM01 and RandyCane and asking for Shannnon's head on a platter.

IT IS UGLY IN CANESLAND MY FRIEND.

VERY UGLY!

SOUP

Can Miami afford Gruden?

I don't think so.

Cane Gruden work for Shalala?

I don't think so.

NEXT!

Sebastian

The $ thing im not so sure about

I do believe JG could work with Shalala with Hocutt being the buffer...30%

Will Gruden be willing to dumb down his offense for college kids

Watching film wont be a problem. Knowing everything about our opponent wont be a problem

The kids will be told what they are messing up and hows its not going to happen again

The 1 point I am almost 100% sold on is that he would have the ex-`Canes players having an open invite

Playa..The Blogger Formerly Known as Rashad

http://miamiherald.typepad.com/umiami/2010/11/canes-qb-quandary-has-harris-flustered.html

Jacory's dad isnt very happy!!

NativeCane

MH


``I didn't think you could lose your job by being hurt,'' Harris said. ``Randy has been saying that since Jacory got hurt. Now, how are you going to open it up for competition late in the year? If they feel that kid is a better quarterback, then they need to tell Jacory that.

``Either way, that still wouldn't be fair. Jacory wasn't allowed to run the offense they're running now. He threw the ball 60 times a game. Put him in a position to succeed, let him run that offense.''

Read more: http://www.miamiherald.com/2010/11/25/1942826/quarterback-quandry-for-miami.html#ixzz16HrEc3CV

Manny- Herbstreit defends Shannon

http://miamiherald.typepad.com/umiami/2010/11/herbstreit-defends-shannon.html

NativeCane

SS

Miami Hurricanes quarterback Jacory Harris has known all week that he won’t start against South Florida this Saturday and privately “is not taking it well,” a source close to the situation said Wednesday.

http://blogs.sun-sentinel.com/sports_college_hurricanes/2010/11/morris-with-the-1s-again.html

Possum Bailey


Hurricanes DE Allen Bailey says the Thanksgiving spread back home in Sapelo, a remote island off the coast of Georgia, includes ham, macaroni, stuffing, collard greens.

There's also possum or raccoon.

"We go, clean it and cook it the day before or what-not," Bailey said. "It's the usual stuff, the whole Thanksgiving."

Thursday, there will be no possum or raccoon for Bailey to feast on.

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/sports/um-hurricanes/fl-miami-football-news-1125-20101124,0,4166526.story

Steve- B-Ball

http://blogs.sun-sentinel.com/sports_college_hurricanes/2010/11/canes-at-their-best-when-sharing-the-ball.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+sports%2Fumweblog+%28UM+Hurricanes+%7C+Sun-Sentinel+Blogs%29

SinisterCane

FROM MANNY

Canes QB quandary flusters Harris' dadIf Randy Shannon picks freshman Stephen Morris as his starting quarterback Saturday against South Florida he can expect a call from Jacory Harris' father.
Rodney Harris said Wednesday night he has been under the idea his son would retain his starting job once he was cleared to return from a concussion. But what has been reported during the past couple of days, Harris said, has troubled him.
"I didn't think you could lose your job by being hurt," Harris said. "Randy has been saying that since Jacory got hurt. Now, how are you going to open it up for competition late in the year? If they feel that kid is a better quarterback, then they need to tell Jacory that. They haven't told him for whatever reasons.
"Either way, that still wouldn't be fair. Jacory wasn't allowed to run the offense they're running now. He threw the ball 60 times a game. Put him in a position to succeed, let him run that offense."
Shannon said this week Harris would start if he did "everything he's supposed to in practice.'' But Wednesday, Morris took the bulk of the snaps with the first team again. Afterward, Shannon said he still had not made up his mind on a starter and that Morris and Harris were doing "a good job in practice."
"[Jacory's] better, but he's still the same," Shannon said Wednesday. "I'm not going to sit up here and say `this guy is doing this, this guy is doing that.' The thing we have to do is make sure whoever is practicing the best, gets the best opportunity."
Local NBC sports anchor Adam Kuperstein reported Tuesday morning that Harris had already been told Monday he would remain the backup the rest of the season. Rodney Harris said he had not spoken to his son or Shannon since shortly after the Virginia Tech loss. But Harris he said if Morris was taking the snaps with the first team on Tuesday and Wednesday, then it is a sure-fire sign he'll start Saturday against USF.
"I'm pretty sure they tell them what's going to happen on Sunday -- who is starting and all that," Harris said. "My thing is how do you lose your job when you are hurt giving your all for that team? When you come to practice and aren't doing what is supposed to be done, that's something different. But knowing Jacory, he'd go out there and put the same effort every time. What's changed?
"You made a kid captain last week and didn't play him. This week, you're not going to give him a shot? What's the deal? When I talked to Jacory Saturday after the game he was not taking that kind of stuff well. He's a competitor, he wants to be in there to play. How do you take a kid like that and just sit him down without a shot? I can't understand that. I won't understand that. Unless Stephen plays the first half and Jacory plays the second. Then what are we doing going back to the Robert Marve situation?
"I talked to Coach Shannon after the Virginia Tech game, told him they had some tough breaks but the game plan was good. That they should keep their head up. But I haven't spoken to him in reference to [Jacory playing]. I just assume when I read in the paper when he says this is my guy and who I'm going with when he comes off his injury -- he said that for three weeks -- that's what I'm going by. That's what everybody else is going by.
"If the kid don't play Saturday, then I'll have to schedule some sort of meeting with Shannon to see what's wrong with Jacory. The kid wants to help this football team. The kid is No. 2 or 3 on every list passing list at that school. How could you do that to the kid?"


Read more: http://miamiherald.typepad.com/umiami/2010/11/canes-qb-quandary-has-harris-flustered.html#ixzz16Iboo7do

canechic

Soup too funny :)

U BABY!

Randy Shannon's UM = 8 or 9 wins at best!

Is that ok with you CANESPACE????

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