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April 04, 2011




Old Skool

Dang Second by a minute


LOL, that made me think when was the last time that we won 10 games????? That would be the 2003 season which ended with a win over FSU in the Orange Bowl for an 11 win season. Long time ago, huh?

Posted by: CGNC | April 04, 2011 at 11:47 AM

WOW! I had not thought about that. Eight years a go? No wonder the pain is so severe between my ears.


Is the Herald or Sentinel reporting this yet on haith?






Dave Hyde on Haith:

It's not the easiest of jobs at Miami. But it's a lot easier than when Leonard Hamilton took it to three straight NCAA tournaments. Back then, the question wasn't just community apathy. It was the lack of an on-campus arena. Well, the on-campus arena came and, suddenly, the unsolvable problem was apathy. Uh-huh.

When three South Florida kids are in the Final Four, when the state of Florida has more players in the Sweet 16 than any other state, it says there's talent in the recruiting pool. So why wasn't Miami getting any of that?

Haith won less in his field than Randy Shannon did in his field. This isn't to defend Shannon. It's just to show how far below the radar Haith worked. On the one hand, he complained about the lack of attention. On the other, he was that lack of attention's biggest benefactor.

Haith? Nice guy. OK coach. The bottom-line is he did himself and Miami a favor by taking the Missouri job.


If he would have stayed another year then he would have been a lame duck. Expectations are very high in basketball but I don't know why. It's not like we have ever been relevant in the Big East and now in the ACC it is still the same story.

Part of the problem is going after the John Walls in the country instead of trying to find a solid point guard and then coach him up. Whoever the coach is he needs to recruit talent and I don't know about basketball talent in Florida but I know it is here in Tennessee, North Carolina, and Virginia. My high school alone puts out at least one D-1 talent every year. Every year we make it to the playoffs but I have never seen any recruiters come to my area from Miami.


86 - yeah the next year we went 9-3 and beat the Gators in the Peach Bowl so we were 10-3, so I guess technically we could say 2004 was the last 10 game win season. In 2005 we went 9-3 and got our you-know-what's handed to us by LSU in the Peach Bowl


Since Haith chose to leave does Mizzou pick up the rest of his contract here?


So what's next? any ideas or suggestions as to who the next coach should be?


Haith is outtathere, and I am OK with that. 8-)

Missou, huh?

They are so lucky! LOL!

Lou of M

He will lose his contract...


What do you think about UM going after one of the Heat assistants?


Thanks Lou that is what I thought


There is NO reason why Miami can't be relevant in men's baseketball.

Just because we haven't done it does NOT mean it can't be done.

Just ask Howard Schnellenberger...


So what's next? any ideas or suggestions as to who the next coach should be?

Posted by: Oby-1 | April 04, 2011 at 01:15 PM

I vote for Sebastian57 or VACane.

Speaking of which, where is VACane?


Potential coaches:



"So what's next? any ideas or suggestions as to who the next head coach should be?"
Posted by: Oby-1

Oby-1, name this tune:
"I feel for U,
I think I Love U":



Top 25 College Basketball Assistant Coaches:

1. Joe Dooley - Kansas
Since his arrival at KU, Dooley has helped guide the JayHawks to an NCAA national title, three NCAA Elite Eight appearances, four NCAA Sweet 16s, five Big 12 regular-season conference titles and three Big 12 tournament championships. During his tenure at Kansas, seven Jayhawks have been drafted in the NBA, including a record-tying five in the 2008 draft. Dooley also served as head coach at East Carolina from 1995-99.

2. Larry Shaytt - Florida
Shaytt, currently associate head coach, played an integral role in the Gator’s capturing of back-to-back NCAA national titles during the 2006 and 2007 seasons. Florida has also claimed an SEC regular season conference title and two SEC tournament championships during his time on staff. Shyatt spent 6 seasons as head coach at Wyoming and Clemson before arriving in Gainesville.

3(a). Bernie Fine - Syracuse
Entering his 33rd season at his Alma mater, Fine is considered one of the most loyal assistants in the game today. A prolific recruiter and developer of talent, dozens of Syracuse players, particularly big-men, coached by Fine have gone on to play in the NBA. Working hand in hand with Jim Boheim, Fine has helped guide the Orange to 26 NCAA tournaments, including three Final Fours and the 2003 NCAA national title.

3(b). Mike Hopkins – Syracuse
With 16th seasons on staff at Syracuse, the former Orangeman has seen the team participate in 16 straight postseason tournaments, including 12 NCAA bids and 4 NIT. Hopkins is credited for the development of Orange guards: Jonny Flynn, Allen Griffin, Gerry McNamara, Demetris Nichols and Josh Pace.

4. Steve Robinson - North Carolina
Robinson works directly with the Tar Heel perimeter players, helping mentor Cousy Award-winning point guards Raymond Felton and Ty Lawson. During his tenure, he has seen the Tarheels win two NCAA National Championship titles and six combined ACC regular season and tournament championships. Prior to arriving at UNC, Robinson was head coach at the University of Tulsa and at Florida State University where he led both teams to the NCAA Tournament.

5(a). Mark Montgomery- Michigan State
In his ten seasons with the Spartans, the program has appeared in nine NCAA Tournaments, including a trip to the Final Four in 2005, 2009 and 2010 and the Elite Eight in 2003. Before returning to Michigan he was influential in turning around the program at Central Michigan where they became the first team in MAC history to go from last place to first place in just one season.

5(b). Dwayne Stephens - Michigan State
Dwayne Stephens is responsible for putting together some of the top recruiting classes of Coach Izzo’s career. Under his tutelage are the Spartan post players that included three time All Big Ten honoree and All American center, Paul Davis and second team All Big Ten honoree Guron Suton. A Michigan native, he returned to the Spartans after four years at Marquette under Tom Crean where MSU had back to back NCAA Tournament appearances in 2002 and 2003, and advancing to the Final Four in 2003.

6. George Blaney – Connecticut
Entering his 10th season on staff at UConn, Blaney has helped guide the Huskies to two Elite Eights, two Final Fours and the 2004 National Championship. Before Uconn, Blaney spent 22 years as the Head Coach of his Alma mater, Holy Cross, leading the Crusaders to three NCAA tournament berths and five invitations to the NIT. He also spent three seasons as head coach at Seton Hall and Dartmouth.

7(a). Steve Wojciechowski - Duke
Blue Devil standout turned coach; Wojciechowski has posted an incredible 291-60 record and won seven ACC Tournament championships as well as 2 NCAA Championships since arriving in Durham. Working with Duke’s paint players, he has been instrumental in the development of key players such as Shelden Williams, Josh McRoberts and Kyle Singler.

7(b). Chris Collins - Duke
Collins’ ten-year resume at Duke includes an overall record of 262-55, six ACC Tournament championships, three ACC regular season titles, five in-season tournament titles and most importantly, the national championship in 2001 and 2010. The guards under his tutelage receive First Team ACC and All American recognition, those included JJ Redick, Demarcus Nelson, Greg Paulus and Jon Scheyer.

8. Billy Hahn - West Virginia
This coaching veteran has coached a total of 20 NBA players during his career and has been to the NCAA Tournament 11 times in his career. He has seen WVU make its first trip to the Final Four in 2010. Hahn spent most of his career at the University of Maryland and saw the Terps go to the NCAA tournament a school-record eight straight years, including the 2001 Final Four.

9. Mike Dunlap – St. Johns
The former Associate Head Coach for two Pac-10 schools, Arizona and most recently Oregon, Dunlap is considered by many as one of the greatest coaching minds in the game today. Dunlap also spent 2 years as an assistant with the Denver Nuggets and guided Division II Metropolitan State College to two NCAA Division II national championships.

10. Greg Gard – Wisconsin
Gard has spent 17 seasons alongside Bo Ryan, including the past 9 at Wisconsin. Gard has helped guide the Badgers to three Big Ten regular season titles and two Big Ten tournament championships. Wisconsin has also made the NCAA tournament in each of Gard’s nine seasons, advancing to the Sweet 16 in 2003 and 2007 as well as the Elite Eight in 2005.


11. Jeff Battle - Wake Forest
The Philadelphia native is undoubtedly important to the program’s success in the past nine seasons as the Deacons ascended to the No. 1 national ranking in 2005 and again in 2009, won a school-record 27 games in 2005, advanced to the Sweet Sixteen in 2004 and won the 2003 ACC regular season title. Wake Forest has averaged more than 20 wins per season and has made six NCAA Tournament appearances during Battle's tenure. Battle is also accredited for the development of All American point guard and NBA All-Star Chris Paul.

12. Kurtis Townsend - Kansas
Townsend has been a part of the KU program which has won a national championship, reached two NCAA Tournament Elite Eights, three NCAA Sweet 16s, five Big 12 regular-season titles and three conference tournament crowns. Townsend played a major role in recruiting KU's NBA draftees Julian Wright, Darrell Arthur and Sherron Collins.

13(a). Russell Springmann – Texas
In his first seven years as a full-time assistant at Texas, Springmann has helped the Longhorns make five NCAA Sweet 16 appearances, including a trip to the Final Four in 2003 and the Elite Eight in both 2006 and 2008. During this stretch, the Longhorns have signed six McDonald's All-Americans including LaMarcus Aldridge, Daniel Gibson and Kevin Durant. During his tenure in Austin, the Longhorns have made school-record 10 consecutive trips to the NCAA.

13(b). Rodney Terry – Texas
Terry enters his eight season on staff at Texas. Terry has helped the Longhorns post a 181-60 record while making seven NCAA Tournament appearances. During Terry’s time on staff, Texas has been the only school in the country that can claim two National Player of the Year winners in the last six years, as well as producing four Top 10 picks (T.J. Ford, LaMarcus Aldridge, Kevin Durant and D.J. Augustin) over the same period.

14. Stan Jones - Florida State
Stan Jones is a veteran coach in his eighth season as the Associate Head Coach at Florida State. With Jones on the Florida State bench the Seminoles have played in back to back NCAA Tournaments, the ACC Championship game, won at least 19 games in five of his seven seasons and have won more conference games in the last four seasons than any four-year period since 1991-92. In his seven years at Florida State, Jones has brought in 15 National Top 100 recruits to Florida State and five players who were selected in the NBA Draft.

15. Patrick Sandle – Pittsburgh
During the last seven seasons, Sandle has helped guide the Pittsburgh basketball program to its most successful run in to school history. Pitt has gone to seven straight NCAA tournaments, including two Sweet Sixteen’s and an Elite Eight apperance in 2009. During that time, the Panthers have captured a Big East regular season and tournament championship, as well as reaching the schools first ever No. 1 national ranking and amassing a 188-54 record in the process.

16. Orlando Antigua - Kentucky
Antigua has followed Calipari to Kentucky after joining the most successful four-year run in basketball history at Memphis. He helped coach the Memphis Tigers to a spot in the 2009 NCAA Sweet 16. Prior to Memphis, Antigua worked at his Alma mater, Pittsburgh where he helped lead the Panthers to the NCAA Tournament in all five years on staff, including the 2004 and 2007 Sweet Sixteen.

17. Paul Lusk- Purdue
During his tenure at Purdue, Lusk has helped preside over one of the most prosperous periods in the history of the program. The Boilermakers have made four-straight NCAA Tournament appearances, reaching the Sweet 16 in each of the last two seasons, and won both a regular-season Big Ten championship and a Big Ten Tournament title.

18(a). Steve Forbes - Tennessee
Known for his lasting relationships and trustworthy character, Steve Forbes has made a huge impact on Vols recruiting. Forbes has helped the Vols win an average of 26 games per year and advance to four consecutive NCAA Tournaments--making three Sweet Sixteen appearances and advancing to the program's first-ever Elite Eight in 2010.

18(b). Tony Jones - Tennessee
Over the last few years, Jones has made a name for himself by bringing in some Tennessee’s top recruits, including: First Team All SEC performer Wayne Chism and McDonald’s All Americans Scotty Hopson and Tobias Harris. He has seen the Vols win three SEC Eastern Division championships, win a school record 31 games and earn the first No. 1 ranking in school history.

19. Scott Duncan - UCLA
Duncan brings over 30 years of assistant coaching experience to Westwood and helped the Bruins to a Final Four appearance in his first year as associate head coach in 2007-08. He has also helped lead the staff at UCLA to back to back top five nationally ranked recruiting classes. Duncan arrived in Westwood after seven seasons at the University of Oregon where he helped lead the Oregon Ducks to the Elite Eight and the Pac-10 Tournament Championship.

20. Robert Kirby – Georgetown
A recent addition to the Hoyas staff, Kirby comes by way of an 11 year stint at Mississippi State, where he helped the Bulldogs average well over 20 wins a season during his tenure in Starkville. During that time, MSU captured two regular season SEC conference championships, an SEC tournament championship and four SEC West Division titles. The Bulldogs also made six NCAA tournament and four NITs over the same period.

21. Dedrique Taylor - Arizona State
Taylor has been a key part of the building process that saw ASU become the most improved team in the nation in 2008 and make the NCAA Tournament in the 2009-10 season. Before arriving in Tempe, Taylor coached at Nevada for two seasons, leading the Wolfpack to a Western Athletic Conference championship.

22. Dalonte Hill - Kansas State
Hill has played a significant role in helping revitalize the Wildcat program, most notably with the recruitment of standout guard Mike Beasely, the number 2 pick in the 2008 NBA draft. With his help, K-State has 66 wins the past three seasons and has advanced to the postseason in three straight seasons including a trip to the Elite Eight in 2010. Hill also spent three seasons as an assistant at his Alma mater, Charlotte, where he helped guide the 49ers to a pair of trips to the NCAA Tournament.

23. Ron Jirsa - Minnesota
This 50 year old is in his third season at Minnesota and his fourth stint with Head Coach Tubby Smith. In his six combined seasons as an assistant at Tulsa and Georgia, Jirsa helped four consecutive teams win at least 21 games and reach the NCAA Tournament each season. Jirsa has coached in 28 postseason games overall, 16 of those in the NCAA Tournament, and has appeared in postseason play for 14 years.

24. Steve Massiello – Louisville
Considered by his peers as one of the best recruiters in the game today, Massiello is entering his 6th season on Rick Pitinos staff. Massiello played an integral role in Louisville landing several top 10 recruting classes during his time on staff, as well as reaching back to back Elite Eights in 2008 and 09.

25. Ron Bradley – Depual
Entering his eight season on staff with Oliver Purnell, Bradley helped coach Clemson to three straight NCAA tournament appearances and four NITs. Bradley served as a head coach for 16 years, five at Eastern Nazarene and 11 at Radford, leading the Highlanders to the first NCAA tournament appearance ever.

orange 'n green in the vein

I'm just going to throw it out there:

Rick Barry.

Woj would be interesting too as a shot in the dark replacement in the same mold coming in as a guy who just left, except he was awesome back when I was in high school as a player and Haith wasn't.


"2. Larry Shaytt - Florida
Shaytt, currently associate head coach, played an integral role in the Gator’s capturing of back-to-back NCAA national titles during the 2006 and 2007 seasons. Florida has also claimed an SEC regular season conference title and two SEC tournament championships during his time on staff. Shyatt spent 6 seasons as head coach at Wyoming and Clemson before arriving in Gainesville."

Two problems with this guy.

First, funny that he is number two AND his last name sounds like number 2.

Second, Gator taint is too strong on this one.

My choice would be this guy:

7(a). Steve Wojciechowski - Duke
"Blue Devil standout turned coach; Wojciechowski has posted an incredible 291-60 record and won seven ACC Tournament championships as well as 2 NCAA Championships since arriving in Durham. Working with Duke’s paint players, he has been instrumental in the development of key players such as Shelden Williams, Josh McRoberts and Kyle Singler."

Reduce Duke's coaching staff, and with a last name like that, he has GOT to be good.


OGV- he was a candidate when Haith was hired. I don't know, i like Rick, and used to listen to his show on KNBR out of SF all the time (he's in Denver now doing something for SIRIUS XM I think). He sounds good whenever he's talking about the game, but he has been passed over by every program and NBA team for years. I don't know if it's his ego or something else, but I have a hard time thinking everyone has been wrong about him as a coach.


Someone asked what would `Cane fans think if Haith went to Mizzou and won there

Speaking just for myself, I would be very happy for him

Ive heard from alot of people on what a great recruiter Haith is. Well that statement is false

A great recruiter goes out and gets the best players that fits his system

Haith went out and brought in talented players that didnt fit his system, which is a total waste of time

From those that ive asked about asst. coaches ready for the next level #16 on that list seems to come up quite a bit

Haith is a stubborn coach!!!!

conch salad


So pumped that Haith is gone! This feels like Xmas.


So, where are all the Haith loyalists/apologists now?


ever so slowly



"men's basketball banquet, originally scheduled for Thursday, has been canceled"

Maybe the team will head over to Hooters to celebrate

Old Skool

Here's the most well mannered comment on Haith I've seen on the Mizzou boards.

To Whom It May Concern:
I am a student at the University of Missouri, and I am extremely concerned about the hiring of Miami Hurricanes head coach Frank Haith. I would like to implore you to decline to approve his hiring tonight. In Haith's best season, his team posted a .500 record in-conference. Someone whose best season included winning only half of their in-conference games simply is not an adequate replacement for Mike Anderson,


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Reduce Duke's coaching staff, and with a last name like that, he has GOT to be good.

Posted by: Ungar | April 04, 2011 at 03:35 PM

YUP! So far we have votes for #7 and #16 on the list. Any others?

Old Skool

Good stuff. Solar. Your writing's more sophisticated than the program allows for. With proper timing and inflection, it'd be even funnier.


thanks skool,
btw I got the inside scoop on where and how to catch dozens of BIG bait minnows for bass, stripers and walleyes from a local guy and fellow kayaker up here.
Next time you come over we will go retrieve a bunch of "horny head minners" as he referred to them. We can troll them around while we chunk artificials.


new Missouri coach Frank Haith: $1.5 million guaranteed for five years, plus $100,000 in deferred annual compensation...

and what do you guys make for actually doing your job well?


Mizzou signing Frank Haith .... this is all I have to say to you Mizzou




Mike James is a well spoken young man.



Chris Collins from Duke (ACC) would be a good choice. But can he recruit Florida???



"Its like going from a Mercedes to a Prius"



University of Miami basketball coach Frank Haith resigned Monday after seven years to become the head coach at the University of Missouri.

By Monday night, when an executive search firm already was in the process of gathering candidates to replace Haith, the Hurricanes’ outgoing coach was scheduled to fly to Missouri on a private jet for the official announcement Tuesday morning. He was to return to Miami by Tuesday afternoon.

Haith was approved by the Missouri Board of Curators on Monday night. Missouri approved an employment package of $1.5 million guaranteed for five years, plus $100,000 in deferred annual compensation, with a one-year automatic extension that would begin May 1, 2012.

The hire was not universally popular. “Tim Hyder, a Missouri alumnus from Kansas City, described the selection of Haith — in contrast to Missouri’s ill-fated courtship of Purdue coach Matt Painter last week – was like ‘going from a Mercedes to a Prius,’ ’’ The Kansas City Star reported.

Haith was already emotionally spent by Monday afternoon.

“Can’t comment yet — tough day,’’ Haith told The Miami Herald on Monday after meeting with his players from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Dressed in all black, Haith emerged from a passionate player meeting red-eyed and somber. His players were shocked, upset and sad.

“It’s really hard,’’ said junior center Julian Gamble, who led a team gathering after Haith left the room. Gamble urged his teammates to stick together and hang on to their goals for next season. “It’s like losing a family member. …I’m still in shock. I found out late last night. We couldn’t believe it. None of us saw it coming.’’

Added junior guard Malcolm Grant: “It’s really tough because he’s the reason I came here. When Coach Haith walked out that door just now, it hit me. He’s not our coach anymore. That’s really hard to accept.’’

Haith, 46, had two years left on his contract with Miami, which finished 21-15 this past season and competed in the NIT, losing to Alabama in a quarterfinal. Haith was 129-101 with the Canes, including a 43-69 record in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Read more: http://www.miamiherald.com/2011/04/05/2150325/frank-haith-resigns-as-um-basketball.html#ixzz1Idiq16sf

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Frank Haith resigns as UM basketball coach



Call this one an amicable parting, no divorce lawyers needed. No firing, no buyout, no acrimony. I don’t blame Frank Haith for leaving the University of Miami, and I don’t blame Hurricanes basketball fans for feeling good that change is sweeping in.

Haith didn’t win enough here to be missed, or lose enough to be vilified. He did OK by a program that wants better than that. He neither threw UM men’s basketball into reverse nor found a higher gear forward, but rather leaves it in neutral, idling.

It’s tough to immediately applaud a coaching change when the “who’s next?” half of the equation remains a blank to be filled in, and it would be wrong to shout good riddance to a good man who only the harshest critics would say failed outright.

But sometimes change for the sake of change is good, and this feels like that.

Haith resigned after seven seasons to become Missouri’s coach, but the parting is mutual. It’s why UM offered a quick handshake and a fare-thee-well rather than sweeten his deal to encourage his staying or enforce his contract punitively.

Miami loses a good man of integrity and a solid recruiter, but also a guy who never quite solved the ACC and who, bottom line, reached the NCAA Tournament (second round, 2008) only once in seven years.

It was time, that’s all, and so the turbulence continues at the very top of Hurricane athletics, with the recent football coaching change, the ongoing search for an athletic director and now a vacancy at the forefront of basketball.

The sudden, mostly unexpected departure shook UM on Monday just as the sport nationally prepared to wrap its season in Houston with the NCAA Tournament’s UConn-Butler title game.

And well-timed is that game, for it offers Miami a reminder to be open-minded about the type of coach it hires, with the championship game matching a veteran in the Huskies’ Jim Calhoun, 68, against a wunderkind in Butler’s Brad Stevens, 34.

The ideal would be for Miami to hire a bright, young up-and-comer in the mold of Stevens (or VCU’s Shaka Smart, 33), somebody to not only win but excite and grow a hesitant fan base, something Haith did not do. Identifying the next great coach is the crapshoot, of course, and UM has neither the program pedigree, the fan base nor the money to lure an already established coach from a bigger, better program.

That’s why Miami should not rule out an older coach such as FAU’s Mike Jarvis, 65, who has turned around that program in three years. He just fashioned the school’s best season in 19 years as a Division I program, winning the Sun Belt regular-season title and getting into the NIT (where the Owls lost to UM, coincidentally).

Read more: http://www.miamiherald.com/2011/04/05/2150550/frank-haiths-departure-from-um.html#ixzz1Idk4i2Me



Frank Haith told University of Miami officials and his players Monday that he was resigning after seven seasons to become Missouri's coach.

The sudden departure came less than 24 hours after Miami acting athletic director Tony Hernandez says Missouri AD Mike Alden called him to inform him he would be speaking with Haith about the opening.

Haith and Alden met in Houston, where both were for the men's Final Four.

"When I got the call, I was taken a little off-guard. It developed very quickly. They offered the job and he accepted," Hernandez said. "I was surprised -- a little shocked, to be honest."

Miami officials moved equally quickly Monday to begin their search for a new men's basketball coach. The search will be coordinated by Hernandez, who was promoted from deputy AD after former AD Kirby Hocutt left for Texas Tech in late February, but the hire will be made by UM president Donna Shalala and UM's Board of Trustees.

"It's not Tony Hernandez making this hire," Hernandez noted. "I will be extremely involved and will lead that process, but it'll be a hire made by the University of Miami."

UM has hired Parker Executive Search -- a firm based in Atlanta, Ga. commonly used in the hiring of college basketball coaches -- as a consultant.

Missouri officially announced Haith's hiring Monday night. The deal is for six years and $9.6 million.

Multiple media outlets reported Sunday night that Haith had accepted the Tigers' job in principle, and almost immediately Kansas State coach Frank Martin, a Miami native who coached high school basketball here, was mentioned as a possible candidate.

Virginia Commonwealth's Shaka Smart, based on his team's surprising run to the Final Four, as well as Alabama coach Anthony Grant, a Miami native, and recently fired Tennessee coach Bruce Pearl also drew speculation.

"We're not trying to make a splash, we're trying to hire the best coach possible," Hernandez said. "If the best coach possible happens to make a splash with the community, wonderful. …But we want a long-term coach that's going to be here for a long time, be successful and win a lot of games."

Hernandez said he initially had eight names on his list of candidates, and that number grew to 20 by noon Monday. Ideally, he noted, Haith's successor "has a very proven, successful track record as a college basketball coach." Haith had no head coaching experience when he took over at Miami.

In regard to candidates who might have come with baggage, Hernandez said, "At this point, we're considering everybody. We're going to take it on a case-by-case basis. But I assure you that integrity and ethics will be a high priority in the search."

Hernandez said UM plans to make a hire as quickly as possible, independent of its standing regarding its search for a permanent AD, and "my goal would be for it not to last a month, but we're not going to give a definite timeline."

Asked if money would be an issue in the hiring, Hernandez said, "Our goal is to find the best coach possible and we have to weigh that upon what's available and what we're willing to pay, but there's a strong commitment from the University of Miami to our men's basketball program…."



Canespacers,, Severe Weather hitting Central and South Florida around 8:00 A.M.

Go Canes!!!



Despite making only one NCAA Tournament appearance in seven seasons, coach Frank Haith received public promises from University of Miami officials that he would be retained for next season.

Instead, it's Haith who decided not to return, resigning Monday to become coach at Missouri.

Miami's interim athletic director, Tony Hernandez, was notified Sunday by Missouri Athletic Director Mike Alden that the Tigers planned to offer Haith the job.

"When I got the call, I was taken a little off guard," Hernandez said. "I was surprised. A little shocked, to be honest."

Hernandez wasn't the only one. Some Missouri fans are unhappy that Haith was tabbed to succeed Mike Anderson, who resigned to become coach at Arkansas.

An e-mail sent to The Kansas City Star and other media outlets said that a group of Missouri students was planning an on-campus protest Monday night as "a peaceful but adamant rejection of Frank Haith."

Haith, 45, met with Missouri officials during the Final Four in Houston then flew back to Miami on Monday to meet with his players.

He has ties to the Big 12, having previously been an assistant at Texas and Texas A&M.

Haith could not be reached for comment Monday.

"I kept saying, 'Wow,' " junior guard Malcolm Grant told Canesport.com after the meeting with Haith. "Seeing him walk out that door a minute ago ... It's just tough. I came here because of him."

Hernandez said that a search to find Haith's replacement has already begun and that an Atlanta-based headhunter firm has been hired to aid in the process.

"I don't know exactly what we're looking for other than a great coach," Hernandez said. "Ideally, we're going to hire somebody with a very proven track record."



“It’s really hard,’’ said junior center Julian Gamble, who led a team gathering after Haith left the room. Gamble urged his teammates to stick together and hang on to their goals for next season. “It’s like losing a family member. …I’m still in shock. I found out late last night. We couldn’t believe it. None of us saw it coming.’’

Added junior guard Malcolm Grant: “It’s really tough because he’s the reason I came here. When Coach Haith walked out that door just now, it hit me. He’s not our coach anymore. That’s really hard to accept.’’


I would suggest that they get some of the football players to visit the basketball team.
1. Let them know that it will be alright.
2. Let them know that they are not alone.
3. Let them know that the folks searching for a new coach are good at what they are doing, and will get them someone better than Haith.

I mean, it has to be rough to lose a coach, but it needed to be done, and better that it is done the Butch Davis way than the Randy Shannon way.

I still feel bad for Missouri fans though. I don't know what they did wrong to deserve such punishment.


I bet Iowa St fans made the same comments when Gene Chizik departed for Auburn.


Perhaps. But for every Chizik that was out there, there are fifty retreads that leave the fans scratching their heads as to why they are still coaching.

To use a local example, remember Chicago Bears fans' reaction when Dave Wannstadt was put in charge of the Dolphins? They weren't wrong.

Not trying to stir anything up, just saying Chizik is the exception to the rule. Chizik, Bill Belichek, and a couple of others break the mold, but most in the mold are just that, mold.

If we are wrong about Haith, hooray for him. But odds are not in his favor.


The basketball coach quit and there are so few comments from the fans.

Probably because the fans don't care about basketball.

Perhaps this is why the basketball coach quit.


Thanks, native. Once again you have saved me 15 minutes of searching through articles!


Nice article about B Harris and his home in Liberty City - http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/news;_ylt=AjewcWR5dtMN6VCAcyV_ROlDubYF?slug=jc-cole_harris_sees_hope_for_liberty_city

Old Skool

Talk about falling upward.

Haith's deal is for six years and $9.6 million.

This is a middle of the road coach, not bad, not great, but meh.

So in the baseketball head coaching marketplace 'meh' is worth $1.1 million a year. 'Sucks' is probably good for $800,000. And really awful, borderline incompetent should pull $500,000.


You are welcome j.w.

Go Canes!!!


New Depth Chart out - http://hurricanesports.cstv.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/040511aab.html


Why is Shaka Smart immediately mentioned?

Doesn't really matter now b/c he signed an 8 year deal with VCU

True, they made a great run this year and I loved seeing it ... but it was just this year and he's just basically the flavor of the month - kind of like how immediately all the local papers in Miami mentioned Jim Harbaugh (even though he's a lot more proven) and Tuberville

The guy that was at VCU before Smart, Anthony Grant (born in Miami, was an assistant at Miami High, also an assistant at Stetson and with the Crocs) - he had VCU at no less than 24 wins each year he was there and made the Tournament 2 times and beat Duke one of those times in the Tourney ... guy left something in the cupboard for Smart - those were basically his players that were in the Final Four

Weren't some opposed to even having one of the current Croc assistants be a possibility?

WHY? It's not like the Crocs haven't done pretty well under that Eddie Munster/Matt Damon love child, Billy Donovan ... the guy can f*cking coach and Shaka and Anthony Grant were both one of his assistants

Shaka was a Croc assistant as well, don't forget

I'm just glad Haith is gone

Not a single winning season in conference his entire time he was here ... not even 1 game over .500


Six - LOL - you said it. Who would you like us to get?


I was one of those opposed. It is a gut thing. I am sure there are good Gators out there, just like there might be good Noles.

When I meet one, I will be sure to say so.

Just kidding, my neighbor is a Nole, she is a great person. Even went on to Harvard.

And the guy that cleans my pool is an alright guy for a Gator.


Tony Hernandez presser -



Willie Bailey decommitted and committed to Gay-tors


native, soup, skool, hurripin, canez1,

thanks for the support, I really appreciate the great comments.

I have some pretty cool stuff I'll be adding to the site including a Canes Slide show, some Canes Twitter news, more stories from The Adventures of Tommy Joe Cauldwell, a kayak fishing forum, and a sports news feeder.


thanks again

Get your azz down...
be a bad azz
Art Kehoe


CGNC - 3 guys that came to my mind immediately will be completely out of nowhere for basically everyone .. esp. the 3rd guy

- Billy Kennedy (Murray State HC)

- Mark Byington (College of Charleston ACoach - specializing in the guards)

- Casey Alexander (Belmont ACoach - specializing in the point guards)

Kennedy was an assistant for the Canes and then got the head coaching gig at Murray State ... he turned Murray State around pretty fast - won the most games in school history for them in the '09-'10 season with 31 wins and a 2nd Round appearance in the Tourney

Before Miami, he was at Southeastern Louisiana - 2001, he had 7 wins .. 2002, 11 wins .. 2003, 20 wins .. 2004, 24 wins 1st Round appearance in the Tourney - he had the most wins in school history in 2004

Mark Byington -

Guy with a Master's Degree in Sports Psychology from Virginia, so he and Coach Golden can hang out and screw with each others heads .. talk about their alma mater

Spent a year at Hargrave Military Academy - might help in recruiting somewhat from there, who knows. Specializes in helping the guards, something that the Canes lack

Casey Alexander - http://www.belmontbruins.com/sports/m-baskbl/coaches/ALEXANDER_CASEY

Again, specializes in helping the guard, particularly the 1

I'm guessing Miami won't shell out the big money for a big name coach. Kennedy has the most experience obviously and Murray State is a gritty ass team. Byington and Alexander would be young up and comers, probably wouldn't take a lot of loot to get them to Miami

It might be somewhat appealing to those young guys to come to the ACC, to Miami, to see some of the Heat players at their practices, try and prove themselves here

Or, they could be completely in over their heads - who knows - but since a lot of peeps don't seem to really care that much about the Canes basketball team, what is there to lose, ha


95% of the people in this area couldnt even name the HC of the `Canes basketball team and thats a shame

I just think most fans never followed the basketball program enough to realize how close they are to becoming an NCAA tournament team on a yearly basis

But yet every year the bandwagon opens up and the football fans come running out to proclaim this is the year of the BCS

Ask most of those fans to name 4 members of the coaching staff and they will stare at you like youre insane

Coach Haith is the reason some of the fans became turned off from the `Cane brand of basketball


Alright everyone got their wish, Haith is gone! Adios and good-ridance. Bottom line Miami is not a basketball school, does that mean they can't be, No but the odds of them having staying power among the elite, is very low, unless they were to hire a big name coach, along the lines of Rick Pittino, which as we all no, Miami ain't going to shell out no loot to hire a big name coach. We might as well go for the tri-fecta, when baseball is over with and can Morris too! You get what you pay for and we constantly would rather eat Hamburger, than Steak. Golden will do good but when someone comes in with big pockets he'll be gone.


Not many teams can be considered elite programs

Miami should at the very least be able to be a top 25 program in basketball on a yearly basis. The `Canes do not need a big name coach to accomplish that.

I am one of those that is against bringing in a big name to coach the bball team

Morris is the least of my concerns right now

If AG does the kind of job the fans want/expect him to do and someone else opens up the wallet and pays the man then good for AG. You win and you get paid


I hear you Ungar. I'm not big on Basketball or Baseball, but when the CANES are playing I'll watch.
Herbieibis - that's ok if Golden leaves when deep pocket come calling. I remember when Dennis Erickson was hired my first thought was who in the heck is this guy from Idaho with his one back offense.
With the talent in South Florida, all you need is a coach that can line up the players on game day. Unfortunately our last two coaches did not possess that skill.


Solar looked at the website - looks good! Just don't have interest in kayaking and fishing but good luck with it


^^^^^^^^CGNC, but what about the Hot-Rods and adventure stories, I thought I was reading the sequel to Stand by me.
AKA The Body.

Go Canes!!!


CG thanks!
I had a few requests from some pre Canespace days racing friends asking if I would put Bananaland back up.
I'm telling you, you would enjoy Kayaking, and even if you didn't everybody that was watching you would enjoy it.

The most amazing thing about Bananaland and The Adventures of Tommy Joe Cauldwell stories is they were written up in a magazine called Drag Racing Australia back in like 98.

I wrote a dozen stories about growing up in Ft Lauderdale loosely based on the kids I grew up with. All the subjects of the stories are based on real events.
Tommy Joe was best man at my wedding, bass player in some bands I was in, and childhood wing man extrodinare.

I'll be putting up the other TJ stories and the art work over the next months.
Your favorite story about us going to Africa USA will be included for sure.

I have had the seems like Stand By Me compliment several times over the years, it means a lot as that is one of my very favorite movies.

thanks again


National rankings for ACC baseball teams

#2 Cavs - 28-2 11-1 Coastal
#7 Tar Heels - 26-4 10-2 Coastal
#10 FSU - 21-7 8-4 Atlantic
#11 GT - 23-6 11-1 Coastal
#31 Clemson - 14-12 4-8 Atlantic
#33 Miami - 17-11 8-3 Coastal

3 of the top 11 teams in the nation are in the Coastal Division of the ACC

Still ahead for the `Canes are #2 and #7 on the road and #10 at home

9 games right there to show a little something against the big boys


I saw tonights starting lineup for the Marlins game and decided to check what Hanley was being payed this season....$11,000,000 YIKES no wonder Marlin fans are booing and wanting to run this guy out of town for his lazy work ethic and bad clubhouse presence

Maybe the Rays can improve on their .132 BA and 1 run per game tonight and pick their 1st win

Lets go Marlins and Rays


Checking out the new depth chart. One of my favorite players, Mike James, is currently the starter at RB, although I am sure he will still split carries with Lamar and Storm. I like the way James runs the ball, and he also blocks and catches out of the backfield. Smiley is one tough son-of-a-gun, and he is powerful, shifty and runs low the way you teach it in running-back-101.

After everything that James went through, you cannot help but feel good for him. Still, this is early in the spring and he has to try to hang on to a job that two more talented teammates are gunning for.

I like the talent on the team and the way it is developing. I love the depth charts that Golden and his staff are putting together. I feel real good about the 2011-12 season under AG.


I wouldnt be so sure when saying MJ5 has 2 more talented RBs gunning for him

1 of those RBs is truly gifted and theres not many like him out there

Now the other RB on the other hand is nowhere near the talent level of either one of them right now


Solar now i know where to go for a good laugh...


Al's new quote...you can add this one to your list...About the QB's at Miami...
They need to be "distributing the mail"


Hi Monte thanks for supporting all the movies

I guess Katie knew what she was talking about in that one huh?

Yea Al is always good for a couple buzz words or marketing phrases each week.
I think he might be the guy that coined

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Remember when I reported Stewart Mandel, Sports Illustrated attended a Miami practice a week ago?

Here is the Sports Illustrated Article

Golden out to recapture Miami's confidence, former glory

New coach Al Golden is winning over skeptics with his well-polished persona

Golden has plenty to rave about on offense, but QB and defense are questions
Staff is aiming to again make Miami a destination for recruits and fans alike

Al Golden inherited a Miami program that has not won a division title since joining the ACC in 2004.

CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- The Miami football program is on a barnstorming tour this spring. On April 2 the Hurricanes scrimmaged in front of a standing-room-only crowd at Spanish River High School in Boca Raton. This weekend they'll don pads at Traz Powell Stadium in Miami-Dade County. On April 16 they'll hold the spring game at Lockhart Stadium in Ft. Lauderdale.

"We're South Florida's team," said first-year coach Al Golden. "We have to get back to being that, when kids come up in sixth, seventh and eighth grade, when their fathers come back from work or when we meet with guidance counselors, teachers or coaches at schools, that they're all talking about the University of Miami in that capacity."

The Hurricanes have won more national championships in the past 30 years than any other program, but in fair-weather Miami -- where South Beach will always be a more attractive destination than Sun Life Stadium -- Golden still must sell his program much the way he did long-suffering Temple. "It seems like a drought around here," said the smiling 41-year-old former Penn State tight end. "Miami played for a national championship in 2002. There are some teams that are traditional powers that haven't won national championships in 25 or 30 years, and some have only won one in the same period that Miami played for 10 and won five. So let's keep it in perspective."

Perspective is hard to come by in a city that can barely maintain interest in the star-studded Heat. When Butch Davis left Miami for the Cleveland Browns following the 2000 season, the school opted for stability in promoting offensive coordinator Larry Coker. It paid off in the form of a fifth national title the following season, but Coker's tenure soon descended into an ugly state of mediocrity and player misdeeds. The school went with familiarity upon Coker's firing, promoting former player and defensive coordinator Randy Shannon. He cleaned up Miami's tarnished off-field image, but couldn't get the 'Canes over the hump from good to great.

This time Miami brought in an outsider. In five seasons, Golden lifted Temple from the dregs of Division I-A to records of 9-4 and 8-4 his last two years. The decision to hire a coach from a MAC school met with skepticism from fans and former players, but Golden has begun to win over the doubters with a well-polished persona developed over the years while working for old-school mentors including Penn State's Joe Paterno, Boston College's Tom O'Brien and Virginia's George Welsh and Al Groh. With his ability to switch from buddy-buddy jokester to tough-guy taskmaster in the blink of an eye, Golden can seem almost like a less abrasive Urban Meyer; or, for those who have been around the sport longer, like one of Miami's own forefathers.

"I was fortunate to be here one year under Jimmy [Johnson]," said former Miami and NFL standout Micheal Barrow, now in his fifth season as the team's linebackers coach. "Coach Golden, he reminds me of what I was brought up on. He's old school. His demeanor, his style, the things he's implemented here really fit what we did in the past here in terms of the work ethic."

Despite the players' attachment to Shannon -- and despite a grueling winter conditioning program -- the customary attrition that often accompanies a coaching change has yet to occur. In contrast to previous staff transitions he's experienced, Golden has been pleasantly surprised to see Miami's seniors enthusiastically welcoming the new regime.

"Chemistry is at an alltime high," said quarterback Jacory Harris. "We're behind Coach Golden, we're supporting him 110 percent. We just want to come together and be great."

ACC burning question
Source: SIWill a new contender emerge this season to dethrone defending champ Virginia Tech? Stewart Mandel and Andy Staples debate.Harris, a senior, was one of 12 Miami natives in Shannon's much-lauded 2008 recruiting class, a group many thought would bring the program back to glory but has thus far gone a modest 23-15, including three straight bowl losses. The 'Canes started last season ranked 13th in the polls and remained ranked into late October before losing four of their last six to finish 7-6. Playing under interim coach Jeff Stoutland in the Sun Bowl, Miami was crushed 33-17 by Notre Dame.

As the initial enthusiasm generated by Shannon faded, so too did interest from those in Miami's routinely fertile recruiting backyard. Two years after landing that top five class in '08, Shannon signed a class that failed to crack the top 30 and, not coincidentally, included just five players from Miami-Dade and Broward counties.

Hence, Golden's spring outreach tour. Miami boasts veteran standouts in defensive lineman Marcus Forston, linebacker Sean Spence, offensive linemen Tyler Horn and Brandon Washington and receiver Travis Benjamin, but Golden is frank about his squad's deficiencies -- particularly in the younger classes.

"[I'm] really worried about our depth on defense," Golden said. "We have three corners that went to the combine, [so] we have a void at corner we have to address. Our defensive line, most specifically our defensive tackle situation, is grave. We're going to need help from freshmen coming in, there and at linebacker."

STAPLES: How will Golden begin rebuilding Miami? More ACC spring questions

Golden perks up a little when talking about the offense. Throughout the spring, he's raved about Miami's talented trio of tailbacks, junior Mike James and sophomores Lamar Miller and Storm Johnson, who combined for 210 yards on 34 carries in last weekend's scrimmage and whom new offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch employed frequently in the passing game. USC transfer Blake Ayles joins a group of promising tight ends. And Horn, Washington and Seantrel Henderson form the nucleus of what should be a solid offensive line.

"One of the most improved positions on our team this spring has been at tight end," said Golden. "One of the most talented positions on our entire team is our running backs. And the offensive line is probably the one position at Miami that looks the way it should look in terms of symmetry [by class]."

The personnel is in place for Golden to run his preferred run-first style of offense, but his primary focus this spring has been quarterback. After emerging as Miami's brightest star early in 2009, Harris endured a stunning regression over the past two seasons, throwing 32 interceptions. After Harris suffered a concussion in the eighth game of last season, freshman Stephen Morris took over but didn't fare much better. Harris relieved Morris in the last two games only to throw a costly late-game pick against USF and three against the Irish.

Harris is currently engaged in a three-way competition with Morris and senior Spencer Whipple, but most expect Harris will regain the starting job. The 34-year-old Fisch, who was an NFL assistant for nine of the past 10 seasons and who worked as Minnesota's offensive coordinator in '09, is working closely with Harris on his mechanics.

"Getting my feet lined up, pocket presence, instead of escaping when I really might not have to, step up and maneuver in a tight space," said Harris. "[Fisch is] one of the coolest guys I've met. We joke around, we laugh. He's just an energetic guy. Basically, he brings my confidence back."

The Miami program as a whole seems to need a fresh dose of confidence, a mystifying reality considering the 'Canes rose to prominence in the '80s as the brashest team in the land. Like many former Miami standouts, Barrow likes to romanticize "the UM way:" NFL alumni returning to campus in the offseason to work out with the current players under the unrelenting Miami sun, passing on the tradition to the new arrivals.

"I don't know when it started, but somehow, someway, over time, the thing that made us special was kind of lost," said Barrow. "I believe with my heart that with Golden, we can find that missing ingredient and get it going."

One notable missing ingredient of late: fans. The last time Miami played a home game, on Thanksgiving weekend, more than 30,000 seats were empty. In between practice days, Golden has been squeezing in speaking gigs and community appearances. He's on Facebook and Twitter. At his alma mater in State College and in other football-crazy towns, 100,000 still pack the stadium to see a 7-6 team. In Miami, even the recruits need to be reminded the 'Canes still matter.

"I know this -- we have a better chance of filling our stadium than Gainesville has of putting an international city right outside its city limits," said Golden, in full recruiting-pitch mode. "The expectations here are high, but if you're a coach, you want to be associated with a program that believes in winning national championships. That's what fuels us as a staff right now -- the yearning, coming to work every day knowing there's something absent."

Since joining the ACC in 2004, the 'Canes have yet to win even a division title. Harris, Spence and their fellow seniors would etch a redemptive farewell by pulling off that feat this fall. In the meantime, Golden and his staff will keep canvassing South Florida in search of the next Jonathan Vilma or Ray Lewis, selling the program to recruits and fans alike.


Golden: "We have a better chance of filling our stadium than Gainesville has of putting an international city right outside its city limits"

Man knows how to flare up a rivalry


EJ breaks his foot off in the nole's arse

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Quarterback EJ Manuel completed 29-of-42 passes for 254 yards and three touchdownsto lead the offense in Florida State's first scrimmage of the spring Monday.


As the sandman nails me with a good solid right cross

You want yourself a few good quotes just go attend a few practices and listen to what Art has to say

That ought to please a few of the natives. Just dont let the youngsters read any of it

Im lucky enough to be able to sit in on quite a few of those practices and the best qoutes from on the field come from the man himself...AK


I'd love to be out there with you brother.
When Kehoe was screaming at Bunche in that video I was cracking up


The man is pure Cane.


With the talent in South Florida, all you need is a coach that can line up the players on game day. Unfortunately our last two coaches did not possess that skill.

Posted by: MDCane | April 05, 2011 at 04:39 PM

There it is right there.

Actually, one couldn't recruit the talent and the other couldn't get them lined up.


Over in Bradenton, going to Ft. Myers tomorrow for UM vs FGCU baseball.

See ya...


So Haith has to give a cheap shot on the way out.

He said that “I had spent a year at Miami,” Haith said, “and I had trouble getting into my office because they didn’t recognize me. I know I’m in a different place. I know I’m in a place where they care.”


We care about our CANES!! You just couldn't produce a quality product. Even though as many of your peers such as Coach K. (Duke) agreed that you had the Talent. Missouri enjoy...


Not a smart move by Haith.

He looks petty and bitter by saying that.


Soup... My feelings exactly..


Haith is such a loser! He should have been fired!

UM has to go after an Al Golden prototype for the basketball program...Then Shalala needs to go after the best AD possible...It's also urgent..


Thanks for the SI story solar!




This much seems certain early on in the Al Golden era: he's not going to settle for his players giving just what they think is enough to get by. No way. He wants passion, he wants energy, he wants that extra intensity -- and work -- that turn a good player into a great one.

It's impressive how he has no qualms about changing the depth chart on a regular basis, based on how he feels players performed, not on how they should perform according to their star power.

"One of the things I told the coaches on Sunday when I came in and watched the whole [scrimmage film], is I want the depth chart to reflect performance, not potential,'' Golden told us before practice Tuesday. "A lot of coaches get fired waiting for someone with potential to develop. I want it based on performance. That's our depth chart, and clearly there's battles within that depth chart that we see every day here.''

It must feel good to know that even if you aren't considered a big name, you are being treated equally -- or better -- if you perform equally or better. That said, Golden complained about UM's conditioning level at this time. He said his players are in better condition than they were previously, but not good enough.

"That's a challenge for the team this week -- can we prepare, can we play with Miami toughness and will we start to play with energy and passion? That's really the challenge leaving that field at noon and being on Traz Powell [Stadium for the next scrimmage] at 10 O'Clock Saturday."

Golden said his team didn't play with the type of tempo he wanted at last week's scrimmage at Spanish River High. He said they were in "too much of a survival mode.''

I asked him to explain.

"Not trying to be the best, not trying to play like a champion, not trying to play with energy -- just trying to survive the series or survive the play,'' he said. "We've got to get out of that."

Golden was pleased "that there weren't a lot of operational mishaps'' last weekend. "We didn't have a lot of fumbled snaps, not a lot of delay of games, not a lot of penalties. All that was good. That's part of being a little bit more disciplined.''

Some changes on the new depth chart, based on the coaches' observations from last Saturday's scrimmage:

* Linebacker Jordan Futch, who was listed as the backup to outside starter Sean Spence last week, was elevated to co-starter with Jimmy Gaines in the middle on the new depth chart released Tuesday. Golden said he really was impressed with Futch, in person and on film.

"Sweet Jesus,'' Futch said to me when I told him he had been elevated to first-teamer. (You've got to love Jordan -- great kid, great heart. He's got the passion for sure, and he can hit.)

Read more: http://miamiherald.typepad.com/umiami/2011/04/golden-wants-more-fire-play-like-a-champion-he-says-and-new-depth-chart.html#ixzz1IkBeyylg



Coaching Search

Miami acting athletic director Tony Hernandez hit the road Tuesday in his quest to find a new men's basketball coach, which he hopes to have in place in less than one month.

Hours after Frank Haith resigned Monday to become Missouri's coach, Hernandez said his list of eight candidates had grown to 20.

He'll have help from Parker Executive Search — a consulting firm based in Atlanta, Ga., that North Carolina State, which hired Mark Gottfried on Tuesday, also hired to aid in its coaching search.

Just what are the Hurricanes looking for and what's reasonable to expect?

A source privy to UM's search said Tuesday the focus is on candidates with head coaching experience, adding that an assistant coach would have to be "something really special" to be considered at this point.

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A young up-and-coming coach is an attractive option to UM, the source said, but only if that person "has proved himself not in one year, but in the last three years at least." So is a more experienced coach.

Haith left to coach Missouri after seven seasons at Miami, where he had two years left on his contract. He received from Missouri a five-year deal worth a total of $1.6 million per season which will include an automatic one-year extension on May 1, 2012.

Haith was owed a total of $3 million for the final two years of his Miami contract.

He received that deal in April 2008 after leading the Hurricanes to the second round of the NCAA Tournament — the team's lone NCAA appearance during his tenure.

Kansas State's Frank Martin and Alabama's Anthony Grant have been mentioned as possible successors to Haith.

Both are Miami natives who coached high school basketball in Miami, but both would come at a high price for UM, which gave football coach Al Golden a five-year contract reportedly worth up to $2 million per season. Grant is owed $1.8 million per season through 2016 and a contract extension has been discussed. Martin is owed $1.55 million per season through 2015.

Martin told Tim Brando in a radio interview Tuesday "no one's called me" about any coaching jobs and "I haven't talked to anybody."

Martin added, "In this business, it's hard to ever sit back and say, 'Never say never' because then you get called a liar. I have a tough time lying. It's not what I do. But I'm extremely happy. I'm not going to tell you there's never going to be a change, but I'm at peace where I'm at right now."

The Hurricanes could turn to a successful coach of a mid-major program such as St. Mary's Randy Bennett, Belmont's Rick Byrd, Old Dominion's Blaine Taylor or Oral Roberts' Scott Sutton. Or the 'Canes could pursue a coach currently out of a job such as former Tennessee coach Bruce Pearl and former Oklahoma coach Jeff Capel. Both were fired last month, their final season tainted by an NCAA investigation.

Capel seemingly would be a good fit. He is young (36 years old), a reputed recruiter (four McDonald's All-Americans signed in five seasons), and has led two programs (VCU and Oklahoma) to the NCAA Tournament. OU reached the Elite Eight with Blake Griffin in 2009. Capel also has ACC ties as a former player at Duke. However, the Sooners were a combined 18-36 his final two seasons.


Lemming Top State Prospects
Springfield (Mo.) Hillcrest wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham tops national recruiting analyst Tom Lemming's spring Top 100 for the Class of 2012.

The Hornets' Green-Beckham is a 6-foot-6 receiver with 4.4 speed in the 40-yard dash. Green-Beckham has everyone in America chasing after him, including offers from Florida, Florida State and Miami.

A total of 16 Florida rising seniors made Lemming's Top 100 led by Jacksonville Bolles offensive tackle John Theus (6-6, 300), who comes in as the sixth highest-rated prospect in the country.

Also making Lemming's top 25 from the Sunshine State were Tallahassee North Florida Christian defensive back Travis Blanks (6-1, 190) at No. 16; Tampa Berkeley Prep athlete Nelson Agholor (6-1 1/2, 180) at No. 22; and Seffner Armwood running back Matt Jones (6-3, 210) at No. 23.

Theus and Agholor also both have offers from the big three, while Jones committed to the Gators in February.

The top-rated Broward County prospect is Blanche Ely wide receiver Avery Johnson at No. 58. The 6-2, 185-pounder verbally committed to LSU this past September. Johnson is the younger brother of former Ely and LSU star Patrick Peterson.

Palm Beach County's top prospect is right behind at No. 59 in Boynton Beach offensive tackle Jessamen Dunker (6-6, 315). Dunker committed to UF last month.

St. Thomas Aquinas defensive line standout Jelani Hamilton (6-5, 250) made the list at No. 77. Hamilton holds offers from UM, FSU and UF.



PBP- Off Topic Warning:

Spotted Eagle Ray Attack

Florida’s waters are filled with jumping critters.

Mackerel and barracuda “skyrocket” out of the water in hot pursuit of lunch.

Bony-plated sturgeon jump from the rivers of North Florida, sometimes injuring boaters and PWC riders. Jumping mullet have been known to slap anglers in fast-moving bass boats on Lake Okeechobee.

So it’s not a complete a surprise that a leaping spotted eagle ray landed inside the 26-foot Two Chicks Charters boat last week in Whale Harbor Channel near Islamorada.

Jenny Hausch, visiting from Crystal Lake, Ill. with her husband and three children, was snapping photos of a leaping spotted eagle ray during a boat tour of last Friday. The next thing she knew, the ray was on top of her, flapping its wings, trying to get away.

“It hit her in mid-chest and knocked her down,” said Kelly Klein, captain of the Two Chicks charter boat. “She couldn’t get out from under it.”

Klein ordered all the other passengers to the stern of the boat.

Two Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission officers just happened to be passing by the charter boat when they heard all the commotion and realized that the ray had landed inside the boat.

“We estimated the ray was 5.5 feet across and around 200 pounds,” FWC Officer Aja Vickers wrote in a summary of the incident.

“We boarded the vessel and tried to calm the animal down but ultimately had to wait a few minutes for it to wear itself out so we could get close to it and try to move it,” Vickers wrote.

“As the ray calmed down, we were able to wrap a rope around the bottom of it and try to move it through a small door in the front of the vessel,” Vickers wrote. “Nobody was injured. Although the Hausch family was understandably shocked, they have a story of a lifetime, as well as a barb from the ray that it left behind as a souvenir.”



Via PapaCane's twitter - "Believe It or Not: NBA Coach Larry Brown has shown interest in the UM Basketball job. There is a list and he is on it."


Jeepahs Haith - you should not care that no one knew who you were - your job was to prepare a team to play as well as they could and have a winning season. And we know who you are - not a very good coach, that's who. Best of luck to ya


^^^^^^^^CGNC, but what about the Hot-Rods and adventure stories, I thought I was reading the sequel to Stand by me.
AKA The Body.

Go Canes!!!

Posted by: NativeCane | April 05, 2011 at 05:01 PM

My kids love that movie. The barf scene, "sick balls", hershey quirts, going on an adventure that they will NEVER be allowed to do.

Seeing Jack Bauer that young though throws me for a loop.


I'm telling you, you would enjoy Kayaking, and even if you didn't everybody that was watching you would enjoy it.

Posted by: solarcane | April 05, 2011 at 05:16 PM

You know, this could be taken a couple of ways.

Seeing CGNC waddle and flip over in a kayak will bring a smile to folks' faces.

Seeing CGNC will bring a smile to folks' faces.

Since solar is a very kind soul, I am going to assume he meant the second one.

Since I have a strange sense of humor, (and since I went through that phase with my own kids watching, to their eternal delight), I will likely sign up for both. 8-)


Dear Frank Haith,

Al Golden was an unknown, but through personal effort and perseverence, has made himself known locally.

You, on the other hand, had a friendly media, a starved for wins fanbase, and an on-campus arena, but through your personal mediocrity and lack of effort, were still unknown on campus a year later.

I bet the new coach will be better known than you in weeks. He will do a better job of linking the Canes to the Heat, will stop going after the John Wall one and done players only to obviously lose to the one and done teams.

NOT A SINGLE Miami fan is sad at your departure. That is worse than Randy Shannon, who still has loyal fans despite his team's performance and the postitive efforts of Al Golden.

As the Who so eloquently said

"We ain't gonna take you
Never did and never will
We're not gonna take you
We forsake you
Gonna ____ you
Let's forget you better still."

You have already been forgotten.

Every basketball fan in Miami.


“We boarded the vessel and tried to calm the animal down but ultimately had to wait a few minutes for it to wear itself out so we could get close to it and try to move it,” Vickers wrote.

I am betting that is the last time she wears this dress on a boat.


She is such a tease. But she wore him out....


Ungar great post about Haith. I think the door actually DID hit him in the AZZ on the way out of Miami!

Off to Fort Myers for UM vs FGCU baseball game tonight at 7 PM.


Ohio - can you believe the Pens made it to 100 points without Crosby and Malkin?


Can I rant???

Geeez does American Airlines suck or what! Coming out to Lake Tahoe last week to ski, my flight was cancelled out of Palm Beach..why?? The freeking pilots lavatory was broke!! Took me less time to get to Euro, then to fly into Reno with a 7 hour layover in Dallas, I got drunk & sobered up 2 times! I just got to Reno airport now to go home & guess what?? cancelled flight again!! now i have to wait 5 hours for a US Air flight to Ft Lauderdale & find a friend to pick me up there at 11pm..I'm hitting the bar..American Airlines=Basterds!!


I'm hitting the bar..American Airlines=Basterds!!

Posted by: TJL | April 06, 2011 at 01:16 PM

I'll have one for ya.....


Being that I graduated from the University of Missouri and worked for Coach Anderson there, I can honestly say I was disappointed. Like I have said many times before, I can't stand Haith's system at all. Everyone in Missouri is basically saying that our program was set back 5 years with this hire. I have trained 2 former hurricane basketball players. One loved coach Haith and the other wasn't that big of a fan. I'm also aware that a high profile recruit on the roster couldn't stand Haith. UM is lucky that he's gone.

And yes, there is no reason the U shouldn't be a factor in college basketball. There's too much talent in the state of FL (although a lot of it is overrated when it comes to basketball) and UM is too good of a school to not be a factor every year.

Ok I'm done. On to football.....


Ohio - can you believe the Pens made it to 100 points without Crosby and Malkin?

Posted by: CGNC | April 06, 2011 at 11:29 AM

Don't forget Staal for more than the first half of the season! And no, I can't believe it.

I can't believe they're contending with Philly right now for the Division too. I thought Philly would've clinched a week or 2 ago. Win these last 2 and Flyers lose just 1 and Pens take the Division!


TLuv, I still can't believe we're so lucky that Haith got that job with Missouri!



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