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April 07, 2011

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Zaro

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Zaro

Thanks iPad living in Seattle its like heaven to see a site like this......let's see. Coach I would like to see is Capella ex coach from OU, he is a good coach,young and can recruit

Zaro

Ohh and why is nobody talk in about k state. Miami bs the brown bros

IraqiCane

Damn wanted to take the Kids to this game.

NativeCane

SS

Golden Smart Bombs Gainesville

1. One thing I like about Al Golden is he's got strong ideas and isn't afraid to express them. For instance, when I met him after he was hired and asked what he said to people wondering why Miami hired the Temple coach, he said, "Because that Temple coach did some great things."

There's more evidence of this in an on-line article at Sports Illustrated this week. Golden evidently was asked about the lack of fans at games last year and at spring games compared to other schools.

His response kicks off the new-era rivalry with Florida:

"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."

Zing!

True, too. The point is he's going to be playing up South Florida's strengths rather than let others pound its weaknesses.

He went on to say in that same quote: "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."

In other words, he' should be held accountable to winning national titles, he agrees.

Miami and Golden just said, "I do." We're not even on the honeymoon yet. But you've got to like the way the man expresses himself.

2. Frank Martin's doing his part to start a mating dance with the University of Miami. He went on The Sporting News radio with Tim Brando and said, yes, he's heard the rumors, admitted you, "never say never" and in praising Kansas State said of Miami, "No one's contacted me."

Translation: Will someone at Miami please contact me?

Give Martin some credit for not flat-out lying about not wanting to go anywhere. Then again, he's in Manhattan, Kansas. He seems semi-interested in returning to home. The question is how deep that interest is and, as important, if Miami reciprocates.

On the one hand, Martin is a walking checklist of everything Miami's basketball program could use: A loud, passionate, proven, Miami-born, Cuban-American with head-coaching experience at a major basketball school. He's gone to the NCAA Tournament in five years there.

http://weblogs.sun-sentinel.com/sports/columnists/hyde/blog/2011/04/hyde5_why_wouldnt_miami_chase.html

NativeCane

SS

Steve

Most people, if not everyone, assumed Tyler Horn and Seantrel Henderson would be starters on the Hurricanes’ offensive line in 2011.

Horn started all 13 games last season at center.

Henderson started the final nine of the regular season at right tackle – he didn’t start the Sun Bowl after missing several practices because of illness – and would now take over at left tackle with Orlando Franklin gone.

But Horn and Henderson have been anything but comfortable, or assured of their spot, this spring thanks to a couple of redshirt freshman.

The latest depth chart released Tuesday listed Horn and Shane McDermott as co-No. 1 and Malcolm Bunche the top left tackle ahead of Henderson.

That’s where Bunche started spring practice. Henderson eventually pulled even, but Bunche is atop alone again following Saturday’s scrimmage.

Coach Al Golden has raved about Bunche all spring, and offensive line coach Art Kehoe said Tuesday that Bunche and McDermott are two of his favorites right now.

“Both of them are great kids, both of them are working their ass off, both of them are getting better every day,” Kehoe said. “They’re right on board with everything we’re doing, they’re playing well and they’re going to be big contributors.”

If Henderson and Bunche end up being the team’s best two tackles, there’s a possibility one would move to the right side, where Jermaine Johnson is currently listed No. 1. At the very least, Bunche’s emergence means the Hurricanes will have “a swing tackle” who can play on both sides as a backup.

For some, it’s still hard to believe Bunche is ahead of Henderson, a freshman All-American.

“There are always haters out there,” Bunche said with a smile. “But I’m going to hold a spot down.”

Bunche, who worked at right guard last season, says he lost about 20 pounds after last season so he could make the move to tackle – a transition he described as both physically and mentally challenging.

“You’re basically on an island trying to run the d-end,” said the 6-foot-7, 320-pound Bunche. “They’re quick, so you’ve got to be quick.”

Bunche said the weight loss has helped.

“I know I’ve gotten a lot faster, my burst is a lot quicker, I feel more nimble on my feet,” he said. “I was still quick when I was 340, but it’s a lot easier, especially with the heat out here. If I was still 340, I’d probably be out here dying.”

Bunche, who enrolled early last January, was rated a four-star recruit by Rivals.com and the 39th best offensive tackle. He originally signed a national-letter-of-intent with Miami in 2009, but then attended a prep school.

McDermott (6-4, 290), a standout at Palm Beach Central High, was a three-star recruit rated the 20th best center in the nation.

“Malcolm has really studied himself on film and listened, and he’s starting to use his hands better,” Kehoe said. “His stance and his footwork is more functional than it has been.

“He has just taken the next step — same thing with Shane. Tyler is a heck of a player, too. [Horn and McDermott] know it’s a good battle and they like the battle that’s going on. It’s a heck of a battle. And they both raised up.”

Added Kehoe: “The depth chart is etched in sand. That’s what this program is built on – competition. And these guys are going to have to compete all the way till [the season opener at] Maryland and beyond.”

http://blogs.sun-sentinel.com/sports_college_hurricanes/2011/04/bunche-and-mcdermott-a-pair-of-spring-surprises.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+sports%2Fumweblog+%28UM+Hurricanes+%7C+Sun-Sentinel+Blogs%29


Steve

Hurricanes coach Al Golden intensified and toughened the team’s offseason conditioning program, including adding a segment known as “The Fifth Quarter.”

They’ve improved in that aspect, according to Golden, but still have a ways to go.

Looking back at Saturday’s scrimmage, the first of three this spring, Golden said Tuesday that players’ conditioning level isn’t where it needs to be.

“We don’t play at the type of tempo we need to play at and clearly not the energy I’m looking for on either sideline – too much of a survival mode,” Golden said.

“[The scrimmage] was very high-tempo. They weren’t quite used to that — how quickly we were going on and off – and we were moving the field. Players had longer distances to run on and off than we would normally in practice when we’re standing behind.

“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?”

Golden added, “we’re not playing with the passion we need, and that’s not going to come until we get in condition.”

Conditioning was a factor in where players were listed on the latest depth chart released Tuesday, he said.

— Golden said Jordan Futch, who led everyone with nine tackles in the scrimmage, “caught my eye Saturday, but even more so on film.” Fellow LBs Jimmy Gaines and Travis Williams also performed well, Golden noted.

— On offense, RB Maurice Hagens impressed Golden. “We hadn’t seen that from him yet, not just catching the ball but being physical. So I was excited about that.” Golden also praised QB Jacory Harris and OLs Malcolm Bunche and Shane McDermott.

http://blogs.sun-sentinel.com/sports_college_hurricanes/2011/04/golden-players-need-to-be-better-conditioned.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+sports%2Fumweblog+%28UM+Hurricanes+%7C+Sun-Sentinel+Blogs%29

NativeCane

PBP

Repost

Mark D’Onofrio: Hurricanes “have some habits that need to be broken”
by Jorge Milian

Intra-squad scrimmages are rarely a win-win situation.

If your offense plays well, that probably means your defense didn’t. Such was the case during last Saturday’s scrimmage at Spanish River, which was dominated by the Hurricanes’ offense.

I spoke to defensive coordinator Mark D’Onofrio this week about the scrimmage and a few other topics of interest:


Mark D'Onofrio


….Like coach Al Golden, D’Onofrio was less than happy with his unit’s conditioning and toughness. “I wasn’t pleased with the physicality,” D’Onofrio said. “I didn’t think we were physical enough. We weren’t pushing back the piles. And I don’t think our conditioning is where it needs to be at this point. We need to work on that.” That lack of grit allowed the offense “too many X-plays, or what we call explosion plays. Too many plus-10 (yard) runs.” Several key defensive players (Marcus Forston, Olivier Vernon, Shayon Green, Ramon Buchanan) didn’t participate in the scrimmage because of injuries, suspensions, etc. Also, D’Onofrio and his players have only been together for nine practices. But those are just bad excuses, according to the coach. “My time frame is quicker than anybody else’s,” D’Onofrio said. “I want to be there yesterday. It’s a race against time to be as good as we possibly can be. I think we’re making progress, but we do have some habits that need to be broken.”

….The one player D’Onofrio singled out for a lack of endurance at the scrimmage was Luther Robinson, the 6-foot-3, 295-pound defensive tackle by way of Fort Pierce Westwood. “I think Luther has gotten better since spring ball started,” D’Onofrio said. “But he had a chance on Saturday to really move himself forward and I don’t know if he fully took advantage of it, to be honest with you. He’s a guy that needs to learn how to play hard and not just two or three plays at a time. He needs to push his conditioning and he’s needs to be consistent. His technique deteriorated over the course of longer drives [on Saturday]. He’ll play the block perfectly with his hands one play and then the next play, because you’re tired, swims [his arms] around. We have no use for that. I’m going to be on him hard.”

….There are plenty of concerns on defense, but D’Onofrio said he likes what he sees from a group of very inexperienced cornerbacks. The only player on the roster to have started a game at cornerback is Brandon McGee. “I think we’re making progress,” D’Onofrio said. “Brandon McGee has gotten better. JoJo Nicolas has been a really good surprise. It’s always nice when you make a move to make the team better and it works out. I think he has the flexibility and the smarts to go back and play safety if we needed him to in a pinch. I like what’s going on there. Keion Payne has had a good solid camp. He’s proven he’s going to be a good player. He just has to be consistent and gain some weight. Thomas Finnie has done some good things. He’s hit the freshman wall a little bit, but he’s trying to bounce back from that. Lee Chambers took part [in practice] for the first time last week and made a couple of good plays in the scrimmage.”

….Players have been clearly told that there is no guarantee of retaining a starting job if they get injured. Olivier Vernon learned that the hard way after sitting out Saturday’s scrimmage with an undisclosed injury. Vernon was elevated to first-team defensive end last week but was demoted to No. 2 on this week’s depth chart following a standout performance in the scrimmage by Adewale Ojomo. “Now Vernon will have to fight like heck to try to get ahead of Ojomo,” D’Onofrio said. “That’s what happens when guys get injured. People are learning that around here, that it’s not one of those things like, ‘This is my spot.’ You can get Wally Pipp-ed in a minute.”

….D’Onofrio is pleased with the play of senior Jordan Futch and sophomore Jimmy Gaines, who are listed as co-No. 1s at middle linebacker. Futch is competing with Gaines after spending the past two weeks as a backup to outside linebacker Sean Spence. Futch led the team in tackles on Saturday with nine. “Jordan and Jimmy are fighting it out,” D’Onofrio said. “Jimmy didn’t do anything to relinquish his position. Futch played at a level that was higher than a second-team guy the other day. They’re 1 and 1A right now. But I think both of those guys can progress. We’re talking about developing guys that really didn’t fit into the equation last year.”

….D’Onofrio estimates that eight players who will be part of the defensive rotation next season are not participating now in spring practice for various reasons, including freshman who will arrive in UM for fall practice. But D’Onofrio is taking his lemons and making lemonade. “I look at it like a positive,” D’Onofrio said. “I’m not sitting here saying, ‘Oh man, what are we going to do?’ I know we’re going to get those guys back. In the short term, it gives us a chance to coach more guys and have some guys that weren’t going to get as many reps, get more reps. That’s ultimately going to get us better.”


http://blogs.palmbeachpost.com/caneswatch/2011/04/06/mark-donofrio-hurricanes-have-some-habits-that-need-to-be-broken/

Ungar

Thanks again Native.

Love the smart bomb quote.

Ungar

And Zaro, congrats on the first.

IPad and West Coast hours paid off!

Ungar


On Wednesday, [Sean Taylor's confessed killer's lawyer Clinton] Pitts said that the media would undoubtedly “sensationalize it, make it seem bigger than what it is.”

Your client killed an unarmed man so they could steal from him. That isn't sensationalization, that is fact.

Ungar

solar, that Double Trouble story reminded me also of early Bill Cosby stories, and a little of Little Rascals.

That is the first time I heard of YooHoo getting referred to as soda though.

Thanks for the story. I wish my childhood was that colorful...

Ungar

And just want to give credit to Morris again.

The move of Captain Error to first and Feiger to third has paid off well.

Reminds me of when they moved Cantu to first to remove his errors at third.

SOUP

Ungar...Martinez started at SS last night and may be there a while.

Four UM infielders are either injured or out for the season.

Talked to Morris about it before the game and took a new photo with him. Have a few quotes from him for the next article.

More to follow...

Ohio_Cane

Via PapaCane - "It's In The Past But...: If Randy Shannon would have kept his job, RB Storm Johnson would have transfered. Fact. #ILoveGolden"

I didn't know that...

Caniak

it was in the herald

TJL

Allen Bailey was on my flight last night from Phoenix-Ft. Lauderdale. He told me he was returning from San Diego meeting with the Chargers. Poor guy is so big and was in the back of the plane crunched up against the window..lol

Ungar

SOUP, sorry to hear that. RIP playoff streak?

Maybe some of the football players can help out, once spring practices are over.

Travis Benjamin has sticky fingers, right?

Streeter has plenty of spare time on his hands.

Jacory in there at pitcher? His mentor can be LaRoche (did I spell that right?).

Of course, I don't know how good they are at batting. Maybe some of the golfers can come in to DH.

I do notice that our basketball team helps the football team, and the football team helps the track team, but who does the baseball team help, and who helps the baseball team?

Ungar

Oh, and the "they" regarding Cantu was the Marlins.

Sorry for any confusion that might have caused.

CGNC

That stadium looks really nice

Ohio_Cane

Great interview from Evan Cohen on ESPN 760 at http://theufootball.com/ of Al Golden. Praising Spence on his work ethic, finishing plays, etc.

Ungar

Dunkley in trouble again.

http://www.miamiherald.com/2011/04/06/2152554/florida-gators-chris-dunkley.html

Okay, this was shocking news to me.

Not that Dunkley is in trouble, but that the Florida Gators have academic standards?

Ohio_Cane

I dunno if this is good or bad news - Via Steve Gorten: "#UM LB Ramon Buchanan has been reinstated, Coach Al Golden says before Tues. practice. Buchanan had been suspended indefinitely March. 22"

Ohio_Cane

Also via Gorten: "2 felony charges still pending against Buchanan but Golden says he's done everything Golden has asked of Buchanan since arrest & suspension"

Ohio_Cane

Via PapaCane - As Previously Said: Expect LB Ramon Buchanan to play in the first game of the season and for charges to be dropped or massively reduced.

CGNC

Big Ben to tie the knot:

"People will always have opinions of everybody and me, and that's fine, they're entitled," Roethlisberger said.

Harlan lives with her parents, and Roethlisberger said they are not living together until they're married because of their religious beliefs.

Yowza


LegalImmigrantCane

Ohio Cane, here are more details.

Miami Hurricanes reinstate LB Ramon Buchanan after arrest

CORAL GABLES— Miami Hurricanes linebacker Ramon Buchanan has been reinstated to the team by coach Al Golden.

Golden said Thursday that Buchanan's suspension has been lifted despite still facing felony charges. He also said he was satisfied by the steps Buchanan has taken to meet the requirements he was expected to fulfill in order to return.

Buchanan had been suspended indefinitely from the team on March 22 after being arrested on felony charges of resisting a police officer with violence and battery on a police officer.

Buchanan, 21, also was charged with three misdemeanors - disorderly conduct, trespassing and resisting a police officer without violence.

A court hearing for Buchanan is scheduled for 9 a.m. April 18 in front of Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Jorge Rodriguez-Chomat.

Last month, Golden said, "He's doing everything in his power to come to a resolution with this and I know he's very contrite and apologetic and embarrassed."

Buchanan started 10 games last season and finished fifth on the team with 54 tackles, eight for a loss, and one interception. He started spring practice No. 1 on the depth chart.

According to a Miami Police Department police report/affidavit obtained by the Sun-Sentinel, Buchanan was arrested at 1:33 a.m. after he allegedly caused a disturbance in the men's bathroom of Fat Tuesday's in Coconut Grove, 3015 Grand Ave., a few minutes from UM's campus.

According to the report, Buchanan allegedly smelled strongly of alcohol and was ordered to leave three times by Sgt. Javier Ortiz.

Buchanan allegedly then cursed at the officers and responded, " I ain't leaving!"

Officer Artice Peoples then told Buchanan he was under arrest. According to the report, Buchanan then pulled away from Ortiz and Peoples and had to be restrained.

When he was placed in a chair in the security office, Buchanan allegedly charged Peoples and "began to thrash his body," attempted to headbutt Ortiz and spat on Ortiz's palm. When Buchanan refused to respond to orders, he was forced to the ground.

According to the report, Buchanan then swore again and said, "I'm a U.M. football player .... I'll get out of it. F--- the police."

Buchanan is believed to be only the second UM player arrested during the past four years under former coach Randy Shannon and new coach Golden.

Quarterback Robert Marve was charged with two misdemeanors – resisting arrest without violence and criminal mischief in October 2007 after punching a car mirror and attempting to elude police in Coconut Grove. Marve transferred to Purdue in May 2009.

"We're very proud of our track record here. We've had the best track record in the State of Florida with our student-athletes over the last five years, arguably one of the best in the ACC," Golden said.

"Coach Shannon should be commended for that. The torch has been passed to us, and we're going to do everything we can to uphold the standards and mission of the University. Look, I have children. I'm an educator. We have 105 other players. We had a lot of kids do things right."

Buchanan's suspension comes after an NBC Miami report last week that six other Hurricanes players – Seantrel Henderson, Storm Johnson, Kelvin Cain, Keion Payne, Dyron Dye and Devont'a Davis – had been suspended for the 2011 season opener against Maryland for violating team rules.

"I don't address rumors. That came from a source, an inaccurate source that obviously has no bearing on how we operate as a University and has no reflection on either privacy or educational rules," Golden said. "So that was disturbing. I'm more concerned with the source than what was said."

Asked if the report was inaccurate, Golden responded, "Any issues we have on this team are going to be handled internally. It's really important for me and the coaches to have a real strong relationship (with players), to have transparency and to trust each other. Obviously, that's hard to do when you have someone leaking information as a source."

Golden did not deny that those six players are in trouble in some capacity, but denied that they're suspended at this time.

"If players are suspended, [the media] will be notified from our office," Golden said. "Right now we are not discussing any matters that are internal, externally."

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/sports/um-hurricanes/sfl-miami-ramon-buchanan-reinstated-arrest-11,0,725561.story

Ungar

Harlan lives with her parents, and Roethlisberger said they are not living together until they're married because of their religious beliefs.

Yowza


RIP Big Ben

A man is incomplete until he marries - then he is finished.

Ungar

Dear Ben,
Was it something I said? (to the cops?)
Signed,
Lady at the nightclub.

Ungar

To Ben R,
I wish you had come to me for advice first, but keep a separate phone for your road comfort stops.
Sincerely,
Tiger W.

Ungar

Oh Ben,
When you mess up and are single, it's expensive, but when you mess around and you are married, get ready to REALLY spend on the diamonds.
Don't say I didn't warn you,
Kobe.

CGNC

Ungar - HA! I give that "marriage" a year. I think it is more an effort to repair his image than anything (but I really don't know - LOL).

raizecane

I don't know who the baseball player is...but when he got married, his wife said if her husband ever cheated on her, she would sleep with some of his teammates.

That is what Ben's lady should do. maybe Six can remember who the player was.

solarcane

Thanks ungar,
Those years growing up in Ft Lauderdale were some of the best times of my life, I have added a few more of the Tommy Joe stories at my Solar Zone site.
http://solarcane.net/index.html

There are a bunch more scattered all over friends sites, floppy disks, and old computers hard drives I need to retrieve.

Ungar

Wasn't that in Major League?

solarcane

According to the report, Buchanan allegedly said when forced to the ground, “I’m a U.M. football player and I don’t give a f— what you do. I’ll get out of it. F— the police.”

apparently Buchanan knew Golden a lot better than we did.

Ohio_Cane

According to the report, Buchanan allegedly said when forced to the ground, “I’m a U.M. football player and I don’t give a f— what you do. I’ll get out of it. F— the police.”

apparently Buchanan knew Golden a lot better than we did.

Posted by: solarcane | April 07, 2011 at 04:24 PM
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This is why I said I don't know if this is good or bad news...

I'll hold my tongue for now until more details emerge.

From the way PapaCane talks, everything was a big misunderstanding and most of, if not ALL charges will be dropped.

Ohio_Cane

On a brighter and crazier note, this is the strongest 4 year old EVER!

http://www.break.com/index/strongest-kid-youve-ever-seen.html

WOW.

raizecane

Wasn't that in Major League?

Posted by: Ungar | April 07, 2011 at 04:22 PM

*************************************

That did happen in Major League but Charlie Sheen's character was not aware she was the wife of a teammate till the next morning. The Player I am referring to is a true player....just can't remember who it is.

solarcane

ohio
nobody takes that kid's milk money!

Ohio_Cane

ohio
nobody takes that kid's milk money!

Posted by: solarcane | April 07, 2011 at 04:49 PM
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I know, right?!?! He'd prob take mine and I'm 29 years old lol

roachcane77

Of course, I don't know how good they are at batting. Maybe some of the golfers can come in to DH.

Posted by: Ungar | April 07, 2011 at 11:40 AM

They would have to be female golfers Ungar... due to Title IX, we no longer have a Mens' Golf Team at The U.

Six

Canes baseball team still has a lot to prove to me before I get on board with them ... don't get me wrong, I love them to death -but- they need to get their head out of their asses. You're supposed to be beating up on teams like FGCU, Wake and VTech

Harold Martinez was basically a SS converted to 3B at Miami ... somewhat A-Rod like ... but still unbelievable how many errors he's committed every year

The whole Big Ben thing - my god, haha - what a great agreement he has, how in the hell did he cook that up and why did she agree to it. What in the hell kind of religious belief is that? Let me get this straight .. we're gonna get married, but, you're not going to live with me so I can still keep my bachelor pad? Now sign this pre-nup that says that if we get divorced, you get next to nothing and also does not have any kind of infidelity clause in it, so I can basically do what I want

Old Skool

Raize,

Baseball has always had some wacky relationships. This perhaps was the wackiest

Yankee pitchers Mike Kekich and Fritz Peterson were good friends for four years, on and off the field. They socialized a lot with their wives, Suzanne and Marilyn.

In fact, they decided in the summer of 1972 that Mike would be more compatible with Peterson’s wife, Marilyn, and Fritz would be better off with Mike’s wife, Suzanne.

So, the two players decided to switch off. And they didn’t just swap wives. They swapped kids, homes, even dogs.

Six

Old Skool - I had someone I worked with back in the day at a car dealership ask me about something like that, said he had some fun parties at his place and that I should bring my girlfriend to them

Yaaaa .. didn't happen and never would've happened

If he doesn't mind that his wife is the neighborhood pin cushion - I guess that's cool ... but I don't roll like that

Which reminds me of Raising Arizona (one of the only movies I can stand Nick Cage) when Cage and his boss are walking in the desert, after having that picnic at their place

"What am I talkin' about? I'm talkin' about sex, boy, what the hell you talkin' about? I'm talkin' about l'amour! I'm talkin' that me and Dot are swingers, as in "to swing." I'm talkin' about wife swappin'. I'm talkin' about what they call nowadays open marriage. I'm talk ..."

And Cage punches him in the face "Keep your goddamn hands off my wife!"

Ha

solarcane

At the Dermatologist for the annual skin cancer check up.

The nurse says,
"My your skin is much healthier. Have you been exfoliating in the shower?"

I said "I haven't done that since about the seventh grade"

She buried her head in her stack of papers and told me the doctor would be in, in a minute.

I said,"Tell me you aren't going to tell another nurse what I said"

She looked over her shoulder as she stepped out the door and said " Actually she's a lab technician.

Ungar

solar, what is it with you and nurses? LOL!

solarcane

ungar,
when your as beat up as I am they seem to take pity on you, and put up with a lot.
Some of the emergency room nurses at
Broward General Hospital knew my name before I got out of the 9th grade and I'm not kidding a bit.

This particular nurse does seem to enjoy watching the doc spritz me with liquid nitrogen ( around 300 degrees below zero)

SOUP

That stadium looks really nice

Posted by: CGNC | April 07, 2011 at 01:00 PM

It is. A good time was had by ALL and by ALL I mean me, Mrs. 86, my friend Kenny from Fort Myers and about 3,000 other college baseball fans.

SOUP

Just got back from Anna Maria Island on Florida's West coast just north of Bradenton.

AWESOME place! Crystal clear water and powder sand. Sea life everywhere and great seafood to eat at every turn.

It was worth the sun burn.

NativeCane

MH

Futch

When University of Miami linebacker Jordan Futch was unexpectedly told this week that the new depth chart had been released and for the first time in his career he had been listed as a co-first-teamer in the middle, Futch couldn’t contain his excitement.

“Sweet Jesus!’’ Futch said, his body language punctuating the intensity. “I’ve been praying about this for a long time.”

Return to roots

As for Futch, he couldn’t be happier. The 6-3, 235-pound senior had made the short-lived transition from linebacker to tight end in mid-December, just before Golden was hired.

But Golden knew that Futch — the Canes’ biggest linebacker and one of the team’s most ferocious hitters — was a defensive guy all the way. He convinced Futch to switch back, and “JFutchCincoOcho,’’ as he sometimes calls himself, is thrilled he did.

In last Saturday’s scrimmage, Futch had a team-leading nine tackles, with two sacks. Golden said he will be played at both outside and in the middle until coaches are certain of the best lineup. The other No. 1 at middle is rising sophomore Jimmy Gaines, who the coaches have been praising all spring. Kelvin Cain, who has been injured, is also vying for the middle spot.

“Futch caught my eye Saturday,’’ Golden said, “but even more so with the film. He was reading his keys and making plays. I thought he added a physical presence. He looked like a 230-pound linebacker, and we don’t have a lot of guys like that right now.’’

Being back at linebacker, Futch said, “feels like home-sweet-home. I’m finally getting what I came here for. I’m finally accomplishing something.’’

Then why the original move to tight end? “It was out of desperation,’’ he said. “It was out of looking for a home. I was looking for someplace, for someone who would take me in. I felt like an orphan a little bit to be quite honest.’’

This past season, after recovering from reconstructive knee surgery in late 2009, Futch was frustrated with his lack of playing time other than special teams. He had nine tackles in 11 games.

“I have all the potential to be a field general, to be the Jacory Harris or Stephen Morris or Spencer Whipple of the defense,’’ he said of playing in the middle. “At the scrimmage I was very comfortable. I felt prepared. I felt in shape. I felt like I was on Cloud 9.’’


Read more: http://www.miamiherald.com/2011/04/08/2156440/miami-hurricanes-linebackers.html#ixzz1IvDAYrWS


Buchanon

University of Miami linebacker Ramon Buchanan, arrested last month and charged with three misdemeanors and two felonies, has been reinstated to the football team by coach Al Golden.

Golden had previously suspended Buchanan indefinitely.

“Ramon Buchanan has been reinstated for us and he’ll be practicing today,’’ Golden said Thursday before practice. “He’s taking part in all team activities. He’s done everything that we’ve asked him to do – both me and the athletic department.’’

Court records Thursday showed that Buchanan’s case is still open and he was scheduled for arraignment on April 18 in front of Miami-Dade Circuit Court Judge Jorge Rodriguez-Chomat.

Buchanan was arrested at 1:33 a.m. March 18 at Fat Tuesday’s, a bar at Cocowalk in Coconut Grove. He was charged with trespassing after a warning, disorderly conduct, resisting an officer without violence and the felony charges of resisting an officer with violence and battery on a law enforcement officer.

According to a search by The Miami Herald, the March 18 incident was Buchanan’s first arrest. It is possible he could enter into a pretrial diversion program, which would result in charges being dropped should he fulfill all the requirements. Such requirements might include, for example, extensive community service, taking anger management classes and completing an alcohol-related education program, etc.


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