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August 05, 2011

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fmcane

U!

86Cane

I got my room booked at the Hampton Inn for three nights for the OSU game. GREAT DEAL! With the Canespace code saved about $70. When splitting it, it only costs each of us $75.

Posted by: UMike | August 05, 2011 at 04:39 PM

That's they way, uh huh-uh huh, I like it!

A FREE Canespace shirt for U!

raizecane

So close......

fmcane

cant believe i got in for a first! gota say i love to here about how golden is taking steps to build the team unity. its a powerful thing to look to your left and right and feel that you are surrounded by your brothers rather than just a bunch of guys when the chips are down and the game is tight!

UMike

Jon Beason

UMike

Dam..Andre Johnson lol

j.w.

Damn! Thought I'd be #1!

dj moonbat

cant believe i got in for a first! gota say i love to here about how golden is taking steps to build the team unity. its a powerful thing to look to your left and right and feel that you are surrounded by your brothers rather than just a bunch of guys when the chips are down and the game is tight!

Posted by: fmcane | August 05, 2011 at 05:20 PM


The trick to being first is to stay awake all day, and refresh the page every 5 seconds. That's how I got MY T-shirt. Oh, wait: I've still got no T-shirt.

Anyway, eternal vigilance.

raizecane

It's almost 6:00 PM and STILL to damn hot to mow my yard......

fmcane

dj, this is my second one and i have been following the blog daily since before the space on the sentinel during the omar days of the legion. this is certainly the best spot on the net for hurricane coverage, lively discussion and comradery. the space is a special place!

canechic

OGV I don't care if they pick on him but be consistent.....he is not the only guy on this team stinking it up!

And if Golden has the Golden touch with every other player, why not with Jacory?

I am not impressed with Jacory or Morris! Not impressed with a lot of these guys!

UMike

raise..here in Chattanooga...we mow around 8:30 or 9 lol..were very close to the time zone change, so it gets dark late

UMike

What is the deal with these NCAA Clearing House issues? Does that prevent a player from playing at a certain school, or getting in school etc?

dj moonbat

dj, this is my second one and i have been following the blog daily since before the space on the sentinel during the omar days of the legion. this is certainly the best spot on the net for hurricane coverage, lively discussion and comradery. the space is a special place!

Posted by: fmcane | August 05, 2011 at 05:54 PM


OK, SOUP, you're just embarrassing yourself now.

Oh, wait: there really IS an "fmcane." My bad.

orange 'n green in the vein

UMike, the clearing house basically examines all the credits a student athlete has on his or her transcript from high school or their JC and then certifies that they meet the requirements for the NCAA to consider them to be valid. If Johnny 5* takes a BS course in high school to keep his grade point average up and the Clearinghouse calls him on it he can be demoted to partial qualifier status and be declared academically ineligible for competition. If you're waiting on the Clearinghouse to decide it means they saw something on your transcript they want double checked for academic validity basically.

elliott

Golden said QB Ryan Williams, a transfer from Memphis who attended Miramar High, has applied for a family hardship waiver from the NCAA that would allow him to play this season instead of sitting out a year. Golden wouldn’t say more about the matter except that right now Williams is “not eligible until further notice.”

If he is granted the waiver my win/loss estimation will significantly change.

10-2 if Ryan Williams plays this year!

elliott

Do not ask my why just go to Youtube and check out the highlights dude is lightyears ahead of stick man and the boy with the green thumb.

86Cane

The trick to being first is to stay awake all day, and refresh the page every 5 seconds. That's how I got MY T-shirt. Oh, wait: I've still got no T-shirt.

Anyway, eternal vigilance.

Posted by: dj moonbat | August 05, 2011 at 05:36 PM

Moonbat...you have been on Canespace too long without a FIRST. Just go ahead and break down, send me your mailing addy and shirt size to:

canespace86@aol.com

And I will hook U up!

UMike

Thanks ogv

DrewZ2

anyone watch the Temple vs. Army game last night???

dj moonbat

86, I forgot to send my shirt size. Large, baby.

solarcane


Soup check email
article and photos are enclosed


Montreal-Cane


CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — North Carolina chancellor Holden Thorp says he regrets breaking NCAA rules by discussing a scholarship offer from fired football coach Butch Davis to Davis' son.

Thorp told The News & Observer of Raleigh and The Charlotte Observer he was disappointed the coach offered Drew Davis a scholarship without consulting Thorp or athletic director Dick Baddour. Drew Davis is a senior quarterback at East Chapel Hill High School.

North Carolina chancellor Holden Thorp says he regrets breaking NCAA rules by discussing a scholarship offer from fired football coach Butch Davis to Davis' son.

dj moonbat

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — North Carolina chancellor Holden Thorp says he regrets breaking NCAA rules by discussing a scholarship offer from fired football coach Butch Davis to Davis' son.

Posted by: Montreal-Cane | August 05, 2011 at 10:24 PM


I regret lots of things. None of those regrets come with NCAA violations. Just sayin, is all.

solarcane

Marshall Faulk & Deion Saners agree WR Andre Johnson is the best receiver in the NFL. Also best pure athlete.

solarcane

try some of this

madden12 ray lewis entrance

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HCO5u27pgVg&feature=youtube_gdata_player...The

solarcane

Jim Morris
Great seeing former CANES Gaby Sanchez and Jon Jay play at Dolfin Stadium tonight. We need some more guys like them.

solarcane

DE visiting Miami this weekend
juniore hi lites

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3YXFaWwt71s

(papa cane)

solarcane

might have been posted

pre camp presser vid clip

http://hurricanesports.cstv.com/sports/m-footbl/index.html

TonyCane

Jimbo Fischer knelt on the cold stone floor within the catacombs that served as the athletic department of the Florida State Seminoles. He had been waiting for several minutes for the transmission he had been informed was to come, a message from his master. As he waited, he reflected on the sudden turn of events in recents months. What should have been a victory lap for the Collective had become a rout, with ally after ally meeting unexpected and unfair fates. Key pillars like Jim Tressel, ousted from Ohio State after gripping much of the Midwest in a state of fear and terror. Or Urban Meyer, who had fled the land of noodling and jorts for the sterile confines of ESPN.

Finally the holographic projector came to life. A spectral image loomed before him. Yellow eyes glared at him, seeming to burn through him. He kneeled even further, avoiding the sinister gaze.

"What is thy bidding, my master?" asked Fischer. Of course, this was not his former master. But having turned his back o n his mentor Coach Bowden, he had embarked on a new path and embraced the teachings of the figure before him.

"There is a grave disturbance in the BCS," replied the holographic image. "The young coach who restored the Temple football program, I believe this to be the one who has inherited the Jimmy Johnson Matrix of Leadership and will restore the Miami Hurricanes."

Fischer gulped. He had hoped that the reports and rumors coming out of the Miami Herald and Canespace could be dampened, somehow withheld. But there was no denying it. Still, he had to try.

"He's just a boy," tried Jimbo, "Art Kehoe can't help him that much!"

"He could destroy us," said the holograph. "Al Golden must not be allowed to become a BCS caliber coach."

Jimbo shivered. By all accounts the Canes were well on their way. Team unity had been stressed, and a talented roster was in the best shape of their careers. Still, there was one chance....

"If he could be turned, he could become a powerful ally. Coach Paterno is due to retire soon. We must use our powers to push him to replace Joe."

"Yes," grinned the figure with sharpened teeth. "Yes...he could be a great asset. Can it be done?"

"He will join us or...."

"Spare me. If you fail, I'll use my powers personally at the next BCS Title Game. Leave my presence."

"As you wish, Lord Porter," gasped Fischer.

CoCane

LMAO!!!

Six

Started my new job today guys as a legal assistant for an immigration law firm.

Posted by: UpNorthCane | August 05, 2011 at 09:36 AM


******

Congrats UpNorthCane

Six

I'd like to know who these "experts" are that canechic referred to who said that the Canes will win a NChamp this year under Golden


Again, everything is going completely right in this off-season. Team unity, team bonding - even if it means puking in unity after the conditioning. Head Coach sending motivational texts ... Head Coach sending practical joke emails to all the players ... bringing in past Canes to speak to the players (past Cane players and coaches) ... bringing in past Canes to help coach camps (still love seeing my #2 favorite Cane LB of all-time, Rohan Marley out there) ... it's all good

The one thing that needs to take place? How it translates onto the field

We'll see what happens

Would you bet against this team doing better than 7-6 like last year? That is without all the players they had that left from last year either to the NFL or that graduated?

I think they do better, at least 2 wins better

canesteeler

It is show me time! Golden Rules!

SOUP

TRAINING CAMP STARTS NOW!

SOUP

Not impressed with a lot of these guys!

Posted by: canechic | August 05, 2011 at 06:02 PM

SHOCKER!

SOUP

Canechic...U are smart enough to know that on ANY football team at ANY level, the head coach and the QB ALWAYS get the spotlight, good or bad.

IF the team wins everyone heaps PRAISE on them.

IF the team loses everyone heaps BLAME on them.

That's just the way it is in football, the way it always has been, and the way it always will be. Get used to it and get over it!

canechic

Like I tell my kids just cuz everyone does and always have, does not make it right! :)

At the beach and nothing can ruin my mood!!!!!

Have a great day spacers!

Six I think most of these "experts" are full of crap hence the quotes.

I like Golden, love the canes but this will take time and quite frankly I don't think either of the qbs on this team are all that!

solarcane

I think everyone should pick their Legends Of the Fall pretty quick.

If you wait till the third or fourth game of the season to "predict" which player will show the most surprising amount of talent this year, whats the challenge?

Picking Sean Spence Ray Ray Lamar or three year starters is also lame.

solarcane LOF

D Gionni Paul,
alternate if GP injured, Anthony Chickillo

O Phillip Dorset
alternate if PD injured, Stephen Morris

solarcane

S Morris this morning

http://ufootball.tumblr.com/post/8555364373/stephen-morris-fields-some-questions-from-the

solarcane

Mean Streets this morning


http://ufootball.tumblr.com/post/8555378129/tommy-streeter-talks-to-the-media-before-training

solarcane

Clements this morning

http://ufootball.tumblr.com/post/8555397618/eduardo-clements-talks-about-his-move-back-to

solarcane

Shane Mac this morning

http://ufootball.tumblr.com/post/8555411867/we-have-video-of-shane-mcdermott-talking-to-the

solarcane

Jake this morning

http://ufootball.tumblr.com/post/8555430687/jake-wieclaw-speaks-to-the-media-before-training

solarcane

Futch this morning

http://ufootball.tumblr.com/post/8555442501/jordan-futch-spends-some-time-with-the-media

solarcane

Tim Reynolds
Golden roams everywhere, always correcting, always teaching, quick points, moves on. Total control of the operation.
.

solarcane

Tim Reynolds
Fisch: High energy. Kehoe: O-lineman energy. D'Onofrio: Calming sort. And on and on ... everyone on staff brings different perspective.

solarcane

Tim Reynolds
Now for the QBs: Jacory Harris seems to have more zip than last year, sign he's healthier and stronger. Stephen Morris also looks refined.

solarcane

105 players in camp right now

solarcane

Black jerseys so far this AM

Golden's coveted black jerseys are on Forston, Spence, Buchanan & Gaines(!)

dj moonbat

Tim Reynolds
Golden roams everywhere, always correcting, always teaching, quick points, moves on. Total control of the operation.
.

Posted by: solarcane | August 06, 2011 at 09:49 AM


Well, good. It's nice to have a head coach that's "flying around."

solarcane

Dynomite new work from Miami Hurricane team photographer "Caneshooter" JC Ridley.
I just did an interview with him, look for more soon

awesome

http://i273.photobucket.com/albums/jj201/solarcane/u11caneshooter.jpg

solarcane

I'm out enjoy your day

play outside!

wartown canes

"Golden roams everywhere, always correcting, always teaching, quick points, moves on. Total control of the operation."
That observation should be comforting to Canes fans (I know Canechic u are not on board yet) teaching , high energy, total control...things not associated with RS recently I think we will see a big difference in this team regardless of wins and losses, a proper "program" is being put into place and future teams will benefit

Brevardcane

My LOF

Bunch and Gaines

UpNorthCane27

Hey soup what players are not eligible for LOF?

Hassan

86 can you tell me who is using my name? I did not make that post earlier some loser did. I work in afghanistan and have been on this blog since the begining, haters say something to me do not hide behind a fake name

orange 'n green in the vein

Hassan, it's the first day of football camp, even money says it's a scaly turd troll who sees the bowl streak ending this year and needs something to brighten his day, how spoofing your ID does that for his meager existence is anybody's best guest though.

SOUP

Hassan...I'll delete it.

BTW...Sawasey Interview set for Monday or Tuesday next week. Please be patient with me, I have a job, a wife and a life (well sometimes) that I am trying to juggle and balance all the time.

It ain't easy don't U know!

SOUP

Hey soup what players are not eligible for LOF?

Posted by: UpNorthCane | August 06, 2011 at 11:35 AM

This year new rules:

EVERY PLAYER GETS A CLEAN SLATE UNDER GOLDEN SO EVERYONE IS ELIGIBLE. Except for SPENCE, he's the only absolute guaranteed star on this team.

I got Miller (sorry Solar I HAD to he's a Killian Cougar) on offense and I can't decide who on defense just yet bewteen Ojomo, Vernon, JoJo and Futch. I'm sure like 50% are gonna pick Ray Ray #26 but that's too easy.

I'll prolly pick Futch though just to piss Canechic off. LOL

SOUP

WURD ON DA SKREET FROM PRACTICE TODAY IZ...

1. Going off what I see Jacory looked pretty good out there, better then Morris.

2. Its just about at the point where Dorsett will get serious PT at WR.

3. Hurns once again showed he has clutch hands.

4. No full pad but better then expected on Offense from my way. Now once the pads are on then its on bruh!

MDCane

LOF
Clive Walford - Offense
Micanor Regis - Defense

SOUP

MDCane...One of the TEs is almost certain to be a LOF this season. What we don't know is if it will be Walford, Ayles, Ford or Cleveland.

Sean Spence is a Beast!!!

I hope the team surprise us and goes through that smoke with a new uniform, the 80's throwbacks preferably!

Sean Spence is a Beast!!!

Matt Bosher is leaving some BIG shoes to fill....Who do U guys think steps up?...I think Dalton Botts is gonna be a beast...

Posted by: CANED | August 04, 2011 at 09:34 PM

Ahhh nobody tackles like the Bosh!

Sean Spence is a Beast!!!

RT @smillerdegnan Uniform news. UM to wear only 2 unis in '11 -- orange tops, white pants home; all white away. Back 2 basics.

What about the green shirts? i like those!

TJL

Offense: Blake Ayles
Defense: Olivier Vernon

dj moonbat

Alright, here we go.

LOF Offense: Lamar Miller (this one"s easy)
LOF Defense: Olivier Vernon

2002nemo

Nemo Delivers A Clear Message . . .

Go win for the Gold(en).
Winners shine; losers whine.
Win, win, win. Then win ag'in.

DrewZ2

Scout has Miami at #16 I think....higher than VT

SOUP

OK, I have begun compiling the Legends of the Fall (LOF) list for 2011. Vote here, vote now for:

1. One player on offense
2. One player on defense

That U think will have a STANDOUT season this year and become a Legend of the Fall.

The ONLY player NOT eligible is Sean Spence.

The objective is not just to pick the two BEST players on the team but two players that U personally think are gonna have BREAK OUT seasons in 2011.

UMike

O: Miller
D: Ray Ray

I know those seem like easy picks, but technically neither has had a "break out" year

orange 'n green in the vein

Well SOUP, you almost got the new regime, everybody's LOF eligible thing right but then you went and made the undersized linebacker a no-no.

I'm going back to the well with Jacory Harris on offense for the big super-hero comeback season.

Defense, since I can't go NW on the linebackers, I'll have to go with Dyron Dye for a big arrival year as he does a rich man's impersonation of Allen Bailey. Ray-Ray should be good too but I'll take Dyron at 275 lbs.

orange 'n green in the vein

canechic, feel free to chime in with why Dyron Dye is mentally weak and will fail my LOF prediction anytime you like. I might change it if you make a good enough case.

DrewZ2

O - Bunche,.... I think the guy plays very well at OT for us this year


D - JoJo... will be a solid, physical CB for us

canechic

Nope not going there OGV! You guys pick who you want! I will go with the same thing I said last year....I want the whole darn team to all be LOF's!

4-Real

O- Dorsett

D- Dye

Honorable Mention

O- Streeter

D- Ojomo

DrewZ2

What year is Williams the QB transfer???

Man would that mess everything up if he got a hardship waiver and was in the race for starting QB

SOUP

Honorable Mention

O- Streeter

D- Ojomo

Posted by: 4-Real | August 06, 2011 at 06:49 PM

What's this "honorable mention" crap?

That ain't gonna cut it, no player wants to be on THAT list!

U either gots the goods or you dont's? Which is it young Danielson???

CaneRock

LsOF 2011:

Chickillo-Defense
Hurns-Offense
Wieclaw-Special Teams

SOUP

Canechic...U know I luv U but U are a complete and total BUZZ KILL!

Let's try a different approach: "Which Cheerleader or Sunsation is gonna be a knockout this season?"

Send photos if U have them!

4-Real

Dorsett & Dye. Vault me Homie!

SOUP

4 Real...I gotchU bruh: Dorsett and Dye.

I also have: CaneRock, Solar, DJ, MD, Brevard, OGV, UMike, and DrewZ2.

Who got next?

4-Real

The Canes will score atleast 4 td's on special teams.Over/Under anyone?

pbcfrcane13

O= LM6

D= Vernon

Fr= Impact player PD!

solarcane


WTF??,lol!
When you own the ball you get to make the rules, I don't deny that.
No way Lamar Miller is eligible just because Golden is the new coach, thats just making a whole new game up as you go along

The LOF was supposed to be for guys that were going to surprise everyone but Canes fans with their meteoric rise to fame.
Miller & James are picked to be the best running backs in the ACC by every other college football site around.

I appreciate you picking a home boy and giving him respect but changing the entire rules to make him somehow seem eligible is shady at best.

I give props to the guys that picked using the 5 year old method regardless if their favorite player was truly eligible.

btw
I'm changing to

Spence and Ray Ray cause I was in Miami and Sanford before and that makes them eligible by my rules.


G Paul
P Dorset vault it

solarcane

No more Green Jerseys, slowly you will see the fringe and garland disappear from the other unis and we will look like Miami Hurricanes again, that's not a bad thing.

pbcfrcane13

so we cant ue stars?

solarcane

O: Miller
D: Ray Ray

Posted by: UMike | August 06, 2011 at 06:09 PM

Mike
man you have ice water in your veins to pick two first team All ACC and All American players as breakout picks.

UMike

lol solar...I just went according to the rules..if SOUP changes them..so will I lol

solarcane

I hear Mike lol!

pbcfrcane13

ok shocking picks hmmmm.....

JoJO
and
Blake....better?

UMike

according to the old rules..I will go with..

O: Streeter
D: Futch

Those are my picks if the rules change lol

solarcane

pbc
This year Soup has tweaked the TILT mechanism so you can use anyone.
You might go with Ken Dorsey and Ray Lewis just to have a cushion though.

pbcfrcane13

well
JOJo and Blake are my picks towars the old picks

solarcane

Fox sports

Battle-tested Jacory Harris

CORAL GABLES, Fla. — In a large part of Miami's African-American community Jacory Harris is the most high-profile quarterback in the city, bigger than Dolphins quarterback Chad Henne


Harris is one of them. He's real. They can touch him.

"Jacory is just Jacory," University of Miami linebacker Sean Spence said of his high school and college teammate.

"Everybody still loves him in the community. Everywhere he goes guys still come up to him and ask him for his autograph."

But Harris, who led Miami Northwestern High School to the mythical national championship, the kid who was briefly hyped for the Heisman Trophy two years ago, might not even win the starting job at The U this fall. The senior is locked in a battle with sophomore Stephen Morris, who many view at the Hurricanes' savior.

It's a storyline you see all the time in college football — the local kid, a good kid, tries to deliver the national title to the local university. And you pull for that local kid, that good kid, even though he might not be the right man for the job. This is one of those stories.

As the 'Canes (7-6 last season; picked to finish second in the ACC Coastal Division this season) took the field Saturday for their first practice of the fall, first-year coach Al Golden called the quarterback battle a "dead heat."

That's because Harris carries the label that will ultimately sink any quarterback: mistake-prone. Last season he had 14 touchdowns and 15 interceptions. And many of them were "What is he thinking?!" interceptions. That was the case in last year's 36-24 loss to Ohio State. Harris threw four interceptions as the 12th-ranked Hurricanes were embarrassed by the second-ranked Buckeyes.

Golden said "I want to see him reduce his interceptions by half," later adding Harris needs to "just stay with the program and don't freelance."

As a sophomore Harris had 24 touchdowns and 17 interceptions. In the opener at 18th-ranked Florida State, Harris passed for an electrifying 386 yards and two touchdowns and ran for another touchdown to lead Miami to a shocking 38-34 upset victory.

"Coach Golden, when we first talked he was like he wants to see the Jacory from my sophomore year," Harris said, "and that's all we talked about."

Harris had fun playing football in his sophomore year, a time when anything was possible, even with 17 interceptions.

"That's one thing about Jacory," Spence said. "He can throw two interceptions and come back and throw three touchdowns."

Morris, on the other hand, is more prudent, more deliberate. He doesn't make as many ill-advised passes as Harris. And he makes plays. He started the last four games of the season and led rousing comeback victories against Maryland and Virginia.

Oh, yeah, he's also local. He attended Miami Pace High School. And he's also African-American.

Harris has a lot riding on his battle with Morris. He carries hopes and dreams for a lot of people. But so far he hasn't delivered on those dreams everyone else had for him. He hasn't led UM to a national title, an Atlantic Coast Conference title or a 10-win season. This is his last chance.

"I'm not doing this just for me," he said.

An entire community, an entire university, is hoping for a big year.

"I do put the community on my back," he said. "Everything that the community has done for me whether it's at Northwestern (High School) or here at the University of Miami, I put it on my back and I carry it with me."

Harris, who has been a good sport about his competition with Morris, steadily maintains there's no pressure. And he might be right. He doesn't seem to feel pressure. At the same time he doesn't seem to learn from his on-field mistakes. That's why he might not be the right man for the job.

Still, you can't help rooting for Harris.

Ohio_Cane

IIRC, this years LOF for me will be the exact same as last year.

Offense - LM6
Defense - Ray Ray
Honorable Mention - Brandon McGee (just cuz I think he's gonna break out)

solarcane

notes from today


Miami Hurricanes training camp off to a Golden start
'Canes held their first fall practice Saturday
By Steve Gorten, Sun Sentinel

6:46 p.m. EDT, August 6, 2011
CORAL GABLES — Marcus Forston won't participate in drills the first days of training camp as he continues to rehab after knee sugery this spring.

Still, the junior defensive tackle admits he was still a little anxious for the Hurricanes' first practice Saturday, which is why he was still awake in his hotel room the night before while roommate Luther Robinson was sound asleep.

The 'Canes began their first fall camp under first-year coach Al Golden and eight new assistants — only linebackers coach Micheal Barrow is a holdover from last season — at about 8:20 a.m. Saturday, and the mood was what you'd expect for a team ready for a fresh start after a 7-6 record in 2010.

"All the conditioning, the running that we did, I'm very happy just to be back to football," linebacker Sean Spence said before practice.

"I'm very excited," running back Mike James said. "It's showtime."

Practice was up-tempo and Golden was active during the 15 minutes the media was allowed to watch. He moved from one position group to another, evaluating and coaching. Players wore jerseys and shorts — the first day with pads will be Wednesday, Golden said.

"There's a sense of urgency in the building," Golden said before practice. "The guys know we have to get a lot done in a short period of time, so we're excited about that. I know personally I am just to get back on the field.

"I think we're in good condition. The strength staff and [Andreu Swasey] have done a great job as far as physical conditioning. I'm more worried about the competitive toughness, the mental toughness, getting to the point where we enjoy the grind, where we not just survive, but we try to execute every day.

"That's what we have to see. We didn't really see that [in the spring]."

Of how much hitting the Hurricanes will do this preseason, Golden said, "We're going to be a physical team, we're not going to relent on that, but we're going to be a smart team."

He added, "We're going to isolate a lot of the physical aspects of the game so we don't get anybody banged up."

The Hurricanes checked into a nearby hotel Friday and will stay there throughout camp because on-campus housing is unavailable for part of it. Players are required to get to practice on their own. Those without cars need to get a ride from a teammate. Golden said he believes the accomodations will benefit the team.

"Everybody's having snacks, doing things we haven't done together, studying the playbook," Golden said. "Having a roommate that they might not know about is something this program at this time needs. Whether we need it moving forward, I don't know, but we need it now."

The hotel beds are comfy, Forston said, but this is hardly a luxury stay. Asked if players brought video games with them, he answered, "We came there for one reason and that's to get better: books and ball."

As for high expectations in his first year as UM's coach, Golden said, "I'm not worried about it. Those expectations come at the University of Miami. That's why I wanted to come."

sgorten@tribune.com. Follow him on Twitter @sgorten

solarcane

Dave Hyde

Sun Sentinel Columnist

CORAL GABLES

Everything sounds so simple about his plan. Honor tradition. Build team unity. Play aggressively. Hit on the first drill in practice to get the juices going. These are ideas every football coach in America believes.

Only early Saturday morning, on the edge of his first practice field, you see again why the University of Miami hired Al Golden.

Dave Hyde


"We were 119th in penalties, 117th in turnovers and last in red-zone offense,'' he says. "That's a factor of discipline."

That can be fixed, too. That's how his mind ticks. He arrived to his job interview with a 300-page, spiral-bound book he wrote with a cover in Miami reading, "Deserve Victory."

Eight months later, Golden has organized problems and accompanying solutions into simple, declarative sentences. Ask him about one. Any one. Quarterback Jacory Harris, for example.

"He needs to cut his turnovers in half,'' Golden says.

How does he do that?

"Trust the offense and don't freelance," he says.

Isn't that it? Weren't those wild, home-run hopes Harris kept throwing for a staggering, school record of 39 career interceptions his primary problem? And one of this program's problems, too?

Here's what is different, though. There's a plan if Harris doesn't change, too. Stephen Morris. The two are locked in a quarterback battle that will be the talk of the Hurricanes until the Maryland opener.

But then everyone is in a job battle if you listen to the coaches. Even senior center Tyler Horn, as solid a lineman as Miami has, is being pushed by a talented freshman, Golden says.

Competition, you see, is another part of the grand plan. It's smart, too. Of course, having a plan is one thing. Coaching it to wins is another. Mike Tyson had the great line about everyone having a plan until getting punched in the face.

Still, it's interesting, the two tacts the two newest coaches at the state's big programs are taking. Florida made it easy on Will Muschamp. His background is defense, so it went and hired the ultra-experienced Charlie Weis to run the offense.

It then did something just as smart. It ratcheted down expectations by saying the inherited talent level isn't up to Florida's standards, whispering to media that Urban Meyer left the cupboard empty. Another benefit to Muschamp, if everyone buys in.

Miami doesn't have the money to buy a Weis. It has two young, seemingly talented coordinators who nonetheless haven't been coordinators at this level. Nor is Golden ratcheting down expectations. He wants them high.

"When the university president says she wants this school to be No. 1 at everything, it wouldn't make any sense for me to say our goal is less than the ACC championship,'' Golden said.

For the past eight months, Golden has smoothed over some off-field issues Randy Shannon had. Don't read that wrong. Shannon did the two things he was hired to do well: Have players graduate and clean up Miami's image.

Someone should have told him he needed to win 10 games to keep his job. Golden, to that end, has reconnected with local high schools, won over local media, scoured the college version of the waiver wire for transfers and encouraged past Hurricanes to talk to current ones.

"Ray Lewis, Phillip Buchanon, Ray Bellamy, Andrew Johnson, Michael Irvin, …'' linebacker Brandon Futch says of the alums who have talked to the team.

Honor tradition. That's part of the plan. And everything is in place for this to work as Golden stepped on the field Saturday for his first drills with special-team players.

"Get your feet set,'' he told kickoff returners waiting for the ball to come down. "Stagger your feet. … Load … Look the ball in. Now go!"

Can Golden coach? We're about to find out. All we know so far is he has a plan. And a good one at that.

dhyde@tribune.com
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