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March 02, 2013

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Mia Chi 'Cane '98

The 'Canes have nothing to be ashamed of in tonight's lose against Duke.

If anything i think Miami comes out of this with some mometum. They lose by 3, played in probably the most hostile environment which did phase them and lost with a chance to tie in the last second. Nothing to hang your hat on. Kelly had to have a career game to beat them.

Not too worried about the ACC Tourney. Even though it is in NC, it is not being played at Cameron or the Dean Dome. Let's just take care of business and beat Georgia Tech & Clemson this week and outright win the ACC regular season.

This team does not quit and has heart. So what if we do not get a #1 seed in the Tourney. As I keep saying, I like them as a 2 seed, less pressure on this team.

BTW, really like that they brought back the all black basketball uni's tonight. They really rocked them as opposed to the green ones.

BEERicane

Gotta get the Turds Sunday.

Mia Chi 'Cane '98

Continuing from my above comment:

It should be an exciting month of College Hoops!

Let the Madness Begin!

CoCane

MCC '98

Yeah. I know the media(espn) is going to swing from Duke's pubic hairs waiting for white rain but everyone that saw the game knows the "U" has the better team. If you know basketball, you know Kelly isn't going to shoot like that again in a rematch. That was a once in a career, miracle game. Plus, our guards are just better. Our players are more athletic. Hopefully Big Reggie holds himself accountable for his garbage performance & goes beast mode for the rest of the season. I would love to see him redeem himself in a ACCCG 3match with a double-double...

BEERicane

In the eyes of Vegas Miami completed the regular season sweep of Duke.

The Dude

ESPN commentators were giving love to Miami after the game. Saying they showed a lot of heart. And that Miami looked like the better team.

Da U N Houston

Is it cool if I post the Rivals article on here? (here's the beginning)

"A major focus in the weight room a year ago - achieving the 40/10 milestone of 40 players benching over 20 reps of 225 pounds and 10 players benching over 30 reps.

UM accomplished that goal."

SmatCane

Post it

360Cane

I just saw two quotes some fans aren't going to like.

"Football is football."

Coaching is coaching."

Over analyzing is over analyzing. - my quote. Lol

canezilla

IF KELLY DIDN'T PLAY WE WOULD HAD DESTROYED THEM. DUDE WAS CLUTCH

CGNC

Good morning party people. Canes had a really good chance to beat Duke last night just fell a little short and had no real answer for Kelly - that dude was on fire. Sometimes that happens.

Ohio and Canesteeler - i watched the Pens game too and that was just as crazy but had a better outcome :-)

KiriJax

Have never been more proud of our Canes Hoops team than I was last night. To be in that nuthouse, their best player having a career night, and they were one shot away from taking it to overtime. While I can't wait to see Duke in the ACC title game, let's keep taking it one day at a time.
And that was our last loss for this season. They're going on a winning streak now all the way to April 8th!

CaneRock

Miami did A LOT of things to win the game last night, but they didn't do EVERYTHING to win the game last night...not finishing in transition on some key possessions, and shooting a low percentage, on a low percentage shot (3s) to name a few.

But I liked the way we attacked the basket, we OWNED! the offensive paint damn near the entire game, our intensity and toughness carried us, and damn near pulled it off.

NOW!, let's put it all together, and win this em-uh-EFFIN'! ACC!

And Coach Larranaga, PS: It's NOT..."To be the best, you have to beat the best",HELL NAW! IT'S, "To be the best, YOU have to play YOUR BEST!...ALL THE DAMN TIME!"

Thank You ladies and gents, you know, I had to do an Ed Reed remix.

Curtsy Left,aaaaaaan...Curtsy Right.
And He tippy toes off stage like a ballerina.

Jack

Canerock -

Great quote! Reeeeeeed!!!!!!!

BEERicane

If Kelly plays like normal Kelly and not best player on the planet Kelly, we win pretty easily last night. We ARE the better team and it took a superhuman effort AND homecourt to beat us last night.

dj moonbat

"A major focus in the weight room a year ago - achieving the 40/10 milestone of 40 players benching over 20 reps of 225 pounds and 10 players benching over 30 reps.

UM accomplished that goal."

Posted by: Da U N Houston | March 03, 2013 at 12:03 AM


Well, if nothing else, the team IS getting stronger under Golden. When I finally admitted to myself that Shannon had to go was when I realized that nobody ever, ever looked strong on the team.

If they can ever get in position to make a tackle, those muscles will come in handy.

86Cane

Curtsy Left,aaaaaaan...Curtsy Right.
And He tippy toes off stage like a ballerina.

Posted by: CaneRock | March 03, 2013 at 08:40 AM

Now THAT is a beautiful thing.

86Cane

No Gainesville for me today. In full recovery mode.

SwagGirl

Sorry to hear that Tom...

86Cane

Sorry Swag, I am feeling a little crispy today. Have to rest up for the week ahead.

Da U N Houston


A major focus in the weight room a year ago - achieving the 40/10 milestone of 40 players benching over 20 reps of 225 pounds and 10 players benching over 30 reps.

UM accomplished that goal.

And this spring, even with a depleted roster after departures from last season, the team is already almost there. One player even got 40 reps - Corey King.

Overall the team has 36 players over 20 reps and there are 11 players over 30 reps.

"At this time we are way ahead of where we were (last spring)," long-time strength coach Andreu Swasey told CaneSport.com. "It's been a great off-season.

"When you start comparing the strength level ... the first time we did this (after Al Golden took over the program) we had zero over 30 and 11 over (20 reps). That kind of tells you. Look how close we are now to start the 40/10. And you have guys that left, lost some of those 20s."

It is Swasey that's the coach who spent the most time with these players since last season ended. And he's noticed a big change in the team.

"We're a closer team - we always worked hard, but guys are more close than we've ever been," Swasey said. "And they have more fun with it."

Swasey says the foundation he's preaching for this team is "Smarter, tougher, better condition and more discipline."

"That's the criteria," he said. "I'm preaching the mental approach, the focus. This is our third year with coach Golden and we're ready. Guys are embracing the foundation. They understand. That's the key to success, just being consistent now. To me now it's mastering the process, mastering the foundation. That's my gripe to the guys - `Let's master this masterpiece.'"

Swasey shared his thoughts at each position:

QUARTERBACK

Of starter Stephen Morris, Swasey said, "He's been on fire, has put on some good weight. He's done real good."

Indeed.

Morris set a school-record this off-season.

"He broke the all-time record (for quarterbacks) in the power clean," Swasey said. "He got 292 (pounds)."

Swasey said while he hasn't timed the team in the 40 that he expects Morris to be much faster based on that result.

Swasey adds that "I expect Ryan Williams to have a great year from his off-season program. He changed his body a lot, got stronger. And (Gray) Crow and (Preston) Dewey ... they've all been working their butts off."

Swasey said while he hasn't tabulated the weight lifting numbers that he knows Williams went up from 225 to 255 in the bench press.

"His reps went up on 225, his squat - he had a great off-season," Swasey said.

RUNNING BACK

Swasey said Duke Johnson's participating in track "was very good for him."

"He's been doing unbelievable, is finding himself throughout this because he knows he can definitely play the game but he's done a great job with his outside work ethic," Swasey said.

Swasey said Johnson is now pushing 195 pounds after playing last year at under 180 pounds.

Johnson's working to gain weight so he can hold up to the pounding he'll take during the season.

"That's the key, keep him with good size on him for durability," Swasey said.

Swasey also pointed to Danny Dillard as being "very impressive."

"He's trimmed up, dropped some weight, and we timed him at a 4.5 - when he came he was 4.75," Swasey said. "He lost some good weight, about 15 pounds."

WIDE RECEIVER

Swasey said he's seen excellent progress from Allen Hurns, Phillip Dorsett, Rashawn Scott and Herb Waters in the weight room.

"Herb has been tremendous," Swasey said. "That's a deep group. Everyone has done well in that group. That's a good group."

Swasey also said that Malcolm Lewis, who is coming off injury, is progressing well. Lewis was on the field today moving around well in a yellow injured jersey. He's been fully cleared for all weight room work and Swasey said his leg strength is already approaching where it was pre-injury.

"He's progressing very well, is really on schedule, doing an unbelievable job," Swasey said. "The key is getting him back on the field, but he's on his feet, moving around. We've been smart with him."

TIGHT END

Clive Walford and Asante Cleveland are at the top of the tight end depth chart.

"(Walford) had a tremendous off-season, him and Asante," Swasey said. "I look for those guys to have a great year. I really do."

Asked about the two newcomers, Beau Sandland and Standish Dobard, Swasey said, "They have good work ethic. Coming in with one a freshman and one a junior college kid - you see Beau has strength right now over Dobard."

Swasey adds of Sandland that "He's doing good, is going to be a great addition, will really help us out."

Swasey's initial reaction when he laid eyes on Sunny Odogwu: "Wow"
OFFENSIVE LINE

Swasey says his first impression of 6-foot-8, 318-pound freshman Sunny Odogwu can be summed up in one word.

"I was like `Wow,'" Swasey said. "He's got some natural strength right now; I'm trying to get him weight room strong. We'll continue to develop him with his size. He's a big man, is doing unbelievable, great work ethic, a joy to be around."

Odogwu is currently working as a second-teamer.

Swasey said he's also seen Seantrel Henderson take a big step forward this off-season.

"Seantrel is doing unbelievable," Swasey said. "He's been the best since he's been here. He's working. It was being consistent, and he's done that."

Swasey said there aren't any linemen he feels need to really drop weight at this point.

"Guys are adjusting their weight, are able to run around and hold the weight (Golden) wants them to be at," Swasey said.

Asked based on what he's seen in the weight room if there are any linemen he feels can help out that didn't have a big role last year, Swasey said, "Sunny can probably contribute somewhere just because of his size, great work ethic. That's an experienced group coming back, but he can probably step in and help out somewhere."

DEFENSIVE LINE

While some believe Anthony Chickillo may have played with a bit too much weight last year, as his quickness getting after the QB wasn't quite there, Swasey said this off-season that Chickillo is "doing great."

"He was at 230 pounds his first year playing, 235, played last year at 255 and now he's 265, 270," Swasey said. "He's on schedule, holding good weight. He's very explosive, powerful."

DE Shayon Green was also one of the strongest Canes in testing with 34 reps.

Swasey said DT Luther Robinson "has been in control of his weight." He said DT Jacoby Briscoe is also around his weight goal for right now.

"That's a group that is working hard and doing well," Swasey said of the line.

LINEBACKER

Swasey said Denzel Perryman "has been having a great off-season."

"He's solid, man," Swasey said. "As a freshman he came in at 209, 210 (pounds), went up to 217, 220, and now he's at 233, 235. He's putting on good mass, good size."

Swasey adds that he thinks Raphael Kirby "is healthy now, and I think he's going to be great for us."

One of the team's biggest surprises, Swasey says, is freshman newcomer Alex Figueroa.

"He's been a big surprise - he's going to be a great addition," Swasey said. "He has an unbelievable work ethic, is a good kid."

DEFENSIVE BACK

Swasey says of the defensive backs that it's "a great group, experienced group now coming back with some experienced.

"The secondary is very hard workers. They're nice-sized kids, too."

Swasey said Tracy Howard played at "160, 165" pounds last year.

"Now he's at 181, 182," Swasey said. "We're putting on good size, good weight. I'm very impressed with where we're headed."

SwagGirl

That's ok Tom. If I get some good pictures I'll forward them to you.

BEERicane

Swasey's comments can be summed up as follows: "they're having a great offseason"

86Cane

Swaggy...sounds good to me. Have fun and GO CANES!

86Cane

Houston...when U post articles just post small clips, key parts and not the entire thing. Copyright issues.

Da U N Houston

Gotcha, sorry about that!

CaneRock

One of the team's biggest surprises, Swasey says, is freshman newcomer Alex Figueroa.

"He's been a big surprise - he's going to be a great addition," Swasey said. "He has an unbelievable work ethic, is a good kid."

##MmmmmmHmmmmm.

86Cane

Yo Rocky, U got a man-crush?

canezilla

ANYBODY KNOW IF THE GAME IS ON TV TODAY?? CAN'T FIND IT IN SOUTH FLORIDA

roachcane77

What I get from the Swazey interview is our DL is going to remain our weakness... (Mainly based on his lack of name dropping & specific numbers.)

Me no happy...

CoCane

Swasey dropped names. Chick, Green, Briscoe & Robinson respectively. I also heard Golden praise Porter's off season work ethic during an interview on wqam. I won't assume good or bad until I see them in the line of fire...

Canesteeler

Canezilla it is not on

CaneRock

Yo Rocky, U got a man-crush?

Posted by: 86Cane | March 03, 2013 at 11:21 AM

Nah...I'm jus sayin' SOUP...IJS is all. Never mind me, move along, nothin' to see here, IJS.

As I walk away with my hands crossed behind my back...whistling.

SwagGirl

This baseball game is NOT pretty!!!!

VA Cane

Great hearing that these kids are working hard adding weight and muscle. Got to man up get strong to lay that wood this year. I want some Tatum Assassin hits!!!!!

Soup, sounds like you put on a few pounds with that liquid diet last night, paid for it this morning!!!!

Nice fish big fella, those were beauties. I have never fished in FL, but I have heard that the bass are great. Looks like real proof there buddy!!!

CaneRock

COOL!

3 Penny Films remembers the Miami Hurricanes' 1987 National Championship team that went 12-0. Jimmy Johnson, Greg Mark, Art Kehoe, Michael Irvin and others look back at Miami's 1986 and 1987 teams.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eEDVBJECWWE&list=UUt_bQWpCLU4080yFUVUriAA&index=3

VA Cane

In full recovery mode.

Been there done that Soup...it is easy to do!!! Especially during FB season since 2003 or so....tank a few due to frustration...give me another sir!!!! A beer that is...along with a shot of Franklin County VA moonshine.....the best shine in the world bar none!!!!

86Cane

Hurricanes Baseball‏@CanesBaseball

#Canes fall to Gators 6-3 in series finale; next up is Maine on Tuesday in Coral Gables - first pitch set for 6 P.M.

86Cane

1. Soup, sounds like you put on a few pounds with that liquid diet last night, paid for it this morning!!!!

2. Nice fish big fella, those were beauties. I have never fished in FL, but I have heard that the bass are great. Looks like real proof there buddy!!!

Posted by: VA Cane | March 03, 2013 at 03:30 PM

1. YUP.

2. The bass fishing was a blast no doubt. That was some serious fishing right there.

CaneRock

Short clip of a Morris to Duke screen play. Lookin' like the same ole,same ole' for the D:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ujZK88uW1Cc&list=UUt_bQWpCLU4080yFUVUriAA&index=1

orange 'n green in the vein

Wow, the mutants are intent on making sure the DT's touch at least one blocker to stop their advance up-field cold after two or fewer steps every single play, aren't they? Couldn't see the CB's but seeing as how the one DT took that wide outside cut to rush leaving a draw play wide open and the LB's were 10 yards deep in zone coverage I'll bet the house that they started 5 yards of cushion underneath them.

Golden won't be here two years after this season coming up, he'll be in the NFL (hopefully by dumb luck/continued ACC below mediocrity, with this lame MAC staff he brought with him) or fired.

dj moonbat

Short clip of a Morris to Duke screen play. Lookin' like the same ole,same ole' for the D:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ujZK88uW1Cc&list=UUt_bQWpCLU4080yFUVUriAA&index=1

Posted by: CaneRock | March 03, 2013 at 04:30 PM


The scary thing is that looking at that play, I think dozens of possible offensive playcalls would have yielded good yardage. The defense basically gave up seven or eight yards beyond the line of scrimmage across the whole field.

orange 'n green in the vein

dj, but there was a chance that the offense would have screwed up all dozen of those plays so it could have worked, in theory, when you assume that the offense is so bad they get caught by the turf demon 100% of the time, because you're a mutant.

From Philly.

dj moonbat

dj, but there was a chance that the offense would have screwed up all dozen of those plays so it could have worked, in theory, when you assume that the offense is so bad they get caught by the turf demon 100% of the time, because you're a mutant.

From Philly.

Posted by: orange 'n green in the vein | March 03, 2013 at 05:52 PM


Hey, it might even have been a reasonable defensive call: maybe the down-and-distance was like 3rd and 35, or maybe there's only 00:08 left at the end of a half. Then that sort of marshmallow D is not unconscionable.

But no, mutant from Philly is probably the correct explanation.

orange 'n green in the vein

All I know is that if the offense is ahead of the defense yet again this spring with the entire effective part of it's coaching staff that doesn't wear a big hat gone, it's going to be a long year again most likely.

Dillard and his new blazing 4.5 40 speed going for half a field TD run reports would be less worrying to me than the same from James last spring but will still signal that its the S.O.S.

CaneRock

The scary thing is that looking at that play, I think dozens of possible offensive playcalls would have yielded good yardage. The defense basically gave up seven or eight yards beyond the line of scrimmage across the whole field.

Posted by: dj moonbat | March 03, 2013 at 05:19 PM

Yeah, I didn't quite get that alignment.
Looked like some type of 3-4/4-3 hybrid..."mutanish" LOL.

But Duke is lookin' thicker though, and that was a helluva lateral cut that He made on Gunther.

And McCord looks bigger also, Him and Chick looked pretty good coming off the ball.

86Cane

NEW BLOG IS UP!

BigWindyCane1


Yeah, I didn't quite get that alignment.
Looked like some type of 3-4/4-3 hybrid..."mutanish" LOL.

But Duke is lookin' thicker though, and that was a helluva lateral cut that He made on Gunther.

And McCord looks bigger also, Him and Chick looked pretty good coming off the ball.

Posted by: CaneRock | March 03, 2013 at 06:55 PM
I agree Rock. That move Duke put on 37 was nasty, and I don't know any CB in college that would not have their ankles broken on that one.

Duke does look bigger, and they say he is faster. With lateral cuts like that, we might be looking at a possible ACC offensive player of the year. With Morris and an experienced offensive line, the Canes should put up some sick numbers on offense.

With a high powered offense, the Canes can go very far with an average defense, like Clemson did. The defense looks bigger and a little better, and its still early and its just a spring practice.

With a healthy Porter and more experienced DTs, I think the defense will be a lot better this year.

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