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July 24, 2013


Old Skool




Terrance Sullivan

Old Skool U did it LOL

mountain cane



I never saw the Canes performing well in the cold weather...So i agree with LB the last game against Pittsburgh at the end of november is no gimme...Who scheduled this game in late november?

But with a tough winning team the cold weather shouldn't be a factor...Football is football...Our team right now is much different than the one which played in the Sun Bowl or on the Blue Turf somewhere in Boise.

Old Skool

Thanks Terrance Occasionally I beat the house odds.




"I never saw the Canes performing well in the cold weather...So i agree with LB the last game against Pittsburgh at the end of november is no gimme"

No game is a gimme, but there's no excuse to lose to Pittsburgh.

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Number 10 it is!!


Urban Meyer: 'Tough' time for OSU



Stoops urges Sooner fans to recruit via Twitter...

Is this an NCAA violation?

VA Cane

I have seen the boys really look bad in Blacksburg....and other times look good. One of the last times there, it was rainy, cold, foggy....I watched them come out of the dressing room....we had already lost. some people said if ford had not dropped a ball.....believe me it never mattered. We were intimidated by the weather. I never understood that. I played in a lot of cold....and hot.....and looking back I felt I played the same. I think it is psychological....if you think you cannot....you wont. I love cold cold games...great for football. Hot too...don't care. We have to line up, think positive and play em 1 game at a time.....regardless of weather, team, location, nothing matters just play.




Got email from Miami and season ticket holders can not purchase extra tickes for the Florida game......that's a good sign that there will be a lot more Miami fans than I expected.


SOUP thanks for your good articles once again.

NCAA decision coming within 14 days.


CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- Brian Gabriel has been hired as an assistant strength and conditioning coach with oversight of the University of Miami Hurricanes baseball program.

“We’re very excited, and I think he’s going to add a lot to our program,” head baseball coach Jim Morris said. “He comes with high recommendations from people I trust. The goal is to get our guys bigger, faster, and stronger – both physically and mentally. It’s a very important role.”

It's about time!


Jeremy Lewis will be attending Tampa Bay Buccaneers camp. Good luck to him.


Yeah... we've definitely had some cold weather probs.

VA Cane, I was AT that game at VaTech, you are totally correct. Our team came out layered in thermal gear, & looking for heaters to huddle around... no chance. The Hokies had most of their team in short sleeves...

This was all prior to U Tough, so HOPEFULLY, we'll be in a better, (tougher) frame of mind, at Pitt this year in late November.


Now the Alex Rodriguez Park...Anyone think the U ball park should be renamed and is it negociable with Rodriguez with some $$$ or just refund the cheater.

I think it's a disgrace to the U baseball program...How about renaming it like...The Ron Fraser ball Park with a new fundraising...

Terrance Sullivan

Great point Montreal-Cane.


I agree with VA Cane, gotta get over this "can't play in cold weather" CRAP! Weather is the 2nd fundamental factor in The Art Of War.

Old Skool

Austin Roberts committed to UCLA

Terrance Sullivan

LMAO our last great Canes team the 2003 team walked into Pittsburgh on November 29th and won 28-14. For the record that team finished 11-2 Big East Champions and BCS Orange Bowl Champions and finished 5th in the country. Its time to get back to dominance peeps. Go Canes.


LMAO our last great Canes team the 2003 team walked into Pittsburgh on November 29th and won 28-14.

Posted by: Terrance Sullivan | July 24, 2013 at 09:06 PM

Huh, you damn sho' right T-Sully, that was our last great team.


sean taylor (rip)

Terrance Sullivan

Yes Sir CaneRock.



Terrance Sullivan

Yes Sir CaneZilla.


The Herb remembers yesteryear, when every house used to be our house, neither rain, sleet, snow or the heat stopped us, now that's what we need to get back too!

Terrance Sullivan

Herb Yes Sir.


SOUP, i shot you an email...sorry for the late response, Im moving out of my house at the moment


2010-11 was a year of transition for the Canes. They were coming off a year where they had made it to an above average bowl game (Champs Sports Bowl) and were looking towards the following year with hope of a possible ten win season. However, due to a lack of execution and unmotivated players, Head Coach Randy Shannon lost the team mentally and in so doing, the season. This article will review the players in his last full recruiting class at UM and how they've contributed to the team since arriving on the field and on campus. As you will see, star systems don't necessarily dictate how good a player will turn out. It all comes down to a player's mentality, his opportunity to play and sometimes just flat out luck.

(Sr.) Seantrel Henderson, #1 Tackle and an ESPN 150 Recruit (*****)

Since setting foot on campus Seantrel Henderson has had an up and down ride. He came to UM as a heralded recruit who seemed to be ready to stay three years and move on to the NFL. College was just a formality at this point. Unfortunately for all parties, the college level has not been as smooth a transition for him as thought. He languished his first few years learning the ropes. Injuries , family issues and even a car accident have delayed ‘Trel's progression as a stud offensive tackle but towards the end of last year he seized his collegiate opportunity and has started to show flashes of brilliance. He was awarded All ACC Honorable Mention after last season and by all accounts he has been really focused going into his last year on campus. During his time at UM he has started 18 games and played in 31.

(RS Jr) Storm Johnson, #3 Running Back and an ESPN 150 Recruit (****)

Henderson had a bumpy first few seasons but many other commits that you will read didn't make it past their first offseason at UM. Storm Johnson was one of them. He played his freshmen year mostly in spot duty (until the last game verse USF) where he rushed 9 times for 119 yards and a touchdown. Coupled with the coaching change in the offseason as well as Lamar Miller and Mike James being in front of him on the depth chart, Storm decided to pack his bags and head upstate to Orlando and play for UCF. This isn't conjecture either, his Dad openly admitted it. After he sat his year of penance due to the transferring guidelines he had a solid first season, rushing for 507 yards and 4 touch downs.

(RS Jr) David Perry, #12 Defensive End and an ESPN 150 Recruit (****)

Honestly, not much to say about David Perry.. From what I was able to research, he was a kid who grew up in the Bahamas and later moved to the States during his high school years. "Scouts" saw his big frame and potential and rated him really high. Since coming on campus he's redshirted and played sporadically on special teams. He has not recorded any stats to date.

(Sr.) Brandon Linder, #2 Center and an ESPN 150 Recruit (****)

When thinking of a pillar or bookend offensive lineman many teams and fans think of big, burly left tackles. Brandon Linder has been a stalwart along the offensive line for the three years he's played. Due to playing right and left guard he usually doesn't get recognized for how well he's played but make no mistake, he's easily the most important offensive lineman going into next season for the Canes. He has started 29 games (!!) and participated in all 36 games since signing with UM.

(RS Jr.) Kevin Nelson, #3 Inside Linebacker and an ESPN 150 Recruit (****)

Well... Here's where it starts to get fun. Strap your helmet on because some of these stories and where these players end up is pretty crazy. Let's get to the first case in point which is Kevin Nelson.

Are you all ready for the UM v UF game coming up week 2 of the season!?! Kevin Nelson was and that was in 2010!! Too bad he couldn't be here to help us out. He redshirted his first year on campus; many speculated he was in Randy's "dog house" during his first season at UM. Once Coach Shannon was relinquished of his duties Nelson had the opportunity to impress the new regime and failed to do so. Apparently, when Al Golden first set foot on campus during the practice sessions for the Sun Bowl Nelson wasn't anywhere to be found. Later the following spring he tried to recommit to the Canes during the first "U Tough" program and wasn't a fan. He decided to leave UM and transfer to where he currently is which is FAMU. Per their roster, he is listed as the second string middle linebacker.

(Sr.) Eduardo Clements, #14 Running Back (****)

Eduardo Clements has a pretty brief history here at UM unfortunately. He hasn't started but has played in 31 games, mostly on special teams. As a rusher he has recorded 39 attempts for 184 yards and three touch downs during his time with Miami. It is sad to report that his career may have ended abruptly with the Canes due to a neck injury (UM has it listed as an "upper extremity" injury). Word from the ACC Media Day as of 7.22.2013 is that the coaching staff will know soon if he'll able to finish out his last year.

(N.A) Tavadis Glenn, #16 Tackle (****)

Glenn didn't make it to UM. He was academically ineligible. Due to this he decided to attend the Post Graduate facility title the Milford Academy. I tried doing research on to see where he is and I found a few unsubstantiated stories so I won't report rumors. All I can say is that he is not currently playing football based on what I could fine (or lack thereof).

(N.A) Latwan Anderson, #17 Safety (****)

This guy is another who took a long time to research because his story is a long, winding road to say the least.. Latwan Anderson was highly touted for his potential as a prospect. As a track star he was second to none and with his large frame he projected nicely for a coverage safety. However, nothing seemed to go smoothly with Anderson. At the Army All American game he verballed to WVU but when signing day approached he didn't send the papers. Later that summer (we're talking months after signing day) he decided to join UM's Track Team and walk on for football. Before he even attempted to try out he decided to leave Miami and since that period it is believed that he is still at Junior College in Mississippi.

(Sr.) Tyrone Cornelius, #26 Outside Linebacker (***)

If you would like to read more in-depth on Cornelius please feel free to go to this link. Here's the abbreviated version: Tyrone has been a solid depth player for UM. He's started a handful of games due to injuries to the starters, even though he's a backup he is one of the special team aces on the team.

(Sr.) Asante Cleveland, #15 Tight End (***)

Cleveland was a player that many saw post his freshman campaign as a kid who was going to be a "diamond in the rough" type of recruit. He had a few catches as a freshman and many saw him eventually becoming the next receiving star at "Tight End U." This hasn't come to fruition though and he has languished as another depth player for UM who has also played a bit of special teams. His career numbers are 11 receptions for 128 yards.

(RS Jr.) Keion Payne, #22 Cornerback (***)

When you lose players due to team rule violations, it hurts. When you lose a Cornerback who was listed as the number 2 starter, it hurts even more. Keion Payne was redshirted in 2010 and saw spot play the following year. Going into the spring of 2012 he was ranked on the "two deep" before the first scrimmage but unfortunately he didn't even get to play due to a violation. He was dismissed by the staff and went to Hutchinson Community College. From there he signed the following year with Troy and has earned playing time in their defensive backfield.

(Jr.) Jeremy Davis, #52 Athlete (***)

Besides team rules, academics have also been a culprit to player attrition in this class. Jeremy Davis verballed to UM in 2010 but did not have the grades to qualify. He decided to attend the Milford Academy to get everything settled for the following season. However , when Al Golden came on board Davis decided to explore other opportunities. He settled on UCF.

(RS Jr.) Shane McDermott, #5 Center (***)

Similar to Linder, Shane McDermott doesn't get as much "dap" for being a good player along the offensive line as he deserves. He has started 12 games and played in 22 over the last 2 years (24 games total). During last season he didn't register a sack given up and was awarded 2012 All ACC Honorable Mention by the ACC Coaches.

(RS Jr.) Darion Hall, #30 Running Back (***)

It seems like this recruiting class, at least at the running back position was cursed from the start. Darion Hall had a HUGE junior year of high school that helped put him on the map (1,700 yards and 21 touch downs). During his senior year though he only rushed for 1,000 yards. Coach Shannon saw his potential and offered him a scholarship. From there though things didn't turn how all the sides had hoped. Hall redshirted his freshman season but during the 2011 offseason he was dismissed from the team. Even his high school coach saw the discipline problems but it was too late. The following season Hall played for Tennessee State and has been used sparingly (had one carry last year).

(RS Jr.) Delmar Taylor, #45 Defensive Lineman (***)

Just like David Perry was a "project" when it came to player development, Delmar Taylor was a full scale operation. He had played very little high school football due to being from the Bahamas and Shannon saw him as a potential steal. Like many of the others though, Taylor did not qualify academically and had to attend Navarro Community College. The following year Golden did not extend the scholarship previously made available by the other regime and Taylor decided to stay home nonetheless and play at FIU. He is currently in the rotation as an offensive lineman.


Alright guys, that's part one. Yes, there are 15 more players to review in this class (30 total). We'll review part 2 later in the week and see who made it to campus (as you can see, that's been no easy task for this group of guys) and who was able to shine bright for the three years they've had to play.



Ariz workin...

Dillard ATH Dennis Turner committed to Miami back in June after receiving an offer at an Al Golden football camp, but that was only the beginning to a busy summer.

“I’ve just been working out, getting bigger and stronger for the season and getting ready for college. I’ve been lifting weights and eating healthier to be better than I was last year,” said Turner.

The versatile athlete has gained some new attention over the past month, something he did not see coming.

“I didn’t expect it. It’s been a surprise, but I’ve just been keeping my composure and staying the same.”

Turner has been paying attention to Miami’s recruiting success and is excited to see it.

“It’s great because Miami is going back to the golden days, the championship days and looking for the sixth ring.”

The Dillard product hasn’t been doing too much recruiting for the ‘Canes, but he has a message for any prospects from the area who are considering Miami.

“South Florida has all the football talent that you can possibly need and the University of Miami is in your backyard, so why leave home?”

Turner would be the first Dillard prospect since 1997 (Leonard Myers) to sign with Miami, which was something he was stunned to hear.

“Wow, I didn’t know that. It’s crazy. That’s a very long time.”

The local product plans to watch the ‘Canes in action this season at every opportunity.

“They should have a great season and I’m really looking forward to when they play Florida. I’ll be at every home game.”

Despite his commitment to Miami, Turner has had to deal with whispers from ‘Canes fans doubting if he is “good enough” to play there.

“I’m not paying attention to any of those critics. I’m just going to go out there and do me and play football. The only person I need to prove myself to is me.”

Miami is recruiting Turner to play cornerback, which is a position he isn’t very familiar with. He also doesn’t mind playing on offense.

“I can play both sides. I haven’t played corner since little league so it might be a challenge, but I miss it.”

One of the reasons Turner committed to Miami on the spot was due to the connection he felt with Head Coach Al Golden.

“Coach Golden is my type of coach because he’s a player’s coach. He has a bright future ahead of him and he’s bringing in all these players from South Florida, and we haven’t seen so many players from here come in a long time so Miami has a bright future and I see us winning a lot of games.”


Scratch Dontae Angus off your list UMike. He committed to Florida last night.


Via Nash Williams @ CIS..

For a young high school football player, getting to visit numerous BCS schools in about a week and a half is a dream come true.

But for 2015 Westminster Christian (Fla.) ATH Jordan Cronkrite, that dream became a reality.

"One of the best parts of my summer was going on that college trip I went on last week. I was able to go to Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia and a lot of other SEC schools." said Cronkrite

But seeing all of that football royalty can be overwhelming and for some it may be hard to find one in particular that stuck out.

"Vanderbilt, Tennessee and Clemson stuck out the most." said Cronkrite.

But are the hometown 'Canes getting left in the dust for this rising prospect?

"I've visited (Miami) numerous times and I have a lot of contact with coach Williams and coach Barrow." said Cronkrite.

Although many critics and fans alike are wondering why the 'Canes have yet to offer Cronkrite. They have noticed the promise and potential in this top-level prospect.

"I have interest in (Miami). They have been my favorite school since I was a kid." said Cronkrite.

Fortunately for Jordan, he feels an offer coming.

"I think (an offer) will come once they decide what position they want me to play. Whether it be wide-receiver, running back or safety." said Cronkrite.

The 5'11" 180-pound Cronkrite is focusing on his high school team right now. Along with 2015 TE Devonaire Clarington, 2015 ATH Tim Irvin and 2014 QB Hunter Boyett, Westminster Christian should be solid.

"I feel like we have a great shot to win states this year. We've got great players coming in from different schools like Devonaire." said Cronkrite.

Cronkrite is one hot prospect, but after his junior season, the 'Canes coaching staff should be deeply invested.

*Here are Jordan's highlights: http://www.hudl.com/athlete/492077/jordan-cronkrite


A blogger at CIS posted this link...


This 247 analyst has Kaaya #22 in the nation and a 5-Star


Pretty good post from over at CIS...some changes could be made, but still..

2014 Class will complete this team

The 2014 class will finally give this team quality numbers and depth at every position. We will finally see a roster that will allow freshman to redshirt and not be counted on until their Redshirt SO season. Not only will we finally be a deep team we will also be a veteran team.

With a 9-10 win season this year, this staff will close in a big way. I fully expect to see a top 5 ranked class of 30+ commitments.

Looking at the numbers if no one leaves early

SR Ryan Williams
RSO Gray Crow
RSO Preston Dewey
SO Kevin Olsen
FR Brad Kaaya
FR Malik Rosier

Running Back
JR Duke Johnson
RJR Dallas Crawford
RSO Danny Dillard
SO Gus Edwards
FR Joseph Yearby
FR ???

Wide Receiver
SR Phillip Dorsett
SR Rashawn Scott
JR Garrett Kidd
JR Malcolm Lewis
JR Herb Waters
RSO Jontavious Carter
RSO D'Mauri Jones
SO Stacy Coley
FR Darrell Langham
FR Braxton Berrios???
FR Johnnie Dixon???

Tight End
SR Beau Sandland
SR Clive Walford
RSO Jake O'Donnell
SO Standish Dobard
FR Derrick Griffin
FR Ryheem Lockley

Offensive Tackle
RSR Malcolm Bunche
JR Ereck Flowers
RSO Taylor Gadbois
RFR Sunny Odogwu
FR Kc McDermott
FR Reilly Gibbons

Offensive Guard
RSR Jon Feliciano
RJR Hunter Wells
RSO Danny Isidora
RFR Alex Gall
FR Trevor Darling

RSR Shane McDermott
RFR Hunter Knighton
FR Nick Linder

Strong Defensive End
SR Anthony Chickillo
SR Jalen Grimble
RJR Julio Derosier
JR Jelani Hamilton
FR Chad Thomas

Weak Defensive End
SR David Perry
RSO Dwayne Hoilett
SO Al-Quadin Muhammad
FR Demetrius Jackson
FR Trent Harris???

Defensive Tackle
SR Olsen Pierre
RJR Corey King
RJR Ufomba Kamalu
JR Earl Moore
JR Dalvon Stuckey
FR Travonte Valentine
FR Courtel Jenkins
FR Anthony Moten???

Will Linebacker
SR Denzel Perryman
SR Thurston Armbrister
SO Jermaine Grace
RFR Walter Tucker
FR Darrion Owens

SAM Linebacker
SR Devante Bond (If he gets in)
JR Tyriq McCord
SO Alex Figueroa
FR Michael Smith
FR Terry McCray

Middle Linebacker
JR Raphael Kirby
RSO RaWand Blue
FR Juwon Young

Corner Back
RSR Ladarius Gunter
JR Antonio Crawford
JR Tracy Howard
RSO Nate Dortch
RSO Larry Hope
SO Artie Burns
RFR Corn Elder
RFR Ray Lewis III
FR Nigel Bethel
FR Dennis Turner
FR ???

JR Rayshawn Jenkins
JR Deon Bush
SO Jamal Carter
FR Trayone Gray
FR Ryan Mayes
FR ???


This new ejection rule is going to impact a lot of games imo


Canesfest now open to the public, not just season ticket holders


"Stoops urges Sooner fans to recruit via Twitter...

Is this an NCAA violation?"

Folks can talk about the positive aspects of the program all they want. They can go on their "recruiting" twitter pages and do that too.

It's when folks start getting creepy and contacting high school boys is when someone needs smacked.

Swing and a miss

Dontae Angus 6'6" 330 OT/DT commits to UF.

That hurts. We were recruiting him.


Dontae Angus 6'6" 330 OT/DT commits to UF.

That hurts. We were recruiting him.

Posted by: Swing and a miss | July 25, 2013 at 08:52 AM

He didn't have a Miami offer and I think we have other DT's way ahead of hom on the board..if he is on the board lol


According to Rivals Miami is "still in the picture" for Alabama commit 4-Star DB Stephen Roberts. Probably just some trolling lol



Also, we're really close to having the numbers at DT we need. I'm shocked that it's happened this early, but we are. One more and I think we're good to go (I did a study on the previous thread). Take either the most talented, the most hungry, or the meanest... and we'll have completed the DT group for 2014.

Linebacker, though... we really need two more. One of those need to be inside. I have no idea about names or talent or anything to help. But we need someone. Hopefully one or two will come on Golden's radar before the season starts.

Honestly, though... this is as organized an offseason as I've seen in many years. Golden has everything going for him: recruiting momentum, a waning NCAA issue (see recruiting), no suspensions for the opener, top line offensive talent, and a schedule to die for.

Anything less than an outright Coastal championship and 8 wins would be an absolute failure, bad pass rush or not.

Just win.


LB..Miami is very much in it and probably leads for 4-Star JUCO LB Antonio Smothers. Next year we should be LB heavy like we are OL heavy this year.


"LB..Miami is very much in it and probably leads for 4-Star JUCO LB Antonio Smothers. Next year we should be LB heavy like we are OL heavy this year."

Nice to hear, especially that he's JUCO.

Tired of losing to UVA? Us too. Preview from State of the U here:




48-0...Just killed me that day. Last game at the OB...everything was so great that day...up until our LB forgot how to cover the TE lol


Does anyone know when the season tickets get mailed?


Golden has everything going for him: recruiting momentum, a waning NCAA issue (see recruiting), no suspensions for the opener, top line offensive talent, and a schedule to die for.

Posted by: LB | July 25, 2013 at 09:11 AM

True that...

But maybe it's just me, but I don't think Golden is the face of the program, like a Saban is for Alabama...YET! I think as soon as kids can look at Golden, and instantaneously think MIAMI!, then we're on our way as far as recruiting goes.

Hell, same goes for Urban, I don't think He's the face of the OSU program.

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