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December 06, 2013

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Old Skool

really

LB

That is hysterical (the introduction, not the facts).

TJL

Johnny Bravo

VfB_Cane

Great stuff, LB.
What I take from those numbers:
1) We are stuck in neutral on defense. It's not getting better, but also not a lot worse.
2) Without altering the overall approach, next year will be more of the same, resulting in a winning record, a bowl game, while missing out on an Coastal division title once again.
3) If our current staff can put their ego aside, admit that their approach has failed to produce the expected results, and change it, they might get the job done by 2015.
4) If they don't, it's adios and good bye after the 2014 season.

nemo2002

Buongiorno!

VfB_Cane

From the last blog:


On another note, Nelson Mandela, one of the greatest men of our time, passed away yesterday at the age of 95.

Ask yourself this: If somebody locks you up in prison for 27 years for demanding something that is common sense in almost any other country in the world, wouldn't you become bitter, or revengeful, or cynical over the years?
Mandela, after being released from prison, showed none of that. Instead, he promoted reconciliation, became a great leader of his country, showed to the world how a divided nation can be overcome racism, and exemplified a contagious joy for all the little things in life, especially sports (If you've got 10 mintues to spare, watch this video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kKSq6mTnm_A about 1995 Rugby World Cup, hosted and won by South Africa -- so many inspirational quotes to fill a blog with meaning).

If all of us had only a fraction of his greatness in us, the world would be a much better place. RIP, Nelson Mandela.

UMike

Ariz workin...

Buford High School (Ga.) Safety Tre Neal (6-3, 185) is coming down the stretch towards making his college decision and Miami has made the final cut.

“I have about 24 offers with my top 3 being Miami, UCF, and Vanderbilt. I narrowed to that list a couple of weeks ago so now I’m going to take my visits and then make my decision,” said Neal.

The lengthy prospect described how his Canes offer came about.

“They had been recruiting me earlier in the summer, but didn’t offer me at the time. Then they got ahold of my senior film in about early October and I talked to Coach Barrow and he told one of my coaches that they offered me.”

The Miami staff thinks highly enough of Neal to compare him to a budding star already in the program.

“They said that I remind them a lot of Deon Bush, who plays for them right now.”

Next up for Neal is setting the date for his official, which will probably take place next month.

“They are trying to get me to set up my official. I’m still in the state playoffs so I’ll probably wait until January.”

What is Neal looking forward to on his visit to Miami?

“I want to see the football facilities and spend a lot of time with the coaches because I’m going to be there for the next 4-5 years possibly, so I definitely want to like where I’m going and be comfortable with the lifestyle I’ll be living. Football doesn’t last forever and Miami is a great school academically so I want to maybe follow a student around for a day and see how he’s living his life academic-wise. It’s a private school, so that’s a great opportunity.”

Of his three finalists, Miami is the farthest distance from his home. That won’t negatively affect the Canes chances.

“At one point, I was getting recruited by Stanford and my mom told me if I could go there, to go, and that’s on the other side of the country. My mom knows it’s kind of time for me to get out of here anyways in a couple of months so she’s not worried about how far away I’ll be.”

Neal won’t be rushing into a choice.

“As of right now, I don’t think I’ll be making an early decision. I’m going to Central Florida next weekend on my official, and then Vanderbilt on the first weekend of January, and probably Miami the week after that. Once I see everywhere I need to go, I’ll commit.”

http://www.canesinsight.com/content/2176-Miami-in-top-3-for-Georgia-Safety-Neal

UMike

Tito workin...

Miami is still very much in play with Immokalee (Fla.) defensive back JC Jackson. Jackson was recently visited by Paul Williams and Mark D’Onofrio for an in home visit. Technically speaking, Al Golden can still visit JC Jackson for his in-home as all head coaches are granted one in-home visit per prospect. Jackson will be looking to officially visit Miami sometime in January and possibly visit Florida as well. Do not count out the Seminoles in this position. Jackson is very comfortable with their staff and they are now open to him playing defensive back, which they originally weren’t. One advantage for Miami is that his parents are in favor of the ‘Canes right now due to the close distance and appealing depth chart. This one will go on until signing day.

JUCO DL Claudeson Pelon is planning on announcing his college choice on December 18th. It looks like Miami will get his last official visit with schools like USC, Washington, UCF and Arizona State in play. This looks like a two-man race as of right now with Miami and USC in front. Washington fell out of the mix when Steve Sarkisian took the job with the Trojans and brought along defensive line coach Tosh Lupoi. If Miami can sway him enough on the opportunity for early playing time and playing in front of family, the Canes will be in great shape. Pelon is an early enrollee for those wondering.

Miami is beginning to get its early enrollee’s in place and here are the confirmed ones so far: Joe Yearby, K.C McDermott, Trevor Darling, Braxton Berrios, Brandon Powell, Juwon Young and Darrion Owens. While many may not see this as a big deal, getting these guys in early is a tremendous boost of help for Miami considering that it helps in positions of need. Miami will need to rotate one true freshman next year in the offensive line and with Darling and McDermott heading in early this gives them an opportunity to gain experience and learn the playbook earlier.

For the linebackers group, both Young and Owens are most likely going to have to play right away next year with Perryman most likely leaving to the NFL and with Jimmy Gaines and Tyrone Cornelius graduating. That leaves Miami only with Raphael Kirby, Alex Figueroa, and Thurston Armbrister as returning experienced players. Granted Jermaine Grace can step in from playing mostly special teams last year, but it’s definitely clear that Owens and Young will be called on early.

While Miami is still in the mix for Central running back Dalvin Cook, I would still expect them to push heavily for Sony Michel to take an official visit. Michel’s interest still remains low right now, but with his brother most likely staying at UMass, it opens the door for Miami to keep pushing for him. As of right now, the chances Michel officially visits are slim, but it’s something to monitor going forward.

http://www.canesinsight.com/content/2175-Tito%92s-Tidbits-Pt-2

UMike

Coley visited Cook in-home last night

UMike

Golden had a in-home with Berrios

UMike

From Thread Killa @ CIS


Future Canes/Targets in the 2014 all-star games

Semper Fidelis
5 JAN 2014, Carson, CA

East: Reilly Gibbons, Anthony Moten

West: Brad Kaaya

http://247sports.com/Article/2014-Se...rosters-156373


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US Army
4 JAN 2014, San Antonio, TX

Johnnie Dixon, Travonte Valentine

http://usarmyallamericanbowl.com/players/player-roster


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Under Armour
2 JAN 2014, St. Petersburg, FL

Joe Yearby, Dalvin Cook, Ermon Lane, Kc McDermott, Chad Thomas, J.C. Jackson, Trevor Darling, Braxton Berrios

http://espn.go.com/college-sports/fo...ruiting/honors

TJL

Coley should camp out at Cook's house

Ohio_Cane

Coley should camp out at Cook's house

Posted by: TJL | December 06, 2013 at 08:53 AM
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I'm setting him up a sleeping bag and cot as I type this.

86Cane

That is hysterical (the introduction, not the facts).

Posted by: LB | December 06, 2013 at 07:15 AM

I thought U might get a kick out of that!

86Cane

Coley should camp out at Cook's house

Posted by: TJL | December 06, 2013 at 08:53 AM
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I'm setting him up a sleeping bag and cot as I type this.

Posted by: Ohio_Cane | December 06, 2013 at 09:09 AM
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I'll set up the tent in the back yard.

86Cane

Under Armour
2 JAN 2014, St. Petersburg, FL

Joe Yearby, Dalvin Cook, Ermon Lane, Kc McDermott, Chad Thomas, J.C. Jackson, Trevor Darling, Braxton Berrios

http://espn.go.com/college-sports/fo...ruiting/honors

Posted by: UMike | December 06, 2013 at 08:40 AM

I'll be at the practices all week at Wide World of Sports at Disney.

SinisterCane

It's funny how AL being a former TE from Penn ST and moved to the other side of the ball coaching defense has the same stench as the Philadelphia Eagles when they promoted their OL coach to defense coordinator last year. Al's " who's the next Heisman candidate defensive scheme" has NEVER stop anyone at tha U, Temple or UVA.

That is all

86Cane

Roster for Under Armour Game:

http://espn.go.com/college-sports/football/recruiting/honors

Look at the #1 DT and the #1 S near the top of the list.

86Cane

https://www.facebook.com/UnderArmourGame

Ohio...look at ya boi Ferns top left of the UA Facebook page.

SinisterCane



Roster for Under Armour Game:

http://espn.go.com/college-sports/football/recruiting/honors

Look at the #1 DT and the #1 S near the top of the list.

Posted by: 86Cane | December 06, 2013 at 09:23 AM


Al would have that DT playing S and the S playing back with the punter

Ohio_Cane

https://www.facebook.com/UnderArmourGame

Ohio...look at ya boi Ferns top left of the UA Facebook page.

Posted by: 86Cane | December 06, 2013 at 09:28 AM
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Yep. Proud of him. I posted UA Game's twitter post yesterday with his pic receiving the jersey. Pretty cool for a kid from this small town/area to get in this game.

LB

"1) We are stuck in neutral on defense. It's not getting better, but also not a lot worse.
2) Without altering the overall approach, next year will be more of the same, resulting in a winning record, a bowl game, while missing out on an Coastal division title once again.
3) If our current staff can put their ego aside, admit that their approach has failed to produce the expected results, and change it, they might get the job done by 2015.
4) If they don't, it's adios and good bye after the 2014 season."

1. Slightly worse. We should not be defensively worse than the average competition vs. USF, Wake, Va. Tech, Duke, and UVA. And we were in 2013.
2. D'Onofrio's defense is extremely predictable. Blitzing is almost a dirty word.
3. Honestly, D'Onofrio should have been fired after Va. Tech.
4. Golden should stay. His offenses are working (it's coming). Trust me.

But D'Onofrio? No. Here are more reasons (extra meat for the article):

2012
- 32 points to the 111th ranked offense (Maryland). That's -12.2 worse than others.
- 41 points to the 77th ranked offense (Notre Dame). Though they were a BCS team, that's -14.2 worse than others.
- 41 puntos to the 95th ranked offense (Virginia). That's -18.2 worse than others.

2013
- 21 points to the 123rd ranked offense (USF). That's -6.5 points worse than others.
- 21 points to the 117th ranked offense (Wake). That's -2.7 worse than others.
- 42 points to the 97th ranked offense (Va. Tech). That's -18.6 worse than others.
- 26 points to the 111th ranked offense (Virginia). That's -6.2 worse than others.
- 31 points to the 86th ranked offense (Pitt). That's -5 worse than others.

That's not all of them, but the most egregious.

- We gave up 20+ against everyone but Florida, Savannah, and FAU.
- We gave up 30+ to five teams, including three in a row (at least they're all bowl eligible).
- We gave up 40+ three games in a row.

I can't make this up.

Ohio_Cane

Roster for Under Armour Game:

http://espn.go.com/college-sports/football/recruiting/honors

Look at the #1 DT and the #1 S near the top of the list.

Posted by: 86Cane | December 06, 2013 at 09:23 AM
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Boys from VA dream about going to VA. Plus, London is a great recruiter.

86Cane

Under Armour Game ‏@UnderArmourGame 17h

Congrats to Saint Clairsville's Michael Ferns (@M_Ferns10) - He received his @UnderArmourGame jersey today! pic.twitter.com/rUyrvnfeFr

86Cane

CollegeFootballTalk ‏@CFTalk 15m

Report: Chris Petersen expected to take Washington job #collegefootball http://wp.me/p14QTT-1lre

Ohio_Cane

Under Armour Game ‏@UnderArmourGame 17h

Congrats to Saint Clairsville's Michael Ferns (@M_Ferns10) - He received his @UnderArmourGame jersey today! pic.twitter.com/rUyrvnfeFr

Posted by: 86Cane | December 06, 2013 at 09:35 AM
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I'm still not convinced he'll be a good player in FBS ball, but he's got the size and speed to do it.

He's kind of shy (afraid of contact), which doesn't translate to LB very well. Or H-Back or TE for that matter.

Some coach can probably get him on track, though. His size/speed combo is something U can't teach.

LB

I've got more.

Thirteen times has a UM/D'Onofrio defense faced an offense ranked 85th or worse.

They surrender an average of 25.9 points in these games, -4.3 worse than everyone else.

10 times they surrendered over 20 points.
5 times over 30.

D'Onofrio has got to go.

dj moonbat

Report: Chris Petersen expected to take Washington job #collegefootball http://wp.me/p14QTT-1lre

Posted by: 86Cane | December 06, 2013 at 09:37 AM


Look out, world. Give that guy some real resources, and there's no telling what he can do.

God, I wish Miami had hired that guy.

Ohio_Cane

God, I wish Miami had hired that guy.

Posted by: dj moonbat | December 06, 2013 at 09:57 AM
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There's no telling which coach would've stayed and stuck with us through the NCAA mess.

dj moonbat

There's no telling which coach would've stayed and stuck with us through the NCAA mess.

Posted by: Ohio_Cane | December 06, 2013 at 10:00 AM


It's true. But when I see what that cat was able to do with a bunch of slow white guys and a few Samoans, it's tough not to be envious.

86Cane

But when I see what that cat was able to do with a bunch of slow white guys and a few Samoans, it's tough not to be envious.

Posted by: dj moonbat | December 06, 2013 at 10:16 AM

Ain't that the truth.

86Cane

D'Onofrio has got to go.

Posted by: LB | December 06, 2013 at 09:55 AM

U may wish for it but it is NOT happening.

Only way to win more games is to get better talent and/or outscore the opponent. With the talent we will have on offense in 2014 it should be doable in MOST games, except when we play FSU.

Ohio_Cane

If we can get some difference makers on the DL, our D will be twice as good as it was. The whole game vs PITT, I'd watch the line instead of the ball.

Every play I would say "NO PRESSURE! TOO MUCH TIME FOR THE QB!"

orange 'n green in the vein

Petersen would have done exactly what Alverage Slogan did at UM, he would have stuck around at the best job he's ever had offered to him but the difference, he would have won and won huge with the very talented roster Shannon had in place to make a serious run at the big prize in '11 and this year. Because Petersen is a fantastic coach and Alverage Slogan is not, you see.

I'm kind of puzzled that Petersen removes his name from Southern Cal's coaching search but then goes all in replacing the guy they hired after he declined? Puzzling move, but he'll have the north division there on lock down pretty soon. UM needs to make a run at his DC now though, saving face for the college roommate after three years of horrible coaching, coordinating and play calling is doing him a favor at the expense of the program, but I guess Alverage Slogan thinks his friend is above the program, as if the employment records the last three years didn't prove that beyond a doubt already.

86Cane

Ohio...I say anytime the other team goes empty backfield run a corner blitz even if it is 10 times a game. Nobody can block a corner blitz.

The other option is to show a blitz from one side with a LB on the edge so the QB shifts the RB to that side for extra protection and then run the CB blitz from the other side and drop the supposed blitzer back into coverage to fool the QB and to cover (INT) the quick slant.

86Cane

The very talented roster Shannon had in place to make a serious run at the big prize in '11 and this year.

Posted by: orange 'n green in the vein | December 06, 2013 at 10:44 AM

U make me giggle like a little school girl.

Puff, puff, pass...please?

86Cane

LB...the stats you posted are really revealing about just how bad the UM defense has been. If we get the talent in through recruiting over the next 2 years then we will be able to judge the defense accurately and entirely. We need big time help at DT, LB and S.

Until then we wish, and we wait...

BEERicane

The state of Florida has 2 teams in BCS bowls this year. How bad would UCF beat us down?

Here is the ONLY thing anyone on here needs to know about the state of the u (lowercase u intentional). The Big 3 in Florida had dwindled to the Big 2. FSU and UCF. Miami and UF no longer belong in the discussion. That is the reality. We have been supplanted by a mid-major school. It's embarrassing, and happened on Golden's watch. I think Golden can get it done, but unfortunately, his DC is a package deal. Next year is the last year for him to turn things around. He couldn't even win the weakest costal division in memory this year. The fact is this season is a failure. If it doesn't change next year, golden and crew have to go. If not, we as fans of te university of Miami have to accept we will never be relevant in football again. We will be the new Duke, Vandy, Northwestern - only lacking the academic prestige.

Go Canes

Some more stats:

#2 Ohio State:

+20 5
+30 2
+40 1

#3 Auburn

+20 3
+30 2
+40 1

#5 Missouri

+20 6
+30 1

orange 'n green in the vein

I count nine (9) draftees, so far, left on the roster for the next staff after Shannon to coach. Add in a few UFA's who are having various levels of success while they draw that pro paycheck and that's at least half a team of NFL caliber players.

Talent excuses don't hold up for why this coaching staff has face planted for three years running now. NCAA whining is a joke too. It all comes back to Alverage Slogan and his merry band of nobodies were a bad hire for UM and if they don't turn it around next year immediately, it's going to be time to find someone who isn't a total bust here real soon. Unless you've decided that 10-2 or worse is acceptable yearly results?

But that would mean you'd be settling for average results from the most fertile NFL player pool in recruiting, which is just inane.

Go Canes

Unless you've decided that 10-2 or worse is acceptable yearly results?

Posted by: orange 'n green in the vein | December 06, 2013 at 11:03 AM

OGV can you tell me how many undefeated seasons UM has had in the last 40 years?

BEERicane

Can you tell me how many undefeated seasons UF has in its over 100yr football history?

86Cane

We will be the new Duke, Vandy, Northwestern.

Posted by: BEERicane | December 06, 2013 at 10:56 AM

Don't put those schools down like that.

Go Canes

The answer is three and only one in the last 22 years.

You act like a 10-2 season for this team and a potential BCS game is a slap in the face to you.

Why?

It's not like we have been steamrolling teams for the last 20 years and all of a sudden we are tanking.

While we are on the subject, do you know how many undefeated seasons Nick Saban has?

One

Les Miles

Zero

Mark Richt

Zero

Steve Spurrier

Zero

BEERicane

I wish I could say we are the WashU in StLouis, but they actually are great athletically.

86Cane

I count nine (9) draftees, so far, left on the roster for the next staff after Shannon to coach. Add in a few UFA's who are having various levels of success while they draw that pro paycheck and that's at least half a team of NFL caliber pplayers.

Posted by: orange 'n green in the vein | December 06, 2013 at 11:03 AM

U are so warped and twisted, with an occasional delusional moment or two. U usually make at least a decent argument but talk about "face plant", yeah U took a good one right there. LOL

86Cane

Go Canes...U tell 'em!

86Cane

BEER...of the three schools U mentioned that UM sees itself "compared to" Duke and and Vandy had BETTER defensive stats than UM and only NW was worse statistically on D:

Total Defense: Vandy 32, Duke 52, UM 72, NW 82

Scoring Defense: Duke 36, Vandy 51, UM 55, NW 66

jsy

Do we have the worst defensive roster in the acc? Finishing 116 then dead last in the acc is not acceptable no matter what our talent is its not last in acc bad. Changes have to be made.

SinisterCane

Cant' we just leave a horse head on his front porch to scare off NOFENSE.

It's great that we're getting a influx of good talent on defense but the question is once they get here will they get any better? Jelani Hamilton is a perfect example of Elite talent meeting piss poor water boy coaching

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