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January 13, 2014

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VfB_Cane

First ...

... on the blog that wasn't supposed to be.
Thanks TonyCane & SOUP for keeping us entertained!

UMike

### As many of you know, four people already have interviewed for the Dolphins GM job --- the Dolphins' Brian Gaine, Pittsburgh's Omar Kahn, Arizona's Jason Licht and Cleveland's Ray Farmer --- with at least four more expected: Tennessee's Lake Dawson, Philadelphia's Tom Gamble, Atlanta's Lionel Vital and the Giants' Marc Ross.

### One complaint that UM players have raised about defensive coordinator Mark D’Onofrio is the players don’t feel they can give him suggestions about what they can do differently on defense. “He doesn’t want feedback,” one parent said. Conversely, offensive coordinator James Coley asks players for suggestions, a player said. In fact, Coley is open to feedback during games.

### Four-star receiver/power forward Derrick Griffin, who failed to qualify academically in time for this past football season, tweeted again this week that he will be "down in Miami" later this month. But UM has not received any indication that he has qualified and isn't sure if he will. Both the football and basketball staffs would love to have him.

Read more here: http://miamiherald.typepad.com/sports-buzz/#storylink=cpy

UMike

Miami might go after RB Daniel Gresham again. He was a Louisville commit, but the new staff say they wouldnt honor his commitment.

UMike

I seen something on Twiter last night I thought was interesting. For as good as Dalvin Cook is, Yearby started ahead of him for 3 years.

raizecane

TOP 5 is always good......

SOUP

DrPatWhitely ‏@drpatwhitely 55m

First Day of classes for the UM Spring semester. Welcome Back. Excited to see the energy return to campus.

Go Canes

@BFeldmanCBS: Saw reports saying that Ed Orgeron is expected to join #Bama staff.. I am pretty sure that's NOT gonna happen. Never was.

NativeCane

Good research Tonycane, Soup, glad to see yall this morning!

You dont know what U got til its gone!

Go Canes!!!

Account Deleted

Top Ten on a blog that isn't really here..

SOUP

TonyCane...my deep and sincere appreciation for your research, your comments and what U bring to this blog.

I have read several comments here lately that are front page article worthy from several different bloggers. I have meant to post a few of them as new articles but then time slips away and I forgot to get it done.

To all of you who take the time to put your thoughts into words and post them here:

THANK U!

SOUP

SOUP IS O U T!

UMike

So.. classes have started and still no reports on Yearby and Darling being on campus?

UMike

From the All-SEC Freshman Team...

Denver Kirkland
Alex Collins
Skai Moore

We got to keep just a few more guys home... just a few more lol

UMike

The good thing is, we should be waiting on any top guys on NSD except for Valentine. For the most part we know who we got. Last year we had our eggs in a lot of baskets and struck out...there shouldnt be that much drama this year unless something happens with Kaaya. BTW, Ariz said Kaaya isnt going anywhere

UMike

SHOULDNT be waiting****^^

SinisterCane

Good Morning Spacers

After watching the Seahawks/Broncos 3-4 scheme this weekends, they play with a lot of aggression but all it depends on the front 3, the CANEZ need blood thirsting PITBILLS on the front line which I believe we have.

Here is my line-up for next year defensive starters

DE-Ufomba Kamalu
NT-Olsen Pierre
DE-Jelani Hamilton
OLB-Tyriq McCord
ILB-Alex Figueroa
ILB-Denzel Perryman
OLB-Al-Quadin Muhammad
CB-Tracy Howard
CB-Artie Burns
FS-Deon Bush
SS Rayshawn Jenkins

If the players don't believe in the coaches and vice versa it doesn't matter what scheme we run

LB

Things calmer still around here. Water supply is much better. Thanks again.

As for UM:

Perryman, maybe, was the only Cane who should have honestly considered the NFL. I'm glad he's back: good for everyone.

I'm fighting the urge to talk about the defense, but I've given a lot of consideration to UM's history. UM (offensively) is at its best when a great quarterback meets sound offensive linemen, steady runners, and skillful receivers. But the key is tight end. UM honestly hasn't had a real tight end threat since Jimmy Graham in '09. Before that? Olsen.

Here's a brief look at UM's top tight end(s) per season since 2000:
2000- J. Shockey: 21 catches, 296 yards, 3 TD's.
2001- J. Shockey: 40 catches, 519 yards, 7 TD's.
2002- K. Winslow: 57 catches, 726 yards, 8 TD's.
2003- K. Winslow: 60 catches, 605 yards, 1 TD.
2004- G. Olsen: 16 catches, 275 yards, 1 TD.
2005- G. Olsen: 31 catches, 451 yards, 4 TD's.
2006- G. Olsen: 40 catches, 489 yards, 1 TD.
2007- C. Zellner: 13 catches, 105 yards, 1 TD.
2008- D. Epps: 22 catches, 304 yards, 2 TD's.
2009- D. Epps: 19 catches, 247 yards, 3 TD's; J. Graham: 17 catches, 213 yards, 5 TD's.
2010- A. Cleveland: 8 catches, 110 yards, 0 TD's.
2011- C. Walford: 18 catches, 172 yards, 1 TD.
2012- C. Walford: 25 catches, 481 yards, 4 TD's.
2013- C. Walford: 34 catches, 454 yards, 2 TD's.

A few things stand out.
- Only one (Graham) scored 5 TD's or better since 2002.
- The last time a tight end caught 40 passes was Olsen in 2006.
- Walford is improving, but his
- When UM was dominant, they had the tight end for it. Not only in sheer statistics, but the name for it. Olsen may not have been as statistically dominant as his two predecessors, but his name carried weight (enough for a 1st round draft pick). Imagine if Graham had more than one year.

Walford is getting better, but three things: 1. He doesn't have the name, partly because- 2. He still drops KEY passes. 3. His TD's dropped.

There are still numerous problems to get fixed, but a productive tight end (40+ catches and/or 5 TD's) with name recognition will truly make this offense complete. Ryan Williams! throws a very catchable ball with good placement. Williams to Walford? Sandland?

SinisterCane

From another site and good read:

Kevin Bell posted 1 day ago Contributor

I have no blame for Golden as far as Cook is concerned. He did everything he could to swing him. It's just a shame that we lose out on another one of the, "Legends," of the sport down in Miami. As far as Treon Harris is concerned, that is inexcusable. I'm never one to second guess the staff's evaluations, especially Coley's, but I've seen Harris's tape and he is miles better than Alin Edouard and particularly Malk Rosier. If you are going to take 2 dual -threat QB's, I don't understand passing on the QB for the best team in the country in your own backyard and is considered legend there for some nobody recruit from Alabama. After Edouard decommitted, offering Harris at QB should have been a no brainer but instead the staff decided to offer him two days ago which is perceived as an insult. It would have been a perfect jolt for local recruiting and would have helped with our perception. At this point, the fact that Florida State offered him at QB is a good enough reason for us to do so as well, even if he ends up playing a different position in college.

Another issue concerning the state of recruiting is the conclusion of the Brandon Powell confusion. I don't know how Florida can come in the 11th hour one, offer Powell, an Early Enrollee, flip his commitment, and then get him to enroll the day after that. How that can possibly occur is beyond me.

What Butch did is far worse than what Golden did, but as you have said Chris, winning cures all. The question as to whether Golden can translate to wins is up in the air while Butch is perceived as guaranteed wins and with this uncertainty and lack of visible improvement on the field, that's why the fan base is so quick to beg for Butch to return. All of his past transgressions are willing to be forgotten since we needs wins and he can allegedly provide them. While Butch literally lied his way out the door, the perception is that Golden was about to do the same thing without so much as a phone call to the school president if he had actually been offered the Penn State job. He did have a bad week, but that bad week just opened ourselves up to more negative recruiting that we had just moved on from.

Yes we did go 9-4. Yes we are an entitled fan base. But to the recruits that watched the games this year, they don't feel sold on the product being put on the field. Auburn was coming off a 2-10 record and a head coaching change. Their expectations were much lower than ours, but just as realistic in their validity. Taking a miracle to beat Georgia and another miracle to be #1 two time defending champion and hated rival Alabama on the way to the national championship game is overachieving against stellar competition and very different from our underachieving against mediocre competition and eking out wins versus Wake, North Carolina, and Georgia Tech. While Malzahn inherited outstanding talent leftover from the Chizik era, this illustrates what lengths good coaching can take a team. Furthermore, Auburn was still able to beat the teams they were supposed to beat comfortably.

As far as you, "that's football," arguments, we are going to an area of, "what if." If Duke doesn't go down, I have no reason to believe that our record is any different than what it finished as. We were not going to beat Florida State that day if Jesus lined up on defense for us. The Virginia Tech loss was tied to the special team miscues, but that did not cause the defense to give up 42 points to a team who had the very average Logan Thomas look like a legend that day while the most VT would score against another D1 team that year was 29 in triple overtime against Marshall. In the Duke game, while this Duke was not the lovable pushover that we are used, 30 total points, 23 from the offense, should have been more than enough to beat Duke. This shows what good coaching and development can reap. For all the issues the NCAA caused us, we got much better recruits than Duke did and we got embarrassed by 18 points and gave up 48. Even having our Duke would not have changed the game's final outcome.

In regards to the NCAA issue being over, I admitted in another article on this website that it did poison this class to a certain degree and that's why we are missing on the 5 star Cooks and Sonys of the world. But we are in a good enough position that this dark past problem is not bothering us with middle tier recruits. I'm not expecting the conclusion of the NCAA saga to bring all the 2014 recruits running into our arms, but when it first happened we did see massive renewed interest and we used this interest effectively. The recent performance of the team and the confusion and alleged fraud on Golden's part is what has really thrown a kink in our recruiting.

We will be playing catch up with other schools for the younger recruits, but we have seasons coming up to almost instantly close the gap. Our 2015 has only one recruit, Charles Perry, who's tape screams future stud. But one recruit at this point is a problem. We should be somewhere in the 5-7 range this late in the game. On the flip side, our 2016 class has two recruits, better than most schools at this point, in Mark Walton and Chauncey Gardner who also show immense promise. Going 10-3 and winning the Coastal, a very realistic and fair expectation, would effectively remove the NCAA stain from all future classes and render the slightly developed relationships with other schools at that point miniscule and nearly moot.

In December when we had the 30 commits, I would have fully agreed with you. We are down to 26 recruits and usually we would have heard about high level recruits we in the running for at this point. Other than J. C. Jackson, I can't think of one. Golden's lack of his usual enthusiasm scares me in that he first missed on the job he truly wanted and now recruits cooled off on him due to his perceived lying. When he has closed strong the last 3 years, he's had a vigor about him and rumors about these supposed flips had been floating around. I'm not hearing any of that at this point and that is concerning.

I've been following the Valentine story closely and according to a well respected Hurricane website, as of January 9, 2013, Golden has not contacted Valentine at all and LSU has been straight blowing up his phone. It is concerning and I don't want to act like the sky is falling, but it is definitely teetering at this point. If he does recommit, it was a whole lot of fear for nothing and we will have dodged a major bullet and gotten arguably our most important recruit and. He will be a starter from Day One and that is apparent to anyone that has watched him. He was far and away the best player at the U. S. Army Bowl two weekends ago and he absolutely dominated top notch competition.

My, "should," comment was based on what I was hearing back when the class was 30 recruits. There were was word that the class was stellar and that just one or two more 4 star pieces were going to be added. At that time, Jackson was considered a heavy Miami lean but that changed the day after the Louisville game and when Florida State was Pasadena bound. My panic meter for the class is at a 4 right now simply because we are losing commits, some of the current commits are rumored to be on flimsy ground, and I haven't heard chatter of adding any names at this point in the game and that is not a good sign.

The recruiting class may not be exclusively the assistants, but they are easily the MVPs at this point with Golden's credibility and sincerity being called into question. Coley has earned his $500,000 salary and then some based exclusively on his recruiting accomplishments this season alone. Yearby, Kaaya, Smith (one of my favorite recruits this cycle. Very underrated.), Gray, Mayes, Rosier Thomas, Brady, and Jackson are all due to Coley. Darling, Owens, Herndon, McCray, and Young are all due Barrow. Harris and is due to Brown and he has been the secondary recruiter for many of the other commits. Something that is very telling is that all of these recruits and some of the ones I didn't name here Tweeted or somehow affirmed their dedication to Miami, not Golden, when he disappeared. If I took any positive out of this fiasco, it was that these young men are committed to the school, not the coach. He is just the icing on the cake to help pull them and to convince their parents to trust him with their son. As of right now, that strength of Golden is wounded severely right now. It is not beyond repair nor will it hamper him should the team meet expectations next year, but if they disappoint and frustrate again next year, but not to the point of getting Golden fired, like they did this year, this issue will stick with him and come back to nag him as he tries to pull in the 2015 class and the cycle may continue for the foreseeable future classes. It may be one week, but it put his credibility on the line to a certain extent and we were just getting back to full strength recruiting.

Golden was and is a phenomenal recruiter. I don't think the fire has been lost, but it has dimmed a little bit. He has yet to show his typical Golden energy that I admired in him. When the dead period is over, I'll be very curious to see how much direct recruiting he performs himself and if that fire that we love in him is back. But I will say this and this is my own personal opinion. He was a great recruiter at Temple, Boston College, Virginia, and Penn State. A big reason for that is he related to and identified with the high school talent in that area. He was pulling essentially whatever top recruits from the Northeast that he wanted. I think he still has a disconnect with the city of Miami, the community of Miami, and Miami football. He has done well recruiting due to having the correct assistants in place, fostering growing relationships with high school coaches, selling himself to parents, and his relentlessness. That will only go so far when it comes to getting the highest level local recruits. It's his X's and O's that will eventually hold him back. He runs a 3-4, 2 gap defense. Miami college and high school football is 4-3, 1 gap based. He approves of an enormous cushion to wide receivers. Miami college and high school football is very aggressive bump-and-run coverage. The offense is very reminiscent of old school Miami other than the zone blocking scheme. But if Golden expects to sell defensive recruits on a system they have never played in and aren't comfortable with than he is fooling himself. Watching Louisville act and play the way Miami should was the low point of the season as far as I'm concerned. They were showcasing the tough swagger that we are lacking and the word is starting to spread that Golden and Shalala are trying to curtail that attitude. If that happens, we will be consistently shooting ourselves in the foot. We brag and he brags about the school's championships achievements in football. We brag about the swagger of the team. He doesn't and if he has, he does not translate it into the team's on field attitude. The administration is probably thrilled with this, but it will poison our recruiting base and recruits, especially elite ones, will continue to leave in droves, now heading more and more to Florida State. How often do we see players for a different school put up the 305 while playing us? The University of Miami, for better or worse, is not identified with Miami city brand football anymore and it is a problem that may become a full blown cancer if this culture change isn't reversed. Seeing the kicker for Louisville punk Artie Burns and look to have more Miami attitude in him than our players do made me genuinely physically ill. This is one area I do not have faith in Golden. He may very well return us to our championship ways, but he will do it his way with his Penn State ideals, not Miami ideals.

His handling of Penn State irritated me more than it did most and I was already having my reservations regarding Golden. James Franklin will go to the NFL the fist chance he gets. That could be in a year, two years, who knows? Will we have to deal with this again? Al Golden is the head coach of the University of Miami football program, but I don't know how committed he is to us. His last public statements were insincere and he looked and sounded like he would rather be anywhere but in Miami. I hope he finishes strong like he usually does on the recruiting trail and I hope he is the guy to bring us more championships, but the fallout from his recent actions is far from settled. In one fell swoop, the team, the recruits, the administration, and the fans lost respect for him and it could have been much worse had he actually gotten the job offer he clearly wanted.

Ohio_Cane

I seen something on Twiter last night I thought was interesting. For as good as Dalvin Cook is, Yearby started ahead of him for 3 years.

Posted by: UMike | January 13, 2014 at 06:25 AM
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AFAIK, they have until the 23rd to come in. It definitely makes me nervous the longer they're not on campus tho. Especially Yearby.

Pbcfrcane13

http://m.espn.go.com/general/blogs/blogpost?blogname=acc&id=66098

Ah man the good old days

Ohio_Cane

RE: Yearby and Darling, this was posted Friday afternoon

Safid Deen ‏@Safid_Deen 10 Jan

Central coach Roland Smith said it will be "any day now" regarding Joe Yearby and Trevor Darling enrolling early at UM. #Canes

J'Ville Cane

Posted by: SinisterCane | January 13, 2014 at 09:27 AM

Great Piece Man.

Thanks

UMike

Ohio.. and FSU has TWO RB's leave for the NFL, the Cook/Yearby combo could slide right in at FSU. FSU is putting together a pipeline to Central that is scary. And Central has a "Canes guy" at coach!! They had Freeman, the got Cook & DT Frederick Jones this class, and Calvin Brewton for 2015. It is also expected that 4-Star WR Phillips will follow Cook in 2015.

Ohio_Cane

Matt Porter ‏@mattyports 9s

Pat O'Donnell named College Football Performance Awards punter of the year. Last #Canes player honored by CFPA: WR L. Hankerson (2010).

UMike

Sinister.. that was a good posted.. especially the info about Harris and the "Golden - Miami attitude" situation.

UMike

I remember watching the 30 for 30 and Jimmy Johnson saying how he just let the kids be... I mean how else would some country dude from Okie State win in Miami, with Miami players lol

Ohio_Cane

Gregg Doyel ‏@GreggDoyelCBS 13m

NCAA reconsidered Penn State sanctions, but won't do the same for Miami. Boo, NCAA - http://cbsprt.co/KUShQp

Terrance Sullivan

Great stuff TonyCane. I love the breakdown. Love the Space. Everyone have a great week.

Go Canes

@ESPN_ACC: 2001 Miami Hurricanes were BCS's best http://t.co/BmjPuuZOBT

Ohio_Cane

Canesport (I know, I know lol) saying Yearby and Darling will be enrolled tomorrow.

Go Canes

Those two and Thomas are all All Cane. Haven't been worried about them at all.

Golden just has to make sure he secures Valentine at Kaaya.

UMike

He isnt securing Valentine.. you can cross him off the list lol

UMike

I said it before... and it was said again in the post Sinister added... Valentine hadnt heard from Golden almost a week after he said he wasnt a PSU candidate. But Jenkins, Moten and others did. Valentine was shaky for a long time and just needed that excuse, and Golden gave him a good one. I cannot remember a SINGLE time where a player de-committed from Miami, and ended up back in the class.

Go Canes

We'll see UMike.

If he comes to his official he's coming here.

UMike

He has visited many times..even if he takes his visit, it doesnt mean much. If your a DT and want to make it to the NFL, would you rather LSU or D'No? lol

Ohio_Cane

He has visited many times..even if he takes his visit, it doesnt mean much. If your a DT and want to make it to the NFL, would you rather LSU or D'No? lol

Posted by: UMike | January 13, 2014 at 10:33 AM
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I'd prefer playing time. He's not a starter at LSU immediately. He is at UM.

LB

Ohio's right on the button and I've said it all along. Even if the defensive coordinator is a stooge, UM is still a DIRECT line to the NFL if you have any ambition at all. There are dozens of one-year and two-year Cane starters that are making a killing in the NFL. Add in a top 40 education and that's why.

Honestly, recruits turn down UM for three reasons:
1. Grades. If they don't have them, I honestly don't want them. It's a waste of our time and their time. If they really want to be a Cane, they go to JUCO. I want those guys.
2. Arrest records. See the fellows who transcend UM to Marshall.
3. Money. It's hard to say no to jumping multiple economic classifications, a PS4, a 60 inch TV, a new home, and all the ladies a hormonally charged high school dude could want. Not everyone is a one-woman man like Seantrel is to Susan.

Go Canes

We have put a lot more and much better DTs than LSU ever has.

It's not even close.

And to say his visit won't matter is ridiculous.

Having the last shot a few days before signing days is huge and if he is really committed to LSU why would he even bother to show up.

His mom is here, his family is here, there is no doubt the kid wants to play here.

Golden just needs to mend some fences and get him back in the fold if possible.

SinisterCane

Golden just needs to mend some fences and get him back in the fold if possible.

Posted by: Go Canes | January 13, 2014 at 10:55 AM

Trust takes forever to gain and a second to lose

SinisterCane

Golden basically replace the NCAA cloud with PSU cloud

i.e. You know Franklin is not staying at PSU for long and as soon as get his NFL gig Golden will be first in line to replace him.

How can you commit to Miami when Golden isn't?

UMike

Go Canes, what good DT's has Miami put in the league RECENTLY? If Valentine wanted playing time, Golden maybe leaving wouldnt have mattered.

UMike

His mom is here, his family is here, there is no doubt the kid wants to play here.

Posted by: Go Canes | January 13, 2014 at 10:55 AM

Yea "there is no doubt" he wants to be here... might be the funniest thing you have said yet lol

Ohio_Cane

I agree with Go Canes. If Valentine keeps his visit in late January, we're in the drivers seat. If he cancels, we're clearly out

Ohio_Cane

JDotLeezy in twitter:

Darling said he moved in yesterday, would be made official today. Yearby should be today or tomorrow

Ohio_Cane

ON* twitter

UMike

well I would HAPPY to be wrong on this one.. but imo it aint happening.

Go Canes

Sinister is he or is he not the coach here?

If the answer is yes, how is he not committed here?

Because he took a day and a half two weeks ago to speak to his alma mater about the head coaching job?

You act like he is the only coach who's ever done that. Here's a newsflash, it happens EVERY offseason with dozens of coaches.

And do you think a kid who REALLY wants to come here is going to back out because of that? Especially after the coach can come in and say "I could have gone to my alma mater for twice the money, but chose to stay here and build a winner with you."?

I know he will never do a single thing right in your eyes, but enough is enough with your tired rhetoric.

UMike

good news ohio

UMike

Go Canes..it could also be said that you have a "tired rhetoric"... just in the other direction lol...

First you said "there is no doubt" Valentine wants to play here, and then you follow up with...

"And do you think a kid who REALLY wants to come here is going to back out because of that? Especially after the coach can come in and say "I could have gone to my alma mater for twice the money, but chose to stay here and build a winner with you."?"

Which is EXACTLY what happened with Valentine.. so does that mean he "REALLY" doesnt wanna play here? lol

30CINCO

Valentine committed and de-comitted from 3 schools already. He needs to stop with the hide and seek. If he is not sure, he should wait.

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