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April 15, 2014

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TJL

UNO!!

nemo2002

Damn it!

Terrance Sullivan

Stacey Coley

SinisterCane

Week 1

D'Onofrio VS Petrino

Should be fun

86Cane

#GrayCrow

VA Cane

I get amused when people who have not been on here for the long haul take offense to OGV. Now he can get down, dirty and evil with the best of them no doubt. But the way he goes about it is with an amazing tongue in cheek humor, and it is a breath of fresh air. If you get offended, thats ok, because he is doing it just to get you feeling like that, he's digging you.

In the south where I am from, we have a saying called "getting your goat". I am sure it is used other places as well. I have a great buddy named Mark O. Farmer from Galax Virginia and he wrote the book on it years ago. To be fair, as I think about it, OGV surely co-authored that book because he will get your goat by the balls and run with it, never miss a step or a beat. He is great at it, and that is what he does. It is all meant in good fun, and it keeps things lively. I would feel incomplete without many of the OGVisms I have read over the years. If and when I get to a UM game down there, I have got to meet and have a drink with the great OGV.

Learn to appreciate his wit and humor as he keeps the ball rolling. JMO

Virginia Cane

VA Cane

Go big Gray Go!!!!!!

Caw Caw!!!!!!

86Cane

If and when I get to a UM game down there, I have got to meet and have a drink with the great OGV. Learn to appreciate his wit and humor as he keeps the ball rolling. JMO

Posted by: VA Cane | April 15, 2014 at 10:11 PM

There IT is right there.

VA Cane

Rohan " Bad as has ever Been at UM" Marley.

My players are on spring break this week. Today their assignemt was to google Rohan Marley football highlights. I said you will never see a more intense player than this cat. He and Jack Tatum are my favorite players of all time. I have never seen a more intense smaller guy reek more havoc and hell on people than the great Rohan!!!!!!

I love the guy!!!! Forever!!!!!

herbieibis

We started winning once Morris stopped playing dam small ball, so much.
I don't care who plays QB as long as we can finally develop one.

laquinton

Ken dorsey. We need you

UMike

Week 1

D'Onofrio VS Petrino

Should be fun

Posted by: SinisterCane | April 15, 2014 at 10:04 PM

Remember what happened the last time these coaches has time to prepare for each other?

UMike

As Dexter Williams gets prepared to start his senior year at a new school, he knows the odds are against him. His dream is shared by many, but accomplished by few. The numbers tell him he won’t make it the pros. According to the NFL Players Association, of the 100,000 high school seniors that play football every year, only 215 will ever make an NFL roster. That is only a .2% success rate. In order to refine his skills on the pathway to the league, he made the move to West Orange from Olympia.

“I transferred from Olympia to West Orange because I know that was the better choice for me long term. I also feel like it could benefit me more and help me get to where I need to be. I wanted to also reunite with Coach Head, because he started out teaching me the game and I actually wanted to end it with him teaching me everything. He shows me a lot of love and I am very comfortable with him and his offense. He makes me perform at my best and I just wanted to have that familiarity with my coach.”

Although the numbers are against him, that does not stop Dexter from setting a goal and working hard to reach it. Williams would rather die enormous than live dormant.

“To be honest my dreams are high so of course I want to make the NFL. That is just a goal I’ve always had since I was a little boy. I am going to reach that goal by putting in this work. But I also know you can’t have football forever so if things don’t go as planned, I really don’t want to think like that, but I would fall back on my education while still being involved in football.”

How big of a role does football play in Dexter’s life? Like many other high school players, he loves the game. The practices, workouts, and film room meetings have become an integral part of his daily life. However, while he enjoys the fun, Williams does not just play football as a fun extracurricular.

“Football is very important to me. I know that it can get me out of the conditions I am and it can also to help me become a man. It keeps me focused and keeps me out of trouble. I know what football can do for me. I know football can do great things for me and my family. That’s why I work hard.”

Often lost in the world of big-time college sports is the fact that underprivileged student-athletes are receiving a great opportunity, which they would not have had, to learn at higher education institutions. Williams plans on putting his education to use my focusing in one of two aspects.

“I plan on majoring in sports medicine and becoming a physical therapist or majoring in sports management.”

Williams received a SPARQ rating of 131.37 and an invite to the Opening. For comparison, 2014 UGA signee Nick Chubb had a SPARQ rating of 143.91, 2014 FSU signee Dalvin Cook had a SPARQ rating of 110.64, and Auburn 2014 5-star Racean Thomas had a SPARQ rating of 116.61.

“To be honest it’s natural. When I was in 5th grade, I was already grabbing the rim and dunking. With the shuttle I can just change directions quickly so it was natural. The 40 and the power ball were also natural. I recently started working on improving the vertical and my goal is to get my vertical to 50 inches. I hope to also get my 40 time to a 4.4. I feel like my 40 time is slower than my field speed. I’ve been blessed with a lot of God given talent.”

“One of my goals is for my team to win the Opening. I want to rep my city and my state. I hear there are a lot of boys from Cali, Texas, Louisiana but Florida is number 1 in football and nobody can touch us. I’m also going to do some recruiting for the U. A lot of people sleeping on us but it’s time for the upcoming.”

As referred to earlier, Williams holds football dear to him. He started playing as a child for an outlet for his anger. Now he uses it as a means for giving back to his family. He overcame temper with football, he over his mom sickness with football, and now he hopes to prosper with football. And bring his whole family with him.

“When I grew up playing football I wanted to play everything. I played every position and never wanted to come off the field. I started playing quarterback a lot and fell in love with it, but at the same time I fell in love with running the ball. I knew I could run it hard, shifty, and be explosive. The more the ball was put in my hand the more I fell in love with running back.”

“I used to have a bad temper. Football helped me with it. The bad temper was because of the things going on in my household. I had to overcome a lot. Growing up it was very rough because we didn’t really have much. So I never really asked for much. I was learning from my brothers but they weren’t very good role models for me. They were in and out of jail, and I kept watching what they were doing and learning from them. I realized I need to stop this because I was putting a lot of stress on my mom and she was worried. My mom has been very sick. If you look at her now you wouldn’t think she’s sick, but she was diagnosed with myasthenia gravis and also diabetes. And I also lost my mom for three months because she was pronounced dead. It really hit me hard when it was my birthday and she wasn’t there. I owe her the world. So I took football and decided I just have to do this and work hard. I know if I keep my mind straight football can get me from up out of here.”

Williams visited the University of Miami for their spring game to acquire more information about the school. He took his family with him so they could learn more about the school as well. Committing to UM was in the back of his mind, but after receiving the gut feeling in his stomach, he knew what he had to do. He is a solid commit, but will take visits to ensure himself he made the correct decision.

“I’m still going to take visits, but my mind is set on the U. I just want to get out there and make sure I made the right decision. I just want to get a feel for what the others have to offer, but right now my mind is set on the U.”

College football recruiting has received a reputation, for a lack of a better term, a malicious practice. Coaches will tell a recruit what they want to hear, and lead them to believe certain things. Now, coaches must sell the program and with that comes promises. But Dexter knows how to separate the coaches that he trusts from the coaches that don’t care for his well being.

“I listen to my family, my coaches, and my trainer. They are all a big part of my recruitment. Coach Head and my parents always tell me to make sure I pay close attention to what the coaches are saying. The coaches could be saying something and not mean it. Everybody is happy wherever I go and they will support me. I’m happy I got all the support from them.”

“I trusted Hurlie Brown and Al Golden because they were on my heavy like no other college. I knew once I got down there it was love. Coach Al Golden checks up on me heavy every day. We talk about the workouts I’m doing and other stuff. Coach Hurlie I talk on the phone like three times a week with him. We don’t just talk about football we talk about life. The love I received from that coaching staff showed me they want me to be a hurricane. Even now once I get off the phone with you I’m supposed to call him. Even all the fans that I didn’t know were showing me love. All the football players at Miami showed me a lot of love and I got to chill with all the running backs and the offensive line. It was really cool and I got along with all of them.”

Now that he’s settled in on a college, Dexter has big plans. College is the bridge from high school to the NFL. These next four to five years determine whether or not he will end up in the .2% of high school senior football players that make an NFL roster. Dexter is focused and ready, but are ‘Cane fans ready for him to reach Coral Gables?

“I got my mind set on coming in and starting. I’m training hard and working hard every day. I know that yearby might have the spot because he would know the program better than me, but once I pick up the program it’s a wrap.”

Dexter Williams plans on early enrolling. He does not have the required credits as of now, but he is in the process of figuring out what he needs to get done to enroll at UM in January.

“Yeah I’m working on early enrolling right now. I think I have to take 2 more classes. If I can’t I’ll come in the summer.”

We see 4 & 5 star recruits become busts, but why is Dexter different from them?

“In college I’m really going to keep my mind straight and focus on what I need to do. A lot of kids get caught up in the college life and the parties and everything. I really just want to go in and keep my mind focused. I know I do it for my family. I don’t want to disappoint my mom and dad. God first, then family has always been a motto of mine. I don’t want to put in all this work and don’t complete my dream."

http://www.canesinsight.com/content/2363-Dexter-Williams-Confident-Courageous-and-a-Cane

UMike

Coaches have been hitting the road hard the last few days getting offers to a lot of 2016 kids including Cavin Ridley, Calvins younger brother.

Old Skool

Skool...following along with YOUR story line: "When Gray Crow win game, pass to Jones, U shut mouth?"

Posted by: 86Cane | April 15, 2014 at 08:48 PM

In 2017, Gray Crow will lead my beloved Oakland Raiders to a Super Bowl title!!!!!!

Posted by: VA Cane | April 15, 2014 at 09:11 PM

I agree. In Gray Crow, there's greatness waiting to be unleashed. After he wins the Super Bowl, he'll give up football to serve his country in the Crimean War where he'll win the medal of honor for saving his platoon by standing in the path of an on-coming Russian tank and throwing a hand grenade straight down the barrel. He'll return to our country as a war hero, run for Congress on the independent Cane Party ticket, serve 12 years in the House then run for Senate,beat George P. Bush IV and serve another 12 years in the Senate. Rather than face Crow in a general election, the president will appoint him to be UN ambassador. Gray will rise to become the UN Secretary General, broker a lasting peace deal between the Palestinians and the Israelis. Finally, his heart will give out and grateful planet will carve his likeness into Mt. Everest for all the world to see and remember forever. In the meanntime, Crow will have ascended to heaven and serve at the feet of God for milenia. When the time comes, he'll be elected to the Heavenly Hall of Fame on the first ballot in a unanimous vote with only UMike abstaining.

Old Skool

Jameis makes the front page of the NYTimes

http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2014/04/16/sports/errors-in-inquiry-on-rape-allegations-against-fsu-jamies-winston.html?hp&_r=0

SinisterCane


Jameis makes the front page of the NYTimes

http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2014/04/16/sports/errors-in-inquiry-on-rape-allegations-against-fsu-jamies-winston.html?hp&_r=0

Posted by: Old Skool | April 16, 2014 at 08:05 AM

After reading this FSU is no better then PSU

Trust there will be BLOOD from this

Ohio_Cane

Coaches have been hitting the road hard the last few days getting offers to a lot of 2016 kids including Cavin Ridley, Calvins younger brother.

Posted by: UMike | April 16, 2014 at 06:09 AM
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Unfortunately, BOTH of them will struggle mightily to qualify anywhere, let alone to UM.

UMike

Ohio.. I agree. Yesterday I was talking to my son after the gym. He is a freshman in high school, but we were talking about his credits and community hours etc and having them in order. He said he should have everything done by the second semester of his senior year. And I was talking him how every year these super talented guys have offers to all these schools and cant make it..like dude you got FOUR years get it right. If you know you can go to a big school, even if not Miami, but like a FSU or Florida and maybe the NFL.. that should be enough motivation to get it right. Shyt, Gore had a dam disability and worked his ass off to get in Miami and graduate.

SinisterCane


Unfortunately, BOTH of them will struggle mightily to qualify anywhere, let alone to UM.

Posted by: Ohio_Cane | April 16, 2014 at 09:32 AM

They should good for FSU

Ohio_Cane

I read Calvin is like 19 years old lol. Also read he may not even be able to play his Senior year due to age.

UMike

Ohio, I read the same thing. He might need a waiver or something. He is as old as our sophomores lol

Old Skool

Comedy Central has picked up Tallahassee 911 for next season.

UMike

I just hope SBB isn't to much attached to Ridley.

Ohio_Cane

He is ^^

Ohio_Cane

Canespace ‏@86Cane 2m

#Canes new helmets in this article: http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/ncaaf-dr-saturday/new-helmet-technology-could-lead-to-fewer-concussions-164043017.html

Go Canes

UMike a ton of these kids don't have dads like you who take the time to talk to and teach their kids.

They are completely on their own for the most part, which is a shame.

The saddest part is when their coaches don't take the time to mentor them, they just use them for what they can get on the field and forget about the rest.

CaneRock

A 19 Y/O HS Sr isn't surprising. I'm pretty sure we have a few kids on our team that were 19 Y/O HS Srs. And it's funny that some of ya'll are clownin' CR's academic struggles, but JUMP FOR JOOOOOY! when ya'll hear Trayon Gray MIGHT make it in LMAO! IJS!

Ohio_Cane

I find it funny someone is 19 and still in HS. Shoot me. I knew one kid when I went to school who was that age. He's not doing anything in life right now. (Not saying no one can, but he's my only example)

Clowning him? No. Slow your roll, CR.

Why wouldn't we jump for joy if Gray can make it in? He's an elite player who's committed to our favorite team. Also, he's worked his azz off to try and fix his academic situation. That's something you root for.

I'll root for Ridley to make it in too if he commits to UM.

Ohio_Cane

Both Ridley's have a really bad situation at home, which is a big part of the reason for their struggles, which isn't funny. Being 19 and still in HS, is.

Doesn't mean I hope they fail.

Go Canes

Who's clowning him?

I think it's sad countless kids like him don't get the guidance and structure at home or from their coaches from a young age so they don't find themselves in this situation.

I hope for his sake he gets it together, be it here or anywhere else because at the end of the day he is just a kid.

UMike

Go Canes, I 100% agree and understand.. my dad was shot and killed when I was 9 months old in Miami, so I know how it goes. But family members, coaches etc have to know about it. Especially the coaches, how is the kid even still playing?

UMike

I think a kid making it into college after struggling is a great reason to jump for joy. I understand their home situation, which is why coaches should step in imo.

CaneRock

Has anybody read the book "Outliers"? I haven't read the book, but I hear that Gladwell makes mention of hockey parents holding their kids back a grade, to help them out in the future. Can anybody confirm or deny this...

Go Canes

Looks like no more scenarios like last year where Cook signed financial aid forms at three different schools.

Rule appealed by the SEC.


Council discusses recruitment of mid-year enrollees

As a part of its April meeting, Division I Legislative Council members decided that schools may continue to recruit prospects who sign financial aid agreements for mid-year enrollment. But if that prospect does not enroll at the school, the school will be considered in violation of recruiting rules.

The school also must ensure the prospect is already enrolled in all the coursework necessary to graduate from high school at midyear before offering the financial aid agreement.

The decision came as part of a Southeastern Conference appeal of an interpretation of a rule that allowed schools to have unlimited recruiting contact with prospective student-athletes who have signed a written offer of financial aid with the school.

The change created an unintended scenario in which prospects (most often mid-year enrollees) signed multiple offers of financial aid and coaches were incentivized to recruit prospects to sign so they could recruit without restrictions. The act of signing the agreements then lifted recruiting restrictions for that prospect with more than one school and created what some termed an unhealthy recruiting environment surrounding mid-year enrollees.

The official interpretation said that only the first school to sign a prospect to a financial aid agreement was allowed the unlimited recruiting access, but many schools indicated a concern about inadvertent violations. Schools often aren’t aware when prospects sign financial aid agreements with multiple schools and in what order. The interpretation was rescinded as part of the council’s action.

In other recruiting action, the council also modified an earlier interpretation applicable mainly in football and basketball that defined a “scholastic team” for recruiting purposes. The council decided that if a team is associated with a high school and its members attend that high school, the team is considered a scholastic team, even if that team isn’t the official team of that high school.

The change will provide greater clarity for coaches who recruit prospective student-athletes who participate on teams which are affiliated with high schools but not on that school’s official team.

UMike

They need to look into how Florida was able to offer and then sign Powell ALL during the dead period.

Go Canes

Don't know if this has been posted. It's awesome.

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DP wore @SchuttVision RT @CollegeGameDay: Playing LB through eyes of Miami’s Denzel Perryman (via @MiamiHurricanes): http://youtu.be/nT57T5tDIic

WWIN

Rock, I coach basketball and pretty much every kid is being held back now! I would say at least 75% of kids playing basketball now is a grade behind. 19yrs old as a senior will be the norm in 2yrs, vault it! I'm actually shocked that it's not the norm now, and it probably is?

CaneRock

"As a part of its April meeting, Division I Legislative Council members decided that schools may continue to recruit prospects who sign financial aid agreements for mid-year enrollment. But if that prospect does not enroll at the school, the school will be considered in violation of recruiting rules."

This is a FREAKIN'! joke...right? If by mid-year enrollee they mean an EE, didn't this happen with Dalvin Cook...

UMike

How can a school know for sure the kid will sign & enroll? I guess if the rule is changed so the kid can only do it with 1 school it is easier.

CaneRock

WWIM, I have a good friend of mine who held His son back, but He did it for academic reasons. He said His son could read, but He couldn't interpret/comprehend what He was reading.

WWIN

Rock, the kids I know are being held back for basketball reasons lol! I was actually talking to a parent last night about it.

UMike

I along with school counselors decided to hold my son back. My son was diagnoses with ADHD early, like in Pre-K, I am not a fan of drugs or anything so for a few years we just did some therapy, but he just couldn't handle himself in school. It was a LEGIT case of ADHD, not just a hyper kid. After his 1st grade year, he basically did nothing. He was smart enough, bu couldnt get any work done. He was also very immature. So we decided that it would be better for him in the long run to have him repeat. And since his birthday is so close to the cut off he was actually in class with older kids anyway. After he got on some medicine I approved of and has been a top student every since. As he has got older we have lowered his dose as he can control himself more now. But I think back and am glad we did it. I couldnt imagine him in HS last year, its hard to now, but he hit is "maturity" at the perfect time. But with his birthday being where it is, he is not older than many other kids and will graduate at age 18.

longtimecanefan

NCAA to vote on giving athletes unlimitef free food in addition to scholarships. So the non sports student will be paying even more in the future. Seems fair, one kid with free tuition, free dorm, free unmilited food, the other kid pays for it plus their own.

CaneRock

WWIM...I don't have a problem with it, if it increases the kids chances of getting a scholly. But on the flip-side, how many "right age-right grade" kids are getting overlooked.

"Sports at the highest levels, are generally for the later bloomers, NOT the earlier bloomers."

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6MScAH3TPio

UMike

longtime...I think the NCAA is just trying to throw things out there to keep the athletes at bay.. one less thing to complain about.

UMike

I dont think I would purposely hold my kid back because of a sport.

longtimecanefan

Will also vote to reduce drug use suspension times.

Wonder when private housing, cars and valets will be offered.......

longtimecanefan

Agree Umike, they are trying to keep a lid on benefits.

If its Div 1 then I could see people sending kids to Div 2 or 3 schools instead, private small schools will become cost competitive.

j.w.

After reading this FSU is no better then PSU

Trust there will be BLOOD from this

Posted by: SinisterCane | April 16, 2014 at 09:26 AM

Agree. FSU is going to pay for not reporting this properly. The Trailerhasse PD will as well. Potbellys could be collateral damage in this as well if there is solid evidence that Winston was drinking in the bar (and it sounds like his admission to 5 drinks should lead to an inquiry as to how that happened.) Unfortunately we will never know whether Winston should have been charged. And that's a shame.

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