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September 16, 2014

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Harry Miller

Love the Canes

VA Cane

2 in a row MC5 Kick out the jams!!!

VA Cane

Hope KO gets it together as a young man, sorry it happened...hang in there young man get help get real!

SOUP

#CrowToJonesFor6

Ohio_Cane

Our season went really REALLY wrong if Crow is in for anything except garbage time.

hazydavy

Sorry can't get behind a guy with the name Crow lol
But with our track record he will be playing in about 3 weeks due to injuries.

j.w.

That could happen, soup, with Coley's love for the trick play, he is as likely as anyone other than Kaaya to throw a TD

Terrance Sullivan

Let's go Canes would love to see the Crow throw a Half Back Touchdown pass to PD or SC or BB or HW or CW that would be 2 Sweet. Go Canes.

dj moonbat

OK, I give up. Gray Crow for the Heisman!

hassan

Provides great depth for the upcoming season, we was very short on QB's with only 4 going into next season, Kaaya and Crow are the only 1's to take actual snap's in games.

UMike

Quarterback Kevin Olsen is gone.

Quarterback Ryan Williams is nearing his comeback.

And quarterback Brad Kaaya will make the biggest start of his young career for the Hurricanes in front of 90,000-plus fans Saturday in Lincoln, Nebraska, against the No. 24 Cornhuskers.

Miami announced Tuesday just minutes before UM coach Al Golden’s weekly news conference that redshirt freshman Olsen is no longer a student at UM after his arrest Monday for possessing a stolen/fictitious driver’s license and driving under the influence.

“We wish him the very best in the future,’’ the university released as the second part of a two-sentence statement announcing Olsen’s departure.

Golden, who said Monday night that he had spoken at length with Olsen and his father earlier Monday, said the news “was tough for all of us,’’ stressing more than once that Olsen would eventually emerge victorious.

“Right now this is about Kevin and his family and we need to respect that,’’ the coach said. “He needs this time to look at himself and move forward, and I have no doubt that with the support of his family, his brothers, his mom and dad, and obviously those of us that know him really well, there’s no question that he’s going to have the right ending. … He’s going to win in the end.’’

Meanwhile, during the same news conference, Golden reaffirmed his faith in Kaaya, as the true freshman prepares to make his second road trip after struggling — along with his teammates — in his career-debut loss at Louisville. Two games later against Arkansas State, Kaaya had a record-breaking performance by throwing for 342 yards and four touchdowns in the best passing game in history by a UM true freshman.

Kaaya is now 13th nationally in passing yards per completion with a 15.4-yard average. He ranks 20th with seven passing touchdowns, and his 233.0 passer rating, according to UM, was the best by any Miami quarterback in at least 20 years.

In three games, he has completed 45 of 75 passes (60 percent) for 698 yards and the seven TDs, with five interceptions. Of the five picks, one was the final play of the game at Louisville and the other was his final pass against Arkansas State.

“We’re not really concerned about that,’’ Golden said, noting that of the two interceptions on final Kaaya passes, one was during a two-minute drill at Louisville and the other was when a receiver ran the wrong route. “We know five interceptions is not ideal, but as coaches we look at how it transpired. There’s nothing about him right now that’s gun-shy, nor should there be. He’s a guy who wants to execute and wants to let it rip.”

The low-keyed, even-keeled Kaaya said of his true freshman record: “It’s a good stat to have.’’

Kaaya became intrigued and entranced with the Hurricanes as a 6-year-old Southern Californian watching on television as Miami defeated Nebraska 37-14 on Jan. 3, 2002, in the Rose Bowl for the Hurricanes’ fifth national title. He said he recalls the Miami and Nebraska fans “flooded LA’’ and added before the season began that ever since that game he has loved the Canes (2-1).

Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2014/09/16/4351893/qb-kevin-olsen-no-longer-a-student.html#storylink=cpy

UMike

On Saturday night, when UM visits a potent Nebraska team, we’ll know whether the apparent improvement in this Hurricanes defense --- which ranks eighth overall nationally --- is a mirage or real and legitimate and sustainable. Remember, the 2013 Hurricanes defense surged in September against FAU and UF and Savannah State, rising into the top 25 in several statistical categories, then unraveled as the season progressed.

UM doesn’t get the benefit of the doubt here, not after the past two years, and not after a less-than-grueling early season schedule featuring Louisville (which lost at Virginia), Florida A&M and Arkansas State.

That said, there are promising signs that should leave Canes fans guardedly optimistic: Miami ranks sixth in yards allowed per play, 15th in rushing defense, fourth in yards allowed per carry (just over 2.0), 13th in sacks and 35th in scoring defense, at 19.3.

The reasons for the improvement? Anthony Chickillo is playing the best of his career; “he’s more sound in his technique,” defensive tackle Olsen Pierre said… Calvin Heurtelou and Courtel Jenkins have been a clear upgrade at defensive tackle. One reason, Pierre said, is those two “listen and stay in their gaps” and do not freelance like others did “in the past.”….

Thurston Armbrister has blossomed into an impact player; his four sacks are tied for fifth nationally. Denzel Perryman is playing at a level worthy of Todd McShay ranking him the 25th-best prospect in next year’s draft…. Safety Deon Bush has given UM range and physicality it lacked last year, when he wasn’t completely healthy… And though Tracy Howard has struggled, UM has five legitimate, experienced cornerbacks --- its best depth in years.

What else has changed? “Our safeties are tackling a lot better in the alleys,” Al Golden said. “Guys know where they need to be. Guys know where the ball needs to be directed to the free hitters.”

Aside from FSU, Nebraska could be this defense’s biggest test; the Cornhuskers have an elite tailback (Ameer Abdullah), are 10th in scoring offense (47 points per game) and have allowed only one sack. Only Arkansas averages more yards per carry than Nebraska’s 7.4. Quarterback Tommy Armstrong had seven touchdown passes and 158 yards rushing in three games.

“If there’s any silver lining, we’ve seen running quarterbacks the past two weeks,” Golden said of Florida A&M and Arkansas State.

### Though some fans have questioned UM defensive backs for giving too much cushion to opposing receivers at times, one UM official said Mark D’Onofrio told at least one of his prominent defensive backs to give his receiver less space and it hasn’t consistently been executed. “You can’t blame that on Mark,” the UM person said.

And why has UM several times put a linebacker on a slot receiver, which some have second-guessed? UM likes having the extra linebacker in the game to protect itself against the run, and a safety is supposed to give the linebacker help in coverage.

### With Kevin Olsen departing, the total number of players who signed with UM under Golden, but either never made it to campus, transferred, quit football or were bounced prematurely has reached an astounding 30, according to the records of myself and my esteemed colleague, Manny Navarro.

Of those 30, 10 have had disciplinary problems, including five arrested and one (Al Quadin-Muhammad) who was dismissed from school for one semester but plans to return in January. Six were four-star prospects and six couldn’t qualify academically.

Three others had injuries that ended their football careers. Heck, a whole starting-caliber linebacker group has departed: Alex Figueroa (charged with sexual assault), Gionni Paul (at Utah) and Eddie Johnson.

Golden and his staff can’t be blamed for most of this; nobody knows when a player will be arrested, when a prospect will need to return home for family medical reasons (four-star safety Kiy Hester) and nobody would have predicted Olsen’s life would careen off track like this.

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

UMike

CORAL GABLES – A day after he was arrested on charges of driving under the influence and possession of false/stolen identification, quarterback Kevin Olsen is no longer enrolled at UM.

The school announced the news in a press release of two sentences, the second of which was, “We wish him the very best in the future.”

Olsen, a redshirt freshman, never played in a game for the Hurricanes. He was suspended for last year’s Russell Athletic Bowl and the first two games of this season, reportedly for a failed drug test. Before enrolling at UM, he was cited for leaving the scene of an accident in his home state of New Jersey.

UM coach Al Golden clarified Olsen would not be returning to UM in the future, and declined to say what his immediate future might hold. He expressed well wishes, and ones which come from longstanding ties.

Golden, who played high school football and began his coaching career in New Jersey, said he has known the Olsen family “since I got into coaching, around ’95.” Olsen’s father, Chris, is a longtime high school football coach in New Jersey. Golden was a young assistant at Boston College and Penn State when Olsen’s older brothers Christian and Greg were prep stars. Golden said he met a 9-year-old Kevin while recruiting them.

“It’s not going to be the end for Kevin,” Golden said. “I watched him grow up. From that standpoint, that was tough for all of us, but right now, this about Kevin and his family and we need to respect that.

“I have no doubt that he’ll be back. He needs this time to look at himself and obviously move forward, and I have no doubt that with the support of his family, his brothers, his mom and dad and those of us that know them really well, there’s no question that he’s going to have the right ending at the end of this.

“He’s going to win in the end. He’ll come out on top.”

Offensive line coach Art Kehoe, who said he’s known the Olsen family “a long time,” said he chalks it up to a young man making mistakes.

“Youth is wasted on the young, right?” Kehoe said. “I think he’ll learn, I hope he’ll learn from this. He has so much potential. You want to see him grow from this and get better where he goes next.”

Other notes:

* Depth at quarterback is not a concern at quarterback with the loss of Olsen, Golden said. “We have four.” That includes Ryan Williams, Jake Heaps and Malik Rosier, the latter of whom UM plans to redshirt. Williams is competing with Heaps for the backup quarterback job behind starter Brad Kaaya. Williams, who is nearing a return from a knee injury, “looked good today,” Golden said. He did not say whether he might see action this weekend.

* Going forward, UM has commitments from prep quarterbacks Dwayne Lawson (2015) and Jack Allison (2016). In 2015, scholarship quarterbacks will be Kaaya, Rosier and Lawson.

* Golden wouldn’t confirm UM’s current scholarship count – it is believed to be somewhere around 76 – but said “we’re taking a lot” of reductions this season from the nine-over-three-years penalty the NCAA assessed in Oct. 2013. He also mentioned a few players earned scholarships this year, but preferred to keep that in-house. One is Nantambu Fentress, who also played last year on scholarship.

* Injury updates: fullback Walter Tucker (ankle) and backup guard Alex Gall (unknown) were in red (no-contact) jerseys. Golden said Tucker was a maybe for this weekend, and Gall is expected to play. Receiver Stacy Coley (shoulder), who was in yellow (limited contact), is expected to play.

* Golden said he wasn’t worried about Kaaya throwing five interceptions in his first three games. Two of them came on his last (arguably meaningless) pass of the game. Golden said his pick against Arkansas State happened because “we ran the wrong route.”

“There’s nothing about him right now that’s gun-shy, nor should it be,” Golden said. “He’s a guy who wants to execute, wants to let it rip.”

* Right tackle Taylor Gadbois said Kaaya has grown “substantially” since UM’s opening-game loss at Louisville.

http://caneswatch.blog.palmbeachpost.com/2014/09/16/tuesday-notes-olsen-dismissed-golden-previews-nebraska/

UMike

The sequel to “The U,” the wildly popular ESPN “30 for 30” documentary on the University of Miami football program, will debut following the Heisman Trophy presentation in December.

“The U Part 2” will be shown at 9 p.m. Dec. 13 on ESPN. The film, directed by Miami-based Billy Corben, will pick up where the original left off, beginning with the rise from the ashes of the Butch Davis-era Hurricanes and the 2001 national championship, through the Nevin Shapiro scandal and into today.

The original 2009 documentary dealt with the rise of the bad-boy Hurricanes of the 1980s and early ’90s. It was the highest-rated “30 for 30” documentary at the time.

Corben, a 36-year-old UM graduate, and his company, Rakontur Films, also created “Cocaine Cowboys” (2006), on the drug wars of 1980s, and ESPN’s “Broke,” (2012), about athletes’ financial woes.

Corben said his latest film will show

the sophisticated ways in which Davis recruited in the face of NCAA sanctions, leading to what Corben called “the miracle, really, of building not only the greatest college football team of all time but arguably the greatest NFL team of all time,” referring to the 2001 title team that produced a record 17 first-round NFL draft picks.

That dizzying success attracted Shapiro, the now-incarcerated Ponzi schemer who gave cash, gifts and other benefits to Hurricanes players for the better part of the 2000s. As the original film linked the rise of the football team to 1980s Miami – a community healing from an era of drugs and violence — the sequel shows the culture of South Florida that allowed Shapiro to gain influence.

“It was no longer Cocaine Cowboys. It was more white-collar crime that came to define this community,” Corben said. “It was more Medicare fraud, mortgage fraud, Ponzi schemes. We definitely get into how South Florida has evolved as a community. We subsist from hustle to hustle. So obviously this is the next generation of hustlers that was around the program.”

However, Corben noted, that’s “a fraction” of the two-hour run time. Most of the film is about football.

Corben began the project in May and production is not yet complete. The university did not permit Corben to interview current members of UM, including president Donna Shalala, who took over in 2001; coach Al Golden; strength coach Andreu Swasey, whose presence helps bring many players back to campus to train; and colorful offensive line coach Art Kehoe, who did not work for UM when he appeared in the ‘09 film. UM did not assist Corben in his first film, either.

Among the former players and coaches interviewed in the sequel: Davis, Bryant McKinnie, Ed Reed, Phillip Buchanon, Ken Dorsey, Jonathan Vilma, Damione Lewis, Mike Rumph, Sinorice Moss, Santana Moss, Kenny Holmes, Jeremy Shockey, Greg Olsen and Najeh Davenport, whose separate documentary “The U Reloaded” debuted in August.

“You can keep doing interviews forever,” Corben said. “Even if you just did first-round picks, we’d be shooting next year.”

Corben doesn’t have that luxury. He expects to be working on post-production of the film almost until its scheduled premiere.

“We’re in fast-forward right now,” he said. “There’s a lot of Cuban coffee involved.”

http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/sports/the-u-part-2-sequel-to-popular-hurricanes-film-to-/nhNJP/

SOUP

OK, I give up. Gray Crow for the Heisman!

Posted by: dj moonbat | September 17, 2014 at 01:08 AM

Welcome to The Bright Side!

SOUP

UMike...mailed "The Package" yesterday. Please let me know when "The Eagle Has Landed".

Let the NSA have fun with that one! LOL

UMike

SOUP.. I cant tell you how much I appreciate it. I will be checking daily lol

Jay

Our team needs a UCLA type of upset win to turn the page. I don't think Nebraska is as good as that team was back then, but a win against them at their place could help instill the winning culture we desperately need.

UMike

Jay.. good point.. this is what the Canes use to be all about.. go on the road in a hostile environment, underdogs and just show out.. IDK if they are a legit top 25 team, but non the less they are and its a huge game for the program.

TonyCane

With Olsen, Sandland, and Hester gone, and AQM out for the fall, Miami now has exactly the same number of four and five star players as it did last season. Which was the lowest in at least a decade. The rate of attrition since 2009 has been astounding. It used to be that we were challenged because so many of our guys went pro early. Now 20-30% of each class (beginning in 2010) does not even make it to draft eligibility. If this continues we will never be back.

SinisterCane

GO CANEZ

UMike

Tony..thats just one of MANY reasons we may not ever be back, at least with this staff. Although, outside of AQM, those loses dont hurt that much. Olsen was never going to see the field, Sandland was 3rd or 4th on the depth chart and Hester never played a down. But like B. Jackson said earlier we lost a starting caliber LB group in Figs, Paul and Johnson. When the names are laid out, we have lost or missed on a lot of guys

thirstybuzzardcane

If we lose on Saturday, I think we'll see Williams take over the starting job. Miami still has a lot to play for this season, even with a loss on Saturday. If Kaaya really struggles the first half, you might even see Williams in the second half.

thirstybuzzardcane

Starting to hate this guy more and more!!!!


http://sports.yahoo.com/news/jameis-winston-s-latest-blunder-shows-tone-deaf-qb-still-needs-to-grow-up-020131876-ncaaf.html

Lurker

"we may not ever be back"

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Wow!

UMike

I dont think a win or loss will determine Kaayas job.. but if we lose because of him. Since this isnt a conference game it could mean little in terms of the ACC title.. but if we go and get embarrassed AGAIN by a good team their should be changes across the board lol... But Kaaya is the future and quite honestly all we have. It is scary to think of the QB situation. Kaaya and Rosier, thats it!! Lawson will be a true freshman next year, assuming he is in and Allison is another year away. I say you have to keep building around Kaaya unless he is downright awful.

UMike

Lurker... have you seen any signs over the last say 8 years that make you believe we will be atop college football again? Of course it is what I want and everyone wants..but as I said, and you cleverly left out, WITH THIS STAFF I dont see it happening.

UMike

Way to cut out a few words and leave what was ACTUALLY said... but us "haters" are the ones with the agendas.. ha good one

thirstybuzzardcane

When we play FSU, somebody needs to fly a sign over the stadium that says "For free crabs call 1-800-Winston"!

raizecane

Soup - where are your tickets located? I want to purcahse mine in the same section for the North carolina game even though we probably wont remain there. :-)

dj moonbat

### With Kevin Olsen departing, the total number of players who signed with UM under Golden, but either never made it to campus, transferred, quit football or were bounced prematurely has reached an astounding 30, according to the records of myself and my esteemed colleague, Manny Navarro.

Posted by: UMike | September 17, 2014 at 06:19 AM


So is UM's APR just toast?

Lurker

You said it. Own it.

Imo, no matter how you qualified it, that's loser talk. Part of being a winner is having a positive attitude.

The canes will be back. Either with this group of coaches or another group. I'm not giving up. Apparently you have.

SinisterCane

WE READY… WE READY… WE READY… WE READY…

UMike

Lurker.. you need to Lurk ur ass somewhere else.. tell me I need to "own it" GTFOH with that BS.. why dont you read what I actually said, ok winner? Can winners read? Lets try this again.. what I said was..."Tony..thats just one of MANY reasons we may not ever be back, at least with this staff." where you able to read that ok? Has this staff proven ANYTHING to give them the benefit of the doubt that they can put Miami back on top?

You can live in your fantasy world and act like everything is ok, but Im going to stay over here in the REAL world.

UMike

I think Nebraska is overrated, but the RB is the real deal. This will be a real test for our D and our run D.

SinisterCane

Shots fired

Cane on Cane violents lol

Go Canes

@ByTimReynolds: Excellent news. RT @FieldYates: Source: Falcons have signed P Matt Bosher to a 5-yr extension, $5.95M guaranteed & $2.5M signing bonus

SinisterCane

I'm more worried about Duke then Neb

UMike

I havent seen any of Duke this year.. they look any good?

SinisterCane

UMike | September 17, 2014 at 09:24 AM


I haven't seen Duke this year but they beat us and more then likely they don't fear us anymore. The Duke game is the most must win game on the schedule

UMike

Duke is 3-0

Elon - 52-13
Troy - 34-17
Kansas - 41-3

dj moonbat

So, if the 'Canes have lost 30 scholarship players to attrition over four classes, and the standard number of scholarships is 85 at any one time, the 'Canes should be carrying like 55 scholarship players? So it's just some guys using their fifth (redshirt) year that are keeping the numbers where they are?

Or am I forgetting something?

UMike

dj, I dont think that is how it works. We lost 30, but pick up an extra few in different classes etc to make up for it. I think

Ohio_Cane

Ok, I talked about a local recruit the last couple years (Michael Ferns) who ended up committing to Michigan as an EE.

Well, his little brother is even better than him.

4* 2016 ATH/LB Brendan Ferns - http://sports.yahoo.com/ncaa/football/recruiting/player-Brendan-Ferns-154598;_ylt=A0LEV0.9kRlUB9gAia9XNyoA;_ylu=X3oDMTEzNzZhbHBoBHNlYwNzcgRwb3MDMgRjb2xvA2JmMQR2dGlkA1NNRTU5Ml8x

He's not set on going to Michigan where big brother went, and is also looking at OSU. We need to evaluate this kid.

Go Canes

We were 11 below the scholarship limit going to last season, and this year's signing class was not an overly large one.

If I had to guesstimate we are at no more than 70-75 scholarship players right now.

Ohio_Cane

Here is Ferns' Soph highlights: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EFZsAIE8KY8

It's no SFLA competition, but this kid is a physical freak at a legit 6'2 or 6'3, 225 lbs and runs a mid 4.4 40.

dj moonbat

If I had to guesstimate we are at no more than 70-75 scholarship players right now.

Posted by: Go Canes | September 17, 2014 at 09:59 AM


I think I read 71.

Go Canes

That is a ridiculously low number for a major college football team.

But I forgot, "The cloud" shouldn't be having an effect on us any more.

Go Canes

Article on Nebraska's running back:

http://espn.go.com/college-football/story/_/id/11531690/nebraska-rb-ameer-abdullah-uncommon-talent

dj moonbat

That is a ridiculously low number for a major college football team.

But I forgot, "The cloud" shouldn't be having an effect on us any more.

Posted by: Go Canes | September 17, 2014 at 10:25 AM


But if, say, half of the 30 who bombed out HADN'T bombed out, that would make a full strength team. Presumably, the Cloud stops affecting recruits AFTER they've signed.

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