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Itsa_Canes_Thing

I would say lets see what our record is at the end of the season. If Golden were to lose a majority of the remaining games then I still think is job is on the line. if he were to win the majority I am sure he will return next year with a new defensive staff in place.

I just don't think Golden "knows" enough people to put a true staff together and he is to big headed to ask for help.

Go Canes

@ByTimReynolds: Every "Golden Canes" level of donor to Miami athletics has honored their commitment for the year. The banner probably won't do much.

30CINCO

Amid outside criticism, 'Canes turn inward:

Brad Kaaya expected to face high-pressure situations as Miami's quarterback.

He knew defenses would harass him. He figured he'd play in a lot of hostile environments. And he understood that as the newest quarterback at a school known for producing some of the best at his position, fan expectations would be high. And if the wins didn't come, there would be criticism.

Through Miami's first six games, Kaaya has seen many of those expectations become reality.

The Hurricanes are 3-3 entering Saturday's nonconference game against Cincinnati. And with Miami having lost two of its last three games, Kaaya says he's experienced an "emotional roller coaster" as he's broken school records, led his team to wins and heard criticism of both his coaches and his defense after two tough losses in three weeks.

But the freshman and the rest of his Hurricanes teammates say they're doing their best to drown out the noise coming from outside their locker room. Instead, the Hurricanes are turning inward.

"For us, we're playing for each other. The thing that matters to me and matters to my team is the opinion that's within, this family that we have," said Kaaya, who through six games this season is one of only 17 quarterbacks in the nation to throw for more than 1,500 yards and 10 or more touchdowns. "Nothing on the outside really affects us. I'm playing each and every down for my teammates. They're my family."

After Miami's 28-17 loss at Georgia Tech last week put the Hurricanes in fifth place in the ACC Coastal Division standings, the mantra out of Coral Gables has been largely similar to Kaaya's remarks.

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A growing number of former players have expressed frustration with Miami coach Al Golden and defensive coordinator Mark D'Onofrio, especially with UM's defense allowing more than 300 rushing yards in its losses to Nebraska and Georgia Tech.

The glaring issues on defense are similar to the ones that appeared during Miami's late-season swoon last year when after starting the season 7-0, the Hurricanes lost four of their final six.

They've now lost seven of their last 12 games, several in similar fashion, prompting a backlash that had Miami athletic director Blake James telling the Sun Sentinel last month he continues to believe Golden is the right coach for the Hurricanes' program. He has since reiterated his support of Golden during interviews with other media outlets.

Through it all, Miami's players, continue to say it's up to them to perform better on the field. If that starts happening, the wins will start coming and with five ACC games coming after Saturday's matchup against the Bearcats, the Hurricanes still believe they can contend for the ACC title.

"We're really trying to keep each other up, keep each other positive. We could end the season 10-3, you never know," said freshman wide receiver Braxton Berrios, who is averaging 10.9 yards per catch. "Duke started 0-2 in the conference last year and they went on to the ACC Championship Game. We know it's not over. I hope nobody even thinks it's over. Obviously, it's not the start we wanted, but there's a lot more football to be played and I think we're going to focus on that."

SinisterCane

If Golden fires the defensive assistant coaches and not NOFENSE, it would be the most gutless cowardly act is the history of UM

30CINCO

What has Miami Hurricanes freshman quarterback Brad Kaaya taken away from the first half of the season?

“I’d say just handling the flow of each game – handling the fourth and the third quarters, the rhythm of the game – because you don’t get to experience that in practice,” said Kaaya, who is rated 36th nationally in passer efficiency (148.61).

“In summer camp you don’t experience the crowd or what it’s like in the third quarter, when everyone’s tired, just certain things you don’t experience in practice that you do in the game.”

What was the highlight for Kaaya?

“That’s a tough one,” he said. “I guess playing at Nebraska. That was pretty fun, pretty exciting. I always imagined it to be that loud and crazy. My dad always told me it was gong to be nuts. So I knew what to expect.”

The lowlight?

“I’d say last week [at Georgia Tech],” Kaaya said. “I wish I had that back – the whole game. There’s a lot we left out on the field.”

▪ UM has ruled out receiver Rashawn Scott (shoulder), kicker Matt Goudis (back) and offensive linemen Taylor Gadbois (knee) and Kc McDermott (knee) for Saturday’s game against Cincinnati.

Sarasota 'cane

Dude, 'sota, y'all need a shoulder to cry on? Yes, I know BD was cleared but it still happened under his watch. ;-)

Posted by: Darth 360Cane | October 10, 2014 at 09:05 AM

Don't care who the new will be so long as it's an upgrade from this mess. Butch is merely the best available candidate that wants to coach UM.

The clock to UM's recovery will not start ticking until Golden is gone.

SinisterCane

“She doesn’t want to leave on a sour note like that,” one of the trustees said. “She’s not going to fire the coach and walk away,” another said. “She’s not going to leave that financial burden on a new president,” another said.

Leaving her pile of festering SH!T for the next Prez

1mg of epi


I can already hear rival recruiters pitchin' that Golden getting the ax in 2015

Posted by: SinisterCane | October 10, 2014 at 09:30 AM

Which may actually entice em to come to the U

SinisterCane

I can already hear rival recruiters pitchin' that Golden getting the ax in 2015

UMike

I think we would have to really be embarrassing the last 5 games for Golden to get the axe this season. I say that only because the buyout stuff, not because I think he doesnt deserve it.

1mg of epi

The next five games are going to determine that for sure.

Posted by: Go Canes | October 10, 2014 at 08:57 AM

Sure would have to be a spectacular 5 games to erase the last 3.5 years. Don't think he can. Hope I'm wrong.

Darth 360Cane

If a change is eventually made, one trustee said do not look for Butch Davis to get the job.

Dude, 'sota, y'all need a shoulder to cry on? Yes, I know BD was cleared but it still happened under his watch. ;-)

Go Canes

@CanesFootball: Congratulations to @johnson80, who surpassed the 13,000 receiving yard mark last night. #ProCanes http://t.co/rFykFvoQ6H

Go Canes

Lots of interesting stuff coming out. But through all the smoke it's still obvious Golden will be here next season and Butch will absolutely not be the next coach year in the highly unlikely scenario he is not.

The only question remaining is whether there will be changes on the defensive side of the ball.

The next five games are going to determine that for sure.

86Cane

All three of you have such great input and are obviously smart guys. Just don't let a four year old out do you. See the light for the sake of the rest of us. Right Soup.

Posted by: Harry Miller | October 10, 2014 at 12:36 AM

Well done Harry, well done!

SinisterCane

I don't know what to believe

30CINCO

FRIDAY BUZZ COLUMN

As the UM administration stands publicly behind coach Al Golden and his staff, frustration and calls for change grow, behind the scenes, among some Board of Trustee members and donors, some of whom have started to express those views to high-ranking UM officials.

Some feedback from four prominent trustees, who asked that their names not be used:

### All four said Golden is expected to keep his job beyond this season.

Among the reasons: He’s signed through Feb. 1, 2020, and a multi-million dollar buyout would be a major obstacle; athletic director Blake James believes in Golden; there’s a sense of loyalty to Golden for steering UM through the NCAA investigation; and there’s a strong belief that president Donna Shalala would not fire her most visible coach before her May retirement.

“She doesn’t want to leave on a sour note like that,” one of the trustees said. “She’s not going to fire the coach and walk away,” another said. “She’s not going to leave that financial burden on a new president,” another said.

### How much anger is percolating among trustees and donors? “Everybody is very, very upset,” said one trustee. “We would like to see changes.”

Another respected trustee, who advocates defensive coordinator Mark D’Onofrio’s dismissal, said: “There’s a lot of frustration [among trustees]. And it’s not just with D’Onofrio. There’s also criticism of the defensive backs coach [Paul Williams]. And the criticism is starting to lap over to Golden.”

One trustee said “the donors are unhappy. They’re making noise and the pressure is starting to build on [athletic director] Blake James” to force Golden to make staff changes.

One trustee said he could not envision D’Onofrio being replaced during the season and said James has given no indication whether he would ask Golden to make staff changes after the season. One associate of Golden said that even though they are friends, people should not automatically conclude that Golden would not part ways with D’Onofrio if the problems worsen or persist.

### Could donor and booster pressure force the administration to fire coaches? Two of the trustees said they doubt it.

“One or two donors don’t make a difference, but when you have a lot of them, it’s a problem,” the trustee said, adding he has no indication that it has reached a point of many donors withholding contributions.

### Among the criticisms raised by one trustee: “You expect to see halftime adjustments and the coaches don’t make them. And you don’t see enough development and improvement from enough of our players.”

### Golden still has some trustee supporters.

“The reality is he got handed a bad deal,” said one influential trustee. “I wish people would settle down. He stayed here when he found out we were being investigated. Every coach was recruiting against him during the investigation, and as a result, we don’t have the caliber players we used to. You have to give him a couple more years to fill holes created during probation.”

If a change is eventually made, one trustee said do not look for Butch Davis to get the job. (Former UM player Joaquin Gonzalez said Davis, now with ESPN2, “would take the job in a heartbeat.”)

The trustee said Davis not only angered people with the way he left UM for the Cleveland Browns, but there are serious concerns about his departure from North Carolina under the cloud of an academic misconduct scandal. (Davis wasn’t implicated by the NCAA.)

Read more here: http://miamiherald.typepad.com/sports-buzz/2014/10/um-trustees-discuss-golden-staff-and-the-future-dolphins-heat-marlins-chatter.html#storylink=cpy

30CINCO

From Ariz:

**One of the main questions that Miami fans have had is whether or not Blake James would “force” Al Golden to fire Mark D’Onofrio and if it would cost Golden his job if he refused to do so. On that note, we have speculated on whether or not Golden has total control over assistant coach moves. Per DMoney, there is a clause in his contract that gives him that power. If Golden wants D’Onofrio to stay, he will. If he wants him gone, then he will fire him.

**Sources tell CanesInSight that at this point it is nearly impossible to envision a scenario where D’Onofrio is back next season. Golden and D’Onofrio have not been on the same page this season and their relationship has become strained. Many believe that Golden has become frustrated at D’Onofrio’s ability to run the defense and beyond that he is not a guy who most in the building like to work with on a daily basis.

**A source added that Golden knows what the perception is like in the media and he is not deaf to what is being said. He knows the pressure is on and needs to take some sort of action. With that being said, if D’Onofrio and Golden both return next season (again, very unlikely), look for multiple changes to occur on the assistant coaching staff. Like This current defensive staff will be drastically different next season, one way or another.

**The sense I get from talking to a number of people about Golden’s job security is that it would take some sort of major collapse for him to lose the job next season. With a number of tough games left on the schedule, that is not necessarily out of the question, but as of right now my guess is that Golden will be the Head Coach next season with a new defensive coordinator.

**Every recruiting cycle, Miami fans look for a national prospect that they can dream about landing. The kid this year should be Marcus Lewis because the Canes believe like they are squarely in the picture for him. Miami continued to recruit Lewis even after he had committed to UF and that hard work is paying off. This would potentially be the best recruiting effort of Paul Williams’ career if he could pull it off.

**On the other hand, Tim Irvin continues to look less and less likely. Him and Miami have grown farther apart over the past few weeks. Irvin was in attendance for the Killian-Gables game where Canes coaches were present, and I’m told that Irvin was upset that Miami coaches had not yet been to one of his games this year. Generally Miami focuses on the out of state guys so the coaches can focus on local games down the stretch, so I still expect Williams to get to one of his games in the near future.

**There was talk this week about whether or not Thurston Armbrister was a junior or senior because he is listed as a senior although he only played two games as a freshman. I can confirm that he is a senior and this will be his last season.

Dude on a Pale Horse

You know who's a f*cking good DC and you NEVER hear anyone mention him? Vance Bedford. And his D looks exactly like a Miami D. Too bad Charlie Strong has got him at Texas.

Dude on a Pale Horse

So, in my opinion the right decision is Butch and start competing for titles again. More realistically The U will fire Mark and force Al to do some staff shake ups on D. So who can we speculate (cause that's what blogging is for) would be in contention to be given the pink slip and who are so names that we should/will look at? Will the person(s) have Al Golden roots or Miami roots or will they be fresh faces?

Dude on a Pale Horse

I'm telling you all 2015 is NOT an option for Mark. Too many people are angry and we have reached the boiling point. I know SOUP said Al should get another year with whoever he wants on his staff even if that means Mark. In my opinion there is no way that happens. It looks like things are coming out that suggest I'm on to something. Al can make all of the football decisions he wants. But the losing and the lack of defense is becoming an economic and image problem. Al might survive 2014 by the skin of his teeth and I think its ONLY because the contract is a little more than The U WANTS to eat. The U will throw Mark to the wolves and have Al's input on the next DC. If Al says no then he's got himself into a pickle and The U may force a new DC on him or let him go outright. I dont really believe Al is THAT loyal. All of those supposed jobs that Al could have, ha, I never believed he was that well regarded anyways, he probably could only tuck is tail and go back to the MAC or whatever they're calling it these days.

CaneWarrior

Harry, Very well written!!!

Montreal-Cane

From the Miami Herald tonight

How much anger is percolating among trustees and donors about UM's football program?

“Everybody is very, very upset,” said one trustee. “We would like to see changes.”

As the UM administration stands publicly behind coach Al Golden and his staff, frustration and calls for change grow, behind the scenes, among some Board of Trustee members and donors, some of whom have started to express those views to high-ranking UM officials. Some feedback from four prominent trustees, who asked that their names not be used...


Read more here: http://miamiherald.typepad.com/sports-buzz/2014/10/um-trustees-discuss-golden-staff-and-the-future-dolphins-heat-marlins-chatter.html#storylink=cpy

Another respected trustee, who advocates defensive coordinator Mark D’Onofrio’s dismissal, said: “There’s a lot of frustration [among trustees]. And it’s not just with D’Onofrio. There’s also criticism of the defensive backs coach [Paul Williams]. And the criticism is starting to lap over to Golden.”

One trustee said “the donors are unhappy. They’re making noise and the pressure is starting to build on [athletic director] Blake James” to force Golden to make staff changes.

One trustee said he could not envision D’Onofrio being replaced during the season and said James has given no indication whether he would ask Golden to make staff changes after the season. One associate of Golden said that even though they are friends, people should not automatically conclude that Golden would not part ways with D’Onofrio if the problems worsen or persist.

Could donor and booster pressure force the administration to fire coaches?
Two of the trustees said "when you have a lot of them, it’s a problem,”
Among the criticisms raised by one trustee: “You expect to see halftime adjustments and the coaches don’t make them. And you don’t see enough development and improvement from enough of our players.”

More... http://miamiherald.typepad.com/sports-buzz/2014/10/um-trustees-discuss-golden-staff-and-the-future-dolphins-heat-marlins-chatter.html

Montreal-Cane

Harry thanks for your post. I feel the same way.

Sources tell CanesInSight that at this point it is nearly impossible to envision a scenario where D’Onofrio is back next season. Golden and D’Onofrio have not been on the same page this season and their relationship has become strained. Many believe that Golden has become frustrated at D’Onofrio’s ability to run the defense and beyond that he is not a guy who most in the building like to work with on a daily basis.

**A source added that Golden knows what the perception is like in the media and he is not deaf to what is being said. He knows the pressure is on and needs to take some sort of action. With that being said, if D’Onofrio and Golden both return next season (again, very unlikely), look for multiple changes to occur on the assistant coaching staff. Like This current defensive staff will be drastically different next season, one way or another.

Harry Miller

We are Tired of it!

The other day I was driving along enjoying the ride. Faith who was sitting in the Back seat says to me, " Pop. "I am so glad it's just you and me today". Just a little bit surprised, I asked her, " why do you say that Faith". Faith answers with, " Those kid's are always picking and arguing with each other all the time and I'm getting tired of it,

You see Faith was sitting a the car seat in back. The other two kids are 9 and 12 years old and Faith just turned four years old.

This made me think of Canespace and how tired I am of trying to read about My canes through all the bickering, arguing and trying to prove who Is right and who is wrong between three bloggers. A four year old gets it, why cant you three. We meaning the rest of us who read Canespace are TIRED OF IT. Email each on your own Email and prove who is right and tell us the winner. Maybe, just maybe someone will give a shyt, then you can be so proud. I have been a Cane fan, went to games in the Orange Bowl in the 1940's. Please have some respect for the rest of us. I live in California and travel about 3500 miles to see the Canes at least once a year.

Canespace is the only way I keep up with my Miami teams, It's the best and I can"t thank Soup enough for what he goes through

All three of you have such great input and are obviously smart guys. Just don't let a four year old out do you. See the light for the sake of the rest of us. Right Soup.

Sorry, I am not a good writer.

RCCF

I love Golden. This is true. That is all.

86Cane

Testaverde

jsy

I really thought Luther Robinson would have made the league as a cb

WWIN

Posted by: The Dude | October 09, 2014 at 07:59 PM

I put my entertainment dollars into some good entertainment in Atlanta!!!!

WWIN

True. I HAAAAATE to LUUUUUZE. U too.

Posted by: nemo2002 | October 09, 2014 at 09:34 PM

Damn straight! Lol

CaneRock


Firing No'D while keeping Golden is like trying to put out the smoke instead of the fire. Good luck with that...

Posted by: CoCane | October 09, 2014 at 05:23 PM

YUP!

nemo2002

Beautiful! Gotta love the hate.
But it needs to fly at 12:40 PM and not just 10:40 AM.

Posted by: 2002nemo | October 09, 2014 at 03:59 PM

Nemo you a true hater! LMAO

Posted by: WWIN | October 09, 2014 at 06:54 PM

True. I HAAAAATE to LUUUUUZE. U too.

CaneRock

LaQuinton that is so true. Wanna put butts in seats? Get a guy that will put 70 every night. You are competing for entertainment dollars, you'd better be entertaining, especially in a city that KNOWS how to have fun.

Posted by: The Dude | October 09, 2014 at 07:59 PM

YUP!

WWIN

These Treon Harris allegations sound suspect.

Posted by: CaneRock | October 09, 2014 at 02:37 PM

EXACTLY!

How do you go from game hero to sexual assault a few hours later? Shouldn't girls be throwing themselves at you at that point?

86Cane

Glad to see everybody was on their BEST behavior today.

#MeLikey

86Cane

Todd Gurley suspended indefinitely for possible NCAA violations.

Posted by: The Dude | October 09, 2014 at 06:05 PM

#Shocker

LA3

If your going to lose in 305 your better go down with sub machine gun...
That's funny!

About same as if u r going to as the U you better go down with aggressive blitzing defense! Fire at will!! Bring the rain!!!

U

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rnHV5s7YqgA

LOL

LaQuinton

I heard game one that it was not coley that held the offense back It was golden. I'm not 100% on that. I feel that coley is a ace recruiter but needs more innovation about putting the ball in the hands of playmakers. I feel that that we lack that. Even with Chad Morris it would be good to see somebody like him coming in but as he never has been a HC I'm college football would be alarming he can coach up a offense and he is THEE highest paid speaks volumes to Clemson saying they want to win. Even Brent Venables took a horrible defense over at Clemson and has them balling. Sucks in the middle of the season we are talking about this.

Dude on a Pale Horse

LaQuinton that is so true. Wanna put butts in seats? Get a guy that will put 70 every night. You are competing for entertainment dollars, you'd better be entertaining, especially in a city that KNOWS how to have fun.

Dude on a Pale Horse

Posted by: raizecane | October 09, 2014 at 07:43 PM

Then the wife knows I'm blogging and not ugh... checking an email for school... yeah that's the ticket.

jcane

A few days ago the U sent out e-mail to alumni about a deal to get tix for the the FSU game, available through the end of the month. When was the last time the U was having trouble getting tickets sold for a game vs. FSU?! This is the kind of issue that could provoke more attention from the U to reevaluate its situation. Attendance is $, and $ talks. The key is that the U had better know who they'd go after before getting rid of anyone, and this could start, as already said, with the D coordinator. At OC, Coley is a great recruiter and a mediocre gameday coach, at best. The key about this staff, as has been said by folks here, ex-players, NFL management, etc. is that this staff doesn't develop players as well as they could or use schemes to make the most out of what they've got.

I will always love the U, but it's very hard to watch a team that makes it feel like every game things will just keep slipping away, with a few games working out in our favor (ie Duke). We have more talent than probably all in the ACC other than FSU, but we look average (and average in the ACC is below average).

I hope I'm wrong, as I'd love to see Golden succeed, but it looks more and more like he's just sliding. I suppose if he looks good vs. Cinci, he will have bought himself more time. A poor showing may up the process the other direction.

We shall see....

raizecane

Typing on an iPhone is the worst.

Posted by: The Dude | October 09, 2014 at 07:25 PM

******************************************

why are you typing?.....speak into the mic (LOL)

LaQuinton

These programs can’t be down for long. Geography (and coaching changes) will eventually overcome that. The Gators win big when they have head coaches who run wide open offenses like they did withSteve Spurrier and Urban Meyer. It attracts the elite talent that makes Florida one of the top five gem jobs in America. Imagine a Mike Gundy or a Dan Mullen getting that gold mine. For Miami, recent years of using a pro-style offense and a 3-4 read/react defense has the local recruits in America’s most loaded hot bed jumping over one another to escape paradise and go elsewhere. Running a no huddle, no mercy uptempo offense hasn’t ever been tried by Miami, a program that resides in the backyard of the nation’s biggest speed haven. A wide open tempo offense would keep the local talent home, put up big points and put butts in seats. A novel concept. It might be the only way the “U” ever returns after a decade of being average. Guys who would run that type of system,Chad Morris or a Mario Cristobal (with all of his major south Florida recruiting ties) would be home runs. That’s if Miami’s administration is interested in being relevant again.

Got this from coaching search . Thoughts on this guys/gals

Dude on a Pale Horse

Typing on an iPhone is the worst.

Dude on a Pale Horse

I dont think thats completely true. A new guy, a new philosopy and a mandate fron The U that tells Golden hands off, I think that could be in Golden's future.

1mg of epi

Yeahh right. They are arguining.. beefing or not seeing eye to eye.. Golden will not fire his friend or ANYBODY .

Posted by: LaQuinton | October 09, 2014 at 07:07 PM

It doesn't matter who the D coach is... Goldens gonna have him run a prevent on 3rd and goal from the 5

Dude on a Pale Horse

Lol @ them beefing. But I honestly think The U wont let Golden have the choice anyways. There may be a Golden in 2015, I honestly dont believe their will be a D'Onofrio. Its the cheapest thing The U can do to save face and appease the masses. The U will want a guy that sparks confidence in the D and the people who buy season tickets. Call yourself a fan for going to the games and thats fine. We need that. But dont kid yourself if others say they wont spend the money they earn for this. I certainly wouldnt.

LaQuinton

Sources tell CanesInSight that at this point it is nearly impossible to envision a scenario where D’Onofrio is back next season. Golden and D’Onofrio have not been on the same page this season and their relationship has become strained. Many believe that Golden has become frustrated at D’Onofrio’s ability to run the defense and beyond that he is not a guy who most in the building like to work with on a daily basis. 

From caneinsight.

Yeahh right. They are arguining.. beefing or not seeing eye to eye.. Golden will not fire his friend or ANYBODY .

WWIN

Beautiful! Gotta love the hate.
But it needs to fly at 12:40 PM and not just 10:40 AM.

Posted by: 2002nemo | October 09, 2014 at 03:59 PM

Nemo you a true hater! LMAO

4-Real

Rite now EVERYBODY is Lol-ing @ our football program, not @ Green Bay Packer Luther Robinson.

WWIN

Posted by: Go Canes | October 09, 2014 at 06:44 PM

EXACTLY!

Guys, please stop bringing up anybody that makes Golden look bad!

SinisterCane

Lol.

Posted by: Go Canes | October 09, 2014 at 06:44 PM


Yea NFL talent lol, can't wait to see how Golden;s DL recruits turn out

WWIN

Todd Gurley suspended indefinitely for possible NCAA violations.

Posted by: The Dude | October 09, 2014 at 06:05 PM

Thanks! Now I feel a LOT better about our players that got suspended.

Go Canes

Luther Robinson talk?

Lol.

LaQuinton

Guys.. and some gals. Let's do this... let's just trust the process

UMZed1313

I'm just tired of all of this. I don't care who fixes this just fix it! I can't wait till Saturday. I get out of the house from my beautiful newborn. No matter what happens cheer this team on! BTW this is my new name used to be pbcfrcane13 UMZed1313 is my twitter name. Go canes!

WWIN

WWIN- If you say so. I don't see it though.

Posted by: TLuv | October 09, 2014 at 03:53 PM

So he couldn't get off the bench for us in college and is doing good in the NFL his ROOKIE year and his NFL teammates are shocked he didn't start in college, but you don't see it? Okay lol

The Dude

^^^ I posted that for Go Canes, lol. ^^^

He wants to point out that Al Golden didn't have a player suspended due to NCAA violations today. WOOHOO AL!

The Dude

Todd Gurley suspended indefinitely for possible NCAA violations.

Dude on a Pale Horse

If Mark starts 2015 as the DC the attendence will be laughable and The U will have to play their games at STA so the seats will look full. Mark as DC in 2015 is an economics decision in my opinion. One a cheap U cant make.

Dude on a Pale Horse

I agree Co. I'm just giving my opinion that The U wont let Mark be the DC next year because outrage amongst everyone will mandate at the very least a change there. Starting 2015 with Mark as the DC isnt an option at this point, especially if you think attendence is bad now. When you consider the likely outcome of this season it becomes clear. Al wont be allowed to make that decision any more. My only hope is a new DC can do things their way.

CoCane

Firing No'D while keeping Golden is like trying to put out the smoke instead of the fire. Good luck with that...

Dude on a Pale Horse

Regardless of whether or not Al is the coach in 2015, I believe fully Mark will not be the DC. Unless of course Miami doesn't want to sell season tickets or any tickets for that matter. Mark is a dead man walking and no part of the 2015 plan includes him from The U.

Canezitis

Yes, Clemson's OC, not a recruit. I for one welcome a more spread type offense with all the skill position talent we have down here. Get back to the 4-3 on D and utilize the our smaller faster LB's in the area as well. Stop putting so much pressure on our safeties and just let them roam and be the ball hawk safeties they grew up being. The recipe for success is already there. Spread offense, smaller, faster 4-3 D. Always scratched my head why Golden keeps trying to fit a square peg in a round hole. Maybe that's why he kept going to Jersey to get "his" guys. IDK. Chad or Chud sounds good to me.

JaxCane

Canesport.


Al Golden, right now, is like two different people. 

There is the Good Al, the supreme CEO, the guy who presents so well, privately demands massive commitment from those around him, is detailed and organized, a master PR man, a pillar of strength in the midst of crisis, a guy you want to see succeed in the worst way.

And then there is the other Al, the Bad Al, stubborn to his own detriment, slow to recognize why he is failing, even slower to adjust on game day, the talk of the town for all the wrong reasons four years after riding into Coral Gables on a white horse, a guy you just want to scream at and hope that he is listening because it is so tough to watch him self-destructing.

Those are the two beings that the Miami fan base, trustees, administrators, fans and everybody in between are trying to reconcile as the Hurricanes plod through their latest season of irrelevance, a torture chamber with no exit door.

John's Board of Trustee buddy has had enough. He wants a new coach and a new direction. There will be changes, he promises.

Mike's Board member friend laughs at the noise. No chance Donna Shalala is firing another football coach and getting into another multi-million dollar athletic buyout six months before retirement. In Golden they trust. He stood by The U through the toughest of times the past few years, was a pure rock, and now The U will stand by him through his own tough moments. 

Caught in the middle of these split souls is the man himself, who insists he is able to sequester himself from the chaos out here in the real world. But you know that is not true, can't possibly be. Golden is getting pounded in every corner of South Florida, at gas stations and grocery stores, at cafeterias and sports bars, on radio, TV and print. There is no way he and his family can shelter themselves from all this anger and hurt.

Horrible on offense on opening night at Louisville. The bad Al never adjusted in what was then and remains now a season-shaping game.

Pounded defensively at Nebraska and Georgia Tech. The softest, most passive defense you will ever see. Players on the field looking more like video game figures. Safeties lined up in the next area code in Lincoln, totally uninvolved in the game. The star middle linebacker lined up seven yards up the field all night in Atlanta, assaulted over and over by the center who didn't have a defensive tackle lined up in front of him to divert his attention. Nobody covering the pitch man on the option. And not a single noticeable adjustment at any time during the debacle.

The Good Al. Family man. A guy anybody would want to call his best buddy, especially the defensive coordinator who valued the relationship so deeply that he turned down a head coaching opportunity at Temple to move to South Florida with him and tackle this beast that is Miami.

The Bad Al. Failing Mark D'Onofrio and himself as an extension by not being his boss first and demanding something different and better from him despite their mounting and undeniable failures each and every season they have been at Miami. Together they are coming scary close to creating that sinking ship to go down with. The natives don't recognize the product they are putting out there on the football field on defense. They are angry, feeling betrayed by all of the potential greatness they felt they saw in the Good Al. They saw tough Good Al and are instead getting soft Bad Al. Soft doesn't sell this far South. If you are going to lose down in the 305, you better be doing it with submachine gun fire, not pellets. You have seen all the Chamber of Commerce pictures tweeted out by the Good Al. South Florida is one helluva place to call home. Except when you are a failing football coach, the path that the Bad Al appears in danger of taking himself by not addressing and correcting his mistakes.

The good Al knows that the season is now probably lost at 3-3, that he will be life and death to rally his team to bowl eligibility, to keep the kids invested for two more months. The bad Al is bracing for an end of season decision that he hoped he could avoid. His superiors are under siege too. They probably must demand change, if it is not proposed first, or their own careers might be in peril as a new President gets ready to get hired. It will be a change that the Bad Al resisted last December when his team was humiliated in the Russell Athletic Bowl. Now he has lost seven of his last 12 games and that need for something different is screaming at him in the loudest of voices. He can muffle it because he doesn't want to hear it. But he can't deny it because it is so resounding.

Change. That something different that will ultimately be discussed will probably involve telling D'Onofrio to get a new job, and that is something that the Good Al is not going to be able to stomach very easily. D'Onofrio is that good of a guy. They go back a couple decades to when they were the heart and soul of Penn State together. They are business partners. Maybe D'Onofrio just wasn't ready to coordinate a defense at this level of college football. There was nothing on his resume coming in to suggest that he was. Maybe even Golden was not ready for Miami either. But they have stuck together and shared the undying belief that they can make this defense better. And it is not better this year. Not against anybody who is any good. So now they are in a mess that Athletic Director Blake James undoubtedly will no longer be able to ignore if he wants to hold together all the progress the athletic department has made the past several months. James will likely hope first that Golden takes care of his business himself and presents that plan of change. But there are no guarantees in that regard.

The Good Al and the Bad Al are locked in conflict, one dragging the other in opposite directions but not finding paradise on either end of the spectrum.

For the Good Al to survive this storm, he is going to have to at least meet the Bad Al somewhere in the middle. There really is no other option. When it is Good vs. Bad, there usually is never a winner. Not in football. Not in life either.

Miami needs to find a glimmer of hope in the three months left of football in 2014. That will involve improvement on the football field beginning Saturday when Cincinnati comes to town. It will involve change.

It will involve the Good Al rising to the challenge and taking on the Bad Al. 

May the best man win.

fran

neat article on SB Nation on Chad Morris and the smashmouth spread offence of the Clemson tigers I doubt the canes coaches would learn anything from the article
Fran in Debary

Ohio_Cane

You guys think chad Morris would come here if golden is fired at the end of the season?

Posted by: Canezitis | October 09, 2014 at 04:10 PM
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Clemson OC Chad Morris? Not sure.

1mg of epi

One would think that. But there are some great players in the NFL that didn't play a lot in college or weren't All-Conference. I'm not saying Golden handled Luther perfectly and got the most talent out of him. I'm just saying just because he's playing in the NFL now doesn't mean Golden completely mishandled him.

Posted by: TLuv | October 09, 2014 at 03:47 PM

True but lack of player development is the rule here, not the exception.

SinisterCane

Posted by: 30CINCO | October 09, 2014 at 04:21 PM

Who's Chad Morris?

30CINCO

lol, Chad Morris is a coach

Sarasota 'cane

No recruit is that important to keep the worst coaching staff in the country

Posted by: SinisterCane | October 09, 2014 at 04:13 PM

Post of the day!

Golden & Co cannot coach up the talent they have so stop worrying about the kids that will get away while he is still here.

This is a lame duck staff and everyone seems to know it except for a few delusional homers.

The clock to fix this problem will not start ticking until this mockery masquerading as a coaching staff is fired.

SinisterCane

Posted by: Canezitis | October 09, 2014 at 04:10 PM

No recruit is that important to keep the worst coaching staff in the country

Canezitis

You guys think chad Morris would come here if golden is fired at the end of the season?

SinisterCane

Posted by: TJL | October 09, 2014 at 03:56 PM

Flawless's scheme vs. any coach with a pulse, then hell yea

2002nemo


Billy Corben ‏@BillyCorben 13m13 minutes ago

Mock-up of banner text scheduled to fly over Miami Hurricanes game at Sun Life Stadium around 10:40AM on Saturday: https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Bzh0Y8aIYAA2pwf.jpg


Posted by: Ohio_Cane | October 09, 2014 at 03:37 PM

Beautiful! Gotta love the hate.
But it needs to fly at 12:40 PM and not just 10:40 AM.

TJL

HUGE difference in college to the NFL

TLuv

WWIN- If you say so. I don't see it though.

WWIN

Posted by: TLuv | October 09, 2014 at 03:44 PM

Looks like he knew what he was talking about now!

TLuv

Posted by: 1mg of epi | October 09, 2014 at 03:42 PM

One would think that. But there are some great players in the NFL that didn't play a lot in college or weren't All-Conference. I'm not saying Golden handled Luther perfectly and got the most talent out of him. I'm just saying just because he's playing in the NFL now doesn't mean Golden completely mishandled him.

TLuv

WWIN- I forgot about that! He kind of sounded like an idiot in that interview though. He just accused Golden of telling players not to rush the QB and said he didn't want to player players that were RS recruits which doesn't really hold water in my eyes because Golden played other RS recruits a lot. He just sounded like a dad who was mad his son wasn't playing. Can't blame him for that.

1mg of epi

Luther was recruited for a different defense and missed a year with a leg injury and struggled at times to get back in shape. His senior year he had an average year. Now he's an average player on an average defense. I'm not seeing where Golden mishandled him really.
Posted by: TLuv | October 09, 2014 at 03:34 PM

Would think a player talented enough to be average in the NFL would be All ACC

WWIN

Posted by: TLuv | October 09, 2014 at 03:34 PM

You remember when his dad blasted the staff? Sounds like he was right

TLuv

Posted by: SinisterCane | October 09, 2014 at 03:31 PM

That's true. But Forston underachieved under both coaches. He was just overrated out of HS imo. Spence was a solid player for us. Vernon was suspended for almost half the season and then bolted to the NFL. Ojomo was never anything special. I don't see a massive amount of talent with those names other than Spence. He's still one of my faves.

Ohio_Cane

Billy Corben ‏@BillyCorben 13m13 minutes ago

Mock-up of banner text scheduled to fly over Miami Hurricanes game at Sun Life Stadium around 10:40AM on Saturday: https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Bzh0Y8aIYAA2pwf.jpg

WWIN

Posted by: generalcane | October 09, 2014 at 02:46 PM

Welcome to Canespace, post here, post often!

You are now officially a hater! Lol

TLuv

Luther was recruited for a different defense and missed a year with a leg injury and struggled at times to get back in shape. His senior year he had an average year. Now he's an average player on an average defense. I'm not seeing where Golden mishandled him really.

CaneRock

Whitlock was right about this clown...if Temple was still in the Big East when He got there, then you can cut His career .500 record IN HALF!

SinisterCane

Look at the lack of Talent we supposedly had under Flawless: Marcus Fortson was on the NE practice squad, Luther Robinson - Packers, Sean Spence - Steelers, Olivier Vernon - Phins, Adewale Ojomo - Played for the Giants

CaneRock

Crazy thing with Robinson, is Him & Khalil Mack played on the SAME TEAM! I saw that team play once, they showed up to the game with 2 van loads of kids, and they whooped this team that had like 50-60 kids on the sidelines by 40+ points.

SinisterCane

Posted by: generalcane | October 09, 2014 at 02:46 PM

SMDM

Another good player who dry rotted under the Ponzi HC flawless scheme

generalcane

LUTHER ROBINSON


"Across the locker room, center Corey Linsley is told Robinson only started a couple games in college. At first, he's confused.

"What do you mean he started one or two games?" Linsley said.

That's it, he's told. Then, quizzical turns to bewildered.

"That's amazing," he said. "He was a good player from Day 1. You could tell. I would have never guessed that. Somebody screwed up."

http://www.jsonline.com/sports/packers/packers-robinson-jumps-at-his-chance-to-play-b99367032z1-278616111.html

CaneRock

These Treon Harris allegations sound suspect.

WWIN

^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
That belt is too hard too tho!

WWIN

UMike, your daughter is beautiful, you might need that choppa for me in about 10yrs! Lol

WWIN

UMIKE was cheated on pics!

Posted by: WWIN | October 08, 2014 at 11:05 PM

By popular demand NEW PHOTOS of UMike are posted above.

Even KYCane got inot the action (@ L in bottom photo)

Posted by: SOUP | October 09, 2014 at 08:07 AM

UMike, see what your agent does for ya!

2002nemo

No way that the 'Nati BareCats can beat the CANES at home without their first string QB.

But I wouldn't bet on Miami to beat the Las Vegas odds . . . not with "Temple Tough" Golden, and his sidekick "No D", running the program.


Surfercane

Anyone on here able to post the Gary Ferman article "Good Al vs Bad Al"?
Looks interesting

Thanks

Ohio_Cane

CollegeFootballTalk ‏@CFTalk 1m1 minute ago

Treon Harris has appeal to suspension rejected http://wp.me/p14QTT-1pLt

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