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January 05, 2015

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UMike

I just counted 77 players I know for sure are on Scholarship from the Miami site...could be a few more. That roster includes the current seniors.

CaneRock

The smartest thing Blake James can do right now, is tell Al to S!...T!...F!...UP!

UMike

In that interview Al said 100 players made the trip to the bowl game with 86 returning.

Posted by: 1mg of Epi | January 06, 2015 at 10:49 AM

Give it a few mins, Go Canes will go in Geek Squad mode and dig for reasons and "facts" to make this number wrong.

1mg of Epi


Even by Al's tortured math, there's 58 guys on the team.

Posted by: dj moonbat | January 06, 2015 at 10:40 AM

In that interview Al said 100 players made the trip to the bowl game with 86 returning.

UMike

Whats sad is a lot of these kids think Golden's process, philosophy and schemes are great and when those things fail, they truly think its their fault.

SinisterCane

Responsibility without accountability

CaneRock

Ariz:

Scarlett and Cronkrite

Both could wind up at UF. All signs point to Scarlett as a Gator right now, and UF has been after Cronkrite as well. Good chance those two visit GVille the same weekend.

dj moonbat

But seriously, I truly feel bad for Brad Kaaya and the players.

Posted by: LB | January 06, 2015 at 10:05 AM

Don't. They love Al and think he's The Man!

Posted by: 1mg of Epi | January 06, 2015 at 10:33 AM


Even by Al's tortured math, there's 58 guys on the team. They probably don't all have the same thoughts and feelings about the coaching staff. It would be a very, very unusual organization that didn't have some yes-men and some rebels.

1mg of Epi

But seriously, I truly feel bad for Brad Kaaya and the players.

Posted by: LB | January 06, 2015 at 10:05 AM

Don't. They love Al and think he's The Man!

SinisterCane

Only Trolls are still using the cloud as an excuse

LB

I'm sure that someone takes football so seriously that they sold their soul to get Randy Shannon out of Coral Gables...

...and this is the result.

But seriously, I truly feel bad for Brad Kaaya and the players.

Go Canes

This may be the least surprising thing I've seen in a while.

@Sheadixon: Top 100 prospect and Ohio State QB commitment Torrance Gibson switches up plans, will now visit #LSU this month. http://t.co/eW7ARVUvE7

360Cane

"Eighteen months ago no one would have touched this job."

Really?

But wasn't he the same guy that stated
"Are you kidding me?" in reference to the job no one would touch

Posted by: J'Ville Cane | January 06, 2015 at 09:18 AM

Glad someone is paying attention. Politicians, corporate heads, etc. just want you to keep buying so they keep selling. And since Go Canes keeps buying it, they keep selling it.

CaneRock

LMAO!:

"You should see recruits and parents faces when we show them our defensive stats. They fall over. Why? Because perception is reality."

1mg of Epi

Go... First of all does 3 Schollys per year mean they are allowed 82 per year, or 82, 79 and 76? I'm not sure.

In any event, if he self imposed all those sanctions before the verdict then he's allowed the full allotment... Or the difference. I was referring to the high number of players kicked off the team or transferring out. Obviously he can fill a roster with wood.

Either way, PSU and USC have had much tougher sanctions and more on field success. USC is light years ahead of us.

360Cane

We lost scholarships, the cloud, waaaaaaaaaaaah...

While OSU is playing for a title with their 3rd string QB. []_[]

360Cane

Y'all seen the new? ESPN is saying our games will now be broadcasted on the History Channel. Now that's funny.

Sorry guys and gals, I'm done with being mad at the state of affairs in Coral Gables. I'm starting to get that attitude that everyone gets a trophy. Uh oh. []_[]

LB

"It's truly not just another game, but our practice routine has to be consistent and our practices...”

Translation: “Ideally, our coaching staff would have no practices. We would simply be on computers, playing football simulators to better learn our opponents.”

“The team was emotionally spent...”

Translation: “Our team was emotionally spent with our coaching staff. I think Mark farted or something. But someone had poopy pants in the locker room.”

"That's the thing - we're going the other way ... we're not perfect, but no one is in this day and age of defending offense...”

Translation: “There will be banners at every practice and every game demanding me getting the axe. We have already hired the FBI, NSA, CIS, and the OPP to arrest these hooligans and remove distractions.”

"We are making an incredible 36-month push at correcting our infrastructure...”

Translation: “Something's indeed getting pushed all right, but I'll let you all guess exactly what that may be.”

"On offense, it starts with the solidification of the quarterback position and the year that Brad Kaaya had...”

Translation: “I believe CaneSpace is actually starting a prayer chain for Brad Kaaya, because he has to put up with us.”

“From the Schwartz Center to Sun Life Stadium, everything in the master plan will be in place by 2016."

Translation: “In wrapping up these statements, I have bought myself two years to jump from 8 wins, back to 7 wins, then another two years to 5 wins, to 8 wins. We will literally be paying our fans annual salaries to come to our games. We will be legendarily infuriating. And when the smoke clears and the heavens themselves pimp slaps the administration... not even God himself will be able to save the program from the Abbott and Costello film we truly are. I love all of you. Get ready. We will be the sexiest team on the field with our new Adidas uniforms, or 'Ad-Uni's,' as Mark and I call them. We will do less with more than anyone in the history of time. So kiss my grits.”

Go Canes

1mg of Epi | January 06, 2015 at 09:46 AM

C'mon Epi you don't really believe he couldn't find enough players to fill a roster do you?

Any self-imposed productions were at the strict orders from much higher up than him, likely the legal team we had representing us in the Schapiro case.

Go Canes

17 redshirts

Go Canes

Posted by: CaneRock | January 06, 2015 at 09:34 AM

If we had 58 scholarship players available at the end of the year and had redshirts, then we fielded the same number of players USC did in their final game this year.

The only difference between the two is perhaps had the ability to redshirt more players than USC, but on the field that would've been irrelevant.

1mg of Epi

Go...
Any self imposed Scholly reductions beyond the 9 total are assignable... Anything under that number, aside from injuries, is due to Al's incompetence. That being said, our numbers are nowhere close to what USC is dealing with.

UMike

I'm waiting for the day Golden has a massive melt down like Ben Stiller at the end of Dodgeball and screams "Im right, your wrong!!! My scheme is great!!!!"

1mg of Epi


Posted by: LB | January 06, 2015 at 09:29 AM
Translation: “My philosophy comes from fortune cookies.”

Fantastic

dj moonbat

He said that comment about this job when he got it.

Then we got that little case of herpes called Nevin Schapiro afterwards. All of a sudden this job's a lot less attractive don't you think?

Posted by: Go Canes | January 06, 2015 at 09:38 AM


Ah. Now I see. Still: ick.

UMike

Of course some coaches wouldnt of wanted to, but Im sure there were coaches who would of took it, if anything as a stepping stone. Even if your under sanctions, you're still in the best recruiting territory in the country.

Go Canes

He said that comment about this job when he got it.

Then we got that little case of herpes called Nevin Schapiro afterwards. All of a sudden this job's a lot less attractive don't you think?

1mg of Epi

There's no comparison to what USC/PSU are dealing with. And yet they are doing better on the field. USC is recruiting far better.

We are in for many years of sub-mediocre football.

dj moonbat

Think people look at a hot chick differently after they find out she's has a screaming case of herpes for 18 months, with no end in sight?


Posted by: Go Canes | January 06, 2015 at 09:31 AM


Umm, ick. And: whuh?

UpNorthCane27

LMAO LB!!!!!

CaneRock

No, we did NOT finish "about where USC and Penn State did".

"Although Sarkisian does not want to use scholarship reductions as an excuse, it is a reality. USC’s own press releases keep track of the weekly numbers of players available for each game.

Last week, USC suited up a season-low 48 recruited scholarship players and played a season-low 41. Options are obviously limited at some positions with a smaller roster.

The flip side is whether USC’s 50 players are better than say Boston College’s top 70. It would be difficult to find any recruits USC lost to Utah or Arizona.

Do Boston College, Arizona or Utah have the nation’s No. 1 draft pick (Leonard Williams) according to some mock drafts. Did those schools have a tailback like Javorius Allen or linebacker-safety like Su’a Cravens?

USC faced these same depth issues last season and went 7-2 after former coach Lane Kiffin was fired. Depth wasn’t considered a fatal issue over those final nine games.

It is something that can be overcome and Cravens said fatigue was not an issue at the end of the Utah game.

“I’m not going to use not having as much players as an excuse,” Cravens said. “It’s just not executing. The game wasn’t lost in the fourth quarter. The game was lost throughout the game.”

That seems to be a difference this year. Offensive and defensive playcalls are under more scrutiny.

“Of course when you lose, if you ask what would you change, you would change everything,” defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox said.

http://www.dailynews.com/sports/20141030/can-steve-sarkisian-turn-around-his-first-usc-football-season-like-pete-carroll-did

Go Canes

J'Ville Cane | January 06, 2015 at 09:18 AM

Think people look at a hot chick differently after they find out she's has a screaming case of herpes for 18 months, with no end in sight?


LB

"I went to work after returning from Shreveport and haven't taken one break since ...”

Translation: “I've been hiding out. Donna sent me some emails.”

“We're all just busting our tails to get it right and move forward. What transpired in 2014 is unacceptable."

Translation: “I really hope people are so mad they don't forget the same quotes as the ones I've used the past three years.”

"I've addressed innumerable things already with the staff and team.”

Translation: “We've addressed zero things with the staff and team.”

"Right now we have at least four guys coming in at mid-year that are going to be great additions...”

Translation: “Everybody loves recruiting. Untested high school seniors are the key to it all. That creepy Laz from Cutler Ridge guy loves them! Stargazing makes folks forget just how terrible our coaching is.”

"We know what needs to happen this year and we love the challenge. I am inspired by it.”

Translation: “I have nude photos of Donna Shalala. I also have knowledge of other stuff the administration did which would piss off the NCAA. Haven't you guys figured this out by now?”

"We have one of the premier universities in the world that ranks No. 1 in the State of Florida.”

Translation: “Education is oxygen of life. It would be like eating a meatless cheeseburger, or spaghetti without pasta, or liquidless water. Sex, bikinis, and great music.”

"Eighteen months ago no one would have touched this job.”

Translation: “...and I've made the job even more untouchable.”

“All of these improvements to our program and campus directly improve the quality of life and represent a revitalized commitment to our players.”

Translation: “Bake sales are a fundamental part of our core values.”

"The 2015 class will be the first recruiting cycle exposed to all of these things. But the 2016 and 2017 classes ...”

Translation: “Yay recruiting!”

"And perhaps the greatest change is the most inconspicuous - an Athletic Director that wants to be here long-term. My first two years on the job we were in the middle of chaos and we had four different AD's. It's impossible to move forward like that.”

Translation: “The last two A.D.'s saw how bad the President and the BOT's really are and took off. But I still love them. Core values. Night games. Renewed.”

"So my resolve is stronger than ever. I've just been working like crazy and ignoring the noise. I can't listen to it nor can I address the negativity and every little rumor."

Translation: “I don't listen to suggestions, but my resolve is weaker than ever. I cannot ignore the noise. I listen to it and I am currently addressing the negativity and every rumor.”

"At least I am brave enough to stand up and say
it. I'll take it all on my shoulders. That just motivates me.”

Translation: “Me being honest of how bad me and
the staff are should earn me some puntos in fans' eyes. I mean, come on!”

“But this thing is close to being fixed and so is our infrastructure. It's my responsibility to fix it and I am doing it.”

Translation: “Once my collateral over the higher-ups wears off, no coach in his right mind will ever take this job. Even Butch Davis will have been hired by then, so that's nice.”

"We went from 90 to 15 in total defense and played eight top 50 offenses in the country.”

Translation: “And we give up 30 points a game like crap goes through a goose.”

“But more importantly I am plotting the course to ensure it does not happen again.”

Translation: “I have never won a bowl game or beaten a postseason top 25 team.”

“We have to replace Denzel Perryman in the middle, but we will have more depth at linebacker than previous years.”

Translation: “Excuse number 2 when we end up with another losing record.”

“The pass rushers will be the most dynamic since Olivier Vernon left."

Translation: “Our schedule may be so bad that we catch a lucky break. I could win 8 games next year and buy myself another contract extension... because that's progress. National championship progress. Hey, at least we're not Pittsburgh.”

“The starting field position was negatively impacted by our poor kickoff and punt return game.”

Translation: “We blame players. So suck it.”

“We had veterans like Clive (Walford), Phillip (Dorsett), Denzel and Duke (Johnson) that helped us close the gap with their playmakers. And we recruited better in the last two classes.”

Translation: “Excuse number 1 for 2015 flub-ups. And hey, recruiting!”

"The team was emotionally spent - we had so many guys crying in their lockers afterward.”

Translation: “They were actually crying because they realized that they should have went to FIU instead.”

“We went out the next week and lost a Coastal game and never came out of it and that is my responsibility as the leader to make sure that we learn from this."

Translation: The University of Miami has never won the Coastal, the worst division in the weakest of the main conferences. And I will ensure that we will never recover. We will be so bad and so frustrating that the Lifetime Network will start a reality show about us called 'Al's House.' Our first episode, 'Golden Showers,' will debut in 2015.”

"Yet people are flat out cruel. I feel bad for the seniors. They got tired of it. We'll see how guys develop over the next five months...”

Translation: “Fans and ex-players have no business using common sense. I have no patience for logic.”

"I mean, you are either part of the problem or part of the solution.”

Translation: “That Batman v. Superman movie is going to be awesome in summer 2016, when I sign my inevitable contract extension.”

"I love our team, and more importantly our team is becoming closer.”

Translation: “I love my paycheck, and our team is more scattered than World of Warcraft nerds on the internet. They're like a pack of magical frogs out there.”

“If you are constantly changing your message, systems, values, staff, recruiting, coaches, relationships, and everything else, the result is a vicious cycle.”

Translation: “Mark D'Onofrio is coming back. Up yours, Canes season ticket holders!”

“Our standards are non-negotiable."

Translation: “My philosophy comes from fortune cookies.”

“...we started the year at 75 scholarships and because of injury finished with, I believe, 58 scholarship players. This number will grow each subsequent season now until we hit our 85 max in 2016."

Translation: “Now I'm going to confuse you so much with inconsequential details and so much mental trickery that you will literally want to run screaming into the night... and then forget just how ridiculous this whole interview is.”

"In recruiting, fans lose their minds about who you don't get. But recruiting is, and always will be, about who you do get.”

Translation: “I actually have one year of eligibility left. So tight end U will continue.”

“We can't take every player from South Florida. We don't have enough spots. Two years ago we did an extensive study on recruiting in the state.”

Translation: “FSU, Alabama, LSU, Oregon, Ohio State, Florida, Texas, Hawaii, Alaska, the University of Tokyo, WalMart, Blockbuster, and Starbucks out recruit my staff.”

"We only have five spots left in the 2015 recruiting class. It's not an open buffet. We can't take everyone. We have to fill certain position needs and that requires extremely tough decisions.”

Translation: “We are praying we have five spots left, and it is an absolutely open buffet. We will take anyone. No decisions required.”

"We've also been working like dogs on the 2016 class. That's the SWAG 16 class, as they like to call themselves, and they are a really fun group to be around.”

Translation: “The SWAG 16 class will be my next really annoying catchphrase. Get ready.”

“We look forward to compete in the Coastal Division, which is one of the most difficult in all the NCAA."

Translation: “We look forward to being last in the Coastal Division, which is, of course, perhaps the weakest in the NCAA.”

Go Canes

We lost 3 a year

Posted by: 1mg of Epi | January 06, 2015 at 09:05 AM

We were already self imposing well before that in anticipation of much harsher penalties that likely would have come if the NCAA hadn't stepped all over their own peckers.

dj moonbat

But wasn't he the same guy that stated
"Are you kidding me?" in reference to the job no one would touch

Posted by: J'Ville Cane | January 06, 2015 at 09:18 AM


I guess he was kidding us.

J'Ville Cane

"Eighteen months ago no one would have touched this job."

Really?

But wasn't he the same guy that stated
"Are you kidding me?" in reference to the job no one would touch

UpNorthCane27

I just hope Butch Davis waits for us one more year

UpNorthCane27

Not sure if this has been shared but here you go a complete interview with Golden...

https://miami.rivals.com/content.asp?CID=1722235

1mg of Epi

Posted by: dj moonbat | January 06, 2015 at 09:10 AM
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Fat free, no salt, no preservatives, almost like taking a bite out of air
Posted by: 30CINCO | January 06, 2015 at 09:11 AM

That's why u like Al! All that hot air he's blowing!

30CINCO

Are you sure? You remember you wanted to fit into just one seat at SLS, right?

Posted by: dj moonbat | January 06, 2015 at 09:10 AM
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Fat free, no salt, no preservatives, almost like taking a bite out of air

dj moonbat

**Hold up, let me get my popcorn**

Posted by: 30CINCO | January 06, 2015 at 09:08 AM


Are you sure? You remember you wanted to fit into just one seat at SLS, right?

30CINCO

**Hold up, let me get my popcorn**

dj moonbat

Ferman, Joe Rose and the rest are nothing more than vehicles of propaganda. And some of us actually eat it up.

Posted by: 1mg of Epi | January 06, 2015 at 09:04 AM


The Reynolds interview is also pure stenography. Al might never talk to the South Florida papers again.

1mg of Epi

We lost 3 a year

Go Canes

Posted by: J'Ville Cane | January 06, 2015 at 08:59 AM

So I guess your point is he's lying about our scholarship numbers?

Ok.

1mg of Epi

Is the art of journalism dead? Why do we never hear follow up questions? Why do the "journalists" never take any of these coaches to task and call them out on their BS? Are they that scared to lose access to the coach? Listening to these guys on radio or reading BS interviews like this is just a waste of time.

Ferman, Joe Rose and the rest are nothing more than vehicles of propaganda. And some of us actually eat it up.

Go Canes

I disagree. There are no big time programs starting the season 10 scholarships below the limit.

I'd say we finished about where USC and Penn State did.

dj moonbat

GC He's counting injuries towards that number... It's comparable to anybody, except USC and PSU...

Posted by: 1mg of Epi | January 06, 2015 at 08:55 AM


And our starters were basically healthy. Ryan Williams was maybe not ready to go at the start of the season, but most people agree that Kaaya did a decent job picking up the slack. Then there was Rashawn Scott. I'm blanking on anybody else who was out for long, except on the right side of the OL.

J'Ville Cane

GC He's counting injuries towards that number... It's comparable to anybody, except USC and PSU...

Posted by: 1mg of Epi | January 06, 2015 at 08:55 AM

Do you think he cares? All he knows is Al said it. IT HAS TO BE TRUE

1mg of Epi

GC He's counting injuries towards that number... It's comparable to anybody, except USC and PSU...

1mg of Epi

How disingenuous. TCU changed offenses, had nothing to do with that "5 simple values" bull$h!t. This guy's a joke.

Posted by: CaneRock | January 06, 2015 at 08:44 AM

USC changed offenses too. I heard an interview w Sark a couple months back. He said he realized he needed to change up the O, make it more of a spread. That's what Al is incapable of doing.

In my line of work we have a saying, maybe more of a mantra: "Improvise, Adapt, Overcome". I think it applies to football as well. Al is incapable. There is no Improvisation.. Just watch 3rd quarters. There is no Adaptation... Just watch the same sorry scheme year after year. And he can't overcome even a team like UVA.

He sucks.

SinisterCane

Let Fat Folden keep all of his coaches so they can ride the fail train together in 2015

Go Canes

58 is worse than I thought.

we started the year at 75 scholarships and because of injury finished with, I believe, 58 scholarship players. This number will grow each subsequent season now until we hit our 85 max in 2016."

J'Ville Cane

Posted by: dj moonbat | January 06, 2015 at 08:37 AM

Better get used to it. You see it's only month 18 of his 36 month plan. LOL

He's already setting up his excuses for next season, he's on to the 2016 SWAG class.

This dude should run for governor.

CaneRock

We got a freakin' HC who takes His marching orders from self help books. "Energy vampires"?...LMAO!

CaneRock

How disingenuous. TCU changed offenses, had nothing to do with that "5 simple values" bull$h!t. This guy's a joke.

dj moonbat

I said it once, I'll say it again.....Big Al isn't going anywhere this year so except it and move forward.

Posted by: raizecane | January 06, 2015 at 08:29 AM


And I've said this: I'm going to wait until I found out what I have to learn to accept.

CaneRock

Excerpt from Golden's end of year letter to team:

2014, for a variety of reasons, was a difficult year for all of us. Truth is none of that matters today. None of it. The only thing that matters is that we learn and grow from it. A year ago at this time TCU was 4 & 8 and did not have the benefit of participating in a bowl game. This year, #6 TCU faced #9 Ole Miss in the Peach Bowl! Those same TCU Horned Frogs. Same Weight Room, Same Playbook, Same Uniforms….Yet a Much DIFFERENT TEAM!

So what changed?

A TEAM is reborn every year. And what makes the difference from year to year is a team’s leadership, being great teammates (Squashing 3rd Parties and hidden agendas) and it’s volition - what team and team members are willing to give up to achieve shared goals! You cannot be a great leader, great teammate or a Championship Team without giving something up. Last year our volition (as determined by the unity council) boiled down to 5 simple values:
1. UNSELFISH – Contribution to others and encouragement; Form of appreciation and Gratitude. No energy Vampires!
2. FOCUSED – Eliminate thinking about the next level. Ignore the Noise (NFL/AGENT/MEDIA). Let go of the outcome. Put Team First!
3. UNIFIED – More team unity; no separation among us (mix more offense and defense). Be a Great Teammate!
4. COMMUNICATE – See it as more of a partnership. Matter of Trust! Let go of agenda. Be solution oriented. Tough Teams Talk!
5. ACCOUNTABLE – Overcome fear of conflict. Be authentic with others. You job is to never get discouraged with the responsibility to hold each other accountable. We need great leaders!

1mg of Epi

Have you ever seen a coach fired after NSD?
Do you really expect them to do that to incoming recruits?

Posted by: Go Canes | January 06, 2015 at 08:26

No. Of course Not. It's not happening.

This class will continue to fall apart. Next year will be more of the same. They just don't have the talent to make up for the scheme.

BTW what did u have to text?

30CINCO

Sports Buzz

### With UM’s Denzel Perryman moving on to the NFL (Mel Kiper calls him a second-rounder), defensive coordinator Mark D’Onofrio said Raphael Kirby will replace him as UM’s middle linebacker, with Juwon Young behind him.

### Defensive end Al Quadin Muhammad, who was suspended from school one semester for breaking another student’s nose with a punch in the parking lot outside Sun Life Stadium on April 12, has returned to campus, and he and Chad Thomas will compete to replace Anthony Chickillo. (Both will play a lot.)

D’Onofrio said UM football coaches were allowed to stay in close contact with Muhammad during his suspension, so he knows what’s expected of him.

### Perryman, Philip Dorsett, Ladarius Gunter and Clive Walford accepted Senior Bowl invitations.

Meanwhile, agent Drew Rosenhaus continued his strong track record of adding Hurricanes to his stable of clients. Walford, Chickillo, Shane McDermott and Olsen Pierre have all signed with Rosenhaus. Some other Canes haven’t announced agent selections.

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

raizecane

I said it once, I'll say it again.....Big Al isn't going anywhere this year so except it and move forward.

UMike

Have you ever seen a coach fired after NSD?

Do you really expect them to do that to incoming recruits?

Posted by: Go Canes | January 06, 2015 at 08:26 AM

You're right, coaches have never been fired after NSD. And do what exactly to incoming recruits? Give them a staff that will actually help them grow and maybe win some games? How dare the University do that!!!

UMike

The end of year presser will go like this...

"Very disappointed, this is not what we expect at the University of Miami... and it starts with me. Those night games and lack of fan support really hurt our student athletes over the course of the season. But there are no excuses. The lack of execution also hurt us as well, to many guys freelancing. But no excuses, it starts with me. We have a lot of talent coming in that we can build on which was so hard to do with the NCAA cloud that handcuffed us on and off the field. But it starts with me. Our defense and offense are trending up and the ST coach is doing a great job.

Our scheme will remain in tact as we look, after 4 years, for players that can actually execute it. There is nothing wrong with our scheme defensively, and that starts with me. We will continue to run our offense in a matter that allows us to stay close, but never actually play to win. We look forward to compete in the Coastal Division, which is one of the most difficult in all the NCAA."

1mg of Epi

https://miami.rivals.com/content.asp?CID=1722235

Go Canes

Have you ever seen a coach fired after NSD?

Do you really expect them to do that to incoming recruits?

SinisterCane

Get your gage bags ready

EXCLUSIVE: The Al Golden Interview

Gary Ferman

You have been wondering where Al Golden has been all week while you twisted and turned and wondered when he would emerge to reveal how he will make things better for the Miami Hurricanes in 2015 than they were as this past season nosedived to a disappointing 6-7 record.

Sunday and Monday we found him.

"I went to work after returning from Shreveport and haven't taken one break since ... except to take my son to baseball practice," Golden said at the start of an on-and-off two day-long conversation we had about every nook and cranny of the Miami program.

"I am the leader. I have to set the standard. If I'm not accountable, focused, unified, unselfish and relentlessly communicating, how can I expect the staff or team to follow suit? We're all just busting our tails to get it right and move forward. What transpired in 2014 is unacceptable."

The public perception the past week is that Golden disappeared. You might not have seen him in Publix, but we found out that has not been the case. Your anxiety has been his anxiety. So has the same urgency, maybe just in a little different way, with a little different focus.

"I've addressed innumerable things already with the staff and team," Golden said. "The team has been engaged and fired up - their calls, support, texts - that's what motivates me. That's what drives me and gives me the energy every day. We brought 100 players to the bowl game ... 84 of those return to our team. We have an excellent quarterback and leader returning. We made a lot of progress on defense and everyone on that side of the ball has been challenged by me personally to take the next step, to start to win games on that side of the ball and become accustomed to being ranked among the nation's best.

"Right now we have at least four guys coming in at mid-year that are going to be great additions (Jerome Washington, Jahair Jones, Scott Patchan and Jaquan Johnson), with that total number perhaps climbing to as many as six or seven. We also get Quan Muhammad, Rayshawn Jenkins, Matt Goudis, Herb Waters, Rashawn Scott, K.C. McDermott and Taylor Gadbois back as well (off injury). We redshirted 17 guys this year, which is something that adds so much mental and physical maturity to what we already have coming back. It will be nice to add guys like Demetrius Jackson, Ryan Mayes, Terry McCray, Jelani Hamilton, Earl Moore, Joe Brown, Darrell Langham, Mike Smith, and David Njoku to the active roster this spring. So yes, I'm excited."

You might not agree with everything Golden told me as Sunday continued into night and Monday brought a new day. But you will respect it. He is the most positive man in the world, sees very little of all of the negativity that has captivated the Miami fan base for the past month. And before you start dissecting or ripping his words, understand that everything he says comes with backup that makes a world of sense with the unknown of Saturday football afternoons removed from the equation.

They say there are two sides to every story. Well Golden sees his side with a conviction that makes a few things abundantly clear. He is defiant, not beaten. He sees the other side of the rainbow. He knows he has the support of the two people who matter most, President Donna Shalala and Athletic Director Blake James. So he wears blinders and continues to work with the understanding and agreement that what transpired this past season was simply not good enough.

"I'll say it again, 2014 was unacceptable," he said, stressing the point. "We know what needs to happen this year and we love the challenge. I am inspired by it.

"I accept the criticism and challenges that accompany being the head coach at Miami. Sometimes you can be shrouded in negativity. However, there is so much to be grateful for and to get excited about. First of all, we have great players that come to us from awesome families. We have one of the premier universities in the world that ranks No. 1 in the State of Florida. Most, if not all, of the resource and infrastructure improvements have transpired in just the last 18 months.

"Eighteen months ago no one would have touched this job. Now people are starting to see the changes. They see a $350 million renovation to Sun Life Stadium. They know the new $120 million medical facility that will house our sports medicine and performance center is huge for us. They see the new $3 million training table. They see the $7 million dollar refurbishment of our practice fields. They see the $15 million completion of the state-of-the-art Schwartz Center with new locker room, player's lounge, training room and academic support center. They see the $56 million Student Center. They hear discussions of a new indoor practice facility. All of these improvements to our program and campus directly improve the quality of life and represent a revitalized commitment to our players.

"On the field, they see the QB - his leadership, commitment and maturity. They see a defense that lost three starters and a coach right before the season go from 90th to 15th in total defense. They know probation will be over in another year and scholarships will be on the same playing field as our competitors. So yes, it is becoming attractive and we are catching up to our peers in so many areas. The 2015 class will be the first recruiting cycle exposed to all of these things. But the 2016 and 2017 classes ... they will have the best facilities ever afforded Miami Hurricanes and have absolutely no ramifications of the NCAA case. Zero. So they see the world a lot differently than recruits and parents that lived through the 28-month investigation.

"And perhaps the greatest change is the most inconspicuous - an Athletic Director that wants to be here long-term. My first two years on the job we were in the middle of chaos and we had four different AD's. It's impossible to move forward like that.

"So my resolve is stronger than ever. I've just been working like crazy and ignoring the noise. I can't listen to it nor can I address the negativity and every little rumor. I am a positive person and I am far more concerned with the overall growth and development of our student-athletes and implementing the best plan possible for the 2015 Miami Hurricanes."


The Miami job can wear coaches out when they don't win. The legacy is laced with all of those jubilant celebrations and video shots of coaches being thrust onto the shoulders of their players, waving their arms frantically toward the heavens. But disappointing seasons at Miami can be brutal because of the general passion of the Canes Nation. You have seen Larry Coker and Randy Shannon suffer through it in the last decade and now Golden had things go wrong this year and is feeling the intensity of the Canes fans as well.

A lot of the noise has involved Golden's coaching staff, and he remains the General who will not stand for the disrespect of those underneath him. He and his coaches are still having extended one-on-one meetings and Golden told me that no final decisions on the future have been made. Beyond that, there is nothing to report yet.

Instead we talked about a whole multitude of other subjects including where things went wrong this season, the impact of injuries to quarterback Ryan Williams and the offensive line, the fairness or lack thereof of all the public focus on the defense, the fallout from the FSU loss and prospects for the future.

Golden was raw and passionate about every subject.

You want to see whether he has the same anger that you have?

"I'm responsible for all of it," Golden said. "At least I am brave enough to stand up and say it. I'll take it all on my shoulders. That just motivates me. But this thing is close to being fixed and so is our infrastructure. It's my responsibility to fix it and I am doing it.

"We went from 90 to 15 in total defense and played eight top 50 offenses in the country. Overall, too many people blame the defense all the time and as much as we tell our guys to ignore the noise, it's only natural for our seniors to grow sick and tired of it. The truth is this year's team was, in many ways, better than last year's team. Our tackling all year was so much better. We had our heart broken in the FSU game and did not recover. I live with that every day as the leader. But more importantly I am plotting the course to ensure it does not happen again.

"Now think about the defense next year. We return almost the entire secondary and add two or more corners and two safeties. We have to replace Denzel Perryman in the middle, but we will have more depth at linebacker than previous years. And the defensive line has an opportunity to show the biggest growth from this year to next. All of our nose tackles were first-year players, and now we add a more-developed Earl Moore to the mix. We have tackles - Anthony Moten, Jelani Hamilton, Ufromba Kamalu - and ends - Kamalu, Chad Thomas, Quan Muhammad, Demetrius Jackson and Trent Harris and Tyriq McCord. The pass rushers will be the most dynamic since Olivier Vernon left. "

Golden has a large number of defensive stats that support his notion that things on defense are vastly better than they seem to the fan base and general public as he evaluates the program.

Scoring defense - Up to 37th in the country from 68th.

Opponent first downs - Up to 27th from 91st.

Opponent 10 yard plays - Up to 31st from 117th.

Rushing defense per game - Up to 30th from 78th.

Rushing yards per attempt - Up to 26th from 77th.

Fumbles recovered - Up to 18th from 53rd.

Pass defense per game - Up to 18th from 92nd.

Pass yards per attempt - Up to 17th from 75th.

Opponent yards per play - Up to 15th from 80th.

Opponent 20 yard plays - Up to 6th from 76th.

Opponent 30 yard plays - Up to 5th from 66th.

Fumbles forced - Up to 4th from 16th.

Opponent 50-yard plays - Up to 2nd from 29th.

I asked him why he believes the statistical improvement did not lead to a better won-loss record this season.

"We played much better offenses and a tougher schedule," Golden said. "We had too many interceptions early in the season, too many fumbles and an overall negative turnover ratio. The red zone offense was not great, we needed more touchdowns. The starting field position was negatively impacted by our poor kickoff and punt return game.

"On offense we need to improve on eliminating turnovers, improving `money' downs - we ended up 47 percent and the last five games we were 47.4 percent. We need to score more touchdowns in the red zone. We need to eliminate penalties, protect our quarterback at all costs, and finish the second half of games better. On defense, our focus will be improving our red zone success, money downs also and increasing our sacks and tackles for losses, raising the amount of takeaways we force, and dramatically lowering defensive penalties. Our number of penalties on the defensive side of the ball were really low in 2013. We had three times as many this year, and that's unacceptable."


The entire Miami football organization was all in for the Florida State game. The opportunity to make a statement and gain notice was enormous on that prime time national stage. Miami came out on fire, but couldn't sustain its quality of play and got caught at the end. The disappointment without question contributed greatly to the final three losses that ended the season. I asked Golden what he learned as a coach that will help him manage that situation better in the future.

"The Florida State game took on a life of its own," Golden said. "This is the first time since 2011 that the entire organization knew that it was going to win. They were considerably better than us in 2012 and 2013. They had 18 guys drafted to our four. But this year our guys had unshakeable confidence. We had veterans like Clive (Walford), Phillip (Dorsett), Denzel and Duke (Johnson) that helped us close the gap with their playmakers. And we recruited better in the last two classes.

"It's truly not just another game, but our practice routine has to be consistent and our practices, focus and energy was right where it needed to be that week. But looking back, I do believe it evolved into an `all or nothing' mentality. We never said it, but you could tell a lot of our older guys were going to lay everything on the line for this one. And that is the way that The U vs. FSU should be, end of story.

"But the way we lost compounded it. We were out to a good lead and just one or two plays could have made the ultimate difference. The team was emotionally spent - we had so many guys crying in their lockers afterward. That part is good for a team. To have a team consistently invest mentally, physically and emotionally in each game is the greatest gift the leadership and the team can give the coaching staff each week. Invest in the process. And the greatest thing about coming to Miami is that you have an intense rivalry like that.

"But what we have to learn from this year is that while this game carries more emotion than most, we must be willing to consistently invest (so that the FSU game doesn't stand out to that degree). We went out the next week and lost a Coastal game and never came out of it and that is my responsibility as the leader to make sure that we learn from this."

As he watched some of the other bowl games the past month, it struck Golden how many defenses were struggling.

"That's the thing - we're going the other way ... we're not perfect, but no one is in this day and age of defending offense," Golden said. "Yet people are flat out cruel. I feel bad for the seniors. They got tired of it. We'll see how guys develop over the next five months, but we have a chance at being the most talented group on defense since I got here and most importantly they will be walking into a room where the standard is top 15. That is a far cry from two years ago. It is completely realistic for our defense to set their eyes on a top 10 unit now. That would have been unimaginable after 2013. I'm grateful to the seniors that moved us forward on defense."

Golden works in a bubble, but it does exist in the same world where everybody else resides. The criticism he receives might be fuel, but he is still human and can't like it very much.

The more we talked Sunday and Monday, the more his positive mindset rose to the forefront. I asked him how he is doing it amid so much negativity right now.

"Who has time for negativity?" he asked. "I mean, you are either part of the problem or part of the solution. We must work at every level of our organization to choose the harder right over the easier wrong every day - to be a builder, not a basher, to be part of the cure, not the disease.

"I love our team, and more importantly our team is becoming closer. It wasn't ideal, but sometimes life is like that. You can't sit around and complain. You improve and turn it around by having a relentless commitment to consistency. You cannot control the external variables. To overcome and progress, you have to be consistent in your values and message. The `noise,' as we call it, is considerable in Miami and considerably unpredictable. If you are constantly changing your message, systems, values, staff, recruiting, coaches, relationships, and everything else, the result is a vicious cycle.

"I have no interest in that. I have been working since the plane landed from Shreveport to improve our systems, substance, and style, but not our standards. Our standards are non-negotiable."

Let's be honest, regardless of how you evaluate his performance, Golden has been through a rough four years. As he enters year five, the challenge now comes with suffocating pressure. I asked him if there ever is a moment when the frustration builds and he doubts whether he ultimately will be successful at Miami.


"Hell no," he said with conviction. "We are making an incredible 36-month push at correcting our infrastructure, and we are 18 months into it. Our defense improved, we have solidified our QB position, we played 31 first or second year players this season and redshirted 17, we started the year at 75 scholarships and because of injury finished with, I believe, 58 scholarship players. This number will grow each subsequent season now until we hit our 85 max in 2016."

The next month is reserved for recruiting.

Golden's message to recruits?

"On offense, it starts with the solidification of the quarterback position and the year that Brad Kaaya had," he said. "But it also includes a very talented Malik Rosier who gives us an added running dimension. We need two running backs that want to come in and compete for the job and be in the rotation from Day 1. We will have a big offensive line class because this position, more than any other, suffered from the scholarship limitations over the last two years. That was compounded by the 2014 losses of (Hunter) Knighton, (Alex) Gall, McDermott, (Nick) Linder, Gadbois and temporarily Ereck Flowers. I believe our current situation is by far the best opportunity for an offensive lineman in the country to come in and make an impact. We have low overall numbers and are replacing three starters. If you don't want to play and compete to start as a freshmen at offensive line, don't come to Miami. We need two or three wide receivers - playmakers that wreak havoc on third downs and in the red zone. And I am so excited to fill our one tight end spot with a 6-5 263-pound athlete in Jerome Washington, who is reporting this week.

"On defense, you can help us become dominant, help us take that next step. You should see recruits and parents faces when we show them our defensive stats. They fall over. Why? Because perception is reality. Everyone is too busy bitching to accept the progress that has been made. As I have said repeatedly, are we where we want to be? No. Do we have a long way to go? Yes. Are we making progress? Very much so. It was a huge undertaking over a three-year period to go from 90th in total defense to 15th. This year will mark the first time in the last three seasons that we will have someone in the front seven drafted. Lord willing, that will be the first of many to come on defense in coming years.

"In recruiting, fans lose their minds about who you don't get. But recruiting is, and always will be, about who you do get. We can't take every player from South Florida. We don't have enough spots. Two years ago we did an extensive study on recruiting in the state. That year I believe Florida yielded 373 Division I players. So if you figure we take 20 per year, that leaves a lot of Division I talent attending other schools around the state and country. Lots of that talent goes unnoticed by the big programs. There are so many instances of underrated or undervalued kids from South Florida going on to become great players - T.Y. Hilton, Johnathan Cyprien, Antonio Brown, Louis Delmas, Khalil Mack. The list goes on and on. There are so many guys down here. That's not to say we don't want to secure the very best talent this region has to offer. We always want the best players. But in many cases it's more about getting the right players. The only thing that matters is that the ones you do get that can help you achieve your goals.

"We only have five spots left in the 2015 recruiting class. It's not an open buffet. We can't take everyone. We have to fill certain position needs and that requires extremely tough decisions. We've also been working like dogs on the 2016 class. That's the SWAG 16 class, as they like to call themselves, and they are a really fun group to be around. They love the challenge of bringing The U back. That 2016 group will have the best infrastructure and support of any Miami Hurricane team in history. From the Schwartz Center to Sun Life Stadium, everything in the master plan will be in place by 2016."

With those thoughts, Golden was gone off into the night. There was plenty more work to do before another New Year approaches and no more time to talk about it.


https://miami.rivals.com/content.asp?CID=1722235

1mg of Epi

Staff changes? That's just as damning an indictment of how this university feels about its football team as no changes at all. And as big an insult to us. They think were morons.

Ferman interviewed Al yesterday:

"I went to work after returning from Shreveport and haven't taken one break since ... except to take my son to baseball practice," Golden said at the start of an on-and-off two day-long conversation we had about every nook and cranny of the Miami program.

"I am the leader. I have to set the standard. If I'm not accountable, focused, unified, unselfish and relentlessly communicating, how can I expect the staff or team to follow suit? We're all just busting our tails to get it right and move forward. What transpired in 2014 is unacceptable."

He mentions being on probation several times, as well as his top 15 defense and a host of other BS stats.

He's coming back.

dj moonbat

If Golden is fired, which I don't think he will be, they might be waiting to after NSD. Same with assistants.

Posted by: UMike | January 06, 2015 at 08:00 AM


I guess that makes some kind of sense, although it sure seems sleazy. But the opposite? Waiting until after NSD to announce that the staff remains the same? That doesn't make any sense at all.

dj moonbat

At least the hope is still alive. Maybe they're waiting to make an announcement a week before 2015 kickoff.

Posted by: 360Cane | January 06, 2015 at 08:09 AM


Look, I keep saying it, and people keep not listening: there WILL be an announcement of something, at some point in the next couple weeks. It may not be what I want to hear, but the season will not simply trail off into silence. As our last president would say, "Nah gah happen."

Now, I think the fact that this announcement hasn't ALREADY happened indicates that matters are still unsettled. But that could be wrong. But the idea that they've already decided to go forward into 2015 with no staff changes AND WILL NOT TELL US THAT? That's DEFINITELY wrong.

360Cane

At least the hope is still alive. Maybe they're waiting to make an announcement a week before 2015 kickoff.

UMike

If Golden is fired, which I don't think he will be, they might be waiting to after NSD. Same with assistants.

dj moonbat

Maybe they're working something out... But I don't think it stretches this far after the bowl game.

Posted by: 1mg of Epi | January 06, 2015 at 07:52 AM


The thing they're working out might not be Al leaving. But there are staff changes being negotiated. If there were not, they would have the year-end press conference already and say so. This is the home stretch of recruiting season; if they could make an announcement that the guys who recruited these kids all still have their jobs, they'd do that.

1mg of Epi

And FWIW manny tweeted last night that AG will be holding his end of year press conference Thursday and BJ will introduce Nike at the same time.

I think he's staying bro.

1mg of Epi

You think there's a chance They fire him still? I hope you're right, I just don't see it. Nothing from real reporters. Players have seen nothing. BJ released his "AG is great, you fans are A-Holes" Press release.

Maybe they're working something out... But I don't think it stretches this far after the bowl game.

dj moonbat

I would argue football is seen as more of a nuisance at this point. I invite anybody who feels different to give reasons why, as opposed to the normal calling of names. I don't think you can.

Posted by: 1mg of Epi | January 05, 2015 at 11:34 PM


I would argue that the most important piece of evidence is still pending.

360Cane

It's sad we have to keep regurgitating the past. We're turning into old, boring grandfathers that tell stories the kiddies really don't care about. []_[]

AfriCane

Canerock, it was wrong what happened to jacory, but what happened to kaya is wrong too. Anyway they r both black.

MIA Chi 'Cane '98

I wonder what the sales/revenues will be next year when Adidas takes over. My guess they will be down. Harry from All Canes must be pissed at the University. His sales probably will decrease come fall.

I checked online and looked at Michigan's Adidas gear. I was very unimpressed. Adidas either tried to hard and it looked more like gear from the early 90's with funky designs. Or way to plain. Looks like I will be stocking up on whatever Nike gear is left.

Adidas got steal only paying Miami $4 million. Michigan's contact is $8 million.

CaneRock

I ain't got no issue with what OGV called Kaaya...I'll repeat what some on here told Jacory to do when He received racist tweets...MAN UP!

As far as DB2 goes, I SERIOUSLY doubt that that was UM fan that called Him that word.

WWIN

Posted by: Ohio_Cane | January 05, 2015 at 11:14 PM

Probably from all the stress. Coaching can be very stressful on a family! I pray that she's okay tho.

AfriCane

'Duck Droppings Bowl'

ROFLMAO!!!! That's some funny shit right there...haaaaahhaaa!

1mg of Epi

Not everybody hates him... The players love the guy.

As far as complacency goes... Look at the coaching history the last 30 years... Always under the radar no name guys. They won because they made a couple really good hires, despite the fact that the program has always been under supported. The admin hasn't lowered expectations, it never had any.

This is the first coach whose has kept his program clean while failing on the field.
- Coker had a murder and a huge melee vs FIU
- Randy had Shapiro about to break on him

It might have looked like they were fired for poor performance but we know better. Al is the only coach to fail on the field while keeping a clean program since the 70s.... And so we get to see how much this U supports it program. Really very little.

I would argue football is seen as more of a nuisance at this point. I invite anybody who feels different to give reasons why, as opposed to the normal calling of names. I don't think you can.

1mg of Epi

* bowls!! Not playoffs... Wishful thinking

dj moonbat

He's not getting fired.. He's not quitting, he'd be walking away from a fortune. And why do you think it's a one year gig? Playoffs and ACC checks are all admin wants... The proof is in the pudding.

Posted by: 1mg of Epi | January 05, 2015 at 11:11 PM


Yeah, there we part ways. First, I don't think UM is as complacent as you do. Second, quitting isn't the same as "walking away from a fortune." If firing him costs UM $8 Million, maybe he'll go as low as $4 M for the privilege of not having to live his life as a hated man. Maybe not. But I'd bet these things are being talked about.

He doesn't really WANT to be the head coach anymore. He's not willing to sacrifice all the rest of the money, though. His people and UM's people are talking it over.

Ohio_Cane

Health not healthy**

Ohio_Cane

I guess Al's wife has had some healthy issues recently? I didn't know that, if true. Some people saying that's a reason he's contemplating leaving.

/waits on jokes about how bad Golden is

1mg of Epi

So Al's got all the leverage right now. But God help him if he "wins" the negotiation by keeping his job. His life will be hell, and then he'll get fired in a year anyway. He's better off negotiating a resignation in exchange for some lesser sum of money than he is having to work another futile, desperate year in a Miami that's boiling with rage to get all the money.

Posted by: dj moonbat | January 05, 2015 at 11:05 PM

He's not getting fired.. He's not quitting, he'd be walking away from a fortune. And why do you think it's a one year gig? Playoffs and ACC checks are all admin wants... The proof is in the pudding.

dj moonbat

See, I think UM expected that Al would be willing to make some serious staff changes, because a) not to do so would be crazy; and b) he would rather keep his job.

Totally wrong, though. A) The sane thing is to hang tough, rather than get one year's grace period working with new assistants whom you don't know, and who likely stink. B) He would rather get fired, and get a job as a third-rate TV analyst with an income padded with buyout money.

So Al's got all the leverage right now. But God help him if he "wins" the negotiation by keeping his job. His life will be hell, and then he'll get fired in a year anyway. He's better off negotiating a resignation in exchange for some lesser sum of money than he is having to work another futile, desperate year in a Miami that's boiling with rage to get all the money.

🌀🐜

feeling it's perfectly fine to go on an 18-20 yr old football player's account and call him a pu**y


Posted by: Go Canes | January 05, 2015 at 10:42 PM

Who?

WWIN

Saying OGV is NOT angry is like saying that the Pope is NOT Catholic!!!

Posted by: SOUP | January 05, 2015 at 10:35 PM

People think I be mad at Go Canes when I'm not.

dj moonbat

He's not going to be fired

Posted by: 1mg of Epi | January 05, 2015 at 10:50 PM


He might quit, though.

WWIN

#Hatespace

Posted by: nemo2002 | January 05, 2015 at 10:24 PM

Could be.

Not happy about it, but could be.

Posted by: SOUP | January 05, 2015 at 10:31 PM

Not even CLOSE to the stuff that's on other sites!

1mg of Epi

Soup... Why are half my posts not showing up?

1mg of Epi

If they had announced the day after the bowl game that the whole staff had been retained, that would be LESS shocking than for that same announcement to be made now. If UM were truly complacent, they would have just moved on immediately after the Duck Droppings Bowl and expected the fans to start getting over it. Guys like you and I would still be angry, but we wouldn't be angry based on ASSUMPTIONS about what's going on; we would know.

Posted by: dj moonbat | January 05, 2015 at 09:37 PM

They did announce right after the bowl that Al would be back, and that they would look into whether any assistants needed to be fired.

He's not going to be fired

Go Canes

He's angry about a lot more than the Canes.

Calling Duke and Kaaya what he did tonight, feeling it's perfectly fine to go on an 18-20 yr old football player's account and call him a pu**y, just to name a few, is NOT about anything to do with football, winning or losing.

SOUP

MORTGAGE RATES AT ALL TIME LOWS:

http://www.mortgagenewsdaily.com/reports/mortgage_rates/2015/1/5/1387

SOUP

He's not angry and not a angry person, he just had to keep some folks honest today!

Posted by: WWIM | January 05, 2015 at 10:23 PM

Saying OGV is NOT angry is like saying that the Pope is NOT Catholic!!!

SOUP

#Hatespace

Posted by: nemo2002 | January 05, 2015 at 10:24 PM

Could be.

Not happy about it, but could be.

WWIN

Shouldn't Canespace get more Nike stuff and $$$ than any other blog when the owner is a Miami alumni?

nemo2002

#Hatespace

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