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September 28, 2019

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Herbieibis

First, more than I can say for us.

Terrance Sullivan

Outstanding Work Soupster!

TonyCane

When the culture truly changes...the Canes will change.

We can’t simply out talent people. Most of our opponents are not Bethune. The margin between a collection of all three stars and a group of three stars and four stars is not that wide. Execution and the burning desire to win, always, are what needs to be in place. Each missed assignemnt, each dropped pass, each touchdown given up must be viewed by the individual as a matter of loss of respect. Victory must not merely be desired or the goal, but mandatory. Anything less should be unthinkable. And entering the field each player must be confident that they have given their absolute in preparation. Confident in themselves and each other.

Once that culture is in place, we roll.

alpine

Remember when Scott Frost was a thing?
Good times.
Posted by: Go Canes!! | September 28, 2019 at 08:49 PM

Plane engines warming, printing presses churning away...Dabo in danger!
Posted by: TonyCane | September 28, 2019 at 09:08 PM

^^^LOL on both!

. . . and i liked the article

. . . and i like the craziness of college football

alpine

. . . and i'm grateful it's fsu and not us playing clemson next week

. . . something tells me the nc-scare is gonna focus some minds in carolina this week; at the end of which they're gonna put the clems on fsu

Go Canes!!

Remember back when Mike Leach was a thing?

Good times...

Gin & Tonic


We will be bowl eligible. Worst case scenario is a 6 win season, presuming non offensive improvement. I have faith that this staff will continue To improve.

Posted by: TonyCane | September 28, 2019 at 09:49

I am posting this while sitting on the only bowl that the offensive line is eligible to play in.

TonyCane

Maybe our new offense can be that crazy spread formation where there is just a center and everyone else is lined up as wide receiver.

Go Canes!!


We will be bowl eligible. Worst case scenario is a 6 win season, presuming non offensive improvement. I have faith that this staff will continue To improve.

Posted by: TonyCane | September 28, 2019 at 09:49


I feel this will be the case as well, but right now Manny is not inspiring confidence.

CGNC

Once that culture is in place, we roll.

Posted by: TonyCane | September 29, 2019 at 12:25 AM

Indeed

AeroCane

Need more than culture- need better recruiting and coaching!

BigWindyCane

The Canes defense has been very stout against the run. Their third down defense (even with last week’s breakdowns) is among the best in the country. It’s pass defense ratings have been good, although the pass defense does need some improvement.

Most of the problems that need to be fixed are on the offensive side of the ball, starting with the offensive line. Red zone and third down conversions, penalties and missed assignments are among the worst in the nation.

Jarren has been great on the short passes, but he needs to go deep. Maybe having Pope back will help. Jarren’s issue has been that he has to see the receiver open before he throws it. That is allowing opponents to sneak a safety into the box and play closer to the line of scrimmage to stop the run. Jarren has to read coverages early and go deep to JT4 and Pope.

As for that offensive line, it is the worst I have seen in over two decades, and it’s really the two true freshmen who aren’t ready to play yet. They may be ready down the line, but they look like high school players going up against grown men. OL is the position where experience counts the most, and the Canes might have the most inexperienced OL in the ACC.

Of course, inexperience doesn’t explain everything. Scaife, Gaynor and Donaldson have had their moments, but some of their problems have been trying to compensate for the two freshmen. It’s hard to believe that none of the players on the bench can’t play better

alpine

culture:
- i liked whatever culture we had on the defensive side since manny was d-coordinator . . . and i'm assuming the few steps backward regarding pass defense & 3rd/4th downs is more of needing time to replace what left

- i'm assuming this culture thing is mainly to do with the qb's, who had to work with junior richt, the OL and maybe the receivers?

- or how do you all understand this?

86Cane

Remember when Go Canes was a thing?

Yeah, me neither.

alpine

I am posting this while sitting on the only bowl that the offensive line is eligible to play in.
Posted by: Gin & Tonic | September 29, 2019 at 07:36 AM

bing bing bing:
we have a winner of the annual "Bowl Me Over" comment of the year

your winnings:
a bowl of exlax suppositories to enable you and your friends to purge any intestinal culture that is clogging up your power surges

yes, with exlax, you too can have winning runs

86Cane

alpine for the win.

BigWindyCane

yes, with exlax, you too can have winning runs
Posted by: alpine | September 29, 2019 at 10:19 AM

86Cane
alpine for the win.

Posted by: 86Cane | September 29, 2019 at 10:20 AM

🤣🤣🤣🤣🏈

Go Canes!!

Posted by: 86Cane | September 29, 2019 at 10:19 AM


It was a short but glorious time.

TonyCane

culture:
- i liked whatever culture we had on the defensive side since manny was d-coordinator . . . and i'm assuming the few steps backward regarding pass defense & 3rd/4th downs is more of needing time to replace what left

- i'm assuming this culture thing is mainly to do with the qb's, who had to work with junior richt, the OL and maybe the receivers?

- or how do you all understand this?

Posted by: alpine | September 29, 2019 at 10:17 AM

I take it that it is much, much more on the offensive side.

solarcane

Remember back when Butch Davis was a thing... im just saying

solarcane

There is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct, or more uncertain in its success, than to take the lead in the introduction of a new order of things.”
– Niccolo Machiavelli

solarcane

The Too Dead Crew

Miami’s ten lowest graded players according to PFF
ByDAVID LAKE Sep 28, 9:00 AM
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Earlier this week, we highlighted the ten Miami Hurricanes who have earned the best Pro Football Focus grades through the first four games.

You can view that article here.

This article is a look at the Hurricanes that haven't graded out well through the first four games, according to PFF.


Pro Football Focus is an advanced statistics company that watches and grades every game and every player across the FBS level after watching each game multiple times.

PFF provides an interesting look with their stats that go beyond the traditional counting stats we are accustomed to.


After four games, the Hurricanes have a 2-2 overall record and are 0-1 in ACC play.

Miami lost both of their games against Power Five opponents, 24-20 against Florida and 28-25 against North Carolina. Both games were away from Hard Rock Stadium.


The Hurricanes returned to Hard Rock Stadium for the next two games and earned victories over FCS opponent Bethune-Cookman and Group of Five opponent Central Michigan.

Miami is 19-3 in games played at Hard Rock Stadium since 2016, when Manny Diaz arrived as defensive coordinator.


After that home stretch, the Hurricanes travel to play at Pittsburgh and at Florida State. UM will then play their final home game against Louisville and then the Hurricanes will play away from Hard Rock Stadium against FIU and at Duke.


Note: The minimum snap count to be on this list is 100 snaps

DT JON FORD - 61.7 GRADE

(Photo: Andrew Ivins, 247Sports)
Snaps: 154


According to PFF, Ford has been an inconsistent tackler, earning a 19.4 tackling grade on the year. He has missed three tackles, according to PFF. Ford has earned a 65.0 pass rushing grade on the year with five quarterback pressures on 82 pass rushing snaps. Ford has totaled two tackles and 0.5 tackles for loss.


DB ROBERT KNOWLES - 61.5 GRADE

(Photo: Andrew Ivins, 247Sports)
Snaps: 157


Knowles has the top tackling grade on the team at a 89.5 grade in that phase, but he has a 62.2 run defense grade and a 62.6 coverage grade. Knowles has allowed four receptions for 55 yards on the year. He has totaled 17 tackles.


CB TRAJAN BANDY - 60.8 GRADE

(Photo: Andrew Ivins, 247Sports)
Snaps: 211


According to PFF, Bandy has gotten off to a slow start in 2019, receiving a 41.6 run defense grade and a 61.7 coverage grade. Bandy has allowed eight receptions for 123 yards and one touchdown on the season. Bandy has ten tackles and two sacks on the year. PFF has given Bandy a 80.9 pass rushing grade on the season, totaling four quarterback pressures.


OL JAKAI CLARK - 60.1 GRADE

(Photo: Andrew Ivins, 247Sports)
Snaps: 184


According to PFF, Clark has been solid as a pass blocker, earning a 71.0 grade in that regard. PFF has given Clark a 60.1 run blocking grade on the year. Clark has allowed four quarterback pressures and has been called for one penalty.


CB AL BLADES JR. - 60.0 GRADE

(Photo: Andrew Ivins, 247Sports)
Snaps: 164


Blades has impressed PFF with his run defense, earning a 73.8 grade in that phase. His coverage grade, however, is a 59.6 on the season. Blades has allowed five receptions for 71 yards through four games. He has totaled 13 tackles and one interception on the year.


DE SCOTT PATCHAN - 59.4 GRADE

(Photo: Andrew Ivins, 247Sports)
Snaps: 157


According to PFF, Patchan has been an inconsistent tackler this year, with a 41.3 tackling grade. PFF has credited him with three missed tackles. PFF has given Patchan a 64.9 pass rushing grade. He has totaled 11 quarterback pressures on 94 pass rushing snaps. Patchan has totaled 11 tackles and one sack on the year.


DB AMARI CARTER - 58.7 GRADE

(Photo: Andrew Ivins, 247Sports)
Snaps: 162


PFF has given Carter a 58.5 coverage grade for the season. He’s been targeted seven times and has allowed four receptions for 57 yards. His best grade for a game this season was against Florida when he earned a 67.4 overall grade. Carter has 12 tackles and one interception on the year.


OL ZION NELSON - 47.0 GRADE

(Photo: Andrew Ivins, 247Sports)
Snaps: 262


According to PFF, Nelson has not impressed as a pass rusher, earning a 22.6 pass blocking grade. PFF has counted Nelson as giving up 14 quarterback pressures and four sacks. He’s been called for one penalty on the year.


TE WILL MALLORY - 45.8 GRADE

(Photo: Andrew Ivins, 247Sports)
Snaps: 122


Mallory has totaled three receptions for 70 yards and one touchdown this season. According to PFF, Mallory has been targeted six times and has been called for two penalties. He has dropped two passes.

solarcane

Big Al on fire

herbieibis

All but Bandy pretty much greenhorns, as far as starting. Knowles has been an albetros since he has been there. Ain't no waiver wire for that Oh line help we need. Just got to take like a man this year and hope these humiliations this year will translate into greatness on down the road. Dee will be okay but Baker needs to be more aggressive on third down. DT's are average in the pass rush and with no push up the middle those DB"S asses are left swinging in the breeze to long.
Top 6 teams will remain the same as long as they keep scooping up all these top players. we have to close that gapping whole in the barb wire that is allowing the top players to flee up North.

To words Win and SPAAAAARED!

solarcane

Mallory in only 122 snaps goes from projected All ACC tight end status to potential worst starting player on the team.


solarcane

Soup,
I admire your love for The U.

I think with the current circumstances and understanding that Manny should have said "This season you will get a glimpse of the New Miami",

You get a complete do over on your decision of shutting down Canespace if we go 8-4, and in fact move the axe drop to next season if we go 8-4

Either way you know I'm with you a 100 percent. I know how many times I have had to talk you down off the edge but believe me I feel your pain my man.

86Cane

"Pro Football Focus is an advanced statistics company that watches and grades every game and every player across the FBS level after watching each game multiple times."

Can you imagine having this as your job? Every day, every week, for 4-6 months of every year?

I mean initially it might seem like a good idea and a really cool job BUT seriously, man, get a life!

86Cane

Either way you know I'm with you a 100 percent. I know how many times I have had to talk you down off the edge but believe me I feel your pain my man.

Posted by: solarcane | September 29, 2019 at 12:47 PM

Love runs deeep.

BUT What really burns my britches is you look at Mack Brown at UNC, an experienced coach sure but not considered a world beater or top 10 coach by any means. He goes to UNC in his first year, a team that won 2 games in 2018, and lost to Miami 47-10. Then in one off-season he transforms the team "with the other guys players" he inherited and he beats Miami and ALMOST beats mighty Clemson a few weeks later.

No where do you hear him or their fans saying "Well, he needs three years to recruit his own players". No he goes out and gets it done no excuses. I like that, I like that a lot. Can we get some of what he is cooking? Hell, I would even eat collard greens if I had to?

solarcane

I get it soup.
I always thought Olympic Swimming Lifeguard was a pretty pimp job.

Terrance Sullivan

Soupster Total Agreement!

86Cane

From CBS sports:

Some of that was a result of North Carolina's game plan, which left safeties deep in the field to help its young cornerbacks against Higgins, Justyn Ross and the rest of Clemson's future pro wide receivers. With defenders out of the box and away from the line of scrimmage, Clemson leaned heavily on the ground game and short passes that were covered up well by North Carolina's defense.

"Obviously we made enough mistakes to lose the game," Dabo Swinney said after the game, noting that they'd much rather learn lessons from a win than a loss. "They probably outplayed us. We made critical mistakes at critical times. We'll grow from it."

Swinney routinely mentioned the penalties, false starts and mistakes on offense that kept the Tigers from ever getting into a rhythm on offense. He credited North Carolina's gameplan of slowing down the game, forcing Clemson to put together long drives and eating up clock on offense. In a shortened game, mistakes are more costly, and Swinney said the Tigers' errors played right into the hands of the Tar Heels, who were every bit up for the challenge with No. 1 in town.

QUESTION: What's a "game plan" and where do we find one?

KYcane

Posted by: 86Cane | September 29, 2019 at 02:01 PM

A-fkn men brother

86Cane

You get a complete do over on your decision of shutting down Canespace if we go 8-4, and in fact move the axe drop to next season if we go 8-4

Posted by: solarcane | September 29, 2019 at 12:47 PM

Probably the only way Canespace will actually ever end is if I come on here and cry more than I laugh out loud. Kind of like any relationship as long it brings more joy than pain we should be fine. Once that equation flips upside down it will be "time for me to fly" (REO reference).

Terrance Sullivan

Soupster, KYCane y'all are going to make the Sunshine and Lollipops Crowd be very angry with y'all they already mad with me lol 😂😂 😂😂 😂.

86Cane

We all need some sunshine and lollipops to help balance out the dark clouds and collard greens I guess?

solarcane

Soup 10-4
I know,you know I know some of pure hostile BS you had to put up with on here at times, and the disappointing seasons year after year.

While burn out, in fighting, and other crap dismantled some pretty good Cane blogs,( to keep with the blog article theme,) you fought the good fight,you finished the race and you kept the faith.

solarcane

Bama back at number one
Right now I think Ohio State and Georgia could both beat Alabama and Clemson

1 Alabama
2. Clemson
3. Georgia
4. Ohio State
5. LSU
6. Oklahoma
7. Auburn
8. Wisconsin
9. Notre Dame
10. Florida
11. Texas
12. Penn State
13. Oregon
14. Iowa
15. Washington
16. Boise State
17. Utah
18. UCF
19. Michigan
20. Arizona State
21. Oklahoma State
22. Wake Forest
23. Virginia
24. SMU
25. Texas A&M

solarcane


The USA Today/Amway Coaches Poll

1. Alabama (29)
2. Clemson (30)
3. Georgia (1)
4. Oklahoma
5. Ohio State (4)
6. LSU
7. Auburn
8. Florida
9. Wisconsin
10. Notre Dame
11. Penn State
12. Texas
13. Oregon
14. Iowa
15. Boise State
16. Washington
17. Utah
18. Michigan
19. UCF
20. Wake Forest
21. Texas A&M
22. Virginia
23T. Michigan State
23T. Memphis
25. Oklahoma State

alpine

Soupster, KYCane y'all are going to make the Sunshine and Lollipops Crowd be very angry with y'all they already mad with me lol 😂😂 😂😂.
Posted by: Terrance Sullivan | September 29, 2019 at 02:31 PM

c'mon terrance; get your head right, sir

"sunshine & lollipops"
WTF you talkin' 'bout

. . . it's fairy dust!!!!!!!!! smh

TonyCane

With Mack, it comes down to two things:

1) What sort of OL did he inherit?
2) How good is Sam Howell?

Mack thrived at Texas for most of his tenure because of how weak the Big 12 was outside of OU, and how cupcake strong Texas kept its out of conference schedule. He also had back to back program changing QBs.

Is Howell his next Colt McCoy, and did he enter the year with a decent (ie better than Miami) offensive line? If so, it’s not surprising to see the sudden turnaround.

alpine

dolphins are like a hurricanes graveyard this year:

- gerald willis loses an arm
- danny isadora out for the year
- allen hurns concussed and out the last 2 games; no known return

. . . but walton still churning out yards; at least in garbage time

- oh, and denzel perryman plays against the fins today and goes down injured (couldn't tell if he came back again)

<<<<<<<<<<

p.s. tony: i thought your 4:04 post was an interesting take

BigWindyCane

The Canes are an 11 point favorite at home next week against Virginia Tech, but the Canes are now underdogs at FSU and Duke, and a slight favorite at home against Virginia.

This is a stretch where CMD could silence his critics and boost his recruiting.

7-5 seems probable, but 8-4, or 9-3 is a good season. Anything less than 9-3 makes it difficult to win the Coastal

herbieibis

Mack Brown is average coach, even though he did win a ship. Can't play at a high level for 12 weeks. These are the games that separate the big boys from the also rans. Win the big games and win the close ones too. Carolina playing hard but I believe they had half their OH line returning and maybe Searles has been rejuvenated or maybe Barry is having to clean up his effed up techniques here and he has yet to eff up Carolina's Oh line. Brown does have some good veteran coaches with him and we have several coaches that are in their 4Th and 5th years.

BigWindyCane

Canes need to win the next two games against Virginia Tech and then Virginia at home, then the Canes will be in the driver’s seat for the Coastal.

BigWindyCane

And if the Canes lose one of the next three home games, the Canes might be effectively eliminated from the Coastal Division race

FANBASE

Posted by: solarcane | September 29, 2019 at 03:15 PM

Are we in the BOTTOM 25? The FANBASE wants to know.
Thank you!

86Cane

. . . it's fairy dust!!!!!!!!! smh

Posted by: alpine | September 29, 2019 at 04:04 PM

Fairy dust is overrated.

That's my story and I'm stickin to it!

nemo2002

And if the Canes lose one of the next three home games, the Canes might be effectively eliminated from the Coastal Division race

Posted by: BigWindyCane | September 29, 2019 at 05:26 PM

If . . . ?

solarcane

Are we in the BOTTOM 25? The FANBASE wants to know.
Thank you!

Posted by: FANBASE | September 29, 2019 at 05:51 PM

As of today we are at #50 and trending down

solarcane

Just when you think you have a lock on being the most impatient,unrealistic,selfish fan base in college football, along come the Hokies and put their left foot in and shake it all about.

"This is the end. Yup, Friday evening ended the 2019 football season. Actually it ended with our loss to Boston College on August 31st. I said, back before that game, that IF Virginia Tech won it, the team will have turned the corner and it could be a really good season. Like many programs, the IF didn’t occur, and so we go to the ELSE condition. This team has not made the turn, and now each game is going to be a “from scratch” battle. The Hokies’ 2019 season is over. The 2020 season begins next week in Coral Gables."

AeroCane

Alpine - not Willis but norton FYI
But we get your point

86Cane

When the culture truly changes...the Tar Heels will change. Once that culture is in place, we roll.

Posted by: TonyCane | September 29, 2019 at 12:25 AM

Just curious...is that a quote from first year UNC head coach Mack Brown?

BigWindyCane

Norton was the player that lost his arm. I really liked him, and thought he and McIntosh were a force. They should have both stayed for their senior seasons, and along with Gerald Willis III, this defense would be the best in the country.

Willis is still on the Dolphins practice squad. I am rooting for him. He only played one season here, but I like how the coaches worked with him and allowed him to work through his issues.

I saw him at a Canes camp, and I did a double take because I expected him to be bigger. Willis was in great shape though, and it’s amazing what he could do at his size. His brother, Landon Collins is a great safety. I don’t know what he is listed at, but I think his size may work against him at the pro level. Maybe the right system could benefit him. But Willis was a heck of a DT for us in college

86Cane

Not one single person commented on the photos in the blog. Not when they were taken. Not where they were taken. I find that interesting.

Terrance Sullivan

I will say this once again for the people in the back until the 4 Star Players play like 4 Star Players we won't get to the elite level. That's way more important than Guys that actually were good here that left early. I don't understand how y'all excuse make for these 4 Star busts who haven't did didley poo here but y'all stay clowning guys that were good who left early. I can't relate with y'all on that thinking at all. Go Canes! Beat VT!

alpine

Alpine - not Willis but norton FYI
But we get your point

Posted by: AeroCane | September 29, 2019 at 08:10 PM

thanks for the blog-post-fix

willis getting picked up for the practice squad must've neuron'd some synapses ... the fins actually looking at multiple canes players this year (i'd swear that's a first)

alpine

Not one single person commented on the photos in the blog.

Posted by: 86Cane | September 29, 2019 at 10:51 PM

- lots of nice smiles
- those throwing up the U do a good job making sure their thumbs touch

alpine

speaking of canes-fins connection . . .

how is it that they both have the same two glaring weaknesses:
OL's and kickers!!!!!!!!!!

Go Canes!!

Our recruting rankings aren't much different than UNC's over the last four years.

Think that 2 win season last year was a little misleading, they've been decimated by injuries several times.


https://www.sbnation.com/college-football-recruiting/2019/2/7/18215228/college-football-recruiting-rankings-2019-class

raizecane

"Ohio State is overrated"

- Nebraska Fans on Friday

"Did someone get the license plate of that truck that just ran us over"

- Nebraska Fans Sunday morning...

Old Skool

Soup, Solar

Sorry for the delayed response. Just got back from Italy. Rafting the Chattooga and fishing in North Georgia was some good times, however, if rafting is in the cards, there won't be any shirtless pics of me for a while. The Italian food and wine was too damn good.

If Manny wants to steel the nerves and quicken the reflexes of his players in the off season, I would suggest letting them drive for a few hours in Naples. The hairs on my white knuckles stood straight up.


raizecane

The hairs on my white knuckles stood straight up.

Posted by: Old Skool | September 30, 2019 at 07:32 AM

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Are you sure it's not because you pissed off a member of the Corleone family?

Terrance Sullivan

Some of our Positional Coaching (OL) in particular has sucked in particular for years as well.

alpine

Some of our Positional Coaching (OL) in particular has sucked in particular for years as well.

Posted by: Terrance Sullivan | September 30, 2019 at 07:50 AM

i'm pretty sure there's a TWSS lurking in there
. . . i'm just not Kama Sutra savvy enough to figure it out

solarcane

Lo heading for the transfer portal?


Navarro reported that family members of Lingard’s have reported on social media that the sophomore is growing impatient and is unhappy having to wait to make his 2019 season debut. The Miami football staff wants to bring Lingard along “slowly and smartly.” according to Navarro.

solarcane

Williams Lawrence common opponent


Williams unquestionably had the better game against the Tar Heels. The Hurricanes redshirt freshman QB was 30-39 for 309 yards with two TDs, obviously no interceptions and a passer rating of 172.1 against the Tar Heels.

Lawrence was 18-30 for 206 yards, one TD, no interceptions and a 128.7 passer rating against the Tar Heels. Lawrence did add 11 carries for 45 yards against North Carolina. Willams had six carries for negative nine yards against the Tar Heels. Four of Williams carries against UNC were sacks. Three of those by Tomon Fox.

solarcane

ESPN that has erroneously been accused of hating Miami on this blog for years
Has the Hurricanes ranked a laughable 27th in the country
31 Baylor 4-0
33 Duke 3-1
34 Boise. 4-0
35 Fl St
37 Va 4-1
40 Minn 4-0

Terrance Sullivan

Well Played Alpine! Well Played!

solarcane

Gore's run to the 15,000-yard club put him in all-time great company with Emmitt Smith (18,355 yards), Walter Payton (16,726) and Barry Sanders (15,269). He's on track to run past Sanders later this season.

solarcane

Real World Rankings

CBS Sports. MIAMI 50
ATHLON MIAMI 48
VS COMPUTER MIAMI 65
HERO SPORTS MIAMI 43

raizecane

Real World Rankings

CBS Sports. MIAMI 50
ATHLON MIAMI 48
VS COMPUTER MIAMI 65
HERO SPORTS MIAMI 43

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In other words......WE SUCK

86Cane

I have got a feeling that the CMU game was an anomaly and that you will see a much better prepared and performing team from here on out. Not sure why I feel this way but for some reason it just came to me this morning. We will see.

Herbieibis

We've dipped 10% in recruiting the last 4 years, according to a rankings guru.
Must be from all that talent on the Oh line.
Mentioned a couple weeks ago about Linegard possibly being the next to pack his bags but what I'd like to know is exactly what kind of knee operation was it? ACL I could see this kind of time table but cartledge or ligament, I just can't see it taking this long. If u try redshirt him he definitely will be gone.

solarcane

Not sure why I feel this way but for some reason it just came to me this morning. We will see.

Posted by: 86Cane | September 30, 2019 at 10:24 AM

Nyquil?

solarcane

California passes the pay for play act this morning.
Transfer portal to USC might heat up quick.

solarcane

VT blog

Some of this sounds very familiar


The trend is down. We've been young forever. Its apparent we have a broken culture. The team just had their worse loss since 1974.

Some fans still expect excellence. This gee-gosh country bumkin love them through thick and thin attitude is not what got us to national prominence. Some of us aren't willing to accept turning into Wake Forest. We should be battling for ACC Championships year in and year out. We are not UVA, WF, or Duke football.

This staff has earned this criticism. To borrow a mantra, Excellence IS Expected.

Go Canes!!

Posted by: 86Cane | September 30, 2019 at 10:24 AM


Ok who is this?

Terrance Sullivan

LOL Wake Forest is 5-0 and Ranked but I get the point

solarcane

Posted by: Terrance Sullivan | September 30, 2019 at 12:00 PM

Hi sully,
denial is a Bytch isn't it?
Been there done that.

solarcane

...and about those pictures soup.
You still the chairman for the Cheerleader fundraising/benefit/vacation committee?

solarcane

Ok who is this?

Posted by: Go Canes!! | September 30, 2019 at 11:57 AM

Go Soup!!

raizecane

you will see a much better prepared and performing team from here on out. Not sure why I feel this way but for some reason it just came to me this morning. We will see.

Posted by: 86Cane | September 30, 2019 at 10:24 AM

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Enough about UCF........ :-)

86Cane

Transfer portal to USC might heat up quick.

Posted by: solarcane | September 30, 2019 at 11:31 AM

I can't wait to see how this "well intended" law creates a complete cluster F#%$ in basketball, basketball and eventually baseball to a lesser degree.

When 5 star QB Johnny gets $3 million and wears a mink coat, seven gold necklaces and a few carat diamond earrings to practice, has 5 girls at his side and drives a Mercedes to the OL protecting him get NOTHING let's see how that turns out.

Then they will claim "income inequality" and pass another "law" to make sure all players get paid the same amount.

Then Johnny QB will say hey I'm the star and I want more than the third string DT and then what law will they pass?

You can't legislate your way out of this fine mess you have gotten into. Just watch.

The end is nigh...

86Cane

Enough about UCF........ :-)

Posted by: raizecane | September 30, 2019 at 12:54 PM

LMAO!

86Cane

Enough about UCF........ :-)

Posted by: raizecane | September 30, 2019 at 12:54 PM

LMAO!

Terrance Sullivan

LOL Solar U already know!

alpine

The end is nigh...
Posted by: 86Cane | September 30, 2019 at 01:13 PM

i agree with you, 86, that this will probably open a pandora's box of unforeseeable problems that will shake up sports for the next decade or 3, in a way that will probably not be good for the game

. . . i don't follow this closely, but two things that have irritated me about this amateur college stuff:

1- the ncaa is a closed club with zero transparency; no one seems to know why certain cases get handled quickly and/or leniently; others need lots of time and/or big punishment . . . nor does it feel like the process of investigation is fair
. . . and this makes it hard to support this structure
. . . i already forget the name of our bb center last year: but the way they unfairly handled his case made me want to shoot a double bird in their direction

- also, the dollars are out of control in college athletics . .. it feels like there need to be some kind of "socialistic constraints" on those profitting from amateurs: maybe a much higher "education tax" or something, for all salaries (coaches, trainers, athletic directors) earned beyond $500,000? 1 million? 2.5 million? i don't know, but i'm sure it's impossible to keep out corruption the way it's being handled at this time ...
those wanting the big bucks should move on to the profi leagues


FAIRNESS & TRANSPARENCY need to be the two main currencies of amateurism . . . and they're not . . . and we know from the samson story what happens when two pillars collapse . . .

alpine

3- almost forgot: an institution like the ncaa, needs to also look at the interests of the student . . . in the dewan huell (finally remembered his name) case, they should have made clear transparent progress at an early stage . . . they could have knocked him out of some games and given him some community service, where dewan (and OTHERS!) would have benefitted from the disciplinary action

the ncaa is simply a closed club, seemingly with it's own prejudices and definitely with a total lack of awareness
. . . "unfairness" seems to be it's middle name;
ooops alpine repeating himself

to sum up: burn it down; build a new one: the NNCAA!!!

DallasTX Cane

Posted by: solarcane | September 30, 2019 at 11:37 AM

“National prominence”?? Ha ha. Me thinks some country bumpkins been sipping at the moonshine trough a tad too much. Their bag of crap program became nationally known for playing UM tough for a few seasons... when UM was winning NC’s, not just dreaming about em. When it comes to the “blue blood” down on their luck programs, or even only the once great now down on their luck programs, trust me... nobody outside of shit-hole used to be a coal mine living large in the Meth Belt WV thinks of WVU.

NE, USC, UT (TN), and... wait for it... WVU.. lol. Never been said on sports talk radio ever anywhere

Of course.... our Canes are just about as nationally irrelevant. But at least we do actually have “good ole days” to sadly reminisce about...

VA Cane

on the bright side, Frank Gore crossed 15,000 yards gained in a career...only 4th NFLer to do so! ...Emmitt, /walter, Barry and Good old Frank! He will pas Sanders this year soon. The man had two bad knee injuries at UM. Was on UM NC 2001 team, Big East freshman of the year.

First player in NFL history with 12 consecutive 1,200-yards from scrimmage seasons.

One of five RBs in NFL history with nine 1,000-yard seasons, joining Emmitt Smith, Walter Payton, Barry Sanders, and Curtis Martin.

The man has never quit, and never said a lot. Just a great guy, great pro, great cane and sure HOFer.

Where have all his kind gone....great man!!

86Cane

But at least we do actually have “good ole days” to sadly reminisce about...

Posted by: DallasTX Cane | September 30, 2019 at 05:06 PM

"The good old days weren't always good,
And tomorrow ain't as bad as it seems."

Name the music artist?

roachcane77

Not one single person commented on the photos in the blog. Not when they were taken. Not where they were taken. I find that interesting.
Posted by: 86Cane | September 29, 2019 at 10:51 PM

I ALMOST said something about the first picture... The cheerleader on YOUR right, (far left in the pic), actually graduated from the high school I taught at for 39 years. She was in my TV Production class and we used to talk abut her going to The U after she graduated!

roachcane77

"The good old days weren't always good,
And tomorrow ain't as bad as it seems."
Name the music artist?
Posted by: 86Cane | September 30, 2019 at 06:46 PM

"Keeping the Faith," Billy Joel

DallasTX Cane

I learned stickball as a formal education...

solarcane

. nobody outside of shit-hole used to be a coal mine living large in the Meth Belt WV thinks of WVU

Posted by: DallasTX Cane | September 30, 2019 at 05:06 PM

I swear sometimes I think you ghost write lyrics for Bob Dylan

solarcane

roach nice catch on the picture and the lyric

solarcane

The University of Miami Sports Hall of Fame announced its eight-member 2020 class on Monday.

Three football players — Jay Brophy, Phillip Buchanon and Kevin Williams — were added, along with Yasmani Grandal (baseball), Johnny Hemsley (men’s basketball), Brittney Steinbruch (women’s soccer), Laura Vallverdue (women’s tennis) and Mike Ward (track and field).

solarcane


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‘All our guys can do a good job playing press man,’ says UM defensive coordinator

University of Miami defensive coordinator Blake Baker talks to the media during a press conference at the Schwartz Center for Athletic Excellence at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida on Monday, September 30, 2019. BY MATIAS J. OCNER
A lot has changed since Miami Hurricanes’ defensive coordinator Blake Baker took over ahead of the start of the 2019 season.

The team lost its leading tackler in defensive back Jaquan Johnson, in addition to defensive lineman Joe Jackson, who recorded a team-high 8.5 sacks. And after ranking first in the nation in passing yards allowed last year, Miami ranks 49th against the pass through four games.

In his weekly press conference, Baker spoke about the Hurricanes’ defensive struggles and some of the differences in the Hurricanes’ coverages from last season to now.

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Miami plays much more man-to-man coverage this year, compared to under then-defensive coordinator Manny Diaz when the Hurricanes played zone nearly 50 percent of the time. Baker said the reason for the change in the team’s defensive approach is a combination of the team’s personnel, and how they’ve adjusted for the run-pass-option.

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“I think with as much RPO game out there in college football, that’s a common answer from a defensive coordinator standpoint,” Baker said. “Obviously, you have to have the guys that can do that, and I believe we do, and then also, just maybe from a personnel standpoint, who we have, I think all our guys can do a good job playing press-man, so it’s probably a combination of the two.”


Despite a run defense that allows just 2.06 yards per rush (sixth-lowest yards per attempt allowed), the Hurricanes’ struggling secondary is allowing 209.8 passing yards per game (6.66 yards per attempt).

The defensive staff has tried different options. With sophomore Gurvan Hall starting all four games at safety, Amari Carter and Robert Knowles have shared time at the position opposite him.


Hall leads the team with 28 tackles (13 solo), and he has a sack and 2.5 tackles for loss, while Knowles and Carter have 17 tackles and 12 tackles, respectively.

The secondary will get a needed boost Saturday against Virginia Tech (2-2, 0-2 ACC) with the addition of redshirt sophomore safety Bubba Bolden, who transferred from USC after the 2018 season.

“I think for sure from a depth standpoint they can provide a huge boost for us,” Baker said of the two additions to the defense. “But also, just a spark. Their energy, they both had two really good weeks of practice. I think their role is gonna be determined through the flow of the game, so I can’t give you a snap count on either one of them, but both of them have played really, really well the last two weeks in practice and they both have a really good energy about them.


“I expect to see both of them on the field on Saturday.”

Though the Hurricanes No. 13 defense has barely looked like the dominant force that many had grown accustomed to in the past, it has had success in stopping the run and getting off the field on third down.

Miami is ranked fourth in the country in third down defense and No. 6 against the run, allowing 59.8 rushing yards per game.

Baker said he thinks the team played well on third down all year until last week’s matchup against Central Michigan. The Chippewas converted on six of 10 third downs, which is the highest third-down conversion percentage the Hurricanes have allowed all season.

Baker took responsibility for the defensive breakdowns against Central Michigan during Monday’s press conference.


“I don’t think we necessarily had a great game plan going into it,” he said. “Credit Central Michigan. I thought they did a better job coaching than I did. So it starts with me. I think, looking at it, and really having a bye week and looking at the entire season, I think we identified multiple things that we can do better, especially as a play caller.

“I expect to see some different things on Saturday in our third-down package.”

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▪ Baker said he’s been pleased with Gregory Rousseau’s production on the field.

Rousseau played the most snaps that he has all season against Central Michigan, and Baker said that’s a result of Rousseau getting more comfortable with what the coaches have asked of him.

And Baker said he expects that he’ll continue to play more as he continues to produce on the field.

▪ Cornerback Christian Williams has impressed Baker.

He said the freshman has shown more improvement than any of the other first-year guys from a competitive edge standpoint.

Baker added that he and fellow freshman Te’Cory Couch still need to get a better understanding of the defense and the adjustments that the coaches make during the games, but they’ve built confidence with the defensive staff each week.


solarcane

Enos

One-third of Dan Enos’ first regular season as the Miami Hurricanes’ offensive coordinator is over, and the results so far have been a mixed bag. There’s marked improvement from a year ago, but 2018 set a low bar to cross. There have been games when Enos needed Miami’s defense to lift up his offense, but there have also been moments when the offense has outperformed the defense.

After four games and a second bye week, Enos has a substantial sample size on which to judge his offense. The final question to end his weekly news conference Monday in Coral Gables was simple: “Do you feel like you have the right scheme?”

“Absolutely,” Enos said. “We think that these guys are really starting to understand it better and better the more we do it. The bye week was again good for us to do it. I think the more reps our quarterbacks get, the better they’re going to play and, again, I think the big thing is if plays don’t work, there’s really three reasons why: It’s a mental error, it’s a physical error or it’s a structural error.

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“To be quite honest with you, whenever there’s a structural error, I kind of stand up here and tell you guys it was a structural error. We’ve got to clean up really the mental and the physical side of things, and again that’s what happens in offensive football. If you have 10 guys do what they’re supposed to do and one guy doesn’t, the play’s not going to be efficient.”

It’s a familiar refrain. Former coach Mark Richt spent 2018 preaching something similar as his offense struggled and finished near the bottom of the country in most national rankings.


Diaz hired Enos in January in part because of the assistant coach’s track record with developing quarterbacks, but also because he could make Miami’s offense more innovative and dynamic. Through three games, the overhauled offense looked the part — the Hurricanes had jumped more than 50 spots in the national rankings for total offense despite starting a redshirt freshman quarterback and two freshman offensive linemen — before it crashed apart Sept. 21, when they managed only 303 total yards against the Central Michigan Chippewas at Hard Rock Stadium. The running game, previously the Hurricanes’ strength, unraveled and Miami averaged only 1.5 yards per carry. The offensive line, already the Hurricanes’ weakness, gave up four sacks and played perhaps its worst game of the year.

More than a week removed from ugly 17-12 win, Enos addressed his offense’s deficiencies for the first time and cited the running game and offensive line as the two primary culprits for what went wrong at Hard Rock Stadium. The running backs didn’t run north the way they have most of the year, the coordinator said, and the offensive line was simply overmatched by Central Michigan’s front.

“We’ve just got to get guys to make routine plays right now back from last week that we didn’t do in the couple games before that,” Enos said. When we were making routine plays, we were moving the ball much better.”

Harry Miller

Turned 77 yrs old this day and still love the Canes as much as ever if not more.

I just hope they can improve as the year goes on and not lose any recruits.

Thank 76 and all of you that supply all of the Canes information. Not sure what I would do without
you.

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