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October 22, 2019

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58 Straight

Herbie...well this should be fun.

UM 34 - Pitt 13

solarcane

soup,
you are right, every college team is more fun to watch than Miami.
I have no ties to SMU or Houston and dont particularly like this conference but both teams are entertaining, and doing 2019 type stuff.

BigWindyCane1

Why not - 34-13!

Although I have my doubts about this coaching staff and team, it is remotely possible that they put it together and pull out a nice win. Even a squirrel....!

58 Straight

Even a blind squirrel...

58 Straight

Let this sink in...Teams that are ranked higher than The University of Miami in 2019:

Utah #12
Baylor #14
SMU #16
Minnesota #17
Cincinnati #18
App St #21
Boise State #22
Iowa State #23
Arizona St #24
Wake Forest #25

So if I told you this in 2004 you would have told me I was crazy. I still can't believe it myself.

UMike

siIx-pack of Hurricanes notes on a Thursday night:

▪ Canes players kept telling us throughout the offseason - and again this week - how Manny Diaz was a great hire, how much they loved that he was promoted from defensive coordinator to head coach.

But do you know what this staff would appreciate far more than any public endorsements?

The players actually doing their jobs and executing what they’re taught. Because I’m not sure what this staff can do when they specifically tell cornerback D.J. Ivey and the defensive backs to be aware of a fake punt and specifically what to do in that scenario, then see Ivey fall asleep and whiff in his responsibilities when Georgia Tech lines up in the same formation and scores on a 41-yard pass-and-catch on a fake punt.

Diaz admitted on WQAM’s Hurricane Hotline this week that what’s irritating is less than an hour before that successful fake punt, when the Yellow Jackets lined up in the exact same formation but punted, “We told our defensive backs it’s imperative we handle the wide outs with a certain technique.” And it was as if that coaching went in one ear and out the other.

“We need to [make sure] players understand the urgency of what we’re demanding,” Diaz said.

https://www.miamiherald.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/barry-jackson/article235904767.html

Herbieibis

No respect and no depth of talent or lack of development. To many me first guys. Listening to a podcast where players were posting pi tires and stats of themselves. Losing doesn't matter. They are not playing as a team.
Maybe Manny was right about one thing and that's getting rid of those type guys that are a cancer.
U have to point blame where it is deserved, they had no business starting 2 freshmen right off the bat or playing a walk on in place of a scholarship guy. Who knew Baxa was going to be a chockaholic.
Keeping Rouseau from starting until last week was an idiotic move. This has been a train wreck all the way around from players and coaching decisions and recruiting. I even read where Chaney is now swing in the breeze. This weekend should tell how the rest of the season is going to roll, if it hasn't already.

Terrance M Sullivan

Cant' Wait To Basketball, Baseball Season. I at least have Volleyball, Soccer, and Tennis to keep me going. Go Canes! Looking forward to the Basketball and Volleyball Homecoming Weekend on November 8-10! And Catch The Fireworks over The Lake while Hanging Out At The Rat.

raizecane

Is this the Alonzo Highsmith rumor you're referring to Noel or are you being intentionally opaque for a reason here?

Posted by: orange 'n green in the vein | October 24, 2019 at 10:38 AM

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That would be the one.....and apparently is now officially back at the U ..

BigWindyCane1

“We need to [make sure] players understand the urgency of what we’re demanding,” Diaz said.

https://www.miamiherald.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/barry-jackson/article235904767.html

Posted by: UMike | October 25, 2019 at 06:58 AM

I thought they taught this in Coaching 101 class for beginners: If a player doesn't execute simple instructions, "Bench his Arse!" I don't care how good the player isyou are, you get benched if you don't execute. It sends a message to the entire team!

Go Canes!!

Posted by: raizecane | October 25, 2019 at 10:31 AM


This rumor was started by a fake Twitter account. He isn't coming back here, he can be an NFL GM in the near future.

Old Skool

There's a new Terminator movie opening soon. It'll be good to watch something that has a game plan and actually executes it.

BigWIndyCane1

This has been a train wreck all the way around from players and coaching decisions and recruiting. I even read where Chaney is now swing in the breeze. This weekend should tell how the rest of the season is going to roll, if it hasn't already.

Posted by: Herbieibis | October 25, 2019 at 09:09 AM

I agree 100%! Aside from a failure to follow basic Coaching 101, the personnel decisions made by this coaching staff have been horrible. The lack of player development has been deplorable. You name the position group, and you can question the rotation and the player development.

What CMD doesn't seem to understand is that when players tune a coaches out, it means either that they don't trust or respect the coaches to put them in position to win games.

When players are told pregame to expect certain plays or concepts, and they go out in the first half and see something else, then the players lose trust in the coaches.

As for DJ Ivey failing to cover that punt, the CMD doesn't have to go to the media and throw his players under the bus in order to throw his address that issue - just bench his arse and the problem is solved. If the two backup freshmen aren't ready (which I doubt), at least the message was sent.

BigWindyCane1

As for DJ Ivey failing to cover that punt, CMD doesn't have to go to the media and throw his players under the bus in order to address the issue - just bench his arse and the problem is solved. If the two backup freshmen aren't ready (which I doubt), at least the message was sent.

Posted by: BigWIndyCane1 | October 25, 2019 at 11:46 AM

raizecane

This rumor was started by a fake Twitter account. He isn't coming back here, he can be an NFL GM in the near future.

Posted by: Go Canes!! | October 25, 2019 at 11:24 AM

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Damn it man...... was trying to stir up the pot..

raizecane

Posted by: BigWIndyCane1 | October 25, 2019 at 11:46 AM

Posted by: BigWindyCane1 | October 25, 2019 at 11:49 AM

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Then you would never be happy with a Mike Leach hire

solarcane

Miami announced the start of a fundraising campaign Friday to raise $7 million to upgrade facilitiese at Alex Rodriguez Park at Mark Light Field and Gino DiMare is kickstarting the campaign with a $500,000 donation.

solarcane

Then you would never be happy with a Mike Leach hire

Posted by: raizecane | October 25, 2019 at 11:54 AM

raize has a good point, Leach will call his players out, and and their fat little girlfriends too.

BigWindyCane1

Then you would never be happy with a Mike Leach hire

Posted by: raizecane | October 25, 2019 at 11:54 AM

raize has a good point, Leach will call his players out, and and their fat little girlfriends too.

Posted by: solarcane | October 25, 2019 at 12:01 PM

My issue is not that he called a player out in the media - some coaches do that. My issue is not benching him first. Its hard to complain about a player who you say doesn't listen, and that player gets more snaps than players who listen.

TheWordFromTheHerb

At this point, I don't care what he has to do to get his point across. Let the dam crush his effing ego. They should of benched his hard headed ass. GT wasn't going to throw 35 passes.
We have CB's on the team period and only one recruit at this point. We have what, maybe 4 healthy LB's and includes McCloud. We only have 6 WR's, 4 for this game unless they decide to play Payton. Not a whole lot of comp. No telling how many more will hit the portal after the season. If this is a rebuild, the hell with worry so much about the redshirt or play them the 4 games and let's see what they got. I don't see to many players getting better. Look at Harley and Thomas good Ayers but I don't see the next level that they should be taking or Pope, for that matter.
Manny will be here for at least another year but he needs to can a few coaches and bring in some that can motivate, coach and Recruit.

raizecane

Perry named starter.....

Terrance M Sullivan

Miami announced the start of a fundraising campaign Friday to raise $7 million to upgrade facilitiese at Alex Rodriguez Park at Mark Light Field and Gino DiMare is kickstarting the campaign with a $500,000 donation.

Posted by: solarcane | October 25, 2019 at 11:58 AM
Solar It Should be 8 Million Campaign and Spend A Million Dollars on Chair Backs Throughout For Us Fans and UpGrade The Concourse for Us Fans and bring in New Televisions and More Options for the Fans. Soupster, KYCane, CaneSteeler, ETC are beyond tired of sitting on Concrete while watching our Canes play. Also tired of watching 1999 Televisions while wating on our Mark Light Milk Shake or some food in the Concourse. I love all the other Facilities UpGrades. Much Needed. Keep It Going.With The Goal Should Be to raise at least 10 million to have money in a rainy day fun to do the next level of upgrades within a couple of years.

Terrance M Sullivan

Pittsburgh 52 Miami 17. We Freaking Suck Arse!

solarcane

My issue is not that he called a player out in the media - some coaches do that. My issue is not benching him first.

Posted by: BigWindyCane1 | October 25, 2019 at 12:09 PM

I get you Windy and I agree. Every game you watch on TV a guy gets a knucklehead penalty you see his position coach yank him off the field for a few snaps.

We just think its part of the process and give up more points, while the same guy gets the same penalty a couple plays later.

solarcane

sully,
They should upgrade in someway for the fans all the time, so you guys that make a lot of Cane games enjoy being there, rather than all the other entertainment opportunities you could have been spending your dollars on.
FK that old time Orange Bowl mentality that sitting in an old run down stadium has a certain charm. Thats what the owner wants you to believe.

Your ass knows when its numb from sitting on that concrete.

Terrance M Sullivan

sully,
They should upgrade in someway for the fans all the time, so you guys that make a lot of Cane games enjoy being there, rather than all the other entertainment opportunities you could have been spending your dollars on.
FK that old time Orange Bowl mentality that sitting in an old run down stadium has a certain charm. Thats what the owner wants you to believe.

Your ass knows when its numb from sitting on that concrete.

Posted by: solarcane | October 25, 2019 at 02:33 PM
Big Facts Solar!

86Cane

Miami announced the start of a fundraising campaign Friday to raise $7 million to upgrade facilities at Alex Rodriguez Park at Mark Light Field

Posted by: solarcane | October 25, 2019 at 11:58 AM

What Terrance said.

WAY OVERDUE!

86Cane

Perry named starter.....

Posted by: raizecane | October 25, 2019 at 12:54 PM

Wel then, that changes everything.

My NEW score prediction is:

UM 34 - Pitt 13

86Cane

Every game you watch on TV a guy gets a knucklehead penalty you see his position coach yank him off the field for a few snaps.

We just think its part of the process and give up more points, while the same guy gets the same penalty a couple plays later.

Posted by: solarcane | October 25, 2019 at 02:22 PM

This. Actually. Happened.

Earlier this year Patchan was called for a 15 yard personal foul hit on the QB on one play.

They left him in the game.

On the very next play he lined up off sides.

They left him in the game.

Now THAT is quality coaching right there.

solarcane

It will be interesting to see how many times Whipple throws long on us.
I remember J12 winging it down there about every two or three plays.

BigWindyCane1

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Now THAT is quality coaching right there.

Posted by: 86Cane | October 25, 2019 at 03:36 PM

Yep! I remember that. That is how you lose close games!

That being said, UM 34 - Pitt 13!

AeroCane

Earlier this year Patchan was called for a 15 yard personal foul hit on the QB on one play.

They left him in the game.

On the very next play he lined up off sides.

They left him in the game.

Now THAT is quality coaching right there.

Posted by: 86Cane | October 25, 2019 at 03:36 PM

All the while Rousseau was sitting on the bench watching. That’s actually 1 of my top reasons for giving up on this staff already - no clue and no accountability; last week playing Robert Burns, yes Robert burns over lingard; unbelievable

Harry Hiller

Get used to it, it just keeps on happening nothing changes except the score.

solarcane

Watching Columbia now missed seeing their kicker kick a field goal

solarcane

That 34 point thing.

In the last two years vs d1 schools how many times have we actually scored 34 points or more? I can only think of 3 games, UNC and VT twice and managed to lose one 34+ to VT.

I remember before the season thinking 34 a game with Enos, J4, Jordan, Dallas, Lingard, Osborn was pretty easy.

MLAlumni1970

Hey 86 Where do we go from here?? Just checking in before the game tomorrow.
Another year, another lost season. I am lost for words.
I feel like I won’t live long enough to see a winning season. It may take that long.
I am not mad, just numb. Would like some answers from you and the other Cane experts

solarcane

Pretty good story

MIAMI HURRICANES FOOTBALL
Manny Diaz's 1st Season at Miami Is a Thorough Mess
DAVID KENYON
OCTOBER 25, 2019

Miami Hurricanes head coach Manny Diaz in action during an NCAA college football game against Central Michigan, Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)
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Manny Diaz entered a situation in which his new team was built to win immediately.

While the Hurricanes were never a national title contender, they reside in the ever-flailing ACC Coastal Division. Despite the offseason turnover that saw Mark Richt retire and a new offensive staff hired, Miami still had clear advantages with an experienced defense and the highest-recruited skill-position talent in the division.

First-year coaches sometimes get a pass while adjusting to a new situation, but Diaz had spent the last three seasons as Miami's defensive coordinator. He knew the personnel. He saw the weaknesses and addressed them as much as possible through the much-discussed transfer portal―and he did an excellent job of that.

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And, yet again, the Hurricanes aren't going to win the Coastal. Most remarkably, that's already clear in October.

The frustrating season has included four one-possession letdowns, starting with a wasted opportunity against Florida (24-20) and a road collapse at North Carolina (28-25). Then in October, Miami lost at home to Virginia Tech (42-35) and Georgia Tech (28-21).

As you'd expect from a head coach, Diaz has recently taken the "glass half-full" approach.


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Diaz: "We're four plays away from being 7-0, but we're not. ... And regardless of what our record says, we have to win today. ... When we look at who we are at our core and how we're building as a program ... the foundation of what we're trying to be, those things have shown up."

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More realistically, it's a confluence of errors that has guided Miami to a dismal 3-4 record and questions of whether "The U" will even qualify for a bowl.

In the season opener, Florida committed four turnovers, yet Miami only scored one touchdown in three red-zone trips. Trailing 24-20 late in the fourth quarter, the 'Canes put together a mind-numbing drive that covered four yards on 10 official snaps despite a couple of penalties bailing them out.

An earlier missed 27-yard field goal prevented Diaz from considering a game-winning attempt, which, in hindsight, doesn't appear would've gone well anyway.

Miami's special teams has been a nightmare this year.

Bubba Baxa missed that kick against Florida, then had a game-tying extra point blocked and left a potential 49-yard winner wide at UNC. He missed a go-ahead extra point against Virginia Tech and a go-ahead 27-yard field goal opposite Georgia Tech. Overall, Baxa has missed five field goals and two extra points this season.

Diaz also recently tried Turner Davidson, who missed a pair of short kicks (34 and 25) in the horrible loss to Georgia Tech.


Return man Jeff Thomas fumbled a punt that gifted the Gators a go-ahead score. For good measure, Georgia Tech's Pressley Harvin III threw a 41-yard touchdown on a fake punt.


That's a nauseating collection of mistakes.

With regard to the kicking game, it's a complementary issue. The Hurricanes are 125th nationally with a 67.7 red-zone scoring percentage, and their 55.9 red-zone touchdown rate is 85th. That's also a product of a putrid 29.6 third-down conversion clip, which ranks 125th in the country as well.

So, the offense does a horrible job extending drives and, if it does manage to sustain a possession, breaks down in scoring territory.

Responsibility for that inefficiency partly falls on quarterbacks Jarren Williams and N'Kosi Perry, but largely on coordinator Dan Enos.

MIAMI, FLORIDA - SEPTEMBER 14: Offensive coordinator Dan Enos of the Miami Hurricanes looks on against the Bethune Cookman Wildcats at Hard Rock Stadium on September 14, 2019 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
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Miami has the athletes to spread the field, yet the offense has regularly used tight formations. If the right personnel is there, that's fine. Williams is capable of running that pro-style attack, so the system itself is not a massive problem.

However, the Hurricanes' blocking unit is not capable of consistently winning in congested spaces. They've already ceded 60 tackles for loss (125th nationally) and 31 sacks (127th). Williams' shoulder injury forced Perry into the lineup, yet Enos only slowly adapted to a quarterback best suited for a spread.

In fairness, he's not been a disaster. The 'Canes are legitimately among the more explosive teams in the country; they've totaled 41 gains of 20-plus yards, which ranks 25th nationally. That's pretty good! Simultaneously, it shows the unstable all-or-nothing identity Miami has created for itself in 2019.


The "nothing" part has crushed Miami too often, leaving the defense in a situation where it must be absolutely perfect.

That, quite evidently, has not happened.


Rise of HaleTweeter

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In the last decade only 4 P5 teams have lost 5+ games in which they were tied or ahead in the 4Q (’16 ND, ’10 Iowa, ’15 Neb, ’15 AzSt).

Miami has already done it 4 times this season.

FSU has done it 3 times.

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Overly criticizing the defense is foolish; it generated four takeaways and allowed 304 yards against Florida. Virginia Tech needed just 91 yards for three touchdowns after Miami turnovers. Georgia Tech's offense only scored once in regulation.

Yet UNC sliced through the defense for a rapid 17-3 lead. The 'Canes apparently had no idea how to cover Virginia Tech tight end Dalton Keene and then missed 29 tackles against Georgia Tech. All four losses include a winning touchdown from the opponent in either the fourth quarter or overtime.

Despite allowing only 4.7 yards per play (23rd) and 20.4 points per game (27th), the defense and first-year coordinator Blake Baker are not without
Miami literally is not good at any phase of football. Not a single one. Complete failure that lays at the feet of Manny Diaz. Put away the chains, the props and the hashtags. Focus on fundamentals... #canes

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Looking at the entirety of the current performance, very little has gone right for Diaz in his head coaching debut. His promises of "The New Miami" are nothing but an offseason memory.

Yes, the team is regularly close. That's better than a weekly blowout, right? Sure, a totally botched review prevented the Hurricanes from extending the game against Georgia Tech. But to even be in that situation―in overtime, at home, against a 1-5 Georgia Tech team in the process of the most difficult offensive system overhaul possible―is atrocious.

Is there hope for a turnaround? In theory, yes.

Diaz's defensive background is excellent, and even an average offensive line would help the Hurricanes dramatically.

Relative to its Coastal competition, this is the most talented roster. Miami usually brings in top-25 recruiting classes and is headed for another in 2020. While the division may be improving, it won't hit an unreachable level for the 'Canes.


However, that's the same old story―one that hasn't changed for a decade. And in 2019, we're watching the same old Miami.


roachcane77

I am not mad, just numb. Would like some answers from you and the other Cane experts
Posted by: MLAlumni1970 | October 25, 2019 at 07:45 PM

Nice "play" on the Blog Title MLAlumni1970. ("Comfortably Numb")

I am NOT an expert, by any means, but I think we're in for a long, slow, recovery... We currently don't seem to have the correct leadership in place to make a rapid recovery. The ONLY bright spots that I can see is we've got MUCH improved athletic facilities... (Thank you CMR), and CURRENTLY have an excellent strength training program.
Sadly, that's about it... Recruits are jumping ship by the boatload, (pun intended), and coaches are back to just making "pat" excuses and NOT actually fixing anything.
Just my humble opinion...

VA Cane

solar,
been bz appraising and taking care of mother in law so I just got to this piece.
Excellent start....love Dave Gilmour....
You hit the nail on the head. You sure speak for all of us who follow this team. Its been so long since we were good.....I know others feel different, but after KD11 and Co were gone it never felt the same. I have come to believe that 2003 Fiesta was almost a plot by NCAA and good old boys in the game.....we were too good too dominating....were diverse and had all kinds of kids that fit together....they pulled the plug and have hounded us while others play freely....its painful and numbing....we were so used to winning we were numb....now we are so used to 2003-2019 teams being average at best...we are still numb....great job friend you are awesome....the only thing better is your animation......awesomer!!!! LOL

Elliott

News flash to all the glass is halfway full fans on this blog! We are horrid and not winning tomorrow. I will be hoping we lose big so we can go ahead and rip the low grade Walmart brand band aid off the infected wound oozing with puss. Pathetic display of coaching. I have seen better coaching at the High School level. I will be spending my Saturday afternoon channel surfing various college football games on my 65 inch Samsung 4K tv and checking in on the canes miscues. Shouldn’t be long into the first half when Pitt’s QB carves up our secondary like a turkey. Their backs running all over us and Manny stands in the sideline mirroring Willie at FSU. It is all a game of a chess and let’s hope Miami has a plan. Last thing we need is FSU getting a big time hire. Wake up Canes!

DallasTX Cane

Elliott - LOL. Are U actually reading any of the posts? The blog articles? Where are all these “glass 1/2 way full” fans?!? The blog these days is not much more than everyone trying to out-do each other on sarcastic hipster witticisms and Revelations style doomsday pronouncements. LOL

But everyone is right. It IS that bad! Just only so many times it can be said.

86Cane

The blog these days is not much more than everyone trying to out-do each other on sarcastic hipster witticisms and Revelations style doomsday pronouncements. LOL

Posted by: DallasTX Cane | October 25, 2019 at 11:36 PM

Damn now that sounds like one impressive blog!

86Cane

Lets see now, there have been blogs titled:

"Halloween Horror Show"

"Ain't That A Kick In The Pants"

"Faith and Hope Have Left The Building" and

"Comfortably Numb"

Yeah sounds pretty enthusiastic to me?

alpine

i think we should trust jimmy murphy to pick which teammates he trusts to give the proverbial (and nonsensical) 200% with him in the game
. . . put them in first; rotate only when necessary

nemo2002

The players like Manny (a lot). Maybe that is NOT such a good thing!
Do players at Alabama LIKE Nick Saban so much? I don't think so. They FEAR Nick Saban; but they know that Saban is a winner - and they like winning (a lot).

solarcane

Is it me or do you to have live in a really boring city to be a top 10 team?
Tuscaloosa
Baton Rouge
Columbus
Norman

I'm thinking if we were the Dania Hurricanes we have like 20 NCs

solarcane

Thanks VA

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Posted by: DallasTX Cane | October 25, 2019 at 11:36 PM

Great post! I am more guilty than anyone for sure.

Go Canes!!

Posted by: Elliott | October 25, 2019 at 10:34 PM

Stop your crying and start rooting for another team if your demented logic is somehow wanting a loss.

alpine

I'm thinking if we were the Dania Hurricanes we have like 20 NCs
Posted by: solarcane | October 26, 2019 at 09:19 AM

a giggle & a chuckle

alpine

Stop your crying and start rooting for another team if your demented logic is somehow wanting a loss.

Posted by: Go Canes!! | October 26, 2019 at 10:20 AM

agree
. . . evidently, elliot forgot to read the (very good) article

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