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November 16, 2019

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Sarasota 'cane

Oh yeah!

solarcane

"My luck was so good I could do no wrong
I jest kept on rollin' and controllin' them bones
And finally they jest threw up their hands and said
"When you hot, you hot"

BigWindyCane1

Good article Soup! I agree that the Canes may have turned the corner, and the future looks brighter than it did a few weeks ago.

Two wins to finish the season is positive and will help cure the wounds of UNC, VT and GT, which were all very bad losses. A bowl win will be even better.

Terrance M Sullivan

VT wasn't a bad loss. UNC and definitely the abomination loss to GT. VT will win at least 8 Games maybe more so I can't co sign on that one. But definitely UNC and GT! GT will finish 2-10 and we lost to them at Home Just Beyond Pathetic!

alpine

- soup finishing the season strong too, blog-wise
. . . house-betting time on himstaying the course?

- is the top photo taize & ogv?

- 2nd photo is soup, kehoe and ... a blogger?

- 3rd photo of soup slurping?

alpine

- regarding the dolphins, don't you all appreciate what the coaching staff has been able to get out of this minimum roster after tons of losses before the season and constant injury/suspension losses after??

- there are bandaids, chewing gum and dutch boys, with their fingers in the dyck, EVERYWHERE

- but the fins get more interesting to watch every single week
. . . and putting in a good coaching staff is more important than tanking

- seriously, with the (admittedly huge) mistake of how they handled minkah (which still pisses me off: he should DEFINITELY be holding down our secondary), i like (or at least understand) all the other moves they've made

- and the difference from the beginning of the season is astounding!

- PLUS, we're getting a bunch of canes on this team, FINALLY!!

- so maybe the "brain trust" is finally producing more than brain farts
. . . at least that's what my sideways glance at the light is saying

alpine

^^^^^ "raize" & ogv

alpine

big day for the state of iowa!!

i love that texas has decided to tread water and not make a move to relevance until the canes finally do . . .

maybe 2020 both of us get to finish in the teens?
2021 top ten?

oooops, that blinding light beaming me again; better not be reaming me again
(. . . maybe a sad, lonely country-western song to be had from that?)

alpine

since it's great fun doing all my tap-dance routines after everyone else has left the canespace stage, here's another one . . .

it's a long article from GEORGE WILL from WashPo today
. . . and no matter where you are on the issue of paying student athletes, his article hits several points in an entertaining way:


Another college basketball season has begun, as has a new chapter in a debate that is more wholesome than its subject: the academia-sports complex. Between now and March Madness — the NCAA basketball tournament whose broadcast rights reap about $1 billion a year — millions of people will be entertained by vertically unusual “student-athletes.” Some of them are accurately described as such, but all are so described because of prudence in the service of cupidity. As college athletes generate billions for others, the debate concerns the policy whereby the recipients of the revenue refuse to allow the players even a modest trickle of the torrent of money. The refusers say that their determination to hoard the wealth is altruism in defense of virtue. Really.
“Student-athletes” is a denotation concocted to insulate institutions of higher education from the potentially costly conclusion that their remunerative, but essentially unremunerated, athletes are university employees eligible for workers’ compensation when injured, and for other rights and benefits. Now, however, there is a serpent in the NCAA’s garden, where the head gardener is nicely compensated: In 2017, NCAA President Mark Emmert’s net pay was $2.9 million. He is paid to keep pristine the amateur status of young athletes who, like all athletes, have a small window for earning from their perishable talents.
The serpent is a California law, which 14 other states are already thinking about emulating. It forbids schools to prohibit their athletes from earning money from endorsements and some other services. In response, the NCAA has rushed to stall — allowing athletes to profit from their names and images, details to follow. This is a small but widening fissure in the NCAA’s crumbling wall of resistance to allowing athletes to be among those who profit from their talents.
A horrified Sen. Richard Burr from basketball-mad North Carolina — Burr is a Republican — has proposed a punitive tax on the scholarships of athletes who try to take such advantage of the free market. Evidently profiting from young people’s talents is only for older adults, such as the 39 football and basketball coaches who are the highest-paid public employees in their states. Including in Burr’s state, where the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s basketball coach is projected to make $4.1 million this year, a tad more than its football coach.
Two years ago, the NCAA shrugged when a seven-year investigation — the Warren Commission’s investigation of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination took fewer than 10 months — found that for almost two decades UNC administered a “shadow curriculum” of 188 fake classes, about half of them taken by athletes. The NCAA essentially said: Not our problem, the fraud was academic, not athletic, because some non-athletes took the courses.
Ohio State University defensive end Chase Young might still win the Heisman Trophy as 2019’s premier college football player, which would have a significant cash value when he heads for the National Football League. But his chances of winning it were damaged when he was suspended for two games. (He will return in time for Midwest Armageddon, a.k.a. the Nov. 30 Michigan game.) Young’s sin? Perhaps having a less-than-affluent family. He borrowed money from a “family friend” to pay living expenses and repaid the loan last summer. The NCAA’s more than 400 pages of arcane rules — they are compounds of complexity and vagueness — suggest that this loan might be an infraction. If Young’s family were affluent enough to support him, or if he were paid for the services he renders in the 102,780-seat OSU stadium (three other college stadiums seat more), he would not have landed in hot water.
The NCAA, the Inspector Clouseau of virtue-enforcement, might ponder the lament of a few University of Louisville students and alumni: A court recently said, sensibly, that they cannot sue the prostitute who wrote a book about her “services” for the school’s basketball players and prospective recruits. The litigious students and alumni say her book has exposed them to public ridicule when they wore Louisville’s logo.
A multibillion-dollar entertainment industry insinuated into higher education is a permanent invitation to ridicule. And paying players money commensurate with their value-added would open a Pandora’s box of new mischiefs, from recruiting to assigning value to the anonymous left tackle who protects the glittering quarterback, and saving crumbs for the volleyball teams. But what exists is a cafeteria of embarrassments.
When March Madness’s winning players cut down the nets, they will do so atop (the Bulwark’s Tim Miller reports) a Werner ladder using Fiskars scissors. These are two products from “corporate champions and sponsors” of the NCAA, the stern guardian of amateurism.

AeroCane

T sully - I’ll disagree
VT was barely treading water and we had 2 weeks to prepare and get motivated
We should of crushed them and ended their season - instead we allowed them to breathe and believe in themselves!
No, I feel all 4 losses were ‘bad’ losses
The gators did everything in their power to force us to win and we couldn’t do it. Obviously NC and GT were really bad and VT

With all that, I agree Soup let’s win out and have some fun.

Go Canes!!

I will give rhis ssason an incomplete so far.

Win out, then play a rock solid bowl game, and we can chalk up the VT loss as a Jarren injury hiccup and the GT abomination as a perfect storm fluke loss that wouldn't happen again if we played them 50 more times.

But struggle AT ALL against these two awful remaining teams then lose out bowl game and who knows.

Old Skool

I don't know of anyone else who has more pictures of himself surrounded by beautiful women than Soup, (other than the owner of the Miss Universe pageant). I must say he has very good taste.

SOUP

- 2nd photo is soup, kehoe and ... a blogger?

Posted by: alpine | November 17, 2019 at 01:38 AM

The other blogger was Canespace insider Hassan. He is an intelligence officer in real life and a UM mole in his part-time sports blogger life.

That chat with Kehoe was EPIC! It was at the FL State High School Playoff games in Orlando where he was scouting OL for UM after getting re-hired by Golden.

We saw him sitting in the stands and wandered over to chat him up. We had him to oursleves for over an hour (with a few interruptions from adoring fans saying hi) to talk all things Canes. He answered our questions and even asked us some. It was classic and I will never forget it.

He was so absolutely convinced that Al Golden was the second coming of Jimmy Johnson that he had us completely sure that he was going to do BIG things at Miami. He had us staring directly into the light for an hour.

Then D'No happened and Golden's blind loyalty to his friend was greater than his loyalty to UM or his own survival as a head coach. If only...oh never mind.

KYcane

He is an intelligence office in real life and a mole in his part-time sports blogger life.

Posted by: SOUP | November 17, 2019 at 09:23 AM

And an all around good guy

alpine

The other blogger was Canespace insider Hassan.

He is an intelligence office in real life and a mole in his part-time sports blogger life.

That chat with Kehoe was EPIC!

Posted by: SOUP | November 17, 2019 at 09:23 AM

- does hassan still post?

- can you tell us a couple of the most interesting points from the epic kehoe chat?
i think many of us would find that interesting
. . . but maybe you already blogged about it a long time ago?

SOUP

I will find the old blog and re-post it.

Hassan occasionally checks in when not in some God-forsaken place like Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria or Turkey. Hopefully, he will weigh in soon.

SOUP

I am going to re-post some good older articles from back in the day just for kicks. Still looking for the Kehoe blog but I can across this one:

https://canespace.typepad.com/canespace/2011/12/mama-there-goes-that-man.html

SOUP

Here is the Kehoe blog:

https://canespace.typepad.com/canespace/2011/12/vikings-are-victorious-as-duke-runs-wild.html

alpine

just read the entire kehoe blog

. . . well done and THANK YOU, soup!

- a lot of info and "stabs from the past" back there; weird in some ways

- six is where now?

86Cane

I believe that Six is somewhere in the TV production universe in Tampa Bay area.

86Cane

OK, Canes fans I have to tell U that the Canespace rules were in FULL effect today in Orlando.

1. U have to show up.
2. U have to stay until the end.
3. Good things will happen.

When U get to sit and chat 1:1 with Art Kehoe off the record for over an hour about UM football then that is a REALLY GOOD DAY!

Hassan and I were treated to an incredible moment in time that only happens maybe once in a lifetime of a Hurricane fan.

To sit down and shoot the sh&% with Art Kehoe where he asked as many questions to us as we did to him was un-friggin-believable.

I had so much R E S P E C T for that man before today.

After today it is off the charts.

Posted by: SOUP | December 17, 2011 at 12:56 AM

Man, those were the days!

solarcane

Van Dyke (4 TDs), Suffield Academy hold off Avon Old Farms to complete unbeaten NEPSAC championship season

solarcane

soup
Some outstanding times on here in spite of the football teams play.
Rohan taking time to talk to us was the shyt to me.

alpine

lol
buffalo 212 yards; miami 11 yds (and losing 16-0)

Sarasota 'cane

So you're saying there's a chance?

Yesssss!

alpine

what a strange 1st half . . .

fins continue to do amazing things on special teams this year; wish the canes had a special teams coach like the fins!!!!
- kicker gets his own onside kickoff
- kickoff returner takes it 101 yds to the house

- hurns was doing great . . . then just let a caught ball slide out before being hit givning buffalo the ball, which they went on to score

alpine

- nice camera capture: hurns & walford sitting together

- MIA ("missing in action"; NOT "miami"): albert wilson, who i LOVED before his injury last year . . . hope he gets it together this year and becomes the force he used to be

- any other fins fans?

86Cane

And an all around good guy (Hassan).

Posted by: KYcane | November 17, 2019 at 09:27 AM

There IT is right there.

86Cane

Rohan taking time to talk to us was the shyt to me.

Posted by: solarcane | November 17, 2019 at 01:05 PM

Your favorite player along with VA Cane.

One of the classic quotes of ALL TIME:

"We were like Lions on the Serengeti."

86Cane

I don't know of anyone else who has more pictures of himself surrounded by beautiful women than Soup, (other than the owner of the Miss Universe pageant). I must say he has very good taste.

Posted by: Old Skool | November 17, 2019 at 08:48 AM

Ain't gonna lie, there have been some pretty darn good photos along the way. I will be posting more in days to come!

Herbieibis

Say it ain't so, another decommit. Darren Branch is off to Ole Miss. Well Manny, it's back to the drawing board. Another DB off the board.

Terrance M Sullivan

Nebraska Athletic Director is Beyond Dumb.

AeroCane

Herb, we are all hoping for the best but we also know manny is not a great recruiter and we know Rumph sucks as a recruiter
We will get our share of 3 stars, mixed in with a 4 star here and there, but we won’t be able to compete with the big guys consistently without getting elite guys and actually coaching them and playing them
Jmo

alpine

actually coaching them and playing them
Jmo
Posted by: AeroCane | November 17, 2019 at 04:20 PM

so you think our db's have been our weakness the last few years?
. . . cause i like the "coaching up" in this position

AeroCane

Our DB’s are a huge weakness - they look slow and miss tackles but I do think Rumph is a decent coach but terrible recruiter! In college decent is ok if an excellent recruiter!
We need more 4 stars and a few 5 stars to really get the next level consistently;
We need a Flowe at LB to bring the whole defense to a new level; and yes, people will say our D is good but NOT against the better teams; look at the Wisconsin game (twice), look at GT and VT this year; look at 4th and 17 against NC; IMO you need a few studs and this goes away;
We are not that far away but it feels like we are

AeroCane

Ok
I may have been a little over board - ‘scratch huge’

alpine

Posted by: AeroCane | November 17, 2019 at 04:33 PM

ok, i think you're being a bit harsh, considering what we lost from our defense last year

yes, our whole team this year was horrible at GT and the 1st Q of VT; defense bad on other random drives (happens to most teams, or?)
otherwise, to my eyes, lots of stellar play including the backfield, which, especially the last couple games, has very often given our d-line enough time to make plays on the QB

but i probably don't have quite as high expectations as some, which might effect how i view their play

alpine

btw, i don't actually follow the recruiting closely, so i don't know who's recruiting who or bringing guys in or losing them
. . . so i bow to you on rumpf being a bad recruiter, if you are a close follower of this

g'nite

BigWindyCane1

I hear that Branch was being recruited as a striker more than a CB, and I don’t believe the Canes coaches are disappointed in the Branch decommit. I believe they are after players who they feel are better at that position, namely the FSU decommit from Wakulla, Keyshawn Green.

If the Canes win big the last two games and the bowl game, they will have a top 10-15 recruiting class

KYcane

I don't know of anyone else who has more pictures of himself surrounded by beautiful women than Soup,

Posted by: Old Skool | November 17, 2019 at 08:48 AM

I have a pretty good portfolio of Terrance and various Hooters staffers.
Ft Lauderdale Beach
Boca
Pembroke Pines
Coral Gables
Etc

86Cane

Say it ain't so, another decommit. Darren Branch is off to Ole Miss. Well Manny, it's back to the drawing board. Another DB off the board.

Posted by: Herbieibis | November 17, 2019 at 03:56 PM

Nobody chooses Ole Miss ova Miami.

$$$$$$$

86Cane

KY Cane...many of those photos have appeared here over time. If you have a few of the best that have not send them my way. Can never have too many Hooters pics here on the blog.

Herbieibis

Aero,
I like your views, Dog!
Hit the nail on the head, Rumph is a good coach but as a recruiter, nah! You are also right about hauling in a few big fish to put us over the top and that hasn't been happening. Hell we can't haul in a 4 star at LB and I'm talking across the board 4 star. Huff has been it since who knows when.
You are not going to play at a high level every week. Even the big boys have games where they get gutted, either by rush or pass. Our defense has been good but also very inconsistent. The defense has had some ups and downs this year but to me that was expected, considering who we lost.
Our coaches have done a descent job but A-1 recruiters they are not. FSU sucks but they seem to recruit better than we do. The SEC is a better draw than the ACC. We have gotten better as the year has went on but losing to GA. Tech, I still can't forgive or forget. It makes The Herb's stomach upset.
Our numbers at CB have been bad for at least the last 4 years and it's still a struggle. We need at least 3 and we have one and Clarke would be a project. I hear he is better on offense.
Rivers is probably a better fit on the inside. All I know is at Oh line and CB we are lagging.

BigWindyCane1

I hate to torture myself, but a thought just crossed my mind. If the Canes crush the next two opponents, Pitt beats VT, then VT beats UVA (not unrealistic possibilities), then Canes would be tied with UVA, Pitt and VT at 5-3.

Not sure what the tie-breaker would be, but the Canes would be riding the second longest win streak in the ACC (next to Clemson) and impressive wins might have the canes ranked, at 8-4.

Under that scenario, I wonder which coastal division team would make the ACC championship game?

58 Straight

Windy...just be happy with 8-4 IF we get there. Then the rest will sort itself out. I might, I mean MIGHT, even go to the bowl game depending on where it is. Not Miami, but somewhere else.

BigWindyCane1

Under that scenario, I wonder which coastal division team would make the ACC championship game?

Posted by: BigWindyCane1 | November 17, 2019 at 06:44 PM

Never mind. Here is my answer

https://www.miamiherald.com/sports/college/acc/university-of-miami/article237442629.html

Terrance M Sullivan

Our Best Case Bowl Game I believe is the Gator Bowl in Jacksonville FL on January 2nd probably against Auburn.

solarcane


wad up sully?
Beating a team like Auburn would be a great finish for sure, being close enough for home fans to watch would also be a big plus.
Im feeling like El Paso or Nashville will invite us to play a pretty crappy team, and we will be glad to go stomp someone. I think we are like 1-7 or 8 in our last bowl games.
jmo

solarcane

Van Dyke hitting every receiver on his team in the state playoff. some nice long throws in there too
he wound up with 4 td passes and a bunch of completions

https://twitter.com/i/status/1195876214495424513

Terrance M Sullivan

Yes Sir Solar!

Terrance M Sullivan

Jacksonville would be equal distance for Auburn and Miami and would sell out for Sure.

TonyCane

Updated Miami Hurricanes Roster Composition
as of Nov 17, 2019:

QUARTERBACKS (4)
**** N'Kosi Perry
**** Jarren Williams
** Peyton Matocha
**** Tate Martell

WIDE RECEIVERS (7)
**** Jeff Thomas
**** Mike Harley
*** Daquris Wiggins
***** Mark Pope
**** Jeremiah Payton
(unranked) Marshall Few
**K.J. Osborne

TIGHT ENDS (5)
*** Michael Irvin
*** Brian Polendey
**** Brevin Jordan
**** Will Mallory
*** Larry Hodges

RUNNING BACKS (6)
*** Robert Burns
**** Deejay Dallas
(unranked) Crispian Atkins
*** Realus George
**** Camron Davis
***** Lorenzo Lingard

OFFENSIVE LINE (12)
*** Corey Gaynor
*** Zach Dykstra
*** Zalon'tae Hillery
**** Kai-Leon Herbert
**** Navaughn Donaldson
**** Delone Scaife
**** John Campbell
** Adam Elgammal
** Zion Nelson
*** Jakai Clark
*** Ousman Traore
*** Tommy Kennedy

DEFENSIVE LINE (9)
*** Patrick Bethel
*** Tyreic Martin
*** Jon Ford
*** Jordan Miller
**** Nesta Silvera
*** Jared Harrison-Hunte
*** Jalar Holley
**** Jason Blissett
** Chigozie Nnoruka

DEFENSIVE ENDS (8)
**** Scott Patchan
*** Jonathan Garvin
*** Patrick Joyner
**** Gregory Rousseau
**** Cameron Williams
**** Jahfari Harvey
*** Trevon Hill
***** Jaelen Phillips

LINEBACKERS (8)
(unranked) Clay James
*** Mike Pinckney
*** Zach McCloud
**** Shaquille Quarterman
*** Bradley Jennings, Jr
*** Waynmon Steed
*** Samuel Brooks
**** Avery Huff

DEFENSIVE BACKS (13)
*** Robert Knowles
**** Romeo Finley
*** Amari Carter
**** Trajan Bandy
*** D.J. Ivey
**** Al Blades
**** Gilbert Frierson
**** Gurvan Hall
**** Keontra Smith
**** Te'Cory Couch
(unranked) James Murphy
**** Bubba Bolden
**** Christian Williams

SPECIAL TEAMS (3)
(unranked) Jack Spicer
** Bubba Baxa
*** Louis Hedley

solarcane

Posted by: Terrance M Sullivan | November 17, 2019 at 09:29 PM

That's a good point for a bowl game

solarcane

Patchan 4 stars
Osborn 2 stars
Sometimes those stars are just someone's personal opinion, not an accurate reflection of a players future performance.

Herbieibis

Patchen stayed hurt early in his career. I think Golden even had him at LB to start with and then moved to TE.
I don't believe Rouseau or Cam Williams were consensus 4 star players. Doesn't matter cause Greg is playing close to 5 star status.

Go Canes!!

If there were a 6 Star rating GR would be there.

UMike

Branch is a 3-star kid who is choosing to stay close to family because of a sick family member. Don't think we really "lost" on this one.

AeroCane

not an accurate reflection of a players future performance

Agree! Coaching matters!

Imo the 10,80,10 rule applies (and someone discussed this - I can’t remember who though)

10% of the recruits will thrive no matter what - the elite type guys;
The only thing holding these guys back is if the coaches are too stupid to play them;
10% just don’t have it; don’t waste time, move on, use them on scout teams, to fill out a roster;
It’s this middle 80% where the coaching, mental aspect etc really matter; these imo are the 3 stars (sometimes 2) - coach them up!! Build them up; special teams, until they ‘get it’ - Osborne is one of these; coaching, he built himself from probably 180/190 to a solid 210/215 etc

Terrance M Sullivan

I would say 25%/50%/25% Rule. 25% Will be Good to Great Players who are very valuable. 25% Are absolute wastes and not scholarship and all the extras worthy, Just use them as Aero said in ways that can be helpful for the ones that actually want to be there and coachable and are great team guys and great off the field. Some guys you have to wish them well in their future endeavors. The 50% is The Coaching, Player Development, Team Development is Crucial. If The 50% is maximized to go along with the 25% achievers. Then you got a potential championship Team.

58 Straight

Gator Bowl in Jacksonville FL on January 2nd probably against Auburn.

Posted by: Terrance M Sullivan | November 17, 2019 at 07:23 PM

#ABW

Anybody But Wisconsin

58 Straight

Branch is a 3-star kid who is choosing to stay close to family because of a sick family member. Don't think we really "lost" on this one.

Posted by: UMike | November 18, 2019 at 07:13 AM

UMike sneaks in to drop some knowledge.

Go Canes!!

Anybody But Wisconsin

Posted by: 58 Straight | November 18, 2019 at 08:36 AM

Amen to that brother! It feels like that running back they have has been there 8 years.

raizecane

Can never have too many Hooters pics here on the blog.

Posted by: 86Cane | November 17, 2019 at 05:21 PM

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

Clearly we have failed to be objective. We need to give Kers and Tilted Kilt some "Canespace" time as well. I mean, its the only fair thing to do.

raizecane

"Jonathan Taylor is not a bad running back"

- Nebraska Defense

BigWindyCane1

WR Fleming decommits from the Canes. I saw a Maryland recruiter at the game on Friday, and assumed he was there to recruit some non-Cane commits. It appeared that the Northwestern HS coaches definitely like the Maryland recruiter, and he is putting in work down here to get some recruits.

I like Fleming, but he is not the best WR on the Northwestern roster. IMHO, underclassmen, like Brinson, are better and have produced when it mattered last year. IMO, Brinson makes it look easy out there, and essentially, cannot be defended one-on-one.

If the Canes get WRs on the board, like Redding and Worsham, that will definitely be an upgrade. I don't know what is going on, but I will withhold judgment about whether this decommit was a bad thing.

Herbieibis

Bad thing because of speed. We need some grease lightning but WR's like DB's are a dime a dozen down there.

orange 'n green in the vein

Don't think there's going to be a money line for the 'visitors' this week as they're expected to win by more than three scores with the line opening at -18 1/2 points.

So I guess the house will not be wagered at least this week?

Old Skool

I would think a dumb move on Fleming's part unless he's afraid of the competition. Who wouldn't want to have JW throwing passes to you.

86Cane

So I guess the house will not be wagered at least this week?

Posted by: orange 'n green in the vein | November 18, 2019 at 11:45 AM

Please be sure to mark yourself "SAFE" from losing the house this week. Thanks in advance.

BigWindyCane1

As per Herald, interesting stat:

▪ Quick stuff: Per PFF, UM’s Al Blades Jr. has the second-lowest passer rating against when targeted (or second-best from a defensive standpoint) among all FBS cornerbacks with a minimum of 25 targets, at 29.3….

alpine

this is an interesting story i found in the washington post:

A white football coach, a historically black college and lessons that endure
By Jerry Brewer
November 14, 2019
Before Joe Purzycki entertained thoughts of his quiet legacy, he was adamant about how it shouldn’t be portrayed. No white savior fantasies, please. No, no, no. The former Delaware State football coach, the first with his light skin to lead a historically black college program, said he received more than he gave while resurrecting the team over four transformative years.

This is a hard tale of understanding and accepting. This is a hard tale of winning, of course. But most of all, this is a hard tale of the learning necessary to overcome difference and indifference, its poisonous sibling.

“Nobody wants to hear a story of a white football coach who saved a black program on the brink,” Purzycki, 72, said. “That’s a bad narrative. It makes me cringe.

“What I hope endures is an example of how to build a bridge, how we trusted in each other and created something great, how we found common ground and put aside the labels that we put on each other. My legacy? I hope it’s our legacy. It’s not the white coach and the black school. It’s a coach who was invisible until he earned trust coming together with a program invisible because of all the losing and humiliation. And when we made ourselves visible again, it was quite a picture.”

A decaying Delaware State program had just lost, 105-0, to Portland State. It needed a fixer. So in early 1981, Nelson Townsend, a bold and visionary athletic director, went rogue. On Friday, nearly 40 years after a decision of unprecedented, historic and sometimes forgotten nerve, Purzycki (pronounced Pur-ZICK-ee) will be inducted into the Delaware State Athletics Hall of Fame.

. . .

In the wide world of sports, this story won’t get national attention. But the unlikely union of Purzycki and Delaware State resonates with me because its message is applicable today. If the rest of our world — sports and beyond — could comprehend a 40-year-old lesson, perhaps the news cycle wouldn’t be so repetitive and depressing.

A year ago, Purzycki published a book with author Mike Gastineau. . . . they wrote a book titled “Mr. Townsend and the Polish Prince.” It’s a thorough and honest account of undervalued history told through many voices around the program from 1981 to 1984. But it’s largely an appreciation of Townsend for his wisdom and courage to turn the football program over to Purzycki, whom the student newspaper mockingly referred to as “The Polish Prince.”
Seventeen players quit after Purzycki, an assistant coach and graduate of Route 1 rival Delaware, was named the head coach. Students protested. Purzycki received death threats, and his office was vandalized. And those weren’t always the most difficult moments. It was harder when Purzycki would walk campus, see a student he knew and get ignored. It was harder when he had to sit alone in the cafeteria during lunch.

He didn’t feel sorry for himself, however. There’s no way Townsend would allow that. Leaning on the athletic director, Purzycki found a mentor whose example would benefit him for the rest of his life.

Purzycki, who idolized John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr., considered himself a progressive thinker and a racially sensitive person. Now, at work, he was a minority. Even as Townsend defended Purzycki and fought to get the Delaware State community to accept the hire, he would tell the coach to keep his difficult transition in perspective.

“What you’re going to endure is nothing,” Townsend would say.
In the book, after telling a story about a 1983 accident involving the team bus in western Maryland and the crude treatment of his team by the police, Gastineau wrote of Purzycki’s mind-set: “He could honestly say he knew what it was like to be a minority. But what he had just been through reinforced his belief that he’d never know what it was like to be black.”

There were so many experiences in which Purzycki began to see the world and race in a nuanced manner. That’s often the missing component in societal divides: one side being unable to consider the other side with appropriate compassion.
In sports, you continue to see it in the Colin Kaepernick saga. It was a central theme in all the commotion over the protests during the national anthem, as well as other recent instances of athlete activism. It’s why Megan Rapinoe became such a polarizing figure during the World Cup. If you can’t understand people and their passions on a basic human level, there is no foundation to handle complicated disagreements.

At Delaware State, Purzycki improved the football team from a 2-9 record in his first season to 4-7 to 7-3-1 to 8-2. When he left for James Madison, defensive coordinator Bill Collick took over and led the Hornets to five Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference titles in his 12 seasons. Combine their tenures, and Purzycki and Collick led the program to 13 straight seasons with a .500 record or better. But more than setting the stage for Collick’s massive success, more than getting to coach former San Francisco 49ers great John Taylor, Purzycki remembers Delaware State as “my greatest coaching experience” because he figured out a critical aspect of the human condition: Acknowledgment means everything.

The trendy word now is representation. People of color and all minority groups crave representation because they are tired of being invisible. It’s the lack of acknowledgment that is the root of so much social evil.

“It’s the highest form of prejudice,” Purzycki said. “It’s that feeling of you don’t matter enough to make someone feel or think or change. I’m a product of the 1960s and the civil rights movement. So I’m really sad about where we are today. I thought that, 50 years ago, we got this out in the open and made significant progress. So to still see so many signs of racism existing in society, it’s upsetting. And it’s all because we ignore too many voices. We fail to appreciate what people have been through.”

At Delaware State, Purzycki was fortunate to gain a detailed understanding of African Americans. He also learned to exist on a campus where he was the different one. He managed to transcend that to lead and inspire.

On Friday, his reward will be Delaware State immortality. He will take the 45-minute drive from Wilmington to Dover to relive the best risk he ever took, and the best risk someone ever took on him. He will be among about a dozen honorees. While it would be only human that he feel some kind of validation, he expects gratitude to dominate his emotions.

Four decades ago, Purzycki came to Dover to revive a program because, well, that’s what good ball coaches do. He wasn’t counting on the perk of personal reinvention.

An invisible black football team and an invisible white coach found the light together. To matter, they needed each other. For certain, that’s not a bad narrative.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/colleges/a-white-football-coach-a-historically-black-college-and-lessons-that-endure/2019/11/14/80db80c8-069f-11ea-b17d-8b867891d39d_story.html?wpisrc=nl_most&wpmm=1

58 Straight

New picture of OGV and why he didn't "Bet The House". UMike and Raize...please withold your comments. Thanks in advance.

alpine

ACC not doing great in football
. . . but have 4 of the top 7 in basketball, including duke & louisville at the 1 and 2 spots (NC at 5 and VA at 7 are the other two)

interested to see how this plays out
. . . and whether the canes have it in them, to play well against these types of teams

UMike

New picture of OGV and why he didn't "Bet The House". UMike and Raize...please withold your comments. Thanks in advance.

Posted by: 58 Straight | November 18, 2019 at 10:43 PM

But, but....

alpine

New picture of OGV and why he didn't "Bet The House". UMike and Raize...please withold your comments. Thanks in advance.

Posted by: 58 Straight | November 18, 2019 at 10:43 PM

the tension is killing me,
not

orange 'n green in the vein

Posted by: 86Cane | November 18, 2019 at 05:20 PM

-1200 on the money line for the Hurricanes, meanwhile you can throw your money away on a sentimental Butch wager at +700 for the fools gold Panthers.

Considering UM wins by an average of 22 points per game against FIU, you can probably lay the three scores at the Orange Bowl's final resting place and not have to take the steep money line leveraged odds.

BigWindyCane1

I am anxious to see the Canes play at the Marlins Stadium, the site of the old Orange Bowl. The Canes won a lot of games there, including the famous "58 Straight." Great memories, but cramped seats, parking on neighborhood lawns, terrible concessions, unbearably hot, and beer and piss smells everywhere.

Marlins Stadium is the old Orange Bowl location, but much nicer amenities, parking, air conditioning, roof (when raining) and concessions. The Marlins Stadium is one of the best venues to watch a baseball game, so I am anxious to see how a football game will look inside there.

More importantly, the Canes need to win and look very impressive in doing so, so that we can get into a solid bowl game, create some momentum on the recruiting trail and impress some recruits.

solarcane

Album Covers they might have reconsidered.

https://youtu.be/kl3bxAbvsc8

Old Skool

The Marlins Stadium is one of the best venues to watch a baseball game, so I am anxious to see how a football game will look inside there.

Posted by: BigWindyCane1 | November 19, 2019 at 10:44 AM

The good thing about Marlins Stadium is that the seats are more likely to be dusty than dirty.
They may also be a bit stiff from lack of use.

solarcane

cramped seats, parking on neighborhood lawns, terrible concessions, unbearably hot, and beer and piss smells everywhere.

Posted by: BigWindyCane1 | November 19, 2019 at 10:44 AM

vs a state of the art stadium with plenty of parking and a team that can rattle off a three game winning streak every once in awhile.

Terrance M Sullivan

Go Canes! Just Get The Win on Saturday. I mean if we cant beat these dudes by at least 31 when FAU beat them by 30 what would that tell Us lol. Miami 52 FIU 7!

raizecane

Not good -

DAVIE, Fla. -- The Miami Dolphins waived running back Mark Walton after he was arrested Tuesday morning on a charge of aggravated battery of a pregnant woman.

According to a police document released to ESPN, Walton is accused of pushing the woman into a wall and punching her several times in her face and head.

The officer called to the scene observed swelling to the woman's left eye. The woman is five weeks pregnant, and Walton is the father.

The incident occurred at 4:15 a.m. Tuesday morning in Davie, Florida after an argument....

BigWindyCane1

TE Brevin Jordan named Mackey Award semifinalist!

alpine

Posted by: raizecane | November 19, 2019 at 12:32 PM

F # K K ! !

years of therapy for that dude
. . . if he stays out of jail

BigWindyCane1

. . . if he stays out of jail

Posted by: alpine | November 19, 2019 at 12:51 PM

Glad to hear there are no permanent injuries.

I remember seeing Mark Walton play RB at Booker T., then classify early and play for the Canes at RB. After a great 3-year Canes career at RB, he struggled in the NFL, until now when he started to show some real promise the last couple of weeks for the Dolphins. I think he had just started to turn the corner and establish himself as a true NFL RB before his suspension.

Now, another promising football career couple possibly be cut short by off-the-field crap.

Terrible!

alpine

could possibly be cut short by off-the-field crap.
Posted by: BigWindyCane1 | November 19, 2019 at 02:44 PM

"could"????!!!!
is that of the "you mean there's a chance?" type humor?


and i notice it pisses me off; could've had both norton & walton on the fins
. . . one has the worst kind of luck
. . . the other turns out to be his own worst enemy and shoots his chances to hell

damn!

alpine

hope hurns, walford, harris & willis stick around and make a name for themselves and the canes

solarcane

Jordan is in a tough position this week.

He should sit and be 100 percent for Duke.
But being a semi finalist for the Mackey he needs more stats, so he should play. Who knows?
There is only one other soph on the list.
Jordan could win it two years in a row with two more good games this year and an all american year next season.

solarcane

AllCanes, the all-UM retail store across the street from Mark Light Field, is celebrating its 60th anniversary on Friday, Nov. 22, from 7 p.m. to midnight at Morgans restaurant, 28 NE 29th Street in Miami.


“We are taking over Morgans and are having one giant fan tailgate party,’’ AllCanes says in an ad for the party.

VA Cane

Your favorite player along with VA Cane.

One of the classic quotes of ALL TIME:

"We were like Lions on the Serengeti."

The Man.....Rohan....he delivered Tatumizers every game.....what a hitter!!!!!

I will say this as a coach.....there is no such thing as a good loss.....damn...they all are bad!!!!! Glad we havent had the losing experience this year!!!!

Just to let you guys know....we squeezed by 8-0 last Saturday....we beat Woolridge..lot of teams dont like them..well to do folks. I cannot say anything bad about them.They were tough as hell, played well, and very nice kids. I threw everything I had at them to beat them. Couple big third down stops and a couple monster hits. Great game....so we are 10-0....gonna give it hell Sat!!!!!

solarcane

VA Congrats!

58 Straight

The Canes won a lot of games there, including the famous "58 Straight."

Posted by: BigWindyCane1 | November 19, 2019 at 10:44 AM

U called Sir?

roachcane77

Great job VA Cane! Good luck Saturday!

Walton... What a waste! He should have stayed in college another year... I'm sorry for the girl... Unacceptable behavior... he should be punished.

VA Cane

Thanks guys closet game Ive had in a long time...kids were unreal..I agree....he needed more time...and he was a good kid......lets see what happens It sounds bad....these kids need to be taught more about life composure awareness......I know many of us are involved in different ways doing it.....but these college kids are still kids without knowledge.....I try so hard to put the game down at times with my teens and college guys....feel em out just talk shop with them....I think they know i care and that I am teaching not preaching..I have told about my screw ups..it is how they can relate...

Terrance M Sullivan

Congratulations VA!

alpine

mensch, this blog feels like it needs something

. . . there's mega-outrage when things are really f#kd up
. . . and lots of bravura, when the canes are on a roll

. . . but this purgatory of not really knowing
. . . when there are reasons both to be somewhat pessimistic or somewhat optimistic and you can choose, depending on your personality
. . . this seems to take out a lot of the air out of here

really hoping there's a FIU crush this saturday
. . . followed by a duke stomp
. . . so that this blog can get a life

. . . and if we then WIN a BOWL GAME
. . . which right now SEEMS to be a possibility, assuming we don't play wisconsin

. . . and then if we can actually get a decent 'cruit-class

WOW! then we will be off and running during the off-season
. . . we will spread our wings and take all kinds of icarian flights of fancy, sun be damned!!

this is a plan! i'll email manny, so he knows what to do

alpine

LOL!!!
"The most recent projection had Brett McMurphy of Stadium projecting the Miami football team to the Orange Bowl to play Alabama. "

i'm changing my mind:
let's play wisconsin!!

raizecane

i'm changing my mind:
let's play wisconsin!!

Posted by: alpine | November 20, 2019 at 06:09 AM

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

34 - 13 WHiskey.......

alpine

- lol, raize!

- nice shaq article:
https://hurricanesports.com/news/2019/11/19/football-quarterman-leaving-a-legacy.aspx

alpine

nice:
fins pick up DB colbert von seattle practice squad
. . . and promote willis from practice squad to Team

- 2 more canes playing sunday for the fins sounds excellent!

- willis & trent harris can extablish themselves and help rousseau as soon as he gets there

- and i'm wantin' the fins to take dj to replace walton

. . . lots of deep thought went into this post; you're welcome

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