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November 10, 2019


Terrance M Sullivan

Outstanding and Total Agreement Soupster!


💯! Great article Soup!


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Alex D

What's good Legion/Canespace? Long time no post. Happy Veterans Day.

58 Straight

I have to tell you from the bottom of my heart that some of the recent articles I have written for Canespace have been among my best ever. The clarity (the light) has been blinding.

The message has never been clearer. The fog is gone. I think that faith, hope and love started it all. And from there all things have flowed. And for all the times I threatened to shut it down I am glad that I didn't.

I sincerely appreciate all of you who have hung in there and lasted out all of the trying times with me. I have great respect for some who I praised and even some who I have insulted and they still stuck around.

It hasn't always been pretty, or nice, or fun but it has been a wild ride. The blog is fun again and I would like to think that my writing style has improved over time and the joys and sorrows have made it richer all they way.

I wouldn't have it any other way.

Go Canes!!

Agree 100%. Well done Soup.


Thanks Go Canes, thanks.


I look forward to reading this blog daily. Being up here in North Carolina it's hard to keep up with my Boyz. Thanks for letting me vent my love and frustrations for DA Canes!


We have to caution you at this critical time: Don't look into the light!

some of your best advice ever

Tom you know I have your back no matter how many times we disagree, you have given me a lot of smiles, and I count you as a true friend.
You have put up with a lot more of my crap than I would have if the shoe was on the other foot.

Keep doing what you do.

The Word From The Herb

The Herb believes in Manuel but the proof will be how we finish and how good this next recruiting class ends up.
The class so far is a B minus. We have some excellent pieces coming in but in order for us to climb back to the top of the mountain we have to bring in at least 14 four star players or better annually. 12 would be the absolute fewest. The offensive line is the least talented of any of our other position groups. So far we have 3 cruits and one of them is a project. We all know winning cures a lot of ills. I'm not too enamored with our LB cruits at this time. We are missing a game changer, same goes for CB. We can't keep missing in the recruiting game. The one thing missing on this current staff is an ace recruiter.
This team is young and aside from Osborne, loses nothing on offense. Defensively, our LBing could be a big problem next year. McCloud will be about the only experienced guy back and he only played in 4 games.
Enos has to get rid of the pro style. The only time we should be under center is a yard or less. With this line, we ain't fooling nobody. I will say this they are getting better but it's not like the ACC is loaded with superstar talent. 2021 we open with Bama, I guess will see how far we have come.


Keep doing what you do.

Posted by: solarcane | November 10, 2019 at 11:56 PM

Thank you. Your friendship means more to me than you know. I have few and they are far between, but the best seem to last. I appreciate that.


Thanks for letting me vent my love and frustrations for DA Canes!

Posted by: Herbieibis | November 10, 2019 at 11:37 PM

It's what we do here. My pleasure.

Harry Miller

Thanks for this blog Soup. You are a special person and very talented in many ways'to be able to overcome all the adversity that it takes to keep putting to gather this very informative and interesting Blog. You are blessed by all the great individuals that keeps us all caught up with the latest news about the Miami Hurricanes. We all look forward each day to reading what you have created, the greatest blog ever.

I live 40 miles east of San Francisco, but grew up in Miami, not far from the Orange Bowl and love the Miami Hurricanes. If it wasn't for this blog I would hardly know what was going on with my team the "Miami Hurricanes".

I thank all of you for what you contribute to this Blog. We are all a family that is special.

God bless you and every one else on this blog.



soup, your writing is bustin' out 34-13 wins for awhile now

REALLY well done!!!

solar can def take a bow, too, as far as bringing both the whipped creme and the cherry to an excellent canespace

with thanks & appreciation


soup - i also loved that #wna (wisconsin never again) post/idea!

if we actually have the chance to see them in a bowl this year, can we turn your words around to "never again wisconsin (naw)"

then we can make t-shirts with things like: "whisky? hell, naw!"

(hmmm, it seemed funnier when it went thru my head as i was waking up this morning)


Loved the article! And I agree, your last few articles have been lights out awesome!

Terrance M Sullivan

Soupster Keep On Rocking Brotha. Love U Man, and Love The Canes!

Old Skool

Soup puts the 'art' in article.

As one who has been blinded by the light, revved up like a douche watchin runners in the night.

Trusting Golden and Richt
Feeling kind of sick
I tripped the merry-go-round.

Old Skool

Then some Baskins and Robbins ice cream?

Posted by: 86Cane | November 10, 2019 at 02:47 PM

Baskin and Robbins??? What about Jackson's in Dania Beach .... Still going strong BTW

Sarasota 'cane

Happy Veteran's Day to all who have served!!

Go Army!!


Manny Diaz - recruits are buying into the vision
That’s great but let’s see some proof with ‘key’ guys
Ie LB, DB, OL especially

orange 'n green in the vein

Luckily Miami will be favored over the bye week and won't turn the light at the end of the tunnel into an oncoming train for at least two more weeks. So with that in mind, beat Duke on the road in the season finale (probably, two more losses would keep them out of a bowl in their last three though so they might be playing spoiler by then) and;

Chokies lose a road game to GT (not likely) and at home to Pitt (maybe).

Virginia loses another Commonwealth Cup game (haven't won since 2003 so good chance of that).

Pitt loses the finale at home to BC (possibly).

UNC loses either of their road games at Pitt or NC State (both possible.)

And Miami will hold the head to head tiebreakers for the three way tie for third with Pitt and UVA.

Georgia Tech and the Chokies have produced six straight upsets in the series, that has to continue or the party is over in the division race.


I wouldn't have it any other way.

Posted by: 58 Straight | November 10, 2019 at 10:57 PM

You are on a roll, Soup! Thanks for the blog.

Happy Veterans Day to all of you Canespacers out there who served our great country in the military! We salute you and honor your service!


Baskin and Robbins??? What about Jackson's in Dania Beach .... Still going strong BTW

Posted by: Old Skool | November 11, 2019 at 08:53

My wife's favorite place to go after getting bruised up on Pirates World, rides or trampled at one of their concerts.

I remember "The Kitchen Sink" as being an especially intimidating ice cream Sunday.


Big Al,
Thanks for the love brutha


I thank all of you for what you contribute to this Blog. We are all a family that is special.

God bless you and every one else on this blog.

Posted by: Harry Miller | November 11, 2019 at 01:56 AM

Thank you my friend.

Old Skool

My wife's favorite place to go after getting bruised up on Pirates World, rides or trampled at one of their concerts.

I remember "The Kitchen Sink" as being an especially intimidating ice cream Sunday.

Posted by: solarcane | November 11, 2019 at 12:15 PM

The big question is which was worse Pirate's World or the Sportarium? BTW Did you see Bowie play Pirates World?


The big question is which was worse Pirate's World or the Sportatorium? BTW Did you see Bowie play Pirates World?

Posted by: Old Skool | November 11, 2019 at 01:24 PM

Saw some great concerts at the Hollywood Sportatorium. Saw Skynyrd there just a few weeks before the fatal plane crash. I almost died twice on the way home from that place with all the heavily intoxicated and stoned out of their minds people driving back late at night from that place. You could get a contact high just by breathing the air in that place!


here is the Pirates World set list look at the Hall of Fame bands that played or got their start there.
Concerts were about 4 to 6 dollars I think

This list is incredible if you remember how small the Pirates world concert area was.



almost died twice on the way home from that place with all the heavily intoxicated and stoned out of their minds people driving back late at night from that place.
Posted by: 86Cane | November 11, 2019 at 01:34 PM

remember that big ditch that ran beside Flamingo Road? Going to the drags or Sporto I remember watching more than one car slide right in there



I missed Bowie
I did see Zep, Beck,Fleet Mac,Faces, Poco, Segar,10 years after,BB king, Paul Butterfield and dozens more


Cane Stuff

Dallas again pointed to the player-led meeting before the Pitt game.

“It just came down to who wants to be here,’’ Dallas said. “We had to keep the standard the standard and that’s what it was. Our guys, our seniors and leaders came together and we just said, ‘There’s a standard here and we’re not going to wane for anybody.’’’

After the game, when asked if he felt like “this is finally it and you guys have turned the corner,’’ Quarterman said he didn’t “want to put a label on it, put a ‘new’ whatever.

“I just like the fact that we show up, or we’ve been showing up as a team to play for the last couple of weeks. When we do what we’re supposed to do, we always end up victorious. ...But I’m definitely on the positive about where this program is going to go. Diaz is the guy for the job and he built a staff [that] never lied to us.

“It has always been whether we buy in or not. When we buy in we do special things. So, moving forward, I think definitely, the Hurricanes are going to be a threat.’’

Said Pinckney: “I feel like my job was to not only come back to better myself but to better the program. It’s probably not going to be now, but eventually they’re going to be in the playoff talks, man, and I’m going to be right here being happy because I know I had a part in it.’’


Cane Stuff

Jarren Williams ACC Player of The Week



Williams third time ACC rookie first time QB,
Pink gets ACC linebacker.


Sweet I love eating crow!

QUARTERBACK & ROOKIE – Jarren Williams, Miami, R-Fr., QB, Lawrenceville, Ga.
Set the Miami record and tied the ACC mark with six touchdown passes in Saturday’s 52-27 win over Louisville • Connected on a career-long 67-yard touchdown pass and did not throw an interception for the sixth time in seven career starts • Completed 68.2 percent of his passes (15 of 22) – his best mark since a Week 4 start versus Central Michigan – for 253 yards • Added a career-high 23 rushing yards • First ACC Quarterback of the Week honor of his career and third time as ACC Rookie of the Week.

Terrance M Sullivan

Lol Just Win Out This Team as a whole has used up all their My Bads For The Season. finish 9-4 or Season is A Utter Failure. Go Canes!





finish 9-4 or Season is A Utter Failure. Go Canes!

Posted by: Terrance M Sullivan | November 11, 2019 at 02:14 PM

I remember when anything less than 10 wins was gonna get Manny fired.

Just hope Wisconsin doesn't lose one more game


this one is priceless #2 and #3



Loved the article! And I agree, your last few articles have been lights out awesome!

Posted by: AeroCane | November 11, 2019 at 04:51 AM

Agreed! LOL, some of us go all the way back to the Orlando Sentinel days!


Agreed! LOL, some of us go all the way back to the Orlando Sentinel days!
Posted by: CGNC | November 11, 2019 at 02:45 PM

As Sun Sentinel alumnus myself... I also agree. (That article about Coach Roach was ESPECIALLY Pulitzer Prize worthy!) LOL

Thanks for all you do SOUP!


Omar Kelly, Shandel Richardson, 86Cane/Soup/58

Who always had a better blog about Miami Hurricanes football?

Sarasota 'cane

Agreed! LOL, some of us go all the way back to the Orlando Sentinel days!

Posted by: CGNC | November 11, 2019 at 02:45 PM

Those were the days! Susan ran a great blog at the Herald as well. I loved Omar at the Sentinel. It killed me that when he jumped on the Dolphins beat no one back-filled that blog.

Their loss...

Go 'canes!!


inside the u

When Williams has time to operate, he can deliver the ball to a receiver in stride.

According to Pro Football Focus, six of Williams’ eight touchdown passes the past two games have come when he has thrown the ball after 2.5 seconds in the pocket

For the season, when Williams isn’t feeling any pressure from a pass rush, he is completing 76.6 percent of his passes for 1,426 yards with 14 touchdowns and two interceptions. He is averaging ten yards per attempt in that scenario.

The bottom line: when Miami’s offensive line gives Williams time, plenty of good things happen for the Hurricanes and UM’s passing attack becomes very dangerous.


Urban Meyer, Bill Connley, and Manny on how he recruits and develops players and a recap of recent Miami recruiting classes

Urban Meyer believes in the 10-80-10 Principle which is that 10% must be elite, 80% must be compliant, and sadly 10% will be defiant. Your job as a head coach, a boss at Target, or an educator is to get as many of the compliant 80% into the 10% elite category, and to get as many of the defiant 10% to buy in to the 80% compliant as possible. Sadly, 5% of your 10% defiant crew will probably be cut or will transfer before long. I also believe that my job is to teach those 10% that are elite to “hang loose” (read this book) and not get burned out on their own drive and expectations.

Bill Connelly (creator of the SP+ analytics system) coined the adage that a football program is responsible for three phases in order to build success: acquisition, development, and deployment. Acquisition is, of course, recruiting. Development can be done both on the field at practice and in the weight room. Is your strength and conditioning coach elite? Can he or she and their staff push your athletes into the top 10% category? And of course deployment is putting the right guys and the right scheme together for wins on game day.

Acquisition can’t just be about raw talent, it also has to be about finding gritty players who have the resiliency to overcome a lack of early playing time, and who have it in them to become the 80% that are compliant and push into being the 10% who are elite. It takes leg work and a keen eye to read through transcripts and discipline records of high school athletes. But that’s a huge part of acquisition- there are a lot of kids who can dunk a basketball but how many can do so and maintain a 3.5 GPA, take a couple of AP classes, and stay out of the principal’s office?

Development will need to adapt now that David Feeley has been on campus for a year. Running players into the ground, and off-campus is unnecessary now that it’s Manny Diaz’s team. I would love to see less 300’s and 110’s and more actual football speed and agility (change of direction) training this off-season. The articles about gassers, mat drills and conditioning need to shift into articles about football speed, football power, and production related lifts.

Deployment this off-season would require a deep look into the offensive philosophy and into the defensive play caller. Should Baker be left to his own devices again, or should Manny bring in a veteran coach who can help guide the young coordinator? Currently the defensive back coaches are extremely young and don’t have the guidance to offer Baker.

Manny Diaz hasn’t had a ton of time to put his stamp on the ‘Canes program as a head coach, it’s been about 11 months for him on the job as we speak. However, this is his 4th season in the program and three were spent as a defensive coordinator under an offensive-minded head coach. I expect 2020 to be one hell of a season including a Coastal win and a New Year’s Six bowl game appearance.

The 2016 class was thrown together late after the firing of Al Golden and the hiring of Mark Richt. You would need six to be starters, six to be role players, and six could be bench guys of your 19 players in the class in order to be successful. It has been a near complete disaster. This class was ranked 22nd in the country and 3rd in the ACC per 247sports.

Of the 19 enrollees 4 have been starters (not the 33% needed per Coach Bowden) in Shaq Quarterman, Michael Pinckney, Joe Jackson and Travis Homer; three have been role players (not the 33% needed) in Romeo Finley, Pat Bethel, and Michael Irvin II; two retired from injury (Malek Young and Ahmmon Richards who could’ve been stars) and the rest have been non-factors like Sam Bruce (the top player in 2016), and Jack Allison.

There was a little development going on as Irvin II has played better, and Homer and Jackson are NFL players. However, Quarterman and Pinckney have looked like the same players from 2016 in 2019 and losing two players to injury doesn’t say a lot for your S&C program.

The 2017 class consisted of 25 players (so eight players need to be starters, eight role players, and eight can be bench guys with one lost to transfers). This class was ranked 12th in the nation and 2nd in the ACC. It has not lived up to that billing so while acquisition was there, development and deployment was not.

Where do I even begin? Jeff Thomas was the top rated player (per 247sports) in the ‘Canes class and has flashed brilliance while also being suspended, quitting, and being an all-around cancer. As a coach you either coach it or you allow it- so we can put this on Manny Diaz for bringing him back and on Mark Richt for not doing the background check and due diligence before bringing him in. Thomas has only averaged 12.3 yards per catch but did play big against Florida State so good for him.

Navaughn Donaldson might not be the All-American fans dreamed of but he’s been a starter since arriving on campus and that’s a good thing. Other starters have been Trajan Bandy, Deejay Dallas, Jonathan Garvin, Mike Harley, Corey Gaynor, and Amari Carter (at times). That gives you eight starters when Carter and Thomas haven’t been suspended for a variety of things from targeting (Carter) to discipline (Thomas).

N’Kosi Perry and Jon Ford have been role players. This class needed eight role players but only had two. Perry being beaten out by Williams pushes him into the role player category. I would expect him to transfer out this off-season. He’s also been suspended in the past, which is a bad look for acquisition and development.

If only eight players could be bench players and one could transfer, it’s really bad recruiting that 12 people have fallen into this category. Diaz signed off on the defensive players and there have been plenty of flops, especially at linebacker, from the class. D.J. Johnson transferred out almost immediately, and Derrick Smith, Jeff Feagles and Cade Weldon are gone as well. Kai-Leon Herbert, Zalon’tae Hillery, Brian Polendey, Robert Burns, Evidence Njoku, Waymon Steed, Bradley Jennings Jr and Zach Dykastra have been bench players.

The development of players, or the acquisition of players with any ceiling, has been highly questionable in this class. Hillery, Herbert, Steed, Jennings, Dykstra, and Ford hardly have done a thing in orange and green. Then you add in Perry has seen limited growth and Donaldson is a mess at times at guard and you have to question the development, especially at the offensive line positions.

The 2018 class consisted of 23 players and was ranked 8th in the nation and 2nd in the ACC. It’s hard to judge a class this recent but so far it’s been more successful than the past two. To be a success this class needs 7.5 starters, role players and bench players with maybe an allowable transfer. This could be a wildly successful haul with 10 players that could be regular starters and four to five role players of significant value. Add in the potential of Lorenzo Lingard and this could be a huge class.

Brevin Jordan, Nesta Silvera, Jarren Williams, Al Blades Jr, DJ Scaife, Cam’Ron Haris, Gurvan Hall, Dee Wiggins, Gregory Rousseau, and DJ Ivey look like sure-fire starters and major players in this program.

Jordan Miller, John Campbell, Gilbert Frierson, Mark Pope, and Will Mallory have played significant roles or should in the near future.

The big bust could be five-star running back Lorenzo Lingard who has been injured for most of his short Miami career. He still has plenty of time to rehab his knee and get ready for a big season in 2020 splitting time with Harris and Don Cheney. Sadly, Brian Hightower is already in the transfer portal. I had high hopes for the young wide receiver but he has opted to play else where from 2020 and beyond.

The development here is limited due to time, so this could just be one hell of a job of acquiring some ready-made players. However, I will give credit to the development of Rousseau who is new to not only the position but also to carrying real defensive end weight. Williams has grown under Enos this season, too. However, Silvera was injured, Scaife has taken a step back, and I obviously expected more from Lingard.

Charles Bertram/Lexington Herald-Leader/Tribune News Service via Getty Images
The Potentially Great Class
Hal Mumme used to infamously tell kids “your potential is going to get me fired.” What that means is that if your potential never becomes reality, what’s it worth? That’s part of the proper acquisition issues I’ve discussed earlier. It’s also a huge part of development and deployment. It’s a coach’s job to get players ready to play. Saturdays are for the players to go out and have fun.

2019 (6 wins so far)
The 2019 class is way too early to do a proper analysis on but two of the lowest rated players have been playing the most in Zion Nelson and Jakai Clark while punter Louis Hedley has been a steal. K.J. Osborn has been a great transfer portal addition at wide receiver. However, I expect some really big things out of Christian Williams, Jason Blissett and Sam Brooks.

Trevon Hill has been a fine one-year addition, while Tate Martell has flopped as a QB but could find a role player spot at wide receiver or in some kind of Taysom Hill role. Bubba Bolden was coming on strong until a disastrous hip bump forced him onto the injured reserve.

Miami v Florida State
Photo by Don Juan Moore/Getty Images
The Future
The 2020 signing class will be Manny Diaz’s first true recruiting class as the head football coach. The 2019 group was a throw together with Richt leaving and Diaz returning from Temple. The early signing period is making for some bad first classes when there’s a coaching change. The 2020 class is currently ranked 16th in the country and 2nd in the ACC.

So far there are three offensive linemen in the class. Four-star Jalen Rivers and two three-star prospects. Miami also is in desperate need of linebackers and there are four in the class so far. Hopefully they all stick with the ‘Canes on signing day. The highest rated prospect is running back Don Chaney who is a four-star from Belen Jesuit Prep. Other big names are defensive end Chantz Williams, IMG receiver Michael Redding III, QB Tyler Van Dyke, and wide receiver Marcus Flemming from Northwestern High School.

The acquisition seems to be heading in the right direction at most positions besides the offensive line. Development needs to become a priority this off-season. The ‘Canes can’t afford to be pushed around by Central Michigan, Pitt, and UVA any more. Miami should be dominating these less-than programs instead of scraping by or losing to these teams.

Deployment is also an issue as Manny Diaz had to pull in the reigns from Blake Baker, his defensive coordinator; and there was a sudden schematic switch against both FSU and especially Louisville into more of a shotgun and spread feel using RPO’s and quick passing to alleviate the offensive line woes rather than exemplify them as he did against CMU and Virginia and Georgia Tech.

Is Manny Diaz the right guy for the job? We’ll find out in 2020 because that will be his 6th season on campus and his 2nd as the head coach. The acquisition, development and deployment will be fully in his hands by the end of the season in 2020. The Hurricanes have to win the Coastal in 2020, they must beat the Seminoles who are currently without a head football coach or recruiting class, and they must play well in the ACC Championship Game rather than come out flat like in 2017, leading to a tanked bowl game, too.


(That article about Coach Roach was ESPECIALLY Pulitzer Prize worthy!) LOL

Posted by: roachcane77 | November 11, 2019 at 03:22 PM

I thought you might be of this opinion!


Another reason to get some elite OL
Not only time to pass, but more powerful run blocking
I can’t wait to see lingard running next year IF he stays (hopefully I’m wrong and he does in fact stay)


I love what we’ve done recently but I just can’t get it out of my head that this coaching staff took too long to:
• change kicker
• run the offense with more shotgun and rpo
• play Rousseau more

Just those 3 items and we are possibly undefeated
Cam you effing believe it?!

Sarasota 'cane

Posted by: AeroCane | November 11, 2019 at 04:28 PM

Mark Richt did a bit on UM's kicking woes a few weeks ago and he basically said that at any large state school there are 4-5 kids who have kicked or played soccer in HS at a high level that you could bring in for a tryout. He said that is not the case at UM. What you see is what you get.

Go 'canes!!


Sota - I’m not even sure what that means
We are too stupid to bring these guys in?

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