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December 30, 2019

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Joe

I'm hearing now on Twitter per Barry Jackson that James did meet with Highsmith but UM they want to look at other candidates before making a decision and that it will be after the OC hire. I'm pissed. James is intimidated by Highsmith, because Highsmith would be a better AD than him and sees him as a threat.

solarcane

Bam

86Cane

Early years
Highsmith attended Christopher Columbus High School, where he played defensive end and helped his team reach the state championship final in 1982, while receiving All-American, Florida high school Defensive Player of the Year and the Dade County Athlete of the Year honors. He also played basketball and ran track.

College career
Highsmith accepted a scholarship from the University of Miami over offers from Notre Dame University and the University of Michigan. Although he was recruited by Howard Schnellenberger to play defense, he was converted to fullback before his freshman season started. He was a member of the 1983 Hurricanes squad that won the national championship, and led the team in rushing during the 31-30 victory over Nebraska in the Orange Bowl.

In 1984, Jimmy Johnson arrived as the new head coach and named him a starter as a sophomore, rushing for a team leading 906 yards on 146 carries (6.2 average) and 11 touchdowns. One of the hardest working players on the team, he would develop into a complete fullback that could run, block and catch.

As a junior, he registered 451 rushing yards on 117 carries (3.9 average) and 6 touchdowns, including a school record 88-yard touchdown reception against East Carolina University. In his last year, he was recognized as the nation's best fullback, while posting 442 rushing yards (led the team) on 105 carries (4.2 average) and 8 touchdowns.

Highsmith finished his college career with 1,914 rushing yards (second in school history), 2,935 all-purpose yards (fifth in school history), 25 career touchdowns (tied for first in school history) and five 100-yard rushing games (tied for second in school history).

In 1997, he was inducted into the University of Miami Sports Hall of Fame.

Professional career
Houston Oilers
Highsmith was selected by the Houston Oilers in the first round (third overall) of the 1987 NFL Draft. He reported to the team after a long contract holdout, that saw him miss 6 months and 6 games.[1] As a rookie, he played in 8 games (3 starts) and registered 106 rushing yards.

In 1988, he started 16 games, rushing for 466 yards (third on the team) on 94 carries for a 5-yard average, while developing into one of the best blocking fullbacks in the NFL. In 1989, he started again 16 games, led the team in rushing with 531 yards and was second on the team with 6 total touchdowns.

During the 1990 season, Jack Pardee became the new Oilers head coach and implemented the run and shoot offense. The team decided that Highsmith wasn't a good fit for new system. On September 3, he was traded to the Dallas Cowboys in exchange for a second round (#38-Darryll Lewis) and a fifth round (#136-Tim Roberts) draft choice.[2]

Dallas Cowboys
Although he had started 40 straight games with the Houston Oilers, he had a series of offseason knee surgeries, that had doctors recommending against the Dallas Cowboys acquiring him in 1990, based on a knee condition that could potentially end his career.[3] Head coach Jimmy Johnson, knowing Highsmith from his playing days at the University of Miami, ignored the medical advice and went ahead with the proposed trade on September 3.[4]

He played in 7 games (5 starts) and was the lead blocker for rookie Emmitt Smith, before being placed on the injured reserve list after not being able to fully recover from his previous knee surgery.[5] He had 19 carries for 48 yards and 3 receptions for 13 yards.

The next year, he had a contract holdout, that forced him to miss most of training camp. He returned as the third-string fullback and played in only 2 games, before being waived on October 1, 1991.[6]

Tampa Bay Buccaneers
On October 3, 1991, Highsmith was claimed off waivers by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.[7] Due to his chronic knee condition, he was released on October 7, 1992.[8]

Highsmith retired after playing in 65 games, posting 283 rushing attempts for 1,195 yards (4.2 avg.) and 7 touchdowns. He also had 42 receptions for 428 yards (10.2 avg.) and 3 touchdowns.

Front office
In 2012, he accepted a Senior Personnel Executive position in the front office of the Green Bay Packers.

On January 2, 2018, it was reported that he would be joining the Cleveland Browns as their vice president of football operations.[10] On January 10, it was confirmed that Highsmith would join the Browns, just as the Vice President of Player Personnel.[11]

86Cane

Now it is a MAYBE?

WTF?

Go Canes!!

We’re going to find a way to F this up.

86Cane

The AD is THE problem.

The Herb

86,
They got to get the culture right first.
Now u watch, they'll go through all these BS interviews to get the right candidate, something they don't do for a HC. Keep dragging your feet and u will lose out.

solarcane

Now it is a MAYBE?

WTF?

Posted by: 86Cane | December 30, 2019 at 10:37

Lucy pulls the ball away again???

KYcane

Twitter kickin’ Blake’s ass -
2 spur of the moment coaching hires and now he wants to do an extensive search?

THE HERB

Was someone talking about music. Name your time
Been an avid collector since 1971. Hard driving Blues is The Herb's favorite, especially Mike Zito.

SOUP

Here is how the interview went:

Blake: So Alonzo, as Director of Football Operations how do you see your role?

Alonzo: I see me taking your job because clearly you suck at it. Hiring Manny Diaz and paying Temple a ransom to get him back shows your complete and utter incompetence.

Blake: Ok, so we will be interviewing other candidates and we will get back to you.

Alonzo: Yeah, screw that. As soon as you are fired and I am hired this crap will end. Have a nice day Sir. (Shakes his hand crushing it in the process).

SOUP

Lucy pulls the ball away again???

Posted by: solarcane | December 30, 2019 at 10:50 PM

Charlie Brown is really, no I mean seriously, pissed off this time. Screw kicking the football, someone is going to get kicked in the head!

BigWindyCane1

I agree with everything posted on here. After buying out Temple and saddling this program with CMD, Blake says he wants to do an extensive search?

Unbelievable!

solarcane

Herb,
that's the dude that plays and sings Greyhound?

solarcane

Soup bone,
this ones for you pal,
Best Lucy football in history

https://youtu.be/ZahNTpd-0_w

VA Cane

I think High would be a fantastic AD....he is a great guy great player UM fav....I think he has a pulse on the UM situation....hell that BIG MFer probably could still tote the rock.....hell give me a backfield of him and Brat....look out people they were awesome!!!!!!!

Boss....i know a better place to kick them....I m just saying.....I( want CGNC to be Highs Special Assistant....my girl knows her stuff!!!!!

She really knows Cane facts and she knows the game big time!!!!

BigWindyCane1

If Highsmith isn’t involved in the OC hire, I can’t trust the decision-making. CMD has shown that running this program is way over his head and he doesn’t know what he is doing. Blake and CMD need major help

VA Cane

solar you are killing my sides...I am in the floor on that one.....

solarcane

Florida would beat us by 40 points now with Williams getting sacked about 12 times.

mi@

I don't even think.Hitler could find the words to describe the terrible decisions that have been made the last 7 yrs. I seriously think he is grouping highsmith with Butch.Butch would have gotten rid of him.

KYcane

What is the scoop on Frank Ponce?

Is he OC material?

HerbieIbis

Solar u caught to hear "Wee Wee hours". He's scorching that axe.

HerbieIbis

Just caught a glimpse on CanesInsight where supposedly sum big kale has been laid on the table to get big Zo. It's up to Jake Blames to pull Da trigga.

solarcane

Herb,
I thought his name was Mike Vetro,I heard Greyhound a couple times and dug it. I will Check him out now that I got his name thanks!

BigWindyCane1

Florida would beat us by 40 points now with Williams getting sacked about 12 times.

Posted by: solarcane | December 30, 2019 at 11:16 PM

I disagree. Florida would only beat us by -38 points. 🤣With Blake and CMD at the helm next season, then UF might get a double nickel (55 points) on us

Terrance M Sullivan

Solar Virginia would beat us by 40 right now as well. So Much for Virginia not deserving the Orange Bowl Bid. And Florida took this Game seriously they had to fight hard to win that Game. Flake James is Doing Flake James things 😂😂 😂😂.

BigWindyCane1

Just caught a glimpse on CanesInsight where supposedly sum big kale has been laid on the table to get big Zo. It's up to Jake Blames to pull Da trigga.

Posted by: HerbieIbis | December 31, 2019 at 12:05 AM

Oh boy! Glad to hear we have people who care about the program— but I would be very surprised if Blake wants to hire someone who could get CMD and him fired if they continue to exhibit incompetence

nemo2002

This "Director of Football Operations" idea is just plain stupid. If CMD can't do his job, FIRE HIM.
UM doesn't need to hire someone to help CMD run the football program. The football program needs someone to fire CMD.


nemo2002

Yes, UM needs to fire CMD.

"But who's going to take his place?"
"Is the answer Jesus?"

SLAP SHOT

solarcane

LSU Football Administration

Jeff Grigus Asst. Director of Operations

solarcane

Clemson Football Administration

Mike Dooley Director of Football Operations
/Player Personnel

VA Cane

Throw it out there Nemo......I agree 100% get rid of what does not work...the current regime

BigWindyCane1

Don Corzine has been director of football operations for the Canes since 2012. I think Blake was envisioning the creation of a new Chief of Staff position.

If he doesn’t hire Highsmith, then it’s just further confirms that this administration isn’t serious about winning

Go Canes!!

Just about every big time program has a director of football operations type player.

There are too many responsibilities for an AD at a big time program to handle these days.

alpine

Lucy pulls the ball away again???

Posted by: solarcane | December 30, 2019 at 10:50 PM

post of the day!

- bad idea letting canes' fans know about the highsmith idea
. . . then tracing your boot toe in the dust, hands in your pockets, muttering "mebbe"; gonna play me a game of marbels first

nemo2002

Diaz’s motto for this season as he took over for Mark Richt — #TheNewMiami — struck dissonant chords as the team struggled to live up to its social media boasting. Likewise those gaudy touchdown rings (like the Turnover Chain) makes you seem pretty foolish when you aren’t winning. Or scoring. All hat, no cattle, as the saying goes.

Canes fans don’t need #TheNewMiami. They’d prefer #TheOldMiami, the one that invented swagger. The one that everybody hated for its excellence.

GREG COTE

alpine

#TheNewMiami

i don't see the problem with this
. . . it's only been one season and we're already #TheEwMiami
. . . so we're almost there

alpine

(i should let this go, 'cause i like VA, but)

I am throwing down on the person not because of their politics, but their attitude in a situation. My niece had a professor who made multiple passes made at her . . . I filed a complaint and was told by person I commented on "these things happen, lighten up" Thats what liberal minds think.
Posted by: VA Cane | December 30, 2019 at 01:28 PM

so,
- the catholic heirarchy & our military, two VERY large hiders of sexual harassment are bastions of liberals?
- when penn state had their "problems", shalala and all her like-minded liberals were in charge? cause paterno and the others are all closet liberals?
- fox news sexual harasment problems, including major cover-up ... that was due to liberals?
- etc., etc., etc., ad infinitus, amen

why do you vent about "liberals" in this context? isn't the problem usually "men": of every color, creed, ethnicity, income group, political persuasion, . . .?

maybe stick to football blogging instead of large brush strokes against groups
. . . unless that group is the gators; or ohio state . . . then you can brush stroke vent an entire michelangelo

alpine

Tyric Martin is gone finally. That's a ship that can be put into good use. Dude played 2 scrub games in 4 years. Now Dykstra, Hillary and Herbert, all redshirt sophs, should do us a favor and pack their bags and stop taking up space.
Posted by: HerbieIbis | December 30, 2019 at 03:55 PM

- regarding tyreic: 100!

- regarding the 3 OL's: maybe we need 'em on our scout team 'til the transfer portal spews us some hOpefuLs?

CGNC

Now it is a MAYBE?

WTF?

Posted by: 86Cane | December 30, 2019 at 10:37

Lucy pulls the ball away again???

Posted by: solarcane | December 30, 2019 at 10:50 PM


Like TSully said, there is 5 star bleep show in Coral Gables

VA Cane

maybe stick to football blogging instead of large brush strokes against groups

I like you too Al..never met ya...BUT I LOVE my niece....you are treading on very thin ice....you don't know what went down with the liberal president who advised me "these things happen..lighten up"...the administration of liberals ( they were and are) came real close to getting physically hurt....and very badly hurt....I made it clear someone would get a horrific ass beating with no mercy....in my playing days I was known as The Hitman...in life I have never relinquished that title....and I would have given the prof and the midget a comeuppance not seen since The Crucifixion....and I meant it I do not blink flinch or stutter when it comes to my blood....move on friend step lightly when it comes to others family....I have moved on from that comment and will not bring iy up again

TonyCane


Now it is a MAYBE?

WTF?

Posted by: 86Cane | December 30, 2019 at 10:37

Lucy pulls the ball away again???

Posted by: solarcane | December 30, 2019 at 10:50 PM


Like TSully said, there is 5 star bleep show in Coral Gables

Posted by: CGNC | December 31, 2019 at 09:54 AM

It's not a maybe. He's not coming.

Abandon hope, all ye who post here.

AeroCane

So if Díaz sucks, why not just fire him. Why try to cover his incompetence by hiring people around him? Stupid thinking and a waste of money and time

Mia Chi ‘Cane ‘98

Btw... I hear Highsmith is not coming to Miami. Either UM messed it up or someone reported something that was not true.

VA Cane

I hope I did not offend when I brought my niece up; it is how I felt as she is my baby; I stood tall and proud; I railed against an entrenched, dangerous institution that accepts wrong as these things happen. Like The Stones, "my name is called disturbance"

Friends, life revolves around around two key words: change and time. Our lives, whether we admit it or not, is forever entwined with these two words, from cradle to grave. I have changed dramatically since 2/18/19, when my Mother left this world. Change is a daily ritual; Jim Morrison said "See me Change" in The Changling...we all do. I have the clearest,most determined vision of my life I have ever had.

"There comes a time when you realize you are closer to the end than the beginning; you wonder whether it was all worthwhile; whether your being there at any time made any difference at all"

-Colonel Nicholson
The Bridge Over The River Kwai

Rather than continuing to express my own opinionated opinions to each of you, it is time for change. Note the words Time and Change. Each of you is like my niece to me:Family! I will hold that thought always and wish each of you the best in your lifes' endeavours. God bless each of you now and always.
Always

VAC


HerbieIbis

The latest is no Zo but some ody has ponied up tbe bread to after Mario but all is up to Blake. If that's the case Manure u better get your ass wired tight.

AeroCane

Highsmith was NOT going to be the Savior
Only firing manny and hiring the right person will accomplish anything good

raizecane

I think due to the title of this blog....we need to start a new one.

solarcane

1 minute ago
Barry Jackson
@flasportsbuzz

Spoke to Highsmith; he has NOT pulled his name out of consideration for UM job. UM indicated it's considering Alonzo&others for chief of staff,but OC priority now. Alonzo said he has a job as Browns VP/personnel&that's where his attention is now but that things change sometimes

raizecane

Solar -

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LYgONLrYmnI

8th Man in the Box

This "Director of Football Operations" idea is just plain stupid. If CMD can't do his job, FIRE HIM.
UM doesn't need to hire someone to help CMD run the football program. The football program needs someone to fire CMD.


Posted by: nemo2002 | December 31, 2019 at 12:46 AM


If UM is not going to drop bags on players, then they need to sink some SERIOUS cash into the football program; infrastructure in particular.
Better recruiting evaluators, better coaches and recruiters. Miami has to do something outside of the box to gain some sort of competitive advantage. I all for giving people their fair shots, but there is nothing evident as of today that makes me think Blake and Manny would make the necessary changes to save either of their jobs. Torpedoing the entire coaching staff next year sets us back years again. Miami needs to make serious and aggressive moves to save this program.

raizecane

the #fireblakejames is off and running ....

solarcane

raize

That`s what I said too lol

I got no idea where we are headed but it isn't up.
There are only 130 spots and we are 90.
Moving up the rankings ten spots in a year would seem like progress.
If we move up 10 spots next year we will move all the way up to putrid.

alpine

2 things VA:

1- "There comes a time when you realize you are closer to the end than the beginning"
. . . YES!! this is me! . . . i don't teach football, but, like you, i've been around and i have a grizzled, ornery side
2- your niece had problems with PEOPLE; not with LIBERALS
. . . if you don't understand that at your age, you've missed out on one of the most important & interesting life cruises
. . . instead, you might wind up being one of the short-a-few-morals people, who believe that someone with an american mother, who had a usa birth certificate, who goes regularly to church, is probably still not an american or a christian - because that person is supposedly one of those "liberals" or "socialists"; has a muslim-sounding name and doesn't look anglo-saxon


#LovedTheSaint&SinnerCalled"Mom"

alpine

Posted by: solarcane | December 31, 2019 at 12:03 PM

good clarification

don't know if or what it might change, but personally i'd love to see a football guru like highsmith walk into the building

solarcane

Advice that has endured on here for over a decade.

Don`t talk about politics

Don`t talk about religion

Don`t disrespect anyone's family

Don`t use obscenities

Don`t bully

Wash your hands before leaving.

nemo2002

Highsmith was NOT going to be the Savior
Only firing manny and hiring the right person will accomplish anything good

Posted by: AeroCane | December 31, 2019 at 11:53 AM

Spot on!
We don't need a Chief of Staff (whatever the hell THAT is for a college football program). What we need is a reputable Head Coach (to replace CMD ASAP).

Go Canes!!

College football is as close to professional football as it's ever been. Watching the way those final 4 teams performed a couple of nights ago was really incredible to watch. We are so far away from putting a product on the field and just as importantly on the sidelines it's frightening.

It's not as simple as getting a good coach and a competent AD anymore. We absolutely do need a dedicated person in charge of just our football operations.

This man has to have the ability to do everything from evaluate coaches to properly allocate the 10s of millions of dollars flowing through this program every year.

It's too much to ask an AD to know enough to do everything needed to run a top flight football program in addition to all the other sports we offer, especially college basketball, which is also a cash cow.

Zo seems to fit that bill, having worked his way to the top from the ground floor. Only question appears to be how much power he would have.

Manny looks to be balking at that part of it. That eliminates ANY margin for error he had going into 2020.

We'll see how it turns out.

BigWindyCane1

Per BARRY JACKSON Twitter account:

“Alonzo has a powerful backer at UM, but not the ultimate decision maker. UM relayed he's being considered after talking to him. But my sense, talking to UM people (not Highsmith) is that Diaz might prefer someone who would be more assistant than alpha male who could make changes.“

solarcane

Windy
I think the same thing.
Diaz is always hero worshiping past players, but I think he is afraid of someone that would second guess his decisions.

Armchairboyz

What we need is a soccer guru in charge of football. I think Jake Blames forte is Chess. What will be might next move, huh. Made a quick last time and got checkmated.

TJL

I hear Alonzo just got fired

solarcane

Miami Clemson basketball 4pm ACC network.

Be nice to see Miami heat Clemson at something.

Go Sully

Joe

Alonzo could be AD in waiting pending next seasons success. Manny sounds scared of his strong personality and I'm sure he would ruffle some feathers that need to be ruffled. I'm all for Highsmith with this new position. Lots of colleges are going to it. Also, Alonzo would prioritize getting a Mario Cristobal as the new AD, whom Blake James doesnt like.

Joe

I meant hiring Mario Cristobal as new HC as his first priority after being named new AD if next season isnt any better.

86Cane

Abandon hope, all ye who post here.

Posted by: TonyCane | December 31, 2019 at 11:06 AM

If you have been reading this blog then you already know that Hope and Faith have left the building a long time ago. But a friendly reminder never hurts.

Be calm and blog on...

nemo2002

False hope is better than no hope at all.

nemo2002

I hate the ACC Network, or I hate Comcast for not having the ACC Network; one or the other!

solarcane

Clemson 10 Miami 4

Clemson is 6W and 6L
Miami 8W and 3L

solarcane

Clemson 17 11

solarcane

Half

Miami 26
Clemson26

mi@

We all know that the U has been hated for putting beat downs on the big boys. After the fight with the ncaa that was directed at us because we beat up Nebraska the school hired an ad who was put in place to keep the school out of trouble. Now we are flying a white flag and forced to accept that the bot does not want the trouble that cones with standing up to the bully. Until we get an ad who likes the pressure of being hated we will keep being irrelevant.

mi@

You think the coaches and the boosters are ruthless competitors on game day but nice people when they recruit then you have your head in the sand. It takes an ad that is tough as nails to keep the schools from out recruiting us in south Florida.

m8@

The old days when people believed in honor are gone. The NFL has stricter drug testing than the NCAA. There is too much money to allow the universities to conduct the test
You may not accuse the head coach of direct involvement in giving the player a steroid but he would turn his head as long as the boosters were satisfied. It's just human nature when there is a lot of money involved.

BigWindyCane1

Canes men basketball beat Clemson, 73-68!

solarcane

Canes Win 73 68

mi@

You guys seen the new Crawfish in louisiana ? There like tree times the size of normal crawfish. Lol

BigWindyCane1

Nice to have something to cheer about! Nice win for Coach L!

solarcane

Windy

That first half was sketchy wasn't it? Glad to see them pull off the win.

solarcane

The Athletic Director at Clemson is a Miami graduate, was the athletic business director at Miami 83 to 85, went to LSU to be their Athletic Director, then went to Clemson as their Athletic Director.

This is the guy we need, been AD at all winning programs, a UM grad too.

KYcane

The Bears have fired offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich

Cue up the Dude

KYcane

Al Golden is now in the unemployment line

Terrance M Sullivan

40 Minutes of L Baby. Our Basketball Programs are Good.

Terrance M Sullivan

Our problems actually are from our Board of Trustees being inept. They are the real problem. Go on Twitter and Follow Brian The Beast London he also has a YouTube Page listen and watch his video today on The State of The U concerning the Alonzo Highsmith debacle and it becomes crystal clear. David Epstein, Ed Williamson, Paul Dimare, etc are the main problem. Targeting Flake James and Palmetto 57th Manny is easy and they deserve blame without question they are about 35% of the problem. The Board of Trustees are 65% of the problem. Happy New Year and Decade Canespace Fam. I love y'all.

BigWindyCane1

This is the guy we need, been AD at all winning programs, a UM grad too.

Posted by: solarcane | December 31, 2019 at 06:21 PM

Didn’t know about him, Solar! He is what we need

BigWindyCane1

KY,
Helfich will have a lot of jobs waiting for him. Not sure if he will want to work with CMD, Barry and the rest of this offensive staff.

KYcane

BW

Just trying to get a post from the dude

I don’t think he would be a good fit

nemo2002

Who the hell would want to come to work for CMD now, knowing that Manolito may be fired next year, and that his replacement (#TheNewestMiami head coach) will then fire most all of CMD's underlings?

roachcane77

Happy New Year Spacers!

alpine

maybe join the bandwagon:
#TheNewCanespace?

mi@

Happy New Year. May the New Year bring all of us much blessing.

IraqiCane

Happy New Years Day CaneSpace Fam!

CGNC

Wash your hands before leaving.

Posted by: solarcane | December 31, 2019 at 01:03 PM

LOL and no chewing with your mouth open. Happy New Year everyone1

CGNC

Al Golden is now in the unemployment line

Posted by: KYcane | December 31, 2019 at 06:35 PM

Then he will need the $0.24 cent checks from the U

Harry Miller

Happy New Year everyone. Wishing all of the CaneSpace Family a prosperous and blessed new year.

mi@

The institutions who are making all the money and handing out bags are also doing the drug testing. My momma did not raise a fool

solarcane

Happy New Year to all of you.
Best of the best to each of you.

CGNC

You too Solar!

solarcane

Thanks CG! I really enjoy your wit and Cane common sense on here

orange 'n green in the vein

Posted by: Terrance M Sullivan | December 31, 2019 at 07:13 PM

45 minutes. A very clutch quarter hour.

Vernon Jr. is in better overall physical condition than Nelson was last year though so we'll see how they defend the next one to try and keep that winning streak intact.

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