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March 15, 2020

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58 Straight

NEW BLOG IS UP!

BigWindyCane1

Alpine,
I hope you are right about Coach L and next year. I noticed that that article you posted mentioning the same issues we posted about this season. These players need to take huge steps forward for the Canes to be a factor in the ACC and sneak into the top 25. It’s going to be tough for them, but we will see what kind of coach we have if we actually start winning again

BigWindyCane1

Ton Brady signing with the Bucs? Wow! NFL free agency is crazy

solarcane

Here is a long interview with Head Strength Coach Feeley. His entire story.

If you didnt love this guy and admire his work ethic you will after you watch this.

https://youtu.be/hRvAKlxOKPI

solarcane

has anyone on here heard from Harry?
I hope that die hard Cane fan is doing OK

alpine

damn, blew my joke:
. . . "eur a'gonna ..."; NOT "euro a'gonna..."

alpine

not sure what's going on in the usa, but here in austria, we've been on lock-down since yesterday (monday) ... supermarkets & apothecaries open (& banks, post office), but the real life world of consumerism and entertainment has been put in a bottle and thrown in the sea
. . . must be a gift to amazon and the rest of the internet shops

if you live in innsbruck, they don't want you going out, but where i am, we still have roaming privileges

great incentive for that spring cleaning

oh, and borders have been closing down one after the other
. . . "european union" just metamorphed into "euro a'gonna stay where you are"

. . . it's a mad mad world, but kind of much quieter, slower, if you're not working the hospitals

CGNC


raize don't sweat it man,
If you are pretty handy with a needle and thread there is probably a do it yourself kit on an Amazon craft site.

Posted by: solarcane | March 17, 2020 at 01:04 PM

LOL!!!

86Cane

Raize...now look what you started?

Has anybody seen the new marble racing video on YouTube? It has play by play and is hilarious!

Old Skool

Raize
Don't forget to get a tailor to widen your pants legs down to the knee or even ankle if you're out to make a really big statement.

alpine

If you are pretty handy with a needle and thread there is probably a do it yourself kit on an Amazon craft site.

Posted by: solarcane | March 17, 2020 at 01:04 PM


damn solar ... you're still with the needle & thread stuff?!
. .. that went out years ago, bro

- today's do-it-yourself'ers are all staple-profis

raizecane

Posted by: solarcane | March 17, 2020 at 01:04 PM

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

Nice!!!!

solarcane

Damn Coronavirus.......now i have to postpone my penis enlargement procedure until further notice.

Posted by: raizecane | March 17, 2020 at 12:13 PM

raize don't sweat it man,
If you are pretty handy with a needle and thread there is probably a do it yourself kit on an Amazon craft site.

raizecane

Damn Coronavirus.......now i have to postpone my penis enlargement procedure until further notice.

AeroCane

Alpine
Imagine that talent with a better, younger coach!

pb

Posted by: solarcane | March 16, 2020 at 10:29 PM

A puppy nipping at the heels of his owner.

We all know who runs this joint!

alpine

Soup,
This bet is like taking candy from a baby. This is too easy. . . . my objective view tells me that we will be fortunate to make it to the NIT

Posted by: BigWindyCane1 | March 16, 2020 at 10:42 PM


BASKETBALL UPDATE
UM’s basketball season ended last week with a loss to Clemson, with Miami closing at 15-16 and 7-14 in the ACC.

But the Canes privately believe they could have a top 25 caliber team next season with the expected addition of five-star Maryland-based small forward Earl Timberlake, who has committed to UM but not signed.

UM also will welcome four-star New Hampshire based small forward Matt Cross, who was rated the 83rd best player in the 2020 class. He has already signed with Miami and he’s a very good perimeter shooter.

UM returns point guard Chris Lykes, shooting guard Kam McGusty, forward Sam Waardenberg, this season’s three freshmen (impressive point guard Isaiah Wong, forward Anthony Walker and guard Harlond Beverly) and centers Deng Gak and Rodney Miller.

And transfer Nysier Brooks, the center from Cincinnati, also becomes eligible. The 6-11 center averaged 8.1 points, 6.3 rebounds and 1.5 blocks and 22.9 minutes in 35 games, all starts, for Cincinnati last season.

“Brooks is not super skilled, but he’s a space eater, a low-post blodder,” ESPN’s Fran Fraschilla told me last summer.

The Canes lose senior guard D.J. Vaseljevic.

▪ Wong’s play in the second half of the season was encouraging. Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim said the Orangemen were at a disadvantage with Wong playing more minutes amid an injury to Lykes during UM’s overtime win in the regular season finale.

“He (Wong) is bigger and more difficult for us size-wise,” Boeheim said. “Lykes is a really good player, but Wong is more of a concern because he’s bigger, gets to the basket.”

Wong finished the season averaging 7.7 points and shooting 37.3 percent on threes, but must improve his assist-to-turnover. he had 52 turnovers, 32 assists. On the plus side, he made 23 free throws in a row to end the season and had dynamic late-season games against FSU (23 points), Boston College (21), Virginia Tech (27) and Syracuse (18).

Lykes finished the season averaging 15.4 points, with 62 assists and 54 turnovers.

BigWindyCane1

One for Windy

10 incredible Miami plays

https://youtu.be/36FIlTRG-WU

Posted by: solarcane | March 16, 2020 at 10:35 PM

Solar,

Thanks for sharing. I got chills watching this video!

HerbieIbis

Hester looked like he was shot out of a cannon. Where have they all gone?

BigWindyCane1

2. However, should the Miami Hurricanes basketball team under the direction of head coach Jim Larranaga FAIL to reach the NCAA tournament next season (2021) that blogger pb shall pay blogger 86Cane the exact sum of $100.

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Soup,
This bet is like taking candy from a baby. This is too easy. As a rose-colored, glass wearing fan, I hope PB wins this bet. But my objective view tells me that we will be fortunate to make it to the NIT

solarcane

One for Windy

10 incredible Miami plays

https://youtu.be/36FIlTRG-WU

solarcane

Of course any future objections, clarifications, disputes to be ruled on without appeal by Solar.

Posted by: pb | March 16, 2020 at 09:32 PM

Lol, man how soon you forget how many times soup roasted my nuddz for sticking up for you in the pre plague days.

pb

Posted by: 86Cane | March 16, 2020 at 02:48 PM

I have read the entirety of this agreement and have no objections.

Of course any future objections, clarifications, disputes to be ruled on without appeal by Solar.

AeroCane

Nemo
Or as I said earlier - as an announcer
Lol

solarcane

For the baseball fans

Fan plays of the year

https://youtu.be/BxS06HgWMlw

solarcane

Remember when you thought you had balls the day dad took the training wheels off that little Huffy ?

https://youtu.be/BvTeIDhzsqY


soup,
just trying to add some stuff till football comes back with a vengence

alpine

OGV: "Anthony Grant"

ALPINE: . . . agree

alpine

thanks CGNC

orange 'n green in the vein

Posted by: 86Cane | March 15, 2020 at 03:36 PM

Anthony Grant.

"No one should be hired anywhere until we replace the AD position with someone competent.

Posted by: CGNC | March 16, 2020 at 03:08 PM"

This.

nemo2020

I’ll bet $100 with anyone willing that coach L makes the NCAA tourney next season.

Posted by: pb |

Note that pb simply bets that Coach L "makes the NCAA tourney" next year. Therefore, if UM doesn't qualify (again) but Coach L buys a ticket and he makes it to one or more of the tournament games (maybe to watch FSU play again in the Big Dance), does pb win the bet?

The arbitration board really ought to rule on this matter.

CGNC

Nice article Alpine. I see both sides. No one should be hired anywhere until we replace the AD position with someone competent.

86Cane

On so let it be written that on this day, March 16, in the year of our Lord 2020, that bloggers pb and 86Cane have entered into a financial agreement with each other under the following terms and conditions of said agreement:

1. Should the Miami Hurricanes basketball team under the direction of head coach Jim Larranaga reach the NCAA tournament next season (2021) that blogger 86Cane shall pay blogger pb the exact sum of $100.

2. However, should the Miami Hurricanes basketball team under the direction of head coach Jim Larranaga FAIL to reach the NCAA tournament next season (2021) that blogger pb shall pay blogger 86Cane the exact sum of $100.

Bloggers BigWindyCane, SolarCane and AeroCane shall be appointed to a Blog Review Board (BRB) to arbitrate any and all possible disputes that may arise from this agreement. Their rulling will be final and binding in all matters related to this agreement.

Thus, it is written on this day, March 16, 2020 that the agreement will henceforth remain in place unless and until both parties reach a mutual agreement to sever this agreement with the majority consent of the BRB.

86Cane

If Larranaga steps away any time soon, it will be on his own terms.

Posted by: pb | March 16, 2020 at 08:57 AM

I think you nailed it with this comment.

I was thinking the exact same thing. Scary, I know.

86Cane

I am with Terrance, give him one more year.

Give the man a chance to overcome what he was delt.

Posted by: Harry Miller | March 15, 2020 at 05:52 PM

1. Do we all have one more year to live is the question?

2. Fair enough. I can get on board with this. Mainly because I want to win $100 from pb.

nemo2020

Nice post pb.
I can't believe that we're stuck with him for another FOUR years! Unless, of course, Blake James decides to give him yet another extension. Ouch!
Oh well. Let's hope Coach Larranaga can turn the program around (once more).

pb

From the Athletic on coaches who are on the hotseat/safe.

Coach L is obviously safe.


Jim Larranaga, Miami

Contract: A 2018 extension, a $2.3 million-per-year average, through 2023-24
This Season: 15-16, 7-13 ACC (t-10th)
At UM: Nine seasons, 190-113 (.627), 87-75 ACC (.537), 4 NCAA bids, 2 NIT trips, 1 ACC title
Career: Thirty-six seasons, 660-447 (.596), 9 NCAA bids, 8 NIT trips, 1 CIT

When Larranaga left George Mason for Coral Gables in 2011, there were all sorts of jokes about the native New Yorker (then 61) and soon-to-be senior citizen seeking a sunny destination as he approached his retirement years.

Nine years later, although the Hurricanes just completed their second consecutive losing season, it’s clear that Larranaga has exceeded expectations overall.

When you can post a history-making ACC title (2013) and two Sweet 16s (2013, 2016) at a school that once discontinued its basketball program, and you accomplish those things as a new member of a league that’s often the best in college hoops, at a place far more well-known as a five-time national champion in football, you’ve done something special.

While less accomplished coaches likely would get more scrutiny for back-to-back disappointments, Larranaga, now 70, has four more years left on his contract, is universally respected as an X-and-O master, and has six of his top seven players eligible to return, plus another strong recruiting class on the way.

If Larranaga steps away any time soon, it will be on his own terms.

pb

I meant vault it!!!

pb

Posted by: 58 Straight | March 15, 2020 at 09:43 PM


Then book it as you are often known to do!

alpine

thanks windy

alpine

Nice research Big Al good article
Posted by: solarcane | March 15, 2020 at 09:52 PM

solar - appreiate it!

BigWindyCane1

Alpine,

I give you great credit for a well-written and well-researched article. It was excellent, especially the photos. ☺️

But I was much more impressed with Coach L as a recruiter and developer of talent 5-10 years ago. Not very impressed with what I have seen lately. Not sure if the recruiting failures are his fault or his assistant coaches fault, but he is the person in charge.

Coach L will be our coach next season, so I will cheer for him and the team. But if this team doesn’t improve, Blake has to consider whether he wants a coach who can continue to merely manage an average ACC team, or go after a new coach who might give us a better chance to win the ACC

solarcane

soup me too

My wife is also a big fan. She alays likes how Tina is her own woman I guess how Tina never takes it nice ...and easy.
Stay safe during all this my pal.


58 Straight

Solar...LOVE IT! My wife loves Tina and we have seen that video numerous times on YouTube.

#RockDaHouse

solarcane

The best thing you will see today
Tina Turner tears Wembley Stadium down

have mercy

https://youtu.be/T2T5_seDNZE

solarcane

Nice research Big Al good article

58 Straight

I’ll bet $100 with anyone willing that coach L makes the NCAA tourney next season.

Posted by: pb | March 15, 2020 at 06:52 PM

I'll take it. But ONLY if it is REAL money.

58 Straight

Soupster Total Agreement but unfortunately we got an AD that's incompetent and more Out Of Touch than Hall and Oates sanged about in their 1985 Mega Hit!

Posted by: Terrance M Sullivan | March 15, 2020 at 04:07 PM

DUDE! I spit out my Bourbon!!!

AeroCane

I’ll bet $100 with anyone willing that coach L makes the NCAA tourney next season.

Posted by: pb |

Yep, but as an announcer! Lol

305Prophit

Like BB King sang The Thrill Is Gone. Yes brothers and sister, the juice in the B Ball program is slowly draining out.
Coach Larry is a good coach but what Da U can't draw is enough high profile players. Sort of the opposite for a majority of ACC football teams. Just like 80% of the football teams lack consistency, Miami is like this in basketball.
They do need a younger energetic coach who kids can relate to. But who am I to give advice to Jake Blames, I'm just a prophet, known to speak the truth to my subjects.

nemo2020

ALPINE: "you almost forgot to point out" that Coach L had his best winning season with Coach Haith's recruits.
But yes, it is true that his overall winning percentage against ACC competition was somewhat better "back in the day." But this merely accentuates the fact that his winning percentage in more recent seasons is somewhat worse than 50 percent. And . . . that's not [even] a "marginally winning" percentage.

pb

I’ll bet $100 with anyone willing that coach L makes the NCAA tourney next season.

nemo2020

WHY WOULD WE BE TELLING HIM TO LEAVE?
someone spell it out for me
Posted by: alpine | March 15, 2020 at 04:42 PM

He's been here nine years - which I believe is a lot longer than most head coaches get to remain in a top conference like the ACC. Moreover, his overall winning percentage against ACC competition is only about 50 percent (which sucks). And lately it has been a lot worse than that.
Simply stated, Coach Larrañaga has already been here long enough, and his overall winning percentage (against ACC competition) is low enough, to justify an immediate search for a suitable replacement.
Name me any other school in the ACC (or in any other major conference) that would be eagar to hire him today as head coach?
Given his age (and other factors) everyone seems to agree that he is going to be gone (one way or the other) sooner or later.
I VOTE FOR SOONER.
There is no compelling reason to delay the inevitable for another year or two. The SOONER we find a new coach to breath new life into our basketball program the BETTER.

alpine

NEMO: "During his tenure at UM, Larrañaga does has a (marginally) winning record against other ACC teams, which seems to be good enough for Blake James and our most loyal UM fans. However, on closer examination we see that his winning record against other ACC teams is only a few points above 50 percent, which, for many loyal UM fans is not nearly good enough."

ALPINE: almost forgot to point out, if you look at coach L's first 7 seasons, he had 26 MORE WINS than losses against ACC teams
. . . that's not a "marginally winning" percentage

AeroCane

Alpine
Correctamundo
Blake sucks and will make the wrong decision

alpine

regarding the last two posts (and those they refer to)
. . . if it doesn't involve buying out coach L, i can probably live with it

. . . but i'm surprised to see so much trust in blake to make the right hire!!

Harry Miller

I am with Terrance, give him one more year. Give the man a chance to overcome what he was delt.

AeroCane

Bottom line
Everyone has there thoughts and opinions and personally I agree with this part of soup’s post:

I also agree that he is in the twilight of his esteemed coaching career and it would benefit Miami to hire a younger, up and coming coach who is a proven recruiter at a smaller school who has proven that he can do MORE with LESS. The younger coach would bring a fresh perspective, relate to today's players better and hopefully breathe life and energy into the program that appears to desperately need it at this time.

Posted by: 86Cane

alpine

i guess what i'm missing here, is someone arguing how ANY coach could have overcome the bs that coach L had to deal with, (all cited above), and come up with a winning season


i'm not saying, "give coach L a 10-year bonus signing right now"!

i AM saying: "he did a great job with our bb program until being doubly nailed by the fbi/ncaa . . . which DIRECTLY caused the tank
. . . but then, after a nightmare year, he still managed to bring in 3 good freshman players and an excellent transfer this year and ALREADY began digging his way out
. . . so WHY WOULD WE BE TELLING HIM TO LEAVE?"

someone spell it out for me

does the U have so much money we can afford to buy out a good bb-coach?


i love opinions; i have a lot of them . . . and they are perfect! everyone, you hear them talkin'; they say i've got perfect opinions; i mean, i don't know, it's just what i hear, what they're sayin'
. . . and i mean they are beautiful; beautifully perfect, these opinions, my opinions, i mean they compare 'em with that italian guy, ummm "leonhardon", or "leon ardoo", you know, not a mafia type, really a painter, creative guy, worked with marble too i hear, and i'm a marble guy, got lots of 'em . . .
beautiful stuff, this leoanardoo, like my opinons, perfect

. . . but i'm also glad to have someone hit me with some reasons . . . ya know?
. . . give me some of those perfect explanations that will otherwise just gather dust & mold in your closet . . . ya know?

Terrance M Sullivan

Soupster Total Agreement but unfortunately we got an AD that's incompetent and more Out Of Touch than Hall and Oates sanged about in their 1985 Mega Hit!

86Cane

By All Means have a list of 5 Names that you are looking to hire as the Next Miami Hurricanes Basketball Coach of the Future!

Posted by: Terrance M Sullivan | March 15, 2020 at 03:26 PM

IMHO this should be done CONTINUOUSLY every year by a good AD for all major sports. You never know what could happen until you know. being prepared like a good Boy Scout always makes sense!

I do not follow college basketball close enough to have a clue, but hey, that's not my job. I am sure there is a web site for that. Anybody got a quarter to put in the Google machine push go and look it up?

Terrance M Sullivan

I say Give Coach L The 2020-21 Season to turn things around he deserves that if he can he can continue going forward if he keeps this trajectory hire a new Head Coach for 2021-22 Season. By All Means have a list of 5 Names that you are looking to hire as the Next Miami Hurricanes Basketball Coach of the Future!

86Cane

FACTS ARE FOR LOSERS WHO DON'T HAVE OPINIONS

Posted by: alpine | March 15, 2020 at 12:44 PM

FACTS? FACTS?? Now we are talking about facts???

Alpine I loved the blog you wrote and know that it took a LOT of time, effort and energy to compile all of the FACTS you presented. The research and delivery of those facts is very impressive and admirable. I am glad you choose to blog here!

The reality is that "FACTS" can be spun to support or criticize the same point and result in different points of view or "opinions" on the same set of facts. Look no further that the current political arena to see that the same situation can be seen completely differently by the two opposing sides.

Anyway, I agree with you that there are some valid facts or reasons why UM has struggled under Larranaga that have nothing to do with his coaching ability. He is a good man, a good person and a good coach.

I also agree that he is in the twilight of his esteemed coaching career and it would benefit Miami to hire a younger, up and coming coach who is a proven recruiter at a smaller school who has proven that he can do MORE with LESS. The younger coach would bring a fresh perspective, relate to today's players better and hopefully breathe life and energy into the program that appears to desperately need it at this time.

86Cane

Bottom line: UM needs a new coach to interject new life into the men's basketball program. That happened when we first hired Coach Larrañaga. And it can happen again when we hire a new coach to replace him.

Posted by: nemo2020 | March 15, 2020 at 10:16 AM

There IT is right there.

alpine

aero, nemo: did you actually read the blog?

reasons are not always excuses; sometimes they are rational explanations
. . . and i think the reasons larranage suddenly tanked 2 seasons ago is VERY rationally explained

AeroCane

Perfectly said Nemo!

nemo2020

aero & nemo: i think it's time you two wrote a blog
. . . the title should be:

FACTS ARE FOR LOSERS WHO DON'T HAVE OPINIONS

Posted by: alpine | March 15, 2020 at 12:44 PM

Alpine, perhaps the title should be:
EXCUSES ARE FOR HEAD COACHES WHO ARE LOSING TOO MANY ACC GAMES

I appreciate your enthusiasm but I seriously question your judgment.
We both love the UM men's basketball program. But for me it is tough love. To paraphrase Andrea Bocelli, Coach Larrañaga "it's time to say goodbye".

AeroCane

Lol
That’s why sports are awesome!
I’m always right and if you don’t agree you’re wrong! Lol

alpine

aero & nemo: i think it's time you two wrote a blog
. . . the title should be:

FACTS ARE FOR LOSERS WHO DON'T HAVE OPINIONS

305prophit

Alpine,
Tell us how u really feel!

nemo2020

Viewing the team's record with rose colored glasses is understandable. That's what good fans do.
However, viewing the team's record with blinders is inexcusable.
That's what fans of losing programs do.
On game day Larrañaga can coach with the best in the ACC, given his many years of head coaching experience. However, despite his many years of head coaching experience, Larrañaga cannot recruit well enough for UM to be more competitive in the ACC.
During his tenure at UM, Larrañaga does has a (marginally) winning record against other ACC teams, which seems to be good enough for Blake James and our most loyal UM fans. However, on closer examination we see that his winning record against other ACC teams is only a few points above 50 percent, which, for many loyal UM fans is not nearly good enough.
Moreover, in the last few years Larrañaga's win-loss record against other ACC teams has been near the bottom of the 13 teams in the conference. Not good! Why is it that we're not winning more men's basketball games? Is it because Larrañaga cannot coach ACC basketball games well enough? Hell no! It is because Larrañaga cannot recruit ACC-level basketball players well enough.
Coach Larrañaga is a great guy. You can't help but like him, personally. But he has been at UM long enough (nine years) to build a more successful basketball program. Unfortunately, he is now on the downside of a very long coaching career. And he ought to realize that the ultimate test of a good leader is knowing when it is time to step aside to let someone else lead.
Bottom line: UM needs a new coach to interject new life into the men's basketball program. That happened when we first hired Coach Larrañaga. And it can happen again when we hire a new coach to replace him.

AeroCane

Coach L - nice article about yourself! Oops, I mean Alpine

alpine

thank you, 86 . . . well done; i appreciate it!

86Cane

Funny that guy in the photo with the FSU Cheer team alledged to be Leonard Hamilton looks quite different from what I remember?

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