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REALLY, REALLY nice to see that former 'Canes (future NFL Hall of Famer Wilfork and a very solid NFL career Vilma) and their families were at the practice. It means a lot for the young kids AND the coaches to see that these guys are behind them. As Mahoney brought out, it really teaches lineage, tradition and accountability to these current players AND the coaches too. CAG is a good man and he really wants to win and turn the program around, but unfortunately his loyalty to his DC buddy is holding the program back. I want the DC to do well and I hope that this year is the year that the defense plays at least decently (that means not giving up 30+ point or 500+ yard to any "decent" team we play. Situation is though, I believe that if we have the same defensive issues again this year that CAG will not be able to protect his buddy any longer. I believe that the DC's lack of fielding even a decent defense is seen by all and if we have the same issues again that not even CAG can save him next year. I TRULY HOPE THE D TURNS IT AROUND AND IT DOESN'T COME TO THAT.
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My sincere condolences to the Nicolas family. I know you all lost a great young man from your lives. Jo Jo, like all those former 'Canes noted before, you were gone way too soon. You were a real class act and a great team player. R.I.P. young man.
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Barry, great job!!! Thanks for the "cliff notes" for the 147 page report. I thought that it was just Martin being extremely sensitive to regular locker room culture, even though I still believe he is somewhat sensitive, it seems that Incognito, Jerry and Pouncey went over board in their razzing of Martin. I honestly feel sad for Martin, especially in the letter/text that he sent his mother and father. They should have seen that this was getting to him. Martin should have said something, but 1 of the 3 of them should have noticed that they were going a little too far and just noticed Martin's face or his demeanor when some of these thing were said to him. All 3 used terrible judgement. Lastly, Turner should have told them to "tone it down some" or "give the kid a break" which he didn't. As the leader of the offensive line, that is tremendous lack of leadership and honestly, he may need to be let go for allowing this to go on and not saying anything to defend Martin. Philbin is more worried about picking up trash around the facility (see Dolphins on HBO's Hard Knocks) than worrying about what is going on in his locker room. With ALL of these things going on, he did not notice ONE incident??!! That is inexcusable on his part as the CEO of the team. I don't think he should be let go, but he really needs to evaluate his coaching and his handling of the locker room. He ran off guys who he though were too "mouthy" and "free thinkers" such as Carlos Dansby and Reggie Bush. Athletes, like children, co-workers and anyone else in society, all have different personalities and needed to be treated in different ways. You can have 4 kids and 2 of them are wired differently than the other 2. It does not mean that any of them are strange or weird, it just means that they react differently to different treatment or actions. It is amazing that none of these guys noticed that Martin was just wired a little differently than them and that they never gave the kid a break. I truly hope that Martin gets to a good place in LIFE. If playing in the NFL is part of that, so be it, but the important thing is that he learns to deal with his issues and gets to a good place in his life. I also hope that these 3 "numbskulls" learn a lesson about being demeaning to others and treating individuals with respect and in a fair manner. Poor Dennis Hickey has his work cut out for him with this bunch.
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Hope this is not true. Guy was a very good football player and appeared to be stand up guy. He had a great job with NFL Network after he retired also. He is also a very good looking guy with lots of charisma who did not have to stoop to these horrible measures to "get some". Truth is though, rape in many cases is a crime of power, not passion. IF THIS IS TRUE, and he is guilty of doing this to several women (it could even be one, but several makes it even worse), he deserves to get the book thrown at him and be sent away for a long, long time. What he is accused of is totally despicable and inexcusable.
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By the way, I propose a trade with NBC Sports. The Dolphins get Tony Dungy and NBC takes the card board stiff known as Joe Philbin. Even though Dungy did not show much emotion when he coached also, the man built the Buc's into a winning organization and got Peyton Manning his first Super Bowl ring. He is a great motivator and leader of men. He also has worked with Hickey in the past. Anyhow, I was just saying that tongue in cheek, we know Dungy does not want to coach again, but Philbin needs to stop worrying about Dungy interviewing Martin and worry about his team and lossing his last 2 games against teams that had nothing to play for while we had the playoffs right in fornt of us. Lastly, I know that Dungy never read a post game locker room speech off of Q cards, how uninspiring and pathetic is that!!!
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Barry, Great work as always. You keep us informed with great, accurate information. That is a hard combination to muster up in today's media, especially the accurate part.
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Oh to just go back in time to when UM beat the Gayturds and the insecure, psychopath went back into his mommies basement. Another great time on this blog was when we stole Tracy Howard from the 'Turds and they got none of the 58 5 stars that he said that were as he put it "Gator Locks", one of these was Stefon Diggs who was smart enough to choose Maryland over the 'Turds. This also sent numb nuts scurrying to not only mommies, but also grandma's basement for several months. Was this loser anywhere to be found during the season? Where was he when the 'Turds got boat raced at home by Georgia Southern? Does he bring up that the 'Turds didn't even play in a bowl game, not due to sitting it out, but due to them being the laughinstock of college football at 4-8? Guy disappears all season due to the embarrassment that is that football team in Guttersville. Don't worry guys, all it will take is for the janitor and his boys to lose 1 game and the 'Turd worshiper will be gone like that cousin who comes around twice a year borrows 50 clams and is gone and doesn't answer any of your calls for another 6 months till he needs to hit you up again. You sir, are the perfect example of why birth control should be advocated worldwide.
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I know that you can't invest fully into the star ranking system, but on Rivals, they moved 6 players up from 4 star up to 5 star status. 3 of the players (2 FSU commits and 1 who will flip from the 'Turds and be an FSU commit) are from South Florida- Travis Rudolph, Dalvin Cook, and Ermon Lane. Rudolph was an early UM commit and I thought we may have had a chance with Cook and Lane. I know that we can not get ALL the top talent in South Florida, it would be impossible because there is way too much and we truly have a very good class (if we don't have anymore decommits), but we are not finishing strong and I think it has 35% to do with how we finished the regular season in key games (losses to Duke and Va Tech), 45% to do with the debacle that we called a bowl game against Louisville. That game was totally embarrassing, especially for the coaching staff due to it's lack or preparation and failure to adjust in game and a halftime. The last 20% is due to CAG's flirtation with Penn State and having D'Nofrio as a DC. I know that the 3 players mentioned above are all offensive players, but these guys have eyes and see that with our current DC and be it the scheme, the coaching or lack of development that we have on that side of the football, it will be hard for UM to beat every decent team that they play 62-59. They know that our defense can't stop anyone and that fact, along with how we play in big games makes it hard to finish strong in recruiting with top talent. Lastly, with the latest decommitments and us going after several 2 star players (again, I do not believe totally in the star system and yes I KNOW THE ED REED WAS A 2 STAR PLAYER) to fill those positions, we will continually be in the predicament of this coaching staff saying "we are not where we want to be talent wise to compete for an ACC championship", much less a Natty. It is like this staff is making their own built in excuse. It is like a self fulfilling prophecy.
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Malcolm, Thank you for your time hear in Coral Gables and all the class that you and your family have shown in your wish to transfer. You have handled the transfer process very well and it never got dirty between you, your family and UM. All the best to you and your future in Westwood. You will be playing for a great coach and staff and have a chance of wining the Pac-12 South, Pac-12 and getting to the Rose Bowl, at a minimum. You are in your last year and do need to get some playing time to be noticed by NFL scouts.
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I know that they are 2 different sports and are schematically run in 2 different ways, but when I hear CAG talk about not being able to compete due to a lack of talent, I look at what Coach L. is doing with the Men's Basketball team this year. The 'Canes team with only 1 returning starter (Rian Brown), almost beat a very good Syracuse team on Saturday on the road AND they again went on the road an beat UNC in Chapel Hill. Is UNC having there typical year? No, but it is still UNC and they are to college basketball, what we are to college football. Coach L.'s teams have beaten them 4 games in a row. Coach L.'s team was not as talented as Duke, UNC or some of the other ACC teams last year, but he coached up his guys and they won the ACC outright AND then went on to win the ACC tournament. Again, 2 different sports, but when is the last time that our football team has beaten a team that we were not supposed to beat or even came close to beating a team that we were not supposed to beat? Coach L. is the one who should be screaming about having no talent on his squad, but he is not. You know what he is doing? He is coaching up the talent that he has and having his team beating teams that are more talented than his or at least being in the game into the last minutes of the 4th quarter. Maybe the wily Coach L. can teach CAG a thing or two about getting the most out of your players and adjusting your style to the talent that you have?
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The most uninspiring statement that I have ever heard from a player who is returning for his Senior season. You can tell that Chick is frustrated with the defense. Listen to the end of his statement ".......lets make it a good one". He sounds very unenthused. Usually when a guy comes back his statement is more inspiring, along the lines of "love playing for (insert team here). I/we have unfinished business to accomplish next season" or "I think we can really compete for a championship next year and I want to be a key part of getting us their", yadda, yadda, yadda. Don't get me wrong, I am not saying that Chick is not a winner or a tough nosed player, I'm just saying he seems like he really wanted to go, but due to the analysis of his stock he is coming back. Honestly, makes you wonder if he was predicted to be a 4th or 5th rounder and he had to contemplate coming back, he must really be getting frustrated playing in D'Nofrio's scheme. BTW, I am not letting Chick get away Scott free with the frustration, he has a hand in it also, but I do believe that he has not been coached up properly and/or is not put in the right position to make more plays.
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Just listened to CAG on Joe Rose's show on WQAM. While I like the recruiting class coming in and keeping the continuity of the program and all the things the CAG brings to the table, his game day coaching and adjustments have to get a lot better. I truly believe that that can come with time, as it did with Coach Davis (granted, Butch was never thought of as being a great game day coach). The thing that irks me about Coach Golden is his dismissal of the way the defense plays. During the interview, he just rolled off stats about how much the defense has progressed (you have to go to WQAM's website and go under interviews and listen, it was just mind inducing the stat after stat that he was just rolling off). I believe he has those stats, because he knew that the fans knew that he spoke with the Penn State people and may have taken the job and that fans may have soured on him. I don't know who his statistician is, but the stat that I remember the most, is that we continually gave up over 500 yards total offense to numerous teams. The thing I also remember is that we could not stop Duke and that we after a month of preparation we looked like garbage against Louisville and Coach Strong. The interview also let me know that CAG believes in the defensive scheme and will NEVER, listen to the interview, NEVER, EVER, say anything bad about D'Nofrio, much less get rid of him. Being a 'Canes fan no matter who the coach is, I hope that CAG really knows what he is doing and that my eyes have been lying to me. I knew that he was going to keep D'Nofrio, I thought that he would at least say he was going to look at changing his scheme, but no such luck. Hopefully we can get Valentine back in the class and add a couple more guys. We will see. I will tell you this much, CAG has a true future as a big time defense attorney and definitely a politician.
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I think CAG deserves 1 more year before we can really see where the program is headed. Problem is we will have a 1st year starter as our QB, but guess what FSU had the same issue and many schools have 1st year starters who come in and play well and lead their programs to very good years. We also have a favorable schedule next year where we get FSU and UNC at home. Tough road games will be Va Tech and OOC against Nebraska (Nebraska should be a very winnable game). Again, I am not ready to throw CAG out with the bath water yet and we all know he is not letting D'Nofrio go. Problem I had with yesterdays loss was after 1 month to prepare, the team looked horrible. I would say it was the worst that they looked all year. At least against FSU, Duke and Va Tech, the offense played a decent game. In all reality yesterday the offense played worse than the defense. The defense played "decent" till the middle of the 3rd quarter and they reverted back to their old ways. CAG and his staff have got to do a better job of having the players ready to play. Lastly, CAG and the staff have to do a better job of making in game and halftime adjustments. The mark of a good coach is in game and halftime adjustments. When a team shows you something that you were not prepared for after seeing it for 2 quarters, a good coach and coaching staff is able to come up with some type of adjustment to either neutralize or slow down the formation or play(s) that they did not prepare for. That is what a good coach and staff does. This staff did not do this on Saturday night and honestly, I can't remember them ever really doing so.
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CinciCane Fan, I agree with you. Any true football fan knows that the star system is overrated as regards saying a player is going to be a sure fire stud. I do believe it does have some credibility when it comes to having a program made up of 90% 4 and 5 star players like USC and 'Bama have. I believe that it gives you more leeway in case you recruit a player who is a bust and I believe it really also helps you depth wise. Now again with UM's issues, I believe Coach Golden takes too many risk in recruiting players that are "projects" more than going after all out "stud" players. This current class looks like they have more "studs" than "projects". Hope fully the majority of guys are like Mr. Powell and will stick and look at yesterdays embarrassing loss as more of an opportunity to play right away. We will see.
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A couple of quick points. Seantrel has got to get his act together. WE DO NEED HIM ON THIS TEAM because he is still uber talented. If he does not get his act together, well, it's next man up and we will be okay. To say that we do not need him though, is not true. We need as much depth as possible at all positions. As regards those banging on him and speaking about his upbringing, just stop it! All players who have issues are not brought up by crack head moms and don't know who their daddy's are, as you would love to believe. They are many kids IN LIFE, not just in sports, who are raised well and grounded, but THE CHILD decides to not comply with life's rules. The issue with Seantrel is his and it doesn't need to be laid at the feet of how he was brought up, because, guess what, you know nothing about how he was brought up. As regards someone posting that the 'Canes are the 2nd best talented team in the ACC hands down, I guess you have never heard of a team called Clemson or FSU (being as I know you rated one of them above UM, which one, I have no clue). Saying that the season is a failure if UM doesn't win 13 games this year, that is far from the truth. I would love for UM to win 14 games this year, but I am a realist. If UM gets to the ACC championship game this year, it is a successful season. UM has NEVER played in the game. We have not won more than 9 games in the past 4 seasons, so again I would love to win 14 games and win our 6th NC, but I believe in taking steps to that process and getting to the ACC championship game and winning 10 regular season games, playing in the ACC championship game and winning a bowl game would be a very successful year for me, seeing as how mediocre this team and program has been for the past several years.
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I haven't posted in several months. The board has been pretty bitter and at each others throats, so I have just been an observer, but after the big win on Saturday, I have to get on here and say congrats to Coach Golden. CAG has surely proven he is the man to get the program back to being a top 5 program for years to come. We are not there yet, (UM WILL NOT BE BACK TILL WE ARE WINNING AT A MINIMUM 10 GAMES A SEASON AND AT A MINIMUM IN THE TOP 10 YEAR IN YEAR OUT) but have a great chance to play in the ACCCG this year and be in a BCS game also. If we don't get any crazy schollie reductions (I think we will get a few), I think that with 2 more great recruiting classes (I am including this years class), Coach Coley developing better as a play caller and Coach D'Nofrio continuing to get his scheme going with the players (I NEVER IN 1,000 YEARS THOUGHT I WOULD BE SAYING THAT LAST PART, BUT I'M HAPPY HE HAS PROVEN ME WRONG AND THAT I CAN), UM will be back to how we were in '00-03. If CAG and staff can keep his focus, then we will be back to the old UM. Finally, congratulation to all the posters, fans, and especially the players who chose to come here who could have gone to UF, FSU, Bama, USC, LSU and numerous other schools, but came here instead. Just to name a few guys, Tyriq McCord, Tracy Howard, Duke Johnson, Chick, Deon Bush, Herb Waters and many others. Congrats to guys who were hold overs from CRS and did not jump ship, but stayed and made it work, Jimmy Gaines, Denzel Perryman, Allen Hurns, Jared Wheeler, Shane McDermott, Brandon Linder, Curtis Porter and many others. Congrats lastly to guys who did not always see eye to eye with CAG, but who stayed and are now better men and football players for doing so, namely Seantrel Henderson and Luther Robinson. These guys really deserve this victory and I am so happy for them. I am a huge 'Canes fan and truly, being at the stadium Saturday and seeing how these guys celebrated after the game with each other and the fans and knowing that they beat the team that negative recruits our program so much with this NCAA garbage, I will admit, that I almost got teary eyed, because I know how much this win meant for the players and the coaching staff. Soldy, Pig and Curse and all you other Gator trolls where are you now? This team/program who plays in a rented stadium, who plays in the weak ACC, who has no fans, who is a sinking ship, who has fallen to the 5th best team in the state, who has horrible facilities, this same team and program, just kicked your ass for the 6th time in 7 games and more than likely for the last time in the regular season, because you cowards are to scared to play us, put that in your pipe and smoke it!!!!!! IT'S GREAT TO BE A MIAMI HURRICANE...... I SAY IT'S GREAT TO BE A MIAMI HURRICANE!!!
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Great pick up !! Kid has the tools. I hope that Edouard sticks also, cause he is also a gamer. A school can never, stop recruiting because a "commit" may flip because they add someone else in the class at their position. It really looks like the Shapiro scandal is being neutralized by the coaching staff. Kids flip all the time and leave teams out in the cold, so schools have to protect themselves and keep recruiting various players at ALL positions. UM is building up the QB and O-Line position, that is key to building a great team and program. There is going to be so much competition at QB that it is not even funny. Now all we have to do is add 3-4 DT's, 3 DE's, and some LB's (in short, add to the defense) and we should have a really good class coming in.
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9>5>2, Who said many of these kids dads are in jail or dead? Did you do a survey to see if all the BLACK guys (who you are of course referring to) have daddy's in jail or dead. Dude, I know that some guys have absentee fathers but the majority of BLACK players over the past several years (Jacory Harris, Tommy Streeter, Brandon McGhee, Ray Ray Armstrong, V.T. and numerous others, who I won't even bother to add to this list) either where raised in the same households with their fathers OR had their fathers as POSITIVE role models and active participants in their child rearing. Do not let your anger and frustration at other posters bring out stereotypical thoughts that lurk in your head and disparage the families of the young men that play on this team.
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The only person that I want gone in any sport is Jeffrey Loria and he owns the team, so I hope that he sells the team and I mean soon. Now as regards UM, Blake James needs to take a serious look at the baseball program and it's leadership under Jim Morris. Coach Morris has won 2 championships with the team and that does account for something, even though the last was 12 years ago. The situation is though that this program (which was a powerhouse a whole decade before UM football was) is now an after thought in the ACC and is celebrating wins over Bethune Cookman. Bethune Cookman, are you kidding me? The low point this season had to be to lose 2 games to Boston College. The thing is that Boston College did not win any games in the ACC till they beat UM TWICE this weekend! Again, not saying Morris needs to go, but something either recruiting wise or coaching wise has to change, UM football and basketball are on the rise, while UM baseball is in a free fall and is falling way behind the pack in the ACC and nationally.
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The only person that I want gone in any sport is Jeffrey Loria and he owns the team, so I hope that he sells the team and I mean soon. Now as regards UM, Blake James needs to take a serious look at the baseball program and it's leadership under Jim Morris. Coach Morris has won 2 championships with the team and that does account for something, even though the last was 12 years ago. The situation is though that this program (which was a powerhouse a whole decade before UM football was) is now an after thought in the ACC and is celebrating wins over Bethune Cookman. Bethune Cookman, are you kidding me? The low point this season had to be to lose 2 games to Boston College. The thing is that Boston College did not win any games in the ACC till they beat UM TWICE this weekend! Again, not saying Morris needs to go, but something either recruiting wise or coaching wise has to change, UM football and basketball are on the rise, while UM baseball is in a free fall and is falling way behind the pack in the ACC and nationally.
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I am very happy for both Brandon and Mike. Both of their late mothers would be so proud of the men that their sons have become and I know that Brandon's dad is happy and proud of the son that he raised. To all those saying only 2 players, that is true, the talent level surely has not been what we are used to, but remember it would have been more, but many players last year fell for the lines that were feed to them by the weasel known as Drew Rosenhaus (again, UM needs to keep that guy off campus) and we had I believe 9 last season. Many were drafted late and would have been drafted in round 1-3 this year, but again, Rosenhaus lied to them about their worth. As for the talent level currently on the team we will see that the "U" will be the "U" again in the draft with the players currently on the roster and what CAG is bringing in.
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I know it is a scrimmage, but to any who went to the stadium and saw, you can totally see the raw talent and control of the huddle and offense that Stephen Morris has over the other 2 quarterbacks.It is just hilarious when I remember all of the Head Coaches on this blog who stated when Ryan Williams transferred here how he should be the starter and made comments like "kid reminds me of Dorsey. Won't be long before he takes Morris' job". Only thing that makes him look like Dorsey is his jersey number. Not knocking the kid at all, but when people banged on Morris and anointed this guy starter before seeing him even take a snap, it just makes me laugh right now. Mark it down, Morris will have a lights out year and will be drafted in the first 3 rounds next year. The kid has NFL talent, to bad many of the "experts" on this blog did not and still don't see it.
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Sad to say, Gallo does have a point about the roster that Shannon has being HANDS DOWN, better than CAG's roster. Now granted CAG's roster is either Freshmen or Sophomores, so time will tell with his players. As regards CAG winning with only his players, everyone knows that that is downright laughable and very comedic. Also, please do not disparage players like Stephen Moris, Duke Johnson (yes Randy recruited him b4 CAG took the job), Brandon Linder, Phillip Dorsett, Baunche, Perryman, Chick and many others who make GREAT contributions to this team and are the main reason we are winning any games, by calling them quitters and lazy. Because some people choose to bang on CAG, does not mean that you should in turn drag the good young men and players THAT SHANNON RECRUITED through the mud, it is not a mature or intelligent look. Also, some of the players look on these sites to see what the feel of the fans are and if they think that fans dislike them because they were recruited by Randy, it is not good for morale. Again, without those players, this team would be in really deep do-do.
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Listen, I love Jimmy Johnson. He took what Schnellie started and amped it up and turned the program into a beast. BI like CAG also and BELIEVE that he willget the program heded back to prominence, but to say that CAG is going to succeed 100% because JJ says so is a little tricky. Truly, what did you all expect JJ to say? That CAG is suspect and until he gets rid of D'Nofrio, he may be let go? Listen, JJ is UM through and through and will NEVER bash the program. I love that about him. He is loyal. But in reality because he says he likes CAG doesn't mean anything to me because it doesn't matter if UM hired Hannibal Lechter or Martha Steart to coach the team, JJ would give them a ringing endorsement. To all those who think CAG has run everything better than the last 2 coaches, again, this is not to bash him, but the truth is the truth. The team has had more off the field incidents with him at the helm AND our defense has surely not improved under his regime, we have also not won anymore games than the previous regime, so no, everything is not better with CAG than his predecessors. On a whole CAG is a better more rounded coach, the program is in better shape and we are moving in the right direction. I am sure the CAG is working on the teams weak points and we will see how things play out for the football team. In the mean time lets get behind the basketball, baseball teams and CAG and the rest of the football coaching staff till Spring practice starts. Go Canes!!
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Congratulations to Mr. James on being named the AD. He deserved it and wants to be here. He is also young, supports the programs and is a great fund raiser, something a private school like UM needs. He is the right man for the job. Congratulations to Hurlie Brown (former UM safety back in our glory days)being named UM's new running backs coach. I thought it may have been Coach Lockett from Central or former 'Cane Coach Bennett from Northeast to get the job, but I believe CAG knew what he was doing and got the right gentleman for the job. It is always great to add former 'Canes to the staff. I beleive that Lockett or Bennett may have really benefitted us as being good recruiters (coming from high school programs) and knowing how to schnmooze some of the recruits, but again adding Brown will now have another guy who truly bleeds orange and green to the staff and has a passion for the school. Again, congratulations Coach Brown to being promoted to the RB position. Now go Coach 'em up. Keep Duke, Dillard, Clements, Crawford and the rest of the guys on pace and being productive. Lastly, congratulations to UM's basketball team and Coach L. You guys are doing a superb job and really repping the U the way it should be repped. We are no longer the whooping boy for the "tobacco road" schools in the ACC. If we keep playing like this, we should wi the ACC this year (even though I believe Duke is getting better as the season moves on). Will we be this good from here on out? Realistically, probably not, but I believe we can definelty be year in, year out, a notch below Duke and UNC (maybe where Maryland used to be or in that range) and challenge for the ACC title every 2-3 years. Remember too, that next year Pittsburh and Syracuse will also be in the ACC, so it will be even more harder to win the ACC in coming years. So I hope UM strikes while the iron is hot and wins the conference and gets to, at a minimum the Elite 8 this year. Keep up the good work Coach L.
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