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A loss is always tough to take. It was last December and so again it is in September. I am surprised by the over reaction to it. Don't misunderstand. I am not an Al Golden supporter. I pretty much gave up on him when he turned our defense into the laughing stock of the country in 2012 with a roster that was not devoid of talent. But I still watch every game just as I have since the late 1970s. I don't have to be a fan of him to be a fan of the team. The only good thing is that I have learned to lower my expectations and no longer dream of a national championship anymore. Sad but true. But really, I did not come here to pile on. I actually saw some promise on the defensive side of the ball. Guys were in position for the scheme they were playing. Now I hate the scheme and all but the guys played their assignments and made some great plays. That is what should have been the talk after the game. No coach gets fired after game one. Not even Gerry Faust. Once you make the decision to keep a guy on for the year, you don't can any guy after game one. It is not in your best interest as a team, it is not fair to the guy, and it is not fair to the players. Those guys in uniform play for themselves but they also play for the fans. It really isn't fair to them to create this type of turmoil over one loss. Unless the guy has a losing record or embarrasses the University, I am a believer that EVERY coach gets five years. By the end of five years, the coach has a full recruiting class if you consider red shirts. No excuses at that point, although if you are a good coach you man up and NEVER make any excuse and you never throw players under the bus by saying they are too young. Because if they really are too young you got no dang business putting them on the field to begin with and that is on the coach for doing so. I don't want to recreate the whole Randy Shannon debate but he wasn't given five years. That set the precedent for why fans believe they should fire Al in year four because quite frankly, the records are not that dissimilar. In terms of signature wins, Golden's may be slightly worse. On offense, I think everyone should really look closely at that second half. On the one long ball, it floated almost worse than some of Jacory's passes. Brad took some shots during the game, and although I don't know it one way or the other, I think he may have been hurt. Think about how short he was on some of those medium range throws as well. If so, that explains some of the strategy decisions. Those throws in the second half were nothing like the high school tape I saw of him. On a side note, Brad had some great receivers in California and he also has some here too. I don't think we will see another game like that from him. I just wanted to weigh in now that the furor is dying down to some extent. It will get better. Whether it gets turned around will be decided on the field and not in the blogosphere. The glass is neither half empty or half full, it is being filled as we speak and time will tell. No sense getting worked up about it now.
Toggle Commented Sep 4, 2014 on Turn The Page at Canespace
I have a some what different view about this whole stadium thing. The Canes problem is that we need Sunlife stadium to accommodate the big games. But it does Sunlife and the U a disservice to show an empty stadium for games against FAMU. But, if UM can get into some deal with the MLS stadium, have an open end stadium facing the Biscayne Bay, that is a win for everyone. The City of Miami would be delighted because picturesque views of Miami will be shown every game. It would be an easier commute for UM students using rail, and they would be delighted. Fans in the stadium would benefit from both the water view and breeze during games. It would drive opposing kickers crazy who don't understand the power of a bay breeze. Play the big games at the NFL stadium but play the lesser attended games at the 40,000 soccer stadium/ Canes football and soccer stadium by the bay. Name it the New Orange Bowl. Put the seats close to the field and let the fun begin. Renegotiate the lease with Sunlife accordingly. There is a reason the stadium name changes every few years, no one wants to be associated with the sight of an empty stadium. Sun life would do its brand well only to show it when it is full. It is all kind of crazy, I know but it is probably the only way the Hurricanes will solve the stadium solution. Make the real competitive games be played at Sunlife. Get involved in a four or five way financing deal with MLS, the City of Miami, Dade County, any grant you can finagle with the state of Florida, and UM to build the ultimate soccer and football stadium. If UM isn't the primary reason for a stadium to be built, it is at an advantage to securing certain concessions to make it work.
Jim Gallo isn't a troll. He is probably the only Cane fan who posts here who makes any sense. He doesn't accept 7-5, or 6-6 seasons as appropriate for the University of Miami. None of you should either.
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No doubt Duke Johnson just finished the most remarkable freshman season in NCAA history and he was totally dissed by the voters. But that is really the point. We are in the NC league. They only care about NC players and the league champs. Okay, when you go 7-5 you aren't league champs regardless of the numbers. Miami needs to get out of the ACC for numerous reasons. First and foremost is revenue. It just isn't a league that generates enough revenue to support all programs. Second, every championship game is in North Carolina. That is a helluva drive for Canes fans, and no disrespect, but it ain't exactly an attractive city to spend bucks on to go visit. Thisrd, FSU went there first and there is a coverage bias for them. Finally, what was ever wrong with the Big East anyway? Did we gain ANY advantage by playing basketball in the ACC over the Big East? We sure as hell lost rivalries we enjoyed in the Big East. I think there is a lot of Big East schools that have buyers remorse in the ACC. It is a tobacco league school and we don't grow tobacco. We were innovative when we went to the Big East. We should be equally innovative and return to it or the SEC. We tried the ACC thingy and it isn't our cup of tea. Our players are disrespected and we have gained no advantage from it.
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Quite frankly, I think Al Golden and his staff are the WORST developers of TALENT at UM in three decades. It isn't even close. They throw away seniors, push unprepared FRESHMAN to not only adjust to college football but ALSO college life in general, which is a HUGE adjustment for 18 and 19 year olds, and then BLAME them for not being PREPARED. What is going on at UM right now is borderline ridiculous, as freshman are asked to play like seniors (hello even an average fan knows that don't work - see We Are Marshall movie for why it doesn't work) but the have the extra burden of being called out in the press by the head coach. Al Golden is a narcissist, only happy when people he wins an argument (convincing the press he is not at fault) than accepting his responsibility for putting young guys in a position they are neither ready for or which leads them to inevitable failure. He needs to be replaced who will give the players time to grow even if it doesn't fit his timetable for getting to the NFL.
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Jim Gallo is a loyal fan who has had enuff. Trust me, he and I are not the same person. I have repeatedly posted when I have felt he was wrong and will continue to do so. So stop the BS. It is hard to believe anyone who says championsips is all that matter would support a losing coach and his staff. It is 9-11 against FBS schools. Justify that!!! You can't. This is mediocrity unworthy of wearing the uniform either as a player but ESPECIALLY as the coach. But you ain't worth my time.
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"The mindset right now is we're in this to fix it long term," Golden said Monday. "We just had a two minute drive at the end of the game and we didn't stop them and there were no seniors on the field. None. UMMMMMMM lesseeee if I get this nonsense. You CHOOSE to have no seniors on the field and then blame the youngins for the loss? How manly of you, NOT. And besides, it just ain't true! Will any Herald reporter count the seniors on the last drive, fact check Golden like we fact check political debates. I am sure he is wrong (Brandon McGee is a senior, Telemacque is a senior was he not out there? Shaylon Green (redshirt junior same as a senior basically) and I saw Curtis Porter redshirt junior same as a senior on the field) but even if he is right, he would be an idiot for not having the seniors or their equivalent not out there. The problem is not youth. The problem is Al Golden and his DC. By the way, the only fair way to judge any coach is what he does against other FBS schools. Al Golden is 9-11 against them at Miami. Beating Bethune Cookman two years in a row is no test of any coach so throw those games out. When Golden boy goes up against real coaches, he has a losing record. And that is what he is. He is a loser of a coach period. Don't matter how well he talks. He and his staff are losers until they prove us otherwise. I am completely and totally unconvinced he has what it takes to do the job.
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Al Golden is now 9-11 against D-1 competition. Why don't you people get it? He is not a very good coach, he is not even an average coach. I'd rather have the mumbler whose team played well and won more games than he lost rather than a well spoken coach who loses more games than he wins. It is really simple people. As a coach, your record matters.
D'No cleans out a player's (Kelvin Cain's) locker and then proclaims he doesn't hold grudges is absurd. Why did those Miami would be seniors leave a year early? Cause they had to play for that guy and they decided it wasn't a task worthy. And Golden is worse, because he allows it. Look, if I am a parent, and my kid cmmits to you, and you clean out his locker before one of the most important games of the year, and my son is a junior or better, I think you betrayed the trust I gave you when my son commited to you.
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Whenthe WE ARE MARSHALL team was force to play freshmen in 1971, they won 3 games doing so. 3. I guess we upped Marshall by winning 4. But Marshall was not relevant again in college football until 15 years later. You want to give Al and D'No that much time? I didn't think so.
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Look foundations of programs are not laid completely on freshman. If you look at JJ's regime, he did play alot of freshmen on defense, especially on LB and the secondary, but he didn't kick every experienced guy off the team. What we are seeing at Miami is far different. If you have experience, you aren't wanted or needed. And this great experience is an EPIC failure. No team has done if before or would ever do it again. It just is not a winning coaching strategy.
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The only thing wrong with Whipples play book was the mind of the guy trying to execute it. Really, the So Fla game was the epitome of it, Whip calls a tight end pass and Jacory throws another deep floater up for grabs. If you think Whip called that you are a fool. J-12 was the problem not the plays.
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Being a loser is all that matters - your Golden boy is 8-10 against real competition, take that and stick it where the sun don't shine. Real Canes fans know whats going on. I am one of them. You are a troll.
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I think this is another attempt by the coaching staff to only play the freshmen. The only reason the defense looked like an NCAA defense last week was because of the number of upper classmen who played. We could have used a guy like Kelvin Cain on the field last week. He is a very very talented player. The fact that this coaching staff can't seem to overcome personal egos and get the best, most experienced players on the field is the true indictment on them. If I were a parent of a talented high school player, and I read what happened to Cain, I would advise my kid not to go to UM. There is some type of agenda going on at UM that has nothing to do with football talent. You also have to remember, all of our would be seniors bolted early after being with this coaching staff for a year, and they left alot of money on the table by doing so. Maybe they know alot more than we do about Al Golden and Co methods and the way they treat players. Finally, Al Golden is a freaking 8-10 against Division 1 talent at Miami. That is pathetic.
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No Tommy Streeter worked hard, and he didn't need Al Golden or the staff to do so. He is a good player in college football but not ready for the NFL. There is a reason he is not starting in the NFL and it has nothing to do with his current injury.
Toggle Commented Oct 14, 2012 on Game Day Blog: UM vs UNC at Canespace
I ain't going to denigrate the kid, because he will eventually be a great player, but Duke sucked in this game.
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We got the same BS. You don't scheme against their best player. You don't assign a particular man to spy against him. You play a 4-3 until the critical time in 3rd and long when you play a 3-4 and then you don't rush the passer. Yadda Yadda Yadda I could go on and on, at a certain point AG needs to be held accountable.
Toggle Commented Oct 14, 2012 on Game Day Blog: UM vs UNC at Canespace
You missed more mediocrity but what else is new?
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We have been collectively hurt by boosters who took control of the process during Randy's tenure, and then bought a snake oil salesman who put personal feelings above the betterment of the team. He gets the pass today, because it can't be totally blamed on his guy. But the bottom line is his buddy never should have been given the job and it will show next week.
Toggle Commented Oct 14, 2012 on Game Day Blog: UM vs UNC at Canespace
Which, if any of those kids, have made a damn bit of difference and any game we have played this year? And compare to Randy Shannon where you could point to players that made a difference like Spence, Jacory, Benjamin, and Streeter? What guy has Al brought here who has clearly made a difference and you can say definitively that we would have lost a game without him?
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Yes, I agree Terrance. I wouldn't even think we can beat FSU. We can't. But VT is different. They are not very good. But the guys have to do it and the scheme has to be right. I am not worried about the guys but am more worried about the scheme.
Toggle Commented Oct 14, 2012 on Game Day Blog: UM vs UNC at Canespace
Solar, ironically, you give up 487 yards against NC, and people blame the OC here. Like somehow he didn't call a perfect game and therefor he lost the game. They ignore 487 yards of offense against us, and a blatant bias in officiating in favor of us. Don't get me wrong, I would take that bias every weak, but it was a bias and still NC won. Yet, there was a scheme at the end of the game, defensively when 9 guys were in the box to stop the run. We haven't shown that all year but we need to continue to do it. It was very effective. But I don't understand why we didn't do it earlier in the game. This was more of the same though, until the end, but at least there was an adjustment. For 6 games we haven't even seen an adjustment.
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You want to know why he is the guy? It is about socks. As a kid, he used to organize his dresser. He had socks for spring, for winter, and he was always prepared to get up and go. He is a freak in regards to organization. So when he took over after Erickson, he thought, okay, I am limited in what I can do. I got sanctions. So five years out, how can I recruit certain players, each year, who will get me to nirvanna in year 5. And as to be expected, fans flew banners over the OB asking for him to be fired in year 4, and that is why he took the NFL job in year 4. And I would bet bottom dollar that the same boosters who are part of the program today also paid for those flights. Big time boosters think they are the program. They jumped the gun in 2000 with Butch, and equally jumped the gun with Randy Shannon. We are not satisfied with anything less than perfection regardless of the progress made. Randy had his flaws for sure, he never spoke as well as Al, but this team was headed in the right direction before he was fired. Now with Al, we are left with maybe this guys will grow. Well, hello, maybe they won't. And I can guarantee you we wouldn't have seen the exodus of players leaving for the NFL if Randy had been given the chance to complete a 5 year recruiting cycle.
Toggle Commented Oct 14, 2012 on Game Day Blog: UM vs UNC at Canespace
Most disappointing Butch game was against FSU up there in like 1997. 47-0. And we had some really good players including Santana Moss. Kenny Kelly was just not up to the task. But we were outnumbered in scholarships and FSU was loaded. But Butch had a plan. He didn't just use up players because they were eligible. He red shirted guys. He had a 5 year plan and was meticulous each year in recruiting players so that by year 5, he would have studs at every position, and he could sustain the recruiting thereafter. Unfortunately for him, he got offered an NFL job after year 4 and took it. He didn't reap the rewards of the plan in the 5th year. But he did set up Coker to be good as the successor for year 5 and 3 years thereafter. I would love to see him back as our coach. I would definitely prefer him over Al Golden. He basically came here after Shannon was fired and before Golden was hired and pleaded for the job. But you have some stubborn boosters at UM. They would not take him back even though he was the right man for the job and would be very very unlikely to leave for the NFL after his experience in Cleveland. But the boosters are like little girls, once shorned forever disappointed.
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3 man rush on 3-5 wow
Toggle Commented Oct 13, 2012 on Game Day Blog: UM vs UNC at Canespace