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I am not a slave to the recruiting service rating schemes. But the fact is that UM has offered dozens of scholarships to 5-star athletes but none are accepting. If Miami does not need 5-star "prima donnas," then why are so many people on this blog salivating over Major Wright, Deonte Thompson, Bailey, Noel Devine, etc.? On Devine, in spite of the fact that it has been explained dozens, if not hundreds of times on this blog, that he lacks the qualifications to go to college, people persist in demanding that UM recruit him. The rankings are only fair predictors of future performance, as is demonstrated by superior UM talent almost losing to Nevada, which has precious little talent. I am certain that, if RS could trade his 3-star recruits for some of UF's and USC's 5-star players, he would do so. Look at the past two years and you can see more than a dozen 5-stars who were offered by both UM and Southern Cal. Miami did not win any of those battles, that I am aware of. In head-to-head competition for the best athletes, UM is not doing well. Again, if the coaches deny there is a problem, as some head-in-the-sand bloggers are, the problem will not get fixed.
I am not a fan of Urban Meyer. It is just a fact that, if you want to beat one of his teams, you have to really understand it to defeat it. Just blowing it off as "gimmicky" will not be a winning approach. Hey, if gimmicks win games, I am in favor of Miami using some. Spurrier was competitive with Meyer because Spurrier, himself, is an innovative coach who sudies his opponent seriously. I would rather see Miami use some gimmicks and win instead of being afraid to even attempt an onside kick.
Cavaleer: Your proved my point that anyone who posts an intelligent piece will get a personal attack. I would agree that Sun Tzu would not appreciate a weak general who would blame the wind for his misfortunes. Chris Peterson was also one of my two choices for HC, the other being Leach of TTU. In the 32 bowl games, there were three superb coaching performances: Leach, whose team came from 31 points behind with 20 minutes remaining; Peterson, who beat overpaid Stoops with superior coaching and preparation to defeat a vastly more talented team; and Meyer, who had Tressel looking hopelessly for a clue as to what to do next. I suppose we will have to wait until we have a new AD to go after an innovative coach with a record of success
I think the speculation on who the next coach might be is a big waste of time. Last year, there were hundreds of names thrown out on who the new assistants would be. When the new coaches were named, they were not coaches who had been discussed at length in the blog. I don't think the administration will pay much, or any, attention to our idle musings. It would be nice to have a coach, like West Virginia, Louisville, or Rutgers, who is coaching and motivating, rather than just passively watching from the sideline. I would not want Bob Stoops. When OU loses, Stoops finds fault with everything except his own coaching performance. He is not as experienced as Coker, who astutely identified the wind as the culprit in the FSU loss, but if he were coaching HURRICANES, Stoops would pay more attention to the vagaries of the weather.
I can't believe people are comparing Miami to Temple. There is a significant difference between the two teams: Miami is on a losing streak; Temple is on a winning streak!
It would be nice if someone would say something intelligent about football, rather than flaming the other bloggers.
Oops! Should have been "...opportunity for KF to show..."
I don't think KW should be benched as a punitive measure and I fear KF will not be as good. It is not fair, however, to not give KF a chance at some point in the year. If you can't get your #2 QB in the game against Duke, it is a good bet that there will not be any big leads against the next four opponents to have a low risk opportunity for KW to show what he can do. If KF can lead the team effectively, it would be nice to know that sooner than later. I have grown very tired of the people who try to excuse the poor QB play with the fact that there are new coaches, new system, etc. That is nonsense as shown by the fact that several teams are being led very effectively by true freshmen QBs. At the beginning of the season, there was fear that KF would transfer and KW would leave early. The fear now is that they will both stay and we won't have an effective offense for the forseeable future. I would start Matt Perrelli. He has completed 100% of his passes and has scored a TD every time he has carried the ball. He could lead us to the bowl game in Boise.
Peattie is a fifth year senior, so the coaches have not been able to teach him to kick in FIVE years. There are EIGHT kickers/punters on the Miami roster. There are also many Canes who had kicking chores in HS. I don't see how you can cash your two million dollar pay check and admit your team can't execute an onside kick. What an embarrassment.
Some have suggested that Shalala would bring Barry Alvarez to Miami. I think that would be very unlikely as Alvarez retired as football coach at Wisconsin to become AD. He will be 60 in a couple of months and I believe he had health problems which made it difficult for him to stand on the sidelines of the games, much less coach. I'm sure Shalala would seek his advice and I am sure Alvarez would send Miami some of his old cronies who need coaching jobs but have shown they can't hack it elsewhere. I think he is too old and too wise to jump into an extremely difficult situation at Miami. That would be the end of his golden years.
Nobody had a good analysis of why Coker should go now rather than later. But UF was not in the position of trying to find a coach in the haystack. Bernie Machen, UF president, had been the president of the University of Utah (the "U" with a huge concrete U on the mountain before UM was born) and he brought Urban Meyer to UU from Bowling Green. During his tenure at UU, Machen put money into improving the football stadium and other athletic facilities. The stadium was the venue for the 2002 Olympics opening & closing ceremonies. Machen brought Meyer to UU because of the spectacular job Meyer did at Bowling Green. Believe me, going 12-0 at Utah and going to a BCS game in your second year is a unique and spectacular achievement. Miami's scout team would have more talent than all the football teams in Utah, combined. You might recall that Utah defeated North Carolina the week before NC defeated Miami. Last year, Utah destroyed GT in the bowl game a few weeks after GT beat Miami. And this was in the post-Meyer regime. I think that Meyer would be competitive wherever he coached because he has high standards, as opposed to Coker, who seems to have no standards. If one of Meyer's players is slacking, his scholarship will be available for a recruit the next year. The UF athletic director did not have an opportunity to make a post-Zook mistake as President Machen told him who the next coach was going to be. Utah was sorry to lose both Machen and Meyer. By contrast, UM does not have any decision makers. Dee says he will "evaluate" Coker at the end of the year. What's to evaluate, other than the stupid decisions that Dee made in hiring and extending incompetent coaches and assistants? Last year, it was indicated that "improvements" were necessary. Well, the team has gone steadily downhill in every category, from player conduct and behavior, quality of play, to absolutely wretched coaching decisions. Worst of all, Coker's interview comments show he is seriously cognitively impaired and completely detached from reality. From the "wind" at FSU to "morale is great" after the narrow escape from the meltdown at Duke to being the coach of a team incapable of attempting an onside kick....Every time he opens his mouth, something dumber comes out, providing more ammunition to those who would heap scorn and ridicule on the Canes. It is painful to watch the inept play and lack of motivation on gameday. It is embarrassing to listen to Coker say he plans to stay throughout his contract, and a few years more. If Dee and Shalala want to demonstrate that they are worth the big money they are being paid, they would "evaluate" Coker immediately and take the necessary action that would be a consequence of that evaluation. What additional evidence, other than four more losses, could they have at the end of the season that they don't have now. It seems to me, that delay will will say more about the administration than about the coaches.
The coaching change should be made immediately so that UM can consider the broadest possible pool of applicants. Waiting until season's end just makes the coach/player recruiting uncertainty much worse. If Miami qualifies for a bowl game, which I think unlikely, the new coach should coach that game so he has an opportunity to evaluate the talent (and lack of) to get ready for next year. It seems difficult to believe that a coach can make dumber and dumber decisions each week but Coach Coker has shown that he is up to the task!
Toggle Commented Oct 30, 2006 on What now? at Eye on the U
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When the Canes raise four fingers, it means, "hey opponents, it's the fourth quarter, quitting time for us; pour it on!" Fourth quarter scores: Duke 13, Miami 0; GT 17, Miami 7. Punting on fourth and inches; no onside kick at the end of the game. Isn't the idea to take a slight risk to win the game? For coaches to be paid for this type of performance is criminal. Shouldn't they be suspended for a few games? At least we can put to rest the nonsensical talk of the ACC CG/BCS games. It is going to take some effort to avoid a 5-7 season. Miami's next four opponents were all winners this week. It will be painful to watch.
Calvin is such an idiot! UM went to BYU, ranked number 1 in every poll, heavily favored, full of Cane swagger, and lost! Norm Chow showed that average players, given brilliant offensive coaching, could defeat a team loaded with talent but cursed with a lack of respect for its opponents. Well, now Miami has average players and wretched coaching. If Paul Dee does not determine whether Chow is interested or not, then Dee is not much smarter than Calvin.
Toggle Commented Oct 27, 2006 on Big Timers at UM Hurricanes | Sun-Sentinel Blogs
The way to beat GT is to use the Clemson game plan. Let our best rusher run for 216 yards like Davis. Spell him with our #2 RB and let him rush for 116 yards like Spiller. Don't let CJ catch a pass. Clemson didn't! Pressure Ball like Clemson did and watch him fold. Since Miami coaches are not able to develop a good game plan, why not just copy Clemson's? That's what I would like to see. Miami has way more talent than GT but it will be performance, not talent, that wins this game. GT held UM to 30 yards rushing last year! But that couldn't happen again, could it? Uh oh! Duke held Miami to 30 yards rushing last week! DUKE! The team that had been shut out three times this year before exploding on the Canes in the fourth quarter. I will be watching to see if these Canes have the slightest bit of pride and discipline. Two years ago, KW went in against GT in garbage time. Their defense brought out KW's worst trait: his tendency to run for his life when pressured. His seven sacks last year showed that GT knows how to neutralize KW. If he is ever to live up to the hype he came to Miami with, now is the time to start.
Toggle Commented Oct 25, 2006 on Big Timers at UM Hurricanes | Sun-Sentinel Blogs
Omar: "A cliche that is overused..." That is a tautology! More evidence that you have unjustified hubris in calling yourself "an educated black man." Read something by a truly educated black man, e.g., Thomas Sowell. I could suggest many others, if you are interested.
Toggle Commented Oct 25, 2006 on Big Timers at UM Hurricanes | Sun-Sentinel Blogs
Omar: I checked with Dr. Phil and he is very busy for the next few months. Perhaps you could ask Warren Sapp to come console the players and give them a hug and wipe their tears.
Old Jim: I see you have assumed the role of attack dog instead of commenting on football. As a matter of fact, I am an alumnus of USC and an officer of the Trojan fan club in Utah. The alumni get together weekends to watch the Trojans pound the next victim. Lately, they have been going too easy on their opponents and letting them hang around too long. USC turned its program around by hiring a new coach and that's what Miami needs to do right away. There is no advantage to prolonging the agony and many disadvantages, mainly recruiting, in postponing the inevitable. I have no idea who might be a future coach, but if Norm Chow were available or interested, it would be crazy not to grab him. Someone posted his bio recently and it is very impressive. When UM visited Provo in 91, ranked #1, they went home with a 28-21 loss. BYU broadcasts this game from time to time. It is one of their signature wins. Since Chow left BYU, their offense has been very average. Since Chow left USC, their offense has not been as explosive. I thought Olson was going to improve the Miami offense. His hype raised expectations which have not been met. It now seems hard to believe Olson has ever coached an offense. Indeed, I am beginning to wonder if he has even seen a football game on TV. If he would pick any games at random on a typical Saturday, he could pick up some clues. If you want to put the difference between Coker and a coach who knows how to win, just watch last year's USC-Notre Dame game. Trailing late in the game, USC moves the length of the field. With seconds remaining, Pete eschews a game tying field goal and has Leinart go for the game winning TD. Unlike Coker, you won't ever see USC punt on fourth and short on the opponent's 35 yard line. The players love the coach and they have fun. Last year, they had 495 yards of offense in the first half against Washington State. After halftime, they continued to pour it on. In the Orange Bowl, they laid the worst whipping on Oklahoma in the history of the OU program--and that is when they were ranked #2! I would love to see UM win out and smash someone in a BCS bowl. If I had to make a prediction based on last week's game against Duke, I would not be surprised by five losses and a 5-7 season. Miami is more talented than the next five opponents but, unfortunately, these Canes have more QUIT than HEART.
I agree that these student athletes are not kids! They are young adults and need to take responsibility for their actions and level of play. They are old enough to vote, to drive, and to own weapons. If they are wimpy, fragile, momma's boys, they should quit the team and free up scholarships for real players. Perhaps the next coaching staff will be able to evaluate and recruit players who can stand up to adversity and bring respectability back to the program.
The only thing more embarrassing than the totally incompetent play in the second half was Coker's post game interview. When a team with a 15 game losing streak racks up more yards, more first downs, and holds the Canes to 30 yards rushing, you would think the coaching staff would have the decency to resign or the administration would have the nerve to take action which is so glaringly necessary. Duke, led by a freshman QB, played with skill and HEART, to the very end and almost inflicted what would have been the most humiliating loss in decades. Where has the pride gone? If there is not some dramatic improvement, a five game losing streak is almost a certainty. Duke was SHUT out by D-IAA Richmond! What does Coach Coker say to the team at halftime to make them come out and play so ineptly? Miami takes an 18 point lead (50 points fewer than they should have) into the fourth quarter and needs a last second interception to salvage a victory. The Canes seem to be determined to make themselves the laughing stock of college football. Now Omar wants us to believe the problem is that the players tender psyches have been damaged by a lack of love from the media and the fans. Really? Aren't these the same players with the "us against the world" mentality? Apparently not. These players are masquerading as football players in Hurricane uniforms. They showed at LSU that they know how to quit. They showed at Louisville that they know how to stage a phony display of swagger but can't back it up, which makes them look stupid. At Duke, they displayed everything that is wrong with the team: sloppy execution, lack of discipline, idiotic penalties, and hopelessly inept play on offense, defense, and special teams. In less than 90 seconds, the freshman QB for Duke leads the team the entire length of the field to put them in scoring position. Miami, on the other hand, can't get a first down with all its four and five star athletes. These players are imposters. They should not be in need of Dr. Phil; they should be sending their opponents to Dr. Phil to get a hug.
The only thing more embarrassing than the totally incompetent play in the second half was Coker's post game interview. When a team with a 15 game losing streak racks up more yards, more first downs, and holds the Canes to 30 yards rushing, you would think the coaching staff would have the decency to resign or the administration would have the nerve to take action which is so glaringly necessary. Duke, led by a freshman QB, played with skill and HEART, to the very end and almost inflicted what would have been the most humiliating loss in decades. Where has the pride gone? If there is not some dramatic improvement, a five game losing streak is almost a certainty. Duke was SHUT out by D-IAA Richmond! What does Coach Coker say to the team at halftime to make them come out and play so ineptly? Miami takes an 18 point lead (50 points fewer than they should have) into the fourth quarter and needs a last second interception to salvage a victory. The Canes seem to be determined to make themselves the laughing stock of college football.
Toggle Commented Oct 23, 2006 on Butch Speaks at UM Hurricanes | Sun-Sentinel Blogs
The only thing more embarrassing than the totally incompetent play in the second half was Coker's post game interview. When a team with a 15 game losing streak racks up more yards, more first downs, and holds the Canes to 30 yards rushing, you would think the coaching staff would have the decency to resign or the administration would have the nerve to take action which is so glaringly necessary. Duke, led by a freshman QB, played with skill and HEART, to the very end and almost inflicted what would have been the most humiliating loss in decades. Where has the pride gone? If there is not some dramatic improvement, a five game losing streak is almost a certainty. Duke was SHUT out by D-IAA Richmond! What does Coach Coker say to the team at halftime to make them come out and play so ineptly? Miami takes an 18 point lead (50 points fewer than they should have) into the fourth quarter and needs a last second interception to salvage a victory. The Canes seem to be determined to make themselves the laughing stock of college football.
Canechic: What made me a Canes fan was a student teacher doing her student teaching in my fifth grade class at Southside Elementary in 1953. She took me and some other boys in the class to all the UM home games on Friday nights. We sat in the fifty cent student section of the endzone. In highschool, Miami High, our home games were played in the OB and we won the state championship in my SO/SR years 58/60. I have followed Miami football since 1953, three decades before Howard Schnellenberger won a national championship. I remember going to the OB for the tenth and final game of one season when UM's record was 0-9. There was a special promotion with cheap tickets for a small section of the upper deck so the TV camera (they only had one then) could show fans packed into a tiny wedge of the stadium. Miami won 2-0 on a safety and the fans went wild. They were not spoiled then. By the way, Coach Schnellenberger said the incident was disgraceful. He was able to win the NC with class and a freshman QB and he is not defending the unsportsmanlike conduct of the Canes now. Of course the media is overreacting and there is an unlimited supply of idiots to make stupid and uninformed comments on radio and TV. In my view, however, and in the view of most rational and more objective commentators, President Shalala did not take firm enough action. She said the incident was "outrageous and unacceptable." The mild punishment meted out could be described with the same words. I am, and have been, a loyal fan longer than most of the people on this blog have been on the planet. I would like to see the Hurricanes demonstrate their prowess and superiority on the field. It saddens me to observe that when the going gets tough, the current team quits. I have seen many games where Miami was soundly defeated by better teams. But the players gave their best until the end. At LSU and Louisville, the team quit. Trying to cover that up with phony displays of "swagger" just subjects the players, coaches, and the university to scorn and ridicule. Non verbis, sed operis--not words, but deeds.
Toggle Commented Oct 20, 2006 on For The Record at UM Hurricanes | Sun-Sentinel Blogs
Canechic: What made me a Canes fan was a student teacher doing her student teaching in my fifth grade class at Southside Elementary in 1953. She took me and some other boys in the class to all the UM home games on Friday nights. We sat in the fifty cent student section of the endzone. In highschool, Miami High, our home games were played in the OB and we won the state championship in my SO/SR years 58/60. I have followed Miami football since 1953, three decades before Howard Schnellenberger won a national championship. I remember going to the OB for the tenth and final game of one season when UM's record was 0-9. There was a special promotion with cheap tickets for a small section of the upper deck so the TV camera (they only had one then) could show fans packed into a tiny wedge of the stadium. Miami won 2-0 on a safety and the fans went wild. They were not spoiled then. By the way, Coach Schnellenberger said the incident was disgraceful. He was able to win the NC with class and a freshman QB and he is not defending the unsportsmanlike conduct of the Canes now. Of course the media is overreacting and there is an unlimited supply of idiots to make stupid and uninformed comments on radio and TV. In my view, however, and in the view of most rational and more objective commentators, President Shalala did not take firm enough action. She said the incident was "outrageous and unacceptable." The mild punishment meted out could be described with the same words. I am, and have been, a loyal fan longer than most of the people on this blog have been on the planet. I would like to see the Hurricanes demonstrate their prowess and superiority on the field. It saddens me to observe that when the going gets tough, the current team quits. I have seen many games where Miami was soundly defeated by better teams. But the players gave their best until the end. At LSU and Louisville, the team quit. Trying to cover that up with phony displays of "swagger" just subjects the players, coaches, and the university to scorn and ridicule. Non verbis, sed operis--not words, but deeds.
Toggle Commented Oct 20, 2006 on For The Record at UM Hurricanes | Sun-Sentinel Blogs
Omar: I appreciate your frequent insights on the Canes. Your racial comments, however, are just stupid. How is an educated black man a threat to society? The victim mentality is crippling to too many people who use it as an excuse for their own failure to take responsibility for their own lives. Calling yourself "an educated person" is incredible and unjustified hubris. Consult a junior high school English teacher and learn the difference between "its" and "it's" and the proper usage of those words. If any of your faculty members at FAMU are proficient in English, they must wince at the numerous spelling, usage, and grammatical errors in your writing. If your are interested, I could recommend several black scholars and journalists who have a rational and constructive view of the world and provide positive guidance for anyone of any description. It you are not interested, I will know that your would rather be a complaining victim than an educated role mode.
Toggle Commented Oct 19, 2006 on Feeding Time at UM Hurricanes | Sun-Sentinel Blogs