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Miami 'Canes Official Thread

With Coker's time over, 'Canes look to future.

By TIM REYNOLDS, AP Sports Writer
January 1, 2007

BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- The last time the Miami Hurricanes changed coaches, an untried rookie who was promoted from his spot as a coordinator led the team to an undefeated record and national championship.

Randy Shannon, get ready for some high expectations.


When Shannon -- the team's defensive coordinator on Sunday, its new head coach on Monday -- leads the Hurricanes out of the tunnel at the Orange Bowl next Sept. 1 to begin the 2007 season against Marshall, he could have as many as 19 returning starters running behind him, including standouts at quarterback, running back, wide receiver, defensive end, linebacker and all over the secondary.

And even though he was fired by the school, even Shannon's predecessor will not deny that he truly believes Miami could make a speedy return to national prominence.

"I think very good things are in store for the University of Miami," said Larry Coker, who won all 12 games in his first season as coach of the 'Canes, leading them to the 2001 national championship, and finished his six years at the school with a 60-15 record.

The potential Coker spoke of was on full display Sunday night, as a number of underclassmen came through in his final game at Miami and helped the Hurricanes edge Nevada 21-20 in the MPC Computers Bowl, ensuring that Miami would post its ninth consecutive winning season -- albeit at only 7-6.

"Whether it was by one point or 100 point, a win was very crucial," graduating senior offensive lineman Anthony Wollschlager said. "But honestly, I saw this more as an ending point for coach Coker, rather than a springboard for next year. There's not going to be any looking back for the guys on that team."

Kirby Freeman, who'll likely enter the spring competing again with injured Kyle Wright for the starting job, threw for 272 yards. Freshman Chavez Grant made a diving interception with 18 seconds left to seal the win. Sophomore Calais Campbell was dominant at defensive end. Wide receiver Sam Shields and running back Javarris James, both freshmen, came through with big plays.

All along, Coker has insisted that Miami's future is bright.

Shannon can only hope that he's right.

"I'm really excited for our future," Coker said, still using "our" even though his time at Miami was over.

Whatever awaits Shannon and the 'Canes in 2007, it likely will not compare to what the program endured this season.

Between the shooting death of defensive lineman Bryan Pata, the speculation about Coker and his eventual firing; suspensions early in the year for seniors Ryan Moore and Tyrone Moss, a shooting that injured safety Willie Cooper over the summer, and the brawl at the Orange Bowl during the third quarter of the Hurricanes' first matchup with county rival Florida International, this was an extremely difficult year for the program.

Add the six losses into that mix, and it only becomes that much worse.

Yet, facing a very real possibility of finishing with a losing record, the Hurricanes somehow found a way to forget the subfreezing temperatures of Boise on Sunday night, dig deep and stave off Nevada's upset bid.

"That's what makes a great team," Freeman said. "We've had our ups and downs this season, obviously, but I can promise you this: We've grown up a lot. We played with a tremendous amount of heart and passion and sometimes that's more important to walk away with than ACC championships and whatnot. I promise you that."

Shannon has shunned the spotlight since being hired, deferring to Coker and making sure nothing seemed different for his final game. But he'll likely move quickly to start building a staff; many around the program expect defensive backs coach Tim Walton to replace Shannon as defensive coordinator, and it's expected that former Arizona State coach Dirk Koetter will become the new offensive coordinator.

And soon, Coker will probably decide where his next stop will be, too.

"I'm not going to retire," Coker said. "There's going to be some special things for me. I'm a young guy in my mind. There's going to be a lot. I don't know what that is yet, but it's out there."






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Five Hurricanes Voted to Postseason All-Star Games


Wollschlager, Moss, Atkins, Meriweather and Brown Selected



Jan. 12, 2007

Coral Gables - Five Miami Hurricanes football players have been invited to participate in postseason all-star games this month to compete with and against the nation's top seniors.

Center Anthony Wollschlager will play in North-South All-Star Classic. Defensive end Baraka Atkins and running back Tyrone Moss will play in the East-West Shrine game. And defensive tackle Kareem Brown and safety Brandon Meriweather will play in the Senior Bowl.

Wollschlager will be the first Hurricane to take the field at the inaugural North-South All-Star Classic Saturday in Houston, televised live at 12:00 noon on ESPN2. Wollschlager started 25 consecutive games for Miami, every game his junior and senior seasons.

Atkins and Moss will play in the East-West Shrine Game on January 20 at Reliant Stadium in Houston. Kickoff is at 7:00 p.m. ET and the game will be televised live on ESPN2 with NFL legends Dan Reeves and Don Shula serving as coaches. Atkins started 45 of 49 games played during his four-year career, totaling 18 sacks and 170 tackles. Moss was a four-year letterman, too, finishing his career as Miami's ninth all-time leading rusher with 1,942 yards and 26 touchdowns.

Brown and Meriweather will appear at the Under Armour Senior Bowl, which will be played in Mobile, Ala. on January 27 and televised on the NFL Network. Brown finished the season with a team-leading 11 sacks, after getting 2.5 sacks in the MPC Computers Bowl. He was a second-team All-ACC selection. Meriweather started 31 of 52 games played over his career, with 292 tackles and seven interceptions.


Anthony Wollschlager is one of five Hurricanes who will play in All-Star games


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Former Miami linebacker Williams being courted by Louisville

January 26, 2007

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Former University of Miami linebacker Willie Williams could be headed to Louisville.

New Louisville coach Steve Kragthorpe has met with Williams, who played for West Los Angeles College in Culver City, Calif., last season following a troubled career at Miami.

Louisville spokesman Rocco Gasparro said Kragthorpe had no comment on Williams' possible transfer. NCAA rules prohibit coaches from talking about recruits until the signing period begins on Feb. 6.

"We're recruiting him," Gasparro said. "He has met with coach and (athletic director) Tom Jurich has met with Willie and his mom and dad."

Jurich and West Los Angeles College coach Craig Austin know each other from Jurich's days as athletic director at Northern Arizona University, Gasparro said.

Williams was one of the nation's most promising high school prospects in 2004 despite a past that included 11 arrests, jail time and two stints on probation.

He spent two years at Miami and played in 10 games in 2005 as a redshirt freshman before asking for his release from the program.

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Miami lands impressive recruiting class

By Pravin Patel, The Miami Hurricane
February 13, 2007

(CSTV U-WIRE) CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- After a quite depressing football season and what seemed like a recruiting class that would not help in solving the problems, the University of Miami coaching staff has given Hurricane fans a little something to be excited about.

National Signing Day has passed, most of the recruits have signed, and the experts have chimed in with their opinions. The final verdict: The Hurricanes have landed themselves a very respectable recruiting class. As for most of the major scouting websites, Espn.com has the 'Canes class as No. 9 overall, Scout.com has the 'Canes class as No. 13, and Rivals.com has the 'Canes class as No. 18.

"We wanted to go out and find high quality people," Head Coach Randy Shannon said. "We wanted to find guys who had great character, were good kids in the community. Secondly, we wanted to find a guy who was a solid student-athlete. The next thing is, we tried to find athletes, big time athletes. The next thing we went and found was winners."

After getting off to a slow start, due to the multiple problems faced by former Head Coach Larry Coker, Shannon and his staff haven't missed a beat in terms of recruiting quality players.

"We are excited about this class," Shannon said. "I'm not going to get into details about who is what and what is what, but I know one thing, from top to bottom, we filled our needs."

Although this 18-man class may not be one of the bigger recruiting classes, it is, based on pure talent and Miami's needs, one of the best classes in the nation:

Daniel Adderley: A 6 foot 6 inch wide receiver with exceptional speed, who could be a major sleeper since he did not begin playing organized football until his sophomore year of high school.

Allen Bailey: One of the nation's most highly recruited defensive players. He is a big, bruising linebacker who patterns his play after Ray Lewis and is someone with the versatility and skill to potentially dominate as a defensive lineman.

Damien Berry: A speedy player who has football instincts and is a hard-noised player. He will be helping UM fill gaps in the secondary.

Jared Campbell: The brother of UM defensive end Calais Campbell is a physical defensive back who has great football instincts.

Lee Chamber: An all-purpose running back who, with break-away speed and great football intelligence, possesses Reggie Bush-like running and receiving abilities.

Graig Cooper: Mr. Football in Tennessee his senior year is an extremely talented running back who possesses a lethal combination of athleticism, speed, great hands, cut back ability and the ability to monopolize ESPN's Top 10 highlight reels.

Orlando Franklin: A dominating offensive lineman who, with his natural athletic ability, long arms, quick feet and good footwork, has the abilities to come in and be productive on the line.

Harland Gunn: A highly recruited offensive lineman who has speed, quickness, great strength, the ability to knock defenders off the ball and the ability to come in and make an immediate impact.

Leonard Hankerson: A tall wide receiver with speed, the knack for coming up with a big play and the skill set to propel him toward being a great player.

Tyler Horn: A talented and versatile offensive line prospect who has tremendous upside and could be a sleeper among the Hurricane recruiting class.

Robert Marve: Florida's Mr. Football in 2006, a pro-style quarterback, who has good mobility, a quick release and can throw off the run. He is Miami's quarterback of the future and may even be able to challenge Kyle Wright and Kirby Freeman for a starting job.

Jermaine McKenzie: A wide receiver with great vision, speed and leaping ability. He is a threat to score every time he touches the football.

Shawnbrey McNeal: An exceptionally fast running back who is a flat-out playmaker as he is agile, has quick feet and the ability to get downfield.

Joseph Nicolas: A big defensive back who possesses size, speed, athleticism and the versatility and explosiveness to make a big play.

Adewale Ojomo: A fast, aggressive and athletic defensive lineman who has quick ball-chasing abilities and a great deal of upside and potential.

Chris Perry: A quick, explosive defensive lineman who displays a hard-nosed style of play and has the ability to dominate opposing offensive lineman.

DeMarcus Van Dyke: A defensive back who possesses height, speed, toughness, athleticism and the ability to be the next Devin Hester.

Doug Wiggins: A tough, gritty, intelligent and talented all-around athlete, whose versatility makes him a defensive back who could give an opposing quarterback fits.



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Exclusive: Shannon hires DB Coach

By Gary Ferman, CaneSport Magazine Rivals.com

Coach Randy Shannon has made another coaching hire.

After CaneSport reported the hiring of former Cane Michael Barrow earlier this week, CaneSport.com has now confirmed that Wesley McGriff will fill another piece of Shannon's coaching puzzle.

Shannon's staff also includes defensive coaches Tim Walton and Clint Hurtt along with offensive coaches Patrick Nix, Jeff Stoutland, Marques Mosely and Joe Pannunzio.

McGriff was hired away from Baylor in early January to become Kansas State's defensive backs coach.

Now he is at his third school in as many months.

McGriff sas Baylor's cornerbacks coach the last four years, spending the last three in a dual role as recruiting coordinator.

It remains to be seen if Shannon will also utilize McGriff as the team's recruiting coordinator. It's expected Shannon will formally announce his staff in the next couple of days. Last year's defensive backs coach Tim Walton will take over as defensive coordinator.

McGriff's defensive backs helped improve Baylor's pass defense significantly the last few years.

The Bears ranked 101st nationally in pass defense at the end of the 2003 season but climbed to No. 62 in 2004 and No. 57 in 2005. last year Baylor ranked No. 83.

After finishing 115th nationally in pass efficiency defense at the end of the 2004 campaign, Baylor jumped to 13th in 2005. The 2005 Baylor defense allowed just 14 touchdowns through the air, its fewest since 1998, and recorded its most interceptions (16) since 1994 with McGriff's corners accouting for 11 picks. The team ranked No. 73 in pass efficiency defense last year.

A defensive coach for most of his career, McGriff served as a defensive coordinator at two schools Savannah State and Kentucky State.

McGriff began his coaching career as a graduate assistant coach at his alma mater, Savannah [Ga.] State. He coached the Tigers' running backs in 1990, then moved into a full-time role as secondary coach in 1991-92 and added duties as defensive coordinator in 1993-94. During the 1994 season, McGriff's unit ranked sixth nationally in total defense. He also was head coach of the school's baseball team for four seasons (1992-95), winning a pair of conference championships and twice being named league Coach of the Year.

From 1995 through 1999 he coached at Kentucky State in Frankfort, where he was assistant head coach, defensive coordinator and secondary coach. McGriff's defenses achieved numerous national top 10 statistical rankings, leading the nation in total defense in 1995 and pass yardage defense in 1997. In 1998, he was named the American Football Coaches Association's NCAA Division II National Assistant Coach of the Year.

McGriff spent the 2000 campaign just a few miles from Lexington as the secondary and punt return team coach at Eastern Kentucky. The 2000 Colonels ranked fourth nationally in total defense, fifth in scoring defense and ninth in passing yardage allowed. EKU posted four shutouts during the season.

McGriff spent the 2001 season as running backs coach at Kentucky. With his runners leading the way, the Wildcats averaged 4.1 yards per carry, the teams' best mark since the 1995 season. The UK running backs did not lose any fumbles to the opponents in 2001. In 2002, he returned to the defensive side of the ball as UK's cornerbacks coach.

He then joined Baylor's staff.

A native of Tifton, Ga., McGriff played cornerback, running back and wide receiver for the Tift County High School state championship team. He began his collegiate playing career at South Carolina State for one year, then transferred to Savannah State, where he started at outside linebacker for three seasons.

McGriff, who was a team captain, was chosen the team's defensive MVP and was named SSC's 1989 Male Academic Athlete of the Year. In addition to his bachelor's degree in criminal justice from Savannah State in 1990, he holds a master's degree in public administration from Georgia Southern University (1993). McGriff graduated with distinction from GSU.

He was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army in 1990 and was a member of the Army Reserves until 2001. McGriff and his wife, Karen, have a son, Jaylen.



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Shannon era opens as Miami starts spring workouts

By TIM REYNOLDS, AP Sports Writer
March 6, 2007

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) -- Randy Shannon got on the ground on a sunny, breezy Tuesday afternoon, barking out instructions while showing a group of offensive linemen the correct way to corral a loose ball.

"Do it right, or you run," Shannon warned 340-pound tackle Chris Barney.




Spring practice was barely 15 minutes old, and already, Shannon was in the process of reshaping the Miami Hurricanes.

Miami's new coach has added new rules -- among them, any player caught with a gun is off the team and players must wait two years before moving off-campus, plus maintain a 2.5 grade-point average to stay there. He's demanding accountability on and off the field, all part of the plan to push the Hurricanes back to prominence.

That process truly started on Jan. 1, when Shannon replaced Larry Coker, and Miami's former defensive coordinator said there was no extra feeling of excitement Tuesday running his first real practice as the boss.

"Not at all," Shannon said. "If you're a coach, you can coach. You just mingle and go from side to side, you get into drills, you get involved. You don't sit back and just wait. ... You just bounce around. You see different things. Players have got to understand you're part of them, not separate from them."

So he spent the afternoon scanning the entire field, looking at dozens of returnees and a few newcomers run around in shorts, jerseys and helmets, all under the watchful eye of a coaching staff that was revamped following a 7-6 season.

The big question for Miami entering spring practice -- will either Kirby Freeman or Kyle Wright emerge as the starting quarterback? -- will be unanswered until just before the start of the regular season. Shannon isn't allowing the quarterbacks to answer questions until the fall; they're off-limits this spring.

He's laid down new laws, and his players are clearly taking notice.

"We're not really supposed to be talking about the quarterbacks," running back Javarris James said, sidestepping a question.

So how did the quarterbacks look Tuesday?

"Don't know," Shannon said, smiling.

It's impossible to know if Wright -- the starter until getting injured late last season -- or Freeman, who led Miami to a win in the MPC Computers Bowl against Nevada, is the front-runner entering the spring, because there's no depth chart, either.

Shannon's thinking there is simple: Naming even prospective starters now, more than 5 1/2 months before the regular season opens Sept. 1 against Marshall, would be counterproductive. He's trying to convince every player that every spot on the team -- no exceptions -- is open to competition.

"Team. We need team. The chemistry issue, that's the biggest thing," Shannon said. "We've got to get the chemistry issue down to where we're working together toward common goals, nobody worried about how many interceptions they get or how many sacks or how many touchdown passes. It's team."

Shannon is known as a disciplinarian, especially among the defensive players who were recruited by him and worked closely with him since their arrival on campus.

But now, the rest of the team is figuring out what makes the former Miami standout tick. He's changed the way the locker room is set up, putting offensive and defensive players around each other so they can mingle more and become closer, all with the goal of building that chemistry that he often speaks about.

"Word of mouth, the last couple years, being on offense, we were always like, 'Oh, man, we're glad Coach Shannon's not with us,"' offensive lineman Derrick Morse said. "But he is, and that's exactly what our offense needs now. I think it's going to be great for us."




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I spent most the afternnon yesterday at the UM Track/soccer field for a fund raiser event...Sebastian was there with us..I mean I will never be that close to him again..Cool Mascot !!!!
Saw a couple of the footbal plaers there too... Cant wait to see what 2007 will bringus !!!!!

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Tey're workinn out in The Gables..no doubt about it !!!

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4/10/07
Winners Announced!
Congratulations to the following individuals who renewed their 2007 football season tickets online:
Isabel Diaz of Coral Gables was selected to win an authentic 2006 Hurricane Football Jersey.
Janet Shelton of Cape Coral was selected to win an authentic Hurricane Football Helmet.
Joel DeCastro of Edison, New Jersey has won a 2007 season parking pass and
Ferenc Schaefer of Miami Lakes has won 2 game tickets to watch the Miami Hurricanes take on the Oklahoma Sooners this year in Norman, Oklahoma.



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UM on the Rise .....

Graig Cooper, RB, Miami

Despite missing the last week of the spring with a broken little finger, the freshman showed he's a big-time threat. His breakaway ability has drawn comparisons to former Hurricane Devin Hester. Cooper had arguably the best showing of any Miami player this spring, regardless of position. He raised eyebrows and dropped jaws on one 60-yard touchdown run. He appeared to be contained, reversed field, accelerated and dashed untouched into the end zone. Expect Cooper and Javarris James to line up together in some sets next season. "We'll get them on the field and get them touches," running backs coach Tommie Robinson said.

UM on the Slide

Kyle Wright, QB, Miami

The two-year starter did nothing to ensure that he would be in charge for a third season. Insiders report he was unable to distinguish himself from backup Kirby Freeman. Wright completed seven of 14 passes for 60 yards in the spring game. Freeman completed eight of 19 for 117 yards. Coach Randy Shannon spent much of the spring refusing to give any indication of how the competition was unfolding. "I don't even know what the quarterbacks are doing. I'm trying to build up a team, and that's the one thing we're concentrating on." Shannon said the starting quarterback would not be named until the Tuesday prior to the season-opener against Marshall.

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I believe I have tickets for the 'Canes game Vs The Seminoles in Tally this year...Great !!!! And since I have family there its a zinch !!!!!

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Family of slain Hurricanes player to get $2 million settlement

May 23, 2007

MIAMI (AP) -- The family of slain Miami Hurricanes player Bryan Pata will get $2 million from the insurance companies of the apartment complex where he was murdered, family attorneys said Wednesday.

Pata was fatally shot outside The Colony Apartment in Kendall on Nov. 7. The apartment complex did not provide the 24-hour security it had advertised, and several outdoor lights were obscured or not working, particularly where the shooting took place, said the family's attorneys.

"It was basically pitch black where it happened," attorney Douglas McCarron said.

Pata's parents will receive two $1 million payouts, the full policy limit from both of the complex's insurance companies.

Relatives said Pata had promised to help financially support his family once he signed an NFL contract.

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Before 1979, there was talk that Miami officials were thinking of dropping football. Attendance had fallen to a new low. In state, Florida beat Miami seven consecutive times from 1971-77. Florida State was building its powerhouse under Bobby Bowden. Miami, though, brought in former Alabama assistant Howard Schnellenberger to turn things around in South Florida. He brought a no-nonsense, winning attitude while establishing Miami's recruiting plan for years to come. As South Florida's population boomed, so did its population of top football recruits. The State of Miami included all of South Florida and then expanded into Orlando and Tampa. Schnellenberger led Miami to its first national championship in 1983. The Hurricanes won four more in the next 18 seasons: in 1987 under Jimmy Johnson, in 1989 and '91 under Dennis Erickson and in 2001 under Larry Coker.

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Miami Schedule
Date Opponent

Sept. 1 Marshall
Sept. 8 at Oklahoma
Sept. 15 Florida International
Sept. 20 Texas A&M
Sept. 29 Duke
Oct. 6 at North Carolina
Oct. 13 Georgia Tech
Oct. 20 at Florida State I shall be there !!!!
Nov. 3 N.C. State
Nov. 10 Virginia
Nov. 17 at Virginia Tech
Nov. 24 at Boston College

Why: The Hurricanes might petition for admission into the Big 12 South with a road game at Oklahoma and a home game against Texas A&M. They also go to Florida State, Virginia Tech and Boston College.

Toughest game: There are plenty to choose, but a Nov. 17 visit to Blacksburg looks most difficult. The Hurricanes lost to the Hokies in Miami last year, and Virginia Tech quarterback Sean Glennon projects to be better than he was a year ago. Also, Virginia Tech's defense is one of the few that can match Miami's.

Cakewalk: In a four-week span from Sept. 15 to Oct. 6 the Hurricanes face Florida International (winless in '06), Duke (winless in '06) and North Carolina (3-9 in '06). Those games are interrupted by a home date with Texas A&M, which should be a dramatic upgrade in caliber of opponent.

But did you see the Holiday Bowl?

Trap game: Georgia Tech defeated Miami 30-23 in 2006, and the Yellow Jackets could do it again on Oct. 13 if the Hurricanes are looking ahead to a trip to Florida State the next week.

Changes from last season: Louisville and Houston have been replaced by Oklahoma and Texas A&M. There is no Division I-AA opponent this year.
A road game against Maryland from the Atlantic Division is gone. Instead, the Hurricanes play at home against N.C. State.

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Voice of the Fan: Bring back Miami vs. Florida

By Olin Buchanan, Rivals.com College Football Senior Writer

Nostalgia can spawn two-sided emotions.

Sometimes we reflect on a lost love and pine for the days when they were part of our lives. In other instances, we stew in bitterness and wait impatiently for glorious revenge.

Both emotions were obviously prevalent in the Rivals.com readers survey which asked what college football rivalries would be best revived.

Nebraska and Oklahoma fans expressed feelings of remorse in recalling the old days of their rivalry, which was one of the greatest in college football until the creation of the Big 12 abolished the annual series.

Meanwhile, Pittsburgh and Penn State fans vehemently disagreed on why that series ended and whether it should continue for any reason other than getting another chance to punch an opponent in the gut.

However, a slight majority of the 1,704 voters 25.23 percent indicated the rivalry they'd most like to see restored is Miami vs. Florida. Second was Pittsburgh-Penn State (24.47 percent), followed by Oklahoma-Nebraska (21.77 percent), Arkansas-Texas (18.6 percent) and South Carolina-North Carolina (9.92 percent).

The Gators and Hurricanes were rivals long before they were national powers, having played annually from 1938 to 1987. Since then, however, they've met only four times during a home-and-home series in 2002 and 2003 and in the 2000 Sugar Bowl and 2004 Peach Bowl.

They will renew their series in 2008, much to the delight of a Gator fan going by the handle JPalmGator 3.

"I'd like to play Miami each year," he wrote. "Unfortunately, the fans don't get to decide. The university wants the extra money that comes with an additional home game each year."

Many Miami fans indicated they would prefer to resurrect their rivalry with Notre Dame. With the exception of the 1986 season, the Hurricanes played the Irish from 1971 to 1990.

"Any Canes fan will love to see 'The U' whoop some Irish (tail), but the golden girls will never put us back on their schedule. So, I guess we will have to settle for some Gator meat," wrote Miami fan jbatista75.

Even some fans in Florida acknowledged the Gators-Hurricanes rivalry might not be the best one to see restored.

"As a Gator, I'd like to see Florida-Miami reinstated," said a fan going by the handle MarkSouthFla. "But if I were to be a truly impartial college football fan, I'd like to see Nebraska-Oklahoma played annually again, if I can only pick one. There were just too many good games in this series. Shame on the Big 12 for not taking steps to preserve it. The SEC made sure that each team kept at least one interdivision rivalry intact, so we still get to see Tennessee-Alabama and Georgia-Auburn."

That rivalry got other votes from impartial fans.

"From the list, it has to be Oklahoma-Nebraska," wrote tiger-in-exile, an LSU fan living in Jackson, Miss. "Few rivalries matched this one over the years for impact on the national title race."

While the Nebraska-Oklahoma rivalry seemed to be founded on a mutual respect, none of that could be found in the discussions between Pittsburgh and Penn State fans. The teams haven't played since the Panthers prevailed 12-0 in 2000.


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Top 50 Countdown: No. 20 Miami

By David Fox, Rivals.com College Football Staff Writer






Coach: Randy Shannon | Staff
In 2006: 7-6, 3-5 ACC; Beat Nevada 21-20 in MPC Computers Bowl.
Returning starters: Offense: 9. Defense: 8.
Key losses: TE Greg Olsen, OG Anthony Wollschlager, DE Baraka Atkins, DT Bryan Pata, S Brandon Meriweather.
2007 breakdown: Top 10 players | Outlook | Offense | Defense | Special teams | Coaching | Schedule



Breaking down the offense

Overview: This is not the Miami offense of old, but the coaching staff has legitimate reason to believe this unit is at least heading in the right direction. Miami averaged only 15.9 points per game in ACC play last season. The Hurricanes had only one player on the All-ACC first or second teams (first-team tight end Greg Olsen). Olsen is now gone, leaving Javarris James - a Rivals.com second-team freshman All-American - as the Hurricanes best offensive playmaker. Patrick Nix joins the staff from Georgia Tech, where he called plays for only one year before heading to Coral Gables. Chief on his list of concerns is the quarterback situation. Kyle Wright and Kirby Freeman continue to vie for the starting job.


MIAMI TOP 10
Calais Campbell had 10.5 sacks in his first season as a starter.
1. DE Calais Campbell
2. S Kenny Phillips
3. RB Javarris James
4. RB Graig Cooper
5. CB Glenn Sharpe
6. DE Eric Moncur
7. S Lovon Ponder
8. CB Randy Phillips
9. WR Sam Shields
10. OT Jason Fox

Best player: RB Javarris James. By the third game of the 2006 season, James emerged as one of the best freshman running backs in the country. He was a second-team Rivals.com freshman All-American after rushing for 802 yards, the second-highest total for a Miami freshman.
Most overrated: James. It comes with the territory. James will always be compared to his cousin Edgerrin, who starred at Miami before heading to the NFL. In his sophomore season, Javarris James will likely split carries with true freshman Graig Cooper, who is a potential superstar.

Most underrated: WR Lance Leggett. A five-star receiver, Leggett was much maligned for his 32 combined catches in his first two seasons. His overall improvement last season was lost in a dismal year for the offense as a whole. Leggett finished with 38 receptions and 584 yards last season.

Must step up: OT Reggie Youngblood. Youngblood started seven games at left tackle last season, but will likely move to the right side to make room for Rivals.com second-team freshman All-American Jason Fox. Youngblood, a five-star prospect in 2005, has yet to reach is potential. He was a highly touted signee, but he has struggled with injuries. Miami needs him to be a major factor on the line as a junior.

Shoes to fill: Tight end. From Jeremy Shockey to Kellen Winslow II to Greg Olsen, Miami has cranked out elite tight ends in the last few years. The string could be coming to an end this season. Junior DajLeon Farr, who has four career catches, will take over in Olsen's old spot. Farr takes the job with far less fanfare than Winslow and Olsen when they became starters. Converted defensive end Richard Gordon brings plenty of athletic ability to the position, but he needs to learn the offense.

Impact newcomer: RB Graig Cooper. Cooper signed with Miami in 2006 but did not qualify. A year later, he left prep school as a five-star running back. The true freshman should push James for carries and could surpass him as a game-breaking back.

Battle to watch: Quarterback. Kyle Wright and Kirby Freeman enter the fall competing for the starting job. Neither was consistent last season. Wright made nine starts and Freeman four after Wright's season-ending thumb injury. Wright has more experience, but Freeman offers more mobility. The decision between the two might wait until the opener.

New in 2007: Randy Shannon retained only two members of last year's offensive coaching staff wide receivers coach Marquis Mosely and tight ends coach Joe Pannunzio. New offensive coordinator Patrick Nix is the team's third coordinator in three seasons, but he promises to use personnel a little more creatively at Miami.

Grade the units:
QB: C. Quarterback U is struggling. The competition between Wright and Freeman could last to the end of fall.
RB: B-plus. The run game is showing signs of returning to Miami standards with the true freshman Cooper joining James.
WR/TE: B. There's not a lot of depth, but Shields performed well as a freshman and we're counting on the improvement of Leggett.
OL: B-minus. The line returns four starters, including Rivals.com second-team freshman All-American Jason Fox, who started 12 games last year.


Breaking down the defense

Overview: Miami hasn't been as dominant as in years past, but it isn't the defense's fault. This side of the ball was championship-worthy last year, finishing in the top 10 nationally in yards per game and rushing defense. Now that former coordinator Randy Shannon has been elevated to head coach, the leadership will fall on Tim Walton - who spent the last three seasons as defensive backs coach. The secondary has been the strength of the defense in recent years, and this season All-America candidate Kenny Phillips returns at safety. The defensive backfield must deal with losing Brandon Meriweather to the NFL and Anthony Reddick to a season-ending knee injury. Along with Meriweather, linebacker Jon Beason was a first-round pick in the NFL Draft. That marks seven consecutive years in which a Miami defensive player was taken in the first round.

Best player: DE Calais Campbell. As a sophomore, Campbell finished with 20.5 tackles for a loss and 10.5 sacks in his first full season as a starter. At 6-foot-8, 282 pounds, has tremdendous size is continuing to improve.


Miami Schedule
Date Opponent

Sept. 1 Marshall
Sept. 8 at Oklahoma
Sept. 15 Florida International
Sept. 20 Texas A&M
Sept. 29 Duke
Oct. 6 at North Carolina
Oct. 13 Georgia Tech
Oct. 20 at Florida State
Nov. 3 N.C. State
Nov. 10 Virginia
Nov. 17 at Virginia Tech
Nov. 24 at Boston College

Most overrated: LB Tavares Gooden. Gooden was among Miami's leading tacklers as a sophomore in 2004 with 83 stops, but his career has hit a stumbling block after a shoulder injury kept him out of the 2005 season. In his first season back, he had 41 tackles and was left on the sideline when Miami went to its nickel package. Miami could use a healthy Gooden and his experience in its linebacking corps.
Most underrated: DE Eric Moncur. At 6-foot-2, 260 pounds, Moncur doesn't have the size of fellow end Campbell. However, Moncur should be an excellent complement on the other side of the line. He started twice as a redshirt freshman and three times last season. As a junior, he will be a full-time starter.

Must step up: Linebackers. You won't find Ray Lewis, Dan Morgan or Jonathan Vilma in this year's defense. Gooden, Glenn Cook and Darryl Sharpton have been solid contributors the last few years, but the star-in-waiting in this group is sophomore Colin McCarthy.

Shoes to fill: Secondary. Miami's secondary should be a strength, but it is not without its issues. The Hurricanes lost star safety Brandon Meriweather to the NFL and Anthony Reddick to injury. This should still be a formidable group with juniors Kenny Phillips and Randy Phillips leading the way.

Position battle: Linebacker. Miami has a mix of young up-and-comers (McCarthy, Sharpton) and veteran part-time starters (Gooden, Cook, Romeo Davis) who are vying for playing time.

New in 2007: Shannon was elevated to head coach in part for the work he has done on the defense in recent years. He was Rivals.com's Defensive Coordinator of the Year in 2005 and turned in another top defense in '06. Look for him to keep his hands in the defense, but Walton will add his own wrinkles. Former Miami star Michael Barrow will coach the linebackers in his first full-time coaching job, while Wesley McGriff will take over Walton's spot as DB coach after four seasons at Baylor.

Grade the units:
DL: A. Campbell and Moncur could be the best defensive end duo in the ACC, if not the country. Tackle Antonio Dixon should be a playmaker as well.
LB: B-minus. McCarthy is Miami's next star linebacker. Miami needs each linebacker to step up this season.
DB: A. Kenny Phillips and Randy Phillips aren't the only standouts. This is a unit rich in experience with Glenn Sharpe and Lovon Ponder contributing.


Breaking down the special teams


Season outlook with bowl forecast
Since Carl Selmer in 1976, every coach left Miami of his own accord until the firing of Coker. Each first-year Miami coach since Jimmy Johnson has had a winning record, and two (Dennis Erickson and Coker) have won the national title in their first seasons. A national title will be far-fetched in year one for Shannon, but a winning record should be an easy task. Miami's schedule includes tough road trips to Oklahoma, Florida State and Virginia Tech. The Hurricanes are a long shot BCS team, but a Gator or Champs Sports bowl is more likely.
Overview: Miami special teams are undergoing an upheaval of sorts. Longtime kicker Jon Peattie and veteran punter Brian Monroe are gone. Redshirt freshman Matt Bosher should take over the punting duties. Daren Daly, who handled four kickoffs last year, will be the place-kicker. Without star returner Devin Hester last season, the punt return team was second to last in the ACC (7.2 yards per return); the kickoff return team was 10th (19.9 yards). The Hurricanes spent much of the spring looking for players to bring some life to the return game.
Best player: LS Ross Abramson. It doesn't say much about Miami special teams when a long snapper checks in as the best returning special teams player. Still, Miami says its senior snapper didn't have a bad snap all year.

Grade the units:
K: C. Former Florida State walk-on Daly came out of spring with the edge over Bosher and earned a scholarship.
P: C. Bosher was the No. 6 kicker in the class of 2006 but will enter the fall as Miami's punter.
KR: C. Bruce Johnson returns as the leader on a kick return unit that didn't have a return longer than 34 yards last year.
PR: C-minus. After last year's struggles, Miami tried Shields, Cooper, Doug Wiggins, Ryan Hill and Chavez Grant at the position.


Breaking down the coaching

Overview: Miami received its share of criticism for firing Larry Coker, who went 60-15 in his first head coaching job. But Coker's final season was a tumultuous one for the Hurricanes. Amid going 7-6, there was the murder of Bryan Pata and an ugly on-field brawl with Florida International (which followed a brawl with LSU in the Peach Bowl the previous season). Shannon may not have been the first choice, but he could be the perfect choice. Along with his credentials as Miami's defensive coordinator, Shannon brings a no-nonsense approach and plenty of credibility. He grew up in the area and has been a part of three UM national titles as a player or coach. The biggest loss on the coaching staff could be line coach Mario Cristobal, who will be coaching across town at Florida International.

Grade the coaches:
Head coach: B. Shannon is untested as a head coach, but since the Howard Schnellenberger era Miami has benefited early from each of its head coaching changes.
Offense: B. No current offensive coach has been at Miami for more than two seasons. Coordinator Patrick Nix is a name on the rise, but has only been a play-caller for one season at Georgia Tech.
Defense: A. Tim Walton will look to continue the success Shannon had as coordinator.

Special teams: B-minus. Joe Pannunzio will have to replace both kickers and both returners in his second year on the staff.

David Fox is a national writer for Rivals.com. He can be reached at [email protected].

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2007 Miami Schedule
Date Opponent

Sept. 1 Marshall
Sept. 8 at Oklahoma
Sept. 15 Florida International
Sept. 20 Texas A&M
Sept. 29 Duke
Oct. 6 at North Carolina
Oct. 13 Georgia Tech
Oct. 20 at Florida State
Nov. 3 N.C. State
Nov. 10 Virginia
Nov. 17 at Virginia Tech
Nov. 24 at Boston College

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Miami freshman QB Marve expected to redshirt

July 19, 2007
MIAMI (TICKER) --

Robert Marve's first season at Miami apparently has been put on hold.

The freshman quarterback withdrew from summer classes at Miami on Thursday and is expected to take a medical reshirt this season, according to a report on the Miami Herald's web site.

A high school All-American and one of the top incoming freshman quarterbacks in the country, Marve was one of three Hurricanes players involved in a serious car accident early Monday morning.

A righthanded passer, Marve suffered a broken left wrist, a dislocated left ring finger, a severe cut running near his left pinkie finger and nerve damage. According to the Herald, Marve was released from Naples Community Hospital on Tuesday and is recovering at his home in Tampa.

Marve's father, former NFL player Eugene Marve, told the newspaper that his son had considered redshirting prior to the accident. The 18-year-old Marve likely would have started the season third on Miami's depth chart at quarterback behind senior Kyle Wright and junior Kirby Freeman.

"We had a little setback in our program, but he will recover," Eugene Marve told the newspaper. "Even before the accident, I went back and forth in my mind whether I wanted him to play or not this season - whether he could beat out Kyle or Kirby. All those questions go through your mind.

"Unfortunately, he was in the best shape of his life and he's really disappointed all that training has gone down the drain. He's the biggest and strongest and fastest he's ever been - up to 200 pounds."

The 6-1 Robert Marve was a standout at Tampa's Plant High School and was voted "Mr. Florida" for football after passing for 4,372 yards and 48 touchdowns - both state records - as a senior last year.

While recovering in the hospital, Marve told the Tampa Tribune on Tuesday that he was sleeping in the back seat of his 2007 Dodge Charger while traveling back to campus with fellow freshman Jermaine McKenzie and sophomore Colin McCarthy.

Marve told the Tribune that he was tired from spending a long weekend with his family in Tampa and decided to allow McKenzie, 18, drive back to Miami. The 19-year-old McCarthy was riding in the front passenger seat.

According to the Tribune, McKenzie fell asleep at the wheel, and the car smashed into a guard rail before flipping several times.

"We headed out of control," Marve told the Tribune. "Then everything just seemed to go black. I could feel that I was in the car, but I kept getting thrown around for a while. Then everything just stopped.

"I remembering seeing my arm was bloodied. They told me I got out through the back window, but I don't remember getting out. I don't really remember much else."

Marve admitted that he was relieved to be in relatively good health, claiming to the Tribune that he could have died in the violent wreck.

"I'm happy to be alive," Marve told the Tribune. "It was God's will for me not to die. He could have taken me away, but he spared my life. It wasn't my time."

McKenzie suffered a hairline fracture in his neck and will be sidelined up to three months. The highly touted receiver also withdrew from summer classes at Miami, but his father - John McKenzie - would not say whether his son planned to redshirt.

"That's touch and go," John McKenzie told the Herald. "The doctor at Naples (Community Hospital) said it could be up to three months, or he could be better sooner. It depends on how he heals."

McCarthy, a linebacker, is in surprisingly healthy condition after suffering a few minor cuts and bruises.

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