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 9 years ago '05        #2241
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We bout to have ESPNU here now after i sent about 6 emails. I saw the channel after i turned to ESPNC to see what was on then went up one and it was there. :applause:

i guess they still working on it cus it wasnt up earlier and i been sittin here looking at a black screen for the last 5 minutes. and C.R.I.P. i gotta spread rep for the link.


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 9 years ago '04        #2242
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if i cant watch it..im sure ill be able to listen...which is better than nothing
 9 years ago '04        #2243
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Le Batard: UM's Shannon must change things

Randy Shannon is at the center of the advertising campaign and the center of the storm. Everything gets rebuilt around him and by him now, beginning Saturday at noon, as his beloved University of Miami football program opens a season of renewal. UM is not unlike its old Orange Bowl home now -- sagging, weary, passed by. A little embarrassed, too. You don't want to call Shannon a savior, but a resurrection has been requested of him by a restless town not known for its patience. Hurry, Cane.

It is a very big job. But, man, UM's new head coach sure knows how to climb. He has lost siblings to crack cocaine and AIDS, his rugged past unlike many you'll find atop sports leadership. Shannon is Miami, both the city and the program, at his core -- overcoming, overachieving, overreaching. His father was murdered. One of his troubled brothers stole his identity. He was never the strongest or fastest or most athletic, but he willed himself to the top of college football and, after that, to the highest levels of our most violent sport. But, as any parent can tell you, knowing how to do something yourself is not the same as being able to instill it in your rambunctious kids.

Strength and discipline and pride and responsibility are not just things Shannon talks about in motivational speeches. They are what have kept him alive and prosperous, what got him from Miami's scarred streets to the National Football League, and what he brings with him when he runs his young men through that tunnel smoke Saturday to start a new f!ght. But his quiet dignity and stern discipline won't mean much if he doesn't get more players who are much better at finding the end zone than the ones Miami had last season.

The Hurricanes are so down. Unranked to start a season for the first time in about a decade. Forgotten, dismissed. But the man entrusted with picking the program off the floor, dusting it off and making it look right again grew up watching the program be elite and playing for the program when it was elite and coaching for it when it was elite. He is a bejeweled champion. He has given his body and mind and soul to this cause over the decades. He loves this thing. And, if you want to take something from those old war movies and westerns Shannon loves to watch, he isn't about to let it die in his arms without a f!ght.

Miami has always made the coaches, not the other way around. The program and surrounding area has been so rich with blurring talent that Butch Davis and Howard Schnellenberger and Dennis Erickson and Larry Coker would never succeed anywhere else the way they did here. What Shannon must do now, while changing the culture, is find more players who can make him look good. Help them help him. Never mind the losing. Miami has been boring lately, too, because it doesn't have electric skill-position players who can turn a common play into something that makes an entire stadium and city sway.

All over the highest level of football, the NFL, you will find UM players capable of taking football games and breaking them over a knee. And they are frustrated with the program, which is coming off an uncommonly mediocre 7-6 season. New York Jets linebacker Jonathan Vilma threw things at his television after one UM loss. Houston Texan receiver Andre Johnson literally sprinted right out of the bar where he was watching another in disgust. Shannon needs time to find more players like his best one -- 6-8, 280-pound defensive end Calais Campbell, a mountain of menace unlike anyone else Miami has in either huddle.

Shannon learned at champion Jimmy Johnson's knee. His UM roommate, Michael Irvin, climbed from their dorm room to the Hall of Fame. One of Shannon's former Hurricane players, Dwayne Johnson, climbed from the middle of Miami's depth chart to stardom in Hollywood as The Rock.

Miami helped lift Shannon from an awful place and surrounded him with success.

Beginning Saturday at noon, UM's new leader gets to start returning the favor.
 9 years ago '04        #2244
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RANDY SHANNON
Showing tough love
New UM coach Randy Shannon has instilled a culture that thrives on discipline, accountability and selflessness, and his players are welcoming the new attitude.


Edgerrin James was 18 when he first felt the heat of Randy Shannon's all-seeing, all-knowing persona.

Shannon, first-year head football coach at the University of Miami, coached the linebackers when James was a freshman and sophomore in 1996 and '97. But his UM family was all-encompassing. When young tailback James and his teammates would spend half the night partying in South Beach, in Coconut Grove -- wherever -- Shannon would be in their faces the next morning.

'He'd come up to us and say, `Be careful! I know where you all were!' said James, now 29 and with the Arizona Cardinals. ``He has an in to the streets. He knows what's going on backwards and forwards. He knows everybody.

"Coaches are usually out of the loop. But Coach Shannon knows -- always.''

And that's why, it seems, almost ironically, that players are drawn to this 41-year-old man who was raised in the inner city and has overcome obstacles his entire life. He not only will help save them from themselves, they surmise, he will, in turn, help save UM football.

Since being named head coach Dec. 8 to replace Larry Coker, Shannon has changed the culture of a football program that has lost much of the respect it worked so hard to regain during the Butch Davis era and early Coker years. Tough love is one way to describe his philosophy. He thrives on the words ''accountability'' and ''team.'' He reveres education, discipline, tireless work and those who follow directions.

He barely tolerates those who don't listen. And he hates distractions.

Selfish is out. Selfless is in.

PROPER BEHAVIOR

Like children who crave order and boundaries, the Hurricanes seem relieved to have Shannon around, even if that means no guns (or you're off the team), no names on jerseys, going to class, being on time, maintaining a 2.5 grade point average to live off campus as a junior or senior, shelving cellphones much of the time, wearing appropriate clothing (no undershirts in most places), being respectful toward women, walking away from f!ghts and keeping the locker room tidy.

''It's not about rules,'' Shannon said. ``It's about things that are going to make you win and make it safe for kids. If a police [officer] stops them and they have a firearm, they know it's over. There ain't no in-between. Season. Done. Forever.''

Said senior guard Derrick Morse: ``We just needed a change. Whatever system the old coaches had wasn't working. The respect factor, the intensity and presence he brings. You see him walking down the hallway and you're going to stand up straighter. It doesn't matter who you are -- a fifth-year senior, freshman, starter, third-string, walk-on. Right down the line, he treats everybody the same.

'Before, if you messed up you were just going to run. And some guys can run till the cows come home. Now it's, `You're not going to run, you're going to move down the depth chart.' ''

Junior cornerback Randy Phillips was amazed recently when he discovered Shannon had stripped players' names off the back of jerseys. Too much preening and self grandeur.

''No names? Wow. Wow,'' Phillips said. He paused.

"Whatever Bossman says. Coach Shannon is more of an urban-like, modern-like, right-now-type coach. Coach Coker was more in the 2000 era. Coach Shannon is a more hip-hop type, you know, like a big brother. But that big brother stays on that little brother so hard because the dad hardly is ever around. The big brother is around all the time.''

Linebacker Tavares Gooden believes Shannon ``has put his foot down because he wants us to be successful. I believe it's a good thing. We can take it. He doesn't go beyond and yell and yell and yell. He knows how to say things and when to say things. You kind of don't want to mess up.''

EVERYBODY PAYS

Shannon's method: If one player messes up, everybody pays -- and everybody knows. He doesn't believe in secrets among family.

'There was a team meeting and Coach Shannon pretty much said, `We're all grown men and we have to start being more responsible,' '' Morse said.

``He switched up the locker room, so instead of all the offensive linemen being in the same area, now I'm next to a quarterback, a defensive back, a defensive lineman. He's breaking up cliques, and it's helping a lot. We're hanging out with different guys, there's better chemistry and everyone has everyone else's back.''

Offensive tackle Chris Rutledge has bought into the new philosophy. ``It works. It's not about individuals. We need the strictness. We need the direction.''

Shannon is sure of it.

''We're going to be known as a team that will do the right things on and off the field,'' he said.

"The players are excited because they want structure. They're thrilled.

"If a bunch of little things pile up, it's going to be a big mountain. Everybody can see the obvious. . . . But you have to attack the small things. Because once you get those out of the way -- the distractions -- everything else is easy.''

That, said by a man whose life has been anything but easy.

Shannon grew up in Miami and graduated from Norland High in 1984. Two brothers and a sister had drug addictions and died from complications of AIDS. His father was murdered in Liberty City when he was 3. Another brother stole his identity.

'THE RIGHT ROAD'

'Randy is the baby of the family, and he spent many years fussin' at his brothers and sister to stop doing drugs and clean themselves up, but they didn't listen and now they're gone,'' Shannon's mother, Dorleatha Johnson, told The Miami Herald when he was hired. ``God gave me five children, and he made Randy to take care of me when I lost the others. They grew up in the same surroundings, but Randy always chose the right road.''

Shannon, UM's former defensive coordinator, is the first black head football coach in UM history and sixth active in Division I. But even the mention of those facts makes him uncomfortable. He'd rather be judged by his accomplishments.

He earned one UM national title in 1987 as a linebacker, he earned another in 1991 as a UM graduate a.ssistant, and yet another as defensive coordinator in 2001 -- when he received the Frank Broyles Award as the top a.ssistant in college football. His defenses consistently have been among the nation's elite.

Now, with new offensive coordinator Patrick Nix and a rebuilt staff, he is intent on fixing a long-ailing offense and inconsistent special teams.

''He's a genius,'' All-American defensive end Calais Campbell said. ``He played at the U, so he knows what the U is about. We're going to push it to the limit.''

James, UM's former star, believes Shannon's Miami ties and no-nonsense approach will make all the difference.

''People do what they can get away with,'' James said. ``But if you put more responsibility on their shoulders, the real men will stand up and the weaker men will fall.

"Coach Shannon is getting the hunger back.''
 9 years ago '04        #2245
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UM FOOTBALL
Long odds for UM in national title bid
An unranked preseason status, combined with a tough schedule, makes UM's chance to play in the BCS title game unlikely, analysts say.
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BY SUSAN MILLER DEGNAN

For Hurricanes fans who despair at their football team doing nothing less than winning a national title, this could be another Maalox year.

''No possibility,'' ESPN college football analyst Lee Corso said. ``They can forget about it -- unless lightning strikes twice. Miami, being unranked, has to hope for seven, eight, 10 teams to lose games, including some teams twice. So, they've got no chance.''

Actually, Miami does have a chance, say two national Bowl Championship Series analysts -- a slim chance.

''Miami is not done before it begins,'' Jerry Palm said. ``Being undefeated will likely get them to No. 1 or 2 before the bowl game.''

Silence.

``But you usually don't get teams that people think are mediocre before the season all of a sudden going undefeated.''

It has been six years since Miami won its last national title, and this season, according to pollsters, could be the grimmest of all. For the first time since 1998, the Hurricanes are not ranked in The a.ssociated Press and USA Today (coaches) preseason polls. Despite road games against anticipated national powers Oklahoma and Virginia Tech, and fellow Top 25 teams Texas A&M and Florida State, it would be a dizzying climb to reach No. 2 or No. 1 for a chance to play in New Orleans for the national title.

HISTORICALLY TOUGH

In the past 20 years, there have been 13 teams to lose a game and still end up in the top two at the end of the regular season, said BCS analyst Brad Edwards of ESPN.

But here's the punch line: ''Of those 13 teams,'' Edwards said, 'only LSU in 2003 was ranked outside the preseason AP or coaches' polls. What that tells you is if you lose a game, history says you need to be ranked pretty high to start the season and overcome a loss. In other words, UM better win out.''

Palm and Edwards agreed that, unless there is the rare occurrence of three undefeated teams from any of the six major conferences after the regular season, a team to go undefeated from the Southeastern, Atlantic Coast, Big 12, Big Ten, Pac-10 or Big East virtually will be guaranteed a place in the title game.

''I can a.ssure you if Louisville had not lost to Rutgers last year and had gone undefeated, as maligned as the Big East was, they would have played in the national championship game instead of Florida,'' Edwards said.

The first BCS standings will be released Oct. 14, after most teams have played six games. The formula is based two-thirds on humans (the Harris Interactive Poll of former coaches, former players and the media; and the coaches' poll) and one-third on the compilation of six computer rankings (with the high and low results tossed out weekly).

Big victories early move teams up higher and faster, so a UM victory Sept. 8 at Oklahoma likely would catapult UM into the top 15, or even top 10, the analysts said. UM opens against Marshall at noon Saturday in the Orange Bowl.

''The thing I don't understand,'' SportsLine.com analyst Dennis Dodd said, ``is why is FSU in and UM out? They had identical records last season [7-6]. FSU beat them by three. FSU has [six] home games this year and an ungodly schedule.

``But national title? I'd say, no. They have a tough schedule, there are too many holes and a lot better teams.''

TEAM IS UNFAZED

UM players and coaches are not fazed by their team's absence from the rankings. Most said they didn't deserve to be ranked after last season. All are convinced that will change in a hurry.

''People who make judgments on that can't even play badminton,'' defensive line coach Clint Hurtt said. ``But still, we put ourselves in this predicament. We tell the kids to stay away from the newspapers and off the Internet and they'll be OK.''

Most can't stay away.

''It hurts a little because everybody looks at those rankings,'' said defensive end Calais Campbell. 'You want to know where everybody is ranked. I'm a very optimistic person, so I look at it like, `We've got something to prove.' We have to show everybody we're better than they think we are.''
 9 years ago '04        #2246
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Shannon-Kirby, a match made in heaven?

Success with starting quarterback Kirby Freeman will speak volumes of coach Randy Shannon.

It may be hard for a defensive player, like Randy Shannon was, to fully accept the importance of a quarterback when he played with game-changing All-Americans like Jerome Brown, Bennie Blades and Daniel Stubbs.

It may be hard for a defensive coordinator, like Randy Shannon was, to swallow the idea that a quarterback is incalculably vital when his 2001 defense was so good it could have carried an offense of nothing but fullbacks to a national championship.

It may still be hard for a defensive-minded head coach, like Randy Shannon now is, to truly wrap his mind around the concept that a quarterback is the key component to any team with above-average standards of success, especially when he has players on the defensive end like Calais Campbell and Kenny Phillips -- who could be the best at their position in the country.

But Shannon will soon have to come to terms with the elevated status of the quarterback position. Because he has picked his first one as a head coach. And like it or not, it'll be the decision most correlates with his early success as a head coach.

A head coach and his starting quarterback form an arranged marriage so steeped in tradition that even the most independent of thinkers can't talk their way out of it.

And Shannon is now married to Kirby Freeman -- 'til graduation, or a few shaky performances, do them part.

Shannon's predecessor didn't have to make a difficult decision to start his head-coaching career. Larry Coker had his football soul mate, Ken Dorsey, waiting to lead UM to national glory and start Coker off as the most successful coach in Hurricanes history.

Dennis Erickson started off with Craig Erickson. Jimmy Johnson stepped right into Bernie Kosar followed by Vinny Testaverde.

Shannon doesn't have that luxury. He had two relatively equal talents from which to choose, and no overwhelming evidence pulling him in either Freeman's direction or toward the incumbent, Kyle Wright. The choice gave Shannon one more leak to plug in a program littered with issues following a tumultuous 7-6 campaign.

So with his first major personnel decision as the head man, Shannon chose Freeman ahead of Wright. He chose fire and mobility and guts over calm and classic and safe. He picked the slightly younger model that promises only the unknown instead of the experienced model that can be reliable but hasn't quite lived up to the promise showed early in his career.

He picked Freeman, a new starter to coincide with the program's new start.

It actually makes the most sense for Shannon to go with the less experienced quarterback as his guy. It allows him to mold the junior and uncover some potential rather than attempt to improve a fifth-year senior who has done little with his opportunities in big spots.

And while Freeman started four games to finish last season, that experience could hardly be labeled as a fair showcasing. If you need a reminder of how turbulent a situation Freeman stepped into last year, the team was still feeling the effects of the embarrassing on-field brawl with FIU, and after consecutive losses to Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech, it was becoming close to obvious that Coker was coaching the stretch of what would be his final season. Adding the most mournful of tones to an already trying season, defensive tackle Bryan Pata was murdered the week of Freeman's first start.

Under those circumstances, Freeman's 2-2 record, 186.3 yards-per-game average, five touchdowns and six interceptions were rather insignificant numbers.

So Shannon's start with Freeman at his side can still be considered new -- a honeymoon period for both men who are especially eager to succeed. And it appears Freeman knows a thing or two about kicking off such a crucial relationship.

''I need y'all to hear me out on this,'' the native Texan said the day he was named starter. ``Coach Shannon is brilliant. He really is brilliant and y'all really will see this in this era of Miami football. He has not necessarily been a mediator, but he's done many things to implant things in my mind to show me things from a different perspective.

``And I really do believe this could be a special year for us.''

Shannon better hope those vows hold up. Because as much as the coach would like to convince people that Freeman's position carries just as much weight as the starting left cornerback, middle linebacker or right guard, it simply doesn't in the eyes of those watching the games from the stands.

It'll be in his best interest if Shannon-Freeman becomes a pairing made in Hurricane heaven.
 9 years ago '04        #2247
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Putting his payday on hold
Hurricanes defensive end Calais Campbell has put off pro career with the hope of leaving a legacy at Miami.

Calais Campbell -- nicknamed ''The Big Show'' -- could be a millionaire.

But the 6-8, 280-pound University of Miami defensive end believes money can wait.

To Campbell, you can't put a price on a national championship. You can't put a price on a legacy.

''I'm very passionate about the U,'' said Campbell, a 2007 Playboy All-American and first-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference end, who, according to NCAA rules, could have entered April's NFL draft because he had been out of high school three years. ``It wasn't even a close [decision] on me leaving. I knew I could have been a top pick. My goals were to win a championship, get my degree and break a record -- whether it be sacks or tackles-for-loss.

``Personally, I want to leave my mark here at the school.''

Barring injury, that should happen.

Campbell, who grew up in Denver, is the nation's No. 1 junior defensive end, according to ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. He played in all 25 games the past two seasons, with 13 starts and 119 tackles, 26 tackles-for-loss, 13 sacks, 25 quarterback pressures, four forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and 12 pass breakups.

Campell led the ACC and ranked fourth in the nation with 20 tackles-for-loss in 2006. He had a streak of seven games with at least one sack, and his 10.5 sacks (half a sack behind former tackle Kareem Brown) ranked second on the team.

''Phew! Let me tell you,'' offensive guard Derrick Morse said. ``He's an animal. Nobody I go against is better than Calais. He's a physical specimen, fast and strong. He looks skinny, but he takes that shirt off and he's pretty jacked. He can turn a speed rush into a power like that.

'When he came in a couple years ago and was on scout team, he was just tearing it up against the first-team offense. We knew then, that, `Man, this guy is for real.' He played every down on scout team like he was playing in a game.''

He's also one of the most gregarious players on the team. Rarely without a smile or an encouraging word, Campbell seems to make everyone he meets feel good.

''He's a great guy,'' UM coach Randy Shannon said. 'Over the summer and over the break we said, `Calais, you got to do community service. Go down to the juvenile detention center.' 'OK, Coach.' It ain't no distraction. Calais is going to do whatever it takes to be himself. He's not going to put himself on a pedestal. He's upbeat and positive.''

Campbell is the player, who, during games, looks toward the fans and repeatedly lifts his arms skyward, and then toward his body. ''I'm a very outgoing, optimistic person,'' he said before UM's bowl game against Nevada. ``I've always been the guy to keep everyone excited. It stinks when people boo, so I try to give them reason to cheer.''

Campbell expects to receive his degree in sociology, with a minor in advertising, in December. His father got sick and died in late 2003. Charles Campbell stressed education first and foremost.

Campbell has two sisters and five brothers. Four of his brothers play or have played collegiate football. That includes UM freshman defensive back Jared Campbell, who was offered an athletic scholarship at Washington, but decided instead to join Calais.

''He came down here mainly because he's seen what the U has done for me and how I've gotten stronger and faster,'' Campbell said. ``He wanted to be a part of that. I've reassured him we have a bright future at the University of Miami.''

And what about Campbell's future? Could he ever envision himself staying his senior year?

''It will be hard to turn down lots of money,'' he conceded. ``But I love it here and I would love to repeat if we win the national championship this year. You know how the Florida basketball players made a pact to come back and win? If some of the other guys on my team had that same [idea], that would be amazing.''
 9 years ago '04        #2248
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Catching on with experience
Hurricanes wide receiver Darnell Jenkins, a fifth-year senior, has become a more mature player intent on having a breakthrough season.


University of Miami wide receiver Lance Leggett concedes he's an old-timer --even if it's hard to believe four years have already passed.

Teammate Darnell Jenkins? He's antiquated.

''He's the old man of the group,'' Leggett said, laughing. ``We always mess with him. It feels like he's been around 20 years.''

Jenkins, the only fifth-year senior among UM receivers, has been recognized as a natural talent since he arrived on campus in December 2002 after initially not qualifying academically.

''It crossed my mind that I wasn't going to make it to [UM],'' Jenkins said early in his UM career. 'But I said to myself, `You haven't come this far for nothing.' ''

Now, Jenkins has earned one degree in liberal arts and is working toward another in sports sociology. He already is a success story. And after one of the best fall camps of any offensive player, Jenkins is ready to end his UM career with a season that will propel him to the NFL.

''Darnell has had an excellent camp,'' said receivers coach Marquis Mosely. ``He has stepped it up. He's a grown man who knows what to expect now. He's a very physical player, can catch the ball well and is very smart in the classroom. It's fun coaching him.''

Jenkins has been waiting a long time to make his mark. Last year was destined to be his year, too -- until he tore the posterior cruciate ligament of his right knee in the third quarter of the Sept. 16 Louisville game. He had caught three passes that day for 67 yards and came into the game with 10 catches for 116 yards.

Fully healed, he knows he has one last shot. He missed spring practice to tend to family issues and said he is back with a clear head.

''My career has had a lot of ups and downs,'' said the 5-10, 188-pound Jenkins, who graduated from Miami Central High and has 62 catches for 675 yards and four touchdowns in 38 games. He also has returned 34 kickoffs for a 17.9-yard average and 77 punts for an 8.6-yard average. ``I really haven't had the season I felt I could be happy with. This season right here is the one where everything is on the line. I was always the fourth receiver. Now I hope to start.''

Leggett said a big difference in Jenkins this fall is ``a great attitude.

``He's like a new man. I always loved being around Darnell, but now I love being around him even more. He's more mature right now. In the past he had his times. Nothing bad, but if something happened he'd be down the whole practice. Now, if he's down in the locker room, he's not going to let it come on to the field.''

Added receiver Khalil Jones: ``You feed him the ball this camp and he always does something with it. I think he's in the zone now.''

Jenkins said the difference this season is that ``everyone is doing their a.ssignments and no one is faulting any other positions for anything that goes wrong. Like if there is a blitz and someone doesn't pick it up, we won't blame it on the offensive line, or we won't blame it on the running back for not picking up the block. We'll just fault ourself for not getting open quick enough.''

He said he has improved most in blocking. ''That's where I needed the most work,'' he said.

Jenkins said he'll be sad to play his last season at the Orange Bowl, knowing the team will soon move to Dolphin Stadium.

''I watched them in the Orange Bowl growing up,'' he said. ``There's just something special about it.''

And as much as he wants to excel individually, he says his real goal is to be a leader so the team can benefit:

``I want to do whatever it takes for this team to win a national championship.''
 9 years ago '04        #2249
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Appetite for stardom
Defensive end Eric Moncur hopes his improved conditioning will add up to more quarterback sacks for the Hurricanes this season.


Eric Moncur has a confession to make.

''I used to be hooked on those McDonald's double cheeseburgers,'' the soft spoken, 6-2, 245-pound defensive end said with a hint of embarrassment.

``Every day it was a couple of double cheeseburgers, fries and a Powerade . . . but now, I feel rocked up.''

The former Miami Carol City standout has plenty of reasons to feel ''rocked up.'' For starters, he has lost 20 pounds since last spring. His body fat percentage is under the new 15 percent maximum for defensive ends, according to team rules. And he no longer feels like his motor is going to run out by the end of games and practices.

But do you want to know the real reason Moncur is excited about this season? He's knows he's going quarterback hunting with an All-American in Calais Campbell. And he knows a feast could be in store.

''I plan on having a big year,'' said Moncur, a redshirt junior who is expected to start opposite Campbell this season.

``He's going to be getting a lot of attention from the teams we play, who are going to be focus on him because he's an All-American. That's going to give me a lot of opportunities to get a one-on-one with certain guys and I just have to take advantage of it.''

Considered the state's top pass rusher when he graduated from Carol City in 2002, the road to getting on the field at UM has taken what has felt like an eternity for Moncur. Instead of entering UM as a freshman, he deferred enrollment in 2003 and redshirted in 2004.

The following season, he earned All-ACC freshman first-team honors by the Sporting News when he finished third on the team with nine quarterback pressures.

KNEE INJURY

Then, last season, he made three starts in the season's first month before a knee injury sidelined him and he found himself coming off the bench behind then-senior Baraka Atkins.

''It's been frustrating, but I really haven't let it get me down,'' said Moncur, whose father, Benny, a 6-9 center at Miami Jackson High, played college ball for the University of Houston in the early 1980s.

``Everything happens for a reason, and that's the attitude I took towards it. I just kept working hard and now I'm in a position where I can be one of the best defensive ends in the country. That's what I'm pushing to do.''

Defensive line coach Clint Hurtt said Moncur reminds him a lot of former Hurricane and first-round NFL draft pick Jerome McDougle, whose own pro career has been hampered by injuries and mishaps.

'If I had to sum him up in one word, it's `dangerous,' '' Hurtt said.

``He's absolutely dangerous, extremely explosive, fast, athletic, plays the game with a passion. His motor goes nonstop. The only thing I get on him for now is that he needs to learn how to have amnesia. . . . He needs to learn how to let it go [after mistakes].''

TRIBUTE TO PATA

One thing Moncur refuses to let go of is a close friendship with the family of the late Bryan Pata. Moncur, who wore a knee brace made by former Canes linebacker Jon Beason late season with Pata's name inscribed on it, plans on wearing Pata's football gloves this season.

A liberal arts major who is engaged to his high school sweetheart, Moncur said he plans on living out Pata's dream by making it to the NFL.

First, though, he plans on graduating in December and meeting with Campbell plenty of times this season for quarterback-sack celebrations.

''Everybody says Calais is going to get a lot of attention,'' Hurtt said. "He may or may not, it depends on what other teams are going to do. We're not sure if they are going to turn and double-team him or just chip him with a back.

"But I can tell you this, if they do give [Campbell] too much attention, [Moncur] is going to make a lot of people pay.''
 9 years ago '05        #2250
Deeangoe 2 heat pts
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yo madness...are these all the articles that came out today in the hurricane preview in the miami herald"?
 9 years ago '04        #2251
madness 7 heat pts
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 Deeangoe said:
yo madness...are these all the articles that came out today in the hurricane preview in the miami herald"?
yessir...there's one last one on the kicking competition i'm bout to post up
 9 years ago '04        #2252
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Intense battle to gain a foothold
Three players will share the kicking duties this year for the Hurricanes, but their roles could change during the season.


When kicker Daren Daly transferred to the University of Miami from Florida State, he eyed the 2007 season.

Daly, a junior, projected an intense kicking competition that would give him his best shot to win one of the Hurricanes' three open jobs. After UM lost Brian Monroe and Jon Peattie -- who split punting, kickoff and placekicking duties -- to graduation, Daly, redshirt freshman Matt Bosher and senior walk-on Francesco Zampogna were vying for the first-team kicking roles. Coach Randy Shannon announced Tuesday that Daly will handle kickoffs, Bosher punting and Zampogna field goals and extra points. The kickers said they had a close battle for jobs during the preseason, perhaps suggesting that their roles might change during the season. Intent on holding tryouts, Shannon had the three rotate during preseason camp to allow performance to dictate which player suited each role. ''The one good thing is we have three kickers that have a lot of talent,'' special-teams coach Joe Pannunzio said more than halfway through preseason camp. ``What we have to find is who is going to separate themselves and who is going to be the guy that can make those kicks. To be honest, until that guy actually makes it, this might be an ongoing process.''

Shannon said he preferred not to have one player shouldering all the kicking jobs, although it's unclear whether spliting up the roles during the season will help the Hurricanes.

''I don't think that there is any one guy here out of all the kickers that is good enough to [punt, kick off and placekick],'' Daly said.

Shannon said on national signing day the one position he regretted not filling was kicking because he wanted more depth and competition. During spring practice he was not pleased with how the competition played out and mentioned he would consider offering a late scholarship if he found an able kicker available. That never happened, so Shannon is left with three players who have little experience.

Last season, Daly had four punts for an average of 41.5 yards, and Zampogna and Daly each had four kickoffs for averages of 55.8 yards and 62.2 yards, respectively.

UM's kicking game hardly was overpowering in 2006. Peattie tied for 62nd in the nation, converting 12 of 19 field goal attempts (63.2 percent.) Monroe ranked 36th in the country as a punter, averaging 41.7 yards.

Bosher, a first-team All-State kicker in 2005 at Jupiter High -- who also punts -- wants to show why Scout.com previously rated him the nation's No. 1 kicker. Shannon has been fairly tight-lipped on his evaluations of the kickers, so it's unclear whether he has been impressed by the highly touted Bosher.

With Peattie and Monroe gone, Zampogna said he sees ''more of an opportunity'' to contribute.

''I like it a lot better like that,'' Daly said. ``[The competition] pushes guys. It pushes me to get better, it pushes Francesco to get better and it pushes Matt to get better. Pretty much it weeds out whoever doesn't want to compete.''

Pannunzio took some solace knowing UM could carry on a kicking competition until the players sort it out, adding: ``We still have options, right?''
 9 years ago '04        #2253
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Long odds for UM in national title bid
An unranked preseason status, combined with a tough schedule, makes UM's chance to play in the BCS title game unlikely, analysts say.

For Hurricanes fans who despair at their football team doing nothing less than winning a national title, this could be another Maalox year.

''No possibility,'' ESPN college football analyst Lee Corso said. ``They can forget about it -- unless lightning strikes twice. Miami, being unranked, has to hope for seven, eight, 10 teams to lose games, including some teams twice. So, they've got no chance.''

Actually, Miami does have a chance, say two national Bowl Championship Series analysts -- a slim chance.

''Miami is not done before it begins,'' Jerry Palm said. ``Being undefeated will likely get them to No. 1 or 2 before the bowl game.''

Silence.

``But you usually don't get teams that people think are mediocre before the season all of a sudden going undefeated.''

It has been six years since Miami won its last national title, and this season, according to pollsters, could be the grimmest of all. For the first time since 1998, the Hurricanes are not ranked in The a.ssociated Press and USA Today (coaches) preseason polls. Despite road games against anticipated national powers Oklahoma and Virginia Tech, and fellow Top 25 teams Texas A&M and Florida State, it would be a dizzying climb to reach No. 2 or No. 1 for a chance to play in New Orleans for the national title.

HISTORICALLY TOUGH

In the past 20 years, there have been 13 teams to lose a game and still end up in the top two at the end of the regular season, said BCS analyst Brad Edwards of ESPN.

But here's the punch line: ''Of those 13 teams,'' Edwards said, 'only LSU in 2003 was ranked outside the preseason AP or coaches' polls. What that tells you is if you lose a game, history says you need to be ranked pretty high to start the season and overcome a loss. In other words, UM better win out.''

Palm and Edwards agreed that, unless there is the rare occurrence of three undefeated teams from any of the six major conferences after the regular season, a team to go undefeated from the Southeastern, Atlantic Coast, Big 12, Big Ten, Pac-10 or Big East virtually will be guaranteed a place in the title game.

''I can a.ssure you if Louisville had not lost to Rutgers last year and had gone undefeated, as maligned as the Big East was, they would have played in the national championship game instead of Florida,'' Edwards said.

The first BCS standings will be released Oct. 14, after most teams have played six games. The formula is based two-thirds on humans (the Harris Interactive Poll of former coaches, former players and the media; and the coaches' poll) and one-third on the compilation of six computer rankings (with the high and low results tossed out weekly).

Big victories early move teams up higher and faster, so a UM victory Sept. 8 at Oklahoma likely would catapult UM into the top 15, or even top 10, the analysts said. UM opens against Marshall at noon Saturday in the Orange Bowl.

''The thing I don't understand,'' SportsLine.com analyst Dennis Dodd said, ``is why is FSU in and UM out? They had identical records last season [7-6]. FSU beat them by three. FSU has [six] home games this year and an ungodly schedule.

``But national title? I'd say, no. They have a tough schedule, there are too many holes and a lot better teams.''

TEAM IS UNFAZED

UM players and coaches are not fazed by their team's absence from the rankings. Most said they didn't deserve to be ranked after last season. All are convinced that will change in a hurry.

''People who make judgments on that can't even play badminton,'' defensive line coach Clint Hurtt said. ``But still, we put ourselves in this predicament. We tell the kids to stay away from the newspapers and off the Internet and they'll be OK.''

Most can't stay away.

''It hurts a little because everybody looks at those rankings,'' said defensive end Calais Campbell. 'You want to know where everybody is ranked. I'm a very optimistic person, so I look at it like, `We've got something to prove.' We have to show everybody we're better than they think we are.''
 09-01-2007, 01:00 AM         #2254
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You know I know ESPN and everyone hates the Thug U persona.. But man I loved it, some of the worst days was when Butch coached with his bullsh*t rules.. I mean I know you need to control it but damn.. It aint a win for Miami unless you celebrate.. I know they haven't won anything to celebrate about but I hope when they do they let em go out and do it
 9 years ago '05        #2255
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i hate donna shala with her wackass high academic standards
 09-01-2007, 06:51 AM         #2256
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Happy Gameday Folks...

It's About that Time to Get Ready and head to the OB..
 9 years ago '05        #2257
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fu*k, your so lucky, i wont be seeing todays game
unless by some miracle someone finds a link to watch it online
thank you job, for ruining my day.......next saturday tho aint no way in hell im coming to work
 9 years ago '04        #2258
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 Deeangoe said:
i hate donna shala with her wackass high academic standards
man the standards are fine, you'll see.


our whole 07 class got in and i expect most of our 08 class to get in besides Marcus Robinson...heard that n*gga has horrible grades
 9 years ago '07        #2259
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weeeeee ready !!! weeeeee ready!!
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yeeeeeeah
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