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Not a State of Emergency for Miami (Yet)

Former Miami Hurricanes linebacker Melvin Bratton had some strong words for the Miami program this week. Bratton, who was in attendance for the Canes’ debacle at home against Florida State Saturday, told The Miami Herald the program was in a “state of emergency.”

Bratton told the paper “You can blame the coach, you can blame the players. To me, it’s a state of emergency right now. Everybody needs to take control, take a step back and say, `What can I do better?’ Is it the coaching? Is it the weight room? Do guys need to spend more time studying, dissecting plays? I don’t have the answer. But what I don’t see is any urgency. I don’t see that fight. And that is inexcusable.”

Alright, I’m just as pissed about Saturday as anyone, but Bratton’s going overboard with his comments. While acknowledging that a 45-17 home defeat to a mediocre Florida State team is unacceptable, this loss needs to be placed in context. First off, The U hasn’t been The U since 2005, and you can thank Larry Coker for that. Randy Shannon has taken incremental steps towards rebuilding the program, but we’re still far off from where we need to be.

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Randy Shannon Puts Kibosh on Canes Twittering, Result of Middle Finger Tweet?

Something died within the Miami Hurricanes football program on Wednesday afternoon. As of 2:30pm, all the players’ twitter accounts were closed down. Even though many players use their twitter pages as a form of expression and interaction, it has been known to get people in trouble. Earlier we told you about Colorado quarterback Tyler Hansen making a Tim Tebow-like promise on his account and later deleting it. Ty Lawson got in trouble for an inappropriate tweet about the Kardashians. For all the benefits of using an accounts, there can be a lot of negative issues that arise.

With that in mind, Coach Randy Shannon decided to put an end to all twittering by his players saying, “The goal is to limit distractions and help them focus. There are bigger goals than tweeting.” I agree completely, especially after players tweets’ becomes the central focus of the program.

Last week, the whole internet world was buzzing over Jacory Harris’ Raiders overalls picture. Things probably went overboard when Harris tweeted “Middle fingers everywhere. This is why you play college football” prior to Miami’s game against Ohio State (pictured above). Shannon is a no nonsense coach who was probably willing to put up with things until they became a problem. A big loss to the Buckeyes, four interceptions, a 1-1 record, and making fun of Jim Tressel is not what he wanted out of the program. Until things are turned around, all the screwing around is over for the Canes. It’s all about business now.

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Miami Hurricanes players ordered to shut down Twitter accounts [The Miami Herald]

Miami Fans Get Bored With Game, Decide to Toss One Another

On Wednesday night, we brought you one of the best baseball brawls we’ve seen in quite some time. If watching fans brawl in the stands is your thing, you’ll appreciate the way the Miami Hurricanes‘ fans kicked off the 2010 season.  The 45-0 rout of Florida A&M was impressive, but very much expected.  The royal rumble in the stands?  Not so much.  Check out the Miami-Florida A&M fans brawl video, courtesy of The Big Lead:

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Miami and Notre Dame Bringing Back Catholics vs. Convicts?

Someone must be working behind Charlie Weis’ back because I think he’d be too much of a wuss to step up and play Miami while he’s coaching. And with that line, it’s pretty evident that you’re on one side or the other when Miami and Notre Dame play — there aren’t many schools that are more diametrically opposed when it comes to their football programs. The Canes and Irish played annually from ’71-’85 and ’87-’90 before Notre Dame broke things off because they were too scared to face the big bad U each season. But with some initiating by the Miami program, it appears as if ND’s ready to get back on the wagon:

After a nearly two-decade break, Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick said the Fighting Irish is ”very interested” in playing Miami again in football, and the interest is mutual.

UM’s Kirby Hocutt initiated talks with Swarbrick, who became Notre Dame’s athletic director in July. No dates are set, but talks will resume in April, Swarbrick said by phone Monday.

Swarbrick mentioned the possibility of a home-and-home series, as well as a neutral site game between the schools. I’d totally be down for that. And I’d just hope the Irish will be up to snuff by then because I know Miami’s going to be back on top in just two short years. Wouldn’t want to see another repeat of the 58-7 thumping from ’85, would we?

Urban Meyer Covers the Spread, Angers Randy Shannon in the Process

Many people could have been wondering what Urban Meyer was doing when he elected to kick a field goal with 25 seconds left and his Gators already up 23-3 against Miami Saturday night. Those people probably missed the bottom line: Urban Meyer was ensuring Florida would cover the spread (generally somewhere between 21-23 points in any given online sportsbook). With the only plausible argument being that he was “trying to get his kicker some work,” it was pretty obvious that Meyer was trying to please his boosters and alums who entrust thousands of dollars in the Gator program when they bet on football games. While I understood what Meyer was doing, Miami coach Randy Shannon wasn’t too pleased with the perceived act of poor sportsmanship:

Shannon didn’t mention Florida coach Urban Meyer’s name, but implied that Meyer’s decision to kick a field goal in the final seconds fired up some UM recruits who called him after the game.

“Sometimes when you do things and people see what kind of person you really are, you turn a lot of people off,” Shannon said Sunday. “Take from that what you want. It helped us more than you will ever know.”

As a Hurricanes fan (yes, prior to attending UCLA, I had a favorite college football team), I was quite pleased with Miami’s performance in the game. Sure, the final score doesn’t look pretty, but it doesn’t tell the whole story; it was a six-point game through three quarters, 9-3, and Miami’s defense looked stingy. If the offense were able to move the ball in the least bit, the Canes would have had a stronger chance. I’ll tell you, there was a lot more to be encouraged about with Miami’s performance in the game, as opposed to Florida’s. Just another example of Florida’s new legacy under Meyer, I suppose.

UPDATE: Tim Tebow chimes in to defend Urban Meyer

Nice 48-0 Orange Bowl Farewell Miami

After crushing Ohio State the way I just did, I would be remiss if I also didn’t touch on the pathetic display by my Canes on Saturday. In their last home game ever at the Orange Bowl, Miami got blitzed 48-0 by Virginia. Virginia. Not a powerhouse program, but a mediocre one like Virginia. I supposed it’s better than getting crushed by Florida State or Virginia Tech, but still, that’s pretty horrible. How can you get run off the field so horrendously in a farewell game like that? All the great alumni were at the game, and the program was embarrassed on the occasion. To put the loss in perspective, here are some details:

It was Miami’s first home shutout loss since Oct. 4, 1974 against Auburn, and the Hurricanes’ worst defeat since losing 66-13 at Syracuse on Nov. 28, 1998. The last time Miami lost by more points at home was in 1944, when Texas A&M beat the Hurricanes 70-14.

That’s a lot of history right there, and this stands out just as badly as any of them. It was another stellar day from the dynamic duo of Kyle Wright and Kirby Freeman at QB, with Wright not even cracking 100 yards passing. Just goes to show that high school recruiting classes are meaningless; all that matters is what you do on the field at the next level. Kyle Wright was the top high school quarterback prospect entering college and turned out to be a dud. I think it’s also worth mentioning that since the night I set foot in the Orange Bowl for the first and only time in my life, Miami hass gone 13-13. They lost that evening to Calvin Johnson and Georgia Tech 14-10, couldn’t move the ball offensively, and have been in a tailspin ever since. (head down in shame) It’s all my fault.

(AP Photo/Lynn Stadky)

Miami Football Has ‘Butt Buddies’

Preface: I love Miami Hurricanes football, and likewise, I’m quite happy with all the changes Coach Shannon has brought to the team. And after speaking to Coach over the weekend and finding out what a good guy he is, I have no reason other than to give him the benefit of the doubt with this comment, from the Miami Herald via EDSBS.

When asked about [Graig] Cooper in the spring, Shannon said: “I think Coop did a great job. He brought some some excitement to the team. And he’s a calm guy. He’s not an arrogant or flamboyant guy.” It was going well, then coach goofed. “Belive it or not, he and Javarris James are kind of like butt buddies.”

Butt Buddies? I never got around to asking Cooper or James what exactly that meant. But it probably would have brought a chuckle.

I guess the appropriate comment here would be, “no homo.” Wonder what Edgerrin would have to say about all this. Gotta love the coach cracking on the players in his most unique way. Those are my ‘Canes.

(in the pic, Cooper is on the left, James on the right)