They said FSU had about 15 NFL caliber players on it’s roster. I’m not sure if Devonta Freeman is one of them. Apparently he does. Read the rest of this entry »
One of the Miami Hurricanes key third down threats has decided to return to Coral Gables for his senior season. Read the rest of this entry »
Late Sunday, the rumors and stories about Hurricanes Head coach Al Golden’s future at Miami were put to rest with a statement from the Athletic department and Golden confirming that he will remain on as coach. It ended a few days of speculation as to whether the former player and coach at Penn State would go after his dream job and help steer them back to prominence in the midst of the NCAA sanctions.
As Twitter exploded with sources and false reports,
A once and sometimes still proud fan base for the Hurricanes went home with their tails between their legs after the beat down that Teddy Bridgewater and the U of Louisville Cardinals put on them on Saturday night in the Russell Athletic Bowl.
The Canes were out schemed, out muscled, outplayed and out coached through four quarters of football not worthy of the “U” emblazoned on their Storm Trooper style uniforms.
There was a little sign of what could have been in the first quarter. The Canes were building a good drive until it stalled on the Cards 40 yard line after an incomplete pass by Morris to Allen Hurns. A punt ensued that cornered Louisville on their 2 yard line.
The Canes would smell blood in the water and would attack. On the second play from the 4 yard line, safety Deon Bush rushed Teddy Bridgewater and recorded a safety. 2-0 Canes. That would be the last time the Canes would score until 10:23 left in the 4th quarter with the game in hand for the Cardinals.
Final score- Cards 36 Canes 9.
The buzz leading into this game was as manufactured as the studio laughter and applause used on some of those late 70′s-early 80′s sitcoms. The Canes had lost 3 of their last 4 games. They lost Duke Johnson. They had lost Andre Waters for this game. And somewhere after November 2, they either forgot how to play defense the way they were playing it through the first 7 games of the season or they just simply got exposed.
There are so many questions left about this defense (and offense), the coaches and the players alike. And with players leaving and even younger players coming in one can only speculate as to how that unit will respond in 2014.
But for now, the Canes will have to go into the off season with the sour taste of being beaten by a quarterback who once coveted the program and was set to join them until he had a Strong change of heart. Bridgewater and the 24 other Miami area players on that team did a lot of talking on Saturday night (kind of like how the old Canes used to). And they backed it up.
The Cards played with, dare I say…swagger! Something the “U” was credited with inventing. The boys from Miami who play in Kentucky weren’t going to let the hometown team show them up on that evening.
So now instead of celebrating a win over a quality opponent in Louisville, Coach Al Golden and the Canes must now look themselves in the mirror and re group for next year. Scrambling to lock down recruits and maybe even hire a few coaches here and there are all in the mix over the next few months.
If the Hurricanes truly wish to be among the country’s elite, they must once again go back to drawing board.
Reality slapped the Miami Hurricanes in the face this past Saturday and during that process, the Virginia Tech Hokies did some slapping of their own. The end result was a 42-24 dismantling of the Hurricanes in a game that was not as close as the final score indicated. The Canes were dominated in their own stadium in a game they absolutely had to have. As much as it pains me to say this the Miami Hurricanes were exposed as a fraud. Sadly they are not the top ten team that we all thought they were. A victory would have kept ACC Coastal division championship hopes alive and a possible second shot at Florida State. That possibility remains but its a long shot at best now.
So bad was this loss that it made an opportunity at a major BCS bowl game seem less likely and an invitation to some irrelevant dot com bowl more probable.
Yes Canes fans we were fooled, hoodwinked, led astray. The Canes are not back , and do not yet belong among college footballs elite. They are on the right path but we all were apparently getting just a little ahead of ourselves believing that the 11th-ranked Hurricanes (once as high as No. 7) were ready for the big time. So eager we are to return to national prominence that it all blew up in our faces again. One day we will be back, that day has not yet come.
Maybe the Canes were ranked too high which increased our expectations to an unrealistic level.
The Canes defense which we all said was much improved reverted back to the inept crew we saw last season, allowing 549 total yards and making Virginia Tech quarterback Logan Thomas look like Joe Montana. It was a nightmare we would all like to forget, no wonder they wore black uniforms (technically anthracite grey). Miami, Virginia Tech (7-3, 4-2), Georgia Tech (6-3, 5-2) and the Canes’ next opponent Duke (7-2, 3-2) all have two losses in the Coastal Division, making the Hurricanes’ final three games must-wins for them to have a remote chance at sniffing the Coastal and advancing to the ACC Championship Game to be FSU’s sacrificial lamb.
At this point even if the Canes win out, they would need Virginia Tech to lose at least one of its remaining games against Maryland (5-4, 1-4) and Virginia (2-8, 0-6). Do you believe in miracles ?
The investigation that started more than two years ago will finally and mercifully come to an end tomorrow, as the NCAA is set to announce the findings in this investigation that has hung a cloud over Coral Gables for a long time.
— CBS4 Miami (@CBSMiami) October 21, 2013
One can only hope that they will let the Hurricanes go with time served. But this is the NCAA we’re talking about. So if they try and go overboard, it won’t be surprising. It will not come without protest though.
The Canes have already removed themselves from two years of post season play. A third year would not go over well with fans and UM. However the Hurricanes could still play in that bowl game while filing an appeal.
More reaction from media and fans…
— Joel McClung (@JClung39) October 21, 2013
— LaKeena McGee (@KeenaMcGee) October 21, 2013
My sense: What's coming is not going to be devastating.
— Tim Reynolds (@ByTimReynolds) October 21, 2013
— Manny Navarro (@Manny_Navarro) October 21, 2013
— JC Ruiz (@_jcruiz_) October 21, 2013
When I read this week that the Grambling State University football program was forfeiting a game against Jackson State University, I couldn’t help but look up the actual definition of the word and see that the definition, in this sense didn’t match the action.
The definition of forfeit reads like this;
a fine or penalty for wrongdoing or for a breach of the rules in a club or game or a
lost or surrendered as a penalty for wrongdoing or neglect.
What exactly did the football team do wrong?
The men on GSU’s football team have had a rough couple of years. A program that was once on top of the Black college football world under legendary coach Eddie Robinson and recently departed former Super Bowl MVP Doug Williams has hit rock bottom.
Doug Williams, in his second stint as football coach at his alma mater was fired last month. His replacement, George Ragsdale was hired and “reassigned” shortly after. The team which is 1-17 going back to the 2012 season, complained and had enough of what they called “poor treatment” by the university and the administration. Long bus trips to road games in Kansas City and Indianapolis (1,200 miles and 1,500 respectively), no money for meals, and run down weight room facilities were just some of the complaints.
They felt their voices weren’t being heard and they decided to act. First they boycotted practice on Monday the 14th. Then they walked out of a meeting with the university president, athletic director and interim coach on October 17th after things got negative. Then they dropped the hammer. The team decided they would not travel (by bus of course) to Jackson State this past weekend to play the Tigers for their homecoming.
So Jackson State gets the “W”, and Grambling gets the “F” for forfeit. In my opinion, these young men had forfeited enough. While budget cuts have cost between $6-$8 million dollars in state funds since 2009, the players are still asked to do more with less.
Why didn’t the school adjust travel to the budget? GSU should have not scheduled games at such long distances. The weight room situation could have been handled a long time ago with monies the school got, but they decided to use them elsewhere. And putting a 320 pound offensive lineman on a cramped bus for hours, with less than adequate meals is just straight up cruel.
The problem at GSU runs deeper than just some “spoiled” athletes crying about meals, trips and bad weight room conditions. Money will continue to be the straw that breaks the backs of HBCU programs nationwide. Until alumni support is built up and conditions at schools like Grambling drastically improve, everyone loses.
Except the players on the 2013 Grambling State University football team.
For taking a stand and bringing attention to a bad situation, they are winners.
The University of Miami Hurricanes football team is once again in territory were they used to stake claim every year. They are, according to the Associated Press, a top ten team in college football.
Clap. Clap. Clap.
With the latest rankings released on Sunday, the Canes are back amongst the elite most watched 10 teams in college football. And there my friends, is where everything stops.
Just because this team is amongst the elite, doesn’t mean they are elite.
Do they have a great offensive line? Hell yeah.
Is the quarterback a stud? Definitely.
Will Duke Johnson reek havoc on Sundays in the NFL? I sure hope so.
Has this defense done a 180 since last season’s embarrassing display? Yep.
But are they truly amongst the elite football teams in the nation? The jury is still out on this one. I need more games and quality wins before making a decision. Sorry, FAU, Savannah St., USF don’t count. UF and GA Tech do count. And that’s why I need more. I need to see more from this team. And this upcoming schedule is their chance to prove the doubters wrong.
To be clear, I’m not one of those doubters. I’m just a person who needs substantial proof before I plan parades, place rings on your fingers or scream from the top of my lungs “The U is Back”.
No. The only thing back about this team is that they are in the top ten. Until they win an ACC Championship and dismantle this conference like they did the Big East, the U isn’t back at anything.
November 2nd at Florida State and November 9th at Virginia Tech are dates that need to be circled. Make it through those two games unscathed and then we can talk. Oh and don’t forget the little ones in between like Virginia, UNC, etc.
Being a top ten school is great for the fans. But as they players will tell you, it don’t mean jack…right Duke?
Duke Johnson, on #Canes' top-10 ranking: "It's good for the program. It's a good look. But it doesn't mean anything."
— Matt Porter (@mattyports) October 13, 2013
Losing isn’t fun. I can’t remember the last time I as a fan enjoyed losing while cheering on my team in any sport. Winning is a part of our society. To the victor go the spoils. However every year, a few HBCU and non FBS football teams actual win, even while they are losing.
During and after Saturday’s round of college football, I noticed on my Facebook timeline a lot of FAMU alumni complaining, moaning and groaning about how bad the Ohio State University Buckeyes were beating up on the Rattlers. Well get in line Rattlers, because Savannah St., BCU alums and some others were complaning too. Even FIU who was in a bowl game just 3 years ago.
OSU was dominating FAMU in every statistical area. At halftime, the score was 56-0. Usually FAMUans can be proud and say “well at least we won the halftime battle of the bands”, but with the Marching 100 not making the trip to Columbus, the OSU band even won their matchup. Here are some final numbers from the game.
First Downs, FAMU 2- OSU 34. Third Down conversions FAMU 1 of 11, OSU 6 of 12. Passing yards FAMU-30 OSU-215. Rushing yards FAMU-50 OSU-388. Final Score FAMU-0 OSU-76. Final Attendance 103,595.
So now you ask, well how did FAMU win? Easy. They walked away with a check for $900,000 (had the Marching 100 made the trip, they would have earned an extra $150k my sources say). Not bad for getting drug up and down the field right?
BCU lost to FSU 54-6, but got $475,000. Savannah St. got molly whopped (Miami term) by the Hurricanes 77-7 for a $375,000 pay day. North Texas got beat 45-21 by the Georgia Bulldogs for $975k. All of these schools mentioned lost by a combined 252-34, but walked away with millions.
And by the way, FIU lost 72-0 to Louisville.
Some would say a fat check could ease any pain. But does it really? What do our HBCU’s gain, other than monetarily, from these lopsided contest? Do they get any better? Do the coaches have workshops before these games with the opposing teams staff? Can this actually help or hurt recruiting to our schools?
To be clear, as a Rattler alum, I’m not here complaining or asking for rules to be changed in favor of the small schools. This has been going on for years. Everyone now and then, you’ll get an Appalachian State type of story. The Moutaineers beat football powerhouse Michigan in 2007, 34-32 in a game that is still talked about today.
I’m not against schools making money, but at some point there has to be a line drawn in the sand. Sure we love the short term results of a large payday, but is it worth the damage in the long term? Until small schools alumni start supporting their alma maters 100% or those schools either start getting FBS type talent, the scores will stay the same.
Here’s another number to look at. 221,007. Total home attendance at Ohio State, University of Miami and Florida State.
25,037 was the total number of home attendance at Norfolk State, NC Central and South Carolina State.
Before you shout “they got bigger stadiums than us”, let me remind you that 103k showed up to Buckeye stadium to watch them play what was obviously a team that was no match. Only 14,237 showed up to FAMU’s home opener against Tennessee State two weeks ago (Bragg Memorial Stadium seats 25,500).
Support is the key. If small schools can’t get it at home, then they must go on the road and earn that money.
So you decide. Who is the winner?
Mere hours away from the start of the 2013 NCAA Football season we are reminded why the college sports governing body is run by people who don’t even have a GED level education. I’m beyond perplexed at the reasoning for the half game suspension that was levied, with Texas A&M participation, on the 2012 Heisman winner, Johnny Manziel. How can the NCAA “suspend” an athlete for having their name or likeness to be used and profited off of? Isn’t that what the NCAA does on a daily basis? Read the rest of this entry »