Time to take down the plywood from the windows. Take those batteries and wrap them up with the Christmas gifts. Give all those bottles of water and perishable goods to the homeless; they need it more than you do now. The once mighty Miami Hurricanes have now dissipated into a weak tropical depression in the NCAA. After an embarrassing loss this past weekend to Duke, Miami have all but blown their chances at another shot at FSU for the ACC title and will now have to settle for the Wepeakedtooearly.com bowl game to be held in December somewhere in Western Kentucky. Read the rest of this entry »
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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 ?
Not the greatest performance from the Miami Hurricanes against Wake Forest, but a win is a win; no matter how ugly. Here are some photos from a sloppy win. Hopefully they get their act together as the face a more formidable Florida State University team. Read the rest of this entry »
October 22nd, 2013 will be the day when the University of Miami was free from the blanket of corruption and suspicion that was the NCAA investigation. Free to go to Bowl games, free to play without the burden of what could happen draped over them. Free from the constant speculation that swirled around the team like vultures just waiting for them to die so they can feast on the carcass. Like Carlito Brigante said in Carlito’s Way after being freed in court on erroneous charges filed on corrupt evidence like this NCCA investigation, “Free at last. Free at last. Thank God almighty I’m free at last.” The U is also free at last and boy does it feel good. Read the rest of this entry »
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
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
Here are some photos from this past Saturday’s game between the Miami Hurricanes and the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets at Sunlife Stadium in Miami Gardens, FL. If you want to see more behind the scenes action with video check out the Sports Brothers on Instagram as well as the Instagram of JC Ruiz Photography.
The recent resurgence of the University of Miami’s football program can in part be attributed to the leadership and play of quarterback Stephen Morris and his warrior like, make no excuses mentality. On the field and off it is clear who the leader of the Hurricanes football team is. As Stephen goes, so does their offense as well as the team.
As I watched warmups this Saturday I saw Stephen still favoring that sprained ankle and even though he was basically throwing off one foot, I knew he would start just as he did last year against FSU after spraining his foot a week earlier. That is the warrior that is Stephen Morris. I think his leg would have been dangling off and he still would be out there throwing deep passes on the run. Nothing will keep Stephen Morris off the field and leading the Hurricanes to victory. His effort against Georgia Tech on one foot was 17 for 22 for 324 yards and 3 touchdowns. Just another day for this University of Miami gunslinger.
The University of Miami has always had a star QB whether it was Bernie Kosar, Gino Torretta or ken Dorsey at the helm when the team was winning and now you can add Stephen to that distinguished list. It’s unfortunate he’ll never get the championship rings that those three possess, but he deserves to be mention as one of the great quarterbacks that has played for the University of Miami.
Prior to Morris taking complete control of the offense as quarterback last season I could see the potential in his ability as he filled in for often injured starter Jacory Harris. I was a little disappointed when first year coach, Al Golden, went with Jacory as the starter. Jacory was adequate at best but Stephen was the future and I thought Stephen deserved the chance to lead this team and gain valuable experience that would benefit him and the team in the long run.
If you listen to Stephen during press conferences you hear a humble, young man who proudly extolls and celebrates the achievements of his teammates and also is quick to shoulder the blame for a poor offensive showing or a turnover. Signs of a leader, no doubt. And when was the last time your heard the words humble to describe a University of Miami player?
Morris is a rare breed indeed and one that came to the University of Miami at the right time. When the walls were crumbling around the program from the NCAA investigation, which still has yet to reach a conclusion years later, Stephen, along with Coach Golden were there to keep the players focused at the task at hand and off the flawed NCAA witch hunt. It was a shame those kids had to endure a team invoked self-imposed ban for the ACC championship game as well as any bowl game that they may have been invited to last season. Even now the NCAA’s shrouded cloak of mystery that is this investigation still hovers above the program but you would never know that by the way the team and Stephen Morris have been playing.
At the end of the Dark Knight Jim Gordon said about Batman, “He’s the hero Gotham deserves, but not the one it needs right now,” but for the Hurricanes football program, Morris is the hero the team needs now and the one they deserve.
Dear Savannah State University Football Players,
How y’all feeling today? I’m sure some of you still hurt or have some lingering pains as if you just finished playing the Hurricanes. I respect you guys for going out and getting beat the way you did. And the punishment you took. Good Lord I was on the sidelines and I could hear the hits you guys were taking. I’m just glad it wasn’t me out there. I cringe at the hits y’all took because a lot of your players were indeed my size and it just as easily could have been me out there getting pummeled. Read the rest of this entry »