Wednesday, February 7, 2007

Welcome to Miami

Signing day is over, and the Hurricanes have landed a pretty good recruiting class, at least by what the experts say. Welcome to the U:

Daniel Adderly
WR, 6-6, 215
Simpsonville, S.C.
Simpsonville Southside Christian School

Allen Bailey
LB, 6-4, 255
Darien, Ga.
McIntosh County Academy

Damien Berry
DB, 5-11, 197
Belle Glade, Fla.
Glades Central HS

Jared Campbell
DB, 6-1, 195
Aurora, Colo.
Overland HS

Lee Chambers
RB, 6-1, 200
Coffeeville, Miss.
Coffeeville HS

Graig Cooper
RB, 6-0, 195
Memphis, Tenn.
Melrose HS / Milford Prep

Orlando Franklin
OL, 6-7, 320
Delray Beach, Fla.
Atlantic HS

Harland Gunn
OL, 6-3, 300
Omaha, Neb.
Central HS

Leonard Hankerson
WR, 6-3, 197
Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
St. Thomas Aquinas HS

Tyler Horn
OL, 6-5, 290
Memphis, Tenn.
University HS

Robert Marve
QB, 6-1, 190
Tampa, Fla.
Plant HS

Jermaine McKenzie
WR, 6-2, 170
Bradenton, Fla.
Bradenton Academy

Shawnbrey McNeal
RB, 5-11, 190
Dallas, Texas
Madison HS

Joseph Nicolas
DB, 6-3, 198
Homestead, Fla.
Homestead Senior HS

Adewale Ojomo
DE, 6-3, 217
Hialeah, Fla.
Hialeah HS

DeMarcus Van Dyke
DB, 6-1, 170
Miami, Fla.
Pace HS

Doug Wiggins
DB, 5-11, 180
North Miami Beach, Fla.
North Miami Beach HS

Thursday, January 25, 2007

2007 Schedule Released

The Miami Hurricanes 2007 regular season football schedule was released Wednesday by the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC). The 'Canes have a rough start and end to the season, with road games at Oklahoma in early September and at Virginia Tech and Boston College in late November. Home games against Marshall, FIU, and Duke should provide some relief, however.

I'm predicting a nine win regular season, with a possible ACC Championship appearance for the first time in Hurricanes history. Objectively, however, this could be a difficult year, especially if the 'Canes cannot reestablish their home field dominance.

Sunday, January 21, 2007

Nix New OC

The Hurricanes have named Patrick Nix the new Offensive Coordinator. Nix was an assistant coach with Georgia Tech beginning in 2002, and spent three seasons as their Offensive Coordinator. In his first full season of play calling, the Yellow Jackets clinched the ACC Coastal Division.

As a Quarterback for Auburn University, Nix lead the Tigers to an 11-0 season his Sophomore year.

Head Coach with no head coaching experience. Offensive Coordinator with one year of paycalling experience. No Defensive Coordinator yet named. Here's hoping for a quick learning curve.
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Monday, January 1, 2007

The Shannon Era Begins

Yesterday's victory over Nevada marked the end of the Larry Coker era and the beginning of the head coaching career of Randy Shannon. Coach Coker finished his head coaching career at Miami with an overall record of 60-15 (80%), making him the third winningest coach in UM football history.
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