Well the truth just came out that Henderson was in a car accident and was injured with a concussion. He also had an expired license and did not have it with him when requested by the police after it happened. It just makes me wonder if he is really it. He has lost a tremendous amount of weight and looks in great shape. He has never improved since his freshman year where he was an all-American freshman. I am just waiting for the next issue with him, and see if Golden will let him go like Ray Ray.
I’m kind of getting sick or having to blog about player issues. I will write something about camp later this weekend.
You have to be kidding me!! Ray Armstrong is suing the University of Miami to get back on the team. The bottom line is he was told to stay away from the agent after having dinner with them last fall. He was suspended for one game because of it. He lied to Al Golden about being on the motel room this summer. Armstrong has only himself to blame for being removed from the football team.
Well the big news is Henderson showed up to camp at 315 pounds today. This is good news physically for the Hurricanes, but there is still a mystery why he showed up so late to camp. He had to attend a funeral home in Minnesota last weekend. It was excused by coach Golden, but he was expecting him in camp on Sunday. Golden said he did not know where he was when he talked to reporters. I don’t what the deal was, but I was wondering if he was going to transfer to the University of Minnesota. Hopefully he will improve from where he was his freshman year.
Rain has already been a factor in the first few days of practice. If Miami is going to open a new Athletic center why not also build an indoor practice facility? It is strange that only UCF is the only one in the state of Florida with one. I’m just thinking out loud.
Maybe of the Miami players are already saying Morris is going to be the starting quarterback. Some people felt he should have been starting over J12 last season. I think part of the reason was Morris did not grasp the play book and he was not in “U tough enough” shape. There are 28 days till the first game at BC, nothing has been decided. Yet!!!
The University of Miami football team opens summer camp this Friday. For the second year in a row Yahoo sends a black cloud over the practice fields. This year they said a runner was illegally recruiting for Al Golden. Several days later Dan Sileo said the story was bought by Yahoo from a former university employee Golden fired. It seems like Yahoo has an ax to grind against the football program. I have said for months Miami should sue Yahoo before the NCAA makes a decision. If they prove Yahoo paid for the story about Golden, the creditability of last year’s story goes out the window.
Golden seemed to have been able to defect the story during the ACC meetings this past week. He also received commitments from two 4 star defensive backs. Looks like the recruits are trusting Golden, not Yahoo. What I was most surprised at was ESPN reporter Heather Dinich defended Golden. When the smoke clear the NCAA will give the same sanction Ohio State received.
With camp opening up hopefully I can write and talk about football. Due to my real job I have been traveling a lot. I may mix in an audio article and she how it fly’s. Maybe I’ll get 20 people to read my blog by the end of the year.
Well Ray Ray has finally broke the camels back. Al Golden cut him and gave him permission to transfer to another school. The rumor is he was taking benefits from booster and then tweet about them. What a waste of talent and what a major blow to the hurricanes secondary. He was the best defensive back Miami had. Now a younger defense is going to get younger.
Well the 2nd scrimmage was last night and from what I have read it mostly a defensive game. With the injuries at the offensive line and Morris out for spring, I don’t we are to see the real Miami offense.
I’m going to right after the 300 lb elephant in the room, the flyer looking for men to try out at offensive line for Miami. Woody Paige is one of the many douche bags that work for the 4 letter, try to be funny and say all the quarterbacks should transfer out of Miami. Woody is your basic 4 letter talking head, which never faces the players or coaches he criticized. Unless they are brought into the studio in a format to protect the talking heads. I miss the days when Jim Everett physically challenged Jim Rome after Rome called him Chris Everett. Everett tossed the table, and Rome scurried like little mouse in the corner. Unfortunately, the Jim Rome show was a foreshadow of what sports media was going to be. The link is below to watch it again.
Basically Miami needs more practice players, especially on the offensive line. They have three true freshmen coming in this summer. Art going to get this offensive line improved before the Boston College game. I wrote before I thought it was a mistake to bring him back and I think Golden should have fired him after the season. There were a number of false starts that cost Miami victories last year. There was reason Art was sitting in Mississippi without a coaching job.
The NCAA has ruled on UNC’s football program, three years probation, 15 scholarships, and a one year bowl ban. UNC made a major mistake excepting a bowl bid this year. The other issue was the assistant coach John Blake lied to UNC and the NCAA about what he did. The NCAA banned him from coaching for three years.
What does this mean for Miami? Before the Yahoo story came out, the university was already working with the NCAA. They suspended players and removed a few as well. They gave up a bowl bid last year too. The person, who will not be named on this blog, was shown as a liar and con man who stole almost a billion dollars from investors on CNBC. While he did some money to some players, but nothing like he claims he did. The Yahoo story was changed at least ten times after it was first release. Shannon banned him from being near the football program. The question will be is what did the assistant Miami do or know? Miami has been fully cooperative during the NCAA investigation.
The bottom line is Miami will get a few years probation and lose about 9 scholarships. My hope is the former assistant coaches that were involved are banned from coaching for 3 years.
Offensive lineman Seantrel Henderson has been suspended for the first few days of practice. This is the second time the junior has been suspended. He was suspended last spring for the first game of the 2011 season before he had the back surgery. The rumor was him and former ‘cane and current UCF Knight; Storm Johnson were caught smoking pot by campus police.
Coach Golden made an interesting comment in his post practice press conference. He talked about pulling weeds when he should be watering his garden. The he made a comment sometime you get tired of pulling weeds and you have to get the shovel.
I think Henderson is on his last chances before being kicked out the program. I don’t know what changed with him between his freshman and sophomore year? He looked like he was on his way to being a key member of this team. I honestly believe Shannon was given the extension to sign Henderson and few other key recruits. Now it looks like he may go down as one of the biggest disappointments in the last 10 years.
In about an hour the 2012 University of Miami football team will step on the field for the first time this year. It has been over three months since they stepped on the practice field. Before I begin there is going to be a new twitter account for this blog. It will be @gacanefanblog, it will be open to all and tied to a new email address too.
Several writers have said Miami has a very difficult schedule with the three of the five first games on the road. Miami plays several tough teams next year, but they only have one tough back to back game. That being Vtech on Thursday and then going to Uva. They open with BC, and then go to K-State the following week. After that they don’t play a tough game till Notre Dame. Georgia Tech may be the worse team in the ACC next year next to Duke. Paul Johnson has put himself on the hot seat with his weak defense, lack of a real passing game, and acting like an ass about commitments. He was high school kids to keep their commitments to Georgia Tech and not visit other schools. The he turns around and try to change kids minds about their commitments to other schools. He was worn out his stay in Atlanta and will be fired by next December. The AD for GT may be fired as well after the basketballs teams’ poor year. I also don’t think NC State will be much of a challenge next year, even though I respect O’Brian as a head coach. UNC is also going to be down because of the transition of a new head coach and losing several key defensive players. Miami will have key breaks before playing FSU and Virginia Tech in conference games. I am not going to say Miami will win all their games, but the schedule is not as bad as being reported.
Coach Al Golden came out with the depth chart which he ranks who had the best of-season workouts. There wasn’t that amount of surprises as there were last year when he wanted to send a message to the team. Ray-Ray Armstrong was the only person who made the starting lineup that started last year. After last season I expect several changed on the secondary. When new incoming freshmen start practice in August, many of them will press the veterans for their starting positions. The other position to watch for is linebacker with Spence moving on to the NFL. The two linebackers for the state of Georgia will be interesting to watch; Kirby and Johnson. UGA and GT fans were not thrilled when they left the state.
The major battle for spring was going to be Morris and Williams for the starting quarterback job. With Morris limited in spring practice, that will not happen until summer practice. James has been listed at the starting running back, but Clements had a far better 2011. Miller seemed to burn out at the end of games, and Clements picked up the tempo when he got the ball. Unless something changes I think by the end of spring camp Clements will be the starting running back. The battle for receiver real will not start till summer ball. I expect Dorsett and Hurns to be the starters and the end of the year. The offensive line will be a battle this season. They have to stop making stupid false starts penalties. I still have a feeling that bringing back Art, could back fire on Golden.
I am going to try to write when I can this spring. I really have as much access as the Miami newspaper writers. They are only allowed to interview players and coaches before practice. The university records all of them and puts them on the internet. The spring game will be April 14th, on CSS. Which means it will not be live here in Georgia or the Carolina’s.
It has been a few months since I have posted anything on my blog. Between work, and family I have been very busy. All I can say for now if 2012 is starting to look like a real good year for me.
Now back to Miami football, which I can’t wait for spring ball to start. Spring football practice will start in early March, with the spring game at JRS on April 14th. I have a feeling it will be live on ESPN U at noon. The marketing department at the University of Miami has been doing an incredible job with their videos. With them being viewed on ESPN and UTube, it is putting Miami in a great light. I feel ESPN will reward the access Miami has given them by showing the spring game live on TV.
Golden has brought in a great recruiting class this year with many of them all ready enrolled. He has taken care of some major holes especially at defense back. With the signing of cornerback Trace Howard, Miami have a great shut down corner ready to start next year. I’m excited to see Randy Johnson get some carries next season too. He looked great in the state title games. The quarterbacks Miami has signed will be interesting to watch. They are both going to play spring ball, and have great expectations. Grey Crow is from the area I grew up in. I have to talk to people in the area that he tried to transfer to Clearwater Central Catholic, but the head coach did not want him. So he ended up at Countryside High School. Preston Dewey is getting a lot of praise of being the next great Miami quarterback. I’m looking forward to see them play in the spring game.
Paul Johnson had Trace Howard committed to Georgia Tech, but his threat to pull the offer for visiting Miami turned him off. A local radio host in Atlanta said it best about Paul Johnson. Johnson wants his kids to keep their commitment to Georgia Tech and not take any other visits. Yet Johnson has no issues going after other team recruits who have committed to other schools and takes visits to Georgia Tech. I expect another 6 win season for Johnson, and for him to be fired by this January. The NCAA has already started looking into his contacts of recruits during blackout periods.
Miami’s schedule should come out next week. The ACC did announce that Pitt will be joining the Coastal division and Syracuse will be in the Atlantic division. There will also be 9 conference football games. I was hoping Syracuse would be in the Coastal division because of all the former Big East schools in the division. I am not sure what Miami is going to do for their out of conference schedule. I expect Florida A&M or Bethune Cookman to play Miami every year. Then a team from the Sun Belt or C-USA, then some school from a major BCS conference. It’s starting to look like their will be five major conference with the Big shutting down football if and when they lose Notre Dame. From there, they could be a four or six team playoff.