Tag:Miami Hurricanes
Posted on: January 27, 2011 4:50 pm
Edited on: January 27, 2011 4:52 pm

Harris will get a fresh start with the new staff

Posted by Chip Patterson

Jacory Harris has been a polarizing figure for Hurricanes fans since his breakout as a freshman splitting time with Robert Marve. When he's playing well, he looks like one of the best quarterbacks in the ACC. He has even been put on several Heisman watch lists at different times throughout his career. Then come the arm-punts.

Harris has failed to string together a consistent streak of mistake-free games through his three years in Coral Gables. After missing three games with a concussion in 2010, Hurricanes fans saw a glimpse of the post-Jacory era with freshman quarterback Stephen Morris. Harris was beyond frustrating this past season, throwing at least one interception in 8 of his 10 appearances. He totaled 15 interceptions on the season, which look even worse compared with only 14 touchdowns.

But there is a new regime at Miami under head coach Al Golden, and a fresh chance for Harris to reclaim the starting position for his senior year. New offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch recently addressed the quarterback situation in a recent radio interview on WQAM 560.

“If [Jacory] has what we’re looking for in a quarterback, he can have a great year, and Stephen the same,” Fisch said, “They both have an opportunity to do something special. What I can’t wait for is to be a part of that with them, to help them along, not hold anything back and not hold anything against them for what they’ve done in the past.”

Fisch was the quarterbacks coach for the Seattle Seahawks in 2010, and was offensive coordinator for Minnesota in 2009. He plans to institute a pro-style offense, asking the quarterbacks to be "the point guard" of the offense; delivering the ball to the different playmakers on the field. He has already addressed the nation-leading 27 interceptions in 2010, a number that Fisch says he wants to "at least cut in half."

If cutting down interceptions is a main focus, it could be tough for Harris to win the starting position outright. Unless he has overcome his knack for giving the ball to the other team, in which case this "clean slate" is the best thing that could happen for his career.

Posted on: November 23, 2010 1:48 pm
Edited on: November 23, 2010 1:50 pm

Shannon: Harris will start 'if he's ready'

Posted by Chip Patterson

The Stephen Morris experience at Miami got a harsh dose of reality when the first-place Virginia Tech Hokies came into Coral Gables on Saturday.  While Morris had impressed Hurricanes fans by orchestrating wins over Maryland and Georgia Tech, but the fourth quarter unraveling against the Hokies have turned all eyes back on injured starter Jacory Harris.  The Hurricanes entered the fourth quarter tied 17-17 with Virginia Tech, and a win would keep their ACC Championship hopes alive.  But the Virginia Tech defense was not about to surrender the Coastal Division on account of a freshman quarterback.  Morris was picked three times in the final 9 minutes, and Tyrod Taylor put the nail in the coffin at the 6:25 mark with his 18 yard touchdown scramble.  

Harris was cleared by doctors to play, but remained on the sideline throughout the 31-17 loss.  Now, with an in-state showdown against South Florida to close the season, head coach Randy Shannon must decide whether to start the recovering quarterback.  Harris has yet to see the field in a game since suffering a concussion against Virginia on October 30, and has worn the green, non-contact jersey in practice.  When asked about Harris' status for Saturday's game, Shannon was predictably ambiguous.  Shannon said that Harris would start against the Bulls, but only "if he's ready."  The head coach stressed that it would depend on how Harris' timing and rhythm looked in practice this week, and that doctors would be on the sideline to assist in the decision.

Shannon has been very vocal about supporting the health of his quarterback rather than thinking the team's offensive needs.  He may also know that the fate of the Hurricanes is basically sealed at this point.  Officially eliminated of the Coastal Division race, the Hurricanes are likely staring down an invitation to the Sun Bowl in El Paso, Texas.  They could still be selected by the Champs Sports Bowl in Orlando, but the Sun Bowl officials have already expressed interest in seeing the Hurricanes down in the Lone Star State.  With the game against South Florida having little to no meaning for Miami, working out Stephen Morris for one more game might not be a bad idea for Miami.
Posted on: October 5, 2010 10:56 am
Edited on: October 5, 2010 11:01 am

Miami dealing with shake ups at RB

Posted by Chip Patterson

With their 30-21 victory over Clemson on Saturday, the Miami Hurricanes will finally return home after a brutal three game road swing against the Tigers, Pittsburgh, and the No. 2 Ohio State Buckeyes.  Only falling 36-24 to the Buckeyes, the Hurricanes return home 3-1, No. 13 in the AP Poll, and 1st place in the Coastal Division.  But they are also returning home a little banged up at the running back position.  

Senior running back Graig Cooper has not played since re-injuring his new in the season opener, with the rushing duties being handled primarily by senior Damien Berry and freshman Lamar Miller.  Miller has seen his workload increase in the last two weeks, but an injured shoulder may keep him out of Miami's in-state showdown with Florida State.

Miller was wearing a a large ice pack on his shoulder following the Clemson game, and was not on the field when practice began on Tuesday.  He later joined the team, but was wearing a green, non-contact jersey.  Miller's limited action in practice suggests that he may sit against Florida State, unless his shoulder sees rapid improvement as the week progresses.

If Miller sits his carries will likely be picked up by sophomore Mike James, who had his most productive game of the season against Clemson.  Susan Miller Degan of the Miami Herald also suggests that Miller's absence might lead to the first appearance of Storm Johnson, a true freshman who enrolled in January and has been impressing the coaching staff since Spring Practice.

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Posted on: September 15, 2010 2:26 pm
Edited on: September 15, 2010 2:29 pm

Randy Shannon defends Jacory Harris' OSU game

Posted by Chip Patterson

A lot of criticism fell on Miami's Jacory Harris following the 36-24 loss to Ohio State in Columbus on Saturday.  He has been called out for some bad decision making, forcing throws, and poor communication with his receivers.  The stat line does not help him out either, completing just 22 of 39 passes for 232 yards and throwing four interceptions.  All the interceptions seemed to come at the wrong time, as Ohio State pulled away in the second and third quarters by capitalizing on Miami mistakes.

But Hurricanes head coach Randy Shannon did not see the game the same way, and has been defending Harris all week.  It began in his postgame comments to the media.  

"Two of [the interceptions] the receivers ran the wrong route," Shannon said. "But, still, if the receiver runs the wrong route then throw the ball out of bounds."

Shannon continued his support of his starting quarterback WQAM 560's Hurricane Hotline on Tuesday night, taking a closer look at Harris' statistics.

Shannon said three of the interceptions were off ``tipped balls and routes not run the right way.''

Added Shannon: ``When you evaluate tape you always have to make sure everyone is on the same page. Looking at that, we had nine drops -- tight ends, running backs and receivers. And Jacory was [22] of 39, and if you add nine more catches which should have been catches, now he has [31] of 39, which would have been a tremendous day for him.''

Perhaps Shannon has been especially vocal this week to express support for his players with the announcement that players can no longer express themselves through the use of Twitter.  This is a devastating blow to those of us in the blogging community who have yearned to continue to get closer looks at interesting details such as Jacory Harris' call attire.

But Harris did not go away silently, the junior quarterback offered a four-tweet sign off before going dark in which a) thanked all the "true" fans, b) apologized for the OSU game, c) acknowledged the bandwagon fans, d) told those bandwagon fans not to come back.  His page no longer exists, but at least we have the permanent record here of our favorite Jacory tweet

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Posted on: September 9, 2010 11:04 am

Miami's Jacory Harris has style. Well, "a style"

Posted by Chip Patterson

Miami's Jacory Harris has a certain style and flare on the football field leading Miami's offense.  In Hurricane terms, he has helped bring "swagger" back to the U.  He has a big arm, the legs to move around the pocket and extend a play but this weekend he will face one of his toughest challenges yet: the Ohio State defense.  But first, he has to finish classes for the week.  

Harris' swagger clearly doesn't stop after the football field.  When it came time to suit up for class on Thursday, he donned his full Oakland Raiders outfit (hat, overalls, and no shirt. Clearly) and made his way to campus in the heart of Coral Gables.  Man, must be tough.  (via Harris' Twitter)   

Posted on: September 8, 2010 2:25 pm
Edited on: September 8, 2010 2:30 pm

Pryor and Harris have off-field friendship

Posted by Chip Patterson

On Saturday, Ohio State's Terrelle Pryor and Miami's Jacory Harris will be dueling on the field as opponents in what is arguably the biggest game of the weekend.  But off the field, they will likely go back to being friends.

Miami's Harris revealed to the Sun-Sentinel on Wednesday that the two have been friends ever since Hurricanes DT Marcus Fortson introduced Pryor to Harris over the phone.  Fortson and Pryor were teammates in the high school Army All-American game in 2008.  “Off the field, [Pryor] reminds me somewhat of Jacory Harris — outgoing, likes to have fun,” Forston said.

Harris told the reporter that although the two have never hung out, they "have always kept in contact" since their freshman year, talking and texting regularly.

What are the conversations about?

“Anything but football,” Harris noted. “We talked one time about this game and that was in the spring. Since then we haven’t talked about this game. We talk about regular things that friends, boys talk about.”

Of their conversation in the spring, Harris said, “We were just excited to play each other, go out there and represent for our schools and just have a good game.”

It is not surprising the two are able to find so much in common.  Both juniors stand at least 6-4 (Pryor is listed at 6-6), they both are threats to throw deep as well as burn a defense on the ground, and they both had to split time in-season before being given the keys to the offense.  Odd enough, last week both quarterbacks threw for 3 touchdowns, put up at least 200 yards, and their teams' scored 45 points.

But the friendship between the two Heisman hopefuls will have to be suspended momentarily on the field.  Because if either team expects to be in contention for the National Championship, they cannot afford an early season loss.  

“I don’t look at it as a challenge between me and him,” Harris said. “It is a game between two teams and not individuals. We just want to go out there and have a good showdown between the two teams, and then that is what we will settle from there.” (Photo credit: AP/Naples News)

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Posted on: August 30, 2010 12:19 pm
Edited on: September 1, 2010 2:42 pm

Ponzi scheme head writing book about The "Real" U

Posted By Chip Patterson

With NCAA violations being all the rage these days, it is not surprising as we have begun to see more "insiders" coming forward with information and allegations about their relationships with big name football programs.  The most recent of which is coming from Nevin Shapiro, a man who was an "ardent, intense supporter" of Miami Hurricanes football...until his arrest earlier this year for running a $900 million Ponzi scheme.  

Shapiro has written a first draft of The Real U: 2001 To 2010.  Inside The Eye of the Hurricane from his new home in a New Jersey jail and is currently searching for a publisher.  Word from his attorney is that the tell-all book will detail "major NCAA violations" committed by former players.

Shapiro has said he was close with Jon Beason, Devin Hester, Antrel Rolle, Randy Phillips, Robert Marve, Kyle Wright and others when they played at UM, plus former UM assistant coach/recruiting coordinator Clint Hurtt, now at Louisville.

"This will be a tell-all book from a fan and booster perspective,'' said Shapiro, who did not attend UM. But why write a book that will hurt UM?

"I want to make the average fan aware of what really exists under that uniform,'' he said. "They might be great players, but they're certainly not great people. I'm speaking of no less than 100 former players.'

Shapiro, 41, is angry because "once the players became pros, they turned their back on me. It made me feel like a used friend.'' He was motivated by heartbreak and disappointment on behalf of the university, which I considered to be an extended part of my family.''

The plan, according to the story in the Herald, is to use the profits from the book to pay back investors in the alleged Ponzi scheme.  Shapiro will not be allowed to keep any earnings for himself, though with an estimated $80 million left to shell out, it doesn't sound like the book will be busting him into the black anytime soon.  

Of course the book may never see the light of day, and if so the credibility will be more than questionable.  Hard for fans, much less the NCAA, to take the word of an alleged felon who is writing from jail in hopes to pay off his debts.  However, Shapiro's one-time role in the Miami program appears to be prominent enough to make his story interesting.

The University of Miami reports that Shapiro contributed $150,000 to the athletic program, had his own suite at games, and has a student lounge named in his honor.  He was known by many players as "Little Luke," a tribute to former Miami gift-giver Luther Campbell.  So while his shadiness is undoubted, his view from inside the program may reveal details which show little difference between this decade's Miami and the well-documented days of "The U."  

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