Tag:Ryan Hill
Posted on: June 8, 2011 1:05 pm

Ex-Cane thinks Miami needs attitude adjustment

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Miami cornerback Ryan Hill's college football career came to an end with the team's loss in the Sun Bowl in December, but like many Miami players before him, just because he'll no longer be suiting up for the team on Saturdays, that doesn't mean he's going to stop caring about the program. In an talk with the Miami Herald, Hill expressed his concerns over the state of the program, and what he thinks will need to change under Al Golden if the Hurricanes are ever going to climb to the top of the college football mountain once again.

Hill first expressed his feelings following that Sun Bowl loss when he said that Miami had a lot of players that "act like little boys." He expanded on those comments in the Herald.

“When I made that comment,” he said, “what I meant is some guys are really immature.”

How many? More than a dozen, Hill said.

“In my early years at UM, there were guys who were freshmen who acted like adults — Jon Beason, Teraz McCray, Greg Olsen,” Hill said. “When I was a senior last year, some sophomores and juniors acted like freshmen. Guys would do silly stuff like pulling their pants down, wearing crazy stuff.

“Guys would come late to meetings. They would schedule appointments and not show up or listen to iPods in class. I was always told by academic advisors to talk to [teammates]. Some kids got worse after they got here. People were purposely doing stuff to mock Randy Shannon or do their own thing.

“Coach Shannon tried to make sure guys went to class and presented themselves well. But as soon as he turned his back, they would do what they wanted. There are a lot of guys who didn’t produce, and how they act off the field has a lot to do with it. That has to change.”

The low point was the Sun Bowl.

“I don’t want to name names, but there were a couple of receivers having a snowball fight on the sideline when we’re down 21-0,” Hill said. “ Brandon Harris and I got upset. We were already upset because we’re losing, and now we’ve got to go over and break up a fight. These guys have to grow up. I hope Coach Golden is instilling that. Without growing up, you will never be successful.”

Hill didn't stop there, either, going on to say that players who weren't starters weren't exactly busting their tails to become one. He also talked of marijuana use amongst his teammates, with marijuana reportedly being the reason several Hurricanes have been suspended for the season opener against Maryland. Hill says that Miami has random drug testing every week and that he would get tested once about every three weeks, while the NCAA only tests once a year.

Still, even with the drug testing, Hill said that teammates were able to "beat the system."

Personally, while I understand Hill's concerns about his teammates' behavior, I'm not sure what exactly can be done. The behavior he describes sounds like the type of behavior you expect from college kids, which is exactly what his teammates are. There will always be some who are more mature than others. How Al Golden is supposed to solve this, I have no idea.

Posted on: December 7, 2010 12:30 am

Randy Shannon leaves notes for Miami players

Posted by Adam Jacobi

In collegiate athletics these days, it's all too common to see "it's just business" used as an excuse for quickly divorcing one's self from the emotional difficulties that come with major personnel changes. Players never like seeing their coaches leave the team before they do, even though it's increasingly common, and when a coach compounds the stress by stone-facedly blaming the almighty dollar, nobody's better off.

It's refreshing, then, to see the way Randy Shannon dealt with his firing from Miami two weekends ago. Rather than just say "that's that" or make a cursory goodbye through the press, Shannon went through the unusual effort to address dozens of his players on his way out with hand-written notes.

"It was the nicest thing he ever said to me since I’ve been here," tackle Orlando Franklin told the Miami Herald on Monday. “He was just telling me to keep my head up and don’t get sidetracked. I’m going to actually rewrap it and put it under my Christmas tree so I can open it on Christmas Day. I felt real nice when I [saw] it in my locker."

Miami cornerback Ryan Hill said he talked to about 20 teammates who told him they received notes and suspects many more actually did. Other fired coaches, consider the bar raised.

This sort of high commitment to the well-being, character, and progress of the young men even after Shannon was no longer professionally obligated to do so is something that would be nice to see more often. No, we don't want to get into seeing coaches get into the act of self-publicized token goodbyes and other empty gestures, but Shannon's notes are the type of thing that takes effort. Plus, y'know, we didn't hear about this from him, either.

Perhaps Miami's next coach will be better at meeting expectations when it comes to wins and losses, and Shannon's failure to do so is a perfectly acceptable reason for him to get fired. Seriously, it happens at basically every school, and there's no reason for Miami to be different. That next new coach will have absolutely giant shoes to fill where it comes to genuine concern for his players, though, and that's something the current Hurricanes will be acutely aware of going forward. Miami would be wise to hire with great consideration to character accordingly.

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