Tag:Randy Shannon
Posted on: September 23, 2010 9:19 pm

Miami leads Pitt 10-0 at halftime

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Here's a couple of things that both Dave Wannstedt and Randy Shannon wanted to see from their teams tonight. 

Shannon wanted Jacory Harris to limit turnovers and make better decisions with the ball following his four-interception performance against Ohio State.

Dave Wannstedt wanted to see his offensive line improve and open up running lanes for his running backs.

Well, at halftime, neither coach is going to be very happy but at least Randy Shannon can say he has a ten-point lead.

In a game that isn't going to win any beauty contests, Jacory Harris has thrown two interceptions -- including one in the end zone -- while Pitt has managed 76 total yards.  I'd say it's been ugly, but I wouldn't want to insult ugly.

Miami's touchdown came on their opening drive as the Canes went 80 yards in ten plays before Damien Berry punched it in from a yard out.  They added a field goal midway through the second quarter, and if it weren't for Harris' turnovers, odds are that Miami would have this game well in hand by now.

As for Pitt, well, what can I really say?  There are around 300 former Panthers in attendance at this game and every single one of them is probably embarrassed by what they've seen.  The Panthers didn't pick up a first down until the 7:30 mark of the second quarter, going three and out on their first five "drives."

The Panthers offensive line is just getting destroyed by the Miami defense and Tino Sunseri has spent most of his time just trying not to get killed.

That being said, Pitt still only trails by ten at the break, but unless Jacory Harris keeps turning the ball over it doesn't look like the Panthers have much of a chance.
Posted on: September 20, 2010 12:56 pm
Edited on: September 20, 2010 6:43 pm

Jacory Harris hears from racist fan via Twitter

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Well there's one benefit of Randy Shannon no longer allowing his players to use Twitter, they won't have to deal with idiots like the one who directed a racist tweet at quarterback Jacory Harris following the Canes loss to Ohio State. 

Harris says that he received a tweet from a "fan" on Twitter telling him that Miami shouldn't have "a black quarterback" following Harris' four interception performance in the Horseshoe.

"You see some things and you get kind of hurt, because it's your fans that say the things," Harris said. "They're the ones that before the game wrote you some encouraging message. And then after the game tell you that they don't want a black quarterback here. ....I know who they were because it's Twitter."

"It is disheartening," Harris said of the tweet. "It's something you look at and it kind of brings you to tears, but at the same time you know it's just a comment and there will be no steps taken after that.

"That's that person's opinion. It's just something you've got to live with. I don't read them all. There's too many to read. But I just scrolled through and I guess that was the one I picked to read and it was the wrong one."

Harris says he didn't respond to the tweet and that it isn't the first time he's received a racist tweet from somebody, but that he's "not worried about it."  Which is the best route to take in this matter because it doesn't matter what you do, there are always going to be idiots out there, and idiots love to let their opinions be known.

Besides, the Hurricanes have bigger things to deal with right now.  First and foremost rebounding from their loss in Columbus and getting ready for another tough road test against Pitt this weekend.

UPDATE: One of the tweets in question can be read here , though be warned that the language in it isn't exactly pleasant.  Nor intelligent.

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