Well ‘Canes fans, there’s not really much more to say about what happened Saturday night without rehashing what I’m sure is on all of our minds. Miami was taken behind the woodshed, suffering an embarrassing loss to our arch rival, the Florida State Seminoles, 45-17.
The ‘Noles took an early and commanding lead, sucking the life out of sold-out Sun Life Stadium that was begging to erupt with every positive play and score. The city of Miami showed up to support the ‘Canes, casual and hardcore fans alike, waiting, hoping, for a reason to scream, holler, and celebrate this team.
Those moments didn’t come. Almost from the very beginning, Florida State dominated the Hurricanes in every phase of the game.
Other than another typical Leonard Hankerson receiving performance, I’ve searched the web and my brain to try and find some positives to take away from this game. Damien Berry had a 100 yard game with a touchdown.
Unfortunately, that’s all I can come up with. I’d like to hear about some positives I may have missed.
The internet message boards, the newspaper blogs, this blog, and radio call-in shows are jammed with expressions of disappointment and deep concern. As well they should be.
Miami had a chance to serve notice to the country and the ACC, only to let down the fan base in front of a national TV audience and remind us, once again, that the “U” isn’t back, at least not yet. As much as JSQ tried to will a win with delicious tailgate food and enough pure, unadulterated fandom for the whole county of Dade, it just wasn’t in the cards last Saturday night.
It’s the same song and dance: couldn’t tackle, too many dropped passes, bad penalties, poor kick and punt coverage, an inaccurate QB, no rhythmic play calling on offense, and maybe worst of all, no emotion. All these reasons are troubling. And what’s especially troubling is these problems have existed for a few years and there seems like no improvement has been made.
Last week I talked about how Randy Shannon has rebuilt this program from almost the ground up, graduating his players and keeping them out of trouble. Shannon has done a great job with restoring the program’s image off the field. I also mentioned about how the ‘Canes had returned to national relevance under his watchful eye.
Not so fast, my friend.
That talk was premature. As even the blind could see, Miami is just not ready to take center stage again. FSU exposed UM’s weaknesses early and often. This is not a loss that will fade with memory or after drinking eleventy beers. It’s definitely a dark chapter in this series if you clad yourself in orange and green.
I know what you’re thinking. How about Miami’s image on the field? When can we expect to tailgate all day on Saturday knowing when we walk into the no home-field advantage stadium we currently play in, and expect a certain ‘Canes victory and we can all start the after-party at halftime?
But all is not lost, ‘Canes fans. Winning cures what ails and there are still seven games remaining on the schedule. With a renewed sense of urgency and determination, our beloved Hurricanes can still make noise this season. As bad as last weekend’s loss is, there’s not a game on the schedule that isn’t winnable. Miami still controls their destiny in the ACC, and until that control is lost, let’s try not to press the panic button.
So, in conclusion, let’s ask some tough questions in the wake of this loss.
1) Where does the “U” go from here?
2) What are your expectations for the rest of the season?
3) What changes or tweaks would you make if you were Randy Shannon?
4) How confident are you that Miami can get back on track and still make something of this season?
5) Rate your confidence level on a scale of 1-to-10, regarding Jacory Harris. 1= Bench him, I have no faith in J12. 10= I still believe J12 can bring home an ACC Championship and deliver a BCS Bowl Game berth.
6) Rate your confidence level on a scale of 1-to-10, regarding your level of support for the team. 1= Not spending another dime until changes are made. 10= I heart the Hurricanes and will support them even if they lose the rest of their games.