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That's some Massachusetts 4.7 speed right there
Too bad your link is broken
Enos is the hire
Welcome to Miami Jalen Hurts
#Alabama Crimson Tide
Power moves being made
i can dig it
holy shit, congrats guys
I'm going to be honest, I'm not sure how I feel about this. Wasn't his offense at Alabama, and he doesn't seem like someone who will bring a spread/tempo offense.
DBL has mentally lost it. Between this, the bama lost, Clemson having better receivers and the Jags sucking, I hope therapy works out for you.
Great hire for you guys. We heard some rumblings that Saban may be going a different direction. Horrible decision by Saban.
I know we are celebrating a new OC hire, but you guys need to read this latest article by Manny Navarro. Most of you don' know this, but a week before the beginning of last season, my cousin game me a kidney and saved my life. This kind of thing takes real love to do and I couldn't be prouder that someone would do this for a fellow Cane just because they were teammates.
Link for those who have a subscription, https://theathletic.com/759331/2019...ot-his-new-kidney-from-an-old-miami-teammate/
entire article below for those who don't.
Canes4Life’: How Gerard Daphnis got his new kidney from an old Miami teammate
By Manny Navarro
MIAMI — Many college football fans remember the photo.
A huddle of two dozen baby-faced, teenage college freshmen outfitted in their new orange Miami Hurricanes jerseys, heads freshly shaven, arms wrapped around one another, looking up at the camera of a Sports Illustrated photographer.
It was late August 1992, days before Hurricane Andrew would devastate South Florida, and less than nine months after UM had won its third national title in five years and fourth in a nine-year span.
Miami college football was at its peak, and Gerard Daphnis, a 6-3, 225-pound, fleet-footed tight end from Miami Norland High School, and Jermaine Chambers, a 6-2, 180-pound, All-State receiver from Homestead High, were about to embark on their ride.
The photo, taken on media day on Miami’s Greentree Practice Field, was the first Daphnis and Chambers posed for together.
Thanks to a gift from Chambers, there will be more.
“I just remember the seniors saying, ‘We won the national championship and they put you mother bleepers in Sports Illustrated? You haven’t even done shit!’” Daphnis, now 44, chuckled earlier this week as he sat down for lunch at Five Guys in Midtown Miami — one of his last tasty meals before kidney surgery.
“I just know from that day forward, we were always a close group. That ’92 signing class always felt like we were unique, special. Most of the other groups at Miami were smaller. Edgerrin (James), Santana (Moss), there were three or four guys that would hang with them.
“With us, it could be any given guy at any given time hanging out. There were no racial restrictions. It could be K.C. Jones, Kevin Brinkworth, we were all close. That’s the way we were taught how to be. You fight together, lose together, whatever. You come in as a freshman, this is going to be your platoon. If you get into an altercation, it’s like getting into a fight with all you guys.”
Daphnis catches a pass during the Hurricanes’ fateful 38-20 loss to Washington in 1994 that ended UM’s 58-game home winning streak at the Orange Bowl. (Courtesy of the University of Miami)
Chambers, who has sold cars and trucks to a number of UM alums, coaches, athletic directors and school presidents in the 12 years he has been at Williamson Automotive group in Pinecrest, remembers the SI photo a little differently than Daphnis — for good reason.
Several days after that photo was taken, he rode out a Category 5 storm, with winds upwards of 165 mph, inside a second-floor bathroom at his friend’s house near Homestead Air Force Base. Chambers spent the night and early morning holding the door closed, praying for his life, as hell broke loose around him.
“Three humans trapped in a bathroom while it sounded like trains and demons were trying to get in,” he said of his night.
When the storm ended, Chambers opened the door to find the house he was in was nearly flattened. The roof was gone, as was everything, except for the bathroom he and his friend’s family (the uncle of former Hurricane Tony Gaiter) had stayed in all night.
They were lucky. It could have been worse.
“I just remember the storm was supposed to hit downtown Miami,” Chambers said. “They canceled our final scrimmage of training camp, told us all to evacuate campus. So I went home. I went south to Homestead.
“A couple days later, we went back to UM and they shipped us all off to Dodgertown (in Vero Beach). Our team stayed there two, three weeks. We were eating steak and lobsters in Dodgertown, and my mom, my sister, and her four kids didn’t have places that were livable. That weighed on me, even after we got back to school and were living on campus.”
Only piles of rubble remain of a Homestead-area trailer park following Hurricane Andrew in 1992. (Steve Starr/Corbis via Getty Images)
Hurricane Andrew was the first brush with adversity Miami’s 1992 signing class experienced, but it was hardly the last.
After the Hurricanes lost the 1992 Sugar Bowl to Alabama and with it a shot at back-to-back national titles, Miami lost 29-0 to Arizona in the Fiesta Bowl a year later to cap a 9-3 season, UM’s first three-loss season since 1984.
Soon, the pay-for-play scandal involving rapper Luther Campbell broke. Then, the Pell Grant scandal followed.
In the middle of all that, Washington snapped Miami’s record 58-game home winning streak at the Orange Bowl.
Coach Dennis Erickson left for a job with the Seattle Seahawks, and Butch Davis was brought in to clean up the mess. Miami would eventually lose 31 scholarships over four years and receive a one-year ban from postseason play.
The only bowl game Daphnis and Chambers ever won was the 1996 Carquest Bowl.
“We came in with a lot of promise,” Chambers said of the 1992 signing class. “But most of our memories were bad.”
Daphnis ended his Hurricanes career with 47 catches for 603 yards and three touchdowns.
Chambers produced 21 catches for 250 yards and one score.
Said Daphnis: “And we thought we’d win three or four titles.”
Daphnis (84) with Chambers (80), receiver Marcus Wimberly (37) and defensive back Alfred Shipman (32) prior to the 1992 Sugar Bowl against Alabama. (Courtesy of the University of Miami)
Football never panned out the way they wanted it to, but the fact that they crossed paths is why Daphnis, a husband and father of five on medical leave from his ground-operations job with JetBlue in Fort Lauderdale, might still live to see his 60th birthday and beyond.
Thursday morning at Jackson Memorial Hospital, more than 20 years after they last took the field together, Chambers underwent surgery to give Daphnis one of his two healthy kidneys. The procedure began with Chambers having the kidney removed in one operating room and Daphnis having it attached in another nearby.
Chambers should recover in a day or two. Daphnis will likely spend a week in the hospital.
The former teammates have remained friendly over the years, often participating in group chats with other teammates. But Chambers did not offer Daphnis his kidney simply because of some deeply rooted friendship.
He’s doing it because they’re both Hurricanes.
“Like I told Gerard, God knew in 1992 this was going to happen,” said Chambers, a healthy father of two young adults who wakes up and hits the gym every morning at 5 a.m.
“We met for a lot of reasons. Not to say I wouldn’t do this for other guys. The same could have been said for Reggie Wayne, EJ (Edgerrin James) or Warren Sapp. But with me, being in my current state, if somebody would have needed a kidney, I would have done it for them, too. And I know they would have done it for me.
“Back when we played, I remember Gerard used to tell me, ‘Why are you getting up at 5 o’clock in the morning, going to work out? You’re just fine. You’re not heavy. Why don’t you hang out?’ I told him, ‘I’m just trying to preserve my body. One day it will all make sense.’ Like I said, God knew what he was doing.”
Two days before Christmas, Daphnis had no idea Chambers was his “anonymous donor.”
In fact, he wasn’t sure he would live long enough to receive a new kidney.
Diagnosed with diabetes shortly after his playing days at UM were over, Daphnis was always aware he had to take care of himself. But he didn’t always do it and ran into serious health issues several years ago when he developed blisters on his feet while on vacation in Puerto Rico with his wife, Harriet.
The blisters got infected. It initially led to the pinkie toe on his right foot being amputated.
Months later, after he stepped on a rusty nail and fractured his left foot, Daphnis was told he needed to start taking strong antibiotics or he would need to have his foot amputated.
“It was this wonder drug called Vancomycin,” Daphnis said. “It is a very good antibiotic for a lot of bacteria. What they neglected to share with me was that Vancomycin also attacks your kidneys. I did not know (the side effects). If it was between my kidneys and my foot I would have said, ‘Cut the bitch off, then.’ I took the Vancomycin and it took me from having 40 percent of my kidneys working down to about seven percent. I was so mad, you all almost heard about me on the news going postal at the hospital.”
Daphnis’ health quickly began to take a serious turn for the worse.
He went from weighing 260 pounds to 408 pounds in a matter of months.
He finally decided last May 21 to listen to his wife and begin dialysis treatments. In November, still unable to get rid of the infection in his left foot, Daphnis finally decided to have it amputated. He received his prosthetic foot earlier this week.
“I was walking around like the Michelin or Stay Puft Marshmallow Man,” Daphnis said. “I would walk and my thighs were fused together. It was awful. My face, eyes, I didn’t look like me. Finally, my wife was like, ‘Do it.’ So, I ended up putting the catheter in my chest and end up starting dialysis. It removed over 100 pounds of fluid out of my body. I did start feeling better eventually, but now I’m dependent on this machine.
“When I was at the dialysis center, Monday, Wednesday, Friday, I was on like 4½ hours, sometimes five or six. It’s like a job — a job to stay alive. It’s awful. I don’t wish it on anybody. It was miserable, depressing, especially if you get to the point where they take out too much fluid. You turn into a zombie. You don’t want to be touched. You’re vomiting. The worst you’ve ever felt in your life, that’s how you feel. You just lay there in a fetal position. You don’t want to eat, drink. It’s just like, ‘Please go away.’ Matter of fact, I told my wife, ‘Please kill me. Take care of the kids, but just kill me.’ I went through that dark period.”
Harriet, though, did quite the opposite.
An educator for more than 15 years and most recently a 10th grade English teacher at Norland, she left her job more than two years ago to start taking care of her husband. She even got certified to provide dialysis treatments for him at home the past few months.
She reminds Daphnis every day that he has five children to live for: 23-year-old Aliaha, a nurse practitioner; 20-year-old Jaylen, a 6-foot, 287-pound redshirt-freshman offensive lineman at FIU; 16-year-old Amoy, who runs track at Miami Northwestern; 10-year-old Zara and 9-year-old Kai-lani.
Harriet also reminded her husband how he has all those former Hurricanes he can’t let down.
“The guy at physical therapy who treats me for my foot told me I outkicked my coverage,” Daphnis said. “He is right.”
Daphnis stands next to his wife Harriet with his new prosthetic knee. He is learning how to walk again after having his left foot amputated on Nov. 15. He has been in a wheelchair the last two months. (Courtesy of the Daphnis family)
Before Daphnis got sick — way back in 2000 when he was selling beepers and cell phones and before he started remodeling duplexes and houses — he got an urge to reconnect with his teammates.
He approached Miami’s administrators and long-time football secretary Myrna Schneider and asked her for the former players phone directory.
“Most of the numbers weren’t good,” Daphnis said. “Every time I would talk to someone, I would ask, ‘Who do you stay in contact with?’ So, basically, if I had 100 good numbers, I turned it into 200. And so on. I updated the list to over 1,000 former players, which was more than 60 percent of what they had at the time. My whole objective was just to get guys to come back to campus. That following spring, we had close to 200 guys that came back, which was the biggest reunion we had ever had.
“So I became this unofficial voice. It wasn’t just for the guys I played with. It was with guys from the 1950s all the way through the 2000s. Everybody knew who I was. I had guys that hadn’t been back in over 20 years or seen their college roommates in over 20, 30 years. I had guys who picked up the phone and cried because they thought the university had forgotten about them. I told them, ‘I don’t want anything from you. Bring the wife, kids. Just come back, eat, drink and nobody will ask you for money. As a matter of fact, who did you play with? I’ll tell them you’re looking for them.’ It just became this huge love fest. It was great.
“So that next year, UM told me, ‘We don’t want you doing anything with the reunion.’ I couldn’t figure out why at the time. But I ended up figuring it out later on — because I became this unofficial voice for the players and they didn’t want me to have this power. The thing was guys still wanted to get together. That’s how Canes4Life was started. Melvin Bratton is actually the one that came up with the name.”
Independent of UM, Daphnis served as a liaison for former players. He started an online show with Leon Searcy and orchestrated barbecues and other events between former players.
(L to R) Former Hurricanes Jermaine Chambers, Gerard Daphnis, Twan Russell and Tony Coley after a 2017 reunion at UM. All four first came to Miami in 1992. (Courtesy of the Daphnis family)
For a while, in conjunction with UM’s Sports Hall of Fame, he helped run a program for disabled veterans to attend Hurricanes home games with former players.
“We had a handicapped suite,” Daphnis said. “We had a deal with the university where they gave us the tickets for the vets at cost. They couldn’t sit in regular suites. I had about 10 seats in the suite for the veterans and their handlers. We’d sit in the room. They would interact with the former players. It was a cool thing. The players looked forward to it. It was a really neat thing that was going on.”
But eventually, Daphnis said, Miami raised its ticket prices after Hard Rock Stadium was renovated and the event became too expensive to keep running. It remains a sore subject for him and part of the reason he has only been to one UM game — Miami’s win over FIU in September — in the last two years.
He says he only went in large part to see his son. He also went to see his former teammates for the first time in a long time.
The week before the game, Daphnis finally told them how much his health had deteriorated. None of them had a clue how bad his health had gotten.
“If you know Gerard, Gerard won’t ask you for anything,” Chambers said. “He’s never really complained about being sick or anything that’s happened in his life. He’s never cried about it. He never wanted it to be a pity party. But just before the FIU game this year, he was trying to put together a tailgate. For whatever reason, I think I had to work and I wasn’t going to be able to make it. So he sent out a text to everyone from our class that morning about his condition and why he had been so sickly and why it was so important that everyone tried to make it to that particular tailgate, and why it meant so much to get everyone together.
“At the time, I had no idea that Gerard had been that sick. I knew he had told me he needed a kidney. But I didn’t know he was on dialysis full time. I didn’t know his health had taken a turn for the worse like that.
“For me, in 2018 alone, I suffered a loss of a cousin. Then, Al, Ryan Collins’ brother, died back in February. He went (into) a gym one day, was working out and had a massive heart attack and he died. Then, in mid-March, my ex-father-in-law was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer. So by the time Gerard told me this, I had lost three people in 2018. It was just one of those situations where I didn’t want to go through another loss, not without trying to help if I could help.”
Chambers sent Daphnis a text message a few days after the game but never got a response. Instead, Harriet reached out to him a few weeks later after she read her husband’s text messages.
“I didn’t want him to feel like it was a pity party or whatever because I know he would have rejected it,” Chambers said. “But what I told him in the text then was if there was anything I could do to help, financially, physically, even a kidney, let me see if we’re a match.
“When she called me back, she was the one that told me how serious the situation was. She had actually tried to donate her kidney and she had some stones in her history, so she couldn’t be a donor. Someone else tried, and just before it went through it had failed. So, at that point, I told her to let me know what it is, so I can start the process. We won’t say anything to Gerard because if he knew he probably would have stopped it. He would have said, ‘You’ve got kids. I don’t want you to get involved in this.’ So I never told him anything.”
All the while, though, behind the scenes, Chambers did the leg work to become a potential donor.
“I went through all the testing that I had to go through, and it was pretty arduous,” he said. “It would take a whole day to get some of these labs done, MRIs, CT, blood work. It was a battery of tests they run. I did everything I had to do. On three or four different days, they would call me back and for whatever reason, they wanted to go back to check this or see that. It was very, very thorough. They wanted to see if I was a match and two, there’s a test they do now where they determine if you’ll ever have any kidney issues down the road. Once they got that test done and saw it was like zero chance, I would not develop any issues, that’s when they said it was OK for me to let him know.
“We didn’t get that determination until the end of November. I had to go back for another round of tests in late December, and I still hadn’t said anything to him because … once he told me the last person had something else come up health-wise, I didn’t want to say anything to him. So I went and ran one last set of tests, and they said everything was OK and gave us the surgery date.”
The families before surgery on Thursday: Daphnis and Harriet (top left), their youngest daughters Kai-lani (bottom left), 9, and Zara (bottom second from right), 10, Chambers and fiancee Christie Grays (bottom right). (Courtesy of the Daphnis family)
On the night of Dec. 23, after Daphnis had told his family and friends the good news — that he had an anonymous donor — Chambers handed him a Christmas card and revealed the secret.
Inside it read: “I’m your guy. I’ll see you in surgery Jan. 10. Canes4Life.”
It took Daphnis a minute to make sense of the message.
Once he did, “Dude, I just lost it. Never in a million years did I think a teammate would do that.”
But Chambers is no ordinary teammate.
And this was no ordinary group of teammates.
For years after their careers were over, it didn’t matter how little they saw of each other, they were always there for each other via text message, email or a phone call. Whether it was words of encouragement or supporting their friends’ business ventures, there was always communication, Daphnis said.
Most of it now, Daphnis said, takes place in a group chat on WhatsApp.
Among those in the group, Daphnis said: former defensive lineman Kenny Holmes (who was most recently the defensive line coach at FIU), safety Earl Little (who was in charge of player personnel at FIU), offensive lineman K.C. Jones (now a financial planner), linebacker Tony Coley (regional president of BB&T), receiver Marcus Wimberley (now a coach in Memphis), defensive back Carlos Jones (a manager at a hardware store in New Orleans), offensive lineman Ricky Perry (Daphnis said he drives fuel trucks), defensive lineman Marvin Davis (a Miami-Dade police detective), defensive back Al Shipman (football coach at Palm Beach Gardens High), linebacker Twan Russell (director of community and youth programs with the Miami Dolphins), defensive lineman Booker Pickett (a mortgage broker/real-estate investor in Tampa), defensive back Chris Gibson (formerly in the mortgage business), running back Danyell Ferguson (working in religious studies), defensive lineman J. Ina (a commissioner in New Orleans), aforementioned receiver Gaiter (a truck driver whose son, Tony Gaiter IV, is a junior wideout at FIU) and receiver Darius McCullum, who now goes by the name Rashid Al-Muntharee and is coaching in Alabama.
“With Tony (Coley) being in the position he’s in, he’s helped out a number of guys,” Daphnis said. “Tony just helped Quadtrine Hill get into the managerial program with BB&T. Twan is one of those that helps guys, too.”
Canes4Life: Last year, a number of the members of Daphnis and Chambers’ recruiting class from UM got together. Daphnis is on the far right. (Courtesy of the Daphnis family)
Two weeks ago, Chambers said, he got a text message from Warren Sapp, who was having hip replacement surgery at Doctor’s Hospital in South Miami.
“He knew I worked down on this end. So he sent me a text message and it read all caps, ‘BRING ME SOME FOOD,’ ” Chambers said. “Before he even said food, I was already on the way there with him. That’s just the way we are. A lot of that stuff goes unmentioned because people outside of the program just see football players. But there are real people underneath those helmets and there’s real people out there in the business field helping each other’s businesses and saving each other’s lives. It goes far beyond football.”
But this story, in particular, is special.
Much the same way Chambers kept it secret that he was going to be Daphnis’ donor, very few people knew the surgery was taking place and that Daphnis would be getting his new kidney from Chambers. Daphnis wants them to find out from reading this story.
“When football is over, the hardest part of that transition is losing the camaraderie,” Chambers said. “You don’t get that out here in the real world. Every time we get together, be it in the suite, a barbecue Gerard is doing or bowling for the Hall of Fame, any chance you get to be around that atmosphere, you just can’t replicate that in the business world. I’ve been at that for almost 13 years and I spent five years at the University of Miami, and I will die for people from those (five) years. … It’s just something about those times. We grew up together.
“The way I see it, Gerard’s wife deserves her husband. His kids deserve their dad. I’m just a person that went to school with him at the right time. God aligned the stars to make this possible. By 12 o’clock on Thursday, everybody’s life will go back to normal. It started with a new (prosthetic) leg on Tuesday. He’ll get the kidney, get off the dialysis. She’ll be able to go back to work. It will impact their lives so much. I’m just glad I could help.”
He gets to be a Miami fan again like he was as a kid, should be good for him.
Saban has to be sick by this move.
You guys are insane if you think Enos chose to leave rather than him being pushed out. Most Bama fans aren't a fan but we aren't Saban. "Power moves", as if you stole him, was fumy.
Bruce Feldman tells a different story and reading from your 247 message boards, they all said Saban wanted him. He was helping with the new assistant hires IIRC. GL DBL and God bless
Ahh yes, Alabama message boards, where all the facts exist.
This is why you try to under sell and over deliver, instead of over sell and under deliver. I don't see how Enos fits any of the stuff Manny was preaching about from a offensive X &O stand point as a play caller
Message boards and media say different DBL. Who should I believe you? or the insiders
Congrats guys. A+ hire.
Don't see how this is a 'bad' hire?
So you're saying, as an Alabama fan on a message board, we shouldn't trust you?
His offense put up 50 pts on Diaz in 2015. The guy did a great job with Allen at Arky and you saw what he did with Hurts in the SEC Champ game and Tua all year. I think we all got fooled into believing Manny was going Air Raid. Tons of RPOs and quick hitters can stress out a D just as easily as Leach's style of offense.
He doesn't run the "cutting edge" offense Manny said he planned on running (something we have been begging for), his offenses regressed at Arkansas, he wasn't responsible for any of the play calling this year at Alabama.
I am not going to hang my opinion on the fact that Bama and Georgia wanted him as well. That shouldn't be the measuring stick for if a hire is good.
If he was going to the be the next OC, he would have already been given the job. Lox took the Maryland job over a month ago. Do you really think he he was offered the Bama job with all of that talent coming back to go be OC at Miami with a shaky at best QB? Take the Miami colored glasses and look at it rationally. Only thing that makes sense is Saban was going with another OC and Enos got mad and bolted. Now it's going to suck for us if Saban is going with Butch Jones but I guess we'll see how it plays out. You guys got a good coach but lol if you think he chose Miami OC over Bama OC. Tell yourself that if it makes you feel better though.
I'm saying use a little common sense over what anyone, including me, says on a message board.
The Bama dynasty is over DBL. Once Saban decided to have his kicker be a lead blocker most of us knew the Saban era was over. One day you will accept it, like I accepted LSU destroying Miami for a decade after the peach bowl fight
We've been hearing that every year since 2013. Maybe you'll be right this time.
You should see the meltdown on CIS. It's hilarious
You're going to have Dan Enos and Jalen Hurts. Last year you had Jon Richt and Malik Rosier.
Manny Diaz did a damn good job upgrading your program given he was hired way late in the process. And Miami is at its best running pro style, running the fuck out of the ball.
I didn't say it was a bad hire but his offense isn't what Manny was selling
Pretty much how I feel. When we have Bama talent all over the field then idc if our OC runs a one read offense
PFFFFTTTT, Please bro, Enos knows that MANNY IS THE DOPEST. No one wants to work for Saban and all his yelling and screaming and getting killed by Dabo.
PLUS, Enos love Hurts, he wants to coach his BOY, you hear me bro? EL TORO HURTS TO DA U, he gonna bring DA U BACK
Fuck that, pro style is dead
Maybe he does more spread stuff after seeing it at Bama
Bama didn't run a pro style O this year
Enos didn't call a single play though.
And that was thanks to Lox, not Enos
Very surprised. Not mad, but definitely surprised. Guy can coach if Saban and Kirby both wanted him. Not sure what to expect really stylistically
Yeah don't understand the move. He runs an ancient offense with fullbacks. They hardly ever use them in pros these days. Also not sure why Hurts would come since he doesn't fit that style at all.
Learn to read fatty instead of just doing the old DBL shtick of trying to talk shit all day
Need #Arkansas Razorbacks in here for an opinion
Amazing QB coach. Will make some questionable in game calls
One of the best QB coaches in the country and had much more complex routes in his offense for receivers than anyone else we’ve ever had. He gets a little stubborn at times and will abandon the run, but overall he’s very good. I love the guy personally and have had several good conversations with him. His daughter played in our HS conference when he was at Arkansas and stayed for a year after while he was at Bama.
The jump that Brandon Allen made from his Jr to Sr year was absolutely insane.
You’re going to love him I think. He rarely sticks around very long regardless of how much he’s loved. He has a tendency to butt heads with some on the staff about scheme. He has that head coaching history at CMU but hated that CEO role.
Pretty good read on Enos and his ability to coach QBs
Hurts visiting on Sunday?