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Discussion in 'The Mainboard' started by Jack Parkman, Dec 30, 2018.
Needs Shockey as TE coach, IMO.
Or Kellen Winslow, Jr.....wait, never mind
What's he up to these days? Did he ever join the military? I remember him saying something about want to be a fucking soldier or something.
he is a care giver for the elderly.
Well that's nice of him.
We sure we wanna give Joe Brady that much control?
Taking nbc to court for stealing his signature move
That sounds like a really odd setup. Why would manny or the AD want to bring someone on who could overrule them? Might as well fire the guy instead
i always figured it would be tough to top golden as my favorite miami coach, but between getting willie fired and the absolute shitshow that has transpired since, manny has rocketed up the charts
Dannyboy is on the case
Whatever Miami decides, whatever was resolved in a Friday meeting between a handful of angry Board of Trustees members and Hurricanes athletic director Blake James, they all need to understand one thing:
Alonzo Highsmith, respected as he is, can’t solve this program’s decades-long problems for them this winter.
He might help in some murky, “chief of staff” role. He’d certainly bring football insight, executive experience and good commons sense to his alma mater.
But if Highsmith is needed in some undefined job for an uncertain boss, it says more about Miami’s troubles than his good talent.
It says James is failing, this program keeps falling and there’s questions whether coach Manny Diaz can find his way out of this mess alone.
If you thought losing to Florida International, Duke and Louisiana Tech brought the merciful end to Miami’s season, look again. There’s a civil war inside the program that says the ugliness didn’t stop when the season did.
Board of Trustee members and big boosters are beyond upset. They’re pounding tables, threatening change — and want Highsmith hired, pronto, because they don’t trust James or Diaz to succeed without help. And why should they trust them? What has either done to inspire answers?
James has overseen seven years of nothing with this program. That’s got to change quick.
Diaz brings good energy, great personality. But he inherited known offensive problems and had to fire his offensive coordinator, Dan Enos, after one year.
Maybe Rhett Lashlee, who is taking over as UM’s new offensive coordinator, is the answer. Maybe his successful time at Southern Methodist (seventh in scoring nationally, ninth in yards) translates immediately to Miami.
Lashlee, not Highsmith, will be the short-term hope for helping Diaz out of this hole. If this program gets out. If, in fact, the last three games didn’t expose bigger problems.
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Because there’s another problem Diaz needs to solve besides the offense. He struggled dealing with disciplinary problems and inappropriate behavior inside the program. Could Highsmith help there?
Certainly Highsmith’s years as an NFL executive and UM observer should be valued. He’s seen every major college campus and talked with every coach as an NFL talent evaluator. If he doesn’t know Miami’s inner workings, he’s seen what works in winning programs.
Still, there are questions around Highsmith’s role. Namely, what is it? Does he have power or just a counseling voice? Would James and Diaz welcome someone essentially foisted on them? Is he working for them, the boosters or — here’s a voice no one’s heard much from — school president Julio Frenk?
Finally, for Highsmith’s sake, would he be wanted next year if a regime change is needed?
This much is clear: If Diaz and James can’t win next season, Highsmith can’t save them. And Highsmith won’t be needed to tell anyone that considering the problems on the field and anger percolating inside the school right now.
The masses of UM fans, always louder in public than present at games, aren’t moving the needle here. These Board of Trustees and big-money boosters are. They’re done sitting back and watching this team fall short, year after year.
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Exactly how far has Miami fallen?
It didn’t just have another non-descript finish in the ACC this year. It would have finished low in Conference USA this year after the FIU and Louisiana Tech losses.
That explains why it’s so ugly in Coral Gables right now. Maybe Highsmith would help rediscover the good years, the golden ones he was a part of. Maybe, too, Lashlee helps rediscover the end zone.
But some Board members and big boosters are tired of just waiting and hoping for success. They’re making their voices and wallets heard to be part of change. It’s why some met Friday with James. It’s why an ugly civil war has broken out inside a program that used to win.
Highsmith can’t be asked to play some savior role to success, though.
Its James and Diaz who have their futures staked to that.
Let’s start with the end of this chapter: It’s not going to happen. Alonzo Highsmith won’t be coming to the University of Miami to help the football program barring some fundamental change on both sides.
The administrative role and money had to be right and, according to two sources, they couldn’t agree on either. So that’s that. For now. That’s where this road dead-ends. For this year
We are going to be hiring a new AD and new HC 11 months from now
Dudes going to clean up recruiting some dade county ballers!
thought Searels did a pretty good job with our inexperienced line this year fwiw, maybe S&C's the problem down there
Searless was a terrible recruiter and I’m sure UGA fans would agree because they told us we’d end up with a bunch of guards and we didn’t believe them. So we had to start a true freshman that weighed 240 before he stepped foot on campus at LT and gave up 900 sacks because believe it or not he was still better than the other tackles on the roster
all those 5* Dade County OL... wait
Dude spent time under Kiffin, at least that’s an upgrade from being OL coach for a year under Enos at Central Michigan. Maybe.
and Searels sucksssssss
First time anyone’s said something like that about a Miami assistant coaching hire at the position level in like maybe forever outside of Coach Kul
yeah that does seem less than ideal
And the numerous stories of how his only method of coaching is to berate players for every mistake. The players all hated him.
Feel like searles has been living off his rep as sabans OL coach at LSU for 10 years now
Learned under the architect of the greatest FSU team of my conscious life. Power moves here.
On the bright side: if you ever have a qb that you truly hate, it'll be nice to see an entire defense get a free pass on every offsides
GM over Manny
this will work out swimmingly
yeah cuz Manny gonna be swimming with the fishes by November
Good luck finding replacement worth a damn that’ll agree to have a GM watching over his shoulder.
yeah totally coaches never have to answer to anybody in CFB.
So what exactly does high smith do in his position?
As far as I understand it, if he comes it he'll essentially be the AD of football. So it doesn't really change much except the coach answers to Highsmith instead of Blake James
It kind of sounds like they are using him as an AD, so anyone new would be his guy anyways and just view him as that. Seems disasterous for manny, though
goal of the trustees pushing this is to make Zo AD of football while Blake handles rest of AD dept
Where did you get that from what I said?
You said good luck finding a coach worth a damn who will come in with a GM looking over his shoulder like that’s not how it operates with ADs and Coaches all over CFB.
Cum Mountain Lions
Yes, coaches answer to ADs and university presidents, UM is adding an additional layer of supervision to the existing structure, right? Usually the coach hires the Assistant AD that oversees football but in this case one is being forced on the HC.
They are simultaneously stripping the current AD of power, so you can think of it as highsmith wearing a blake mask for all things football
should we start a hotboard for Miami’s next HC or maybe wait a few months?
I think it's probably safe to start now if Highsmith is actually hired.
should have started one after the UNC game
butch Davis round 2? Promote Lashlee? What are we thinking here?