The Moan over Miami
Shame on Urban Meyer.
He was trying to score points.
He even let senior Jonathan Phillips attempt, and make, his first career field goal in the final seconds Saturday night.
Apparently that’s illegal and immoral.
For that, Meyer getting called out by the Miami coach, who is making veiled threats about payback. Such as this comment made to South Florida media:
“Sometimes when you do things and people see what kind of person you really are, you turn a lot of people off,” Randy Shannon said Sunday. “Take from that what you want. It helped us more than you will ever know.”
Memo to Randy: You have to actually be employed at the same institution the next time your team plays Florida in order to deliver on those kind of threats.
Get back to us in 2013, or when and if you play Florida in a bowl game.
Ho hum, another coach making himself the victim, grasping at something to inspire his team.
Look it up, Randy. Kicking a field goal at the end of the game is well within the rules --- not like telling your players to run on the field and celebrate, intentionally drawing an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty.
And if you want to bring up the Georgia Incident of last year and the fact that Meyer is on record as saying he would make “a big deal out of it” on Nov. 1, consider the fact that what the Bulldogs did was not legal --- and that Meyer never uttered a word about it until he did an interview for his book.
Actually, Shannon didn’t need to bellyache, because the Miami Hurricanes acquitted themselves well on the field.
At times they outplayed Florida.
The young ‘Canes went hard, competed and showed flashes of brilliance. Their speed and strength was impressive. Shannon’s “Pirate” and “Raider” defensive schemes confused the Florida offensive line.
If he wanted to complain, Shannon could have addressed the controversial reversal of Carl Moore’s catch, which had originally been ruled out of bounds.
The resolution of that replay could have gone either way, because there was, indeed, a question about whether there was enough evidence to change the call.
Otherwise, let the score speak: Florida 26, Miami 3.
Decent defense by the ‘Canes, but you’ve got to score touchdowns, Randy.
As for coaches “running up the score,” I thought we were past that a long time ago. Shannon’s lucky he wasn’t playing against the Ol’ Ball Coach. Steve Spurrier would have called time out and thrown it in the end zone again.
Let the losers have their hue and cry. Hey, it makes for a good rivalry. And it’s not like both sides haven’t pulled a little skullduggery: The “Florida Flop” of 1971 and the Howard Schnellenberger field goal in 1980.
A final note of irony: On many of the national boards, Hurricane fans are calling Meyer and Gator fans “classless,” citing their reputation around the SEC as being sullied.
Given that, I found this note interesting as reported by one of the local newspapers:
FANS AND EJECTIONS:
“Police arrested and ejected more people at Saturdays Gator football game than any other home game in the past three years.
“At Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, police arrested 50 people and ejected 121 people, according to statistics released by the University of Florida Police Department.
“Of the 50 arrests, 42 were for possession of alcohol and the other nine arrests were for trespassing, disorderly conduct, burglary and resisting arrest.”
I’m not saying there weren’t some Gator fans among that bunch, but when I arrived at the stadium a campus policeman monitoring his radio told me there were numerous arrests of Miami fans for spray painting cars.
I also thought the reason for the ejections was interesting: Intoxication, sitting in the wrong seat, standing on seats, disorderly conduct, ticket switching, smoking, trespassing and not having a ticket.
Make your own judgment call.
1. Better late than never, but three quarters was a little long for Dan Mullen to adjust the game plan and run more bubble screens and drag routes to get the chains moving.
2. They don’t start regularly at linebacker, but it seemed to me that Ryan Stamper and Brandon Hicks were often in on big plays.
3. As Meyer said after the game, thank God for special games and defense.
4. Two-and-oh with an open date to tweak the offense and a relatively healthy squad is a good place to be for Meyer as he prepares to take his team to Knoxville and beat Phillip Fulmer for the fourth straight time.
5. You just knew Urban’s boys were going to block a punt, and Jeffrey Demps did --- but with help of Chris Rainey, Louis Murphy, Matt Patchan, Joey Sorrentino, etc.
MORE SHORT STUFF: Miami is apparently a bigger rivalry that some thought, as evidenced by Tim Tebow’s comment that the pre-game Gator Walk was “the most exciting ever” for coaches and players … Brandon Spikes’ return made a big difference --- he made 11 tackles, but probably overran another five … It doesn’t seem a big deal, but the record crowd of 90,833 speaks to the fact that there really is some passion about this series, led now by Miami 28-26 … The three points scored by Miami was the fewest by a Hurricane team against the Gators since 1960 … It was hardly his best night passing as Tebow scurried to avoid the rush, but he was 21-35 for 256 yards and still hasn’t thrown an interception in 130 attempts (a school record).
And whatever happened to Emmanuel Moody?
17 Comments so far
I get your point of this article, but Miami may not necessarily have to wait until 2013 to get revenge. It is possible that we meet them in the post-season at some point before then.
Buddy, You should have emphasized that Shannon has absolutely no room to whine, 1. He was the receipient of the Pay back field goal that Schnellenberger kicked in 1980. That really pissed off a lot of Gator fans (one of them being me, I was there) That was pay back to the ‘Canes long overdue.
2. Shannon also ran the score up on hapless Charleston Southern and he has been a participant in many games where the Canes ran it up on many others over the years. He would have run it up on a bunch of teams last year, just wasn’t capable. Got his butt kicked instead. Is he threatening Al Groh of UVA???
My only beef with UF was the fact that they were calling pass plays on the last series. The clock could have been eaten up with just running the football. The field goal was no big deal.
For the record, the other rumor - that Meyer was making sure he “covered the spread” is borderline ridiculous. While I’m sure coaches know the spreads before games, he’s not kicking field goals to “cover” point spreads. To suggest otherwise is to speculate, wrecklessly.
I don’t generally respond to any thing like this but I was very surprised and offended by the entire Miami section yelling a chant that said f--- the Gators over and over again. And when our softball team and volleyball teams were introduced for their success of last year the chant (again by all of the Miami section) was “sucks” as each persons name was called. I believe that the Bible says to get the log out of your own eye before you worry about the speck in your brothers eye. This kind of behavior is “classless” and in my humble opinion should be addressed before someone is labled “classless” for scoring points in football, which as someone suggested is why you play the game and is certainly within the rules.
Buddy, I have wondering for the past week why Gator Country hasn’t brought us any news regarding Moody. It was my understanding that he tweaked an ankle against Hawaii, but there have been no reports on his condition since. Is Urban simply waiting to break him out against UT? After hearing such great things about him during fall practice you’d think if he was ready to go we’d have seen him against Miami. Give us something!!!
Buddy--The article in the herald actually said Shannon was upset that we were throwing into the endzone on the last series, not the field goal. I might have to agree with him--while Spurrier often threw at the end of a game, he usually would do it with our backup players in the game
I think the context of Shannon’s comment is that he claims some UM recruits who were at the game called him afterwards and told him that they are even more strongly committed to UM now because they were turned off by Meyer’s actions in kicking the late file goal.
That is supposedly what he meant by his statement that “it helped us more than you will ever know.”
As for passing instead of running, I’m not sure that makes a difference as all our running plays are mis-direction gimmicky plays that look more like trick plays anyway and that would not have done much to quell the bad feelings. It’s not like we even have a play in the playbook where we line up under center and hand the ball to a RB. I think it would be a nice change of pace to not run from the shotgun 100% of the time.
As for the final FG, I feel it was unnecessary. Kicking a chip shot in a game already decided isn’t going to give anyone meaningful experience.
randy needs to worry about his offense. in their last 2 games against division 1 teams they have scored 3 points in 8 quarters.
I guess it was ok for Miami to run the score up on a division 1AA[FCS} Charleston southern.... Miami is classless...i guess its the just the way it is
No doubt Randy had some $$ riding on this one, and that late field goal covered the spread. I can understand him being a little upset…
Just pulled out an old bumper sticker that reads GATORS 28 National Champs 3. 1983 The only good cane is sugar cane.
Good golly Randy what would you have said if UF hadn’t gotten called for not enough men on the line of scrimmage when the score would’ve been 30-3?
Randy Shannon has already proven “what kind of person he is” and has no room to talk about anyone. Has he and everyone else forgotten about his bald face lie to the press last year about his best friend getting killed while going to school at UF. Turned out he died in Miami in his 30’s some 15+ yrs after leaving UF.
I think he is making himself look stupid. He clearly is a recruiter but not a coach. With a new kicker who never kicked in front of ninety thousand plus in game conditions, you would be negligent as a coach if you did not take the opportunity to “game him up”. Any coach who does nor recognize that is just plain stupid; unless he loves playing the victim. So in my book he is either stupid or bereft of manly virtues. Neither one would make a sentient athlete want to play for him. He will continue to get the genetic freaks who have nothing else working for them. You can field a hell of a team that way; but what are you doing to make a difference in a young man’s life? He is the one that revealed his true deficiencies; not Urban.
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