The University of Miami traveled to Death Valley last weekend and came away with a 30 to 21 win over ACC foe Clemson. It was a huge victory for the Hurricanes after losing in OT to the Tigers last season down in Miami. It also makes many ‘Cane fans across the country wonder; are the Hurricanes finally back?
If you really have to ask if UM is finally back to the “U” of old then it makes me have to ask; did you really watch the game? Don’t get me wrong Saturday’s victory was a big W for Randy Shannon and Company. It is without a doubt true that I saw a lot of positives for Miami on both sides of the ball. The D looked as intense as I have ever seen them since ‘02. Offensively Receiver Leonard Hankerson had a career day and definitely proved to me that he’s NFL 1st round material.
However, with all the positives I also saw the same level of inconsistent play that has plagued the Hurricanes in recent history, as well as make many of the ‘Cane faithful consider the Randy Shannon era to be a total bust. Ultimately, although I do put blame on Coach Shannon and his coaching staff, it wouldn’t be constructive of me to hold them fully responsible. In all actuality Shannon is, in my opinion, the right man for the job. He’s an amazing defensive minded coach who bleeds UM white, orange and green and has the recruiting chops to boot. In all actuality, coaches can only do so much to ensure victory on Saturdays. That’s why I believe it’s justifiable to hold the players equally accountable for UM’s championship drought.
So the question still remains. Are We There Yet?
I think the Clemson game accurately answered this question. Although Miami is an amazingly talented squad, they are still very much in the midst of an identity crisis. The Hurricane’s lack identity is in fact the explanation as to why the ‘Canes have been so inconsistent on the gridiron.In order for the Hurricanes to end their state of mediocrity and finally return to the BCS promise land, they must rely on the arm of junior quarterback Jacory Harris.
With an immense amount of talent and leadership skills that can at times be measured at Tim Tebow levels; there is no question whether he is capable to be UM’s next Ken Dorsey. However, Harris’ performance at the college level thus far has looked more like a new age rendition of “Jekyll and Hyde,” then having any resemblance of the next Hurricane savior. All we can do right now is take the “wait and see” approach to see if Harris can live up to the hype and be the next “Chosen One.”
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Written by Mike Epstein