Friday Stock Report: 1/6

With the first edition of the Stock Report in 2006 there is plenty to talk about after head coach Larry Coker decided to let four assistant coaches go. Throw in the Devin Hester decision to turn pro and not to mention the loss in the Peach Bowl to LSU, it has been quite a hectic week in Caneland.

PEACH BOWL VS LSU

The troubles with this team finally caught up to them in the Peach Bowl against LSU as the 'Canes suffered their worst loss since 1998, falling 40-3 in the Georgia Dome.

The offense sputtered all season even against lower-tier competition as the 'Canes continually did not attack opposing defenses. They didn't strike fear or go for the big play. They just methodically tried to get first downs. It caught up with them as they played a talented LSU defense.

On defense, although good statistically throughout the season they didn't create the big plays (aside from the Virginia Tech game). They struggled to get to the quarterback on a consistent basis and did not score defensive touchdowns at will like Miami teams have done in the past.

Against LSU, they didn't get a big play to switch the momentum of the game as the offense had a tough time getting a good rhythm going.

LSU was not a team Miami was going to be able to squeak by. They were going to have to be clicking on all cylinders in order to come up with the victory.

Things started off promising on offense as Devin Hester touched the ball four times on the opening possesion, but finished with just four more the rest of the game.

Rarely was Hester used as a decoy in the Peach Bowl and throughout the season. When he is in, there is an extremely high chance he was going to have the ball in his direction.

The offense couldn't pick up a first down twice in the second quarter with just one yard to go, which gave LSU the momentum.

On defense, they didn't attack. They didn't attack up front, at linebacker, or in the secondary. They let LSU pound away. And give the Tigers credit, they won this game. Miami didn't "lose" the game.

Was it just one of those games that happen every so often to a team?

I don't believe so.

Unfortunately it was a sign of the last 2-3 years with the Hurricanes that finally caught up with them. And if it was indeed just one of those games, do you think four assistant coaches would have been fired after a 9-3 season?

GONE: KEHOE, SOLDINGER, WERNER, HARGREAVES

I want to personally thank each of the four coaches for being very cooperative to interview requests and for their contributions to CanesTime.com and CanesTime the Magazine.

I was surprised and honestly disappointed that Art Kehoe was let go.

It still hasn't really hit me and probably won't until spring practice when he's not around. I remember when I first started with CanesTime, Kehoe was one of my favorite people to observe in practice. Watching offensive line units in practice go through drills isn't my ideal choice for the day, but with Kehoe around it made it worth it.

The man had been around for all five national championships after playing for the squad. He IS Miami football and I just can't agree with the decision to let him go despite up-and-down performances on the offensive line recently.

Coker decided it was the best interest of the program to let these four coaches go. With the firings he has definitely ruffled A LOT of feathers amongst current and past players, alumni, and fans of the program. It will be interesting to see who he brings in and if he can get this team back to winning conference championships and competing for the national title.

There will be an enormous amount of pressure on the offensive coordinator who will be brought in to not only resurrect the offense, but bring an excitement back to Miami football.

Unfortunately there is not a lot to be excited about right now.

And if things don't turn around next year, we could be having this same discussion about other coaches.

HESTER TO THE NFL

On Monday, the same day the coaches were fired, Devin Hester officially announced he was entering the NFL Draft and foregoing his final season of eligibility at Miami.

Hester will blow up at the NFL combines and don't listen to those 5th-round mock draft predictions. Look for Hester to be a 3rd-round selection at worst. His speed and game-changing ability is very rare and has been on the NFL radar.

Christopher Stock is a Senior Editor with CanesTime and can be contacted by emailing him at stock@canestime.com


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