MY THOUGHTSEarlier this week athletic director Paul Dee said he expects to have a decision made in the next 1-2 weeks, which would be around December 14 at the latest.
The sooner the new coach can be announced, the better.
Getting as much information out there as possible helps potential recruits determine whether or not Miami is headed in the right direction. Whoever the new coach is, if he wants to be successful he must begin by putting a premium on South Florida kids. Football is a different level down here and the talent doesn't get much better.
In regards to the coaching search I made the statement that I think it will be Randy Shannon and would be surprised if it was anyone else. Of course, I stand by those statements, but we'll see what happens.
Will Shannon get a huge endorsement from me?
I would prefer if they brought in someone new to the program. This program has been on the decline since 2001 and it is time to bring in someone new with a new mindset.
FOOTBALL NEWS & NOTES• Earlier this week I said that I expected Jon Beason to forego his senior season and head to the NFL Draft. Beason, a fourth-year junior, leads the team in tackles and is hearing he will be drafted in the top two rounds. If that is the case, you can't fault him for leaving.
• Staying with the NFL Draft theme, I also released an article on TE Greg Olsen titled "Olsen Likely Headed to the NFL Draft". Again, I expect Olsen to leave early as well. Olsen and Beason won't announce their decisions until January, but unless something comes up, they will be on to the next step of their football careers.
• On a positive note DE Calais Campbell re-emphasized that he is definitely coming back. When asked if he found out he could be a first round pick, would he leave early? He said no and it didn't matter. He wants to come back to break records and win a championship.
• With Campbell coming back at right defensive end the 2007 defensive line should be just fine. Eric Moncur will start at left defensive end and is one of the best players on the team according to Campbell. Campbell is very excited to play across from Moncur and expects Eric to have a big year in 2007.
• DT Antonio Dixon likes to play left defensive tackle because he feels more comfortable with his right hand on the ground. Dixon started against Boston College and played the majority of the game with Teraz McCray out with a back injury. It was the most action Dixon has played in during his career thus far. Dixon is likely to start next year along side McCray next year.
• DT Dwayne Hendricks is the likely candidate to be the third defensive tackle next year although Joe Joseph, Luqman Abdallah, and Chaz Washington could be in the mix as well.
• The third defensive end next year appears to be Courtney Harris. Harris has been maturing this year in his understanding of the defense and knowing when to attack certain spots.
BASKETBALL NEWS• SG Jack McClinton scored 30 points against Northwestern earlier this week and is averaging over 20 points a game in the early season for Miami (4-3). McClinton said he would have rather scored 10 and won than 30 and loss.
• The team is preparing to face #21 Georgia Tech (6-1) at home on Sunday at 5:30 PM. The game is sold out. Georgia Tech is led by Lewis Clinch (17.4 ppg) and starts three freshmen including PG Javaris Crittenton (14.1 ppg/5.9 apg).
• PG Anthony Harris is shooting just 31 percent this season while averaging 7.0 points per game. Harris has done well on the defensive end of the court, but has struggled offensively. Coach Haith would like to see Harris get to the free-throw more as he has shot just 10 free throws this season.
• Frank Haith left Miami last night to be with his family after his nephew, Sean Bell, was shot and killed by NYPD officers on Sunday. The funeral is today at 4 p.m. and Haith will try to get the last flight back to be with his team tomorrow.
BASEBALL NEWS• 2B Jemile Weeks was named to the 2007 Brooks Wallace Award Watch List, given annually to the nation's top collegiate player.
• LHP Scott Maine was named to the Roger Clemens Award Watch List, given to the nation's top collegiate pitcher.
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