There will be no BCS bowl game nor an ACC Championship for the Miami Hurricanes this season. In fact they won't even get a shot at ACC title after Georgia Tech's 49-10 win over Duke last week (and Miami's subsequent 33-24 loss to North Carolina).
Meanwhile, sophomore QB Jacory Harris leads the FBS with 16 interceptions.
Plus the injury report just got longer with CB Sam Shields and WR Thearon Collier both out for the game against Duke this Saturday.
Everything is absolutely going wrong for the Hurricanes. Right?
Well not everything. At least we know who has the best hair on the team: Travis Benjamin!
Look, I don't mean to be a cranky kill joy, but when UM's star football players are busying themselves with who has the best hair like a group of cosmopolitan swilling, Sex In The City fashionistas, I get bothered.
The losses to Clemson and North Carolina cannot be blamed entirely on a team that features mostly sophomores and freshmen who weren't born when I was busy dropping out of my first of four colleges.
The coaching staff obviously should take a lot of the heat and realize that it wasn't one or two players (i.e. Harris) who doomed them all. Said coach Randy Shannon after the Tar Heel loss:
``I think that anytime you see a football player stand up [for] what he believes in, you have to admire him for that,'' he said. ``But as far as this football team, we don't blame Jacory at all for this loss. It was a total team effort.' '
He went on to use the old cliche of looking forward, which is only a cliche because it's true. So here we go.
This Saturday at noon, The U plays Duke; a football team playing surprisingly well under second year coach David Cutcliffe. On paper Miami should win this game but at 5-5, the Blue Devil's have been putting up their dukes (you like that, I know) and scrapping in almost every game so by no means are they the complete pushover they once were.
As a matter of fact, QB Thaddeus Lewis will be playing his heart out in this one. A native of Miami, he'll have his own cheering section at Landshark Stadium, as the senior gives it one last shot at beating the hometown college team that didn't recruit him (ironically during UM's own senior day).
If Miami wins out its final two games against Duke and USF and whichever bowl game they're awarded, it'll have its first 10-win season since the 2003 Hurricanes.
I never thought I would say this, but UM needs to be in top form to best the Dukies. Stud LB Sean Spence and standout S Vaughn Telemaque are both game decisions. QB Jacory Harris is also banged up as he injured a finger during the North Carolina game and will be sporting a soft cast on his throwing arm. Freshman backup QB A.J. Highsmith says he's ready to go. No slight against him, but here's hoping it doesn't come to that.