Miami Football: Hurricanes Refocused and Ready for Pittsburgh Panthers

Marcus SessionCorrespondent ISeptember 20, 2010

COLUMBUS, OH - SEPTEMBER 11:  Quarterback Jacory Harris #12 of the Miami Hurricanes calls the play at the line against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Ohio Stadium on September 11, 2010 in Columbus, Ohio.  (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
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In the aftermath of the loss to Ohio State the Miami Hurricanes have regrouped and refocused to prepare for their upcoming game against Pitt.  The Hurricanes players though had a lot of regrets about their performance against the Buckeyes, and realize that they let a good opportunity get away from them.  Some of the players even apologized to the fan base, and vowed that things will be different going forward.  The players owed no one an apology, but they wanted to stand up and answer criticism received from the community.

The fall out of this game and the subsequent post game revelations by some Hurricanes players, caused head coach Randy Shannon to impose a Team wide Twitter blackout.  All Hurricanes players appear to have complied with the deactivation or deletion of their personal Twitter accounts, and although not confirmed a controversial Tweet seemed to trigger all of this.  About two and a half hours before the Ohio State game Miami quarterback Jacory Harris tweeted something to the effect of “Middle fingers all around, this is why you play college football”.

Harris tweet was apparently a description of the actions of Buckeyes fans as they pulled up to the stadium before taking on the #2 ranked team in the country.  On top of that Harris later revealed that he had received a direct tweet stating that “fans don’t want a black quarterback at UM” before his Twitter account was shut down.  Of course members of the UM athletic department found the comment deplorable, and shameful that in this day and age people still have a close minded view of things.  Randy Shannon shut down twitter so the Hurricanes can limit the distractions and focus on football.



It remains to be seen if this is going to accomplish that, players have hundreds of distractions and if they were weighed out women would probably beat out tweeting every time.  As for Harris’s pregame tweet, it was on the bus heading to the stadium and not in the locker room or on the field, so why it has become a big deal is a bit perplexing.  If anyone knows Jacory Harris staying loose, laid back, and keeping his teammates loose are generally his normal modes of operation.  It seems Harris has let the negative reaction from fans affect him as several Hurricanes players indicated in a few articles that Harris was not his normal up beat self and indicated to them that “stuff on Twitter” was the reason.

Harris has to realize that under no circumstances is he going to be able to please the entire Miami Hurricanes fan base, and someone will always have something negative to say about him.  He wants to lead this team to a national title more than anyone, but he cannot let the pressure of trying to get the Hurricanes back to the Promised Land get to him. 

Head Coach Randy Shannon shocked the team by giving the team what equated to a tongue lashing after the game, where he told them they wasted a great opportunity.  Shannon left no position unscathed by his speech; he told the players that they did not consistently do their assignments or run the proper routes during the game.  It shocked the players because most if any of them had never seen Shannon that emotional or directed and pointed in his criticism.  Harris’s situation is a direct result of Shannon taking a proactive approach to put this team in a better mindset, and it already appears to be working.


Many players say the talk from Shannon got them fired up, and made them realize that they let Randy Shannon down as he tries to make people realize he is the right coach for this program.  The players have said they are more focused on what they have to do going forward, and have put an emphasis on physicality this week in practice.  The team has largely put the Ohio State game and Twitter mess behind them, and all indications point that they are 100% focused on correcting the mistakes and execute better when Thursday rolls around.  If they follow through with everything they are saying, then Pitt is going to be in for a tough night.

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