Larry Coker? No, he has a 53-9 record with one national title. Pete
Carroll is 54-10 with one national title (keep your AP banter to
Everyone take their Ritalin; last season really wasn't that
bad for Miami. It wasn't a disaster, it wasn't one of the most
disappointing seasons ever, and it wasn't a signal that the Miami
football program should start making initial inquiries to see if
there's an opening in the Sun Belt.
Here's Miami's philosophical problem with the national
title or bust attitude. If you don't win the national championship,
or even play in the national championship game, then does a 40-3
loss to LSU in the Peach Bowl really mean anything in the grander
scheme of things? The 35-3 loss to Tennessee in the 1986 Sugar Bowl
was far more disappointing and a far bigger disaster than some
little old Peach Bowl loss, and that 1986 team turned out to be
pretty good before it lost the national title to Penn State in the
1987 Fiesta Bowl. That 1987 team turned out to be pretty good
winning the national title.
Head coach: Larry Coker
6th year: 53-9
Off. 25, Def. 26, ST 5
Lettermen Lost: 22
Best Miami Players
1. FS Brandon Meriweather, Sr.
2. TE Greg Olsen, Jr.
3. SS Kenny Phillips, Soph.
DE Baraka Atkins, Sr.
RB Tyrone Moss, Sr.
QB Kyle Wright, Jr.
7. DE Bryan Pata, Sr.
8. LB Tavares Gooden, Jr.
9. WR Ryan Moore, Sr.
10. CB Glenn Sharpe, Jr.
at Georgia Tech
2005 Record: 9-3
Preview 2005 predicted wins
at Florida State L
W 36-30 3OT
Virginia Tech W 27-7
LSU L 40-3
The point is that it's hard to play for national championships, much
less win them, and not winning the whole ball of wax every year isn't
cause to pull fire alarms. However, not winning ACC titles is a bigger
And that's the problem.
The new ACC isn't the Big East and it's not like being an Independent.
There are too many good teams to battle with on a game-in-game-out basis
to demand perfection every year. Analyze all these so-called disastrous
losses last year. Florida State 10-6. It would've been a win if the
special teams didn't melt down. Georgia Tech 14-10. In case you forgot,
Georgia Tech also whacked Auburn. LSU 40-3. Don't focus so much on the
final score. LSU had national title talent and was jacked up. Things
really weren't as bad as everyone made them out to be.
This year's team has enough talent to think about the national title,
but there are just enough holes to keep it from happening with an offensive line
that doesn't look to be appreciably better than last year's disaster and
mot enough overall skill level among the stars on offense to overcome
the potential problems up front. The defense will be among the best in
the country, but it can't win every game if there are offensive issues
like there were occasionally last season.
Go ahead and jack up the expectations for this very good team, but shoot
for the ACC title first.
Schedule: It's set up perfectly for a huge season with the right mix
of great games and big home dates to think about the BCS championship
game, and then the second half of the year kicks in with four road dates
in five weeks including games at Georgia Tech, Maryland and Virginia.
Florida State, Virginia Tech and Boston College come to the Orange Bowl,
but the real landmine could be at Louisville on September 16th.
Offensive Player: Junior TE Greg Olsen. The coaching staff has
hinted that the one-time Notre Damer could be better than Kellen Winslow
Jr., Bubba Franks, and Jeremy Shockey. At the very least he should come
close to leading the team in receiving and be on the short list for the
Defensive Player: Senior FS Brandon Meriweather. He's not huge at
6-0 and 188 pounds, but he's a sure tackler with phenomenal range. He
has 202 career tackles and should be one of the nation's top all-around
to a successful season: Offensive tackles Reggie Youngblood, Cyrim
Wimbs and Tyrone Byrd, guards A.J. Trump, Andrew Bain, Derrick Morse,
and Alex Pou, and center Anthony Wollschlager. If the front five has a
decent season, Miami will likely be ACC champions. If it has a great
season, Miami has an honest shot at the national title.
will be a success if ... Miami wins the ACC title game. Goal number one has to win the
ACC championship. Then the Canes can hope everything falls into place
for something even bigger. Anything less than an appearance in the
conference title game and next year will likely usher in a new coaching
era of Miami football.
Sept. 4 vs. Florida State. Miami lost last year to the Noles and was
still in the hunt for the ACC and national championships late in the
season, but that was in Tallahassee. A loss at home to start the season
is the last thing the team needs with memories of the Peach Bowl still
- Sacks: Opponents 36
for 246 yards - Miami 33 for 246 yards
- Miami points in its nine wins: 305 (33.9 per game) - Miami points in
its three losses: 20 (6.67 per game)
- Miami points by quarter: 1st 80, 2nd 110, 3rd 77, 4th 42
The Last Time Miami…
…played in a bowl game…2005 (Peach Bowl v. LSU)
…missed a bowl game…1997
…pitched a shutout…2004 (Louisiana Tech)
…was shutout…1997 (Florida State)
…scored 50 points…2005 (Duke)
…won a conference title…2003 (share, Big East)
…had a 3,000-yard passer…2002 (Ken Dorsey)
…had a 1,000-yard rusher…2002 (Willis McGahee)
…had a 1,000-yard receiver…2002 (Andre Johnson)
…had a first-round draft choice…2005 (CB Antrel Rolle)