Hurricanes weathering early tests
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. - At least two gentlemen showed up to LandShark Stadium on Thursday with the University of Miami logo shaved into their chest hair. By Saturday,
Bikini - $30
Brazilian - $50
Da U - $75
Why the extra charge? Because in the ultimate bandwagon sports town, the Hurricanes are
A few weeks ago, the Hurricanes and Coach
"A lot of people expected us to go 0-4," Miami strong safety
So what, exactly, is different about these Hurricanes? Everything. "Different team," Phillips said. "Different mentality. Different scheme."
Instead, Whipple is designing plays for sophomore flamethrower
Harris has an almost blind faith in Whipple's schemes. "I don't really recognize who I'm throwing to," Harris said. "I just know that this route against this coverage is going to be open."
That isn't to say Harris doesn't occasionally freelance. On one third-quarter play, he noticed that the planned route for 6-foot-8, 260-pound tight end
The part that should scare the ACC is that Whipple apparently has more tricks in his bag. Phillips said the new OC whipped up some mindbending stuff in spring practice, but no opponent has film of it yet. Harris confirmed that some of the playbook remains unused. "Mark Whipple is a very creative man," Harris said. "He has a lot in store for this season. I guess you'll have to sit back and watch what happens."
If Whipple is the mad scientist, first-year defensive coordinator
But the Canes began working on the option in spring practice. They continued in preseason camp. Then, after beating Florida State, they spent nine more days drilling these mantras into their heads. If you're assigned to the dive back, hit the dive back. If you're assigned to the quarterback, hit the quarterback. If you're assigned to the pitch man, hit the pitch man. "We wanted to go out and work hard and hit 'em and hit 'em and hit 'em and make them quit," Phillips said. "It looks like we did that. A lot of their key guys went out of the game. I don't know why."
The Canes would prefer everyone continue to doubt them, but two nationally-televised wins will make that impossible. Plus, if the Dolphins lose to the Colts on Monday and fall to 0-2, Da U will be the sole focus of South Florida's sports energy. So if you haven't made your appointment for your U-wax or your Sebastian the Ibis tattoo, hurry. The bandwagon is filling up fast.
"People who think we were going to go 0-4 or that we have a soft team or that we ain't ready, they'd better get ready for us," Phillips said. "The whole world, because we ain't playing. We're good. Everyone's seeing that. We ain't cocky, but we know what we have going on here. ... The University of Miami is back."