Posted on: September 8, 2010 5:59 pm
Edited on: September 8, 2010 6:01 pm

Yes, Ohio Stadium is actually loud

Posted by Adam Jacobi

The No. 12 Miami Hurricanes are about to head up to Columbus to face the second-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes. And while there's plenty of aspects to the game that might play into one side's favor over the other, "insufficient crowd noise" is a highly unlikely candidate to work in Miami's favor. Lo and behold, though, that's precisely what the Sun Sentinel's Steve Gorten suggests:

Let’s be bluntly honest: The Horseshoe is over glamorized.

It isn’t intimidating. Nor is it much of a hostile environment.

Yes, it’s an impressively large stadium. And yes, it’s full of rich tradition — the dotting of the “I” is pretty cool.

But it’s not exactly a daunting place to play. The only reason ‘Canes players kept getting asked about it Tuesday, I suspect, is because it seats more than 105,000 (so yeah, there are more available voices to yell). But the Big House in Ann Arbor seats six digits, too. And that’s no house of horrors for opponents either.

The dismissive comparison to the Big House is probably the most heinously ill-informed aspect of this argument--the two stadiums are designed in significantly different ways, and OSU's two-tiered horseshoe system puts the upper crowds right on top of the players, rather than far away like in the "bowl" type stadiums, such as the Big House. As stadiums go, few are built to be as oppressively loud as the Horseshoe. 

Thus, the unfavorable comparisons to the SEC stadiums that followed can really only be a thinly-veiled shot at Ohio State fans in comparison to their SEC counterparts. But here's the thing: OSU fans are every bit as "SEC" as the real thing down south: they're loud, obnoxious, loud, highly "lubricated," and loud. Opposing fans have many things they find wrong with OSU fans. I assure you: timidity is not one of them.

And look. There are plenty of reasons to think No. 12 Miami could pull an upset at No. 2 Ohio State this weekend. Matter of fact, I'm calling that upset in our Expert Picks. But I'm calling it because OSU almost always drops one home game a year, even when they're very good, and athletic defenses like Miami's have traditionally given Terrelle Pryor fits. But if Miami does pull the upset, it's not going to be because the Ohio State crowd was too gentle.

Category: NCAAF
Posted on: September 2, 2010 9:00 pm

Miami pounding Florida A&M

Posted by Adam Jacobi

There are a few competitive games being played today. FAMU-Miami is not one of them. The Hurricanes are drilling the Rattlers at the half, 35-0.

Jacory Harris is leading the charge, completing 12-15 passes for 210 and 3 TDs, and he's made it look as easy as you'd hope from someone playing Florida A&M.

Fans who continue to watch this game in the second half may reliably considered sadists.

Category: NCAAF
Posted on: September 1, 2010 5:01 pm
Edited on: September 1, 2010 5:30 pm

How Nike's new Pro Combat uni's help recruiting

Posted by Chip Patterson

Sure.  There is ton about Nike's new Pro Combat gear that makes perfect sense for the elite athlete.  It's light weight, it's durable, and thanks to new technologies a Nike Pro Combat uniform soaking wet is supposedly still lighter than a normal dry uniform.  

On Wednesday, Nike revealed the newest line of Pro Combat uniforms in college football.  The line will begin with ten schools, with the motto: "Ten Storied Programs, Ten Game-Changing Uniforms."

The ten schools to debut the uniforms in 2010 will be TCU, Alabama, Miami, West Virginia, Boise State, Oregon State, Ohio State, Pittsburgh, Florida, and Virginia Tech.

Nike Uniforms

But all the technology aside, let's get down to it: this is all about fashion, and fashion is just another tool in recruiting.

Face it, these jerseys are cool.  They look sleek, yet many of them (particularly Florida and Ohio State) have a throwback feel.  They utilize the "alternate colors" that have become so popular these days.  They are the kinds of jerseys that the players want to wear.

They are the kinds of jerseys that high school players want to wear too.  These are the programs that will be on nationally televised games, in front of millions of eyes.  Thousands of those eyes are the best high school football players in the nation, and those impressionable teenagers are absolutely going to think these new jerseys are cool.  

Which jersey is your favorite?  Let us know in the comments below.  Personally, I'm looking forward to seeing Virginia Tech bust out these new black uniforms on Monday against Boise State. (Photo Credits: Virginia Tech, Nike)

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Posted on: August 30, 2010 12:19 pm
Edited on: September 1, 2010 2:42 pm

Ponzi scheme head writing book about The "Real" U

Posted By Chip Patterson

With NCAA violations being all the rage these days, it is not surprising as we have begun to see more "insiders" coming forward with information and allegations about their relationships with big name football programs.  The most recent of which is coming from Nevin Shapiro, a man who was an "ardent, intense supporter" of Miami Hurricanes football...until his arrest earlier this year for running a $900 million Ponzi scheme.  

Shapiro has written a first draft of The Real U: 2001 To 2010.  Inside The Eye of the Hurricane from his new home in a New Jersey jail and is currently searching for a publisher.  Word from his attorney is that the tell-all book will detail "major NCAA violations" committed by former players.

Shapiro has said he was close with Jon Beason, Devin Hester, Antrel Rolle, Randy Phillips, Robert Marve, Kyle Wright and others when they played at UM, plus former UM assistant coach/recruiting coordinator Clint Hurtt, now at Louisville.

"This will be a tell-all book from a fan and booster perspective,'' said Shapiro, who did not attend UM. But why write a book that will hurt UM?

"I want to make the average fan aware of what really exists under that uniform,'' he said. "They might be great players, but they're certainly not great people. I'm speaking of no less than 100 former players.'

Shapiro, 41, is angry because "once the players became pros, they turned their back on me. It made me feel like a used friend.'' He was motivated by heartbreak and disappointment on behalf of the university, which I considered to be an extended part of my family.''

The plan, according to the story in the Herald, is to use the profits from the book to pay back investors in the alleged Ponzi scheme.  Shapiro will not be allowed to keep any earnings for himself, though with an estimated $80 million left to shell out, it doesn't sound like the book will be busting him into the black anytime soon.  

Of course the book may never see the light of day, and if so the credibility will be more than questionable.  Hard for fans, much less the NCAA, to take the word of an alleged felon who is writing from jail in hopes to pay off his debts.  However, Shapiro's one-time role in the Miami program appears to be prominent enough to make his story interesting.

The University of Miami reports that Shapiro contributed $150,000 to the athletic program, had his own suite at games, and has a student lounge named in his honor.  He was known by many players as "Little Luke," a tribute to former Miami gift-giver Luther Campbell.  So while his shadiness is undoubted, his view from inside the program may reveal details which show little difference between this decade's Miami and the well-documented days of "The U."  

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