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Hurricanes Enos on QB situation: “Gonna be an open competition”

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It certainly has been a recent whirlwind in around Miami Hurricanes football program and specifically, what’s going to change with their offense and at quarterback. And, new offensive coordinator Dan Enos spoke at length about several subjects in an interview that aired Sunday night in South Florida.

During an extended conversation with our colleague, NBC 6 Miami sportscaster Chris Fischer, Enos covered: the adjustment of coming from Alabama to Miami, working with new Canes head coach Manny Diaz and of course, who might emerge as the 2019 Miami QB?

That part of their conversation begins at about the 4:40 mark here:

“I can’t speak for coach… but it’s going to be an open competition 100%. That’s going to probably be on the entire football team, but for sure within that room,” the former Bama quarterback coach said. “There may be a guy that’s been here a little bit (Perry). As I told the quarterbacks already: everybody’s got a clean slate now. So, you come in now, I have no perceived notion out there on the field or off the field demeanor or whatever.”

Enos continued, “right now your life begins or starts today (QB battle)… So I’m excited to get to know them all. I think we’re all going to give them all an opportunity to compete and show what they can do. And, ultimately, what they do in the field or don’t do on the field is going to be the thing that decides who the starters going to be going to be. They’re going to have to earn it.”

As we wrote late last week, that room includes Ohio State transfer Tate Martell, who has enrolled at Miami, and is allowed to practice with the Canes, while he awaits word as to whether he’s appealing to be eligible to play this season. Former Georgia quarterback Justin Fields transferred into Ohio State, and won his appeal to be immediately eligible this season for the Buckeyes.

That has to give Martel, the Canes coaching staff and their fans hope that the same thing might be happening with him.

As Fisher mentioned in his question, N’kosi Perry is obviously a player that Miami utilized at times during his redshirt freshman season. That included a four-touchdown performance in the October win over rival Florida State.

However, Perry also went to the bench later in the year in favor of senior Malik Rosier. Eventually. former coach Mark Richt turned back to Perry in games with Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech in November. Only to then have “yo-yo games” continue, Perry went back to the bench and Rosier played at the end of the year, including in the awful Pinstripe Bowl loss to Wisconsin.

Enos obviously has an extensive background working with quarterbacks, including over the last two seasons in Tuscaloosa. He was with Crimson Tide phenom Tua Tagovailoa managing his skill set and abilities along with former Tide star starter Jalen Hurts.

Hurts contemplated joining Enos with the Hurricanes in January before deciding to transfer to Oklahoma. That also paved the way for Martell to come from Ohio State and have a legitimate chance to start this season.

The same chance that all of the Miami QBs will apparently get, starting now.

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Former Canes coach Golden apparently ready for trial against school

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Former Miami Hurricanes head coach Al Golden is apparently about to have his day in court, while trying to recoup what he says is multi-millions of dollars that the University still owes him from firing him 5 years ago.

Miami Herald writer and columnist Barry Jackson had more on Monday evening that there apparently will not be a settlement by the school with the man that coached them for parts of five seasons in the 2010s.

Golden is seeking in excess of $3 million for what he says is compensation per his contract that he was owed when Miami terminated him in October of 2015 after a humiliating 58 – 0 lost to Clemson. The University says that Golden has been paid what the contract required.

As Jackson reported, there have already been depositions on both sides, including with Miami athletic director Blake James. And both James and Golden will be testifying in the civil suit about what went wrong and how it has not been rectified for almost three years, since the dispute started.

Golden came to Miami after having turned around the Temple football program, but only went 32 – 25 in his four plus seasons. He contends in a chain of emails that were obtained by the media recently, that the University mislead him about the Nevin Shapiro payment scandal and the punishments that Miami was going to receive for scholarship losses and a bowl ban.

He further contends that he asked for tough opponents like Wisconsin and Michigan State to be pushed back on the Canes schedule early in his tenure, while they were in the middle of the sanctions. However, that  James would not relent, thereby, making it much tougher for Miami to compete and win.

The University has had no comment on the possible suit going to trial. Golden’s lawyer told the media recently that they are anxious to have their day in front of a judge and jury.

Golden has been a position coach in the NFL with the Detroit Lions the last two years. Meanwhile, Miami is still trying to find their footing with coach Manny Diaz coming off a dismal 6-7 season where they lost their last three games. That included a humiliating 14-0 shutout loss to Louisiana Tech in the Independence Bowl.

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Hurricanes name College Hall of Famer Ed Reed Chief of Staff

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The Miami Hurricanes are hoping to reestablish their winning ways, and coach Manny Diaz is starting 2020 by reaching back to a prominent member of their recent past to help them.

Diaz and the school announced Thursday afternoon that former All-American, National Champion and College and NFL Hall of Fame safety, Ed Reed, will be coming aboard as a newly-created “Chief of Staff” position for Hurricanes football:

As the school’s release said, Reed “will be responsible in advisory role of all aspects of the football program including strategic planning, quality control, operations, player evaluation and player Development among other duties.

Diaz said in the statement,

“We are thrilled to welcome Ed back to Coral Gables,” Diaz said. “He is not only one of the most decorated players in Miami football history but also a devoted Cane who cares deeply about this program. All of our players, coaches and staff will be fortunate to tap into his experience, knowledge and passion on a regular basis.”  

This hire comes on the heels of Miami apparently botching the hiring in a similar role of former star RB  from the 80’s Alonzo Highsmith earlier this month. Highsmith negotiated with Diaz and AD Blake James about looking to come back to Coral Gables after having been in a similar role with the Cleveland Browns in the NFL this past year. Alas, they could not agree. Highsmith has since been fired after the Browns fired GM John Dorsey and shook up their front office.

As for the “Chief of Staff” position, numerous college programs, including Clemson Alabama and Georgia have a similar positions to aid and assist the head coach with the day-to-day administration of program.

You cannot find a more decorated Cane willing to help, as Reed was arguably the best safety in college football in the 2000s. Miami posted a 23 – 1 record over his final two seasons (’00-’01) and he was part of the 2001 BCS Championship team that finished 11-1 and destroyed Nebraska in the Rose Bowl.

Reed with a consensus First-team All-American in 2000 and 2001 and set the Hurricanes record for interceptions with 21 before leaving Coral Gables.

Reed was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2018 for his accomplishments.

Reed was later a first-round pick of the Baltimore Ravens in 2002, playing at 11 sasons with them before playing his final year with the Texans and the Jets. He is a former NFL Defensive Player of the Year and was an All-Pro six times. Reed was just inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame year ago.

Read was not quoted in the release by the Hurricanes on Thursday afternoon.

However, he did participate earlier during Super Bowl week in Miami with former Hurricanes legendary coach Jimmy Johnson in a special program from Fox Sports with other famous Hurricane alumni like Michael Irvin.

The program called “The ReUnion” dealt with Miami trying to regain the winning ways and dominance of the 80s and 90s.

Miami stumbled to a 6-6 finish and then was embarrassed to end Diaz’s first season with a 14-0 shutout loss to Louisiana Tech in the Independence Bowl.

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