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Manny Diaz leaving Miami giving Mark Richt “right kind of fear?”

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Certain situations and certain feelings have a way of focusing one’s emotions and sharpening our responses to problems.

Fear has a marvelous capacity to force human beings to shed their doubts. Fear can often enable human beings to shed a number of secondary concerns and focus on the one or two things which affect life and death, prosperity and poverty, or integrity and disgrace.

Fear can be a very destructive force, to be sure, but the right kind of fear makes our inner voice say to us, “Oh, sh**! You are in very deep trouble if you don’t do THIS, right now!” Fear can enable us to look squarely at problems, with no B.S. or pretense, and finally face up to the truth, if we tried to avoid it in the past, or if we hoped that our previous methods would sufficiently deal with a crisis

Fear can elicit needed — and properly-calibrated — change.

Focus on not just the change itself, but on calibrating that change properly.

Anyone can make changes in the midst of crisis. Making the right changes is what matters.

This is what Manny Diaz might have done for Mark Richt by leaving Miami for the head coaching position at Temple.

This move makes perfect sense for Diaz. Recent history has shown that if you coach well at Temple, you will soon get a Power Five head coaching job.

Al Golden did this, as Cane fans know all too well. Matt Rhule rode this train to Waco, Texas, and the Baylor Bears. Geoff Collins got a ticket to Atlanta to coach Georgia Tech. Diaz wants to join the parade to — and then from — Philadelphia, up the coaching ladder.

This not only requires Richt to hire a defensive coordinator of similar quality. It means that in light of the successes of Miami’s defense these past few seasons, Richt HAS to get the offense in order if 2019 is to be reasonably successful. If 2019 blows up to a degree which is even remotely similar to 2018, Richt will be on the hot seat. Even with his credentials and his history at The U, including his 2017 season, 2018 was such a mess that a similar 2019 might not be enough to keep him around.

Richt has to fix the offense. He might now need the offense to be a few notches better in 2019, compared to a world in which Diaz had stayed as defensive coordinator. Richt’s standards for improving the offense might now need to be elevated even more than he was previously projecting. It is a daunting challenge.

It is a source of undeniable stress — and again, it doesn’t even relate to the stressful-enough process of needing to find a replacement for Diaz as defensive coordinator.

If Richt had established various metrics in his mind for the 2019 offense, he probably has to elevate them to a degree if he wants the results he and the program need.

Hopefully for Richt, this isn’t merely a stressful time; if this loss for Miami is to have a silver lining, it must show that this stressful time is also a time in which Mark Richt’s veins and arteries are filled with the right kind of fear.

Matt Zemek is the co-editor of Tennis With An Accent with Saqib Ali. Matt is the lead writer for the site and helps Saqib with the TWAA podcast, produced by Radio Influence at radioinfluence.com. Matt has written professionally about men's and women's tennis since 2014 for multiple outlets: Comeback Media, FanRagSports, and independently at Patreon, where he maintains a tennis site. You can reach Matt by e-mail: mzemek@hotmail.com. You can find him on Twitter at @mzemek.

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Former Bucs- Hurricanes TE Winslow pleads guilty Monday

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With his retrial on felony rape charges about to begin Monday in San Diego, former Hurricanes All American and NFL TE (including with the Buccaners) Kellen Winslow II accepted a guilty plea deal from San Diego prosecutors on two more of the charges against him.

Winslow was in court Monday afternoon, as prosecutors and his defense team told the judge that he agreed to plea, if the six other remaining serous charges against him would be dropped and he could avoid a longer sentence.

TMZ had the details from the San Diego court Monday evening:

Winslow had been previously convicted in June on four counts of rape and other sexual misconduct charges involving multiple women. The jury deadlocked on the eight remaining charges that were brought against him and a mistrial on those was declared. However, prosecutors exercised their right to retry the 38 year old Winslow on those remaining counts.

The guilty pleas Monday involve sexual battery on a 54 year old unidentified woman, who claims Winslow raped her in his Jeep in 2018.

The other count involved a 2003 accusation that Winslow had raped a then 17 year old San Diego High School student at a home during the summer, while he was a prominent 19 year old player at the University of Miami.

Winslow is a former All American tight end from the Miami Hurricanes from 2001-03 and played 9 seasons in the NFL, including three with the Buccaneers from 2009-11. He was the sixth overall pick by the Browns in the 2004 draft and is the son of former Chargers great and Hall of Fame inductee, Kellen Winslow.

After his rookie season Winslow suffered a horrific knee and leg injuries in a motorcycle accident in a Cleveland suburb mall parking lot. He was unable to play in the 2005 season, because of the injuries.

Winslow played three more seasons for the Browns before being traded in the 2009 offseason to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. In exchange for a second and fifth round picks, the Bucs acquired Winslow and gave him, at that time, the largest contract for a tight end in NFL history with $36 million over six seasons.

In his first season in Tampa Bay he set the Bucs single season tight end receiving record with 77 catches and 884 yards. He led the team in receptions again in 2010, as the Bucs finished 10-6 and missed the playoffs on a tiebreaker. In his final Buccaneers season of 2011 Winslow finished with 75 receptions in a dismal 4-12 year.

Winslow had been facing life in prison, if convicted on all 12 counts. However, it is believed with the plea deal and the total now being six convictions/guilty pleas, that his sentence will be somewhere between 12 and 18 years on the charges.

Winslow will be sentenced in February.

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Canes take rivalry game with shutdown of FSU

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This long-standing rivalry provided an opportunity for two teams evenly matched teams to bring home a win to salvage a below-average season. It would provide a good momentum shift for the Canes or the Noles to head into the final few weeks of the 2019 season with.

FSU/Miami is always a hard fought matchup regardless of the state of each program but today, Miami wanted it far more in a 27-10 win.

As we wrote earlier today, the Noles and Hurricanes have both been bad for stretches of 2019. Inconsistency has killed both teams and would play a huge part of this game.  The winner will be whoever has the most consistent offense.

And that’s exactly what it came down to.

In the first half, Florida State was not only playing against the Canes but also against themselves. They had 8 penalties for a total of 60 yards, which halted any attempted of offensive momentum for the Seminoles.

The defense, who in recent weeks have been much improved, wasn’t bad overall. However, they gave up a couple of big passing plays that resulted in touchdowns for Miami. If you have to place the blame on one side, it was the offense, or lack thereof.

The real issue for Florida State remains the offensive line. They allowed 9 sacks on Alex Hornibrook and James Blackman and didn’t create any holes for Cam Akers to produce on offense. OC Kendal Briles attempted to call creative plays with Akers running the wildcat to set up their single TD drive.

It was Briles’ effort to compensate for the lack of protection on the line, however, it wasn’t enough to produce more than one solid drive down the field.

The most glaring difference between the two programs today was that Canes QB Jarren Williams had time to throw down the field, while Hornibrook didn’t.

Florida State went into the game as a very mediocre football program with a opportunity to garner an important victory at home, but remains a poorly coached, mediocre program with a long way to go to get back to relevancy.

Credit to Miami, who’s now won three straight in the FSU series. They came into the game with the same record and similar issues to the Noles, who left with a hard earned win.

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