Do the Miami Hurricanes players still believe in their coaching staff? Do they still respect them?
Here were some of the immediate answers to those questions after Saturday’s school-record 58-0 loss to the Clemson Tigers:
Safety Deon Bush: “Yeah we still believe in the coaching staff. We’re still sticking by them. Obviously we didn’t execute at a high level. We’ve been through a lot as a program. A lot of the people on the team, we’re brothers. It hurts. But, we’ve got to be unified right now more than ever and do whatever it takes to bounce back. We can’t lay down no more. Me personally, this is my last year. I know I’m not going to lay down for my team and I know my team is not going to lay down for me.”
Right guard Joe Brown: “Definitely. No doubt about it. As we always say it’s everybody in the room — that’s all we need. That’s pretty much it. We just stay silent, keep everyone together. It’s unity.”
Linebacker Juwon Young: “We’re going to stay together as a team. We’re going to face adversity. Things are going to happen. We bonded in the summer. Losses like this are what we prepare for. When things happen like this we’re not going to dwell on it. We’re not going to be negative. We’re going to get back in the lab and start working.”
Backup quarterback Malik Rosier: “For this week, you just turn off social media. You don’t even go on it. Honestly, the only people we need are the people in our locker room. We can’t play people outside our locker room. It’s all about us.”
“Losing sucks whether it’s by 58 or by 1. From past times, I’ve always been a winner. I hate losing. It hurts. This loss is going to hurt. But it’s one of those things you’ve just to put it behind you. There’s nothing you can do now. The score is final. Duke, it’s going to be an away game, night time in North Carolina. We just have to prepare for that.”
Ranked 104th in penalties (7.8 per game) and 98th in penalty yards per game (68.7), the Hurricanes racked up seven more for 88 yards in Saturday’s loss.
“It’s my responsibility,” coach Al Golden said. “We’re still getting the 15-yard [personal foul] variety. Inexcusable, intolerable and most of them are selfish in nature.”
Young and defensive tackle Courtel Jenkins were each flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct after Clemson touchdowns. Jenkins, safety Jamal Carter, and defensive end Ufomba Kamalu were flagged for 15-yard facemask penalties.
UM’s offensive line, much maligned for weeks, had just one penalty (holding in the fourth quarter).
▪ Third-string running back Trayone Gray injured his foot in the fourth quarter and walked off the field with a boot.
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HALL OF FAME HONORS
The University of Miami Sports Hall of Fame called Saturday’s matchup “The Hall of Fame Game,’’ as three future 2016 inductees from the football program were introduced at the end of the first quarter.
The 2016 football inductees who attended: Joaquin Gonzalez, the right tackle for the Hurricanes’ 2001 national championship team; running back Willis McGahee, a consensus first-team All-American in 2002; and tight end Kellen Winslow, winner of the 2003 Mackey Award.
Also introduced was women’s basketball all-time leading scorer Tamara James (2002-06).
The other soon-to-be inductees: Will Allen, UM’s first African-American basketball player (1969-71) who is still the school’s second-leading rebounder; two-time All-American women’s tennis player Megan Bradley (2002-05), baseball’s Jon Jay (2004-06), who has the fourth-highest career batting average (.378); and two-time national-champion swim coach Charlie Hodgson (1973-86).
Former Hall of Famers who attended included Gary Dunn, Dennis Harrah, Alonzo Highsmith, Randal Hill, KC Jones, Don Latimer, Greg Mark, Rich Mercier, Sam Scarnecchia and Leon Searcy.