Today we learned where the University of Miami Football will conclude it's 2014 season.
Miami will be facing the South Carolina Gamecocks and Steve Spurrier on 12/27 at 3:30 PM EST.
Let's break down the good and the bad of this development.
1) More practice time for a roster that needs it. This is especially important for young players like Darion Owens, Joseph Yearby, Braxton Berrios, and of course Brad Kaaya. Not to mention RS players like Tyre Brady and Ryan Mayes.
2) One last chance for the seniors (and early draft entrees) to shine. Denzel Perryman has been magnificent at times this season. Ditto Clive Walford (who is questionable for the bowl game) and Phillip Dorsett. Additionally if this is in fact junior Duke Johnson's last game as a 'Cane, we should all soak it in and enjoy one last look at Duke in orange and green (or whatever uni combo they wear).
3) A chance to head into the offseason with some momentum. Nothing can wash the taste of a 6-6 season from the player's, coaches', and of course the fans' minds. But a win and a little confidence headed into heart of recruiting season as well as winter/spring work outs can't hurt things.
4) A Shot at the SEC is never bad!
1) An insignificant bowl just further illustrates how far the program has fallen. Need I say more?
2) Another loss would mean the team finishes with a losing record. Even in my worst nightmares I did not see this team with this talent finishing at 6-7.
3) If the same problems arise, the same questions about the staff will be asked LOUDER. I get it, these are questions that need asking. But AD Blake James has all but guaranteed that Al Golden will be back in 2015. There are whispers around the program that staff changes could be coming. Maybe a loss would assure changes? That might not be the worst thing, as the current state of the program certainly warrants consideration of alteration.
Well there you have it 'Canes fans. At least we have a few more weeks to discuss the good and the bad of this team.