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adidas, Miami unveil new Jersey design
It wasn’t the blowout at Club LIV from 2015, but Monday saw adidas and Canes Football come together to unveil new an updated jersey design in an open event at the Rathskellar Bar on UM’s Campus.
Legends of the U: adidas unveils new #Canes Football Uniforms #TheU #3StripeLife #Swag https://t.co/nzQ4ZeMJLu pic.twitter.com/jxMX5pQLKz— StateOfTheU.com (@TheStateOfTheU) September 19, 2016
The newly unveiled jerseys, an updated version of the jerseys won during the 1980s and 1990s, will be worn throughout the remainder of the 2016 season. In a statement to Matt Porter of the Palm Beach Post, a UM Spokesperson said the jerseys will be worn “for most of the remaining games” this year. The “most of” part leads me to believe that adidas has something special cued up for a special game. FSU? The ACC Championship Game, God Willing? A premium Bowl Game? We’ll see.
Also, to be fair, the announcement stated that the Legends of the U Jerseys would be unveiled on October 8th vs Florida State. Since there’s a game before that (October 1st @ Georgia Tech), I might just be reading too much into things and the spokesperson could have been alluding to that game as the one non-Legends Jersey game.
In any event, the new jerseys are NIIIIIIIIICE!!! There are more pictures from the event in the above link, but here are a couple of reactions from around the twitterverse that you may enjoy:
adidas killed it with this design. Simple. Classic.— StateOfTheU.com (@TheStateOfTheU) September 19, 2016
As much as I loved the "avant garde" jerseys, THIS is what #TheU should look like.
I don't think Miami will ever lose a game again. pic.twitter.com/SqZZT13Wd8— SPENCER HALL (@edsbs) September 19, 2016
Also, I have given Adidas a lot of crap for their uniforms, but I want to make out with these. pic.twitter.com/mCmYzulDTl— Tom Fornelli (@TomFornelli) September 19, 2016
Like coach said, swag is winning games. Plain and simple. Love the jerseys though.— Brad Kaaya (@BradleyKaaya) September 19, 2016
I knock Adidas when warranted. I killed them last year for those stupid fonts. I dislike a lot of their designs.— Matt Porter (@mattyports) September 19, 2016
The Miami throwbacks?
What's old is new again! Awesome uni's. pic.twitter.com/z3IuxEfPBG— Gino Torretta (@GinoTorretta) September 19, 2016
Yeah. That’s a great way to start a bye week.
Welcome back to Canes Football: Defensive Adjustments
Canes fans lamented the previous staff’s lack of adjustments ad naseum. Game after game after frustrating game, the defense did the same thing, and the offense had historic levels of success against Miami.
In the Appalachian State game, however, there was a difference. Adjustments were made at halftime to eliminate some of the things the Mountaineers were doing well. Need an example, I got you, courtesy of intrepid Canes fan Daniel Gould on Twitter.
App State outside zone runs 1st half: 17 carries 110 yards— Daniel Gould (@dgould151) September 19, 2016
App State outside zone runs 2nd half: 10 carries 13 yards
And for a more stark comparison of old vs new, I turn things over to my boy JP
Lmfaoooooo pic.twitter.com/UT4TwxHCue— JP (@JustBlazeJp) September 20, 2016
Wow. That’s crazy.
Either way, glad I have Coaches Diaz and Kool on my squad now. We knew they would be an upgrade over previous my MY GOODNESS this is night and day.
Appalachian State Color Guard Member accuses Miami Football Players of Inappropriate Contact
I know that headline seems ridiculously salacious, and that’s because it is. Per Brett Strelow of the Winston-Salem Journal reports that a member of the Color Guard of the Appalachian State Band has accused Miami Hurricanes Players of “inappropriate contact”.
In his report, Stretlow includes a link to a Facebook post by App State Color Guard member Sophie Randleman. Ms. Randleman accuses Miami players of intentionally and maliciously pushing one of her Color Guard teammates as they entered the field. And I quote:
"Miami's football team decided to blind side one of our members on the corner of the field,” the post continued. “She was shoved by several very large, intentionally aggressive, football players. No apologies were made regarding this incident, and the member who was hit had severe pain and had to sit for most of the game.
"I turned around just as this was happening, and was immediately furious and upset. Leaving the field, I thought that this was the only incident that occurred. It turns out that several other members were groped, sworn at, taunted, and touched in ways that were definitely not asked for."
Stretlow included a video of the Miami team entrance for context. You can see that video below:
A few Canes high stepped through the band at the end pic.twitter.com/cEaenoLcNd— Bret Strelow (@bretstrelow) September 17, 2016
To me, the fault is in the alignment of the App State Color Guard, not the Miami team. Why in the WORLD Appalachian State would choose to put people DIRECTLY IN FRONT OF THE OPPOSING TEAM ENTRANCE TO THE FIELD is beyond me. And before you say I have no idea what I’m talking about, I’ve been in and worked with performing groups including marching bands for more than 20 years. I know what I’m talking about.
In any event, I think the claims made by Ms. Randleman are ridiculous. If a Canes player wanted to intentionally and seriously injure a Color Guard member, trust and believe that would have been something that would have needed immediate attention. But that didn’t happen. The only thing that is hurt is Appalachian State’s pride after getting their asses kicked completely and soundly on Saturday afternoon.
Both Appalachian State and the University of Miami are looking into this accusation. I doubt that anything will come from this, but we’ll have to wait and see what the institutions and authorities say in this case.
Just the finest Canes links for you.
Our John Pickens made the trip to Boone, NC to watch the 45-10 beatdown the Canes laid on the Mountaineers. And he took pictures. They’re great. Go look.
Canes commits had some epic performances on the HSFB gridiron in Week 4. Get the full recap right here.
After his record-setting performance on Saturday, Freshman Canes WR Ahmmon Richards was named Co-ACC Rookie of the Week.
Devin Tucker has your ProCanes recap for NFL Week 2. Lots of elite performances. You know, the usual.
Craig T. Smith’s Monday Musings took a look at App State, Al Golden PTSD, the re-emergence of Brad Kaaya, and more. Check it out.
Mike Grunewald says App State shouldn’t have “poked the bear” heading into Saturday’s game. And, well, you know what happens when you mess with bears...
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Miami Hurricanes News and Notes: #Canes move to 3-0; Big, busy bye week ahead. #TheU https://t.co/Sc05CV4GcJ pic.twitter.com/qp7qMJlJVe— StateOfTheU.com (@TheStateOfTheU) September 19, 2016