Yes, once again, I’m coming to you on a Tuesday instead of Monday due to a holiday and spending time with family. I hope you had a great holiday season and that your 2024 is starting off well.
With that being said, let’s check out what Canes-related stuff is rattling around inside my head on this fine day...
1) Another bowl game, another massive disappointment. What else is there to say at this point? One bowl since since the end of the 2006 season seems almost impossible, but here we are. I don’t know if it’s a program thing, but something is rotten in Denmark when it comes to the Canes going on bowl trips. I don’t know how that gets changed.
2) Speaking of rotten, losing to Greg Schiano is *insert puke emoji here*. Another loss to a former Canes’ coach from the 2000 team. Butch Davis bested Manny Diaz and the Canes in 2019 with FIU. Now we get to chew on a 31-24 loss to Schiano’s 6-6 Rutgers team for eight months. What an end to a truly forgettable season that had promise early on. I’m old enough (as most of you are, I’m sure) to remember when Rutgers regularly rolled into the Orange Bowl and left with a landslide loss. Oh, how the times have changed.
3) It’s also disappointing to see how badly the Canes whiffed at landing a transfer QB. Cam Ward appeared to string them on forever before finally deciding on New Years Day to bolt for the NFL Draft. There were multiple reports tying the Canes to Arkansas transfer KJ Jefferson, but he’s headed to UCF instead. Now, who’s next? Will Howard? That would be nice, but I have a feeling he was put on the back burner, so who knows if he’d play ball now. Malachi Nelson? I don’t know much about him, but I have a feeling there’s a reason he wasn’t a primary option from the start. Guess we’ll see very soon what, if any, moves the Canes make to try to beef up their QB room.
4) Regardless, I’m bummed on the Canes as the offseason begins. Some might point to the recruiting class, but man...I’ve seen this show before. Plenty of talent, not enough done with it. Maybe this is the year, but I’m honestly not very confident in the man charged with leading this program back to the promised land. Mario Cristobal hasn’t shown me much through two years. He REALLY needs to deliver something in year three that gives the fans hope. I just don’t know if he can.
5) But hey, speaking of hope, the men’s and women’s basketball teams get their conference play underway in full in the coming days. If there’s are programs to be excited about in Coral Gables right now, it’s those two. Hopefully they can both give us another memorable next three months. Best of luck, Coach L and Coach Meier.