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See ya later Gator

Posted: December 9, 2010 by NattieLiz in coaches, NCAA Football

Well if Miami had to take a back seat in recruiting with the lack of a head coach in Randy Shannon, then it seems only fair that Florida should as well! Urban Meyer decided to resign yesterday as Football head coach. He arrived in Florida 6 years ago and has changed college football ever since.  Urban Meyer was hired in 2004, his Gators debut with a 32-14 win over Wyoming on Sept. 3, 2005. Sixteen months later, he held the national title trophy above his head following the Gators’ 41-14 dismantling of Ohio State in the BCS Championship Game in Glendale, Ariz.

In a press conference Meyer said this of his ultimate decision to step down: “I have been a Division I football coach for the last 25 years and, during that time, my primary focus has been making a difference in the lives of the young men I have been so fortunate to have coached and building championship programs.  At this time in my life, however, I fully grasp the sacrifices my 24/7 profession has demanded of me, and I know it is time to put my focus on my family and life away from the field.  The decision to step down was a difficult one”.

Meyer will still coach UF through to the Outback Bowl held on New Years Day. WOW! The Football State of Florida is going through some major changes this year, it’s going to be great to watch how this all unfolds!



A Real Class Act

Posted: December 7, 2010 by NattieLiz in coaches, NCAA Football, Notre Dame, University of Miami

As you all may know, the girls and I are proud University of Miami Grads. Our head coach maybe gone, but he left a mark on his players and the UM football program. This week some of the players have been visited by Santa Shannon. Many players have found Miami postcards in their lockers with personal letters from their ex head coach.

“It was the nicest thing he ever said to me since I’ve been here,” senior left tackle Orlando Franklin said Monday. “He was just telling me to keep my head up and don’t get sidetracked”.

Senior cornerback Ryan Hill also got a letter, and was equally touched. He said he has talked to “probably 20” players who got the notes. He is almost positive that other players had also gotten them. Shannon’s message to Hill read something like this:  “Just keep working. Keep going, keep pushing, you’re going to have a great career. [He said] it was fun and that he loves me”.
These letters show a compassionate side of the coach that got them to this upcoming bowl game, but will not be there to coach them to victory. Many of the players expressed the feelings that Shannon may feel like he let them all down, but that is far from the case. Hill wants his coach to know, “‘Hey listen, you didn’t let anybody down. If anything, you put us in a better position to better ourselves.”
The Canes are preparing to take on the Fighting Irish on New years Eve in the Sun Bowl. Tickets to the Hyundai Sun Bowl in El Paso, Tx are officially sold out! The interim coach, Jeff Stoutland, will be coaching the Hurricanes for the remainder of this post season as the search for a new head coach continues. Hopefully they find someone with similar values to keep these boys on the right track, Stay Classy Randy Shannon, Stay classy.
Via Miami Herald

Tough Loss: Randy Shannon

Posted: November 29, 2010 by NattieLiz in coaches, Fans, NCAA Football, University of Miami

Well apparently losing to USF was the last draw for the Miami Fans. Randy Shannon just had to go. On saturday night there was an emergency meeting called by University President Donna Shalala, Director of Athletics Kirby Hocutt, and the board of trustees to determine the fate of head football coach, Randy Shannon.

It was decided that after a 28-22 record over his four seasons, Randy Shannon just wasn’t winning enough games, and was fired that night. Some people argue that this was a bad choice because they need to close the recruiting year with a solid head coach. No kid wants to come to a school and not know who their head coach is going to be that season. It looks like Miami will be starting over, again.

There is one thing to remember in all of this, Shannon was brought in to clean up the Miami program and put it back on the road to a championship and he did just that. He came in and cleaned up the program, played the role of tough disciplinarian and graduated more players than any other coach before him. That is something to be very proud of and Miami fans should be grateful that Shannon was there to lay a new foundation. In a press conference yesterday Coach Shannon had this to say,””I am proud of the last four years at the University of Miami. I have a deep respect and appreciation for the young men who have played here during my tenure.” I think it is safe to say that “The State of Miami” also has respect for the effort and work Randy Shannon put into the school and football program.

Players were emotional on sunday morning and vowed to win a bowl game in honor of Shannon. Quarterback, Jacory Harris had this to say about his coach, “It was very emotional, Coach Shannon is somebody, like I said, that’s a father figure. When you lose your father, of course you’re going to be emotional.”


Minnesota Vikings’ coach Brad Childress was fired today.  After an abysmal performance against the Packers (losing 31-3 yesterday), what everyone’s been waiting for for weeks has finally happened.  Coincidentally, when Dallas Cowboys’ coach Wade Phillips was fired earlier this season, it was also after the Cowboys lost miserably to the Packers.  The Vikings & the Cowboys were both tabbed as among the pre-season favorites but both have drastically underperformed, with matching records of 3-7.

Fans have been calling for Childress to be fired for weeks now.  Even the players haven’t been supporting their coach.  They anonymously were quoted as saying they didn’t have his back because he didn’t have theirs.  Defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier will take over as interim head coach & has already answered the big question & his answer is yes, Brett Favre is still the starting quarterback.  It seems to have worked for the Cowboys, as they have won the 1st 2 games under their new coach so let’s see how this goes for the Vikings.

A Mag Worth Picking Up!

Posted: August 31, 2010 by NattieLiz in coaches, Fans, NFL, Tim Tebow
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ESPN the Magazine has big plans for its September issue.  There is an NFL feature with faces of the game, that includes coaches, owners, agents, and athletes. Among those covered are Ravens stud Ray Lewis and Titans Running Back Chris Johnson. Oh, and Yes ladies, your prayers and mine have been answered: they feature Mark Sanchez. But it’s a catch 22 because as my prayers are answered my nightmares are coming true, because they also profile Tim Tebow (#gatorhater). The Mag calls Mark Sanchez the ‘It Boy’ and they use this perfectly worded description: “He’s got Mexican roots, Trojan training and a Big Apple address. Throw in a playoff run as the Jets’ rookie QB, and presto — you’ve got It.”

Here are some snap shots from the issue… ENJOY! and go pick it up Sept. 6th!

So Long, Sweet Lou

Posted: August 22, 2010 by amyaubrey in coaches, MLB

Long-time baseball man Lou Piniella is leaving the game he has been a part of professionaly since 1969.  He announced earlier this year that he would retire at the end of the season but his mother is very sick so he has decided to hang up his spikes a little earlier to spend time with his family.  Today was Lou’s last game & it’s too bad the Cubs couldn’t step up their game for him because they lost 16-5 against the Braves.  Piniella is best known for his firey style of playing & managing & was always quick to jump down an umpire’s throat.  He’s been in a few commercials & is very quick to make fun of himself.

When fans yell “Yoooouuuuuk” or “Moooooooooooose” for their players & it sounds like they’re booing, that all started with “Looooooouuuu.”  Piniella is 1 of 3 people in history to have at least 1,500 hits as a player & 1,500 wins as a manager.  He has managed 3,548 games & won 1,835 of those games.  He won 3 World Series rings as a player & 1 as a manager.  During his press conference after the game he broke down in tears when he said it was the last time he’d be putting on a baseball uniform & it was very emotional.  He is known to be a great baseball man who was never afraid to speak his mind & the baseball world will certainly miss you & your antics, Lou.  One thing is for sure, we look forward to seeing you at Old Timer’s Day at Yankee Stadium next year!

JJ is the Man

Posted: July 30, 2010 by NattieLiz in coaches, Dallas Cowboys
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Jimmy Johnson made The University of Miami, the most hated football team in the ’80’s. He led them to a College Football Championship. He then moved to The Dallas Cowboys and earned them 2 Super Bowl wins. He is the ultimate coach. But is he the ultimate SURVIVOR??

That’s right, Jimmy Johnson is going to be a contestant on the upcoming CBS reality show: Survivor, Nicaragua.

Johnson, 67, started filming in June and will be back for FOX NFL Sunday’s this season. He tried out for the show in 2008, but failed the physical test, and has since lost the necessary weight. Now that is determination, we expect nothing less from this winner! Good Luck JJ!!! Make us proud!

Survivor: Nicaragua” will be broadcast in September on Wednesdays at 8 p.m.