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When I started writing this editorial, there were 578 comments from the GAME THREAD to Cam’s Good, Bad, and Ugly. Here is a fair sample:

  • “It’s the Al Golden vibe again.”
  • “When you are beaten at every phase of the game, it’s the fault of the coaching staff.”
  • “MC has to look in a mirror for the next three days wondering how much he loves Miami. Then I hope he quits and returns the money he stole from The U.
  • “Changes need to be made. Now.”
  • “No way Manny is that bad. Period.”
  • “Damn. It’s time. Somebody’s gotta get fired.
  • “Unlike Cam, I think someone needs to get fired. Gattis, Mirabal, Steele. Mustache man — All failures.

I understand that there are fans who are angry, but holy shit! Y’all realize it’s not 1988 or even 2003 right??? There are two decades of rotting mediocrity to get this program off the ground.

Let me offer a counter-perspective, starting with: WHAT WAS WRONG WITH YOU?!?! You’re going to fire a coaching staff before they’ve even had a full recruiting cycle?!?!? For the most part, these aren’t players that Mario has recruited. He entered this program and, shocka ton of them apparently don’t want to play for him when the going gets tough.

“BUT THE KIDS OF MANNY SHOT IT LAST YEAR AFTER A BAD START” some genius fans will say (I’ll insert the mocking Spongebob gif here, but I don’t know if SB Nation has a license for the content Viacom).

Well yeah…at one point or another, Manny had sat in each of these kids’ living rooms with their parents and sworn up and down that he had their sons’ backs and would make sure that ‘he runs through a brick wall for them if they did the same. Cristobal doesn’t have that relationship with 90% of the team.

Do you know who Cristobal has this relationship with? Akheem Mesidor, Henry Parrish and Colbie “the Bright Spot” Young. They do not leave the program. They didn’t commit any of those 8 turnovers against Duke. I imagine “Mario’s Guys” speaks to “Manny’s Guys” like Mark Wahlberg speaks to other cops in The missing : “I’m the guy doing his job, you gotta be the other guy.”

Do you know the type of players that Cristobal recruits? The guy who gets punched in the mouth against Georgia, then turns around and dominates a UCLA top 10 team. Critics can’t have their cake and eat it too – you can’t say ‘Cristobal players’ are blown by Georgia, but don’t give ‘Cristobal players’ credit when they rebound and recover as Pac-12 (soon to be Pac-10) favorites.

And stop for a second to discuss Colbie Young. Here’s a Juco transfer that comes into the program with the physical athleticism that all but 3 programs nationwide would dream of having. But he is raw. Real vintage. You know which coaching staff coached him and turned him into one of the top 3 receivers in the ACC? This one. This staff turned this raw Juco transfer into a SportsCenter highlight reel. Colbie Young is the reason I’d be optimistic that the Mario staff will grab a slew of four- and five-star prospects and get more out of them than any coach in two decades.

That’s not to say all Manny players are garbage. A few are mobilizing, starting with Tyler Van Dyke. The look on TvD’s face after that 2nd Quarter sack said it all. I’m talking about the drive after the two breakaways that ended in a sack. TvD is a player who can play on Sundays, but the man has a patch job of an offensive line with two, three max, targets he really trusts at the moment (we know 1 and 2 are Young and Mallory, and the recently returned George was… meh… in the screenshot). Since Middle Tennessee, TvD had been doing his job, but now he has to deal with a shoulder injury or, maybe, an elbow injury that will keep him out for who knows how long. I feel bad for TvD. I hope the NFL franchises see how brave he was, regardless of his future in college football.

And there are other “Manny players” who have stepped up. Mallory has finally realized her potential. Leonard Taylor III and Tyrique Stevenson are usually on the right side of the highlight reels. And the Miami kickers seem to be holding up. Hedley is a beast who could play on Sundays, and Borregales delivers on expectations.

But that’s the minority. The majority of Manny Diaz players stop when Middle Tennessee or Duke hit them in the mouth. And it’s Cristobal’s job to remove this rot from the program. I’m confident the movie will show no less than a dozen players who basically shut it down in the fourth quarter, and they should be shown the transfer portal so they can fall asleep in somebody’s college football program another. Maybe Diaz has room for them at Penn State.

Listen… I’m not a Cristobal apologist. Coaches who don’t do the job deserve to be fired. Manny deserved to be fired. But so many fans don’t even give this staff a chance. 3 years. You need to let a staff get recruiting classes that mature at LEAST into sophomores. You need to stop the revolving door of the coaching staff that drives garbage recruiting classes (2022 was rated 31 by Rivals; 2019 was rated 35).

If you don’t take my word for it, take theirs…

Brian ‘the Beast’ London, formerly of the defunct 790 The Ticket:

“Now it’s about getting the big picture. Yes, it will take time for Mario. Mario has said several times this season that they knew they had problems coming here, but when they took a look under the hood of the car, it was much worse than they thought. . Now a lot of people…tweeted ‘for the money why didn’t we just keep Manny Diaz?’ Well, listen to the brains. Most of those players who didn’t have heart, or didn’t put in the effort, or didn’t get the job done today, were Manny Diaz’s players.

Barry Jackson from the Miami Herald:

Manny Navarro of The Athletic, formerly the Miami Herald:

“I left that game the same way I left the Middle Tennessee St. game in the sense that there’s something rotten in the heart of that locker room…This team is such an emotional wreck and this third quarter was the perfect recipe for how mentally soft they are… you’re definitely good enough to beat Duke. It’s not a talent issue, you’re just not mentally tough… and by the way, it’s no surprise Mario didn’t present that to this team They were 2-4 to start the season last year… yes they played hard for Manny Diaz to finish the season 5-1. That was the peak for Manny Diaz. I want to see the peak for Mario Cristobal with his guys.

AGAIN, I am not a Mario Cristobal apologist. This staff deserves its review. There are 1st year coaching teams, INCLUDING DUKE’S, that work better. I’m just saying let’s review the ‘fire Cristobal’ and ‘fire Gattis’ speech in 2 years As soon as possible and stop browsing coaching staffs like they’re napkins at a Taco Bell counter.