Is it 3am yet?
Coach Coker brought out the best in players, not only giving them good advice in football, but also life skills as well. He was a good moral man, and his prescense will be greatly missed at UM.
You will have recruits bailing out once they realize that they won't get a chance to play for Coach Coker.
Coach Coker did a great deal of developing talent during his tenure at UM. Take Devin Hester as an example.
Devin Hester obviously reached his full potential while playing at Miami. Larry Coker has developed more quality, polished NFL talent than any other coach in the country.
Hester just didn't have the talent to succeed at ANY position other than at Kick Returner. Football is a very complicated game, and sadly, Hester did not possess the aptitude to master Coker's complex offensive schemes.
I commend Coker for getting as much out of Hester as he did....no other coach in America could have done better. Coach Coker's track record speaks for itself!
Another example of Coach Coker's great leadership was the listing of 8 Hurricanes on the All-ACC Academic Team. It is really a great tribute to the exemplary performance of Coach Coker. Those young student athletes were very fortunate to have a positive role model and mentor like Larry Coker.
I'm not quite sure if you're Coker's mother, wife, husband, agent, or perhaps you are actually Larry Coker, but I don't think your judgments are entirely correct. Especially with Hester -- you seriously think the offense was too complicated for Hester? If Hester had been used right, he could've dominated the entire sport without even looking at a damn playbook. He was underutilized and the talent around him was in rapid decline also.
Shannon betrayed Coach Coker, he is a backstabber, I wonder how he is able to sleep at night.
I am in no way related to Coach Coker, just a fellow Oklahoman who was deeply bothered by the way they went out and fired a proven winner like him.
He was a proven winner, but so are a lot of coaches. He was visibly on the decline, was recruiting poorly, losing control of the team, the list goes on. You say the Orange Bowl won't fill seats without him, but did you see it last season? It was virtually week-in week-out.
Coker was a "nice guy". I think most U fans respect his intentions and the fact that he did want to do this program good. But he just wasn't the right coach for the job. The U shouldn't have to experience 7-6 seasons, shoddy attendance, ill-motivated players. Scraping past Duke? C'mon, the U needed new blood.
What on earth are you talking about?
Coker was hardly a marquee coach.
You're a day late and a dollar short on the recruits bailing because of Coker being gone claim.
Shannon brought in a very solid class after a disastrous year.
I can't think of more than a couple of recruits that "bailed" because of the new coach. His success in recruiting in his first year is a sign that we will be much better off in the future.
On another note, who was the genious in Oklahoma that decided to name a team the Golden Hurricanes?
That would be like a Miami team named the Earthquakes.