[RANDOM EVIDENCE BLOG: MIAMI. SPORTS. AND BEYOND...]
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Find our Miami-South Carolina bowl gamepost and postgame thoughts directly below the new/season finale CSM poll.
CANESFAN SATISFACTION METER: G13: Results are certified in the latest Canesfan Satisfaction Meter postgame poll --the last one of the season -- and they show 2.7 percent overall satisfaction in the wake of Saturday's 24-21 loss to South Carolina in the Duck Commander Independence Bowl, leaving UM's final season record at 6-7. That's a record low. The CSM, in its sixth season, is your invitation after every Hurricanes game to vote on your overall satisfaction with the team and season in a continuing weekly gauge of how UM football fans are feeling. Criteria for voting is your own, but I suggest you consider the most recent game's performance and caliber of opponent, season as a whole, program's direction and your overall degree of optimism -- all in the context of reasonable expectations. Because this is the final poll, special consideration and weight should be given to the season as a whole. Results are certified official the morning after one full day of voting. In this case that was around 9 a.m. today/Monday.
2014 CSM results
G1: 6.7% (following 31-13 loss at Louisville)
G2: 35.9% (following 41-7 victory vs. Florida A&M)
G3: 71.8% (following 41-20 victory vs. Arkansas State)
G4: 11.6% (following 41-31 loss at Nebraska)
G5: 73.3% (following 22-10 victory vs. Duke)
G6: 3.3% (following 28-17 loss at Georgia Tech)
G7: 29.6% (following 55-34 victory vs. Cincinnati)
G8: 80.4% (following 30-6 victory at Virginia Tech)
G9: 92.9% (following 47-20 victory vs. North Carolina)
G10: 47.6% (following 30-26 loss vs. Florida State)
G11: 3.9% (following 30-13 loss at Virginia)
G12: 1.8% (following 35-23 loss vs. Pittsburgh)
G13: 2.7% (following 24-21 bowl loss to South Carolina)
CSM year-by-year final season results: 2014--2.7% overall satisfaction (following 6-7 season); 2013--16.1% (9-4); 2012--80.9% (7-5); 2011--22.1% (6-6); 2010--4.2% (7-6); 2009--41.7% (9-4).
G13: HURRICANES VS. SOUTH CAROLINA: 'COCKS CLIP CANES IN DUCK COMMANDER INDEPENDENCE BOWL: Final: A disappointing season ends with yet more disappointment as Canes fall 24-21 to South Carolina to end 6-7, with four straight losses to end the year. Miami pass defense had no answers for Pharoh Cooper and QB Dylan Thompson outperformed counterpart Brad Kaaya. Duke Johnson ran well (24-132) in his likely UM farewell, but his lost fumble with 5 minutes left, parlayed quickly into a Gamecocks TD, was ultimately what lost the game. ..... Original post: Two football programs that expected much bettter in 2014 gather in Shreveport, La. today at 3:30 p.m. to try to spritz perfume on a stinky year so the smell doesn't linger as much all offseason. I admired Gamecocks coach
Spurrier admitting it was tough to get either fan base excited about this game, about (my words from here) being relegated to a second-tier, off-radar bowl sponsored by a company that makes duck calls. The Duck Dynasty reality-TV clowns are behind this bowl's name. Please keep Phil Robertson out of the booth and away from a mic. Quaaack! South Carolina sank to 6-6 on lousy defense after being ranked No. 9 in The AP preseason poll. Miami is just about as thrilled to be 6-6 after losing its final three games of a once-promising season. Embattled UM coach Al Golden, 28-21 as his fourth UM season ebbs, needs a win as a launchpoint to optimism, to a sense of moving forward on the upbeat. Miami has lost its past four bowl games since last winning one in 2006 and could really use a win here. South Carolina has won its past three bowls and probably needs this game less as a program. The biggest headline from this game may come after it as UM star running back Duke Johnson, the Duke of Gables, announces if he'll enter the NFL Draft or return for his senior season. Bet heavily on the go-pro option, which is seen as a near-certainty. In any case The Duke should go out in style with a huge game in what figures to be his college farewell vs. a really bad Gamecocks defense, especially against the run. That factor is a big reason why Miami is favored by 3 1/2 points, and a big reason why Miami should win to (somewhat) quiet the fan-wolves baying angrily at Golden. My pick: Hurricanes, 34-27.
Poll result: LeBron-goes-home named national story of year: We asked you to vote for the 2014 national sports story of the year from among The Associated Press' top 10, and LeBron James going home was your top choice with 22.2 percent, followed by Donald Sterling's NBA ouster (20.7%) and NFL domestic violence (18.9%).
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