Marve: True colors shining through…

I didn’t want to dedicate another blog to the ongoing Robert Marve saga, but there’s new news to discuss before dragging this story out to pasture.

The UM athletic appeals committee upheld the ruling regarding Marve’s transfer stipulations. No ACC. No in-state schools. No LSU, Florida or Tennessee, though the rest of the SEC is open.

The three-SEC school ban, a result tampering rumors the Marve family denies.

Last week Eugene Marve revealed his battle with prostate cancer. He was diagnosed in 2003 and stated that he selfishly wants his son to play closer to home.

In a gesture of good faith, Miami lifted restrictions on Central Florida and South Florida; both schools the Canes will face a few times over the next few years. In what should come as no shock, the Marves remain disappointed.

Crazy how the three schools the Marves and/or high school coach Robert Weiner are accused of talking to seem to be the sticking point for both sides. Miami won’t budge and Team Marve won’t be satisfied until the get it all. 

If the elder Marve’s health and son’s proximity were top priority, then why aren’t South Florida and Central Florida good enough? Both are closer than Florida, Tennessee and LSU. 

Not to sound callous, but The Cancer Card was played to gain more public sympathy. I know prostate cancer is no laughing matter. My father in law was diagnosed last year, had his prostate removed and is going about life in remission. Cancer is serious business and I understand what the Marves are going through. For that, they have my sympathy.

That said, their bluff was called. They cited proximity as an issue, so Miami backed off the ‘in state’ ban. Still not good enough.

The Marves are frustrated, but their frustration is misdirected. Instead of blaming their son’s college coach, they need to look a little closer to home at Weiner. As you put together the pieces of this puzzle, all signs point to the overprotective high school coach speaking on the Marves’ behalf and tampering away.

Over the holidays I re-read Bruce Feldman’s “Meat Market”. I’d forgotten the ink Marve got in this tale of recruiting in the deep south:

A few feet away, his high school coach Robert Weiner beamed like a proud father. Weiner and Marve had spent weeks mapping out their summer schedule to showcase Robert. On the docket: trips to Alabama, Mississippi State, North Carolina, South Carolina, Duke, NC State, Purdue, Iowa and Minnesota.

“This is the hardest-working human being I’ve ever seen,” Weiner said of his protege. “He comes in by 5:30am and he’ll stay until 10pm at night. He’s smart too. He got a 3.4 last semester. And he’s a slave to the weight room.” 

Saying that Marve is Weiner’s protege is an understatement. The way Weiner has handled himself since Marve left Plant, it’s as if his entire legacy will be defined by the quarterback’s collegiate career.

In an effort to hype Marve, Weiner simply blew hot air that his quarterback never backed up. Hardest-working human being he’s seen? Marve wasn’t even one of the hardest-working players on Miami’s squad this year.

Slave to the weight room? 3.4 grade point average and a scholar athlete? Doesn’t really sound like the kid who skipped class and checked out mentally as the season wound down.

For all those who chastise universities for big talk and overselling during the recruiting process, here’s further proof that players and their high school coaches play their own set of games, too.

The kid Weiner described above doesn’t sound a lick like the quarterback Miami signed two years ago.

No ACC. No Florida schools besides USF and UCF. No Tennessee. No LSU.

Marve family, you have a slew of options. Be happy with that, weigh your options and move forward. The Canes have moved past this dramatic situation. You should do the same.

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18 thoughts on “Marve: True colors shining through…

  1. Please don’t use that pirate picture again with Marve, it dishonors my beloved Mike Leach and the Red Raiders.

  2. Great article, its funny that Weiner said he would never send another qb to the U. It should be the other way around Shannon should never recruit from that school again.

  3. you know… i really don’t see what this big fuss is with the Marve family! you can just tell its kind of obvious they had to tamper with the system if they are still crying about Florida, Tennessee, and LSU because without those schools i doubt they will shut up… The SEC ban is up… for crying out loud! Alabama? Ole Miss? South Carolina? HECK EVEN Georgia!! yet they still are complaining… seriously you couldn’t ask for more! All those schools need a new quarterback either way! its not like UF, Tenn, and LSU are the only ones! this is complete b.s. grow up! your son broke the rules… I believe UM did no wrong on those restrictions…

  4. Very classy picture, dude. Glad to see you’re upholding your high standards of journalism. Try to keep in mind that Robert Marve and Eugene Marve are two different people. Next time the dad pisses you off, maybe you can spare us the bad photoshopping job?

  5. Very classy picture, dude. Glad to see you’re upholding your high standards of journalism. Try to keep in mind that Robert Marve and Eugene Marve are two different people. Next time the dad pisses you off, maybe you can spare us the bad photoshopping job?

    1. Dad didn’t piss me off. He’s not the one who missed class and acted like a punk. Dad should’ve shut his mouth and not acted like an irrational teenage girl. Junior simply should’ve gone to class, manned up and worked harder to start.

    2. As for my ‘bad Photoshop skills’, you wish. Your buddy RM actually POSED for that pic as a stupid looking pirate.

    http://digitallight.blogspot.com/2006_08_01_archive.html – scroll down.

    But hey, thanks for the compliment on my shoddy work.

    2:15 PM

  6. First off I thought your photoshop work was beautiful.
    If your gonna mention Bruce Feldman you gotta talk about Cane Mutiny the best book ever written
    and last what is the word on Billy Sanders is he confused or decided he really like UCLA?

  7. Yup,,,, looks like the “U” has moved past this “dramatic” situation. From what I hear down this way,,, so have the Marves.

    That would leave only you, 305, who cannot let it go.

  8. That would leave only you, 305, who cannot let it go.

    C’mon now, bro. How am I not supposed to report on the ruling that Miami opened up the pipelines for USF and UCF, but still said no to Florida, Tennessee and LSU?

    I know you’re high on Marve and wanted the hometown kid to succeed in Miami, but don’t turn your frustation with the situation on me for reporting the latest news.

    The minute the Marves are out of the news and are no longer a thorn in the side of the Univeristy of Miami, I’d be thrilled to never show his picutre around here or to write another story on the kid.

  9. JUST LET IT GO BRO!!!

    Bro, now that the story is done I can let it go, bro.

    If Team Marve are still acting like idiots and national media members like Gene Wojciechowski are still ripping Miami and Shannon as late as last week, I’m going to do my job and defend the program when needed.

    First time I can recall Miami fans getting on my case for siding with the program and defending it where it’s needed. Wow.

    Maybe Team Marve should “let it go” as they’re STILL not happy with USF and UCF… pissing and moaning after the hearing last week.

  10. Marve didnt want competition. No matter what school he goes to it wont work.Judging by his time at DAU the kid had no heart or drive(classes)except when running from 5-0…P.S. allcanes. Do you know anything about Bryce saying Oregon was likely to get his signature. Typical late recruting b.s or any facts to it. I still dont think he will make or break this class. James and Miller will be more then good. They both have a high ceiling

  11. just giving you a hard time BRO…lol

    Ha. I kid, I kid. Living on the west coast, I don’t get called “bro” enough these days. Definitely a Miami-ism that never made its way west.

    Reminds me of guys I went to high school with. “Oye, bro. Let’s get some girls and go over to Hot Wheels, bro.” Classic.

    Marve didnt want competition. No matter what school he goes to it wont work.Judging by his time at DAU the kid had no heart or drive(classes)except when running from 5-0…

    P.S. allcanes. Do you know anything about Bryce saying Oregon was likely to get his signature. Typical late recruting b.s or any facts to it. I still dont think he will make or break this class. James and Miller will be more then good. They both have a high ceiling

    Marve didn’t want to compete. Agreed. If you really step back and look at the entire story, it sounds like the Marves expected the job to be handed to Robert. When Jacory Harris came on board, none of them expected their son — who had never played a college game — to simply start, because he had one more year in the system.

    As for Bryce Brown… who knows what these kids have it in their heart to do.

    Arthur says he prayed, fasted and all signs were pointing to Miami.

    Bryce committed early and is now going through the process and is taking all his trips.

    From all I hear, it sounds like he’s Miami’s to lose… but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t change his mind in the end, decide he wants to create his own legacy somewhere else and completely backs off his commitment.

    Brown would be a HUGE pick up for Miami, but he seems caught up in the game right now. When the dust settles and it’s time to sign, let’s hope that his brotherly bond, the new OC hire and his original commitment all weigh heavily on the decision.

    James and Miller look like studs, but Brown looks like the pick of the liter.

  12. Actually, got over the frustration long ago with the whole mess. Just doesn’t want to go away it seems.

    I’d like to see him do well wherever he winds up, but I won’t stay up nights worrying about it. Too many other important things to face these days than some dumbass kid or some stubborn middle-aged wanna-be dictator.

    One thing I DO know though, is that there are two sides to every story. Not that I know both sides, but you are as stuck on your side as they are on theirs, perhaps. That’s okay too, I reckon. This is, after all, your house.

    It’s all good brah, just a little too much cortisone espinado sometimes, eh chico??

  13. Chris, Keep doing what what you’re doing- giving your take on the program. If a reader and supposed Cane fan doesn’t like it, because it was one of their hometown boys then tough. I honestly look forward to your blogs with any news Cane related, so keep up the great work! This is just a disgruntled player who happened to be the starting QB. It didn’t work out for either side and both are moving on. Great work Chris and keep it coming! Go Canes!
    -Columbus Cane

  14. If Marve thinks LSU, UT, and UF actually want him, he is not only a mediocre QB, he is totally crazy.

    He is the most toxic, tainted player in the nation right now. Team Marve has: Made Illegal contact, Made bad grades, Critized Coach Shannon in Public, Been Arrested, Skipped Classes, and thrown more INT’s than TD’s. Why would Meyer, Kiffin, or Miles want a poor student, ncaa violator, malcontent, scoff law, drama-queen, mediocre QB that has to sit a year when they can recruit wholesome 4 and 5 star fresh meat?

  15. Chris, you are doing a great job, keeping on representing the “U” like only you can, because you tell it straight and we (the real true “U” fans) got your back 100%!!!!

    Now as for the Marve situation, I feel he had plenty of chances to prove that he was really worth it.

    Who did Coach Shannon state week after week was the started for the team???? Marve

    Who did Coach Shannon start most of the games????
    Marve

    Who did not put in the work, had run ins with the law, skip class, and threw all of those “damn INTs”???? Marve, Marve, Marve, Marve!!!!

    The boy screwed himself, he could have put the effort in but he never had it in him, now he is just a memory, a flash in the pan. See you kid, hope you do well where every you go but I’m tired of talking about him, reading about him BECAUSE there is nothing of interest.

    Big A from the 321 to the 305!

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