CORAL GABLES For the Miami Hurricanes, the worst part of Saturday's loss at Ohio State wasn't seen on television or captured on any game film.
It came just after the game, in the privacy of their locker room.
Clearing the space of everyone other than his team, Miami coach Randy Shannon used that moment to unleash a verbal barrage of frustration upon the Hurricanes, the type of rant that none of his current players had seen before. His message was clear: Not only did his team blow a great opportunity in the 36-24 loss to the second-ranked Buckeyes, but embarrassed itself in the process.
"I've never been a guy that just goes off," Shannon said Thursday after Miami's first practice since the loss.
"But they needed it at that time because I was frustrated. We're a good football team. And we could have done something that hasn't been done here in a long time. Ohio State is a good football team, a great football team, but we made so many mistakes we didn't give ourselves a chance."
Shannon's speech only lasted a couple of minutes, and he was his typically calm-and-collected self by the time he left the room.
But his words resonated long after he walked out, and the 17th-ranked Hurricanes (1-1) - who are off until a trip to Pittsburgh on Thursday night - say they'll serve as motivation for the remainder of the season.