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Saturday, October 2, 2010
Time to question Mark Whipple?

By Heather Dinich

CLEMSON, S.C. -- Miami offensive coordinator Mark Whipple has had a seemingly untouchable reputation since arriving on campus, hailed as the answer to Patrick Nix. He sure knows a heck of a lot more about the game than I do and has been in the game long enough that he's very respected by his colleagues and players. Miami quarterback Jacory Harris has likened him to a father figure.

But why line up in the shotgun and throw the ball from Clemson's four-yard line when you've got guys like Damien Berry more than capable of punching it in and a quarterback with the uncanny ability to throw interceptions? Whipple is off-limits to the media, so it's impossible to ask him such questions, like why he continues to chance deep throws into coverage with Harris. Whipple is a smart guy, which is why it makes plays like that even more baffling.