Major powers in both basketball and football have long started their seasons with "easy" games. In basketball the schedule is full of the "Sisters of the Poor" for most of November and December, and, now that the NCAA let's Football Subdivision (old 1AA) teams count toward bowl eligibility, teams are quick to open against "Never Heard of 'Em State."
Add to the reasons to go soft early is the simple fact that such games give coaches a chance to suspend players for games they should win no matter who sits and who plays.
Head coach Randy Shannon named Robert Marve his starting quarterback and then suspended him for the Canes' opener Thursday night against Charleston Southern (Bucaneers, 3,000 students, Charleston, SC).
Then to clear the decks, Shannon suspended six other players for the game.
Marve, a redshirt freshman, will miss the game due to an incident stemming back to last year. He was arrested Oct. 31 for smashing a car mirror and was initially charged with two misdemeanors. Those were later lifted, but Marve is being punished by the University now.
He will be replaced by true freshman Jacory Harris (r) , a Miami native.