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@Joaquin_UMOL73 -- that's former OT Joaquin Gonzalez -- talks about something cool he saw at practice today, "boob sweat'' and the "bad-ass'' Schwartz Center

  Former Hurricanes offensive linemen Joaquin Gonzalez and Sherko Haji-Rasouli attended practice Tuesday morning at Greentree Field. Both were part of the 2001 national championship team that beat Nebraska in the Rose Bowl.

  Gonzalez, 33, still lives in Miami and is chief marketing officer for Tire Group International. He is married and the father of a 5-year-old daughter and 6-year-old son. Haji-Rasouli, also 33, is married to his college sweetheart and has a 2-year-old daughter and is about to become the father of "a very hairy baby boy,'' Gonzalez joked.  Haji-Rasouli is one of the tire company's heads of sales for the Middle East and Africa. 

   I chatted with Gonzalez after practice.

   "I wasn't there on Sunday for the scrimmage, but Sherko was,'' Gonzalez said, "and he says it was a lot more intense today, like they had cracked a whip on them. That's great to see. One of the things I was very happy to see and one of the things that wasn't there when I was around was the fact that they actually keep a tab on each player during practice.

   "There's a constant competition between offense and defense and at the end of each drill, right before each break, if they run 12 plays on, let's say, inside run and the defense loses 8-4, then the defense has to go out and run an up-down -- like a sprint where you touch the hash and run back to the other side of the field -- before they can take their break.

"I thought that was really cool, because that mean's they're constantly competing against each other. If you keep tabs, it keeps you wanting not to lose. And it was so hot out there, too. I wasn't even playing and I had boob sweat,'' he said, laughing. "When you get three minutes of break, trust me, you want to take advantage of all 180 seconds. That's a motivational piece right there. That's something we didn't have."

Gonzalez said that "when Al Golden came over to say 'Hi,' I told him it was a great idea. It builds team unity and keeps guys engaged. it doesn't let you take a play off." 

   "Gonzalez also said he loved the new Schwartz Center for Athletic Excellence. "The new locker room, the training room, the study hall area is really bad-ass,'' he said. "I wish it were there when I was playing. Gonzalez actually won the Draddy Award, better known as the Academic Heisman and now known as the William V. Campbell Trophy, and received a $25,000 prize to be used toward a graduate degree.

    However, Gonzalez had already graduated with his Master's in Business Administration, so he said the $25,000 went back to UM to be used in an academic capacity.

    SUSAN MILLER DEGNAN

 

 

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Hi Manny and Susan!

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-Dalvin Cook
-Ermon Lane
-Quincy Wilson
-Chris Lammons
-JC Jackson
-Khairi Clark
-Duke Sawson

Fence h[]_[]h????

[]_[] got smoked cane fools

Travaris Robinson is yo daddy

At least []_[] build in' a fence around Uganda.

^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

Cook will be a Cane by signing day.

The rest will be arrested, suspended, or disappear into the abyss that is trailerville like what happened to DeBose, Hammond, and on, and on, and on, and on.......

You lose again, Gatr Trash. Canes own that dump trailerville.

Letter - you are being as much of a troll as the trolls you claim to despise.

My intent is not to antagonize, it is to suggest that the comments section of this blog be either shut down or require a login.

Letter, unless you think Manny and Susan are morons, you moron, don't you think they got it 1 of the first 800 times?

We'll see.


Just heard from a reliable source from Canespace, InsidetheU and CanesInsider that on WQAM at 9pm on the High School Football report tonight both Ermon Lane and Quincey Wilson will announce they'll be CANES BABY ! They'll start chanting, IT's ALL ABOUT THE U ! Then there will be a special phone call on the QAM hotline from Chris Lammons who will decommit from the gaytors and commit to the U too ! No BS, this is a set up as these kids want to be the beggining of bring back the CANE SWAG ! And what better way to do it by punking the gaytors and doing a GAYTOR FLOP live on radio ! I'm not kidding. There's a lot of former Canes at the U School in Davie that have learned these kids about the U tradition and how we need to dis the Gaytors. So tune in at 9 on WQAM and listen to history being made by the new leaders and captains of Dat Cane Swag Baby !!!

Posted by: Cane Swag is Back ! U Will See ! | August 12, 2013 at 07:04 PM

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[]_[] got P[]_[]NKED LIVE on []_[]r own Miami Cane Radio Network !!!

GATOR FLOP 2 !

Posted by: GATORS FLOPPED []_[] AGAIN !!! | August 13, 2013 at 03:30 PM

You very obviously wrote that yourself.

Harriet,

When you repeatedly say Miami has always went....

you sound like a Gator english major or a moron or both.

Posted by: Mountain Cane | August 13, 2013 at 03:04 PM

U r so dumb LOL! That was a repost of a quote from "The U" towards me. Posted by: The []_[] | August 13, 2013 at 01:57 PM

Learn to follow the sequence of events (1st grade ish) before you speak. I am Zakkee and those were his words, so come up with another insult if there's anymore in that undersized melon of yours. Ask someone for a prediction again idiot.

Posted by: HarrietTubmanCane | August 13, 2013 at 03:25 PM

Oh yeah!

******

The Gator cowards are so desperate for their superior big brothers approval they feel compelled to post a couple of commitments on our Miami Hurricane blog like it is huge news. Hell, one of the kids they signed we wouldn't even offer a schollie and the other kid went with the cowards, because he knew he could start there as freshmen and wouldn't start for the Canes until he was a junior, because we are so talent rich in the receiving corp. The kid was afraid of the competition, which means he's qualified to be a cowardly gator through and through.

Posted by: Letter to the editor | August 13, 2013 at 02:19 PM

I hate facebook!!!! I hate having to hear about everyone's problems on facebook......I could give 2 shyts what/how people are doing. Leave it the way it is!!!!

Letter to the editor:
Shut up.
Get lost.
Go play somewhere else.
You are running with the Big Boys.

Gonzalez and Haji were intense players, and they lived the 'U' just like the other Super players moving on to the NFL. Not everyone on the team will be NFL bound so it is good to see that these guys are doing well.

Practice in the heat of SoFla should work to our advantage. The only way to experience it, is to deal with it, so this toughening of spirit, mind, and body is crucial for the 4 th quarter in games when the Coaches look at players and say "Bring it home!."

Size, and strength are crucial, but conditioning wins out in the end.

Great article Susan these guys were perfect for an update.
Go 'Canes

Posted by: UGoCane | August 13, 2013 at 04:44 PM

"You are running with a bunch of internet nerd losers who enjoy their fake internet rivalry"

FTFY

The U coming back! U Turds will see first hand Sept.7!

what will this place be like Sept. 8th. ?

of course u want it that way curse. U use 10 diffrent aliases to troll this blog. Then when people ask them to do something to stop u like sun sentinel did u act like loggin in is worst thing in world. Grow up

GUESS WHAT U LOSE!! ON SEPT.7TH WHEN THE CANES STOMP U!!
U LOSE AGAIN!! U SHOULD KNOW BY NOW SINCE U ONLY WON 2 TIMES SINCE 1985 !! AS FRED SANFORD WOULD SAY"U BIG DUMMY" CANES 38 GATORS 17 !! WE CAN FANS "KNOW THIS". U DON'T UNDERSTAND!!

what will this place be like Sept. 8th. ?
Posted by: Mike | August 13, 2013 at 05:06 PM
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Aside from Gators in here laughing hysterically, it will be like a MORGUE

THE []_[] is a CLICHE now

Letter to yourself:
FTFY you too.
Just go.
Go 'Canes

Canes 42 Cowardly Gators 10

Corporate minds love corporate players. golden was on everyone's list because he knows how to play and uphold their game. His 300 page plan that's superior to his ability to execute it. His orange tie, "process", "purgings", "no self-awareness or self-accountability, great head of hair, U Tough gimmicks, chiseled chin---all fodder for those who love getting in line aka Pageantry Canes.

Get caught up in the person's mystique--not his/her content or substance.

He is 13-11, in his 8th year as a head coach, and produced the worst defense in Hurricane history last year and said nothing will change.

Change at the top means Shalala. Whats wrong with being objective? I don't want Golden to fail and I don't want to blame him for anything when he's playing the game presented by his bosses. He isn't the main issue--so why should I berate him everyday while she walks? Its called self-awareness--I'm trying to practice it. I don't see the world in black and white.

Posted by: HarrietTubmanCane | August 13, 2013 at 03:37 PM
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Independent thinkers are a rare breed in here, this post would makes jim gallo proud.

What up zakkee, ROFL, i knew those writings sounded familiar. These clowns continue to be pathetic, slurping everything goldie. I would like to know, is there anything in that 300 page binder about how to play defense or is that coming in the 2nd or 3rd edition.

Also, does coach goldie have a real eye for football, pretty much everytime he told the outlets who he thought was looking good, season comes and we don't hear a peep from those players, why, because when coach goldie says so & so is looking good, he's not talking about actual play, he's talking about physically they look good(penn disgrace style). That's one of the first things out his mouth, is so & so has put such & such amount of weight and he looks real good, than he starts or sometimes attempts to talk about their actual play.

goldie has "the art of interviewing and the art of corporate mingling" down pat, what he obviously doesn't have down pat is actual game day coaching. will muschamp has been with the gaytors for the same amount of time coach goldie has been here. Coach muschamp had the gaytors 1 game from playing for it all and rightfully so, goldie has us 1 game from being .500 again anda few possesions from being below average!

When i'm hearing offensive players coming in doing work, it means nothing until they actually play a real defense, unfortuantely thus far under the goldie era, we haven't been playing real defense. Hearing this again is nothing new as well, keep in mind coach coley just got here:
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Running back Eduardo Clements said the offense won Sunday’s scrimmage.
Linebacker Jimmy Gaines concurred with a pained smile.
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When the offense is leading the way, that's never a good sign, already james coley-1 clown 117th-0

This guy hasn't beat 1 oc yet, and i'm afraid they're taking it as a sign that our offense is just that high-powered!

What al goldie did at temple, fails in comparison to what coach greg schiano did at rutgers. schiano went in there and put his stamp on that program and they became very competitive and he put out players. WHile coach goldie had a 1st and 2nd round pick from his tenure, and there are some real solid temple players sprinkled thru out the nfl now from temple, which means we know coach goldie's plan is a solid plan, i continue to question whether it's a championship plan or not.

This is UM, where you have access to getting the type of players you need to be dominant and in contention every year. The qb continuity is going to be real interesting after this year, because whoever starts next year and whoever comes in, i'm not sure both qb's or all three can redshirt, but let the sorting process began. We got james coley here, so time will tell whether it was gumbo fisher or james coley coaching up the qb's. We know under gumbo he's had several 1st rounders go to the league, although when they got there they didn't play like it, but as far as he's concerned, he did his job, he'll probably say it's up to the players to stay in the league after that which is True, but the question comes back to, were they trained well enuff to play at the next level.

Under gumbo, he had jamarcuss russell went 1st over-all(forget the side-bar stuff), ponder, 1st rounder, ej manuel 1st rounder, he got matt flynn fighting hard, that's a real good resume for sure, so he'll get qb's to come there.

Calvin, you must be a genuinely miserable person to be reaching so hard for something negative to say about Al Golden.

You're honestly worried about the quarterback competition next season? That's just sad.

I would like to know, is there anything in that 300 page binder about how to play defense or is that coming in the 2nd or 3rd edition- Calvin

^^^I just died laughing!

goldie has "the art of interviewing and the art of corporate mingling" down pat, what he obviously doesn't have down pat is actual game day coaching. -Calvin

^^Exactly, the same thing going on in every social institution, occupation, boardroom and courtroom in the country. The inadequate person that speaks and looks the part---gets the part off of shear magicianry (no such word) smoke and mirror. We are honoring straight unadulterated BS these days. I thought the Canes program and fandom would never subside, but we have. Aint Tad Foote happy?

Corporate Canes and Pageantry motivated fans. Our very swag was established upon bucking the system that we now honor.

Our style has been hijacked and bitten by everyone else, while at the same time our own administration has been attempting to assimilate to the buttoned up corporate culture of the people losing while the elite ball out$.

We are ashamed of our beginnings--more interested in the binder than whats in it or if its author can even live it (fruition). Appearances over substance and results.

sad day.

The cover on Golden's binder is probably beautiful.

Oh, man Calvin and HarrietTubmanCane are so RIGHT!!!!!!

About everything!!!!

I know, I know, I know...truth acceptance is a tough adjustment for Us all. We're so indoctrinated with living lies that we spazz when truth rears its ugly head.

Lies are so comfortable for a reason. Let me know how I can help during your period of transition.

they ain't going nowhere till they get a defensive co- ordinator

Canes 37 Gator 14

^^^lol! Thats not me. As much as I'd love for Us to whoop those sucka Gaytors, I can't keep living in la la koolaid land. I witnessed first hand that this staff couldn't coach during the ND game, when our talent showed early that it could throttle them but couldn't execute (dropped passes and dropped INTs). After that we were out-schemed and out-coached the whole 2nd half. ND wasn't that much better than Us, see the championship game. They just had a superior coach, who used 4 plays with endlessly success. Our offense also tanked...quit. I was there and my whole ND section was shocked, I had them shook the whole pre-game and 1st quarter.

Alverage says that nothing will change, so in GOlDen we trust, i'll take him at his word...and we'll lose 31-20 on Sept. 7th. I'd love to be wrong!

Corporate Canes and Pageantry motivated fans. Our very swag was established upon bucking the system that we now honor.
Posted by: HarrietTubmanCane | August 13, 2013 at 07:22 PM
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And this is the real travesty of it all, but i know what happened, the administration/double agents have set out to attract these same corporate type fans. It's been an on-going campaign for years on end now. This is why at pretty much every game butch davis coached in, and most of us who know, none of us liked what butched had to say and kept saying when cominig in about him changing the image and this and that, we wanted him to GTHOH, with all that non-sense, but once he got things going, the announcers at basically every game made it a point to keep saying

"these Canes are doing it the right way, with class, no trash talking or show-boating, butch davis has really cleaned up the program"

These words by announcers sent a smoke signal to many who admired us from afar but were scared to say they were UM fans, that it's now safe to openly root for them now, they're well behaved and acting like we always wanted them to act. So these are the fans who mostly are posting now, the ones who have no clue on how Miami became great and stayed that way. They don't know what gave us our edge and what type of players, people think butch davis cleaned up the program, but don't realize the real type of individuals he had under him.

Who on here really thinks coach goldie could have coached an AL BLADES, or a nate webster, or al wilson, ed reed, dan morgan, brett romberg and many other that would've told clown 117th, 1st off, the coaches on staff would've got on clown 117th.

Look at it this way, everybody(Fsu & the gaytors) has a d-co, we got al goldie's best friend.

Our style has been hijacked and bitten by everyone else, while at the same time our own administration has been attempting to assimilate to the buttoned up corporate culture of the people losing while the elite ball out$.

We are ashamed of our beginnings--more interested in the binder than whats in it or if its author can even live it (fruition). Appearances over substance and results.

sad day.
Posted by: HarrietTubmanCane | August 13, 2013 at 07:22 PM
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These 2 are the even more tragic, and this is why the troll up top put it in the UM school advertisement during games

"we're recruiting a different kind of athlete to the University of Miami"

Like don soldinger said when they asked him what reason they gave him for letting him go he said: "they told me they were going in a different direction" we see what direction they were talking about, the loosing kind.

Coach goldie can go and talk to recruits all day long about the history of UM and how many players we put in the league, but he wasn't apart of that legacy, art kehoe can say it, barrow can say it, hurlie brown can talk it, everybody is just riding off the coat-tails of those who actually got it done, so until they become apart of history and stop narratting it, they'll continue to be outsiders until they become apart of a national championship team here and putting out top notch ball players.

Speaking of hi-jacked, one of our real fellow Cane brethren(Hurriphin) said these True words last year that still rings loud with me in my head that still pisses me off, during the game last year against k st. i believe it was around the end of the 1st quarter or somewhere in the 2nd quarter he said:

"k st. is playing UM/Hurricane football"

Just to watch us get dismantled like that and coach goldie nor clown 117th had an answer was sickening.

Canes 41 Gaytors 10

It's funny how people think we hate coach goldie, lol, what the hell does coach goldie expect presiding over a team with a defense ranked 117th but he keeps acting like we're suppose to trust him and take his word for something, his words mean nothing to me until we start seeing results on the field. Here's where the problem may worded perfectly here:
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His 300 page plan that's superior to his ability to execute it.
Posted by: HarrietTubmanCane | August 13, 2013 at 03:37 PM
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I heard somebody asking coach goldie about that binder i think before he got to UM and he got sensitive as manure about it he was like "hey, that's my life's work", well let me be the one to inform him, well if that's your life's work and you're finish, you can move on, otherwise, start winning real games in dominant fashion. No other coach before you this binder and a blueprint prior to being National Champions, we'll see how this plays out, don't mess round and let them binder replace the old big east trophies that we use to use as door openers to let the air in.

The 1st acc title we get should be used in the same capacity, to hold a door open, that's not what we're here for.

clown 117th on getting pressure on the QB…
"I think (Tyriq) McCord and (Al-Quadin) Muhammad are probably our fastest guys off the edge that stand out right now. Then obviously (David) Gilbert, and pass rush can come from the middle too."
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Man this guy is a genius, or him nor coach goldie hasn't figured it out yet, maybe it's because these 2 are the lightest defensive ends we have, funny how quicker you are when somebodys not telling you put on 25lbs in one year. Alquadin Muhammad, here's some real advice for you, take full advantage and enjoy your time getting to the qb this year as much as you can, cause come next year, the al goldie/clown 117th plan will go into full effect come next year where they'll tell anybody who's listening, "nobody can tell me Alquadin Muhammad won't be a better pass rusher at 255lbs than he is at 230lbs by next year".

The combination of coach goldie & oach OH-NO would make whoudini & david copper field proud, these guys have a way/system of making guys dissappear after 1 year.

Mark D'Onofrio on defensive depth…
"We need to have tough competition. We need to have guys competing against one another daily because that brings out the best in any position on the team- whether it's on offense, defense, or special teams. When you have competition and have guys pushing one another, they all get better. That's the best way to improve the team."

clown117th on defensive depth…
"We need to have tough competition. We need to have guys competing against one another daily because that brings out the best in any position on the team- whether it's on offense, defense, or special teams. When you have competition and have guys pushing one another, they all get better. That's the best way to improve the team."
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Here's what we're going to need for inept "all i'm worried about is points allowed" to do, don't worry about no other part of the team except the part you've be jacking up!

Well golden can cure all ills with a win against fla. I am giving him till then because the dc has no excuse this year. Copy the clue print of what strong did to them. He was their old dc and exposed them even without having coached with the muschamp. As much as I hate to admitt it like the way muschamp plays defense. He has some young pieces but that doesn't mean their not gonna be good. To me we have to attack their safety's with a study running game and then hit them on the seams over the top. We must establish a running game to help the defense. The defense will have to help themselves by getting off he field on third down. If oh no can conjure up something on third down he could help himself out alot. Grow a pair and challenge the offense on third down and stead of falling back in that prevent. Maybe he will have som semblance of a pass rush this year though. I don't care as long as we get a W.

Get a life Calvin. Christ.

Calvin, you are so gaaaayyyy. All you do is babble on and on and on, like a Whiney Lil biotch. Why don't you just shut the Phuc up. Nobody here likes you, nor do they give a shyt what some dumbass gator fan has to say.

Honestly Calvin hasn't said anything that's not true, which is Golden hasn't proven anything yet, the defense is horrible, and at this point of fall camp, the defense should be ahead of the offense.... When did mediocrity become acceptable at Miami? You may not like the attacks on Golden but he's not immune from criticism. A good friend of mine went to UVA, and I mentioned that Al Groh was Golden's mentor, he proceeded to laugh at me for the next ten minutes. We all want the Canes to win, but some of you guys act like Golden has already won two national titles. We'll see where this program is at on Sept. 7th.

No one cares what Calvin's saying, no one disagrees that D'Onofrio sucks and Golden needs to get results.

Calvin himself, personally, is just sad. Going on and on and on about nothing. Worrying about how much better the Seminoles will be at quarterback than Miami in 2014.

In August. Days away from Canesfest, weeks away from opening day. This miserable bastard is talking about how much better Jimbo Fisher is at recruiting quarterbacks.

No other word for it but sad.

LMAO^^^nothing original, relevant or of substance to rebut with. The truth hurts folks feelings. Gee whiz! Cal is the OG Cane, that's a fact and certified (do some research). Who are you?

No Calvina, ur the only shemale here obsessed with men's weights and how they look.

Why would I spend time researching who somebody is on a blog, that is asinine! I am a Canes fan waiting to see what Golden has in store for year 3. At a school that produced some of the greatest defensive players in football history it was physically painful to watch last year's D get sodomized every game. I have no faith in the DC, but some of you do, that's your perogative, but this program was built on dominant, intimidating defenses, and until I see anything that reflects movement towards those days, Golden is subject to criticism, particularly for holding out faith in this DC

OMG, hilarious.

Lady Calvina thinks Gumbo coaches up qbs.

Which ones----like Chris Rix maybe, who had the distinction of being a 5 time loser to the Canes? I admit, that is really hard to do.

What a putz Lady Calvina is.

The Miami Hurricanes football team represents the University of Miami in the sport of American football. The Hurricanes compete in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the Coastal Division of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC). The program began in 1926 and has won five AP national championships (1983, 1987, 1989, 1991, 2001).[3] Miami is ranked fourth on the list of All-time Associated Press National Poll Championships, tied with Southern California and behind Notre Dame, Oklahoma and Alabama.[4]
Two Hurricanes have won the Heisman Trophy and six have been inducted to the College Football Hall of Fame. Miami also holds a number of NFL Draft records, including most first round selections in a single draft and most consecutive drafts with at least one first round selection.[5] As of the 2011 National Football League season, UM had the most players active in the NFL of any university in the nation, with 42.[6] The team is coached by Al Golden and plays its home games at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida.

Beginnings (1926–36)[edit source | editbeta]
UM began with just a freshman football team in 1926. Its first game was played on October 23, 1926, a 7–0 win over Rollins College before 304 fans.[7] Under the guidance of head coach Howard P. Buck, the freshman team posted a perfect 8–0 record in its inaugural season. Two of the wins were against the University of Havana,[8] one on Thanksgiving Day in Miami and one at Havana on Christmas Day. Miami's last home game at of the season featured a first: the first Hurricane football game played on New Year's Day against Howard at Miami's University Stadium.[9] Around this time, the team adopted the official nickname "Hurricanes," though the exact timing and origin of the name is unclear; some reports suggest it was in reference to the devastating power of the 1926 hurricane that postponed the program's first game by a month, and others that it was suggested by a player in response to rumors that university officials wanted to name the team after local flora or fauna.[10]
Varsity competition began in 1927, with Miami beating Rollins 39–3 in its first game and going on to a 3–6–1 record. The team improved to 4–4–1 in 1928, but it was not enough for Buck to keep his job, and he was replaced prior to the 1929 season with J. Burton Rix, previously head coach at Southern Methodist.[8] Rix's arrival was funded by a group of local businessmen.[11] That off-season, the program, which competed as an independent during its first two years of existence, joined the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association (SIAA). 1929 saw Miami play its first varsity road game (a 14–0 loss at Southwest Louisiana), and Rix led the team to its first winning season, going 3–2.[8] His tenure, however, was short-lived; off-campus financing for the program dried up in the wake of the 1929 stock market crash, and he resigned after one season.[7]
Ernest Brett replaced Rix, and in 1930, Miami played Temple in its first game outside the South, losing 34–0 to the Owls in Atlantic City, New Jersey.[8] On October 31, 1930, the Hurricanes played in one of the nation's first night games vs. Bowden College in Miami.[12] Brett only lasted one year, and Tom McCann became the program's fourth head coach in 1931.
Under McCann, the football program experienced its most successful seasons to that point. After a difficult first year, Miami put together a winning record in 1932 and served as host to the inaugural Palm Festival (later to be known as the Orange Bowl), defeating Manhattan College 7–0 at Moore Park in Miami.[8] A 5–1–2 campaign and another Palm Festival berth followed in 1933, and in 1934, the program played in its first official bowl game, losing to Bucknell in the first Orange Bowl, 26–0.[8]
In 1935, a group of Miami football supporters sought to hire Red Grange as coach. However, the move was vetoed by President Bowman Foster Ashe, in part because of the $7,500 salary that Grange had requested.[13] Instead Irl Tubbs took over as head coach in 1935, and though Miami compiled an 11–5–2 record in his two seasons, it did not play in a bowl in either year.[14]
Jack Harding era (1937–47)[edit source | editbeta]
After Irl Tubbs resigned following the 1936 season to become head coach at Iowa, Jack Harding was hired to serve as both head football coach and athletic director at Miami.[7]
In 1937, the Hurricanes moved into the brand new Burdine Municipal Stadium (renamed the Orange Bowl in 1959), located west of downtown Miami.[7] The following year, Miami played archrival Florida for the first time, defeating the Gators 19–7 at Florida Field, and won the program's first Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association title with an 8–2 record. The Hurricanes, though, left the SIAA just three years later, becoming an independent once again.
Harding led the Hurricanes to eight- and seven- win campaigns in 1941 and 1942, respectively, before he was called away by World War II service.[7] Eddie Dunn, a former star running back at Miami under Harding, stepped into the void and served as head coach during Harding's two-year war service. Though the Hurricanes won five games in Dunn's first season, they faltered in the second, winning just one game against seven losses and a tie.
Fortunes changed with Harding's return in 1945, as the Hurricanes went 9–1–1 and returned to the Orange Bowl for the first time since 1934, defeating Holy Cross 13–6 in a memorable game.[15] With the score tied 6–6 and only seconds remaining, Holy Cross quarterback Gene DeFilippo was intercepted by Miami's Al Hudson at the 11-yard line. Hudson dashed 89 yards the other way for the game-winning touchdown as time expired.[7][15]
Harding's Hurricanes won eight games in 1946, but after the team slipped to 2–7–1 in 1947, he resigned as head coach, but continued as Athletic Director. He hired Andy Gustafson as the new head coach, closing out a nine-year tenure in which Miami went 54–29–3 and won at least 8 games in four different seasons.[7]
Andy Gustafson era (1948–63)[edit source | editbeta]
Main article: 1962 Miami Hurricanes football team
One of Andy Gustafson's major innovations at Miami was the "drive series" offense, an option-oriented attack from the Split-T formation that relied on zone blocking and featured either a fullback fake or carry on every play.[16][17] Under Gustafson's tutelage, Miami produced its first All-American, Al Carapella, in 1950 and went 9–1–1 in 1951, including a 35–13 win in its first-ever game against rival Florida State and a 15–14 loss to Clemson in the Orange Bowl.[7][18] The following season, Miami won eight games and went to a bowl game in consecutive years for the first time in school history, shutting out Clemson 14–0 in a rematch at the Gator Bowl.
In the middle of the 1954 season, the NCAA imposed two one-year penalties against Miami for providing transportation and tryouts to prospective players.[16][19] As a result, Gustafson's 1954 squad was ineligible to play in a bowl game, and the 8–1 Hurricanes, whose lone loss came 14–13 at No. 14 Auburn, finished the season ranked ninth in the Coaches' Poll, the first top ten poll finish in school history.[7][16] Two years later, an 8–1–1 Miami team, led by team captain and All-American Don Bosseler, was under consideration to play in the Sugar Bowl, but the program's bowl-ban was not due to expire until ten days after the game, rendering it ineligible to participate.[19] The team finished the season ranked sixth in both the AP and Coaches' Polls.[7]
In the later years of Gustafson's tenure, two-time All-America quarterback George Mira guided the Hurricanes to berths in the 1961 Liberty Bowl and the 1962 Gotham Bowl, where they lost both games.[20][21] In 1963, the team struggled to a 3–7 record. Nevertheless, Mira, who set many of the school's passing records during his four years at Miami, graced the cover of Sports Illustrated and finished fifth in the Heisman Trophy voting as a senior.[7][22][23] Following the season, Gustafson decided to step down as head coach and Charlie Tate, an assistant at Georgia Tech, was hired to replace him.[24] Gustafson has the Hurricane record for most years as head coach (16) and most wins as well (93).
Charlie Tate era (1964–69)[edit source | editbeta]
Main article: 1966 Miami Hurricanes football team
See also: 1966 Liberty Bowl
Charlie Tate's first seasons at Miami were uneventful, with the team posting a 4–5–1 record in 1964 and a reverse 5–4–1 record in 1965. 1966 brought the arrival of defensive end Ted Hendricks, the only three-time All-American in school history, and the Hurricanes won eight games, earning a trip to the Liberty Bowl, where they defeated No. 9 Virginia Tech, 14–7.[7] In December 1966, the program was integrated when African-American wide receiver Ray Bellamy signed a letter of intent to play football at the university.[25] Miami returned to bowl play in 1967, dropping the Bluebonnet Bowl to Colorado, 31–21.
The Hurricanes had a 5–5–0 season in 1968 and 4–6–0 in 1969, and Tate resigned as head coach two games into the 1970 season, later citing burn out and fatigue from "fighting the money battle and other battles" as the basis for his decision.[26]
Kichefski, Curci, Elliot, and Selmer (1970–76)[edit source | editbeta]
Walt Kichefski, an assistant on Tate's staff, was elevated to interim head coach in the wake of Tate's resignation and coached the team to a 3–8 record in 1970. He was not retained the following season and Fran Curci, a former All-American quarterback under Andy Gustafson, was chosen as the program's new head coach. Curci's 1971 team improved by a game, but rival Florida Gators defeated Miami in a game that came to be known as "the Florida Flop.""[27] With Florida leading 45–8 late in the fourth quarter, the Gator defense allowed Miami to score so that Florida would get the ball back and quarterback John Reaves would have the opportunity to gain the 15 yards he needed to break the NCAA record for career passing yards.[28] 1972 brought another memorable finish for Miami, when the inadvertent gift of a "fifth down" by officials enabled the Hurricanes to edge Tulane in the waning moments of the game for a 24–21 win.[7][29][30] Curci left the program at the conclusion of the season and was replaced by Pete Elliot.[7] Elliot, in turn, lasted two seasons and stepped down in 1975 to become Miami's athletic director.
Offensive coordinator Carl Selmer was named the program's fifth head coach in six years.[31] Under Selmer, a trend that started earlier in the decade continued, with home attendance declining every year.[25] After finishing 2–8 in 1975 and 3–8 in 1976, the university fired Selmer, citing concerns about dwindling attendance and the loss of local blue-chip recruits to other schools.[31]
Lou Saban era (1977–78)[edit source | editbeta]


Lou Saban
After a national search, Lou Saban, formerly head coach of the NFL's Buffalo Bills, Denver Broncos, and Boston Patriots,[25] was hired on December 27, 1976, as head coach.[7]
Miami only won three games in 1977, but Saban was able to put together a well-regarded recruiting class that included future Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly of East Brady, Pennsylvania.[25] Kelly had been recruited by Penn State as a linebacker and agreed to come to Miami after Saban promised him he would play quarterback.[25] Among the other 30 signees in Saban's first recruiting class were 11 future NFL players.[7]
The Hurricanes improved by three games in Saban's second season and Ottis Anderson emerged as an NFL talent. Anderson became the first Miami running back to rush for 1,000 yards in a season and led the team in rushing for three straight seasons from 1977 through 1979. Anderson set numerous school rushing records and as of 2009 remains Miami's career rushing leader.[7]
After just two seasons as head coach, Saban resigned in the wake of a controversy concerning football players throwing a Jewish man into Lake Osceola, an on campus lake.[32] He left after the 1978 season to take the head coaching position at Army.[25][33] Saban's departure, the constant coaching upheaval Miami experienced during the decade, and assorted fiscal problems sparked the university's Board of Trustees to hold a vote on whether to drop the football program down to the Division I-AA level or eliminate it altogether.[34] University executive vice president Dr. John Green was able to convince the board to give Division I-A football another shot and hired the pipe-smoking Howard Schnellenberger, offensive coordinator for the NFL's Miami Dolphins, to succeed Saban.[34]
Howard Schnellenberger era (1979–83)[edit source | editbeta]
Main articles: 1980 Miami Hurricanes football team, 1981 Miami Hurricanes football team, 1982 Miami Hurricanes football team, and 1983 Miami Hurricanes football team
See also: 1981 Peach Bowl (January)
At the outset of his tenure, Howard Schnellenberger announced to his staff and players his intention to win a national championship within five years.[35] His five-year plan had two main priorities: installing a pro-style passing offense and upgrading the talent level on the roster through a new recruiting strategy aimed at retaining the best local talent.[36] To help with the offense, Schnellenberger hired former Baltimore Colts quarterback Earl Morrall as a volunteer quarterbacks coach.[36] On the recruiting front, he spoke of mining the "State of Miami," which entailed fencing off the fertile South Florida recruiting base from other programs and cherry-picking the rest of the nation for a few choice recruits.[37] Schnellenberger also sought to exploit the freedom provided by Miami's independent schedule to gain "intersectional exposure" and make the program "national."[36]
On the field, Miami went 5–6 in Schnellenberger's debut season, which was highlighted by a 26–10 upset win at No. 16 Penn State in which redshirt freshman Jim Kelly threw for 280 yards and three touchdowns in his first career start as Miami's quarterback.[38] Schnellenberger set a bowl berth as the goal of the 1980 campaign and the team made good on its head coach's expectations, winning nine games and earning a trip to the Peach Bowl, where the Hurricanes defeated Virginia Tech 20–10.[25] The bowl berth was Miami's first since 1967 and the team finished the season ranked eighteenth in both the AP and Coaches' Polls.
Miami continued to improve in 1981, going 9–2 and defeating then-No. 1 Penn State 17–14 in a late-October game at the Orange Bowl. In the season's final game, the Hurricanes topped rival Notre Dame for the first time since 1960, 37–15, finishing the season eighth in the AP Poll. The following season, the team finished with four losses following Kelly's shoulder injury. Entering the 1983 season—the fifth of Schnellenberger's tenure—the program had to find a replacement for the recently-graduated Kelly. Ultimately, Schnellenberger chose Bernie Kosar as the team's starting quarterback over fellow redshirt freshman Vinny Testaverde.
The 1983 Miami Hurricanes started the season unranked and lost 28–3 at Florida in their first game, though Kosar tied George Mira's single-game school record of 25 pass completions.[25] The Hurricanes rallied by winning their next 10 games, including a 20–0 early-season shutout of Notre Dame, and earned a berth to the 1984 Orange Bowl to play the undefeated, top-ranked Nebraska team that had both Mike Rozier and Turner Gill. The Orange Bowl-berth was Miami's first since 1951, but the program's first national championship remained a long shot, as the Hurricanes entered the game ranked fifth. Miami got much needed help early on New Year's Day when second-ranked Texas, the nation's other undefeated team, lost in the Cotton Bowl Classic and fourth-ranked Illinois lost in the Rose Bowl.[39]
Behind Kosar's passing, Miami jumped out to a 17–0 lead, but Nebraska battled back and cut Miami's lead to 31–24 in the fourth quarter.[39] With 48 seconds remaining, Nebraska scored a touchdown to make it 31–30 and, being the number one-ranked team in the nation, needed only to kick the extra point to tie the game and put itself in position to win the national championship. Nebraska head coach Tom Osborne elected to go for the win and attempt a two-point conversion instead.[39] On the ensuing play, Miami safety Ken Calhoun tipped away Gill's pass to receiver Jeff Smith in the end zone, saving the game and winning Miami the national championship when it leap-frogged No. 3 Auburn to finish first in the final polls.[39]
Although Schnellenberger had made good on his five-year plan to win a national championship, he left after the season to accept a head coaching position in the USFL.[40] Two weeks later, athletic director Sam Jankovich hired Jimmy Johnson from Oklahoma State to fill the vacancy.[40]
Jimmy Johnson era (1984–88)[edit source | editbeta]
Main articles: 1987 Miami Hurricanes football team and 1988 Miami Hurricanes football team
See also: 1984 Orange Bowl, Hail Flutie, 1985 Fiesta Bowl, 1986 Sugar Bowl, 1987 Fiesta Bowl, 1988 Notre Dame vs. Miami football game, and 1988 Orange Bowl


The Miami Orange Bowl, the Hurricanes' home field until its 2008 demolition
One of Jimmy Johnson's immediate priorities upon taking over as Miami head coach was to switch to a 4–3 defense.[41] Johnson wanted to implement the change for his first season, but lacking the time, personnel, and staff, he decided to postpone the switch and kept Schnellenberger's 5–2 defensive package for the 1984 season.[41]
The team struggled to an 8–5 record in Johnson's first season, losing a number of noteworthy games. In the next-to-last game of the regular season, the No. 6 Hurricanes squandered a 31–0 halftime lead against Maryland and lost 42–40 in what was then the biggest comeback in NCAA football history.[42] The following week, Miami lost 47–45 when Boston College's Doug Flutie connected with Gerard Phelan for a 48-yard Hail Mary touchdown on the final play in what has been called the Hail Flutie game.[43] The Hurricanes ended the season on a three-game losing streak by dropping the 1985 Fiesta Bowl to UCLA, 39–37, in a game that featured six lead changes.[44]
During the off-season, Johnson made a number of coaching changes, facilitating the switch to the 4–3 defense, and junior Vinny Testaverde succeeded early-graduate Bernie Kosar at quarterback.[25] The 1985 Hurricanes opened the season with a loss at Florida before winning their next four games, including a 38–0 win over Cincinnati that began a then NCAA-record 58 game home winning streak, heading into a matchup at No. 3 Oklahoma. Facing the nation's top-rated defense, Testaverde amassed 270 yards passing and threw touchdowns to Michael Irvin and Brian Blades, while also running for an additional score, in a 27–14 win over the Sooners.[25][45] The Hurricanes ascended to number two in the rankings following a 58–7 victory over Notre Dame in the final game of the regular season, earning a trip to the Sugar Bowl to play the No. 8 Tennessee Volunteers. With No. 1 Penn State losing to Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl, Miami was in position to capture its second national championship, but those hopes were dashed with a lopsided 35–7 loss to Tennessee.[46]
Miami opened its 1986 season as the third-ranked team in the country and climbed to number two after winning its first three games, setting up a No. 1 vs. No. 2 showdown at the Orange Bowl against top-ranked and defending national champion Oklahoma.[25][45] After much pre-game trash-talk between Oklahoma's Brian Bosworth and Miami's Melvin Bratton and Alonzo Highsmith, Testaverde tossed four touchdown passes in a 28–16 win.[25][45] Testaverde's performance led Oklahoma head coach Barry Switzer to remark that he had "never seen a better quarterback" in his 21 years with the Sooners, and at the conclusion of the regular season, Testaverde was awarded the Heisman Trophy with the fifth largest margin of victory in the voting's history.[47] The Hurricanes, having seized the number one ranking with the win over Oklahoma, finished the regular season at 11–0, outscoring their opponents 420–136, and accepted a bid to the 1987 Fiesta Bowl to play No. 2 Penn State.[48][49] There, the team's "outlaw" image grew when players arrived in Arizona clad in fatigues and Jerome Brown staged a walkout of a pre-game steak fry attended by both teams.[48] Before an estimated television audience of seventy million people, Penn State upset the heavily-favored Hurricanes 14–10 to win the national championship, forcing seven turnovers, including Pete Giftopoulus' game-sealing interception of Testaverde in the end zone in the game's final seconds.[25][48][49][50]
Led by Michael Irvin and new quarterback Steve Walsh, the 1987 Miami Hurricanes won the school's second national championship and completed its first undefeated varsity season.[7] The season was highlighted by one of the most memorable games in the history of the Miami – Florida State rivalry. Trailing No. 4 Florida State 19–3 in the third quarter at Doak Campbell Stadium, the Hurricanes rallied to take a 26–19 lead late in the fourth quarter on a 73-yard touchdown pass from Walsh to Irvin. Florida State responded with a touchdown in the final minute, but Seminoles head coach Bobby Bowden opted to go for two points and the win rather than kick the extra-point for a tie, and Miami's Bubba McDowell broke up the conversion pass in the end zone to preserve the 26–25 victory. More than 60 players on the combined rosters for the game went on to play in the NFL.[51] The 12–0 campaign was capped by a 20–14 win over the then-No. 1 Oklahoma Sooners in an Orange Bowl billed as "The Game of the Century."[45] The win was Miami's third over Oklahoma in the last three seasons, accounting for Oklahoma's only losses during that time period.[45]
The Hurricanes had a then-school record 12 players from the 1987 team selected in the following spring's NFL Draft,[25], including Irvin and Bennie Blades, but with Walsh returning in 1988, the team gained the number one ranking with a season-opening 31–0 shutout of then-No. 1 Florida State at the Orange Bowl.[7] The following week, Miami scored 17 points in the final 5 minutes and 23 seconds to top No. 4 Michigan 31–30 at Michigan Stadium.[52] Hopes of a repeat national championship were dashed, however, in the so-called "Catholics vs. Convicts" game, with Miami dropping an emotional 31–30 loss to eventual-national champion Notre Dame on a failed two-point conversion pass in the final minute.[25][53][54]
Johnson left the program in February 1989 to become the head coach of the NFL's Dallas Cowboys, ending his tenure at Miami with a 52–9 overall record and a 44–4 mark over his last four seasons.[25]
Dennis Erickson era (1989–1994)[edit source | editbeta]
Main articles: 1989 Miami Hurricanes football team, 1990 Miami Hurricanes football team, 1991 Miami Hurricanes football team, 1992 Miami Hurricanes football team, 1993 Miami Hurricanes football team, and 1994 Miami Hurricanes football team
See also: Wide Right I, 1991 Cotton Bowl Classic, Wide Right II, 1993 Sugar Bowl, and 1994 Fiesta Bowl


Dennis Erickson
Despite having the support of students, players, and even the Miami police and fire departments, offensive coordinator Gary Stevens was bypassed for the head coaching job and athletic director Sam Jankovich chose Dennis Erickson of Washington State to succeed Jimmy Johnson instead.[55]
In 1989, Erickson became just the second Division I head coach to win a national championship in his first season at a school.[7][56] Erickson's 1989 team, led by Craig Erickson (no relation) at quarterback, rebounded from a mid-season loss at Florida State and moved back into the national championship picture with a 27–10 win over then-top-ranked Notre Dame in the final regular-season game. Miami's 33–25 win over No. 7 Alabama in the Sugar Bowl, combined with No. 1 Colorado's loss to Notre Dame in the Orange Bowl, earned the program its third national championship.[56][57]
Miami entered the following season as the number one team in the country, but a 28–21 upset loss to Ty Detmer and No. 16 BYU in the opener derailed both the team's national championship chances and Craig Erickson's nascent Heisman campaign.[58] Later in the year, the Hurricanes lost to Notre Dame 29–20 in a game dubbed the "Final Conflict", as Notre Dame had decided to discontinue the 27-game rivalry,[59] feeling the intensity of the series had reached an unhealthy level.[25] Miami ended the season with a 46–3 Cotton Bowl Classic victory over No. 3 Texas in the 1991 Cotton Bowl Classic in which the team was penalized a bowl- and school-record 16 times for 202 yards, including nine unsportsmanlike conduct or personal foul penalties.[60] On one play, Randal Hill scored on a 48-yard touchdown reception and continued to sprint out of the end zone and up the Cotton Bowl tunnel, where he then pretended to shoot at the Longhorns with imaginary pistols.[25] The program was widely criticized for its conduct, with Will McDonough of the Boston Globe likening the Cotton Bowl Classic display to a "wilding" and Bill Walsh calling it "the most disgusting thing [he'd] ever seen in college sports."[25] After the season, the NCAA responded with the so-called "Miami Rule", which made it a 15-yard penalty to engage in excessive celebration or flagrant taunting.[25][61]
Also during the off-season, Miami ended its 48-year status as an independent and joined the Big East Conference.
The 1991 Hurricanes captured the program's fourth national championship in nine years behind quarterback Gino Torretta and a linebacking corps that featured Jessie Armstead and Micheal Barrow. Miami's toughest test came in mid-November at then-No. 1 Florida State in the initial Wide Right game; with the No. 2 Hurricanes leading 17–16 in the final minute of the game, Florida State kicker Gerry Thomas' potential game-winning field goal attempt sailed "wide right" of the uprights.[62] Miami completed the second undefeated season in school history with a 22–0 shutout of No. 11 Nebraska in the 1992 Orange Bowl and finished first in the AP Poll, splitting the national championship with Coaches' Poll champ Washington.[7]
Hurricane Andrew devastated much of South Florida in August 1992, causing the program to relocate its preseason practice sessions north to Dodgertown in Vero Beach.[7] That season, Miami went 11–0 against the second-toughest schedule in the country, topping No. 3 Florida State in Wide Right II and No. 7 Penn State the following week in Beaver Stadium.[7] Meanwhile, Torretta became the second Hurricane to win the Heisman Trophy, throwing for 19 touchdowns and 3,060 yards on the season and setting 11 school passing records during his career.[7][63] Miami earned a trip to the 1993 Sugar Bowl, where the top-ranked Hurricanes were denied a repeat national championship by No. 2 Alabama, 34–13.[64][65] The Sugar Bowl loss ended the program's 29-game winning streak, which dated to 1990.[65]
The following two seasons yielded less success. In 1993, Miami lost three games in a season for the first time since 1984, failed to win the Big East for the first time since joining in 1991, and was shut out in the Fiesta Bowl by Arizona,[7] leading some[who?] to wonder whether the program was in decline.[25][66] In 1994, Miami defeated Georgia Southern in the season opener for its 58th consecutive home win, setting an NCAA record; the streak, which began in 1985, was snapped two weeks later when Washington defeated the Hurricanes 38–20 at the Orange Bowl.[67] Led by All-American defensive tackle Warren Sapp and sophomore linebacker Ray Lewis, the team rebounded to earn a berth in the 1995 Orange Bowl, where No. 1 Nebraska outscored Miami 15–0 in the final quarter to win the game, 24–17, and the national championship.[7][68]
With the threat of NCAA sanctions hovering over the program for a variety of infractions, Erickson stepped down after the 1994 season to become head coach of the NFL's Seattle Seahawks.[25] Erickson departed Miami with a 63–9 record over six seasons and the highest winning percentage (.875) and most national championships (2) of any coach in school history.[68]
Butch Davis era (1995–2000)[edit source | editbeta]
See also: 1995 Orange Bowl


Butch Davis
Several early candidates to replace Dennis Erickson, including former UM defensive coordinator and 1994 Sports Illustrated Coach of the Year Sonny Lubick, withdrew from consideration. Eventually, Miami settled on former Hurricanes assistant and Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator Butch Davis.
The Hurricanes finished Davis' first season with a record of 8–3, which may have drawn a bowl invitation. However, on December 20, 1995 the NCAA announced that Miami would be subject to severe sanctions for numerous infractions within the athletic department. The Hurricanes were forced to sit out postseason play for the 1995 season and docked 31 scholarships from 1996 to 1998. Miami had actually self-reported the violations in 1991. However, when the Department of Education got word that school officials helped athletes fraudulently obtain Pell Grants, it asked Miami to stop its own investigation while it conducted its own. Ultimately, 60 athletes were implicated, but all of them avoided criminal charges after being sent through a pretrial diversion program.[69]
In 1994, Tony Russell, a former UM academic advisor, pleaded guilty to helping more than 80 student athletes, 57 of whom were football players, falsify Pell Grant applications in exchange for kickbacks from the players themselves. The scandal dated all the way back to 1989 and secured more than $220,000 in federal grant money. Federal officials later said that Russell had engineered "perhaps the largest centralized fraud ... ever committed" in the history of the Pell Grant program.[70][71]
In late 1995, the NCAA concluded that, in addition to the fraudulent Pell Grants facilitated by Russell, the university had also provided or allowed over $400,000 worth of other, improper payments to Miami football players. The NCAA also found that the university had failed to wholly implement its drug testing program, and permitted three football student-athletes to compete without being subject to the required disciplinary measures specified in the policy. Finally, the NCAA concluded, the university had lost institutional control over the football program.[72] Miami docked itself seven scholarships as part of a self-imposed sanction in 1995, and the NCAA took away another 24 scholarships over the next two years. As a result of the scandal, Sports Illustrated's Alexander Wolff wrote a cover story that Miami should at least temporarily shut down its football program.[70] Further, On June 21, 1996, Miami football players broke into the apartment of the captain of Miami's track team and struck him repeatedly. In response, Davis suspended three key players for the coming 1996 season. Davis also suspended two other players who were involved in separate violent incidents.[73]
The imposition of scholarship reductions led to a long and sometimes painful rebuilding period for the Hurricanes.
The low point for Miami came in 1997 when they posted a 5–6 record, the first losing season since Howard Schnellenberger's first year in 1979. The 1997 season saw the Hurricanes suffer one of the program's most humiliating losses, a 47–0 beating at the hands of in-state rival Florida State.[74][75]
The Hurricanes began to reassert themselves in 1998. In late September, Miami was forced to postpone their game with UCLA due to Hurricane Georges. The game was rescheduled for December 5 and for the #2-ranked Bruins, a trip to the National Championship game was at stake. The Hurricanes rebounded from a 66–13 "caning" at the hands of Syracuse and Donovan McNabb to put up over 600 yards of total offense against UCLA en route to a stunning 49–45 victory for the Hurricanes.
The following season carried high hopes and expectations for the Hurricanes. They opened the year with a 23–12 win over Ohio State in East Rutherford. Early success, however, was tempered by tough losses to Penn State and Florida State during a three-game losing streak. The Hurricanes rebounded to win their last 4 games including a 28–13 win over Georgia Tech in the Gator Bowl.
In 2000, Miami was shut out of the BCS National Championship Game. Despite beating Florida State head-to-head and being ranked higher in both human polls, it was the Seminoles that were chosen to challenge the Oklahoma Sooners for the national championship. The Seminoles were also chosen over Washington, who also had one loss and who had handed Miami its only loss early in the season. Washington had been ranked third or fourth in the human polls, behind Miami. The Hurricanes went into the 2001 Nokia Sugar Bowl as the Big East champions and defeated Florida 37–20.
Larry Coker era (2001–2006)[edit source | editbeta]
Main articles: 2001 Miami Hurricanes football team, 2002 Miami Hurricanes football team, 2004 Miami Hurricanes football team, 2005 Miami Hurricanes football team, and 2006 Miami Hurricanes football team
See also: 2001 Sugar Bowl, 2002 Rose Bowl, 2003 Fiesta Bowl, 2004 Orange Bowl, 2004 Peach Bowl (December), 2005 Peach Bowl, and 2006 MPC Computers Bowl
On January 29, 2001, Butch Davis left Miami to become head coach of the Cleveland Browns. Dee promoted offensive coordinator Larry Coker to be head coach.[76]
Miami started the season with a 33–7, televised win over Penn State in Beaver Stadium. Miami followed up the victory with wins over Rutgers, Pittsburgh, and Troy State. After building up a 4–0 record, the Hurricanes defeated Florida State in Doak Campbell Stadium, 49–27, ending the Seminoles' 54-game home unbeaten streak. The Hurricanes then defeated West Virginia, 45–3, and Temple, 38–0, before heading to Chestnut Hill to take on Boston College. In the final minute of the fourth quarter, with Miami clinging to a 12–7 lead, Boston College quarterback Brian St. Pierre led the Eagles from their own 30-yard line all the way down to the Hurricanes' 9. With BC on the verge of a momentous upset, St. Pierre attempted a pass to receiver Ryan Read at the Miami 2-yard line. However, the ball deflected off the leg of Miami cornerback Mike Rumph, landing in the hands of defensive end Matt Walters. Walters ran ten yards with the ball before teammate Ed Reed grabbed the ball out of his hands at around the Miami 20-yard line and raced the remaining 80-yards for a touchdown, resulting in a 18–7 Miami victory.
After surviving the scare from Boston College, Miami shutout #14 Syracuse, 59–0, and defeated #12 Washington, 65–7 in the Orange Bowl. The combined 124–7 score set what the Orlando Sentinel described as an NCAA-record for the largest margin of victory over consecutive ranked opponents.[77][78]
The final hurdle to the 2002 Rose Bowl BCS National Championship Game was at Virginia Tech. Miami led Virginia Tech 20–3 at halftime. Virginia Tech added a couple of late touchdowns, attempting two-point conversions on each. The first conversion was successful, pulling them to 26–18, but receiver Ernest Wilford dropped a pass from quarterback Grant Noel in the endzone for the second conversion. Reed's late interception in the 4th quarter sealed the win for the Hurricanes. Miami's 26–24 victory earned the top-ranked Hurricanes an invitation to the Rose Bowl to take on BCS #2 Nebraska for the national championship.
In the Rose Bowl, the Hurricanes took a 34–0 halftime lead and cruised to a 37–14 win over the Huskers to capture their fifth national championship and put the finishing touches on a perfect 12–0 season. The Miami defense shut down Heisman winner Eric Crouch and the vaunted Huskers offense, holding Nebraska 200 yards below its season average. Ken Dorsey and Andre Johnson were named Rose Bowl co-Most Valuable Players.[79]
Six Hurricane players earned All-American status and six players were finalists for national awards, including Maxwell Award winner, Ken Dorsey, and Outland Trophy winner, Bryant McKinnie. Dorsey was also a Heisman Trophy finalist, finishing third.
The 2001 Miami Hurricanes are considered by some experts and historians as one of the greatest teams in college football history.[80]
Miami started the 2002 season as the defending national champion and the #1 ranked team in the country. Behind a high-powered offense led by senior quarterback Ken Dorsey, new starting running back Willis McGahee, and a stout defense anchored by Jonathan Vilma, the Hurricanes completed their regular season schedule undefeated. The season was highlighted by a 41–16 win over rival Florida at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, the first regular season meeting between the rivals since 1987.
The Hurricanes' toughest test was an October clash against rival Florida State at the Orange Bowl. Miami overcame a 13-point second half deficit to defeat the Seminoles, 28–27. The game was clinched when Florida State kicker Xavier Beitia missed a 43-yard field goal, wide left, as time expired. Another signature win came four weeks later when Miami dominated the Tennessee Volunteers, 26–3, before a crowd of 107,745 at Neyland Stadium, considered one of the most hostile road venues in college football.
Miami would finish 12–0 and clinch a berth in the Fiesta Bowl BCS National Championship Game after a wild 56–45 victory over Virginia Tech in which McGahee rushed for 205 yards and a school-record six touchdowns. Both Dorsey and McGahee were named as finalists for the Heisman Trophy, finishing 4th and 5th, respectively.
Miami, in the midst of a 34-game winning streak, was installed as a 13-point favorite in the Fiesta Bowl match up against #2 Ohio State. The Hurricanes took an early 7–0 lead on a 25-yard touchdown pass from Dorsey to Roscoe Parrish, but Ohio State seized control in the second quarter behind an aggressive pass rush, bolstered by constant blitzing, and a stifling rush defense. The Buckeyes held a 14–7 lead at the half, and a field goal by Mike Nugent extended Ohio State's advantage to 17–7 midway through the third quarter.
A touchdown run by McGahee brought the Hurricanes within 3 points, but just as the running back started to get on track, he suffered a knee injury early in the fourth quarter.[81] Miami was able to fight back and force overtime on a 40-yard field goal by Todd Sievers on the final play of the fourth quarter. Miami scored a touchdown on its first possession in overtime on a 7-yard pass from Dorsey to Kellen Winslow II, and, on Ohio State's ensuing possession, the Hurricanes appeared to have won the game, 24–17, after Buckeyes quarterback Craig Krenzel's fourth-and-3 pass from the Miami 5 fell incomplete in the end zone. Miami players and coaches rushed the field and stadium fireworks were set off to commemorate the program's apparent sixth national championship.
The celebration proved premature, however, as Big 12 official Terry Porter threw a belated flag and made a controversial pass interference call against Miami cornerback Glenn Sharpe. The penalty took the air out of Miami's sails and gave Ohio State new life, first-and-goal at the 1. The Buckeyes scored a touchdown to tie it at 24–24 at the end of the first overtime, and Maurice Clarett's 5-yard touchdown run in the second overtime gave Ohio State a 31–24 lead.
Miami's ensuing possession saw Dorsey briefly knocked out of the game after a hit from linebacker Matt Wilhelm. After backup quarterback Derrick Crudup completed an 8-yard pass on third down, Dorsey re-entered and converted the crucial fourth-and-3 with a 7-yard completion to Winslow. Miami then drove to the Ohio State 2 yard-line, but was held to one yard on its next three plays. Facing fourth-and-goal from the Ohio State goal line, Miami called a pass play. The Hurricane offensive line was unable to pick up the blitz and Dorsey's desperation pass into the end zone toward Andre Johnson fell incomplete, giving Ohio State the national championship.
The loss was Coker's first in 25 games as Miami's head coach and Dorsey's second in 40 career starts. The loss also continued the Hurricanes' futility in the Fiesta Bowl, dropping them to 0–4 in the game, with two of those losses being monumental upsets that deprived them of national championships.
Miami suffered through some offensive struggles in 2003 behind new quarterback Brock Berlin. A blowout loss at Virginia Tech in early November ended Miami's 39-game regular season winning streak and a loss the following week to Tennessee ended Miami's national championship aspirations. The Hurricanes rebounded to win the Big East Conference championship and finish the season 11–2 with an 2004 Orange Bowl victory over Florida State.
Miami joined the ACC in 2004 and despite 3 conference losses, the Hurricanes ended the season with a Peach Bowl victory over rival Florida.
The 2005 season marked the debut of Kyle Wright as Miami's starting quarterback, although the much-ballyhooed Wright would struggle with consistency during the season with much of Miami's success that year fueled by its defense. After a loss to Florida State after placekick holder Bryan Monroe bobbled the snap for what would have been a game-tying field goal attempt, Miami would win eight straight games, including a road win over 3rd-ranked Virginia Tech, only to stumble two weeks later against underdog Georgia Tech. Miami's second conference loss of the season cost it a place in the inaugural ACC Championship game and it competed instead in the Peach Bowl, where it lost to LSU, 40–3.
2005 also saw the program embroiled in more controversy when it was reported several Miami football players had recorded a rap song in 2004 that contained lewd sexual references.[82] The song, recorded by an informal group that called itself "7th Floor Crew" and set to the beat of Aaliyah's "If Your Girl Only Knew", received much criticism in outlets such as ESPN and Sports Illustrated.[83] Following the negative publicity, the University issued a statement condemning its lyrical content.[84]
The 2006 season included an on-field brawl against Florida International, the shooting death of Miami defensive tackle Bryan Pata, and a four game late-season losing streak. Only a Thanksgiving night victory over Boston College, in Miami's last game of the regular season, saved the Hurricanes from a losing regular season record.
The day following the Boston College victory, university president Donna Shalala terminated Coker.[85] Coker coached through the postseason, where he won his final game, a 21–20 victory over Nevada on December 31, 2006 in the MPC Computers Bowl.
Randy Shannon era (2007–2010)[edit source | editbeta]


Randy Shannon
Main articles: 2007 Miami Hurricanes football team, 2008 Miami Hurricanes football team, 2009 Miami Hurricanes football team, and 2010 Miami Hurricanes football team
See also: 2008 Emerald Bowl, 2009 Champs Sports Bowl, and 2010 Sun Bowl
After a search that lasted two weeks, defensive coordinator and Miami alumnus Randy Shannon was officially introduced as the program's new head coach on December 8, 2006. Shannon reportedly agreed to a four-year deal worth over $4 million.[86] As of November 2010, Shannon's .553 career winning record is the worst of any University of Miami coach in four decades.
Shannon's first year as UM head coach in 2007 was one of the worst in the Hurricanes' modern history, with the team registering a losing 5–7 record. Under Shannon, the team failed to reach a bowl game for the first time in a decade, and it was the first non-penalized full-scholarship team to miss a bowl game in more than 25 years.
Media draft experts[by whom?] considered the freshmen on the 2008 team to be one of the top recruiting classes in the nation.[87] The 2008 regular season was highlighted by losses to rivals Florida and Florida State, as well as an upset victory over Virginia Tech. The 26–3 loss to Florida was Miami's first in that series since 1985, snapping a 6-game winning streak against the Gators. Afterwards, the tension between the two teams was heightened when Shannon accused Florida coach Urban Meyer of trying to run up the score with an unsuccessful deep pass into the end zone in the game's final minute. The visiting Hurricanes were 22½ point underdogs in the nationally televised game but only trailed 9–3 heading into the fourth quarter, leading some to wonder whether Meyer was trying to compensate for his team's unimpressive performance.before kicking a field goal with :25 remaining."[88][88][89] Miami was knocked out of ACC Championship contention with a late-season loss to Georgia Tech in which the Hurricanes surrendered the second-most rushing yards in school history (472).[90] The Hurricanes finished the 2008 season at 7–6 after a 24–17 loss to California in the Emerald Bowl.
After the 2008 season, Shannon fired offensive coordinator Patrick Nix, citing philosophical differences.[91] Also, starting quarterback Robert Marve left the team because he claimed not to be able to play for Coach Shannon.[92] Shannon placed strict restrictions on Marve's potential transfer destinations and received much criticism in the media.[93][94][95] However, the University of Miami claimed in a press release that the restrictions were set because of suspected tampering by Marve's family or others on behalf of the Marve family.[96]
Shannon's staff suffered more upheaval when defensive coordinator Bill Young left to assume the same position at Oklahoma State, his alma mater, in late January 2009. North Carolina assistant John Lovett was hired to replace him.[97]
Shannon hired former Philadelphia Eagles offensive assistant Mark Whipple as Miami's new offensive coordinator and assistant head coach. Several Miami offensive players from the 2008 season returned, including quarterback Jacory Harris, both starting running backs, most of the offensive line and its top six receivers.[98] Shannon has been able to recruit a number of Southern Florida's top high school football players by telling them that they would be able to play immediately. In fact, 21 true freshmen played during the 2008 season opener.[99]
The 2009 season began on a poor note after two back up quarterbacks, Taylor Cook and Cannon Smith both transferred out during fall practice, leaving the young Hurricane team with only one serviceable backup in true freshman A.J. Highsmith. Sophomore Jacory Harris directed the newly implemented offense. To make matters worse, starting defensive end Adewale Ojomo suffered a broken jaw in a locker room fight that led to a season-ending injury, causing the already young Hurricane team to go into their season short handed.
Miami faced adifficult schedule to start the 2009 season with visits to #18 Florida State, a home game against #15 Georgia Tech, a visit to Lane Stadium and the #7 Virginia Tech Hokies and a home visit from the defending Big 12 Conference champions and BCS Champion runner-ups in #3 University of Oklahoma.[100] Some national media outlets and sites such as ESPN predicted at best a 2–2 record for the Hurricanes with some even predicting an 0–4 start.[101]
Miami opened up their 2009 season against their rival the Florida State Seminoles on Labor Day night for a national broadcast for ESPN. Billed as a "Battle of Rebuilding Programs," Quarterback Jacory Harris led a heroic comeback in Tallahassee to beat the then ranked Seminoles 38–34, overcoming a late interception and apparent injury to Harris in the 4th quarter. The next week, Miami welcomed the triple option offense of the #14 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets in yet another ESPN prime-time game. Georgia Tech came in hot off of a big ACC win against Clemson University the previous week and held a 4–0 record against the Hurricanes in the last 4 years, including the previous years pounding in Atlanta (referenced above). The 2009 contest would be a different story all together, as the Hurricanes handily beat the Jackets 33–17 at home and allowed only 95 rushing yards in the process. The next week, with the Hurricanes in the national spotlight for the first time in 5 years, the #9 Miami team visited the #11 Virginia Tech Hokies. In pouring rain, Tech defeated the Hurricanes by a final score of 31–7. Beat up and embarrassed, Miami then played the Oklahoma Sooners. Without Heisman Award winner Sam Bradford, Oklahoma took an early 10–0 lead after two early Jacory Harris interceptions. Going into halftime, the Hurricanes trailed the Sooners 10–7 in a highly contested football game. Miami came out for the second with a huge hit on the kick off team by Corey Nelms that forced the Sooners to start inside their own 20. The following play, Sophomore Corner Brandon Harris hit Oklahoma Quarterback Landry Jones and forced a fumble that eventually led to a Hurricane touchdown. The momentum stayed with the Hurricanes as they rode to a 21–20 win over the #8 team in the land. Following the opening four weeks, Miami was 3–1 and was the talk of sports stations nationwide.
Following the gauntlet first third of the season, the Hurricanes won against Florida A&M at home and on the road against UCF, moving all the way up to #10 in the polls. The Canes then had to take on the always tough Clemson Tigers in Miami in what was a contest of speed and athleticism. Turnovers, missed opportunities and stand-out back CJ Spiller led the Tigers to a 40–37 overtime win against the Hurricanes, knocking them out of BCS contention and putting the ACC Championship Game in serious jeopardy. A win against Wake Forest on Halloween kept the Hurricanes in the conference race, which they followed up on with a 52–17 defeat of the University of Virginia in Miami. The next week UNC topped Miami 33–24 with an unimpressive performance by Jacory Harris and the offense. Miami finished up the 2009 regular season with back-to-back wins over Duke and in-state rival USF. Miami's final record was 9–3, finishing in 3rd place for the ACC Coastal Division behind Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech.
The announcement of the 2009 bowl selections stirred some controversy. Instead of choosing the 3rd best team in the ACC (Miami), the Gator Bowl chose the Florida State Seminoles to represent the ACC against the West Virginia University instead of the Hurricanes because of the retirement of legendary FSU coach Bobby Bowden.[102] The Hurricanes were relegated to the Champs Sports Bowl in Orlando to play against the 9–3 Wisconsin Badgers. Though the Hurricanes were heavy favorites coming into the contest, the Badgers beat up on the Hurricanes consistently throughout the game. Though the Hurricanes started off fast with a big return to open the game by Sam Shields, the Canes just could not maintain any offense throughout the game and had no answer for the power offense of Wisconsin. Going into halftime, the Hurricanes trailed 17–7 and Graig Cooper blew out his knee on the poor turf just before halftime on a kick off return.[103] Though Miami scored a late touchdown and recovered the onside kick, they fell to Wisconsin 20–14 and finished the season at 9–4.[104]
After the 2009 season, Shannon signed the #13 recruiting class in the nation according to ESPN.[105] Shannon addressed many depth issues including offensive line, line backers and running backs, however the media claimed that the staff missed out on several of the more highly touted recruits on signing day, including a couple of "5 star" players.[106] Coaching changes were made before and after signing day, including the departure of defensive line coach and recruiting coordinator Clint Hurtt to the University of Louisville[107] and the loss of running backs coach Tommie Robinson to the Arizona Cardinals.[108] Shannon replaced them with former Hurricane and current University of Kentucky defensive line coach Rick Petri[109] as well as running back coach Mike Cassano from Florida International University.[110] Subsequently, Shannon has named wide-receiver coach Aubry Hill as the recruiting coordinator for the program. In May 2010, the university extended Shannon's employment contract as head coach through 2014.[111]
The Hurricanes finished the 2010 regular season with a 7–5 record which included losses to rivals Florida State and Virginia Tech as well as the first ever loss to in-state opponent USF in the last game of the season. Shannon was fired by Athletic Director Kirby Hocutt within hours of the loss to USF.[citation needed] Interim head coach Jeff Stoutland, who was offensive line coach under Shannon, led the team into its Sun Bowl matchup versus Notre Dame; the Hurricanes lost the New Year's Eve game 33–17.[112]
Al Golden era (2011 to present)[edit source | editbeta]
Main articles: 2011 University of Miami athletics scandal, 2011 Miami Hurricanes football team, and 2012 Miami Hurricanes football team
Following Shannon's firing, Miami hired Temple University head coach Al Golden as their new head coach on December 13, 2010.
Golden posted a 6-6 record in his first year at Miami. It was only the third time since 1979 that the program had failed to register a winning record.[113]
In his second season as head coach the Hurricanes finished with a 7-5 mark and what would have been Miami's first Coastal Division title and a chance to play rivals FSU in the ACC Championship game. However, due to pending NCAA sanctions, the university administration elected to forego competing in post season play for the second consecutive year. Had they played it would have been their first appearance in the ACC Championship game.


Despite intermittent success, the Florida football program had never been considered a consistent national power,

(having never officially won a conference championship in eighty-three seasons of play)

In Spurrier's first season, the Gators finished first in the SEC for the third time, but for the third time, they topped their conference during a season in which they were ineligible for the SEC title due to NCAA probation.

(They won their first official SEC championship in 1991, fifty-nine seasons after joining the SEC as a charter member.)

The Gators played for the conference championship in the first-ever SEC Championship Game in 1992, but lost 28–21 to the eventual national champion Alabama Crimson Tide.


The Gators had their first unbeaten and untied regular season in 1995, but were denied a national championship in the 1996 Fiesta Bowl, losing to the Nebraska Cornhuskers 62–24.

We all want the Canes to win, but some of you guys act like Golden has already won two national titles. We'll see where this program is at on Sept. 7th.
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Agreed, BUT...

To your point, though, there's not enough on Golden to say he's NOT a good coach. I'm not into excuses, but if anyone has got them in their first two years it's Golden.

The D is horrible, yes, but why wouldn't anyone think they could be in the top 20 in scoring defense as they were in Golden's/D'Onofrio's first year?? Everyone is screaming system- not players, so don't give me the Shannon's players argument.

A 9-3 year this year is vanilla. I want to see us go 2-1 vs uF, UNC and FSU. Let's get (at least)10 wins and beat all those teams we'll be favored against.

If we go 8-4 I'll be screaming for a change as loudly as anyone above. I'd like to think, though, that I would offer some opinions on who would come in and make a difference. NO decent coach would have taken the HC position here in the last 2 years. Still complaining 2 weeks before the start of the season is growing tired. We are who we are going into the season at this point.

GO CANES!!

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