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UM football on TV, and it isn't pretty

Does the University of Miami offer a degree in cluelessness? Because most of the former players Si interviewed in ESPN's documentary The U seem to have majored in it. For two solid hours they brag about their arrogance, their dirty play and even their outright criminality, smiling proudly during every moment.

Former quarterback Steve Walsh seems amused as he recounts bumping into ``some pretty prominent players'' wearing stocking caps, on their way for a night's work of burglarizing autos. His teammate Brett Perriman recalls some Hurricane players dealing drugs, then adds unapologetically: ``We got to eat. If that means we have to do something illegal, so be it.''

Those kind of disclosures seem almost benign when former center Don Bailey Jr. explains the football skills that made his team so great. ``They were nasty,'' he recollects jovially. ``They'd spit. They'd fight. They'd bite. They'd kick.''

The U is a brilliant and horrifying history of the good-old-bad-old-days of the 1980s and early 1990s when UM -- so the joke of the day went -- topped all three football polls: AP, UPI and FBI. It airs Saturday at 8 p.m. on ESPN. On Sunday another UM alum takes center stage when Beth Grosbard's The Christmas Hope aires on the LIfetime Movie Network. Like its predecessors The Christmas Shoes and The Christmas Blessing, The Chrismas Hope is about the holiday magic produced by the croaking of a loved one during the holidays. (Young, penniless but wholesomely pretty mothers seem to produce particularly festive results.) Read my reviews of both The U and The Christmas Hope in Saturday's Miami Herald.

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frank lopez

you sir are the reason why newspapers are going out of business. you are an out of touch old fart. you should just die and put yourself out of your own misery.

you look like a guy who sits in a basement,ordering chinese food and lookingat playboy magazines everyday of your life.

Joel

Oh please... it is what it is... since the head honchos at the University of Coral Gables refused to interview for this piece to offer a rebuttal, ESPN is airing what they have heard. I look forward to watching this documentary tonight.

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