**Quick Note: This is part 1 of the week-long series that covers the forgotten powerhouses of college football. Stay tuned for Tuesday thru Friday as the fallen powerhouses keep on coming. -Ed.**
Being a man from Oklahoma (I'm a Sooner Born, I'm a Sooner Bred...I'll be a Sooner till I'm dead), the title alone could come across as absurd. However, for a stretch in the late 90's to the early 00's, I really did like the Miami Hurricanes aka "Da U".
As with all the great teams that we've grown up with, juggernaut Cornhuskers, the fiery Seminoles, the overwhelming Sooners, the arrogant bastards of USC, and the current top dogs of these Gators, there's something about those Hurricanes that made me appreciate them a bit more than everyone else.
Miami had swagger before the word was ever invented. I mean, its got to take something to make the colors of Orange and Green look that raw right? As Butch Davis, coach of Miami from 1995-2000, soon realized...he had two goals, one to sell any player that stepped on that field that he would do whatever it took to make them great...and two that when you step on that field you have no mercy on your opponent.
Check and check.
Now, I don't need to go through the laundry list of players that are in the league right now from Miami. They are the gold standard of sending elite players to the league. There isn't a program that's done it like Miami. USC is the only program that's come close, but even then, when you start looking at all-pro players no one is close. The simple fact that I could make an entire team of pro Hurricanes in the league right now is scary. Don't believe me? Let me try real quick...
QB - Ken Dorsey, Brock Berlin, Kyle Wright (Ok, were bringing Vinny Testaverde back)
RB - Clinton Portis, Frank Gore, Willis McGahee, Edgerrin James
WR - Andre Johnson, Reggie Wayne, Santana Moss, Sinorice Moss, Roscoe Parrish
TE - Kellen Winslow, Jeremy Shockey, Greg Olsen
OL - Vernon Carey, Bryant McKinnie, Eric Winston, Brett Romberg, Chris Myers
DL - Vince Wilfork, Jerome McDougle, William Joseph, Damione Lewis
LB - Ray Lewis, Jonathan Vilma, Jon Beason, Dan Morgan
DB - Ed Reed, Antrel Rolle, Brandon Merriweather, Kenny Phillips, Kelly Jennings, Sean Taylor (RIP)
KR/PR - Devin Hester
Ok, so Miami needs a QB in the worst way, and I think this is the first thing that current 'Canes coach Randy Shannon has got to address. They haven't had a legitimate QB there since Dorsey, and until they do...da U is in trouble. For the life of me, i wish that more football programs were like Miami in one sense, the players that went there actually give a damn about the program. They REP the program like none other. Not just because of a catchy nickname, or the "U" hand sign that you can make, but have you heard anyone from Miami talk about the program? It will fire you up.
So as much of a rival that Miami is to Oklahoma, I want to see Miami be good again, not just mediocre. Its not right, we miss you Miami, we miss you.
Anyone got any suggestions for Miami? Let it be heard...
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