I have bled orange and green for the last thirteen years, since I saw Ken Dorsey rally his teammates vs. Boston College back in 2001. This is the moment when I came out of the Trojan horse and became a Miami Hurricane. I was a student there, a graduate student, and worked for the football program for nine years. That is why this is so painful to write.
Since the “Robbery in the Desert” back in 2002, I have watched the slow demise of the football program I love. There have been rotating coaches and a lack of commitment to the football program that put the University on the map. Last night’s loss to a crummy Virginia team is the last straw for me. I just have to stop caring.
The University, in an effort to “clean up” its image has essentially divorced itself from its history. You can hope for a better future without denying the past. Get over playing the PR game. Embrace the us vs. the world mentality that made The U so successful in the past. It is sickening that everybody is copying Miami’s brand of football, but we are acting like a neutered BIG-10 program. What you have is an administration that doesn’t understand what made Miami special. I value my degree, but I didn’t apply to The U to watch us in nail-biters vs. Duke and celebrate that win like it’s a huge achievement (#smoked – are you kidding me?). Everything is going to be okay though because we have new uniforms (they’re stupid looking) and use hashtags for everything (#renewed – ugh!). At least we’re winning in PR!
I have grown tired of watching the same 6-6, 7-6 (9-4 in 2013 vs. historically weak schedule including a loss to Duke – stop calling it “improvement”) effort for the past seven seasons. The losses of recent memory weren’t just bad; they were humiliating. Why can Duke, UCLA, and Arizona State seem to do more with so much less talent? Only so much of this can be chalked up to the recent NCAA investigation. Heck, USC lost thirty scholarships, and you don’t hear them whining about their sanctions. The talent is there at Miami, maybe not to win a national title right now but at least to BEAT A LOWLY VIRGINIA TEAM! It’s sad that we are measuring improvement as “almost beating Florida State.”
Out of respect for my past position, I will never call anyone out by name, but as an alum, I do have a right to be upset. As an alum, my commitment to the University will outlast any coach, AD, or university president. I don’t even know who to blame, but the lack of improvement is disturbing.
We have a saying down in Miami that “The U Invented Swagger” – I even have a t-shirt claiming the same thing. True, they invented it, but recently they have relinquished it to the likes of Louisville.