The mighty Hurricanes were falling even before the scandal occurred. Find out what ScottJax77 found in this surgery full edition of Rants and Raves.
By the time you read this I will have already had my hip replacement surgery and am recovering in the hospital. I wrote this last week and submitted it for my regular posting. I will be discharged from the hospital on Friday so I wonít be able to respond to at least the weekend if I am not in any pain, yeah right no pain.
I was waiting until the dust settle before I wrote this because it had nothing to do with the illegal activity by the Hurricanes.†
The Miami Hurricane program was going down hill long before the scandal occurred. At one time the Miami Hurricanes ruled the roost. They were the bad boys of football on and off the field. For the most part, they got away with a lot of the allegations off the field until now. But this isnít about the Hurricanes off the field mess. This has more to do with the Miami Hurricaneís football program on the field mess.
This mess happened many years ago. In a decision that canít sit well now, Miami President Donna Shalala and Athletic Director Paul Dee decided at the last minute to bolt the Big East. "It has been a bizarre, strange, and goofy process," Shalala said. "But it has allowed us the opportunity to give ourselves some distance, so that we got a view of who we are, where we are and where we want to be." She also mentions the Big East's financial guarantee was "a lot" higher than the ACC's.
I bet they discussed the situation with then coach, Larry Coker, to see if the pasture was greener on the other side. Maybe they thought it would be a piece of cake in the ACC. One thing for sure it wasnít about the $$$. Ha, Ha,Ha.†
The records speak for themselves:
Miami was in the Big East from 1991-2003 (13 seasons).†
128-29 .815 overall record
66-11 .857 Big East Record
No losing record in any season in the conference
8 Big East Championships
1991 and 2001 National Champions
3 times #1 in AP final polls
1 time #1 Coaches final poll
In top 20 in all 13 seasons in conference
They ruled the roost as evidenced by their record. They even made the other Big East teams better because they had to keep up with the Hurricanes.
Miami joined the ACC in 2004.
55-35 .571 overall record†
30-26 .536 ACC record
1 losing season
Never finished 1st in the ACC.
In the top 25 3 times in 7 years.
Recruiting isnít a factor. Miami consistently is in the top 25 year-in, year-out.
What a bummer.
In the long run, it might have made more sense to stay in the Big East and make more $$$ as the Big East Conference could have generated a lot of money with a dominate football program.