You never want to excuse any team for the kind of action which occurred between Florida International and Miami.
to put Miami in the same sentence with words like atrocious, reprehensible and
inexcusable, well, that's almost redundant. I figure I'd use another word to
describe what transpired on Saturday night:
For all the
hoopla around head coach Larry Coker for being that class act Miami sorely
needed this version of the Canes is a carbon copy of the Miami of old. The
on-the-field-malcontent-laden-trash-talking-punks, who have so endeared
themselves to the country over the years, when Miami gets into a scuffle in a
game, talks trash to the point of a penalty or finds one or more of their
players getting ejected, it's not surprising.
course, you can't really draw many more parallels between this Miami and the
Miami teams of the late 80s. At least those teams were good. This year's version
has four wins, coming over Florida A&M, Houston, North Carolina and now,
That's some resume', and who wouldn't be proud of
that? Who wouldn't be raising their helmets, dancing around as if they had won
something meaningful after blanking a Florida International team, who hadn't won
a game all year?
Who wouldn't stand up in unison and support this act of
ignorance, immaturity and say to Kyle Wright after he bragged about this big win
and how they sent FIU home with a loss, ‘That's great. I couldn't agree more,
You the man'?
Everybody, that's who.
Everybody outside of that
slime pit in South Beach, who sat up and applauded this unbelievable display.
Everybody outside of the moronic color commentator, who actually applauded what
Miami was doing and suggested they continue the fight in the tunnel.
was a Miami Alum, by the way.
I wonder if current Miami commit and Omaha
Central center Harland Gunn would approve. Here's a soft spoken kid, who works
hard and is simply grateful for the opportunities he's given and does the most
with those he has.
As Miami players were swinging their helmets at FIU
players and stepping on their legs and backs, you think Gunn was standing their
applauding, tears running down his face out of the pride he felt displayed from
You think he even felt while watching it that the coach he
committed to would even be there when he arrived?
You know that's not
going to happen.
Coker came out of the gate pretty good, winning a
national title off of players he didn't recruit. Since then it's been a steady
decline and even in the talent-rich state of Florida, this head coach proved
that it is possible to be one of the big three and not be able to get enough
So, he was gone, but what this display proved was
that he hasn't just lost the ability to win games, he's lost control of his
team. And what did he have to say afterward? Did he apologize for the travesty
that took place Saturday night? Did he pound his fist in absolute fury, saying
that this kind of thing wouldn't be accepted at the great University of Miami?
Nope. He did what any defeated, deflated and dethroned coach would
Head coach Don Strock was genuinely upset, the Associated Press
quoting Strock talking about the incident. "Whatever penalty is handed down,
especially from us, we're going to make it the most severe," Strock said. "We
don't condone that. It's embarrassing."
As for Coker?
we're very happy with the win but we didn't want the altercation," Coker told
Yeah, that's what I like. It's quick, obviously very contrite
and tomorrow this should be about the next game.
For about nine of the
Miami players there shouldn't even be a next game.
the altercation between the two teams, five minutes of bench-clearing-brawl in
the books, what do you think Miami players were doing? They were dancing on the
sidelines, of course. I mean, what would any team do after being involved in a
nationally embarrassing incident, which made the program look like nothing but a
bunch of thugs? You dance. You raise your helmets up, you talk more smack and
you rejoice in how far you have come as a program.
That's like the guy
who gets the sack, starts talking smack, calls the QB a punk, the lineman that
missed the block a loser, and yells at the entire offense, blathering on about
how he just showed them.
Then one of the offensive players calmly points
up to the scoreboard, taking note that their team and not the team of the player
who just made the sack, was up in the game with just four minutes left to play,
That's Miami, or, that's Miami today.
While you couldn't
rationalize their conduct any more when they were winning, what people now look
at as despicable, they referred to then as "swagger."
Miami had swagger
back then. They talked a lot of crap, but they had some teams that could and did
back it up. The Michael Irvins and Warren Sapps of the world could talk, but
those guys could play. There were the Bernie Kosars, Vinny Testaverdes and Gino
Torrettas of the world, who unlike Kyle Wright, actually had something to talk
Again, it's not to say that they were right back then and wrong
for doing (at times) basically the same thing. But winning skews many things in
people's minds. It turns goats into heroes, makes saints out of sinners and they
can actually redefine how you perceive two identical events.
of the late-80s doesn't get into a bench clearing brawl with a winless Florida
International, and then brags about it afterwards. They might have been riding
the edge of classlessness and delving often in the realm of ignorance, but this
latest display wasn't just ridiculous, it was pathetic.
Is that what
Miami is now? Have they sunk so low that if they can't win, they are going to
try and swing their helmet at you on the field? Has the mighty "U" become so
much of an afterthought, that desperation to be something people remember
resorts in them trying to physically beat up a lower tier team?
what we saw Saturday night and more importantly, how the Miami players
themselves treated the incident afterward, I'd say that's exactly what they have
become. They aren't dominant anymore, they're destitute. They aren't potent
anymore, they're pitiful.
I guess that's really
all you need to say.
Welcome back. We missed you.
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