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Finally the Miami Hurricanes have showed some fight. Finally we saw Coach Al Golden’s young team respond after being punched in the mouth by punching back — hard. In one of the strangest games you will ever see the Canes outlasted Georgia Tech on the road 42-36 in overtime. The Canes ambushed the favored Yellow Jackets at the outset jumping out to an early 19-0 lead. They proceeded to give up 36 unanswered points to trail by 17 late in the third quarter before rallying for the game’s final 23 points to win by six in overtime. It was only a couple of weeks ago when we all questioned the heart of this football team. What we saw at Georgia Tech was a team that refused to lose, refused to be mediocre and valiantly fought back. This is how great teams are built. Are we saying the Canes are great? Nope, rather far from it. However, we are seeing them take baby steps in the right direction. Maybe that is why Golden was just beaming with pride and joy, soaking wet and looking for anybody to hug after the big win. These are the types of wins that are significant in changing the culture of a program.
Miami’s defense must get significantly better before we all start thinking BCS, but they may be in the discussion when it comes to an ACC Coastal Division title, maybe. A big test lies ahead when the North Carolina Tar Heels visit Sun Life Stadium this coming Saturday. Canes fans must approach this sign of progress with cautious optimism. This is a very young football team that is growing up before our eyes. There will be missteps along the way but what we see is a great tradition being rebuilt.
We all like to remember the old Canes and the great names of the past. Here are some current names that are already tied to bringing the Canes back: Duke Johnson, Stephen Morris and Anthony Chickillo, just to name a few. Let’s also acknowledge senior captain Mike James who may be on his way out but has left his imprint with a great performance last week — 89 yards rushing and 4 touchdowns. Inspiring leadership. That is what the U was always built on. Don’t look now but the boys are on their way back.
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