- Faith & Family
So this is how it all comes to an end for the Miami Hurricanes. Coming off a less than impressive 6-3 win against South Florida this past Saturday, the University announced that the team will bypass any bowl offers and begin the punishment phase of what’s sure to be a substantial penalty from the NCAA over the entire Nevin Shapiro debacle. This means Friday’s home game against the Boston College Eagles will be the final game in the careers of the much ballyhooed great Miami Northwestern class that was supposed to resurrect the program and make the Canes great again. So long Jacory Harris and Tommy Streeter — we will surely be watching you on Sundays in the NFL. Sean Spence is one helluva linebacker no doubt about it. As for Marcus Fortson, maybe he shouldn’t have worn number 99 because he never quite reminded me of the great Warren Sapp.
All we ever heard about was how talented these guys were. But the final tally will read no ACC championship appearances, no bowl victories and no BCS appearances — just a whole lot of potential that never came to fruition. Who do you blame? I guess it depends on who you ask but this program has been in a tailspin for sometime now. Maybe the expectations were too high . Whatever the case these guys will not get the chance to partially rectify the situation by at least winning one bowl game. It is definitely a shame and is a sad ending to what we all hoped would be storied careers at the U. It could be a combination of guys just not working hard enough to be great. It could be that the “father figure” ex-coach Randy Shannon and his staff simply failed to bring the best out of these young men. I certainly hope the next time the Canes land some highly-touted recruits, we all do not get beside ourselves and start planning a championship parade on Biscayne Boulevard prematurely. Yes, we miss the great days of winning national championships. We long for the return of such legendary players as Ed Reed, Michael Irvin and Ken Dorsey. Winning championships is a tradition on which the U was founded. And thanks to those former Miami Northwestern Bulls who gave us great hope upon their arrival at the U. Let’s hope for better days for the next crop.