The Miami Hurricanes of the University of Miami in Florida used to be a perennial power. The football team seemed to have a permanent Top Ten ranking in Division One Men’s Football of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).
In fact, the school had a reputation for being a “football factory,” a university that served as a kind of minor league operation for the National Football League (NFL). Each new year, the professional league would recruit heavily from Miami, drafting many of its players in the early rounds and then signing them to lucrative contracts.
However, nothing lasts forever. The Hurricanes have become average over the past few seasons and face the beginning of the 2015 football year with no national ranking. They are “just another team.”
Head Coach Al Golden will begin his fifth year as “the top guy” and the school will celebrate its 90th year in NCAA Division One Men’s Football with high hopes that its football team can improve on last season’s pedestrian 6-7 Won- Loss record. It won’t be easy.
While the Hurricanes managed to win five of seven home games in 2014, that number may be difficult to replicate in the upcoming season. Miami will have to overcome anticipated tough challenges from the highly ranked Clemson Tigers, a team with a pre-season Top Ten rating that visits the “guys from South Beach” on October 24th. The Hurricanes will also have to outplay the very tough and talented Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. That game is scheduled to take place on November 21st.
Miami’s football team will also have some big mountains to climb on the road. They will visit the Cincinnati Bearcats on October 1st, a home field that definitely favors the home team. Trips to Duke on October 31st to play the up-and-coming Blue Devils and to North Carolina where the Tar Heels will be waiting to wreak havoc on them are two more challenges the Hurricanes will need to overcome.
However, the toughest road game of the season will pit them against arch-rival Florida State, another top ten ranked squad. Miami will face off against the rugged-and-ready Seminoles on October 10th.
The Miami Hurricanes, under Head Coach Al Golden made real strides last season even though their Won-Loss record did not reflect the actual progress that occurred on the field. The team with the “U” logo did receive an invitation to the Dock Commander Independence Bowl and lost to the South Carolina Gamecocks.
The fact that they play opponents in the very difficult Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) could mean that it will take longer than one year to recapture the past glory that made this school’s football program famous and its players a prime target of NFL recruiters.
New starting quarterback Brad Haaya may be facing a “baptism by fire.”
Courtesy of Palmbeachpost.com