The U: Was Bernie Kosar Drunk? Can Notre Dame Learn Something From Miami?

Any Canes fan will tell you the media, especially ESPN, hates Miami, but ESPN aired its two-hour apology in the form of Rakontur's fantastic documentary, The U, this past weekend. One segment, of course, focused on that perceived media bias, and right on cue, the media is stirring up some controversy. Apparently, the Huffington Post and a few other Internet dwellers think Bernie Kosar was drunk during his interview. They offer the video above as evidence, but Kosar doesn't seem drunk to us, and the HuffPo updated its post with this edit: "In a July article Kosar says he had 'a lot' of concussions, as well as numerous other injuries."

Whoops. However, die-hard Canes fans might wonder what Kosar was smoking when he interviewed Notre Dame's outgoing QB Jimmy Clauson in his new role as an influential advisor to the Cleveland Browns. Though they're probably not as outraged as poor, poor Brady Quinn.

Speaking of the world's most overhyped mediocre football program (Notre Dame, not the Browns), a Miami-based Catholics fan writing for Time thinks his team could learn something from the "convicts." Apparently, in this writer's eyes, Miami is making Tad Foote's dream, which Kosar mentions, of moving closer to the "Ivy League of the South" even if it means it's no longer a football powerhouse.

But here's another sacrilege for Irish ears: Notre Dame needs to act a bit more like the school it once disparaged, the University of Miami. That's right, the University of Miami Hurricanes, who used to symbolize so much that is wrong with Division I college football.

The really remarkable thing is that Miami fans, who once cared even more about Hurricane football than about condo-flipping, don't seem all that sunburned about the fact that their team isn't playing for national championships these days. Its win-loss record this season was 9-3 and it finished a very respectable No. 15 in the national standings. But for once the U.S. News standing seems just as important, especially as the recession suddenly makes education a priority in a city that for too long disregarded it.

Well, it's not like Canes fans don't care that they aren't rooting for a BCS-bound team; it's just that everyone in this town has mastered a fine mix of aloofness and feigned apathy.