Miami Hurricanes fans didn't learn much about the most recent incarnation of their football team in Saturday afternoon's sleepy, business-like 41-13 win over Bethune-Cookman. To be honest, the biggest news to come out of the game was the fact that Hurricanes defensive players get to rock a gold "Turnover Chain" after each take away they are responsible for. Outside of that fun little revelation, beating up on a lesser opponent didn't reveal much about what to expect out of Coral Gables this season.
One thing was obvious on Saturday, though. And that gold turnover chain couldn't have been a more fitting symbol: The Miami Hurricanes and their fans have that swagger back.
No, "The U" isn't back on the field just yet. Anyone who claims the Miami Hurricanes football program is
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Miami is different. Football isn't just a game here, it's a way of life.— Canes Football (@CanesFootball) August 31, 2017
No other place represents that lifestyle more than... THE U. pic.twitter.com/z28NKKZ2x3
During the Al Golden years, that wasn't the case. The vibe wasn't like this. The coaches didn't exude confidence, which made those teams decidedly un-Hurricanes like.
Mark Richt has pushed all the right buttons so far. He's brought back old players like Ed Reed and Michael Irvin to remind 18-year-old players that were still in diapers the last time Miami won a championship that the 'U' on their helmet represents more than just a couple ESPN 30 for 30 hits. He's scored top recruiting classes complete with a hint of local stars.
The season open showed again that Richt has once again encouraged Miami Hurricanes football players to be Miami Hurricanes football players, for better or for worse.