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Every cloud has its silver lining. So does this Miami Hurricanes season.

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For the optimists out there, this one is for you

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It is hard to comprehend Miami’s struggles when you look at the abundant talent at every single position. It is much harder to accept the fact that the University of Virginia will likely represent the Coastal in Charlotte and play for an ACC Championship.

Optimists will understand that Miami’s problems have a solution. This isn't a culture issue. This certainly isn't a talent issue. The Hurricanes struggles boils down to a play calling/production issue from a couple of units on offense and putrid punting.

There are some top tier coaches that did not have perfectly ideal third seasons. Dabo Swinney suffered three road losses in his third year at Clemson, at unranked Georgia Tech, at unranked NC State two weeks later, and at South Carolina a week after that. Yes, the Tigers did win the ACC Championship that year, but they were obliterated by a Geno Smith led West Virginia team in the Orange Bowl 70-33. The Tigers made their first national championship appearance four years later and have remained atop the college football world since.

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Urban Meyer did in fact win a national championship in his second year at Florida, but in his third year the Gators lost four games in the heart of the Tim Tebow era, including a bowl 41-35 loss to Michigan in the 2007 Capital One Bowl. The Gators won their second national championship under Meyer the next season.

If you're looking for a comparison closer to home, Butch Davis’ third year with the Miami Hurricanes was a nightmare. The Hurricanes started the 1997 season 1-4 which included four straight losses to Arizona State, Pitt, West Virginia, and Florida State. They almost lost a fifth straight, but they came up victorious in a double-overtime game at Boston College. Davis’ team would finish the year 6-6.

But, as we know, Davis would be an essential figure in Miami Hurricanes history and put together the greatest college football team of all-time.


It is not pretty right now. It is not fun to watch. It is not easy to deal with, especially understanding the amount of talent on this team. Your frustration is warranted and understood and something certainly needs to change. But if Mark Richt is truly a great head coach, then there are examples of others just like him struggling or not meeting expectations at this exact point of their careers and then finding grand success.

If you are trying to find the silver lining, then understand that building a program is a process. Many said that last years team was ahead of schedule in regards to on-field success and maybe this is just the reality of the program. They just aren’t where we thought they were and the Canes offense may just be a quarterback away from getting there.

I encourage you to stay positive and to continue to support this team despite the offensive struggles. It is clear as day that Malik Rosier is not the answer at quarterback and N’Kosi Perry is either too immature or in Richt’s doghouse and is likely not playing much this year. Support them anyway.

There is a defense coached by a promising, young Miami native that gets absolutely everything out of his unit. We have a chance to send an all-time great Miami Hurricane in Jaquan Johnson out the right way by being there and supporting the Canes at Hard Rock. We have not had a defensive tackle that dominates the way Gerald Willis III has in a long, long time. We don't know if we will ever see Joe Jackson or Shaq Quarterman in a Hurricanes uniform again after this year. There is a lot of players on this team that have earned the respect and unwavering support of the fans.

If you say you're a Miami Hurricane fan, be at Hard Rock Stadium Saturday night and help create a home-field advantage so that we can take care of Duke and right this ship.