From news about Malik Rosier starting to freshman Jarren Williams getting playtime, Mark Richt wasn’t afraid to give the press several answers about the football team Wednesday at the ACC Kickoff. But with all of the news Richt made that day for football-related questions, the coolest has to be the return of the turnover chain.
According to the Sun Sentinel, the third-year coach was asked about the cuban-linked reward that eventually became viral in the sports world and he actually responded with “It’s the greatest thing since sliced bread.” The Canes head coach tells the publication, “...If we got three turnovers last year, it would have been mocked. It would have been laughed at...but when you get 31 turnovers...Maybe there’s something to it.”
With the number of answers several football players had for Miami football’s most prized jewel, it seems like 2017 won’t be the last time we’ll see it on the neck of a defensive player. Not only was it a motivator for Miami’s talented defensive unit that lead to a 10 game winning streak and 31 turnovers during the season, but became one of the most talked about items in college football once it caught the attention of social media.
If you’re a Miami fan but have been under a rock for most of the 2017 season, the chain was a new tradition that awarded defensive players for critical turnovers during games. It was debuted to the world last year in their opener against Bethune Cookman, but appeared in several games against better teams like Notre Dame and Florida State. Because of its popularity, other schools began to add similar props to their team’s culture. However, even with the mimics being made, these other colleges can’t imitate the talent on this Miami defense.
With all of this being said, it looks like someone on defense will be wearing the turnover chain against LSU this fall.