Miami, blown out in bowl, rearranging deck chairs, again

miamiRemember when Miami, a year ago, give or take, was 10-0 and in the College Football Playoffs hunt? That really didn’t happen. Did it?

The ‘Canes lost, again, in a bowl game to Wisconsin, this time falling 35-3 to the Badgers in the Pinstripe Bowl on Thursday.

The defeat drops Miami to a 7-6 finish to the 2018 season, and UM is 7-9 since that 10-0 start to 2017.

And if you were wondering if ‘Cane Nation, such as it is, is content with this new mediocrity, nah.

“Our football team’s performance tonight — and at other times this season — is simply unacceptable to all of us who love The U,” Miami Athletics Director Blake James wrote on social media. “I am committed to getting UM Football back to national prominence and that process is underway. We will compete for ACC and national championships and I know that Coach Richt is alongside me in that commitment to excellence.”

Which makes it sound like, no, Richt, 26-13 in three seasons at his alma mater, isn’t on the hot seat, but, yeah, some staff changes, at the point of a bayonet, are coming.

Part of it, a big part of it, is Miami not wanting to accept the mediocrity that is probably the fact of life for the once-proud program.

UM was, as recent as 2003, a major player on the national scene, an 11-2 season in the program’s last season in the Big East capping a four-year run that saw Miami go a combined 46-4.

A pair of 9-3 seasons in 2004 and 2005 in Miami’s first two years in the ACC has been followed by a 13-year stretch that has seen the ‘Canes go 97-69.

Basically: 7-5.

Last year was an aberration, and if you were watching closely, you knew it then, but if you weren’t, you sure know it now.

Go ahead and rearrange the deck chairs. Again.

Column by Chris Graham

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