The ACC School Mount Rushmores: Miami
The Confidential has been having some fun with league-wide coaches Mount Rushmores. Football and Basketball, plus polls for each of football and basketball to share your thoughts. In fact, it was so sufficiently fun and controversial that we are going to do school-wide Mount Rushmores now. And we will only put three people on the list, leaving you–our readers–to comment as to who should be the fourth. We will not do polls anymore. For today, let’s go with the school that has failed to live up to its football reputation since joining the ACC: Miami.
As we discussed previously, these school-wide Mount Rushmores are limited to sports only–players and coaches. That being said, athletes that have gone on to have careers that have furthered their legend are rewarded also. And negative publicity will also be factored in. We do not believe that USC would put OJ Simpson on its Mount Rushmore. It is what it is. Admittedly, there will be a recency bias too. While historical accomplishments are typically quite impressive, coaching college football (as an example) in 1955 was a lot different than coaching today, where coaches rarely get 5 years to make their mark anymore. Similarly, in an era of up to 14 college football games or 40 college basketball games, as well as daunting pressure from the fans and media, today’s game is more challenging. That’s our opinion and we are sticking to it.
The Confidential gives the first spot to Jim Kelly. Kelly started the trend of Miami as QB-U. He had an outstanding career at Miami and then in the NFL for the Buffalo Bills. While there were a lot of QBs at Miami–including some that won the Heisman Trophy–none had the combined impact of a pro-college career.
The #2 spot for Miami is a hoopster: Rick Barry. When you think Hurricanes sports, you think football. But how about Rick Barry? He truly is one of the all-time greats. He averaged nearly 30 points per game for Miami. His NBA accomplishments were equally impressive, as he was easily voted to the NBA’s top 50 all-time greats. He is a member of the Basketball Hall of Fame.
As is often the case, the #3 spot is exceedingly difficult. Just wait until you see some of the options for the #4 Spot. We will go with Jimmy Johnson. Johnson did not have to build Miami–they were already a national champion. But Johnson became a coaching icon. He had great success at Miami and then even greater success in the NFL. Now he is routinely on television during NFL telecasts.
And that leads us to the number four spot. Just look at the options here. Diving’s Greg Louganis. Baseball’s Pat Burrell and Aubrey Huff. Other football coaches, such as Howard Schnellenberger and Dennis Erickson. But just take a look at the football players: Ray Lewis, Bernie Kosar, Vinnie Testaverde, Ted Hendricks, Chuck Foreman, Warren Sapp, Reggie Wayne, Michael Irvin, Ed Reed, Edgerrin James, Frank Gore, and who knows how many scores of players we do not have space to list. But that is where you come in–let us know who should be #4.
Who will be the Confidential’s fourth Miami Hurricane in its Mount Rushmore?
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