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Miami just isn't a destination these days

Posted on: February 25, 2011 3:15 pm
Edited on: February 25, 2011 3:56 pm
 
You're feeling hurt, Miami.  At this point, you feel like the mistress whose lover has left her for his wife.

You need a cigarette and a handkerchief. Then you need to lash out. This is not the way it is supposed to work. In a perfect world, the relationship would go on forever. But you're Miami and you're hurt. You also should know better.

The University of Miami isn't a destination. AD Kirby Hocutt proved that again by taking the Texas Tech job on Friday. One part of you, Miami, is saying, "Texas Tech?!" But after that cigarette, that hanky and a few minutes to gather yourself, you realize. Hell, Miami, wasn't a destination for Howard Schnellenberger, or JJ, or Dennis Erickson. How can it be a destination for a 38-year-old up-and-coming administrator?

Trying to figure it out? Miami is a national program. Texas Tech is in a better conference. At the end of the day, maybe Hocutt is going "home". It may be nothing more than that. His parents, at least, recently, lived near Dallas. He worked for six years at Oklahoma and played at Kansas State. Texas Tech would make it is fourth Big 12 school since high school.  

Did some of Miami's inherent frustrations nudged him out the door? Hard to say. Hocutt will probably be paid more at Texas Tech but that wasn't reason alone to leave. It had to be hard to schedule Oklahoma and Ohio State, basically knowing that the mighty Canes still needed the money from those road games to help balance the budget. Those games looked good on the schedule, but ask Randy Shannon; they did little to get Miami back to dynasty mode.

Attendance had to be an issue. As glorious as Miami's history is, football does not draw well. Miami is a big, metropolitan town. Only the biggest games are sellouts. That, seemingly, will never change. While a leading private institution, the athletic department is not flush with money. That remains part of both the charm and challenge of Miami football.

It's strange. Hocutt lasted one less year than Shannon. The AD made the decision to get rid of a native son, then quickly followed him out the door. While others may have argued that Shannon deserved another year, it is stranger that Hocutt left two months after hiring his hand-picked guy, Al Golden. The new coach will inherit a boss who didn't hire him.

All of it, though, is part of the great mystery of Miami's football dynasty. It has survived -- no, thrived -- despite  change

Sure, you can say the city itself is a "destination" -- for tourists, the film industry and for South Beach's tragically hip. But the tourists eventually leave, Hollywood is fickle and models eventually wrinkle. This change may be as simple as Hocutt wanting a better place to raise his two young sons. 

If that's the case, you can't blame him. He is trading South Florida for West Texas. The climate, culture and football, all of them are arguably worse than Miami at this point. But what is peace of mind worth?

Grab a cigarette and call a cab, Miami. It's not a jilting, it's just a delay. The Canes will be great again. It just won't happen with Kirby Hocutt. 

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Comments

Since: Nov 9, 2008
Posted on: February 27, 2011 3:07 pm
 

Miami just isn't a destination these days

It's funny... Texas Tech hasn't had a losing season in 20 straight years and plays in a tougher conference. Tech has also been to more bowl games than Miami but is a younger school at only 88 years old. Never ceases to amaze me how Tech is always discounted because we trail Texas and OU in most years. Yet somehow Miami is this bastion of superiority? Yeah right! Yeah, yeah,, bring on the coometns about the National Championship games as I can take it and you know what? They're also fair rebuttals as Tech hasn't been to that level... YET. But we're coming and will keep on winning. By the way... how has it felt to be losers so many times in the last 20 years? LMAO  



Since: Jun 26, 2008
Posted on: February 26, 2011 4:39 pm
 

Miami just isn't a destination these days

How about the hold by Antrel Rolle on Chris Gamble on 3rd and 9 in the fourth if we're going to play this game?


Excuse me, it was Jennings with the hold for the Canes...Regardless, Canes fans seem to conveniently forget this missed call when blaming the officiating for them losing.  Not saying they will get every call right but they act like the referree had a personal vendetta against Miami which obviously wasn't the case



Since: Jun 26, 2008
Posted on: February 26, 2011 4:29 pm
 

Miami just isn't a destination these days

I am neither a fan of Miami or OSU, but I do believe Miami won that championship game. If that same official who called the disputed pass interference call would have called offensve pass interference on the 4 th and 16 a few plays earlier, then there was no controversey.  That offensive interference was substantially more obvious than the defensive interference.




How about the hold by Antrel Rolle on Chris Gamble on 3rd and 9 in the fourth if we're going to play this game?  Also, it even appears that he catches the ball even with the hold... It was obvious on replay and Fouts and Jackson even said it was a blatant missed call.  If they call this, its 1st and 10 Buckeyes with the ability to put a knee on it and Miami never gets an opportunity to return a punt and kick a field goal and OT never happens.  
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Since: Aug 23, 2006
Posted on: February 26, 2011 12:56 pm
 

Miami just isn't a destination these days

Let's set the facts straight for those who've never been to Coral Gables. First of all, The University of Miami campus, like another poster mentioned, is not in Miami, it's in Coral Gables. Coral Gables is a very, very small town between Miami Beach and Kendall. Coral Gables has a median income north of $125K per year. The Campus is in an extremely upscale area. Thus, Kirby Hocutt did not leave the University because of what is or was happening in Miami, some 10-15 miles to the North-East, and about 45 minutes driving time (traffic is crazy). I think it's fairly obvious that Hocutt left this school to be closer to his family in Texas. Personally, I would take a job which paid as much (or more) if it moved me closer to my family as well. 
Additionally, the football games for the University of Miami are played in Sun Life Stadium, about 20 miles from the campus, in a not-so-affluent area: Miami Gardens. It's not close to Coral Gables. As for the University not having money, well I'm not sure I'd believe that. The school had over $2.22 Billion in revenue last year, including $160 million in donations, and $693 million from their hospitals and clinics. While that doesn't mean they had an enormous profit, they were in the "black" so-to-speak. We'll see, but I have a feeling the University of Miami and its football program will be fine.



Since: Dec 27, 2007
Posted on: February 26, 2011 12:02 pm
 

Miami just isn't a destination these days

If only they had beat the "woeful" OSU Buckeyes in the 2003 Fiesta Bowl. 

Yeah, that team went 14-0. Ohio State was better and deserved the win.

Miami went downhill because they had a 2nd banana in Coker running the program, then they hired a nice guy who couldn't coach as well. Their new coach Al Golden will show ACC fans what a real coach can do at a school that can recruit. He won @ temple whose only football claim to fame is they were Joe Klecko's school.

Also who wants to work for that idiot Donna Shalala. What a waste of protoplasm she is.



Since: Dec 27, 2007
Posted on: February 26, 2011 11:58 am
 

Miami just isn't a destination these days

Wow, what a creepily written article. It's like a bad Dateline Opening. Dodd is just pathetic as a writer, but he's absolutely imbecilic when discussing anything that has to do with college football or sports in general. It's time for CBS to clean house and starting with this twit would be a wise move.

Maybe CBS could get Dodd to take Charlie Sheen's spot on 2 1/2 men. However, they'd have to rename it 2 Dweebs and a Fat kid.



Since: Nov 3, 2010
Posted on: February 26, 2011 9:37 am
 

Miami just isn't a destination these days

I wish people would get it through their heads that Miami is not some long-lost paradise that tourists, vacationers, Europeans, and would-be cab drivers are flocking to.  It gets its rep because of a small area on the sand that gives the Heat a five point home court advantage.  The campus at the U could fit into most mid-size living rooms and transportation to-and-from well uhh, just leave 45 minutes early.  Most UM fans have never set foot on campus and couldn't find Coral Gables if they were Magellan with a compass.  Comparing UM home games is like Marlin home games against the Mets, the fan base is 70/30.  Don't make me explain the percentage.  Nobody has a right or a privilege to judge the AD or any other coach or administrator for leaving if another opportunity presents itself whether its Lubbock or Raleigh, Waco or College Park.  Miami is not calling your name. 




Since: Feb 1, 2009
Posted on: February 26, 2011 8:59 am
 

Miami just isn't a destination these days

I am neither a fan of Miami or OSU, but I do believe Miami won that championship game. If that same official who called the disputed pass interference call would have called offensve pass interference on the 4 th and 16 a few plays earlier, then there was no controversey.  That offensive interference was substantially more obvious than the defensive interference.



Since: Aug 10, 2008
Posted on: February 26, 2011 8:24 am
 

Miami just isn't a destination these days

Miami has devolved into a third world country so I'm not surprised no one wants to live or work there.  Even the Dolphins left (moved to Broward county).  Everyone in Florida outside of Miami knows this. 



Since: Dec 11, 2007
Posted on: February 25, 2011 5:12 pm
 

Miami just isn't a destination these days

I can't wait to see the Hurricanes on ND's schedule over the next few years. And seriously how far have you fallen for your AD to ditch you for Lubbock?


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