As a huge Miami Hurricanes fan I know the team is in a rebuilding phase. I also know that they are facing potential sanctions from the NCAA. However, I am still not sure why the team is getting no respect from many in the world of college football. Now, with everything else the Canes are facing in 2012, they are also facing the fact that few think they will even win the six games necessary to become bowl eligible.
The latest slap in the face of the Miami Hurricanes football program comes from ESPN blog writer Heather Dinich. In a blog post where she selects those in the ACC she feels will make it to a bowl, and what bowl they might play in, absent are the Miami Hurricanes. Only at the bottom of the posting are the Canes mentioned as expected to not be bowl eligible. Granted, these are only week one projections, and I'm sure she meant no ill will, but the hurt is still there.
Only Five Wins?
When looking over the Canes 2012 schedule it is true that it's no cakewalk. However, as a fan of the Canes, and college football in general, I find it hard to imagine that the team can't come up with six wins out of their 12 games. In order to do so, they only need to match their record of last season at 6-6. Last season was certainly an off year for the team. Of course, that's the kind of thinking that comes with the Canes being ranked 5th in the ACC, on the Coastal side alone.
Motivation - Plenty of It
With yet another disrespecting of the Hurricanes, I am a fan who is hoping like crazy that the team proves all the harsh critics wrong. As far as the team goes, I can only hope that head coach Al Golden and the rest of the coaching staff are relaying to the players all the disrespect they are getting. Talk about some great motivation.
Should the players get motivated by this kind of news, it really won't be anything new. With the utter lack of respect that the Hurricanes have received heading into the 2012 season the players likely have all they need motivation wise. Still, a little more never hurts. In reality, until they prove all the naysayers wrong, they are going to continue to receive no respect, which is something that typically doesn't fly at The U. But, no matter what the critics say, I fully expect the Canes to win more than six games and be there come bowl selection time.
Jimmy Collins has been a loyal fan of "The U" since he was a child attending games at the original Orange Bowl. Still a resident of South Florida, he attends numerous Miami Hurricanes games each season and enjoys writing about NCAA Football and the Miami Hurricanes in particular.
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