Texas, USC and the 7 college football fan bases living in the past

Texas football fans. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)
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5. Miami football used to run Florida.

The Miami Hurricanes were one of the best dynasties in the history of college football. “The U” is probably in the top five for iconic football teams in the NCAA. They don’t have the most championship runs, but they have the most memorable. It’s been a long time since then. They’ve been through five head coaches since Larry Coker took them to glory.

What’s even worse is the Hurricanes haven’t even come close. They haven’t won a conference title since leaving the Big East. Since joining the ACC in 2004, they’ve only won 10 games once, when they started the 2017 season 10-0 and lost the last three games of the season. In 11 of the past 14 seasons, they ended the season unranked. That’s pretty insane, to be honest. The Hurricanes ended 79 percent of their most recent seasons outside the Top 25.

Yet, Hurricanes fans are just waiting for the next shoe to drop to be a title contender. When Tate Martell transferred to Miami, many thought he was going to be the man under center to take them places. Unfortunately, he ended up on the bench and then switched to wide receiver. Now, Hurricanes fans hope former Houston quarterback D’Eriq King is the key to their success. We love the amount of talent that Miami is still getting, but whenever it hits the field it almost always disappoints.

Then, look at the NFL Draft. Miami has had one player taken in the first two days in the last three years. Their classes are inconsistent, with some years seeing them have 1st-round picks while other years they end up with only two or three players drafted total. It’s a strange program where it doesn’t seem to get the best of the talent anymore.

We have better hopes for Miami, as we like Manny Diaz as a head coach. However, they still have time to wait until they can even think about contention. For now, they can watch some documentaries on the greatness that was Miami football, but they’ll have to live in the past if they want to keep celebrating.