ACC Football: Bad Blood, Miami Hurricanes and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish

By M. Shannon Smallwood

Is it just this sportswriter or is the world a better place when some things are like they use to be?

Who out there misses the UNLV Runnin’Rebels in college basketball?

Moses Scurry looked like he was 30 and that team brought an energy to College Basketball that has not been seen since. They were a team everyone wanted to see and watch but that no one wanted to say they rooted for. Except for the die hard fans and students of the university of course.

College Football has had one team in the past 30 years that could have matched the level of love and hatred of the Runnin’ Rebels.

And much like UNLV, they have not been relevant in decades.


Just maybe, if the football gods see fit for it to happen, things could change today.

The Miami Hurricanes

That’s right…

The U… The bad boys of the college gridiron… The team everyone thought was pulled right from the prisons to play each Saturday… The team that ruled dominated college football for nearly 20 years… The team that invented the word “swag”…

As a plea from every College Football fan in the world…

You are missed and everyone wants you back…


The Hurricanes are a different team today though.

Led by the cool intelligence of Al Golden, these are not the “bad boys” of South Beach. They are just a young talented team who embodies the structure of the game and the athleticism needed to compete in today’s football arena.

But at 4-1, 1-0 in the ACC and atop the Coastal Division, Miami does comes rolling into to Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois, with some old school swag to face its No. 1 rival and nemesis in the 9th-ranked Notre Dame Fighting Irish who are a perfect 4-0.

“It is special,” Golden added. “Obviously what makes it special is the tradition of both schools, the players that have come before us, the players and coaches that have built it. That’s what makes it special. It’s obviously our opportunity Saturday to rekindle that. It’s unique. It’s special. It’s a great inter-sectional rivalry. Just fortunate to be a part of
it Saturday night.”

It may not be the games of the late 1980s and 1990s, but as a college football fan, no one is going to complain.

Notre Dame faithful, you know you are just as excited too. It’s OK, don’t be ashamed. Batman needs The Joker or no one cares how good or relevant you are.


So as the game gets ready to kick off tonight in front of a national TV audience on NBC, get your hair gels out if you are a Hurricane and your pull-overs and bifocals if your an Irish.

The legends of Jimmy Johnson and Lou Holtz are alive and well…

The world is back in balance…

And the future of ACC Football should not disappoint.



M. Shannon Smallwood has over 10 years experience in sports broadcasting, journalism and college athletics and currently covers ACC Football for Rant Sports.

Follow him @woodysmalls

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