Here, on March 17, 2013, congratulations are in order for the University of Miami Hurricanes. The ‘Canes have secured their first ACC Championship trophy since becoming a full-fledged member of the conference in 2004. Even with the nine years that have passed since their inaugural season in the ACC, this really shouldn’t be all that shocking, right? I mean, we knew this would happen eventually, right?
Yeah, we saw Miami placing an Atlantic Coast Conference trophy in their trophy case some day. The thing is, we all assumed that it would be just another piece to the historical football hardware collection. Well, you can dust off the 2001 National Championship football trophy and make room for the 2013 ACC BASKETBALL trophy, Miami.
This is why I’m not what many would consider a “gambling man”. When it was announced that the Hurricanes would be joining the ACC, visions of consistent football dominance danced in everyone’s heads on South Beach. Had I been a betting man, if you had given me the first five-year span of their membership, I would have had no issue with laying money on them winning at least two titles. But, then again, I’m positive that I’m not the only person that would have taken that wager.
Everything about the Miami-to-the-ACC deal seemed perfect. They were still only two years removed from their second straight BCS National Championship Game appearance, the controversial OT loss to the Ohio State Buckeyes. They were still considered one of the top dogs in recruiting the highly coveted south Florida region, as well as the rest of the country. The commitment seemed flawless for the Hurricanes.
Yet, today we sit here and recognize the Hurricanes’ basketball program as the first ACC Champion in school history. You can factor in a lot. Growing parity in college football is one choice. Then, obviously, you can blame the recent NCAA issues for the more recent years.
Will this eventually change? I’m sure it will, at some point. Head Coach Al Golden has the ‘Canes headed in the right direction. Had it not been for the self-imposed sanctions stemming from the NCAA investigation, the Hurricanes would have finally had that long awaited showdown with the intra-state rival Florida State Seminoles for all of the ACC glory, may have won, and this discussion would have no reason to be taking place right now.
Someday, we will probably be able to sit back and reminisce about how long it took the Miami Hurricanes to finally grasp the ACC hardware, as we watch them celebrate on a podium.
Until then, however, you can pass the time buy finding yourself a time machine, go back to 2006, place everything you and your family own on the Wake Forest Demon Deacons winning an ACC title before the Hurricanes, and watch everyone marvel at your genius.