Miami Hurricanes’ Athletic Director Blake James was asked to clean out his office leading up to the game.
The pressure was building, leading up to questions surrounding Manny Diaz’s coaching position.
Despite all of the speculation, on senior night, the Hurricanes took care of business.
Tyler Van Dyke threw for over 300 yards; that is the fifth straight game he has accomplished that this season.
Hurricanes get their sixth win after a 38-26 win over Virginia Tech and are bowl eligible.
However, along with the exit of James, former Hurricane players made headlines away from the campus.
This past Thursday night at Shula’s Hotel and Golf Club in Miami Lakes, former hurricanes players gathered to discuss the state of Hurricanes football.
“We are not here to throw rocks,” former Hurricanes running back Melvin Bratton said. “We want our voice heard as a former Hurricane that bleeds green and orange.”
Bratton organized a closed forum to find solutions to return the football program to its dominance.
“People have been quiet too long; you see things going in the wrong direction, step up and try to say something or just hope for the best,” Hurricanes booster Dan Lambert said. “We have hope for the best for 15 plus years. It keeps getting worse.”
Hurricanes’ last visit to a National Title game was the infamous double-overtime loss to the Ohio State Buckeyes 31-24 in 2003. They have taken their talents to fifteen bowls games since and have only won four; moreover have lost four straight.
“If we can do something to help the University out, it is our duty to do that,” Former Hurricanes linebacker Jesse Armstead said.
The former Hurricanes share the administration has not helped in allowing them to be involved with the football program.
“They want to see us on the walls but not in the halls at the Hecht Center,” former Hurricanes center Brett Romberg shared. “That is pretty disappointing, considered what we build as a program for decades.”
All of the former canes in attendance have a burning passion for “The U.”
Former Hurricanes want to be a part of the program, somewhere somehow that became a disconnect. They want to figure out how they can mend this fence so they can also be part of the solution.
One thing all former players in attendance agree on. The hope is new AD is a former Miami Hurricane who played football.
“We are praying that it is somebody who put cleats on at Greentree and at the Hecht Center at some point understands the culture of this city,” Bratton added.
The message was clear; they want a relationship with her or him moving forward to resolve current issues at “The U.”