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Cane Mutiny: How the Miami Hurricanes Overturned the Football Establishment Hardcover – August 31, 2004

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Sportswriter Feldman (ESPN The Magazine) reports on the Miami Hurricanes' legendary success story without sugarcoating the team's notorious problems off the field, which include substance abuse, violence and scandals. The author shows how the team, which has been one of college football's powerhouses for 25 years, put the "nasty" in dynasty. Its players became the bad boys of college football, epitomizing the image of the academically underachieving, macho, entitled athlete; taunting their opponents and, as Feldman demonstrates, committing personal fouls basically for the fun of it. (Indeed, the statute prohibiting such behavior has become known as "the Miami rule.") Not that everything always came easily. With a frenetic, fast-moving narrative, Feldman tells how Miami's coaches stayed consistently ambitious and hungry, always looking to make a name for their team. Several Hurricanes players have gone on to the NFL, more often than not as first-round draft picks (notably, Vinnie Testaverde and Bernie Kosar). The 'Canes' success, says Feldman, lies in their ability to replace departing stars with players of equal or greater talent. Whether he's writing about Ray Bellamy becoming Miami's first black player (in 1966) or the team's amazing track record (they've won more national championships over the last 20 years than Notre Dame, Oklahoma and Florida State combined), Feldman's knack for storytelling will draw readers in.
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About the Author

Bruce Feldman covered Hurricanes football while a student at the University of Miami and as the college football beat writer for ESPN: The Magazine, where he is now a senior writer. He has earned mention in three consecutive editions of The Best American Sports Writing, and has written for Maxim, Playboy, Palm Beach Post, Miami Herald, and St. Petersburg Times.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: NAL Hardcover (August 31, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451212975
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451212979
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #485,032 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M. Johnson on May 18, 2005
Format: Hardcover
It seems the Miami Hurricanes fall into the same category as the New York Yankees. Either you love 'em (and I love both teams) or you hate 'em. Whichever category you fall into, you can't deny their importance to their sports. Bruce Feldman (who attended "The U" as it's called and also served as a writer while there) gives a complete rundown of the 'Canes rise to prominence from the dredges of the late-'70's through the wining and dining of Willie Williams in early 2004.

Mentioned in great detail along with the National Championship seasons are the bowl game losses to Boston College and Penn State (Jimmy Johnson says the Penn State loss was the toughest of his career). Also, the late-'80's-early-'90's "Catholics vs. Convicts" games against Notre Dame are expounded upon. The Fighting Irish hated the rebel, thug-like image of the 'Canes while Miami hated the stuck-up, we're-better-than-everyone-else image of Notre Dame. These games are considered some of the best in college football history. A humorous story of Brian Bosworth being woken up by a late-night phone call to his hotel room is also included.

But Feldman makes special note of the camaraderie between teammates and between current and former players. The phrase "It's a 'Cane thing, you wouldn't understand" was directed towards those who didn't like the program or didn't get the closeness of the team.

If you're a Hurricanes fan, this is a must-read. If you're a college football fan and not a 'Canes fan, it's still an easy recommendation.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By King Yao on November 9, 2005
Format: Paperback
This book describes the history (mostly recent) of the football powerhouse of the University of Miami Hurricanes. The author, Feldman, describes the beginnings of the Cane attitude, the former players and how they still feel part of the team, the problems that the team and the program have gone through, and the misperceptions. There won't be any incredible insights in the book, but it is a fun, entertaining, easy read. Good for a long plane ride.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Chirlin on December 7, 2009
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I should preface this by saying that I am a recent alumni of "The U" so this was a book of which I was extremely interested in. That being said, this is a very well written book and a quick read that you don't want to put down. It's written in a very easy-to-read style and flows well. It is very well researched and I learned quite a bit about a football program that I thought I knew a lot about already.

If you care about the history of college football and want to learn about one of the most historic and important football programs in the country, definitely check this book out. You won't regret it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. M. Davis on August 5, 2007
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If you are NOT a fan of the Miami Hurricanes, you should really be a sports junkie to invest the time in reading this. But if you are, this book will be endlessly entertaining, even though it's a little (maybe a lot) rough around the edges.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By R. Spell VINE VOICE on October 31, 2004
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I don't consider myself a Caine fan but follow them passively having attended one game in the Orange Bowl. This book does a great job discussing what the program has accomplished in the past 25 years which is nothing short of a miracle. Most programs now are built by spending the most money and having the most fans which generally will be large state schools with some holdovers from previous eras. USC and ND come to mind. But the Caines secret is the local athletes that have attended and done well and continue to come and give back. Being actively involved in a D1A program I can tell you this is nothing short of a huge accomplishment. Hearing the stories of FAMOUS players coming back to mentor current athletes is inspiring.

Now of course there has been a history of coaches to be chronicled and some of the first really set the tone for the program, Howard Schnellenberger and Jimmy Johnson come to mind. While all the coaches have been successful, many were never comfortable coaching this program under the pressure of previous athletes and local rap stars. But the program has survived and remains an "in your face" program that you either like or hate. To me, it's all about the athletes and what they inspire. Older people are generally not going to like the aggressive style. Me, I enjoy watching them do it the Caine way.
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By Michael on January 12, 2013
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Not exactly what I was hoping for when I picked this up. It is a decent book and an ok read. Some of the information within the book seems out of place, the book has a bit of randomness to it and it does not really flow all that well. There are parts in the book where the author jumps back and forth in time moving from the early days of Cane football to present day and then back to the origins and then to the signing of a great prospect somewhere in between the two time periods. I liked the book, it just was not what I had hoped for or expected. Perhaps my expectations were too high? Maybe I wanted more insight? I am not sure what it was, but the book did not leave me feeling like I was better off or more knowledgeable after reading it. It is not a bad book at all, just not a great book that I would want to read again.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tee Kay on November 4, 2004
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This book is good read for College Football fans. Those who aren't will have a difficult time following this book, though I doubt they'd even glance at it. Surprisingly it wasn't as insightful as I anticipated, a lot of the stuff I've read before in magazines like Sports Illustrated. The pre-dynasty history is very interesting as is the chapters devoted to Butch Davis. Feldman seems to fast-forward through the parts about Schnellenberger and Erickson and seems to focus mainly on the Jimmy Johnson influence on the school.
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