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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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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.
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.
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.