About Miami Hurricanes
Miami University started both programs, football and basketball, in time for 1926 but basketball was dropped before it even reached 50 years existence. In 1971 the program was closed but luckily, the basketball returned to the university in 1985.
The university is a member of Atlantic Coast Conference, Coastal division in NCAA Division I (FBS for football). The university colours are green and orange and the mascot representing the Hurricanes is a costumed American white ibis known by the name of Sebastian the Ibis.
As with most colleges there are rivalries that were set some years ago and the Hurricanes main rivals are Florida Gators, Notre Dame Fighting Irish and Nebraska Cornhuskers.
Football program at University Miami is a popular and successful one with 5 national titles, 9 conference championships, 2 Heisman trophy winners, overall record of 604-347-19 and 37 appearances in Bowl games, resulting in 18 wins and 19 losses. The most popular tournament is the Orange Bowl where the Hurricanes played 9 times winning 6 and losing 3 games.
The university holds few NFL draft records including most first round selections in single draft with 6 in 2004, 14 consecutive years with first round draftee.
Both of Heisman trophy winners were quarterbacks drafted by NFL teams but neither of them set the league on fire during their careers.
One of the better known Hurricanes within the NFL had been Warren Sapp, defensive tackle who won Super Bowl playing for the Buccaneers. During his career Sapp had been named AP NFL Defensive Player of the Year, NFL 1990s and 2000s All- Decade teams, seven times pro bowler and four times named to First Team All- Pro.
Basketball programs, despite their efforts have not reached the high level of football performance with their best achievement being the Sweet Sixteen participant three times out of 8 NCAA tournaments the Hurricanes took part in.
The university had won one conference tournament championship and added further two conference regular season titles to their tally.
One of their most known Hurricanes among the NBA ranks was Rick Barry, drafted 2nd overall in 1965 by San Francisco Warriors. He won NBA title with the Warriors when they moved to Golden State, he was also named MVP of that finals series.
Barry also won ABA title playing for Oakland Oaks. He was 8 times NBA All- Star including winning an MVP award from one of the All- Star games. He led NBA in points scored and in steals once. He was named rookie of the year and his name was included in NBA 50th Anniversary All- Time Team.
Despite football being the queen of university of Miami, sometimes it’s worth exploiting different sports such as basketball because a great athletes have chance succeeding in many sports.