• 26Oct

    I expect–nay demand–good sportsmanship from college and professional athletes and their fans.

    • It is NOT acceptable that a Miami player punched a North Carolina player in the groin this year.
    • It is NOT acceptable that Aggies vandalized the UT campus over the weekend.
    • It is NOT acceptable that Tech vandalized Aggie buses earlier this year.
    • The other incidents over the years by Tech and Baylor fans to the Aggie campus and community are also completely unacceptable. (Anyone know how much repainting cost on that Aggie barn the Bears painted green a few years ago?) Miami/FIU fighting on the field was embarrassing. (FIU? really?) I’m sure there have been times when Aggies did their fair share of “stuff” to Tech and Baylor, too; I just didn’t live in those towns to hear about it.

    I don’t usually hear what punishment is doled out when the vandals are identified/caught. I am grateful to hear that Coach @GoldenAl suspended the Miami player who punched the Tarheel and forced him to perform community service for the day instead of being with the team at the game. If the news story I read is any indication, the guy didn’t learn much, and probably never should have been admitted to Miami in the first place. gah! I’ve always said I’d be a tough coach. I think this player got off easy since it seems he didn’t learn anything from his day of missing a ~big game and serving others.

    I don’t know what has to happen to make this nonsense stop, but it is time.

    As players (who are students, first, by the way!), those team members represent the school more visibly than just about anyone else. Their behavior on and off field has to be above reproach.[1] If the players don’t want to be “better” than their fellow students, then they need to turn in their jerseys.

    Students/alumni/fans also represent their school, and when they participate in these “pranks”, they cost their school money. Do you think A&M paid the bill to have their buses cleaned in Lubbock? ha! We know UT will bill A&M for the $1500 in damages done over the weekend. More importantly than money these illegal acts make the offending school look bad in the media. That translates easily into donations for scholarships and programming, advertising at school-sponsored events, and even the recruiting of future students who now think less of the school. Every little bit, especially in this economy, adds up.

    So, unless universities want to turn over their advertising ribbon boards to Krylon, Sherwin-Williams, Graffiti-off, and Lysol, they need to consider putting enough efforts into finding/punishing these students. And, yes, they can punish alumni, if they want: ban them from mailing lists and ticket sales. It’s not much, but it’s something. I don’t know what they could do about rogue fans, but it’s possible that some of them are potential students (don’t let them in!) or have kids who grew up as fans of the school. Hit them where it hurts if you want to put a stop to it. Yes, it’s harsh, (and unfair to the kid if they weren’t involved) but something has to be done to make this stop.

    Settle any grievances on the field (and within the rules), like a real rivalry does, not on the campus, the buses, or private property.

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    [1] And, no, I don’t care that some of the Miami players got a few lap dances and boat rides. They needed to pay their own way in accordance with NCAA, but I don’t feel the activities themselves are embarrassing. What college-aged guys don’t get lap dances if they want them? It’s a normal right of passage for guys when they turn 21 and not unlike girls hiring a stripper for a bachelorette party.

  • 02Sep
    College Colors Day

    College Colors Day

    College Colors Day

    College Colors Day

  • 06Jun

    For the last several years, our alma mater’s have played one another in some major team (and minor/individual) sports. We are both very good-natured and very respectuful of one another’s teams. We even hosted a living room full of Aggies for the year A&M went to Miami for football. The party was themed “Gig ’em, ‘Canes!!!” [1] After all, an ideal scenario is for our two schools to be #s 1 & 2 in every sport (and every academic subject, too) every year. LOL

    This weekend was an amazing display of our camaraderie. I already had plans to host some friends for a wine tour with our apartment complex, so I knew I’d miss the first baseball regional between A&M and UM.

    First, here are some little similarities between our schools.

    • Aggies “Whoop” | Hurricanes “Whoosh Whoosh” (Though, the ‘Canes do not use it in the same manner.)
    • While the Hurricanes use the “U” and Aggies often use the “T”, we both went to “M” schools, too.
    • Both schools have a very loyal student following to their sports teams.
    • Aggies pass back hand signs.  | Hurricanes hold up four fingers at the beginning of the 4th quarter to signify dominance of that quarter and stamina for the whole game. ‘Canes also have hand signs and chants(not all are family-friendly) we use for certain teams.
    • M-I, A-M-I, fight, Fight, FIGHT! | Farmers fight, Farmers fight! Fight! Fight! Farmers, farmers fight!!
    • We both have yells/chants during our fight songs.
    • Two-name towns with our own zip codes: College Station, TX 77840 and Coral Gables, FL 33146.
    • C-A-N-E-S, Canes! | A-G-G-I-E…Gig ’em, Aggies!
    • White is an official color for both schools.
    • Hand symbols: Aggies give a thumbs up to show “Gig ’em”.  | ‘Canes “throw the U” with both hands.
    • “It’s great…to be…a Miami Hurricane” | “Squads left! squads right! Farmers, farmers, we’re all right! ….”

    While the similarities are small, they are meaningful to us.

    So, when Saturday’s game started, Emil texted me his version of a yell for our teams. Stealing from a ‘Cane cheer, he wrote, “We’ve got some Aggies over here; Whoop whoop!” **swoon**; he really is the love of my life.

    Miami bested A&M on Saturday, but A&M won on Sunday. So, we’ll see how Monday evening goes to see who gets to go to the Super Regionals. If only we can keep the lightening away from the Miami campus for one whole game!

    Gig ’em, ‘Canes. Whoosh Whoop.

    [1] I only had one rule for the Aggie alumni and fans: root/yell FOR your team, not AGAINST mine. I had to explain to one friend that “Beat the Hell Outta…” would not be tolerated and that I considered it bad sportsmanship. She disagreed and I told her she didn’t have to come over. But, in the end, she came to our party and yelled for the Aggies.

  • 07Dec

    The University of Miami takes on the University of Wisconsin, Tuesday, December 29, 2009 at the Florida Citrus Bowl Stadium in the Champs Sports Bowl in Orlando Florida. #gocanes

  • 09Sep

    What a GREAT way to start the year!

    Go’ Canes!!!

    Miami 38 over FSU 34

    Miami 38 over FSU 34

  • 31Aug

    Texas Aggies Will Yell for Miami Hurricanes to Win

    Got this in email today (from Rivals.com). You Aggie readers should want Miami to beat FSU next Monday.

    History that Correlates

    Since 1997, there has been a direct correlation between the winner of the Miami/FSU game and the Texas/OU game.

    1997
    FSU 47 – Miami 0
    Texas 27 OU 24

    1998
    FSU 26 – Miami 14
    Texas 34 – OU 3

    1999
    FSU 31 – Miami 21
    Texas 38 – OU 2

    2000
    Miami 27- FSU 24
    OU 63 – Texas 14

    2001
    Miami 49 – FSU 27
    OU 14 – Texas 3

    2002
    Miami 28 – FSU 27
    OU 35 – Texas 24

    2003
    Miami 22 – FSU 14
    OU 65 – Texas 13

    2004
    Miami 16 – FSU 10
    OU 12 – Texas 0

    2005
    FSU 10 – Miami 7
    Texas 45 – OU 12

    2006
    FSU 13 – Miami 10
    Texas 28 – OU 10

    2007
    Miami 37 – FSU 29
    OU 28 – Texas 21

    2008
    FSU 41 – Miami 39
    Texas 45 – OU 35

    Game

    Monday, September 7, 2009
    7pm CDT (8pm Eastern)
    Doak Campbell Stadium, Tallahassee, FL
    ESPN

  • 20Aug

    At the Summer Sendoff for Austin area students who will be attending the University of Miami this fall, they gave the current enrollment numbers: applications received, students accepted, students in attendance, average GPA/SAT/ACT scores. I just laughed and said, “none of us could get in, now, huh?” While some of the numbers of today are inflated [1], it’s also clear that Miami is attracting more and more academically minded students with each year. This is really no surprise. These colleges/programs are all quite recognized: pre-med & medicine, architecture, law, engineering, psychology, music, & communications. Business and education (my degrees) have both grown tremendously in the last few years, too.

    So, it’s fun to see Miami in the Top Tier list that everyone uses as a measure. While I’m glad The U made the list, I certainly don’t think it’s the be-all-and-end-all list of good universities. Still, I’m glad Miami can get good press from this.

    UM Cracks Top Tier of U.S. News & World Report’s Best College Rankings

    The University of Miami Alumni Association would like to thank you, our alumni, for your ongoing commitment to your alma mater. It is only with your support that we are able to be included among the top 50 of the U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges rankings. We could not have reached this level of greatness without you, and we anticipate continued progress in the years ahead.

    Us News and World ReportUniversity of Miami students returning to campus for the new academic year will have another source of pride as ’Canes—their university has cracked the top tier of what is annually one of the most anticipated college ranking lists in the nation.

    UM has been ranked No. 50 in U.S. News & World Report’s 2010 edition of “America’s Best Colleges,” which hits newsstands on Monday. It rose from No. 51 last year and has moved up 17 slots in the past eight years, making it one of the fastest-rising institutions in the ranking of national universities.

    The editors of U.S. News & World Report have ranked the nation’s top universities and colleges for the past 26 years.

    “I am delighted with this recognition,” said UM President Donna E. Shalala, who added that she is proud of the University’s significant accomplishments as measured in student achievement, retention, and graduation rates as well as the caliber of faculty and facilities and the living and learning environment the institution provides.

    UM continued to improve in four key variables, showing marked increases in the average SAT score of its incoming freshmen (this year’s average score of 1285 is a 10 point increase from last year and a 110 point rise since 2001), the percentage of freshmen who were in the top 10 percent of their high school graduation class, six-year graduation rate, and freshman retention rate, which now stands at 90 percent.

    Since 2001, when Shalala became president, UM has steadily improved in those four areas, which make up more than 33 percent of the formula used by the magazine to rank universities.

    In addition, the rankings also revealed that the percentage of classes at UM with fewer than 20 students rose to 52 percent, a 5 percent increase over last year, while the University’s student/faculty ratio also improved. The alumni giving rate is 19 percent, up from 12 percent in 2001.

    “While the changes from one year to the next in the U.S. News ranking tend to be relatively minor, the improvement in ranking for the University of Miami over the past eight years has been truly remarkable,” said Executive Vice President and Provost Thomas J. LeBlanc. “More than anything else, the ranking reflects UM’s continuous improvement in admissions, retention, and graduation rates.”

    UM’s top-tier ranking comes on the heels of the institution’s record-breaking Momentum campaign, which concluded at the end of 2007 and raised more than $1.4 billion for endowed chairs and professorships, scholarships, facilities, academic and medical programs, and other initiatives.

    Click here to view UM President Donna E. Shalala’s comments on the top-tier ranking in U.S. News and World Report

    Go ‘Canes!!!

    [1] Tests have changed. Prep for tests is better. Helicopter parents who make sure that their “little darling” gets every point due to him for every little assignment in high school are partly responsible for inflated GPAs among a lot of the applicants. I saw this when I volunteered for sorority recruitment at Texas A&M. 900+ women were rushing 12 sororities. Virtually all of them had impeccable grades, activities, leadership, service, etc. It’s hard to narrow down to a good fit/match when they ~all, on paper at least, seem perfect. It really sucked to have to release any of those girls from the invite list.
  • 08Dec

  • 02Oct

    When I attended the University of Miami, there were always wonderful animals in our campus lake (which was formed via the canals to the bay, so the water is brackish). After Hurricane Andrew, we had a resident pelican who stuck around for ~3 semesters before he presumably headed back to the beach. Manatees used to migrate into and of the lake with the (ahem) change of seasons. Occasionally, there would be a crocodile or an alligator and we’d get all these warnings to leave the critter alone and not to feed it.

    This week brings sad news from the campus. The current-resident endangered crocodile was killed.

    There is a special place in hell for people who do things like this.

  • 10Mar

    Canes Fans:

    Vote at the below link to have Sebastian on the cover of EA Sports NCAA 2009 Football game.
    http://www.easports.com/ncaa09/

    You can vote once per day between now and March 14th. Bookmark the page so that you can go back each day. Sebastian is under the Atlantic Coast tab.

    The Ibis is the last member of wildlife to take shelter before a hurricane and the first creature to emerge after. The University of Miami mascot was the first college mascot to become nationally famous and paved the way for recognition of many college mascots and the subsequent national recognition of many universities.

    In this household, we are guessing that the Aggies’ Reveille is not listed for at least three reasons.

    1. The current Collie is retiring at the end of this year. She bit her handler in the groin during football season. He had to have stitches “down there”. It was not a pretty story. She’s never been the friendliest of dogs, but given the way she is pampered, this was crossing any line.
    2. The University is reviewing exactly what kind of mascot will replace her (yes, Texas A&M has an entire committee on this very subject)
    3. Texas A&M does not have any form of a traditional costumed mascot.

    So, since there is not an Aggie option, you should all vote for Sebastian.