Well, I know I probably sound like a snob for saying this, but the big news of the FIU/Miami game isn't the brawl, rather it's that the game happened in the first place. I know all the reasons for the game and understand all that crap, but even as sucky as the Hurricanes are is this year, I don't think I'll even live to see the day where UM/FIU will be a good matchup. Ok, Ok, I know FIU is a real school and student wise, they are a lot bigger than Miami. I know they have excellent academics and are one of the great college values and all of that. But be honest, ever since Miami beat the Cornhuskers and won the championship, they have been what can only be described as a dynasty. I know the suspension hurt us, but we recovered and although we're not all that impressive this season, no one would be find it inconceivable to see Miami win another championship in a year or two. FIU on the other hand may have a great Accounting program or International Business program (God knows when I was at UM, all I ever heard was FIU people going on and on about how great their academics were and dollar for dollar they were a better value than MIT, Harvard and every other school on earth) but they don't have a great football program . Sure, that in and of itself doesn't mean much, after all everyone has to start somewhere, but the reality is that it's probably never going to have a football program. FIU is pretty much 13th - 17th grade in that just about everyone that goes there is from Miami or the surrounding area in the first place and a whole lot of the school lives at home vs. on campus. It's always been more of a commuter college than anything else. UM on the other hand is pretty much the University of New Jersey - Coral Gables campus b/c even though a decent percentage of the school is made up of locals, a very large number are from up New York, New Jersey and 'up north'.
Having watched the game it really pisses me off. Our guys shouldn't have retalliated the way they did. But the FIU dudes started it and all else being equal, a one game suspension is going to hurt us a lot more than it's going to hurt them. I mean, it's doubtful the suspension will affect FIU's perfect season but it's probably going to have a much bigger impact on UM. The whole thing annoyed me b/c it's obvious they had nothing to lose by fighting - in fact they had quite a bit to gain b/c today they are getting all sorts of press coverage, something that would not have happened were it not for the fight. It's a gimme game that has no upside for UM. When UM beats them it's attributable solely to playing a weaker team. If they somehow were upset, then it would just make Miami look all the worse. Watching a game you know your team will win that has 0 upside for them is just boring. Hopefully things will change soon. Hopefully they'll fire Coker and get a real coach and get some roster changes and we can see the Hurricanes restore the greatness they've had for so many years.