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Miami expecting over 300 alumni at spring game

Posted on: April 15, 2011 2:38 pm
Edited on: April 15, 2011 3:11 pm
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Posted by Chip Patterson

Al Golden has been in college football for over 21 years as a player and coach, but the greatest support he will have on Saturday will be from a program that he has only been a part of for less than four months.  Golden has made a point to reach out to Miami's long and impressive list of former players and coaches since he was introduced as the next Hurricanes coach in December.  That alumni group plans to show their support of Golden and the 2011 Hurricanes at Saturday's spring game in Fort Lauderdale.

Golden told reporters that they are expecting over 300 alumni at the event on Saturday, highlighted by the reunion of the 2001 National Championship team. Ken Dorsey, Phillip Buchanon, Antrel Rolle, Brett Romberg, Bryant McKinnie and Willis McGahee and many more notables are all expected to be in attendnace. The players in from the 2001 squad are scheduled to eat dinner with the current Canes on Friday night before the game.  After wrapping up their final practice on Thursday, Golden was asked if his players felt extra pressure with so many alumni coming in town for the weekend.

"There's pressure?" Golden responded.  "I hope for their sake that they understand there are over 300 players back, and it's clearly a who's who. I hope our guys are excited about that and they don't feel pressure, but they feel grateful to be a part of that lineage.

"I've never seen it. I've been in college football for 21 years as a player and coach and I've never seen 300 football alumni anywhere that would come back for a spring game."

There are several aspects to Saturday's game that have drawn extra attention.  The teams for the Green-Orange game were picked by two Miami alums who won the responsibility in a charity auction.  They met with the coaching staff earlier this week to draft each squad.  The team has reportedly embraced the playground-style competition, already cheering and jeering each other through practice.

For the full video of Coach Al Golden speaking to reporters after Thursday's practice, Click here [via Canes All-Access]
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Since: Sep 9, 2007
Posted on: April 16, 2011 10:47 pm
 

Miami expecting over 300 alumni at spring game

Actually, it is quite appropriate to refer to players on a team that have left that team as "alumni," at least according to the most published definitions of the word (ex: Merriam Webster Dictionary).



Since: Jan 21, 2008
Posted on: April 16, 2011 7:17 pm
 

Miami expecting over 300 alumni at spring game

The 2001 Hurricanes were ridiculous!!  I would have loved to see that Miami team take on a professional team in the NFL.  Believe me they would have hung with some teams and possible beaten a few.  Most talented team to ever take the field in college.  Talk about hitting the lottery with that recruit of athletes.  We will probably never see anything like it again.



Since: Sep 14, 2006
Posted on: April 16, 2011 5:06 pm
 

Miami expecting over 300 alumni at spring game

My apologies for my errors. Of course that should've read: Well, Miami's 2001 team actually won the title outright unlike those '91 Huskies. They had to share it with another team..........the 1991 Miami Hurricanes!!!!!!!!!!!!




Since: Sep 14, 2006
Posted on: April 16, 2011 5:02 pm
 

Miami expecting over 300 alumni at spring game

Well, Miami's 2001 won team actually won the title outright unlike th '91 Huskies. They had to share it with another team..........the 1991 Miami Hurricanes!!!!!!!!!!!!




Since: Feb 14, 2008
Posted on: April 16, 2011 4:11 pm
 

Miami expecting over 300 alumni at spring game


An Alumni is someone who graduated from the school and has a diploma. 
Its not accurate to refer to these former players as Miami Alumni if they
left school without earning a degree.



Since: May 15, 2009
Posted on: April 16, 2011 2:40 pm
 

Miami expecting over 300 alumni at spring game

Too bad South Temple doesnt have the same support from the fans filling the stands....What a joke to see 15,000 fans and 60,000 empty seats.  Miami is a dead program like Notre Dame



Since: Jan 7, 2007
Posted on: April 16, 2011 1:06 pm
 

Miami expecting over 300 alumni at spring game

No Way the Huskies wouldnt stand a chance against that team!



Since: May 13, 2010
Posted on: April 16, 2011 11:29 am
 

Miami expecting over 300 alumni at spring game

Don't think so. 1991 Washington Huskies.



Since: Apr 20, 2010
Posted on: April 16, 2011 8:29 am
 

Miami expecting over 300 alumni at spring game

ITS ALL ABOUT THE U!!!! NFL FOOTBALL FACTORY!!!



Since: Jan 7, 2007
Posted on: April 16, 2011 5:53 am
 

Miami expecting over 300 alumni at spring game

2001 Miami Hurricanes team best college football team ever!!!!!!!!!!


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