During an appearance on the Paul Feinbaum Show on Thursday ESPN analyst Anthony “Booger” McFarland’s assessment that Miami is never coming back is vague.
During an appearance on the Paul Feinbaum Show on Thursday ESPN Football analyst Anthony “Booger” McFarland started in a discussion about the three major Florida football schools that “I don’t think Miami is ever coming back.” McFarland’s statement about the Miami football program is vague.
Following his comments where he stated that “We don’t even talk about Miami anymore… I don’t think Miami is ever coming back.” He never gave an explanation of why he felt that the Miami football program is not worth talking about or why the Hurricanes are not “ever coming back.”
College football fans and the media nationally have kept the Miami football program relevant to their obsession with “Is the U Back?’ The entire question is vague and without explanation creates debate that continues to keep Miami being discussed on a nationwide show like Feinbaum’s.
Feinbaum and the Miami football program have often been a volatile mix. For all his success, Feinbaum is an SEC shill. It is not surprising a guest would come on Feinbaum and declare the U dead. After an incident last season involving a Florida band member, Feinbaum referred to Miami as a third world program.
“I don’t know if Miami is ever coming back.”
– While assessing the state of college football in Florida, @ESPNBooger gave a harsh reality check to Hurricane fans…
— Paul Finebaum (@finebaum) March 26, 2020
Entering the 2020 season, the Hurricanes are now three years removed from their only ACC Coastal Divison Title and conference championship game appearance. The only projected starter for this season that started in 2017, much less had a significant role on that team, was offensive guard Navaughn Donaldson.
Miami is proving it can stack good signing classes back to back. The Hurricanes 2017 class was ranked 12th in the country and the 2018 class eighth. The results, for the most part, have not been there from those classes. Now Miami signed the 13th ranked class in 2020 coming off of a 6-7 2019 season.
The Hurricanes 2021 class is currently ranked sixth. Miami now has to go out and prove on the field their players are developing and at the very least they can compete for ACC Coastal Division titles every year. This is the same hyperbole that has been stated about the Miami football program since they joined the ACC in 2004.
Working in favor for Miami is they are in the most fertile area in the country for high school talent. No other program in the country can watch as many potential recruits on a Friday night before a home game or without having to get on an airplane. The hiring of offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee should also have an impact.
Lashlee brings his high tempo, spread offense to the Hurricanes for the 2020 season. The media and fanbase for the Miami football team have been urging the Hurricanes to go the spread for many years. The skillset fits the athleticism of the players in South Florida. The Hurricanes have players on the roster to run the spread.
We have heard it before that year X for the Miami football program is critical. The Hurricanes have been stuck in mediocrity for most of the last 15 years. Behind Lashlee and graduate transfer QB D’Eriq King, Miami needs to have a successful 2020 season to prove McFarland and the doubters wrong.