Rain didn’t stop the Florida Panthers parade in Miami, will the Canes have one next?

2024 Stanley Cup Final - Game Seven
2024 Stanley Cup Final - Game Seven / Joel Auerbach/GettyImages

The Florida Panthers brought home their first-ever Stanley Cup after a come-from-behind victory over the Edmonton Oilers.

The Panthers’ victory parade took to the streets in Miami-Dade County despite less-than-ideal conditions as rain poured down, and filled up the Cup.

As the local NHL team celebrated their championship trophy and all that it took to get there, other Miami fans started to wonder when their next title would come…

The ACC is growing and the Miami Hurricanes are working hard to stay in contention for an NCAA Championship this season. So, do the Canes have any programs that could stand a chance for a new ring and a subsequent parade?

Miami Hurricanes football

Mario Cristobal has recruited the socks off of many analysts’ expectations. Despite struggling through his first two seasons with the Canes, head coach Cristobal brought in a top-four 2024 class, according to 247Sports.

As Cal, SMU, and Stanford join the ACC, does Miami stand a chance at a conference title and a berth in the College Football Playoffs?

Now that that CFPs expanded to 12 teams, the Hurricanes’ odds at a chance for a national title increased by three-fold – but it also did for everyone else in the country.

Cristobal’s recruiting prowess has also increased the Canes’ chances at a playoff berth, as has his work in the transfer portal, most notably bringing in former Washington State quarterback Cam Ward.

The biggest in-conference competition for the Canes comes from the Florida State Seminoles and the Clemson Tigers. If Miami can take down both ACC foes and win the conference championship, the Hurricanes would earn an automatic bid to the CFPs.

Miami isn’t expected to be one of the top dogs in the nation but a chance means everything and if the Canes can make their way to the playoffs, never say never.

Miami Hurricanes men’s and women’s basketball

Despite Jim Larrañaga’s coaching dominance since taking over the Hurricanes men’s basketball team, one could argue that the Miami women’s basketball team has a better chance of winning the national title during the 2024-25 season.

Hanna and Haley Cavinder
Miami (FL)'s Hanna Cavinder (15) and Haley Cavinder (14) make the "U" sign. / Rich Janzaruk/Herald-Times / USA TODAY

The women’s team has star guards Hanna and Haley Cavinder leading the pack, and as the Power Four conferences reshuffle, the Canes may be able to shock the world by marching their way through the NCAA Tournament.

Larrañaga has led the Canes to just one Final Four appearance, the first in program history, and most analysts (and even fans) don’t expect there to be a recurrence this season.

Miami Hurricanes athletics

Beyond the big three, Miami isn’t lacking in powerhouse programs.

The Hurricanes baseball team has had an incredible stretch of recruiting during the 2024 postseason and offseason.

Miami softball has steep competition against rivals Clemson and new conference opponent Stanford but could stand a chance at an impressive postseason run.

Miami volleyball has repeatedly fallen well short of a national title but the team is never automatically out of contention.

The moral of the story is that Miami could win a national championship in 2024 or 2025. The Hurricanes have contenders across the board and the Canes fans may just get their parade, just hopefully not in the rain.

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