Former Miami running back and coach Deland McCullough sought to find his biological mother and father. He had been adopted as an infant, and ESPN did a great job of chronicling the story of his search to find his biological family…
No team in college football has ever started a season 0-6 and made it to a bowl. None have ever turned it around to win 6 straight after such a start, but the RedHawks have a chance to do it tonight. The turnaround is just as shocking for a team that hasn’t had a winning record since their last bowl season in 2010. They went 4-8 the two years after that season, before the bottom fell out and they were a winless 0-12 in 2013. Chuck Martin took over after that season, and while definitely showing progress, only managed 5 wins his first two seasons. This season looked bleak, after Gus Ragland went down with an ACL injury before the season, and the team sputtered to 0-6. Ragland made it back for game seven against Kent State, and the RedHawks have not lost since. A win tonight would not only make Miami bowl eligible for the first time since 2010, but it could even give them a share of the division championship with an Ohio loss.
This is not the first historic turnaround for the Miami RedHawks. That 2010 team had one of the best season-to-season turnarounds in College Football history. Never before had a team had double-digit losses in one season, and come back to score double-digit wins the next, which Miami did by winning the GoDaddy.com Bowl that year. Now, Chuck Martin, Gus Ragland, and the Redhawks have a chance to add best single season turnaround to the college football record books.
If you weren’t excited all ready, here’s Interim Head Coach Lance Guidry’s pregame speech prior to the 2011 GoDaddy.com Bowl:
Let’s do this! The game is online on ESPN3 for subscribers.
UPDATE: Victory- Miami is going bowling for the first time in six years, with the greatest in-season turnaround in NCAA history. They had to come from behind, 10 points down in the second half, behind Gus Ragland’s career 380 yd passing day. The fans that braved the cold weather and the holiday break rushed the field after the gun to celebrate. The Hawks just missed out on going to the MAC championship game when Akron failed to convert a fourth down pass in the end zone against Ohio. They’ll still be bowling, and the announcement of which game will come in the next few weeks.
this would have been me…
My comparable story is that when I was Sports Director for the campus radio station at Miami, I frequently had to coordinate things with MU BDirector at the time, Jim Freeman, the “voice of the RedHawks”. He was always on, and has a great radio voice. When I’d call him, he’d use the radio voice… then I’d use the radio voice… then my roommates were ready to punch me in the head. And he always ended every phone conversation with a rousing, “Go Redhawks!”
Yahoo’s Dan Wetzel takes a thorough look at the man who took a pay cut to take over the worst team in college football. It’s enough to get me a little excited, if not for this year, for the future. Miami has a great football tradition, and the right coach can take the Redhawks places, though it will likely involve a couple years of rebuilding. We can’t end up as bad as last year, though.