Unfortunately, the Miami Hurricanes have made the famous “Turnover Chain” come to an end. Many tuned in to college football or at least Miami games just to witness the antics. Usually, on the sidelines after the defense got a turnover. Miami Hurricanes HC Mario Cristobal confirms Thursday at his ACC Media day that it will no longer be a part of the tradition, according to Nick Bromberg for Yahoo Sports. In 2017, the tradition was introduced and then this spiraled throughout the country. Many teams were motivated by the excitement. In fact, they altered their culture by adding some form of variation of the “Turnover Chain”.
Former HC Manny Diaz was the team’s DC when the chain debuted. However, the era is now over similarly to Diaz’s tenure as the HC. The new HC Mario Cristobal didn’t seem moved by the tradition nor did he talk much about it during his media day.
“I think probably the media has put more thought into this than I have,” Cristobal said Thursday when he was asked why Miami had retired the turnover chain. “We just really focus on getting better as a program and have focused on technique, fundamentals, regimentation, academics, strength and conditioning, sports science, community service, and that’s what the focus has been on.”
“It is not a shot or form of disrespect to anybody or anyone. Certainly, history is history, whether it’s positive, whether it’s inconsequential, or whatever it may be. It’s still history and part of your program. We’re just moving in a direction that right now doesn’t involve it. That’s really the best way to address it,” Cristobal continued.
Who’s Mario Cristobal to the Miami Hurricanes?
He’s a Miami native and he came to the Miami Hurricanes from Oregon. He was sought after when looking for Diaz’s replacement. Cristobal played football at Miami and is very familiar with their history and the standard people expect out of the Hurricanes going forward. Cristobal participated in the legendary Miami teams in the 1980s and early 1990s. They took the world by storm on those teams!
Hopefully, Cristobal can turn this legendary program around. However, the end of an era has come and a new one has begun.