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  • Trip to Kent State

    Last spring, when Miami held the Night for Red and White auction, I bid on the ‘VIP Miami Football Experience’ at Kent State. At the time, I was just trying to increase the bid, and given what the experience included, I never thought I’d win at my price. However, as the deadline for bids came and went, I suddenly found myself having to find a way from NJ to Oxford.

    Well, a couple of hours ago, I returned from NE Ohio, exhausted and emotionally drained. The experience was everything advertised and more. I wish I could relive it.

    The experience included the bus trip with the team to and from NE Ohio, but unfortunately, I had to skip that part. The flights and timing just didn’t work out for us, so we elected to drive 7 hours on Friday to meet the team at the hotel. Upon our arrival at 4:45, we were greeted by a member of the athletic department, who shared the itinerary for the weekend. The team arrived shortly after at 5:30 and we went to right to dinner.

    I won’t bore you guys with all the minor details, but over the next 24 hours, we ate dinner, breakfast, and had the pregame meal with the coaches. We sat in on a team meeting, defensive walk through, and pregame hype video. We tailgated with the football parents (our choice, not on the itinerary), stood on the sideline within earshot of coaches and players during the game, and was in the locker room for pregame, halftime, and postgame speech/fight song. We also spent a lot of time with David Sayler and other members of the athletic department.

    Some interesting tidbits I’d like to share:

    1. It was so f-ing wet, the TV broadcast didn’t do it justice. I’m surprised there were only two fumbles. We were drenched. It was almost as bad as UC in 2018.
    2. These players love Coach Martin. They really love him.
    3. The handful of parents that I met, also love Chuck. They love how straight he is with them and doesn’t BS. They don’t always agree with Playcalling, strategy, etc. but they love him because they know “he cares about their kids, and he is making them better people.”
    4. Iowa transfer Manny Rugamba had a great quote that DS shared with me, “We have it so good here at Miami. They care about us off the field. We didn’t have this at Iowa.” There is something special to be said about that.
    5. If you ever get the chance to sit down and talk Miami athletics with Steve Baker and the radio crew... do it. Those guys have seen it all.
    6. We sat with several of the coaches on the offensive side of the ball during the meals... told us Shelton was going to have a big game based on what they saw on film. They were spot on.
    7. Coaches were concerned before the game that run game/OLine hadn’t really clicked yet despite all the injuries. We broke off a few big ones yesterday. Homer and Godlevske being out really hurt, but kids stepped up big in his absence.
    8. You could hear a pin drop during the defensive walk through. Kids were laser focused.
    9. Heard a crazy PJ Fleck recruiting story from a parent. The rumors are true... he forced the kid to commit on the spot during their visit or scholarship offer was pulled
    10. Gabbert is really banged up. This kid is TOUGH and was born to be a QB. The 10 days off here could not come at a better time for him. I think you’ll see his accuracy continue to get better as he gets healthy.
    11. Lot of things in the works for basketball.... Stay tuned.
    12. Lot of freshmen stepping up on this team. Rusty Feth got the game ball for filling in for Godlevske. Freshman Lonnie Phelps has ended two games with sacks.
    13. Defense has swagger. Lot of confidence on that side of the ball and rightfully so. It’s a fun group to watch. Sterling Weatherford is going to have a special career. Can’t believe he’s only a sophomore.
    14. Pregame speech was awesome. Halftime was awesome. Postgame was special. Coach got choked up telling the kids how proud he was of them. This is his team built in his image. They are mentally and physically tough kids and they play hard for him.
    15. I’ve been to a lot of Miami football games since I graduated, and watched 90% of the games that I couldn’t attend. That was my first road win, and the first win I’ve seen in person since I was a student in 2009. I got pretty choked up singing the fight song in the locker room with the team after the game. This last decade hasn’t been easy for us here. We are a passionate group, and passion cuts both ways. Sometimes you feel on top of the world, and sometimes it crushes you. For us, passion has crushed us more recently than lifted us up. But our passion is what makes wins like this fun, and when you suffer through the bad you feel how special the good is.

    As postgame wrapped up and we had to hit the road, the coaching staff wished us a safe drive back, and thanked us for coming. They’re a great group of guys who care about this University.
    It sounds like the Red and White auction brought in so much money last year, they are looking to do it again next spring. I would highly recommend bidding on a football weekend (just not the same one that I’m going to bid on). As a big fan of Miami athletics, this was an experience that anyone on here would enjoy tremendously.
    profholt82The_SackmanHawks24Quinoaburgergentbaseball12ChiefPanicDICKmuhoopsjunkieHawksGrad18Love_and_Honorand 30 others.
  • Why Not Us?

    "The problem with Miami basketball is we just lived through the worst 5
    years of coaching we will ever have - was Toledo a bad job when Gene
    Cross was the coach- no they just had a bad coach- was Ball State the
    worst job when they had Ronnie Thompson.  Was Miami football a bad job
    when Don Treadwell was the coach?."

    Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor?!
    You might want to check your history recollections. Japan bombed Pearl Harbor.
    JiveHawkthechuck_2112DICK2xHawkRe6H5wkBash_RiprockLove_and_HonorKoheenColonel_Panicredhawk11and 3 others.
  • Always Support the Players!!

    Did our soldiers laugh and joke around when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor?? I THINK NOT!!!
    The Germans? Were you a history major?
  • B12 Expansion

    Back to this Big 12 thread as intended, the University of Dayton is now in discussions to be a Big 12 member. There's a group of alums who have the millions it'll take to build a 55,000 person football stadium on the current site of the Montgomery County Fairgrounds, and then kick in the cash to start an endowment for 75 full football scholarships, as well as fully fund all women's athletics scholarships, and move to D-1 football. UD Arena and Welcome Stadium will both be torn down to build a new 20,000 seat basketball arena, with multiple luxury suites.
    2xHawkthechuck_2112MoHawkmpurdy22DSnyder15TAW92EDDIEelpalitoredhawk11killgas20and 2 others.
  • Recap

    Ticket office sold 4000.
    Hard to say since so many people I knew from Miami were wearing nd colors. Sad really

    Met a guy who was not wearing his Miami gear but wearing ND stuff. When asked why he was being a traitor, he said that the Redskins we're not playing, and he was not a RedHawk so he felt no disloyalty. Great, huh?!?
  • If some how cooper

    I don't know why all the doom and gloom. Bane and Beverly will lead a Miami basketball renaissance the likes of which have never been seen.
  • Miamians Abroad Told To Come Home (coronavirus)

    I suggest you set up residence in our basketball facility as it will isolate you from most of the worlds population.
    Renmancoredhawk11Bash_RiprockJiveHawklaxdaddy19goSkinsJCook32agcthechuck_2112JHVMUFBAlumand 8 others.
  • 2020 MAC Men's Basketball Tournament

    Serious matter so take this joke in the spirit its intended:

    Miami has been preparing for games with no spectators for the last decade.  This is truly our time.
    Bash_Riprockskin66redhawkupredhawk11skinsSwoop2005agcDICKRe6H5wkMooreHawkand 7 others.
  • Always Support the Players!!

    Did our soldiers laugh and joke around when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor?? I THINK NOT!!!
    The Germans? Were you a history major?
    Were you a film studies major?
    MowchBash_Riprockredhawk11AORedHawk3319goSkinsyanksalexskinsMHT_Meme_TeamHawksGrad18thechuck_2112and 6 others.
  • The Crawfords

    Some fans at Miami basketball games treat it as a tennis match and even get mad when you yell and cheer. President Crawford was getting everyone to stand up and cheer the last few minutes of the game, something that almost takes a miracle to accomplish.

    I never get why current students, however limited they are, sit down and don't do anything to make for a decent atmosphere. It's like they've never seen a college hoops game, which is almost certainly not the case. From 2012-16 when I was at Miami the only times I recall a decent-sized student section standing and making noise was against OU one time and Dayton after we came back.
    The ushers used to actively discourage it.  That is not a joke or an exaggeration: they would tell students to sit down and be quiet because it upset the blue hairs to have them carrying on.

    I don't know if that's still the case, but it certainly was from 2000-05.