Former Baltimore Ravens linebacker and future Hall of Famer Ray Lewis is also a proud alum of the University of Miami, or “The U,” as many call it.
The Hurricanes’ football program has been in disarray for over a decade and hasn’t won a conference championship since 2003 and when speaking to Chelsa Messinger of Fort Myers CBS affiliate WINK, Lewis mentioned how he thought new coach Mark Richt could make the university’s football program great again.
The answer: recruiting.
Lewis is absolutely right. On top of being a fine coach who turned the Georgia Bulldogs into a regular SEC contender, Richt is a Miami alum who played under legendary coach Howard Schnellenberger, the man credited with turning the Hurricanes’ football program around in the 1980s.
That said, Richt should take a page from Schnellenberger’s book and reestablish what came to be known as the “State of Miami” from a recruiting standpoint. In other words, Richt should just recruit the living daylights out of South Florida and pack his roster with homegrown talent while finding that balance between offense and defense.
Under those circumstances, Miami football should be back in action quite soon.
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