The University of Miami is holding its junior day today, a recruiting event in which some of the top recruits in the nation get to speak with the Hurricanes’ football staff to get an idea of what life would be like for them if they committed to the program known to alumni as “The U.”
This year marks the first Junior Day under new Hurricanes coach Mark Richt and according to what a local high school coach told local beat writer Peter Ariz, Richt is already leagues ahead and way better than his predecessor Al Golden.
From a HS Coach at Miami's junior day – "Makes me laugh how much better this junior day is." (compared to Golden junior days) #Canes
— Peter Ariz (@PeterAriz) February 20, 2016
This isn’t entirely a surprise, nor did Golden raise the bar that high. The former Temple coach and Penn State alum had a reputation as a strict disciplinarian upon arriving in Coral Gables and, for all intents and purposes, tried to turn the program into the Penn State of the southeast and didn’t make what one would call a grand effort to recruit southern Florida.
Richt, on the other hand, is the exact opposite. He knows Miami’s culture and played under the legendary Howard Schnellenberger, the coach lauded for turning the Hurricanes’ football program around. That said, Richt is certain to reestablish what Schnellenberger called the “State of Miami,” the name given to the area south of a line drawn between Tampa and Daytona Beach.
Given how successful his first Junior Day appears to have gone, fans should thus look forward to the program turning itself around, and fairly quickly.
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