Is “The U” back? That remains to be seen. They’re certainly handling Bethune-Cookman with ease. But while the verdict is still out on that, there’s no doubt that Miami has returned to its flashy ways.
The Hurricanes have an interesting way of rewarding players who make big plays. After an interception in the end zone, defensive back Malek Young took the ball all the way back to the 24-yard line.
As he made his way to the sideline, one of his coaches was on hand to put the gold chain around his neck.
Apparently Miami players are rewarded with the larger than life bling until one of their teammates comes through with a big play of their own. Then, it’s time to pass it along.
They don’t let the players hang on for it too long though. Within a relatively short period of time, a Miami coach comes over and takes the chain from the player and puts it back into a secure location.
How much this motivates players remains to be seen, but it’s an interesting wrinkle that Miami has instituted under coach Mark Richt. Made of huge, heavy gold links and a gaudy school logo hanging from the end, it’s as unique a reward as you’ll see anywhere in the NCAA.
It sure is a nice chain.