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Best way to beat the heat in Miami—find a way to turn the Hurricanes back into winners.
The worst thing that comes from upwards of a 10-year down-cycle and fifty losses: Too much free time and a huge social media platform for fans to vent their frustrations.
Miami's drought in the 1990s lasted half as long, while the online communities were in their infantile stages, keeping fans' opinions relegated to sports talk radio and letters to the local newspapers' editor.
Toss in the rage of high-defintion, flat-screen televisions and an array of Saturday games, and fans have taken to staying home on Saturdays—watching from the couch, airing their disgust online in real time.
To the credit of Miami's staff, it's been a head-down mentality for three years—working tirelessly, blocking outside noise and rebuilding from within.
That process was set to continue for at least one more fall, due to the long-running NCAA investigation finally coming to a head last October. Instead, the heat is on after Al Golden's handling of the Penn State situation months back.
Those who felt the fourth-year coach was a bad fit have some fuel to add to their fire, while the pro-Golden crowd is hard-pressed to not feel a bit jilted.
The upside for Golden? Proof that in Miami, winning literally cures everything.
Fans tried to run Butch Davis out of town for half a decade. If successful, it would've thwarted a six-year rebuilding project. Davis was persona non grata for years due to the way he bolted, but time—and winning—healed those wounds, as the former Hurricanes coach left the program a boatload of talent.
Conversely, Davis' replacement Larry Coker was a fan favorite early on, but support faded.
An all-around swell guy that won a title and kept things rolling for three seasons—12-0, 12-1 and 11-2—things drastically changed for Coker when the wins stopped coming with such ease.
Coker backslid to 9-3, 9-3 and 7-6 his final three seasons and was fired late 2006—a "what have you done for me lately" mindset fully in play for the University of Miami and its supporters.
Sub-par defense, late-season losses and a head coach's intentions have dominated the headlines in Miami for years—and will continue doing so until the Hurricanes turn the corner.
As Proximo told Maximus in the film Gladiator, "Win the crowd and you will win your freedom." For Golden, the path is similar. Get Miami back to winning ways and the fan support will soon follow.
Until then, the outside noise will continue to mount.