Put Up Or Shut Up for the Miami Hurricanes in 2010

Carlos PinedaCorrespondent IApril 29, 2010

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - OCTOBER 03:  Quarterback Jacory Harris #12 of the Miami Hurricanes drops back to pass against the Oklahoma Sooners at Land Shark Stadium on October 3, 2009 in Miami Gardens, Florida. Miami defeated Oklahoma 21-20.  (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)
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Since the University of Miami joined the ACC, it has been a team with the potential to compete for the conference crown.

Six years later, this is a program that has failed to take over a league that has no clear cut front runner, other than Virginia Tech.

I know that former head coach Larry Coker drove this program to the ground as far as the undertaker would allow him to dig before he was fired. At first, I was one of those that was sympathetic to the old man. Then I saw just how far this team dropped off the map.

With head coach Randy Shannon righting the ship each season that he's been at the helm, this has to be the year.

2010 needs to be year that the Hurricanes finally capture that allusive ACC championship.

Last season we saw signs of greatness from Miami, with impressive wins over Florida State, Georgia Tech and Oklahoma to start of the year. Then came the losses to Clemson and North Carolina that knocked the Hurricanes out of contention.

I can tell you this, I am tired of this team losing games to mediocre, middle of the road teams from the ACC. I understand Miami has dropped off since the days of Ken Dorsey under center but enough is enough.

As frustrating as these past few seasons have been, Shannon has essentially put the football team in play to contend this year.

The motto for 2010 should be "put up or shut up."

Bruce Feldman, ESPN.com senior writer, believes this team is a contender from what he saw in Coral Gables. I couldn't agree with him anymore.

There should be no reason for Miami to not be in Charlotte, NC., at the end of the season.

Virginia Tech has settled in nicely since they joined the league in 2004. They won the ACC title in their first year and have played in the conference championship game three out of the five years since its inception.

Although Butch Davis won conference titles in his first two seasons as head coach of Miami, they came during the probation era. It took Davis six seasons to win his first Big East championship.

For Shannon, it is more than possible that he can win his first league title in his fourth season.

Last season the hype machine got pretty big after Miami began the season 4-1 and highly ranked. It was a step in the right direction.

After three season the players should be ready to climb to the top. This is the first time we can say the Hurricanes roster has depth.

2010 needs to be the season the 'Canes pick up the ACC Championship trophy or else it's another year of should have happened.