For the Miami Hurricanes, It's Time To Put Up Or Shut Up.

David MayerCorrespondent IAugust 13, 2010

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - SEPTEMBER 17:  Sebastian the Ibis gets the crowd into the game as the Miami Hurricanes take on the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets at Land Shark Stadium on September 17, 2009 in Miami Gardens, Florida. Miami defeated Georgia Tech 33-17.  (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)
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Every year around this time all I read and hear about is how the Miami Hurricanes are back.  How the lost swagger has been found.

Well, it's time to finally back up all this talk.

Granted, the Miami Hurricanes have regained some momentum since the firing of Larry Coker, but they have yet to be in National Championship contention.

The last couple years have had some promise, but not near the success Hurricane fans were used to back in the '80s and early 2000s.  The main problem is the talk I hear, the articles I read.  Don't get me wrong, I love optimism, but I am also a fan of realism.

You see, Miami needs to start backing it up on the field.  They can not lose by 37 points to a decent LSU team, beat a Nevada team only by seven, and keep getting spanked by a fair North Carolina team year in and year out.

Besides having another brutal schedule, all the pieces are in place.  The wide receivers, running backs, defensive line, and linebackers are stacked.  The coaching staff, I believe, is complete and ready to make that next step.

Now its time for the players to step up and play like Miami of old.  If that means bringing back that thug mentality, by all means, do it.

No more talk of swagger, no more talk of BCS bowl games, because until it happens, we need to keep it simple.  We need to keep it real.

It's time to put up or shut up.