Miami Hurricanes: Why "THE U" Cannot Be Considered As Being Back to Greatness

Jamal WilburgCorrespondent ISeptember 10, 2010

TALLAHASSEE, FL - SEPTEMBER 07:  Quarterback Jacory Harris #12 of the Miami Hurricanes celebrates victory over the Florida State Seminoles as he leaves the field at Doak Campbell Stadium on September 7, 2009 in Tallahassee, Florida. Miami defeated Florida State 38-34.  (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)
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"The U" is back? Not so fast everyone. There has been a lot of traffic and conversation about the resurgence of Hurricanes football. The Hurricanes do have a good team and a solid coaching staff but they are not back. 

The definition for "back" for Miami football isn't clobbering Florida A&M in the first game of the season. Instead, it is returning to national prominence and playing in the bowl games that matter most, especially for a National Championship. The last time the Canes played for the title was in the 2002 season where they lost to Ohio State.

The "U" also can't be considered as back until Randy Shannon leads the team to a Bowl victory of any kind. He has led his teams to two consecutive bowl games but they have lost both of them. They ended the past two seasons losing to California in the Emerald Bowl in 2008 and Wisconsin in the Champs Sports Bowl last year.

Not only have the Hurricanes not been in contention for a national championship or attained a bowl victory under Randy Shannon, they also have not won a conference title since joining the ACC. When Miami was a member of the Big East they were conference champions from 2000-2003. The Hurricanes made the jump to the ACC in 2004 and haven't raised a single ACC banner. 

Until these things mentioned are all things of the past it cannot be said that "THE U" is back. At least not back to the expectations set by all the players that won big games in the orange and green.