Miami Football Getting Rid of Iconic 'Turnover Chain,' HC Mario Cristobal Says

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured Columnist IVJuly 21, 2022

MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA - NOVEMBER 20: Marcus Clarke #28 of the Miami Hurricanes celebrates with the turnover chain after recovering a fumble against the Virginia Tech Hokies at Hard Rock Stadium on November 20, 2021 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)
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The Turnover Chain is no more.

New Miami Hurricanes head football coach Mario Cristobal said Wednesday the program will do away with the short-lived tradition:

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Visited Mario and Miami last week. The turnover chains have been removed from the display case in the football offices and are now somewhere in the team’s equipment room, possibly never to see light again. <a href="https://t.co/rk7d71lO60">https://t.co/rk7d71lO60</a>

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Miami Takeaways by Season<br>Turnover Chain Era (Since 2017)<br><br>2017 -- 31<br>2018 -- 25<br>2019 -- 20<br>2020 -- 16<br>2021 -- 11 <a href="https://t.co/Zk6b9sWHqR">pic.twitter.com/Zk6b9sWHqR</a>

Cristobal's remarks don't come as a major surprise. Offensive line coach Alex Mirabal reportedly told recruit Francis Mauigoa in January that the Canes "got rid of the turnover chains and stuff like that. We're here to play football."

Dating back to 2017, Hurricanes defenders would don a chain after securing a turnover.

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Baller. <a href="https://t.co/RxM7SBwnv5">pic.twitter.com/RxM7SBwnv5</a>

But no more. Like so many of South Florida's inhabitants, the Turnover Chain is retired.