This episode follows the rise to prominence of the University Of Miami after years of indifferent results. New coach Howard Schnellenberger revitalized the program by introducing fresh blood and fresh attitude into the team.
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Billy Corben ...
Himself - Director
John Green ...
Himself - Vice President, UM (archive footage) (as Dr. John Green)
Luther Campbell ...
Himself - Hip Hop Artist, 2 Live Crew
Tolbert Bain ...
Himself - Defensive Back, 1983-1987
Bennie Blades ...
Himself - Defensive Back, 1984-1987
Howard Schnellenberger ...
Himself - Heach Coach, 1979-1983
Sam Jankovich ...
Himself - Athletic Director, 1983-1990
Bernie Kosar ...
Himself - Quarterback, 1982-1984
Art Kehoe ...
Himself - Defensive Line Coach, 1981-2005
Don Bailey Jr. ...
Himself - Center, 1979-1982
Willis McGahee ...
Himself - Running Back, 2000-2002
Duane Starks ...
Himself - Defensive Back, 1995-1997
Santana Moss ...
Himself - Wide Receiver, 1997-2000
Brett Perriman ...
Himself - Wide Receiver, 1984-1987
Jerry Rushin ...
Himself - GM, 99 Jamz & Hot 105
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Throughout the 1980s, Miami, Florida, was at the center of a racial and cultural shift taking place throughout the country. Overwhelmed by riots and tensions, Miami was a city in flux, and the University of Miami football team served as a microcosm for this evolution. The image of the predominantly white university was forever changed when coach Howard Schnellenberger scoured some of the toughest ghettos in Florida to recruit mostly black players for his team. With a newly branded swagger, inspired and fueled by the quickly growing local Miami hip hop culture, these Hurricanes took on larger-than-life personalities and won four national titles between 1983 and 1991. Written by ESPN

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Randall Hill: It wasn't my fault that they built that stadium where there was a tunnel in the endzone that I scored in. It wasn't my fault that the doors were open in that tunnel. It wasn't my fault that it was not illegal for me to run through that tunnel. Don't blame me. You can blame the architects of that stadium. You can blame the University of Texas for taunting us. You can blame Robert Bailey for setting up the whole thing by knocking the first person out. You can blame Craig Erickson for throwing me ...
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The U
8 January 2015 | by (Pasadena, California) – See all my reviews

I lived in Miami at this time and just recently watched the "U"..... This was so fantastic and the authenticity and truthfulness of these athletes is unmatched..... They are not despicable at all.... they are, "real." They made a social statement that every American should see....and, they were , fantastic football players who worked hard to have a winning team. I am enraged that they would be referred to as, "despicable." They made the University, millions of dollars and improved the football program to a level that was never seen.... Doesn't that deserve recognition?

I am disgusted at anyone who insults them..... I am completely inspired by their bravery and courage, which most people do not have. They were themselves and they were very talented. They did not play by the social rules of the time..... so what? That makes them despicable...? No, that makes them, "unconventional."

I am very offended at the insults to the most "authentic," football team ever seen.....

And, I love Jimmy Johnson, for standing by them...... you will never find a coach stand by his controversial players in this day and age.... hats off to Jimmy!!!

And, furthermore, all of the coaches (Schnelleberger, Johnson, Erikson) were extremely different in style but brought out the best in them.

I love the Hurricanes!!


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