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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Cast

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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 Invented Swagger
31 December 2010 | by See all my reviews

When I first saw the preview on ESPN 'what if i told you...college football was hit by a decade long hurricane?' and from that moment I was psyched seeing how I'm a huge football fan, NFL and college. I love football history and I've always wanted to hear about 'The U' in the 1980's. It didn't disappoint. This is the best documentary I have ever seen. In the 1970's Miami Football was a doormat for everyone else, but when Howard Schnellenberger arrived, he turned the team around by recruiting in the toughest ghettos of South Florida. The talent level was off the charts and they had a coach that knew how to control it. Interviews from the players and coaches tell how they transformed Miami into The U and a powerhouse that gave out beatings on the field while taunting and dancing in front of live television. They were labeled the villains of college football. But its a rise and fall story. At the high point of their dominance, the walls start to come down


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