30 for 30 (2009– )
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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.




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Billy Corben Billy Corben ... Self - Director
John Green John Green ... Self - Vice President, UM (archive footage) (as Dr. John Green)
Luther Campbell ... Self - Hip Hop Artist, 2 Live Crew
Tolbert Bain Tolbert Bain ... Self - Defensive Back, 1983-1987
Bennie Blades Bennie Blades ... Self - Defensive Back, 1984-1987
Howard Schnellenberger Howard Schnellenberger ... Self - Heach Coach, 1979-1983
Sam Jankovich Sam Jankovich ... Self - Athletic Director, 1983-1990
Bernie Kosar Bernie Kosar ... Self - Quarterback, 1982-1984
Art Kehoe Art Kehoe ... Self - Defensive Line Coach, 1981-2005
Don Bailey Jr. Don Bailey Jr. ... Self - Center, 1979-1982
Willis McGahee Willis McGahee ... Self - Running Back, 2000-2002
Duane Starks Duane Starks ... Self - Defensive Back, 1995-1997
Santana Moss Santana Moss ... Self - Wide Receiver, 1997-2000
Brett Perriman Brett Perriman ... Self - Wide Receiver, 1984-1987
Jerry Rushin Jerry Rushin ... Self - GM, 99 Jamz & Hot 105


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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A celebration of thug football.
21 August 2012 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

In the 1980s and 90s, the University of Miami went from a second-rate college football school to THE powerhouse school. Unfortunately, they did this by encouraging thuggish behavior--a celebration of obnoxious and unsportsmanlike conduct. While this isn't the main reason I could now care less about sports, it is one of many. Sure, they were good teams--but the players frequently had brushes with the law, acted like jerks on and off the field and promoted the worst in people. BUT, they won games because apparently that is what's important in life--not character, class or intellect--just winning. Well, the ex-players and coaches all interviewed think this was the case, but there were many non-Miami players and coaches who couldn't stand them...and said so in this film. All in all, I found this to be one the least enjoyable films in the "30 for 30" series. Mostly, this was because I really hated what these people represented...and also because the film seemed to promote this or at least to tolerate it. This non-judgmental approach might appeal to some. It just made me annoyed. And, your view of their antics will greatly affect what you think of this installment of the series. It sure left a bitter taste in my mouth.

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12 December 2009 (USA) See more »

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Hurricane Season See more »

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Hialeah, Florida, USA See more »

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