Last Saturday during the 3rd quarter of the Miami versus Florida International game, a bench-clearing brawl broke out. Punches were thrown, helmets were being used as num-chucks, and the ever so popular new fad as to stomp on your opponent was alive and kickin’.
The whole thing started off after a point after point the Hurricanes up 14-0, and an FIU player body slammed the Miami kicker after some scuffling between some linemen. Things got out of hand quick, as Miami players started taking off their helmets and swinging them at Florida International players. At one point an FIU player was on the ground and being stomped by a few of the U players, most notably Brandon Merriwether. After this fight took place Miami players got in a circle, raised their helmets to the skis, and began jumping up and down celebrating their supposed “victory” in this brawl.
Miami has handed out 13 suspensions for the fight, 3 of which are starters, but if you ask me, that should only be the beginning of the punishment. If the Canes ever want to get rid of the “Thug” and “Dirty” logo that has been stamped on them, then it must start by cleaning a mess that they have created.
Sure, these Miami players claim that FIU started the fight and that they were only acting in self-defense. To that I say bull crap. Why should anybody believe a word that comes from Miami anymore? This is a team that was involved in a scuffle with Louisiana State after a bowl game a few years back, and who also pulled some similar antics at Louisville as well. I will not even go into embarrassing the school by pointing out the alum that went there who ended up in jail or rehab.
Miami has created an image for themselves, and it is a bad one, like it or not. Honestly, they can take a giant leap in getting rid of that image. They can turn this thing into a blessing in disguise.
Two things can happen in the next week or so. One of them is that Miami could do the right thing and not participate in any bowl games this season. That is what South Carolina and Clemson did and neither school is looked down upon because of it. Also, they should sit Brandon Merriwether for the remainder of the year. You may be thinking I’m sounding a little bit harsh, but I honestly was thinking of suggesting expulsion for the kid.
The other thing that can happen is something that I believe will happen, and that is Miami will suspend these kids for a game, and go on like nothing happened. That would leave pretty much no room for the Miami football team and school itself to recover, and would have all the Miami haters out there saying “I told you so”
That brings me to my next point. I wonder what Charlie Weis would do in this situation? I wonder what Charlie Weis would do if his players celebrated after winning a brawl during the middle of a football game? What would he do if Darius Walker, Brady Quinn, and John Carlson became the 8th floor crew and wrote rap song, which has lyrics that would make Snoop Dog blush and have it end up on the Internet? Well, he can’t legally kill the kids, but I’d be willing to bet the punishments would be much harsher than Miami could have come up with.
Honestly, had Charlie Weis been in Larry Coker’s shoes, and reviewed the game tape, I can assure you that the two things I mentioned above may have happened already. 1. They pull themselves out of bowl eligibility. And 2. Brandon Merriwether is suspended for the remainder of the year. You can also bet that the majority of the suspensions given out by the U would not be enough for Weis, as most of them would be seen as 2 or 3 game suspensions in his eyes.
Thankfully, Charlie is our coach. A coach who has class. A coach who made the guarding “The S” a complete bore for Michigan State, as he never intended on doing anything in the first place. Nothing like the Miami incident has ever happened at Notre Dame unless you count the pre-game fight in 1988 between Notre Dame and…you guessed it. Miami. Notre Dame players who have been caught by the police in the past 20 years can be counted on one hand, and the graduation rate of 95 percent isn’t half bad either. Notre Dame would never stand for the stuff that Miami let’s slide. And Miami fans wonder why the media loves Notre Dame so much and hates on Miami. That’s like picking between a priest and a crack dealer.
Case in point, this is just a short little write up on how lucky we all are to be Irish fans. We have a squeaky clean team with a squeaky clean image. I know that all Irish fans are looked at as snot nosed, and have that “holier than thou” attitude. So what? I have that attitude, and I’m sure many share it with me. Why shouldn’t I be proud of my team? After all, Notre Dame is where schools like Miami wish they were.