The University of Miami has returned to their swagger roots under Coach Mark Richt. The U is Undeniable. The U is Unstoppable. The U is Unleashed. It’s great to be a Miami Hurricane once again!
The Miami Hurricanes (known informally as UM or UMiami or The U) are the varsity sports groups of the University of Miami, situated in the Coral Gables residential area of Miami, Florida. They compete in the Coastal Division of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC). The university fields 15 athletic teams for 17 university sports. Male’s groups compete in baseball, basketball, cross-country, diving, football, tennis, and track and field. Women’s teams compete in basketball, cross-country, swimming and diving, golf, rowing, soccer, tennis, track and field, and beach ball. UM has roughly equal involvement by male and female varsity professional athletes in these sports.
Team colors are green, orange, and white. The school mascot is Sebastian the Ibis. The ibis was picked as the school’s mascot since, according to university legend, it is the last animal to run away an approaching cyclone and the first to reappear after the storm, making it a symbol of management and nerve. The school’s athletics logo is a basic green and orange, color of an orange tree, letter “U.” The school’s marching band is the Band of the Hour.
Aside from being an independent in baseball, the Hurricanes were a complete member of the Big East Conference from 1991 to 2004. In 2004, the school ended up being a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC).
Historically, the Hurricanes are among the most predominant college football programs in the nation. They have actually won 5 Division I national football championships (1983, 1987, 1989, 1991, and 2001), and are presently ranked 4th on the list of all-time Associated Press National Poll Championships, behind Notre Dame, Oklahoma and Alabama.
Since 2017, UM has actually produced 2 Heisman Trophy winners, Vinny Testaverde (in 1986) and Gino Torretta (in 1992). 5 former UM football players– Warren Sapp, Ted Hendricks, Michael Irvin, Jim Kelly, Cortez Kennedy and Jim Otto– have been voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame following their NFL careers. 2 other former UM players, Ottis Anderson and Ray Lewis, have been named Super Bowl MVPs (for Super Bowl XXV and Super Bowl XXXV, respectively). Since the 2008 demolition of the Miami Orange Bowl, the team has actually played its home games at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens.
As of the 2011 National Football League season, UM had the most players active in the NFL of any university in the nation, with 42.