The Miami Hurricanes are in it to win it in 2017. There is a legacy going back to the 1980s that this team is upholding.
The Miami Hurricanes (known informally as UM or UMiami or The U) are the university sports teams of the University of Miami, located 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 groups for 17 university sports. Men’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 participation by male and female varsity 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 because, according to university legend, it is the last animal to run away an approaching hurricane and the first to come back after the storm, making it a symbol of management and guts. The school’s sports 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 full 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 country. They have actually won five Division I national football championships (1983, 1987, 1989, 1991, and 2001), and are presently ranked fourth on the list of all-time Associated Press National Poll Championships, behind Notre Dame, Oklahoma and Alabama.
As of 2017, UM has 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. Two other former UM players, Ottis Anderson and Ray Lewis, have actually 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.