Hmmm? That's what a lot of college football viewers will probably be saying on Saturday when the North Carolina Tar Heels travel to Miami to play the Hurricanes. It's homecoming at U Miami, and in honor of that, the U has opted to use "throwback" uniforms for the game. They are replicas of the 1967 uniform worn by NFL Hall of Famer Ted Hendricks when he was a star linebacker at the U. Before the U logo came into being. Before the U was feared. The Miami throwback helmets are gold with replica hurricane flags on the sides and a green stripe down the middle. Not so intimidating.
Curious thing... Isn't the not only one of the most recognizable logos in college football, but a constant on-field reminder of Miami football glory (5 National Championships from 1983-2001)and dominance? You want to give that up, even for one game? For homecoming? Against North Carolina?
Miami quarterback Kyle Wright and offensive lineman Rashad Butler modeled the throwback uniforms recently for the media. Head Coach Larry Coker's assessment? "Damn sure better win. That's all I can say."
Maybe North Carolina can bring a little "throwback" of their own to Miami's homecoming -- say to a homecoming game at UNC -- October 30, 2004.