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1980s
Miami

In the late 1970s, Miami nearly ended its football program. In the 1980s, coaches Howard Schnellenberger, Jimmy Johnson and Dennis Erickson each led the Hurricanes to a national championship. Each coach used local talent as the foundation of his team. Some believe the mother lode developed because the climate allowed players to develop speed and quickness 12 months a year. But Miami became known for more than its athletes. Depending upon your viewpoint, the Hurricanes either mimicked youth culture or changed it. The U became known for brashness, braggadocio and individual on-field expression, all of which landed like cold water to the face of a team sport that dismissed the individual and honored humility. The NCAA responded with "team celebration" rules that remain controversial. The spirit that Miami infused into the sport is here to stay.