The weight of history at Miami

Imagine you’re a University of Miami football fan. For nearly two decades you’ve either heard about, or longed for the memory of a chaotic Orange Bowl and a huge Saturday night battle between your Hurricanes and a marquee name — a Florida State, a Notre Dame, a Michigan. Through coaching changes, through NCAA investigations, through disappointments and underachieving, you’ve waited.

Now imagine you’re in the front row, right behind the home team’s sideline, at Miami’s Hard Rock Stadium on the night of November 11, 2017. Your Canes are unbeaten and ranked seventh in the country. Third-ranked Notre Dame is in town. So is ESPN’s College GameDay. The whole day has been a party. Hard Rock feels like the Orange Bowl. And now Trajan Bandy has just picked off a pass and taken it to the house to make the score 27-0 in the second quarter. All-out chaos. Limbs flying in every direction. Fans dog-piling each other. You lose yourself completely.

Now imagine realizing that the fan losing his mind next to you is Ed Reed.

Every football program calls itself a family, and every program will trot out its former greats from time to time to get a standing ovation during a timeout or halftime. But with its more immediate history and a base of former players

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