Vinny Testaverde was one of the top college football players when at Miami, but came up short in his biggest game.
The Brooklyn native attended Fork Union Military Academy in Fort Union, Virginia (which has sent over 70 players to the NFL to date) before accepting an athletic scholarship at Miami. The Hurricanes were well on their way to establishing a national presence in the college football world under the leadership of Howard Schnellenberger. It was Schnellenberger who recruited the finely tuned quarterback but it was under Jimmy Johnson that Testaverde became a household name. … Continue Reading
Miami staff used Sean Allen, who is tied to Nevin Shapiro Ponzi scheme, to assist in recruiting
Did Al Golden knowingly violate recruiting rules at Miami? Photo: Getty Images
Miami was already under investigation for one of the most egregious recruiting scandals we have seen in college football in recent memory. Now it looks as though Al Golden and the new coaching staff may not have been playing within the rules after taking over the program last year.
Less than one week after the University of Miami hired Al Golden as coach, members of Golden’s coaching staff began using Sean “Pee Wee” Allen – a then-equipment manager and onetime right-hand man of convicted Ponzi schemer Nevin Shapiro – to circumvent NCAA rules in the recruiting of multiple Miami-area players, Yahoo! Sports has learned.
Golden, hired by Miami in mid-December 2010, had direct knowledge of Allen’s improper involvement with Miami recruits, according to a former Hurricanes athletic department staffer and federal testimony given by Allen in Shapiro’s bankruptcy case. Additionally, multiple sources interviewed by NCAA investigators have told Yahoo! Sports that Allen has become a focal point in the association’s probe into Miami athletics. The sources said investigators focused on Allen’s role in providing impermissible benefits to Hurricanes players, as well as his contact with Miami recruits.
The Final Four is about to be set in the 2012 Worst College Football Uniform Tournament, and we have the top two seeds in the Pro Combat Region going head-to-head. The second seeded Miami Pro Combats from 2010 handled Cal’s all-yellow uniforms with 62.07% of the votes in the previous round. Colorado State and their yellow jerseys held off a strong showing by Michigan State’s Pro Combat uniforms, receiving 57.38% of the votes in the previous round.
Vote below to determine which of these two uniforms deserves to be put away in a storage closet, never to see the light of day again until appearing on a future episode of Storage Wars? Voting is open until Friday night, with the next round starting Saturday.
Miami stormed to a round one victory against North Carolina’s dark blue jerseys, receiving 75.61% of the vote. Miami’s Pro Combat is a uniform should be considered a strong contender in this tournament. Can they make a run and challenge Maryland for uniform ugliness supremacy?
To do so Miami will have to get by Cal uniform that is capable of making a surprise run of their own. Cal’s all-yellow uniform took down Florida State’s all-black uniform, which the committee believed would be a strong contender in the early rounds. The votes suggested otherwise, with Cal receiving 60.53% of the votes.
So who will take one step closer to the regional championship? Miami or Cal? Your vote will decide.
Vote below to determine which of these two uniforms deserves to be put away in a storage closet, never to see the light of day again until appearing on a future episode of Storage Wars? Voting is open until Saturday night, with the next round starting next week.
Contrary to the namesake of the region, we have more than Pro Combat uniforms to discuss, but the highest seed in the region goes to one of 2010′s Pro Combat designs, with the Miami Hurricanes getting the high seed.
You may remember Miami’s Pro Combat uniforms from the 2010 season. The concept was innocent enough, in giving Miami an orange uniform with a green helmet, and initially the selection committee was fine with this. But after thinking about it some more, the green helmet was seen as a significant uniform violation, and the placement of the “U” logo on the knees, so you can see “The U” coming at you is a tad ridiculous. And palm trees embedded in to the finer details of the design? That is not a tough image we like to associate with the Hurricanes.
Their opponents in the first round are ACC rivals North Carolina, and their dark blue alternate uniforms.
Why abandon the Carolina blue so much?
North Carolina receives a low seed for their dark blue uniforms. While the selection committee does not like a program such as North Carolina, linked forever with Carolina blue, the selection committee does respect the fact that UNC did not choose to adopt an all-black uniform design like other traditional basketball powerhouses like Duke and Kentucky.
What’s worse, the dark blue alternate jerseys do not even work well with the existing color scheme that extends to the helmet. Perhaps if North Carolina paired the darker jersey with a white helmet, which the selection committee approves, then it could be pulled off. Any time the selection committee sees North Carolina in a dark blue uniform, images of the Toronto Argonauts fill the room. What if this jersey came with a dark blue helmet?
Of course, to the committee, North Carolina totally abandoning the Carolina blue would be deserving of a higher seed in this tournament.
So, which uniform was the worst? Cast your vote below and send one of these get-ups to the second round. Voting will continue through Saturday night, with polls closing at 11 p.m. EST.