» Even Dol­phins no­tice: Hard Rock louder when Canes are play­ing,

Richt: Crowd noise was ‘some­thing to be­hold’ vs. Ir­ish.

The Palm Beach Post - - SPORTS - By Matt Porter Palm Beach Post Staff Writer mporter@pbpost.com Twit­ter: @mat­ty­ports

CORAL GABLES — The at­mos­phere at Hard Rock Sta­dium on Satur­day was elec­tric. So much so, that even the own­ers of the build­ing were im­pressed by the party their ten­ants threw.

WQAM host Joe Rose, a former Dol­phins tight end and cur­rent Dol­phins broad­caster, told UM coach Mark Richt dur­ing their Mon­day morn­ing ra­dio spot that the Dol­phins “play­ers, coach­ing staff and front-of­fice folks” who at­tended the Miami-Notre Dame game “said it was the loud­est they’ve ever heard that sta­dium, not even close. The clos­est they had was the old Or­ange Bowl,” the sta­dium that hosted the Dol­phins un­til 1986 and Hur­ri­canes un­til 2007.

“Did you feel that?” Rose asked.

“Yeah, no doubt,” Richt said. “It was some­thing to be­hold.”

The Dol­phins-fi­nanced sta­dium ren­o­va­tion, which set a sound-trap­ping canopy roof in place for 2016, is a ma­jor rea­son for the raised noise lev­els and height­ened home­field ad­van­tage for the Hur­ri­canes. How­ever, the Dol­phins cer­tainly don’t have re­cent mem­o­ries to re­call. Their last two home play­off games were wild card losses to Bal­ti­more in 2008 and 2001. They lost those games by a com­bined 47-12 score.

Many who left the sev­enth-ranked Hur­ri­canes’ 41-8 win over third-ranked Ir­ish no doubt kept the party go­ing after­ward. Richt wasn’t one of them, but he didn’t go to bed.

“I don’t sleep af­ter games,” said Richt, who added he was “wired from adren­a­line” af­ter the win, watched the TV copy of the game, and was back up by 5 a.m. “I might have got an hour, maybe.” He said he got six or seven Sun­day night. A lit­tle more nor­mal.

Be­fore look­ing ahead to Satur­day’s game against Vir­ginia (noon, ABC), Richt was happy to rem­i­nisce about Satur­day dur­ing his 10-minute ra­dio hit. With Col­lege Game­Day on cam­pus, a rol­lick­ing scene at Hard Rock Sta­dium and a thun­der­ous state­ment of a win, it was as good a day as UM has had in decades.

“At 5 a.m., there were peo­ple wrapped around the build­ing wait­ing to get into the [Game­Day] pit,” Richt said. “You roll into the sta­dium, you can’t get in with the po­lice es­cort, there’s so much traf­fic. There’s tail­gaters every­where, there’s cars every­where, there’s peo­ple every­where. The sup­port was very hum­bling, and meant a lot to our play­ers and coaches for sure.”

Big full­back com­mit: Realus Ge­orge, a three-star re­cruit from Pace Academy in At­lanta who vis­ited UM last week­end, an­nounced his com­mit­ment Sun­day. Ri­vals rates him as the No. 1 full­back in the na­tion.

Ge­orge, listed at 6-2, 245, is a three-star prospect ac­cord­ing to 247Sports and Ri­vals. He had of­fers to play tail­back from Ge­or­gia South­ern, Army, FAU, Vir­ginia and oth­ers. He has played in­side line­backer and de­fen­sive end.

UM had grad trans­fer Mar­quez Wil­liams last sea­son, and has used a va­ri­ety of play­ers — walk-on Michael Par­rott, of­fen­sive guard/cen­ter Corey Gaynor and tight end Chris Hern­don — in the role this year.

Big fa­vorites: Miami’s first game as a top-four Col­lege Foot­ball Play­off team — as­sum­ing the se­lec­tion com­mit­tee does what it is ex­pected to do tonight when it un­veils its new rank­ings — will come with a huge point spread.

The Hur­ri­canes (9-0, 6-0 ACC) opened as a 17-point fa­vorite at home for Satur­day’s home­com­ing game against Vir­ginia (noon, ABC), ac­cord­ing to Ve­gasIn­sider. The line quickly moved to 19 points.

The Cava­liers (6-4, 3-3) have lost three of their last four af­ter a 5-1 start, most re­cently drop­ping a 38-21 de­ci­sion at Louisville. The Cava­liers are in a clump of three Coastal Di­vi­sion teams with three ACC losses (with Ge­or­gia Tech, Vir­ginia Tech) bat­tling for se­cond.

Vir­ginia’s loss last week clinched Miami’s first Coastal crown. The Canes, win­ners of a na­tion-best 14 games in a row, will meet Clem­son on Dec. 2 in Char­lotte for the ACC ti­tle.


Miami fans flash the U hand sign af­ter the end of the Hur­ri­canes’ 41-8 rout of Notre Dame at Hard Rock Sta­dium.

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