» Even Dolphins notice: Hard Rock louder when Canes are playing,
Richt: Crowd noise was ‘something to behold’ vs. Irish.
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.