J-Lo was there Saturday, awkwardly throwing up the ‘U’ with her thumbs and single digits, but doing it with good intentions nonetheless.
Her main man A-Rod was there, too, having plenty of fun because he, like most of the fans in a crowd of nearly 64,000, savored Virginia Tech getting a good thumpin’.
And who knows? Maybe they’ll be back on Saturday for what’s sure to be another wild one at Hard Rock Stadium as Notre Dame (8-1), No. 3 in the College Football Playoff rankings and definitely among the top couple of teams Miami fans love to hate, comes to Hard Rock Stadium to face the No. 10 Hurricanes (8-0, 6-0 Atlantic Coast Conference).
UM athletic director Blake James responded to the Miami Herald in a text message on Sunday night that UM is “sold out in every area except suites” for the 8 p.m. game that will be televised on ABC.
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The evening after the University of Miami’s 28-10 victory over the Hokies, coach Mark Richt once again expressed appreciation for Hurricanes fans and how they showed up en masse and created a special atmosphere for his players to soak in and use to their advantage.
Just wait till they see Saturday night’s crowd for the Notre Dame game. You can be sure the tickets will be scarce, or nonexistent, as the 8 p.m. kickoff (ABC) approaches.
Hard Rock Stadium seats 65,326.
“It was a great night,” Richt said during his weekly teleconference. “Every so often, I’ll take my headsets off to listen how loud it really is. I just want to get a gauge. You can tell it’s really loud when it goes through your mouth mic into your headset.
“There was no doubt our crowd was on it really from the beginning to the very end. Really, really proud of everybody who came and supported us.”
Richt wasn’t the only one who soaked in the support. Defensive coordinator Manny Diaz indicated after the victory that his players were touched by the tailgate scene in the parking lot when the buses pulled up to Hard Rock Stadium.
“It let our guys know that the city is with them. And that’s the relationship between Hurricane football and South Florida.”
Linebacker Shaquille Quarterman called the atmosphere “magical.”
And receiver Braxton Berrios called it “incredible.”
“They’ve been through a lot with us throughout the years,” Berrios said. “They deserve just as much as a lot of people on this team. They’ve been through the bad times, and now they’re finally in the good times.
“They change everything, they really do. That is a huge advantage when Hard Rock gets going like that.”
Asked whether he has faith that the fans will continue to attend games if UM keeps “rolling,” Richt responded positively.
“I think they’ll show up,” he said. “They had a good time, and I know they want to have another good time. So I think when we roll into the parking lot there at Hard Rock on Saturday night, it’s going to be as jam-packed or even more than it was this past weekend.
“…Hopefully, there won’t be any empty seats.”
▪ Richt said the Canes were doing well injury-wise after the game. “Always, some guys banged up a little bit here and there,” he said, “but I don’t think there’s anything too serious.”
▪ The Canes rose from No. 9 to No. 7 in the AP poll and stayed at No. 6 in the Amway coaches poll. Notre Dame rose from No. 5 to No. 3 in the AP and moved up three spots to No. 5 among the coaches.