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Miami Hurricanes Coach Mark Richt speaks to the media about the turnover chain after the University of Miami defeats Savannah State 77-0 at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens on Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018.
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Miami Hurricanes Coach Mark Richt speaks to the media about the turnover chain after the University of Miami defeats Savannah State 77-0 at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens on Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018.

The Miami Hurricanes unveiled a new turnover chain this season, replacing the bedazzled “U” that hangs at the bottom with a blinged-out Sebastian the Ibis pendant.

So the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum came out with a new limited-edition bobblehead commemorating the new memorabilia.

The new bobblehead, manufactured by FOCO, features Sebastian the Ibis wearing the new chain featuring his namesake while wearing a white No. 0 jersey. The National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum is also continuing to sell Sebastian the Ibis bobbleheads that first came out in May with him wearing the previous turnover chain in either orange or green jerseys. They are on sale for $40.

“We didn’t think the turnover chain could be topped, but Miami outdid themselves with this year’s version of the turnover chain,” Phil Sklar, Co-Founder and CEO of the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum said in a press release. “As soon as we saw this year’s version, we knew a new bobblehead would be in the works, and we started receiving calls and emails almost immediately from Miami fans requesting a new turnover chain bobblehead.”

The turnover chain made its debut in the 2017 season opener against Bethune-Cookman and quickly became an internet craze. The chain’s purpose was to provide incentive for the Hurricanes defense to up its game.

It paid off. The Hurricanes recorded 31 turnovers last season, which led Power Five schools and tied for the third-most nationally with Memphis and Central Michigan. Wyoming out of the Mountain West Conference tallied a nation-leading 38 turnovers. UM’s 31 forced turnovers were the most since forcing 35 in 2003.

This year, the Hurricanes are tied for 15th nationally and fourth in the Atlantic Coast Conference in turnovers forced with 20 heading into Saturday’s road game against Virginia Tech.

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