The Hurricanes walked into their locker rooms in suits and ties just before 6 p.m. Thursday and saw something they had no idea was coming.
Adidas, Miami’s new apparel outfitter, whipped up an all-white uniform — a tidy answer to Cincinnati’s all-black uniforms — and dubbed them “#305Ice” TECHFIT x #Primeknit alternate uniforms.
The Canes’ all-white threads had the iconic U in chrome silver on the matte-white helmet. The word Miami was written down a pant leg in silver letters, and a silver U adorned the shoulder pads. The jersey numbers are highlighted in orange with metallic silver outlines.
According to a UM staff member at the game, the Canes were pumped and let out a few roars when they discovered the uniforms in their lockers, then immediately put on their game faces and proceeded with business.
Linebacker Jermaine Grace, who already had injured his shoulder and head against Nebraska, injured his right ankle at 11:12 of the second quarter, had it wrapped and came back into the game to finish out the first half. At 14:02 of the third quarter, wide receiver Herb Waters left the game with what appeared to be a right-knee injury. He also returned.
University of Cincinnati coach Tommy Tuberville knows all about the Hurricanes. He was one a long time back.
Tuberville, 61, was a defensive assistant at Miami from 1986 to 1993. During his coaching days at UM, the Canes went 87-9, won three national titles and played in eight consecutive New Year’s Day bowl games.
Tuberville was the position coach for current Canes linebackers coach Hurlie Brown, who played at UM from 1988-91.
Miami’s offensive line coach Art Kehoe was on the Canes’ coaching staff during Tuberville’s tenure as an assistant.
Other coaching connections include Cincinnati’s offensive coordinator and running backs coach Eddie Gran and Miami’s offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach James Coley. The two were assistants together at FSU from 2010 to 2012, and Gran was a graduate assistant at UM from 1990-91.
The South Floridians on the Bearcats roster: CB Aaron Brown (Miami Northwestern); TE Tyler Cogswell (Coral Springs/American Heritage); S Carter Jacobs (Fort Lauderdale/American Heritage); WR Kahlil Lewis (Miramar High); WR Avery Peterson (Pompano Beach Ely); CB Alex Thomas (Lauderdale Lakes/Chaminade Madonna); RB Hosey Williams (Miami Southridge); CB Davon Witherspoon (Hollywood McArthur); and CB Adrian Witty (Deerfield Beach).
There is only one Hurricanes from Ohio: left guard Alex Gall, who is from Mason, a 20-minute drive from Nippert Stadium, and whose parents and grandparents graduated from Cincinnati.
Sun Life Stadium isn’t the only football stadium that has undergone a renovation. Nippert Stadium, where the Canes played the Bearcats on Thursday night, is the third-oldest NCAA FBS stadium. Carson Field at Nippert Stadium has been the home of UC football since 1901, recently having gone through the 20-month, $86 million, privately funded renovation and expansion.