Miami and coach Mario Cristobal pull chain from turnover

Enjoy retirement, rolling chain. You were a beacon of light in college football.

Miami coach Mario Cristobal confirmed during his ACC media appearance on Thursday that Miami will no longer release the iconic jewelry after forcing a turnover.

The spinning chain was introduced in 2017, and its various iterations have made up a big part of Miami’s schedule for the past five seasons. Former coach Manny Diaz was the team’s defensive coordinator when the chain debuted. But the era of the rolling chain is now over, and so is Diaz’s tenure as Miami’s head coach. And Cristobal really didn’t seem too keen on talking much about the channel’s pasture on Thursday.

“I think the media probably thought about it more than I did,” Cristobal said Thursday when asked why Miami pulled the rotation chain. “We’re really focused on improvement as a program and we’ve focused on technique, fundamentals, regulation, academics, strength and conditioning, sports science, community service, and that’s that’s what we focused on.”

“It’s not a swipe or a form of disrespect to anyone. Certainly the story is part of the story, and let it be positive, let it be inconsequential, whatever Either way, it’s still part of the story and part of your leadership, which right now doesn’t involve it. That’s really the best way to approach it.

“Let’s put it this way. We’ve worked so hard and paid attention to so many other things that I think are much more essential to winning football games and being successful than it really hasn’t been. a topic or a We won’t be using it. Are you okay with that? We’re okay now? Anybody got the channel thing? OK. Alright. Thank you.

ORLANDO, FL – AUGUST 24: Miami Hurricanes linebacker Romeo Finley (30) shows off the rolling chain during the game between the Miami Hurricanes and Florida Gators on August 24, 2019 at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida .  (Photo by David Rosenblum/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

We won’t see a rolling chain on the Miami sideline in 2022. (Photo by David Rosenblum/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

A native of Miami, Cristobal came from Oregon to the Hurricanes after the team focused on him as a replacement for Diaz. Cristobal played football in Miami and is very familiar with the outward displays of emotion that occur in Miami. He was part of the legendary Miami teams of the late 1980s and early 1990s that took the college football world by storm with their brash attitudes.

But Cristobal clearly doesn’t think Miami should be celebrating defensive success with the chain. At least not now. Hopefully he makes a comeback in the future. The turnover channel was fun. And Miami, being successful and having an attitude makes college football fun, too.

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