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1986 Miami Hurricanes top most-hated list

Simply put, there was never, ever another college football program like the Miami Hurricanes in the eighties.  If you were not a fan of The U, you more than likely utterly despised the ‘Canes and the way they “carried” themselves both on and off the field.

As far as SI.com is concerned, the 1986 edition of the Hurricanes is the most hated team of all time.  In all of team sports.

Somehow, I think the likes of Michael Irvin, Brian and Bennie Blades, Jerome Brown (RIP), Alonzo Highsmith et al would take great pleasure in both the honor and the words used to summarize why there’s so much contempt on the part of the website in their team:

His players were visionaries, early practitioners of an in-your-face brand of football that went out of its way to belittle and intimidate opponents. It was, in a lot of ways, the opposite of sportsmanship. It was a ‘Cane thing. To say that Jimmy Johnson  gave his players free reign was an understatement. The ’86 Hurricanes were caught up in “fights and fraud and alleged shoplifting and other unsavory shenanigans involving more than 40 players,” wrote SI’s Rick Reilly. “Miami may be the only squad in America that has its team picture taken from the front and from the side.”

Not only weren’t the ’86 ‘Canes the only college football team on SI.com‘s Top-Twenty Five list, they weren’t even the only Miami football team to make the cut.

The ’90 ‘Canes came in at No. 11, and were joined by USC’s 2005 team (15th) and Notre Dame’s 1993 squad (17th).

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  1. bubsnaps1 says: Jul 28, 2010 3:06 PM

    it’s all about the U!

  2. DCViking says: Jul 28, 2010 3:18 PM

    #1 UPI
    #1 FBI

  3. Pier588 says: Jul 28, 2010 3:28 PM

    That was a great season ending win by PSU over the Mighty Sugarcanes of Miami.
    With 2 days left in-country on my tour, we were watching the game at one of Korea’s versions of a sports bar at the time – it had 1 TV that could pick up AFN. There were a lot of troops in there that day pulling against the Sugarcanes. Everyone in the room was pretty pissed about the them trying to make some kind of “college kid” statement wearing Army surplus BDU pants.
    Even better than the Sugarcane loss was the ex-pat PSU grad who was buying rounds of drinks every time Testeverde threw a pick.
    Jimmy Johnson shines through as being associated with more than one team on the list. I wonder how the Survivor make up people are going to handle his hair in the upcoming series. Don’t look for JJ in any scenes involving water and its interface with his hair.

  4. blitz4848 says: Jul 28, 2010 3:30 PM

    FYI—Randy Shannon (current coach) was a starter on that team.

  5. Hooker McTitties says: Jul 28, 2010 4:34 PM

    Are you sure the 2010-11 Heat didn’t top the list???

  6. Florida727 says: Jul 28, 2010 4:47 PM

    I don’t care what anyone says, Reilly’s comment (“Miami may be the only squad in America that has its team picture taken from the front and from the side.”) is arguably one of the greatest one-liners of all-time. That one WILL get used again :) Thanks, Rick.

  7. edgy says: Jul 28, 2010 5:00 PM

    1. I didn’t have the Soviets as much as I hated the officials.
    2. Reggie Bush’s stupid play in the championship game was bad for three reasons: if he had gone down and the Trojans had scored, the game would have been over, he didn’t need to showboat and I considered it a showboat move and it was a forward lateral and wasn’t called correctly.

  8. Canes1 says: Jul 28, 2010 5:13 PM

    Tough call…1991, 2001, 1986. 86 may not have won the Nat’l Championship thanks to their own mistakes in the Fiesta, but they were probably the greatest college football team ever assembled. Yeah, I loved that team.

  9. gator_prof says: Jul 28, 2010 5:15 PM

    SI is a joke…where the heck did they come up with Manchester United? If they actually polled their readership, that MU wouldn’t even make the top 1000.
    What about the 2000 Ravens SB run?
    Lewis still has blood on his hands from the Atlanta murder a year prior.
    Billick is an insufferable jerk.
    The intentional late hit on Gannon by fatso, Goose, was the only reason they ended up in the SB.
    Their D was incredibly over-rated in terms of all time status.
    Jamal Lewis was a coke dealer.

  10. GeneraI Muck says: Jul 28, 2010 5:53 PM

    Testeverde threw this game for a very big mafia bookie…it will come out in the next few years!!
    Those picks weren’t even close to miami recievers

  11. funi says: Jul 28, 2010 7:13 PM

    Joe Paterno end Testiclessverde and Fat ass Jimmy Johnson’s college careers and he is still going!

  12. blitz4848 says: Jul 28, 2010 7:47 PM

    @ FUNI
    Testeverde LOST the game–PSU didn’t win it!!
    Miami beat them up & down the field 450 tot off to 160–almost 3 times. Verde threw 5 pics the last on a wide open TD pass at the end of the game. JoePa got out coached & outplayed and to this day will tell U it was one of his luckiest bowl wins of all time……..

  13. chief56 says: Jul 28, 2010 8:41 PM

    Miami lost it in their heads- what little they had there anyway since most of them were druggies and convicts. Still are- at least the ones that aren’t already dead.

  14. blitz4848 says: Jul 28, 2010 9:07 PM

    @ chief56
    most of them were druggies and convicts. Still
    are- at least the ones that aren’t already dead.
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Which ones would that be that are MOSTLY druggies,convicts or dead?
    Another BS post with NO CRED–Most went on to lead healthy normal lives–Maybe U wouldn’t know normal if it bit U in th a$$!!!!!!!!!!!!

  15. gator_prof says: Jul 28, 2010 10:21 PM

    blitz4848,
    There were certainly some serious issues on that team.
    Irvin was/is a coke head…great player, but a drug addict.
    Jerome Brown was out of control and killed himself in an auto accident.
    Benny Blades killed his cousin, but got off.
    Wasn’t that the first year that Luther was paying players for hits?

  16. Deb says: Jul 29, 2010 12:31 AM

    The ’92 edition of the U didn’t make the top 25, but watching Gene Stallings and Bama beat Miami for the Championship is a special good vs. evil incarnate memory. For weeks Miami haters and Seminoles fans kept telling me how tragic it was that Florida State couldn’t represent because Bama was toast and only the ‘Noles had a chance at beating Miami. Never mind that the ‘Noles lost to Miami in the regular season. Winning that game was more than beating the Canes–it was shutting up those obnoxious FSU fans. Roll Tide!!!
    Always good to share a little Notre Dame hate with the rest of the world.
    As a Steelers fan, loving inclusion of the ’76 Raidahs!!! (But as a Bama fan, also love the Snake.)
    Man U? Seriously? Does SI have a large UK readership or did they come up with that one during a toke break?

  17. jo jo is smiling says: Jul 29, 2010 9:56 AM

    blitz 4848
    Shame on you..Jerome Brown was killed when the accelerator of his car stuck as he was leaving a Tampa auto dealership that had supposedly fixed it. His young nephew was also with him.
    Have a little respect!

  18. blitz4848 says: Jul 29, 2010 10:41 AM

    @ jojo is smiling
    Think U confused me with gator_prof
    @gator_prof
    chief56 said “most of them were druggies and convicts. Still are- at least the ones that aren’t already dead.”
    My point was & is”mostly” is a gross exaggeration! You have a couple but most(mostly) went on to lead productive lives. I know they had some problems but lots of teams have a few bad apples. The vast majority moved on & away from the “persona” of the 86 team.

  19. gator_prof says: Jul 29, 2010 11:35 AM

    blitz4848,
    Yes, but there were some really bad apples on that team.
    jojo is smiling,
    I have to disagree.
    Re: “Jerome Brown was killed when the accelerator of his car stuck as he was leaving a Tampa auto dealership that had supposedly fixed it. His young nephew was also with him.”
    Where did you get that information from? It wasn’t a stuck accelerator that was just fixed. He was checking on another vehicle being restored. It was reckless driving, period.
    While he was a generous guy community wise, Brown was also a reckless dude from the word go.
    Here is some info…
    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/article/magazine/MAG1003958/index.htm
    **********
    “Brown was the number one horn behind Miami’s swaggering brassiness of the mid-1980s. It was while he was with the Hurricanes that he began collecting dangerous toys, like exotic guns and fast cars. He owned a .44 Magnum and an Uzi, and was banned from campus housing after a child found his Luger hidden under a dorm stairwell.
    He had a weakness for Corvettes, one of which he totaled on a Florida highway in his junior year at Miami. He walked away from that accident unscratched, but he apparently did not take the hint—maybe because he had a need for speed. Brown once recalled that the first time he drove a car was with his father on a highway. The traffic was doing about 75 mph, it was raining, and his dad was yelling, “Hit the gas! Hit the gas! Boy, you don’t hit the gas, and I ain’t gonna let you drive no more!” Said Brown, “I hit it and ain’t slowed down since.” Until that Thursday.
    That Thursday 12-year-old Augusta Wesley Brown was with his Uncle Jerome when Jerome went to Register Chevrolet to check on a 1973 Chevy the dealership was restoring for him. The police think that as Jerome peeled away from the dealership, he was going far too fast on the rain-slicked road and skidded. Trying to right the car, he may have overcompensated. He hit a dirt mound that sent the car flying. It nicked a palm tree, flipped and slammed into the power pole. The bodies were taken directly to the morgue.”
    **********

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