What’s the biggest way to tell The U is on its way back?
The return of the haters.
If you have haters, it generally means you’re doing something right.
No. 8 Miami has been doing a lot right this season, as they’re raced out to a 6-0 record and sit atop the ACC Coastal with a 4-0 mark.
Miami mustered up its third straight one-possession victory in a 27-19 win vs. Syracuse at Hard Rock Stadium.
Miami edged visiting Georgia Tech 25-24 on Oct. 14 and earned a 24-20 comeback road victory at Florida State on Oct. 7.
Miami is the lone undefeated team left in the ACC.
However, not everyone is sold on the Cardiac Canes.
Linebacker Michael Pinckney is well aware of the narrative out there that Miami has been getting lucky. Pinckney, who was instrumental in the victory against Syracuse with 2.5 sacks, took some time out of his postgame press conference to put the haters on blast.
My exchange with Michael Pinckney: "A school like this, they don't want to see us back on top. That'd be bad for college football." pic.twitter.com/ApAjWnrdi6
— Christopher Stock (@InsideTheU) October 22, 2017
Pinckney says Miami is determined and motivated to prove the naysayers wrong.
“We just try to come every week and prepare like it’s the biggest game of our life because everybody is doubting us right now,” Pinckney said. “We’ve got a chip on our shoulder and we want to come out and prove that we’re one of the best in America.”
When asked why he thinks people are doubting Miami, Pinckney responded: “You want to keep something great down. A school like this, they don’t want to see us back on top. That’d be bad for college football. I feel like we can take over. We’ve just got to keep pushing and keep fighting. We can’t get complacent. We’ve just got to do our job.”
For a program striving to return to national championship contention, those words are music to Hurricanes fans’ ears.
Miami will look to keep its momentum going when they travel to face North Carolina on Oct. 28 in a noon (EST) matchup.
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