Jimmy Johnson and Schnellenberger excited about this UM team and program's future – Miami Herald (blog)
Among those enjoying this UM renaissance: the coaches who guided the Hurricanes to their first two of five national titles.
Jimmy Johnson and Howard Schnellenberger said this week that they’re having a blast watching this UM team and have reached out to congratulate Mark Richt.
Saturday’s 41-8 thrashing of Notre Dame “reminded me of the ‘80s in terms of the outcome was about the same,” Johnson, who led the Canes to the national championship in the 1987 season, said by phone Tuesday.
“I actually thought it was going to be a difficult game because Notre Dame had been blowing everybody out and has as fine an offensive line as there is the country. The speed and quickness and aggressiveness of Miami overwhelmed them. They were in shock. The fans had a lot to do with it. The players were cranked. [As a fan], I couldn’t ask for anything more. It was a ball [to watch].”
Johnson said compared to UM teams in recent years, “without question, the talent is better. Miami has got a talented football team. They can use some help in a couple of areas. [But] they are playing well and they’re well coached. I was so impressed with the game plan and the way they have played all year. I have always liked [defensive coordinator] Manny Diaz.”
J.J. said of quarterback Malik Rosier: “I have been a little frustrated at times with his accuracy but he has played well in the clutch. Last couple games, he was more accurate and running to pick up crucial first downs.”
J.J. said he and Richt exchanged text messages the past few days and “I am really happy for the whole program. I watched all of [ESPN’s College] GameDay [from UM’s campus on Saturday morning] and the positive publicity we