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Year in Review: Season of turmoil ends with Miami heading in new direction

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It ended OK, OK?

A season of turmoil ended with a football team that wasn’t terrible, with a quarterback who was pretty good, and with a new coach who looks promising for the Miami Hurricanes.

It wasn’t the prettiest season for Miami, what with giving up 59 points to North Carolina and 58 to Clemson, with coach Al Golden being fired, with the controversy of a last-second kickoff return against Duke. In the end, however, Miami was a bowl team, and its 8-4 record and Sun Bowl trip weren’t awful.

Leading the Canes was quarterback Brad Kaaya and running back Joe Yearby, who performed well on the field, who led Miami to four wins in its last five games.

Above it, however, there were airplanes pulling banners urging Golden’s dismissal. In the end, they got what they wanted.

If there is a single take-away for Miami, it is that it brought home former quarterback Mark Richt to be the coach. Richt, known as a good recruiter, could finally get the Canes to an ACC title game.

If not, there are always airplanes available for rent.

Gary Shelton is one of the most recognized and honored sportswriters in the history of the state. He has won the APSE's national columnist of the year twice and finished in the top 10 eight times. He was named the Florida Sportswriter of the Year six times. Gary joined SaintPetersBlog in the spring, helping to bring a sports presence to the website. Over his time in sports writing, Gary has covered 29 Super Bowls, 10 Olympics, Final Fours, Masters, Wimbledons and college national championships. He was there when the Bucs won a Super Bowl, when the Lightning won a Stanley Cup and when the Rays went to a World Series. He has seen Florida, FSU and Miami all win national championships, and he covered Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden and Don Shula along the way. He and his wife Janet have four children: Eric, Kevin, K.C. and Tori. To contact, visit garysheltonsports@gmail.com.

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