MIAMI GARDENS — The turf war may finally be over.
Hard Rock Stadium’s season-long battle for a decent playing surface paid off Saturday night as the University of Miami mowed down Notre Dame 41-8 on what looked like pristine grass on national television.
The Hard Rock field had taken a beating from both players and the media all fall, causing the grounds crew to re-sod multiple times. Last week, analyst Phil Simms blasted the playing conditions on Showtime’s “Inside the NFL.” It became a source of frustration for the Dolphins, who recently changed vendors in an effort to get higher-quality grass that was properly treated to quickly take root.
Those efforts paid off Saturday as the field bordered on a putting-green feel before the game and hardly a divot was kicked up once the Hurricanes kicked it into high gear.
The Dolphins will give the grass a stiff test Nov. 19 when Tampa Bay visits for a makeup game from the opening weekend when Hurricane Irma struck. The reason it will be a good test: UM plays Virginia at Hard Rock the day before.
At least by midnight Saturday night, the field looked just fine.
The Irish, not so much.