To know how far you’ve come, you must know where you’ve been.
For those who are new to the Miami bandwagon, let this be a history lesson. For the many more who lived through Clemson 58, Miami 0 on Oct. 24, 2015, understand that looking back can be therapeutic. You can heal old wounds. You can, by dealing with such pain, also offer hope to the presently less fortunate, those fans of other programs with muddied futures.
So last week I tweeted this:
The messages came flooding in.
Here is the story of that day, told through the eyes of the players, coaches and administrators who lived it. This is the UM fan’s version story of that day, told in tweets and DMs.
“I sat there ’til all 0:00 on the clock i was disgusted 3rd year season ticket holder that year” — @iRockCrazyKickz
“Didn’t think it could get worse than 48-0 to close out the OB, damn was I️ wrong.” — @danmarrerro317
“It was rock bottom that day. Even worse than Terry Porter if you can believe it.” — @mperez_amc
“I was face down in the bed of my pickup somewhere in the Blue Lot.” — @Tito305Sports
“Hit traffic on the way to the game and arrived late with the canes already down big 14-0. First play I see was an interception. Team looked woefully unprepared and all Golden could do was pace down the sidelines with his silly, long orange tie. Never been so disappointed as a Cane fan.” — @heatsuperfan1
“The Clemson fans around us kept celebrating with some silly spell-out chant and were just so annoying and condescending to us. I’m not ashamed to say by halftime I’d had enough.” — @ivanv1977
“We had our first kid at end of that summer so for first time in long time did not get season tix. We went all out and dropped more for that game than I did for Notre Dame this year (I know, I know). We spent a bit of time in club drinking to Butch [Davis], and first time ever I left a game early. What a blessing it turned out to be.” — @CANES_MO
“I remember sitting in my seat with my cousin and feeling no energy in the stadium whatsoever. Kaaya actually looked decent first drive then threw a pick like at the 15 and was all downhill. My cousin and I went to Tootsie’s after to feel better.” — @xboxlivealboogy
“That was the first game I took my girlfriend to. She want to see why I’m not available during football season for any events on a Saturday. I stuttered the entire time. Well never took her back until this past weekend [Notre Dame].” — @Sandrotrade
“At halftime my wife and I went to the season ticket representatives to settle a bet. Were they able to engage more than two people into conversations about purchasing season tickets. They said we were the first two who had even inquired.” — @Gocanes95
“I was on the 45-yard line of the visitor’s section. Burning up twice; due to the sun and my hatred for Al Golden. Clemson was on the sidelines laughing.” — @terryfosterjr
“I spent the second half thinking ‘how am I going to be able to look my Seminole co-workers in the eye on Monday?” — @AHorowitzLaw
“Cheered the whole game on the sidelines! We cheered so hard til the end that they wrote an article about the spirit squads and what good sports we were 🙌🏾” — @__Kainaa (former UM cheerleader)
“I stayed the whole game. By 3Q moved and sat literally 2 rows behind UM bench. It was so quiet I could hear every conversation between players and coaches on sidelines. Crazy experience.” — @Lt_Einhorn
“It was like watching FAMU vs. UM, but we were FAMU. We only stayed for the 1st half, but every play was a realization that we were just God Awful, any hope of The U being back was never going to happen.” — @ShaneMohamed
“I have two memories of that day: Brad getting concussed and leaving the stadium early. Everything else has been blocked out.” — @lolzeth
“Man I remember I was so mad and ranting. I wanted to make a statement and get arrested but I guess the cops thought it would be more punishment to stay the whole game.” — @FBDR24
“I was there until the clock read zero. No matter how bad it gets I never leave my Canes!!!” — @canefanatic66
“I was in the stands. I just went back and looked at my timeline for that day. Here’s one: “Just saw Hurricane fans high five on that Clemson touchdown. #FireGolden chants pretty common.” — @GaryKapit
“I remember shaking Clemson fans’ hands thanking them because I had a feeling we were about to finally be free.” — @JLD_954
“You mean the day Dabo saved Miami football? We’re forever grateful to him for that.” — @86Cane
“I couldn’t believe that I had spent money on a flight from Houston to be at that game. I don’t think I’ve ever been so angry in the stands before. I spent a whole two quarters of football on he concourse drinking adult beverages because that’s how bad it was. To this day, it’s still the only game, win or loss, that I’ve left the stadium early from.” — @abigailplatt
“Clemson fans around us seemed sad for us almost, they told us that one day it’ll be a much better game.” — @_BrandonP26_
“Was there for every play. Learned from my dad – Can’t leave a game early. Experiencing that loss has made every exciting moment this season that much better. Was all worth it.” — @Jpickens15
“I remember almost nobody being at the Canes Walk and the usual plane pulling the “Fire Golden” banner circling during the tailgate… Actually that was the one good thing that came from that day… Going to Charlotte to watch it come full circle!” — @TheBrianGrimes
“The next day it was pure elation that I felt because the AD had finally woken up and fired Al Golden. And now, all I can do is smile about the game because we have a head coach I’m proud to call ours.” — @abigailplatt
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