CORAL GABLES — Miami and Syracuse, whose game uniforms make prominent use of the color orange, looked identical during warmups for Saturday’s game.
The ACC rivals wore matching t-shirts in support of those affected by Wednesday’s mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High in Parkland, where 17 people were killed and several more were injured after former Douglas student Nikolas Cruz allegedly opened fire.
UM coach Jim Larranaga said at Thursday’s staff meeting, he and his assistants “were just crying over what happened. We felt like we needed to send a message to Parkland and those families. We’re all impacted by this.”
The teams wore gray t-shirts during warmups with “Praying for Stoneman Douglas” on the front and “#MSDStrong” on the back.” Larranaga said his staff was “very adamant that we needed to do something.” They reached out to UM’s compliance department, which got NCAA permission. Syracuse, Larranaga said, agreed to wear the shirts after UM reached out.
Rather than ask its apparel partner, Adidas, to make the shirts, Larranaga said UM used “a local guy. … We didn’t want to have any logos or anything on the t-shirts, just the hashtag and our message, that we’re with you.”
Larranaga, 68, had another message after his team’s game, a 62-55 loss to the Orange.
“I think we have to do something about our gun laws,” he said. “I just think it’s — we’re not the wild, wild West where everybody should carry a gun. There needs to be some accountability and responsibility for people who are in charge of selling guns and (those) buying guns.”