Come on sing along with me, you know the tune: "It the most wonderful time of the year!"
Things will get very busy in and around the Hecht Athletic Center as Camp Shannon gets underway in Coral Gables in preparation for the 2010 season.
And while it may sound cliche', it is truly a season of hope and change around Miami.
The majority of Miami fans sincerely believe that the Hurricanes are finally back from their six year hiatus from BCS national championship contention as the 'Canes finally have the talent back to 2000-2003 season levels and the addition of two new coaches that have joined Shannon's staff at UM.
Hope comes in the form of a recently-re-signed, secure and confident head coach, a healthy Heisman candidate at QB, speed and talent at the skill positions on offense, improved competition and and depth on defense and quite possibly college football's best punter/kicker in Matt Bosher.
Change is found in the experienced Rick Petri who came all the way from Kentucky to take over the UM defensive line and running backs coach Mike Cassano who came all the way from Calle Ocho after leaving former 'Cane Mario Cristobal at FIU for greener pastures at Miami.
Fortunately for Petri and Cassano they both find themselves surrounded by talent and depth at the RB and DL positions on this year's version of the Miami Hurricanes' football team. Now with a little coaching and maybe a little bit of luck (staying healthy) the 'Canes can simply dominate games like the days of old by running the ball effectively and effectively stopping the run.
Wouldn't that be nice!
Much like last year, the Hurricanes start off the season with a tough four game swing. After opening against over-matched FAMU at home in the first game of the season Miami travels to face Ohio State, Pittsburgh and Clemson on the road in consecutive weeks before returning home to face ACC and in-state rival the Florida State Seminoles at newly re-named Sun Life Stadium.
Once again it will not take long to figure out just how good the 2010 Hurricanes will be. By game five we should definitely know if this year's team are just pretenders or the contenders that most prognosticators expect them to be.
Hurricane fans will get only one chance to see their boys of Fall practice before they face FAMU in the opener on Thursday, September 2. Season ticket holders are invited to watch practice on Saturday, August 7 from 8-10 AM at Greentree Field on campus.
We look forward to seeing U there and GO CANES!