(Welcome to what I hope is an ongoing series here for football weekends. "Quick Slant" is going to take a brief look at something related to our opponent for the week. Up first: Miami University. Or Miami (Ohio). Just don't call them Miami University of Ohio. They no likey.)
A lot of attention in recent years in college football has been paid to the "BCS Busters." Utah, Hawai'i, Boise State and TCU have won played in big games in recent years as non-automatic qualifiers for the large bowls. All except Hawai'i have won.
However, there is one mid-major that historically has excelled, but is very much under the radar: Miami (Ohio). Miami has 660 wins, which places it among the top 25 programs of all time in victories.
So how does a program from Oxford, Ohio wind up with 660 victories? Well, you have amazing head coaches and assistant coaches.
The nickname for Miami is "The Cradle of Coaches" and when you look at who has led this program simply over the last 70 years, you can see why the Redhawks (formerly the Redskins) have been so successful for so long.
I have just listed the head coaches here since World War II (1944), trying to keep things in a slightly more modern era. I also only focused on the men who led Miami; no assistants will show up below, but famous assistants who went on to fame (and in some cases, infamy) outside of Oxford include Jim Tressel (Ohio State), Joe Novak (Northern Illinois), Sean Payton (New Orleans Saints), and Gary Moeller (Michigan) among others. Oh, yeah...among the others is a guy known around these parts as Larry Smith, who was a defensive end coach for Bo in 1967 and 1968.
The list goes on and on, so again, let's focus on the head coaches:
Years at Miami
Record while at Miami
Other notable jobs
NCAA (Cincinnati); NFL (Rams, Chargers)
Northwestern, Notre Dame
Yale, Indiana, Northwestern
Colorado, Northern Illinois, Indiana
North Carolina, Kent State
North Carolina State
No head jobs; multiple D.C. positions
O.C. with Akron and Youngstown State
Out of coaching
Some of the men on the list above saw great success at their future stops, and others did not. But for the most part, Miami has had some amazing coaches who went on to do great things other places. So while the Redhawks haven't broken through the glass ceiling that the western schools have, it is hard to ignore the history that they have.