Kelly was offered a linebacker scholarship instead of quarterback to play college football at Penn State University under coach Joe Paterno. He went on to play for the University of Miami, where he played an important role in helping build the program into one of the nation’s best. Kelly finished his career at Miami with 406 completions in 646 attempts for 5,233 yards and 32 touchdowns; he was inducted into the university’s hall of fame in 1992.
The 2001 NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament was played at the end of the 2001 NCAA Division I baseball season to determine the national champion of college baseball. The tournament concluded with eight teams competing in the College World Series, a double-elimination tournament in its fifty-fifth year. Sixteen regional competitions were held to determine the participants in the final event, with each winner advancing to a best of three series against another regional champion for the right to play in the College World Series. Each region was composed of four teams, resulting in 64 teams participating in the tournament at the conclusion of their regular season, and in some cases, after a conference tournament. The fifty-fifth tournament’s champion was Miami (FL), coached by Jim Morris. The Most Outstanding Player was Charlton Jimerson of Miami (FL).
Miami Hurricanes colors are orange, green, and white. The school mascot is Sebastian the Ibis. The ibis was selected as the school’s mascot because, according to university legend, it is the last animal to flee an approaching hurricane and the first to reappear after the storm, making it a symbol of leadership and courage. The school’s athletics logo is a simple green and orange, color of an orange tree, letter “U.” The school’s marching band is the Band of the Hour.
Aside from being an independent in baseball, the Hurricanes were a full member of the Big East Conference from 1991 to 2004. In 2004, the school became a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC).
College Sports Established
Coral Gables, Florida
University of Miami
1973 – Present / NCAA Division 1
1929 – 1973 / University Division of the NCAA
2004 – Present / ACC Conference
1991 – 2004 / Big East Conference
1878 – 1990 / Division I Independent
1929 – 1942 / Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association
Hurricanes – When The U was founded in Coral Gables, Florida in 1925, the school needed a nickname to go along with its NCAA sports team. Apparently, some wanted to go with a “local flora or fauna,” but Porter Norris of the 1926 team said none of the players would go for that.
The story says Norris suggested the Hurricanes because the opening game of the season had been postponed due to a storm. It has also been scene as a logical nickname due to the storm often hitting the South Florida coast.
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