It’s the end of an era. The online sports betting community mourns the passing of the one true turnover gimmick: Miami’s turnover chain.
Gone, but not forgotten.
Miami Turnover Chain Retired
On Wednesday, New Miami head coach Mario Cristobal revealed that the Hurricanes will no longer use the infamous sideline garment.
The turnover chain was used to celebrate individual players who came up with an interception or a fumble during a game.
Miami rode the wave of a sudden, iconic cultural movement that emanated from the chain. The Hurricanes finished the 2017 season with 31 turnovers and finished No. 13 in the final AP poll.
Miami Takeaways by Season
Turnover Chain Era (Since 2017)
2017 — 31
2018 — 25
2019 — 20
2020 — 16
2021 — 11 pic.twitter.com/Zk6b9sWHqR
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) July 21, 2022
However, Miami’s team turnovers have decreased every year since then, falling to 11 total turnovers in 2021 – one of the 10 worst turnover rates in all of FBS college football.
“It’s not part of our culture,” Cristobal said.
Who Started the Turnover Chain?
The Miami Hurricanes’ turnover chain took college football by storm in 2017.
At the time, Mark Richt was still Miami’s head coach, but the idea seems to have come from his defensive coordinator and eventual successor, Manny Diaz.
It was, as Richt put it at the time, “gaudy and beautiful.” In other words: a perfect fit for the Miami Hurricanes football brand.
RIP Miami’s Turnover Chain
— Sports Entertainment (@OutsiderSports) July 21, 2022
When the chain was still new and novel, it was a genuine motivator for players to go out and make a play on the field.
“We definitely look forward to getting a turnover and then putting the chain on our neck,” said former Miami safety Jaquan Johnson. “It motivates the team, it excites the crowd and it bothers the other team.”
The Era of the Custom Turnover Chain
If thievery is the highest form of flattery, then college football must have really loved Miami’s turnover chain.
It wasn’t long before seemingly every program had created some sort of ridiculous knockoff in the hopes of recreating Miami’s 31 turnovers from the 2017 season.
Oregon State, perhaps taking inspiration from its Beaver mascot, placed a turnover chainsaw on the sidelines.
Boise State had a turnover throne that players could sit in following a highlight play.
Tulane, in a nod to Mardi Gras, had turnover beads.
And Florida State had a turnover backpack, for some reason, which was just kind of weird and sad.
Don’t worry fans – the Turnover Backpack is Safe! pic.twitter.com/GLgZGxIfgF
— Florida State Men’s Basketball (@FSUHoops) August 31, 2019
I suspect these custom turnover chains will be retired in swift succession now. Many will be forgotten.
That Miami original will prove to be an exception, though. We’ll always remember our first turnover chain.
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