Since its inception in 1926, the program has won five AP national championships (1983, 1987, 1989, 1991, and 2001). The University of Miami Hurricanes are one of the most illustrious and accomplished football schools in NCAA history. They have appeared in the National Football League Championship Game six times - most recently in 2006 when they lost to the Indianapolis Colts 32-29.
The school's athletic department is one of the largest in the country, generating over $100 million in revenue annually. It features a number of world-class facilities, including the Sun Life Stadium on Miami's Coral Gables campus. The stadium has been called "the cathedral of college football" by Sports Illustrated because of its size and style. It holds 75,000 spectators and was built at a cost of $250 million.
Miami's basketball team has also had considerable success. They have made the NCAA Tournament every year since 1980 - the longest active streak in the nation. Their overall record is 972-279 - an average of 31 wins a season.
The Hurricanes' baseball team has won two national titles - in 1983 and 1985 - and has made the postseason every year since 1972. Their overall record is 1032-416 - an average of 46 wins a season.
Miami's soccer team has qualified for the NCAA Tournament nine times - most recently in 2011.
No program in the country has won more national titles than Miami football since it rose to prominence in the early 1980s. On and off the field, the Hurricanes have a long history of garnering conference and national distinctions. They are one of only three programs to have their number retired by the NCAA (the others being Texas and Michigan).
Miami's biggest sporting moment may have been when they beat Virginia in the last second of regulation time to win the 2004 National Championship. The victory sent a shockwave through college football and is still regarded as one of the greatest sports moments ever.
The school's name comes from a royal appointment made by King George II of England. He appointed Francis "Fred" Moore as secretary to the government of his colony of Florida. The job paid well at the time, about $10,000 per year ($150,000 in today's dollars), and included free transportation on ships sailing to Europe with crops or goods sold there to pay for the passage.
Moore was also given land along with the position, but he never took up residence in Florida. Instead, he moved to South Carolina where he continued to work for the government while living among friends and relatives who had moved to South Carolina too. He died in 1771 at the age of 47.
The Miami football program began in 1879.
They were invited to the Orange Bowl, where they won 22-0 over Nebraska. The AP Poll declared the Hurricanes national champions, the program's fourth national title.
During the 1982 NCAA Division I-A football season, the University of Miami's football team was known as the Miami Hurricanes. It was the 57th season of football for the Hurricanes. The Hurricanes, who played their home games at the Orange Bowl, were coached by fourth-year head coach Howard Schnellenberger.
Football and the NCAA Atlantic Coast Conference for the Miami Hurricanes.
The University of Miami was founded in 1853, making it the oldest public university in Florida. The school's sports teams are called "Hurricanes" and they play in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Miami is a large city with an estimated population of 450,000 people. It is located on a barrier island along Florida's Gulf Coast, approximately 250 miles north of Havana, Cuba. The campus of the University of Miami is surrounded by beaches and parks and includes several hundred acres of natural habitat. Many large buildings have been constructed within the last decade, including a new basketball arena and dormitories.
The University of Miami sponsors 22 varsity sports programs at the Division I level. Men's baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, soccer and tennis compete as ACC members. Women's basketball, cross country, golf, soccer and tennis also belong to the conference. UM has joined other schools to form a league that will play college football starting in 2014. The Hurricanes will be part of the Coastal Division along with Duke, Florida State, North Carolina, Syracuse and Virginia Tech.