The Miami Hurricanes are widely considered the originators of turnover props in college football when they rolled out their iconic turnover chain in 2017. For the past five seasons, any time a Miami player forced a turnover, the player would be given an oversized 36-inch, 2.5-kilogram, 10-karat gold chain to wear on the sidelines in celebration.
It was fun and iconic while it lasted, but all good things must come to an end – the turnover chain included. On Thursday, new Miami head coach Mario Cristobal officially announced that the Hurricanes would be parting with the famed turnover prop, according to Brett McMurphy of The Action Network.
Miami dumping Turnover Chain: UM coach Mario Cristobal said the 'Canes are getting rid of the Turnover Chain "It's not part of our culture," Cristobal told me. UM has had the Turnover Chain since 2017
— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) July 21, 2022
“It’s not part of our culture,” Miami head coach Mario Cristobal told McMurphy.
As Tim Reynolds of the Associated Press points out, this isn’t necessarily new information. Back in January, Miami five-star offensive tackle Francis Mauigoa told Adam Gorney of Rivals that Miami was getting rid of the turnover chain.
The Turnover Chain was gone months ago, folks.
May it continue to rest in glimmering peace. https://t.co/1mR2OxaIgD
— Tim Reynolds (@ByTimReynolds) July 21, 2022
“We got rid of the turnover chain,” Mauigoa said. “We’re here to play football.”
Still, the news was surprising to most in the college football world, who took to Twitter and lamented the demise of what had become one of the more iconic recent traditions in the country.
— Ralph D. Russo (@ralphDrussoAP) July 21, 2022
This is lame as hell. The turnover chain represents the only cool thing about UM football over the past 15 years. More than that, it represents the swagger of the championship years. It’s absolutely a part of their culture. It’s just not part of Mario’s. https://t.co/1PxUviZW7J
— Sam Quinn (@SamQuinnCBS) July 21, 2022
The turnover chain was cool, it had nothing to do with Miami playing poorly and its demise is the loss of what had become a really fun new tradition. Lame.
— Chris Vannini (@ChrisVannini) July 21, 2022
Pour one out for the Turnover Chain https://t.co/QTlVivbFdx
— Trey Wallace (@TreyWallace_) July 21, 2022
Visited Mario and Miami last week. The turnover chains have been removed from the display case in the football offices and are now somewhere in the team’s equipment room, possibly never to see light again. https://t.co/rk7d71lO60
— Ross Dellenger (@RossDellenger) July 21, 2022
— Chris Perfett (@chrisperfett) July 21, 2022
— Jeannine Edwards (@jeanninee12) July 21, 2022
It’s unclear what traditions Cristobal will bring with him to Miami, but we know that the Canes have now gotten a little less fun.