You finally decided to rejoin the world of big-time college football, with a financial outlay never before seen inside your own athletic department. You brought home native son Mario Cristobal, the coach your entire fan base wanted. You are on the verge of convincing well-respected Clemson athletic director Dan Radakovich to leave one of the best situations in the entire Power 5 and come aboard.
You will be celebrated for pulling off what would have been inconceivable even a month ago. The pats on the back will be deserved for going out and showing the commitment this program has desperately needed for the past 15 years.
It is about time. So, bravo.
But it all begs the question: Will throwing close to $100 million to try to catch up to the rest of the power players with a decade-plus head start be enough to fix Miami football?
The easy answer is no. Because Miami has lacked more than just a financial commitment to football, if we are truly being honest. Too many voices chiming in with what they think is best, and too much toxicity have been a feature — and not a bug — at Miami over the years. Simply throwing money at the problem, and making two good hires on paper, is not going to cure a rotten culture that has surrounded the program, seeped into its very foundation, spread its tentacles and suffocated those who have tried to change it.
That rotten culture led Miami officials — desperate to land Cristobal — to abandon decency and class and leave another native son, former coach Manny Diaz, dangling in the wind for nearly two weeks while it cajoled someone else to take his job.