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Miami football dominated 1980s with colorful characters

ESPN's "30 for 30" documentary series returns Saturday after the Heisman Trophy show with "The U," directed by Billy Corben and focusing on the notorious Miami Hurricanes of the 1980s and early '90s.

Despite a lack of cooperation from the university, the film does not lack for interesting voices from the program's past, most of which defend it and rationalize its infamous excesses.

It was a bit of a shock to see the Canes' occasionally sordid on and off field antics assembled  in one, two-hour TV package. Wow!

The length of the film - the longest in the series thus far - might turn off some viewers, but for the most part the colorful cast of characters that made Miami what it was, for better and worse, makes this worth a look.

Says Michael Irvin in the film:

"It wasn't any conspiracy or the media. They didn't do anything. We were bad boys and we were enjoying being bad boys."

The series returns March 14 with "Winning Time: Reggie Miller vs. the New York Knicks."

That should be interesting . . .

Tags: college football

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