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For The Love Of The Game

People thought I was weird for insisting my son wear a Miami hat in his baby photos.. .Art Kehoe knows how I feel.
People thought I was weird for insisting my son wear a Miami hat in his baby photos.. .Art Kehoe knows how I feel.

I thought I bled Hurricane Orange & Green. I've got a "mancave" thats littered with old photos of Miami greats like Michael Irvin, Jimmy Johnson and Uncle Luke, framed newspaper clippings and ticket stubs and a 6ft by 4ft custom Fathead of the outside of the old Orange Bowl Stadium - which I consider my "happy place".

But I don't hold a candle to Art Kehoe.

Kehoe spent a quarter of a century in Coral Gables where he was a part of five national championships and probably a gazillion awesome parties. For two years he donned The U helmet and lined up every Saturday, then for the next two and a half decades he served under five different head coaches as Offensive Line Coach. Howard Schnellenberger, Johnson, Dennis Erickson and Butch Davis all came and went and Kehoe was still there coaching 'em up.

At the end of an ugly 2005 season, right around the time it became clear that Larry Coker was steering the Titanic straight towards the iceberg, Kehoe was quietly sent packing. One unfortunate lawsuit and a few years of bouncing around colleges and the CFL later, and it sure didn't seem like a return to his happy place was even a possibility.

But upon Randy Shannon's dismissal this past off-season, Miami brought in former Temple coach Al Golden who quickly started ramping up his new staff. It didn't take long for Golden to learn about the legend of Kehoe and place the phone call.

Andy Staples at Sports Illustrated recently put together a great piece about Kehoe and his return trip to Miami, which really helps to put the difference between NCAA and pro sports in perspective. While college football is clearly a big business, there is a special connection fans and faculty alike can have with their University that just isn't comparable with an NFL team - and is why I can't wait until football kicks off again next September and Kehoe is back on the sidelines in Miami where he belongs.

-Grant Cohen, THE U