The Miami Herald reported how Miami coach Randy Shannon was upset with Florida's late field goal with 25 seconds left in Saturday's 26-3 victory. Shannon, who was quoted on a local radio station, said he was brought up to respect the opposing team and coach, and that you should run the ball if you're up big late.
"But some coaches feel they have to score points because of votes or things like that, or maybe the point spread, because that makes the team look good,'' Shannon told WQAM radio. "But I'm not that type of coach. I'm the type of coach that, if you're winning the game, you get out of there; you respect your opponents because you never know when it can happen to you.''
Shannon's frustration is confusing. Keep in mind, Miami held the Gators to nine points through three quarters. Shannon has also been on the other side as a player for Miami from 1985 to 1988, when the Hurricanes made a regular habit of thrashing opponents during their heyday (my memory may be fuzzy, but I don't seem to recall them being real sympathetic for how bad another team lost). What Florida did Saturday also is nowhere near as bad as the Fun-n-Gun days under Steve Spurrier.
It's not the same thing here, and Shannon knows it.