This southernmost university in the United States—located 300 miles south of Cairo, Egypt—is just 29 years old. In this comparatively short time it has developed one of the most modern campuses in America, with a faculty of 500 and a student body of over 10,000. I'm afraid if someone had paid my way to a campus like this when I was an east Tennessee prep schooler that I'd still be sitting there with my feet in the sand.
Last year's fine Miami team would have been undefeated except for the margin of one extra point. They were beaten 14-13 by a slow-starting Auburn team which toward the end of the season was one of the country's best. Miami ground out wins over Baylor, Maryland, Mississippi State, Alabama and traditional Florida.
I use the term "ground out" advisedly. The "drive series" (right) is at least 75% of their attack. On each play the ball is either first faked or given to the fullback. The three deep backs are closer to the line of scrimmage than most T teams. Gus says a short three and a half yards, which in my vocabulary means three. They are down in a three-point stance, thus adding to the drive and deception. The linemen do not pull out to lead plays but use the area block or the "influence" block—in the latter case, blocking an opponent the wrong way to mislead him. The "drive series" takes all offensive key tip-offs away from the defense and makes every play look just alike. Seldom is the so-called quick opener used which is an integral part of the split T attack. Flankers are at a minimum. Sometimes they go into a sort of a double wing referred to as their " Florida formation." Last year they were not pass-minded, but if Gus decided to loosen them up by pitching more—look out, opposition!