Everyone knows former Hurricanes head coach Mark Richt loves Miami’s Turnover Chain, and there are plenty of schools across the country which have either duplicated the idea or used it as inspiration for some other crazy but awesome celebrations. It just will be hard for the college football world to beat the sideline prop the star Hurricanes defenders don each game day.
Not only is it classic, original, and full of swag, it got a major upgrade prior to the 2018 home opener, when the Miami Hurricanes clobbered the Savannah State Tigers, 77-0, at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida after losing to LSU at AT&T Stadium to begin the season. It’s been upgraded every year since 2017.
Make no mistake, the turnover chain is back in 2021 after changing shape the last few years.
Miami’s Turnover Chain
“The U” chain with orange and green stones from the 2017 season is the original, but it no longer exists. The original turnover chain got replaced by UM mascot Sebastian the Ibis rocking an orange jersey and it supposedly came with a nice price tag. The original version was also for sale in 2021, but as an NFT if you’re a fan of digital currency.
Made by AJ The Jeweler, the 2017 edition with the encrusted “U” featured 900 orange and green sapphire stones, was 5.5 inches, and weighed 4.4 pounds. It was great and the Miami Hurricanes wore the link chain often with 30 turnovers last season, from the opener against Bethune-Cookman to the Orange Bowl against Wisconsin.
The 2018 version featuring Sebastian the Ibis is 8.5 inches, has over 4,000 stones and weighs 6.6 pounds. Talk about a major upgrade.
How Much Does Miami’s Turnover Chain Cost?
Needless to say, the long Cuban link necklace made of 10 karat gold looked sweet for defensive coordinator Manny Diaz’s unit all season long, especially during ACC play.
It’s hard to believe that’s true, that the chain awarded to Hurricanes players on the sideline for creating turnovers has nearly a six-figure price tag. After all, it’s just Twitter and people love to make things up all of the time.
Let’s say it is true. Do we even want to have the conversation on who fronted the bill for the new turnover chain? Better yet, who approved purchasing it in the budget?
Regardless the price tag, the new chain is heavier, longer, features over 3,000 more stones, and the Miami fans absolutely love it.
Trajan Bandy was the first player to rock the new Miami Hurricanes Turnover Chain in the first half of the 2018 home opener for his fumble recovery in the second quarter against Savannah State.
Miami Turnover Chain 2019
The Manny Diaz era didn’t exactly start how University of Miami fans wanted. A loss to the Florida Gators on Saturday night at Camping World Stadium in Orlando was not ideal. However, there was some good that came from that football game, including an introduction to the latest and greatest turnover chain.
This new turnover chain was flashy and absolutely full of swag. It brings back “The U” and also includes Miami’s 305 area code.
Take a look at this bling, which includes over 2,000 grams of gold.
The 305 pendant has over 2,000 white sapphire stones and 500 grams of gold. That’s absolutely crazy.
Canes defensive lineman Scott Patchan was the first Miami player to don the new chain. Linebacker Shaquille Quarterman also wore it against the Gators in South Florida.
The offense, led by redshirt freshman quarterback Jarren Williams, had touchdown rings last year, too.
From touchdowns to takeaways, Miami football games are now must-see games because of the gold chain and rings.
Miami Turnover Chain 2020
Just when you thought Miami’s turnover chain couldn’t get any better, it most certainly did.
Created by jeweler AJ Machado, the 2020 version was unveiled after Al Blades Jr.’s interception in a matchup against Louisville on September 19, 2020.
According to the South Florida Sun Sentinel, the new version features a 32-inch, 10-karat gold Cuban-link chain. On the charm, the state of Florida is in white, while the South Florida tri-county area is in orange and green.
It contains approximately 1,900 white sapphires, according to CBS Sports.
The best part, however, is the “U” logo over the state. Conveniently, it covers the cities of Miami’s biggest in-state rivals — Florida and Florida State.
Miami was the site of ESPN’s College GameDay on September 26 before its rivalry game against FSU.
The coronavirus pandemic and COVID-19 outbreak made the NCAA season interesting, to say the least, but that hasn’t stopped the Miami football team from making the Turnover Chain a trending topic once again.
The price of the 2020 chain is unknown, and Machado won’t disclose, but it definitely does not look cheap.
Miami Turnover Chain 2021
The University of Miami teased fans before the season, because there’s definitely going to be a new turnover chain in 2021.
We’ll have to wait for the first turnover of Miami’s season to see it. That could come as Miami head coach Manny Diaz and the ‘Canes take on the Alabama Crimson Tide in the season opener on September 4 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia, in an action-packed Week 1 featuring great games from teams like Ohio State, Penn State, Michigan and Wisconsin.
All of the college football world will be waiting for this year’s turnover chain.
This article was originally published September 11, 2018. It had been updated after each chain was released.