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 celebration. 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.
“The U” chain with orange and green stones from the 2017 season 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.
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.
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.
So how much did the 2018 chain cost? One guy reported a price tag of $98,456.
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. Only time will tell who will wear during the season opener with Manny Diaz now in charge of the program.