Everyone knows Mark Richt loves Miami’s Turnover Chain, and there are plenty of schools which have either duplicated the idea or used it as inspiration for some other crazy but awesome tradition. It just will be hard for any team to top what the Hurricanes don on the sidelines each Saturday.
Not only is it classic, and full of swag, it got a major upgrade before Miami (FL) clobbered Savannah State 77-0 at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida. The “U” chain no longer exists. It got replaced by UM mascot Sebastian the Ibis rocking an orange jersey.
Made by AJ The Jeweler, the 2017 Turnover Chain with the orange and green encrusted “U” featured 900 stones, was 5.5 inches and weighed 4.4 pounds. It was great and the Miami Hurricanes wore it often with 30 turnovers last season.
The new one featuring Sebastian the Ibis is 8.5 inches, has over 4,000 stones, and weighs 6.6 pounds.
Needless to say, it looks pretty sweet of the long Cuban link necklace made of 10K gold.
So how much did this cost? One guy is reporting it cost $98,456.
Seriously? This cannot be accurate, right? This is just a Twitter spoof that went viral featuring 4,000 retweets and 11,000 likes, correct? The chain awarded to Hurricanes players on the sideline for creating turnovers cannot have nearly a six-figure price tag, can it? It is just Twitter after all.
It is heavier, and longer, and features over 3,000 more stones. It really could be possible, but most don’t want to believe it. And let’s avoid the conversation of who fronted the bill for the new chain if it’s true.
Congrats to Trajan Bandy for being the first player to rock the new Turnover Chain. His fumble recovery in the second quarter was the first of four turnovers on the day. There is no doubt many more Miami Hurricanes will wear it this season, too.