Thursday, August 23, 2007

IT's NOT SEEDY, IT's RETRO

The University of Miami will play home football games at Dolphin Stadium starting in 2008, leaving the historic but decaying Orange Bowl after seven decades.

("Decaying" is such a harsh word.)

The university's trustees decided Tuesday to make the much-debated move, which could generate $2 million or more in extra revenue annually for the Hurricanes' athletic department. City officials unsuccessfully tried to keep Miami at the Orange Bowl by promising $206 million in upgrades.

"This is a painful and sad decision," Miami president Donna Shalala said. "Almost as painful as firing the head football coach who won two national championships."

"Besides, think about how many Escalades you can buy with $2 million dollars," concluded Shalala.

(AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

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