A claim by former University of Miami receiver Randal Hill that he was spat at and called the N-- word when he played against Notre Dame has got the Sun Bowl clash between both sides off to an explosive start.
Hill’s comments were reported in the Palm Beach Post after it became official the colleges would meet in El Paso, Texas on January 31st.
”I have a major problem with Notre Dame,” said Hill, who is now working for for the Department of Homeland Security. “They always thought they were better than us and they had an attitude of ‘Catholics vs. Convicts’ even though our graduation rate was higher than their’s.
“We won more national titles than they did. But I had a problem with their ego. I’ll never let that go. I remember getting off the bus, being called [the N-word], being spit on, being called all these different names. I don’t forget that type of stuff.
He called for Miami to run up the score against Notre Dame in the sun Bowl.
“I don’t care what the University of Miami’s record is, if you have Notre Dame on the schedule, you have to win that game.”
“I despise them. On the field, there is nothing that’s acceptable except crushing Notre Dame. And if you’re winning, run up the score.”
The teams are meeting for the first time since 1990 it what used to be an intense rivalry. Both are 7-5 this season, a long way from the glory days and Miai recently fired their coach Randy Shannon.
“Off the field, it’s a different story. I knew a lot of those guys in the [NFL] and they were great guys. But on the field when you play Notre Dame, you have to take care of business. It’s unacceptable to lose to them, period.”
Hill admitted that Miami have disappointed this year but a win against the Irish would change all that.
“It would help,” Hill said. “It’s still a big blow as far as how the season went but it’s always good to end the season on a positive note, especially if it’s by beating Notre Dame.”