1946 Miami Hurricanes football
ConferenceIndependent
Record8–2
Head coach
Home stadiumOrange Bowl
(capacity: 35,030)
Seasons
← 1945
1947 →
1946 Southern college football independents records
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Oklahoma City     10 1 0
Maryville     9 1 0
Miami (FL)     8 2 0
Middle Tennessee     6 2 1
Mississippi Southern     7 3 0
Georgetown     5 3 0
East Carolina     5 3 1
Princess Anne     5 3 1
Sewanee     4 3 0
Chattanooga     5 5 0
Grambling     6 6 0
Tennessee Tech     5 5 0
Virginia     4 4 1
West Virginia     5 5 0
Marshall     2 7 1
CCUNC     2 4 0
Navy     1 8 0

The 1946 Miami Hurricanes football team was an American football team that represented the University of Miami as an independent during the 1946 college football season. In their eighth year under head coach Jack Harding, the Hurricanes compiled an 8–2 record and outscored opponents by a total of 200 to 147.[1] They played their home games at Burdine Stadium in Miami.

The November 29 game was originally scheduled to be against Penn State. That game was cancelled in early November by unanimous vote of the Penn State team.[2] Miami officials felt that Penn State fielding their African American players Wallace Triplett and Dennis Hoggard in Miami could have led to "unfortunate incidents",[3] and the team chose to cancel the game rather than playing without Triplett and Hoggard.[2] Miami reportedly invited Syracuse to replace Penn State. This invitation was promptly declined and rebuked in an editorial in The Daily Orange, titled "No Thanks, Miami".[4] Detroit was added to the schedule in replacement of Penn State in mid-November.[5]

Schedule

DateOpponentSiteResultAttendanceSource
September 27William & MaryW 13–329,562[6]
October 4North Carolina
  • Orange Bowl
  • Miami, FL
L 0–2131,451[7]
October 11TCU
  • Orange Bowl
  • Miami, FL
W 20–1230,860[8]
October 19at FloridaW 20–13[9]
October 25Chattanooga
  • Orange Bowl
  • Miami, FL
W 33–1326,011[10]
November 1at VillanovaW 26–2126,000[11]
November 8Miami (OH)
  • Orange Bowl
  • Miami, FL
W 20–1731,158[12]
November 15No. 11 LSU
  • Orange Bowl
  • Miami, FL
L 7–2033,504[13]
November 22Washington and Lee
  • Orange Bowl
  • Miami, FL
W 40–2024,419[14]
November 29Detroit
  • Orange Bowl
  • Miami, FL
W 21–724,747[15]
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game

[16]

After the season

Main article: 1947 NFL Draft

The 1947 NFL Draft was held on December 16, 1946. The following Hurricanes were selected.[17]

Round Pick Player Position NFL Club
7 51 Tony Yovicsin End Philadelphia Eagles
8 56 Harvey James Center Detroit Lions
9 72 Bob McDougal Fullback Green Bay Packers

References

  1. ^ "1946 Miami (FL) Hurricanes Schedule and Results". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved May 20, 2022.
  2. ^ a b "Football team stood against racism, broke barriers in 1946-47". psu.edu. February 14, 2006. Retrieved January 5, 2020.
  3. ^ "Penn State-Miami U. Grid Game Is Latest Victim of 'Racial Problem'". The Gazette and Daily. York, Pennsylvania. AP. November 6, 1946. p. 25. Retrieved January 5, 2020 – via Newspapers.com open access.
  4. ^ "Syracuse Turns Down Miami Offer to Sub for Penn State". The Tribune. Scranton, Pennsylvania. 13 November 1946. p. 17. Retrieved 29 November 2020 – via Newspapers.com open access.
  5. ^ "Detroit Fills Open Date in Miami Schedule". The Tampa Tribune. AP. November 15, 1946. p. 16. Retrieved January 5, 2020 – via Newspapers.com open access.
  6. ^ Luther Evans (September 28, 1946). "Miami Takes W and M By 13 To 3: Reocrd 29,562 Crowd Sees Bowl Opener". The Miami Herald. pp. 1A, 9A – via Newspapers.com.
  7. ^ Gary Butler (October 5, 1946). "It's Case of 'Too Much Justice' As Hurricanes Bow To NC: Tarheel Brilliant Leads Way To 21-0 Victory Before 31,451". The Miami News. p. 6 – via Newspapers.com.
  8. ^ John McMullan (October 12, 1946). "Li'l Davey Vindicates Himself In Hurricanes' 20-12 Triumph: Eldredge Runs 50 And 63 Yards As U-M Tops TC Before 30,860". The Miami News. p. 4 – via Newspapers.com.
  9. ^ Guy Butler (October 20, 1946). "'Won By Turning On Power,' Harding Says; Praises Dunn". The Miami News. p. 2C – via Newspapers.com.
  10. ^ "Hurricanes smash scrappy Chattanooga, 33–13". The Miami Herald. October 26, 1945. Retrieved September 8, 2021 – via Newspapers.com.
  11. ^ Mort Berry (November 2, 1946). "Miami Defeats Villanova, 26-21: 26,000 See Rally Fail; Polidor Runs 109 Yards". The Philadelphia Inquirer. p. 14 – via Newspapers.com.
  12. ^ Gayle Talbot (November 9, 1946). "Hurricanes Nip Classy Ohio Grid Machine, 20-17". The Miami Herald. pp. 12A, 13A – via Newspapers.com.
  13. ^ Guy Butler (November 16, 1946). "Inspired Hurricanes Clawed, 20-7, In Last Half By LSU: 33,504 Fans Thrilled As U. M. Touchdown Play Goes 76 Yards". The Miami News. p. 1A – via Newspapers.com.
  14. ^ Luther Evans (November 23, 1946). "Hurricanes Spank Generals In Thriller 40-20: Scoring Lid Ripped Off Stadium". The Miami Herald. p. 14 – via Newspapers.com.
  15. ^ "Miami Turns Heat on U-D to Win, 21-7". Detroit Free Press. November 30, 1946. p. 12 – via Newspapers.com.
  16. ^ "1946 Football Schedule". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved November 29, 2016.
  17. ^ "1947 NFL Draft Listing". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved November 29, 2020.