Return of The Convicts

If you didn't have a chance to check out the highlights from Miami's 35-0 win over Florida International on Saturday night, check your local listings.

Never mind that it was going to be a blowout before the teams took the field. The fun was in the extracurriculars.

A third-quarter brawl in which fists, helmets -- and even crutches -- were being used as weapons resulted in a total of 13 players being ejected from both teams.

According to Wikipedia "The Convicts" was a reference to the Miami teams when it faced Notre Dame -- "The Catholics" -- in the final three games in 1988, 1989, and 1990. "The Catholics vs. The Convicts" came about when an enterprising Notre Dame student began to print T-shirts carrying the slogan prior to the legendary 1988 matchup between the two teams in South Bend, Ind.

"Catholics" was an obvious reference to Notre Dame's Catholic character (although before the game, Miami quarterback Steve Walsh claimed Miami in fact had more Catholics on its team than Notre Dame, including himself and the entire Hurricane offensive line).

"Convicts" was an equally obvious, and openly derogatory, reference to the various scandals in which the Miami program had entangled itself, and the 'bad boy' image that resulting from that.

Expect several one-game bans from Saturday's melee.

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