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Willis McGahee wants his 2002 ring

Posted on: June 24, 2011 11:14 am
Edited on: June 25, 2011 11:13 am

 CORAL GABLES, Fla. – Former Miami running back Willis McGahee said he would “like to have my ring” if it is found that Ohio State won the 2003 BCS title game while competing with ineligible players.

The validity of that championship has reached no higher than speculation stage, but has been a topic of conversation given Ohio State’s current NCAA problems. McGahee, a former Hurricane great, told that he still feels that Miami was “cheated” out of a win because of back judge Terry Porter’s controversial pass interference call.

Asked specifically if Miami should be declared national champions if Ohio State won with ineligible players, McGahee said: “I feel we were cheated anyway. We beat them. The pass interference with the eligible, ineligible players. It wouldn’t have made any difference. I can’t get my money back that I missed out on a second ring. If they did [cheat] I’d like to have my ring.”

Miami won the 2001 national championship and was beaten out for consecutive titles in 2002, losing to Ohio State 32-24 in double overtime. Porter’s call came on a play in which Miami’s Glenn Sharpe went up for a ball against Ohio State’s Chris Gamble came on a fourth-and-3 play from the Miami 5. That loss stopped a 35-game winning streak by the Hurricanes.

For Ohio State to be scrutinized, the NCAA would have to decide it is worth going back beyond the four-year statute of limitations to prosecute the Buckeyes. If players competed while ineligible at anytime, Ohio State would likely have to vacate victories. There is more of a chance that the program would have to vacate 2010 wins. There is no evidence that Ohio State played any ineligible players in 2002, only reports that players were receiving extra benefits for long periods of time. Nine years after that season, Al Golden is beginning his first with the Canes.

“He turned Temple around,” McGahee said recently following a workout on campus with several other NFL players. “The fact that he turned that program around says a lot about his character, his coaching staff. The good thing about it is, he came to the University of Miami.”

McGahee ran for 2,080 yards in two seasons at Miami. His college career ended after a devastating knee injury in the fourth quarter of that Ohio State game. McGahee came back, rehabbed his knee and become an effective NFL back over the past eight seasons.

McGahee’s agent, Drew Rosenhaus, is the same as just-departed Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor. It was Rosenhaus who marketed McGahee during his knee injury, allowing the back to be drafted 23rd overall only 3 ½ months after the injury.

Significant issues remain about Pryor’s talents heading into the supplemental draft.

“He’s [Rosenhaus] going to get in there and talk to the teams, tell them about his client [Pryor], get the word out,” McGahee said. “The knee, he did that. I did my part. I had to work.”

There is a Ohio State quarterback-Miami-McGahee connection. Former Heisman winner Troy Smith was a teammate with the Ravens.

“They said Troy Smith couldn’t play quarterback,” McGahee said. “I’ve known Troy for four years. He came out and won the Heisman Trophy. When he got his shot, he took advantage of it. If you have the ability to throw and read coverages, doesn’t matter how tall you are, as long as you have the heart.”


Since: Aug 27, 2006
Posted on: August 17, 2011 6:22 am

Willis McGahee wants his 2002 ring

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAAAA!!!!!!  This is really, really, really funny today.

Since: Nov 14, 2010
Posted on: August 17, 2011 5:50 am

Willis McGahee wants his 2002 ring

Hey Willis, looks your school won't even have a football program in a year because of how many rules YOUR TEAM BROKE.

Nebraska wants THEIR RING back. Hypocritical chump. 

Since: Nov 14, 2010
Posted on: August 17, 2011 5:49 am

Willis McGahee wants his 2002 ring


Hahaha, what a hypocritical thug-life loser CHUMP. 

Since: Jun 3, 2011
Posted on: June 29, 2011 4:17 pm

Willis McGahee wants his 2002 ring

It makes me smile that McGahee is still angry about this.

Since: Jun 19, 2011
Posted on: June 29, 2011 2:19 pm

Willis McGahee wants his 2002 ring

just more whining from mcgagme, it is hard to have respect for a player that says stupid things like this. all he wants is the headlines and yet another chance to whine. if the ncaa vacated any wins by any team it doesnt change into a victory for another team. what kind of man would want a ring he didnt earn? and truth be told he didnt earn a ring that night, osu outplayed miami pure and simple, had the refs against them all night and finally caught a break at the end, and that one lone call is all miami fans (all six of them) have been whining about for years.

Since: Jun 19, 2011
Posted on: June 29, 2011 2:10 pm

Willis McGahee wants his 2002 ring

from your meandering comments I was unable to decide exactly what point you were trying to make. you do know smith, mccoy,bradford and tebow were not on any college roster back in the 2001-2002 season.

Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: June 27, 2011 10:20 pm

Willis McGahee wants his 2002 ring

I always thought that his name was "Willie". Yes, let's make OSU vacate the championship and have championship bracelets made (ala Mark Cuban) for the Miami Hurricanes.

I have got news for McGahee...Troy Smith still can't play QB. He couldn't beat out a bunch of underachievers in SF and he never will. College Heisman Trophy winning QB's always turn out to be mediocre players in the NFL....if they are lucky. Perhaps, Two of the Big Three of 2010 might change things. The Big Three I'm referring to is Sam Bradford, Colt McCoy and Tim Tebow. All except McCoy have won the Heisman. Having said that I expect McCoy to have the best career of the three. You can count on it.

Since: Aug 18, 2010
Posted on: June 27, 2011 5:19 pm

Willis McGahee wants his 2002 ring

Officiating aside, I think the reason Miami lost that game was because McGahee got hurt.  Miami was a very different team with him in the game.  It was a very close game, and any one play could have decided it.  Sucks to be on the losing end of a game like that, but someone has to.  In this case, it was Miami. 

Since: May 23, 2011
Posted on: June 25, 2011 4:54 pm

Willis McGahee wants his 2002 ring

Need I say more?

Please do.  Other than folks who hate Miami, I don't recall anyone ever accusing Davis of being dirty while at Miami.  Heck, by almost every account I've ever heard or read, he is credited for taking Miami away from the thug days of the 80's and early 90's. 

Then again, how can anyone refute your rock solid logic. 

Since: Aug 27, 2006
Posted on: June 25, 2011 2:45 pm

Willis McGahee wants his 2002 ring

So you are saying that Butch Davis is clean?  He has only ran a crooked ship only at North Carolina and just happened to turn around Miami being squeaky clean?  YEAH RIGHT!!!!  When Butch Davis was not allowed to cheat, he ran football teams into the ground.  Just ask the Cleveland Browns.  The fact that Miami was so good in 2001 and 2002 with Butch Davis recruits is an obvious sign of the cheating that went on to get those kids to Miami.  How has Miami fared since those Davis recruits left Miami?  How was Miami before the Davis recruits arrived?  Need I say more?

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