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Miami’s turnover chain will be back (and wiped down after every use)

“Yes, the turnover chain is back,” coach Manny Diaz says. “It’s not a turnover mask.”
The Miami Hurricanes' turnover chain will be back this year ... under updated health protocols, of course.
The Miami Hurricanes' turnover chain will be back this year ... under updated health protocols, of course. [ Times ]
Published Sept. 7, 2020

In case you were worried about one of college football’s gaudiest traditions amidst the coronavirus pandemic, fear not: the Miami Hurricanes’ turnover chain will return this season.

“Yes, the turnover chain is back,” coach Manny Diaz said Monday afternoon. “It’s not a turnover mask, which would have made some sense in this year. But we weren’t thinking ahead at the time.”

This year's turnover chain will look different than the one Scott Patchan showed off last year.
This year's turnover chain will look different than the one Scott Patchan showed off last year. [ MONICA HERNDON | Tampa Bay Times ]

Alas. The chain’s appearance will continue to evolve, just as it has every year since it made its dazzling debut in 2017.

Although the threat of COVID-19 didn’t end the turnover chain, the pandemic will affect how the bejeweled necklace is treated on the sidelines.

“We have to get it wiped down like we have done with everything else,” Diaz said.

Related: Why Miami’s D’Eriq King is the most important player in the state

Miami brought out the turnover chain four times in last year’s opener against Florida but still lost 24-20 in Orlando.

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