Thursday night was a natural disaster for the Miami Hurricanes.
The Canes suffered a 14-0 loss to Louisiana Tech in the Independence Bowl, mustering just 227 yards of offense while being blanked in a bowl game for the first time since 1994.
Making matters worse, Miami finished its season at 6-7, the third time the storied football program — the subject of two ESPN “30-for-30” documentaries — came in under .500 since 1997.
The continued fall to unremarkable — the Hurricanes have won just on division title and zero conference titles since joining the ACC in 2004 — forced athletic director Blake James to address the failure in a statement on Twitter.
“Tonight’s game was a disappointing finish to a season that fell well below the high standards of The University of Miami football program,” James wrote. “Manny Diaz is the right leader for our program but clearly changes are necessary and expected. Manny is in the process of making a full assessment of the football program, including coaches and staff.
While Diaz, the first-year coach, seems to be safe from the chopping block, the program is expected to move on from offensive coordinator Dan Enos.
Whatever happens down in Miami, there’s going to be plenty to work with for a third installment of the “30-for-30” trilogy.