CORAL GABLES, Fla. – The University of Miami unveiled the official logo of the 1983 National Championship team’s 30-year reunion, to be held Aug. 30 during the football regular season opener against Florida Atlantic at Sun Life Stadium.
“1983 was the linchpin that put into place the wonderful talent that was assembled and would continue to create the greatest college football dynasty since World War II,” former Miami Hurricanes head coach Howard Schnellenberger said. “I was thrilled when I learned the University was going to move up the next scheduled reunion so that I and many others could participate and enjoy.”
The logo, a brainchild of Miami Hurricanes graphic designer Leo Ramos, includes both subtle and stout references to the historical significance of the team’s accomplishments.
“It was an honor to even be asked to design it,” Ramos said. “I put an immense amount of pressure on myself to make sure it was done right and highlight the team that basically started it all. I had to try and dim down my fanhood and really try to honor them as they deserved to be.”
Among the multiple historical references embedded in the logo: a bowl of oranges commemorating the 50th Orange Bowl Classic, the markings of a football on the bowl, a “1” to signify the program’s first national championship, as well as the tagline “The Dynasty Begins” located on the base of the logo.
“Whenever I’m designing, I always like to insert subliminal hints towards history,” Ramos said. “I want it to be significant. Looking great is almost an afterthought. I want to make sure it served a purpose. I want it to highlight the idea of foundation.”
Ramos put in plenty of persona research before he began designing.
“I went as far as to re-watch a few of the team’s games from that season,” he said. “I wanted to really get the attitude of the team, capture all of the poetic romance, and try to visually describe all of it.”
More than 65 players and coaches from the 1983 team are planning to attend, with more names being added to the growing list daily.
“The University and athletic department are excited about the opportunity to bring back the 1983 National Champions,” said Director of Alumni Programs Rick Remmert. “They represent the best of who we are. You can’t win your second national championship until you’ve won your first. They did it with incredible style, fashion and performance, and they certainly are deserving and worthy of this recognition.”
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