MIAMI — The Hurricanes won, and so did Udonis Haslem.
Haslem, a Miami native and longtime Hurricanes fan, won his bet with Heat assistant coach Chris Quinn. After Miami’s 41-8 victory over Notre Dame on Saturday, Quinn was forced to wear a replica of the turnover chain that the Hurricanes have made famous this season to Tuesday’s practice.
“I wore it with pride,” said Quinn, who played basketball at Notre Dame from 2002-06. “You know, I’m obviously very loyal to the University of Notre Dame, but I also live in Miami now, so I can be happy for their success.”
If the Fighting Irish would have won, Haslem would have been forced to dress up like a leprechaun. Haslem attended the University of Florida, but he still roots for the Hurricanes after growing up in Miami.
“I would have definitely made Udonis dress up as a leprechaun and do the Fighting Irish stance, as well,” Quinn said.
But that will have to wait, as Miami dominated Notre Dame from start to finish on Saturday. The next scheduled football game between the Hurricanes and Fighting Irish is in 2024.
“We all watched the game together on the last road trip so he was already taking a lot of flak,” coach Erik Spoelstra said of Quinn after Tuesday’s practice. “This is three days straight he’s been taking a beating. Quinny, he can take a punch. He can laugh at himself, no doubt.”
It still hasn’t been a fun few days for Quinn, though.
“It was a long night,” Quinn said. “They were on me from the beginning to the end, and they had the right to. We’ll live to fight to another day, though.”