The bill came due Tuesday for Heat assistant coach and former Notre Dame guard Chris Quinn — a walk of shame before practice at AmericanAirlines Arena, fully adorned in a University of Miami turnover chain.
As if Saturday’s 41-8 Hurricanes victory over the Fighting Irish at Hard Rock Stadium wasn’t hard enough to stomach at the Heat’s team viewing party in a hotel just north of Detroit.
Power forward and Heat captain Udonis Haslem, a Hurricanes football partisan dating to his formative days in Miami, provided the bling, insisting that Quinn also throw up a “U” with his hands in front of teammates on the practice court.
“I wore it with pride,” Quinn said amid the Heat’s preparations for Wednesday’s game against the visiting Washington Wizards. “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.”
And here’s the rub, Quinn had it planned even worse for Haslem had Notre Dame won.
“We all watched the game together on the last road trip, so he was already taking a lot of flak,” coach Erik Spoelstra said. “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 was high stakes either way. U.D., if Notre Dame won, was going to have to dress up like a leprechaun and do this [taking a fighting stance]. It’s pretty bad either way.”
Of that, Quinn was adamant.
“Absolutely,” he said. “I would have definitely made Udonis dress us as a leprechaun and do the Fighting Irish stance, as well.”
With the other players on the Heat roster lacking an allegiance, most at the team viewing party sided with the hometown team.
“It was a long night,” Quinn said. “They were on me from the beginning to the end, and they had the right to do. We’ll live to fight to another day, though.”
Asked if he could envision the need to ever again wear the turnover chain, the facsimile of the one the Hurricanes present to a player after a takeaway, Quinn smiled.
“You never know,” he said. “Obviously, it’s always next year, so we’ll see what happens.”
The teams are next scheduled to play in 2024 and 2015.
Having already thrown up a “U” while alongside his teammates, Quinn declined to offer up an encore to the media following practice.
“You might be asking for a little much,” he said with a smile.