"The U." It's a hand symbol synonymous with Miami athletics, used by players stretching back to the 'Canes of the early 1990s, immortalized by Michael Irvin, and carried on to this day. A symbol of swagger, of confidence, of Miami football's take-no-prisoners attitude on the football field.
On Thursday, The U jumped from the football field to an Indianapolis hotel boardroom when University of Miami President Donna Shalala flashed the gesture at reporters while leaving for a break from Miami's hearing before the NCAA's Committee on Infractions, as recorded by Manny Navarro of the Miami Herald:
There's so much to love about this video. Not only does Shalala -- former Secretary of Health and Human Services and current university president -- throw down a hand signal that would have probably gotten you detention in second grade, but she's rocking the "sweater over the shoulders" look like a character from The Godfather. That is not the look of someone who is worried about the NCAA Committee on Infractions.