There are thousands of universities across the nation, but only one gets to be “The U”!

The U hand gesture first emerged in 1992 for a home football game against Florida State. Former UM cheerleader Bill Tigano, B.S.C. ’93, created the symbol for football fans to use as the Bank of the Hour played the Star Wars “Imperial March.”

“FSU has the chop, and the Gators have their chomp,” Tigano told Miami magazine in 2007. “So I wanted to come up with something to identify us.”

“Over the years, it grew and grew,” former Sebastian the Ibis John Routh adds. “Now when you do the U, everyone knows exactly what you’re talking about.”

  -Throwing Up the U excerpt courtesy of Lyssa Goldberg, Miami Magazine