Pettiness Rules The High School Recruiting Season

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Uncle Luke, the man whose booty-shaking madness once made the U.S. Supreme Court stand up for free speech, gets as nasty as he wants to be for Miami New Times. This week, Luke addresses the pettiness of college football's National Signing Day.

I have to admit University of Miami Hurricanes head football coach Al Golden did a heck of a job with his first recruiting class, even landing Philip Dorsett from St. Thomas Aquinas, Denzel Perryman from Coral Gables High, and Ricardo Williams from Homestead High, three of the top players from the South Florida area.

But I believe University of Miami could have landed more kids from the area if not for certain high school coaches in Miami-Dade County who don't want to support the school. Of the Miami Herald's top 25 high school football players, only two are becoming Hurricanes. Why?

High school football coaches here are encouraging kids to go to other schools. I recently left Miami Central High School, where I was an assistant coach. One motivation to abandon the position was the pettiness of the coaching staff. I used to hear a lot of complaints from them about the University of Miami ignoring their players. But Canes' coaches would respond that Central's leaders didn't want to send kids to UM.

For instance, Thomas Finnie. I put the 'Canes in touch with the boy's father. None of the Central coaches returned Golden's calls. Now they are upset that Finnie is a Hurricane.

South Florida high school coaches need to come clean with their grudges and hidden agendas. Kids playing football in Miami grow up dreaming of putting on an orange-and-green uniform. The only reason these kids get turned off to the school is because coaches whisper in their ears that they shouldn't go there. It needs to stop.

The coaches are encouraging these kids to attend institutions far, far away from their families. In some cases, the relatives can't even afford a plane ticket to visit. Is the high school coach going to pay the airfare? Hell no.

One way to address this problem is to change the recruiting process. Universities often send correspondence to the high school, not the player's home. So the coach ends up controlling communication. Something needs to be done so that parents are notified first when a university is recruiting their child. I've known parents who have no idea who is chasing their kids. They've asked me who is pursuing their sons.

Local high school coaches need to sit down at a table with the Hurricanes' Golden and his staff to air out grievances. They need to tell him what hasn't been done and what needs to happen in the future.

Just like I do.

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LL COoL aid
LL COoL aid

real talk LUKE.. Miami will be back Golden is setting things up nicely.

DNIYM
DNIYM

The days are over where people like you Luke could pay off players and get them hookers and blow in order to have them play in Miami.

Jeremy
Jeremy

Luke, what do you know about college football recruiting other than the fact that you had the entire UofM teams of the 80s and 90s on your personal payroll? It's well know you made thousands of dollars in illegal payments to Cane players.What a joke this column is...

OcalaCane40
OcalaCane40

"""other than the fact that you had the entire UofM teams of the 80s and 90s on your personal payroll""" You are saying this is a fact? Do you even KNOW what a fact is? No you don't Jeremeee. You probably live in North Florida right? The bible belt? SO you probably have read the good book no? So you know what casting an aspersion is then right? B/c thats what you just did. It's also called defamation of character.

Luke's a good guy and I know he isn't gonna take you to task for besmirching his good name. I mean; If he were to seek remuneration from U throughy a legal remedy he probably wouldn't want to put a lien on your ramshackle 1963 house trailer or your 72 Ford Maverick that needs a valve job and smokes like a tar slurry behind a roofing truck. So shaddup!

Delancyrichde
Delancyrichde

All upper division D-1 teams pay off. I don't begrudge the kids who leave eaRLY !! After making the coaches rich, they should try and make themselves rich also.

brollie
brollie

he did just have that huge meething.. i cant remember i think it was posted on canes sports. but i guess he invited all head coachs including some upstart program catholic school. plus the open invite to the campus for all coachs and pos coachs are available for 1 on 1s during spring practices.. i mean he has done so much already to mend the fence i think...

Dmc
Dmc

good post luke

section9
section9

OMG!

When Uncle Luke speaks Great Wisdom, he provokes the Gaytor Trolls.

Reality check for Canes and Gaytor Trolls alike: Florida State is going to kick both our asses next year. Sorry Gaytor Nation, but the only thing you'll be in the running for next year is the State Line, given the record of some of your players.Jimbo Fisher had a monster recruiting year this time out. Golden is just getting started at The U.

Prediction? The U and the Noles will dominate Florida Football, and by implication, the race for the National Title, for the next decade. Sorry Gaytors: no Tebow, no Title.

QQ more
QQ more

Gator trolls will be gator trolls. Honestly for all you gator fans that want to talk about miami going down. Why did it take your school over 25 years to finally beat us in a game? Then after the game is played your AD decides to take us off the line-up for you all. Come on now!!!! How pathetic is that!!!! The fact is you all hate us because you cant be us and will most likely never compare to what we at the U are. You are the little brother to miami, thats just the way it is. Be happy you have TH-UGA to wip up on damn near every year.

KingChiefGator
KingChiefGator

Mr. Hankey,

5 to 3*...Doesn't sound that bad anymore lol. The arrests are what they are, at this point I'd rather be Nasty Nate in the SEC than the pristine Prison Fish in the squalor of the ACC. Don't worry, I got my calendar circled for 2013...the last time I saw the Gators play in your "home" stadium we hoisted crystal and danced up and down Joe Robbie. Prepare for more of the same when we come back.

Fausela
Fausela

Dude, do we need to Bring brock Berlin back to teach you Gaytors how to play ball- even he didnt want to go there - Bring it, we;ve been eating gator for years, and we will feast on you when and if you dare keep the contract you signed! Besides- you guys are 2nd tier on our schedule - we are aiming for FSPoo!

DVS
DVS

bryan pata dead!!! andre johnson couldn't read......26-3....keep on slurpin' the Golden shower and living in the past.....it sucks when all you have to look forward to is watching ESPN's excellent documentary "The U" and wish it was 1980's all over again.

Cshoap
Cshoap

Listen the last time you D-bags hoisted anything wasn't against us and the last time we played we spanked ur little rears!!! Can't wait for 13

Teabag
Teabag

Tebow and Urban are gone. Back to reality which is mediocrity in the SEC. Gaytor fans act like they have owned college football for the past 30 years straight.

KingChiefGator
KingChiefGator

Uncle Luke, like a majority of the delusional Cane fans left in town (read: 38), own a nice spiffy DeLorian. They are all about going back to the future.

Miami Hurricane FootballFear the FutureEnvy the PastIgnore the Present

hankrbradley
hankrbradley

Golden is doing the right things and looks to be building relationships and there is a new transparency at the U concerning the football program. Given time I believe things will change. having to repair relationships in your own back yard makes me wonder what was going on the past four years. I have to agree with Uncle Luke, parents should be the first informed adults when a school is recruiting their son. The Canes are coming and HELL is coming for their opponents with them. Favorite Hurricane recruit's quote, Gionni Paul, " I wear number 13 because it means bad luck for my opponents." Now that's a Cane's attitude.

Jose
Jose

I thought this was going to be about the Central Football recruiting

KingChiefGator
KingChiefGator

Luke...no one wants to play for a sinking ship, in an empty stadium, that falls on its face annually in a middle of the road conference.

5 > 3
5 > 3

Haha! Nasty Nate? Typical delusional Gator talk. Everybody knows that UF boys cry all the time. Timmy Teabag and Urban Crier's pathetic display of wussdom on national tv was hilarious to watch. Please Queen gatortroll, post some more comedy or better yet tell that Pansy AD of yours to put the U on the schedule more.

hankrbradley
hankrbradley

KingChiefGator,

I hear Florida's Spring Game is to be played at the Alachua County Detention Center due to the fact that so much of the team's parole dates are not going to happen quite so soon.

2013 is coming and if your team doesn't weasel out of the contract you will have a war on your hands. Keep talking, your team sucked last year so what are you crowing about. Five to two, and three of the U's are undefeated.

See you at Alachua County Detention center on visiting day chump!

DVS
DVS

and how many of those MNC's did you win in your own stadium?? keep on slurpin' to the 1980's buster!

CFBfan
CFBfan

HAHAHA, the Gators are the Hindenburg of the SEC

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