Louisville Destroyed Miami With Local Kids Who Used to Love the U

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Alex Izaguirre
Uncle Luke, the man whose booty-shaking madness 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 why the U is no longer black Miami's favorite college.

At the Russell Athletic Bowl last weekend, Teddy Bridgewater and his University of Louisville teammates from Miami went on a riot. They looted the University of Miami football program they grew up rooting for and demolished it 36-9. Bridgewater and fellow Miamians Michaelee Harris, Eli Rogers, John Miller, Charles Gaines, and James Burgess Jr. showed the Canes nation that they are the ones bringing back the swagger.

These young men all had a chance to play for the Hurricanes. However, they didn't need the U as much as the U needed them. They chose to leave the Magic City for the backwoods of Kentucky to make a statement. Miami's African-American football community hasn't forgotten how UM President Donna Shalala and school boosters ran coach Randy Shannon out of town after using him for more than 20 years to land tough-as-nails, super talented high school football players from Homestead to Liberty City.

It took Shannon three years to clean up the program, which had dozens of football players not finishing school and one student athlete, Bryan Pata, get murdered. Shannon accepted the role of drill sergeant in order to produce one of the highest graduation rates in the country among football players and put an end to troubling off-the-field incidents.

We always knew that Shannon was on borrowed time and that school president Donna Shalala was never going to give him the kind of long-term commitment she's showing Al Golden, the Hurricanes' current head coach. Shannon also knew he didn't have job security because the school made him fly commercial and rent a Ford Taurus. So when Shalala and the university's Board of Trustees gave Shannon his pink slip in 2010, they thought recruits like Bridgewater, Harris, and Rodgers would just roll over and still be Hurricanes.

We don't have a voice on sports talk radio or in the Miami Herald's sports section calling out the U for treating young African-American men as tools to make the school richer. UM expects the local black community to tell a prized recruit it's all about the U. That's why Orlando's Citrus Bowl stadium was packed with black people from Miami rooting for Bridgewater and the Cardinals.

After starring at Northwestern Senior High, Bridgewater and his high school teammates opted to make their future with another African-American head coach, Charlie Strong. That decision speaks volumes. They are part of a historical movement of college football players who don't feel obligated to swear allegiance to the traditionally great schools.

To his credit, Strong lets his squad play with the reckless abandon and swagger that once inspired Miami's inner-city boys to wear orange and green. That's why Gaines talked smack to UM coaches on the sideline, telling them how they've screwed up the program. And it's why Bridgewater mocked the U with a throat-slashing gesture after scoring a touchdown run in the fourth quarter.

I hope Shalala is paying attention. She should offer Strong the head coaching job when Al Golden bolts for Penn State.

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edwardhansen30067
edwardhansen30067

as usual Luke you are a hater , whats the matter mad because the U rejected you? You had Al Golden leaving and were insisting the U hire a black coach. Well (A) Golden is NOT leaving and ( B) what makes you think a black coach is more qualified than a white coach, a latin coach or chinese coach? Had Golden left the U should have grabbed the best coach available NO MATTER WHAT COLOR HE WAS. get over yourself Luke and stop being racist. whats next Luke the Dolphins should Hire a black offensive coach and a black GM because the Great and Powewful uncle Luke (who hides behind a curtain) is commanding it?

sunghwan.kim92
sunghwan.kim92

"The backwoods of Kentucky..." if you want to kill stereotypes about a certain group of people, socioeconomic status, color, ethnicity, gender, etc. I suggest the writer does the same and not regard any place in Kentucky as the backwoods. You obviously don't know anything about the city of Louisville- perhaps you do some research before making such a statement. 

flamengo1265
flamengo1265

Yeah Luke.....it's all about race, that's why those white devils, Saban and Jimbo Fisher can't get any good black kids to come to their schools.  Thankfully you never let facts get in the way of your stupid rants. 

Cary Jorge
Cary Jorge

Uncle Luke is an asshole and a racist.

cskm289
cskm289

I don't agree with everything but Luke has some valid points.  Shalala and Holcutt screwed the budget down so tight on Randy it was embarassing.  He had to do everything on the cheap.  Recruits saw it when they ran out of food at the dinners or the year-end team banquets had to be thrifted to avoid cancellation.  It was so bad he had to pay for stuff out of his own pocket because the U wouldn't.  Randy was a better coach and more loyal to his alma mater than the current Penn State crew ever will be.  If Shalala had given him help and internal support rather than resistance, Randy would have had a better chance.  We should be so lucky as to have Golden and D'No leave.  Golden is a PR machine, but he isn't teaching these Kids.  Miami should not be a job training destination for coaches, but again, Shalala will never spend the money for an established coach.  The irony is, if Golden leaves, an inexpensive solution is staring her in the face - Butch Davis.  But she already rejected him once for Golden, and her huge ego won't let her reverse that  decision now.  

Jesse Coro
Jesse Coro

Herifonso Vega Vélez read this.

Curtis Butler
Curtis Butler

@Domenico: How many black NFL owners can you count on one hand?

Miguel DelRio
Miguel DelRio

we need to try something radical, something cutting edge and risky.... hey I got it... WIN PHUCKIN GAMES !!

willathrill
willathrill

It's Eli Rogers not Ely Rodgers!  Geez, at least be able to spell the names correctly dumbass!

tomanderson6117
tomanderson6117

The simplistic world of Uncle Luke:  Shalala is at fault for the loss last Saturday because years ago she made a black head coach clean up a mess while flying commercial and renting a Ford Taurus.  The loss had nothing to do with the play on the field, the QB Shannon recruited playing like crap, or injuries to the best players the team had.


Nope, Miami would have won that game if only Shalala had allowed Randy Shannon to fly on private jets, rent Escalades and allow the team to run wild while a ponzi schemer was toasting champagne with Luke in skyboxes at Sun Life Stadium.  For sure that would have given them a win in a low level bowl game last Saturday.  


Only in Uncle Lukes insane simplistic world.       

caneddy
caneddy

Ahhh get your facts straight like Luke should before answering . Luke talks nothing about the African American head coach (Shannon) who tried to talk Teddy into coming in as an athlete instead of Quarterback, god forbid if that would have been Golden . Teddy was welcomed with open arms by Shalala and the U .


Also, Teddy(he qualified academically  , a very smart kid , graduated already and is only a Junior at  L'Ville) chose Louisville because UM dropped his best friend who was living with him "Rogers" because of grades , they were a package deal, this happened when Randy was still head coach . Burgess had an offer and was also dropped because of grades. I guess it would be better for Luke to look the other way while kids underachieve in the classroom and decorate them for their athletic prowess  and blame others when their 40 time was not enough to get them into a certain school ! Wow Luke you really care about your kids ? But you (Luke) have no problem promoting their underachieving classroom skills because they are athletes and you wonder why these kids are un-educated , it is  because of idiots like LUKE. Hey Luke why do you not bash Florida or Florida State they built their riches on Sofla kids as well and did not go after a majority of the Soflo (on L"Ville roster) kids because of grades as well, sorry UM has higher academic standards than Louisville  .


You are the biggest racist of all and  biggest hyprocite of all !Luke if you really cared then you would give up your part time football coaching gig at NW (which you are not very good at by the way) and go around setting up tutoring or educational classes for underprivileged athletes ? Help them to understand that they need to excel in the classroom because after football they will need more than a great 40 time . Hmmm to much work right !!! And you say you care about the kids , lol !!!!!!!

brian_dba_for_hire
brian_dba_for_hire

Randy Shannon did not get a raw deal from the U.  He just was not getting the job done as a head coach, and demoting him to DC was not an option.  I like Randy as a person and he is a great recruiter.  Teddy left the U because he didn't like the direction the program was heading in at the time and I don't blame him because things were a mess at that time.  Unfortunately with the current coaching staff they are not developing the talent we have (which is more than what Louisville has).  They also do not prepare and adjust well in game time situations.  Strong would be a good choice to come to the U but he is going to stay where he is for now.  He will probably be one of the first choices for the UF head coaching job when that comes open.

Gary Stys
Gary Stys

Get Howard Schnellenberger as a consultant for recruiting. He is retired now and has a lot of free time!!!! Loves the U!!

maysday11
maysday11

the reason you don't have a radio show or a sports section in the Herald is because you express such inaccuracies and racist bias in your comments,, the only way you can get your ignorant points across to anyone is to have them published in a third rate rag like the New Times, sorta like the Miami version of the Enquirer Luke your time is over go get a life!

Keunho Ken Kim
Keunho Ken Kim

when these coaches commit to a scrub like stephen morris over an incoming teddy bridgewater, then yeah I think Luke has a point

Michael Messerly
Michael Messerly

OK Uncle Luke Randy was nice but you do not get blown out at home by Virginia last game of the Orange Bowl. Randy got kids but still didn't know how to coach them up. He was around the program with rogue booster Nevin Shapiro was giving the players benefits. Now that Miami is away from the cloud and can recruit with out shit being said. I mean Clint Hurtt is the biggest bitch in all of this. Hi I am going to screw the program over and Shannon hired him. But take my talents to Louisville. Al Golden has preached to say that recruiting was toxic. Yeah the kids who believed came but not enough. There are players all over the country that Al coveted but because of the cloud went elsewhere. A coach can not say that without losing his team. Its like asking the girl of your dreams out, she may go with someone who has more to offer, but your not going to tell that to the one your with. Just give Al a chance to bring in his kids now the sanctions are gone. Also these kids have to man up and bring the intensity. They are coddle and weak when someone punches them in the mouth. We need to learn toughness.

mjwithrow
mjwithrow

Quit acting like a hurt cunt Luke. This whole article is bullshit. 

James G. Camp
James G. Camp

They all can't play for the U, so they go were they can get playing time. The talent level at the college game makes the prior recruiting class very replaceable with the next recruiting class. Miami hasn't had a stretch like Kelly, Kosar & Testaverde in a long time. The problem with HS rating system, a guy like Bridgewater sits behind other QB's, that costs the player an NFL career, if not just a draft day contract. End of the day it's economics that drives parity at the college level, even NFL level. If given the choice, I'd take starting at UL over sitting on the bench at UM and waiting for an injury or losing streak to get me on the field too. Evidently, UM made a choice, forced Bridgewater's hand to go elsewhere and he made the most of that opportunity.

Domenico Taribo
Domenico Taribo

If they can play for a black or a white coach then don't deserve to play at all anywhere. Where's the sportsmanship at. I'm sure if they got drafted they wouldn't mind getting a check from a white or black owner now would they.

sinbadsailor99
sinbadsailor99

So what you are saying is that many black players prefer to play for a black coach. Disgusting. Racism is ugly in whatever form it takes.

josefeliz
josefeliz

I'd bet dollars to dimes that Bridgewater, Gaines, Burgess Jr. and the rest of the Miami kids who bolted for Louisville in 2010 were made well aware of the looming sanctions that were coming, by your boy Clint Hurtt, when he got them to switch to Louisville. He would know about these sanctions, because was a huge culprit in the cheating that was going on, that prompted the investigation in the first place. I guess you don't think that detail should be added to this article? Let's name a few of Al's recruits the past two years: Duke Johnson, Herb Waters, Stacy Coley, Artie Burns, Tracy Howard, etc., etc. Are these kids chump change? I can GUARENTEE you that Louisville would love to have signed any of them, but lost out to the U. Are the sanctions that we've been dealing with for the past 3 years Al's fault too? This is a great forum for you Luke; the opportunity to show your knowledge. It would be nice to see you be a little more responsible with what you write and give us both sides of the facts. It's called proper journalism..........

Stephen Collett
Stephen Collett

Teddy wanted to play for a black coach. Period. And congrats to him. The highlight of his college career was winning the RUSSELL ATHLETIC BOWL.

Dave Pazos
Dave Pazos

Yeah it was as good thing the U had black head coaches like Howard, Jimmy, Dennis and Butch to bring in way more talent and win way more games than Randy ever could. Those guys who signed with Louisville didn't love Miami, they just wanted preferential treatment.

demoroman88
demoroman88

Ok so Shannon should have kept his job cause he's black? & black kids only wanna play for a black coach? Let them go to Louisville, it's not like Louisville is gna win a National Championship game any time soon.


Miami sucks cause the haven't had a good QB in years. The black kid from North Western that you probably loved sucked 10 bags of dick. Morris has been shitty at best. Get a good QB, solve alot of the problems with the program.And if some of the black kids wanna go play some where else cause they need a Black head coach, go for it. 

Joe Matos
Joe Matos

Luke you don't know what your talking about. We performed terrible under Shannon. He may have been one of the best Defensive coordinators but he was a terrible head coach. It also doesn't matter if the coach is black or white just as long as he's a good head coach. UM finished 9-4 which is actually a good season and we have young talent coming in next year. While we could use some coaching changes, getting rid of Al Golden would not be a smart move at the moment.

Alexander Fernandez
Alexander Fernandez

Pay them like they do in Louisville and be as relaxed about their academics. Voila!

Stephen Collett
Stephen Collett

Correct me if I'm wrong but the U didn't exactly put up impressive numbers under Shannon either.

Steve Klare
Steve Klare

Really Uncle Luke??? The backwoods of Kentucky??? do I have to remind you that Mohammed Ali is from that backwoods outpost Louisville .

Andrew Kadushin
Andrew Kadushin

At the very least we can reevaluate our current coaching staff - the one that strives for 10 win seasons as opposed to striving for national championships... Oh how far we've fallen...

Melissa P Ramos
Melissa P Ramos

This is the dumbest article!!! So basically what its saying is that the black kids from the hood won't come play at the U unless its for a black coach?! That's ridiculous!

willathrill
willathrill

@caneddy You hit the nail on the head! We also lost A.J. Leggett, Kevin Grooms, Donaldven Manning, and Ricardo Williams to Marshall due to them not qualifying academically! Louisville, Marshall, West Virginia, USF & UCF will always end up with guys that wanted to go to Miami due to the high academic standards at Miami! If they really want to go to Miami then, they should go to a college prep school and enroll at Miami once they get the grades.  Most just choose not too! I'm not sure if they lose a year of eligibility or not.  That may play a major role in their decision.

tomanderson6117
tomanderson6117

@caneddy Rogers wasn't dropped due to "grades":  which is the all-purpose excuse for quietly allowing a mistake a kid might have made to be swept under the rug.  

caneddy
caneddy

Ahhh get your facts straight like Luke should before answering . Luke talks nothing about the African American head coach (Shannon) who tried to talk Teddy into coming in as an athlete instead of Quarterback, god forbid if that would have been Golden . Teddy was welcomed with open arms by Shalala and the U .


Also, Teddy(he qualified academically  , a very smart kid , graduated already and is only a Junior at the L'Ville) chose Louisville because UM dropped his best friend who was living with him "Rogers" because of grades , they were a package deal, this happened when Randy was still head coach . Burgess had an offer and was also dropped because of grades. I guess it would be better  Luke to look the other way while kids underachieve in the classroom and decorate them for their athletic prowess  and blame others when their 40 time was not enough to get them into a certain school ! Wow Luke you really care about your kids ? But you (Luke) have no problem promoting their underachieving classroom skills because they are athletes and you wonder why these kids are un-educated , it is  because of idiots like LUKE. Hey Luke why do you not bash Florida or Florida State they built their riches on Sofla kids as well and did not go after a majority of the Soflo (on L"Ville roster) kids because of grades as well, sorry UM has higher academic standards than Louisville  .


You are the biggest racist of all and  biggest hyprocite of all !Luke if you really cared then you would give up your part time football coaching gig at NW (which you are not very good at by the way) and go around setting up tutoring or educational classes for underprivileged athletes ? Help them to understand that they need to excel in the classroom because after football they will need more than a great 40 time . Hmmm to much work right !!! And you say you care about the kids , lol !!!!!!!

theostratos7
theostratos7

Great point... Luke is totally an idiot for making this a racial issue 

garbageman
garbageman

You sure the highlight of his career wasn't beating #3 Florida in the Sugar Bowl and winning MVP? Canes fans...

jdconyers
jdconyers

dave the players did most of the recruiting for the U back then the players.......and Shannon had a lot to do with it back then.....don't get me wrong I think randy sucked as a head coach but this coach is down right embarrassing

garbageman
garbageman

Preferential treatment? Teddy didn't even start until halfway through his freshman year, Gaines has been suspended more than once, and Miller and Rogers split PT their whole careers. Canes fans...

jdconyers
jdconyers

@demoroman88  spoken like as true bigot....UM has always been racist we are only accepted for the most entertainment but hey your not alone sir

garbageman
garbageman

So if Louisville goes undefeated in the ACC next year and beats Notre Dame in South Bend, they won't play for the national title?

garbageman
garbageman

Last time I checked, it was Miami that spent 4 years in shame for paying players

jdconyers
jdconyers

what he saying is we as black folk not gonna go where we are not wanted

maysday11
maysday11

Read it on Facebook you moron

demoroman88
demoroman88

@jdconyers @demoroman88 How is UM racist bro? The entire team is black. Are they racist cause they kick out kids that don't keep their grades up or go to class?


And how exactly do I sound like a bigot?

garbageman
garbageman

So FSU can win the ACC and go to the title game an Louisville can't? With a better non conference schedule including Notre Dame I. south bend? Canes fans...

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