There are a number of odd things that seem to happen only in Florida, or even more specifically, South Florida.
Generally, we're talking about people trying to trade live alligators for beer or other such crazy events, but being a major university with a well-known athletic program in a big city usually leads to its own set of "Only in Miami" headlines.
Friday brought another one after rapper Luther Campbell took to Twitter to share his displeasure with Miami, a school he has long supported.
According to Campbell, he was on Miami's campus when a recruit on an official visit asked to take a picture with him.
Campbell later tweeted the following: "Craig Anderson associate AD of the University of Miami just told me I had to leave the building. And that I was barred unbelievable."
That was followed by another tweet: "The bad part about it just before Craig Anderson told me to leave the building I was just being asked by the qb from California and his mother to take a picture with them."
The quarterback referenced by Campbell is Miami commit Brad Kaaya, a four-star prospect of California who is one of several recruits visiting Coral Gables this weekend. Adding another layer to the story is the fact that Kaaya's mother is Angela Means-Kaaya, an actress best known for her role as Felicia in the comedy Friday.
That contact--however accidental--is technically a violation of NCAA Bylaw 18.104.22.168 which reads as follows:
"All in-person, on-and off-campus recruiting contacts with a prospect or the prospect’s relatives or legal guardian(s) shall be made only by authorized institutional staff members. Such contact, as well as correspondence and telephone calls, by representatives of an institution’s athletics interests are prohibited except as otherwise permitted in this section."
For Miami, which just weathered a lengthy NCAA investigation after former booster Nevin Shapiro detailed years worth of improper benefits he doled out to Hurricane athletes, NCAA violations of any sort are a serious matter. The school was placed on three-years probation in October and school officials have been active on social media since sharing educational messages with Miami's student-athletes and fans about what is and isn't allowed.
Following Friday's incident, school officials tweeted both the text of NCAA Bylaw 22.214.171.124 and who fits the NCAA description of booster.
Campbell has long been a Miami supporter, and the school says that despite his tweet, he is still allowed on campus.
Instead, senior associate athletic director Chris Freet wrote in an email to the Sun Sentinel that while Campbell was merely asked to leave campus after his interaction with Kaaya, the rapper has not been banned.
Friday night, the rapper returned to Twitter and said he and Miami had smoothed things out.
"Everything is cool with me an miami I had a great conversation with the people there. Time to move on," Campbell tweeted.
Kaaya is one of 26 verbal commitments in Miami's recruiting class. He is being recruited by several other schools including UCLA and Boise State.
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