Thanks to NCAA sanctions stemming from the illicit activities of a former booster-turned-current felon, and the fact that they’re on probation until 2016, Miami is especially sensitive when it comes to anything, big or small, that could be considered a violation of Association bylaws.
Friday, one of the most visible UM boosters witnessed firsthand just how sensitive The U remains.
Yesterday afternoon, Luther “Uncle Luke” Campbell, founder of the rap group “2 Live Crew,” tweeted that he had been kicked out of The U football building by athletic department officials after a recruit who was on an official visit asked to get a picture taken with Campbell. Campbell further claimed that he had been “barred” from the campus.
Craig Anderson associate AD of the University of Miami just told me I had to leave the building. And that I was barred unbelievable—
LUTHER R CAMPBELL (@unclelukereal1) January 17, 2014
The problem with what appears to be an otherwise innocuous act is that it would be a minor NCAA violation, as the school subsequently pointed out very clearly via Twitter in a series of tweets:
As Campbell is a UM booster, taking a picture with the California quarterback mentioned in his tweet — four-star 2014 Hurricanes commit Brad Kaaya — would’ve been, as asinine as it sounds, considered an NCAA violation.
A school official later clarified that Campbell had not been “banned from campus, just asked to leave so that we are abiding by NCAA rules.” Campbell himself later tweeted that he and the school had kissed and made up.
Everything is cool with me an miami I had a great conversation with the people there. Time to move on—
LUTHER R CAMPBELL (@unclelukereal1) January 18, 2014