Anyone who saw ESPN’s 30 for 30 film on the “bad-boy” image of the Miami Hurricanes of old knows that rapper Luther Campbell will be forever linked to the university’s football program.
However, that relationship may have been strained a bit when Campbell was kicked off campus, per a report from Christy Cabrera Chirinos of the Sun Sentinel.
The report notes that Campbell spilled the details on Twitter. Apparently a recruit who was taking an official visit asked to take a picture with the rapper, and soon the associate athletic director barred Campbell from the premises.
While Campbell may not have had any negative intentions, the interaction is technically a violation of NCAA Bylaw 18.104.22.168:
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.
It makes sense that the Hurricanes would be especially careful with any NCAA bylaw situation given the multi-year investigation they just weathered. They were placed under a three-year probation in October, so anything of this nature will immediately raise some red flags.
As for Campbell, it seems like the rapper has patched things up with the university:
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
The recruit who was caught in the middle of the unexpected development was Brad Kaaya, who is a quarterback from California. With the recent recruiting dead period officially in the rearview mirror, there were a number of high school prospects taking visits on campus this weekend, but Kaaya’s situation adds a bit more intrigue to the story.
His mother is actress Angela Means-Kaaya, who appeared in the movie Friday among other things.
The school also says that, despite Campbell’s previous assertion, he is still allowed on campus.