Posted: 4:27 pm Friday, January 17th, 2014
By Matt Porter
Back in the day, Luther Campbell got into any club he wanted.
Now? Times have changed.
Campbell, the Miami rapper better known as “Uncle Luke” and a founding member of the group 2 Live Crew, said he was booted from UM’s campus Friday after a recruit visiting campus asked to take a picture with him.
At 3:39 p.m. Friday, Campbell posted two tweets describing the incident.
“Craig Anderson associate AD of the University of Miami just told me I had to leave the building. And that I was barred unbelievable,” he wrote.
“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,” he added.
The QB in question is Brad Kaaya, a four-star quarterback from the Los Angeles area. Kaaya, considered UM’s quarterback-of-the-future, is one of seven prospects on official visits to UM this weekend. Kaaya’s mother, Angela Means, is an actress best known for her role as Felicia, Deebo’s girlfriend, in the 1995 movie Friday.
(Note: You are well within your rights to make ‘Bye, Felicia’ jokes at Campbell’s expense. Especially since, you know, the whole thing happened on a Friday.)
So why was Campbell kicked off campus? UM Senior Associate Athletic Director Chris Freet wrote in an email to the Post that Campbell himself noted the issue in his follow-up tweet.
“He can’t have contact with prospective student-athletes while they are on an official visit,” Freet wrote.
NCAA rules prohibit anyone but an institution’s staff members, faculty, staff and players from interacting with prospects on official visits.
The text of NCAA Bylaw 188.8.131.52:
All in-person, on- and off-campus recruiting contacts with a prospective student-athlete or the prospective student-athlete’s relatives or legal guardians 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 is prohibited except as otherwise permitted in this section. Violations of this bylaw involving individuals other than a representative of an institution’s athletics interests shall be considered institutional violations per Constitution2.8.1; however, such violations shall not affect the prospective student-athlete’s eligibility.
UM, which is on NCAA probation until 2016 following the Nevin Shapiro scandal, aims to exercise great caution in these (and other) matters.
It’s not Campbell’s first brush with NCAA rules regarding UM. In the mid-90s there were allegations that he paid players for making plays in big games.
According to Freet, Campbell “was not banned from campus, just asked to leave so that we are abiding by NCAA rules.”