College Football Recruiting Continues to Find New Lows

In the back-stabbing, cut-throat and very high-stakes game that is college football recruiting, coaches have always pushed the line between propaganda and outright deceit.

The bar continues to be lowered by University of Miami’s head coach, Randy Shannon, who has taken negative recruiting of other colleges and universities to an entirely new level.  It was recently reported in SunSentinal.com that one of Shannon’s newest recruiting tactics is to share a report of a list

UM head coach Randy Shannon is taking negative recruiting to a new level these days

UM head coach Randy Shannon is taking negative recruiting to a new level these days

 of crimes such as murder, rape and assults in several cities of college campuses as they compare to Coral Gables. That list includes the cities of University of Florida, Florida State, Ohio State and Alabama, just to name a few.

Shannon says he pulled the list from city-data.com, and he encourages the parents to check the site as well. Encouraging parents to go to a website to collect information is one thing. Handing them a manipulated sheet of data is quite another.

What Shannon will not tell you is that the tragic shooting death of defensive lineman Bryan Pata in 2006 does not show up on his data sheet. That’s because Kendall, FL is the city where Pata’s tragic death occured.

Shannon’s skewed list only breaks down crime in the cities in which colleges and universities reside, meaning Coral Gables (home of University of Miami) is isolated from the cities of Miami and of course, Kendall, which is approximately four miles from UM’s campus.

Oh, how the mighty Hurricanes have fallen. Instead of selling parents and recruits on a great opportunity to play football and earn a degree, they are instead, claiming that there is a much greater chance of getting shot at their rivals’ schools.  In the words of Ron Burgandy, “Stay Classy, Miami.”  (It was actually San Diego, but you get the point.)

If Shannon and the rest of Miami’s staff is going to use that angle, they should at least present accurate, unmanipulated information. But then again, that would be going against everything college recruiting stands for these days.

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3 Responses to “College Football Recruiting Continues to Find New Lows”


  1. 1 Alan Davidson August 30, 2009 at 10:20 am

    Ok, Ok. So basically Miami is damned if they do, damned if they don’t. I’ll be the first to say that Miami has had convict problems in the past. And it was used against them–by everyone from colleges to ESPN. And now Shannon is using the same tactics that were used against him to bolster Miami’s image. It always takes a dirty program to win a National Championship, which is why Florida has had 24ish arrests since Myers came on board. Just wait until missionary boy is gone and we’ll see how high the arrests go then. Miami might not be winning like in yesteryears (which sucks), but they have a clean program.

    • 2 J Dunbar August 31, 2009 at 12:54 am

      all good points, especially the ESPN comment. I am also very much in agreement with your assessment on Florida. Miami and FSU have both had their share of legal issues, but UF has somehow flown under the radar lately, despite all the arrests and allegations in the last twelve months.

      Thanks for the comment, and check out my last blog about Tebow and ESPN’s mancrush on him.

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