Should the "U" get an "F" in recruiting?
Nobody denies the rich history of the University of Miami football program, which is why this story is so strange. The school that set a record for most consecutive NFL drafts with at least one first-round selection (14) is in desperate need of a few good big guys.
The Hurricanes posted fliers around campus in search for "any student that is at least 6'1" and 230+ pounds to join the football team as an offensive lineman." Matthew Applebaum, a video assistant for the Canes, confirmed to the Miami New Times that the advertisement is real.
Coach Al Golden used similar walk-on tactics to fill out his roster at other stops in his career.
"We used to do that at Maryland and Temple," Tom Deahn, Miami's director of football operations, told the New Times. "We're just trying to find linemen walk-ons. You get all the skilled guys the traditional way, and you fill your other needs this way."
In addition to praising Golden's very public walk-on campaign, Beahn took a shot at former Miami head coach Randy Shannon. "They never really worked too hard for their walk-ons," Deahn says of Shannon's staff. "Coach Golden's philosophy is you're only as good as your worst guy. If you don't have enough big bodies, you've got a problem."
Golden finished his first season as Hurricanes coach with a 6-6 record. Even worse, the football program was rocked by booster Nevin Shapiro's claims of supplying players with over $2 million in illegal benefits for eight years.
Only Notre Dame, Oklahoma and Alabama have won more AP National Championships than the University of Miami's five titles.
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