Article: Exclusive Interview with Luther Campbell

Article: Exclusive Interview with Luther Campbell

Peter Ariz
Luther Campbell is a legend in the South Florida community for his contributions to the music industry as well as his ties to the University of Miami football program throughout the 80s and 90s. Campbell is now instrumental in the community, as he continues his work with the Liberty City Optimist organization and also holds the title of Defensive Coordinator for the Miami Northwestern Bulls. Campbell spoke with CanesInSight on Saturday afternoon to give his thoughts on the state of the Northwestern program, Artie Burns, and Miami's recruiting efforts in South Florida.


Me: Talk about Artie Burns as a player and what is Miami getting in him?
Campbell: Artie is very special. When I first got him, he was really a track guy then he made the commitment to football and getting in the weight room. He has learned the game and his IQ is out of this world right now. He’s very physical, even though a lot of people look at him and think “track”. He’s a throwback. You talk to Artie and you say he’s nice and mild mannered, but he wants to hit somebody.

Me: I wanted to ask you about Marquiese Blanchard. I was at 4 or 5 of your games this year and that kid was really impressive.
Campbell: Marquiese is great. I love that kid and his work ethic. I’ve been with him since about the 8th grade when he came out of our Liberty City Optimist program. He’s all about football and he’s always getting after it. Howard got a steal with him. FAU was trying to get him at the end, but he is a very committed kid so he stuck with Howard. He’s gonna tear up that league.

Me: Talk about 2014 linebacker Michael Smith a little bit. He’s always making plays.
Campbell: We have just put him in situations where he can make plays and we’ve worked on technique with him too. Mike has a high motor, sideline-to-sideline, all night long. He broke his wrist in the playoff game against Central and the doctors tried to keep him out but he kept playing. That’s the type of kid he is.

Me: Everyone knows about your past in the music industry, but they don’t realize how good that Northwestern defense has been. Talk about your philosophy as a coach.
Campbell: Aww, that’s my secret, you know I used to be a cook at first, and the cook doesn’t tell the recipe (laughs). But really, we spend a lot of time in the film room and coaching technique, fundamental football. Most of the time, the kids are running the defense by themselves because they already know what the other team is going to do. To be able to stop guys like Yearby and Cook combined to 90 yards in the first game was an accomplishment. We had a great group of guys and we are always teaching. Our key is that we allow the kids to play.

Me: Who are some guys we should be watching out for over the next few years at Northwestern?
Campbell: Definitely Mike (Smith) and JoJo Robinson. This receiver out here now, Vari, he’s going to be good. Spence’s little brother is going to be good. We will probably have the best group of linebackers in the state and people don’t even know that. We have some young D-Linemen coming up too that are like manchilds. Eric Kinsey’s brother is already about 6’4”, so we have a really good group. Our defense is stacked and the offense is looking real good. I’m excited about this year to come.

Me: You’ve been a little critical over the last few weeks about Miami’s recruiting efforts down in South Florida. What is the main problem with what they’re doing in your opinion?
Campbell: The bottom line is the evaluation process. I tell people you look at football just like a Sandlot team, you have to pick your team based on what you’re trying to do. I love The U so much and I’m a diehard ‘Cane so I get frustrated and upset when we miss out on certain kids. People don’t understand how much I love the University of Miami and that’s why I tell people I got in Randy Shannon for not playing Streeter and not recruiting TY Hilton or Devonta Freeman. I feel like we should get all these kids because I know how it was built. We had Portis, McGahee, and all of them stacked up. When you came out of high school, and you were Duke Johnson, you couldn’t play the first year, you put the red jersey on and stood your ass on the sideline because you got redshirted. It frustrates me when I don’t see us taking all these kids. Darius Tice was the number one rusher in Dade County and you look at the school he’s at, where it’s all about football, football is everything. If you can play in that, then 80,000 means nothing. You go through the highest level of Dade County and that has to stand for something. Just look at the numbers and what he’s practicing against everyday. If I don’t take that guy, then what else am I looking for? I get a little frustrated by that, but like I tell people, I like Al and talk to him all the time. I’m the guy who’s running around, organizing all the different coaches in the inner city saying we have to support him, but at the same time he has to understand their concerns and talk to them. When something happens like it did recently, everybody calls me because I’m the guy with the flag. But then people are out there saying, “Luke is hating on the U,” but they don’t know half the **** that goes on.

Me: Do you think what has happened over the last couple weeks with the Booker T. situation is beyond repair? What does the Miami coaching staff need to do to be able to get back into good graces?
Campbell: Nothing is beyond repair. That is going to be repaired through time. You got a guy like Ice, who is like the head guy at the table down here. He’s the Don of this, the older statesman. You just did that to the chairman of the board, so it has to be repaired. The other part of it is communication, which will take a moment, and at the same time they’re going to have to get someone down there that we know.

Me: What would you think about Central Head Coach Telly Lockette getting hired at Miami?
Campbell: He would be an excellent hire. You go back in the history in the heydays, and Don Soldinger from Southridge was the best running backs coach in Miami history. The next best running backs coach ever down here is Telly Lockette. Go back and check his history, don’t worry about what he’s doing right now. He coached running backs at Northwestern and was offensive coordinator. He coached Antwain Easterling, Devonta Freeman, Joe Yearby, Cook and all these guys. So really to me he’s like Donny Soldinger with a reputation of back-to-back-to-back. A guy like him is respected throughout the state of Florida because when you beat up on the state, people respect you. That would be the absolute best thing for them. That would make this whole situation a quick fix. Coley and Cristobal don’t know these people. Coley is a great guy, I like him, but Eddie Gran did all the recruiting down here. He’s not in the community like that. Miami really needs someone like that.
 

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I saw the title and lol'd He's been a hot topic and Pete is giving the people what they want.
 
Me: Do you think what has happened over the last couple weeks with the Booker T. situation is beyond repair? What does the Miami coaching staff need to do to be able to get back into good graces?
Campbell: Nothing is beyond repair. That is going to be repaired through time. You got a guy like Ice, who is like the head guy at the table down here. He’s the Don of this, the older statesman. You just did that to the chairman of the board, so it has to be repaired. The other part of it is communication, which will take a moment, and at the same time they’re going to have to get someone down there that we know.
This is all you need to know about whats going on in S. Florida. these guys really do think they are the gatekeepers down there. ... smh ridiculous.
 
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Great job Pete.

It seems as if Luke has calmed down a bit and taken half a step back. I really liked the answers til the very end where he went into "need someone like THAT". Just makes me smh.
 
Randy didn't recruit Central so Telly Lockette down at the U would definitely get us back in the inner city graces..

Oh by the way that english is too good to be Luke's..
 
. Darius Tice was the number one rusher in Dade County and you look at the school he’s at, where it’s all about football, football is everything. If you can play in that, then 80,000 means nothing. You go through the highest level of Dade County and that has to stand for something. Just look at the numbers and what he’s practicing against everyday. If I don’t take that guy, then what else am I looking for?

 
Going to twitter and/or Dan Sileo with your problems = soft-shouldered attention whore
Going to Golden in private and airing your frustrations = a man
 
. Darius Tice was the number one rusher in Dade County and you look at the school he’s at, where it’s all about football, football is everything. If you can play in that, then 80,000 means nothing. You go through the highest level of Dade County and that has to stand for something. Just look at the numbers and what he’s practicing against everyday. If I don’t take that guy, then what else am I looking for?

It's too bad the talent in Dade county wasnt good enough to measure up this year or Darius Tice wouldnt have been a USF plan D commit.
 
Sorry Pete, I think you do amazing work, have worked your ass off. Really.

But I have to neg you for even giving that clown another outlet to speak. I'll go with what Alonzo says and the real coach Harris say vs what these FOR's (friends of Randy) like luke and Ice feel.
 
...look at the school he’s at, where it’s all about football, football is everything...

It's the truth but its also still fucked up to not even pretend there might be something else for teenager to consider. If football is everything there will be many more failures than successes.
 
Luther Campbell is a legend in the South Florida community for his contributions to the music industry as well as his ties to the University of Miami football program throughout the 80s and 90s. Campbell is now instrumental in the community, as he continues his work with the Liberty City Optimist organization and also holds the title of Defensive Coordinator for the Miami Northwestern Bulls. Campbell spoke with CanesInSight on Saturday afternoon to give his thoughts on the state of the Northwestern program, Artie Burns, and Miami's recruiting efforts in South Florida.


Me: Talk about Artie Burns as a player and what is Miami getting in him?
Campbell: Artie is very special. When I first got him, he was really a track guy then he made the commitment to football and getting in the weight room. He has learned the game and his IQ is out of this world right now. He’s very physical, even though a lot of people look at him and think “track”. He’s a throwback. You talk to Artie and you say he’s nice and mild mannered, but he wants to hit somebody.

Me: I wanted to ask you about Marquiese Blanchard. I was at 4 or 5 of your games this year and that kid was really impressive.
Campbell: Marquiese is great. I love that kid and his work ethic. I’ve been with him since about the 8th grade when he came out of our Liberty City Optimist program. He’s all about football and he’s always getting after it. Howard got a steal with him. FAU was trying to get him at the end, but he is a very committed kid so he stuck with Howard. He’s gonna tear up that league.

Me: Talk about 2014 linebacker Michael Smith a little bit. He’s always making plays.
Campbell: We have just put him in situations where he can make plays and we’ve worked on technique with him too. Mike has a high motor, sideline-to-sideline, all night long. He broke his wrist in the playoff game against Central and the doctors tried to keep him out but he kept playing. That’s the type of kid he is.

Me: Everyone knows about your past in the music industry, but they don’t realize how good that Northwestern defense has been. Talk about your philosophy as a coach.
Campbell: Aww, that’s my secret, you know I used to be a cook at first, and the cook doesn’t tell the recipe (laughs). But really, we spend a lot of time in the film room and coaching technique, fundamental football. Most of the time, the kids are running the defense by themselves because they already know what the other team is going to do. To be able to stop guys like Yearby and Cook combined to 90 yards in the first game was an accomplishment. We had a great group of guys and we are always teaching. Our key is that we allow the kids to play.

Me: Who are some guys we should be watching out for over the next few years at Northwestern?
Campbell: Definitely Mike (Smith) and JoJo Robinson. This receiver out here now, Vari, he’s going to be good. Spence’s little brother is going to be good. We will probably have the best group of linebackers in the state and people don’t even know that. We have some young D-Linemen coming up too that are like manchilds. Eric Kinsey’s brother is already about 6’4”, so we have a really good group. Our defense is stacked and the offense is looking real good. I’m excited about this year to come.

Me: You’ve been a little critical over the last few weeks about Miami’s recruiting efforts down in South Florida. What is the main problem with what they’re doing in your opinion?
Campbell: The bottom line is the evaluation process. I tell people you look at football just like a Sandlot team, you have to pick your team based on what you’re trying to do. I love The U so much and I’m a diehard ‘Cane so I get frustrated and upset when we miss out on certain kids. People don’t understand how much I love the University of Miami and that’s why I tell people I got in Randy Shannon for not playing Streeter and not recruiting TY Hilton or Devonta Freeman. I feel like we should get all these kids because I know how it was built. We had Portis, McGahee, and all of them stacked up. When you came out of high school, and you were Duke Johnson, you couldn’t play the first year, you put the red jersey on and stood your ass on the sideline because you got redshirted. It frustrates me when I don’t see us taking all these kids. Darius Tice was the number one rusher in Dade County and you look at the school he’s at, where it’s all about football, football is everything. If you can play in that, then 80,000 means nothing. You go through the highest level of Dade County and that has to stand for something. Just look at the numbers and what he’s practicing against everyday. If I don’t take that guy, then what else am I looking for? I get a little frustrated by that, but like I tell people, I like Al and talk to him all the time. I’m the guy who’s running around, organizing all the different coaches in the inner city saying we have to support him, but at the same time he has to understand their concerns and talk to them. When something happens like it did recently, everybody calls me because I’m the guy with the flag. But then people are out there saying, “Luke is hating on the U,” but they don’t know half the **** that goes on.

Me: Do you think what has happened over the last couple weeks with the Booker T. situation is beyond repair? What does the Miami coaching staff need to do to be able to get back into good graces?
Campbell: Nothing is beyond repair. That is going to be repaired through time. You got a guy like Ice, who is like the head guy at the table down here. He’s the Don of this, the older statesman. You just did that to the chairman of the board, so it has to be repaired. The other part of it is communication, which will take a moment, and at the same time they’re going to have to get someone down there that we know.


Me: What would you think about Central Head Coach Telly Lockette getting hired at Miami?
Campbell: He would be an excellent hire. You go back in the history in the heydays, and Don Soldinger from Southridge was the best running backs coach in Miami history. The next best running backs coach ever down here is Telly Lockette. Go back and check his history, don’t worry about what he’s doing right now. He coached running backs at Northwestern and was offensive coordinator. He coached Antwain Easterling, Devonta Freeman, Joe Yearby, Cook and all these guys. So really to me he’s like Donny Soldinger with a reputation of back-to-back-to-back. A guy like him is respected throughout the state of Florida because when you beat up on the state, people respect you. That would be the absolute best thing for them. That would make this whole situation a quick fix. Coley and Cristobal don’t know these people. Coley is a great guy, I like him, but Eddie Gran did all the recruiting down here. He’s not in the community like that. Miami really needs someone like that.
Jesus, this is not what the university AND the kids need. This **** is middle school drama.
 
Sorry Pete, I think you do amazing work, have worked your ass off. Really.

But I have to neg you for even giving that clown another outlet to speak. I'll go with what Alonzo says and the real coach Harris say vs what these FOR's (friends of Randy) like luke and Ice feel.
"Friends of Randy" what kind of weak mess is that??? I'm sure Alonzo is friends w/ Randy too so what are you talking about???
 
Sorry Pete, I think you do amazing work, have worked your ass off. Really.

But I have to neg you for even giving that clown another outlet to speak. I'll go with what Alonzo says and the real coach Harris say vs what these FOR's (friends of Randy) like luke and Ice feel.
This.

Plus, why not confront him with what Alonzo said?

Imo, the interview is informative about MNW players, but too soft regarding what they did last week. Those guys did a real damage before/after NSD, and are still acting like they are fair?!?!

Disappointed with what we call here, an interview "chapa-branca".
 
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Great job pete. I actually didnt see much wrong with what he said other than his reasoning of taking a south Florida player over anyone else in the country.

Good interview pete and nice to get some clarity on some of the involved parties part.
 
Sorry Pete, I think you do amazing work, have worked your ass off. Really.

But I have to neg you for even giving that clown another outlet to speak. I'll go with what Alonzo says and the real coach Harris say vs what these FOR's (friends of Randy) like luke and Ice feel.
"Friends of Randy" what kind of weak mess is that??? I'm sure Alonzo is friends w/ Randy too so what are you talking about???
It's not a weak mess to me. Go ahead and convince me (and others) that part of Luke and Ice's outcry over BTW and also UM "not recruiting the inner city" line doesnt have to do with simmering anger over Randy losing his gig, and now taking it out on Al. I'm sure Randy has other friends in the Miami coaching community, no doubt, but they arent bashing UM or making up crap that isnt true as part of their butts still being hurt. Whatever man.
 
I figured what Luke is all about.... himself.

Luke dont care about S. Florida kids what he really is bitching about is he wants all of "his" Dade county kids to get UM scholarships. If they dont then he goes on Sileo and starts crying about how Golden doesnt recruit guys from Miami. Which is nothing but horse ****.

He cant be happy about Artie Burns b/c he's too busying mad b/c Darius Tice and De'Andre Coley (2 plan E recruits) didnt get an offer as well.

Also Its crazy how he claims all of these kids football talent as his doing... he says Artie was a "track" guy before "I" got to him. lol the ego on this guy is amazing.
 
Great interview Pete it gives more clarity into the situation in Sofla .
 

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