Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Hurri-Cons Return with Williams

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Hurri-Cons Return with Williams

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Byline: Mike Freeman, Times-Union sports columnist

It is actually good news that top University of Miami recruit Willie "The Fire Extinguisher" Williams could still be admitted into the Hurricanes' family despite an intimate familiarity with the perp walk. Miami's image was just beginning to become spit and polished, what with no football player being arrested in what seems like eons.

Things were getting kind of boring. The Hurricanes have been winning without making guest appearances on Cops. Touchdowns are up, arrests are down. Professors no longer fall unconscious when the star back shows up for class. Campus police have stopped calling the rear of their patrol cars the "Hurricanes section."

Where is the fun for the rest of us when Miami is running a clean program?

But if Williams, supposedly the next great wrecker of facemasks, joins the Hurricanes -- joy oh joy. That means Miami is returning to the old ways, and the looting and pillaging cannot be far behind.

Only the program is doing itself one step better. Instead of players getting into trouble after they arrive on campus, Miami is now recruiting criminals before they become official players.

Welcome to the next step in big-time college sports. Recruit the bad boys before they become bad boys.

If Williams -- who in one wild, spring break-like weekend allegedly emptied a hotel fire extinguisher causing $1,000 in damage, got into a bar fight and hugged a woman against her will -- is allowed to play at Miami or any other school it would mean all of the yapping from schools about cleaning up college sports was nothing but hot air.

There is not a more symbolic stand to take than this one. The Hurricanes could set the standard for other colleges to follow. They could be mad as hell and not take it anymore. …

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