6. Luther Campbell – Miami Hurricanes
There was no doubt that Luther Campbell was going to pop up on our list. In fact, many will argue with me that he should be the No. 1 name on our top 30. However, falling in at No. 6 is arguably the biggest booster of a program that college football has ever seen, even if it landed his beloved school in hot water with the NCAA.
During the late-1980s, and early 90s, Luther Campbell was on top of the world. His band, 2 Live Crew, was one of the most polarizing rap groups in history, and his hometown team, the Miami Hurricanes were the best team in college football. Campbell and the Hurricanes went hand-in-hand, and eventually, the program ended up paying for their involvement with the rapper.
Campbell was alleged to have piloted a “pay for play,” program, which rewarded players for touchdowns and big hits, to name a few things. The 56-year-old Miami native was also featured in the ESPN 30 for 30 documentary, The U, which told the story of those fabled Hurricanes teams. Even today, when you think of the University of Miami football program, it is hard not to think of Luther Campbell.
Not only does Campbell love the Miami football program, but the entire Miami-Dade County, where he ran to be the Mayor. He finished fourth out of 11 people, and is a registered democrat in the state. No matter what he does, he will always be linked to The U, and he is more than happy about that.