As Jacory Harris was walking off the interview stage last Saturday night against Oklahoma, a reporter filled him in on how his beloved Northwestern Bulls had been upset earlier that same evening by rival Booker T. Washington.
"You're lying," Harris fired back. "Man, you just ruined my whole weekend."
Jacory and his seven former high school teammates at UM made sure their weekend wasn't ruined again Thursday night. Along with UM coach Randy Shannon, assistants Micheal Barrow, Aubrey Hill, Clint Hurtt and Wesley McGriff, the Canes made their presence felt when Miami Northwestern took on rival Miami Central in a nationally televised showdown at FIU Stadium.
Jacory and the current Northwestern Canes didn't just cheer. They coached, spending most of the second half in huddles as their former teammatesrallied with 20 unanswered second half points beat the No. 1-ranked Rockets 22-14. Former Cane and current Dolphin Vernon Carey probably made the biggest splash when he stormed into the team's locker room at halftime and flipped over a Gatorade cooler during a fiery five minute speech.
Say what you want about the University of Miami's recruiting tactics in South Florida (they don't always get all the local stars) but they have a deep bond with Northwestern, the most talent rich program in the area every year. No local team has stocked the Canes with talent more than the 'West has over the past decade. And over the next few years, more Bulls will likely be headed UM's way.
Defensive tackle Todd Chandler has been a UM commitment for what feels like has been more than a year. Next on the list?
Probably senior receiver Michaelee Harris (6-2, 190), who hauled in nine passes for 133 yards and two touchdowns and looked every bit as good as the last Bulls receivers to head to UM. He says the Canes are among about a dozen schools (Louisville, Marshall, Nebraska, UM, FIU, UCF, West Virginia, Ole Miss, Miss. State, Kansas State are the others) he has offers from.
Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, just a junior, has every team in the country coveting him. But says he absolutely loves Mark Whipple's offense. Another junior to watch? Linebacker Lyndon Edwards (6-1, 190), who was all over the field for the 'West.
"There is something about being a Bull and being a Cane that has a connection," Chandler said. "It's the swagger, the confidence, the love for your teammates. You see it here when you're wearing the blue and gold and when you're there wearing the green and orange."