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UM compliance office urges fans to stay away from recruits; twitter war over Alex Collins continues

The University of Miami's compliance office took to Twitter Thursday morning to send a message it hoped its fans would receive and heed: leave recruits alone.

What Al gets in the mail"Canes fans: We love when you support #TheU, but remember, only coaches can recruit prospects. #AskBeforeUAct," the tweet at around 10 a.m. from @UCompliance read.

Why the concern? Fans from both Miami and Arkansas have been a little too interested lately in trying to sway South Plantation blue-chip running back Alex Collins to pick their school. Collins is set to announce his college decision in an Atlanta TV studio Monday night after 10 p.m. on FoxSports Network.

It's against NCAA rules for fans -- especially those who provide financial aid to the schools they love -- to get involved in the recruiting process. Lucky for them, the NCAA doesn't have the time or resources to chase everyone down. But in this case, with Miami being under investigation, it's probably a good idea for Hurricanes fans to stop.

Collins, whose Twitter account is @Budda03, has been relatively happy with "the love" he's been receiving. But messages have been getting nasty lately. Some UM fans believe Collins' high school coach Doug Gatewood is steering him away from Miami because of an alleged connection to Arkansas.

Here is one example of one of those Tweets from Cane Flexin @ThatCaneZo: "Hey @Budda03 don't let your coach make your decision for you. It's your decision and yours only."

This morning Collins responded to some of those tweets: "It's crazy how people can make things up or assume things that's no where close to being true.. I've been hearin crazy things thats not true."

Gatewood has vehemently denied the claims and told The Miami Herald Thursday: "I get paid $3,100 to be a head coach and have caught more [expletive] this year than you can imagine. People sitting there saying I'm profiting from this, I'm going to send them a picture of my truck. It needs a paint job and is missing a window.

"I guess it happens. But I've never been a part of it. Everybody talks about my relationship with [Arkansas assistant] Charlie [Patridge]. At the end of the day, I use every resource I have to help my kids get recruited. I call every person I know when I have a kid. When [Collins] started playing last year nobody was recruiting him. I called everybody and said 'I got a kid. You got to come look at him.'"

"As much as I care about him, he cares about me as well. Nobody wants people talking [expletive] about their coach."

Some UM fans have responded positively to the UM compliance office's request. Victor Castro ‏(@BudussyCanes) tweeted Collins: "Mr. Collins, wherever U decide 2 play ur college ball, we Canes wish U nothing but the best of luck. #GOCanes"

Arkansas fans, meanwhile, have continued to pursue Collins. The running back shared a picture of a chain of papers he got in the mail which reads: WOO PIG SOOIE GO HOGS!

Here's a list of some of the tweets Collins has received from both Miami and Arkanas fans and retweeted:

From Randall Baker ‏@RSB416
"@Budda03 if you came to arkansas, I'd convert to Buddism."

From Kel Clarke ‏@kclarke56
"@Budda03 @HogCaller90 can u imagine 80,000 fans wearing dreads at all the games.. I know id buy one - that would be sick - RAZORBUDDA!!!"

From Purple Cane ‏@PurpleCane41
"I'd take a blindside hit from @raylewis if it got #AlexCollinsToTheU"

From Gene Esposito ‏@GeneEspo69
"@Budda03 u gonna play for Miami and hit up south beach or play for Arkansas where marrying your cousin is common?"

From Jonathon Zenk ‏@jzenk42
"@Budda03 You should go to Miami, unless you would enjoy getting your teeth kicked in by Bama and LSU every year..."

Perhaps the most interesting tweet came from Arkansas coach Bret Bielema himself. Of course, it wasn't directly sent to Collins. But it did mention Budda -- Collin's nickname. Bielema sent it to his running backs coach.

Here is the message: "Found a Budda in Dallas. Lucky charms everywhere we go. #wps #gohogsgo @coachjoelt"

The picture Beilema tweeted is below. Wonder if the NCAA will question Bielema for the Budda reference?

Bielema photo

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From Gene Esposito ‏@GeneEspo69
"@Budda03 u gonna play for Miami and hit up south beach or play for Arkansas where marrying your cousin is common?"

Yes, and also home to the greatest President of my generation and wouldn't be surprised if the next one too! Hilary 2016 :)

Funny, you say its best to stop the tweets but you add his account. Pushing the envelope much?

Stated earlier when the subject came up that Gatewood was not pushing Collins in any direction. Take the coach at his word. This is the truth!

Collins would be a good get, no doubt, but the Miami Hurricanes don't rise and fall on any one player alone!

Can he make an impact yeah, I know look at Duke's impact, but even he will tell you it is a team game and his numbers couldn't happen without all the blocks and holes created by the big uglies(no offense guys,lol) up front and special teamers and by receivers down field.

I hope he comes to Miami, but it is his decision and his alone. He should be successful wherever he goes. It would be great though if more local players stayed home at the U to build up the program and win championships. People should remember how much attention UM brought to South Florida high schools. The overwhelming consensus now is that the best football talent is in South Florida and UM put the spotlight on it beginning in the early 1980s.

rbleigh....the greatest President of your generation hasn't been elected yet and it won't be Hilary, sorry to disappoint you with the truth but hey it is what it is.......lol....jmo!

GUYS PLEASE,

I love the U very much. However if recuite want to go some place else, let them. Talent doese not mean STAR. Personally I think all these So. FLA 5 star high school players are so stuck on themselves.....ME ME ME oh look mom I'm on TV. Did everyone see e on tv lastnight.

News flash if they are paying that much attention to themselves at this age its over already, they are NOT going work hard at their postion, they will argue with coachs, expect the world to handed to them. Damn near the entire 2008 class was a failure.
If I were coach Golden's recruiter and a recuite ecommits, its over for him. There are others that would be glad to take his place. Think about it theres alex collins sitting back watching all those fools (fans) on both side going at it. Collin's head getting bigger and bigger. It won't matter one bit what team he chooses to play for he won't amount to jack sqaut.

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Read the other day that he (Collins) encouraged the fans to tweet to him. This recruiting stuff is totally out of control and too many kids act like they are divas when really they are just talented high school kids. If he comes to the U he will be fun to watch and hopefully have a great career, but the U of Miami is not only about one running back recruit. The U will be fine no matter what Collins does.

@rbleigh

Hillary is from Chicago. Nice try though.

give me a break.....social networking is here, get over it.....these recruits dont have to look, ask or respond if they dont want to......UM compliance looks weak...what are we afriad of? UM defense is ranked #117..what about that tweet? Fix the coaches...fix the stats...then the tweets will mean nothing.

This has got to be the dumbest thing I have ever heard. If Alex wants to come to the U then great, if he doesn't well then good luck to the young man. whether or not there is a connection between the coaches or not the young man has a mind of his own and he has to live with whichever decision he decides.

t-cane, darrel, you guys have it on lock. great points.
watched collins alot this year, don't really see this guy being a 5 star. His best games and or plays were aginst smaller d-lines, linebackers. Just not sold on him. Then you throw in this stuff, t-cane is right we should stay away from this guy.

You are a sick f*ck putting a 13 year olds twitter handle out like that. What are you some sick demented pedophile child stalker using the kids real father's name.

I think it's curse pig aka Jim Gallo.

Manny or Susan ban this pos.

HOPE ALEX BECOMES A CANE BUT IF HE DON'T IT WILL BE HIS LOSS. THE CANES ARE PRIMED TO HAVE A BIG YEAR THIS YEAR AND EVEN BETTER YEAR IN 2014. THE LAST FEW YEARS FSU ALWAYS SEEMS TO HAVE SUCH A GREAT RECRUITING CLASS! WHERE HAS IT GOTTEN THEM? LOSE TO THE CANES THIS YEAR AND THE TIDE WILL TURN AND YOU MAY NOT BEAT THE CANES FOR NEXT 3 YEARS OR MORE. THE ONLY PEOPLE BENEFITING FROM THIS GREAT RECRUITING AT FSU IS COACHES WHO ARE LEAVING LEFT AND RIGHT HELL WE EVEN GOT ONE SO ALL YOU RECRUITS WHO WANT TO BE A PART OF A CHAMPIONSHIP DURING YOUR COLLEGE CAREER THAN THE CHOICE IS THE U. THE NCAA SANCTIONS WILL NOT STOP ANYTHING BECAUSE THE CANES ARE STILL YOUNG AND TALENTED AND HAVE SELF IMPOSED PUNISHMENT WHICH WILL HELP THEM ESPECIALLY SINCE THE NCAA HAS SCREWED UP THEMSELVES. GO ELSEWHERE IF YOU CHOOSE BUT YOU WILL REGRET LATER AND WE WON'T WANT YOU LATER. GO CANES 2013 ACC CHAMPS

45-60,000 people in Sun Life is what you can expect at Sun Life Stadium. That's been the range the last 30 years.

That didn't deter 10 or so championship runs in those years, which included 6* National Championships.

That didn't deter more Hurricanes going to the pro's than any other school.

So,if your decision is based soley on playing in front of 10-15,000 more people, on the average, on Saturdays...and it doesn't matter that they haven't even sniffed a NC in the modern football era...then Arkansas seem like a good fit for you.

As for me personally, i'm not sweating no highschool kids, if they sign with Miami, good for them, until they contribute to winning games, see them soon!

guys when the CANES WIN, the stadium fills. Big games sellout and the sheeety games , unranked opponents instead of 30k U get 50-60k. Thursday night games always Used to sell out . I remember bein young goin vs undefeated Houston and that #1 offense they had on a thurs night game and canes held them to 1 td.....JUST LIKE THE MARLINS, when they won the games sold out. 80k people at the world series and now you cant get 80...........So fla is a fickel town.......

Read what Butch Davis said on that yahoo front page article today. he used to skip the 5 star guys, the primmadonnas, and go for the truly athletic 3 star kids that had room to grow.......... Al's doin same plan. Last yr out of 30 kids, we had 2 5 star guys(duke and tracy) like 8 four star kids, and like 20 three star kids.......look at our 5 star 2008 #1 class, howd that work out?

F*ck Everybody!

Why you so worried about the NCAA? Anyone else but me notice those walls are falling in on themselves? Tweet him all you want. Miami did their thing by releasing the message. That's as compliant as they can get. How they going to control what fans do? Welcome to the new age and is the reason the NCAA is not chasing tweets and status updates.

Recruiting Nation on espn was on tonight. Said Canes are on of the teams to watch on signing day as we have a chance to land all those pending studs on the list, thomas, kirkland,coley,collins, etc etc

All you just wait til he says "On Wisconsin"....Bielema will literally crap his pants.......

Am a die hard Badger. If he doesn't go to UW, then I pray it's to Miami. You guys are alright. Doing the right things. I hate Arkansas so much, and that's not just b/c our former coach went there. It's because of the way he (and his staff) has handled the recruiting process. The WPS fans make me absolutely sick. I've unfollowed Collins on twitter as I just can't take them anymore. He's a good kid and he'll do well anywhere, but I'll vomit in my mouth a little bit if he announces the Pigs on Monday. Hope it's UW and if not, then The U.

Peace & Respect.

Man do yall Da U fans need something for all this butthurt ya'll got going on? Whats wrong with the Bielema tweet? Did i miss something and he actually sent it to Alex? Was Alex in the picture with him? The folks in south beach might as well get ready for Arkansas to become a pain in the rear. Bielema is at a quality school now with quality facilities and he is fixing to raid that place.

I've heard from a very reliable source that unless Alex Collins (Budda) commits to the U, he may find his UM scholarship gone the same way as Kirkland was. HAHAHA. The last thing the U needs are uppity players who put themselves above the program. We went down that path before with all the showboating. It was sickening.

GREAT MOVE COACH,
They rest want to any play games. Denver would have been a great get. Harris is full of crap. Herd from a friend that works at Boker T., she said Denver had a big surprise in store come sighing day. Maybe Golden got word of this to, Don't play games with Golden fellas. Like Butch Davis did it in recruiting, don't like the premadonnas. Just the fire and passion that goes with hungry players that really want to win.

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