Miami football takes recruiting shot at Notre Dame

Tyler James
South Bend Tribune

A tweet from a University of Miami football staff member brought some heat to social media on a cold Tuesday night in South Bend.

Jorge Baez, assistant director of player personnel for Miami, sent a tweet highlighting the differences in weather forecasts in South Bend and Coral Gables, Fla., the home of the University of Miami.

"This is why I love Coral Gables," Baez tweeted with a pair of pro-Miami hashtags and a side-by-side picture of the forecasts in both cities.

Jorge Baez tweet

When Notre Dame fans received word of the tweet, they were quick to fire back at Baez. Even Notre Dame recruiting coordinator Tony Alford, who is the lead Irish recruiter in Florida, sent a tweet in response to Baez.

"Jorge- really? Come on man... Hope you're doing well," Alford wrote. "Good luck the rest of way in recruiting and in Spring Ball. #HighRoad"

Former Irish offensive lineman Mike Golic Jr. joined in with a friendly reminder of the score from the last time Notre Dame and Miami played. The Irish defeated the Hurricanes 41-3 at Chicago's Soldier Field in 2012.

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Baez later deleted his original tweet. The negative recruiting pitch against Notre Dame came a bit out of left field. Miami and ND don't share a lot of the same recruiting targets, but the 2015 recruiting cycle has brought some overlap.

Irish linebacker commit Te'von Coney of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., visited Miami in December and had the Hurricanes in his top three before committing to Notre Dame. He is set to arrive in South Bend for early enrollment next week.

Miami recently lost a verbal commitment from four-star running back Dexter Williams on Friday. The Irish, who are still looking for another running back for their 2015 class, tried to get Williams on campus in November and December but failed. Williams, a Winter Garden (Fla.) West Orange product, could end up making a visit to Notre Dame later this month. If he does, he'll be well aware of the January weather on both campuses.

Notre Dame's Theo Riddick, left, and Miami's Rafael Kirby exchange words following a late hit by Kirby during the game at Soldier Field in Chicago on Saturday, October 6, 2012. SBT Photo/ROBERT FRANKLIN