Hurricanes booster discloses plans to pay Hurricanes football players

When Dan Lambert — a Miami Hurricanes supporter and founder of a mixed martial arts team and gym — decided last summer to offer every Miami Hurricanes soccer player on a scholarship $500 a month to promote their business under NCAA rules, he hoped to attract Others companies to follow suit.

Sadly, they didn’t, as Canes faltered 2-4 en route to the 7-5 finish.

But Lambert – who has given $540,000 to Hurricanes players this year – said he plans to continue making $500 monthly payments to all junior CAN footballers next season, hoping other local businesses will help push that monthly figure to nearly $1000 per player.

“I think I’ll probably have to pay $500 a month myself next year because I don’t think I’ll get much support unless something happens every now and then to change the narrative” of the football program’s struggles, he said. “It will change.

“If nothing happens and the environment remains the same, I will probably do 500,000 myself next year and hope that changes and I can then build on that. It’s more than I wanted to do out of my own pocket, but the next 35 years I stayed as a Hurricane fan on this.” Planet, if I have to do two years for 500k and the rest will finance itself, it’s not really distributing that much money annually.

“When the wind changes and we start getting some [wind] Behind our sails, I’ll go out and try to lift [expletive] money and give them a monthly stipend as high as I can get for these kids.”

Is it still the goal to get $1,000 a month for every Hurricanes soccer player?

“I’d like to get $1,000,” Lambert said. “If you can make some gains, it will be more than that, and the single kids who rise to the top will get a lot more than that in the singles deals. I look at the $1,000 a month minimum we should have those kids.”

“Kids want to win, they want to develop their professional abilities, they want to go bowling, and they want to play in front of their hometown fans if they can. But this is the last option. [playing at home] behind those other things, and we didn’t do these other things. If we can do these things and get some good NIL deals for these kids, the kids will do it [expletive] Come.”

Lambert was just getting started.

“The geographic giveaway that Miami has in terms of the recruiting areas it’s in, we have to be in the top 20 every year if we have an average athletic department and staff,” he said. “If we do a good job with these capabilities, we should be in the top ten every year. If we do really well, we should be a supplement team every year. This is how it should be.”

Lambert — who founded American Top Team, a Coconut Creek-based mixed martial arts team and gym with more than 40 subsidiaries worldwide — said no one in management had contacted him in recent months.

“I think people in those positions think it’s a conflict of interest to talk to people on the side of non-alignment, which is kind of ironic to me,” he said. “I couldn’t see how our interest could be more compatible.

“I see BYU doing nothing deals for people. I see what they’re doing in Oregon with their big boosters. Don’t you think they have a board of trustees on their side and people making decisions that help them? I think there should be more involvement, and there are certain rules in the NIL legislation in Florida , things they can and can’t do. I hope it gets a little better as we move forward in working together, because helping these kids is the best thing you can do right now. It’s just.”

Lambert – whose offer UM turned down Alonzo Highsmith’s salary if UM hires him after the 2019 season – said: “I will always support the sports department. I love my box at games and give when I think it’s appropriate to give.

“I will focus on deals for nothing. That money goes directly to the players and it can have an immediate impact on the quality of the team, the quality of the recruits and it can make the lives of people here better when they are here. And if you do that, it can level the playing field a little bit. [amid] Some of the things these major schools have let go for years, making it an uneven playing field.

“I wish I could do more about this [past year] than giving $540,000 to children. I was hoping to do a lot of fundraising, and a lot of networking throughout the year. It wasn’t the right time for that. Who wanted to get nothing deals this year? “

Regarding UM’s search for a sports director, Lambert said he made no suggestions.

“what [expletive] Do I know? I’m looking through the lens of someone who ran an MMA team and cruise line at one point. I do not know [expletive] about it. I’m just a fan. Get the people who have achieved success for less. Get someone who has done a lot with a little.

“We have 60 people on the board of trustees. How many of them can name our starting lineup in our attack? There are 40 who don’t care about football. Why not have a small group on the board that is interested in football and has a good working knowledge of football and has AD on football instead of Everyone? It doesn’t sound like the way you run a business to me.”

This story was originally published December 1, 2021 1:29 pm.

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Barry Jackson has written for the Miami Herald since 1986 and has written a Florida Sports Buzz column since 2002.

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