It is definitely Luther Campbell's birthday. So to speak.
The former 2 Live Crew hype man has won the right to coach football in Florida public high schools after appealing the Department of Education's earlier decision that he "lacks the required good moral character."
Naturally, Mr. "Me So Horny" took to Twitter to unleash the good news:
Despite having spent 3 years on the football staffs at 2 Miami high schools -- and having launched and run a Pop Warner program for boys in dangerous Liberty City for 25 -- the state initially denied Campbell a permanent certificate when his temporary permission expired as he was set to be defensive coordinator this season at Miami Northwestern Senior High.
But Campbell, who had also spent two seasons as an assistant coach at troubled Miami Central, fought to stay in school -- where his charges weren't even alive when he squared off against Tipper Gore and argued the right to be nasty before the U.S. Supreme Court. Armed with a recommendation from state Administrative Judge Robert Meale, he appealed his way to Florida's Education Practices Commission, grabbing kudos from Sports Illustrated in the process:
To the nation, Campbell may be a symbol of when hip-hop went naughty. In Miami's Liberty City neighborhood, he is the man who started a youth football program and has kept it running strong for more than 20 years. He is the taskmaster who tracks down absent mothers to sign insurance forms. He is the coach who lets players stay at his house when they need a momentary escape from one of Miami's most dangerous areas. He is the man who encourages his players to get out of their troubled situations by going to college and graduating. He would love if they all made it to the NFL, but he knows that won't happen. He wants only for them to earn degrees so they can have what he has: a house in a safe neighborhood with a wife, a toddler and a Cocker Spaniel.
“It’s bigger than me,” Campbell told Time.com in June. “It would be sad in more ways than one. They would be sending [the kids] a message that you can’t change your life.”
"Uncle Luke," by the way, has been something of a renaissance man of late. In addition to his volunteering and coaching, he also found the time to appear in a film that screened at Sundance. Check out the trailer to "The Life and Freaky Times Of Uncle Luke" for a somewhat accurate take on his life (warning: Explicit, of course):
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