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37. Miami
Bob Kravitz
November 19, 1986
Coach Bill Foster has heard the talk about the two-year-old Miami program. Folks are saying that by taking in 7'1" Tito Horford, the incredible traveling freshman, Foster has sold out for a quick fix. Says Foster, "Friends have told me, 'You have the reputation that'll stand up to it.' I mean, how many chances do you get to recruit a seven-footer with his potential? Legally." In fast-forward, Horford's odyssey goes like this: at home in the Dominican Republic, signs with Houston in November '84; recruiting violations make him ineligible; shows up at LSU in August '85; is kicked off team, quits school in October; ends up in Miami in January '86. Tito goes to class, goes to Hurricane baseball games, goes to the beach. He has bulked up from 237 pounds to a menacing 260. So far, so good. The Hurricanes figure to survive until Horford becomes eligible in January. After that, he should get them an NCAA berth. The question remains: How long will he stick around? Horford says he's taking it one year at a time, but even one year with Tito means a lot.
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November 19, 1986

37. Miami

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Coach Bill Foster has heard the talk about the two-year-old Miami program. Folks are saying that by taking in 7'1" Tito Horford, the incredible traveling freshman, Foster has sold out for a quick fix. Says Foster, "Friends have told me, 'You have the reputation that'll stand up to it.' I mean, how many chances do you get to recruit a seven-footer with his potential? Legally." In fast-forward, Horford's odyssey goes like this: at home in the Dominican Republic, signs with Houston in November '84; recruiting violations make him ineligible; shows up at LSU in August '85; is kicked off team, quits school in October; ends up in Miami in January '86. Tito goes to class, goes to Hurricane baseball games, goes to the beach. He has bulked up from 237 pounds to a menacing 260. So far, so good. The Hurricanes figure to survive until Horford becomes eligible in January. After that, he should get them an NCAA berth. The question remains: How long will he stick around? Horford says he's taking it one year at a time, but even one year with Tito means a lot.

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