Kevin Durant is responsible for the University of Miami's football recruiting woes, coach says

Kevin Durant was accused of ruining the NBA when he joined the Golden State Warriors in 2016, and the former MVP is now being accused of making it difficult for the University of Miami’s football team to recruit athletes from the South Florida area.

The U’s new head coach Manny Diaz told the Miami Herald he blames Durant for the large number of high school football players in South Florida who choose to play football elsewhere.

“Look, the world has changed, and I’m going to blame the NBA,” Diaz said. “Once Kevin Durant went to the Warriors after they were 3-1 up when he was at Oklahoma City — kids want to go where the winning is.”

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Never mind the fact the Hurricanes have had issues recruiting long before 2016 — the program went nine-straight seasons without a bowl win from 2007-2015 — Diaz believes Durant’s decision to join the Warriors is what made recruits prioritize winning.

“So, that’s hard because you have to create the winning to get them to come to where the winning is,” Diaz said. “So, there’s a natural tendency to be drawn to the places that are currently on top, which, that’s fair.”

Eric Ting is an SFGATE staff writer. Email him at eting@sfchronicle.com and follow him on Twitter

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