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Luther Campbell aka “Uncle Luke” steps down as Miami Jackson’s defensive coordinator

MIAMI  A surprise was delivered to the football coaching circles in Miami-Dade County this morning.

Miami Jackson defensive coordinator Luther “Uncle Luke” Campbell resigned early Thursday morning, with the resignation being effective immediately. The announcement, made on Instagram, cited “unforeseen circumstances” for the resignation.

Campbell was brought on as the defensive coordinator under Lakatriona Brunson, the first female head coach in the State of Florida. He had previously been the defensive coordinator for several years at Miami Norland, which produced several top Division I signees.

The news, however, got out before Uncle Luke had a chance to post as WINZ-AM host Andy Slater had a bit of a scoop on the news himself.

And the news has already had a ripple effect to Northeast Florida, where Miami Jackson is slated to make a trip to Jacksonville Bolles tomorrow night after the game was pushed back from Week 2 due to Hurricane Hermine.

Campbell was in his 15th year in coaching and his eighth at the high school level. He previously served as defensive coordinator at three of the top programs in Miami – Central, Northwestern and Norland.

Asked before the season about Brunson, Campbell said, “It’s up to each individual coach to gain respect based on your knowledge of the game and how you conduct yourself,” Campbell said. “And I think she’s done that.”

USA TODAY High School Sports contributed to this report. You can follow USA TODAY High School Sports on Twitter at @USATODAYhss

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