Behind the Episode – Chapter 38 – Shoulda Been You

LEGENDARY. That is another episode in the books. Behind the Episode time. The highest rated recruit ever in the history of the Miami Hurricanes joined us for it “Shoulda Been You.” I am always amazed how the Orange Bowl Boys can just have a guest on and magically, it’s an hour later. D.J. Williams was utterly fantastic.

Williams recounted his early playing days at De LA Salle high school in California. On his Hurricane recruiting trip they even imprinted his name on the back of an 11 jersey. Only problem was, it was Ken Dorsey’s number. Dorsey obviously kept his number and Williams wore 17. Coaches will do about anything to convince a recruit to come. On the premise of players wearing multiple jersey numbers on offense and defense, the Dyme Lyfe CEO absolutely hated it.

“It was the man that made the number not the number that made the man.”

The tone was set early. This was an old school Hurricane. The culture was different back then. Williams attested that there was absolutely no way the locker room would allow the sharing of numbers. There would have been fights right there on that U. It was a slightly barbaric policing of tradition. You can balk at it but that era demanded it.

In the locker room there was a U logo that was large enough to sub as a UFC octagon. If there was a big enough issue between two men, they would meet in that designated battle ground and the issue was resolved. A young freshman could have tried to take on the whole team but you are not bigger than the whole team.

Butch Davis apparently had a fetish for old school candy. Werther’s originals, the butterscotch yellows and the strawberry wrapped ones. D.J. Williams was apparently a thief of such candy. The secretary Miss Myrna acted as the get away driver and signaled Williams when Davis wasn’t in his office. Williams smiled with a pocket full of sugary goodness.

Under Kevin Steele there is a rather large defensive rotation. The big men should rotate. Vince Wilfork shouldn’t be in a 17 play drive. Go grab all the oxygen on the sideline if that happens. But Williams is foreign to the concept of rotating other positions defensively. He disagreed with linebackers subbing in and out. There is a groove that occurs and the linebackers need to see the game in its entirety rather that fractionalized parts.

Coach Mario Cristobal apparently needs a Dyme Life makeover. Cristóbal’s pants are apparently too high and he wears turfs like they are a fashion statement. Short shorts are a part of William’s repertoire and he insisted that Cristobal should wear some swim wear and a head band. I don’t think Mario goes for it but you never know.

Williams explained his transition into his merchandising endeavor. He has haters. Of course he does. Once he transitioned away from the Miami Hurricane line of apparel and went to other schools, some Hurricane fans got salty. Of course they did. D.J. thought they were going to burn his jersey like Bron Bron. It is ok D.J., Behind the Episode has a built in firefighter.

Williams believes this current iteration of the Miami Hurricanes have the talent to win the ACC. In his opinion, the past three, four years they have always had the talent to beat the Duke’s and the Wake Forrest’s of the world. The Miami mindset has recently been off.

D.J. Williams was a fantastic interview. He truly was. Williams was charismatic and confident in his abilities his current endeavors not excluded. The Greentree culture permeates in more ways than you can ever imagine. It did with him.

The power poll got heated. Listen, I don’t like the fact the Florida Gators are number one. The SEC bias when you start unranked to 12th after a close game at home vs. a Utah squad who was humidity paralyzed is laughable. Is what it is. The Miami Hurricanes didn’t beat a top ten opponent, they did. Toast saw it my way. Scoop is a homer.

Behind the episode. It was #OBB through and through. Great guest. Lot of laughs. Some healthy debate. And all of this is mixed in between a bun of debauchery, delicate and deliberate. It shoulda been you. You are right. It shoulda been me. DJ and I agree that man culture has been under attack. We can’t act like we used too. The locker room has an enemy. Someone took a picture of a dog’s balls and I just laughed about it because it was funny.

About the Author: Roman Marciante

Born and raised in South Florida. Local Boy. Husband. Tali and Franco’s dad. “Hey grandpa, is there a local college team we can watch?” “Do they throw the ball?” They don’t run the option do they?” Thus the love affair was born. Proud supporter of St Thomas Aquinas Raider nation and alum. One day got in a studio with two other buddy’s and started a conversation about a local team and the rest was history. A former pro athlete who secretly had a CIA job and some people call “Chief.” Yells “Bang” a lot. “It is not wrong, it is just different.” Managing Editor for the OBB Legend, host of X’s and Ro and Student of the Game connoisseur. I still remember the day I beat Mike Tyson in a fight. 007-373-5963. Thanks for all your help Mac. I couldn’t have done it without you.

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