- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 1, 2010

CORAL GABLES, FLA. (AP) - The Donald has a message for The U: Hire Mike Leach.

Donald Trump sent a letter to University of Miami president Donna Shalala this week, suggesting the Hurricanes hire the former Texas Tech coach to lead their football program.

Trump wrote the note on a copy of The Palm Beach Post’s Sunday sports section, scrawling it over the newspaper’s story announcing Randy Shannon’s firing.

University officials confirmed the authenticity of the note Wednesday.

“You made a big mistake when you did not take my advice and hire Mike Leach of Texas Tech … and you can now get him for the right price,” Trump wrote to Shalala.

Trump lobbied Miami to hire Leach in 2006, when they ultimately chose Shannon.

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