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Friday afternoon update: Another local radio change; Heat cuts; Dan Sileo needs to reign it in

Friday's media column is below. First, a quick Friday afternoon update:

1) As expected, Richard Marshall was ruled out for Sunday's Dolphins game. Bart Scott is doubtful for the Jets.

2) Jason Jackson quit his job as a talk-show host on 790 The Ticket on Friday, station general manager Jeff Dinetz tells us. "We're disappointed," Dinetz said. "He decided it was time for him to do something else."

Jackson, who worked the 1 to 3 p.m. shift, declined to comment. According to multiple industry sources, management at The Ticket wanted Jackson to change his approach somewhat, including taking on a co-host who would challenge him on Heat issues.

Dinetz said the station will begin searching for a replacement. Eric Reid and Ethan Skolnick filled in Friday, shortly after Jackson resigned.

3) The Heat cut Rodney Carney and Jarvis Varnado, leaving 16 players. Terrel Harris and Garrett Temple are likely competing for the final roster spot. Erik Spoelstra said the roster will be finalized after Friday night's home exhibition against New Orleans (8 p.m. ESPN2).

4) Jorge Sedano tells us his WQAM talk show, which runs 3 to 7 p.m., will devote the 6 to 7 p.m. hour to Heat talk all NBA season, beginning next week.



It’s rare to see fans knock a local announcer for being too critical when their team loses. But Dan Sileo is the exception, a former UM player who has become a target on Canes message boards this season for over-the-top lambasting of the Hurricanes football program.

Sileo’s passion for his alma mater can be appreciated, but his postgame rants on WQAM often have been too reactionary, too harsh, too extreme.

There was the absurd meltdown following the Kansas State game – if you haven’t heard it, check it out on YouTube --  in which he regrettably called on Canes defensive players to “pull a knife on” offensive players that are running free.

In a serious overstatement, he said: “There’s no respect for our program. We’re like Eastern Michigan” and incorrectly said Kansas State didn’t rise in the polls after beating UM. (The Wildcats went from 21 to 15 in the AP poll.)

After Phillip Dorsett dropped two potential touchdowns in the Notre Dame game, Sileo asserted the Hurricanes “should never throw another pass to Dorsett.” (Are you kidding?)

He belittled the goal of winning the Coastal Division -- “this is what we’re reduced to?” -- overlooking the fact that in this stage of UM’s rebuilding process, advancing to the ACC title game for the first time would be an accomplishment.

He said after the Notre Dame game that Al Golden “has no big game experience. He has never coached in a big game before…. We’ve got a coaching staff with on-the-job training.”

Come on, Dan – Even if you want to discount his five years at Temple, were none of Golden’s first 17 games at Miami “big”?

He also said Urban Meyer “is not a good coach,” which no reasonable person would agree with.

Fortunately, Sileo showed some needed perspective after Saturday’s FSU game, rationally remarking that “we’re just not good enough. We have to get older and better.”

But he still made some odd comments, asserting that UM “should stop throwing to these wide-outs. They’ve got no hands” and that Mike James “should get the ball 28 times a game” (seems a little much).

He called a UM defensive lineman “Pierce” (maybe he meant Olsen Pierre); didn’t correct a caller who referred to strength and conditioning coach Andreu Swasey as actor Patrick Swayze (neither did co-host Kevin Rogers); and incorrectly suggested Butch Davis could have returned to UM but that North Carolina could give him more money. UM never asked Davis to return.

For some fans, hearing an analyst blast a team after a loss can be cathartic. Say this for Sileo: The guy can stir it up and he isn’t afraid to face people that he criticizes.

But Dan, you need to dial back the bluster and hyperbole and deal with reality. This team lost five players early to the pros and is playing 21 freshmen. Sileo’s somewhat more measured approach after Saturday’s loss suggests he may finally begin to grasp the big picture. Better late than never.


Aside from cogent commentary from Danny Kanell in the Boston College game and Kirk Herbstreit in the FSU game, the TV announcing of UM games has been deficient all season – another reason to listen to Joe Zagacki and Don Bailey Jr. on WQAM. (Zagacki gives all the pertinent information quickly, and unlike the national guys, they have thorough command of the roster.)

Two network announcers (including Sun Sports’ Paul Kennedy) referred to UM punter Dalton Botts as “Bolts”; NBC’s Tom Hammond and Mike Mayock called Gabe TerryTerry Gabriel”, and ABC’s Brent Musburger last week butchered several names (Rashawn Scott, Anthony Chickillo), incorrectly suggested Golden calls the plays (Jedd Fisch does) and several times called UM’s quarterback “Phillip Morris.” 

### Why did WQAM part ways with early-afternoon co-host Steve Goldstein and replace him with Channing Crowder (alongside Adam Kuperstein)?

Goldstein said the station fired him after he accepted a job co-hosting an 11 a.m. Saturday WFOR-CBS show with Jon Weiner, Dan Le Batard’s sidekick on rival 790 The Ticket. WQAM program director Jorge Sedano said Goldstein was not fired but was given a choice of doing the radio or TV show.

“Management decided it didn’t want Goldie doing a show where a direct competitor would be his employer,” Sedano said.

Said Goldstein: “It’s very disappointing. The TV opportunity would raise my profile and it would have helped the radio station by making me more visible.”

### Former Heat coach Stan Van Gundy, who has been critical of NBA Commissioner David Stern, recently said that ABC/ESPN withdrew an offer for him to be a studio analyst and wonders if the NBA told ESPN not to hire him.

I asked Stern on Thursday if he discussed Van Gundy with ESPN or if he or any NBA executive discouraged ESPN from hiring him.

"No," Stern said, adding he is supportive of coaches who want to go into broadcasting. But Stern refrained from saying anything about Stan.

Jalen Rose got the ABC studio job instead, replacing Jon Barry, who was moved to games. Bill Simmons is replacing Chris Broussard, who will go back to reporting. We like Rose, but we’re not sure Rose/Simmons is an upgrade over Barry/Broussard, even though Barry was too critical of the Heat. Simmons is an unabashed Celtics fan, which sometimes seems to undermine his objectivity.


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Agree on Sileo. The guy is a screaming maniac.


I agree with allyour comments about Mr. Sileo and about the UM game announcers. The national commentators are always poor when doing regional games.
But, I don't agree with you when you say Rose/Simmons is not an upgrade over Barry/Broussard.


Joe Zagacki puts more people to sleep than a hospice nurse.


Joe Z is not the most exciting announcer, but I like his "hometown" slant.


Sileo is a stupid gasbag who used to have C.U.M.'s nut hair between his teeth after constantly flossing with them when he was in Gainesville. He can EAD.

Oranse Taylor

The 2012 Miami Hurricanes Defense is one of the worst defenses in the HISTORY of the NCAA. That has nothing to do with what Sileo says or doesnt say after a loss. Repeat. Worst Defense in NCAA History.

StPete Cane

Sonny Hirsch Where are you? In heaven I would expect


Sileo is a fake cane. He wasn't any better than these guys he's critizising. He was lucky to be sorrounded by beasts


Keep it up Sileo!! Until we get real coaches


Sileo is a fkn moron. A few years ago i had the unpleasure to live in C.fla for a few years. I heard him up there on the radio. Every chance he got he would bash everything MIAMI. After getting fired for calling a few Cane players "Monkeys" Now it's funny to see that he has no where else to go but back down here. Go back to Tampa you douche, and take Rosenturd with you while your at it.


Sileo has every right, more so than most fans to criticize the team all he wants. He played there which is more than some lame reporter can claim. Al Golden does not have Good Coordinators. The Temple Owls cannot be considered a real program in my book. The very fact that this article appears here let's me know Sileo is becoming a pain in someone's you know what. Maybe they should look in the mirror! Like Sileo, I don't care how many kids left early for the NFL. We used to just reload our roster. The bottom line is we're not respected like we used to be and that's because we started hiring lesser known Coaches and settling for lesser known recruits.

milke lake

Sileo is the kkk on the radio


Sileo might be what everyone here says he is, but his biggest liability is he doesn't do his homework, and he doesn't work on his craft. He can be as critical of the U all he want, but he really should get the fact straight, he should get the players names correct, and he should know the history of the school since he left after his one season better. When he strays from comment on UM, he gets even worse. He has no idea of anything Dolphin, Marlin, or Heat. He's just not a good information guy. He needs to read more, talk to present players more, and to stop shoot from the hip less.


Sileo is obviously trying to raise ratings and get reactions..I think he is succeeding. Goldstein can't be so naive to think he could work with a competitor...he was an anchor for that show anyway. He just made it easy for the station to dump him.

The Truth

Sileo's beef is well warranted. I too am frustrated at the fact that achieving Coastal division championship is all we can dream for, and even this looks far fetched now.UM has been "rebuilding" for TEN YEARS... with ZERO progress.

The Gators in the meantime were rebuilding for ONE SINGLE YEAR and are back to being the Gators again, currently sitting at #2.

Duke is going to embarrass you guys later this year, and FAU will embarrass you guys next year. FIU would've done the same, but you're too scared to play them.


Jo jo

I remember Sileo was a good Hurricane DL.His rants I take in a neutral kind of way.He s a passionate guy who hates to see the U lose.I am the same but I don t try to ever blame the kids......too much.I mostly blame the Coaches.


Sileo needs to distinguish between being an angry fan and a news analyst, of sorts. And he needs to remember that rants only come close to being amusing if their founded on the actual given facts.


Sileo is a chronic liar. He played only one year (1986) at UM after he was kicked out of Maryland and Cincinnati. He was ruled ineligible by the NCAA before the 1987 season. Yet if you listen to him, you'd swear he was a Cane his whole career and an All American. Please. Oh and his NFL career was one season with Tampa Bay and then served steroid suspensions after a brief cup of coffee with Dallas for a preseason. Dude is a gas bag.

Big Picture

The reason the national announcers do a poor job is because they have so many unknown and new players. If Miami were a decent team, they would be more well known. Fact is, they're a terrible team. But I agree, Sileo is over the top. He needs to come back down to earth. Canes had a good run a long time ago, but you can't keep reliving the past like Al Bundy and his highschool days in Married With Children. Get over it, move on, accept that the team is mediocre and keep praying that your team will improve in time... although I don't see it, especially, with NCAA sanctions on the horizon.



in the immortal words of the late GREAT Neil Rogers ...
joe zagacki sucks ...




our former athletic director -- may he rest in peace -- saddled us with this rank amateur ...
and I do mean rank ...
you suck zagacki ...
"uh, um, well"




when every other word uttered is uh, um or well ...
you don't belong on the radio ...
let alone the prestigious UM broadcast ...




to whom it may concern ...
next item on the agenda ...
improve our broadcast by ejecting joe sucky zagacki ...
whose halting, mechanical, shrill delivery ...
makes U want to throw your radio out the window ...



Hey Truth, your Gators didn't send 13 players to the NFL last year, and 5 of them underclassmen and ALL starters either. If the Gators had 21 freshmen playing I GUARANTEE you would't be ranked 2. So please as Doug Heffernan says 'shutee upee'.


Hey Truth (Quijote), your Gators
Posted by: ColaCane | 10/26/2012 at 10:47 AM

a cowardly, oxyMORONic f-i-u-don't-matter fan assumes various aliases to conceal obsession ...


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