« Wednesday night update: UM player's father rips Golden; Samson responds to angry callers | Main | NFL evaluators assess state of UM program; Dolphins, UM, Heat, Marlins notes »

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.

 

FRIDAY MEDIA COLUMN

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.

AROUND THE DIAL

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.

Comments