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League announces Dolphins playoff scenario; Fins add veteran cornerback; UM loses a recruit

The NFL announced Tuesday how the Dolphins can make the playoffs. Six things must happen:

Miami must beat the Bills and Patriots. Pittsburgh must beat the Bengals but lose to Cleveland. The Bengals also must lose to Baltimore. And the Jets - even though they're eliminated from playoff contention - must lose to either San Diego or Buffalo.

The odds of all that happening? Only slightly better than a snowstorm on South Beach tonight.

### The Dolphins were awarded cornerback Dimitry Patterson off waivers from Cleveland, where he started four games this season. He allowed three TD passes and 66 percent of passes to be completed against him in seven games.

Patterson had four interceptions in 2010 but just one in his seven other seasons combined. Miami is in a precarious spot at cornerback because of Nolan Carroll's knee injury.

As expected, tight end Charles Clay was placed on injured reserve.

### Tampa Jesuit High tight end Travis Johnson - rated by ESPN as UM's third-best among 11 oral commitments - decommitted from the Hurricanes on Tuesday, announcing his decision on Twitter.

ESPN rated Johnson as the nation's 102nd best player in the Class of 2013. Rivals.com rated him as the 11th best tight end.

Two other UM oral commitments are rated higher - quarterback Kevin Olsen (67) and cornerback Artie Burns (69). UM is in the mix for several other top 100 players.

"Decommitting from the University of Miami," Johnson tweeted. "Opening my recruiting up."

Johnson is reportedly considering USF and Missouri, among others.

Even with Johnson's decision, UM still has oral commitments from two tight ends: New Orleans-based Standish Dobard, rated 138th overall by ESPN, and St. Petersburg-based Jeremy Kerr.

And UM - with Arizona State and Nebraska - are finalists for Woodland Hills (CA) Pierce CC tight end Beau Sandland, who will announce a decision on Wednesday.

UM now has 10 oral commitments.




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Hey Barry - I appreciate the news you continue to provide on all things UM. Please keep the information flowing. You seem to get items the UM beat writers don't provide.
Posted by: rboud | 12/17/2012 at 03:32 PM





Hey #Canefam ..Don't let anyone tell you your school doesn't have great facilities.

Monday, Associate Atletics Director for Development and Director for Facilites Ira Stanley took Harry Rothwell, of allCanes, and me on a walking tour of the soon-to-be-completed Schwartz Center for Athletic Excellence. Since words can't describe how truly amazing the experience was, I turned our tour into a nice video tour.
-- BrianTheBeastLondon


Jo jo

Only want real Canes to play for Miami.If a recruit doesn t want to sign with Miami....thank you sir.You gave us advance notice....were a man about it.The U will look for someone your equal........"or better".One can always RESPECT honesty.Good luck to you.Gotta have the Hurricane pride and passion...like a Duke or a Kevin Olsen (QB) type.GO CANES.



the ACC is in the process of monetizing its soon-to-be lucrative digital network located in Charlotte, N.C. Industry sources are split on whether the ACC can do a full-on network similar to the Big Ten that would be able to throw off profit in a relatively short period of time.
-- dennis dodd



Travis it would have been nice to have you on the squad but I can understand with Beau Sandland and Standish Dobbard coming in that it would be a problem for you. Guess competition isn't your thing. Good luck at USF, I'm sure they'll get somewhere in about 40-50yrs.



The Canes definitely do not need three TEs in this recruiting class. Defensive line is by far the biggest weakness of the team. With limited scholarships available, those holes should be filled first. Also, they should take a strong look at Alex Montgomery of Cypress Bay because he looks like a gamechanger.


they should take a look @ Alex Montgomery of Cypress bay. I saw him played against Apopka High, he looked like one man machine.Miami should try to get him.


We have three TEs coming in one less isno big deal. As was said above, would prefer they bring in an extra DT or DE.


If you aint a cane you is lame


Miami Penguin

Can't blame Travis Johnson for decommitting.

(1) UM has self-imposed a ban on bowl games two years in a row.

(2) The NCAA has yet to issue its ruling, so the team's immediate future is likely to be dim.

Hats off to Al Golden for having any recruits at all.


I guess no here knows what’s going on with Canes football. The Canes received a commitment today from Beau Sandland rated the consensus #1 TE in JC in the country and is considered by most experts as possibly the most complete TE out there. He is 6-6 250 runs blocks and has great hands. The post should read about the coup Golden and co pulled off from across the country as this is a Cali kid who had offers from practically everywhere. Barry...undoubtedly you are more refreshing than what we have seen recently but please....let’s focus on the positives at least once? The reason for the decommitment was because of Beau and it’s not even mentioned. I understand his announcement came a couple of hours afterwards but it was considered immanent.

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