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Fisch leaving UM; big recruiting weekend for UM; Kobe credits Heat "psychopath"

Saturday morning update: UM confirmed that offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch is leaving to become offensive coordinator of the Jacksonville Jaguars. Fisch and new Jaguars coach Gus Bradley previously worked together on the Seattle Seahawks staff.

It's a big loss for UM ---- only 12 college play callers have guided offenses that averaged at least 6 yards per play each of the past two years. Fisch was among them.

The Herald will have a full story posted soon.

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Some Friday night UM and Heat items:

### It’s a huge recruiting weekend for UM, which is welcoming four of its top targets for official visits, as well as six of its oral commitments.

Uncommitted players scheduled to visit include defensive tackles Jaynard Bostwick and Keith Bryant, running back Alex Collins and offensive tackle Denver Kirkland.

Rivals.com ranks Bryant as the nation’s No. 17 d-tackle prospect, and Bostwick 27th. UM badly needs at least one of those two, considering it doesn’t have any commitments from any defensive tackles, its biggest area of need.

Bostwick, from West Centennial High in Port St. Lucie, is considering Miami, Alabama and UF and could commit if the visit goes well.

Bryant, a former UM oral commitment, can’t seem to make up his mind. He nearly canceled this weekend’s visit, and there was some doubt even late this week whether he would show up.

Bryant, from Delray Beach Atlantic, said he loved his visit to FSU and also is planning trips to Tennessee and South Carolina.

Collins, also a former UM oral commitment and the nation’s No. 9 running back prospect, remains a high priority for the Hurricanes, who envision him sharing carries with Duke Johnson. Florida State and Arkansas (where he will visit later this month) remain among other strong contenders for the South Plantation High standout.

Kirkland, rated the nation’s No. 9 offensive tackle, continues to be pursued by FSU, Arkansas, Auburn, USC and many others. UM hoped he would visit with his Booker T. Washington teammate, elite linebacker prospect Matthew Thomas, but Thomas opted to visit USC this weekend and will visit UM later this month.

Meanwhile, Miramar linebacker Jermaine Grace will announce his choice Tuesday among UM, Louisville, Tennessee and Florida. He has said he is leaning toward Miami.

Also visiting this weekend are a half dozen UM oral commitments: quarterback Kevin Olsen, offensive lineman Alex Gall, tight end Standish Dobard, cornerback Artie Burns, safety Jamal Carter and running back/defensive back Ray Lewis III.

National Signing Day is Feb. 6.

### In the wake of the Heat’s win against the Lakers on Thursday, Kobe Bryant credited someone who wasn’t even on the floor or the sideline – team president Pat Riley.

Asked about the Heat’s defense, Bryant said: "They're very smart. You guys know Riley. You know what a psychopath he is with numbers and statistics. He plays percentages really well.  

“He knows the high percentage of Steve (Nash) coming off of pick-and-roll and picking teams apart. He knows the high percentage of leaving me on the backside. So, he says, 'We're going to stay home and take our chances with everybody else.'"

Actually, Erik Spoelstra very likely determined that. Or maybe Riley discussed it with Spoelstra – they talk a lot, and Riley was with the team during the California swing of this road trip.

### This can’t continue: Chris Bosh averaged just 4.6 rebounds on the six-game road trip.

### Nor can this: Shane Battier shot 0 for 10 on the road trip (he played in only three games due to an earlier injury) and is now 0 for his last 15, 1 for his last 21 and 4 for his last 33.

 

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