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Thursday update: The skinny on Greg Oden rumors

### Greg Oden's agent was puzzled by an ESPN.com report this afternoon that the Heat "is at the top of the line pursuing Oden," the former No. 1 overall draft pick who has had five knee operations.

Oden's agent, Mike Conley Jr., told us today, this past Monday and several times in the past year that the Heat has never expressed any interest in Oden.

"They have never made a single call about him," Conley said. "It's strange this story [comes out] because I spoke to them this week about DeQuan Cook before he signed with Chicago. They never asked about Greg."

Conley reiterated that Oden would have interest in the Heat, but he isn't comfortable pushing Oden on Miami or any other team if that team doesn't express interest.

"There are several teams he likes, Miami included," Conley said. "We would like to see the enthusiasm reciprocated."

Conley said several teams have expressed interest in Oden, who is preparing to return to the league to start the 2013-14 season.

The 7-foot Oden, only 24, has played in only 82 NBA games, none since the 2009-10 season.  He has career averages of 9.4 points, 7.3 rebounds and 1.4 blocks. 

At the very least, the Heat would be smart to work out Oden in the coming weeks, to determine whether it wants to make an offer. But the Heat hasn't even taken that step.

 ### We reported a couple days ago about Mario Cristobal considering a return to UM's coaching staff. Cristobal was on UM's campus Thursday is is re-joining the staff, as associate head coach and tight ends coach.

Brennan Carroll is expected to move to wide receivers coach. Cristobal, fired by FIU last month, previously was an assistant coach and player at UM. He has a background coaching the offensive line, but Al Golden was committed to keeping Art Kehoe.

### The Heat agreed to terms with two centers Wednesday, and neither was Chris Birdman Andersen.

Not only did the Heat sign Jarvis Varnado to a 10-day contract, but Miami also agreed to terms with Josh Harrellson on a 10-day contact, according to his agent, Merle Scott.

The Heat announced the Varnado signing on Wednesday and plans to announce the Harrellson signing on Thursday. 

Harrellson will join the team in Portland for Thursday's game, Scott said. 

Harrellson made the Heat's roster in training camp but appeared in only four games and played just 27 minutes. The Heat released him on Monday to avoid having to guarantee his contract for the remainder of the season.

Varnado and Harrellson can sign two 10-day contracts before the Heat must decide whether to re-sign either for the remainder of the season.

The two signings will bring the Heat’s roster to the maximum 15. That would not leave space for Andersen unless the Heat creates another roster spot. Andersen worked out for the Heat on Tuesday and remained in Miami on Wednesday.

Andersen is still working to get into optimal shape after not playing in the NBA this season. It remains to be seen whether the Heat re-visits the idea of signing Andersen after he improves his conditioning.

The Heat will have 14 players on this road trip - not the 15 under contract - because center Dexter Pittman continues to hone his skills with the NBA Development League's Sioux Falls team in South Dakota. He had 16 points, 12 rebounds and five blocks in a game on Wednesday.

### Marlins first baseman Logan Morrison, coming off September knee surgery, told MLB.com that he won't be ready for the start of spring training and might not be ready for the start of the regular season.

Morrison underwent surgery to repair the patellar tendon in his right knee, his second operation on the knee in a span of eight months.

"I'm going to wait until it's 100 percent and ready to go," he told MLB.com. He expects to begin running a week into spring training.

Morrison, who is moving to first base, hit .230 with 11 homers and 36 RBI in 93 games last season.

If Morrison isn't ready to start the season on time, Greg Dobbs and former Orioles prospect Joe Mahoney likely would handle first base duties.

### If you haven't seen the buzz column posted late Tuesday night with UM and Dolphins news, please click on the last post.

 

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I Have Me On My Fantasy Team

But No! Spo wants JA On The Court!!

Fire Spo!!

Ed

Heat will be done in by their rebounding. Mark my words.

Vox Populi

Heat season slip slidin' away.

Must act fast, boldly & quickly.

Mike

I Have Me On My Fantasy Team, Gee you sound real smart, Know much NBA, probably not, RIGHT.

Heatfan

Dexter Pittman is a beast .... in the D-League

C'mon Man!

Don’t understand why Joel Anthony doesn't start. Sure he doesn’t score, but he's a low post threat on D and gobbles up rebounds. The Warden can block shots too.

Dennis Rodman never scored much for the Bulls. Haslem has lost a step or two, his advantage was hustle and athleticism. Good bench player though.

And why is Lewis not playing more? Allen is old and should rest up for the playoffs. Lewis is a better rebounder too. Spo is an idiot, met the a**hole once, don't care to do it again.

Old School

Bosh would be back at the #4, his natural position. Bosh hit it on the head. They were a half court defensive team yrs 1 and 2. Why start experimenting? Does Erik think he invented basketball?

green

http://www.goduke.com/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=204893696

Continuing to hear that several teams including Miami covet Duke WRs coach Matt Lubick
-- footballscoop

SONNY BOY

green

Jim Morris has thrown his hat into the ring as Miami continues to search for a new athletic director. It's not expected the position will be filled until after the Canes learn of potential sanctions stemming from Nevin Shapiro's allegations.

Morris' understanding is that he is on the short list of candidates at this point.

"I've talked to them, they've talked to me - it's something I would consider if Dr. Shalala says she wants me to do it," Morris says.

Morris said it would be hard giving up being a baseball coach, but that if he is AD "It's just something that could help the entire athletic program, would be something that's a challenge.

"But I'm a baseball coach first right now."
-- canesport

NITTY GRITTY DIRT BAND

green

http://www.cbssports.com/collegefootball/blog/dennis-dodd/21519494/big-east-sought-300-million-per-year-annual-rights-from-espn

Big East sought $300 million PER YEAR from ESPN.
-- Dennis Dodd

Or 10 years RT @TomFornelli: The Big East might be lucky to get $300 million over five years at this point
-- Brett McMurphy

PIE IN THE SKY

green

http://twitter.com/McMurphyESPN/status/288732849790672897

my source is confirming something that most have missed....even in years that the Orange Bowl is a semi-final, the $55 million belongs to the ACC....in other words as the original contract stated and most overlooked, the ACC dollars for the Orange Bowl will generate depending on years the following:

•SEC/B1G opponent----ACC gets $27,500,000
•Notre Dame-----------ACC gets $41,250,000 (and that is maximum two years)
•OB is a semi-final-----ACC gets the full $55,000,000 FOR TV rights...semi final teams receive money from different source--Orange Bowl is only Bowl to have this arrangement at this time.
-- arbitragegls

ORANGE U GLAD I DIDN'T SAY BANANA

green

http://www.accnetwork.com

and don't forget ACC moving forward on a like network (BTN)--only may be oriented to specific team locations under the ACC umbrella)--there may be no need for any team to jump quickly to another conference....more on this coming SOON.
-- arbitragegls

ONWARD CHRISTIAN SOLDIERS

green

http://www.theacc.com/live/acc-live.html

"ACC Live: Streaming LIVE Weekdays at Noon; a look at ACC basketball, football and other story lines around the league"

LIVE AT LEEDS

green

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=11erY5OzVjc

Mario Cristobal has been hired as associate head coach at the University of Miami. He'll also coach TEs. Brennan Carroll now WRs coach.

More Miami coaching news: Cristobal returning, as is Kareem Brown as a grad assistant with the defensive line. It's alumni day at The U.
-- Tim Reynolds

FAMILY REUNION

green

The @UCompliance staff is the Best in America!!
-- Brennan Carroll

BEST WISHES

Barry Jackson

Green, I reported the Jim Morris thing last week.

green

Green, I reported the Jim Morris thing last week.

Posted by: Barry Jackson | 01/10/2013 at 12:20 PM

POSITIVE REINFORCEMENT

rboud

B. Carroll is a great recruiter, but I'm not sure about his ability as a receiver's coach. Hopefully, potential receiver recruits will want to play for him because of his ability to coach them up. Getting Cristobal on the staff is very positive. The title, Associate Head Coach, is very interesting.

Ga Cane

I think is great for the U getting Mario.I'm sure Brennan can handle wr and we have a true cane helping us continue to get better as well as a good recruiter. I am very excited about this hire. Nice work AG.

AnonymousCane

Bring on the Canes family and watch the rankings rise!

BTW Good reporting by Barry on the Cristobal hire before it happened. Keep up the good work, u r the best the Herald has!

Eduardo

Can Riley not find a center anywhere?

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