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UM critic loses job; UM recruiting news; Heat; Media column: year in review

A quick Friday night update:

### UM has been pursuing several players who are announcing their college choice at one of three all-star games this weekend (two played on Friday, one on Saturday).

Fort Lauderdale University School defensive tackle Maquedius Bain, who would have helped the Canes at a position of need, orally committed to LSU on Friday, choosing the Tigers over UM, Oklahoma and Louisville. He said the legacy of LSU defensive linemen helped steer him toward the Tigers. Regrettably, he's too young to remember the legacy of great UM defensive linemen.

But UM remains alive for New Jersey-based Al Quadin Muhammad, ranked as the nation's fourth-best defensive end. Rivals.com recruiting guru Mike Farrell predicts Muhammed will pick Miami on Saturday ahead of Alabama, Notre Dame and Rutgers. [UPDATE: Muhammed committed to UM on Saturday. See our most recent post for details.]

Running back David Williams, who recently eliminated UM from consideration, picked South Carolina.

Also, South Plantation running back Alex Collins announced he will take his final two visits to Miami and Arkansas and select a school among six finalists later this month.

### Oakland Park Northeast's Stacy Coley, UM's top receiver target, is considering UM, UF, FSU, North Carolina and Mississippi but is waiting to see who the Hurricanes hire as receivers coach.

### Gionni Paul's departure from UM -- which was a mutual decision in the wake of Paul's two suspensions this past season --- leaves the Hurricanes with more questions at linebacker. Denzel Perryman and Eddie Johnson should start at two spots, presuming Johnson doesn't have any more off-field issues. If Perryman stays outside, Jimmy Gaines has a decent shot to win the middle linebacker job.

But Raphael Kirby will press for a starting job, with Tyrone Cornelius, Gabe Terry and Thurston Armbrister also competing for time. Paul started seven games this past season.

### Five rebounds for Chris Bosh in 38 minutes on Friday, and three for Udonis Haslem in 20? Not nearly good enough --- on a night when their counterparts, Yoakim Noah and Carlos Boozer had 12 boards apiece - and a big reason why the Bulls pummeled the Heat, 48-28, on the boards in Chicago's win.

"We're not going to get bigger overnight," Dwyane Wade said of the rebounding deficiency. "We've got to find a way to fix it or we're going to keep losing those games."

### Oddly, the Heat was outscored by 18 points with LeBron James on the court, even though James scored 30. That was the worst plus/minus on the Heat. Yet Miami outscored the Bulls by 10 with Bosh in the game. Go figure.

### The other big issue, besides rebounding: Miami shot 5 for 20 on threes. And the Big Three's supporting cast shot 10 for 28.



Dan Sileo, whose tirades against the University of Miami football program angered school officials as well as some fans, will need to wait a couple days after games next season before unleashing any on-air rants.

Sileo, a former UM defensive lineman, will keep his weekday WQAM talk show but is being removed from his role as the station’s postgame analyst on Canes games. So if the Canes anger him on Saturdays, he will need to wait until Mondays to voice his displeasure, unless he decides to call listeners by telephone after games, or stand on a street corner, ranting.

“It’s in our best interests he doesn’t do the postgame because he’s so passionate and emotional about the team,” WQAM program director Jorge Sedano said, acknowledging UM complained about him. “We’re better to find someone who can compartmentalize that emotion.”

Sedano hasn't chosen a replacement.

During the season, Sileo said, among other things, that Philip Dorsett should never be thrown another pass after he dropped two potential touchdowns against Notre Dame and that UM’s defense – pushed around against Kansas State – should “gouge [opponents] in the eyes, kick them in the balls.”

He implored UM players: “You play for UM! Not for fricking FIU.”

Though some fans appreciated Sileo’s candor and passion, several of his rants were clearly over the top, including one after the K-State game that made the rounds on YouTube. Sileo, so infuriated with UM’s play in that game, seemingly came close to cursing on air and expressed concern he might have an aneurysm.

### Ray Lewis – who’s retiring after the playoffs - will join ESPN as a studio analyst, with a role likely on Monday Night Countdown. Lewis wants to spend his Saturdays at UM games; his son, running back/defensive back, Ray Lewis III, will be a UM freshman next season.


We offered up our national media awards last week. Here's the South Florida version, as we wrap up our look back at 2012:

### Most regrettable Tweet: Sileo, in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky scandal, tweeting a picture of himself making a tackle against the Nittany Lions, with the words: “This is how you molest a Penn State player.”

### Biggest media stories: 1) The Dolphins and Marlins agreeing to be featured on national network reality shows. 2) Lincoln Financial acquiring 104.3-FM to simulcast most of 790 The Ticket’s programming. 3) WQAM-560 dumping Sid Rosenberg after a DUI arrest.  4) WQAM parting ways with Michael Irvin after he refused to move here from Dallas.

### Best play-by-play: Three-way tie on TV (Heat’s Eric Reid, Marlins’ Rich Waltz and Panthers’ Steve Goldstein). On radio, Joe Zagacki, who excels at quick and detailed dissemination of information on UM football.

### Best analysis: Tommy Hutton on Marlins TV, Joe Rose on Dolphins radio.

### Most tiresome: Mike Inglis’ incessant whining about the officiating and the Heat (when Miami is playing poorly) on 790 broadcasts.

### Best hires: 1) The Ticket adding outspoken, quick-witted Stan Van Gundy to join Dan Le Batard on Wednesdays; 2) WQAM hiring Jorge Sedano. Upgraded the station’s afternoon drive-time slot and made generally sensible decisions as program director. 3) WMEN-640 hiring Rosenberg. Yes, he talks entirely too much about himself, but his name value, quality guest list, and distinct style have made the station more competitive in mornings in Broward and Palm Beach.

4) The Ticket promoting Marc Hochman and Jonathan Zaslow to do mornings. A more sensible move than hiring out-of-market hosts who don’t know the teams or their audience as well as Hochman and Zaslow. 5) WQAM giving Channing Crowder a full-time gig, alongside Adam Kuperstein. Goldstein (now working mornings at WINZ-940) shouldn’t have been forced to choose between WQAM and doing a TV show with 790’s Jon Weiner. But Crowder – affable, engaging and whimsical – was ready for a larger role. 6) Dolphins adding candid former receiver O.J. McDuffie to their weekday show on WINZ.

### Most revealing use of social media: Giancarlo Stanton, after the Marlins' salary dumping deal with Toronto, tweeting: "Alright, I'm pissed off! Plain and simple." Who can blame him?

### Most regrettable comments by interview subjects: 1) UM defensive lineman Luther Robinson’s father calling Rose’s show to blast Al Golden. Hardly a way to help your son! 2) Then-Marlins pitcher Heath Bell telling Sileo, of Ozzie Guillen: “It’s hard to respect a guy that doesn’t tell you the truth or doesn’t tell you face to face.”

### Most unusual moment: While sitting in the clubhouse in Atlanta, Marlins players – trying to embarrass Bell -- turned up the volume of Le Batard’s live interview of Guillen, who said: “I don’t respect [Bell] as a person.”

### Stand in the corner award: Joe Philbin privately chastising Dolphins beat writers for reporting how many first-team snaps Ryan Tannehill took the week after his October injury.

### Best media rants: Guillen, Guillen and more Guillen, including this on the day he quit Twitter: "Everybody following me can [expletive] his pants. Don't follow me any more. Get a real job, get a life. I don't make money out of that. So many nasty people that don't have nothing better to do. I'm not Kim Kardashian!"

### Most absurd press conference: Chad Johnson's profanity-laced August media briefing - a couple weeks before he was released - in which he spoke of smoking weed and pursuing a porn career.

### Worst mistakes in judgment: 1) Rosenberg’s April drunk-driving incident that left him curled up in the middle of the road and cost him his WQAM job. 2) Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria refusing to explain the team’s payroll slashing to reporters. Great way to further alienate your fan base, Jeffrey!

3) Troy Stradford giving WMEN reason to fire him by complaining, on air, about Rosenberg often continuing his show past 10 a.m., cutting into Stradford’s hours. Even though his anger was justified, Stradford should have shown more self-control because he had been warned not to whine about Sid.

### Most thorough TV sportscasts: Tie between NBC 6 (Joe Rose gives the most coverage to UM and high schools) and WSVN-7 (Steve Shapiro gets the most time for weeknight sports in the market and strikes a good balance between local and national news).

### Most viewer-friendly moves: 1) The Dolphins buying tickets to seven home games to ensure no local TV blackouts. 2) Sun Sports carrying Heat postgame shows after playoff games that aired on other networks. 3) Sun/FSN bolstering Heat and Marlins postgame studio shows.

### Worst programming moves: 1) CBS-4 dropping its Sunday night sports program during the middle of football season. 2) WPLG-10 inexplicably giving very little time to Dolphins highlights or reaction in the first segment of its Sunday night show.



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I wish they would fire Sileo!


Sileo sounds to me like he's on drugs. Somebody should do an intervention.


I no longer listen to QAM when Silly O is on the air. A step in the right direction but did not go far enough.

Miami Penguin

Probably can't be said in his own column, but Jackson deserves a media award too, for consistently breaking new stories and bolstering stories with so many interesting facts that we all end up looking like experts after we Sports Buzz.


Must have been a good reason he got fired in Tampa, what Tampa black players did he call monkeys?


Clemson/LSU game drew 8.6 million viewers Monday.
Most-watched non-BCS bowl ever on ESPN.
-- TigerPreGame




"Louisville’s Sugar Bowl win unites ACC Fanbases"



DJ Hernandez, a Miami graduate assistant who spent last season helping coach the Canes' wide receivers, confirmed on Twitter that he will be joining the Iowa football coaching staff to coach tight ends.

There is a connection here that explains this move. Hernandez is the brother of New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez, who was coached by Brian Ferentz last season in the NFL. Brian Ferentz is now on the Iowa staff
-- heather dinich




In new playoff format, Notre Dame gets $13.75M for Orange Bowl, ACC $41.25M
-- brett mcmurphy



I am a UM Grad (83') and season ticket holder and I dearly love my school and the teams, but Don Bailey Jr & Joe Zigacki are THE WORST 2 play-by-play & color people ever! Don Bailey is the most sickening apologist ever & Zigacki can't do football or basketball PBP period. He is OK as the baseball PBP! I remember going home from the games listening to the post game and DB saying the fans didnt know anything when the fans were right critcizing Larry Cokers recruiting!Clean House, Shalala, no AD they have all run for the hills, and the anouncers!

Talk Radio Fan

How about some ratings info. showing QAM vs. 790?

Barry Jackson

We'll have that ratings info later in January.


Tie between Marlins mgt and Dolphins for the...."Why did you do that?" award!

To all bloggers on sportswebsite, the, "Facts don't matter," award!

To all voters in the 2012 elections for," Now you have to wait until 2016 to get it right," award!

To all the Floridud Gators "Way to make Big East look good," award (this award was the only AnonymousCane committee award that was given the committee's full vote, 100%) Vote totals: In favor 1,against 0

Speakingof the Floridud Gators... congrats to the school for having a "special entrance gate at the Alachua County Detention center named in honor of the number of Floridud athletes who have attended the facility, simply called "the Floridud Gate."

Congrats to all Floridud athletes on an outstanding performance in this area of community involvement. You should be so proud!


Agreed @10:29!

Mr. Jackson Deserves an Award for All The Info He Gives Us!!

Best Sportswriter In Sfla!!

By A W... I... D... E.. Margin.

There is a Reason Why Mr. Jackson Is On The First Page of The Sports Section, and The Dolphin Section, and The Heat Section.

Best Sports Info In Sfla. Barry Jackson.


I'll bet UM was complaining about Dan Sileo. They complain about anyone who has the balls to tell the truth about that institution. Sileo got a raw deal. Donna Shalala has turned UM into a laughingstock.


What kind of dirt does Sid Rosenberg have on people?? He is terrible on air. All he talks about is how he likes NY teams. He brings nothing to the table. And he's rewarded for his DUI with a new job. No one should get away with that, but especially not a loser like him. I'd rather listen to Sileo have a fit about the Canes any day over Rosenberg perv at tennis players and talk about nothing of substance. It's sports talk not Howard Stern. At least Sileo has knowledge of the game and the X's and O's! Someone please feel free to explain the allure of Sid cuz I just don't see it!


Sileo was out of control and had to be removed from the post game broadcast. He needs a cooling off period after a UM game because he's a loose cannon. He needs to remember what kind of a player he was as a true freshman before he rips true freshmen and 2nd year players who shouldn't even have been on the field this year, but were forced to play due to lack of talent and depth.


sileo was unbelieveably fantastic and honest on post game this canes team lately is an embarassment and should be ripped


You deserve an award for your work and bringing us this pertinent information.

I do agree with with Troy Stradford though. He had a 2 hour show and Sid was on from either 6 or 7 and would stay on till 10:45, thus leaving Troy roughly 1 hour to do his show. This was just blatant disrespect from Sid and the higher ups at 640. Troy just could not take it anymore.

Lastly, does Andy Slater have naked pictures of the decision makes at 640? His show (in the words of Charles Barkley) is Tuuriiiblee!! He dislikes all the South Florida teams and has a very sarcastic and comes across as aloof as if he is talking down to those who tune into the show. They should have let him go and kept Troy.


"sileo was unbelieveably fantastic and honest on post game this canes team lately is an embarassment and should be ripped" said Andy

I say this he (Sileo) is both right and wrong. Right about the passion he how the team looks when they are playing!! He's wrong because of his passion and the team is SOOOOOOOOOOOOOO young. He continued to compare UM to Bama and UF. Both of those football programs were left in great shape!! Um has to overcome poor coaching, recruiting and player development over the past 9 yrs. With Al Golden I do feel we have found the answer, and it will show this season and will continue.


Cane4Life, that's not true he's a big Marlin and Heat fan, and seems to be a Dolphin fan. And he speaks the truth about the Cane. If you don't like the truth, bury your head in the sand.

Georgia Cane

I trust Coach Golden will land some of these kids at the last minute. Pat Riley's famous qoute "No Rebounds No Rings". I think Spolestra was too young back then. Shame on you for not addressing this problem from the start of the season. You brought two young players at Center and you let them go and kept "Pittman". Shame on you! How can a Pat Riley team be in last place in rebounds is unacceptable to me.

Jo jo

Eric Reid has always been a maestro/tops in every one of his Heat telecasts.He is awesome always.On radio....I loved Jim Mandich and his funny stories / easy to relate to ...aw shucks remarks.Still hear his witticisms in my head and smile whenever I think of him.THAT said....Joe Rose is very candid and personable too.He s funny and very knowlegable.Have listened to him for years.Those 3 have always been my favorites the past several years.Zagaki isn t bad either.......when I need to listen to a UM game.



Best play-by-play: On radio, Joe Zagacki, who excels at quick and detailed dissemination of information on UM football.
-- barry jackson




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


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