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A few quick Tuesday afternoon notes:

### San Diego Chargers defensive lineman Vaughn Martin was Miami's only veteran free agent visitor today, and so far this week. He started 12 games at defensive end last season and produced one sack and one forced fumble. Martin, who also can play d-tackle, has just three sacks in four years.

### With Reggie Johnson sidelined for NCAA Tournament games this weekend because of minor knee surgery, that means more minutes for Julian Gamble and perhaps Tonye Jekiri when UM goes big or Rion Brown when UM goes small.

### ESPN announcers blasted the Marlins on a conference call today.

"If I'm a fan of the Miami Marlins, I don't know if I would be a fan anymore," John Kruk said. 
"How do you root for anyone?  You root for a team, you're loyal to your team, but you also get loyal to players.  It just doesn't seem like the Marlins are that interested in keeping players around that long for you to get loyal with.  

"Yes, they won a couple World Championships, that's great.  Each time after they won they dismantled the whole team.  I think they were very disloyal to their fans by signing these guys, getting the hype about the new stadium, everything is going to be great, we're going to be spenders, win another World Championship, then a couple months into the season, Okay, this doesn't seem to be working, let's get rid of everyone.   If I was a fan of the Marlins I would be confused, upset and not sure I'd be willing to spend my money anymore to go watch them."

Said Orel Hershiser: "It's just really sad.  It's sad to see the South Florida baseball fans get the wool pulled over their eyes.  The popularity rating of the owner is not real good right now, I wouldn't think.  You look at the names that exited Florida, it's unbelievable.  Usually the Canadian people come south to get warm, but it sounds like all of Miami had to go north to be in Toronto now.  

"It's really sad to me.  I hope that they turn it around.  I hope that the ownership says, You know what, we have to be loyal to our fan base, to this commitment we made to this new stadium, to Florida baseball, turn it around.  But that would be a big switch from where they are right now."

### UM defensive end Dyron Dye's leg injury sustained in Saturday's scrimmage is serious, but Al Golden said he isn't ready to give details yet.

### Golden said running back Dallas Crawford "is having the best spring" of anyone -- linebacker Alex Figueroa also is in that mix. Golden remains uncertain whether Eduardo Clements' neck injury will allow him to return.

### Golden said UM is "teaching" Duke Johnson "how to be a 20-carry guy, which is hard" partly because UM doesn't want to overburden him this spring, or reduce his effectiveness.

### Malcolm Lewis, still recovering from his serious ankle injury in the Georgia Tech game, was running routes before the scrimmage Saturday, which Golden called a "medical marvel." Still, he won't be cleared to practice for a few more months.

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MONDAY NIGHT NOTES

### Nobody does near-triple-doubles like LeBron James. On Sunday, he fell two rebounds short of a triple double. In Monday's win against Orlando, he fell one rebound short, closing with 24 points, 11 assists and 9 boards. James is behind only Jason Kidd among active players for career triple doubles. James has finished one rebound or one assist shy of a triple double 24 times in his career.

### Since LeBron James joined the team, Miami is now 23-6 when Dwyane Wade is out.

### Wade, who rested again because of right knee soreness, expects to play Wednesday at Chicago.

### With its 27th win a row, Miami passed the 1916 New York Giants (baseball) for the second longest winning streak in the history of professional sports.

### Is there a more improved player during this winning streak that Norris Cole? He had three three-pointers Monday, along with four assists and one turnover.

### Chris Bosh shot 4 for 14 and is now 10 for his past 33. But the wins keep coming.

### The Tampa Bay Tribune reported today that the Buccaneers are likely no longer a serious option for free agent cornerback Brent Grimes, and that the Dolphins or Cleveland are his likely destination. Grimes was a Pro Bowler for Atlanta in 2010 but tore his ACL in the first game of last season.

### Golden, during his weekly Monday morning segment with WQAM’s Joe Rose said “our [pass] coverage is better than at any point last fall”… said “the biggest difference” with the defense overall is “we’re getting more activity with the linebacker group”… said “a guy I’m really impressed with is Olsen Pierre.”… and praised early enrollee Alex Figueroa, asserting he will help in the pass rush and other areas.

### Rose asked Golden if there’s a chance Herb Waters could now be Miami’s best receiver. “There’s a chance,” he said. “We thought he would be a big wideout. But we’re learning he has lateral quickness and can make people miss.”

### Amusing to hear NCAA president Mark Emmert defend himself on ESPN’s Mike and Mike Show this morning and justify his lack of accountability in the mishandling of the UM investigation.

Emmert said: “For those saying, ‘Fire Emmert’ – it’s like saying if the assistant coach did something wrong, fire the [university] president.”

Why didn’t Emmert know the investigation was being mishandled? “You don’t want the president in the middle of the investigation mucking around,” he said.

And Emmert insisted that once the NCAA found mistakes had been made in the investigation, “I’m confident we did exactly the right thing. We did it the right way.”

UM strongly believes otherwise. UM will file a motion to dismiss the case with the NCAA by Friday's deadline to submit documents, even though the NCAA has told UM that the infractions committee doesn't have the authority to dismiss it. UM disagrees about that, too.

Great tweet today from ESPN’s Jay Bilas:  “NCAA President: Buck stops with anyone short of me!”

By the way, it was Sean Allen who justifiably filed a Florida Bar complaint against Nevin Shapiro's attorney, Maria Elena Perez. Allegations against Perez are being reviewed by the Bar's grievance committee. 

Allen was essentially duped into giving information about the UM case through the guise of a bankruptcy hearing, with the NCAA conspiring with Perez to get Allen under oath.

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