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UM player leaves school; See the NCAA's letter to Shapiro's judge; Dolphins, Heat notes

A few Tuesday afternoon notes, on a day the Dolphins are landing prime free agent target Mike Wallace:

### UM linebacker Eddie Johnson continues to hurt his chances of getting back on the Hurricanes football team. Johnson has left school, at least temporarily, and is not enrolled this semester, UM tells us.

Johnson, who was third on the team with 59 tackles and had a team-leading 7.5 tackles for loss, remains on indefinite suspension. UM people are highly skeptical about his chances of being reinstated, though Al Golden has not ruled it out. His missteps include tardiness, not showing up and other violations.

### While we were away the past couple weeks, I’m sure many of you saw the letter than since-fired NCAA investigator Ameen Najeer filed on behalf of Nevin Shapiro to his sentencing judge, as first reported by the AP. I also obtained a copy of that letter. Please click on the last post for that. Everyone involved in the UM case is fuming about the letter and with good reason.

### The agents for several prominent free agent cornerbacks and offensive tackles say Miami hasn’t made an aggressive effort to sign them, which suggests that the Dolphins want final decisions from Sean Smith and Jake Long before they move on to other options. Long is visiting the Rams tonight.

Besides adding Wallace, the Dolphins continue to make a push to sign Tennessee tight end Jared Cook. UPDATE: Cook has chosen to sign with the Rams instead, leaving Dustin Keller, Martellus Bennett (who said he wants to sign with Chicago) and Fred Davis as the top free agent tight ends available. Miami hadn't been pursuing Davis as of Monday but that could change.

Also, Miami cut Karlos Dansby after signing Baltimore linebacker Dannell Ellerbe, who's younger, cheaper and more of a play maker.

(I'll be covering the Heat game tonight, but Armando and Adam Beasley will have updates throughout the night. There's a Wallace story on the home page.)

### Friday’s meeting with Milwaukee – the Heat’s second game on a five-game road trip – could be being a preview of a first-round playoff series. And at least one Bucks player believes that would be the preferable matchup for them.

“The two games that we played Miami so far, we matched up well against them,” guard Brandon Jennings told The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “If you ask me, that’s who I would want to play first round, Miami.

“Right now we haven’t really played well against the Knicks. I just feel better if we play Miami first round, just the fact we have good games against them.”

### LeBron James said Heat players “haven’t talked much” about their winning streak – which stood at 18 entering Tuesday – but “we do appreciate it. We have a lot of guys who haven’t won as many games in a season as we’ve won in this win streak. It’s pretty unique and special.”

Four teams have won at least 20 in a row: The 1971-72 Lakers, who own the all-time streak at 33; the 2007-08 Rockets (22), the 1948-49 Washington Capitols (20) and the 1970-71 Milwaukee Bucks (20).

Dwyane Wade said before Tuesday’s game that he’s a long way from considering the possibility of breaking the Lakers’ all-time record. “The only time I would think it’s do-able is if we get to 32, and we’re playing for 33,” he said. “It’s so far away. It’s nothing we’re contemplating. It’s laughable in a sense to even think about that.”

He said the streak “will mean more one day when someone else, one day, gets on a streak and they bring your name up and show highlights of your team.”

### Shane Battier missed Tuesday’s shootaround with flu-like symptoms.

### The Heat signed Juwan Howard to a second 10-day contract.

### Coach Erik Spoelstra offered a surprising opinion before Tuesday’s game, asserting that “I don’t think last year’s [Heat] team is good enough to win this year.”

He added the level the Heat is “playing at right now might not be good enough. We don’t know how good we can become.”

Magic Johnson said on ABC on Sunday that he spoke to Heat president Pat Riley on Friday “and he said, ‘We’re really not playing that well.’ We’re not playing our best basketball. We’re just playing good enough to beat everybody.’ He says they have room for important and he’s looking for improvement.”

Spoelstra, asked about that comment on Tuesday, said: “I’ve had plenty of conversations with Pat and those haven’t been the conversations. We’re trying to play at a standard that’s adequate to us.”

### Check back later for the Wednesday buzz, with more Dolphins, Canes and Heat. And please click on the last post to see that NCAA letter to Shapiro's judge. 

 

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boe

Great to have you back Berry.

Marios

Welcome back BJ, right on time for FA.
Bad news about Eddie Johnson, he showed a lot of potential this past year, hope he's back next year.
Heat is only playing good enough to beat everybody(LOL)

Reality Bites

Bummer about Eddie Johnson. This team already lost the 2nd leading tackler in Paul. Now they lose the 3rd leading tackler and sack leader. All this from a unit that couldn't tackle very well and didn't get many sacks. Guess they will plug in a promising young freshman and hope he does better. The horror.
At least you got the Heat. Let's go Heat!
Let's go Fins, get Wallace and Cook, you sure need offense!

Maria

Welcome back Barry, I sure miss you when you are gone. Thanks for all the hard work and your excellent nuggets. Much appreciated.

Steve B

Kirby Perryman and Gaines will be adequate as starters . Mccord is now an outside LB Grace will probably get some PT on passing downs. Figueroa is a hard hitter and can play all LB positions.
Johnson blew it big time.

Quijote

Thanks for the FIU coverage.

Breaking news

Your community college is still irrelevant.

TinSouthMiami

Welcome back.
Coach Spo says some really dumb things at time.
The Heat are running train in the NBA and yet "the level we are playing at might not be good enough" too funny

Domasse the Dimwit

Eddie Johnson leaving is no big deal. Golden has targeted multiple 8th. and 9th. graders from Nigeria, New York and Idaho that will fill his place soon on this already stacked and deep Cane defensive unit.

section9

Eddie Johnson missing practices? Not showing up for meetings? That's bad mojo right there.

What's T'eo doing? Oh, nevermind...

Jo jo

Johnson not ever playing again for Miami seemed pretty obvious to most any logical person.No loss as he was a negative influence and still seems to not be able to control his inner turmoil.Hopefully there will be no more talk regarding him one way or the other.Good luck and hopefully he gets past this difficult period in his life.

TK SWAN!!

WELCOME BACK B I'VE WAITED OVER A YEAR TO HEAR THE WORDS"THE DOLPHINS HAVE SIGNED MIKE WALLACE! WITH THE OTHER PLAYERS SIGNED AS WELL BARRING INJURIES I SEE THIS TEAM AS A 10-11 WIN TEAM AND WITH A GOOD DRAFT MAYBE EVEN 12-4! I KNOW WE HAVEN'T PLAYED YET BUT AS OF NOW THE DOLPHINS ARE AS TALENTED A TEAM AS ANY IN THE AFC! WELCOME BACK B AND THANKS FOR BRINGING MIKE WALLACE WITH YOU!!

Georgeh'

Dolphins making a complete youth movement and are hoping Tannehill gets progressively better for the next five seasons. They cut Burnett and Dansby in order to get young players that have potential to be great in the NFL and signed Wallace who has potential to continue to be a great WR in the league.

It's clear the Dolphins are not intent on just building through the draft; they are hoping the young talent they will acquire this offseason will develop into great players within the next 5 years. Hartline, Wallace, Wheeler, and Ellerbe were all signed to long-term deals.

This free agency has convinced me the Dolphins will either get dramatically better within the next two seasons out of 'nowhere' (like the Seahawks and 49ers for example) or we will suffer another decade of losing. Hopefully Ireland and Co. have made the right decision in getting these young guys for long-term and hopefully they manage to draft well these next couple of seasons.

d

i wish you would do all the canes coverage for the herald. you have info that even manny and susan havent written about. and you tend to have the best canes coverage in the sports buzz blurbs

Jim Gallo

2012 Golden casualies:

vernon davis
darion hall
storm johnson
kevin nelson
andrew tallman
billy sanders
cj holton
adarius johnson
keion payne
devonta davis
jeremy davis
ray ray armstrong
thomas finnie
gionni paul
travis williams
jamal reid
kelvin cain
Vaughn telemaque
tracy howard
curtis porter
luther robinson
darius smith

2013 Golden Casualties

alex collins
denver kirkland
terrell brooks
matthew thomas
jaynard bostwick
keith bryant
luther campbell
tim ice harris
northwestern
booker T
carol city
miami central
Terry Richardson
Jedd Fisch
Geroge Mcdonald
Mario Christobal
Eddie Johnson
Rashawn Scott - in the bullpend to be let go next

what else is new...golden and company are systematically destroying UM....no wonder only 2 recruits from dade county....

green

Thanks for the FIU coverage.

Posted by: Quijote | 03/12/2013 at 06:35 PM

https://twitter.com/JoshAppel/status/311597149429321730

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ALL THE NEWS THAT'S FIT TO PRINT

green

Thanks for the FIU coverage.

Posted by: Quijote | 03/12/2013 at 06:35 PM

Lol Sun Belt staffers directing HS choir that did national anthem to sit behind FIU bench so the stands look full on ESPN.
-- @CHHBradStephens

ALL THE NEWS THAT'S FIT TO PRINT

rboud

Let's face it. UM will be weak at the linebacker position next fall. Johnson and Paul are experienced players who will not be there. There's talent at linebacker, but way too much inexperience. A couple of injuries at the position and things will get really desperate.

canesallltheway

Kirby will fill Johnson's role. Can't have him on the team (rumor has it that punched Coach Barrow)

Jim Gallo

that would be music to my ears....finally some swagger

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