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Friday update: Prominent radio host leaving; Lamar Miller turning heads; Oden update; Marlins, Canes

Quick Friday afternoon update before we get to the Friday buzz column below:

According to sources, Jorge Sedano soon will be leaving his job as WQAM-560's afternoon drive host and program director to take a position with ESPN.

Sedano, who will remain with WQAM through August, will join former NFL offensive lineman Mark Schlereth as hosts on ESPN Radio's 7 to 10 p.m. weeknight show. On the TV side, he will make appearances on several of ESPN's opinion shows.

A graduate of Monsignor Pace and FIU, Sedano, 35, has been a fixture on the South Florida airwaves since 1999. He was 790 The Ticket's morning host from 2009 through spring 2012, then later joined WQAM as program director and afternoon host last September. Earlier in his career, he anchored Heat radio pregame and postgame programming and hosted an overnight show for Fox Sports Radio from 2004 to 2007.

Sedano also is leaving his gig as studio host on Sun Sports' coverage of Heat road games.

WQAM immediately will begin a search for new afternoon drive-time host and a new program director. In his year as program director, Sedano made several personnel moves, including hiring Channing Crowder to join Adam Kuperstein on a weekday talk show, firing Dan Sileo and replacing him with John Renshaw, and hiring a few former 790 personalities, including Brandon Guzio.

ESPN and Sedano will be able to discuss the hire publicly sometime later this month.

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FRIDAY BUZZ COLUMN

So this is what your new Dolphins starting running back is doing while much of the NFL vacations:

Running. Lifting. Squatting. Sled-pulling. Pushing to validate every ounce of faith the Dolphins have placed in their gifted young back.

What makes the monotonous grind more pleasurable for Lamar Miller is that he is doing it alongside his friend and fellow Hurricane, Frank Gore.

“The way Lamar is learning from Frank, it’s a beautiful thing,” Steelers linebacker Sean Spence, another former Cane, said this week.

Gore’s mentoring of Miller has been one of the neater Dolphins-flavored stories of the summer, the four-time Pro Bowler and 49ers star taking the second-year protege under his wing. They work out together twice a day – with a group of other NFL players in the morning in North Miami Beach, and just the two of them, with a trainer, on a Davie field at night.

“Since Lamar started gravitating toward Frank, his work ethic and mentality are unparalleled,” said Pete Bommarito, who runs the highly-regarded Bommarito Performance Systems, where Gore, Miller and many other NFL players train during offseason mornings.

Miller, who almost assuredly will replace Detroit-bound Reggie Bush as Miami’s starter, began spending a lot of time around Gore a couple of months ago, at the suggestion of their agent, Drew Rosenhaus. Bommarito said Gore helped show Miller “how to take care of his body, what to do beyond what is required.”

Gore has noticed another change since they became workout buddies: “His footwork got a lot better."

Privately, the Dolphins believe Miller can be not merely a good starting back, but a great one.

“He’s the fastest running back I’ve ever seen,” said Bommarito, who has trained dozens of them, including Maurice Jones-Drew.

What’s more, Miller said he’s even faster than the player who averaged 4.9 yards on 51 carries as a rookie.

“I’ve gotten quicker doing lateral work, and I’ve become more explosive by training every day doing squats on my legs,” he said.

“[And] I’m stronger. Last year, I was kind of lost getting adjusted to the speed of the game and knowing where I’m supposed to be at all times. Now I’m very comfortable with the system.”

Gore said of the elite UM backs of the past 20 years – Edgerrin James, himself, Clinton Portis, Willis McGahee, Miller – “Lamar is probably the fastest. He reminds me of Portis.”

Teammates, impressed with Miller’s improvement in his pass protection, believe he’s ready for the more prominent role that awaits.

Olivier Vernon, Miller’s Dolphins and former UM teammate, compares him to Tennessee’s Chris Johnson, who ran for 2006 yards in 2009. Philip Wheeler said “he’s really good. Speedy, and that’s what we need.”

“He’s just so smooth,” Matt Moore said. "As shifty as Lamar is, he's more of a downhill guy than Reggie. His nature is to go north and south.... You can see during walkthroughs that his leadership has stepped up. He has grabbed it."

Brian Hartline jokes he has a “man crush” on Miller, while also expressing affection for backup Daniel Thomas.

“And he’s a good kid,” Gore said. “We motivate each other.”

The relationship is especially meaningful for Miller because of their common roots. Both starred in high school locally: Gore at Coral Gables, Miller at Killian. 

“We grew up in the same neighborhood – he’s just 10, 15 minutes away from me,” Miller said. “I used to look up to all the UM running backs growing up because that’s where I wanted to go. I want to keep the legacy of the University of Miami going.

“It has been great working with Frank, and it is going to help me in my game. He has given me a lot of tips.”

As they work side by side in the evening, Gore reminds Miller that most players around the league aren't doing anything like this on a July night --- traditionally a vacation period for many players -- and how that will give him a leg up on the competition, some way, some how, once the games begin. 

CHATTER

### The Heat remains very much in the running for center Greg Oden, with the Spurs, Celtics and Mavericks also receiving strong consideration. Cleveland has lost steam after signing Andrew Bynum. But Oden is taking it slowly and likely will not work out for teams until August. He believes he will be ready to play by the start of the season. Oden has had five knee operations and hasn't played in an NBA game since 2009.

### With the Marlins’ payroll now $34 million, owner Jeffrey Loria declined to answer when asked whether he would start spending more in free agency when he believes the team is ready to contend. An associate of Loria said that decision hasn’t been made and would depend on what’s available and team revenues. This will help: Beginning in 2014, each team will make $57 million in national TV revenue, compared with $26 million now.

“Money will have to be spent to fill certain voids,” Marlins special assistant Andre Dawson said. Several key players remain under team control and will be paid less than $550,000 next season.

Giancarlo Stanton could get $7 million or so in arbitration, but the Marlins already have his salary budgeted into 2014 projections, if they don’t trade him. Only Adeiny Hechavarria ($1.75 million), Jeff Mathis ($1.5 million) and Jacob Turner ($1 million) know their exact 2014 salaries.

### With UM basketball getting a non-binding commitment this week from 6-6 Jacksonville forward DJ Russell, not sure what’s stranger: An eighth grader orally committing, or the fact HoopsReport.com actually ranks eighth graders (Russell is No. 3 on that list).

### Of all the UM football departures this offseason (Thomas Finnie, Gabe Terry, Eddie Johnson, Gionni Paul, Jacoy Briscoe, Dequan Ivery, Robert Lockhart), only Lockhart left completely by choice. Others didn’t follow the program, so to speak, and Finnie and Terry were arrested…. After UM gets its NCAA sanctions in the next few weeks, it will have 15 days to decide whether to appeal, according to bylaws provided by former infractions committee member Jerry Parkinson… Good to see Spence running at Bommarito's center this week after last summer’s devastating knee injury. He hopes to make his NFL regular-season debut for the Steelers by midseason.

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Freddie

This team better win at least 9 games. Or else.

Coral Gables'81

Good job Barry, keep up the nice reports.

TK SWANN

NO FREDDIE!! THEY BETTER WIN 10 GAMES. NO EXCUSES, TOO MUCH TALENT. WITH ALL THE PROBLEMS NE IS HAVING THE DOLPHINS SHOULD BE THE FAVORITE TO STEAL THE AFC EAST FROM THE PATS. AND IF YOU WERE SPEAKING OF THE CANES THAN IT'S STILL THE SAME THEY BETTER WIN 10 GAMES. OR ELSE.

sflafan

Sounds like Lamar Miller has finally figured out how to be a professional and get the most out of his talents. He didn't do that at UM. At the "U", he was never in good shape, danced too much in the backfield and often went down with simply arm tackles. Talent can only get you so far. Being around a high character guy like Frank Gore is a godsend. It appears that Lamar has matured and has worked on his body, his mind and his game. It looks like he "wants it". It's encouraging, because we all know how physically gifted he is. I've been skeptical about Miller, but it sounds like he's turned the corner and is ready to ball. This is a very good sign for the Fins.

Elliott

If he doesn't step up the Dolphins will be in serious trouble. Still need a short yardage back. Could be wrong but Thomas doesn't seem to have the physical attributes.

mike

Loria is never going to spend again. He is going to steal money until he is forced to sell the team, which is what he wants anyway. Then he will reap the benefits that Miami gave him by building a stadium with taxpayer money. Nice gig if you can get it, carpetbagger.

Ben

I think you mean briscoe, not ivery, in the canes football tidbit...

JJ Seele

The Spurs want Oden, just to keep him off the Heat roster. They resigned Splitter, and dont need him.
He would never see the light of day on that roster. Just more Gamesmanship, from a savvy organization.

rboud

L. Miller ha to prove he is durable. Time will tell.

Barry Jackson

Ben: Both Ivery and Briscoe left the team within the past few weeks.

green

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Great feature on UHealth Sports Medicine RT @hurricanesports: Latest episode of #RaisingCanes - "Ahead Of The Game"
-- @ChrisYandle

WHAT'S UP DOC

green

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/college-football/news/20130625/coded-recruiting-commitment-tweets/

Congrats #CaneFam! We made SI!!
-- Brennan Carroll ‏@brennanpcarroll

Unless Miami recruiting coordinator Brennan Carroll had the letters queued up in his clipboard this past weekend, his thumbs are probably pretty sore. Carroll posted the hashtag #WelcomeToTheU seven times between Friday and Sunday. Twitter-savvy Miami fans know exactly what that means, because the Hurricanes' staff has joined a growing group of coaches across the country who have found a way to alert recruiting-obsessed fans to a new verbal commitment without breaking the NCAA's rule against publicizing individual recruits.
-- sportsillustrated

I GOT A SECRET CAN U KEEP IT

green

Remember the ACC has a two pronged attack with Raycom Games. ... They produce the best of the leftover games for the RSNs (regional sports networks) like YES, Root Sports Pittsburgh, FOX Sports South, FOX Sports Carolina, FOX Sports Florida, Comcast Mid-Atlantic & NESN or New England Sports Network).
-- TexanMark

ESPN and their entire family of networks (ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ABC Sports) and ESPN 3 (online only) get first choice of ACC games.

The next in line is Raycom Sports, which distributes games via the "ACC Network."

Raycom Sports offers two packages for its ACC Network games. The designated regional cable provider gets second choice of games after ESPN. The "over the air" provider is next in line after that.

YES (Yankees Entertainment and Sports) confirmed yesterday they will be one of two NY regional cable providers to carry ACC games. Sources indicate that the MSG Network will be the other
-- syracuse.com

LEFTOVER SMILE

green

Remember the ACC has a two pronged attack with Raycom Games. ... They produce the best of the leftover games for the RSNs (regional sports networks) like YES, Root Sports Pittsburgh, FOX Sports South, FOX Sports Carolina, FOX Sports Florida, Comcast Mid-Atlantic, NESN or New England Sports Network.)
-- TexanMark

ESPN and their entire family of networks (ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ABC Sports) and ESPN 3 (online only) get first choice of ACC games.

The next in line is Raycom Sports, which distributes games via the "ACC Network."

Raycom Sports offers two packages for its ACC Network games. The designated regional cable provider gets second choice of games after ESPN. The "over the air" provider (locally CBS4 or MY33) is next in line after that.

YES (Yankees Entertainment and Sports) confirmed yesterday they will be one of two NY regional cable providers to carry ACC games. Sources indicate that the MSG Network will be the other
-- syracuse.com

LEFTOVER SMILE

Oskiewoskie

Lamar avg like 6.5per carry at um .. What is this dude talking about? Game breaker in um .. Last year he avg 5 in the NFL on minimum amount of carries .. I'm surprised he lasted till the 4 round .

Enzo

And this is why one of the NFL's storied franchise the 49ers All-Time-Running back is Frank Gore. The work ethic is unbelievable esp. at this advance age of 30 he's still a Top 10 power running back. New cats gravitate towards not only his desire, but he's a no non-sense hardworker who inspires new generations of RB's. Guess who's another new RB that he can pass the torch when his time's up in Ninerland? Marcus Lattimore!

Sunny Dee

For the first time in a long time I am excited about the Dolphins season. This team should be explosive on offense and will be fun to watch.

Reality Bites

On paper the Fins look great and the story about Miller is very nice. We do need him to step up and produce. Fins better win at least 10 games and make the playoffs or else it's a bust.
Canes also need minimum 10 wins with that crappy schedule Golden made.
We will soon find out.

Vontae's Grandma

This is like good news, bad news blog. I was pumped about hearing about Sedano, and Miller w/Gore training, and then killed the mood when you mentioned the Marlins.

Marlins. We have too many outfielders, make some trade for bigger bats. I hate Loria penny pitching. Pitching has been great, just fix the offense.

Sad times

Posted by: Reality Bites | 07/12/2013 at 01:49 PM

Hey buddy, thanks for the comment, Miami fans are super interested in hearing what a miserable Gators troll thinks about our sports teams!

Sunny Dee

I hate to side with Reality Bites, but he tends to give good comments on Miami teams other than the Canes. And I hate to agree with him on an issue involving the Canes, but if Canes don't win 10 games (I would include a bowl game in that number) with the schedule they have, the season will be a disappointment.

Bart DePalma

:::scrunching brow:::

Must not get overconfident.

Must not get overconfident.

Must not get overconfident

Reality Bites

Sad Times thank you for your on going support, you never fail to respond to my posts and I know you want to be best buds really really bad. Keep trying.

Thanks Sunny, 10 wins for both Miami football teams sounds about right. No excuses.

Oden should sign with the Heat, no big expectations for him as a savior on this team will give him time to get back in the NBA groove.

Agree with Granny, at this point in time who cares about the Marlins.

Go Fins!

Octavio de Armas

Dolphins 11-5 - Hurricanes 9-3

andy

bye bye guzio 640 next not

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