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New Dolphin surprised by career turn; UM,Heat items; Shalala 'on line 2'; Beinfest reacts

Some quick Tuesday notes:

### Defensive tackle Marvin Austin begins his Dolphins employment today eager to jump start a three-year career filled with injuries and unfulfilled expectations.

A second-round pick out of North Carolina, Austin missed his rookie season (2011) with a torn pectoral muscle, then missed eight games of his second season with a back injury.

“For a month there, I couldn’t even lift weights” last season, he told the New York Daily News last month, soon before the Giants cut him. “I look like freaking Bambi out there.”

He had a grand total of eight tackles in eight games for the Giants last season. Then he needed knee surgery after the season.

He failed to make the Giants in training camp and was signed to provide depth because of injuries that have sidelined Paul Soliai and Cam Wake.

“I could never have seen this,” Austin told The Daily News last month about simply fighting to stay in the league. “I thought I’d be a starting D-tackle right now, possibly a Pro Bowler. Athletically, I’m one of the best D-tackles in the league.”

Giants defensive line coach Ronald Nunn said last month: “He can’t just disappear when the pads come on.”

### UM coach Al Golden said Stephen Morris (ankle) did not participate in all of practice today but threw 40 passes. He’s still on track to play Saturday against USF, barring a setback.

### Asked who has proved worthy of more playing time, Golden cited Beau Sandland, Stacy Coley,  Gus Edwards and Alex Gall. “Gus’ speed is deceptive, at 228. He runs in the 4.5 range. He looks like he’s plodding, but he’s not.”

### The NCAA announced today that it will gradually restore scholarships taken away from Penn State as part of punishment for the Jerry Sandusky tragedy.

Which prompted this excellent tweet from ESPN’s Jay Bilas a little while ago: “NCAA receptionist: Uh, Dr. Emmert, Donna Shalala on line 2. She’d like to know how you decided on Penn State twice before Miami once.”

### Marlins president of baseball operations Larry Beinfest, awaiting word from owner Jeffrey Loria about whether he will keep his job, has understandably declined to discuss the issue with newspaper writers.

But on his team-mandated radio appearance this morning with Marc Hochman and Jonathan Zaslow on 790/104.3 The Ticket, Beinfest said he did not know if he would be retained.

“If I read the papers and l listen to everybody, it sounds I'm a goner,” he said, adding “I’ve done a good job.”

How has he dealt personally with speculation about his job?

“The tumultuous and unsettling part is reading about it everyday,” he said. “I’m a person… [with] a wife and kids. It can grate on you. Has it been fun for me? No…. Am I disappointed? Absolutely. Nobody wants to read about losing their livelihood.”

Yahoo’s Jeff Passan reported late last night that Loria plans on re-organizing his front office around assistant general manager Dan Jennings and Jennings already has been given permission to assemble a staff. The Marlins aren’t commenting on the report. But from all indications, Beinfest has not been told if he will be retained.

### The Heat will hold training camp in the Bahamas next week.

 

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Tom Riddle

Loria is as bad as FIU Football

Lt. Lois Einhorn

And of course Loria's scumbag friend David Samson skates again.

Un-freaking-believable.

Braves Fan


And of course Loria's scumbag friend David Samson skates again.

Un-freaking-believable.

Posted by: Lt. Lois Einhorn | 09/24/2013 at 02:55 PM

I believe Sampson is Loria's son-in-law!!!

IMAWriter

Evidently the NCAA feels pedophilia is less egregious than dirt poor S Florida kids getting $29 and/or a boat ride.
PSU for over 15 tears let it go. Even when this came to light, they did NOTHING to self impose, and had to have lawsuits to fire the "suits" in charge.
This is disgraceful.
However, adding this to the Okie St TN and 'Bama revelations (nothing new THERE), Donna should come with canons firing if the NCAA gives us anything more than a couple of scholarships lost for a couple of years, and maybe a couple years probation.
They (NCAA) will cease to exist in their present form in 2 years anyhow.

IMAWriter

WHAT is Ireland's fascination with players with multiple injury issues?
Parcells had the same affliction (Jake Grove for one).
He's rolled the dice now 4 times this passed year. Both CB's drafted, so far SNAKE EYES. Dallas Thomas, no dice.
Grimes, LUCKY 7. Jordan, jury out till he plays the rest of the season with no further disruption in PT due to THAT shoulder.
If he favors the shoulder, he will be less effective.

Charlie X

QUOTE: Giants defensive line coach Ronald Nunn said last month: “He can’t just disappear when the pads come on.”

So what does that mean, Barry?

"He is so good that he can never disappear when the pads come on"

OR

"He has been disappearing when the pads come on, and he just can't do that again (and remain with the Giants)"

A little context would help...

Barry Jackson

Charlie, the Giants coach was disappointed with his play, felt he was disappearing and not making enough of an impact.

IMAWriter

Adding to Barry's explanation, he won't find it a whole lot easier under Philbin that he did under Coughlin.
When a guy says "I'm the best" ANYTHING in the NFL, I cringe. Call it deja vu re Sean Smith/Vontae Davis exclaiming "we're the best db combo in the league."
SHUDDER.

IMAWriter

Barry, by any chance would Marvin Austin have the same agent as another of our injured, yet drafted players such as Dion Jordan?

Sunny Dee

Guys with injury issues (putting Dion Jordan aside, who apparently does not have any major injury issues) are cheap, low risk, high reward options. If they don't work out, they are gone. If they do, like Grimes, there is potential for a big payoff. Austin has the potential to be a great DT if healthy. He has to know it is likely his last chance for an NFL career and he should come in hungry. If it doesn't work out, it costs the Dolphins next to nothing.

I would like to see the Dolphins upgrade the offensive line. So far it is the biggest weakness on the team. They need more depth.

Marios

If you don't know what disappearing when the pads come on you need to catch up.
There are combine superstars that run, jump, and lift like All Pros but when the pads come on they get handled by the guys who can really play or get injured.

Apparently Miles Austin looks the part but is a bit soft as a pro.

Marios

Hi Pete(Garcia):

Greetings from Alabama.
Getting hotter as winter is coming to Florida?

Regards,
Mario Cristobal

TK SWANN

I AGREE SUNNY DEE THE FINS NEED TO GET THE OL FIXED AND I'VE HEARD RUMORS THAT JOE THOMAS MAYBE AVAILABLE.. IF THE FINS DID GET THOMAS WHAT WOULD THEY DO WITH MARTIN AND CLABO?? WE ALSO NEED TO GET OUR SECONDARY FIXED!! DESPITE THAT I STILL SEE THIS TEAM BEATING SAINTS ON MNF BUT THE ONLY WAY TO DO THIS IS TO RUN THE FOOTBALL AND KEEP BREES OFF THE FIELD. FINS WIN 34-24 !! 4-0!

rboud

Do we have a kinder, gentler NCAA all of a sudden or will they still pound UM anyway? Penn State received an extremely harsh penalty, but they did cover up an awfully ugly story. This appears to bode well for UM, but the NCAA is extremely flippant. I'm not sure what to make of this. The NCAA's deadline for a decision is only around 2 weeks away. Something has to give soon.

UMike

F**K THE NCAA!

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