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Saturday update: Dolphins, Canes chatter; Marlins 3B search; Beckham/MLS news; Barkley rants

Some Dolphins, Canes, Marlins and David Beckham/Miami MLS chatter:

### Rookie cornerbacks Jamar Taylor and Will Davis have played only 45 and 13 defensive snaps, respectively, all season --- quite low for second- and third-round picks.

But at least one will be needed Sunday – now that Dimitri Patterson is on injured reserve - and coach Joe Philbin said each has made “good progress” and “I’m confident they’ll be ready to contribute.”

Taylor is questionable with a hamstring injury but expects to play. Safety Reshad Jones also says he expects to play even though he's also listed as questionable with a groin injury.

### This is alarming: Cornerback Justin Rogers, signed to fill Patterson’s roster spot, allowed five touchdowns, a 142.3 passer rating, and 24 completions for 462 yards (19.3 average) in five starts for Buffalo this year before being cut. Yikes!

### Asked why he’s more secretive than most coaches, Philbin, smiling, on Friday cited “extreme paranoia” and said: “I don’t want to give an opponent any information they’re not entitled to.”

### Seeking a third baseman, the Marlins are intrigued by free agent Casey McGehee, 31, who played in Japan this year and led his team to a championship by hitting .298 with 28 homers and 93 RBI.

He hit .217 with nine homers and 41 RBI for the Pirates and Yankees in 2012 but drove in 104 runs in 2010 and 67 in 2011. Wilson Betemit (.261, 12 homers in 2012, injured in 2013) also has been discussed as an option.

The Marlins want a third baseman with versatility, and McGehee and Betemit can play multiple positions.

Though MLB.com mentioned Juan Uribe as a possibility, he would be clearly more expensive, and the Marlins are already close to their payroll limit.

### As UM prepares to play Louisville in the Russell Athletic Bowl, the Hurricanes scored a minor victory Friday night when three-star safety Marques Gayot switched his oral commitment from Louisville to UM. Gayot made the move while attending UM’s practice Friday night.

Gayot, from Park Vista High in Lake Worth, is considered one of the top prospects in Palm Beach and had four interceptions this season. UM needs the safety depth next season behind Deon Bush, Rayshawn Jenkins and Jamal Carter.

“I always wanted to be a Cane,” Gayot told Canesport.com. “It’s a dream come true. I’m 100 percent done.”

### The NCAA will allow UM to allocate its loss of nine scholarships any way it wants over the next three years (as long as it takes a minimum one per year), and Al Golden said Friday he has decided to balance it out and take some each year.

But even so, UM – which has 28 oral commitments – can accommodate all 28 and even a few more because about 10 new players are expected to enroll in January, and those will count toward the 2013 class.

FBS school can have 85 players on scholarship; UM has about 10 fewer than that.

### Miami Chamber of Commerce president Barry Johnson, among local leaders who met with David Beckham’s people, said PortMiami on Dodge Island was the only stadium site mentioned by the Beckham group during that meeting. That’s far and away Beckham’s top choice for a stadium location.

Johnson said Beckham wants the Miami team to begin play at a tentative site in 2016 (a Beckham source said Marlins Park is the front-runner) and at a new stadium in 2018. Beckham wants to acquire a superstar player such as Lionel Messi, but that would be pricey and is merely a dream at the moment.

So is the PortMiami site viable? “We’re doing our due diligence to see if there are any fatal flaws. We haven’t found any yet,” Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez said. “Is it a viable site right now? Yes, it’s a viable site right now. Is it the best site? We don’t know yet.”

Beckham’s group would pay to build the stadium and pay rent, but the Miami-Dade County commission needs to approve it. And some commissioners need convincing.

“I have concerns about that location because I don’t want to cripple the viability of the port,” Commissioner Rebecca Sousa said. “I hope we can come up with alternatives.”

Commissioner Bruno Barreiro said he “would have to study how it would affect traffic patterns.”

Among non-downtown locations discussed by the Beckham camp are sites in Wynwood, South Dade, within a few blocks of Marlins Park and north of Sun Life Stadium.

But “they want to be downtown,” Gimenez said. “And we believe an urban downtown site is the best place for it.”  

### The Heat said Michael Beasley (hamstring) will not play against Cleveland tonight.

### Please see the last post for comments from Al Golden and Charles Barkley's rant against Heat fans.  

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raymond roy


Would the U of Miami be able to play in the new stadium? What would the seating capacity be?

Barry Jackson

Raymond: The U would not play there. MLS wants a 25,000-seat stadium built for soccer primarily.

AnonymousCane

It is too bad that there isn't some type of organization or movement for the Hurricanes to have their own stadium.

The game day atmosphere would be very persuasive to recruits, enjoyable for fans and inspire the team.

No Life stadium is not optimal and does not make for a game day atmosphere like the grand old lay, the Orange Bowl did, may she RIP!

AnonymousCane

"grand old Lady." correction above!

FreakFan

Barry, quick sports media question, is there any truth to the rumor of John Renshaw going to 640 Sports to take over Andy Slater's time slot?

Barry Jackson

FreakFan: 640 isn't ruling out Renshaw, but they're exploring other possibilities first.

Nate

Barry I do believe the U can play in that stadium if built. If it can be expanded to 30-40k on gamedays and every other year they can play FSU at Sun Life. For what its worth the Houston Dynamo(BBV Compass Stadium) is also uses by the Texas Southern Tigers football team,granted they don't draw probably more than 15k. Of course getting out of the lease at Sun Life might be hard.

rboud

When UM starts to win consistently against good competition, it won't matter what stadium they play at. Winning takes care of everything, including attendance. Although not ideal, there are many worse places to play than Sun Life.

Marios

I was going to say same thing as Nate.
We should play hardball with Beckham and make him accept a multipurpose stadium or Marlins Stadium for a few years and see how it goes first.
Otherwise I can live without local soccer team and I play soccer myself so it's not a bias vs the sport.
Shame that the U has to play at huge No Life Stadium.

Kevin

Just goes to show had bad Ireland's picks are. 2 high round picks can't get on the field Then he goes out and signs a pretty awful replacement for Patterson. How much longer do we have to be stuck with Jeffy??? There was no other corners out there? Ross needs to let him go at end of year.

Ulysses

Nate and Marios, you guys are way off, this stadium really is either/or.

First off, they can't build it large enough for UM, Miami isn't going to give up tickets and they pulled 66k for the Wake Forest game this year.

So in that imaginary impossible world where UM is willing to give up thousands of ticket sales for a 50k stadium in Miami - that thing would be waaaaaaay too big for MLS soccer.

Those stadiums are all around 20k.

Coker

Miami's best spot for a football stadium is tropical park. About a 5-10 min drive from the U. In fact, there is already a highschool staidium there, so it could also be a great facility for our local schools. I just hope the university is smart enough to continue explore any possibilities where they may exist. A 45,000 seater at tropical park would be perfect for our fan base.

Ulysses

If we generously say a UM ticket averages $50, then the lost revenue from a single ACC game played in a 45,000 stadium could be an even million, not including parking and concessions.

Marcus

Great, we stole an unranked Safety from Louisville who's only other offers were from Marshall, Bowling Green, FAU, FIU and USF. Not ONE Top-Progam offered this kid, yet we are happy. Would've been a nice pickup for the 2010 Temple Team.... Mental state of the Program. Yep, we're on our way back !

WHERE ARE THE ASSASIN LINEBACKERS AND BIGNASTY D-TACKLES !!!

and don't say DT Valentine, that kid's gone.

202canefan

The RB from BC was a 2 star recruit.. Geesh, stop acting like the best players are all 4 or 5 start recruits!

2-Star U... Let's Load Up On Them

So Miami should go ahead and just recruit 2-star players because they'll all turn out like Ed Reed and the BC RB huh ?

maybe 1 or 2 2-star scrubs pan out, out of 100 where as 75-85 4-5 stars are just that, STARS !

4-5 Stars ARE THE BEST PLAYERS ! Maybe if Golden can get more of them, the Canes wouldn;t have to watch yeat another ACC Championship game.

ga

2-Star U... How did the gators do this year? How many 1 star players play for G. Southern? I would be more worried about the lack of development from 5-Star players like Sentrel.

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