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January 17, 2014

Luke Campbell NCAA violation/UM fallout; Dolphins GM, Heat and broadcast notes

A six-pack of notes on a Friday night:

### UM said it might need to self-report a secondary NCAA violation committed when the mother of quarterback/UM oral commitment Brad Kaaya on Friday asked former rapper Luther Campbell to take pictures with them during Kaaya’s campus visit. But it wouldn’t jeopardize Kaaya’s eligibility if he ends up enrolling at UM.

It’s a violation because only school staff members and faculty are allowed to have contact with a recruit during an official visit.

A staffer witnessed the exchange and told UM associate athletic director Craig Anderson, who asked Campbell to leave. But UM said contrary to Campbell’s tweet, he wasn’t permanently banned from campus.

Campbell, who took the pictures with Kaaya and his mother, said on WINZ-940 that Kaaya told him he will visit UCLA and that he was “thinking about coming to Miami."

Campbell told Kaaya that offensive coordinator James Coley “is a great guy” and also mentioned Michael Irvin to Kaaya, hoping that would help Miami’s chances of landing him.

“I had a great conversation with the people there [at Miami],” Campbell tweeted tonight. “Time to move on.”

He also said “everything is cool with me [and] Miami.”

Campbell, who has criticized Al Golden in the past, has an unresolved defamation suit against Nevin Shapiro. Campbell previously was an assistant coach at Miami Northwestern High.

### Louisville, which has done as well recruiting South Florida as any school outside the state, is adding two familiar faces to new coach Bobby Petrino’s coaching staff: former Canes receiver Lamar Thomas (according to Thomas) and former Dolphins and FSU defensive back Terrell Buckley.

### Erik Spoelstra opted not to play Michael Beasley until the final 2:28 of tonight's win in Philadelphia and didn't play Greg Oden at all, even though he was available. Beasley entered having made only 6 of his last 22 shots over four games. Oden could be helpful Saturday against Charlotte's Al Jefferson…. Dwyane Wade said he won't play Saturday... Even as the Heat got back on track, Ray Allen’s slump continued. With a 1 for 7 night, he’s 9 for his last 52. "That's the least of our worries," Spoelstra said... Please see the last post for a comprehensive look at major looming issues for the Heat.

### Having interviewed seven candidates for their general manager job, the Dolphins are now in the process of cutting that list to two or three. Browns assistant general manager Ray Farmer will be one of the finalists, NFL Network reported tonight. Farmer impressed the Dolphins during his interview and Carl Peterson, who is advising Stephen Ross on the search, is a big fan of Farmer’s work, having worked with him in Kansas City.

CBS' Jason LaCanfora says Farmer "will probably be the guy hired." But Tampa Bay's Dennis Hickey also impressed the Dolphins during his interview Friday, as our Armando Salguero noted.

### The NFL has invited the major over-the-air networks, ESPN and Turner to bid on a partial or full Thursday night package for next season. The games reportedly would likely be simulcast on NFL Network, which has carried the Thursday night package the past several years.

ABC (out of the NFL business for several years), CBS, NBC, Fox and Turner reportedly are all expected to bid. Turner is considered a long shot, because the NFL is said to prefer a non-cable partner.

### Tim Brando, CBS’ long-time college football studio host, is leaving the network to pursue other opportunities. Brando’s exit follows CBS Sports Network’s decision to no longer simulcast his radio show.