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3 p.m. update: Good news for UM; Fins OC search update; UM loses second 4-star recruit in two days

3 p.m. update: The Dolphins have asked for permission to interview Eagles executive Tom Gamble about their vacant GM job. He has been highly recommended to Stephen Ross. That makes at least seven candidates for the job. Arizona's Jason Licht is interviewing today.

1 p.m. update: Linebacker Denzel Perryman has informed UM that he is returning for his senior season, according to a UM official. That's significant, because he's UM best linebacker.

Perryman had received a third-round grade from the draft advisory board, but his father said he advised him to return to school. UM said no player is leaving early for the pros.

11 a.m. update: According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Dolphins are "zeroing in" on three people for their offensive coordinator job: former Texans coach Gary Kubiak, former Redskins offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan and Packers QB coach Ben McAdoo, who worked with Joe Philbin in Green Bay.

9 a.m. update: Four-star Deerfield Beach running back Brandon Powell flipped his oral commitment from UM to UF this morning. Last night, he curiously tweeted: "Gotta feed the fam. Been struggling for too long."

His departure leaves UM with only one running back in this class, but a very good one: Miami Central four-star RB Joseph Yearby, who is enrolling this month.

8:30 p.m. update: UM lost a key oral commitment tonight when Booker T. Washington 4-star cornerback Nigel Bethel announced he's flipping to Texas Tech. "Better opportunity for me at Tech," he said. Bethel had criticized UM's defensive scheme but said that didn't factor into his decision.

That leaves UM with three-star Miami Northwestern prospect Ryan Mayes as the only cornerback in the class, though at least two of UM's three safety commitments are possibilities to play cornerback, and Carol City receiver Trayone Gray also can play corner. And UM remains in the mix for four-star CB J.C. Jackson, a soft UF oral commitment. 

Please scroll down for more UM recruiting news from earlier today, involving Treon Harris.

### Browns assistant GM Ray Farmer has emerged as the front-runner for the Dolphins' GM job, per our Armando Salguero. He worked in Kansas City under Carl Peterson, who is advising Stephen Ross on the search.


8 p.m. update: Dolphins owner Stephen Ross announced tonight that the team's new GM "will have autonomous responsibility for the 53 man roster and selecting players during the draft and will report to me."

He also said Carl Peterson will serve as an advisor with the search but "will not have a role with the Dolphins after the process is over."

Ross said the new GM must have "demonstrated player evaluation expertise" and one is "a collaborative team player that puts the organization first."

Ross said "regardless of reporting structure, the relationship between the general manager and coach Phlilbin must be one of trust, respect and collaboration, and this will be an area we will look closely at during the process."

Interviews will begin Friday. As for candidates...

The Dolphins were denied permission to interview Saints personnel director Ryan Pace, per Fox's Jay Glazer.

The Dolphins and Tampa Bay have asked the Tennessee Titans for permission to interview vice president of player personnel Lake Dawson for their GM job, The Tennessean first reported.

They also have asked for permission to speak with Browns assistant GM Ray Farmer, a former pro personnel director for the Chiefs, per The National Football Post.

And three other names have surfaced, according to broadcast reports (ESPN and NFL Net): Pittsburgh director of football administration Omar Kahn (who is well-regarded), Arizona vice president player personnel Jason Licht (who previously held that job with the Eagles), and Falcons director of player personnel Lionel Vital.

Dawson is in his seventh season with the Titans and his second in that position. He previously worked as  the Titans' vice president of football operations, and earlier, as director of pro personnel.

Dawson worked in the Seattle Seahawks' personnel department from 2001 to 2006. He has interviewed for GM jobs in the past, including the Rams' last January.

He played receiver at Notre Dame and was a third-round pick of the Chiefs in the 1992 draft. With Kansas City, he caught 103 passes, including 10 touchdowns, in four pro seasons.

Dawson's interview and Farmer's interview would also ensure the Dolphins are in compliance with the Rooney Rule, which mandates that a minority candidate be considered for a senior executive football position. The Dolphins also would be in compliance with the Rooney Rule by interviewing Marc Ross, the first candidate with a confirmed interview for the Dolphins’ GM job.

Ross was a finalist for the Carolina Panthers GM job last year, and his evaluation of college players has drawn praise around the league. In past years, he interviewed for GM jobs with the Jets, Seahawks and Bears.

Ross was the Giants’ vice president of player evaluation this season, a promotion from his previous job as the team’s director of college scouting. “Marc has done an outstanding job of running our college scouting and the draft, and we wanted to give him a title that reflected that,” Giants general manager Jerry Reese said last year.

### UM has offered four-star Booker T. Washington prospect Treon Harris as a quarterback for the first time, according to Canesport.com. Previously, UM had offered him only as an "athlete."

Harris, Rivals.com's No. 3 rated dual-threat quarterback, is an FSU oral commitment but is now expected to at least give some thought to UM, Auburn and perhaps UF. Whether it's too late for UM to sway him remains to be seen. UM also has two oral commitments from quarterbacks: pro-style quarterback Brad Kaaya and dual-threat Alabama-based quarterback Malik Rosier. Both have said they intend to come to UM, though Kaaya's hometown school (UCLA) continues to recruit him. 

### Please scroll to the bottom of this post for news on Marlins president David Samson appearing on CBS' Survivor.


Other notes from late Wednesday night:

### Of the four known candidates for the offensive coordinator job, two have been offensive coordinators in the NFL (Gary Kubiak, Kyle Shanahan) and two have been quarterback coaches but not NFL offensive coordinators (Ben McAdoo and Bill Lazor, who interviewed Wednesday).

One has been a head coach –-- Kubiak, who interviewed for the Detroit head coaching job this week.

Lazor, the Eagles quarterback coach, also previously held that position with Seattle and Atlanta, and was an offensive coordinator at two colleges: Buffalo and Virginia. After joining the Cavaliers in 2010, Lazor immediately turned around an offense that ranked last in the ACC in total yardage the previous year. In his first season at Virginia, the Cavaliers ranked third in the conference, averaging 404.8 yards per game. In 2011, they were fourth in the ACC with 399.8 yards per game.

### Though ESPN continues to mention the Heat as a contender for center Andrew Bynum, his agent said Wednesday night that Miami has shown no interest in signing him. The Heat remains confident that Greg Oden will help them at some point.

### Erik Spoelstra likes what he has seen when he pairs Chris Bosh and Chris Andersen together. Miami has shot 57 percent and outscored teams by 43 points in the 60 minutes they have played together.

### The latest on the Penn State coaching saga: The Times-Tribune in Scranton, Penn., reported tonight that the job has been offered to Vanderbilt's James Franklin and he will decide Thursday whether to accept it.

### Al Golden, on WQAM, offered another reason why he decided not to fire any coaches: “I don’t believe starting over is the answer. We have so many talented players coming back. The entire secondary will be back, for the first time since we’ve been here.

“We have to use our experience. We don’t throw it out the window by creating a bunch of new techniques and calls and alignments.”

By the way, with Golden announcing that UM will play with 82 scholarship players next season --- three under the maximum --- that means UM will dock itself three of the nine that it’s required to relinquish over the next three years. UM played with 76 scholarship players this past season.

### UM's 63-57 win at North Carolina tonight was impressive considering UNC has beaten the top three teams in one of the preseason polls (Michigan State, Louisville and Kentucky), though UNC also has some bad losses. Rion Brown (19 points, 10 rebounds) was terrific; Tony Jekiri had 10 rebounds and three blocks; and Erik Swoope (14) and Garrius Adams (9 points, 6 assists) both made significant contributions. And freshman point guard Manu Lecomte played a sound floor game (seven assists, two turnovers).

UM, which won its fourth in a row against UNC, played an effective matchup zone on defense, and UNC shot just 30.8 percent. UNC isn't ranked, but this was an unexpected win during a rebuilding season. UM (9-6, 1-2) now has a week off before playing FSU at 9 p.m. next Wednesday at Bank United Center.

### The Marlins re-signed right-hander Kevin Slowey to a minor-league contract with an invitation to spring training, and he has a chance to win the No. 5 spot in the starting rotation or a long relief job.

Slowey will compete for a back-of-the-rotation spot with Tom Koehler, Brian Flynn and a couple of prospects, including highly-regarded Andrew Heaney. Slowey went 3-6 with a 3.86 ERA last season in 20 appearances for the Marlins, including 14 starts, before missing the final two months with a strained right forearm.                      

### Channel 10's Will Manso reported (and I have confirmed, as well) that Marlins president David Samson will be among 18 contestants on the upcoming season of the CBS series Survivor, which was taped last year in the Philippines. Participants are prohibited from discussing it. Samson participated in the Ironman World Championship Triathlon in Hawaii in 2006 and also runs marathons.


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Coach L is the best coach we've had in South Florida since????

Great job, Canes!

Randy Shannons' Agent

Coach Folden is so lost its pathetic. His BFF is going to cost him his job


So next year the Dolphins will have a new OC that the head coach didn't want or pick. And they will have a new GM and he didn't hire the head coach or pick the players. Plus a wild card woman floating around, poisoning the well and a clueless owner. Sounds like a scenario ripe for a lot of dysfunctional behavior.

Well, maybe they'll salvage next season by getting a high draft choice in the 2015 draft.

Lieutenant Martin Castillo

damn U Canes are funny.


Seems like the stars are aligning for the Fins to have the #1 pick in 2015. Famous Jameis anyone?


Total ass clowns posting on here like the gay Lieutenant and Randy Shannon's agent...I'm so glad I don't have to see that DUMB look on Shannon's face on the sidelines anymore...like a deer caught in the headlights!!

Glad you stayed Coach Golden...glad we FINALLY have a REAL BB Coach "L" at UM, too...Haith stunk the place up big time...and was a recruiting mess and cheater!!
Glad they're all gone!!!


Goldie is 22-15 in his three years at the U. Nothing to get excited about. I found myself secretly hoping he'd take the PSU gig. Come to find out, he really wasn't much of a consideration and when he found this out he then removed his name from consideration. Now, he's keeping his entire coaching staff. Not a good move Goldie.Another mediocre year for the Canes in 14.



Is their any insight as to how the hiring process for the Fins GM and OC is unfolding? For example what exactly is Dawn Aponte's role given her inexperience in personnel matters? How much input does Joe Philbin have in the OC hire? I have to assume it should be quite extensive, but given the dysfunction that is unfolding in Davie, I am curious. Also, what is the status of the QB coach, Zac Taylor? Did he depart as an extension of the Mike Sherman firing, and if so, do the Fins hope to hire one? While some of the OC candidates have or have had a role in QB development/coaching, is there any thought that the OC will be dual hatted as both QB coach and OC?


Frustrated DolFan

Dave it is either complete ignorance or complete denial? Ignorance not understanding the black cloud of a major NCAA investigation. Denial thinking the brand of the U is anywhere near where it was in the 80's/90's. I guess you are someone who wants Butch to come back too.

Lackluster fan base, playing in front of a half empty stadium 30 minutes away and no state funding for facilities and coaches salaries. You should secretly be glad he kept this gig. Patients my friend, If he can keep this recruiting class together in a few years we will once again being playing for championships. 5 NC's has caused unreal expectations!!!


Why are they interviewing OC's when they do not have a GM? Best scenario:new GM comes in and cleans house. Philbin,and staff-gone. Aponte,and staff-gone. So why would a potential OC candidate sign on now when he could be gone in a week or two? Just sayin


Congrats to Coach L and the Canes against UNC. Exciting to see positive development in action of a brand new starting lineup and subs. Well done!


Harleyray, the reason Philbin is interviewing OC's is because both he and Aponte's jobs are safe. Ross is committed to both of them. So no one is going anywhere.

Barry Jackson

JT: Ross is handling GM search; Philbin is handling OC search and can hire whatever candidate he wants for that... No one on the coaching staff has been fired yet beyond Sherman. Philbin seems to want to hire a new OC before deciding whether to make further changes on the staff, in consultation with the OC... Aponte is heavily involved in structuring player contracts and allocation of money on the football side, but not in scouting or choosing the players.


The way that Ross has handled the team issues and the stadium issue last year makes me wonder how he has been so successful at real estate.


Aponte was previously accused of pissing off agents in contract negotiations with an abrasive style, seems to have little tact.

Then she creates a rift between Ireland and Philbin on purpose by telling Philbin Irelands negative comments to him.
Sounds like a female version of Bill Parcells.


jmike,wishfull thinking on my part. Hoping to have a solid GM that will convince Ross that these two bozos are out.

long time cane

James Franklin agrees to become Head Coach at Penn State.Recruiting returns to normal again at the U.Hope we keep all those Defensive guys who were committed to Miami.


David Samson is an absolutely disgusting human being with a disgusting personality.

No doubt that's going to shine through on national TV, too bad all the bad press in the world won't convince his daddy to fire him.

Jeffy Loria

Well I'm not going to say David Samson is worse than Hitler but I will say that he's just as bad.

And Hitler would have been far less strident to talk to than David Samson.

AL n his BFF b GONE ?


AL n his BFF b GONE ?

And Goden STILL hasn't WITHDRAWN his name from the Penn. St. Head Coaching job... He's still lying.

Georgia Cane

Congrats UM B-ball! Big road win. Don't understand UM going after Harris, unless they think Kaaya is going to UCLA.


Great idea offering Treon Harris a scholarship as a QUARTERBACK. The kid is an elite talent and a winner. He has the same makeup as a guy like Duke Johnson. They both have elite skills, very intelligent players, high class kids and prove winners. In these days when "dual threat QB's" are revolutionizing the college game, it makes sense to recruit one of the best dual threat QB's in the country. The kid is not a one trick pony either. Yes, he can run with the best of them. But the kid has a gun also and can get the ball downfield. This decision was late in coming by Golden. I hope it's not too late. His brother Brandon was a great Cane CB. Hopefully Treon will want to be a Cane as well!


Reports on FoxSport.com "University of Miami commit QB Brad Kaaya will likely be decommitting from the Canes and committing to UCLA after the Jan. dead recruiting period. UCLA Coach Jim Mora has put a full court press on Kaaya making him a top priority to replace Brett Hundley after he announced he'd be returning for his redshirt Junior year. UCLA will be a Top-10 pre-season team in 2014 and Kaaya would be in line to succeed Hundley in 2015. It has been well documented that the little known Kaaya, who committed to Miami back in August with hardly any top program offers, has alway considered UCLA his home state dream school. He had been waiting on not just an offer from the Bruins, but an offer that would see to it that he would be next in line to inherit Hundley's job once he makes the jump to the NFL as a sure 1st. rounder and likely top QB taken in the draft."

Now the offer to Harris makes all the sense in the world. Hope we steal him from FSU. We need a QB or two.


Ross makes me as sick as Loria now. No quality GM is coming here, NONE. His statement makes it clear he has no interest in fixing this situation like a proper owner. He is bringing in a talent evaluator, not a true GM. 18 years of season tickets and I will not be renewing. A dysfunctional joke.

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