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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.

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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.

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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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linksys

Texas Tech? That's a weird one by Bethel. Just seems strange.

It's about time Harris was offered as a QB. Rakeem Cato, Thad Lewis, Teddy Bridgewater, and Denard Robinson have left out of state without any offers from the U, except for Bridgewater. Keep the QB talent at home! size be damned!!!

Mike B.

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.

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yep, that sounds about right. we'll have to rely on moving safeties to corner (which never works), a reciever to corner or hoping for someone else's commit to flip. So Valentine, Bethel, Powell and likely Kaaya. And more are sure to waver amid all this BS by Golden and him not WITHDRAWLING his name from Penn. St. consideration right away. But he wouldn't do that because he wanted PSU. But PSU didn't want him. The kids see him as unstable and our defensive scheme and DC as ridiculous. A once Top-3 Class is tumbling fast and all that talented depth that we so much need. It's not where you start, it's where you finish. And Feb. can't come soon enough. Just unreal.

frostdog0819

@Mike B. Seen that coming with this debacle of a bowl game and the speculation. Worst part about the whole process is, If he has a 7-5 or 8-4 season he is canned. With Petrino at Louisville and Tubberville at Cincinati, does will be tough games(probably will be out coached).atNebraska,VT,Louisville.Home FSU,Duke(no pushover)Carolina,Cincinati?All bowl teams and one loser(duke).

sflafan

Losing Nigel Bethel hurts. The kid is a very good player and we needs CB's. But, that's recruiting. Kids flip. Maybe the Canes will get a couple flips go their way on signing day. We landed Stacey Coley last year on signing day after he flipped from FSU. If Brandon Powell decides to decommit and go elsewhere, I won't be heartbroken. He may be 4 star recruit, but he's nowhere in the same class as Joseph Yearby. Yearby is a superstar. The certain heir apparent to Duke. With Duke, Gus the Bus and Yearby, we have a strong stable of backs for a few years. Caniac, I hope your news on Kaaya ends up being untrue. But if he decomitts, more reason to go strong after Treon Harris. I'd love to see Harris play for the Canes. He's such a weapon. It would be fun to see the Cane offense run by a guy who can do it all.

joe r

sounds like new gm gets philbin whether they like it or now, bad start IMO..there is no reason to believe this team will exceed 8-8 next year, o-line in shambles, qb that has proven cant throw deep yet we have our highest paid player as a deep threat, no running game, yikes

jmike

Bobbyd12, there is no comparison between Ross and Loria. Ross puts his money where his mouth is. The GM position is as it was with the GM being in charge of talent and having last say on the roster. And yes, there is a long line of potential GM's that are lining up to interview for the job. Where have you been, with your head in the sand.

jmike

Joe glad you know all of this, seeing we've gone through free agency and the draft. Wow great projection.

mike

Texas tech where did that come from I could of seen Georgia. I don't wanna hear its the bowl game look at the talent Florida us getting on defense to commit.let's get back to the old U and play man to man d in the 4-3.

long time cane

Kaaya would be/would have been a really nice prospect at the U.Kids have their dream schools/growing up near home.The U used to be almost all South Florda s dream school.However,there s dozens and dozens of great Dade County players.Miami needs a good handful of them.They re getting a handful anyway.Nigel leaving seemed obvious as the kid knew what he wanted from the start in a program.(Sorry Al/and best pal D Onof.)That said....I m more concerned about the D line prospects because that s the LARGEST weakness for almost a decade in the Miami program.Valentine seems 50-50 and maybe he ll still end up at Miami.Hope so.The other defensive end and those 2 JUCO D tackles though are animals.Thomas and Harris from Miami high schools are important and hopefully they don t waver.Overall alot of talent is still coming to the U.Unfortunate to possibly lose Powell but this stuff happens to all schools every year.I m generally to very happy with this incoming class and a few won t make it a disaster if they go elsewhere.I ll take the glass is half full rather than half empty even though I do get anxious come February just before signing day.Ha.The U will do fine fellas.Stay positive.....we re still moving VERY MUCH FORWARD.GO CANES.Return to Glory.

Gary

I have been an enthusiastic supporter of Golden but a couple of things are becoming painfully obvious. One is that the DC is just not up to fielding and quality Defense. Second is that early season commitments are nice but closing on signing day is all that matters. In this area we are seeing that AG is woefully week in closing out the top prospects. So here we are a declining attendance base, mediocre team, and a coach that can't face the reality of his friends inadequate qualifications as a big time programs DC. Coach L has done more with less!!!!

geez,,just go to a game sometime

"Gotta feed the fam. Been struggling for too long."

Don't want to read too much into this, but cetainly sounds like an NCAA violationin the works

Gary

If I am the brass at UM I would pull Golden aside and tell him to say he is staying is still interested in Penn St. Let him take the risk not the U. He's OK but nothing spectacular. loses 3 - 4stars in a week & probably a prime QB now. Let's cut the cord! Let Golden go with our thanks and move on. Mediocrity stinks!

Silence is Al Golden

" loses 3 - 4stars in a week & probably a prime QB now."...probably because they think Golden is leaving.

Didn't Penn State pay 3.5 Mil/yr to their last head coach, while Golden makes around $2.1 Mil/yr? That's roughly 1.4 million reasons to chase after the Penn State job.

Silence is Al Golden

""Gotta feed the fam. Been struggling for too long."


Why don't you just tweet pics of the cash the UF booster gave you?

Bobbyd12

jmike, yea all the garbage is lining up. From Gamble and Pioli to Farmer. Ross might be WORSE then Loria. Loria knows he's screwing us, Ross is just clueless

WESUCKNOW

OMG WE HAVE THE WORST D IN COLLEGE AND HES COMING BACK. HE MAY BE OUR BEST BUT HE COULDNT START ANYWHERE ELSE...JESUS GOD WE ARE ATROCIOUS. WHY DIDNT U LEAVE FOR PENN STATE GOLDEN AND CRAPNOFRIO?!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 3 YRS OF THIS NON AGGRESSIVE CRAP WITH NO STAR PLAYERS AFTER 3 YRS OF RECRUITING...AND THE NCAA CLOUD MEANT ZIP! KNOW Y? COZ EVERY TEAM THAT BEAT OUR BUTTS DIDNT COME CLOSE TO THE RECENT TOP 25 CLASSES WEVE HAD! ITS COACHING AND RECRUITING AND WE ARE THE WORST! WHAT A WASTE HAVING COKER SHANNON AND NOW GOLDEN...FANS HERE MUST LOVE MEDIOCRITY ALL OF A SUDDEN COZ I SURE DONT! WHAT A TRAVESTY!

Caniac

Losing Three 4-Stars flips in 2 days to teams that are considered better overall programs with FAR better facilities...

Gaining Zero 4-star flips from teams that are better considered better overall programs with FAR better facilities ...

But we'll get some unranked and 2-star leftover projects on signing and the lull days that follow to be the foundation of our 2-3 deep depth in the near future.

We're great outta the gate, but have faded in the homestretch yet again. We have gotten some nice top players to commit the last 4 years, but so many use our schollie offers as stepping stones to Top-20 programs.

Why ?

TK SWANN

IT'S COACHING AND THAT'S THE BOTTOM LINE. GOLDEN IS A GOOD COACH BUT HIS DC IS A JOKE AND HE IS BRINGING THE PROGRAM DOWN. NOW IF THE TEAM DOES NOT WIN 10-11 GAMES NEXT YEAR WE WILL CONTINUE TO LOSE GOOD RECRUITS BECAUSE IT'S JUST NOT THE PLACE TO GO IN THE STATE OF FLORIDA. THE GOOD NEWS IS THERE ARE NO MORE EXCUSES. DON'T WIN AND GOLDEN IS OUT. HE WON'T BE FIRED IF HE WINS 9 GAMES BUT HE WILL BOLT TO THE NEXT BEST JOB OPENING. HE WANTED TO LEAVE THIS YEAR BUT PSU SAID NO. DON'T WIN NEXT YEAR AND BYE BYE GOLDEN AND MR.NO DEFENSE!!

dUh

Golden has turned down every other offer, he won't leave for any job but PSU.

And he still might get the job if Franklin falls through, he still hasn't signed.

AnonymousCane

So Nigel Bethel doesn't like the defensive scheme at Miami so he flips to that defensive powerhouse Texas Tech? Ok I get it! And he leaves Miami for that scintillating city Lubbock Texas? Yeah I can see that too! LOL

Marco

AnonymousCane,

About 50% more Americans move out of Miami than into Miami.

just saying

So Nigel Bethel doesn't like the defensive scheme at Miami so he flips to that defensive powerhouse Texas Tech? Ok I get it! And he leaves Miami for that scintillating city Lubbock Texas? Yeah I can see that too! LOL

Posted by: AnonymousCane | 01/10/2014 at 05:02 PM

Texas Tech has finished ranked higher than the Canes the last 3 years and won their Bowl game. So if we're a "powerhouse" program, what would that make TT ?

Wiffle

Guillermo Santander will be the new Dolphins GM, according to my sources.

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